27 October 2016

Dinner at Publik Markette - Grand Indonesia

Grand Indonesia Mall, 
East Mall, GF Floor,
Jl. M. H. Thamrin No. 1
Central Jakarta
Tel: (021) 23581281

When you are really hungry and you want to eat a big portion of food, where do you usually go? Stop! You don’t have to think about it anymore. Just go to Publik Markette by Ismaya Group, one of the biggest food and beverages business group. It is located at the GF Floor of East Mall in the Grand Indonesia Mall.

As I go into the Publik Markette, the restaurant is big and has enough space for everybody. It has both non smoking and smoking areas. It is good for me, as I don’t like to sit with selfish smokers.
It is designed as a casual dining place where it is good to hang out in the restaurant with your family and your friends. Some plants, trees and flowers are placed to add more life to the dining area. So far, it is very comfortable.

After the waitress shows where my seat is, the waitress gives me a table number and guides me to the food gallery area where I can choose my own food from the counters. I can find various food to choose from the stations there. It has protein station (where I can see processed chicken, beef, pork, and fish), vegetables station, baked dish station (where I can choose quiche), dessert station and fresh juice station.
After I pick my own food and drink, I have to pay all things I order before the food and drink are served on my table. 

Wait! How come this concept reminds me of the canteens and food stalls on the street? Then I find out it is exactly the concept that Publik Markette offers. Canteen and food stall concept in bonafide place. LOL! 

Just like any other canteen and food stall, the option of food will be changed from time to time depends on the availability of the stock. So the food I eat today will be different from the food I will eat next week. For those who are easy to get bored eating the same food everyday, this restaurant is perfect. 

But hey, this is no ordinary canteen or food stall, because the price is expensive. The expensive price is nothing, because the portion of the food I order is quiet big. Woho! So if you are not that hungry, I suggest you to come to the restaurant with your family and friends, so all of you can share the food together. The more, the merrier! 

Enjoy your dinner! 

Dinner with Dave Graciano, Monica Liong, Burhan Abe and his friend

12 October 2016

The Westin Hotel Jakarta

The Westin Hotel Jakarta
Gama Tower
Jl. HR. Rasuna Said Blok C No. 22
South Jakarta
Tel: +622127887788
Website: www.westin.com/jakarta 
Twitter: @TheWestinJkt 
Instagram: @thewestinjakarta 
Facebook: The Westin Jakarta 


When I come to the Gama Tower, the security officer asks me if I want to go to the office area, ballroom or the Westin Hotel Jakarta. I definitely say that I want to go to the hotel. As I enter the front door, after all the security checks, a hotel officer directs me to the lift that brings me to the 52nd floor where the lobby of the hotel is located. Yes, the Westin Hotel Jakarta is located above the Gama Tower, from level 51 to level 69. Its Java Ballroom is located on the first floor, making it easy for people to bring equipments to the area and decorate it.

As I walk into the lobby, I can feel one thing about the hotel: Grande and Glamorous! I am amazed by the design of lobby. The ceiling looks artistic, while the chandeliers add beauty on it. Cool!    

The Lobby Lounge area has a Coffee and Tea corner where guests can sit and relax while drinking coffee or tea, and eating cookies, while enjoying the sunrise and sunset outside. So beautiful! 
The best things about the Coffee and Tea corner at the Lobby Lounge are their Carrot Cake, Cappuccino and Jing Tea. When you order the Jing Tea, don’t hesitate to ask the hotel people to demo the Tea Ritual. They will be happy to show it to you.     

Yes, the Westin Hotel Jakarta is the highest hotel in Indonesia right now. The best thing about the hotel is: View! View! View! 
The view from the hotel will make you feel like you own the world as you can see the whole Jakarta from all corners. You can see Jakarta from its lobby, rooms, restrooms, etc. Wow! 


The Westin Hotel Jakarta has 272 rooms, starting from the 53rd floor to 66th floor. 

Inside the bedroom, there is a small corner to keep your bags and clothes. Next to it, there is a nice large bathroom with a bathtub and a shower room. The bathroom has a glass wall next to the bathtub that separates the bathroom and the bedroom. The angel side of me thinks that the glass wall is made so the guests can watch the large TV inside the room from the bathtub, but the devil side of me says that the glass wall is made for a romantic moment. LOL!  

Other facilities are the fast internet connection, a sofa, a working desk, a coffee table, etc. But one of the amazing things from the bedroom is the Westin’s Heavenly Bed that has 10 layers of comfort and relaxing King Koil mattress. The special bed gives comfort to the guests who need good rest anytime. Don’t forget to look at the windows. You can enjoy the view of Jakarta during your stay there. 

Astrid Amalia is enjoying the view of Jakarta from the Heavenly Bed at Westin Hotel Jakarta

Astrid is enjoying Heavenly Bed at Westin Jakarta


At lunch time, I visit Seasonal Tastes Restaurant at 51st floor. But before entering the Seasonal Tastes Restaurant, I have to pass Daily Treats, the deli in the Westin Hotel Jakarta.

It serves breads, gourmet pastries, cakes, chocolates, ice cream, wraps and coffee. Yum! Yum! 

When I finally sit at the Seasonal Tastes Restaurant, I can feel that the paradise is on my belly! The restaurant has buffet menu from Indonesia, China, Japan, India, Western, and all kind of seafood. 

The Manado food there are very delicious. My favorites are the Salad Bar, the Seafood Corner, the Sashimi Corner, and the Dim Sum Corner. Yummy! 

Don't miss the Martabak at the Seasonal Tastes, ok. The taste of the Martabak here is upgraded delicious :-D

By the way, because I have Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) membership card, I get 20% discount for all the food and drinks I consume. Yeay! Thank you, Starwood Hotels and Resorts

Astrid Amalia is with Desiree Merlina from the Westin Hotel Jakarta

Astrid Amalia is with Desiree Merlina - Westin Jakarta

I end the day with happy feelings. Knowing that I am on the top of Jakarta makes me feel so powerful. LOL! I will be visiting the Westin Hotel Jakarta a lot, especially for drinking the Cappuccino, snacking the Carrot Cake and chasing the Sunset!

Have a great day, everyone!