Review: Han Gang

 

Han Gang Waltermongisi [2014: E O]

Han Gang Waltermongisi [2014: E O]

Lately I have been hearing many people saying how delicious Korean food are especially the barbecue one.  Honestly, I have never been really interested to try it until few weeks ago I was writing about Korean restaurants and look at the Korean food image at the website. It looks so tasty and tempting.

So here I was… going to Han Gang restaurant in Jalan Walter Mongisidi, South Jakarta to try my first Korean barbecue. As I never tried Korean barbecue before, the waitress suggested me to order modeum gogi, an assorted beef. My ooo my… what a big menu?! I even felt so full to the next day!

I was really glad that finally I had the Korean food after craving for it for few days and it was super good. However I would not have it so often as it is so filling! It is not that expensive for that big menu, my friend and I spent nearly Rp 700,000 (68 USD) for a good quality Korean barbecue. It’s worth!

Anyway, I was wondering who the owner of Han Gang Mongisidi is because on the ground floor of the restaurant is a luxury car showroom called “Leo Auto Cars” :-D

Free authentic Korean appetiser at Han Gang [2014: E O]

Free authentic Korean appetiser at Han Gang [2014: E O]

Modeum Gogi [2014: E O]

Modeum Gogi [2014: E O]

The beef were grilled with  Korean charcoal to bring an authentic taste and distinctive aroma [2014: E O]

The beef were grilled with Korean charcoal to bring an authentic taste and distinctive aroma [2014: E O]

Ready to eat! [2014: EO]

Ready to eat! [2014: EO]

 

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Music: Coke Bottle by Agnes Monica

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A little girl donates some coins to a street musician and gets the best surprise in return

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Notes: ….

…. from my wildest imagination

I am having you on my mind now, thinking about our old good days but it gets me really upset, realising that somehow I am no longer in love with you anymore. I asked myself… how can I fall in love with you again? If I could, would it ever be the same? I don’t know…

They say…. ‘You don’t push away someone and expect them to be there when you are ready.’ Well… physically I am still here but it seems that my soul is no longer here. I guess I have been long gone. Sometimes I still want you to be the smile on my face but I am too traumatised to have your around me and I just want to be happy…

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Notes: Only Moral Support

….. “I am so depressed about my life,” he said this morning.

Somehow… as soon as I opened my eyes and read his text message, I felt pretty upset. Upset because I do not know what I should or could do to help him out, because all I can do is just give him moral support with all the best effort that I can give.

I know that he is a very kind person with a good heart but he does not know how to ease his mind and enjoy the life a lil bit regardless how difficult our life is at the moment. Still, I am being grateful for the life that I live.

But frankly… I don’t know what else I have to do or say to support him because in the end of the day it’s him to decide what he must do or he must not do…. I am just worried about you up there…

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Notes: One More Time…

From my wildest imagination

….. He said that he would never be with her, would never but he used to tell her that he wanted to be with her one day. Not just once he told her that he wanted to be with her one day… but many times. Everyday… she  was counting down the days and looking forward to that day. Unfortunately … instead of getting closer to that day, that day seemed to go away.

No more warm conversation but argument, no more laughters but tears and no more trust but doubt …. Their relationship was falling apart. She was very upset….  She lost the direction, she did not know where to go, she did not know what to say…. her heart was broken into pieces.

Wow! He would never be mine and we would never be just us two. Would never… not even a chance to try to be together… I couldn’t believe it. How could it be? Is it for real? My feeling was real but my dream seems to not be real… How could it be?” she asked herself in that corner.

That night … he got down on his knees, looked into her teary sad eyes to say sorry. Sorry for breaking her heart, sorry for telling her lies, sorry for hurting her, sorry for destroying her dream .. her dream to be with him in there future. He was being really sorry but was he really being sorry? She did not know… Her heart was broken for one more time ….

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Notes: Nirbhaya Had an Abortion

This is a story between me and her, the woman who has an abortion two years ago in the foreign land. I had an imaginary conversation with her while we were enjoying a glass of cold coconut ice in my living room this afternoon.  She allowed me to share our conversation.

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Her name is Nirbhaya. Her name means fearless. Nirbhaya, she is a 26 years old fearless woman, who are not afraid taking risk to get something that she wants for herself, for her own happiness. She is never afraid taking any risk at all, no matter how dangerous it is.

But last night she was upset. She had an untold story that she had been keeping for herself. Well, actually she had told some of her friends about this but still she felt that they do not understand and will never understand how she felt inside. She is still feeling the pain.

So here is her story…

Two years ago in the foreign land, Nirbhaya had an abortion of six weeks fetus in her womb.

Wow… an abortion? That is something that I have never thought that I would ever do in my life. Would never.” Nirbhaya started her story to me. “But I had to do it anyway because my man did not want it and I was not particularly ready to be a mother. I just couldn’t imagine that I would be a mother. I still wanna have fun…

Honestly, I had a moral issue with a woman, who did an abortion. However I always say to my friends that it is better to do an abortion than let the baby suffering in this cruel world. The worst is I did it too.” Nirbhaya went on.

It was an unforgettable cold Monday morning, on the third day of 2012. I had an abortion in the foreign land by myself.” she added.

You know what it means by having six weeks fetus in my womb? It means that the baby had developed tiny buds that will become arms and legs further along the line. Its heart is rapidly developing from a simple tube to the complex four chambers which pump blood around its body. This means that the heart beat can be identified easier. And I took my own child life.” she went on.

I vividly remembered the first night after I had an abortion, I heard a baby crying. I felt that my baby  haunted me,” she added.

I am just listening to Nirbhaya.

I tried to share my feeling with my man about this sometimes but he often refused to talk about it. Instead he wanted me to forget about it but it was not easy. I don’t know… despite the fact I was not ready to be a mother, sometimes I just think if my baby is still alive today, he or she would be one and half years old kid, who runs around in the house and keeps me busy. I believe he or she would be very attractive and active kid. And the greatest is that kid would call me mommy or ibu.” she said.

But he or she is not here, would never be here but it would always be in my mind. And to be honest…. I regret what I did even it is the best decision to do, it was the worst mistake that I ever did in my entire life,” she went on.

You know what Fani? Sometimes I heard a baby crying at night, my baby keeps haunting me until today and it makes me really upset. But I was lucky to find a clinic, which practice abortion legally…I was so lucky” Nirbhaya said to me. 

The funny part about that day was somehow the radio played How to Love song by Lil Wayne. Do you know that music video right where it was opened with the woman, who was about going to terminate her baby but she decided to keep the baby and showed her baby girl how  to love. I wish I was that woman. But it was the best decision anyhow.”  she went on.

What I want was just one that my man would have ear for me whenever my guilty feeling comes haunted me. Why? It is because I would never forget about the third day of 2012 that I took the life of my own blood. I just cannot forgive myself to do the abortion even it was the best decision. The pain is still there and perhaps would always be there. It pains me a lot that I killed my own blood but I am glad that my man is willing to talk about it sometimes…”  she said.

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Discussing such an issue (abortion) openly to our friend is not particularly easy to do it in our community (Indonesian society) simply because of the moral issue. But personally, I support an abortion, especially when the parents are unable to take the responsibility. I just hate the idea seeing kids suffering because parents are unable to take their responsibility to take care of their kids. However it is important to do it legally for the safety’s sake.

Anyway, I am glad that I could share her experience in this blog. Sometimes I wonder how many women are willing to come out to share their abortion experience to the public and why are they willing to do so? Well, I guess it is one way to ease their burden regardless the judgment that they would receive from the community.

One thing that I could say tho… we are only human, we make mistake intentionally or accidentally to other or to ourselves. But always remember that only God can judge us and not other fellow human being because in the end of the day we carry our own cross. Right?

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PS: Sharing our burden to our close people is the best way to ease the pain that we feel in our life. The funny thing is it is easier to share it with our friend than our own family because friends appear to have a better understanding than family. But keep in mind that  that there are a lot of rats out there, which would use it against you when you have a problem with them.

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