Great Playlist + Food = Happy returning customer!

A great selection of food and beverages is a must for a cafe/restaurant/coffee shop. A great music playlist, playing inside? That’s a bonus.

I guess, for me personally, aside from the food/drinks and the place itself, the music that plays in the background is something I consider a lot when it comes to spending a lot of hours in one place. Especially if I’m only by myself. A good music will help you relax and focus (when you have works to be done). For example. I usually bring my earphone so I can listen to some music while I’m reading a book. Well, with the cable and the-limited-movement, I actually prefer not using earphone. Yes, the surrounding might distract you, but sometimes you might miss something if you really close your world. Yet, when you’re with a date, it can be a ice-breaker and make everything smooth for ya. ;)

In Jakarta, Indonesia, there are some places that play good music for their customer inside. And, no I’m not talking about live music with a band or acoustic party. It’s the playlist straight from their laptop or ipod or anything. Usually I found out that the list was all the owner’s favorite music. So, sometimes it depends on the owner’s taste of music. If you’re lucky enough, you’ll find a good one. Which brings me to this two places that I like so much, not only because they serve amazing food and coffee, but also come with a great playlist.

The first one is a small coffee shop in Central Jakarta, called Tanamera Coffee. It’s a hidden gem near the super busy area in Thamrin and Bundaran HI, located in Thamrin City Office Park. I went there a few times and I was never disappointed with the music. They usually play a chill-folk-singer-songwriter songs and sometimes upbeat-indie songs. Accompanied with a superb coffee (try their Daily Brew!) and superb pastry (must try Banana Caramel!), your day are about to be much much better.

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Tanamera Coffee, inside

The other place is called MOJO Kitchen & Bar. It’s located in Senopati area, near SCBD. The place is also quite small for a restaurant, but they serve a really good fusion food of Mexican and Korea. And yes of course, they play a really really really good chill-lounge-remix music! I often go there by myself with a book around 2 or 3 pm (quiet empty at that hour), reading for hours while I dive into their food and drinks. Chilling and relaxing at it’s best! Hmmm.. what do they call it nowadays? Chillax? 8-)

*photo taken from here

*photo taken from here

I don’t know, but I really like a small cafe or restaurant with not so crowded customers. Especially if they play a really good music.

Well, go ahead and try! You won’t be disappointed. :)

And talking about music in a cafe/restaurant/coffee shop, I do have my own playlist just incase I’m stranded in a place that plays no music. It’s an 8tracks.com playlist. So you need to open it via website or via their iOS/Android apps.

Oh, please do let me know if you found some places like those above. I would love to go and try! :D

 

Erwin.

NEW MUSIC: Tessanne Chin – People Change

Honestly, I didn’t expect this song came from her. If you watched The Voice Season 5, you will expect a fun-kind-of-reggae-style of album from the winner. Well, in her new album, Count Of My Love, she did deliver that.. but Tessane also gave us a bunch of other slow and beautiful songs, such as this one.

A really good melody and a quite wake up call lyrics (well, at least for me). This is definitely one of my fav songs in her album.

Well, another proof how talented she is! Great album also, btw. :)

Tessanne Chin – People Change

Somebody told me that you were doing fine
Guess that means I’m no longer on your mind
Must be true that every wound heals in time
Cause I’m all right, you’re all right
We’re all right

In my heart there’s a girl who needs you
Cause you left your mark even though I couldn’t keep you
Life goes on no matter what you do
Cause I’m all right, you’re all right
We’re all right

Maybe for flowers to grow it has to rain
Maybe we’ll only know love once we’ve felt the pain
Why do I still hold my breath when I hear your name?
I used to think we’d stay the same
But people change
I used to think we’d stay the same
But people change

Said I wouldn’t forgive you, but here I am
Wishing you well and now that I understand
My biggest fear was to lose you and I did in the end
But I’m all right, you’re all right
We’re all right

Maybe for flowers to grow it has to rain
Maybe we’ll only know love once we’ve felt the pain
Why do I still hold my breath when I hear your name?
I used to think we’d stay the same
But people change
People change

When the love is gone and everything is hurting
Like the rising of the sun, the best is yet to come

Maybe for flowers to grow it has to rain
Maybe we’ll only know love once we’ve felt the pain (it has to rain)
Why do I still hold my breath when I hear your name?
I used to think we’d stay the same
But people change (people change)
I used to think we’d stay the same
But people change
I used to think we’d stay the same
But people change

 

Erwin.

Holland Bedankt! Tot ziens!!

World Cup 2014 has come to an end! It was a great one for my team, The Dutchmen, even tho we only finished in 3rd. Yet, they played like a champion. :)

I was always on the side of three teams. They were Netherlands, Italy, and England. I rooted for Italy because of Totti, until he retired from the national team. I was lucky enough to see him lifting the World Cup trophy in 2006. England, well, I like Gerrard. The ideal leader, but sadly they couldn’t say much in every occasion. And then Netherlands.. there is just something about this team that hooked me since long time ago. I remember the first time I watched soccer game, it was Netherlands in World Cup (I’m still in junior high at that time), and there was Patrick Kluivert playing. I was mesmerized by him and the whole team! Since then, I was always with The Dutchmen. And maybe also because I have families who live there? Hehe..

I was always rooting Netherlands in secret. I don’t think anyone knew that I like this team, until the last Euro Cup, which didn’t end well for Netherlands. But, this time, with a more mature players and the return of the prodigal manager, I feel like we can say so much in World Cup 2014! Tho, I did have doubts about the player selections by Van Gaal before the first match against Spain. Honestly, I didn’t know half of the team he picked. And God.. Have I never been so wrong! The team played really well! Especially against Spain, which they crushed 5 to 1!! Seriously, that was one of the best night of my whole life! That night, The Legend of The Flying Dutchmen was born. XD

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I mean.. who knew Van Persie can fly? … WE KNOW NOW!! :D *taken from here

taken from here

taken from here

taken from here

taken from here

taken from here

taken from here

Yet, after those glorious winning streak, as I said before, we only finished as the 3rd winner with the bronze medal. It’s sad. I even cried a bit when we lost in the semi-final against Argentina. Hehe..

But that’s because I love my team! I watched every matches that we played in this World Cup, and in every single one of them, I screamed, I cursed, I cheered, I jumped, I smiled.. The excitement was superb because we played good. Really good. The players didn’t fail us at all. They gave their best performance in every match, especially the last game in the “consolidation” match for the 3rd winner against Brazil.

You guys did your best and made us proud. Yes, I am so proud of this team no matter what. Especially for those players who were under-rated by a lot of people at first, such as Ron Vlaar, Daley Blind, Janmaat, Dempsey, and Cillessen. You guys rose up to the challenge for sure! – And of course a big standing applause for Robben who carried the team through out the whole event, Sneijder who never gave up and with that outstanding thunder strike to Mexico’s net, and Persie who, as a captain, always did his best no matter what. Awesome!

The team went home with their heads held high. Time to prepare for Euro 2016 in France with Guus Hiddink!! See you in Netherlands and France, maybe. ;)

Holland Bedankt!! Hup Holland Hup!!

Ron Vlaar, best defender of our team!  *pic taken from FIFA

Ron Vlaar, best defender of our team! *pic taken from FIFA

Daley Blind celebrating his first ever national goal! *pic taken from FIFA

Daley Blind celebrating his first ever national goal! *pic taken from FIFA

Tim Krul, God of Penalty Shoot-out. *pic taken from FIFA

Tim Krul, God of Penalty Shoot-out. *pic taken from FIFA

My heart stopped at this moment. Too happy. *pic taken from FIFA

My heart stopped at this moment. Too happy. *pic taken from FIFA

Man of The Match! *pic taken from FIFA

Man of The Match! *pic taken from FIFA

Always.

Always.

Bedankt! *pic taken from FIFA

Bedankt! *pic taken from FIFA

Great World Cup, guys. See you in Euro 2016!

Great World Cup, guys. See you in Euro 2016!

 

Oh, please do tell me how can I change back my sleeping hours from 06:00 – 12:00 to normal? o_O *damn time difference

Erwin.

Moving up?

The question is.. “Do you want to?”

I always have this thought inside my head, something like – “I don’t want to stay in the same stage all my life.”. I’ve always wanted to be better. I want to be in the bigger arena, bigger scope, bigger responsibility, bigger opportunity… a bigger life.

To do that, well, I guess a change is inevitable. Especially when you know that it’s for the better. Don’t just wait, you need to chase it.  I mean.. don’t you want to have a better life? A more successful and happier life? … ‘Cause I do.

Some of you might think that I’m too ambitious and not satisfied with what I have right now. Hmmm… Let me ask you this – a simple and cliche question when you’re in a job interview – “How do you see yourself in the next 5 or 10 years?” I bet you won’t answer the question by saying that you will just be in the same place, doing whatever it is you’re doing right now, living your normal and daily life. Am I right? Well, that’s my point. It’s not about being ambitious and not appreciate what we have right now. The way I see it, life is moving and growing, and I’m sure we want to be able to enjoy it. When everything around you is growing, you can’t just sit there watching.

When people around you are moving up, don’t you get motivated by looking at them? It should open your eyes and not making you feel like they’re different and not fun like they used to, or they’ve changed. Well, maybe they did change, for the better.

Life gets better by change, my friend. :)

 

*taken from pinterest

*taken from pinterest

 

Erwin.

 

 

Are you done?

*taken from Pinterest

*taken from Pinterest

I mean.. for how long? until when? are you done?

Honestly, this is something I did a while ago. So I totally understand and I do get it.. Yet, I also know that sometimes, it’s so pointless, I reached the point where I asked those questions to myself.

And I’m not talking about a distance from your past, that it’s actually needed to be done in order to move on. No.. I’m talking when you put a distance from some people or maybe one particular people in your circle of life. Those people that have been there for you, laughed with you, cried with you, and hugged you. No matter what.

Everyone has their own reasons, yes.. I can respect that. But, sometimes we don’t realize that maybe we have crossed the line a little bit. The times when to some people, you’re no longer distancing, but it’s starting to feel that you’re leaving.

Some people.. somebody.. someone..  are worried about you. And you know what? They may be the one who’s actually leaving..

So.. are you done?

 

Erwin.

MUSIC: DeVotchKa – How It Ends

It’s just… beautiful. :o

DeVotchKa – How It Ends

Hold your grandmother’s bible to your breast
Gonna put it to the test
You wanted to be blessed

And in your heart you know it to be true
You know what you gotta do
They all depend on you

And you already know
Yeah, you already know how this will end

There is no escape from the slave catcher’s songs
For all of the loved ones gone
Forever’s not so long

And in your soul they poked a million holes
But you never let em show
Come on, it’s time to go

And you already know
Yeah, you already know how this will end

Now you’ve seen his face
And you know that there’s a place in the sun
For all that you’ve done
For you and your children

No longer shall you need
You always wanted to believe
Just ask and you’ll receive
Beyond your wildest dreams

And you already know
Yeah, you already know how this will end

Erwin.
*featured image is courtesy of ANTI- Records

 

How do you define bravery?

Came upon this words in a novel that I just finished reading.

There are so many ways to be brave in this world. Sometimes bravery involves laying down your life for something bigger than yourself, or for someone else. Sometimes it involves giving up everything you have ever known, or everyone you have ever loved, for the sake of something greater.

But sometimes it doesn’t.

Sometimes it is nothing more than gritting your teeth through pain, and the work of every day, the slow walk toward a better life.

I was silent for a moment.

I have this habit, like talking to myself just after I read something that is interesting or strong. Just a short comment whether for agreeing or disagreeing with the phrase. And at that moment, the words were there in the tip of my tongue, yet I chocked out.

I kept thinking.. How do you define bravery? With a lot of different influences, stories, lessons, experiences, or scars, that each individuals faced or had before, it’s not surprising if the answers won’t be so much alike between each other. Unless there is a standard for it, which there isn’t.

Every person has their own fears. Maybe for some people, being brave is about facing their fears. One by one. Until none left. They become a fearless person. Then, is there still something brave they can do when they become fearless? What does bravery mean for those fearless person?

As we walking through different pages of our lives, we encountered many obstacles. Stuff we hadn’t prepared for. Dramas that we have been avoiding but eventually caught up with us. Break ups that haunted us for a long, long time. Decisions that wouldn’t make us a winner no matter what. And many other things that have tested us in some way.  Is it what you called ‘bravery’ that supported you through each step that you have taken until today?

Letting go, that one person that you have to let go because it’s breaking you apart. Taking a risk, because you believe that it will come out to be a good thing in the end. For some other people, being brave is the key to do it. Being brave to finally admit that you can’t have that someone in your life. Being brave to finally make a decision and take the risk. Then.. after all those moments have passed away, can you see bravery in the same way again? or has it changed over the years?

and then I go back again to the last sentence in the phrase above and I realized that even for those fearless people, those who passed all the obstacles in their life, and those who finally let go or took some risk, all of them are still bound to be brave. To be brave enough to not let their minds fall to their old fears again. To be brave enough to keep walking with what’s left of you or with the changes after you passed those obstacles. To be brave enough to keep moving forward with the pain and stand on what you have decided no matter what other people thinks about you.

Indeed. All those… are for the better life ahead.

Are you brave enough?

 

Erwin.