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Batavia Cafe, Jakarta

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Exterior

If you visit Jakarta, for business or holiday, this place should be on your “must visit” list. This classy restaurant was established in a two-storied 19th-century building, one of the most beautiful colonial buildings in Jakarta. This building, which was constructed in the 1830s is the second oldest building in central Jakarta after the Fatahillah Museum. The Café Batavia’s interior was refurbished in a 1930s theme. You can find vintage photographs of 1930s celebrities placed on the wall at the stairway that leads to the upper floor.

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Pre-wedding photoshoot?

When you enter the cafe, you will see a bar, performance stage, and lounge area located on the ground floor.  The upper floor is ‘Grand Salon’, the main dining hall which is able to accommodate 150 guests, featuring colonial style dining with wooden chairs. Its large glass windows in the upper floor provide plentiful of light and broadly view to “Taman Fatahillah” and its surrounding.

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“Grand Salon” area
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Fatahillah Museum from inside restaurant

Another unique thing about this place is the restroom area. It’s full with vintage photographs as decoration.

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Restroom area

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Detail information:

Address: Pintu Besar Utara street No.14, Jakarta Kota, West Jakarta 11230

Telephone:+6221 691 5531/4

Email: cafe.batavia.jakarta@gmail.com

Cafe Batavia opens:
Monday to Thursday: 8 am – 12 am (midnight)
Friday: 8 am – 1 am
Saturday: 7 am – 1 am
Sunday/ Public Holiday: 7 am – 12 am (midnight)

Live music:
Mon-thurs 8.30-11.30pm
Friday-sat. 9.00 – 12.00 pm
Sunday 6.00 -9.00 pm
Sat-sun 2.00 – 5.00 pm

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How to reduce stress

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Note to self:

  • Relax your mind, take a deep/long breathe, listening relaxing musics, meditates, have a long bath with aromatherapy, get massage/spa.
  • Let your feeling out, express what you feel by writing it down, talk about it with someone, crying, laugh it out lot.
  • Focus on the present and what you can change. Do not much worry about any other things that beyond our control.
  • Do something that you enjoy: traveling, treat yourself with special gift, etc.
  • Rest more.
  • Exercise.
  • Talk to God. This is always be the best thing to do. When you seemed to have done everything, but you still feel “not be able to breathe”, the only thing you can do is to talk to God. You can cry to Him on everything and no one will know that nor judge you. And, even if it will not solve the problem, you will at least feel peace in mind, so you can think clearly to find solutions for your problem or minimize the stress.

 

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Signs that someone is abusing you emotionally

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What is emotional/psychological abuse? It’s any kind of abuse that is emotional rather than physical in nature. Emotional abuse can take many forms. Emotional abuse doesn’t leave physical scars, but it will diminish the sense of identity, dignity, and self-worth. People know what physical abuse is, but when it comes to emotional abuse, most people tend to think there’s much more of a ‘grey area’. Sometimes they (the abuser & receiver) are not sure whether they are involved in emotional abuse. But the point of whether someone’s behavior is abusive is how it makes you feel. These are several signs or examples that you are being emotionally abused:

  • They regularly disregard your ideas and beliefs.
  • They always search for our flaws, mistakes & shortcomings. Or keep reminding us of them.
  • They make excuses for their behavior, try to blame others, and have difficulty apologizing.
  • They accuse you of being too sensitive.
  • They are emotionally distant or emotionally unavailable most of the time.
  • They blame you for their problems, life difficulties, or unhappiness.
  • They are constantly correcting your behavior.
  • They put you down in front of others.
  • They minimize your hopes, dreams and achievements.
  • They repeatedly ignore your requests and cross your boundaries.
  • They punish you with abandonment or neglect.
  • They invalidate or deny their emotionally abusive behavior when being confronted.
  • You feel like you need their permission to make any decision.
  • They make subtle threats or negative remarks with the intent to frighten or control you.
  • They don’t seem to notice or care about your feelings.

Emotional abuse can happen anywhere, at home between parent – children, husband – wife, or brothers – sisters, at social network between friends and even at workplace between bosses – employees or between colleagues.

This post is just to remind any of us. If our behavior reflected in any of those term or we are receiving any kind of that behavior, the first important thing is acknowledgement. Most of abusers won’t recognize it easily that they have done something wrong, as it said before. But, to anyone who receives that behavior, once you recognize it, maybe it’s time for you to find a way how to deal with those person, or make the most of possible changes to free yourself from that kind of situations …. Because, you are deserved to be happy, you are deserved to be “you”.