Oh Indonesia, we’re back! Initially what mom and I hoped for was to spend my birthday and Chinese new year with Popoh but it was too unfortunate she couldn’t stay any longer. She was laid to rest last September and being in this country isn’t the same as what it used to be when she was still here.
All of her children and grandchildren including myself were given this photo to keep. I made sure I placed it in every wallet I carry to remind myself how beautiful she is and how much I love and admire her.
Before we headed to Jakarta I spent over a week with my high school friends in Singapore. It was our first overseas trip together and I already miss it. We spotted tasty $4 hawker food almost everyday, spent two nights at a hotel with unique architecture, walked endlessly from morning to nighttime, shopped till we dropped and spent a crapload of time in Kinokuniya (a Japanese bookstore we visited at least three or four times and for hours!).
I was fortunate enough to meet the family of one of my friends who we stayed at for the entire trip, it was overwhelming saying goodbye since it almost felt like us girls were also a part of their family.
Hey look, it’s the Burberry truck again! The same one I encountered in New York only this time in Singapore.
Shirokuma is green tea/matcha heaven, I say this because it literally is. Everything on the menu is matcha-flavored (can’t say no to that!) of course I had to come here since it’s the new talk of the town in Jakarta.
Cotton candy green tea ice cream….where’s the ice cream you ask? It’s in a bowl….underneath it. Nope the bowl’s not tiny, it’s just the cotton candy’s massive! And yes I’ve dyed my hair dark brown, I feel normal again hahaha.
A few hours ago I dined at Fukuro – a contemporary Japanese restaurant with professionally trained, authentic Japanese chefs who serve the most amazing Japanese food I’ve ever had. It was a far better experience than Nobu Melbourne and any Japanese restaurant I’ve stepped foot in so far. I got the chance to meet the owner, Ryo Okawa, who’s already inspired me with not only his food but moreso his unique taste in art and design. The standout is obviously the 80 Bearbricks and the collection of art on every wall in the restaurant. Not to mention the decor of the place makes you feel so chic and classy. 10/10 for everything we’ve ordered including the teriyaki chicken pie, wagyu stone grill, rice with duck liver sauce, sashimi platter and the green tea shaved ice dessert.