KL Trip

When I paid a visit to Gai’s house, I asked mbak Lala, my former colleague to come with me. she said yes.

Long story short, few mins before the plane land, I told her my brief schedule so she can decide whether she wanted to join me or not.

She picked Mesjid Negara and Chinatown.

I told her, alright then. We could visit Mesjid Negara after we arrived and Chinatown before we’d leave. Both are within LRT areas and I never been to those places before.

Then I asked

Loe udah pernah mbak? Ke Chinatown sebelumnya?”

“Udah yang Di Singapur.”

“yang di KL maksud gw! Gw belum pernah kayaknya deh”

She shook head…then she said

“Ini pertama kali….gw pertama kali ke KL”

GUBRAK! Bahahahhahah

i was quite surprise because…my previous company’s head quater is in KL!

“Masak kantor ngga pernah ngirim elo?”

“Ngga pernah! Singapur paling”

Anyway, I must admit, KL is soo much better and convenient than the last time I visited this city.

Here, in case you never been to this city,

  • only took RM 110 for return trip using KLIA express to KL sentral
  • You can drop your luggage in a locker, available in KL Sental. RM 50 for 24 hr for big locker, RM 30 for smaller one.
  • The KLIA express ticket could be use for LRT, MRT, for 48 hrs. FREE! That was why we paid a visit to Niza’s neighborhood. 30 mins from Bukit Bintang.
  • Using Grab service is hazel less too!

So, after dropping our luggage, we took LRT to

We visited, of course


Inside Mesjid NegaraExterior

then take another train to ..ya mana lagi lahh…

And the next day I had my morning run nearby Aster’s house

So, after dropping our luggage for the second time before we left for Jakarta, we paid a visit to

Little India

Then took train again to

PS: karena ini sudah hari ketiga, we paid for train fee.

Lala’s happy face, finally she has picture with the head quater on the back. That is Lapangan Merdeka, btw. not too far from Mesjid Negara and 8 mins walk from Central market. Below this, on the underground, there is a shopping centre in case pengen ngadem. Panas boooo!

So what I have in my mind

Duh, PR Jakarta banyak banget yaa! Ibukota negara lain sudah rapih gini infrastrukturnya, nyaman buat warga maupun pengunjung!

Ya toh? Tidak usah dibandingkan dengan Singapur atau Tokyo, sama sama negara Melayu banyak ketinggalan ih. Ayo kerja…kerja…kerja! 😀 #eh

Anyway, saya merasa banyak pahala ngajak Lala ke KL karena ini trip pertamanya!


Kansai Trip : Golden Temple and Bamboo Forest

January 2nd 2018

Ueda-san, our host in Kyoto prepared miso soup for breakfast. she also allowed us to use the tea, coffee, those Japanese snacks and candies that taste sooo great.


Miso Soup a new Year Tradition

She gave us Kyoto Bus Map, for us to get around the city. Kalau yang dulu sering ke Bandung sebelum era Grab, Uber, Gojek, inget peta Angkot Bandung ngga? kira-kira mapnya kayak gitu deh! Hahahha

Ueda-san took us to the closet bus stop, and the bus baru keluar dari pangkalan. So it was only the four of us, until it arrived at the Kyoto Station!

I highly suggest to use Kyoto Bus Pass for 500 JPY ( IDR 60,000). In case you get lost, or found interesting spot, you can stop on your desired bua stop. Jadi ngga rugi jek!

I purchased from the bus driver. And let me tell you, unlike supir Kopaja or Metromini, a bus driver is a very respectful job! Galak dan tegas lho mereka!


Kyoto Bus Pass

Kinkakuji Temple

Kinkakuji Temple

Our first stop, the golden Temple! Kinkakuji Temple. It took around 30 mins to get here from Kyoto Station. A picturesque place, the must visit place in Kyoto, people said. The top two levels are covered by Gold! Mak…pengen gegoleran di sana!

We met a Indonesian family from Tokyo, the father works as a PNS dan dapat tugas belajar. We made small conversations while they have their lunch on lunchbox, and we were busy munching green tea latte and whatever.

Pas pamit berpisah, ayah saya terlihat jalan kembali ke arah mereka. Trus ngobrol bentar. Lalu suami istri asal Majalengka itu melihat saya tersenyum dan kasih jempol. Saya iya iya aja. Hahahah.

We took bus again to our next destination, the famous Bamboo Forest.  I saw many beautiful temples along the way. I should have stopped a long the temple.


It took 800 meters before we really arrived in Bamboo Forest, Arashiyama! Geee….people are everyyyyywhereee! New Year holiday! hmphhhh….

#2 in bamboo

Bamboo Forest

We took a walk until the very top (yes, it’s a hill!) then instead of turning back, we continue the walk to Arashiyama Park! And believe me, it’s huge and BEAUTIFUL!!!!

“Nikmat Tuhan Mana yang Kau Dustakan”

At the end of Arashiyama Park

My initial intention visiting this area, to have a sip in the famous  like my sister did in the famous %Arabica Kyoto Arashiyama.  Not too far from this place, right in front of this lake.  Cem inilah…

or this

A must visit #when_in_Kyoto #arabica #coffee

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and in my case…!


TUTUP MALEHHHHH!!!!! #kzl! The owner travelled to Finlandia when I was there! SEBAL! how do I know?  from their Instagram account! nyiahahahhahahahhaha

Well anyway, just a little suggestion if you travel in budget (like…hmm me!) you can buy lunch in Lawson and have your meal in Arashiyama Park! There were also a lot of shops, cafe and else! Man, I love this place so much! I bought some souvenirs and eat a lot of snacks a lot! Japanese snacks are the best, I might tell you

We waited in coffee shop near by until about 5pm because I wanted to have dinner in Ayam Ya Karasuma Kyoto. !

Btw, we traveled by bus again. And from Arashiyama to the restaurant, I saw two factory outlets of sport attires (Adidas, Asics, etc) and Uniqlo! Though I’m not into shopping, akik agak lemah iman with those two! Uniqlo tuh gampang matching-in nya, ngga perlu diseterika lagi baju-bajunya!

Anyway, the restaurant runs by my high school friend who know lives in this city! The restaurant opens at 6 pm until 9.30 pm. To note, it was winter, so sun set at 5 pm! Man, saya kriyep kriyep. Winter is tiring and depressing for me, in some extent! Glad I was born and raised in tropical country!


My friend, Nola of course was very busy cooking for the guests, which mostly students from Indonesia and Malaysia students. We didn’t talk much! Matane Kudasai Nola-San! Ada rejeki kita jumpa lagi ya!

Then, taking a bus again to go back to Kiwa Guest House. Anak-anakpun bolak balik ke Lawson jajan! As long as Ueda-san hasn’t locked the door, I allowed them to do so. This city is one of the safest in the world!

Earlier that day, I saw a young man, leaving his shopping bag near the toilet, besides the vending machine. He was doing “the business” around 10 mins, after he got out the toilet, his shopping bag was still besides the vending machine! Di Jakarta mah, dah lenyap pasti.

Later the day, I asked my dad.  What convesartion took place in Kinkakuji Temple with that Indonesian Couple.

“Ngobrol apa emangnya?”

“Papa bilang waku kakak kecil, papa bawa kamu ke Tokyo. Sekarang giliran papa dibawa sama kakak ke Jepang”

Hati saya nyessss gitu! Happy that for once, I made him happy 🙂

Konichiwa Kansai!

Lanjutan cerita ini

January 1st, 2018

So, around noon, our flight finally arrive in KIX, Kansai International Airport. After almost 28 years, I came back to this land of Sunrise!

Proses Imigrasi lancar, hanya kendala sedikit pas isi kartu. Alamat Guest House tempat nginap harus clear. Sudah itu proceed ambil luggage, keluar terminal untuk beli tiket kereta api ke Kyoto.

Sebelnya, saya sudah berkali kali nonton di youtube, what to do in KIX airport. Sudah hapal mati harus ngapain. tetap aja salah :-/

Harusnya beli ICOCA card dan Haruka express train itu untuk turis bisa satu paket dan jatuhnya murah. Bah! Beginner mistake! But hell yeah! This is what one of my ABG did when we first arrived

Vending Machine

Jajan di Vending Machine maleh!!!

Karena saya bekerja di perusahaan Jepang, banyak banget kan rekan kantor yang bolak balik ke sini. Lumayan, ada yang ongkosin koin. Hahahahah! Ada kali 2000 yen koin semua.

On the pic is my dad and us (me and my siblings) when we first arrived on this country via its capital city! Alhamdulilah, keinginan saya untuk rekonstruksi foto macam di Paris untuk saya dan papa dikabulin juga. Well, sort of! Hahahah! Dimirip-miripin aja lah. Mau booking ticket ke Tokyo saat itu sudah mahal sekali. Sama dengan kalo ke Eropa. Semoga ada rejeki lagi.

Anyway, setelah on board, naik kereta, THIS IS JAPAN! Oh em geee, train schedule is very precise to its second!

Belum yang orangnya tertib tertib sangat itu!!! Dan sepanjang perjalan,

on the train that took me to Kyoto, I cant stop smiling!

This train stop at 3 stations, Tenoji, Shin Osaka and Kyoto. Sekitar 1 jam sampailah saya ke Kyoto Station. keluar station cari Kintetsu Line yang Hadehhh …ini station rame betul! Cemana lah Tokyo Central Station ya? Akik pusing. Padahal pentunjuk sangat jelas sih.

Dari Kyoto Station, saya turun di Toji Station karena penginapan dekat sini. namanya Guest House Kiwa! Lalu saya…nyasar!

Dan ketemu orang Lokal sampai dua orang yang bantuin nyari! Masya Allah, baik baik bener ya mereka eventhough they dont speak English.

In short, setelah setengah jam nyasar, kita dapat aja guest housenya. Sholat, sikat gigi (karena belum sikatan hahahahah) kembali keluar cari makan malam.


Cheese cake

Cheese Cake di Kintetsu Line

Flaovored Cheese cake

Sebelum berangkat, saya kan browsing di Youtube, kayak apa stationnya. One of the youtuber said, it’s sooo huge that you forget it’s a train station!

Kota kesukaanku! meine Lieblingsstädte

Taken in Prague Havlani Nadrazi, 1st October 2015 on the train that would take me to Wien, Austria. Something was missing, may be I was in this beautiful city without my loved ones. I whispered and I hope, I’ll come back to this city again. Yet, My eyes weren’t wet.

Randomly taken, January 3rd 2018 when my train was leaving Kyoto Station for Osaka.

And my eyes were wet. i really love this city, quite, beautiful and the nicest local people I met. My heart warm, though the temperature was between 5-8 degrees.

I didn’t travel a lot. Yet, these are my favorite cities so far!

Dan buat teman teman yang belum pernah kesini, saya doakan segera!!!

Where to stay in Lembang

Sandalwood Boutique hotel could be an option! Not too far from Alun-Alum Lembang.

Akhir pekan lalu, saya ke Lembang dan menginap di Hotel tersebut. hotelnya kecil ya, tapi ada kolam renang. tiap kamar interiornya beda beda. Ada sih saya posting di Instagram Stories. kemaren saya menginap di Junior Suite (bisa buat 4 dewasa). kamarnya rekan saya take over 😉



If you want to do shopping in Bandung, forget this hotel. Na’a! Too far!

These are what I did :




Dan saya baru tau di Sukawarna/Jayagiri off road ini ada situs sejarah lho!

Ada yang pernah kesini?

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!