BCA Indonesia Open 2016

A few weeks ago I was invited by BCA to Hong Kong Cafe in Sarinah to have to the opportunity to gather with fellow bloggers to discuss about an event called Badminton Indonesia Open.

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A group of people attended the gathering and I was fortunate enough to have met leaders of PBSI (Persatuan Bulutangkis Seluruh Indonesia) and also professional Badminton players. For those of you who have no idea what PBSI is, its basically a club or kinda like a group of people sharing the same interest of playing badminton professionally.

During the gathering I was given valuable knowledge about badminton and BCA’s role in the event. Badminton Open Indonesia is BCA’s biggest CSR and they are the main sponsor for the event. One of the professional Badminton athlete, Fran Kurniawan Teng shared about his passion in badminton and his rigorous training everyday. He spends most of his time training and shared to us about his previous wins and also challenges along the way on how he hopes to win for Indonesia in the future. The leaders of PP PBSI, Corporate Secretary of BCA Ibu Inge Setiawati and Head of Public Relations and Social Media PP PBSI Ibu Yuni Kartika, were also very optimistic that Indonesia will win in the near future.

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A week after the gathering, I attended Badminton Open Indonesia on Friday the 3rd at Istora Senayan. As I watch the match between Indonesia and Denmark I could feel the thrill and excitement. Although the Indonesian team lost, Indonesia still gets another chance next year if they are still optimistic on winning! I was watching from the the press area and even though I’m not a big fan of badminton nor any sports, infact, I was literally taken away by the spirit of the audience cheering for team Indonesia and just the thrill of watching the players play. This was a first time experience for me watching live sports in Indonesia.

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Anyways, here’s a glimpse of history about Indonesia open events. This year, 2016, marks the third year for BCA to host the event alongside with Djarum. Indonesia has previously won a lot of awards in Badminton thanks to players Ardy Wiranata, Taufik Hidayat, etc. And in addition, Indonesia has won many tournaments before in the years 1983, 1996, 1997 and 2001.

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All in all, the Badminton event held at Istora Senayan was a blast to attend to because of the thrill, and this should be a fun event if you were to come with friends or family. There were also a lot of food vendors in the area, and I was happy to have come to support for team Indonesia.

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Quipper: A Fun E-Learning Solution!

On November 14 2015, Quipper Video launched its newest product in Grand Indonesia by inviting a number of media bloggers for a press conference.

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Quipper Video is a one-stop solution to learn in the digital age we live in today. Most twelfth graders or SMA 3 students in Indonesia have to go through what we know as Ujian Nasional (UN) or Seleksi Bersama Masuk Perguruan Tinggi Negeri (SBMPTN). For those of you who don’t know it and are International readers, these testings are a requirement from the government in Indonesia and it is something like the SATs for Indonesians. This online product makes videos to help students especially in the twelfth grade to learn about topics such as mathematics, sciences and languages.

Quipper understands what most twelfth graders have to go through everyday in their lives – waking up early in the morning to go to school and arrive home really late at night. They understand that teens rarely get the chance to see the sunlight because of the long and tiring day of school. Teens in Jakarta especially get home really late due to factors such as traffic and may find that going for offline tuition with tutors a hassle. So they have built this website and publish videos for students to learn from. Not only that, but they have more than 4000 quality questions for students to learn from and quiz themselves.

I can totally relate to this situation because I am currently in the twelfth grade and I get super lazy to go to an actual offline or physical place to get lessons on UN exams after finishing 8 hours of school. I would rather have it in my phone or laptop and I can access it whenever I want. I also feel that its easier to use Quipper because I can repeat the videos again and again. I can review anytime I want and everything is up to me. I can save more time by having it on my personal gadget and still learn. I think Quipper is a nice learning tool because it will teach students like me about independent learning by motivating to learn ourselves. This skill will be useful for university later and throughout our lives. After we finish high school I don’t think our parents would still push us to study and it is up to us to study or not.

In addition, Quipper would also be beneficial for students like me because it will help me familiarize with what the UN examinations are like. I go to an International school and my school have never required us to do these examinations. However, just recently the government changed the rules and have made it mandatory for us to take the UN examinations. With the help of Quipper, I can help prepare for my upcoming UN examinations and get the big idea. I can start learning with the topics I want to learn first and as a very individualized learner I like to learn things through listening as well as visually.

Learning has never been easier as it can be done anywhere as long as you have a laptop and  good internet connection with you. Their learning tools are also categorized in more granular topics so it is easier for students to follow along. Students can rewind and play back the videos if they want to repeat the lessons. This suits my learning style because I like to go back and review things in detail again an again. Where in real life if you actually go to an actual place for lessons, it would be really hard because asking the teacher to explain it again and again would make them unhappy and myself feel bad.

Finally, Quipper is also designed to motivate students in learning, and parents have access and may monitor students learning activities through a report.

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Bake and Dine with Breadlife!

20140709-141829-51509756.jpgLast week I was invited to an event by BBlog Indonesia and I was asked if I could come to Breadlife in Living World to taste the new edition to their fine selection of bread. I was very interested and I decided to join in with other fellow food bloggers. The experience was both fun and I got to decorate my own cake! How cool was that? Decorating my own cake was pretty hard as I am not an experiencde cook or even pastry chef or whatever you call it. But it turned out okay… I guess. You be the judge.

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20140709-141829-51509973.jpgTo start off, we were given different selection of bread to taste and they introduced us their newest edition which was the Cheese and Chocolate Ball. The “Ball” part is inspired by the World Cup season and the bread won’t be here for long as they will only sell it for this certain period of time only. Apart from that, they also had Lebaran packages for those of you who celebrate Ramadhan and the packages seems pretty cool and affordable.

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20140709-143137-52297227.jpgMoving on, we tasted two big trays of bread. I ate a lot and I think I tried almost every single bread there is in Breadlife today! Readers, I’m sorry but I got to admit that I’m such a pig (lol). My favorite one has got to be the cheese ring. I like how they have the melted cheese inside and the crusty cheese outside. It gives a perfect combination. Also the rugby ball bread has got to be my favorite and the tiger roll which also consists of cucumber inside! How unusual but I like the taste.

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I also tried their new drinks and I tried the Green Tea frap. Honestly, it tasted pretty similar to the one I always have in Starbucks yet I think it had more whipped cream in it or maybe its slightly sweeter.

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Last but not least, I’d like to thank Breadlife for inviting me to the event and Bblog Indonesia especially for everything!

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Hygiene: ☆☆☆☆☆

Location:

BreadLife
Living World, Ground Level.
Jl. Alam Sutera Boulevard
Tangerang
Phone:+62 21 29310659

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Bornga

My friends have been telling me to go checkout this Korean BBQ restaurant BORNGA for quite some time and honestly, I think this has to be one of the best Korean BBQ in Jakarta. I also find this place very affordable compared to most Korean BBQ restaurants. Since the place is good, it took me quite a while-like 10 mins or so for a table because I arrived at around 1 PM for lunch. The place is crowded and smells like BBQ- You get what I’m talking about. The interior of the restaurant was nothing out of the ordinary- its like any other Korean BBQ places. The exhaust pipes coming down from the ceiling, bamboo decoration and the flat screen SAMSUNG TV with the Korean Drama on. Even so, the food was tongue-smacking and their appetizers are just amazing. They will serve you the complimentary long giant plate of veggies, and many small Korean dishes. I also have to say that their Bulgogi is the best and the Ox tongue is not to be missed!

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Average Spending: Rp. 150,000.

Hygiene: ☆☆☆☆☆

Location:
Born Ga
Jl. Wolter Monginsidi No. 24
Kebayoran Baru
Jakarta, Indonesia
Phone:+62 21 7396229

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Bibigo

I passed this restaurant while I was walking around the Pacific Place Mall and it seemed pretty interesting because this restaurant happens to be owned by the same person who owns TOUS LE JOUR. And as you all may know, TOUS LE JOUR is a very famous new bread store thats been in town for around a year now. The ambience of this restaurant was just okay because it was like any other Korean restaurants. Smells like BBQ and they have the wooden tables. Honestly the food was tasty but its not original. They have changed the taste to match with what Jakartans like. I think this is great and all but I like traditional Korean Food and it should be better if it was like that. Moreover, here are the pictures for you to drool!

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Average Spending: Rp. 200,000 and above.
Hygiene: ☆☆☆☆☆

Location:
Bibigo
Pacafic Place Fl. 4
Jl. Jend Sudirman Kav. 52-53
Jakarta, Indonesia

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