A fresh, friendly and fuss-free mid-range hotel concept named Hotel Jen by Shangri-La International Hotel Management Ltd, launched its first of a new “Jenre” late last year and is set to expand to nine key cities across the Asia Pacific by March 2015.
Last week, I had the chance to stay at the Hotel Jen OrchardGateway Singapore.
Located on the city’s bustling Orchard Road above the Orchardgateway shopping mall, Hotel Jen Orchardgateway provides a savvy and efficient hotel experience for today’s generation of travelers. Continue reading
With Bandung now receiving direct international flights from Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Singapore; traveling to West Java should have gotten easier than ever. But as the result of more exposure in the spotlight, Bandung has become more and more packed of tourists and shoppers especially on weekends. Traffic jams during public holidays and over weekends has been slowly suffocating not only people who visit Bandung, but also those who get to call this city as their home.
When it gets more crowded in Lembang and it takes much longer just to reach Dago Pakar, expanding your holiday options to other regions beyond Bandung is perhaps the best decision you can make to escape the bustle of the city. Continue reading
On 22 June 2014, Jakarta will celebrate its 487th anniversary. Many events are held to celebrate the culture of Betawi including its diverse culinary heritage. Renown as the native people of Jakarta, Betawi culture is actually a lot influenced by Portuguese, Dutch, Arabic, Indian, Chinese cultures as well as other cultures within the archipelago itself. This interaction has given birth to a rigorous process of assimilation to produce various culinary taste in Betawi.
Starting last June 9, Biztro Graffiti serves 6 traditional Betawi main courses to celebrate Jakarta’s anniversary. Local hearty cuisines such as the legendary Soto Betawi, Iga Bakar Condet, Ayam Panggang Jatinegara, Nasi Ulam Kemayoran, Gurame Pesmol Marunda and Sate Asem Tanah Abang are ready to delight guest’s palate. Get to know more about some of those delicious dishes before you have a taste. Continue reading
Suk san wan songkran, Happy Songkran Day. This is what Thai people say to each other during Songkran festivity. Originally celebrated on April 13th through 15th every year, Songkran festival is Thailand traditional new year celebration. More than that, Songkran is commonly used by Thais for family reunions, temple visits and also annual house cleaning. Just like “pulang kampung” tradition during Idul Fitri in Indonesia, most of Thai residents in Bangkok travel back to their hometowns to celebrate Songkran with their family and loved ones. Continue reading
A big old Banyan tree greeted me as I walked into the front yard of Lara Djonggrang restaurant. There was this eerie feeling creeping into me as I stepped inside the old building of this Indonesian cuisine restaurant. Not only old, the interior of Lara Djonggrang that is located in Jalan Teuku Cik Di Tiro, Jakarta, is full of antique furniture and objects from all over Indonesia. Even though some people (including me) might find this unique restaurant a little bit eerie, but Lara Djonggrang offers its visitors a cozy ethnical and also historical atmosphere.
Being one of the restaurants owned by Hotel Tugu Group, a big name in Indonesia’s hospitality industry, Lara Djonggrang won’t disappoint you. The restaurant building used to be an old house which then was bought and renovated by the Hotel Tugu Group. Continue reading