Tuesday, October 22, 2013

System thinking class week #5

Tuesdays are scheduled to be a late afternoon to evening class days for me. After the 3 hour break, there is a system thinking class at room 206. System thinking is by far THE most un-understandable subject for me. Every session we read a story book which contains points that are "important" for us to apply in a system thinking way. The books are written by the same author ( I think ), and feature a whymsical comic like fashion, with numerous weird moments like walrusses and penguins discussing clam distribution with powerpoint, to wolfs using power tools to cut through a fence.

Jakarta fashion week is still on so there is this huge stage in the middle of the road in Senayan city, the catwalk keeps pumping upbeat dancefloor music all day. The system thinking class windows faces the stage so all I hear when the proffesor talks were "dum dum dum... Dum.. Dum".

Class gets easier every session though, since I can get used to the routine of reading stories. Gets asked questions by the lecturer, the occaisional off beat talks about big corporations in the world, then a pop quiz to end the session. Of course with the exception of house music blasting from the outside...

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Idul Adha 1434 H

Idul adha, not as festive as Idul Fitri but still as Important. A day where we commemorate the sacrifice The prophet Ibrahim a.s felt when he was told to kill his beloved son Ismail a.s before Allah sent a sheep in Ismail's place thus saving him from being sacrificed. Fortunately My dad didn't have to try and sacrifice me since it is customary to use local livestock for our Qurban.

Idul adha is celebrated around the world especially in Saudi Arabia where the annual Haji pilgrimage is being held. Right now those who are on pilgrimage are throwing rocks at the Jumrah site where Ibrahim threw rocks at the devil when he tried to stop Ibrahim sacrificing his son. Last year my parents were on pilgrimage in Mecca and Me and my sist had to celebrate Idul adha alone.

Anyway Idul adha is celebrated by a morning prayer to start the day and then we kill the livestock and give out the meat to the needy. My family was fortunate enough to afford a cow this year, we bought one in Lombok near Aunt melly's place, she sure knows how to find those pesky critters. Afterwards we visited our relatives just like Idul Fitri...

So, Happy Idul adha to all those who celebrate it!!

Friday, October 11, 2013

A great Steak Joint, Holy Cow!

 I love Steaks, I really do. They are a good source of Protein, and they taste bloody wonderful. I love them so much, that I always make some at home either for dinner or sometimes even for breakfast. The thing with steaks is you have to wait while you defrost them naturally by taking them out of the meat freezer, which can take a long time and needs some preparation prior to cooking. In that time of my laziness which I didnt take out the meat before I go about my day, I go to Holy cow at Radio dalam to have my dose of this tasty body fuel known as steaks.

Holy cow is one of the famous steak houses in Jakarta. Established in 2010, it has since cater to the needs of carnivores hungry for their meat. Holy cow's menu range from prime cuts like the Sirloin, tenderloin, or my favorite the rib-eye, to more exotic meats like the Wagyu. I personally dont like the taste of Wagyu, I prefer the taste of normal prime steak meats because Wagyu grass has a more minty flavor giving the cows tender but less juicy meat compared to their local cousins.

The restaurant is small and jam packed. Its made from old containers for gods sake, fortunately the ac is effective at keeping us cool because of the size of the restaurant. The steaks are flame grilled to perfection let it be medium rare or well-done. The drinks are free flowing and we can even change flavors and hot/ cold-ness. Price-wise, it's not that pricey compared to other steak places with the same tender quality and side-dishes. I dont know why but they also sell cupcakes down at the cashier made by another "indie" brand called minilovebites. Cupcakes are available at the Radio dalam and other holy cow places.

Steak Hotel by Holycow!

Jl. Radio Dalam Raya No. 15
Jakarta Selatan
Phone: 021-7202776

Jl. Kemang Raya No. 95E
Jakarta Selatan
Phone: 021-7181949

Lantai 5 Gedung Seremanis
Jl. KH. Agus Salim No. 16
Jakarta Pusat
Phone: 021-31906420

Sunday, October 6, 2013

24/7 Dim sum action at Dim sum inc.


I was playing gta V on my ps3, just as I was to blast my way to the biggest heist my crew has ever made, My dad barges in the door and tells me that my snazzy uncle was downstairs in the driveway asking for me. As I looked out over the balcony, there he was arms crossed with his shiny new car asking me to drive him and my aunt along with baby Zaki to Union at Pim for breakfast. Pim wasn't open at 7.30 in the morning on a sunday, My uncle then opted to go to a dim sum place called "Dim sum inc." which opens 24 hours 7 days a week, what a perfect place to have an improf breakfast, and a chance to buff out my mileage on the 2013 cr-V.

I went to the Dim Sum Inc. in Kemang, from what I heard they also have a joint in Kuningan but thats a bit too far for me. The place has a cool woody feel in the restaurant. Kitchen was surrounded with glass barriers for us to see how e chef's work. They also have some indie-lounge-hipster music blasting to the speakers, reasonably of course, which adds a bit of finnese to the atmosphere. The food was good, dim sum was excellent. I had siao-may, ha-kao, and some chicken feet. My uncle also ordered chicken porridge and some won ton fried rice for us to share. Its a shame that Zaki was still 2 months old, we had to leave him out of the action since his body cant break down the complex molecule found on "adult food"...

Dim Sum Inc. Kemang
Jl. Kemang Raya No. 20A
Kemang, South Jakarta
T/F +6221 7182249