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8.11.17

Brunch Parties

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I love sharing occasional brunch/dinner parties content with you here on the blog. Looking back at these photos got me thinking about the fun times in the kitchen cooking, decorating and the whole point above it all really is to enjoy good food with my good friends! This has become a quarterly affair and each time I get excited about the theme, the cuisine and the table deco!

I hope you enjoyed these photos from my brunch parties. Always fun to host it at my humble little home, hope this tradition lasts forever because it's my absolute favourite!

Brunch Party for October Babies

Main: Snapper with smashed pumpkin and spinach leaves on the side
Salad: Fruit salad
Side: Sliced avo with crumbled goat cheese 
Drink: Super green smoothie 


Chinese New Year Brunch Party

Mains: Beef rendang shepherd's pie, sambal eggplant, Otah fried rice, Pork belly bun
Salad: Fruit salad
Dessert: Chocolate cake


Peranakan Party 

Mains: Nyonya Stewed Pork Ribs 
Sides: Sambal Eggplant, Tea-leaf Egg, Stir Fry Bok Choi
Desserts: Assortment of Nyonya Kuehs



Fierce & Love,
J



6.11.17

Borobudur and Prambanan Temple

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This is the last installment of my Jogja adventure and I thought the post on Borobudur and Prambanan Temple deserves a post on its own. Just because these temples are just so marvelous and majestic... I was constantly filled with awe when I explored these temples. From the amazing architecture to the rich history behind it... woah!

Sunrise at Borobudur Temple

Borobudur is the biggest Buddhist temple in the world and this stunning place allows me to travel back in time to enjoy an unrivaled combination of history, culture, spirituality and natural beauty. No words can describe my level of happiness as I made my way up to the top, just being in the magical and majestic Borobudur when it's not opened to the public yet. Loved the feeling of peace and tranquility as I sat the top and caught the most stunning sunrise. Best experience to kickstart the brand new year! 




My mum entered me into a Photography contest without me knowing and submitted this picture below... I freakin won the contest and got this picture published on print media nation wide?! 




Prambanan

Prambanan is the largest Hindu Temple in Indonesia, and one of the biggest in Southeast Asia. It was scorching hot when we visited so I reckon if you want to have a nice experience exploring the temple compounds I recommend you it in the late afternoon so you can also catch the sunset!


Fierce & Love,
J

7.9.17

Yogyakarta



Yogyakarta

Yogyakarta, Jogja for short, is where the Javanese language, arts and culture are at its purest and richest. It is also known as one of the foremost cultural and soulful centres of Indonesia.. and I couldn't agree more! There are cultural attractions everywhere you look, be it within the city or on the outskirts. Not forgetting the country's most important UNESCO archaeological and heritage sites, the magnificent Borobodur and Prambanan Temple (I'll share more about these temples on my next blog post) 

We were feeling a little exhausted from our volcanic mountain trekking adventures in Surabaya so we were glad that we spent the remaining days enjoying and experiencing the local art and traditions and the culinary delights in Jogja. There's a lot of things to do in this relatively small yet bustling city so trust me when I say there's never a dull moment when you visit. 

Javanese people are incredibly friendly and friendly to each other too. They have no problem just striking a conversation up with a complete stranger. Respect for each other is built into their language and customs. You'd see young men shout "Pagi bu!" (Morning ma'am) with big smiles to random old ladies sitting on their porch as they walk past. A good mix of cultural preservation and modesty that makes the Javanese people, on average, so nice and friendly! I'm glad I came to this part of Indonesia. If I hadn't, I would never have learned about how friendly and lovely Javanese people are. And how magical and charming the Special Region of Yogyakarta is. 


Tamansari Water Castle

Man making Indonesian Shadow Puppet 



Gerobaks

I'm so intrigued by the cute Gerobaks on the streets of Jogja! You can wheel your shop everywhere! Bak Pao, anyone? 
Kraton of Yogyakarta


Gudeg 

When in Jogja, you must try the Gudeg! It is a traditional Javanese cuisine, made from young unripe jack fruit boiled for several hours with palm sugar and coconut milk. 

Local Market

Local Markets are my favourite places to catch the locals in action. You'd see colourfully-attired ladies separating red and green chilies while chatting away, fresh egg noodles piled up on shallow round baskets, lots of red-skinned shallots and mounds of garlic, knobby galangal and ginger, tempeh (tofu cake) and many more! Despite the noise and heat, everyone was getting on with their business. We circled the inside covered area down dimly-lit alleys to see what the rest of the market had to offer. It was cooler and surprisingly more calm with the vendors slowly and quietly measuring things out on antique metal scales. 


Beach-hopping in Jogja

Being in Jogja means being at least one hour away from the South Java Sea. There's so many secret beaches the locals will never tell you...

We spent a day beach hopping to a few beaches and caught the most stunning sunset
 at the Parangtritis Beach lookout point. Wild seas, huge skies, stunning sunsets, black dunes, jagged limestone cliffs.. our hearts were so full just being surrounded by nature's beauty.

There are over 60 beaches in the Gunungkidul district alone, with dramatic natural landscapes of sandy cove beaches bordered by limestone cliffs. Go nuts, beach bunnies!


Prawirotaman

Prawirotaman is the hipster street of Jogja you do not want to miss. You'd find lots of hipster hotspots, nice vegetarian restaurants, quaint bookstores, trendy coffee bars and cool antique shops. Jl. Prawirotaman is the heart of where hipster-everything happens. Not only you'd find cool shops there, you'll see lots of street art by the talented street art artists! 



Malioboro

This place offers a seemingly endless line of handicrafts, jewelry and batik realness. You'd get to experience the soundtrack of Malioboro; a concoction of traditional Gamelan music dubbed with yells of hawkers. Everything can be brought down to half price so you should put your bargaining game on! 

I had the best cuppa Suroloyo Kopi and the bite-sized rice meals from the Angkringan (food tenant) there! 



Fierce and Love, 
J

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