Bandung : Lereng Anteng Panoramic Coffee

Visiting one of most-hype-place in Bandung named Lereng Anteng Panoramic Coffee. The location in Punclut (Puncak Ciumbuleuit) area, it’s like 30 mins from Dago. Actually there are 3 restaurants in this place : Lereng Anteng, De Blankon, Tafso. You can see the view of Bandung city from here, but when I came it was cloudy.

Unfortunately this place is too crowded, because it was public holiday. So I just spent about 30 mins to took some pictures then back home.

When you came to Lereng Anteng, this view of colorfull umbrella will welcoming you. One of interesting place to take pictures!

Customers can choose these tent to spending time, eating or just drink a cup of coffee. I’m not sure if there is any minimum payment to use it, because I didn’t try it ๐Ÿ˜‚

Move to Tafso, I can see kids playing mini golf here. You have to pay 25.000 rupiah (cmiiw). There are some good spots to take pictures. And the famous spot is this one…

If you want to come here, I suggest to come on weekday evening and make sure the weather is good! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Amazing Race in Melaka

No, I didn’t take part in Amazing Race show but my experience exploring Melaka feels like it. My friends and I had plan to visit Malaysia for 3 days on December 2016, so I suggest them to have a day trip to Melaka. I feel so excited because this is my first time going to Melaka, and being a guide for two of my friends who is the first time travel abroad ๐Ÿ˜‚

Read some blogs on internet before traveling is a must! They said better book a bus ticket if you want to go to Melaka on weekend, well noted! We booked online return trip bus KL – Melaka from BusOnlineTicket.com. We choose KKKL Express bus, the price is RM 14.40 so for return trip is RM 28.80.

After bus ticket booked, then we were prepare the itinerary. Which places we want to visit in Melaka. The Stadthuys, Menara Taming Sari, Dataran Merdeka and Jonker street are on our list. Even we also put river cruise trip on it. Ohh so excited!

The day is coming, 11 Dec 2016! Its a sunny sunday in KL. We were going to Terminal Bersepadu Selatan with LRT. This is the biggest terminal because it’s not only bus terminal but also have LRT, KTM and ERL station.

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10:00 am. Since we already booked the ticket, we were just show the e-ticket and get the boarding pass on the counter. Then waiting on the bus platform. Melaka, here we come!


12:00 pm. The journey to Melaka takes 1,5 – 2 hours. After a looong way, finally we arrived in Melaka Sentral! A bit confused where is the bus platform to the city. Until I realized that we have walking to other terminal that have bus to Melaka city. Bus number is 17, and the platform is already full of people. Waiting for almost 1 hour but the bus not coming yet.

1:00 pm. So, I think better to use grab apps to get car to the city. Just booked the car, suddenly the bus coming! Sorry grab, I have to cancel it ๐Ÿ˜

We have to pay ticket to the driver first, only RM 1,5 then get inside the bus. It’s so full! I know mostly of them are tourist like us. Actually the trip to city only takes 15 mins, but because very-bad traffic we were stucked. And also it’s raining, well I have umbrella in my bag but my friends didn’t bring it. 1 hour passed but we still not arrive in the city. I checked maps on my phone, why the position is far from the city. Until a local old man started to yelling “this driver is stupid, the trip should be to city but why he change the trip!”.

Damn I get it! The trip should be Melaka Sentral – Melaka city – Ujong Pasir, but he changed it to Ujong Pasir first because the traffic is really bad to the city. Oh nooo, it’s far and raining and I don’t know what should do. I told my friends to keep calm until I know where we have to stop, I keep checking maps. Then I saw Mahkota Parade mall on maps, we have to stop here! It’s not only us who stop here, but almost all of people in the bus.

3:00 pm. We had our late lunch, but when we want to go outside the rain is more heavy. Okay, we have to buy another umbrella because I only have one and it’s not enough for three of us. After bought it, we were going to Menara Taming Sari because the place is near from the mall. The ticket is RM 23, from the top I can see where places we want to visit next! ๐Ÿ˜‚


From here we can also see how bad the traffic in Melaka city!

Finally rain is stopped and we were ready to explore more. Next place is the red buildings! Only walking for 10 mins from Taming Sari.

6:00 pm. Time passed too fast! And we see the bus no 17. Do we want to go to Jonker street or back to Melaka Sentral? Because our bus to KL at 8:30 pm. My friend suggest to skip the Jonker street ๐Ÿ˜ข

Okay we stop the bus and pay the ticket to the driver. And you know what, this is the same driver with the same bus!! Oh god, why I have to meet him again? I don’t know it’s because I hate the driver, but I feel he drive so slowly. Of course we are going to Ujong Pasir, again. We still meet traffic in some spots. I keep checking the maps, I don’t want to get lost again!

7:30 pm. It’s dark already outside the window, but I can still remember some restaurants that we passed before. Until I realized this bus passing the famous Jonker street, OH MY GOD!! If I know this bus will pass it, maybe I better choose to explore Jonker street and take another bus. But sometimes your plan didn’t works well as you wish.

8:15 pm. After a long way and very slowly, finally this bus arrived in Melaka Sentral. We were ran to other terminal that have bus to KL and found our bus. It really feels like when the Amazing Race players meet Allan Wu in finish stop! ๐Ÿ˜ฉ

8:40 pm. The bus started to left Melaka Sentral. The bus is sooo empty, I think it’s only me and two of my friends, also 4 other people. I’m sure it should be more than 7 people but maybe they are still stuck in the city.

GOODBYE MELAKA! I’m sure I will back again, but maybe not in public holiday. P.S. 11 Dec 2016 is The prophet Muhammad’s birthday which is a public holiday in Malaysia. And I think it’s full because many locals also travel there, not only the tourists.

What I learn from this trip are :

  1. Think twice if you want to traveling on weekend or public holiday, it could be a very-crowd place! 
  2. Be patient if you get lost, don’t panic! You can use google maps or asking people around.
  3. Sometimes reality is not same with your expectation, don’t be sad about it.
  4. Don’t force to visit many places if you have a little time. 
  5. Just enjoy the trip without complaining.

Birthday Getaway 2017 – Cirebon City

It’s been 2 years in a row I always spent my birthday time with family. I take leave from work and going to somewhere new. If you read my previous post, last year I went for glamping. And this year, I went to Cirebon. Why Cirebon?

Because the location is not really far from Jakarta, and we want to try the new famous highway – Cipali. Here is the view of Cipali, actually it’s a bit bored to driving a looong way.

I spent 3 days in Cirebon and stayed in Amaris Hotel. The hotel is near to Cirebon Train Station. So it’s time to exploring.

By the way, you can also go to Cirebon by train from Jakarta, there are executive and economic trains. Departure from Gambir station and the cheapest ticket price for return trip around 160.000 with Cirebon Ekspress or Tegal Bahari.

In Cirebon many public transportations you can use for exploring, like angkot and becak. Here is more pictures from Cirebon trip.

So.. Where I will go for next birthday trip? Hmm.. We’ll see ๐Ÿ˜Š

Birthday Getaway 2016 – Glamping Legok Kondang Lodge

Have you heard about Glamping? Glamping is glamour camping, so it’s like camping with facility like a 5 stars hotel. We don’t need to build our tent. When I came there, it’s more than I expected. The room is so big, even still spacious for 10 persons!

I booked family suite tent, it can filled by 8 pax. 2 king size beds and 4 small beds. But since I came here with 10 persons (include me), so I booked 2 more extra beds. There are 2 bathrooms, a balcony with garden view, and TV. Even this tent is mooore bigger than my room! ๐Ÿ˜‚

There are some activities can do, here is what I get from their website.

If you booked a tent, you will get free camp fire for barberque. But since the price for BBQ is expensive for a pax. So I bring sausages, meatballs and corns from home and we can make own BBQ. Oops don’t tell them about it please!

There is a self service booth for making tea or coffee. It’s helped a lot because the weather is so cool. I love to spend my birthday in this place, and hope someday I can back here again.

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Pics taken from Glamping Legok Kondang Lodge website

For more info you can check here.

Culinary tour : Central Java

Beside of famous temples like Prambanan and Borobudur, Central Java also have many delicious food to taste. Traveling to there (Semarang, Solo, Ambarawa) always make me happy and full.

I will not explain about the photos below. I just want you to enjoy this food and forget about the weight scale ๐Ÿ˜‚

Sate Kambing & Tongseng Pak Amat


Tahu Gimbal Pak Supri


Soto Gading Solo


Serabi Kucur Ambarawa

Umbul Sidomukti – Natural pool in Ungaran

Where is Ungaran? What is famous in Ungaran?

Ungaran can reach around 1 hour more from Semarang by car. Located in the mountain area make the weather feels cool.

The famous place in Ungaran is Candi Gedong Songo, but this time I won’t explain about it. I want to tell you my experience swimming in natural pool named Umbul Sidomukti!

So the pool have 2 levels. On the level up there is a water fountain, and on the level bottom there is a little waterfall. The water is fresh, there is no chlorine, and cooold. The depth of pool is around 1 meter, but if you want to swim deeper can go to level up.

The ticket price is sooo cheap only 8.000 rupiah! Beside of swimming pool there is also outdoor activities like flying fox, with other price. It’s good to spend time with your family in here. I came here with my cousins, and the next day I came again with my big family. ๐Ÿ˜„

Literally BIG FAMILY huh?

Culinary tour : Lombok

If you ask Javanese people what is the java language of chilli, the anwer must be Lombok.ย Is that why the food here taste spicy? Spent 4 days in Lombok, I’m looking reference in google “delicious food in Lombok” and let’s start the culinary tour!

AYAM TALIWANG RM KANIA

It’s not valid if you come to Lombok but haven’t eat ayam taliwang, the sentence is right! Many restaurant here sell ayam taliwang but why I choose RM Kania? The answer because the position near to my hotel. I stayed in Airy Rooms Maktal 8, near to Mataram Mall. I’m order rice, ayam taliwang, and sambel plecing kangkung.

After the food coming the first time I think “the chicken is big usually the portion of ayam taliwang is small, can I eat all of the chicken?”, but I fell so hungry let’s just eat. Sambel plecing kangkung is the champion, it’s spicy eventhough I order the medium level.

Overall after finished eat, I feel not in vain for walking to this restaurant from hotel around 15 minutes.ย The score for this food is 9 from 10. Kalo kata Pak Bondan mah maknyus! And one thing I like the price is not expensive, for a portion ayam taliwang only 45.000 (September 2016). Eat for 2 persons only 120.000.ย Worth it to try!

 


SATE REMBIGA DAKOTA

On the advice from our guide also our driver, he bring us to sate rembiga restaurant at Jalan Dakota. There are many restaurant here and we eat in the hut. I’m order rice and sate rembiga, also sop balungan for eat together.

My first impression when the food come “whaaat the portion is so small”. But it taste delicious, the taste same like sate maranggiย because both made from beef, but it taste a bit spicy. For sop balungan taste like rib soup.

So for this food I give score 8 from 10, if the size of sate is bigger I will definitely give higher score. My advice if you want eat don’t in very-very hungry position, or better you order 2 portions. If i’m not mistaken, price for a portion sate rembiga is 20.000 or 25.000 and sop balungan is 35.000.

 


NASI BALAP PUYUNG RM CAHAYA

Just landed in Lombok International Airport? Don’t be hurry to go to Mataram city or Senggigi. Not far from airport complex there is RM Cahaya that sell nasi balap puyung. What is that?

In my opinion nasi balap pulung is like mixed rice, there are fried chickenย small portion, sauteed green beans, and sliced fried potato. When I came, the place is crowd and mostly is local came here.

The score for this food is 7 from 10. But for the price is quite cheap, it’s only 15.000 or 20.000 for a portion of nasi balap puyung. It’s suitable to fill your stomach after arrive in Lombok.

Do you choose Pink Beach 1 or 2?

What is the difference Pink Beach 1 and 2, I will explain the details on this post. To be honest I just know about it from the guide. 

PINK BEACH 1

Arrived in Pink Beach the first time i did touched the sand, and yes it looks pink! Actually the pink color get from red sand of corals shard. And the texture is a bit rough.

After we had lunch in hut near the beach, then time to exploring.

We can play kayak in there, only rent for 25.000 rupiah as long as you want.

This is the view from the hill, it’s worth it to hike here eventhough so windy and hot.

 

PINK BEACH 2

The position of Pink Beach 2 only takes 10 minutes from the first beach. And after we arrived I fell so in love! The sand is so soft, even you can laying down on it.

The wave is so calm, it feels like your private beach. So I’m enjoying to swim there. Unfortunately when I came there i didn’t bring my snorkel, info from the guide there is good snorkeling spot not far from the beach.

So if you want to look for a holiday place that is not mainstream, it’s a must to came here!

Lombok is not only Gili islands

Who said Lombok only famous with the gili? Becauseย gili trawanganย is full already with ‘bule’, so I prefer to look more quite places. One of them is PINK BEACH!

The location is far away from Mataram city, it takes 2-3 hours depends on the driver. From the map below, you can see if the location is far from the city.

By the way when I visit Lombok I’m on open trip with Fun Adventure. But this is the first time i took open trip with only 4 persons, me and my bestfriend and 2 people we meet there and they’re from Jakarta also.

After 2,5 hours, finally we are arrive in Pantai Tangsi. But we have to cross the sea to Pink Beach, and need around half an hour to reach it. Accompanied by a local guide and a fisherman.

But before we are going to Pink Beach, we just stop by in Pulau Pasir. So it’s like a little island that appear if the water recede. And there is Indonesia red-white flag on it. Time to take pictures!

The background is Mount Rinjani!

After take some pictures we are continue to the next destination, Pink Beach! The guide said that we will visit Pink Beach 1, then go to Pink Beach 2. What is the different? I’ll explain on next post, keep enjoying ๐Ÿ™‚

Fall in love with Lombok

Everyone who come to Indonesia, always know that Bali is favorite place for holiday. But i think it’s too mainstream. Why? Because Bali is too crowded for me and i can meet traffic in touristic spots like Legian and Kuta.

Have you heard about Lombok? If you looking for peaceful place to release your stress from daily activities, please come to this destination!

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It takes only 30-40 mins flight from Bali, or 4 hours by ferry from Padangbai to Lembar.

What’s famous in Lombok? Of course the gili islands, there are 3 islands : gili air, gili meno, and the famous one gili trawangan. If you come to gili trawangan, the local feels like foreigner, because this place full of ‘bule’.

If you want to visit quiet places, i suggest to visit Kuta beach this is not Kuta Bali. There are others nice beaches nearest like Mawun, Selong Belanak and Tanjung Aan. My favorite is Mawun beach because the wave is calm and nice for swimming. But if you looking for surfing spot, i suggest to come to Selong Belanak.

Left : Kuta Beach. Right : Selong Belanak.

Curious for other places to visit in Lombok? I will give detail in others post. Keep enjoying! ๐Ÿ™‚

P.S. If you have any questions about Lombok trip, don’t hesitate to ask me. I will answer if i know.