Trip LomBa (2): Jadi Anak Pantai di Lombok!

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highlight: Pantai: Kuta Lombok, Mawun, dan Tanjung Aan; belajar sekilas bahasa Lombok, Nyongkolan, Ayam Taliwang

Basa-Basi.
Hari ke dua dan saya bangun kesiangan! Pagi-pagi buta sebenarnya saya sudah bangun karena Mas Yudha datang mengantarkan motor sebelum dia berangkat kerja, tapi mungkin masih sisa kecapekan dari aktivitas minggu lalu ditambah deg-degan trip, akhirnya pulas deh tidur begitu sampai di tujuan. Saya putuskan untuk menyewa motor selama 4 hari, terhitung dari tanggal 4-7 Juni, total IDR 200.000. Seperti yang sudah diputuskan malam sebelumnya, hari ke dua ini saya akan main di pantai-pantai yang sejejeran dengan Pantai Kuta Lombok, yaitu: Pantai Mawun dan Pantai Tanjung Aan. Let’s go!

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TTM Trip: Passer Baroe, Jakarta (May 6, 2013)

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This trip was totally unplanned and occurred because of my skipped brain (I blamed sleep-deprivation for this), so we boarded on a public transport that goes to area opposite to where we were supposed to head to, and ta-da, me and Ina (this time minus Debby) found ourselves lost in Passer Baroe. Yeay!


Posing in front of the gate!

Also known as Pasar Baru in its newer spelling edition—when people still referred Jakarta as Batavia, they called this place Passer Baroe—actually reminded me to a similar place in Tokyo and Osaka, which I visited in summer last year. Well of course Takeshita-dลri in Harajuku and Dลtonbori at Osaka were much bigger, neater, more established and well-maintained than Passer Baroe was. However, it was no less interesting for me and Ina, because we were always happy to visit a place we were both never have been to before.

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FamTrip: Bali (April 16-18, 2013) D1 ~ Jimbaran

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Woohoo! Finally! Driven by AirAsia promo, me and mom (yes, you read it right, my mom!) successfully visited the place that was also known as The Island of Gods. Actually this was a first trip we did together in many years, I wasn’t even sure we had a trip together with only the two of us before… anyway without further ado, please enjoy the story of our short 3-days trip!

Day 1, April 16, 2013 | Jimbaran
highlight: accommodation from airport to hotel, hotel, eating, shopping, sunset view, seafood cafes or restaurant for dinner

Waking up, going and getting at the airport too early in the morning was inevitable whenever it was with mom. That aside, Bali trip with mom gave me enough jitters that I booked a hotel room prior on January. Checking, comparing, rechecking and reading review after review on TripAdvisors, in the end I chose to book a room at Villa Puri Royan via tiket.com (read my TA review for the hotel, here).

An on-time and smooth 2-hours flight later, we found ourselves at a renovated Ngurah Rai International Airport around lunch time with 1 hour plus difference (Bali time is set to GMT+8). After haggling with not much success, we headed to Jimbaran, where the hotel was located, in a private taxi (that’s Xenia for us) for IDR 65.000; from airport to Jimbaran was supposedly around fourty to fifty thousand rupiah only, this was proven when later I got IDR 50.000 from the hotel service. I also read in many blogs that it is actually cheaper using airport taxi that has taxi-meter, like BlueBird.
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Birthday Trip P2: Baturraden (March 30, 2013)

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Day two at Purwokerto was started with waking up early in the morning to buy morning snacks and ingredients for breakfast. What I loved from Purwokerto was the cheap price and delicious taste of food and snacks. It didn’t take much to have a full stomach here, and a happy tummy meant pretty much a happy-me, too ๐Ÿ™‚


Left: The auntie who sells Kamir and Surabi near PLN Building. Right: This auntie sells gethuk and snacks-alike at Purwokerto’s traditional market

After a mouthful of breakfast, Septi and I prepared to go to Baturraden, a family recreational park located about one hour trip from Septi’s house.


Welcome to Baturraden Recreational Park!
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Birthday Trip P1: Purwokerto (March 29, 2013)

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A birthday message from me to myself…

Pada ultah ke-seperempat abad saya kemarin, seorang teman baik membelikan tiket kereta menuju ke Purwokerto, her hometown, tempat yang belum pernah saya jamah sebelumnya hehehe…

Jadi setelah menginap di Bekasi, pagi hari di tanggal 29 Maret, saya dan Septi menuju Stasiun Bekasi untuk menanti Kereta Purwojaya. Sesuai dengan jadwal, kereta berangkat pada pukul 07.00 WIB. Perjalanan selama lebih kurang 5 jam saya habiskan dengan membaca sepenggalan cerita The White Tiger karya Aravind Adiga—review here—juga dengan berdiskusi mengenai berbagai isu politik di Indonesia dengan teman duduk saya, seorang bapak yang akunya berprofesi di TNI AL, juga diskusi random dengan Septi mengenai beberapa mitos hantu Melayu.


Bakwan sobek pengganjel perut selama perjalanan kereta

Buku seru dan diskusi seru dengan Septi dan si Bapak, yang saya tidak ketahui namanya ini (karena kita sama sekali tidak kenalan, padahal diskusinya sudah panjang kali lebar banget, yah mungkin anonim lebih baik untuk kita) membuat perjalanan terasa singkat.


Hello Purwokerto!
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