Weekend Gateway: Behind the neon light of Please Please Please


Hi guys! This weekend I’m going to take you off to Bandung. A city that is full of heritage, fashion, and culinary destinations. With the nice weather that always covers the city, Bandung becomes one of favorite city to spend the holiday. Bandung has been so famous with its fashion outlet and unique cafes all over the city. Almost every cafes in this city come with different concept, vibe, and of course authentic food and beverages. One of culinary place worth visit is a cute-vintage style-cafe named Please Please Please.

Located in the heart of the city, this café is surrounded by factory outlets, cafes, and houses. Please Please Please offers an aesthetic and cozy place to have a meal. The vintage vibes come together from the wall, furniture, decorations to the famous pink neon sign. At the first floor you can find several places to sit with different ambiance. There are sitting areas in the middle of the room and there are more sitting areas on the outside. As for the second floor you will discover more homey areas to enjoy your meal.

This place is definitely an Instagram worthy as there are tons of instagenic spots all around the building. So, it’s a common thing to find people holding a camera walk into this café and I can make sure that you will walk out with bunch of cool pictures in your camera.

As for the food, here you can enjoy European-Asian cuisine with the price range is approximately IDR 15.000-100.000. There are various kinds of foods and beverages on the menu. For the main course you can try to have the delicious pasta or steak; or choose the red chicken curry with rice if you fancy more traditional food. 

You can enjoy your food along with a cup of coffee or tea. Don’t forget to finish with the yummy desserts that can surely satisfy your taste buds. Try the infamous authentic waffle with various flavors and toppings that can certainly light up your whole day.

This café opens from 07.00 to 22.00 on the weekday and starts to operate from 07.00 to 23.00 on the weekend. If you imagine a place to have delicious meals along with outstanding photo backgrounds, then Please Please Please is indeed the right place to go.

Please Please Please
Location: Jl. Progo no.37 Bandung, Indoesia
Phone: +6222 20512715

Illustrated Story

One Call Away


One Call Away
a story by aridafyasmin

“Hello, hi mom. I’m kinda busy right now. Can I call you later?”
“Umm.. It’s..”
“Seriously mom. I had so many assignments for tomorrow. I’m sorry.”
“It’s okay. I’ll call you later then.”
“Okay, bye mom. Love you.”
“Love you too, sweetheart. Take care of yourself.”
Then I pressed the end button.


That day was raining. I was having a cup of tea and staring outside the window of my apartment in Downtown Manhattan. I just finished with my final week, so it was the first day I could relax and enjoyed the rest of my day. I should have gone outside and hang out with some friends celebrating the end of finals but I didn’t feel like coming, It was raining anyway.

I was looking at my cup of tea and took my memory back hundred miles to home. Every evening like this my family used to gather in the living room. It is sort of tradition in my house. We would enjoy the evening talk about how was the day going or we would just discuss about the recent news, while my mom at the kitchen made cups of tea and baked some cookies or cakes. To be honest, her cookies are the best.

Speaking of my mom, I just remembered the last time my mom called me when I was busy with my college works. She's always been worried so much about me. Sometimes I felt like she was a little bit too much, but at some point I know that it’s been hard for her. Maybe it’s because I’m the only daughter she have. My older brother has move to LA 3 years ago to work in a production company and he only come home in like twice a year.

I remembered the first day I was away from home when she took me off to college. She cried a lot and I did my best to put on my mature face so she would not melt down, but it didn’t work. I looked around. There were lots of people in that parking lot. So, I tried to calm her down,
“Mom, come on. Don’t cry. You know if you’re crying, I will cry with you. And dad will be embarrassed by both of us.”

I tried to put a smile in my face. But she still cried.
“Mom.. I’m only one call away. You can call me whenever you miss me, right?”
Then I hugged her tight. My dad told me that she still melted down couple days after that.

Well, I thought I broke my own words couple times. I actually don’t want to be the kind of child who only call their parents if they need something, but sometimes it’s just hard to make time under all the deadlines I have while at the same time I have to take care of my own life here all by myself.

Or umm.. maybe it’s just my excuse so I will not look bad in this story.

But the thing is, I should have tried to make time to call my parents cause no matter I think that they will be fine, I never really know what is inside their hearts. It will be so much better to make time keeping contact with them, while they’re only one call away.

After staring at the windows for I didn’t know how long, I took my phone and pressed the number.
It’s calling..
“Hello sweetheart.”
“Hi mom.”


Weekend Gateway: Experiencing the infamous Museum MACAN


Hi guys! another weekend has come. Still in Jakarta, I will recommend you a place to spend your weekend enjoying art collections from local and international curator. Not like any regular museum in Indonesia, Museum MACAN (Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara) shows about 90 modern and contemporary art collections.

Located at AKR Tower, West Jakarta, this museum is currently has an inaugural exhibition under a title art turns world turns that is available from November 4th 2017 to March 18th 2018. You can explore various types of arts with different medium in this museum, not only painting, but also magnificent art installations.

One of the most favorite installations in this museum is The Infinity Mirrored Room curated by Yayoi Kusama. This installation combined mirror, LED, wood panels, acrylic, and water into a magnificent  artistic room. The last time I was there, I have to wait in the queue for about one and half hour to spend about 45 seconds inside the installation. But when I was inside, It was all worth it.

Beside the authentic art collections, compared to some museums in Indonesia, this museum has a good lighting system that can make every single collections stands out and also a very well set up of layout so that you can feel really convenient inside.

Museum MACAN opens Tuesday to Sunday at 10.00 am and closes at 07.00 pm. There are various prices for the entry tickets that are IDR 50.000 for adults, IDR 40.000 for students, and IDR 30.000 for kids. The tickets are also available online on their website. FYI, when you come on holiday, you have to prepare for a long queue and a crowd.

So, if you are an art enthusiast or you just want to experience something different rather than spending your weekend at a mall, you can definitely take your relatives, your kids, or your loved ones to this museum.

That’s all for this weekend gateway. Have a great weekend everyone!

Location: AKR Tower Level MM, Jalan Panjang No. 5 Kebon Jeruk, Jakarta Barat 11530
Phone: +62 21 2212 1888

Illustrated Story



a story by aridafyasmin

It was late and I was lying under millions of stars with Edward beside me staring at the sky. I turned my face to Edward and said ‘’Hey, Ed”

He turned his face from the sky right to my face ‘’yeah?”

I held his eyes for a second and smiling, “Why do you love me?” I asked.

He raised his eyebrow but was smiling at the same time. He looked back to the sky and then said, “I love you because you make me stay up all night watching you sleep when you were sick, you make me stay in a hot sunny day playing in the beach when you were craving for holiday” He stopped for a while and grinned. ”and you make me stay dancing in your favorite songs under the pouring rain. I could struggle all day and still be happy about it.”

He stopped again. This time he looked back at me and said, “Because you’re worth it.”

I can’t help myself to give him my best smile. Then I laughed while I took my memories back to weeks ago when I had my worst day after I got rejected from my dream job. The fact that I had prepared for this test the whole year make me feel worst. So I walked home when it started raining. Not long after that, Edward came to my home. He played my favorite songs and took me out dancing under the pouring rain just trying to make me feel better. We didn’t realize how stupid it was as we both got cold the next day. However, it always remains me how he is always able to make the hard time easier for me.

So, here I spent the last 10 seconds staring at his face. He caught my eyes and smiling, “What about you? Why do you love me?” He asked.

I smiled then said, “Because over a million choices that you had, you choose to stay.”

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