Reading my sister's FB status today being its a Friday , makes me miss my friday lunch outing.
Since lunch on friday is a two hours lunch break, i have ample of time to do shopping or just to window shop .
And ever since my sister's company relocated its office to a new building which is near to my old office, thus she gets to follow me .
So on fridays, it could be either KLCC, Pavillion, Jusco AU or jusco wangsa maju, carrefour or even all the way to 1Utama and Ikea.
I remember how she followed me to Ikea on one of the friday lunch. We went there all because I was craving for Ikea food. I was on my third pregnancy at that time.
Having an office located at such strategic location in Kuala lumpur city does have its advantage. I can chose to dine at a little bit expensive places or at the affordable ones. Either places offer delicious foods.
I love pavillion food republic food court. Almost most of the food that i had eaten there are delicious n worth the price i paid. Even at picnic klcc foodcourt too has some of delicious food. The briani ayam madu is tasty. Both the rice and the chicken. And if i am craving for cendol , I can get it there. Drooling now!
For chinese dishes like mee curry that comes with cockles , wantan mee or mee soup , then I normally go to the other foodcourt located on top floor. Forgot its name. Asean ?
Now you know why i miss my foodcourt food here in jakarta. And why i miss my friday long lunch outing...
I remember my first bite of roti tawar during my early stay in Jakarta. The bland taste and less soft texture of that plain bread was so much different from Gardenia bread that i normally had back in KL.
Cant figure out out why the bread here is so much different from back home. Can it be the lesser gluten content in the wheat flour here? This was noticed by my supercook MIL who is here for a month. She said that the flour here contain less gluten. Hemmm.. I dont know what it means by that.
However now my tastebud can accept the roti tawar flavour and texture. But then again there are other brands or merek of breads that has better taste than roti tawar sari roti.
And how indonesian loves cheese that there plenty of cheese bread or pastry stuff with cheese
The first thing that we or i had to do once we got arissa's school confirmed was to look for house ASAP.
Reason was because i really dont want to go through the macetness of jakarta daily for five days in a week. And that i dont want to see arissa vomitting in the car on daily basis too..not that she vomitted everyday. But to see her having headache on each trip to school and having to wake up early i mean really early, i just pity her..
So arissa and me got to experience the famous jakarta macet for almost a month. And mind you, that i almost vomitted on my 5th day on the first week of Arissa's school. Imagine being in a car for 4 hours for 5 days in a week. Aiyo!
I remember having to drag myself to sit in that 2C cafe on friday during that first week. I wasnt feeling well on that day. But still i did my internet search on houses for rent after feeling how i owe it to hubby to look for one and also for arissa's sake too.
Somehow Allah just directed me to give two houses a visit during the weekend. Until today, I am still thankful for this . One of the houses is the house i am currently renting.
I remember looking at so many houses that were advertised on the rumah123. Two houses available for rental caught my eyes. The price and location met my target. But one of the two houses just caught my interests. So I gave the agent a phone call and quickly set date and time for a house tour on that weekend itself.
Saturday came and we met the lady agent and her partner. She showed us two houses that just close to each other. We were not impressed with the first house eventhough it has a swimming pool. The fact that the house has been vacant for quite sometime and poor maintenance by the owner just put me off. The badly conditioned of the bathrooms wooden doors caught my eyes. And i hate the sight. The house layout too was not that appealing.
But things were different with the second house. No swimming pool but the house has fish pond right outside the main door . The house layout was simple and all rooms are big. Even the furnitures are in better conditioned than the first house. Plus its not that dark inside the house as there is an airway area in the house.
When we left the 2nd house, me and hubby sort of ilike we have choosen that house to be rent. The lady agent made a follow up call the next week. I must say that she was not the pushy type kind of agent who just eager to close the deal.
She was patient enough to provide me more details on the second house. Infact we were always on the phone during the week after the house visit week. And the deal was sealed after two weeks .
Whenever i look at this house ie the second house that my family are staying now, i only have this to say " memang rumah ni rezeki arissa , aisyah and alya". This house is meant for them right from the start.
Wanna know why I mean it that way? Because the house is nicely located near Arissa's school. Because the house has fish pond that houses some big japanese kap and koi fish. But most of all,we are indeed lucky to have a neighbour who is our landlord !. And that our landlord is kind and helpful too . They may be rich, but alhamdulillah they are good people itoo!
So far what ever house stuffs that need to be fixed were deal quickly.Less headache for us.
One of the things that you will notice at the supermarkets and shops are the refill pouches. Almost 99% products are being sold in refill pouches. Oh! Forgot to mention that I am refering to supermarkets here in jakarta and elsewhere in indonesia. Its not that that there are no in bottle packaging. But somehow refill pouches are the norm here.
Tomato sauces, laundry detergents, floor cleaners, body shampoo, hair shampoo , cooking oils, hand soap etc. Even tissue paper dont come in paper boxes like what we normally see back home in malaysia.
At first I do find it all strange as I am used to buy stuffs in bottles n boxes. And imagine when there are products in sachets too. Not the sugar size sachet. Its bigger than that. I must say that its convenient for travellers to buy hair shampoo , sauces, milk, coffee premix and tea premix in sachets. More space in the luggage for souveniers ..
I think this refill pouches n sachet are actually a mirror to the standard of living and cost of living in indonesia. The marketing departments have well identified the customers buying concept.
The lower and poor income people cant afford to buy in big quantities. Going to supermarkets would intimidate them. But they dont mind coming to buy stuffs if it is within their buying power. So anything in less than 1 kg or 2 liters is ok with them.