Thursday, October 16, 2014

Manohara Hotel - Magelang, Indonesia

This hotel is located within the compound of Borobudur Temple. As guests of the hotel we were given multiple entry pass for the temple. That's the reason why we chose this hotel.

The rooms are bungalow style with gardens around it. It's a small hotel with only 35 rooms so it's quite easily fully booked. And this hotel is the only one with direct access to Borobudur Temple.

Room had wood laminate floor and a glass rolling door to a patio. We had difficulty opening the door so we didn't get to enjoy it. Water kettle with cups, tea, etc were also provided. We didn't get to use this since we had breakfast in the cafe area.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Indonesia Visa On Arrival - Jakarta

If you hold passport from any of the following countries then you could get a Visa On Arrival (VOA) at some of the port of entries. The cost of VOA is US$35 and it allows you to stay for up to 30 days.

In the last several years we had quite a few annual trip to Indonesia and our port of entry is Soekarno Hatta airport. And every year we always come across confused travelers at the arrival area. Lack of signage was one of the issue. Another one was the long line at the immigration line.

A few things I would like to share here if you're coming through Soekarno Hatta airport :

  • When you reach the arrival area, look for sign for VOA, it's usually a very short or no line at all. Prepare exact change of US$35 and your passport. I doubt they even need to see your passport, because the payment is actually collected by an onsite bank. But I always prepare my passport anyway. Once payment is collected, they'll give you a receipt/voucher.
  • Bring your receipt/voucher along with your passport and arrival card and find the line to the immigration. This is usually a very long very slow moving line.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

EVA Air meals : TPE-CGK

Regular lunch meal :
yellow noodle with chicken with gravy
chicken salad with green peas
fruit bowl
banana bread

Oriental vegetarian meal option :
Stir fry rice stick with mushroom and vegetables
Green bean salad with artificial ham
Fruit bowl
Flower mochi with red bean paste

This vegetarian meal was the best oriental vegetarian meal for the whole trip from San Francisco to Jakarta (Indonesia) via Taipei (Taiwan).

Monday, September 29, 2014

Pedro's - Santa Clara

This restaurant is one of the businesses that benefited from the new Levi's Stadium. I said that because when we went there last weekend, there was a guy that stood just at the entrance to the parking lot. He wanted to make sure that we were there for the restaurant and not to use the lot as stadium parking. Some other lots in the area rented out parking space for $25 a piece. So judging the location, people could stop by for a bite before the games.

Anyway. We were there just for the food and companies of a big group of friends. We made reservation ahead of time so our table was already waiting for us. And arriving at 10:45 gave us an advantage because the restaurant wasn't very busy yet.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Taiwan Cafe - Milpitas

Their specialty : pig hock. Got to try it just to know.
We have friends who just came back from trip to Taiwan recently. They bought a unique deck of cards featuring popular Taiwanese food. Those cards really were distraction. We couldn't just play with the cards without getting side track talking about food.

One of our conversation was where they normally go for Taiwanese food in San Jose. Knowing that at one point, they lived in Taipei for a few years. I was curious to find and maybe to have someone who could order for us if we visit a Taiwanese restaurant. *wink wink*. They told us about Taiwan Cafe in Milpitas. And today we got to try it out with them. Yay.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Maeuntang - spicy fish soup

On Saturday, as we drove along El Camino in Santa Clara, we passed by Korean Secret Garden restaurant. This one wasn't a title of the popular drama but actually was a restaurant. Years ago, we went there to check out maeuntang - spicy fish soup. Now that I thought about it again, I started drooling. So I decided to make it.

As any cooking, first thing first was to look for a recipe. When it comes to Korean food, I would always try Maangchi. So the recipe here was taken from Maanchi with a few variants here and there.

Next page for recipe

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Amazon Locker

Recently I purchase a couple of books through Amazon and when checking out there was an option to pick it up from an Amazon Locker. What the heck is that ? Well, only one way to find out which is to try it myself.

Apparently this locker option has been around for quite a while. I guess I haven't bought anything from Amazon that's why I wasn't aware of that. So instead of sending it to your delivery address, the package will be sent to a locker location of your choice. You would receive an email containing password to open the locker. It's that simple.