Obedience

Malachi 3:10 New International Version (NIV)

10 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it. 

Lately I've been trying to stay obedient in giving back tithe, no matter what my financial situation is. And amazingly, God provides for me more than ever through this obedience. Somehow, each day, His provision is always there for me. Now I truly believe that whenever we are obedient to His words, He will manifest His work in ways we have not yet imagined before.

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Sunday at Grand Kemang Hotel



On the last day of the Lebaran holidays (and I literally mean last day), my sister and I got a chance to enjoy the Sunday Brunch package at Sperta, Grand Kemang Hotel. And for FREE! Yep. I joined this mini quiz on Instagram hosted by J Ryan Karsten and I won so we were given 1 sunday brunch voucher for two people. The Sunday Brunch are actually for sale also, each at IDR 275.000 ++/person and an additional IDR 250.000 ++ if you want free flow of red wine, white wine, sparkling wine and beer (more info).


Honestly I have never heard of this place before, but who doesn't love free stuff right? :p
So when I got the voucher I did a little bit of research. Some other blogs have actually written their reviews on Grand Kemang's Brunch package and mostly came up with good reviews. On one of the blogs that I read, I saw that Sperta, where we had our brunch, is located next to the swimming pool. And of course, as a true water-person, I immediately questioned if we can swim also. Unfortunately it was vaguely told on other people's article, so I wasn't very sure if we were allowed.  Wanting to assure myself that I am allowed to swim, I decided to call Grand Kemang and... what a good news! Yes swimming is allowed. I was so happy and excited knowing that I could swim there.

Location
From the name, I knew that this hotel was located in Kemang but I had no idea where it was exactly, even though I go to Kemang quite often. Turns out the hotel is located right across Kemchicks Kemang. So there shouldn't be any problem trying to look for this hotel :)



Food and Beverage
I have to say Grand Kemang's variety of food served is A LOT! They have several stations in the restaurants and all of which are superbly delicious too. Sushi, Dim Sum, Meat Slice, Asian Food, Pasta, dessert, fruit slices, gelato, you name it. In the Pasta section itself, you can create your own pasta. When I came they had 4 selection of pasta and 6 selection of sauce. They also allow us to choose the toppings we'd like to use. I personally recommend the Choco Lava Cake and the Meat Slice.


Swimming Pool
There are two swimming pools at Grand Kemang Hotel, one for the adult and another for the kids. The size of the kids pool isn't that big, definitely not for a kids' pool party because it would probaly only fit around 7-10 kids. But the adult pool.... definitely can throw a pool party there. You have to make sure that you can swim though because the depth of their pool is around 2.5 meters! Yep, it's super deep and you surely can't stand on your feet.

If you happen to be staying at this hotel, they provide free towels for you to borrow. But if not - like me - you have to bring your own towel. You can also shower at the bathroom. They have 3 shower rooms along with soap and shampoo provided and a hair dryer if you don't want to go out with wet hair.


I definitely recommend this place as a staycation destination for the Jakarta peeps or even only for a day-visit. It is affordable and with what you pay, you get a lot! Be sure to follow their social media account too, they often have events that you might be interested in.

P.S. Thanks Ruanth for taking us there!

Grand Kemang Hotel
Jalan Kemang Raya, RT.14/RW.1, Bangka, Mampang Prapatan, RT 14 RW 1, Bangka, Mampang Prpt., Kota Jakarta Selatan, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 12730 (maps)
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Candi Ratu Boko

On my last day of being in Jogjakarta for the HackFest event hosted by UAJY, the committee took the Tokopedia team to Candi Ratu Boko. Honestly, I had no idea what the Candi Ratu Boko is. The landmarks I know that's located in Jogjakarta are only Candi Borobudur and Candi Prambanan. My expectation of this place was that it will have a majestic collection of temples just like Borobudur and Prambanan.
They decided to bring us to Candi Ratu Boko because it was the closest landmark from UAJY and our flight was on the evening of the same day. It only took us around 1 hour by car to get to the Candi Ratu Boko. There are also different alternatives on how to get there provided by PT Taman Wisata Candi at their website.

The admission ticket to the Candi Ratu Boko is only Rp 40.000 with a flat-rate Rp 10.000 parking fee for cars. Now don't expect to find a lot of temples at this landmark because it's actually ruins of an empire. It consists of several buildings, the main gate, Pendopo (a gathering area), Keputren (Princess Palace), caves, and many other areas of the empire.

Most visitors come to this place during sunset hours because it acts a perfect photo background. Unfortunately, our time wasn't much and we can only stay there for a few hours.
Candi Ratu Boko was an interesting place to visit despite its undeniable heat during the day. And for those who would like to explore the other temples, there's actually a package ticket available at only Rp 75.000. So, give this place a visit on your next trip to Jogja!

edited by @femmesabaru

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