Surabaya Heritage Track 2

If you search posts with hashtag SurabayaHeritageTrack, you’ll see pictures captured during the free tour provided by HouseofSampoerna.

Last Independence Day, I celebrated my country anniversary by joining the tour with some friends. The plan should have savored the cultural heritage of Hok Ang Kiong Temple and Escompto Bank. However, the tour moved to Tugu Pahlawan (Heroes Monument) (map). It was good timing since it was really matched to our Independence Celebration.

The tour guide was really informative. For every buildings I passed through, he told us the short story related to it. I felt smarter after finishing the tour. Yeah!

I didn’t have a chance to picture the building since I was inside the bus, but let them be some surprises for you if you want to join a tour someday :p


The monument. The entrance fee was 5.000IDR for person


Statues of Proclamators


The track from House of Sampoerna to Heroes monument

Kenjeran Park: Mainstream yet photogenic

Another tourist attraction in Surabaya, Kenjeran Park. Two times I visited this place, I found it very crowded, full of families spent time together, young people having a date, some tourist go here and there. Not really good, but impressive enough for this place is quite photogenic. You can walk from one point to another, but it’s better if you can come with a rental car.

Sanggar Agung Temple (Hong San Tang Temple) map


People praying. People said that during a full moon, many singles come to pray,- asking for a blessing to get a spouse.


Mother of dragon

4 Faces Buddha Status (map)

stellycious-surabaya-kenjeran-4The Windmillsstellycious-surabaya-kenjeran-6Across this area, they have a pagoda. However, we could not enter the site since they have been booked for a club gathering.

Suroboyo Bridge


This is still new.  Officially open on July 9, 2016,


The sight from above the bridge


You can have a glimpse of Suramadu bridge


Sunset view from the bridge


Surabaya Heritage Track

Currently, I am assigned to a project in a port company in Surabaya. As mentioned by Wikipedia, Surabaya is the second-largest-city in Indonesia after Jakarta. This port city is also known as “City of National Heroes”. For me, this city is really “something”. Staying in this city make me feel like I’m living in a dream. It’s a modern city with strong sense of Dutch, Chinese, Arab, Javanese cultural heritage. I never feel bored with the sight along the way from my hotel to my clients (and vise versa). This time, I spent my half day to walk a small part of Surabaya Heritage Tracck.

1. House of Sampoerna (map)

In short, this is the first cigarette factory  of Sampoerna. The management then transformed it into museum, shop, cafe, and art gallery. The visitors can see the small production plant there. Free tour bus is also provided. It will bring you around some historical landmarks in old city area of Surabaya. Unfortunately, I never make my way to join the tour. Hopefully soon.🙂


More info about house of sampoerna and the tour:

2. Jalan Gula (map)


Gili Labak Beach

We have been heard about the beauty of Gili Labak Beach so long before we experienced it first hand. We joined an open trip tour from Gililabakisland (235 K / pax). We were picked up at our hotel in Surabaya by a mini van bus (11 pm). The travel time to the point where we move to a boat to Gili Labak should have been 3 hours, but we waited other passengers. We finally reached the basecamp to get your breakfast around 4.30 pm. After having breakfast, we sailed a boat for two hours to Gili Labak Island.


Sunrise on 6 Aug 2016

And here we go, we were at Gili Labak once in a while.


The peeps!


Enjoy the view once in a while

We did snorkeling, too, not really far from the beach. But, sadly the coral looks dying and I didn’t look many variety of fishes.

We sailed back to Madura around 12 pm. Lunch provided when we reached the tour basecamp (around 2-3 pm). From there, we headed our journey back to Surabaya around 4 pm and arrived to our hotel again around 8 pm. Overall, this escape was worth the journey.

map here

Jakarta Heritage Trail: Pasar Baroe, Post Office, Jakarta Cathedral

This time, we explore another heritage trail in Jakarta.

Route: Pasar Baroe, Post Office, Jakarta Cathedral, City Tour Bus, Gedung Arsip Nasional, Pasar Baroe

Date of visit: 30 July 2016

Photo captured by : Mark B. Salendu


Passer Baroe?


Gedung Filateli and Starbucks Coffee across Pasar Baroe Gate


me @ Pasar Baroe


Painting workshops on the way to Post Office


The Postman @ Post Office Building


Gedung Kesenian Jakarta – Jakarta Art Building taken when we cross a crossing bridge. There we can see Antara building, originally was the office for the first news agency in the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia)


Jakarta Cathedral

Sunda Kelapa

This place was claimed as one of the best spot for photo hunting in Jakarta, but I never come to this place before. Last week, 24 July 2016, I finally managed to visit  this surprisingly stunning and safe harbor. Entrance fee per person 5.000 IDR.

Photo captured by: Mark B. Salendu


It’s better to visit Sunda Kelapa 4.30 pm when the starts to set and stay there until the golden hour (Sunset). However, we missed it because we moved to the next destination.

Trail Route: Sunda Kelapa (15:30), Menara Syahbandar, Maritime Museum, Galangan VOC, Kota Intan Bridge, Kota Tua (The Old Town) at night.

A weekend to Kediri and Malang

So, my mom and I had a short escape to Kediri and Malang last May. This is the itinerary. We rented a car from/to Surabaya and driver to help us run our itinerary.

Day 1

We drove early morning to Kediri to visit Goa Maria Pohsarang. It should have taken 3 hours, but there were a carnival, so we reached our destination after more or less 4.5 hours.


Goa Maria Pohsarang, Kediri

From there, we bought some souvenirs, met my old schoolmate, and got our lunch in the city. Around 3 pm, we headed to Batu. Too bad, we encountered a carnival so we arrived late at Museum Angkut and Batu Night Spectacular. We also drive across the main hall of Batu City before we checked-in to our guesthouse, Adam’s Apple.

Day 2

The following morning, we went to Omah Kayu Paralayang. The location was hardly to reach by the car. The road was very steep and narrow. Lucky we had a very good driver. When we came there, they closed some areas for film shooting. Anyway, we had a good time there.


The view from Omah Kayu


Another view from Omah Kayu Paralayang


That’s my mom conquered the world :p

From there, we drove again to Malang city. During the journey, we enjoyed the time in a traditional market, tasting Cwie Mie from the origin place, etc.

In Malang, we paid a visit to the main hall of the city, enjoyed some desserts in Toko Oen, and also had our lunch at Bakso President.


Main Hall or “Alun-alun” (What they call it in Bahasa)


On our way back to Surabaya, our driver stopped by at Tretes, another famous highland in East Java for us to see around. He also suggested us to try Ote-ote and do some shopping at Tanggulangin, a well-known place for its leather products. He was a good driver and a tour guide.

All in all, it was a good and pleasant journey. We wish we could have longer time to go to Bromo Mount since it’s quite close to Malang. Perhaps, next time🙂