Fillmore Coffee Jakarta: Where To Get Your Sunday Fix

I wouldn't know about this hidden coffeeshop in the heart of Jakarta, if my friend Joan didn't introduce me to Fillmore Coffee. The highlight from Joan was: the coffee at Fillmore is really good and the place is awesome.

We went to Fillmore on a Sunday morning. Although navigated by Waze, we got lost because we didn't notice that it is in the same building as Suites at Seven. We passed the building two times already, and when we finally reached the coffeeshop and told the owner that we got lost, he told me, "You have to get lost to find Fillmore" hahaha. Ok, so I assume we were not the only one:p

The effort was well worth it, Fillmore coffee shop is a small but really lovely coffeeshop to have our Sunday fix.

Welcome to Fillmore
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Liburan Hemat ke Kuala Lumpur Dengan Paket Pesawat + Hotel Dari Traveloka

Sejak mendapatkan harga tiket pesawat promo melalui Traveloka saat liburan ke Hokkaido untuk periode libur lebaran 2017, saya sekarang selalu membuka aplikasi Traveloka di smartphone saat hunting tiket pesawat. Harga tiket pesawat yang saya incar tentunya kategori “smart combo”. Dengan promo tersebut, kami berhasil mendapatkan tiket promo ke Jepang menggunakan Vietnam Airlines seharga Rp 4,5 per orang.

Suatu hari saya tertarik dengan icon “Pesawat+Hotel” pada aplikasi Traveloka. Saat itu saya sedang mencari tiket ke Kuala Lumpur untuk another weekend getaway bersama mr.husband. Pencarian paket “Pesawat+Hotel” di Traveloka membuahkan hasil yang menyenangkan, dengan Rp 3,2 juta kami sudah mendapatkan tiket pesawat pulang pergi untuk dua orang dan menginap satu malam di hotel favorit kami yaitu Aloft KL Sentral.

Skypool di Aloft yang menjadi salah satu alasan hotel ini menjadi favorit kami
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Sapporo With Kids: Chairlift At Okurayama Ski Jump

Visiting Sapporo with your kids? This place will be a highlight of your visit to Sapporo, because I am sure your kids will love the ride of the chairlift at Okurayama Ski Jump Stadium.

The stadium was used for 1972's Winter Olympics, and also other worldwide ski jump events. If it is not used for the events, locals or tourists can go up to the observatory, to see the beautiful view of Sapporo, by using a chairlift.

The chairlift is much more higher than the one we took in Nakafurano. Haha, of course! But the ride was enjoyable and I loved the view of the greeneries up in the hill.

The right place to get away from the busy Sapporo
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Sapporo With Kids: A Visit To Nijo Fish Market

Fish market in Japan will always be in our itinerary. We had visited Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo, and also Nishiki Market in Kyoto. As we knew that Sapporo has their Nijo Fish Market, we planned to visit it right after our trip to Furano and its surrounding.

It's not about checking the list of destinations on our bucketlist, but it is about getting the fresh seafood from the morning market, and also for the sake of the experience.

Yup, markets in Japan always amaze me with its cleanliness, fresh food, as well as the expensive price of the food. I mean like amazingly expensive! From our experience, setting a separate budget to visit fish market in Japan, and stick to splurge at the given amount, saves us from loosing our Japanese yen faster than we should:D  

Not as big as I thought, but wait until you see the giant crab:D

Meet The Hokkaido's Giant Crab

First thing first, let's start with "what you should eat" at Sapporo's Nijo Fish Market? Of course their famous giant crab. We only tried their legs though, and it was so sweet and taste real fresh.

It wasn't difficult to find the giant crab. Even the first thing we saw when we stepped into the market was the crab.

Wow look at how big they are!
You can choose based on your budget

How much is the price of this Hokkaido's crab? From hundred to thousand of yen. That is why we choose the leg part and not the whole the crab. Yes, because of the budget constraint (:

Look at the price
The small part of the crab
All the fishes :)

You Should Eat at The Market

Despite the price of the giant crab, you have to experience how to mingle with the crowd and eat at the market. We choose one of the most crowded stall that morning and sat outside one fish stall.

Other than crab, we also choose scallop (JPY450), the real fresh one. The chef had it grilled for us and it taste so good! Both of our Kiddos enjoyed the scallop too :)

The dining area was just outside the fish stall
It smell really good
He grilled it inside the stall
Look at what we got on the table!

What Are The Other Things You Could Find At Nijo Fish Market?

A lot of things! Mr.husband is looking for rice seasoning for his friends, and he found it also at the market. Snacks, fruits, or you name it is available at Nijo. Not as many variants as Nishiki market though, but still so much to see and buy. 

Here are some snaps you might find interesting.

The icon of Nijo Fish Market
Bigger restaurants are also available
The rice seasoning
The Japanese Melon

It Is a Must Visit & Easily Accessed

To end this post, I would like to emphasize that Nijo Fish Market is worth a visit. Do spare time in the morning to see how the market looks like. Even better, to have your seafood breakfast.

Beside that, the market is very easy to acces by using public transportation (subway). Just head to the Odori Station, and it is a 10 minutes stroll from the exit of Odori Station to Nijo Fish Market.

And remember, the giant crab is waiting for you :)

Me, our Kiddos and the chef who prepared our seafood

written on November 19, 2017
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Things To Do In Biei: A Visit to Shikisai No Oka

The name of this beautiful place in Biei is very hard to remember: Shikisai No Oka. But I have to start my post by saying that this flower field in Biei is even more beautiful than Farm Tomita. So for me personally, if you go all the way from Sapporo to Farm Tomita, you also have to visit Shikisai No Oka. 

How did I know this place? Of course from google, when I typed in "things to do in Biei". I visited its website, and I knew from the first sight that this beautiful hilly farm field is not to be missed.

Too bad that we went there too early (2nd July 2017), so that the flower had not been bloomed yet. But even with small flowers, Shikisai No Oka was so stunning.

Imagine if you visit this place when all the flowers are blooming

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Hayman Coffee Beans Review: Jamaican Blue Mountain and Hawaii Kona

I recently contacted by Hayman Coffee asking whether I would like to try their coffee beans. Known as one company in UK which offer specialty coffee beans, of course my answer was a big YES. And the coffee beans were shipped all the way from Europe to Indonesia. 

I was wondering whether the thousand miles delivery would affect the taste of the beans. But the Hayman's coffee beans are "roasted to order", meaning the coffee are roasted once they receive your order. That is why the coffee beans were still fresh when it was arrived at our home.

The beans came in a very exclusive packaging, I got two kind of beans which were the Jamaican Blue Mountain and Hawaii Kona. I requested coffee beans instead of Nespresso campatible capsules, as we'd like to make the coffee using V60 manual brew.

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