Work, Eat and Play at Typology

Located conveniently in Jalan Wijaya 1, Jakarta SelatanTypology offers you not only a place to eat but also to work and have fun. This restaurant is considerably new, just opened mid 2014. I was there at the end of last year to meet with some friends, so this post is a bit overdue ๐Ÿ˜‰

When I first got there, I was greeted by this long table which I’m going to call the meeting table. This area is perfect for having discussions, from silly discussions to discussing holiday itinerary to start up meeting.

Meeting table
Meeting table

Then there’s also the bar area with some tables if you prefer to be with smaller group.

The Bar
The Bar

My choice that day was the comfy sofa, where I spent the afternoon having lunch with my friends and followed by working some articles for the blog.

Comfy Sofa - My workstation that day
Comfy Sofa – My workstation that day

Now, let’s talk about the food! What do they serve? Well, they basically serve all kinds of comfort food, the easy one, nothing too fancy (but tastes good, of course!). They have a wide range of food, from the appetiser, snacks, until main course to satisfy your tummy. What did I order that time? Beef Tongue Rice with Teriyaki sauce. I’d prefer to not have the tomato sauce but it still tasted reaalllyy good. You know how Beef Tongue is sort of the trend in town and a lot of restaurants are serving it, but some don’t actually know how to serve proper Beef Tongue? No worries, Typology is the opposite. The dish may look simple but not the taste ๐Ÿ™‚
For you sweet tooth out there, Typology also have a selection of desserts and drinks, all non – alcoholic. Rumor has it I have to try their Oreo and Beng – Beng Smoothies. Definitely will come back for that!

The food! Beef Tongue Rice
The food! Beef Tongue Rice

Oh btw, they have free high speed wi-fi and electrical sockets can be easily found in between tables. No need to worry if your gadgets need to be charged. Now I’m gonna close my short review with an inspiring mural on the wall I found there, nice isn’t it?

Inspiring mural on the wall
Inspiring mural on the wall

Typology Jakarta
Jl. Wijaya 1 No. 5C
Kebayoran Baru, Jakarta Selatan 12170
021 – 29126149
Instagram : @TypologyJkt

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Turning Point Coffee

I have a new hobby lately. Well, not exactly a hobby but I’ve been doing this thing often nowadays. That is, visiting small coffee shops in Jakarta and try their latte. By all means I’m no expert in coffee art, I don’t understand most of the terms and I drink mostly only latte. But now that I’ve been going to coffee shops more often, I (kind of) can differentiate which latte is good and which is so – so and I’m getting more interested in trying different kinds of blends.

Through Instagram I got exposed to a lot of coffee shops in town. Some has been around for quite some time but a lot are new. That’s how I found out about Turning Point Coffee, which was just opened recently. Their feed looks very promising and I was tempted to try their coffee. One thing though, they are located in the outskirts of Jakarta – in Gading Serpong to be exact. While I’m curious to try their coffee, going there out of the blue seemed too much of effort for me. But then yesterday I had to accompany my Mum visiting a relative in Alam Sutera, a neighboring city. AHA! what I coincidence, I thought. I then asked my Mum to accompany me to a bit of detour to Gading Serpong in search for this coffee shop.

Turning Point Coffee is located not far from Summarecon Mall Serpong (Yes, that huge shopping mall), in a SOHO complex. It is, however, a bit hard to find because they haven’t put any signage anywhere in the building. They are present in Google listing though, so you can easily search for their name in Google Maps and just follow the direction. But still, a bit hard to find.

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Turning Point Coffee

When I finally got there, my expectation increased when I was walking inside the store. I could smell the smell of coffee even from the outside! Mind you the door was closed when I was walking in, so I thought it’s a very good sign.ย The place was small, probably caters around 15 people comfortably inside and a little bit more outside. There were more than 15 people when I arrived though, it was very crowded. There was 1 group on the queue in front of me but I did not have to wait that long to be served and was given a warm welcome by the cashier/server. While making my order I told him that I came from far away (read: Jakarta haha) and he casually said “you’d want to come back!”

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Soft Opening Menu
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Minimalist menu board

For my first order, I ordered a Latte from their House Blend. Mum had their Oolong tea, and we also ordered something sweet – A doughnut and a milk pie. Everything we ordered was very good! I loved my latte, smooth and just the right amount of sweetness. It’s definitely one of the best latte I’ve had in Jakarta (and it’s surroundings too – considering Serpong is not really Jakarta :p). I even made a second order and tried their Cloak&Dagger Blend which has a more fruity taste (until very recently I did not know that coffee could have a fruity taste! *amazed*). Both are reaaally good!

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Latte!
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Yummy Doughnuts by @afteraise
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Milk Pie

While I’m enjoying my coffee and mum enjoying her tea, I could not help but observing my surroundings. It looks like everyone was so passionate. It was a busy time but I could sense that all the employees are working passionately in serving delicious coffee. Right when I was observing, the cashier approached my table and we had a small chat. It turns out that he’s one of the owners, besides her wife – the barista, and some other friends. I told him how I loved my coffee and he told us a little bit of interesting story behind the coffee shop, how they aim for the coffee shop to be community based – they will serve other coffee shop’s blends periodically. Sounds good to me! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Baristas in action!

So me and mum stayed there until the shop’s almost closed at around 5PM. The visit was very enjoyable and I’d definitely come back. I mean, who would not want to enjoy good coffee and scrumptious nibbles in a cosy place where you can have small talks with other people?

Turning Point Coffee

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Facebook: Turning Point

Challenge Accepted!

This is the fifth post in the โ€œChrista in the UKโ€ series โ€“ stories from the year 2009 and 2010 during my timeย living, studying, working and traveling in a small beach town called Bournemouth in South West England.

I still remember my very first “Strategic Marketing and Branding” class at Bournemouth University. We were put in groups of 4 and had to discuss about the future of TV. I was the only Indonesian in my class and also the only Asian in that small group. As much as I was very eager to learn and keen to succeed, I was confused. I did not know what to contribute to the group’s discussion. I thought I am outspoken enough as a person, but at that moment I felt afraid to say a word. My group mates were European students, they appeared much more experienced and more confident.

Of course they were more experienced, at least about the subject we were discussing. Back then in Indonesia TV was still the biggest media. It was still growing in Indonesia, yet in that warm classroom we were discussing about what is next after TV, how can TV survive the future in Europe. They are Europeans, so they must know what was being talked about. They were able to express their opinions and contribute to the discussion. Me? I was struggling to speak, I felt shy, I felt incompetent.

At the end of the session, I finally managed to express my confusion to my group. I was able to explain the situation in Indonesia, where I came from. I managed to overcome my struggle, but I have to admit that it was quite a rough start to my journey in getting a masters degree.

You see, going abroad obviously is very challenging. Behind the glitters of actually living abroad, there’s the learning process, which was very much different to what I experienced back home. It can be daunting, it can be stressful – Oops, don’t be discouraged though, it will be very rewarding in the end, you just got to go through it! ๐Ÿ™‚

How to succeed, then? I think, the key is having a careful preparation. Prepare as early as possible – by preparation I mean everything! Prepare to live in a different culture, prepare to study in a different learning environment, prepare to be homesick too, hehehe. Like I mentioned in this post, going to study abroad needs a lot of preparation. I consider myself lucky because I was able to adapt to the “foreign” environment quite smoothly. But still, now you know that I had my challenges. It was hard, but I managed. I wish I had more help though…

Btw, not long ago I had the opportunity to meet with EF‘s country manager in Jakarta. EF may be familiar to some of you for its language schools. But little did I know that EF also means Education First, a worldwide organisation which offers various study programs in many countries (They also run an English program in Bournemouth! ๐Ÿ˜€). What interests me is that they have a University Preparation program which can help future students to prepare before going to study abroad.

Of course there are also other sources of help, but I think the kind of programs that EF offer would be very much helpful in helping you to adapt – not only to the culture, but most importantly, the learning environment. Because at the end of the day, we all wish to be successful in our education, right? ๐Ÿ™‚

Cheers,

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Me, looking very relieved as this picture was taken after I submit my final assignment ๐Ÿ˜€

Counting Days!

I’m super excited to tell you that it’s 93 more days until I’m scheduled to meet my boyfriend! Yaaayyyy! Hehe pardon the excitement because the last time I saw him was ages ago, back in September 2013. ๐Ÿ˜

Anyway, I actually have bought the plane ticket and got my leave at work approved since last year but I haven’t really thought about it and haven’t really started to count days because well.. it was still 2014. But since 2015 is here now, no harm in counting days, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰

In addition to meeting the boyfriend and his family, I’m also super excited because I’ll be going to Coachella festival during my trip to California!!! Yes you read it right, Coachella!!! Me, my boyfriend and a group of his friends will be going to weekend two… It has been in my bucket list + my 30 before 30 list to attend (and camp) in a music festival and hopefully everything will be so smooth that I’d get to cross that off my list this April. If you’re interested, here’s a line up poster of the event which was announced yesterday:

Coachella 2015
Image from: http://www.coachella.com/poster-iframe/

What do you think about the line up? To me, other names on the poster suddenly become not so important anymore once I read “Belle and Sebastian” on it. They are my favorite band everr and I thought I lost the chance of watching them live once I missed their show when I was in England back in 2010. Who would’ve thought that they’ll be playing Coachella right at the very year I’m going?! SUPER HAPPY! But anyway, I’d also love to see other performances, plus, we’ll be camping!! Wooohooo! super excited. The boyfriend, on the other hand, really wished for Kendrick Lamar (his current favorite rapper) to play Coachella but I guess he’s not lucky yet. Hehe, next time ๐Ÿ˜‰

Anyway, I can’t wait for the weekend to come and start planning my trip. Browsing for things to do, planning my Coachella trip.. ๐Ÿ˜€ meanwhile, I’ve been playing Coachella’s Official Spotify Playlist at work and during my commute. Just have to make myself familiarised with the artists!

To end this post, here’s a song by Belle and Sebastian called Funny Little Frog. Have a listen and let me know if you liked it as much as I do! ๐Ÿ™‚

The thing about.. Lipstick

I feel really funny writing this, really. Because I’m not a beauty blogger. Oh I don’t even use make up on a daily basis! But here I am finding myself writing a blog post about lipstick. Hahahaha. Okay, please bear with me for the kind of post that you might not see often in this blog! ๐Ÿ˜‰

So, as I mentioned before, I don’t use make up on a daily basis. I don’t even follow a sophisticated skincare routine. Every morning I wash my face using a facial wash, use a moisturizer/sunblock, put on some powder and lip balm. At night I wash my face again and that’s it. No eye brow pencil, no foundation, no primer, no toner, etc etc. The case is of course different when I go to parties, I’d put on more stuffs on my face, like eye liner and colorful lipstick. I don’t have many colors though, probably 2 or 3.

But I started to feel a liiiiiil bit of pressure when going out with my friends. Especially after work. Whenever we take pictures, I always see my face looks pale compared to my friends. Of course, they put on more make up than myself. I don’t want to put a lot of make up though, I know I won’t be comfortable. But I think I should do something, I don’t want to appear pale and worn out every time I go out after work.

Now, as 2015 is just around the corner, I have another resolution. That is, to use more lipstick. Hahahaha. Yep, I figure lipstick would solve my problem. It won’t be such effort and Hopefully can make my face more “lively”. Quite a plan, right? Hehehe. Now it’s just a matter of sticking to the plan.

Last week I took my mum shopping for lipstick. Unlike me, she looooves lipstick and probably have a 1000 of them (hahaha jk). She does not wear heavy make up though, in fact, she only wear moisturizer and lipstick on a daily basis. Not even face powder. But she has a lot of colors and even like to combine them, resulting in unique colors. We went to Metro Department Store in Gandaria City Mall and I saw NYX booth. I remember the brand is constantly being talked about by my friends and on Instagram.

We spent some time in the booth, mum ended up buying 2 lipsticks. I ended up buying one, this Butter Lipstick in shade “BLS17”. It’s a basic soft color, I was still afraid to take risks a.k.a choosing bold colors. For Rp.115.000, I think it’s a good value for money, perfect for my daily use.

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The first NYX lipstick that I bought

At the office, I casually told the story to a friend of mine. Knowing that I bought a NYX lipstick, she suggested to try their Soft Matte Lip Cream as well. At first I was hesitant because I doubt the texture. But when I tried it on, I instantly fall in love…. and decided to buy two colors :p

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My current addiction!

Now I find it a bit hard to review the product as I’m not used to reviewing make up. But I can list down the reasons of me liking this product so much.

First – the colors. Look at the vibrant pink! and juicy plum! I never thought those colors suit me but they turn out to be very nice on me.

Second – price. It’s only Rp.100.000! ($6 in the US last time I checked). Very much affordable and won’t give you buyer’s remorse if you happened to purchase more than 1 like me ๐Ÿ˜‰

Third – the texture. It lives up to the name, matte, but not heavy. I feel like wearing nothing at all, which is a good thing because I don’t like the “heavy make up” feeling.

Fourth – the durability. It lasts long. Really. I put in on once in the morning and I still got a teeny bit of pink shade even after lunch. Mind you I drink at least 2 bottles of water before lunch, and the colors stay.

I can’t wait to try on other colors but I think I gotta be wise on my spending budget, so probably 1 color per month will do :p

What about you, do you use lipstick on a daily basis?ย  Any recommendations for me? ๐Ÿ™‚

The new year.

Hello everyone!

I guess it’s not too late to say, “Happy New Year!!!“, right? ๐Ÿ™‚
What did you do on new year’s eve? I went to my friend’s house with a small group of friends, only 8 of us (including her adorable toddler).ย It was a potluck party, she cooked the main course, a friend brought appetizer, another brought wine, and I brought martabak :D. We ate good food, we chatted, and oh, we also exchanged presents. It was a “Secret Santa” kind of thing. My secret Santa gave a weekender bag which I really love, so thank you secret Santa!

After eating, chatting, and exchanging presents, we basically just hung out until midnight. We made a toast soon after midnight and told each other our 2015 resolutions and wishes. I went home not long after and had to pass an invitation to go clubbing because I just did not have the energy anymore. Hahahaha.

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How I welcomed my 2015

Although I wanted to go running on the morning of the 1st, the weather did not allow me to. It was raining in Jakarta so I stayed home with my family, just resting. We managed to go out for dinner later on and went to Plaza Senayan for a nice dinner at newly opened Applebee’s.

I had to work on the 2nd as I did not take any leave from the office, but I was not alone. Someย of my friends at work were also there so we took extended lunch and had a nice “new year” meal. I spent Friday night at home watching dvd with my mum. We watched “If I stay“, an adaptation of the same titled novelย by Gayle Forman. The movie was alright, it’s a teen movie, but I enjoyed the soundtrack.

On Saturday I had a project meeting and then went to a friend’s birthday, again, at Plaza Senayan. Hehe. So that’s how I spent the first days of 2015. How did you spend yours?

Btw, Today is my blog’s anniversary! Yep this blog is turning 1 today! So young hahaha. But I’m thankful because of this blog, I got to be a part of the wonderful blogging community, meet interesting people from all around the world and got to know their stories. I’m thankful as it has opened up opportunities for me too, and I’m thankful because I got to share, which basically is the main reason I published this blog.

To end the post, I’d like to say heaps of thanks to each and everyone of you who have been reading, here’s wishing all of us a better, lovelier, happier, and healthier 2015! โค

It was my birthday and we were in the middle of nowhere..

This is the fourth post in the โ€œChrista in the UKโ€ series โ€“ stories from the year 2009 and 2010 during my timeย living, studying, working and traveling in a small beach town called Bournemouth in South West England.ย 

After dealing with homesickness, I started to love my new life as a student. Of course there were sleepless nights – those nights before the deadline of an assignment. But there were also other fun days, filled with the excitement of exploring a new place and making new friends from all over the world!

As we were approaching year end and the end of our first term, plans started to come up. Most of our European friends has made plans to come home for Christmas and New Year, basically leaving us Asians with no plans (yet). With a group of other Indonesians, I decided to plan a road trip throughout the UK during our term break/year end holiday. In between assignments deadline we began to build our plan – cities to go, places to visit, modes of transportation, budget, and all that. We also asked a group of friends to join us. In the end, there were 10 of us. 5 Indonesians, 2 Taiwanese, 1 Chinese, and 2 Thai. So fun! I had written the travel experience as a guest post in my friend Aggy’s blog and you can read it here.. what I haven’t shared there is the fact that I had my birthday during that trip! Yay!

We started the trip on the eve of Christmas. We decided to have a road trip and rented two cars for 10 of us. Our first destination was Bath – a small town up north of Bournemouth, less than 2 hours drive away. It was already dark when we arrived, and we were very much surprised to find out that the town was like a dead town! Our destination was the town centre but we saw almost no one on the streets. The shops were all closed, even though it’s only around 6PM. No restaurants nor pubs were open.. except a restaurant called Market, where we ended up having our Christmas Eve dinner!

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Christmas Eve dinner at Bath

After dinner, we spent some time wandering around Bath’s empty city centre, just having fun with each other because really, we felt like the town was ours! Hahaha. And then we left for our next destination, Bristol. Of course, everything was closed as well there. Being international students, we were not aware of the fact that during Christmas eve, British people tend to spend time at home and all shops would be closed. It will continue to be like that until Christmas day.. and then everything will start to go back normal on Boxing day which is the 26th of December. So yeah, we did not get to do much in Bristol except strolling around the empty town centre. We probably spent only a couple hours there before we left to our next destination… Liverpool!

It would normally take us around 3 hours from Bristol to Liverpool but somewhere along the way my friend in the other car called and asked to stop at the nearest motorway service areas. Because I was driving previously, I failed to realise that it was some time past midnight already, which meant it’s the 25th of December and I turned 23 already! That’s why I was so surprised when everyone gathered around me and sang me happy birthday. They gave me some nice presents as well ๐Ÿ™‚

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Surprise!!!

It was definitely a moment to remember, It’s not every year I got to spend my birthday so far away from home, in the middle of nowhere, but surrounded with good friends and warm attention!

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With my birthday presents ๐Ÿ™‚

After the quick birthday surprise, we continued our journey and reached Liverpool early in the morning. As predicted, everything was closed as well but we managed to find a Chinese Restaurant so we could have a nice dinner to celebrate Christmas and… my birthday. It was a very memorable day ๐Ÿ™‚