Commercial, Food

Casadina Kitchen and Bakery

Finding a nice place to relax with a good coffee and croissant during the weekend is not always that easy.  But recently I found a great spot: Casadina Kitchen and Bakery.  It’s located in the Kuningan area, South Jakarta. I really love the simplicity and casual air of the place. Seems that the owner, who’s also a chef, knows how to make a place just as comfortable for a family hangout as it is for anyone who wants to relax alone. Whether you go for brunch, coffee, dinner or an afternoon tea (and I have been there for all those reasons!) I think this place should be on your list of options.
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2mad Gallery and Eatery, Kemang

Recently I took some photographs for 2mad Gallery and Eatery in Jakarta. I was trilled when Maggie, the owner, contacted me. As one of their clients I do not just adore their stuff but I agree with Maggie that we should support local designers to be competitive and creative. If we don’t, who will? Maggie’s place   accommodates  Indonesian designers who display and sell their products in the gallery. The gallery is located on the second floor, above the cafe.  So while you are waiting for your meal you can go upstair to check it out. Most of the pieces are one of a kind. They also sell custom made furniture, home ware and paintings. So when you see things there probably its never seen anywhere else.

The restaurant concept is very casual and cozy. As soon as you enter the cafe you will see the picture of New York’s Madison Avenue hanging on the wall. This cafe reminds Maggie of New York where she spent a few years studying. This little cafe is located at 46F Broadway, Kemang South of Jakarta. It is easy to find as they are on Jalan Benda Raya – just look for the yellow door. Whether you come for cocktails after office hours or brunch on Sunday morning this place is always great. If you would like to know details about this place you can check their website 2madison.com. BTW, they also sell furniture online and from experience, I can assure you that delivery is always on time.

2Madison Outlet, Jl. Benda Raya No. 46F unit B, Kemang, Jakarta Selatan. Phone : (+62-21) 788 334 80/ 788 393 82 (or wa 087 886 461 788)

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Commercial, People, Personal, Travel

Behind the scene from the Ylabel Photo shoot

During the shoot for the Ylabel’s Collection at Anyer and Carita beach, on Sunda’s west coast, I managed to spend a little time photographing the surroundings, especially the views from the top of the lighthouse at Anyer. Simply beautiful. There was a clear blue sea water and a great view looking over the villages and mountains. I felt so blessed that on the day of the shot we had such great sunshine, although the night before in Jakarta and on the way to the beaches we had had some very heavy rain. As soon as we reached there the rain stopped and it turned out to be a really great day. Here’s the photos from behind the scenes of the fashion shoot. Some were taken from the top of lighthouse.

Here are some detail about the lighthouse;

  • Anyer lighthouse was the second lighthouse built (in 1885) during Dutch colonisation. The first was destroyed when mount Krakatau erupted in 1883. The height of the lighthouse is 60 meters. Inside there are 268 stairs although you are not allowed to climb upstairs, with extra precautions as some of the flooring is worn out. Although it does not functioned as it used to, the lighthouse will always be the landmark of Anyer. This place is also the beginning of the Anyer Panarukan postal road, the first road in Indonesia (also built during the Dutch period).

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Commercial, People

The Ylabel Summer Collection 2014

I’m happy to share these photographs that I took of the 2014 Ylabel Summer Collection. It was a fun shoot and an unforgettable experience. First, I had not been back to Anyer and Carita for years. The last time was when we had a family holiday in Anyer when I was thirteen. Second, this was my first shoot with my daughter modelling professionally. It was kind of awkward working together for the first time but in the end I was delighted that the shoot went so well and Yaviz Basalamah, the designer, was so pleased with the results.  This is the first year he has launched a woman’s wear collection. Here’s the shots! (check the collection at http://www.the-Ylabel.blogspot.com or see the collection at Alun-Alun Indonesia, Grand Indonesia, Jakarta).

Summer Soul 2014 Collection, The Ylabel

Creative director : Yaviz Basalamah

Photographer : Nita Strudwick

MUA : Susanti Tedja

Fashion Stylist : Dinta Jakile

Model : Camille Strudwick and Jacques Blade

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Commercial, Glamour, People

Batik and silver touch

Many thanks to my dear and inspiring friends who were involved in this project, Larissa Duliar from Larissa Duliar’s Collection, Soraya from Joyce Spiro Jewellery, for the fantastic make-up, Ayu Aryadi and Jasmine Kaligis, and last two but not least, our gorgeous models Linda Nirmala and Ditya Aldi Amir. Without these friends my project would not have been successful. A million thanks too to Hannisa Erwin (check her work in Hanirana Collection) for her contribution that helped the session go so well. Here’s the photos……..

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Model : Ditya , Make up by : Ayu Ariyadi
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Model : Linda Nirmala,   Make up by : Jasmine Kaligis
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Commercial, People

Body Mind Inc.

Oh dear, I have been so busy lately that I didn’t have time to write in my blog. But now, as things ease, I’d like to share some photographs that I took in a pilates studio in the Kemang area of South Jakarta.  The studio is called ‘Body Mind Inc.’ and is owned by Vita Natassa. Vita is also one of the certified instructors at the studio that studied pilates at Peak and Stott Pilates.  Vita’s teaching method combines both classical and contemporary pilates styles and this makes Body Mind Inc. rather fun and quite different to other pilates studios. Here’s the info just in case you want to can check their website: http://www.pilatesjakarta.com or you can visit their studio in Jl. Bangka II No.8B, Kemang.

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Commercial, People

Semai Buku Nusantara

I worked together with Anne Luntungan for Dompet Dhuafa’s project to provide some images to be used for a promotion called “Semai Buku Nusantara”. The program targets people with surplus reading books, asking that they donate them for the most disadvantaged schools across Indonesia. School books are easily available in urban and semi urban areas but are much more difficult to get hold of in the poor, rural and remote areas.  Although the program already reaches 20 of Indonesia’s provinces, there are still many kids who could benefit from this program. For more detail please check website: http://makmalpendidikan.net/id/program/gerakan-semai-buku-nusantara or http://www.dompetdhuafa.org/2012/08/06/dompet-dhuafa-luncurkan-gerakan-semai-buku-nusantara.

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Notes about batik

Batik is an ancient craft dating back at least 2,000 years. There is archaeological evidence of it in Egypt, Persia, India, China and Japan. It is believe that the first batik cloths in Indonesian derived from migrant influences in the 7th – 8th century AD. Especially in Java, a simple processing method called paster batik was developed. A starch paste resist was applied with stick and brushes to coarse cotton cloth or wooden fibres, resulting in material called “kain sambut”. The paste was made from cooked rice flour or fine crushed peanut mixed with lime. During the 12th-14th century, under the Majapahit empire, batik was developed with more sophistication, using beeswax mixed with resin to replace the rice flour paste. By the 14th century, the canting (pron “chun-thing”) came into common use. This is a light and thin copper tube mounted on a bamboo handle. The tube is dipped constantly into the hot wax to be applied with more precision and delicacy and allowing a serious of dots and lines to be applied. The term batik, which is thought to arise from the Indonesian word “bertitik”, (having dots), now became the normal terminology for the process.

Batik came to be worn not only as a sarong skirt, but also to cover the upper body, especially for women’s clothing. The traditional “selendang” (shawl or stole) was developed, and apart from its decorative purpose, was often used from many carrying purposes. At the same time, a long-sleeved batik bloused, known as kebaya, became the normal costume for Javanese women. The kebaya ranges in length from mid-hip to knee-lenght. Early kebayas showed a Chinese influence and had a high Chinese collar. Later European influence let to the addition of lace and other embroidered materials. (this article was taken from “Notes about Batik”, by Isti Monfries).

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