Sea Breeze Ceningan: Wonderfully Bohemian

I love all things Bohemian. Ergo, not a surprise that I fell in love with the vibe of Sea Breeze Ceningan,  a quaint warung-bar in Nusa Ceningan, Bali. Yes, this is still in the Island of the Gods!

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Interior of Sea Breeze in Nusa Ceningan

Sea Breeze Ceningan Bar and Restaurant is located 500 meters from the Yellow Bridge, the bridge connecting the islands of Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan to each other.

From Nusa Lembongan, Arshad and I crossed the Yellow Bridge to  Nusa Ceningan to find a restaurant-bar overlooking the waters so we can hang out and drink cocktails while watching the sunset.

While cruising through the streets of Nusa Lembongan in a motorbike, we came across this quaint and quirky resto-bar which was on point Bohemian – both in its exterior and interior design.

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Sea Breeze Ceningan’s exterior boasting of beach-themed embellishments fused with Indonesian decors and statues

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Food for thought: sayings and maxims dotting the frontage of Sea Breeze Ceningan

When I entered Sea Breeze Ceningan, I immediately fell in love with the Boho vibe, as the restaurant was replete with Instagrammable nooks and crannies, with all its maxims and fun boards carrying words of wisdom:

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If you are a sun worshipper who likes Bohemian chic, head out to Sea Breeze Ceningan

The interior of the restaurant boasted of beautiful murals and mandala designs and the open design allowed air to flow to counter the warmth of the tropical island.

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Sea Breeze Ceningan’s quirky interior bedecked with mandala murals

Having an ocean view and a waterfront location, Sea Breeze Ceningan scores tons of points for having both Bohemian and beachy vibe. It felt so cool to just lounge around and chill inside the restaurant, as the open-air designed allowed us breeze.

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Sea Breeze Ceningan’s waterfront with swings and a heart-shape frontage

Arshad and I stayed to watch the sunset and take more photos while sipping rose’ wine from Plaga, a vineyard locally based in Bali.

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For more information:

  • Bar & Restaurant
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • 8am – late
  • FREE pick up – Nusa Lembongan / Nusa Ceningan
  • 2 pax by motorbike, more than 5 pax by car
  • FREE wifi
  • FREE delivery on Nusa Ceningan
  • Mobile number: +62 812 3956 7407

Pisang-Pisang: Goin’ Bananas Over Healthy Food in Nusa Lembongan

NL_pisang7_wmI’m an advocate of healthy and clean eating. Although I can’t claim to be fully vegan, I prefer a plant-based diet. My quest for organic, plant-based food was very much satisfied by Pisang-Pisang (literally translated as Banana-Banana), a small healthy food restaurant attached to Rama Garden Retreat in Nusa Lembongan, Bali.

Pisang-Pisang serves meat, vegetarian and vegan options. Their menu has an extensive option for vegetarian, gluten-free and vegan choices. Best of all, most of the ingredients are organic. They have an impressive menu of smoothie and fresh juices, and you shouldn’t leave the restaurant without trying one!

Since I stayed at Rama Retreat in Nusa Lembongan, my package came with not just free breakfast, but also lunch!

For breakfast, I defaulted to wheat toast, fried eggs with onions and tomatoes with a side of fruits and honey.  Breakfast isn’t complete, of course, without my ever-reliable black coffee.

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Pisang-Pisang’s breakfast of wheat toast, fried eggs with onions and tomatoes with a side of fruits and honey, paired of course with black coffee

My next favorite (of which I ordered twice) is their soft taco, with a blend of sweet potatoes, red and green bell peppers, onions, corn, carrots and beans. This became my default lunch while I was in Nusa Lembongan. It was filling enough for me that I can’t eat anything else after!

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For a lighter fare and as energy extender after surfing, their pan fried tofu with onions, peppers and sriracha sauce is recommended. It’s tasty and the serving is just enough to tide you over the next meal.

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During our stay in Rama Retreat, I was really out on a mission to try most of Pisang-Pisang’s vegetarian dishes in the menu. I would also highly recommend their vegetarian stir-fried noodles with a generous portion of vegetables and their Japanese vegetarian handroll with edamame on the side.

Finally, to complete Pisang-Pisang’s healthy fare, the menu boasts of an extensive list of juice and smoothies and I suggest you try EVERYTHING. Since it is also marketed as a juice bar, they practically have all kinds of juices and smoothies you can ever think of.

My go-to fare included Wake Me Up and Spicy Jet Lag, which contained my favorite fruits: papaya, local lime and watermelon.

Pisang-Pisang’s products and ingredients are carefully selected from organic agriculture. The menu is reasonably priced so healthy eating won’t break your budget while you are in the island.

It also helped that they had super-friendly staff and the restaurant has WIFI access.

Pisang-Pisang is open daily from 7:00am until 9:00pm.

For more details, you can reach them through:  +62-81238441996

Location:

Jalan Jungutbatu, Banjar Kaja, Nusa Lembongan, Desa Jungutbatu, Bali, Indonesia, 0366

 

Beautiful Cadiz

Sunset in Cadiz

Cadiz, the oldest continuously inhabited city in Western Europe, is what I call a beautiful surprise.

We had no plans but to rest in Cadiz, as this is our stopover before we finally drive out to Sevilla. No tours booked, nothing. We booked a flamenco show when we already arrived.

If there is enough time, sometimes it’s good to not join tours or just let your feet take you wherever they may lead.

Cadiz, one of the most ancient European tows, was well worth it the missed flights and the long drives.

 

Of delayed flights and other travel shenanigans

It’s 2:08am in Singapore. Our flight to Barcelona has left at 11:30pm and we are not in it.

A faulty hydraulic delayed our Jakarta to Singapore flight for 2 hours and instead of an hour and a half’s worth of layover in Singapore, this delay will cause us to stay for two days in the Merlion City. This in turn causes us to lose our two days in Valencia. Such is the domino effect of this whole fiasco.

When traveling, delayed flights and lost luggage are the two greatest equalizers. Yes, even for business class travelers.

The queue for flight rebooking has not moved for almost an hour now, with a lot of flights fully booked in the next two days. The business class lounge had ZERO people after midnight (I am calling you out, Singapore Airlines), and the ground staff seemed to be unprepared, despite the 3-hour lead time that the airline already knows of the delay.

In short, I don’t see this blunder getting fixed until four in the morning.

I’m tired, I need a shower and I have a lot of time in my hands, ergo the blogging and probably reading some app dev porn from my tech agile stream.

What else is there to do?

One thing I have learned from my travels is that I just get more exhausted from bitching and getting angry about delayed flights and lost luggage (another debacle experienced during my trip to Italy).

Patience is not one of my greatest virtues but I have learned to adjust and make-do with the cards that I’m dealt with, especially if there’s really nothing I can do about it.

While Arshad is patiently in line (thank God for resilient travel partners and husbands), I am sat here in Coffee Bean writing and eventually clearing out some of my readings.

The cliche’ “when life gives you lemons, get vodka and make lemoncillo” (or is it a different one?) holds very true.

So Singapore it is in the next two days. Marina Bay Sands, here we go!

The Majestic Mount Mayon

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Mount Mayon: photo taken by Bella in December 2017

Before Mount Mayon erupted in January, I took the family to Legazpi for a short trip in December. NO, we did not bring the eruption to the volcano (although coincidentally, Mount Agung of Bali erupted days after we arrived in October).

Now called the Beautiful Disaster, the view of Mayon remains to be a majestic sight to behold. It was my first time to see it up close and personal, too, when we did the ATV ride around the volcano.

Mount Mayon is indeed beautiful, a national price for the Filipinos.

Koi Kemang: Brunch, anyone?

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Prosecco Treviso Cascine, one of my favorite prosecco

Champagne brunch is one of my favorite things to do when I spend my weekends in Jakarta. I call it champagne brunch but I literally drink anything vino – red wine, chardonnay, cava, prosecco, champagne – name it, I will down it!

Since 2010, one of my favorite brunch places in Jakarta is Koi in Kemang. Koi has witnessed a lot of my life celebrations with friends and loved ones and it continues to be one of my default go-to places. The quality of the food is consistent and the plenitude of red and sparkling wines are always great reasons to visit this place.

For me, Koi Kemang will always be a timeless classic!

Here are some of our favorites from Koi, which we usually order over and over again. These never get old for me.

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Koi’s wheatgrass shot with a slice of orange on the side.

I normally start my meal with a wheatgrass shot and I drink it clean and straight.  It’s a good way to start the meal as wheatgrass is power-packed with chlorophyll, which acts as a neutralizer of toxins in the body. It also improves blood sugar and detoxifies the liver (great when you are just about to indulge on the fizzies!)

Some mix the wheatgrass shot with fresh orange juice, but I just prefer mine straight up.

Although cheese is considered dessert, I normally order it as my appetizer. At Rp150k, Koi’s cheese platter has brie, gruyere and French blue cheese, with baguette on the side, roasted cashews and yummy caramelized onions.

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Koi’s cheese platter: brie, gruyere and French blue cheese, with baguette on the side, roasted cashews and yummy caramelized onions.

Arshad and I normally pair the cheese with either a light, fruity red, a bubbly prosecco, cava or champagne. My top faves: Corte Giara Bardolino from Italy and Trimback Riesling from Arsace, France.

Apart from cheese, we usually share a salad: caesar salad with honey and truffle oil.

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For the main course, we are creatures of habit. By default, I always order the poached eggs with spinach and hollandaise sauce. It’s basically their Eggs Benedict without the ham, since I prefer to eat mostly plant-based.

Aside from the vast selection of wine and their perfectly poached eggs, another primary reason why we keep on coming back to Koi is their steak and eggs.  Arshad has tried steak and eggs from other restaurants but they always pale in comparison. He keeps getting disappointed so the verdict was that if he wants his steak and eggs, we only go to Koi.

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Koi’s medium rare steak and eggs with herbed butter, vegetables and potatoes

For dessert, if you are a first-timer in Koi, it merits to try their dessert sampler, where a plateful of Koi’s best desserts can be had.

My newly-discovered heaven, though, is the flourless chocolate quinoa cake with vanilla ice cream on the side and vanilla sauce. After tasting this, the definition of dessert will never be the same!

After indulging your cravings for Koi’s delectable food, you can go to their second floor to check out teakwood furniture, paintings and other Indonesian fixtures. Koi also showcases beautiful curated Indonesian pieces from local craftsmen and furniture makers.

For all these and more, I’d say Koi never fails to make my Sunday wonderful. I will never tire of going back for more…and more. =)

Koi Kemang’s details:

Address: Jl. Kemang Raya No.72b, RT.7/RW.2, Bangka, Mampang Prpt., Kota Jakarta Selatan, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 12730
Hours:  Opens 7am Closes 11PM

Phone: (021) 7195668

Pause.

For the past 2 months, all my weekends were spent traveling, except for one when I had a Philippine Embassy event.

Today is a very rare Saturday when I’m staying put in Jakarta, and I’m relishing every single second of it!

I love traveling and I always will, but doing it non-stop for both work and leisure wore me down. I felt tired and consumed, day in and day out.

I’m taking advantage of this weekend to sit back and relax, catch up on my reading and writing.

To slow down. To pause.

Literally.

I have so much material for the blog, but unfortunately didn’t have enough time, not even to look at my stats. I have been an absolutely horrible blogger as of late!

The good news about it is that while I have been failing as a consistent blogger, I’ve been winning at recovering and living my life. I’m slowly finding my joie de vivre and my groove back.

It’s not a perfect process and I don’t have a bullet-proof solution. It’s a hit and miss, in fact. There were days that I was at a point of exhaustion that I had to bail on dinners and parties with friends, much to their chagrin and much to my social punishment (I have clingy albeit loving friends, which I truly appreciate).

Lesson learned: Balance. Balance is always key to wellness.  

 

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This Bella is on pause this weekend.

It may sound simple, common sensical even, but a lot of us take this for granted. We pack so much stuff in our schedules, in our mind space and in our lives that we forget to breathe.

This weekend is a glorious time to pause. To breathe and to claim my moment of peace.

To the weekend warriors, have a great one. I’m sitting this one down, armed with my Macbook and a cuppa.