Coffeed, Prologue: My relationship with coffee.

This is the first of the many of my coffeed-brain rambling about stuffs.

If I could metaphorically explain my relationship with coffee, it would be Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez. It started in a very young age, on and off, we make up we break up, and some of the break ups are not pretty. But however, just like Selena and Justin, we are currently getting back together.

To be fair, whenever I break up with coffee, it’s never its fault, it’s always me. Indeed, for my case, “it’s not you, it’s me” excuse is genuine.Image result for it's not you it's me gif

Coffee only does good thing to me, in fact I really think coffee is the only reason why I could be such an interesting person, pretty shameless to call yourself interesting but well… Because I started drinking coffee from a very young age, I didn’t remember how I was before coffee invasion, maybe I was boring and dull, I don’t know.

It was because I needed to watch football at 2-3 am in the morning and went to school at 7 am in the morning, I had to drink coffee, it is known to wake you up. But after so many years living with coffee, I don’t think coffee wakes you up physically, it only wakes your brain, but not your body, thus some people experience coffee crash, where they feel so tired, but can’t sleep.

Everytime I drink coffee, I become interesting, I can tell stories very well, I am animated and I become super smart. I’m serious. I think I am pretty smart in general, but when I drink coffee, my brain turns into baby brain, that can absorb things so quickly, I could maybe even fly a plane! The last one is a joke, but I hope you get what I mean.

So I abused coffee, whenever I wanted to write stories, I drank coffee; whenever I wanted to create something, I drank coffee; painted, drank coffee, hung out with friend, drank coffee; watched football, drank coffee; had arguments with Bandi, drank coffee. I drank coffee pretty much the whole life until… my gastric acid said to stop. Or I just got old, I don’t know. I then spent some time away from coffee and went through a gastric medication for a while. Whenever I felt better, I started to go back to coffee again, just like an addict. Then my stomach hurt again and I suffered the whole night and then I quit again. There was even one point when coffee gave me allergy, because it heat up my body and I’m allergic to heat. The relationship was unhealthy at that point of time; on and off and on and off, and I was tired.

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I know, it was not the coffee that gave me a super power to be smart, it was the caffeine. So, I came to look for a healthier option to be caffeinated. I was in South Korea when I fell in love with green tea, so I started to forget about coffee and drank tea daily to fill in the void of my soul. Tea doesn’t have as much caffeine as coffee (come on, even the name caffeine is pretty much taken from caffe, which means coffee – not sure about this, let’s google later) so I had to drink so much tea in order to keep the brain cells jumping. Some days I even drank more tea than water in a day, I’m serious. But the good thing is, tea doesn’t give me gastric.

So, I was coffee-free for about 5 months, and I thought I could finally sing Taylor Swift’s song “we are never ever ever getting back together!”

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But then I started my new job 3 weeks ago, and this job requires more brain cells than I could ever afford with only tea! I knew it that I had to take my super power in order not to only survive, but to over-achieve. Yeah you guess it right, I crawled my ass back to coffee’s warm and fuzzy love. Baby, let’s have a one night stand, I thought.

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I promised myself, only for the first week, because I needed to absorb all the knowledge, then I would switch back to tea again.

Now, it’s my fourth week in, and guess what? I’m writing this under coffee influence.

Coffee is just so good, it makes me feel invincible, it makes me so smart, so interesting, so fun! When I scroll back to my blog posts, I could literally tell which was written under coffee influence, which was not; and if you meet me in person, you could tell whether I had coffee for the day or not.

One day, I was in the airport alone, waiting for my flight while sipping iced latte and I thought, this brain works like maniac whenever I have coffee, I wish I could document what it thinks of, what it wants to say! I boarded my plane and during take-off, le brain kept talking non-stop to me, and I reminisced my teenage days when I drank coffee and started to day-dream like a crack head. I imagined the unthinkable, I dreamt the highest and I created so many scenarios in my head of how my life would turn out. Coffee helped me to where I am today, a place where I feel content, happy and safe.

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Maybe our relationship could evolve from the chaotic dependency, to be matured and respectful. It will always be there when I need but I can learn to love myself more even without it. So I hope this is how Justin and Selena turn out to be as well.

Cheers,

May, caffeinated.

PS: This series is inspired by Domics, my current favourite youtuber, but unlike him, I can’t make animated video, thus, only the story. :)

One super fun weekend and one failed diet plan

It’s eighteen days to Christmas!!!

How’s everyone doing in this joyful festive season? I wish everyone’s planning for fun and joyous things to do for this holiday! :)

This December, I promised Bandi that we’re staying in Singapore. This is because this year is the most tiring year for our passport; we have been traveling all year long, December would be the first month without traveling at all! We’re gonna dining in for Christmas’ Eve together with our housemates and then we’re gonna go to the midnight mass.

What’s your Christmas plan?

Anyway… following up my #projectLEBAY, well…. let’s just say the project failed miserably. HAHAHA. Maybe it’s a very wrong timing. I have so many feast invites in the office, bonding with new friends, new activities, and don’t forget the rainy season got me lazy to exercise. :D Yadda yadda yadda, those are all excuses I know.

I even received email from reader about this project and here I apologize sincerely for the unfinished meal plan. I will resume the project on 2015. I promise. :)

One of the reason why this project failed is because I’ve been enjoying cafe hunting lately. I have a new favorite neighborhood in town. It’s in the Upper Thompson Road.

Upper Thompson Road houses a road length stretch of cafes and restaurants. You can find dimsum place, kopitiam, Korean Bbq, but the ones I love are the cafes! Upper Thompson offer variety of independent cafe. My current favorite is Habitat Cafe, but the best coffee belongs to Pacamara Cafe.

This espresso is awesome!

This espresso is awesome!

Upper Thompson is also very near to my house and my office, so I plan to visit often and try new cafes. I even have a plan in mind to make one post specially for Upper Thompson Road. :) If you notice, I have never written about restaurant reviews ever! The reason is because I found Food Blog is opinionated and sometimes overrated. How would you rate food? It’s almost like rating a pretty face.

But I will write more about Upper Thompson Road. After I collect enough researches about it. :p

I know there is another hipster area beside Upper Thompson in Singapore, such as Tanjong Pagar or Duxton Hill. But I personally prefer Upper Thompson simply because it’s near to my house. :)

If you like coffee, be excited about this, because I’m on a quest to try as many coffee as possible! My preference for Coffee is the Ristretto (easily defined as Espresso, but with half amount of water). I found Ristretto in some of coffee shop (like Pacamara and Koultoura in Jakarta), but they usually would just call it Espresso. You can actually easily see the difference by the amount of water.

Even though I prefer Ristretto, Espresso is also fine for me. Basically any concentrated coffee is fine for me. I don’t really like American Coffee or what we call it Long Black. I feel there’s too much water in there.

My first choice will always be black coffee, but sometimes (very rarely happen) I would want some milk on my coffee. Even though I usually went for Latte, I actually loved cappuccino better, but the sad thing is… I rarely found cappuccino to be done properly… That’s why I would just go for Latte.

I have so far 3 most memorable coffee I’ve had in my life:

  1. Koultoura Coffee – Jakarta, Indonesia.
  2. The Coffee Academy – Hong Kong.
  3. Pacamara – Singapore.

The reason why they’re so memorable is because they have good blends. I love the coffee blends to be aromatic and tangy.

Talking about good cafes, me and my girlfriends decided to have a cafe day out last Saturday.

We started with my personal favorite, Habitat. Here’s some picture!

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Gossiping with my girlfriends.

 

From Habitat, we continued to Little pancake.

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Literally little. :p

 

I actually read a lot of good reviews about Little Pancakes, but even though it was pretty decent to eat and it actually tasted good, I found nothing really special about it.

We continued to the next cafe, called TCC, which is a franchised cafe-chain in Singapore (probably in some other country too, I’m not sure). Here we played some board game because one of my friend, Fefe had a friend who is soooo crazy about board game. It was FUN!

One of the board game, which name I forgot. :p

One of the board game, which name I forgot. :p

My Saturday turned out to be very very active. It was ironic because I came home very late the night before. I had the most fun Dinner and Dance ever! It was the Schneider Electric Dinner and Dance event with Fabulous Fifties theme! It turned out to be super fun!

A simple collage

A simple collage

I wish I had more pictures, but my phone wasn’t with me that night, so I only relied on other people sending me their photos.

It’s amazing that a lot of fun thing could happen in just one weekend. My weekend usually starts with playstation and ends with PC games. LOL. This weekend I had so much fun.

To continue on what happen after the board game… Angel and I went back home to eat dinner and met Bandi and Ricky (both Angel and Ricky are very close friend) and we spontaneously decided to do Capsa Night!

When one of my housemate, Felik heard word “capsa” he joined us. And this is what makes the Capsa more fun!

TEQUILA!

TEQUILA!

Five hours later, after rounds and rounds of Capsa game, we finished a bottle of tequila! Can you imagine that!?! I thought it was physically impossible but we actually finished it.

You guys could pretty much picture the idea of what happened next, right? XD

It was 3 am in the morning and a group of drunk people walked to 24hrs McDonald’s. HAHAHAHA. Gosh it was fun.

Annndddd…. the fun still continues on the next day, Sunday.

We had a birthday bash! yaiy! And we didn’t cut cake. We cut tumpeng! :D

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We played another game called “WEREWOLF ULTIMATE”

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The birthday girl is the one holding flowers!

We played another game called “Werewolf Ultimate”, which is very very fun. You can actually create the game without buying it. Just google it! It’s great for group fun activity, no matter if they’re strangers or close friends.. :)

Well…

It’s been soooooo long since I made a personal post, isn’t it? I just feel that last weekend deserves a post. It was seriously one of the best weekend I’ve ever had. It was mix of everything I love doing, dancing, partying, meeting new people, playing games, coffee drinking, wine drinking, spending time with close friends, celebrating birthday, went on a shopping spree (yes we actually had time to go to the Fossil for the 30% disc!), eating good food and good cheesecake, and lots and lots and lots of laughter.

A weekend to remember.

Thank you for spending time with me, friends! There’s a saying: home is not a place, it is people. Indeed it’s true. :)

Cheers,

May,

having fun, always.

 

36 fun hours in Jakarta, involving bloggers, pork and coffee!

Fun? Why fun? Because I ATE GOOD FOOD! Hahahaha! I don’t usually review restaurant or cafe or places but today I will do that. Why? Because I had found THE BEST espresso in Jakarta, Indonesia Asia!

But more on that later, I will now talk about how fun it is to finally have a bloggers meet-up!! Woot!!! Let’s talk about this in an organized timeline.

Bloggers meet-up!

Foto wajib di depan LEKO

Foto wajib di depan LEKO

Gil and I accidentally took the same flight and I forgot how did we end up planning the meet-up. Well, I think she planned it and I took her credit. LOL. I did meet with Gil before and it was fun meeting her for the second time. She was loud, loud and loud. Hahaha. We talked on a plane like it was out private jet and some people were staring but what the heck, we didn’t care. LOLOL. Talking to Gil is like talking to an old friend, I didn’t have to filter my words (trust me I’m actually harsh and vulgar – not proud of it btw) and as much as I don’t want to admit it, I had fun. Shit, she will be like “I KNEW IT MAY I KNEW THAT YOU LIKED ME”.

We landed at Soe-Tha around 9 something and went straight to Central Perk where the meet-up was planned. She was starving so we headed to Leko once we arrived at CP but sadly the mbak-mbak didn’t let us sit because apparently, it wasn’t open yet. Gil threatened to eat her hand if she didn’t eat soon so as a very wise and kind person, I calmed her down.

Anyway… long story short, we could finally sit inside Leko at 11 am and Happy was the first to arrive. We also got to know Happy’s boyfriend, Ai later on. Dea and Utin then arrived. I did meet with Dea before and she was still as pretty as remember. (now you have to say something nice about me, Dea! Mwahahaha!) And the person who I really really couldn’t wait to meet finally arrived, DINA!!! Simply because she promised me LEMPER! Hwahahaha. Dina came with her husband, Benny and her cutey baby Raka. Raka was soooooo adorable!

We then ordered some food and I must tell the world that Gil ate like there was no tomorrow. Oh she was an embarrassment for all of us….

And then Melissa came with her husband and her cutey baby, Grace. Grace was dressed pink from head to toe and it was something I liked about girl babies. Hahaha. So adorable!

After eating Iga penyet, sayur asem, kangkung cah, etc etc, Dea still popped an idea to have dessert at Hong Tang! Jeez Dea, if I couldn’t fit my gown, I would so gonna sue you! *knock on wood*

But anyway, I kinda liked Hong Tang dessert, even though BLACK BALL IS STILL THE BEST!!! Yes, Dea, it should had been refunded! Hahahah. But I enjoyed talking with everybody lahhh

Anyway, I seriously had fun, we should really do this more often!!! :)

Foto full team di Hong Tang

Foto full team di Hong Tang. Thank you Benny for the photo!

Scrappy Saturday with my Bridesmaids

After saying goodbye with my new fun friends, I went to Fenty’s house to start the crafting thingy for my DIY wedding. I estimated 5 hours to wrap up all the tasks but guess what? We finished it at 2 in the morning. Geez…

Spill the tools!!!

Spill the tools!!! Can you see that my luggage was full of ribbons and threads?

They cut the thingy and I was QC-ing. yes, I was such a bitch. LOL

They cut the thingy and I was QC-ing. yes, I was such a bitch. LOL

No lah, when Renny and Angel (the strawberry girl) were cutting the invites’ buttons, I was writing all the RSVP names! It was quite frustrating because my hand writing was kinda ugly. :( But anyway, it was still fun because we were making fun of the fact that at this age of my life I was still seeking for approval because I asked them “Is it nice?” everytime I wrote one name, and Renny was like, “DO YOU WANT ME TO SAY IT’S NICE?” with sarcastic tone. Tsk!

And my creepy maid-of-honor took a selfie while we were slaving our asses off!

And my creepy maid-of-honor took a selfie while we were slaving our asses off!

And another selfie, showing of her masterpieces of yellow and gray pencil that she painted.

And another selfie, showing of her masterpieces of yellow and gray pencil that she painted.

And I got “masuk angin” later on and I asked for NASI PADANG for my dinner because it was the only thing that could cure me!!! And yes, wishes granted!!! :D

Fenty found some Padang resto that had a delivery service. Thanks god it was yummy!!!

Fenty found some Padang resto that had a delivery service. Thanks god it was yummy!!!

After invitation was done, it was already quite late, maybe around 9 or 10… And then Klemens came as a bartender to mix some vodka for my drunkard maid of honor, so she could re-energized herself and crafting some bows for me. LOLOLOL.

Yes, we were up to SECOND TASK OF THE DAY: Crafting the personalized Napkins! Woot woot!!!

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Work work work!

It was cool because our teamwork was actually very good! Angel was folding the napkin, Renny was crafting the bow, I put on the ribbon ring onto the napkin, fenty combined the bow onto them and then QC of course. Fenty is a certified OCD freak so she was in charge of QC for both invites and napkins. LOLOL.

And what did Klemens do? He snapped photos and drank the vodka. Cih!

We finished around 1 am and then still in the mood for… gossiping! Hahaha. No lah, we were talking from heart to heart. :p Anyway I didn’t really remember what time I slept, I guess it was around 2:30 and in Singapore time it would be 3:30 and trust me, I FELT SO OLD I COULD’T SLEEP LATE ANYMORE!

New found glory on Sunday!

Now this is the part where I write my very first review… I will review noddle place in Jakarta called BAKMI AGUAN and it is non-halal guys. Sorry about that.

Foto diambil semena-mena dari Path nya Fenty

Foto diambil semena-mena dari Path nya Fenty

Now let me write in Bahasa… Ini namanya Bakmi Aguan… enaknya keterlaluan… Mie nya sing ada lawan… Baso babi nya sangat menawan… Hebat kan gue bisa berpuisi penuh ryhmes!

Baso Goreng FTW!

Baso Goreng FTW!

Yah pokoknya intinya ini enak banget, susah gue jelaskan pake kata, lo cobain sendiri aje!!! Lokasinya nggak taw dimana tepatnya, yang pasti daerah Puri. Jangan tanya gue lah, gue nggak tau jalan, tinggal ngikut doang, mending tanya google aja. Hahahaha, ini review paling sampah nggak sih?

Tapi suwer ini wajib makan bagi pecinta mie babi!!!

Habis dari sini, dengan perut yang sudah maju 5 cm, kita cabut ke kedai kopi bernama KOULTOURA. At first I though it would be just another coffee show… and then I sipped their espresso and HOLY CRAP, I COULDN’T BE MORE WRONG.

IT WAS REMARKABLE!

Their espresso was already double shot by default. FYI, I couldn’t just drink one shot of espresso, especially after the all-nighter… I had to have two shots at least. The guy said their espresso was already two shots by default. So, for you who could only drink one shot, THIS IS NOT FOR YOU.

Anyway it turned out that their two-shots of espresso had the amount of water for one shot of espresso. But the thickness was just AWESOME, especially for people who loves thick espresso like me. OMG BEST COFFEE EVER! I was so curious and I asked the Barista about the coffee blends. He spoke fluent coffee and I could only caught that he blended the coffee beans from all around Indonesia. :)

I couldn’t have enough so I ordered my second cup of espresso, asking for different blends. The waiter recommended me the one with the butterscotch smell, I was skeptic at first because I didn’t like butterscotch but again, I COULDN’T BE MORE WRONG. It was my (again) best coffee I had so far since I came back from Italy!

OMG, YOU GUYS WHO LOVES COFFEE MUST COME TO KOULTOURA!!!

Best espresso ever!!!!

I’m sorry I don’t have any photo of my espresso because I didn’t snap it. Geez, I really thought it was just gonna be another ordinary espresso for me. Guess I had a nice surprise last weekend. :)

However, these are some photos…

Foto Hot Chocolate nya Fenty yang gue ambil semena-mena dari Path nya

Foto Hot Chocolate nya Fenty yang gue ambil semena-mena dari Path nya

ITU DIA PENAMPAKAN ESPRESSO NYA!

ITU DIA PENAMPAKAN ESPRESSO NYA! Dapet bonus Lemon water pake soda pula!

I will be so going back!

I will be so going back!

My old friend, Azhim then picked me up and sent me off to the Airport. Too bad I didn’t snap any photo with him, but he was too busy curhat that we didn’t even bother to take photos. LOL

And then the flight took off…

Oh it was surely the most fun I had since this year started. :)

I kinda had a little tear when the flight took off… I used to hate Jakarta so so damn much, now I hurt my heart a little everytime I left. Sometimes we had to be separated with the people we love so we knew how much they meant to us. :)

I miss my dear friends already. I love you guys… so so so much, words could never express it.

See you next month! :)

Cheers,

May, the coffee addict.