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Ciputra Hotel, Semarang

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What is a journey without a destination?

welcome drinkWe finally arrived at our destination, Semarang. We were really tired due to the long road trip and several sightseeing. We were welcomed with a heavy rain making our heart longing to arrive at our hotel and refresh ourselves. It took us quite a time to get to Simpang Lima, a roundabout where our hotel was located. You know, there would always be trafic congestion whenever rain down in any part of Java island. A fact that I just knew about.

Thankfully, our hotel, Ciputra Hotel was easy to find. Just right when we entered the roudabout we can already its distinct building figure in one of the corner of the Simpang Lima. It had exact figure with Ciputra Hotel Jakarta. I would not miss it in any way. And just like its branch in Jakarta, this hotel was also in the same lot with Ciputra Mall with direct passage from hotel to mall. We arrived and welcomed with a fresh tropical drink, tipical of any five star hotel in Indonesia. We were refreshed in an instant.

apple xmas tree

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January 6, 2013 at 12:50 AM

Sago Megono

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diner

I went passed Pekalongan last December on my overland trip to Semarang. Well, me and my brother’s family went there. We were so hungry that we decided to get some local food for lunch. And the internet suggested us to visit The City Park, or known as Alun Alun.

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Sari Mendo

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lamb satayOne of the best food that I tried when I visited Tegal was a lamb satay at Sari Mendo restaurant. At first, I thought it would just be like any other satay that I’ve tried before, but actually it was not. This one tasted very soft and tender with a small chunk of lamb fat between the meat that made the taste even more delicious. Especially when you mixed it with its codiment. It will be perfect for diner with family! Located at Jalan Teuku Umar Debong Tengah-Tirus, it was no more than 15 minutes away from our hotel. There were rows of tables that will ensure you to get a place there. We also ordered a clear lamb soup to help killing the freezing air and warm our tummy. I love it. My brother prefer coconut milk lamb soup. Maybe you want to try that one also. Which ever, do try to visit this place.

Seriously, Do not miss it!

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December 27, 2012 at 10:41 PM

Hotel Karlita International, Tegal

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lobby

We stayed at a three star hotel, Karlita International when we visited Tegal.  Some say that this was the best hotel in this town. Well, Tegal was actually just a small town where people stopped by just to get a break from a long journey to a destination city.  So, we kinda feel that we must not risk our break by staying not in the best hotel in town. Apparently they just added a new wing building that slightly confused us. But the  lobby was spacious and well decorated. I love seeing a snowman here, on the land where snow does not exist.

 

Xmas tree

 

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December 27, 2012 at 10:07 PM

Tahu Aci Tegal

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tofuIt was a cloudy day. And we were ready for a little adventure in Tegal. We were planning to visit the nearby seashore. My sister in law suggested us to buy some famous local snacks before we went to the beach. So, we decided to follow some suggestion from internet, Tahu Aci “Murni Putra” at Jalan Diponegoro, Tegal. They served a small type called Tahu Aci and a bigger one called Tahu Pletok. They were actually a tofu with some corn flour as its topping. Add some more seasoning and deep fried them, and they were ready be served. Usually they would serve it with some green chili. The taste was actually so-so. However, I could feel and smell the oil from the deep frying process. It was definately not a healthy snack. But I think, if you eat this with some chili sauce or you eat this with bakso soup, it would taste more delicious. Well, no harm in trying a bite. 🙂

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December 27, 2012 at 6:10 AM

Nasi Bogana RM Ny. Pan

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5. Chinese Garden

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December 9, 2012 at 1:06 PM

3. Jurong Bird Park

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BirdieStill about my trip in Singapore…

Today, I visited The Jurong Bird Park. I had always wanted to visit this placesince secondary school.  One of my friends went there and I had this longing ever since. This very day, I had the time to make it happen. Directly after breakfast, I headed for Lavender MRT Station. It was only 200m away from my hotel. I counted it as my morning exercise. hehehehe….

The weather was nice and so did the people. It was a good day to meet some birds 😉

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November 24, 2012 at 11:07 PM

2. Tresor Tavern Hotel

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“There is some what an achievement when you get a nice budget hotel on your own effort.”-me

I arrived at this hotel late night and it was raining. I was so glad the front desk was swift and helpful. It took less than 15 minutes to get my room ready. After getting lost and rained, I was really happy for this. I also asked for international plug for my chargers. I forgot to bring it! Can you believe me?! And gladfully, he gave me one.

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November 24, 2012 at 9:34 PM

Surabaya

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What to see in Surabaya?

That was a question that I had been asking to my fellow Indonesian who knew Surabaya better than me. Unfortunately, I did not get diverse answers. Most of them said, plainly, malls. Sigh.

I love shopping, don’t get me wrong. But to go to place where one can only find shopping malls is nightmare, well to me it is. I had choice but to expect nothing from this so-called third biggest city in Indonesia. And I was shocked knowing that The Amazing Race 21 visited Surabaya!!! Wow. However, even in a blink of an eye, I managed to visit some interesting places that you might want to see when you visit Surabaya.

We stayed at Twin Hotel (you can read my review on Trip Advisor). But I saw Majapahit Hotel that was quite vintage for you who looked for this stuffs.

The Majapahit Hotel

lobby from a distance

 

 
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November 12, 2012 at 9:46 PM

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