(Russia Trip) the rest of the story

Our Moscow’s trip turned so-so upon our return. It is kind of horrible. I didn’t take the Jakarta’s scorching sun with me.

Anyway, we arrived around 7am local time, where the local from suburban were starting their days. Station was FULL of people! Our host in Moscow was kind enough  to allow us for early-check in.

Soon as I arrived, I think I was familiar with surrounding and  yes it was. I have walked near here when I visit Arbat Street few days ago.  This apartment is good deal, just across the mini market and had elevator. We didn’t need to drag our luggage up to 3-4-5 floor! It has elevator!

Well, our last few days in Moscow was kind of….COLD!  It was 10 – 14 degrees when we were there, as the rain pour unstoppable. But the good thing is, it was still day light until 9 pm.

After we checked in, we went outskirt of town. Farrr….far…away! We took angkot as the Pass is not valid. Then I just knew that their Big Shopping centers are located outskirt. Passing many  big shopping center or alike.

Outskirt of town where we visited CSK Moscow stadium…but unlike any stadium where the club practices, there is no stadium tour or alike, different from soccer stadiums in other part of Europe.



This is the only day that weather was considered good despite the heavy cloud.  The next three days until we get home, I have to buy TWO UMBRELLAS! One I brought from Jakarta can’t even handle the heavy pour.  To make it worse, we didn’t prepare to deal with 10-12 degrees temperature! I checked around it always said usually on Summer the temperature goes between 18 – 25 degrees.

Then the rest of the days we visited  in random order)  

Bolshoi Theatre ( Большо́й теа́тр) 


The fascade is used for 100 rubbel bank note

Luzhniky  Stadium  ( стадион Лужники )


Stadium Luzhniki.

Soekarno terinspirasi oleh stadium ini dan meminta secara langsung bantuan dana kepada Uni Soviet dalam pidatonya di acara peletakan batu pertama (sekarang) GBK pada tahun 1956.

Kala itu, Uni Soviet langsung memberikan bantuan dana 12,5 juta dolar AS untuk membangun kompleks Gelora Bung Karno guna mendukung Indonesia sebagai tuan rumah Asian Games 1962.

Tak cuma bantuan dana, arsitek dan insinyur Uni Soviet pun dikerahkan untuk membantu pembangunan GBK mulai 8 Februari 1960 dan selesai 21 Juli 1962.

Di stadium ini, diselenggarakan pembukaan World cup 2018.

Source: https://m.detik.com/sepakbola/serba-serbi/d-4068378/menengok-kembaran-gbk-di-rusia-luzhniki

Moscow  State Univerity ( Московский государственный университет )



Founded in 1755.

The building behind them was built in 1950’s one of the 7 skyscrapers (Joseph Stalin’s high-rises)

This main building is 240m tall, translated to 36 floors (ambi banget Stalin ya?)

If you were kids grew up in 80’s, I bet you’re familiar with Mikhail Gorbacev, he was one of the alumni.

I was imagining having my pic in front of this 7/8 later with those ABG Tangsel wearing toga 😂

Ismailovsky Market  ( Изма́йлово ) 

If you hear “Cantik, Bagus, Murah” in a far far away land, means too many people from Indonesia are visiting the place. They sell souvenir, and I love the Matryoshka Doll, you will also found Indonesia president or even Ahok there.

Russia Doll

Of course, we met Friday again and I took my son for Friday Pray. So I witnessed “KEBEBASAN-UMAT-BERAGAMA” where Muslim is minority.

The  Mosque was  on the corner, and they blocked the road with local policeman making human-brigade around the mosque. It was summer and 10 degrees and I wonder how it is like on WINTER under snow storm!

See the police

Getting inside the mosque is not easy, I have to undergo several security check point. Although I wear hijab they still gave me throbe. #meh.

The last day, I had enough of Cold  Moscow but still I did my morning run under cloudy and rain the local seemed staring at me from their car


This apartment is very recommended. The host speaks English very well and responsive!

Long story short, our host ordered us Yandex (local Uber) dan meruntuhkan stereotype gw atas dinginnya orang Rusia. IN my surprise, although the driver has limited English, he still wanted to be nice with us and even act as local tour guide telling us what building that we just passed. If only we had met him earlier…

Took train back to DME, I witness dark, grey, wet Moscow.  It said grey sky gives gloomy feeling. It was what happened to me when I left Munchen. But not Russia.

Buat saya pribadi, sangat layak visit, considering it was once “negara Adi daya” full of history, advanced technology and rich in culture. But if you asked me to go back here again, I am afraid I wont. Ngga tau kenapa ngga sedih pas mau balik, beda banget waktu long-haul trip 2015 dan 2018.  Well, except Murmansk Perhaps or Trans Siberian Trip. Perhaps!

Also for me, Russia is quite affordable, even Moscow is not so pricey compare to Jakarta let alone Singapore. Food price even lower, cheap transportation cost (Rubel 55 regardless the distance), cheap accomodation as well. Jadi kalo dapat tiket murah, beli aja!

Until sikiky next trip, I bet you guys know where! Hahahahh

The Pearl of Kedah

Last Thursday, I went to Langkawi. A tiny, beautiful island in north of Malaysia. This island is quite famous among Indonesian’s triathletes because this where Ironman Event is held annually. The most affordable one if you travel from Jakarta I suppose.

People are nice, easy to get grab car service, food was ok…ok because Indonesian’s food is the best.

I met Evan, a triathlete I’ve been following since I pick up running as daily exercise 6 years ago, May, who accompanied her daughter for Ironkid event, and jeli and Lili who ran with me when I was in KL 6 years ago.

Of course I was there for my second Ironman 70.3. Recap will come later.

My group and I even stop at the famous Nasi Dagang Pak Malau before coming home.

Meanwhile, enjoy the pictures!

With Evan

Look, my name!

The Danna

Open Water Trial

Dropping Off Run Gear

Dropping of Bike Gear

Short Reunion with Jely and Lili

Waiting for Sunset

Breakfast with a view

Short Trip to Singapore

Last I went to Singapore again on weekend. I combined MRT and Railink (Airport Train) to get to airport since I was still working on Friday.

I was with Thea, an American who now lives in Jakarta (but she lived in Malang for yearssss) This is her first attempt using airport train and she was so excited.

Regroup with Kunthi, we took 10 pm flight with Jet Star, that was my first time taking Jet Star and it surprised me that it was all male crew! Nice!

Arrived midnight, took taxi to our home Stay in Jhoo Chiat area. Nice old peranakan house. We regrouped with all the squads, my swimming squad. There were 15 of us! They came earlier.

Next morning, Manda, woke me up and insist I should run with her. I was soo reluctant, but I said yes eventually. I need to withdraw some money too and hope i can find ATM along the course.

Peranakan Houses

During the run, Manda said she wanted to visit an old friend of her, I agreed. So, from 3K of initial plan, we ran for 10K in total. But we did stop for coffee! I was hungry! I stopped at Penny University coffee shop, i saw the pic in my Instagram feed. A friend who lives in SG visit this coffee shop on regular basis, so I remember.


Do little groceries, walked home, then I learnt Thea and Kunthi wanted to go to orchard Road. One of the girl needed to fix something. I wanted to go, but I wasn’t ready. After a while, Manda agreed to go to Orchard. So off we goo!!!! To a-must-visit-place for Indonesian!!! Hahahahah

I bought Singapore signature es krim potong right away!

It has been three years! My last visit was 2016 after Bintan Race. i told you on my previous post, i came to this country on annual basis since I was a kid.

So I was soo happy! We had lunch in ION and I’m surprised prices get higher now.


After lunch, took group pics, We proceed to East Coast, picking up our BIB! Yesss, BIB! We were in Singapore for a race, Singapore Triathlon. I never plan this, the idea came a month before. Among the girls, only me and Manda took individual race, the rest do the Relay.

They tried open water test, I didn’t bring extra underwear. So I decided to sleep

The sea was choppy, this is what I do to keep me calm

Later Manda borrowed her swimming suits so I can swim (i used my long tri suit as cover, of course! ) yes, the water was uneasy.

To close the night, we had Dinner at Long John Seafood Restaurant!

food was terrific, the Crab was sooo nice! And someone paid for it! Hahahahahahah! Happy Birthday pak Emir!


Race day, i’ll write a recap on it.

After the race, i packed my bag and bid farewell. My plane was at 8 pm i still have plenty of hours. Kunthi had plan with her ex bf, Manda and Astrid extend their stay, etc….we had different plans and plane. 😀

Kunthi, Thea and I would regroup in Changi.

I texted my friend from college, Gita and she was in Paya Lebar. Not too far from our homestay. So I drag my luggage from Jhoo Chiat to Paya Lebar square under hot sun, and met many Indonesian Helpers who took their holiday.

Nice To see an old friend, we catched up everything in limited time! Then I proceed to Paya Lebar MRT, back to Changi! finally! I’m taking MRT in Singapore. i still have my card from 2015! Hahahaha and it still have SGD 10 balance!

Check the balance


only 20 mins train ride, I wanted to see Jewel! The new man-made waterfall. Everyone who is in the city take its pic so I dragged my luggage and…..this is it??? Sooo overrated!


and I did self-checking! Soo efficient! To cut the budget, I only bring 7K cabin-size luggage with me.

Self Check In Machine

What a pleasant trip. Although short, it was nice to be back. Makan es krim potomg lagi, naik MRT lagi, liat bersih dan majunya negara kecil ini! Tapi mahal banget Sg sekarang!

Will write race recap soon!

(Rusia Trip) hometown of the Romanov

On Sunday, during trip to Petergof, I decided that I had to skipped St Catharina Palace, another beautiful palace in Pushkin.

I feel tired but I need time to see the city, get lost, more talking with my kiddos. I realized I’m getting old, they’re getting big and in the next 3 years, one of them will leave my house so does her brother in the following year. *sniff sniff* back in Tangsel, i’m busy between house chores and works, they’re busy with schools, including weekend.

Our train back to Moscow, will be on Tuesday at 11.30 pm as I wanted my kids to have sleeping-compartment-experience.

Then, on Monday, We strolled Nevsky Avenue, window shopping, visit local book stores and off to the north-est part of the city to see Gazprom Arena, where one of the World Cup Match was held. This teen finally had his ear to ear smile since one of his bucket list was checked

Газпром Арена

Then we took different Metro, spending days at the park and we found out there is an amusement park next to Gazprom Arena seems more exciting rather than Universal Studio’s rides.

Amusement Park

One of my sister’s acquaintance, Amy studies here, I dropped her a message she recommended New Holland island, a park, where the local hangs out.

Then later off to St Petesburg University, just for the sake of it. Do you know Vladimir Putin was one of the alumni?

I told my son :

Me : dek, kuliah di sini donk dek. Biar bunda ada alasan ke sini lagi. ( Pursue your undergraduate study here, so I have a reason to go back here again)

#2: ngga mau ah, ngga suka.  (na’a, don’t like it)

Me :  Putin lulusan sini lo dek, siapa tau adek jadi presiden (Putin was one the alumni, probably you’ll be one too)

#2 : Mana enak jadi presiden, disalah salahin terus. Lagian bunda aja yang kuliah disini kalau mau Kan ngga selesai kuliahnya ( being President is uncomfortable, people will always blame you. Why dont you study here, you didn’t finish your school)

Me : #ngok! *facepalm*

The next day, I took my morning walk to totally different route and see the beauty of Neva River.  I love this city on Summer 😉

Unpleasant experience from our rented apartment as the clean lady didn’t show up at our agreed time.

So I just left the key on the mailbox and the owner didn’t apologize either. We proceed to station to drop our luggage. It  was a challenged for me as the locker is small another local helped me how to deal with the locker.

Kyoto station luggage room 10

St petesburg station luggage room 5

Asia wins!

After we had lunch in Nevskya area, we went back to mosque to have our pray then kids wanted to spend the rest of the day at New Holland.

I left my jacket at the locker and summer wind blew unpleasantly. Brrr….My son said, how clean the park, no one left the trash! Things barely happened in the largest muslim country in the world -___-

Had dinner at KFC Nevsky area again, my dad waited at the station, kids and I spent the rest of the evening in Loft Project not too far from the station, also recommended by Amy. It is like market for the youngster, independent brands sold their stuff, café here and there and at the roof top, another hang out place cost Rubbel 100/person.  Kayak Pasar Santa deh!

We are waving at St Petesburg sunset and proceed to the Station.

Good bye St Petesburg, The Romanov’s hometown,  don’t know when we’ll be back again! It was a pleasant stay!

St Petesburg University

Post Card anyone

Selfie during run by the side of Neva River

Sunset from Loft Project

Luggage Room at station

Loft project Roof top

Kereta Malam Argo Mulia

Rusia Trip : Naik Angkot di Petergof

Waktu saya menyusun gambaran singkat jadwal perjalan ke Rusia, Anggi wanti-wanti, ke Peterhof Palace ini sifatnya wajib.

Hampir saja ke skip, karena saya sudah capek banget. Rencana mau leyeh-leyeh saja di hari Minggu. Ternyata pas cek jadwal, Senin dia tutup (bukan harga naik ya! #krik) Ya sudah berangkat!

Memang letaknya jauh, di pinggiran kota St Petesburg. Sampai keluar statisiun saya cari Angkot. Yoi angkot!

Podorozhnik Card (kayak ez link di Singapore) di St Petesburg sudah tidak berlaku di sini.

Tapi berangkatnya sih, tidak menunggu pemumpang penuh -___-

Namun cara supir bawa mobilnya…ho’oh, persis supir D02 Jombang-Cileduk!

Selain naik Angkot, bisa juga naik Hydrofoil (kapal) yang berangkat dari belakang Hermitage.

Karena hari Jumat sudah naik kapal, saya ngga mau keluar biaya lagi.

Padahal sih kalo Jumat ngga naik kapal, ongkosnya sama aja hahah. Naik hydfrofoil ini Rubel 800/trip.

Anyway, begitu masuk saya berpikir, mirip mirip Istana Musim Pana Schönebrunn Palace yang saya kunjungi 2015 ya? Susunan pohon pohonnya juga mirip. Hahahah.

Waktu masuk…ya Ampun maleeehh….orang semua isinya!

Ini pemandangan kalau kita masuk melalui jalan darat

Gulf of Finland at the very end

Ini pemandangan kalau kita masuk memakai Hydrofoil.

The Palace at the top

Seluruh tamannya Indah banget, saya ngga masuk meseumnyanya karena kelewat jadwalnya. Waktu WWII taman ini sempat rusak.

Kalau capek, ada mobil / golf cart sih yang bisa tour taman, tapi lumayan mahal Rub 900 kalo ngga salah plus….tournya Bahasa Lokal. Ya ngga ngerti juga!

Yang saya suka sih, air mancur di beberapa tempat di taman luas ini.

Indah banget, Masya Allah. Perpaduan sempurna hijau, biru dan sinar matahari. Kalau lagi musim dingin, putih semua. Saya sempat cek Instagram nya Pak Albert, orang Indonesia lagi S3 di kota ini. Brrrrr, terasa kaku dan dingin.

Balik ke St Petesburg, sampai daerah Nevsky Prospect lagi.

Saya juga sempat mencicipi Donat Kentang legendaris Pyshecnaya. Yang antri panjang banget, saya pun pesan kopi susunya. Toko ini sudah ada dari jaman Soviet, 1958. Pas saya cicipin sih….ngga istimewa. Hahahaha.

lagi musim panas banyak acara dalam rangka White Night Festivals.

Dibilang white nights, yaaa karena mataharinya lama. Malam itu, ada Scarlet Sails perayaan lulus lulusan sekolah dan ditutup kembang api.

Anak saya sempat liat, saya sudah teler.

Dan minggu depannya (30 Juni 2019) ternyata ada White Night Marathon, event Marathon terbesar di kota ini. Yah!

Saya skip nih! Sayang juga sudah jauh jauh ke Luar negeri ngga cicipin race lucu lucu ahhahahah.

next time perhaps


The Grand Cascade and Samson Fountain

Look alike?

gulf of Finland

Marli Palace at the back


Nevsky Avenue at 10 pm