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Fasting month around the corner!

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Fasting month, or Ramadan is just around the corner  … 🙂 In Indonesia, it will be started around 27th May this year. Just like any other Moslems, I am too looking forward to meeting this special month.

As all we know, Ramadan is a holy month for Moslems. It is a full month of “blessing”, as narrated Abu Hurairah: Allah SWT’s Messenger said, “When the month of Ramadan comes, the gates of Paradise are opened and the gates of (Hell) Fire are closed, and the devils are chained.” [Sahih al Bukhaari #3277].  Fasting is more than just abstaining from food, it is an exercise in self-restraint, not only from bad habit, indecent speech and but also lustful desires as well. Ramadan is a time to detach from worldly pleasures and focus on one’s prayers.

Ramadan is the most important month in a year, but Ramadan this year is pivotal moment considering the current situation in Indonesia, especially in Jakarta where more people are still consumed by the increasing friction over religion and race. I hope this blessing month will bring more peace to every one. For all Moslems, let’s focus on the purpose to prepare ourselves spiritually, mentally and physically in taking full advantage of this holy month. Put down our ego, clear our heart away from the hatred and stop provoking other people in the name of religion. Let’s just concentrate on improving ourselves, so Allah SWT will bless us to move easily to the next level spiritually. Amin. 

Note:

The image  above is Masjid Ramlie Musofa, located at Jalan Danau Sunter Raya Selatan Blok I/10 No. 12C – 14A, Sunter Agung, Tanjung Priok, Kota. This mosque was built by H. Ramli, a Chinese who converted to Moslem. The architecture of this mosque looks like a mixture of Chinese culture, Indonesia and India. There is a carved letter of Al-Fatihah engraved in Chinese and Arabic letters on the main ladder leading into the mosque. Chinese and Arabic letters can also be found at the door of the mosque and also in the prayer area. If we view at a glance, this mosque looks like the Taj Mahal in India. 

 

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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 CafĂ© 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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Cloud Lounge & Living Room, Jakarta

Located at The Plaza, 49th Floor, this dazzling rooftop lounge offers you magnificent 360 degree view of Jakarta city’s skyline. If you are lucky enough, you can catch a perfect sunset from this rooftop. Make sure you come around 5PM and stay at least till 7PM, so you will have both sunset and best night view of Jakarta city when all the lights are on. And you can also experience drinking Vodka in a zero degree temperature in what they call “Vodka Room”, that is the first kind in Indonesia so far.

This place is good for casual dining as well as fine dining, private/big party, business meeting, drinks, dates, also romantic dinner :).

I was actually came here on September last year with friends, and the weather was not good at that moment, so I can’t see the sunset. But, we managed to get  some good pictures from our visit:

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Detail information:

Cloud Lounge & Living Room
The Plaza Tower 49th floor
Jl. M.H Thamrin Kav. 28-30, Jakarta 10350
Telephone: +62-21 2992 2448
Opening Hours Cloud Dining:
Weekdays: 06.30 pm – 11.00 pm
Weekends: 06.30 pm – Midnight
Opening Hours Cloud Lounge:
Sunday – Thursday: 04.00 pm – 02.00 am
Friday – Saturday: 04.00 pm – 03.00 am