I’ve talked about this place almost devoutly for months, but in case you didn’t know, Fillmore Coffee has got to be one of my favorite places in Jakarta, period.
There’s just something from the cafe’s relatively hidden location, the decor, and the ambience that appeal to me. The inclusion of ivy on the front window, for example, gave the place an almost rustic feel that I absolutely adore.
In any case, Fillmore Coffee is definitely a place I’d definitely return to from time to time, not only because it is a fantastic writing spot, but also because it’s a great cafe in general.
When it comes to securing a productive weekend, nothing really beats finding the nearest cafe to your house, plugging in your laptop, ordering a few snacks, and just start working. Since I live in West Jakarta, TOSKA provides almost everything I could ask for a writing spot.
As far as I know, TOSKA strives to serve only vegan food to their customers, so even their main dishes (pasta, fried rice, etc.) are all served using vegan ingredients. If you’re a vegan, then you will most likely appreciate this initiative, since there’s not a lot of vegan options to dine in Jakarta.
However, even if you’re not vegan, like me, I reckon you will still enjoy yourselves working in this little cafe. If not because of their surprisingly tasty delicacies, then at the very least, for the sheer comfort this place could give as a writing spot.
Several weeks ago, before I was hospitalized, I had the chance to visit this recently renovated library in South Jakarta. As the name suggests, the place is actually a library—only that it’s in the same building as the Netherlands’ cultural center building.
I first heard about the library from my Twitter feed. With a very eye-catching thumbnail, it’s hard to miss the announcement. I hadn’t been to the place yet—not even to the cultural center—but I had heard good things about it. In fact, one of my friends used to take a language course there, in preparation for her studies abroad.
Being the bibliophile that I am, and being somewhat desperate in search of a new writing spot, the place instantly caught my interest.
Fortunately, one of my friends was also inclined to check the place out.
It comes without saying that I am super late into the fray. Yes; I know the game was released a couple of years ago, and I know that most people would probably have read dozens of better-written reviews on the net. But as a long-time fan of Final Fantasy, I just feel the need to write my personal take on their latest installment.
I am no stranger to indie books. In fact, some of my best reading experiences was from reading independently published books. There is just something magical about holding an indie book in your hands—taking in all that is is, and realizing that the author did everything they could to bring this book into existence.
Of course, the same can be said about traditionally published books, but I cannot deny the quaint charm of indie books, especially since most of indie titles are elusive, limited, or even exclusive.
There is something about Shinkai Makoto’s works that moves my heart.
Maybe it’s the amazing artwork and animation render quality. Perhaps it’s the simplistic story concept that takes everyone’s breath away. Or maybe it’s just because the music sews everything perfectly. I couldn’t find one specific reason of my addiction towards Shinkai Makoto’s works, and I am content to announce that I don’t even care why. Continue reading “The Garden of Words – a review”→