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Eiger Coffee

Eiger Coffee Cihampelas, Bandung: Great Coffee Above an Outdoor Store

After trying the original Eiger Coffee on Jalan Dago, I had high hopes for Eiger Coffee on Jalan Cihampelas. And it was everything I expected and perhaps a bit more.

The cafe is located on top of the fabulous Eiger adventure store in a narrow building with a large balcony with swinging chairs. There’s loads of wood, custom benches and hipster light fittings. Kind of what you expect from a coffee shop in Bandung these days.Eiger Coffee Above Eiger Shop CihampelasThe coffee is good. I had a very strong cappuccino and Susan had a Honey Bunny Sweetie. It was exactly like the one she had in Eiger Coffee Jalan Dago… that is, very enjoyable with lots of yoghurt and banana.Kopi At Eiger CoffeeThe tables here are good for working at and there are plenty of power points. Wifi clocks in at about 20mbps down and 4mbps up. It’s quite zippy and fast enough for most people.Eiger Coffee BandungWith its fresh wooden interior and great coffee, Eiger Coffee Cihampelas is definitely recommended.

Eiger Coffee Cihampelas
Jalan Cihampelas No.22, Bandung
Instagram: @eigercoffee_id
Opening Hours: 08:00 – 21:00
Cappuccino: Rp28.000
Honey Bunny Sweetie: Rp33.500

Daily Breu Bandung

Daily Breu, Bandung: Small, Family-Owned Cafe

There’s a trend in Bandung coffee shops to be as modern and clinical as possible. And not everyone likes that. I do, but I do like variety as well. And Daily Breu gives us that variety.

Attached to the Bread Corner shop, Daily Breu is a small family run coffee shop that is well designed, but not in the ultra modern way that many cafes now demand. And that’s a good thing.Daily Breu CoffeeI had a large cappuccino here and it was really good. Susan had a peppermint tea and she appreciated that addition of some real mint leaves and a bit of honey. Too often in Bandung cafes, they just give you a tea bag and hot water. Here they don’t.Coffee And Tea At Daily BreuWe also ordered some toast with jam and that was enjoyable. More than I expected.Toast At Daily BreuThe wifi here is quite fast at 18mbps down and 2mbps up and the tables each have their own power point. A good place to open the laptop and get work done.

A good little cafe on the Bandung scene suitable for a little bit of laptop work, hanging out with friends or just enjoying the coffee.

Daily Breu
Jalan Rontgen No.9, Bandung
(022) 423 8126
dailybreubdg@gmail.com
Instagram: @dailybreu
Opening Hours: 09:00 – 22:00
Hot Honey Mint Tea: Rp18.000
Roti Bakar: Rp15.000
Kentang Goreng: Rp18.000
Cappuccino: Rp24.000

Epic Coffee Jogjakarta

Epic Coffee & Furniture, Yogyakarta

This is quite far north of the main tourist area of Yogya and as such, it’s not really that frequently visited by people on holiday. You will however see lots of locals hanging out it due its large garden area and comfy seating.

I tried a latte here and it was pretty good, but not as good as something like Simetri. Susan’s pineapple & mint drink was refreshing, but nothing to get too excited about.Epic Coffee DrinksThe garden really is pleasant here and most people choose to sit on the patio looking out over the garden rather than in the garden itself which is in the direct sun.Epic Coffee Outdoor AreaWifi here is not bad, but it’s not going to be good enough for bandwidth intensive tasks. Browsing the web and doing social media works fine and I clocked the speed at 5mbps down and 1mbps up.Epic Coffee JogjaI think prices here are too expensive for what you get. And certainly too expensive for Yogya. But if you’re not price sensitive, by all means come and enjoy a coffee on the terrace. It’s a really relaxing place and great for getting out the traffic you inevitably find in the north of Yogya.

Epic Coffee & Furniture
Jalan Palagan Tentara Pelajar No.29, Sleman, Yogyakarta
(0274) 453 0704
epiccoffee.co.id
Opening Hours: 10:00 – 23:00
Instagram: @epic_coffee
Latte: Rp32.000
Pineapple Mint Squash: Rp34.000
* Add 10% tax to all prices

Lokl Coffee KL Inside

Lokl Coffee Co., Kuala Lumpur

I remember when Lokl was being built when I was staying at BackHome Hostel which is next door. That was about 5 years ago now and it’s still going strong today.

I recently had breakfast here while staying at Big M Hotel (highly recommended) and it was really good.

I ordered a cappuccino which had great flavour and had beautifully silky milk on top. A really good cappuccino.

I also ordered a granola bowl. And let’s just say it took way too long to arrive at the table. Over half an hour. But when it did arrive, I was very pleased.Lokl Coffee Kuala Lumpur GranolaThe cafe itself has a great fitout and is frequented mainly by foreigners. I’m not sure why. Maybe because it’s next door to the hostel or maybe just because it’s the best cafe in the area. Whatever the case, don’t expect to see many (any) Malaysian faces.

This also seems to be an excellent place to work with the odd power point and nice tables. But when I was there, the wifi was dead. Not working even a single bit. Which is sad because when I last stayed at BackHome Hostel about 4 years ago, their wifi was great and it’s the BackHome wifi which you’re trying to plug into.

This is a great little cafe, but the two things that really bugged me were how long that granola took to arrive (30min!!!) and the wifi not working. Still, worth a visit for the coffee.

Lokl Coffee Co.
30, Jalan Tun H S Lee, Kuala Lumpur
+60 3 2072 1188
Instagram: @loklcoffee
Opening Hours: 08:00 – 18:00
Granola: RM20
Cappuccino: RM12

Ruckerpark Bandung Inside

Ruckerpark Coffee, Bandung

Just when you thought you’d already found the best place to work in Bandung, you find Ruckerpark. Ruckerpark could well be the best place in Bandung to open up a laptop and get some work done.

Due the the abundance of space in the cafe as well as massive long benches, power sockets at every seat and super fast wifi, I can’t think of a much better place to open my laptop.Ruckerpark Bandung work areaI had a magic as well as a nasi goreng and wedges and all were good. The magic was super strong as I’d expect, but in the wrong cup/glass. Not sure what is going in Bandung, but a magic should be in a tulip cup, not a glass in order to get the “magic” milk to coffee ratio. Anyway, this was a fantastic coffee despite the wrong cup.Ruckerpark Bandung CoffeeThe food was pretty good too, but I really have to comment on the price — Rp49.000 for nasi goreng is extremely expensive, even in a cafe. So my advice would be to skip the food unless you’re extremely hungry. It’s just not worth it. To Ruckerpark: You’re nasi goreng is too expensive.Ruckerpark Bandung CounterCome here for great coffee, fast wifi and a great work environment. There’s perhaps no better in Bandung at this moment.

Note: They have stopped giving free water to customers. You now have to buy it and it is ridiculously expensive at 17.200 per serving.

Ruckerpark Coffee
Jalan Dr. Cipto No.24, Bandung
(0813) 2325 7099
Instagram: @ruckerparkcoffee
Opening Hours: 09:00 – 23:00 (Fri & Sat until midnight, Fri open at 13:00)
Magic: Rp33.000
Tea: Rp28.000
Nasi Goreng Kari: Rp49.000
Wedges: Rp22.000
* + 15.5% for food only, not drinks

Lantai Bumi Jogja

Lantai Bumi Coffee & Space, Yogyakarta

Lantai Bumi is located in the north of town far away from where most visitor wander. It caters more towards the local crowd of university students, both Indonesian and foreign. For that reason, you’ll find lots of space to set up a laptop.

I ordered a cappuccino and Susan order a mocha and both were quite good, although not the best we’ve had in Yogya. And that’s the thing. The more coffee shops you try, the more picky you come when judging your coffee. With that in mind, this is still a very good coffee and I’d be happy to come here again for it. Better still, prices are on the lower side of things.Lantai Bumi Coffee JogjaWe also ordered the pisang goreng and a nasi goreng. Both were good for a light snack, although the banana was slightly more crispy than I would have liked. Again, not a big deal. Still nice enough.Outdoor Area At Lantai BumiThe interior of this place is quite plain, but has enough room to seat over 30 people in the non-smoking area and many more in the smoking section. All along the walls there are electricity outlets meaning it’s a great place to work. Especially since the wifi was quite fast at 20mbps down and 9mbps up. Perfectly uploading that vlog you just made.Coffee And Snack At Lantai BumiI think this is a pretty good place to come and get some work done, but also if you’re just after a decent coffee in the north of town. Good one.

Lantai Bumi Coffee & Space
Pogung Baru Blok C28, Yogyakarta
(0274) 501 1651
www.lantaibumi.com
Instagram: @lantaibumi
Jam buka: 08:00 – 00:00
Cappuccino: Rp23.000
Mocha: Rp28.000
Banana Fritters: Rp23.000
Nasi Goreng: Rp26.000

Budaraa Bandung Counter

Budaraa, Bandung: Drink Coffee in a Cool Envirnoment

With all the success the crew had at Kozi Lab in the warehouse down in central Bandung, it’s no surprise that they’ve teamed up again to open another coffee shop in a different location. This time they’ve snagged a large house in Dago atas and converted it into a B&B and coffee shop. And it’s really good!

The houses in this area are all older style, but with plenty of class. I absolutely love these old houses because they still retain some charm, still have great quality fittings and still feel great to be in. Much better than most of the concrete monstrosities in Bandung.Budaraa Bandung InsideThe fitout, to be honest, is fairly minimal. It really looks and feels like a house even down to the piano, courtyard and office areas.

The coffee is good as you’d expect from this mob with my magic having plenty of punch and the milk textured beautifully. Susan’s kopi pisang susu was enjoyable and was perfect for people who want to try coffee, but don’t want to go too full on.Budaraa Bandung CoffeeWe also ordered some food and it was surprisingly good! I had the ayam tinorangsak which was coated in green chilli, but wasn’t too spicy. Susan had the sop kacang merah and she was happy with the tastiness of it. The main positive of the chicken dish for me is that they provided two small breast portions which is exactly what I wanted.Budaraa Bandung FoodThere are plenty of tables to work at and the wifi clocked in at a speedy 20mbps down and 4mbps up.

Budaraa is a good place to work, have lunch and drink great coffee.Budaraa Bandung OutsideOne last thing, the air is often THICK with cigarette smoke, so if you value your lungs, it’s probably best to avoid this place.

Budaraa
Jalan Bukit Dago Utara II No.11, Bandung
(0821) 1739 4118
www.budaraa.com
Instagram: @budaraa
Opening Hours: 08:00 – 21:00
Magic: Rp25.000
Kopi Pisang Susu: Rp18.000
Sop Kacang Merah: Rp30.000
Ayam Tinorangsak: Rp32.000

Armor Leuit Bandung Front

Armor Leuit, Bandung: Fantastic Manual Brew in an Open Yard

Set far up in the hills of Dago not far from Taman Hutan Raya Juanda, Armor Leuit is the latest in the line of Armor Kopi shops which have opened up over the years.

This shop is the successor of the original Kopi Armor which was located in the ground of TAHURA. It was pulled down after irregularities with the contract. In the meantime, the owners set up Armor Kopi Garden which was a success in its own right. And now Armor Leuit.Armor Leuit Bandung CounterThe coffee is much the same as the other Kopi Armor locations where they specialise in manual brew and offer milk which is of the condensed variety. I tried a vietnam drip as usual and it was good.Armor Leuit Bandung Food & DrinkBut the real reason come here is to nongkrong and I would say that this is one of the best places in Bandung to nongkrong.Armor Leuit BandungThe grounds are expansive and house a number of different huts as well as lots of tables. I’m not sure what will happen in the wet season… perhaps they just lose 50% of their seating.Armor Leuit GardenIf you love the cool air of Dago and love the outdoors, you’ll love Armor Leuit. No wifi.

Armor Leuit
Jalan Bukit Pakar Utara No.10, Bandung
(0812) 1396 0941
Instagram: @armorkopi.bdg
Opening Hours: 08:00 – 22:00
Vietnam Drip: Rp21.000
Cold Press Juice: Rp25.000
Pisang Goreng: Rp21.000

Big M Hotel Kuala Lumpur Masjid Jamek

Big M Hotel, Masjid Jamek: My Favourite Budget Hotel in Kuala Lumpur

I had high hopes for Big M Hotel because of all the good reviews I had read. And as it turns out, Big M really did live up to expectations.

The hotel is a tall, slim thing sandwiched next to McDonalds near Masjid Jamek. From the outside it’s easy to miss, but once inside, the skinniness of the place isn’t really that noticeable.Big M Hotel Kuala Lumpur BedThis is one of those hotels that asks for a RM50 deposit on arrival and the person at the counter couldn’t speak English so was asking the security guard to translate.

The rooms are small, but bigger than any other hotel I’ve been in in Kuala Lumpur at this price. It’s an extremely modern room which is also unusual for Kuala Lumpur at this price. So the combination of price, modernity and size really is fantastic.Big M Hotel Kuala Lumpur BathroomRooms come equipped with small flat screen TVs, but the channels aren’t good. The wifi took me ages to get working on my iPhone, but once it started working, it was fast and didn’t disconnect me once. I clocked it at 20mbps down and 15mbps up.

The room also comes with a safe, truly icy cold air conditioning, a place to hang your clothes, coffee making facilities and a modern bathroom.Big M Hotel Kuala Lumpur InsideThere’s a rooftop area which is great for hanging out in and it has a great view of the nearby Masjid Jamek.

I think this is the best value budget hotel I’ve stayed in in Kuala Lumpur and I think it’s going to be hard to beat at this price. Mainly because other hotels at this price have a much more budget feel to them.

Check the current price on booking.com here.

Big M Hotel
38, Jalan Tun Perak, Kuala Lumpur
Standard (w/o window): US$23.50
Superior (w/o window): US$25.50
Superior (w/ window): US$27

How to transfer Sony a6000 / 6300/ 6500 videos (xavc/avchd) to iPad/iPhone

You have an iOS device. And you have a Sony a6000 / 6300 / 6500. And you want to get those damn videos from the camera to your iOS device. But you can’t figure it out. That was me until today.

Up until today I’ve been shooting with the AVCHD codec (.MTS files). This is the standard codec that comes with the a6000 and some other cameras and is used when you don’t have a SDXC memory card. I am able to get these AVCHD videos onto my iPad in two ways.

1) copy the files to my mac and sync over icloud photos to my iphone/ipad

2) a really complicated Chinese SD card reader method that becomes impractical when more than a handful of files. Why? Because each video requires multiple steps to get onto the iOS device. 40 videos takes me about an half an hour. Do not bother with this method

So if you don’t want to use a mac to sync your Sony a6000 / 6300 /6500 videos across to your iPhone/iPad, there is only one solution that works.

First of all, go and buy yourself a 64gb SDXC card. Any card speed will work. I’m using one of the slower and cheaper ones at 45mb/s. This card will allow you to record your videos with the XAVCS codec. THIS IS IMPORTANT. This codec is actually an mp4 file which iOS natively supports. And these Sony cameras only allow XAVCS recording with SDXC cards.

Go and buy yourself a USB3 Camera Reader from Apple. Not the card reader (some report it doesn’t work). The camera reader that accepts a normal USB plug. Try and get the latest model with the lightning power connector so you can charge your device at the same time (some say this is important, but it wasn’t for me).

Now this is how you import those XAVCS videos onto your iOS device.

1) Go into your camera settings and make sure the USB method is set as MTP. On the a6300 & a6500, turn off the setting which allows the camera to draw power from the iPad. Why? Because people have reported that when the camera is drawing power from the iOS device, the iPad will throw up an error message meaning the maximum file size it will import is 6 seconds. (This is not happening to me on my a6000, but it is happening to other people… maybe their setup is slightly different (I’m also using a 2017 10.5” ipad pro)

2) Plug the camera into the USB3 Camera Reader and plug the Camera Reader into your iOS device.

3) At this point, you want your iPad to open an import screen in Photos automatically. If this doesn’t happen, try again.

4) Once the import screen appears, you will see any photos and XAVCS videos you have recorded here. AVCHD (.MTS) files with any bitrate will not appear here. I learnt this first hand.

5) Select the videos you want to import and click the import button.

It’s as simple as that. I am able to import a 2 minute 50mbit XAVCS file from my Sony a6000 to my iPad and iPhone with no problems (I have tried anything longer, but I doubt it will be a problem). It doesn’t cut out after 6 seconds as some people have reported. It doesn’t require me to plug in the USB3 Camera Reader to power.

I don’t know why it works for me and it doesn’t work for others. Is it because I’m using firmware 3.2 on the Sony a6000? Is it because it’s a new card reader? Is it because of iOS11? Is it because I’m using an iPad 10.5 (2017)? I have no idea. But it’s working. And it’s awesome.

Please please please ask me anything.