Two Days Trip in Jakarta – Checking in Kempinski Hotel (Day 1)

My client has invited me over for his daughter’s wedding dinner on a Sunday evening and I thought this could be a good opportunity to take a break away from work for a day or two and enjoy the weekend with my girl friend.

It wasn’t my first time in Jakarta yet the only places I have visited was only the factories and industrial area. Thus, I have make a point to find a hotel that is near the city centre to enjoy the views and maybe some shopping at the same time. There was ample good hotels around the vicinity but eventually we have chosen Hotel Indonesia Kempinski Jakarta since it looks like a decent hotel which is linked to the shopping malls.

We arrived Jakarta in the late morning and was greeted by the hot weather. As usual, the places is packed with people and taxis (legal and illegal) trying to get some customers for taxi hire. Fortunately, my client has arranged to pick us up from the airport to his factory. It was just a short two hours meeting before we requested to be send back to our hotel.

During the factory visit, my girl friend actually hit off went with my client and while they was chatting happily about plants and fruits, my client stopped by one of the supermarkets along the road which my girl friend could shop for some fruits. Before our eyes were rows and rows of fresh fruits like mangoes, pineapples and even durians of many different varieties – an uncommon sight in Singapore. It took us almost an hour before we could finish shopping just on the fruits section alone – so just imagine !

 Talking about fruits, did we missed our lunch ? Apparently, we was so busy buying fruits that we had totally forget about our lunch. My client has offered us for lunch which though we have politely reject but his persistency paid off and we agreed to have a light meal at a local restaurant – Sari Minang, a Nasi Padang restaurant.

As usual, hotels in Jakarta are often with security and Kempinski wasn’t exceptional. It was a quick check before we drove to the front porch. The moment the vehicle stopped, a porter immediately opens our door while the bell boy is standing right beside him waiting for our luggages. A female staff politely greeted and ushered us to the reception counter for our check-in which took less than ten minutes before accompanying to the lift. What a service !

Kempinski Jakarta Hotel
This is our room ! We have booked for an deluxe room but maybe they does not have sufficient room and upgraded us to grand deluxe room instead ! Comfy !

Kempinski Jakarta Hotel
Comes with a sofa set where you can sit down to watch TV and enjoy our fruits from supermarket.

Kempinski Jakarta Hotel
A stylish glass-made table top for all your business discussion and writings.

Kempinski Jakarta Hotel
A chair by the window facing the parade square where you can sit down with a nice cup of coffee with watching the busy streets and central square


Complete view of the central square from the hotel’s window.


Two basins – full with amenities. You does not need to wait for your spouse to finish her make-up to brush your teeth.


Last but not the least, a bath tub. It has a TV at the side which you can watch your favourite shows or simply relax with an overview of the central square – with a glass of wine.

Details of the hotel can be found below

Hotel Indonesia Kempinski Jakarta
Jalan M.H. Thamrin No. 1
10310 Jakarta, Indonesia
Tel: + 62 21 2358 3800

Enjoy Street Hawker Styled Satay at Lau Pa Sat Satay Club (Former Telok Ayer Market)

Once again, it has been a rushing day for me since I have schedule a massage session at Passage New York down Cecil Street and I suddenly had a craving for Satay and the nearest place for it will be the famous Satay Club at Lau Pa Sat. Formerly known as Telok Ayer Market, it has been a gourmet paradise since early 1970s and Satay Club has attracted many locals and foreigners to dine on the Boon Tat Street itself, with road being closed for the overwhelming diners in the night. An experience which you would not find anywhere else in Singapore !

While I was in the mist of choosing which satay stall to order from, a Malay local walked towards me and spoken in all languages you could not imagine. English, Malayu, Hokkien, Cantonese, Mandarin, you name it, he says it ! His “sales tactics” definitely work as I could not help but to order from him because of his humor.

The stall offer set meal for diners and despite knowing that I does have a huge appetite, I thought 30 sticks of satays and 10 sticks of grilled prawns would not be a problem for me. The set meal cost about $38, quite reasonable.

The satay was soft and chewy. the juiciness and sweetness of the satay can be tasted without dipping into the peanut sauce. However, the peanut sauce has diminished the taste of satay for it was much watery and oily compared to other peanut sauces I have tried from other stalls.

The prawn was the disappointment of the meal as though grilled, it does not taste any freshness at all. The shell sticks to the prawn and I had difficulties peeling it off from the prawn. The texture was mushy and the prawn entirely being marinated with black pepper, covered the taste of the prawn itself.

As usual, I started my “battle” to finish all the food, but after 20 sticks of satay and 8 sticks of prawn, I have waved the white flag. Not wanting to waste the food unnecessarily, I take-away the remaining food.

Conclusion

Definitely I will still visit Boon Tat Street again as it provide a unique ambience of the old time street hawker which has long disappeared in Singapore. A good spot for tourist to enjoy this special kind of dining experience. (By the way, it is closed for renovation at the moment and Satay Club has moved to Satay By The Bay)

Article created on 17 September 2014, updated on 16 July 2015.

A Weird Experience at Palm Acupuncture Treatment Center at Serangoon Gardens

Palm acupuncture treatment center
Shop front of Palm Acupuncture Treatment Center.

It has already been a week since I last went for a massage. It is almost a regular routine to have at least one massage per week to release my stress from work. However, this week was really busy that I could not even find time in the evening to go for a massage.

My “addiction” is acting up again and I just wanted to find one good place for my aching body. We are having a BBQ on this lazy evening, but I thought I still have some time to spare before my friends come pouring into my house at 7pm. Sitting around my dining table and talking with my sister and he boyfriend, they mentioned that they have discovered another new massage spa in Serangoon Gardens. It was a TCM treatment center but the spa does provide massage services as well. Without further delay, my girl friend and I went down immediately.

palm acupuncture treatment center, reception area
Reception Counter.

I thought that would be one of the brainless decision I have made. It is Saturday afternoon and Serangoon Gardens is simply packed with people, so was the massage spa. We climbed the stairs eagerly only to find not a single soul, no one was behind the reception counter either.  The entire spa was in simple form without decoration and there was maybe three to four rooms lined along the corridor. Maybe all rooms are occupied with customers, the spa was actually quite peaceful as well.


Treatment Rooms lined along the corridors.

Out of a sudden, a female masseur walked out of the room and before I could check with her any information, she replied that their appointment is full and we had no choice but to leave with disappointment. We went on to try our luck at The Organic Spa which was right beside this spa.

Our Second Try – Another Failed Attempt

As we did not managed to book an appointment to all the spa we visited on Saturday, I called up on Sunday afternoon made an appointment for three body massage at 5pm. 15 minutes before I leave my house for the spa, the lady that picked up my call earlier asked if three of us are male. After I responded that two of us are female, she stammered onto the phone for a while and say she had to cancel my appointment as one of the masseur was not feeling well. Kinda weird.

PS: Based on my sister’s boyfriend experience, he actually had a very good massage by one of the masseur, Kaili some time ago, so I believe it wasn’t a sleazy spa but it was just weird that she rejected our appointment. Definitely will be back to try it out again.

Palm Acupuncture Treatment Center

79A, Serangoon Garden Way
Singapore 555975
Tel:+65 6281 4452

Why Do Women Simply Love Foot Massage

In these days, our lives are busier and more stressful than ever. With work, family, school and community involvement all demanding our time and attention, many women find themselves spread too thin. It is easy to forget that having too much stress in our lives can have a negative effect on our emotional and physical health, but it is important to find regular and convenient ways of decreasing excess stress. For stress reduction, many women turn to exercise such as yoga or running. Others turn to spirituality. Especially for women who are on their feet all day, feet massage can be another great way to relax with the added bonus of feeling pampered!


I think one of the best gift is when a boyfriend gives her girlfriend a good foot massage. Photo from Life Hack.

Pleasures of Getting a Foot Massage

One of my close friends was given a gift certificate to a spa by her husband for their anniversary. She felt that it was a very thoughtful and luxurious gift, especially because her husband would never be the type to go to a spa himself. A gift certificate to a spa is a great way to make an important woman in your life feel pampered. My friend told me that after her day out she felt relaxed and extra self-confident. Personally, when I have a little extra money, I have occasionally splurged on a foot massage at a nail salon down the street from my house. With comfortable reclining chairs, friendly staff and an array of nail polish colors to choose from, it is the perfect way to give myself a little treat or pick me up if I’m feeling down.

Foot Massage Techniques

Some of the most important foot rub techniques that therapists may use include massaging the bottom of the foot, rotating the ankles, gently pulling and squeezing the toes, sliding fingers between the toes, and applying pressure to the arch of the foot. Of these sensual techniques, my friend and I agreed that massaging the bottom of the foot and toes were the most enjoyable. Spending a lot of time on your feet, whether standing, walking, or exercising, is apt to leave your feet feeling tense and achy. Having the bottom of the feet and toes massaged is an incredibly relaxing and rejuvenating feeling.

Last But Not Least, the Pedicure!

At most salons, the final step of the foot massage is one of the most fun: a pedicure! Women can choose from a rainbow of nail polish colors to decorate their freshly pampered feet. Especially during sandal season, nail polish is a must-have. A ruby red is always a good choice, but if you want to mix it up a little bit, why not choose an unusual color such as turquoise, butter yellow, or a glittery silver, as the perfect end to a stress-relieving day of pampering.

Author’s Bio: Ion Doaga is the owner of Massage Dreams where he writes about how to give a foot massage to your loving women. Via his posts he wants to empower people to take control of their health and show that the quality of our lives is directly linked to how we treat our mind and body.

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Things You Need To Know When Traveling To Dubai During Ramadan


Ramadan is a special time of the year for Muslims across the globe, and falls in the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. During the month of Ramadan, people of Muslim faith fast each day from dawn to dusk. They also use the time for inner reflection and enlightenment. Those who fast during the day have an early traditional breakfast called Suhour before dawn and break their fast in the evening with a meal called Iftar.


Image from Assabile.

The beginning of the Ramadan depends on the sighting of the new moon of the Islamic lunar month. As such, Ramadan begins and ends on a different day each year. Eid Al Fitr, three days of joyous celebration, marks the end of Ramadan.

While Islam is a tolerant religion and respects people of all cultures, races and religions. Non-muslims are in no way forced to follow Islamic traditions during the month of Ramadan. However, as a sign of respect to the host country, guests are asked to refrain from consuming food, drinks (including water), chewing gum and from smoking in public during the fasting hours of the day (dawn to dusk).
Most restaurants are closed during the day and curtains will be drawn as a sign of respect to the fasting Muslims. Though, it is quite acceptable for children below 12 years of age to eat and drink in public, during daylight.

Alcoholic drinks are served only after Iftar. There will be no loud music, live entertainment or dancing will be available during Ramadan. Only background music and piped music are played.

As a sign of respect, guests are encouraged to wear conservative clothing in public during the month of Ramadan.

Guests can enjoy the private beach and other leisure activities in the hotels as normal. Swimming costumes are allowed on the beach and by the swimming pools. However, guests are encouraged to cover up when inside the hotel, passing through the public zones or on their way to and from the hotel Water sport facilities and health and leisure centres follow normal operating hours.

Office and business opening and closing hours changed during the month. Shops are open for limited hours in the morning, usually from 10am to 12 noon . They re-open approximately half an hour to an hour after Iftar until midnight. Parks and other public places are open after Iftar and remain open until late at night.

Hope these tips really helps to if you are visiting Dubai next time during Ramadan !