Man-Made Specials, My Bali Exploration

The “Little House” That Really Makes You Feel Like Home

The colors, the walls, the tile pattern on their semi-open terrace overlooking the main road, the homie decoration and everything lovely in a simple way that you can only find in La Casseta Italian Restaurant (meaning The Little House in Italian) which makes you don’t feel like living in Bali for a moment..

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Onetime, we found this place for the first time by a chance, when we drove by Umalas area. We thought we won’t find anything special around here since this area mostly surrounded by villas, mini markets and food stalls. After a while, we saw this cute restaurant and we thought that we had to go there to check it out. And as our feeling was telling us at the first time we saw this restaurant, we ended up felt the satisfaction! The foods and everything met our expectation! No regret! This is one of the restaurants that make us come back for more and tell our friends. The lovely restaurant itself, the foods and the great location with tranquil ambience.

I don’t think many people have already known this place as the location is kinda secluded, unless those who are already living here for some times and familiar with Bali roads. And this is what I like to do, explore the unexplored and share it to you..Meaning: The Little House

The fantastic foods, the lovely dessert, the good service, all is rolled into one in this restaurant! Besides the delicious pizza, fresh salad and carbonara that I’ve tried before, my recommendation is their dessert, Panna cotta with strawberry topping.. It tastes like heaven! So, buon appetito from Island of the Gods…

Panna cotta with the strawberry on top. Perfection.

Panna cotta with the strawberry on top. Perfection.

A good dessert and homie ambience.

A good dessert and the homie ambience.

Italian style tile patterns. Simply lovely.

Italian style tile patterns. Simply lovely and unique.

You should try it.

The homie restaurant that’s totally worth a try.

Excuse me for this. But this place is just too lovely to miss the photo capture!

Excuse me for this. But this place is just too lovely to miss the photo session!

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Your Tummy’s Saviour Anytime You Need

Ok, some of you might ask.. why SOHO while plenty of chic restaurants are around the area. Especially it is situated only few steps away from the famous Ultimo, Rumours, the delicious Greek resto Mykonos and many more. Why do I put SOHO first among the more interesting places around it?

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Before you ask me more questions, let me ask you few questions first..How many times did you suddenly feel hungry in the middle of the night and unfortunately most of the restaurants especially around Seminyak area were already closed? I know there are plenty of restaurants around Kuta that are open until really late.. but some of you might think it’s too much hustle with its random crowds especially in the middle of the night -You might think differently but well, as a person who would rather be in a quite place *maybe because I am already living here*, I choose not to go around the crowded and packed places like Kuta or Legian unless meeting up with some friends who visit Bali or there is important thing to do there.

Another question is, have you ever checked out your kitchen and you found nothing? most probably sometimes you are too busy to get some ingredients to cook or forget to buy some foods to be kept. How many times did it happen?

Or maybe very early in the morning you got to go for work or for a meeting which demand you to arrive earlier than usual? While the only ones that already open is mini market express or 24h junkfood places? And sometimes not enough for you to only have a bread, fried stuff and a cup of coffee?

Well, I am not sure about you but that what happened to me for several of time. Got hungry, couldn’t sleep, instant noodles that are left won’t satistify me, very early proper breakfast in need.

So this is the answer why I am writing about SOHO. The 24 Hours Diner which will keep opening until the last day of your life! lol *except on the Balinese Silence Day* Not only that, but also their delicious foods! Options of fresh salads, burgers, pastas, Indonesians and many more. The service is two thumbs up..You will see many smiley faces here! And they bring the foods and drinks really fast!

When you are there, you should try their Long Island Iced Tea. I am telling you the one that they have is amazing too. Just don’t forget to say “strong one” so there you go.. A perfect taste of Long Island Iced Tea which won’t leave you hangover with the bad feeling on the following day.

Besides that, have you ever heard about Bloody Mary? Yes, the unique taste of cocktail originally from Paris which consists of vodka, tomato, carrot, tabasco, salt and pepper! They have it too and if you think yourself is an adventurous one, you should try it for a change!

So now you know why I picked SOHO 24H Diner rite? ‘coz the opening hour is totally fulfill your needs and the options of the food are also not bad at all! So, enjoy..

A Beef Burger with some beers.

A Beef Burger with some beers.

The Spaghetti Meatballs with a Papaya Juice.

The Spaghetti Meatballs with a Papaya Juice.

They will keep their promise,

They will keep their promise, 24H the whole year round.

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Living An Island Life

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I believe most of you have already known what is happening in Bali’s western shore. For these couple of weeks, monsoonal rains swept back the rubbish (especially indestructible plastic bags) to Bali’s iconic beautiful shores. It is caused by millions of waste thrown illegally by locals and tourists into Bali’s creeks which flow to the ocean. And it is getting worse year by year in rainy season.

Bali’s Governor takes it normally as a natural phenomenon that occurs in Bali every year, which is absolving anyone from guilt. And now, the environmental activists and campaigners have persisted a promise to ban plastic bags on the island if the petition successfully raise its target. The campaign in reduction the plastic usage needs to be taken seriously and aggresively.

This is what I saw last 2 weeks in Batu Bolong Beach, Canggu.

This is what I saw last 2 weeks in Batu Bolong Beach, Canggu.

The Good News Is..

If you notice, the total plastic bags usage is very huge in Indonesia. The supermarkets in Indonesia, mostly the leading ones, have already participated in the campaign which giving plastic groceries to the customers with the description “It can be destroyed by itself” with the type of plastic bag named Oxium. It will decompose by itself after 2 years instead of tousand years.

And also in some cosmetic & beauty shops, restaurants and cafe have started using recycle paper bags. I hope it will continue and spread wider everywhere..

Let’s hope things will be better in the near future. This case really seems have been spreading, awaken the people around and the action has been taken. Even 2 days ago I went to buy some groceries in a mini market nearby my house called Pepito. I was glad that I received the stuff with the destructible plastic bag sign on it. Another example is the spunbond material bag that I received when I bought a bikini from Ripcurl. Now can you imagine if every single shop in Bali using these kind of bags? Either it’s made of oxium plastic, cotton or spunbond..

BIASA Art Space also produced some groceries bags made by cottons written “Stop Using Plastic” and put the plastic bottle on the bag as a decoration. Creative and brilliant, isn’t it?

Let’s bring back Bali beauty, like the old times, together…

Interesting groceries bags by BIASA Art Space

Interesting groceries bags by BIASA Art Space

A prove that plactic bag's case has been taken care seriously.

A prove that indestructible plactic bag’s case has been started to be taken care seriously everywhere.

Environmental friendly spunbond bag by Ripcurl.

Environmental friendly spunbond bag by Ripcurl.

 

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The Essence of True Hospitality

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“Eat Fresh Live Well” are the words that you will see once you step your feet on this lovely Watercress Bali . As the motto that is shown above, you can imagine what kind of the food & beverages they offer. Owned by a French guy who grew up in Australia, Watercress provides a simple and comfy restaurant & cafe with the casual ambience that will make you wanna stay for the whole day. At the dinner time, they transform to be a semi fine-dining restaurant athmosphere with some delectable dinner menu offered that you shouldn’t miss as well.

Situated in peaceful place, Batu Belig Seminyak, Watercress is a perfect place for you to have either a coffee, breakfast, lunch or dinner. Accompanied by the chillin’ songs like Just Breath by Telepopmusic, Porcelain by Moby, Sheryl Crow’s songs collection, my favorite song Hold On We’re Going Home by Drake and so on.. It will make you feel like there is no need to use the earphone to listen to your own songs while doing some of your works here!

They offer various kind of salads, croissant, sandwiches, vegan menu, Indonesians, some grilled meats and seafood, burger options, plenty of interesting mixed healthy juices, smoothies, latte and many more that you don’t want to miss..

My biggest highlight, besides the ambience, in this restaurant is the service. Just amazing! The people are friendly, from the owner to all the staff.. The waitresses are always stand by for you whenever you need anything.. For me personally, let’s say, even if I was in the most fancy restaurant but if the service is poor, it will make me totally off and will never come back. But here..the service is fantastic. I believe you will love it too..

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With its semi-open style area overlooking the lush garden at the back, it makes me really in love with the atmosphere.. I went there some times either for the breakfast or just hanging out and enjoying their latte.. And yes, it is also a perfect place for me whenever I need some inspiration in doing my writing works.. (as a PR practitioner in the company, 65% of my work is all about writing).

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Yes! Here is my favorite seat, in the corner right next to the window overlooking the lush green garden.. Sit and feel the breeze from the outside.. Simply perfect!

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And..this what happens when Love is in the Air is getting dull 😀

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This is another words that I love as well over here.. For a person who loves some adventures like me, yes I need some excitement by going to new places from time to time..

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So, tempted to try Watercress? I bet you are 🙂

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My Bali Exploration, Nature Specials

The Magnificence of Eastern Bali!

“Hiking is Like Weight Loss, It’s Hard to Get Started & It’s Bumpy Along the Way. But Once You Reach the Top, You’ll Never Regret the Journey.” – Unknown

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About 400m Away from Old Man’s Beach and Here You Are!

“Been passing by this place a lot when going surfing in Old Man’s and fell in love with its comfort..”

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Yes as you are able to see the name, it is Roti Canai Street Kitchen & Dining Room. Located in the peaceful Canggu, the same way to go to Batu Bolong Beach/ Old Man’s. They offers delicious skewers, all kind of delectable canai (reminds me of KL so much) and various kind of Teh Tarik (the Malaysian term for milk tea). There is a surf shop above it as well called Flow & Yonder. Overall, this place is definitely worth for a visit!DSC03279DSC03280photo 4photo 5

And a few step upstairs, here is Flow & Yonder. A surf shop which offers some cute and nice stuff that you might don’t find that easy around Bali, such as few brands of bikinis and accessories made by some expat designers who live in Bali..photo 1

And also … I found one of my favorite quotes here by Jonatan Mårtenssonphoto (1)

I always apply the quote above into my personal life, sometimes there are circumstances that don’t go our way and we can’t change it but we can always adapt & live with it and choose to be happy. That is why, some people think I am living a good life since they always see me happy.. But hey, sit for a bit and think about it, I am not living a dream life, it is just simply my decision.. I choose happiness over sorrow and I hope you doin’ the same 🙂

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Look at this view! Stunning, isn’t it? Very calm and peaceful. And Yes, the scooter is mine! You have no idea how long it took me to finally able to ride a scooter. Over 5 months I think.. Brought my car all the way from Jakarta to here ‘coz I was hopeless that time about riding a bike.. but since then.. I prefer to go anywhere by this scooter.. Feeling scared riding it? Not at all! ‘Coz this is how we roll in Bali!

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