Borong Buku (Diskonan!) di Big Bad Wolf Books Indonesia

Borong Buku (Diskonan!) di Big Bad Wolf Books Indonesia

Rasanya sudah lama sekali saya nggak datang ke bazaar buku. Padahal, sejak bekerja full time dan tinggal di Jakarta, harusnya akses ke pameran/bazaar buku seperti ini lebih mudah. Beda dengan waktu kuliah dulu, meskipun duit masih pas-pasan dan harus ke luar kota pula itungannya, tetap bela-belain belanja buku dari pameran di Bentara Budaya, JCC, cuci gudang onlinenya grup Gramedia, dll.

Sampai minggu kemarin saya membaca hadirnya Big Bad Wolf (BBW) Book Sale pada 30 April – 9 Mei 2016 di Tangerang. Rupanya BBW adalah bazaar buku impor (berbahasa Inggris) yang sudah sangat populer sejak pertama diselenggarakan di Malaysia tahun 2009. Pada tahun ini, Kemendikbud & PT Jaya Retail berinisiatif membawanya ke Jakarta coret Tangerang Selatan, Indonesia.

Semakin banyak baca postingan dan berita tentang event ini, rasanya makin pengen cepat ke sana. Gimana nggak, kabarnya mereka 40 kontainer buku impor dengan diskon up to 80%.

Pemilihan Indonesia Convention Exhibition (ICE) sebagai lokasi penyelenggaraan cukup baik, IMHO karena tempatnya masih baru, nyaman, parkirannya luas dan nggak ada preman parkiran seperti di JCC. Tapi meskipun luas & cukup jauh dari Jakarta (yang saya perkirakan menjadi target utama event ini), antrian pada hari pertama long weekend kemarin (Kamis siang, 5 Mei 2016) gak nahan. Lebih dari 30 menit dari ujung antrian di luar sampai benar-benar masuk ke ruangan.

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Hangout Bareng Kucing di Cutie Cats Cafe

Hangout Bareng Kucing di Cutie Cats Cafe

Cafe kucing menjadi salah satu tren yang muncul di banyak negara beberapa tahun belakangan ini. Untuk pecinta kucing -tapi sulit/tidak sempat untuk memeliharanya-, bayangan ngopi-ngopi lucu di sore hari sambil ditemani kucing-kucing tentu menyenangkan. Dimulai dari Eropa, tren ini menyebar juga ke Asia seperti di Jepang, Singapore & Taiwan.

Waktu melakukan business trip ke Taiwan beberapa waktu lalu, sayangnya saya nggak sempat mencari dan mengunjungi satu pun cat cafe yang ada di sana. Padahal Taiwan -khususnya Taipei-, dikenal dengan banyaknya cat cafe di sana. Saking banyaknya, ada blog khusus yang mereview cafe-cafe kucing yang ada di Taipei (dan kota-kota lainnya): Taipei Cat Cafes.

Namun sejak awal tahun 2015, dua cafe kucing pertama berdiri di Jakarta yaitu: Cutie Cats Cafe dan The Cat Cabin. Sungguh kebetulan, keduanya berlokasi di Kemang Jakarta Selatan dan mulai beroperasi pada Februari 2015. Iya memang sudah cukup lama. Namun karena berbagai kesibukan bekerja, mengurus negara, menyiapkan pernikahan, dan jalan-jalan sehingga keinginan berkunjung baru kesampaian awal tahun 2016 ini.

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Amazing Rock Formation at Yehliu Geopark

Amazing Rock Formation at Yehliu Geopark

On my fourth day in Taipei, I have half-day free time to explore the city. So, along with Vinayak my colleague from Acer India, we asked recommendation from our local colleague. As we like places with natural view, so our colleague recommended us to go to Jiufen or Yehliu Geopark. Both are quite far from Taipei downtown but they offer stunning natural view. Since Jiufen is further from the city then we won’t make it to go back before sundown, we decided to go to Yehliu Geopark in Xinbei.

First thing to do is to find how to get there. If we were going from downtown, it would be easier to take MRT or join a tour bus. But we were in our headquarter office in New Taipei City that is quite far from downtown so it would be more efficient if we go straight to Yehliu by…. taxi. We called a taxi and found that only few taxi drivers would drive that far. The driver charged us flat fee 1000 New Taiwan Dollar (NTD) for one way trip. Gulp. Yes, it was THAT far and remote.

We headed southeast toward away from city and watched how the scenery changed from office complex to residential area. Many campaign posters and billboards everywhere as they were having major election. It looked very different with the downtown as we didn’t see many campaign posters there.

So what’s so special in Yehliu that made us want to go there? Yehliu is noted for its peculiar rocks. We can see naturally-formed rocks in very odd shapes at the beach. Witnessing the rocks formation yourself, you might be imagining that you were in different part of the world or other planet in the universe. I was imagining myself to be on Mars or Moon surface.

Yehliu Geopark - Xinbei
Yehliu Geopark in Xinbei

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[Nostalgic] Taipei Timelapse Video

Since I visited Taipei for the first time in 2014 ago for business trip, the city has been on my to-revisit-list. Yes, 4 days (and 1 effective day) is not enough to explore a city like Taipei. There are places I haven’t visited yet.

One day, someone named Petty Poh mentioned me on Twitter and shared me Vimeo link to her video called Taipei Timelapse. But since Vimeo is blocked by super smart people in Ministry of Communications & Information Technology, I suggested her to post on YouTube as well so more Indonesian people can also enjoy watching it.

Until today, I lost count on how many times I re-watch the video. I miss exploring new places and particularly, I miss Taipei. But I’m lucky enough that I’ll be visiting the city this month, not only once but TWICE.

Not to Miss at Shilin: Shrimping, Games & Penis Cake!

Not to Miss at Shilin: Shrimping, Games & Penis Cake!

So, I’ve seen this thing before as souvenir from a friend. A unique, memorable, edible souvenir that can be found only at Shilin Night Market: the penis cake. Yes, you read that correctly.

But we’ll get to it later. I’ll tell you how Shilin night market was and how I enjoyed my visit there. Shilin Night Market was more than I imagined about a night market in Taipei. I thought it was only about food, food and souvenirs. But you can also find clothes (most of them are imported from China), cosmetics, gadgets, games (gambling too) and shrimping game.

Wait, what? Shrimping? Lol.

Shrimping

Shrimping is one of local popular activities in Taiwan that precisely what it sounds like, fish a shrimp! The actual shrimping activities are located inside building with a large pool filled with live shrimps. It’s kind of popular late night activity for Taiwanese. Here in Shilin night market, you can find and experience mini shrimping game. For around 100 NT (I forgot!), you’ll get 7 hooks to catch some shrimps and put them into a bucket provided.

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Sunglass Wakatobi Eyewear  untuk Traveling

Sunglass Wakatobi Eyewear untuk Traveling

Saat jalan-jalan outdoor, saya lebih sering menikmati warna alam seperti apa adanya tanpa menggunakan sunglass. Namun belakangan ini muncul kebutuhan untuk menggunakan sunglass terutama kalau jalan-jalan di bawah panas terik. Sayangnya, sunglass Calvin Klein yang saya miliki (hadiah dari ACI Detik 2010 :mrgreen: ) masih menggunakan lensa normal jadi kurang nyaman dipakai lama-lama.

Beberapa waktu lalu seorang teman mengenalkan dengan Wakatobi Eyewear, merek kacamata local yang tak hanya menyediakan frame dengan model-model masa kini, namun juga sunglass dengan lensa custom. Menariknya lagi, kita bisa memesan online dan barang dikirim dalam waktu cepat.

Website Wakatobi Eyewear sudah e-shopping friendly. Memilih kacamata dan pemesanan bisa dilakukan langsung di sana. Karena tujuan utama adalah memiliki sunglass dengan lensa minus, maka kita bisa menyertakan prescription dari optik/dokter mata. Read more