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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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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Babad Surabaya: another Surabaya Heritage Track

People said that one of things that you must do when you have only a short time in Surabaya is to join a tour from House of Sampoerna. For your information, there are three schedules every day from Tuesdays to Sundays. Each schedule has different route. One is only allowed to join one tour in the same day. I have joined, once, (see my previous post) and it was addictive. So, my friends and I booked another tour called Babad Surabaya last Saturday, 17 September 2016.

Note: You can make a reservation by phone (+6231) 3539000 ext 24142, or you can come earlier at 8:30 to get on-the-spot quota.

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Surabaya Heritage Track Schedule

If you join Babad Surabaya Tour, you will learn the history of Surabaya by visiting some three historical places. (I don’t want to spoil the story here, please join the tour if you are curious ;p )

1. Kampung Keraton

stellycious-babad_surabaya-1That was my tour guide explaining the history of the old kingdom of Surabaya. This area is assumed as the place where the old kingdom was.

2. City Hall

Old building, people usually gather here to exercise in the evening. One special thing is.. that they have a door that is still linking to more than 250’ish underground channel in Surabaya. The tour guide invited us to come inside. Not much to see inside because the link was closed because the government’s concern of safety.

3.Cak Durasim

It’s actually an art and cultural center. They have some stands selling souvenirs and local food.

This tour was educative. One of my friend was born in Surabaya. She was raised in Surabaya. And she works in Surabaya. But, she learned a lot from joining this tour. So, whether you are a local or foreigner, please joined the tour you would like to see. 🙂

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Kampung Lawas Maspati

Another place that you should visit in Surabaya is KAMPUNG LAWAS MASPATI, a historical site and green village in Surabaya. It’s a tourist village run by the local people and supported by the local government (sponsored by local companies).

In this village, you can learn how to recycle the trash, manage the waste water, do local food processing, and see some local herbal plants. If you are interested with history, you can visit some old buildings, like school, army base camp, house of national hero, etc. For fun, ask the locals to play some games with you. Local food and drink are also available for you if you love culinary.

It’s best visited when they have a festival or when you are in a large group. When I came last Saturday around 9 am, I was on my own. It’s so deserted. All the historical buildings were closed. Luckily, I met an kind old woman, Bu (Mrs.) Pipik, who assisted me to hang around the village.

(map)

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“Engkle” Games

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The house

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The village

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with Bu Pipiek

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Come and visit Kampung Lawas Maspati

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Surabaya Submarine Museum

As a port city and national heroes cities, there were indeed some museums in Surabaya where people can learn about the history. This chance I explored Surabaya Submarine Museum (map) located around city center.

The entrance fee is 10K IDR when I came last February 2016. This is actually an ex-submarine where people can go in and see what’s inside. I felt so thrilled when I was inside because it stimulated the images on how life was as a sea navy. I could see how the sleep, eat, defense, and attack the enemy. At some hours, they played old movie about how strong Indonesian navies are. (This one I have no doubt since Indonesia is the world’s largest island country situated between the Indian and Pacific oceans.)

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They have public swimming pool around the area

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One of corner inside the building

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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

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The monument. The entrance fee was 5.000IDR for person

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Statues of Proclamators

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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

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

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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

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

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The sight from above the bridge

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You can have a glimpse of Suramadu bridge

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Sunset view from the bridge

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