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Terima kasih Indonesia!

I have been very laid back these past weeks and not been able to do any new blog post yet. Done with my last hike in Tanay, August has ended and we’re now on the second week of September yet no update still from my Indonesia Trip. First of, my Samsung Note 5 already expired (entirely my fault really) and all of my pictures were there I meant the good coupes. I had them uploaded in Facebook though, all of them, but you can’t really use those because it automatically reduces the size of the file once uploaded to Facebook server so it is not going to be as good as it should be to use on a blog. But I am gonna use them anyway (I thought you should know first so I now apologize for the quality of pictures uploaded.) ’cause I really do not have a choice.

Anyhow, thanks to our very kind, supportive and generous host, Mrs. Lolita  Cruz-Arbozo for taking care of us while we (3 monkeys and guest) were in Jakarta, Indonesia. Terima kasih (Thank you) Ma’am Oyette! Our stay wouldn’t be any better without you doing all the translation with the locals, letting us disturb your peaceful apartment for several days.

What are we going to do in Indonesia? In my opinion, creating itinerary after securing a flight ticket is a no no. When we had our tickets secured, we started to search “Things you can do in Jakarta, “Places you can visit in Jakarta” and the like in google. Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do in the city. Most of the suggested places to go are all about museums, midnight bars and clubs, music lounge and amusement parks. Not our type of activities, so what now?

JAKARTA

  • City Tour and a visit to National Museum.

I loved how the city bus is managed. They have their own lane and terminal, it is like MRT but it is a bus. The inside looks MRT/LRT as well. Cool.

And this is what it looks like inside the bus:

  • National Museum.
  • Central Park.

And you always have one in a group who takes photos like this:

compare to this:

Monumen Nacional (MONAS)

It is a 433 ft (132 meter) tower in the center of Merdeka Square, Central Jakarta, symbolizing the fight for Indonesia.

Best shot ever: WHERE IS JUSTICE?

We all wanted to go at the top of the tower to see the view of the city form above but because it was a holiday in Jakarta, there were so many tourist both local and foreign wanted the same thing. They are also limiting the number of guests to 500 per day who can go up the tower and unfortunately we did not make the cut. We tried the next day but with no luck we were not too early enough to get the reservation, by the time we get there they were already full. We still had fun though.

  • Ancol Dreamland. Taman Impian Jaya Ancol otherwise known as Ancol Dreamland is an integral part of Ancol Bay City, a resort destination located along Jakarta’s waterfront, in Ancol Kelurahan, Pademangan, Indonesia (from Wikipedia).
  • Alive Museum. Jakarta’s brand new fun and entertainment destination, it is one of the biggest 3D illusion museums in Jakarta.

MAGELANG

  • Borobudur Temple, or Barabudur. It is a 9th-century Mahayana Buddhist temple in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia, as well as the world’s largest Buddhist temple, and also one of the greatest Buddhist monuments in the world. The temple consists of nine stacked platforms, six square and three circular, topped by a central dome. The temple is decorated with 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues (from Wikipedia).

YOGYAKARTA

  • Prambanan Temple or Candi Rara Jonggrang is a 9th-century Hindu temple compound in Central Java, Indonesia, dedicated to the Trimurti, the expression of God as the Creator (Brahma), the Preserver (Vishnu) and the Destroyer (Shiva). The temple compound is located approximately 17 kilometres (11 mi) northeast of the city of Yogyakarta on the boundary between Central Java and Yogyakarta provinces.

Getting a best shot in these two temples was a struggle because of so many tourists.

  • Kalibiru National Park. A beautiful park of lush nature, a peaceful environment and beautiful views.

 

According to Aesop, “Adventure is worthwhile” and indeed it was. Looking forward for more.

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Discover Malaysia: Time Travel back to 2015

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Walkway going to Victoria Hotel.

For starters if you follow my blog you know that I just recently do blogging and have not posted my international travel debut. So in preparation for my second travel outside the country this year (2017) YES! Allow me to recollect the memories of 2015 and share it with you.

Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia. Basically it was my first time to travel abroad, be in a foreign land and be with foreign people- it is quite intimidating and challenging at the same time. Intimidating in such a way that you might feel dumb because of language, norms and cultural differences, you may not be understood but also challenging where your people skills and ability to adapt will be measured.

Here are some memorable experiences in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.

Driver seat on the right side of the car! As soon as we had our Peso changed to their local currency (Ringgit) we headed straight to the taxi bay where bunch of cars parked and on the other side drivers were chatting with each other while waiting for passengers. As we approached the bay, one guy came to us and asked if we needed a cab and we said yes, then he helped us towards the cab. As always,  I seat next to the driver’s seat so I opened the car door on the right side and got surprised to see the steering wheel staring back at me.  I looked over my shoulder and saw the driver’s face turning red bursting with laughter and so my friends and the other drivers in the airport! I exclaimed “hala!” and laughed with them.

Here’s a picture of four of us with me next to the driver. (I am sorry kuya I forgot your name,  it’s been awhile now so I hope you understand).

 

Don’t worry I am not driving.

 

After we checked-in in our hotel,  we went out to the nearest mall to look for money changer.  Tip: have enough money changed to local currency at the airport and the rest of your budget in a local money changer. Exchange rates at the airport is considerably higher compare to regular money changers at the mall.

They say that in every country there is always Filipino. True enough, past lunch time and we had not eaten yet, we decided to look for some local food close to our hotel. While we were discussing which way should we look for we were interrupted by a familiar language from unfamiliar voice asking, “Saan ba kayo pupunta?” (Where are you going?) and you know what happened next.

Thanks to our friendly kababayan who helped us with directions, we found a restaurant. As we order food we were arguing which one from the menu is better than the other. Funny cause we have not tasted any of them before but basing our judgment on the pictures then the waitress said, “Mas masarap pa po yung halo-halo natin diyan.” And we were stunned.

You might guess that some of the hotel staff where we stayed are Filipinos,  you bet.

Enough with the chit chat and start with our first stop. Mount Kota Kinabalu view point.

Mount Kota Kinabalu view deck. Behind is the famous Mt. Kinabalo draped with clouds.

Mt. Kinabalu Botanical Garden.

Canopy Walk

Mari Mari Cultural Village.

Parasailing and Island hoping.

These are some good memories in 2015. Looking forward for Indonesia this July!

(pictures of flowers were taken by @salingkatkat)