08 July 2015

The Celebration of the First International Day of Yoga - 21st of June 2015



As everybody around the world knows, 21 June is declared as the International Day of Yoga by the United Nations General Assembly. I also celebrate the event with the whole yoga community in Jakarta, Indonesia on Sunday, 21st of June 2015.

I attend the celebration of the International Day of Yoga in Jakarta by joining the Morning Yoga Event in Gelora Bung Karno with hundreds of yoga practitioners. This event is organized by the Embassy of India in Jakarta.

The following are the Yogasanas (Yoga Postures) that we practice:


  • Seated Meditation to set our intentions and calm ourselves before starting the yoga practice.
  • Loosening Practice (Twist, Side Bend, and Chair posture) in standing position that helps to increase microcirculation.
  • Tadasana (Palm Tree Posture) that teaches one to attain stability and firmness. 
  • Vriksasana (Tree Posture) that tones up the leg muscles and rejuvenates the ligaments. 
  • Pada-Hastana (Hands to Feet Posture) that makes the spine flexible.
  • Adra Cakrasana (Half Wheel Posture) that strengthens the neck muscles, and improves breathing capacity. 
  • Trikonasana (Triangle Posture) that strengthens calf, thigh, and waist muscles.
  • Bhadrasana (Wind Releasing Posture) that acts on the abdominal organs and releases any tension in the abdomen. 
  • Ardha Ustrasana (Half Camel Posture) that increases blood circulation to the head and cardiac region. 
  • Sasankasana (Hare Posture) that tones up reproductive organs and improves digestion.
  • Vakrasana (Spinal Twist Posture) that stimulates the pancreas and helps in the management of diabetes.
  • Bhujangasana (Cobra Posture) that helps to remove backache and bronchial problems.
  • Salabhasana (Locust Posture) that helps in weight management. 
  • Setubandhasana (Bridge Posture) that relieves depression and anxiety and strengthens lower back muscles.
  • Pavanamuktasana (Wind Releasing Posture) that tones up the back muscles and spinal nerves. 
  • Savasana (Dead Body Posture) that relaxes the whole psycho-physiological systems. 
  • Kapalabhati that balances and strengthens the nervous system and tones up the digestive system. 
  • Pranayam that purifies the principle channels or carrying energy and nourishes the whole body. 
  • Dhyana that increases concentration, memory, clarity of thought and willpower. 


The whole yoga community around the world who celebrate the International Day of Yoga practice the same postures as I mention above.

What surprises me is that there is no Surya Namaskara (Sun Salutation) performed in the event. I think this is because the Moslem people are celebrating the fasting month at the same time, so they might feel tired and hungry if they practice Surya Namaskara. Another reason I think is that hundreds of yoga practitioners who attend the event come from all level of yoga skills, so I understand if the organizers of the event want to perform the easy yoga practice that can be done by everybody at any level of yoga skills.




During the Morning Yoga Practice at the event, I can feel that all the yoga postures are easy and nice that release the stress and make us happy. It is totally a stress-free yoga practice! Well, we should not forget that the purpose of practicing yoga is to give us happiness and enlightenment, not pain in our body and the wrinkles at our face :-D




As I practice the morning yoga session in this event, I realize that the position of my yoga mat is near to a group of senior women. One of the senior ladies tells me that they practice yoga at an area in Pasar Baru, Central Jakarta with their teacher from India. During the yoga session, these senior ladies keep moving following their own level of yoga skills. For me, this is awesome! Because there are so many people who push their own limit to perform radical yoga postures, and this might hurt their bodies. These senior ladies know what they have to do, and I guess this is what I call a true yoga practice, the practice that does not harm the body. Practicing yoga with these senior ladies also makes me believe that yoga is also about making new friendships and connecting to one another. It is always good to practice yoga with some people who have different yoga skills and come from different yoga styles.

In the late afternoon, I also celebrate the International Day of Yoga at one yoga studio in Kemang, South Jakarta called Gudang Gudang. This is my first time to visit the studio. The yoga studio is beautiful. Most of the yoga studios in Jakarta are located inside buildings and offices, and Gudang Gudang is located in a beautiful garden next to an art store. When I practice yoga in here, I feel like practicing yoga in the middle of the Mother Nature. Cool!




The yoga postures that we practice in Gudang Gudang are a bit challenging and led by two senior yoga teachers, Slamet and Deera. The postures are totally not for everyone, but what I can learn from it is that sometimes I need some challenges in my life to breath and feel alive!

We end up the celebration of the International Day of Yoga in Gudang Gudang by having some meals to break the fasting. Well, yoga is also about having happy muscles and happy belly :-D

A few days after that, my happiness to celebrate the International Day of Yoga has not finished yet. I am invited by the organizer of International Day of Yoga in India (www.idayofyoga.org) to conduct a Twitter Chat discussing about Yoga. So I do the Twitter Chat with the official Twitter account of International Day of Yoga (@idayofyoga), and other panelists: Esha Tewari - @eshatewari (2nd Runner Up of Miss India 2013, actress and singer), Ami Patel - @stylebyami (celebrity and film stylist, and former creative director of Harper's Bazaar in India) and Reema - @scrollsnink (Google partner trainer and a blogger in India). We discuss about how we start practicing yoga, what we feel after practicing yoga, how we feel about yoga becoming the international event, etc.
























I feel honored to be invited in this Twitter Chat. This is a very beautiful opportunity for me to share my yoga with all the people around the world. Yes, I want the whole world know that the clear message of yoga is all about peace and love!  

I am so happy to have these many chances to share my love in yoga to my community in Jakarta and to the whole world at the first International Day of Yoga. By sharing my love in yoga, I hope that people see and feel yoga in positive ways.

Things I learn from this event are:


  • Yoga is not just a physical practice, but it is also a way of life that can bring peace, love and compassion to the world.
  • Yoga is about sharing our positiveness with the community around us, so let's connect, share and collaborate!
  • Yoga has united everybody through its positive energy, so let's stay positive all the time. 
  • Yoga teaches us to be strong for ourselves, because strong body creates strong mind and soul.
  • Yoga is about joy, happiness and peace. May every living beings happy, and may the Universe join us in our happiness.


Thank you, God, for this wonderful experience! Thank you, Yoga, for making it happen!

Namaste.






06 July 2015

Persiapan Sebelum Beryoga - Koran Kompas 26 Juni 2015

Saya merasa senang sekali bisa membagi ilmu yoga yang saya miliki di Koran Kompas yang hanya beredar di Jawa Timur dan Jawa Barat yang menjadikan saya sebagai narasumber untuk artikel yang membahas tentang Persiapan Sebelum Beryoga. Artikel ini ada pada Koran Kompas setempat yang terbit pada tanggal 26 Juni 2015.

Terima kasih untuk mbak Monica Yohari yang telah mewawancarai saya untuk artikel ini di sebuah kedai kopi di Jakarta.

Saya merasa senang sekali karena akhirnya kegiatan beryoga yang sehat ini juga diminati oleh masyarakat di luar kota Jakarta. Semoga latihan yoga ini dapat semakin merakyat di Indonesia, sehingga manusia-manusianya dapat lepas dari stress dan memiliki hidup yang bahagia dan berkualitas.

Karena artikelnya terbit dalam bentuk cetak, maka saya lampirkan foto dari bentuk cetaknya agar dapat dibaca oleh para pembaca di blog ini.

Selamat membaca! Semoga bermanfaat! Namaste.


Pengalamanku Menjadi Konsultan dan Narasumber di Beberapa Artikel di Majalah AyahBunda



Senang rasanya dipercaya oleh Majalah AyahBunda untuk menjadi konsultan dan narasumber di beberapa artikel di majalah ini, terutama ketika membahas tentang yoga dan latihan fisik. Bahagia sekali rasanya dapat membagikan ilmu yogaku kepada banyak orang melalui majalah ini.

Ini semua berkat rekomendasi dari mbak Tenik Hartono, mantan Editor Kepala di majalah ini yang sekarang pamornya semakin naik dengan menjadi Editor Kepala dari Majalah Grazia Indonesia. Terima kasih untuk mbak Tenik Hartono yang telah menambah daftar kemampuan dan kecakapanku di dalam karier yogaku. Aku percaya bahwa kebaikan yang dibagi ini tidak akan pernah putus di tengah jalan. Kebaikan ini akan terus berputar dan kembali lagi kepada yang memberinya. Semoga mbak Tenik semakin sukses ya. Amin!

Beberapa artikel di Majalah AyahBunda yang aku tangani ini bisa Anda baca di website mereka di Majalah AyahBunda Online yang tautannya aku cantumkan di bawah ini:

Yoga di Kantor - Petunjuk melakukan Yoga di sela-sela aktivitas ibu hamil: Yoga Kehamilan di Kantor
(Link ini berbentuk PDF yang dapat Anda unduh secara gratis).

Yoga di Kantor - Yoga sederhana ini akan membantu mengusir pegal, rasa lelah berlebih dan ketegangan selama ibu hamil bekerja di kantorYoga Sederhana di Kantor untuk Kehamilan

Yoga Berdua - Gerakan yang menyehatkan, mendekatkan dan janin pun merasa disayangYoga Berdua

Sekali lagi, terima kasih kepada Majalah AyahBunda yamg telah mempercayai aku untuk menjadi konsultan dari artikel-artikel di majalahnya. Hal ini membuat aku semakin terpacu untuk belajar lebih banyak lagi tentang yoga dan ilmu kesehatan lainnya agar dapat bermanfaat tidak hanya bagi diriku sendiri, namun juga bagi banyak orang lainnya. 
Berbagi ilmu itu memang indah, karena hali ini membuat kita semakin kaya akan pikiran, ide, dan wawasan. 

Selamat membaca! Semoga bermanfaat bagi kesehatan dan kehidupan Anda!

Namaste!
 



17 June 2015

About Keeping Stamina of Your Body, Yoga Practice and Good Diet During the Fasting Month

On June 8, 2015, for the second time, I become one of the sources for the Speak After Lunch Show at the iNews TV from MNC TV Group after my first appearance on the television some time ago.




This time, the topic is about maintaining stamina during the month of Ramadan or fasting month, yoga exercises that can be done during the fasting month, and what kind of food that can provide energy and stamina during the fasting month.

Below is the list of questions and my answers:

How many times a day the yoga practice can be done in the fasting month?

It all depends on the practitioners. If you are familiar with the yoga practice every day, then you can do yoga exercise more than once before dawn, before iftar, and / or after iftar.
For the beginners, as they feel too weak in the fasting month, they might be able to do yoga exercise only once at the time before breaking the fast, so the fatigue and the thirst during the yoga exercises can be directly solved when they eat food at iftar.
Yoga exercises can also be done after eating food at iftar, but keep in mind that the amount of food consumed at this time should not be too much. A few sips of water and 3 dates or a piece of fruit are enough to be consumed to break the fast before doing the yoga exercises, because the yoga practice is best to be done when our stomach is empty. Actually even any sports activities that we do should be done when our stomach is empty, so that the digestive process is not turned upwards again which can make us feel nauseated and may vomit that it can disturbed the physical exercise we do and disrupt our health.

To keep our stamina in a good condition in this fasting month, what kind of food that we can consume before we start fasting?

Because fasting put us into a condition where we do not eat in a long time, it is necessary to arrange our stomach to be always full. So the best food for this fasting month is those filled with fiber. You can consume 60% of vegetables - whether raw or cooked, 30% protein from plant materials - such as tofu, tempeh and beans, and 10% carbohydrates - especially from brown rice. The remaining portion can be filled by water that should be consumed slowly and gradually from early morning when you wake up until the start of your fasting moment.
At the breaking of your fasting, it is a good time to consume fresh fruits without sugar and other sweeteners. Then at dinner time, you can repeat the same kind of food that you consume before dawn.
One thing to remember is that you do not consume liquids that can make you dehydrated, such as tea, coffee and other soft drinks.
By doing this kind of diet, you fasting will be felt lighter, your stamina will be maintained well and you even have more healthy body.

As we know, Astrid is Raw Food Diet Practitioner. So, for any Raw Food Diet practitioners, is there any specific rules during the Ramadan month? 

During the fasting month, the Raw Food Diet practitioners can still carry out the practice of eating raw food that they have done. The Raw Food Diet is precisely very suitably carried out in this fasting month. The raw food diet is full of fiber which is also a requirement to keep the stomach feel full even though we do not eat for several hours. It is good, isn't it?
What is important is that we should consume the raw food more frequently outside of the fasting moment.
An example is to start the meal before you start fasting by eating fiber from fresh raw vegetables, and consuming protein from vegetables, like nuts, almond milk and avocado. All these food sources have carbohydrates, so you do not need to worry about your carbohydrate intake. Do not forget to drink enough water before you start fasting. Then you can break the fast with a bowl of fresh fruit that has a minimum of three different colors so that your body can absorb different vitamins. You can then repeat the food you consume before you start fasting as your dinner, of course, with other types of raw foods. You can close the day before you sleep at night by eating a bowl of fresh fruit once again. Do not forget to consume enough water and avoid the consumption of tea, coffee, soft drinks and alcohol.
This kind of diet is good for your nutrition in this fasting month.

What kind of yoga practice in the office that can keep our stamina fit in this fasting month but will not spend too much energy? 

To keep your stamina in a fit condition, these are the yoga practice you can do:

By sitting in a chair.
- Raise the hands up and down alternately as many as 10 rounds of breath. (Note: One round of breath is inhale as we raise our hands up and exhale as we lower our hands down).
- Interlace the fingers of both hands, open the palms up and pull the wrist upwards. Hold for 10 breaths.
- Rotate the body to the left and to the right side. Hold for 10 breaths on each side.
- Extend the legs forward with toes directed toward yourself. Hold for 10 breaths.

In standing position:
- Pull both hands up and bend your body to the left side for 10 breaths and to the right side for 10 breaths as well.
- Holding the ankle with the hand from the same side and pull it to the back. Hold for 10 breaths and do the other side as well.
- Do Warrior 1 pose. Hold the position for 10 breaths.
- Do Warrior 2 pose. Hold for 10 breaths.

You can combine these yoga exercises with your regular yoga practice that you do everyday.
Keep in mind to avoid lowering your head down. Fasting makes your body become a little weak; and the movement to put head down lower than your waist will make your body feel more weaker and your head becomes dizzy.

Are there any tips for the office people to keep the stamina fit in this fasting month? 

To keep the stamina fit during the fasting month, eat a nutritious diet full of fiber to keep you feeling full and to keep away the malnutrition from your body; drink enough water and do not drink tea, coffee, soft drinks and alcohol so that you can keep your body hydrated; keep a light exercise regularly to keep your body in shape in this fasting month; and have an enough time to rest and sleep so that your concentration at work remains good.

Happy fasting!







Menjaga Stamina Tubuh, Melakukan Latihan Yoga dan Pola Makan yang Baik di Bulan Puasa

Pada tanggal 8 Juni 2015, untuk kali kedua, saya menjadi narasumber di acara Speak After Lunch di iNews TV dari Grup MNC TV setelah penampilan perdana saya di televisi ini beberapa waktu lalu yang dapat anda baca di sini: Latihan Yoga dan Pola Diet Raw Food (Makanan Mentah)




Topik kali ini adalah tentang menjaga stamina tubuh pada saat bulan Ramadan atau bulan puasa, latihan yoga yang dapat dilakukan pada saat bulan puasa, dan makanan seperti apa yang dapat memberikan energi dan stamina pada saat bulan puasa.

Di bawah ini adalah daftar pertanyaannya dan jawaban dari saya:

Berapa kali sehari latihan yoga bisa kita lakukan di saat bulan puasa?

Ini semua tergantung dari praktisinya. Bila anda telah terbiasa dengan latihan yoga setiap hari, maka anda dapat melakukan latihan yoga lebih dari satu kali yang dapat dilakukan sebelum sahur, sebelum buka puasa, dan / atau setelah buka puasa.
Bagi para pemula, bila merasa terlalu lemas di bulan puasa ini, mungkin dapat melakukan latihan yoga sekali saja pada saat sebelum buka puasa, sehingga rasa lelah dan rasa haus pada saat melakukan latihan yoga dapat langsung diatasi pada saat mengonsumsi makanan untuk berbuka puasa.
Latihan yoga dapat juga dilakukan setelah mengonsumsi makanan untuk berbuka puasa, namun perlu di ingat bahwa jumlah makanan yang dikonsumsi pada saat berbuka puasa tidak boleh terlalu banyak. Beberapa teguk air putih dan 3 buah kurma atau sepotong buah sudah cukup untuk menjadi bahan berbuka puasa sebelum melakukan latihan yoga, karena sebenarnya latihan yoga paling baik bila dilakukan bila perut kita dalam keadaan kosong. Sebenarnya pun setiap aktifitas olahraga yang kita lakukan sebaiknya dilakukan pada saat perut kita kosong, agar proses pencernaan tidak berbalik ke atas lagi yang dapat membuat kita merasa mual dan mungkin bisa muntah sehingga mengganggu latihan fisik yang kita lakukan dan mengganggu kesehatan kita.          

Untuk dapat menjaga stamina saat kita berpuasa, makanan apa saja yang dapat kita konsumsi saat sahur?

Karena puasa mengondisikan kita untuk tidak makan dalam beberapa waktu yang lama, maka perlu diusahakan agar perut selalu terasa kenyang. Sehingga jenis makanan yang paling baik untuk bulan puasa ini adalah makanan yang penuh dengan serat. Jadi pada saat makan sahur, konsumsilah 60% sayuran - baik yang masih mentah atau sudah dimasak, 30% protein dari bahan nabati - seperti tahu, tempe dan kacang-kacangan, dan 10% karbohidrat - terutama nasi merah. Porsi selebihnya dapat di isi oleh air putih yang sebaiknya dikonsumsi secara perlahan-lahan dan sedikit demi sedikit dari sejak bangun subuh sampai waktu dimulainya puasa.
Saat berbuka puasa adalah saat yang tepat untuk mengonsumsi buah-buahan segar tanpa tambahan gula dan pemanis lainnya. Lalu pada saat makan malam, anda dapat mengulangi pola makan pada saat sahur.
Satu hal yang perlu diingat adalah untuk tidak mengonsumsi minuman yang dapat membuat anda dehidrasi, seperti teh, kopi, minuman ringan dan alkohol.
Dengan melakukan pola makan seperti ini, puasa akan terasa ringan, stamina akan tetap terjaga secara stabil dan tubuh pun semakin sehat.

Seperti yang kita tahu, Astrid adalah praktisi Raw Food Diet. Kalau untuk praktisi Raw Food Diet, kira-kira ada aturan lagi kah selama bulan Ramadan?

Selama bulan puasa ini, para pelaku Raw Food Diet tetap dapat melaksanakan praktek mengonsumsi makanan mentah yang mereka telah lakukan. Justru pola makan Raw Food Diet ini sangatlah cocok dilakukan di bulan puasa ini. Pola makan makanan mentah ini penuh dengan serat yang memang menjadi syarat agar lambung tetap terasa selalu penuh walau kita tidak makan dalam jangka waktu yang cukup lama. Cocok, kan?
Yang penting adalah frekuensi mengonsumsi makanan mentah yang harus lebih diseringkan di luar waktu puasanya.
Contohnya adalah memulai sahur dengan mengonsumsi serat dalam bentuk sayuran mentah segar, dan mengonsumsi sumber protein nabati dari kacang-kacangan, susu dari kacang almond dan buah alpukat. Semua sumber makanan ini telah mengandung karbohidrat, sehingga anda tidak perlu kuatir soal asupan karbohidrat anda. Jangan lupa untuk meminum air putih yang cukup sebelum anda memulai puasanya. Lalu anda dapat berbuka puasa dengan semangkuk buah potong segar yang memiliki minimum 3 warna yang berbeda agar vitamin yang diserap oleh tubuh anda juga beragam jenisnya. Anda kemudian dapat mengulangi pola makan pada saat sahur untuk makan malamnya, tentunya dengan jenis makanan mentah yang lain. Anda dapat menutup hari sebelum anda tidur di malam hari dengan makan semangkuk buah segar sekali lagi dengan metode yang mirip dengan menu berbuka puasa. Jangan lupa untuk mengonsumsi air putih yang cukup dan menghindari konsumsi teh, kopi, minuman ringan dan alkohol.
Pola makan dan minum seperti ini sangat mencukupi kebutuhan gizi anda di bulan puasa.

Gerakan yoga seperti apa yang bisa dilakukan saat di kantor yang tidak terlalu banyak menghabiskan energi karena kita sedang berpuasa, tetapi tetap bisa menjaga stamina?

Agar stamina tubuh anda tetap terjaga, gerakan yoga yang cocok di lakukan di kantor adalah:

Dalam keadaan duduk.
- Menarik tangan ke atas dan ke bawah secara bergantian sebanyak 10 kali putaran napas. (Catatan: 1 putaran napas adalah menarik napas pada saat tangan ke atas dan membuang napas pada saat tangan ke bawah).
- Mengaitkan jari-jari kedua tangan, membuka telapak tangan ke atas dan menarik pergelangan tangan ke atas. Tahan selama 10 napas.
- Memutar tubuh ke samping kiri dan ke samping kanan. Tahan selama 10 napas pada setiap sisinya.
- Meluruskan kaki ke depan dengan mengarahkan jari-jari kaki ke arah diri sendiri. Tahan selama 10 napas.

Dalam keadaan berdiri:
- Tarik kedua tangan ke atas dan tekuk tubuh ke samping kiri selama 10 napas dan ke samping kanan selama 10 napas juga.
- Memegang pergelangan kaki dengan tangan dari sisi yang sama dan menariknya ke belakang. Tahan selama 10 napas dan lakukan pada sisi yang lain juga.
- Lakukan posisi Pejuang 1. Tahan selama 10 napas.
- Lakukan Posisi Pejuang 2. Tahan selama 10 napas.

Anda dapat mengombinasikan latihan yoga di atas dengan latihan yoga yang biasa anda lakukan sehari-hari.
Perlu di ingat untuk menghindari gerakan kepala ke bawah. Puasa membuat kondisi tubuh anda menjadi sedikit lemah; dan gerakan dengan membungkuk dan memposisikan kepala lebih rendah dari pinggang anda akan membuat tubuh anda terasa semakin lemas dan kepala anda menjadi pusing.  

Apakah ada tips untuk yang bekerja seharian dan tetap melakukan puasa agar stamina selalu terjaga? 

Bagi yang menjalankan ibadah puasa agar stamina tubuh tetap prima, konsumsilah makanan bergizi yang penuh dengan serat agar anda tetap merasa kenyang sepanjang anda melakukan ibadah puasa dan tubuh anda tidak kekurangan gizi; minumlah air putih yang cukup dan tidak meminum teh, kopi, minuman ringan dan alkohol agar tubuh anda tidak kekurangan cairan; tetaplah berolahraga secara ringan namun teratur agar tubuh anda tetap bugar di bulan puasa ini; dan miliki waktu istirahat dan tidur yang cukup agar konsentrasi anda di tempat kerja tetap baik.

Selamat menjalankan ibadah puasa bagi yang menjalankan ya!





29 May 2015

Tasting the Wines from Argentina at C's Steak and Seafood Restaurant

C'S STEAK AND SEAFOOD RESTAURANT 
Grand Hyatt Hotel 
Jl. MH. Thamrin Kav. 28 – 30, 
Jakarta 


The wine tasting this time is all about the wines from Mendoza, Argentina. There are two white wines and three red wines.

Let's explore the sexiness of the world of wine :-)




ALAMOS CHARDONNAY

Origin: Mendoza, Argentina
Vintage: 2011
Style: white wine
Tasting note: It tastes so light and soft. I can smell some pineapple and citrus. The after taste is fresh. It is good for light drinking in the afternoon to cool down the hot sunny day.


CATENA ALTA CHARDONNAY

Origin: Mendoza, Argentina
Vintage: 2010
Style: white wine
Tasting note: It tastes so fruity and spicy. It freshness delights my throat. There is a little bit of wood feeling in the taste.




ALAMOS MALBEC 

Origin: Mendoza, Argentina
Vintage: 2013
Style: red wine
Tasting note: There is a smell of berry at the beginning. It tastes bold and round. There is a sensation of wood between the taste.


CATENA CABERNET SAUVIGNON

Origin: Mendoza, Argentina
Vintage: 2012
Style: red wine
Tasting note:  It smells juicy and fruity, with full and round taste. There are berry and licorice tastes in the middle, and there is a pepper taste at the end.


CLOS DE LOS SIETE 

Origin: Mendoza, Argentina
Style: red wine
Tasting note: There is a smell of pepper at the beginning and a little bit spicy at the end. The taste is deeply fruity, but somehow I can feel some nutmegs and chocolate in it. The taste also reminds me of fermented sticky red rice. This is the best wine I taste so far from the event.






CHEERS!!!!


28 May 2015

Experiencing Argentina at C's Steak and Seafood Restaurant

C'S STEAK AND SEAFOOD RESTAURANT 
Grand Hyatt Hotel 
Jl. MH. Thamrin Kav. 28 – 30, 
Jakarta 




Each time I hear about Argentina, all my mind goes to its handsome football players. How I want to meet them someday. But I guess I need to hold that kind of imagination as I am about to meet other handsome star. That star is Chef Federico Ferrari from Park Hyatt Buenos Aires. He might not know how to please my mind with with his kick at the football field, but he surely knows how to please my belly with his food. 

As usual, I come to the lunch event with some friends I know. Such an intimate lunch in one hot sunny day in Jakarta!

Amazingly, I find some Indonesian tastes in some of the food from Argentina. Are you ready to explore the Indonesian taste in the food from Argentina with me?  

Let's start talking about the food! 


ENTRADAS / STARTER  

Provoleta de Cabra 
Provolene cheese with preserved tomatoes, mint and almond sauce 


The cheese tastes so good and the sauce adds more sweetness to the cheese. The sauce taste like a strawberry jam. So maybe at home, I can combine my cheese with some strawberry jam in case I miss this Provoleta de Cabra :-))


Empanadas de Carne 
Classic Beef Turn Over 


I know this one! Indonesian people, especially from Manado, have this kind of food. We call it Panada. And in Argentina, they call it Empanada. So similar! But what the difference is the filling. Panada is filled with fish, while Empanada is filled with beef. And I like the Empanada as much as the Panada.


Mollejas Caramelizadas 
Caramelized Sweetbreads with Sweet Potato and Orange Puree, Blood Sausage Sphere 


Once again, I can taste the Indonesian feeling in this food. The Mollejas Caramelizadas taste like the food made from brain that we can find in any Padang restaurant in Indonesia. The feeling of brain in the Mollejas Caramelizadas can only be eliminated if I eat it with red wine. So yeah, this food is a good companion for the red wine.


PLATOS PRINCIPALES / MAIN COURSE 

Raza Black Angus 
Tenderloin 250 grams 



Raza Wagyu Argentina 
Prime Rib-Eye 250 grams 



Octopus Cooked Two Ways



All the main courses above are served with Mashed Potatoes with Semi-Salted Butter, Smoked Pumpkin Puree, and Seasonal Mushrooms with Fresh Herbs. I like the pumpkin and the mushroom better. It is just that the pumpkin tastes very sweet and nice, and the mushroom tastes very yummy and bold.


POSTRES / DESSERTS 

Budin de Pan 
Bread Pudding 


The bread pudding taste so sweet, and the chocolate around it can turn the sweetness down to an acceptable level, while the ice cream adds more creamy feeling to the dessert. Just perfect!


Rogel Con Dulce de Leche Y Merengue 
Cake with Dulce de Leche and Meringue 


The cake is so soft that somehow you don't need to chew it. The brown drops around it tastes like an old caramel candy called Chelsea. And when I combine them with the ice cream, I can feel a cold caramel cake in my throat. Such a good closing for the lunch.

The lunch is accompanied with the five wines. I will write about it later. Please wait for it :-)

Thank you, Chef Federico Ferrari! Your cooking hands are truly handsome :-D

And since the event is sponsored by Qatar Airways, can I also dream that someday I will fly to Argentina with its plane?

Have a great lunch, everyone!





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27 April 2015

Game Review: Line Bubble 2

One day, I receive a Line chat from Teddy Arifianto, the Team Leader of PR LINE Indonesia. I meet him several times when I attend some of the Line events in Jakarta, Indonesia. I still remember how excited I am to get the Brown character doll from one of the Line events. 

In the Line chat with Teddy, it turns out that he wants me to try out the new game from Line called Line Bubble 2, developed by LINE Corporation. This is the new version of the previously popular bubble popping game called Line Bubble.









Note: All the pictures here use the edit application in Ailis. Yes, I am a frequent user of Ailis – the photo editing and photo sharing application formerly named Line Camera.



Teddy send the link of the game via email, but I can just search the game at the App Store in my iPhone 4S so easily. So I download the Line Bubble 2 directly from the App Store and the game only takes 91 MB memory space at my iPhone. 



When I open the game, the preview is so cute as it comes in a video format. The video has a cute music too, so I know that the game can be played by all ages of people. The video tells a story that the Brave Brown is on adventure and suddenly he disappears. This news makes Cony sad. Suddenly, a big, red dragon appears out of nowhere and drags Cony into a mysterious world to do many interesting adventures. By playing this game, you can help Cony to find her best friend – Brown. 











The game makes you choose the language first before logging in to the game with Line ID or as a guest.




After logging in, the game will download some data that takes only a few seconds.


As I start the game, I realize that it is a very easy and fun game. All you need to do is to connect and match 3 or more bubbles of the same kind by tapping the bubbles to make them go POP! Just throw the bubbles! Well, this can be a good therapy for your stress too :-D









When you are inside the game, you can see the Friends list, such as ranking and invite.



You can see the Buddy page, the page that shows your buddies that make items.



The next is the page of Collection, where you can see the collection of your items.



The last one is the Gift page, where you can see how many gifts you get.



You can increase your combos to earn more powerful bombs, and you can also clear the different missions that appear in each stage. Each time you go to a new episode, there are more challenging obstacle bubbles and super scary Boss appear to try stopping Cony's adventure. Well, don't let them do it!


You can also go to the shop to buy more Ruby and to get special bonus.


Just like what they say, the more the merrier. You can invite more friends at your Line account to increase your power at the game and to make this game more adventurous!



The game can be played at anytime and anywhere, by anyone from all ages. This is a fun tool for killing your time while waiting for something, especially if you are stuck at a traffic jam. This game is also good to be taken as a fun bonding tool to build your togetherness time with your family and friends as you can play it together with them.


Good luck! Pop more bubbles!