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Great Battle in My Mind : Talent vs Hard Work

OK, so here’s what I think about when people are talking about ‘talent’ and ‘hard work’. So I think, basically as probably most people know and understand, talent is given when you are born. The very day you’re born, you carry something in your pocket that could be very mesmerizing if you enhance it for all your life. Meanwhile, hard work is, well.., it’s like building something you’d like to do completed with blood, sweat, and tears.

Now my biggest question of it :

How do you know what talent you have?

Nobody will say to you “Hey, you have talent in X” or so, even you’re good at X. Maybe if you don’t really practice X a lot, the skill is getting dull at one point. What I believe is, talent won’t get dull at any point since you’re naturally talented since you’re born. Nobody will be able to tell what your talents are (in my opinion) but the only one who can spot them is yourself, but how?

Let’s say if one people now is good at playing piano. I believe that his current skill is the result of any courses, lessons, and practice he’s taken probably since he was young. But, doesn’t it mean it’s hard work? He worked his might off with years of practice, exercises, and so on so now he pick the ripe fruit of what he ‘sowed’ before. Both talent and hard work could do it and probably have equal results, again IMO.

Another case, let’s say there are people A and B, they love gymnastics. Right now, they have 0 knowledge at all about gymnastics so they start at the same line. In 20 years, they both become impressive gymnasts, mastering about the same techniques, skills, and have really great achievements. So, which one have talent in gymnastics (or both)? Which one is hard worker (or both)? I personally won’t be able to distinguish that easily. Maybe we can track their process and life journey. I’ve discussed this thing with some friends and they said that probably the talented one will achieve it easier than the other. Probably the hard worker need more effort at achieving something compared to the other one. It actually makes sense since the talented one is given specific ‘weapon’ to do his battle in life meanwhile the other has to craft it himself during battle. But with proper efforts from them both, they can actually achieve the same results.

To my own case, I’m learning digital painting now. It’s not just once or twice, some people said to me, “If you don’t have talent in that, you can’t move up”. Well, being rock-headed I am, I just think “You all can say what you want, but I’ll keep doing this and I won’t stop short term”. Even if I have no talent (which is I don’t even know, I can find out it yet), I can still use the hard work option to get what I want in life. I hope my results equals to some talented people’s. Since the day I learnt digital painting for the first time and up to nowadays, I get some improvements. It’s not much because it’s only 1.5 years apart, but I’m certainly improved and I’m planning to keep improving to the state where I can surpass some people I admire.

What I’m trying to say (to conclude my all-over-the-place thought) is, it doesn’t matter if you think you have no talent in something (but I believe everyone has at least 1 talent), as long as you’re willing to dedicate your life into that thing, you won’t be disappointed in the results. Talents are quite mysterious, nobody will be able to state to the others what talent they have. It’s no exact matter like mathematics or physics which has certain right and wrong points. You need to discover them yourself, but it might not be your real talent. So you need to properly examine yourself to get the beautiful truth about it as I will do to mine as well. 🙂

This time is quite different than my foodie reviews, but this matter is certainly bugging my mind a little bit. Stay tuned for my next posts, AGAIN, THIS IS JUST MY HONEST OPINION, if you have different ones, you can state them in comment section so we can probably discuss more, give like if you like it, and as always..

 

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Real Traditional Meal : Ingkung Joglo

Honestly, I know about this food for the first time (same food, different places) recently, about 1 year ago, even though I live in Yogyakarta for almost 20 years. That was the first time I ate Ingkung.

Last weekend, along with my parents, I went to a remote area to look for an Ingkung restaurant in Bantul, southern part of Yogyakarta province. I didn’t know that the area is so remote, that it took almost 45 minutes to reach from where I live (which is in the city outskirt). I didn’t even know the area address there, my father just took the wheel there.

So, long story short, we arrived in a very traditional-looking restaurant. The ambiance felt so traditional with village-y nuance. I thought that the restaurant would be packed and jammed. But, no. When we arrived, there’re no customers. Probably because it’s way before lunch time. By the way, the place is called Ingkung Joglo (P.S. : You’re most likely gonna miss this place when you’re trying to find the place, so make proper planning and get clear directions, I’m sorry I can’t provide much on this since I’m clueless as well about how to get there).

Here is the picture of the lovely restaurant, so simple and traditional yet so calming, reminds me of my time living in the village during college assignment :

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Not so long after we ordered our food, another family came for lunch. Then another family. And then another. Suddenly the restaurant is getting packed with customers having lunch.

The owners didn’t have plenty of menu, just main dish, the ingkung, and several side dish like omelette, sunny side up eggs, tempeh and tofu, and a few more. For the main dish, you can choose what portion the ingkung you want, for 2-3 people, or for about 10 people, all prices may vary due to size. By the way, ingkung is the way it’s cooked, the style, not the main ingredients. It’s basically made of chicken (most likely ‘ayam kampung’ which is a local special breed of chicken that has chewy meat and smaller in size. Ingkung itself has base of coconut milk, resulting in a unique final taste. It has a combination of (a little bit of) saltiness and mostly savory.

Here is the snap picture, I only took 1 though 😦

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Ingkung (2-3 people portion)

Basically, the chicken is marinated with the coconut milk and spices then steamed. The chicken itself isn’t raw, just boiled for a while before being marinated, thus resulting in that yellowish-white color. The bowl on the right is some kind of soup, mixed with crispy shallot. It’s not thick, quite oily, and has strong coconut milk flavor. It’s the complementary soup for the chicken, you can either pour it to the chicken or take little by little to your rice. The chili paste isn’t that spicy (even for me), and tasted sweet than spicy. The chili paste is based on tomato, actually.

And for the drink :

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Es Tape

Being pronounced ‘tape’ not ‘tāp’, the green thing is fermented sticky rice so it contains very small amount of alcohol. It’s very popular in Indonesia, especially in Java (or some places I’ve visited before). The fermented rice is mixed with water and sugar to make it sweet.

Talking about rice, the owners here give you 2 choices of rice, plain white rice and  coconut-milk-based rice (shortened : coconut rice, to make it easy). The coconut rice is actually white rice but steamed / cooked with mixture of coconut milk, making it to have distinct flavor. This kind of rice is also popular in many areas in Indonesia.

I also snapped a picture during my way to reach the place : Such a lovely and amazing scenery.

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If any of you planning to visit Indonesia, specially Yogyakarta, you might not want to miss this place. Away from city’s noisy environment, you can enjoy your meal with heartwarming restaurant nuance.
Stay tuned for my next trip, give comments if you have opinions or ideas, give like if you like it and..

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Across-Island Dishes : Lokon

*WARNING : PORK DETECTED*

Several years ago, my friend took me to a home-made-food restaurant serves some dishes originally from outside of the island where I live. Manado, to be exact. It’s in North Sulawesi, which is the island north of Java. The restaurant is in Jogja but serves dishes from Manado. The owners came from Manado, I think, since this pair of husband-and-wife have a very fluent Sulawesi accent.

The name is Lokon, like the name of a volcano in North Sulawesi, probably named that way to bring the ethnic feel of North Sulawesi itself. The banner of this restaurant is quite worn out so I didn’t recognize it well at first. My friend also asked me to go to ‘oma ne’ (it’s Javanese, translated to Bahasa Indonesia as ‘oma-nya’, or to English to ‘the oma’ since, probably, it’s a calling for aunt / auntie in Manado). So, that’s it, up until now, I never say Lokon as its original restaurant name, but Oma-ne instead.

Here, the menu is not too many. They only serve about 5 or 6 kinds. Two of them is the babi kecap (soy-sauced pork), and kinawok. Those are two dishes that my (other) friend and I ordered last time we went there. The place is quite simple as well, not too fancy but not too shabby as well. The beverage is also standard, like mineral water, ice tea, and orange.

This is what I had last time, soy-sauced pork

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Soy-sauced Pork

(I know, the English name sounds awkward, but I’ll stick to it)

Some soy-sauced pork dishes I’ve ever eaten use watery soy-sauced soup, but here, it’s more like a sauce than soup. It’s quite oily (but delicious), thick, with dark brown in color, indicating there’s quite a portion of soy-sauced dipped in there. Even so, the taste is not overly sweet and not spicy at all. Somehow it’s very well-balanced with a dimmed garlic-y flavor. The pork itself is tender, not very soft but not that chewy. Just right.

Usually, or probably, mostly the dishes from Manado are spicy, or even blazing spicy for average hot-food eater. My friend from Manado said that he sometimes even can’t handle the hotness of the dish due to overdose chillies portion. Kinawok is one of them. This one is what my friend ordered and I’m allowed to try a piece of kinawok pork.

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Kinawok

Now, this food is a total contradiction to what I’ve had. Color is bright orangish yellow, soup isn’t really thick (more like oil and mashed spices, mixed). The taste is quite salty, not overly salty, though. The spices really take their part well in giving amazing taste. However, for me, it’s too hot (again, I have almost 0 tolerance to spiciness).  The pork’s tenderness level is the same like what I had. If I can handle spiciness well, I would love this dish more than I do now.

Actually, I’ve tried some more dishes here but I don’t have any pictures of them so I think, I will talk about it as the 2nd part of Lokon. I ordered soy-sauced pork because the dish I usually order is sold out so I had to choose an alternative choice.

Stay tuned for my next foodie trips, give comments if you have any ideas for me or my blog posts, give like if you like it and see you soon.

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Local Malaysian Cuisine : Kedai Malaysia (2)

Just last night, I came back to this Malaysian restaurant I wrote about in my last blog entry. I’m loving all thing about spice so I can wholeheartedly come to any place serving spicy (not hot, but spicy) food at almost anytime.

Last night was a cold one, rain poured and something that can warm my body could be one heck of a great choice. My friends and I were discussing a place to have dinner and back to Kedai Malaysia we went.

*Intermezzo : This is gonna be a shorter post compared to the previous one about Kedai Malaysia since I’ve been talking about a lot of things there and here I’m just going to talk about the food I got last night.*

So.. Last night I tried another menu, but it’s still a Nasi goreng (literally, translated to English to ‘fried rice’, a stir fried dish made of rice basis with various kinds of ingredients and toppings, depend on personal preferences) like I ordered last time, just different style. Last post, I talked about chicken buttered fried rice, but this time, I ordered curry fried rice. It’s a fried rice dish, seasoned with curry spices and stir fried with various toppings like sweet corn sprinkle, fish cake, vegetables, and chicken.

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Curry Fried Rice

That curry fried rice is a little bit too hot for me, even I think it’s mild for average person. However, the spiciness give a great sensation during cold time like last night. Even it’s too hot for me, I love the spices. The taste really resemble curry from what I’ve had in Singapore. I don’t know, maybe the chef used the same curry spices. It wasn’t salty nor sweet, so it’s really well-balanced. That side dish on my top left of my plate is called ‘kerupuk’ or crispy crackers. Compared to my previous chicken butter fried rice, this curry fried rice, is more brown in color due to its curry ingredients.

*note : that portion is a little bit over for an average eater like me, so if you are a massive eater, you might like the size*

Spices will never get old for me, even though I don’t like spicy (hot) food, and that’s very unfortunate of me. Born and living in Indonesia where most of the delicious food are seasoned with spicy ingredients. Well.. well.. 😐

OK, this time let’s call it a day. I know it’s much shorter than some of my previous posts, but I think that’s more than enough for now. Stay tuned for my next foodie trips!

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Local Malaysian Cuisine : Kedai Malaysia

Hello, I’m back with another culinary experience after a long time hiatus in culinary review due to financial problem (a.k.a money shortage).

Long story short, my friends took me to a Malaysian style restaurant one night. Actually, I’ve been here before, once, but it was before I started to blog. This place is a simply-styled restaurant. It is quite spacious actually, but the arrangement is a little bit different. Right after you come in, there will be only 2 or 3 sets of table and chairs. As you move to the rear area, going down some steps, you’ll soon find much bigger area with some tables (but no chairs! you will sit on the floor). The place is located in Jl. Selokan Mataram (actually, I don’t know the exact address, but the restaurant is known as Kedai Malaysia)

People say that the owner (as well as the head chef, probably) has been living in Malaysia for some time, so the food he cook is deeply influenced with the authentic Malaysian style and taste. That’s awesome! Having authentic taste of a far place just right in your city is always a great choice to consider as food lovers.

We only ordered 2 kinds of food. I ordered Chicken Butter Fried Rice and my friends ordered Chicken Curry. I will start to talk about the curry first. Here’s the snap picture of it :

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Chicken Curry

Actually, for anyone who loves spicy (hot) food, this isn’t that spicy, but just full of spices. For me, since I have nearly zero tolerance against spicy food, this is pretty spicy for me, but I love it. Since it’s my friend’s dish, I only took a sip of the curry. It’s thick and literally full of spices. As soon as it entered my mouth, I felt a little bit of stings in my tongue but a lot stronger in my throat! The spices didn’t attack the tongue, but the throat instead. I dare to say, if I’m into spicy food, I’ll surely love the Chicken Curry. About the chicken, the meat is chopped into pieces and my friend said it’s quite tender.

Now, for mine, the Chicken Butter Fried Rice :nasgor-mentega-ayam

 Butter Chicken Fried Rice

Now, this is a magnificent recipe and execution. The fried rice is cooked without soy sauce (like how normally fried rice(s) are cooked with Indonesian style). However, the chef coated the fried rice with butter, so the taste was amazing. Buttery, but not overly oily. So, the overall taste is savory and a little bit salty. The chicken meat is right in the between of tender and chewy. It’s not exactly ‘dissolved’ in your mouth, but not very ‘rubbery’ as well. You will find chopped meatball and fish cake as well. The side dish (upper right corner of my plate) is called ‘kerupuk’. It’s a cracker that is commonly eaten with any dishes in Indonesia (maybe some other countries’ dishes as well). The platting was supposed to be neat and tidy. The rice is shaped like a giant dome (oh right, the portion is quite big for average eater like me) and you can get it with Rp 14k. It’s messy because I forgot to take a picture before I started to munch. 😀

So, it’s cool to be back talking about food again. I hope I can do it a lot often in the future. Stay tuned for the next stories of my life, give ‘like’ if you enjoy it, give comments if you have any opinion or suggestion for me.

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I also do some artworks (in self-practice as well, actually), if you’d like to visit, here’s the link to my Artstation and Patreon profile.

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Thank you. :D*