Posted in English, Hotel/Accommodation, Reviews, Singapore, Travel

Mandarin Orchard Singapore (5*)

I stayed in this hotel for my short getaway on my birthday. It was quite sudden trip as I was at first not that enthusiastic to celebrate my birthday. But, I did really need to escape from this city :). Also I remembered that I had Kris Flyer mileage that would expire soon if I did not use it and no longer be able to be extended (again).

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Lobby Area (taken from hotel’s website)

So, I booked a flight by redeeming my Kris Flyer mileage and searched hotel via Agoda in Orchard area as I did only want to window-shop (the plan … lol). Then, I chosen this Mandarin Orchard (this was my second stay in this hotel). This hotel is actually  a little bit old building, but most hotels in Orchard area are quite old I think, some got renovated but mostly not the whole building or refurbished.

The best thing about this hotel is its location; it’s in the heart of Orchard road. Shopping malls are within walking distance. Mandarin Gallery at its doorstep, right next to 313@Somerset, Ngee Ann City and Takashimaya, and across the hotel is the Paragon. Then, closed to MRT station; there are two MRT stations located less than 10 minutes walking, which are Orchard and Somerset. Also it is easy to get food around here. If you do not want to dine in the mall’s foodcourt or restaurants, there are many simple/small restaurants near hotel, as well as upscale restaurants.

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View from my room; Takashimaya Shopping Mall

And, as it was my birthday, I got a surprise birthday cake from the hotel along with “happy birthday” note. That was the most wonderful treatment I ever received, and I was happily surprised :).

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Surprise Birthday Cake from Mandarin Orchard

Considering its location and compare to other hotels in this area, I think Mandarin Orchard offers good rate. If you are planning to travel to Singapore and looking for accommodation, I recommend you to check their best rate out via or you may compare the rate at

Detail Information:

Mandarin Orchard Singapore

333 Orchard Road Singapore 238867

Phone No: +65 6737 4411   Email:


Posted in Bali, English, Reviews, Spa/Beauty Treatments, Travel

Cosmo Salon & Spa, Bali

I came to this place with special purpose to get shiatsu massage. I was not feeling well, pain on my lower back, shoulder and neck got stiff after sitting for quite long time and I guess not in the right position when driving around in Bali. I thought that regular massage would not fix my problem, and been thinking about shiatsu. I like getting shiatsu massage, especially when I feel like catching flu or have back pain. That normally works well on me.

So, I did google about shiatsu in Bali and came up with several places, one of them was Cosmo Salon & Spa. This place is still in Sanur area. They provide massage and spa treatments, nail and waxing treatments, hair treatments and make up. There are several types of massages in this Cosmo Salon: Cosmo Fusion massage, Cosmo Signature, Deep Tissue massage, Shiatsu, Bali massage & Thai massage (you can read the detail technique of each massage on their website, includes the price). I read on Tripadvisor about this place and many people were recommending Cosmo Fusion massage. It is combination between deep tissue massage and shiatsu, but I wanted shiatsu.  Unlike shiatsu that I used to get in Jakarta, which use feet pressure technique, the therapists here are using finger pressure technique. This therapy also involved kneading, pressing, soothing, tapping, and stretching techniques, performed without oils through light, comfortable clothing that they provided. I think the shiatsu technique at this Cosmo Salon is better than the one I get in Jakarta. One hour of this massage was relieved my back pain, not entirely right away but I felt much much better. Maybe I need more than one hour to heal the pain completely :). I was thinking about that on my way back home.


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Note about this place:

  • Most guests are foreigners.
  • Friendly staffs especially the receptionist.
  • The place is clean.
  • The price is a little bit higher than Leha-Leha Spa, but it is still within market range and based on my own experience it is more than worth to get the shiatsu massage here.
  • Over all: good services with reasonable price.

Detail Info:

Cosmo Salon & Spa

Danau Tamblingan Street No.176, Sanur, Bali

Telp: (62-361) 286330


Posted in Bali, English, Restaurant/Cafe, Reviews, Shop, Travel, Website/Online Shopping

Bungalow Living Bali

Shopping is one of the activities that is loved by most women. As I live in Jakarta, the city which has unlimited options to shop, I could find almost anything. I could say that because Jakarta has the biggest number of malls in Indonesia with total number around 83 in 2017, perhaps in the world. That excludes the option to shop via online which of course has bigger coverage of market. So, shopping in Jakarta has never been lack of options. Still, when you are traveling, women especially are still doing a shop, looking for something unique or stuffs that we think we can not find it in the place where we live.

Bali, at the other hand, although I love the island as one of the most favorite destinations for holiday, has very less malls. However, there are quite many things, unique things, arts or traditional stuffs that could only be found in Bali. And I love getting around in every corner in Bali to find something different or sometimes just to window-shop. And in my last trip to Bali, I found this shop, Bungalow Living Bali. Well, actually I have seen it on their Instagram account before going to Bali and listed the shop as “must visit” on my travel list.

This Bungalow Living Bali is located in Berawa, not far from the famous surfing spots and beaches in Canggu. The shop is not like other interior or home living shops. This cute, lovely shop will make anyone who loves home-decoring enthusiastic and get inspired. They design the shop as a shopping place and coffee shop as well, so you can have coffee or healthy drinks and some cakes while enjoying their collections that been displayed beautifully and in artistic way. Even the bed display with the pretty bed cover/throw looks like inviting you to snuggle on it. Through their account in Instagram, or you may find it on the Facebook as well, we can see the update of their collections of home-living, such as cushions, bed covers, throws, paintings, bags, accessories and other homewares.

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Honestly, I did not plan to buy anything, but once I stepped in the shop, I was too excited and spent almost 2 hours just to admire their collections. I left the shop without buying anything, but having some items in my head to sleep on it. Two days later, I was back to the shop for this lovely bag and other things.

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Well, maybe you do not really need it, but if you still think about it after sleeping on it, means that you have to buy it. That is my new motto, or more like a guilty feeling justification for being weak over their lovely collections :).


Detail Info:

Bungalow Living Bali

Jalan Pantai Berawa 35A, Canggu 80361, Bali

Tel: +62 361 844 6567


Posted in Bali, English, Reviews, Spa/Beauty Treatments, Tips, Travel

Leha-Leha Spa, Bali


When you are in Bali, you can find many places that offer spa or massage, from private/individual spa/massage that owned by personal or spa/massage that is part of hotel facilities. And there are vary in range of cost. Sometimes it is not easy to find a good spa with a good technique massage because each of us has different preference in how the massage being performed. It also depends on the therapist’s condition when they do the job at that time. Getting a reference from friend or website (for example from Tripadvisor) will help in finding the best one, that suits our preference.

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So, when I was in a need to get massage after long trip while in Bali, I read Tripadvisor and got some places to check. I made some calls, got informations about their services, prices and availability, then I went to try this Leha-Leha Spa.

This spa is owned by local, named Gusde. Located near Taksu Sanur Hotel in Sudamala street, Sanur. The place is clean and modern with touch of traditional balinese interior and decoration. Leha Leha spa has several room, including an inter-connecting couples therapy room, where guest can arrange a couple’s massage. They offer not only spa/massage, but beauty treatments as well, includes manicure and pedicure. And if you need pick up/drop off service, they can provide too. With nice and friendly staff, make the visit to this place is more enjoyable. Furthermore, the price is not that expensive. For one hour ‘Traditional Balinese Full Body Massage” is about IDR 150,000.- (plus 5% service and 10% tax). Overall, great service with fair prices. Highly recommended!


Detail information:

Leha-Leha Spa

Jalan Sudamala No 5, Sanur, Bali

Tel: 62-8113995510



Posted in Indonesian, Miscl, Travel, Website/Online Shopping

Terbang dengan Citilink bisa Mendapatkan Garuda Miles Mileage?

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Mulai 24 Februari 2017, program keanggotaan Garuda Indonesia, yakni Garuda Miles telah bergabung dengan program keanggotaan Citilink yang bernama Supergreen, yang untuk selanjutnya menjadi Supergreen Garuda Miles. Untuk para traveler yang sebelumnya telah tergabung dengan Supergreen, otomatis akan menjadi anggota Garuda Miles, begitupun sebaliknya untuk traveler dengan keanggotaan Garuda Miles. Dengan demikian, Anda para traveler bisa mengumpulkan Garuda Miles mileage melalui penerbangan tidak saja dengan Garuda Indonesia, namun juga penerbangan Citilink. Jumlah poin yang dikumpulkan dari penerbangan Citilink akan tergabung jadi satu dalam keanggotaan Garuda Miles/Supergreen Garuda Miles, untuk selanjutnya dapat digunakan untuk mendapatkan tiket gratis/award ticket penerbangan Garuda Indonesia, Citilink, ataupun penerbangan partner Garuda Indonesia yang lain, atau dapat juga digunakan untuk upgrade tiket.

Mekanisme penukaran mileage dengan tiket gratis/award ticket atau upgrade tiket sebagai berikut:

  • untuk anggota Garuda Miles: melalui atau telephone ke Garuda Indonesia Contact Center  di nomor +62 21 23519999 / 0804 1807 807 (dari Indonesia) atau datang langsung ke kantor penjualan Garuda Indonesia untuk melakukan reservasi dan pemotongan mileage. Award ticket hanya dapat dikeluarkan selambat-lambatnya 4 (empat) jam sebelum penerbangan.
  • untuk anggota Supergreen Garuda Miles: bisa melakukan penukaran melalui website Citilink di

Untuk memastikan Anda mendapatkan mileage dari setiap penerbangan Anda, baik yang menggunakan Garuda Indonesia ataupun Citilink, agar dipastikan Anda selalu menyebutkan atau memasukkan nomor keanggotaan Garuda Miles/Supergreen Garuda Miles Anda dalam setiap proses reservasi serta ketika check-in di bandara. Jika Anda lupa memasukkan nomor keanggotaan, Anda bisa melakukan klaim untuk mileage yang belum dikreditkan ke akun Anda, dengan catatan klaim hanya berlaku untuk  penerbangan yang diambil dalam 6 bulan terakhir. Detail informasi klaim mileage dapat dilihat disini.

Screen capture diatas merupakan riwayat transaksi pengkreditan mileage di akun Garuda Miles saya, setelah saya melakukan penerbangan dengan Citilink beberapa waktu yang lalu.

Related post: Kelebihan Kartu Kredit Co-Brand Airline Kartu Debit Co-Brand Airlines, Mengumpulkan Miles Penerbangan tanpa Terbang dan Earning Miles via TripAdvisor (Mengumpulkan Miles Penerbangan via TripAdvisor).

Posted in Indonesian, Miscl, Travel

Mengumpulkan Garuda Miles Mileage dengan Poin Xtra CIMB Niaga

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Masih melanjutkan posting saya sebelumnya mengenai “Mengumpulkan Miles Penerbangan, tanpa Terbang“, Garuda Indonesia bekerja sama dengan Bank CIMB Niaga memberikan kemudahan bagi traveler untuk mengumpulkan Garuda Miles mileage dengan lebih cepat. Caranya dengan menukarkan Poin Xtra CIMB Niaga Anda ke Garuda Miles mileage yang dapat digunakan untuk ditukarkan dengan tiket penerbangan gratis, tidak saja untuk penerbangan dengan Garuda Indonesia, tapi bisa juga untuk Garuda Citilink dan beberapa maskapai partner penerbangan Garuda Indonesia yang lain, seperti; Air France KLM, Etihad, Ana, dan lain-lain.

Untuk nilai konversi tukarnya adalah sebagai berikut:

  • Kartu debit/tabungan Xtra: 1,400 Poin Xtra, akan mendapatkan 100 Garuda Miles mileage.
  • Kartu kredit: 1,000 Poin Xtra, akan mendapatkan 166 Garuda Miles mileage.

Screen capture diatas adalah salah satu contoh pengkreditan mileage di akun keanggotaan Garuda Miles saya untuk penukaran dari Poin Xtra kartu debit Bank CIMB Niaga. Persyaratan utama agar Anda dapat menukarkan Poin Xtra dari Bank CIMB Niaga adalah Anda harus menjadi anggota Garuda Miles terlebih dahulu. Pendaftaran menjadi anggota Garuda Miles dapat dilakukan secara online, melalui website Garuda Miles di Anda tinggal menyebutkan nomor keanggotaan Garuda Miles Anda pada saat melakukan penukaran Poin Xtra.

Saat ini, penukaran Poin Xtra kartu debit dan Poin Xtra kartu kredit Bank CIMB Niaga ke Garuda Miles baru dapat dilakukan melalui Call Center Bank CIMB Niaga di 14041.

Untuk informasi lebih lanjut, Anda dapat mengunjungi website Bank CIMB Niaga di atau CIMB Niaga Phone Banking di 14041 tersebut.

Related post: Kelebihan Kartu Kredit Co-Brand Airline, Kartu Debit Co-Brand Airlines.

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Earning Miles via TripAdvisor (Mengumpulkan Miles Penerbangan via TripAdvisor)

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I have previously posted about “Collecting Miles without Flying”, and one of the ways is to share your vacation experiences on TripAdvisor and you will earn additional miles to be credited into your favorite Frequent Flyer that has been registered into TripAdvisor. You may write a review of your visit to restaurants, hotels, tourist spots/attractions and even your experience with airlines.

Before writing any review on TripAdvisor, please ensure to follow its terms and conditions:

  • Garuda Miles members must register on TripAdvisor to participate.
  • Mileage will only be awarded for each published review and complies with TripAdvisor content guidelines.
  • Stickers on each page of accommodation / tourist attractions / restaurants on TripAdvisor will show you how many miles to get by reviewing the property.
  • Only reviews written in Indonesian can earn miles.
  • The maximum number of Garuda Miles that can be earned is 1500 miles per month per Garuda Miles account.

For detail information, please visit

I have started writing reviews on TripAdvisor from some time ago, and the photo above is a screenshot of transaction history on my Garuda Miles that have been credited by TripAdvisor.

As an illustration, if you like to redeem an award ticket with route Jakarta – Yogyakarta, you will require approximately 8,000 miles/one way/economy class (please see “Miles Redemption Calculator” to check other routes). So, if you can get the maximum number of Garuda Miles from writing reviews on TripAdvisor, you will be able to get free award ticket for Jakarta – Yogyakarta’s route in 6 months. Not bad right?


Untuk Bahasa Indonesia:

Sebelumnya saya pernah memposting tentang “Mengumpulkan Miles Penerbangan tanpa Terbang“, dan salah satu caranya adalah dengan memberikan review mengenai kunjungan kalian ke restauran, hotel atau tempat wisata dalam Bahasa Indonesia di TripAdvisor dan kalian akan memperoleh miles tambahan yang akan dikreditkan ke Garuda Miles kalian yang sudah didaftarkan ke TripAdvisor sebelumnya.

Namun, sebelum menulis review di TripAdvisor, agar diperhatikan persyaratan dan ketentuannya agar review kalian dinilai layak oleh TripAdvisor untuk mendapatkan miles.

Persyaratan dan ketentuannya adalah sebagai berikut:

  • Anggota Garuda Miles harus mendaftar di TripAdvisor untuk berpartisipasi,
  • Mileage hanya akan diberikan untuk setiap ulasan yang dipublikasi dan mematuhi pedoman konten TripAdvisor.
  • Stiker di setiap laman akomodasi/objek wisata/restoran di TripAdvisor akan menunjukkan berapa miles yang bisa didapat dengan mengulas properti tersebut.
  • Hanya ulasan yang ditulis dalam Bahasa Indonesia yang bisa mendapatkan miles.
  • Jumlah maksimum Garuda Miles yang bisa didapatkan adalah 1500 miles per bulan per akun Garuda Miles.

Untuk informasi detail, dapat dilihat di

Saya sendiri sudah mulai memberikan review di TripAdvisor dari beberapa waktu yang lalu, dan foto diatas adalah screenshot perolehan miles yang sudah dikreditkan oleh TripAdvisor ke Garuda Miles saya, atas review yang sudah saya tuliskan di bulan Juni 2017.

Sebagai gambaran untuk contoh, redemption award tiket ekonomi Jakarta – Yogyakarta memerlukan miles sebesar kurang lebih 8.000/sekali jalan (perhitungan miles yang dibutuhkan untuk redemption award tiket rute yang berbeda dapat dilihat disini). Jadi, jika kalian bisa mendapatkan jumlah maksimum Garuda Miles dari memberikan review di TripAdvisor, kalian akan bisa mendapatkan tiket gratis untuk rute Jakarta – Yogyakarta dalam 6 bulan. Not bad kan?