16 March 2015

Doa Yang Menemani Perjumpaanku Dengan Katolik




Pada suatu hari, saya menerima sebuah email yang menanyakan tentang doa apa saja yang mengiringi proses perpindahan agamaku ke Katolik. 

Jawaban saya sangat sederhana. Seperti yang telah saya katakan di blog saya yang terdahulu di: http://astridamalia.blogspot.com/2013/12/ketika-aku-menemukan-tuhan-di-jalan.html , saya menemukan kedamaian setelah mengucapkan doa Bapa Kami, Salam Maria dan Kemuliaan. Tiga doa inilah yang kemudian lebih sering menemani saya sehari-hari sampai sekarang. Tiga doa ini adalah doa-doa yang paling lengkap yang dapat memenuhi seluruh penghormatan kepada Tuhan, pengharapan, kepasrahan, permintaan rejeki, permohonan untuk diampuni atas segala dosa dan kesalahan, permintaan keselamatan, penghormatan kepada sesama, permintaan untuk didoakan, dan pengakuan atas segala dosa.

Saya juga berdoa dengan beberapa doa lain yang dapat dibaca dari beberapa buku doa yang dapat dibeli di toko yang menjual buku-buku dan benda-benda yang dipakai oleh umat Katolik, salah satunya adalah Buku Puji Syukur. Dari semuanya, yang juga sering saya pakai untuk berdoa adalah Doa Rosario (doa untuk memperingati dan mengenang berbaga peristiwa yang terjadi pada Yesus Kristus), Doa Rosario Pembebasan (doa yang memohon pembebasan dari ketidak-selamatan, penyakit dan berbagai masalah kita), Doa Koronka Kepada Kerahiman Ilahi (doa yang memohon pengampunan atas dosa dan memohon belas kasih dari Tuhan), Doa Mohon Tujuh Karunia Roh Kudus (doa yang memohon agar Tuhan menurunkan berbagai sifat mulia yang dimiliki oleh Roh Kudus kepada kita), dan Doa Roh Kudus (doa yang memohon agar Roh Kudus dapat menemani dan membimbing kita disepanjang hidup kita). 

Tentunya pemilihan doa ini tergantung dari pilihan yang mengucapkan doanya. Bila pilihan saya kurang cocok bagi pembaca, mungkin anda bisa memilih doa-doa yang lain yang dirasa cocok dengan isi hati anda. 

Dibawah ini saya sertakan beberapa doa-doa yang saya sebut diatas. Semoga dapat membantu. 

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DOA BAPA KAMI
(Dari Buku Puji Syukur Nomor 10)

Bapa kami yang ada di surga,
dimuliakanlah nama-Mu.
Datanglah kerajaan-Mu.
Jadilah kehendak-Mu
di atas bumi seperti di dalam surga.
Berilah kami rezeki pada hari ini,
dan ampunilah kesalahan kami,
seperti kami pun mengampuni
yang bersalah kepada kami.
Dan janganlah masukkan kami
ke dalam pencobaan,
tetapi bebaskanlah kami dari yang jahat.

(Doksologi: Sebab Engkaulah Raja yang mulia dan berkuasa untuk selama-lamanya.)

Amin.



DOA SALAM MARIA 
(Dari Buku Puji Syukur Nomor 14)

Salam Maria, penuh rahmat,
Tuhan sertamu;
terpujilah engkau di antara wanita,
dan terpujilah buah tubuhmu, Yesus.
Santa Maria, bunda Allah,
doakanlah kami yang berdosa ini
sekarang dan waktu kami mati

Amin.



DOA KEMULIAAN 
(Dari Buku Puji Syukur Nomor 13) 

Kemuliaan kepada Bapa dan Putra dan Roh Kudus,
seperti pada permulaan, sekarang, selalu,
dan sepanjang segala abad. 

Amin.



DOA MOHON TUJUH KARUNIA ROH KUDUS 
(Dari Buku Puji Syukur Nomor 93)

Datanglah, ya Roh Hikmat, turunlah atas diri kami, ajarlah kami menjadi orang bijak, terutama agar kami dapat menghargai, mencintai, dan mengutamakan cita-cita surgawi. Semoga kami Kau lepaskan dari belenggu dosa dunia ini.

Datanglah, ya Roh Pengertian, turunlah atas diri kami. Terangilah budi kami, agar dapat memahami ajaran Yesus, Sang Putra, dan melaksanakannya dalam hidup sehari-hari.

Datanglah, ya Roh Nasihat, dampingilah kami dalam perjalanan hidup yang penuh gejolak ini. Semoga kami melakukan yang baik dan menjauhi yang jahat.

Datanglah, ya Roh Keperkasaan, kuatkanlah hamba-Mu yang lemah ini, agar tabah menghadapi segala kesulitan dan derita. Semoga kami Kau kuatkan dengan memegang tangan-Mu yang senantiasa menuntun kami.

Datanglah, ya Roh Pengenalan akan Allah. Ajarlah kami mengetahui bahwa semua yang ada di dunia ini sifatnya sementara saja. Bimbinglah kami agar dapat menggunakan hal-hal duniawi untuk kemulian-Mu.

Datanglah, ya Roh Kesalehan, bimbinglah kami untuk terus berbakti kepada-Mu. Ajarlah kami untuk menjadi orang yang tahu berterima kasih atas segala kebaikan-Mu dan berani menjadi teladan kesalehan bagi orang-orang di sekitar kami.

Datanglah, ya Roh Takut akan Allah, ajarlah kami untuk takut dan tunduk kepada-Mu dimana pun kami berada. Tegakkanlah kami agar selalu berusaha melakukan hal-hal yang berkenan kepada-Mu. 

Amin.



DOA ROH KUDUS 
(Dari Buku Puji Syukur Nomor 94)

Allah Bapa yang maha kudus, kami bersyukur kepada-Mu karena Roh Kudus yang telah Kau curahkan ke dalam hati kami. Kehadiran-Nya dalam hati kami telah membuat kami menjadi bait kehadiran-Mu sendiri, dan bersama Dia pula kami telah Kau lahirkan kembali menjadi anak-anak-Mu.

Dialah penghibur dan penolong yang Kau utus dalam nama Kristus. Dialah Roh Kebenaran yang memimpin kami kepada seluruh kebenaran. Semoga Dia mengajarkan segala sesuatu kepada kami dan mengingatkan kami akan sabda yang telah dikatakan oleh Yesus, agar kami selalu di tuntun oleh sabda-Nya.

Melalui Roh Kudus-Mu ini, sudilah Engkau membimbing Gereja-Mu, para pemimpin dan pembantu-pembantunya, dan berilah mereka kebijaksanaan sejati. Semoga karena bimbingan-Nya kami semua boleh menikmati buah Roh: kasih, sukacita, damai sejahtera, kesabaran, kemurahan, kebaikan, kesetiaan, kelemah lembutan, dan penguasaan diri.

Melalui Roh Kudus-Mu pula, sudilah Engkau membimbing umat-Mu untuk peka dan setia kepada kehendak-Mu, untuk tetap tabah dalam penderitaan, berani menjadi saksi Putra-Mu, berani menjadi pelayan sesama dan menjadi terang serta garam dunia.

Semoga Roh Kudus selalu memimpin kami dengan lemah lembut dan ramah, serta menuntun kami dengan cermat dan teguh. Semoga Ia menjadi daya Ilahi di dalam kehidupan beriman dan bermasyarakat, dan mengantar kami masuk ke dalam kemuliaan surgawi untuk berbahagia abadi bersama Bapa dan Putra dan Roh Kudus. 

Amin.

(Catatan: Gambar diambil di Gereja St. Theresia, Menteng, Jakarta Pusat, Indonesia


04 March 2015

Pampering the Belly at Riva Grill Bar and Terrace – the Park Lane Hotel

Riva Grill Bar and Terrace 
The Park Lane Hotel 
Jln. Casablanca Kav. 18,
Jakarta
Email: riva@theparklanejakarta.com
Website: www.rivagrillnbar.com






Usually, Saturday is a day for me to teach yoga or just to relax and enjoy the day. But there is one Saturday that really makes me full, happy and fat. That Saturday happens when I receive an invitation to witness and taste 25 food, desserts and beverages from the Riva Grill Bar and Terrace. So yes, that Saturday, 25 becomes my lucky number :-D

The Riva Grill Bar and Terrace is located at the Park Lane Hotel, a hotel around the busiest road in Jakarta. The busy road does not stop people from coming to the hotel as they have regular great customers from high level companies in Jakarta. Wow! 
Riva itself is a place where you can have a romantic dinner and a relax time with your friends to enjoy some drinks and music. So wonderful! 

As I arrive at the Riva Grill Bar and Terrace, a non-alcoholic welcome drink are served for all of the bloggers who are invited to the event. The drink is a bit sour, just perfect to open our hunger :-) 

When everything is set, we enter the dining area that is located right in front of the kitchen. Oh, I always love the open kitchen concept in any restaurant I visit. It is sexy for me to watch what happens in the kitchen. 




The commander behind the kitchen is the Executive Chef Deden Gumilar who was trained under previous experienced French chef. Listening to all his stories about his experiences in the past, I can expect that the food, dessert and drinks he and his kitchen brigade make will be extraordinary. 




In the event, they serve Small Plates Menu and Main Course that are divided into 8 groups of dishes, and each group contains one to four kinds of food, dessert and beverages. And all those things equal to 25 items! I stop breathing to know the number of the items we must try and eat. I guess God loves me too much that He blesses me with this kind of pleasures. Thank God :-))

Are you ready? Let's start to chew now!

   

SMALL PLATES MENU

FROM THE GARDEN 

Green Spinach Salad 
Australian spinach, strawberry and roasted almond flakes, with lemon and olive oil dressing




Thai Green Mango Salad
Coriander roots, lemon juice and chili dressing



Spanish Potato Fritata 
With mesclun salad and fresh tomato sauce





FROM THE SEA

Salmon Tortellini 
Truffle cream sauce



Sauteed Salty Prawns 
With two types of tofu, crispy garlic, spring onion, hot chillies and rack salt




Lobster Bisque 
With Japanese shimeji mushroom and crouton





FROM THE FARM 

Javanese Oxtail Consomme
With oxtail terrine and vegetable brunoise




Riva Spring Roll
Chicken, prawn, and foie gras with blue cheese dip




Chicken and Scallion Kuo Tie 
Pan fried chicken dumpling with soy chili sauce  




MAIN COURSES

FROM THE GARDEN 

Japanese Vegetable Fritters
Coated with Japanese tempura dough and served with tempura dressing




Chinese Tofu Salad
With shredded fresh vegetable, egg, crushed nuts and sweet soy chili dressing



Waldorf Salad  
With green apple, celery, roasted walnuts and mayonnaise





FROM THE SEA

Pan Fried Barramundi
Black and white shimeji mushroom, green asparagus, blended leek and purple shallot – yellow root sauce




Breaded Dory Fillet Roulade 
Stuffed with fennel, celery and red onion served antiboise sauce






Seared Norwegian Salmon Medallion 
Truffle infused potato mousseline, vegetable ragout with coriander and lemon cream sauce





FROM THE FARM

4 Hours – Slow Cooked Poached Chicken 
With porcini, green asparagus, morels and "vin jaune"




Braised Australian Lamb Foreshank   
Smoked garlic and potato mousseline with own jus




Low – Oven Baked Asian Soy Chicken 
Vegetable pickle,, mashed roasted purple sweet potato and garlic yoghurt dip





FROM THE GRILL

250gr Sher Wagyu Tenderloin 





DESSERT 

Chocolate Ginger Mouse
Crunchy chocolate ginger mouse, strawberry, sauce and vanilla ice cream




Blueberry Financier 
Oreo crumb, raspberry sorbet, almond paste quenelle and blueberry sauce




Riva Summer Pudding
with berries and passion fruit sorbet
  



Fruit Platter Cocktail 
Jelly on Tequila Sunrise, Lychee Martini and Strawberry Daiquiri






Spaghetti Margarita 
Spaghetti on Strawberry Margarita 




Choco Mint Smoky
Jack Daniel's, Peppermint Syrup, Bailey's and Fresh Milk







Everything they serve is great. Because I believe that all eatable food and dessert, and drinkable beverages taste either delicious or very delicious :-D 

They also introduce their infused jelly fruits. So the fruits are infused with some liquors. Woho! Can I just say that it is a different way to get a healthy high? LOL!

At the event, the restaurant provides us with some forms that we need to fill in with our comment about the taste of the whatever they serve. Well, I have some opinion about them. All of the food, dessert and beverages are very delicious, and my tongue is familiar with some of them because they are taken from our traditional food which they upgrade the taste and the design to a new level. 
What I like the most is anything that they cook from the fish side. Their fish-based dishes are marvelously yummy to the max!
Recently, I change my desire from eating more steak to eating more fishes. I find that fish can taste more delicious than the meat. The fish has its own savory taste already, and all you need is to add salt, garlic and oil. Yum! Yum!

This event makes me realize that pampering and taking care of my body does not always mean to go to a beauty clinic and do some scrubbing job and blowing hair, it also means to love my belly with some great food, dessert and beverages!

Enjoy your meal, everyone! 



If you have any question, please send it to: astrid_amalia@yahoo.com

20 January 2015

Eating Out Like A Mafia at Signora Pasta

Signora Pasta
The Breeze 
Jalan Grand Boulevard
BSD Green Office Park
BSD City
South Tangerang




Everyone Signora Pastawatches Godfather the Movie. I do too. And I always ask myself how it feels to be there and hang around the Italian gangsters. Well, maybe the nice Italian guys, ya. Honestly, I can not handle bad boys. LOL! 

That question is halfly answered when I receive a sudden invitation to try a new Italian restaurant named Signora Pasta.

The restaurant is located at the Breeze in Bumi Serpong Damai, Tangerang.








The Breeze is a big place where you can have an open air dining experience and a recreation area to have great pictures of you, your family and your friends. Yes, the area is also used by its visitors for taking pictures because of its beautiful location. It has man-made lake, chapel, fish pond, restaurants, and many more. You can even just take a walk there to burn the calories as it is quite a large area. So what do you think about the idea of eating a lot of food there and take a long walk at the Breeze to burn the food that you just eat there? Interesting! 

Let me move your attention to the Signora Pasta. I come to the restaurant with my friends and we are introduced to Pino, the Italian man who owns of the restaurant, and his wife, a nice lady from Palembang. One of my friends can speak Italian, so when she and Pino have their conversation in Italian, I feel like I am lost in Italy ;-D 

Sitting in Signora Pasta with my friends, I feel like a Bella Signora, a beautiful lady in Italian language, among the Mafia gangsters. Yeah! 

Are you ready for the list of food and drinks that we consume? Here we go! 




Signora Pizza
Pizza with tomato sauce, minced beef, smoked beef, bell pepper and mozarella cheese




Pizza Quatro Formaggi
Pizza with tomato sauce and four different cheese 




Insalata Di Tonno
Tuna Salad 




Bruschetta
Farmer bread with fresh tomato




Spaghetti Al Pesto
Spaghetti with italian basil sauce and parmigiano cheese 




Fettucine Alla Diavola
Fettucine with mushroom, bell pepper and signora's pasta




Raviola Spinachi E Parmigiano
Ravioli with spinach and parmigiano cheese 




Scallone All' Aceto Balsamico
Fillet of beef served with mushroom in balsamic vinegar




Menta Piperita 
A drink with mint syrup, orange and soda water




All kinds of ice cream! 


These food and drinks are heaven for my belly! I can not give any special comments on one or two food and drinks that I consume because all the food and drinks are amazingly delicious! Pino says that everything is made by him, so he can keep the quality and the originality of their tastes. Fantastic! 




Pino can also sings! Yes, he has a small stage in his restaurant where he puts some musical instruments. And if you are lucky, you can find him there singing some Indonesian songs. And he sometimes translates some Indonesian songs to Italian language. Yes, he is a funny Italian man! 

Oh by the way, do you remember when I start to talk about the Godfather? Well, you will find them in the pictures that Pino hangs in one of the walls there. Go find it before Pino takes it out :-D




Hope to see you again, Mr. and Mrs. Pino! 

Enjoy your meal, everyone!