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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A Homey Vintage Town: Yogyakarta (Part 2 of 2)

On our third day (25 March 2017), we drove to Kalibiru (map), another trending place in Yogyakarta where you can snap a picture on a tree with beautiful scenery of lake as the background. Before we arrived, we dreamt of taking those pictures and posted them on our social media. However, after 2-hours journey from city center (we stayed at Malioboro area), we found that the place was very crowded. We had to queue for 3-5 hours if we insisted to take those pictures. So, we just gave up and hang around for around 1 hour and then moved to Mangunan Pine Tree Forest (map). Ahead to the forest, we stopped to Sate Klathak Pak Pong (map) for lunch.

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@Kalibiru

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We ate this much.. And the bill was under IDR 100K. Good taste, of course.

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me at Pine Tree Forest

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Mom, still at Pine Tree Forest

Following going back to Yogyakarta, we stopped at Tempo Gelato in Prawirotaman street (map), another heavenly street for backpackers in this city, other than Malioboro.Stellycious-yogya-march2017-5We spent the night at Malioboro, close to our homestay, the packer lodge. Check rate and availability, make your booking via Agoda.

A Homey Vintage Town: Yogyakarta (Part 1 of 2)

Last month, 23 March, I took 4-days-trip to Yogyakarta with my mom and my boyfriend, Billy. It was not my first time going to this city, but it was Billy’s first time. I revisited some places, explored new tourist spots and this city still amazed me like the first time I go there.

Flying with Airasia, we arrived at Yogya at noon. We took the public bus to go to Malioboro street where we already booked the rooms, The packer lodge. (To book via AGODA, click here)

We hurried to Keraton before it was closed but sadly it was too late. We hung around the Malioboro and took some photo session at Sinten Studio.

The following day was Billy’s birthday so I gave him some surprises at night.

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The birthday boy

After the surprise, we slept and rose early to catch sunrise at Punthuk Setumbu (map).stellycious-jogja-3Unfortunately, it was foggy. Then, we moved to Borobudur Temple (map). Still early but the sun was really unfriendly to us. It doesn’t mean that I’m trying to compare this temple which ever be the world wonder with Angkor Wat, but this Borobudur temple was far behind it. I saw many Buddha statues without heads. But the view was still beautiful from up there.stellycious-jogja-4stellycious-jogja-5stellycious-jogja-12The next spot was Bukit Rhema, Gereja Ayam. However, we couldn’t make it since the bridge was broken. We just headed to Jejamuran Resto (map) to fill our empty stomach.

Next, we moved to Taman Sari (map). The air was overheating. Thanks to Billy, he was still able to capture a good picture of me there.stellycious-jogja-7It would be good if we could get something icy for our thirst. So, we moved to Tempo Gelato. The street where it was located was so vintage but we couldn’t go around. It was raining. That’s why we continued to Kotagede, where there were so many silver craft makers. My mom bought earrings for my sister at Ansor’s Silver (map). Last destination for today was Ratu Boko Temple (map). We planned to see the sunset there but it was too crowded.stellycious-jogja-9 We didn’t want to waste our time there so we hopped to our last destination, a local Javanese noodle restaurant, Bakmi Jowo Mbak Gito (map). Our driver recommended us it. We drove back to the hotel to get early sleep because we were really tired.

We rent a car from Kuruma Car Rental.

-TO BE CONTINUED

Credit to my boyfriend, my photographer, Billy, for taking all the pictures above.

15 Days DIY Vietnam – Cambodia – Thailand (Part 2 of 3)

Ms. San, our new friend in Chau Doc helped us to book a speed boat to Phonm Penh. The price was 25 USD. Expensive indeed but during the journey you can see the excited children saying hi and giving you a high five. The journey took around 5-6 hours. The crew assisted us to get the stamp out of Vietnam Immigration. It was very easy since all we needed to was to wait and queue to enter Cambodia.

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at Cambodia border entrance

The night before, I asked my hotel in Phnom Penh, Rachana Hostel, if they could provide me a free pick-up. And surprisingly, they wanted to pick us up for free and they did it. The tuk-tuk driver was waiting for us when we arrived at the harbor. We checked-in with no difficulties and got the comfy room. We also booked the tour to go to Silk Island on that day and another tour to go to Russian Market, Killing Fields, etc at the following day. Since the wind during the journey was quite strong, I planned to take a nap before going around. However, the time was limited so without resting enough, my mother and I continued our journey to Silk Island.

We missed Wat Phnom, the eldest temple in town, since we were so tired. After going back to the hotel, I took an aspirin and got a very early sleep.

The following day, we took another tuk-tuk journey to some landmarks. I just knew the story about the genocide and khmer rouge so I felt shocked when I visit Tuol Seng Genocide Museum and Killing Fields. 😦 Yet my mom knew and she felt sorry.stellycious-cambodia-5

Then we went to Russian Market. The price was quite pricey for the souvenirs so we just tried the local foods. So many foreigners. We bumped into some foreign who seemed joining a food tour or cooking tour for they bought the vegetables mentioned by the guide.

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At the end, we dropped-by the national palace and museum. It was actually very close to our hostel, but since we intended to save our energy and the weather was so hot, we asked the tuk-tuk driver to wait while we took some picture. 🙂

It’s a long post only for Phnom Penh City. Later, the bus we booked Cambodia VIP Van to continue our journey to Siam Reap.

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To be continued

 

15 Days DIY Vietnam – Cambodia – Thailand (Part 1 of 3)

Almost half a year since I traveled to Vietnam – Cambodia – Thailand with my Mom using this itinerary. It was a 15-days journey, 7 nights in Vietnam, 5 nights in Cambodia, 3 nights in Thailand. I forgot some details of this trip but I would retrieve some important memories, such as the travel agent, restaurant, transportation, and hotels.

Day 1 : Arrived at Saigon Airport at noon. We took the bus that dropped us to the hotel area, Cong Quynh, District 1. After we placed our bags, we asked the receptionist how to go to Saigon China Town, Ben Thanh, and Heritage Walk (Reunification palace, Cathedral). We just needed to walk around 15 minutes to get the bus number 1 to China Town and got the same bus to go back to the hotel and continue to Ben Thanh and Heritage Walk. I stayed at Madam CUC 184 Hotel there. They made us a cup of Vietnamese coffee for breakfast. Very original.

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Day 2 : Cu Chi Tunnel and Saigon City Center.

We booked a tour from the hotel. I forgot the price but it was very affordable. Together with any other tourists and informative tour guide, we explored the Chu Chi tunnel until noon. We arrived at our hotel around 2pm

Day 3 : Moved to Can Tho and join a food tour in the evening & Day 4 : Can Tho Floating Market in the morning (book a tour from hotel) and enjoy the riverside in the evening.

The receptionist gave us direction to take the bus to station where we could get transportation to Can Tho. Can Tho is a small and lazy city. We chose there because we intended to cross the Cambodia border via Chau Doc. The decision was right. We stayed at Hotel Xoai. We joined a food tour at night we arrived and a Mekong floating market tour at the following day. The price was cheap enough since they managed it by themselves. We also hired English-speaking guide. It’s worth the money. The boat captain was very friendly and helpful. We recommended you to give tips for the boat captain even though you have paid the tour. I mean, it’s holiday, right? They also helped us to book the bus (Futa) to Chau Doc. The bus agency picked us up from Hotel Xoai and dropped us right in front of our hotel at Chau Doc. Total service.

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Day 5 : Moved to Chau Doc and relax

Just after we arrived at Chau Doc, we felt happy since our hotel has balcony facing local market. What a view. We walked around at noon at the riverside and enjoy the sunset at Victoria resort. We stayed at Trung Nguyen Hotel there. There was a local restaurant served Chinese-Vietnamese food. So great.

Day 6 : Chau Doc Morning Market and Sam Mountain.

Another lazy city. Nothing much can do. We followed the pace, grabbed a taxi bike to explore the town and book a ride from a local friend, Ms. San, to Sam Mountain. From Sam Mountain, we can see the Cambodia land from Vietnam.

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Next, we got help again from Ms. San to book a speed boat to Phnom Penh, Cambodia. We’re ready for the next adventure!

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with Ms. San before boarding off to Phnom Penh

To be continued

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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