Kuliner Salatiga yang Legendaris dan Tak Terlupakan

Salatiga adalah tempat saya menghabiskan masa kecil, dari TK hingga SD. Saya ingat hari-hari saya di kota kecil yang adem ini sungguh menyenangkan. Walaupun kota ini kecil, menurut saya banyak sekali tempat makan yang enak. Tempat-tempat makan ini biasanya dikelola oleh sebuah keluarga, memakai resep andalan turun temurun. Mungkin karena ini lah makanan yang sederhana bisa terasa sangat lezat.

Tentunya saya sudah beberapa kali berkunjung ke Salatiga karena masih banyak sekali teman-teman keluarga di sana. Saat di sana kami selalu menyempatkan diri untuk mengunjungi tempat-tempat makan yang dulu sering kami datangi. Ceritanya ingin nostalgia. Beberapa tempat makan ini masih seperti dulu, ada yang sudah berubah sedikit, ada pun yang sudah tutup (sungguh sayang sekali!). Selain itu, kami juga kerap diajak untuk mencicipi tempat-tempat makan baru.

Kali ini saya mau berbagi informasi kuliner di Salatiga, baik yang legendaris maupun yang baru namun tak terlupakan.Read More »


Discovering Clisson, the Italian Gem in France

This post was originally written for my old travel blog Dream Explore Wander on 11 May 2013.

It was a fine Spring day in France. Winter was finally replaced by joyful Spring and it brought the sun with it. With the sun shining and a warm temperature, my feet, as usual, started to itch begging me to find a new place to explore.

“Let’s bike to Clisson” suggested a friend.

Since only two of my friends had bikes, they decided to do a Nantes-Clisson bike trip while I put on my summer short and headed for the train station with the rest of our gang. It was only March and I was in shorts, I couldn’t believe it. I intended to absorb as much sun as possible, just incase dull weather took over in the next few days (it didn’t!).Read More »

Channel Yoga Favorit di YouTube

Setahun terakhir ini saya memutuskan untuk melakukan olahraga yoga secara rutin. Awalnya saya hanya ingin menguatkan otot-otot saya, tapi setelah beberapa bulan rutin saya merasakan ketenangan jiwa juga.

Saya belum berani gabung dengan kelas yoga yang terkadang ramai dan tentunya saya tidak pernah bisa kan memprediksi pesertanya sehat semua. Untuk itu saya memilih untuk mendatangkan guru privat ke rumah.

Photo from here

Ternyata guru yoga saya enak diajak ngobrol dan dia memahami kondisi saya. Dia menyarankan saya fokus ke meditasi dan yin yoga saja. Nanti kalau sudah kuat bisa belajar yang lainnya. Saya sangat cocok dengan guru saya ini jadi sampai sekarang saya masih privat sama dia, terkadang ada teman yang gabung (dengan catatan dia sehat). Guru saya ini juga sudah tahu, kalau dia tidak enak badan atau batuk/pilek pasti langsung membatalkan janjinya. Pokoknya sudah klop ya 😀Read More »

Eating My Way Through Porto

This post was originally written for my old travel blog Dream Explore Wander on 1 August 2013.

When people come to the small city of Porto in Portugal, most expect a unique gastronomic experience. For that matter they are definitely in the right city. Located near the sea, Porto offers a wide range culinary delights that will spoil you rotten. With so many cafes and restaurants, all boasting to bring the best Portuguese food, I sometimes feel overwhelmed and it’s easy to land in an over-priced restaurant with only standard quality meal.

I was of course over the moon when I found out about Taste Porto Food Tours run by a local, André. There is nothing I love more than knowing a city guided by a local who knows the city best. Even better with André is that he knows where all the amazing places to eat that us newcomers wouldn’t know.

In Porto, to find authentic Portuguese food, you will have to go directly to its talented locals. Beyond the beautifully-tiled churches and gorgeous narrow alleys, you will start to smell onions being fried and the aroma of sardines filling your nose, making your mouth water. There are so many different kind of cuisines in Portugal and I find the cuisines to be different than that of other parts of western Europe remembering the different culture influences. More spices are used, more flavours are combined – the Portuguese are ones that are brave with taste and are not afraid to spice up their meal.Read More »

Cancer Talk #31: An Update


I haven’t written here on Cancer Talk for quite a while.

First of all I’d like to thank everyone who gave me good wishes on my transplant. The first few months of 2017 were dedicated to recovering from my transplant. I recovered well and then around March (or April – I cannot remember), I did my scan and the result…well, it was disappointing. While most of the tumours have disappeared, there were still a few left. To my doctor, the transplant was not a total failure. However, he was concerned of the few remaining and so he told me to do radiation, which I did obediently.Read More »

Hello 2018

Hi everyone! A massive HAPPY NEW YEAR to all of you!

I really can’t believe 2017 is over. I had a rocky start to the year as I had just done my stem cell transplant at the end of 2016 so the first months of 2017 was all about recovery. Then around March/April I received the result of my transplant which I will explain more elaborately later on my Cancer Talk post. I will say that the result was not as expected so I had to continue with an antibody infusion. However, I didn’t have to do chemo which is a big YEY for me, at least I get to stay home and do something instead of being so weak and tired all the time.Read More »

My 2017 in Books

This year I completed my Goodreads Challenge of 70 books (I even read a bit more than planned)! In November I thought I wouldn’t make it but eventually I did. I actually had less time to read this year since I had to do lots of work for Astanya but when things get super hectic, reading is what keeps me calm.

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So, here are some of my favourite books of 2017:

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

This book actually broke my heart, but it is one of the best books I read this year. The book talks about a girl named Starr who witnessed her best friend called Khalil got shot by a police officer. His murder brought a lot of anger and confusion to Starr and also to their neighbourhood.Read More »