Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them

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I can’t say that I am the biggest fan of Harry Potter movies, I prefer the novels. Yet, when this spin-off playing at cinemas I decided to watch it. Why? Well, it is a supplementary story towards the main story. Also the fact that it took places in New York during the 50’s bought me out. I am a weakling for New York, past or present.

I am a weakling for New York, past or present.

The main storyline is Newt Scamander went to New York to do some things and he met some obstacles which led him into cleaning his mess. Got some help from the sisters from the American Ministry, one is an ex-auror and the other is a legilimens -witch that able to read minds- that love to cook. During Newt journey in America, he accidentally bumps into a muggle, no-maj as the American says, named Jacob Kowalsky, which dragged to help Newt afterward.

What I loved about this movie is the addition of the no-maj, Mr. Kowalski. He went to the bank to apply for some loan for his bakery, which led him into meeting Newt and have their suitcase switched. This thing led to Jacob Kowalski being exposed to the magic world, which was a big taboo for American magic society. Things don’t get easy when he fell in love with one of the sisters since both of them such a food aficionado.

The scene when Mr. Kowalski’s memory has to be erased is just breaking my heart, not only he was made to forget all the amazing things he just encountered, he has to lose his memory about the lovely witch he fell for. It such a bitter truth that remind us that sometimes the things that so nice and magical is only meant for others.

Overall, this movie is entertaining also to watch all the magical beast being brought to life with the help of a modern magic technique called CGI. I recommend this movie for a light entertaining movie.

Here Comes The Boom!

 

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I just rewatching Here Comes The Boom a comedy movie by Kevin James. Launched at 2012, this movie told a story about a teacher that goes around being a punching bag in an MMA cage to help his friend and saving the music program that threatens to be stopped because there’s not enough funding. It is a cliche story.

What I love about this movie is the character of Kevin James, a passionate teacher that lost his fire due to the degradation of the school system. There until the problem arise and he wanted to help as well as impress the school nurse. I said it already, it is a cliche. But the scene where he found out that the music teacher he helps actually really care about the students to the point of bought used instruments and repair it to be lending it to the student, and he decided to go back to his old self and teach passionately, it is cool to watch!

The perseverance and the willingness to give it all to his student is really a gem for somewhat a low-key movie. It got me thinking when was the last time I gave my all to sacrifice for others, how many opportunities I have wasted just because I refuse to get out of my comfort zone. This movie has relighted a fire in me.

Well, I decided to rewatch this movie because I wanted to watch some light comedy with MMA-ish ambiance since I am starting a 6 weeks workout program to lose this weight and hopefully getting this broken back into the old glory. I tried to watch my food intake as well as putting more workout during my day.

I just hope that I can achieve what I set in the beginning and keep this fire lit for a long time. It will be a pleasure if my fire can help you guys re-lit your old goals or even lit a new one!

Now, I have a KM plus to swim.

Percolate Coffee

Coffee of the East

Yes, I just found out that I have an accessible coffee place near my place just when I am about to leave the country.

Marvellous.

Anyway,

I find this cool coffee place in the east part of Singapore, located in Bedok North Road 3, Percolate Coffee is one of the most comfortable coffee place I ever been into. They serve not only nice conventional coffee, they also has quite a couple interesting menu. The first time I went there, I have their sparkling coffee, yep, Sparkling. For my poor coffee palate, this is a new thing for me. To have a little bit of kick with the caffeine dose is dope!

IMG_7212Other than coffee they also have some snacks to go with. I’ve tried two of their menu so far, one was a Tom Yum Chicken Ciabatta and a Pandan Kaya Croissant. I love the Tom Yum Chicken Ciabatta! The mixture of that tom yum mayo in the soft tender chicken is amazing. on the other hand, the Pandan Kaya Croissant is not really hit the spot for me. The filling is nice, not overly sweet, but the croissant texture is not flaky enough, I feel like eating a bread instead.IMG_7211 

IMG_7238The ambience of the shop is nice, a little cool spot to sit back with a book or a nice chat with a good friend. To give a more added value, the staff over there is very helpful and really have the initiative. other than that they have a great playlist. You just can’t beat a sweet place with a good coffee and lovely music.

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Percolate Coffee
136 Bedok North Avenue 3 #01-152

Singapore

Chye Seng Huat Hardware

Not your ordinary hipster coffee shop

Since I am always looking for a place to laze around with my laptop and maybe do some reading or writing, I googled and asked my friends about nice spot here in the little red dot. During that research time, I found this cool hipster-ish industrial look coffee shop and according to the experience people wrote on the internet and they cool instagram page, I decided to give it a go.

IMG_6941I went there on Saturday afternoon, so I was actually pretty impressed that I can still get a seat there remembering how savage Singaporeans can be in chopping seats, but apparently CSHH has quite a spacious area both indoors and outdoors and I managed to get one indoors to avoid the scorching heat of Singapore. I sat on the communal table next to the cashier, so I can see the staff preparing the order and such.

IMG_6948Since I came before having my lunch, I decided to get some meals. Yes, other than coffee they also serves simple western meals. I decided to go with their Papa Pork Burger, a pork patty grilled and placed between a charcoal bun and pineapple relish. The patty was fine, and the bun was crisp as well. The down side for me is their pineapple relish, I find it a bit too sweet.

IMG_6947For the coffee, they have quite a variety, I am not that knowledgeable yet, but I order the Nitro Black Matter and man, it is strong. They also offer three variant home brew for those who like their coffee bright, balanced, and bold. If you are not into coffee they have other drinks as well such as tea and lemonades. They also served desserts to go with the coffee as well.

IMG_6942The main event of my trip is not the coffee if I may say, but it is the Sea Salt Gula Melaka Ice Cream I had after my burger. I’ve been eyeing the menu since I come in and placed my order, but I am reluctant to order it. After I am done with my burger, I decided to have it and boy it is a right choice. I love it until the very little bit. The saltines is really complimenting the fragrance sweetness of the gula melaka flavor. When I have a bite of it, All the heat just evaporates away and I can hear the angels sing.

IMG_6952What they have in stores besides the coffee shop itself, is they have like a little coffee academy on the small room in the back and they have this giant room for roasting coffee. I am not so sure, but I think they have like an art space or something in the second floor as well.

All in all, this is the place that I will go for a relaxing and have a chat with my friends. If you love your coffee you might love this place as well. They have a nice menu with instagramable locations.

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Chye Seng Huat Hardware, cshhcoffee.com – 150 Tyrwhitt Road, Singapore

Necessary Provisions

When you look for someplace to eat, sometimes you just want that hole in the wall place that not to fancy. I actually have no idea where this place were, not until my friend got allocated there for his apprenticeship. Placed on the north part of Singapore in the heart of old school atas place of Bukit Timah, Necessary Provisions gives you what really necessary in life; good food, good coffee, lovely ambience.

The menu they offer actually is not much, but it sure varied from pasta, burger, salad, even fried rice! I have tried their gyutan don, sambal fried rice, and pork burger, which all on point. I especially love the pork burger with a juicy patty in between the crusty bread, it just perfect for a meal. Their rice selection also not bad, even the gyutan don is okay, their sambal fried rice is giving me a bit taste of home.

Since it has a lovely atmosphere, you might want to come there just to sit around, reading book, or writing stuff. While you do what you love, they can give you a nice snacks such as a bread and dip, eggplant chips, and such. I’ve had the eggplant chips that they fried using a beer batter and served with miso aioli, it is quite a nice snacks to nibble on. Bread and dip on the other hand, even the dip is nice, I find the bread a bit too stale, maybe I got them at the bad day.

Necessary Provisions also serve a home brew coffee and tea, as well as home brew beer! I love how they give a tremendous service towards the customer. maybe since it is a little shop, around 30 seater full house, It gave the staff a bit more room to give the extra attention for the customer.

If you wanted to go somewhere not mainstream and doesn’t mind the travel, Necessary Provisions is the place for you to go!

Necessary Provisions – 21 Eng Kong Terrace.

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Ballonete Resto and Lounge

What is up people!

After a week craving for a pork noodles, I decided to go eat at Bakmi Aloi, PIK. It is such a pleasant experiences after a weekend full of event. After the scrumptious noodle, I decided to take a look at a restaurant that my friend recently open.

Ballonete, Resto and Lounge. You can easily spotted this restaurant by their quirky mosaic glasses front. For me, it is eye catching but it make me felt the places a bit smokey/gloomy. Which is not true, despite they served sisha inside, the place is well air conditioned and not too smoky, maybe it is because I came at monday night and it is not really crowded there. A little suggestion, maybe they can consider put the smoking area upstairs.


For the menu, they have a lot variety. From a pasta, sandwich, even nasi goreng. They also have a handful choices of snacks as well as desserts. Too bad, there was still a lot of unavailable menu. I was intended to order a bread and butter pudding, but they were unavailable. So I decided to order their Ballonete’s Potato Wedges, a seasoned potato wedges with a garlic mayo dip. The presentations was not the best, but they tasted nice, the potato was well seasoned and crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. The garlic mayo dip complement the seasoning very nicely.


My friend order a Ballonete’s Club Sandwich, which consist of a three stack toast with egg, chicken, and bacon. I have nothing to say. This was not a bad dish, but it didn’t stand out either. I can say, this is a safe choice.


After our meal, we got a complimentary Creme Brulee. I assume it is because still in an opening period. The Creme Brulee was something I never had before. I think they did not burnt the top sugar layer, so it only a little bowl of custard dessert, instead.


All in all, I am happy my friend can open a restaurant, and I am wishing they can survive the wave and not only became another spot at PIK.

Roba Yakitori

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What is up, people!

I have been in the mood for some Japanese cuisine lately, which take me to the newest addition in Jakarta food maps, Roba Yakitori! Located at Mall Taman Anggrek, you almost can not missed this spot, with a humongous skewers, hence the name Yakitori, on the front of the store you have to be have a really bad sight.

As the menu, it has a variation of Japanese style skewers, from chicken, beef, mushrooms, and other veggies. They also have the option for a nigiri sushi and some simple salad on the menu. What I order is their Katsu Bento A, which came with two sticks of katsu, one tamago, salad, and rice. I also order a Chicken Skin, Chicken Breast, and Beef Tenderloin. They have three different dressings for the skewers, which are Garlic Mirin, Teriyaki, and I forgot the other one. I order the teriyaki and garlic mirin one, it tasted nice, the garlic was not overpowering anything, and the teriyaki sauce is not very sweet. I find the chicken skin was too crunchy though. But it maybe because I have a thrush, so it is kind a difficult for me to eat fried food. The katsu was fine, it has a crunchy skin and tender meat. I also love their juicy tenderloin meat, they really give a real chunk of meat with the price. What I love the most was their egg, actually. I am not expecting such a nice sweet savoury flavor from such a simple dish.

As a dessert I was given a complimentary matcha ice cream. And, oh my gawd! Theirs has to be one of the best matcha ice cream ever! It has a nice thick consistency with a sweet bitter taste! A little bit like our life. It is nice to have it as a compliment, but with that kind of flavor I have no problem paying for it. Next time I come over, I have to order the Matcha Ice Cream with Banana Katsu. I think it will be the bomb-est combination ever!

Oh, they also provide a free flow green tea, if it is matter. I know it is for me.

Roba Yakitori, Mall Taman Anggrek Lvl. 3

Pricing: from IDR 15000 to IDR 68000

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Kingsman: The Secret Service

Hola,

Today, as usual this impulsive boy decide to watch a movie after lunch. The choices were Kingsman or Whiplash, since Kingsman played earlier, I decided to watch this and this is my two cents about it.

I love this movie!

The idea of a secret secret services will always blow my mind. What makes more fun is it is not the type of a totally rugged and tough, it has class and sophistication that kinda missing from the new era of Bond’s movie.

Another thing that I like about this movie is it shows the process of a spy in the making, not only a well shaped spy doing a job. But also shows a lot of mentoring moment and the growing process of a simple boy into one fine gentleman. The storyline is quite fun, I enjoy it. As well as the cinematography. I also loved how they combine the technology and conventional skills while doing their job.

All in all I don’t think I have much problem with this movie unless for this.

The Swaggy Valentine. How he talks and how he dressed is really annoying. But kudos to Samuel L Jackson for the great acting. It is not like everyday you see Nick Fury in Kanye attire, no?

Kingsman: The Secret Service is a great movie to watch, the fighting scene is fun to watch with a great act from Colin Firth and Samuel L. Jackson, this movie give us a variety for an espionage movie.

Stand By Me – Doraemon!

The long awaited movie finally released! Actually it is released on December 10th here in Indonesia, but due to the school holiday and the super hype of the movie the line for the ticket is outrageous! So, when your friend offer to bought the ticket, you accept it. There I was, sitting on the cinema and watch the awaited movie of doraemon.

Maybe because of the hype, the enthusiasm was going overboard for pretty much everybody. I was watch it with another 15 friends and most of them not really loving the story of the movie. They thought the story is about that version that circulating online, when Nobita finally grow old and fix Doraemon on his own.Too bad, it is not. The story is taken from the published comic book, from various volume I think, I vaguely remember all the chapter.

Me personally, I don’t put much expectation other than to see my favourite cartoon in the big screen. I heard it before that the story line is from the comic books chapter. So, I was practically expect nothing from this. But, while watching the movie there are some moments when I started teary. Not that the movie is sad, well, it is sad, but not that sad. What touches me is the friendship between Doraemon and Nobita, how they care so much with each other. When Nobita faced with the fact that Doraemon has to go back to the future, and have t face all the problem by himself again. It is touching, to see the comic book moments translated into an animated picture in a big screen.

I would recommend this to those who want to have a reminiscing moment with their favourite character during childhood. I think the crowd they want to grab are the people who grow up with Doraemon. Those who read the comic books and watch the cartoon on television as they grow up. They took the emotional part of me growing up as a child that enjoys Doraemon on both comics and cartoon, and translate it into a nice heart warming movie.

Interstellar

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Whatever should happen, will happen. Murphy’s Law

In my opinion, this movie is pretty much like gravity with some action in it. For the record, I am a communication graduate, with social major during high school. I am not the best person to talk about the physics and stuff. I know a bit, but it is only something I heard of. So, my first opinion before watching this movie was preparing this brain, that never get any science stuff since the first year of high school, to be able to think about something that out of my world.

During the movie, I admit I have some moment tempted to just fell asleep and woke up after it’s done. But, the Chinese gene kicked in, and make me stay awake so I don’t waste my time and money :P. My friends thought that the prolog was too long and boring, but I kinda love it, the background story about the family and stuff. That is something that I interested in. Because to be honest, I am not a fan of the science and the inter-galaxy stuff. Yes, the aurora is beautiful, but that is just my cup of tea to dissect it and learn about it.

Comparing this to gravity, for me is like comparing the Sean Connery’s Bond with Daniel Craig’s one. One is more sophisticated and sleek, while other is more rough and tough. One is not better than the other, instead they have their own sparks. Some love the Connery’s Bond, while others enjoy Craig’s, and I am fall into the first category. But, I think just like gravity, Interstellar will have a group that really loved it, some will hate it to the bone. While some is not getting the story and left in a confusion.

For me myself, as I said, I looked this movie from the other side, not the sci-fi thingy, but more from the script and stuff. I take off my hat for the scriptwriter and all those who preparing all the time to write the theory in Prof. Brand board. But I am sorry to say that I prefer Gravity better than this. This movie sure offer more to the audience, putting the family issues, and physics theory. But that is just not my cup of tea. Also, a little more Hathaway wouldn’t hurt would it. 😀

I gave this a 7/10.

If you are into all the sci-fi and stuff, go watch it. But, I would prefer another kind of tea. 😀