Weekend Trip : Jogja

minggu lalu saya ke Jogja, last time I visited this city was 11 years ago! Whoaaa!

First stop

makan Gudeg dulu di Bu Hj Ahmad. lalu ke hotel drop barang, kemudian….makan makan lagi 😜

lalu ke daerah Kota Gede, mampir di butik terkenal Lulu Luthfi! ish, bagus-bagus, sebagus harganya! megang bajunya saja, saya tidak  berani. 

Setelah itu, mampir ke kedai Es Krim kekinian di Jogja, Tempo Gelato di Jalan Prawirotaman. It’s salt caramel is to die for! yummy!

Lanjut lagi ke restoran Bu angeng, punyanya Butet Kertajasa. Selesai? ngga lah! Kami makan lagi di Jejamuran Restoran 

Sesuai namanya, this restaurant provide all-mushroom-based meal! enak semua! Especially rasa rendang! must eat when in Jogja! 

minggu pagi, saya menyempatkan diri sepedahan. Saat itu cuaca di Jogja menyenangkan. langit biru dan angin sepoy-sepoy.

Setelah packing sepeda, saya menyempatkan ke Museum Ulen Sentanu. Unfortunately, you can’t take picture over here.  luar biasa budaya Jawa, ada pakem, harapan dan doa di dalam setiap rutinitas.

Lalu lanjut ke the famous Kopi Klotok. tempat makannya sangat sederhana, tapi ramai. Menu utama juga cuma Telor Dadar kayaknya.

 Since we can’t find seat inside, leyeh-leyeh tepi sawah it was!  Sangat sederhana, tapi saya suka banget!!! Bahagia itu sejatinya sederhana! 

You can’t find my picture with Keraton, Borobuder Temple or Kalibiru. Simply because I didn’t go there 😦

Wonder what I did in Jogja? Well, if you follow my IG or FB, you can figure it out! More stories later! Bis Bald! 


Bandung Trip – Last day 

Day 3
I woke up with a purpose, run the entire Jalan Juanda a.k.a Dago which means I run all the way up….and ended my run in the famous kupat tahu Gempol (a mix of rice cake, tofu, sprout beans showered my peanut sauce) as well as Roti Gempol which is located behind the Kupat Tahu .

It was also a nice decision, the air was even cooler, and I saw a pretty neat pedestrian street. RIdwan Kamil really means what he said when he became city major : “memanusiakan Kota Bandung”

After close to Simpang Dago, I made a turn, strolling the street in Dago Area with big, beautiful old houses! i wish one of my relatives live there so I can visit or stay 😉

bagus banget ya rumah-rumah tua dan luas di Dago. 

Well, unfortunately, the famous ROti Gempol opened its store at 9 am and it was only 8-something.  so I only had Kupat Tahu Gempol for breakfast! 

To make story short,

We took 3 pm train back to Jakarta and I saw tooooooo many motorcycles in Cikampek area! Must be very macet

A bientôt, Paris….
….van java!  

Bandung-Day 2

i woke up early with a purpose: I must run in Bandung!
And it was a best decision ever! (Lebayy!)

the very fresh mountain breeze! pantes namanya Paris Van Java, even in 2017 where climate- global warming-issue, the air is still cool, just like spring time in sub-tropical countries. It must be even cooler back in 1800-‘s during Dutch Collonial era.

this was my route, 

Rute lari
and I took a pic with its famous landsmark, whispered : “sorry, I can’t make it for Pocari-Bandung Half Marathon the end of this month” 

The BIB recently sold, if you are wondering.

When I want to take my pic with the whole word of GEDUNG SATE, I asked pak Satpam to take my pic!  With so many visitors, they know what to do with your phone! 
“ibu diam aja di situ! jangan gerak

(Stand still, don’t move)

turn out he use “panaroma” mode to take this pic! BIg applause pak Satpam.

later, we took Grab Car service  to Hummingbird Cafe to have breakfast.

And little walk to The Heritage (factory outlet)  because #1 to do some shopping, back to hotel and went to Lina’s wedding.

Around 1 pm, Teh Molly picked us up on the wedding venue.  It was our second time meeting each other in person. We were friend from blogspot era (that was in 2006 I guess)- multiply-and although she doesn’t write anymore, yaaa masih temenan lah di Path dan instagram. She took, Trixie, her daughter with her. 

She drove us again to Happy-Go-Lucky, i wanted to buy the shoes and eat Pompidou cake again.

And of course, strolling around the city to find the famous Blue Jersey from PERSIB BANDUNG

later we had Cwie Mie for late lunch, 

belanja kain di pasar for her new handicraft items to be sold (pada tau Shibori?) and dropped us to hotel, then picked us again for dinner time.

We had Nasi Kalong, red rice cooked with herbs and stock with so many lauk pauk.

an open air restaurant runs by a family. 

i love this city for having so many independent entrepreneurs! a lot of ma-pa shops. not the franchise ones!   

Later we called off the day with Bandreks and Bajigur!

Short trip: PARIS…

…van Java


last friday, I went to this city for a colleague’s wedding and took train because I predicted the “arus balik” will be horrible in Cikampek. This weekend marked as the last day of Eid Fitri holiday. Thus, to anticipate the situation, I opted for train.

i had a very pleasant experience with our long haul train for the past one year (it started with my Semarang trip and amazed how the system is significantly improved even though I have read the book about former KAI CEO!)

So there I was, taking train again…to Bandung after 15 years! Oh em geeee!

i remembered it has been  THAT LONG because when I wrote this post, it was inspired when KA Parahyangan ended its service in 2010 due to low passangers rate. they lost competiton with Jakarta-Bandung travel car that could commute people  in 2.5 hrs and the dispatcher is just one step away from your house.taking train to bandung at that time was impractical. since getting to Gambir is another homework.

Salah satu kebijakan pemerintah yang membuat kemacetan tambah parah!” I must say.nowadays, driving car to Bandung via Cikampek then Cipularang is non-sense.It took 7 hours for me to get to Bandung when my uncle passed away last April. crap!

My friends who have to commute Jakarta-bandung pp every weekend said having a-3 hour-trip is luxurious now. It could take up to 6 hours one way for approx 200km. ewwww! 

I guess the government should established regular Jakarta-Bandung again! It waste of time and money!


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 Anyway…i must say, thank you Uber and Grab Car :)), our Bandung Trip was hassle-less even though we don’t have car.

we stayed in The Luxton bandung and had room with mountain view. 

owh, finally! We had proper visit to Bandung! Ha! Seriously, even the city was only 200++ km away from our house, we barely visit this city. even when we did, it was mainly because family-related issue. Wedding or funeral that required one-day trip. last time we did stay in Bandung was 2.5 years ago and only stayed over night when I participated in Tahura Trail Run.

And…though I barely visit this city, and it has been 15 years since I took train to Bandung, the wonderful view between Purwakata – Cimahi brought back memories.
nothing change much, but of course there’s tol cipularang as additional view. 

Day One

first thing after we drop our bags, we were strolling the famous Jalan Juanda. I remembered once, the city major, Ridwan Kamil, get pissed of on his INstagram account due to littering on one of those benches in Dago area. now, I had the chance to see what jalan Dago looks like with those tables and chairs along in the pedestrian path. 

We had lunch near by! it is Bandung anyway! good food is literally EVERYWHERE

later that night! finally! i met May in person as she had her homecoming trip this Lebaran. hamdallah! After all those blog commenting and conversations via whatsapp, between Kuala Lumpur and jakarta (errr, Tangsel) we met in Bandung, her hometown! thank you May for the treats and talks. it is always nice talking to you!

  she gave me a broken white hijab with KL landmark printing on it. nice

Anyway, We visited Pompidou, a bakery which is owned by my friend’s sister.

 once I ordered its Nastar Cake , sent it to Jakarta and it was very tasty! 

owh, the bakery is now temporary located inside Happy-go-lucky, a boutique, where you can find cute bags, shoes and clothes! All made in Bandung by local designers! *BIG Applause*

Aslik…. lucu lucu bangetttt

To be continued….

PS : one of my Malaysian friend why it is Paris Van java. the explanation is here 😉 

Kurzurlaub:  Cirebon

 last time I was here was on Christmas holiday 2015 when Ira, who now resides in Uhdaliyah, Saudi Arabia, took her home coming trip. It was awful. In our visit (I went there with VItri as well, then met Maya and Imelda) two of its historical sites, Keraton Kanoman and Kasepuhan were FULL OF GARBAGE! Not to mention it was stingy too. I almost throw up.

We did have wisata kuliner, later I think, the food taste was so-so. then I made conclusion, this city is just over-rated. 

but last weekend, I visited the city again. I had to. Dearest Ragil and Beby got hitched, tied their knots. He already told us his plan a year ago and asked us to free our schedule.

so,de and I, like any other West European (teheeeee) taking train both commuter train to Tanah Abang and long haul train from Gambir Station (Argo Jati it was) to Cirebon.

Eine gute Aussicht aus dem Zug

we discussed our plan in Cafetaria Compartment. i refused going back to those two palaces (Keraton) as I feel that I still can smell how bad the place was. then we came up with Gua Sunyiragi. FOr my non Indonesian readers, gua means Cave. I had expected the similar horrible garbage all around tho.

after we reunited with Kak Indah soon as we arrived in Cirebon, we had Nasi Jambal for lunch, then off we go to Gua Sunyaragi (literally means, lonely soul)

ticket enterance fee : IDR 10,000. there will be tour guide provided for approx 45 minutes of tour, cost IDR 50,000 and you have to pay to the counter, not directly to the guide.Fair enough! 

a bit about the historical site.

it was built in 1700’s by the great grandson of Sunan Kali Jaga. sit on 1,5 hectare land. It is a cave complex hence it was meant as a place for meditating especially for royal family members at that time. the complex has 10 caves, meant to support the meditating process such as food supply, weapon making, meeting room, bed room, guarded room, repairing-soul room a.k.a Gua Padang Hati (aslikkkk! kalau galau ada guanya  sendiri).

IT was carrefully designed. there are hall, a small and dark one , connected one cave to another, others just scattered around.

sometimes  when you get out the caves, you have to bow down as symbol of respect. since there was no AC at that time (ja, natürlich!) there was water container inside the cave, meant to cool down the temperature. mind you, Cirebon lies in seashore! 

And tip from me/us? Just gave the camera to your guide, he knows how to take very instagramable pictures! MOst of the pics taken from De’s iphone. Setdah nih bocah, banci foto abessss….

Guard Tower

And just below this cave, Gua Arga Jumput, there are two doors, and one door is belived to have a direct acess to Mekka, the holy land! As long as you have a pureeeee heart and clean soul.

Gua Arga Jumput

And you know what??? This area is verry veryyyy clean as no street vendor is allowed! ngga ada yang boleh jualan di area ini! SEHR GUT!

Main Enterance

Later at night, we went to Kuningan, another one hour drive, to attend the wedding. IT was beautiful place with GUnung Cermei as the back ground.

Yeah, I wore running shoes! It was part of the deal with the brides.

Congrats once again , love birds! 

resensi : Aquaterrace Bed & Breakfast

lanjutan cerita di sini

  • You live in Archipelago all your life (well, yaa sort of),thus, the coastal line is not too far from  where you live…
  • you live in a country that has many…many…..blue ocean and beautiful beaches…(forget the infrastructure, though)


  • You watched those American FIlm Series when you were kids…with those rich guys had house facing the ocean…


  • You are dreaming of having a similar house. you wish to wake up and had your meal with a sea view…

terrace room


SOOOOO…..this aquaterrace Bed and Breakfast could be the answer of your (in this case, my) childhood dream with an affordable price for me. 😉

From Ocean Room’s porch

Owned by a Japanese wife and Balinese husband, this B&B is very carefully designed and maintened. THe color of Blue and While really dominating the interior. Everything is detailed and very neat!

View from the bathroom

I had a chance to stay at Both Type of the room, the Ocean Room (has direct access to the beach) and Terrace Room (it has bigger room for up to 3 people).

of course, there is no TV but wi-fi works very well! 

each type of the room comes with pool.

those are the pool for OCEAN ROOM

while these are pool for Terrace Room 

Their food were good too!

The only downside was…it was raining most of the time. Once, it was a very heavy rain that our porch in Terrace Room was all wet (yeah, no surprise).

Seems Bali will not be in our list, at least for few months maybe years ahead, but I will forever brag this accomodation. the  best in the east, traveller said.
We had a blast! 


Website : Www.aquaterrace.com

Or you can find in booking (dot) com and/or Air BnB.

(Short trip) Surabaya

I just got back from Surabaya for a business trip in which…the schedule was very very friendly except for the fact that  I had to take 5.25 am flight…

Friendly enough that besides office matter , I had a change to eat these sehr lecker Essen! Wisata kuliner atas biaya dinas, judulnya.

nasi Krawu In Gresik

since the meeting in Gresik was start at 10, and I arrive at 7 am already (the second flight from Jakarta arrived at 9.30, that was why I took first flight), I asked my colleague to have local cullinary for breakfast first.

later, when we got back to Surabaya, my colleague (whose cousins is marrried to my cousin—- small world)  treated me at Bebek Sinjay. 

bebek sinjay at Jalan Tidar

Crispy duck with mango chilly sauce

office mater done at 2 am. went to hotel to take a nap since I was soooooo sleepy. Ich war sehr müde.

later, as recommended  by many of my friends, I opt for Sate Klopo Ondohen. anyway, I checked google map, the restaurant was less than 3Km from my hotel. so, instead of taking Gojek or Uber, I walked. the city becomes better in my every visit. Anyway, I stayed in Surabaya when I was an appetriance in my former company for few weeks. that’s why it has special place in my heart 🙂 

The Satay (beef and chicken) marinated with shreded coconut. Gee, my mouth is watering just writing this.

sate Ondomohen

the store

after I was done with this food, time for a little reunion with former colleagues who work in this city. I chose Kedai Tua Muda, recommended  by Adel. adel said this restaurant offers great variety of food and the place is nice too, with great music.staffs are friendly too. well, compare to Jakarta’s price, of course it is much cheaper! my capucino only cost leas than IDR 20,000 where it could cost more than IDR 30,000 in Jakarta.

Ade, Juniko and I

A cup of capucino

it’s surabaya. clock is ticking slower than Jakarta. Even like I’ve spent foreeverrrr with those gentlemen, it was only 7.30 pm that Jun suggested me to take another food. it was raining in Surabaya. seemed it was a good choice.


ade couldn’t join us. then we bid farewell. Until  we meet again, gentlemen! 

TO make story short, I still had one meeting in Pasuruan in the next day.

then, after we had our lunch, I just knew there is a mosque looks like a temple.

mesjid Laksamana Cheng Ho Pandaan

Oke then.rush back to airport, unfortunately flight was delay. there’s a lounge anyway. i ate again….at a lot.

Au- desus des nuages

until next time, Surabaya!