On the eve of April 7 1984, a 1961 Volkswagen type 114 arrived at our door. A friend of family’s mechanic drove it straight from the city of Malang, East Java, to my parent’s home in South Jakarta. My initial impression it looked old, tired, and a bit miserable — sagging headliner, old tires, dull blue paint, dim headlights. But the body shell and fenders has no visible rust or dent. The more than 800km trip it just endured was not a carefully and properly prepared one. It is just a quick decision after my Grandfather (my Mother’s dad) who Continue Reading
Remember my Helix Kickstarter’s pledge? Well the kickstarter campaign was successfuly funded in 1st October 2015 where it gathered CA$ 2,262,621 from the backers — exceeding its goal of CA$ 120,000. Initially I was told estimated delivery time was March 2016. Then the success quickly transform into a series of repeated overpromises; design, engineering, and production issue/challenges; and supply chain setbacks. Mainly because there is a fundamental change in the campaign from building the “best folding bike” — using traditional process — into creating the first bicycle manufacturer with a robotic welding process. It may sounds funny, but I did Continue Reading
Me and Tes visited a border collie breeder at Lembang on 14 March 2020 to take a look at 6 adorable pups. The day before we visited a labrador breeder not far away from our home. Tough choice between a 7 months old Lab and adorable 6+ weeks old BC. For me the main criteria he should be smart and be my running buddy. The older Lab seems to be a bit intimidating to Tes. So right on Tes’ 15th year bday we decided to take the BC pup as our first family doggo. We named him Bubba (yeah, that Continue Reading
Of course it’s just a Lego. But no harm day dreaming about putting an order for the real one. Thanks Iv for the nice present.
So we went to Jogja again for our family year end vacation. We made 1 day trip to Solo as well where I tried Sate Kere Mbak Tug. This “poorman’s” satay dish is popular with President Jokowi who is a Solo native. Our other culinary adventures include Warung Bu Ageng (our favorite), Mediterranea Restaurant (recommended), Omah Nduwur (a let down), Tempo Gelato (overrated), Soto Kadipiro (too packed), Sego Abang Lombok Ijo (unfortunately no wader fish during our visit), sate klathak, timlo solo Sastro (so.. so..). I have to mention Tentrem Hotel pampered us with excellent various traditional Indonesian breakfast dishes Continue Reading
It seems that now whenever I was in Jogja it’s too precious to miss a chance for a quick jog or a long bike ride. Aside of the usual run to the Kraton’s Banyan trees, this time I had a chance to enjoy a bike ride to the foot of Mt. Merapi. Using hotel’s XC hardtail and a too-small size helmet I went to explore Kaliurang area near Mt. Merapi.
So this year the Wilayah 3 Choir still get the 3rd place again. Next year should be better.
For the 2nd part of our summer vacation, we brought Oma to Singapore. This is her first trip outside Indonesia since Opa passed away last year and the treatment of her condition early this year. Mom was having a blast at the Garden by the Bay. She also watched Cirque du Soleil for the first time. Tes is a proud owner of Apple AirPods — she bought it with her own money from selling her home-made choco chip cookies. Our best friend Ya was in Singapore to join us on the Saturday. We also have a surprise meeting with the Continue Reading
We spend the first part of our summer holiday in Bali together with our cousins. We chose Pengembak Sanur as our base camp for the first three nights, and moved to Balangan beach for the last 2 nights. The location at Pengembak was perfect that it’s in a short distance to various cafes, gelatos, and shops at Danau Tamblingan street; it’s just a short walk to Mertasari beach (where in summer the locals flew giant traditional kites). You can also have a nice early morning 10k jog along the Sanur beach enjoying the sun rise. Not to mention it’s also Continue Reading
On our 2018 Minneapolis trip I had a chance to have a morning jog across the Mississippi with Ad. Beautiful view, lots of greenery, really fresh air, hard to believe we are still in downtown. Thanks Ad for the memorable jog.