Tangerang Chinatown

Beginning of this month June, I traveled to Tangerang, a city outside of Jakarta, and visited the China Town with my Instagram boyfriend. There I learned the history about Chinese-descendant in Indonesia.

Started from Tanah Abang Train Station at 7 am, we took a stop at Duri Station where we switched to another train routing to Tangerang Station. There we walked to a famous porky noodle shop just ten minutes from the station. After having breakfast, we moved to the traditional market and dropped in a Chinese temple, Klenteng Boen Tek Bio. This temple claimed as the oldest temple in the city, for standing more than three centuries  (map).

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Nearby in the area, a private-owned museum, named Museum Benteng Heritage, was open to promote about the history about Chinese-descendant in Indonesia, how they  arrived in Indonesia, their contribution to develop social welfare around Tangerang, the old pictures of the city, the famous soy sauce sold from era to era, etc. The entrance fee was 30.000 IDR and it included a tour to see around. Cannot tell much about the information I got from the guide, but the 30-40 minutes tour was worth every penny. They also provide a meeting room, private family party, and merchandise shop.  Taking pictures inside was prohibited, but we are still allowed to take photos in some public areas. (map)

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The trip was ended at 12. We walked back to Tangerang station to go home.

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Cikini Culinary Day

One that you should not miss when in Jakarta is to experience the culinary. And, Cikini is one of popular places for tasty, tempting, savory variety of culinary. This time we pampered ourselves to eat at some long-run restaurants at Cikini. Sadly, we had a very limited stomach that we couldn’t handle much food, but here we go, our culinary trip!

Gado2 Bon Bin (map)

Gado-gado is a local saying of mix vegetables with peanut sauce. This restaurant has been established since the 60’s. It’s very popular, even though the place is still the same since the beginning. Small and very intimate. Of course favorite dish at this place is gado-gado, but you should also try Es Cendol.

Tjanang Ice Cream (map)

Next stop we chose to have desserts. And luckily around the corner near to Gado-Gado BonBin there’s a stand selling vintage ice cream. This ice cream place has been around since the 70’s. It has a variety of tastes, such as: chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, avocado, coconut, or you can also choose to mix all.stellycious-cikini-culinary-4

Soto H.Ma’ruf (map)

For our last stop, we decide to go more vintage. So we chose to have a traditional Batavia cuisine. We went to a restaurant located near Planetarium. The cuisine recipe in this restaurant has been inherited since the 40’s.stellycious-cikini-culinary-2and finally, here’s a preview inside of the planetarium mentioned above.stellycious-cikini-culinary-6

Contributor: Mark B. Salendu

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Jogging @Jakarta (part 1)

After Christmas day, we needed to do some workout. While still having the atmosphere of Christmas, we decided to do outdoor activities. So, we jogged to three city parks in Jakarta, They are Taman Menteng (map), Taman Suropati (map), Taman Situ Lembang (map)

The excitement was not really high when we arrived at Taman Menteng. It’s a beautiful park with many benches, children playground, basketball court, and a fountain. But, it doesn’t have jogging track. We directly passed the park and went to Taman Suropati.

Taman Suropati is convenient to jog. It also have some fountains and bird cages.

After running few laps, we progressed to the last stop, Taman Situ Lembang. I love this park most compared with the other two. Visitors can go fishing or just having a picnic.

The jogging was fun. Can’t wait for another jogging at the other parks in Jakarta! 🙂

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Bogor Botanical Garden

Back to West Java and go green at the end of Year 2016! We planned to have picnic and photo-hunting at Bogor Botanical Garden (official website 1 / official website 2). It’s just a one-day trip and we’ve planned it since 3 months ago (September). Here comes the day, last Sunday, 18122016. We started from Tanah Abang station at 7 am and it took about 1.5 hour to reach Bogor station. From there, we walked around 10-15 minutes to Gate 2 of Bogor Botanical Garden (map). The entrance fee was 15K IDR @person.

Palm Tree Road

Palm Tree Road

At Reinwardt Monument..

At Reinwardt Monument..

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First Picnic Spot

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Mexican Garden

Mexican Garden

Meeting Mr. President, Jokowi on the way out

Meeting Mr. President, Jokowi on the way out

my picnic date

my date at second picnic spot

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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

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Passer Baroe?

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Gedung Filateli and Starbucks Coffee across Pasar Baroe Gate

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me @ Pasar Baroe

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Painting workshops on the way to Post Office

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The Postman @ Post Office Building

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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)

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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

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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.

Museum Tekstil Jakarta

Museum Tekstil Jakarta Official Website

The main building

The main building

This garden plants the raw materials to make Batik color

This garden plants the raw materials to make Batik color

The gallery is where you will see many varieties of Batik from all areas in Indonesia

The gallery is where you will see many varieties of Batik from all areas in Indonesia

If you are lucky, they have traditional band playing during your visit

If you are lucky, they have traditional band playing during your visit

The student was taking a picture in front of Batik Workshop Room

The student was taking a picture in front of Batik Workshop Room

One of children was learning how to make batik

One of children was learning how to make batik

Kain Batik

Kain Batik