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December 2015

DELUXSHIONIST BEST OF 2015

DELUXSHIONIST BEST OF 2015 - There were good times to remember as December is the right time to reflect and look back. 2016 is only in counting days away and as I am entering the New Year, I also put some wishes and hopes in it. So how your 2015 was? How had they treated you? Mine was pretty awesome, I had so many times to think deep about what’s going on in my life, even it was not exactly I had planned to, but life had given me its surprises to the core of my soul in my own perspective.

I started my blog with my story as a keynote speaker at Pecha Kucha Vol. 20 Fashion Nation, which I talked about blogging and men’s fashion and my year end trip to Singapore and Batam. My 2015 best moment only when I visited Japan in Spring season in April and #ExploreBali sponsored by Pepsodent Travel Smart because they have chosen my travel hack tips and my travel itinerary, also followed by my luxury resorts hoping trip with my best friends around Bali, literacy trip to Ubud Writers and Readers Festival.

7 hours flight to Japan sponsored by Tokyo Rail Days Indonesia, where I went to Niigata to visit Gala Yuzawa Ski Resort, and Yamanashi Prefecture to visit Mount. Fuji. At that time, because I believe there is no coincidence in life, I was studying myself about the Angel Number and it leads me to know more about Earth Chakra. I have seen so many 11:11 number everywhere almost every day, and it also happened in Japan when in actuality I had missed a scheduled train to Gala Yuzawa, so I need to wait for the next train, we decided to stop in unknown station when the screen at the Peron told that the train will come at 11:11 and will go to the next station which was Gala Station, and I was like “Ohhh, so the angel follows me here, absolutely”, because If I didn’t change the station, I have no idea where the hell I would end up.

I was nervous for the next trip to Yamanashi because I need to access the Shinkansen at Tokyo Station. I was freaking out because it was so many people in Ikebukuro Station that morning (of course, what do you expect?). But the ultimate fear was I need to change 3 stations to reach Kawaguchiko Station, but all were good. I and my brother took the bus to see Mount. Fuji closer, but, unfortunately, the top of the mountain covered by dark clouds (very unfortunate) but I believe it was the sign for me to come back, in this trip I found about Earth Chakras and what’s the Mt. Fuji represent in it.

DELUXSHIONIST BEST OF 2015 TOKYO JAPAN

The Beauty Center represented by Mount Fuji as a Gate 9 from 12 Gates all over the world, that’s why the Zen wisdom was born here.

“Devote yourself to seeking the most beautiful truth. When you find this most beautiful truth in this Universe, become that beauty, incarnates that truth, and remember Fuji-san.”

Still no coincidence that I finally revealed the truth about myself, the beauty of the truth was the highlight; I suddenly got the truth about my life experiences from a couple years back. I might be delusional but to be actually sum up everything in one conclusion of life, the questions have been answered and it felt so much releasing. It was spiritual things that no one could understand but me, and that’s totally enough to actually understand. Lucky enough for me for the special mention from Aseanup.com who listed me as one of 10 Top Bloggers From Indonesia, thank you ASEANUP :)

In August, Pepsodent Travel Smart brought me for the first time to travel to Western and Eastern Bali, left the Northern Bali as the only place in Bali I never been to. We are so lucky that Bali is only less than 2 hours flight (from Jakarta or Bandung), and back to Earth Chakras that Bali is the Gate 7 and represents The Purification Center, with the most Holy Spring surrounded by four mountains, Tirta Empul in Tampak Siring, Gianyar, Bali. How interesting is that? So it’s not too much to say that Bali is a holy land for humanity, when the positive and negative vibes vibrate in harmony, and I suggest you if the holy land of Mecca or the holy city of Jerusalem/Vatican seems too far, Bali is the choice to purified your heart, mind, body, and soul, very spiritual though ;p

DELUXSHIONIST BEST OF 2015 TIRTA EMPUL

From of those experiences, it was opening my mind of my travel direction, but it means I need to travel the world, but just don’t be so rush, your own life is a travel itself, the road you need to understand. There are so many hidden truths to reveal by yourself, and being the truth just to be your true self. Travel becomes so essential as I am aging, and craving for more real experiences in life.

2 month later, I spent a full week of luxury leisure trip with my friend and in November, stay for the first time in Ubud for Ubud Writers Readers Festival 2015 brought to me by the help of Tripanzee and Gagasmedia team, thank you so much it was a very different experience that I am so grateful to had it. Start the year by reading the Dan Brown’s Book of Inferno, that really mind-opening and closed by the Anthology of 17.000 Islands of Imagination from Ubud Writers & Readers Festival 2015, I only have finished 4,5 books, not so meet the standard, because once said that at least read 10 books per year. I love books, moreover, 2015 is the year for me to back read a book because I have so much time to do so, we'll se next year ;p

DELUXSHIONIST BEST OF 2015 ALILA VILLA SOORI

You may see all those best moments were travel related, I think it is why people love to travel because it gives you memory, it gives you experience, it gives you a lesson to learn, whether you are a traveler, adventurer, tourist, pleasure seeker, travel volunteer, etc. My advice, just because you are an avid traveler who had visited so many places, it’s not your place for you to judge the first-time tourist. Whether you went to Mt. Bromo or Mt.Fuji, every travel would be different every time. Whatever you may choose to be, being responsible to it, do good, be good. WISH US VERY A GOOD LUCK IN 2016, I am writing a list of material possession I want to have and achieve in 2016, because a “New Year New Me” most of the time is an illusion and definitely bullshit LOL.

Special mention to 2015bestnine.com that compiled the 9 most liked medias on Instagram in 2015.. even I don't own some of them, the pictures are owned by their respected owner. So see you soon 2016, start to live your life and good luck!!!

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INDONESIA LOCAL BRAND ZEVIN SHOES\


LOCAL BRAND: ZEVIN BOAT BILL SHOES - Since I am spending holiday at home and no idea where to go on New Year’s Eve besides with my family, there is a box of happiness that just arrived this month, the box of Zevin Boat Bill Shoes ;)

It was kind of surprising me when I received the box because I thought it would be another wooden box of Zevin shoes instead of matching maroon box, which I think it was a very nice and awesome, design always matters for me, and totally love it, now I am curious if I request another shoe color like navy, the box will come in navy or not ;)

But here it is Boat Bill shoes, of course, initially influenced by a classic boat shoes, but when I see Zevin design, especially in this Boat Bill design, one that you can easily to notice is the layer of its soles; leather and commando rubber sole which make it thicker as much as heavier, yet makes their construction stonger than another boat shoes design. The shoes feature top grain genuine leather in Maroon and a bit of beige color in the back, soft tan lamb genuine leather inside with also thick innersole (leather + foam) and suede leather in the back of inside interior. Another thing to see that the perfect round shape in half-pointy on its toe, unlikely the usual boat shoes that have flat or even wider toe, but it’s just cool and perfect for me, it's like boat shoes version 2.0.

Personally, the Boat Bill by Zevin definitely can be my ready to go everyday shoes, with or without socks, because as you may know that the classic things are good in aging, moreover it will be a timeless item that you can keep and wear whenever you want to if you decide it was not for your everyday shoes. Boat Bill by Zevin is actually from the last collection, but there is the latest collection that just released this December, featured more modern, contemporary and sporty design.

ZEVIN SHOES | Jakarta, Indonesia
+62857 195 27260

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INDONESIA LOCAL BRAND ZEVIN SHOES
INDONESIA LOCAL BRAND ZEVIN SHOES
INDONESIA LOCAL BRAND ZEVIN SHOES
INDONESIA LOCAL BRAND ZEVIN SHOES

Called Parakeet Maroon and Navy as their new colors collections, also Junco which combined some classic elements of design in a very casual sporty form, both are very suitable worn with jeans, chinos or jogger pants, I featured some of the Lookbook below. Not only shoes, I just checked their new look website and found that their also creates a t-shirt, some leather goods and some products are on sale, lucky you if you read this, you can check them out before all gone >>> Zevin Shoes Shop

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INDONESIA LOCAL BRAND ZEVIN SHOES
INDONESIA LOCAL BRAND ZEVIN SHOES

RUYI CHINESE RESTAURANT AWARTA NUSA DUA

+62 (361) 773300


DINNER AT RU YI CHINESE FINE DINING - The feel like you will spend a night like a royalty on the Far East, the Kingdom of China. There is a restaurant named Ru Yi among hidden gorgeous luxury villas of Awarta Nusa Dua, Bali. Indeed that the concept of the villa itself is oriental Chinese mixed with traditional Balinese Indonesia elements here and there, so here it is the story about a very nice Chinese fine dining experience at Ru Yi Restaurant.

Something you might be aware of that when you in Bali, you will easy to find Western, Italian, France, Mediterranean, or even now decent Japanese restaurant, I know it happened depends on the market. Now I am pretty happy that there is another thing can be tried in Bali, with total concept and ambience that I got when the first time entered the room, I love what I see here at Ru Yi Restaurant.

Through the conversation that I got, all the elements of all those collectible items from painting, sculptures, lamps were brought from China and all the real wooden furnitures tells the quality and class, the right place to celebrate special dinner with your family if you want a very quite calm situation because they have some private rooms for you (you can imagine a round table where there a so many dishes to chose for eight people, PARTY)

Then we decided to try set menu, my friend once told me to judge a Chinese Restaurant you need to order their seafood; fish, prawn, abalone, crab etc but it could be a very tricky, but if you have nothing to worry about the price, you are good to go. Of course there were some seafood dishes in the set menu, moreover it’s curated and recommended so, let’s try!

There was a Chinese tea before everything. The set menu consist; Deep fried egg plant with chicken floss, Chicken soup with mushroom, Yang Chow fried rice, Slice fried snapper with sweet & sour sauce, Fried prawn cooked in salted egg, Homemade bean curd with mushroom, Herbal jelly or Glutinous with ginger broth. To read this menu alone made me say enough, it was a very best basic Chinese you have to try at least, or in other words, you have to come back here to try some à la carte and you need to get yourself more vegetables on the table.

Every single dish in main menu are the safest selection of Chinese food, surprisingly I love the egg plant for appetizer, because for me personally that the best way to cook egg plant, thin stick and crisp. Also the highlight was the soft homemade bean curd or tofu that if I am not mistaken was covered by seaweed that made them salty and deli. It will look interesting if the mushroom were Simeji mushroom than Button mushroom (you wish lol). The snapper and prawn absolutely nice, perfectly cooked caramelized sweet and sour sauce also with salty egg that covered the prawn are so perfect almost no oil, so the plating were very clean.

When it comes to enjoy the dessert, I had no idea how on Earth I ate this Glutinous rice ball with ginger broth inside and I had burned my own tongue because I devoured the freshly hot ball into my mouth lol but thank no pic of it. The right thing to do with it is you need to do a small bite on the tip of the ball and sip the ginger liquid first, but it is up to you, that’s all your food, whatever your style, cleaned up all those plates and bowls.

Then our desire of good food was fulfilled, although there were some bowls left untouched because we were enough already, but all wrapped in very nice dinner with friends at Ru Yi Chinese Find Dining Restaurant in Awarta Nusa Dua, Bali. Now I really want to fly to Far East China! (not that far it takes only 7 hours flight ;p)

RUYI CHINESE RESTAURANT AWARTA NUSA DUA
RUYI CHINESE RESTAURANT AWARTA NUSA DUA
RUYI CHINESE RESTAURANT AWARTA NUSA DUA
RUYI CHINESE RESTAURANT AWARTA NUSA DUA
RUYI CHINESE RESTAURANT AWARTA NUSA DUA
RUYI CHINESE RESTAURANT AWARTA NUSA DUA
RUYI CHINESE RESTAURANT AWARTA NUSA DUA
RUYI CHINESE RESTAURANT AWARTA NUSA DUA
RUYI CHINESE RESTAURANT AWARTA NUSA DUA

THE PLANTATION GRILL @ DOUBLE SIX SEMINYAK DELUXSHIONIST FOOD REVIEW

Robert Marchetti The Plantation Grill | Seminyak, Bali
+62 (361) 734300

PLANTATION GRILL AT DOUBLE SIX LUXURY HOTEL SEMINYAK - Walked into the 20’s ambience of Robert Marchetti Plantation Grill at the 4th floor of Double-Six Luxury Seminyak was definitely glam and grande, reminds me to one of the highest bars in Singapore. With less light, blues music, a sound of glass, typically high-end restaurant (I mean, it is the right time for you to well dressed and enjoy everything), but I think it was not the point. Remember they carried the “Grill” word made me curious, would I get the best grilled meat that night?

I can say that the concept of the restaurant completely fabs, old school style leather sofa, the richness of the dark colors of its interior, go up one floor you will see its Bar, private room that so “Mouline Rouge”, also with the restroom, they are all perfect without question. Now how about the food?

It was a kind interesting experience for me that the night was full of surprises. Start from the appetizer that had prepared at our own table, Chevice Meets Tartare from Raw Grouper, Wild Barramundi, Salmon mixed with Fresh Fennel, Mint, Caviar served with Garlic & Herbs Butter Toast in one bowl of fresh raw dish enjoyed with sliced crispy bread was totally good and mouth watering even when the guy started the mixture.

We also ordered a side dish that have inspired me to order it again on the next breakfast at Double-Six Luxury Hotel Seminyak was a full of fresh Wild and Cultivated Mushrooms with Soft Herbs which was unbelievable crisp and juice at the same time, although I knew that what makes them so good was the herbs (which is I believe it’s secret), and there was some Pan Fried Crab Cakes served with Avocado, Lemon & Lime Aioli, Palm Heart, Wild Green Chervil & Chilli.

But top of the top is my main dish, of course, The Plantation Minute Steak: Thin Cut Grain Fed Black Angus Rib Eye, 180g, served with Wild Green Salad, Anchovy & Garlic Lemon Butter – Cooked no less than Pink, which was mean it’s quick grilled, I think it will be medium rare because its thinness, but let the chef do his work, and voila, this is the BEST steak that I ever eat so far, totally my style, very simple, effortless and so essential, mouth watering till the last cut.

No question about the interior also with the meat served at Robert Marchetti The Plantation Grill. Whatever it is, they got the technique of its storing meat, which kind of meat that best for each menu, and all the qualities along with high flying hours in the business.

More surprise has come from its dessert, THEY HAD BURNED my dessert? New Old School Bombe Alaska, Crème Whisky Caramel and Sorbet (I don’t do too much alcohol so honestly I had no idea what that actually was). So if I can reconstruct the desserts, it will be a chocolate ball with liquor inside, covered with sour sorbet, covered with decorated caramel whipped cream that will be burned along with flowing whiskey, a Very nice closing trick to then go up to the sling bar to spend the rest of the night.

Very interesting, fun and enjoyable experience that I had dinner at The Plantation Grill, when I thought I was about to leave the table, after all, those surprises got me, there was a pretty nice lady who served us with all the food from a very beginning, brought us a selection of chocolate, I was like:

“It’s pure or there is something inside?”

“No, it’s just a chocolate I promise”


Then I picked the unsuspicious soft pink chocolate ball, and it is, just a chocolate.

THE PLANTATION GRILL @ DOUBLE SIX SEMINYAK DELUXSHIONIST FOOD REVIEW
THE PLANTATION GRILL @ DOUBLE SIX SEMINYAK DELUXSHIONIST FOOD REVIEW
THE PLANTATION GRILL @ DOUBLE SIX SEMINYAK DELUXSHIONIST FOOD REVIEW
THE PLANTATION GRILL @ DOUBLE SIX SEMINYAK DELUXSHIONIST FOOD REVIEW
THE PLANTATION GRILL @ DOUBLE SIX SEMINYAK DELUXSHIONIST FOOD REVIEW
THE PLANTATION GRILL @ DOUBLE SIX SEMINYAK DELUXSHIONIST FOOD REVIEW
THE PLANTATION GRILL @ DOUBLE SIX SEMINYAK DELUXSHIONIST FOOD REVIEW
THE PLANTATION GRILL @ DOUBLE SIX SEMINYAK DELUXSHIONIST FOOD REVIEW
THE PLANTATION GRILL @ DOUBLE SIX SEMINYAK DELUXSHIONIST FOOD REVIEW

ACQUA PERLA SPA BALI

Acqua Perla Spa (Double-Six Luxury Hotel) | Seminyak, Bali
+62 (361) 849 9189 (Direct Line)
Reservation@acquaperlaspa.com

ACQUA PERLA SPA SENSATION – It was looked like a modern medical spa; the therapist almost did her job like the others, no sensational view or ambience offered like the traditional spa, but what makes Acqua Perla give me ‘it’ sensation?

Derived from word Acqua (water) and Perla (Pearl) the concept is obvious underwater glam like you all can see on their website www.aquaperlaspa.com. Multicolors lamps, relaxing sound of water while the girl was explaining to me about the treatment I will get that day, she asks me if did I brought the swim-shorts she asked earlier, I said I did, and then she asked me to change it, then go to Sensorial Hydro Trail.

Their 30 minutes wellness signature of Sensorial Hydro Trail is the sensation that I am talking about, they said it is a magical journey of sensual delight and detox self-service, contain 7 stations:
1st = Warm caress of water on your lower body, particularly on your lower back and legs
2nd = Acupressure riverbed
3rd = Ice body scrubbing (yes, you scrub your own body with crushed ICE)
4th = Bath in a hot cold splash by the waterfall (watch out your face, it’s for your back)
5th = Rainforest
6th = Sauna & Sandalwood scrubs exfoliation therapy in Middle East style Hammam
7th = Refreshing bucket drenched shower

THAT’S AWESOME!!!

After that, I got to try their Balinese Microcosm Massage, pretty relaxing so I asked my friend to stop taking pictures ;p, you know Balinese massage, but I like the session ended, my therapist play a sound of Tibetan Singing Bowl from unidentified equipment and spray my face with refreshing mist, me liked it so much.

After treatment time is located in separated room, and what surprised me, there is a Chamber of Chakra (well I named in myself because that’s excited). Believe it or not, I am learning myself about Chakra and it’s becoming my ritual to activate my Chakra every night before I sleep by simple meditation and sounds of 4 hours ancient instrumental is a simply happiness. So I try the Chamber of Chakra just to hear the sound, nice J

Cold ginger lemongrass tea, date, and tropical fruit ended my session then my friends come to pick me and to move on to the other part of heavenly Bali.

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WINTER GIFT: SWIGFLASK

WINTER GIFT: SWIGFLASKS - People are traveling very often nowadays, I mean especially here in Indonesia, thanks to Instagram to make everyone seems always urge to have a reason for traveling. From mountain high to high by the beach, people often drink to make conversation and what's inside your mind vomiting to the fullest, or simply basic survival guide against the coldest weather.

This winter, although on the news stated that it could be the hottest winter ever, but let me tell you something, I pretty much hate cold. Once I went to highland of Bromo at 3 AM, I was waiting for sunrise, and I had exposed myself into the coldness for at least 3-4 hours there. At some moment I let myself drink alcohol; Cocktails, Wine, Champagne, Baileys in a very acceptable doses on a very special occasion. But do you really need to carry a flask when you traveling to somewhere cold moreover on winter?

For a safety reason yes, even you decided to sail to the ocean but do not too serious, back to chapter one "In Vino Veritas", to make one conversation full of truth (but I think this is serious too lol). Flask is very familiar for someone who travel a lot, it could be a very best gift idea to give it this to them. I am officially part of the society with my number #04849, my UK made Swigflasks feature a very decent metallic flask made of stainless steel with a fine leather cover with blue stitching. You can check your favorite Swigflasks and even better you can personalize it with your own words. Now, where are we heading to?

WINTER GIFT: SWIGFLASK

Buffed leather derby in black. Round toe. Piercing-inspired accent hardware is vamp at and heel in silver-tone. Tonal lacing. Textile pull-tab at heel. Accent nails at welt. Foam rubber midsole. Rubber sole. Tonal stitching. Upper: leather. Sole: rubber. Made in Italy.

MIDNIGHT SHOES SHOPPING - Browse browse browse and I am giving you some of hot sales in shoe department from Canada based Online Retailer SSENSE; 3 Derbys, 1 Monk Strap, & 1 Slip-On Sneakers that I believe worth every pennie!!!



Buffed leather derbys in black. Tonal leather panelling at round cap toe and heel counter. Tonal lacing. Stacked leather heel and sole. Tonal stitching. Upper: leather. Sole: leather. Made in Italy.

Brushed leather loafers in black. Adjustable monk straps closure with double pin-buckle fastening in gunmetal-tone. Stacked leather heel and sole. Tonal stitching. Leather. Made in Portugal.

Buffed leather derbys in black. Moc toe. Tonal lacing. Chain trim in silver-tone at welt with scalloped trim in black. Foam rubber platform in white. Black rubber sole. Tonal stitching. Approx. 1.75" platform. Upper: leather. Sole: rubber. Made in Italy.

Slip-on calf-hair sneakers in black. Round toe. Leather trim concealing elasticized gusset at sides. Rubber sole in gold-tone. Tonal stitching. Please note this item can only be shipped within Canada. Upper: leather, calf-hair. Sole: rubber. Made in Italy.

DELUXSHIONIST SHOP GIVING SEASON GUIDE 2015 MR.PORTER

GIVING SEASON GUIDE 2015 - Cyber Monday, Black Friday, Criminal Sunday? What else, I don't think we need any more reason to shop, we just shop because shopping is only a click away, okay some clicks and faith. I spent countless hours on this post, giving you best gift advice for HIM, HER or even for YOURSELF from well-known Mr.Porter and his sister NetAPorter, orrrr you can check my curated products even it's only for women, because we all know that women love to shop no matter what online or offline, so please check Deluxshionist Shop.


In for HIM, I got some very design conscious items to fulfill your desire to effortless, modernity and minimalist energy while we went classic glam for HER. Happy shopping and enjoy your gift (just point your focus on a pic and click for details)

DELUXSHIONIST SHOP GIVING SEASON GUIDE 2015 NET-A-PORTER


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