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I am, and always will be. A FOODIE.

Hey, by now you probably already realized that I am no longer updating my food blog. I had been blogging about food on and off since 2009 and now is the time (again) for a temporary halt period. Yes, grad student's life is tough. Especially in NYC it becomes tougher. But one fact remains the same:

I am, and always will be. A FOODIE.

In fact, I often got inspired to do a lot of food-related projects! It's fun and it makes it easier when you're working on something that you love. So anyway, I'm now more active on Instagram instead. (Oh, and my cooking skill actually increased. SIGNIFICANTLY.) Follow me @umieats to see more food pics! Cheers and thank you, readers.

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Barn Joo Korean Gastropub, Not Your Ordinary Korean

Last week a dear friend of mine treated us to a Korean dinner as a warm hospitality to welcome all of us (so kind, I know!). We went to this Korean Gastropub near Union Square named Barn Joo, which apparently is also pretty popular on Yelp. According to their website, "Barn Joo", the word itself in English means musical accompaniment or drinks accompanied by your meals. It works along well with their tagline "Eat - Drink - Play" which sounds fun and I already knew that we were gonna have a great time that night!

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Current Favorite: Glaze Teriyaki Grill, Union Square

As promised, here's my first entry to the Cheap Eats Near School category!

Meet my current favorite, Glaze Teriyaki. Located at 139 4th Ave, just 6 mins walk from my building and 3 mins walk from Union Square, this is my go-to place whenever I'm craving for a quick, satisfying Asian meal which consist mostly with rice, protein and vegetables. In fact, I went here more than 3 times already, but often without proper gear (a.k.a cameras) so I only have few photos right now. Will update again soon.

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Infographic/Data Visualization : Cheap Eats Near School

Hey, as I have told you guys previously, I am currently enrolling as MFA-DT (Master of Fine Arts, Design & Technology) student at Parsons The New School for Design, NY. I have just been through one hell of a Bootcamp, which is a super intensive summer course where we learn the basics of Web, Design, and Code for 3 weeks. It has been quite a long time since I work with code back in my Comp. Sci undergrad, but apparently it feels more like a nostalgic thing now. Thus, here I am announcing that I will be starting another blog to cover the geeky side of mine, and I promise I won't mix them up with food reviews! (Except if the result is something that has anything to do with food :)

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Coney Island and The Hype of Nathan's Famous

If you googled "Best Hot Dogs in NYC", rest assured that Nathan's Famous will make it to almost any list created by various source on the internet. But how come it's THAT famous? Is it THAT good? I went on a sudden impulsive trip to Coney Island on a fine Monday night to find out.

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Jazz Age Lawn Party 2014, Governors Island

Selected by The New York Times as one of the most memorable events of 2011 and 2012, The Jazz Age Lawn Party offers a magical opportunity to travel back in time. Two weekends a year, guests are invited to discover and experience one of the most colorful and formative epochs in American history.

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Great Places to Eat at Elmhurst, Queens, NY (Indo Cuisine, YAY!)

People often say that when moving in to a new country, the first two weeks are always the hardest. True. I started my first week in NYC using AirBnb, until I realized I had to move somewhere else for another 2 weeks before my new apartment lease starts. Long story short, I got introduced to a new circle of Indonesian friends living in Elmhurst, Queens, who turned out to be total foodies! People who love to eat are always the best people, they say. Again, it's true. :)

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Summer Festival! The Giglio Feast 2014, Williamsburg

I remember it's only been 4 days since I moved to New York a month ago, I got introduced to some Indonesian friends living in Elmhurst, Queens. They had a car so we took a ride around Williamsburg and parked a couple of blocks near the venue. I had no idea what were we getting into, but what I know back then was the fact that it's super crowded and damned hot (almost 34Β°C!). Now ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to:

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Bye Jakarta, Hello NYC!!

Uhm, hello!

I've bid my farewells almost everywhere and to most of the people that I care about, but it just doesn't feel right until I write something in this blog.

I am leaving Jakarta starting from Wednesday July 16th, 2014 and will be heading to set a new life in the Big Apple. Yes, America! It took me 4.5 years to have the courage to break out of my comfort zone and finally achieve what initially became a long-life dream of mine. A dream so big that it takes years and years of preparation, hard work, and rollercoaster journey of finding passion. A dream, SO big that you are surrounded by constant fears of not getting anywhere with your life because you keep looking up onto other's. That is, until you encounter a certain point in your life where it just feels like, "OK, THIS IS IT. I CAN DO THIS. LET'S DO THIS!"

So here I am, drafting this post at the altitude of 32500 feet above land, six hours to go to JFK International Airport and have absolutely nothing to do and got stuck playing Disney Frozen: Free Fall. Few weeks from now I might be struggling as a MFA DT (Design & Technology) grad student at Parsons The New School of Design. But as far as I'm concerned, I will not stop blogging about food and that's a promise!

New city, new routines, new experiences. It's like hitting that 'RESET' button in your life, except that you're glad you left quite a legacy back at your home country, and realized that those friends are valuable assets for your entire life.

Thank you for reading :) Please, if you have any recommendations, foodie wish lists, food trucks must-try, anything, really; let me know!