When in Rudeloffweg

I had rendang, nasi putih and sayur bening for dinner during my Europe trip, two years ago. yes, in that house. Stand at Rudeloffweg street.

The couple welcomed us very warm as if we were their long lost niece. Far from what written in media.

At dinner, I sat next to the mister and we talked a lot from refugees, living cost and simple thing like where the mrs had the groceries.

“Tambah lagi (nasi dan lauk) nak! om nanti saja!”

*malu malu minta digampar dalam hati menjerit senang*

“Ah om tau saja, saya lapar*

And when I was about to leave , put on my coat and walk to the back door I asked

“Kalau winter dinginnya kayak apa Om?”

“Ya lebih dingin dari inilah. Halaman ini putih semua biasanya. mampir lagi lah pas winter”

Jaa, I wish

Well, it was obviously not granted :))

And i wonder, if I ever go back to the city again, will I able to have sayur lodeh and pepes peda in that house for dinner?

Because they’ll come home. Tugas mereka sebagai wakil bangsa hampir selesai. Back to tanah air.



(europe trip) Wien, now or Never

OH EM GEEE. It has been a century!!!! Finally, the last city recap that I visited! 😀
asli ngakak gw liat kaos ini!


Oct 1.st 2015

Taking train from Prague Hvl and the train was very nice much better than Rj that took us from Berlin to Prague. Even the toilet was nice, just like one in a hotel.

Arrive at noon time there we go again figuring out how to get to hotel, buy the daily pass Ubhan Ticket for Euro 7 then took train from the Hopbanhoft to the closet station and dragging our luggage down to the corner.

We stayed where the immigrants live, so all those Asia look were all around, east, west as well as the restaurants. y’ know what I mean.
Another hour, we were picked up by our local tour guide who happened to be in town for a business meeting and managed his very busy time to see us :). First thing he said :

“C.A.P.E.K  Y.A?” (yes, in Bahasa Indonesia).  Bolak balik angkat koper, menurut ngana, meinherr? 

Then,he took us for walking tour. While walking from our hotel to the Pilgramgasse Ubhan station, he keept mumbling :

“jauh amat sihhh hotel kelen! bukannya nanya gw sebaiknya nginap di mana!” 
*dalam hati* “perasaaan gw udah ngomong dari email kedua deh mau kesini”

*ciehhh inget nih yeee*  😀

Actually from Pilgramgasse, the closest train station to city center (KARLSPLATZ)  was only 2 stations away.
*ish…masih jauhan Orchard Station ke Bugis Station, deh, mein herr* –“

Since he was in hurry and very tall, it was a challange for us to keep up with his steps and I kind was out of breath! But the good thing, the wheather was nice! quite warm.

Out from Karlsplatz  Ubhan Station is Wiener Staatsoper (the opera house).  We had a walking tour in Main places and he sowed us where the start line for Vienna City marathon (Nooooo! cant stand at the word marathon at that time and ended up at Figlmuller which is  famous with the Wienerschnitzel. (kalau kata Prasti, Chicken Katsu-nya Hoka-Hoka Bento sih!!) 

While waiting for our food, we had talk from Jalan Tikus Pamulang (he literally said  it! J.a.l.a.n T.i.k.u.s) and of course some tips to enjoy the city during our limited time.

After few mins of quick conversations, we bid farewell as he had to go  back to his city.
Back to Firgmuller, it has two stores and both located in alley. The two restaurants, owned by the same person. If our local guide didnt take us here, we might not find it. o well, it took a while, bit challenging perhaps.

And do try its potato salad! The best! gee, my mouth is watering when I write this!

Anyway, there was a funny story in this restaurant. Shortly after we had our seat in the restaurant, our guide ordered the food in Deutsch (of course).  Then the food arrived after he left. The waiter asked (also in Deutsch). Kira-kira gini deh terjemahannya:

Him: “Kalian pesan ini kan?”

Kami : “Iya! itu daging sapi kan? atau ayam?yang penting bukan BABI kan?” tadi temen kami pesannya apa?” *panik* —> 20 Euro booo! Bisa jatuh miskin kalau harus mesan lagi! 😀

Him: (muka ragu) “Iya dink sapi (terus nyengir)” and he pointed his name tag to us that said “AVD QDR”

Adek gw: “ngapain dia nunjukin name tag-nya ya?”

gw : “(kalau dia anak Betawi) namanya ABDUL KADIR Cuyyyy….he told us he also a Muslim and doesn’t eat pork!” Short of telling us that he is also a muslim. Perhaps.

After we had our very late lunch, then off we went to the famous prater by taking Ubhan to Pratestern Station. 

The surroundings is very nice!!!! I don’t wanna go home!!! Please assign me to wien’s branch, dear boss!
The company where I work has a sub branch in this city,ya tapiii ngga mungkin lah brayyy. Japan company gitu lho 😉
Anyway, the ferris wheel was once,the highest ferris wheel in the world! Who doesnt love ferris wheel?


And owh, if you watch Before Sunrise, this is where Julliet kiss Ethan Hawke *sayang kuku gw udah patah patah di Prague*

I was hoping I met Ethan Hawke over here, taking his throwback trip. Oh well! 😉 .

We went back to city center again, in doubt about buying standing ticket in the opera house or not, but decided not! Buy dinner in the Kebab Stall and there were supermarkets near the station. They sell fancy food and drink! There went my Euro coin. Purchasing cute food, snack and beverage which I will not find one in Jakarta. Kayak anak kecil ya! Tapi lucu-lucu lho snack and beveragenya! Bedalah sama seven eleven atau Lawson.

The next morning taking a U bhan (And heyyy! unlike in Berlin, its Ubhan lines was easy peasy lemon squash for me!) agak pinter lah gw disini. Ya iyalah, kotanya juga lebih kecil 😀

One thing surprised me that iI saw many moslems (from Turkey probably) around. There was always at least a hijaber in the train…..like,literally. To note. I took this trip before the refugees crisis became very serious that changed many aspects of European people and I think including the new elected president(s).

This is was the nicest station I saw during my trip. look like one in Cirebon or Central Java,isn’t it? Schönbrunn Station.


Love the Tile

We went to one of the landmark in this city, the beautiful Schloss Schönbrunn to have our morning run.

can you see a Berlin Marathon finisher?

The palace is  a summer residence for the imperial family members. What I mean by beautiful is VERY beautiful!!! I wonder what is it felt being princess centuries ago and lived at palace. No need kejar kejaran Commutter Line pastinya.

The palace is also famous for its Maze Park and Glorriet. Climb the Glorriet , you can see the city from top, unfortunately we didn’t run that far . If you watch 99 Cahaya di Langit Eropa, the last screen was taken from Gloriet.
We went back to hotel  and came back with proper clothes! To update our Path/Instagram account off course! 😀

It was 9 am something, the palace was full of tourist already.

Go figure from what country of the  tourists that annoy me the most! –” Grrrhhh!

We didnt come to see inside the palace, Riefa did the following days and he said you cant’ take pictures inside.

Then pack our bag again heading to the Hopbanhoft. The one night stand #eh trip somehow not my style. capek bo! faktor U .Kurang puas pun! I  didnt have time to see Danube River. The thing I regret later! probably there was poetry by the river bank who would wrote me a poem like in  Before Sunrise the movie!

Our local guide was right and he was rambling all the time….

“Bisa bisanya kalian cuma satu malam  di Wina” (he said it in English,btw) 
gw jawab dalam hati : “biar ada alasan untuk kembali” #eaaaaaaaa

Hopefuly i’ll see Danube, next time from Budapest perhaps. *amin*

I have thing for rivers, mungkin saya jelmaan ikan pesut  atau dugong kalik dulunya ya? I was reincarnasi from Dugong. During my short visit to Banjarmasin 7 yrs ago, I pushed myself to Sungai Barito first thing in the morning!
It was a nice short visit, tho! I forgot to buy a Vienne Fridge magnet and/or a post card!!!! But at least my sister had Starbuck Tumbler with “VIENNA” written on it. Oh em gee, what is it with Starbuck Tumbler sih???? seriusan deh :)) 


Anyway, up until now, I keep blaming my sister of having a one-night-trip to Vienna and she kept answer this.

gw: “ngapain sih  bikin iternari cuma sehari. Mending skip Vienna nambah sehari di Prague ato Munich kan??”

adek gw :yeee…daripada loe ngga ketemu sama temen loe. Penasaran lagi seumur hidup!!” *nyolot*

gw: bener juga sih…

So, wonder how our local tour guide look like?


candid by sister

yoiiii, finally I met in a person with Peter Jr, Opa peter’s son.  Tampak belakang aja yaw :)) I haven’t asked his permission to post his picture here. Udah lama ngga ngobrol.
Cakep juga sih dese. #prikitiwwww

Here for more pictures in Wien. Will keep new photos posted.

Wokeh, that’s the last city recap of my 2015 Europe trip! Don’t know when I’ll be back to Europe again! If I do, I want to have another throw back trip in Rome and want to see Cordoba looks like! Until my next long haul trip, to the other side of the world! (on which, only heaven knows when!)

(europe trip) München Mag Dich

Our days in Munich was like the most relaxing city. Santaiii meski ngga di pantai, brayyyy!!!!

told you here, we stayed in apartment, sharing area with out host Janita and judith. Judith just came back from her first Indonesia’s trip, Bali, Lombok and Jogja! Whoa! what a coincidence! 

Saturday, October 3rd 2015

since it feels like home, we didn’t need to hurry. this is my first Air Bnb experience
their apt are very close to The famous Oktoberfest. wah teman teman gw dari suku tertentu sirik berat sama gw pas tau gw di sini :))

Cencuuunyyaaaa gw ngga bisa masuk tenda tenda itu lah hayyyy! ;D

cari aja di yutub lah, suasananya kayak apa 😉

Seru lah arena jalanan biasa disulap jadi temporary amusement park



People dressed up beautiful with their Bavarian Clothes


its Drindle Dress

Gw beliin si kakak Drindle Dress ini.  Gw ngga lama disini, Bau rokok, pusing bookkkk.

going back to apt, trus keluar lagi mau ke pusat kota. Marientplaz. It was also within walking distance from we stayed. 

pas masih di apartment, we saw other get drunk already.  blah..only 12 pm and drunk :))

It was Saturday, all the shops were closed

Meski toko toko tutup, pusat kota tetap ramaiiiii pakai banget sama orang lalu lalang. Restoran tetap buka, people opt to sit outside, enjoy sun while it last

gw pun duduk duduk di taman. like local, thing I barely did back in homebound! :))
kami makan di sini, baca blognya Rama, temen baik adek sepupu kami.


With Fritz Kola at the back

FritzKola itu coca-cola-nya Jerman lah…banyak juga pilihan rasa. gw yang original aja…satu berdua sama adek gw! bahahahahhahah #irit ato #pelit ? Bawa air putihIMG_6362 dink…

trus ngider ngider daerah pusat kota  sini aja.biar
toko tutup bar sama cafe tetap buka. mampir donk Hard Rock Cafe…ada aja yang nitip di sini :))

then we climbed.  Naik lift dink! Liat Munich dari ketinggian. it cost euro 2.5

kamu kok kece banget sih!

kamu kok kece banget sih!

Karena masih kenyang, we skipped dinner. leyeh leyeh ajaaa di Apartemen

Monday, 5th October 2015

kita punya agenda visit Allianz Arena. yep!!! markasnya the famous Bayern Munchen!!!



kita ikutan stadium tournya nanti ada jadwalnya dengan pilihan bahasa (Inggris sama Jerman)

cost Euro 18. karena masih jam 1pm, gw masuk museumnya dulu. bayar lagi. euro 18 juga kalo gw ngga salah. Gw baca di sih mending reserve tiket online dulu biar ngga antri. Kita main datang aja, Hamdalah ngga ada antrian tour museum.  Teman kami yang bareng lari di Berlin Marathon, Manda, pas lebaran lalu kesini with her familiy abis aja tiket tour bahasa Inggris. Lucky for us then!

mehong juga  sih yaa, secara gw ngga nge fans both bola apalagi Klub ini. demi #eksistensi ajalah. #waeee

Franck Ribery

with Franck Ribery the mid fielder

di sini kami kenalan sama orang Indonesia, ibu with 2 children. yang adeknya lagi kuliah di Berlin, di visit sama kakak dan ibunya. yang kakak namanya Annisa Cintahari. Sengaja gw bold, biar kalo dia googling namanya sendiri she’d find me :)) hi Nisaa!!! can’t find u in FB nor Instagram! katanya mau follow gw!


the seats

Oh ya, sehari sebelumnya kan ada match. Eh sama aja sik orang yang nonton di sini sama GBK! Nyampah juga sihhh…jadi pas gw tour agak berisik gara-gara ada mesin pengangkut sampah.

standard tur diajak ke dalam stadium, dikasih tau kita bisa sewa tempat tempat di stadium start from euro 3000/ year all day bisa datang, locker, kamar mandi, dan simulasi pemain ketika mereka sudah siap dan  kece abis dan menunggu keluar stadium  kalau mau tanding! merinding gitu gw! berasa jadi istri-nya Jeremo Boateng.  #lah


Itu di atas tempat pemain bakal siap-siap mau tanding

Nah itu ada emaknya si Annisa, ke foto =))

Anyway, this football things is So kece yaaaa!!!

Gw berharap at least ada satu club bola aja di negeri ini bisa bikin kayak gini. Well maintained stadium dan ada museum nya juga. Personally sih ngarepin Persib, karena yang jadi tukang marketingnya, Mas Giri, salah satu teman kami dari Bintaro Runners. Hahhahahah

Lalu off we went to Berlin Welt museum, which we forgot (ato ngga tau…) kalo Senin common practice itu Museum Tutup yaaa…! Pas gw ngomong di Path sih, even di Jepang juga museum tutup. Di Jakarta juga kayaknya. Eh ya tapi, coba di klik link di atas yaaa!!! Itu bangunan yang bulat dari atas ada lambang BMW-nya lho!!! Tjakeppp banget!


Dekat  sini ternyata ada taman yang ngetop amat sangat itu. Englischer Garden

dari FB account Pak Tri Handoyo (mantan Dirut Commuter Line) gw baru ngeh taman ini lebih besar dari Central Park! Ish, suka sekali deh sama kota kota di benua ini ya? well balanced banget. Eh kami sih lari pagi #tetep di sekitar apartemen

emang kepikiran sih andai stay 1 hari lagi si Munich pengen lari pagi di taman ini. Ntah kapan deh ada kesini lagi 😉 Malam terkahir di Munich, kita foto dulu sama hostnya (ih, ngga ketemu di file. Adalah di Instagram gw!) . Janita dulu gede di Berlin, di postdemarplatz daerah gw nginap. di situ masih ada sisa/garis tembok berlin. it was hard that time she said, orang tua dia ngga bisa ketemu saudara saudaranya yang di Timur.

they had my dream kitchen



their place is recommended lah, kalau mgga bawa anak tapi yaaa.
yah besok subuhnya kita udah heading to Paris!

Auf Wiedersehen, deutchland!


perhaps I’ll see u again in Frankfurt? *kibar bendera*

PS : arti judul di atas : Munich Loves You

Berlin Marathon 2015 Race Recap

It’s First November, last day for Berlin ballot 2016 😀 and New York Marathon just start few mins ago. Finally, post of the main reason of my Europe Trip 🙂

it was in December 2014, when I had 4 eyes conversation with Ishida-san back In Singapore #penting #pisan, a text message arrived at my mobile phone said my credit card was charged Euro 100++ for SCC events!

whoa! I made it to for Berlin Marathon 2015 Ballot 🙂
so did my sister, Noni and Manda. The B and the F sisters 😀

Thus, i decided to ditch my Paris Marathon bib (bye bye Euro 100 bib -___- )  and signed up for a triathlon race in H1 2015! In which,  i never regret *WINK* Unlike my life, my race is well planned #eh 😉
later we knew that Riefa, Corry and Kak Oi were coming too!

well as told here , 2 months before the D Day I was supervised by a coach. my level of fitness and endurace dropped to its lowest point #meh. I finished my 30K practice in….5 hour something! Felt like a loser already!

Thursday, 24th September


picking up race pack at the expo. for runners, before picking up the race pack, it is mandatory for us to wear the blue bracellet until the race day. and must show it to the starting pen area.’s a sign that you’re a legal runners not using fake BIB.

little confession: I still have the bracellet #susah #moveon


Blue Ribbon

and owh, I picked the finisher tee too. yes, unlike SCMS, BMBM, or else may be, the finisher tee is not part of registration fee. I paid for another 30euro if i’m not mistaken. forgot!

so, if you plan to join Berlin Marathon better order in prior. My pic holding the bib was taken by a Mexican now lives in Virginia, USA. His name is Alejandro and Berlin Marathon 2015 would be his 4th FM. He was with his wife (forgot her name). He said last year, he undergo his third FM in Athens! (oh my goshhh…the original Marathon!!!) and it was a surprise  present from his wife.  The wife prepared everything before telling him they’d go to Athens! OHHHH SOOOOO SWEEEETTTTT! :-* *garuk garuk aspal*

Friday, 25 sept 2015

we had carboloading held by Indonesia’s embassy in berlin. The embassy also gave us visor with #INDONESIA on the left and German’s flag on the right. Or is it the other way around?


Indonesia participants in Berlin Marathon 2015

Saturday, 26th sept


we decided to join Breakfast Run held by the comittee. Run took place from Charlotte Palace to Olympia stadium. It was approx 6km of running thru Berliners’  residence which was VERY VERY nice


like its name, the comitte prepared breakfast at the Stadium consist of varieaty of bread,apple, banana, even yougurt. in my surprise yaaaa

I thought indonesian people are hardly have manner to queue ..eh yakkk sama ajaaa masakkkk!!!!

tuh bule bule juga ngga bisa antri booo pas ngambil makanan! rebutan pisan!!! –“
yeaahh, people that run comes from all over the world, so cant judge which! 😉
In the  evening my sister and Get Get had dinner at Thai Restaurant in Alexander platz, discussing a drama plot! it’s 9 degrees in the morning at 16 degrees at noon so we were wondering (hard) what should we wear for tomorrow

#world’s class problem
and here’s a tip from for you (runners) who live in tropical countries and running in cold temp country
1. bring glove to start pen and jacket! Cheap ones! it warms you before start gun and before or during run, juat throw them away! I saw many jackets scattered on start pen

2. Live in that country for a while, perhaps? 😀

SUNDAY, 27 September 2015

wake up early *oh my gosh!! what was I thinking before??? went to Berlin for a M.A.R.A.T.H.O.N?? cem betullll aja! 

it’s 42.2 km boooo!!!

we had breakfast at the hotel which is a partner of this event. its restaurant opens at 6 am on the D day and we saw many runners around.

at 7 am met Prasti  at Postdemar Platz then  heading to start pen, some dropped its bag, and met with other runners from Jakarta/Tangsel. Picture credit to Riefa.


riefa, jeffry, sikiky, Chiro, yola, prasti, corry

Start line diveded by 8 waves, I was on the last of course. Well, also the rest of Indonesian runners i know. except chiro, faster runner were in front. Expected time for wave H was above 4.30 hours. TEEE HEEE…if there is K wave, I’d be fall in K wave I guess :))

at 9.40 something,  start for H wave.


smile, before the torture. Pic taken by Riefa I guess

woose there we go!

  • Coach R said DON’T try to make a PB on your long run race!!! so, spare 3-5 mins from your PB. my PB for 5K was 35 mins, and it was 39 mins when I saw 5 K mark.
  • water station is every 3K. in first 3K they provide water and isotonic water only. in Km 9 (every 2 other WS) they provide banana, apple and…apple tea! DELICIOUS
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    at km 8 something

  • at 10Km mark i recorded 1 hr 20 mins, which is still far from my PB of 1 hr 14 mins. Oh well, I’m within the pace. weeks of training my 10K always last over 1 and half hour!!!
  • owh, the route mostly flat slighy hilly between Km 7 amd Km 8. the spectators were great!!!!! I LOVEEEE THEM!!!!  They will look at you bib and call out your name. Kan nama kita segede gede dosa tuh di print di BIB.   OOT: waktu gw jaga water station di The Jakarta Mrathon minggu lalu, itu yang gw lakukan buat menyemangati pelari, call them  by their bib name. Unfortunately their name printed in small letters. kan susah pas ada pelari yang cakep trus manggil nama mereka. #eh
  •  I used my salt stick every 7Km, I brought 5 and two Snickers Bars.
  • at Km 18 i felt a noticeable cramp in my right calf. I saw medic team they said they dont have that spray nor the balm. Silly me! i forgot my own note written on my virgin FM!
  •  I felt that my body temperature is getting high. Then I took my jacket.  I can’t throw it away, it’s Lulu Lemon  #jahhahahahahha #dia #pamer! That’s why better you bring your -emang-ngga-mau-dipake-lagi- jacket.
  • owh, there were many many attractions  along the way!!!  Some played the Alphron, that Switzerland’s flute. even the Taiko — beduk Jepang itu lho! though ones who played the Taiko were (seems) local, Not Japannesse! But can’t find Gamelan tho! 😀
  • I think it was between Km 21 – Km 24 when a West Asia looking boy at about my kids’s age look puzzled at me and asked me with a very decent English  — mind you, I ran in non English speaking country —Where do you come from?”later he said “good luck, Kiky”Puzzled because I’m the one which he saw wore hijab, perhaps. :)). At around this area, there is also a shower in which, I didn’t need. Hello!!! its 16 degres my man!!! OOT (lagi) kenapa ngga ada di Jakarta Marathon ya pancuran ini? penting banget lhooo kalo udara tropis sih. Di KL Marathon aja ada! 
  • my FM drama is always at  KM 25 i guesss!!! The cramp become very noticeable. There is also a huge area for medic in Km 25. They didn’t have the spray nor the balm but provide massage service. Well I asked for a massage, being ogah rugi I am! Euro 98 for the registration fee, man! :))

mas mas tukang pijat gw

they also provided this service in Km 31. But when I got to Km 31, literally no runners around.
  • I think it was at Km 30, my mood of running dropped to its lowest point. Only less than 2 hour left and I’m soooo far for the finish line! I know how I run, completing 15 km in 2 hours would be impossible for me. Gw udah mulai malas-malasan….gee! I came this far and DNF! What a shame.
  • yet, at Km 32 then I realized…eyampun….tinggal 10Km lagi yaaaa bukan 13 Km!!! bahahahahhaha semangat lagi…. but hell, yeah, I saw some finishers also cheering us up! udah kelar dari dua jam yang lalu kayaknya. lucky, it’s in Berlin, not Sudirman!  Where the temperature was 16 degrees something. But just to make thing worst, I got passed by many many many eldery joggers! Oh nope, they were doing POWER WALK, yet wayyyyyyyy faster than I was who (was trying) to jog!!! Asli malu cuyy!!! tuh udah beneran kakek nenek,  I bet older than my daddy!
  • I think from this point forward I was cursing I-WILL-NEVER-SIGN-UP-FOR-A-MARATHON-AGAIN! EVER! -___-
  • Anyway Just toooo make it fast… here I saw the Brandenbug Torr..and owh wait! What? finish line is still 500m away.

1km terlama dalam hidup gw kayaknya!

  •  There you go, i did it. Alhamdulilah. I asked a Taiwan runner to take my pictures. We made friend at Km 28 or something 😀


 And to my surprise, many of my friends were tracking me down. I got my own track from them

forgot who sent this to which group 🙂

So, there is my result 🙂

PS: pictures taken by the committee, bought from Marathon Photos dot com. Yang tahun depan mau beli fotonya mending lewat Run De Globe aja, dapat diskon. gw sih anaknya sok-sok don’t rich people difficult. 😀

Anyway, after the race, made friend from KL who would be participating again the following week at Lindau, Sparkasse Marathon, namanya. Larinya lewat 3 negara German, Austria and Swiss. Cakep view-nya tapi yaah beliau sakit  jiwa kayaknya =)) Back to back marathon!


with Haris, our new friend from KL

bla bla bla… then we went out of the area to take pictures in its landmark with Namira. When we were busy taking pictures,a lady later I know her name was Gabriella approached me and asked where do I come from and whyyyyyy I wore hijab! Aih, seru amat sih ini! Muka gw muka gossip kali yaw! Then we took pictures with her, Gabriel came from Hannover if I’m not mistaken! She also had our pictures in her camera. Hi Gabrielle!!!


With Gabrielle

Serulah lari di Berlin, for sure. View are great, the spectators were wonderful!!! Pas lewatin daerah pendatang gw juga diteriakin Assalamu’alaikum sama orang2x Turki kayaknya. If money isn’t the issue, feel like joining this race annually. *carispouseyangtinggaldiJermanajaapaya?* =))

Ok, till my next world class marathon! see  you in either Chicago or New York 2016!  =))*not*

(Europe trip) Bonjour Paris! 

hayuh kita lompat lagi

The whole itternary was made by my dearest little sister. She picked up the destinations and I only asked to insert at either Paris, Amsterdam, Rome and London.

my sister had been travelling every other year to Europe. so she skipped the last three.considering, we also too reluctrant to prepare UK Visa tho.

so, Paris would be our last destinantion.

why those four cities?

because i wanted to have a #throwback picture.

October 6th, 2015

4 am Munich Time, with 4 degrees celcius, after hugging Janita our Host in Munich, like we never see her again, we dragged our luggage to Munich Hopbanhoft. In less than 2 hours, we would be heading to Paris.

my OMG moment was when I realized we would take a TGV!

my man! TGV!!!

my teenager’s wish come true!!!

when I was 14-15th I didn’t why, I am sooo into French and thinking of taking sastra perancis as my major when I’d be in college.

there was a TV show in (now dismissed) Televisi Pendidikan Indonesia (oh yeah, I am that old!) telling about two hotels employee, Francis and Francois.

*buat gw keren banget bahasa mereka, gw ngga pernah skip nonton TV show ini tiap sabtu. ada yang nonton ngga sih?”

updated : Inong-san  said the TV show was actually how to learn French called

Bienvenue en France

This is the show : 

i read about TGV from The magazine that dad gave to me and muttering

“one day, I’ll travel with this!”
Well to make story short, time flies gw malah pengen naik Shinkansen dan Trans Siberia sih later on! lupa sama cita cita sendiri.
trip to Paris from Munchen took 6 hours, via Stuggart, Karshure and those german cities which sound similar since I read STOP, wolfgang Ecke’s book when I was a kid.

it was raining almost the whole trip, and I got sick. felt like throwing up! too much caffein in Munich perhaps.
I went to its dining room to have Rosela tea and the compartment was …


TGV dining compartment! Aslinya lebih keren!!!


Rosela tea with a view

gilak keren abis!!
I even had conversation with the waitress who spoke Mix french and english he was funny, a clown.

noon, arrived at paris and heading to our hotel
i screamed!!! we met again Paris!!!

my hotel is very close to the famous tourist stop yang mana rasanya hampir semua teman teman gw kalo ke Eropa posting foto sama ini deh!!!


later, we took metro to Arc de Triomphe



yep! that’s me in the photo!

Alhamdulillah!!! Tuhan mengabulkan doa gw!!! Am going back to the same spot after 34 yeArs!!!

That’s why I wanted to visit those   four mentioned above cities. I traveled there when I was a little!
we were heading to Eifel tower, too bad it was raining for a while.

the next day, my sister and I made seperate way. it’s our second visit, but she had one in 2013. No need for her to do sight seeing. she went shopping in la valle.
while I took a Hop On and Hop Off bus. For 1 day pass cost Euro 32. gw dapat diskon 1 Euro dari hotel.

gee…in (one of) most romantic city in this world I’m all alone!!! (and I need you now) *nyanyik*


Bonjour, Paris!

hop on hop off buss udah tau lah yaw how this thing works!

there were four lines, Green, Blue, Yellow and Gold. I chose the first three.

Green lebih ke area tourist. Standard paris di Post Card lah


one of Green Line view  the famous Champs Elysees

blue, agak modern (bangunannya) where the local is. lewatin library sama Toy R Us segala


view Blue Line

yellow : hampir sama sama blue. lewatin taman Jardin By Luxemborg yang kecenya luar biasa! jam 3 siang pada lari di sini! 


view in yellow line. Blurrredddd 😦

some of my friends said Paris is so-so. Jadi sebenarnya gw ngga minat minat banget ke sini, karena pengen ada foto jaman kicik  aja makanya kesini. First I want to imitate Chino Otsuka, where she combine pictures of little and current her.

well, I took my words back. i could get drunk and marry here.
For two nights in a row, we had dinner here. MUST EAT, terutama kalo loe orang Indonesia 😀
1 porsi bisa berdua!! Eh, gw salah. Restaurant sebelahnya.  its African Grilled Chicken is a must TRY!!!


early in the morning before flying back to Tangsel, kesampaian juga keinginan gw yang lain.


Running by La Seine!

When I picked up running as my regular exercise, i often day dreaming I could run by  Seine River, Yarra or Hudson. Alhamdulilah one of them was granted.

Siangan dikit, gw pake shuttle aja biar ngga repot dari hotel ke bandara. Cost Euro 18/person tapi minimal 2 orang. Tinggal duduk manis aja lah….Terus di mobil ada couple dari New Zealand yang sudah 5 hari di Paris (sebelumnya dari ShangHai), heading for Prague, London, Vancouver before flying back to NZ. each city days, so they said. Some even for a week. So total they’ll be traveling for over a month. Kopernya…..Tumi yang segede gini!!! Oh Em GE,,,, gw musti belajar packing nih ama mereka!!!!

Au Revoir, Paris!  Until we meet again, Europe!

PS : I am still going to write about Berlin Marathon race recap, Munich and Vienna. More pics of this city/post  coming up. Kejar kereta dulu 😉

mudah mudahan bisa balik lagi bawa anak anak DisneyLand 😉

(Europe Trip) Prague, Jsem Zamilovaná 

we had surprise  once we arrived at this city via Prague Hlavni Nadrazi (Hlavni Nadrazi means central station), when we were about to take a cab to Ibis Hotel – Old Town, we just knew this country used “Kr/Koruny ” as well as Euro!

1 euro = 26Kr, IDR 550/Kr (as per Sept 28th, 2015)

tukang taxi pun emoh pake argo dan nyuruh gw bayar Euro 30! akhirnya nawar Euro  15 which is masih kemahalan!!!! 

once I saw the town, it gave me shivering feeling. Ngga nyaman aja! 

Anyway, i decided to draw Kron money from ATM (jaringan cirrus atau Maestro bisa kok, seperti ATM BCA, apalagi visa/master debet). to save my (bank notes) Euro.

Then when wanted to visit Dancing House a.k.a Tančící dům , we didnt know how to buy bus ticket. We thought the ticket box will be beside the driver. Turn out. No ticket box. so kita main naik tanpa bayar! gw ketakutan setengah mati!!! takut ditangkap officer trus dikerjain! 

after getting off from the bus with no drama, Hamdalah!  I asked someone where to got the building then she showed us the way, we  took a little walk and …… VOILA!
i’m so lost in words with this city


The Dancing House just around that corner

For my sister, who studied architecture, this is a MUST visit building. Jadi gini, untuk ukuran kota Prague yang bangunannya bernuansa Gothic gitu, ada gedung unik gitu kayak “nekat” lah! Langgar estetika kota. kira kira gitu deh! 

I forgot how many hours! yes hours! just to be in this particular area because my sister were busy taking hundreds thousand of pictures this building. –”

Across this building, there is an art gallery and museum and coffee shop. I decided to have a coffee over there.

Names Caffe


Cappucino with a view

And off course, numpang WIFI gratis an. Ada kejadian lucu disini. Pas gw lagi minum kopi, sambil memandang keluar ngayal ngayal ngga jelas, ada 3 orang laki laki gitu lewat di luar. Trus gw guman, orang Indonesia deh kayaknya. Mereka senyumin gw balik. Bahahhahahah. Sok Akrab bener. 

strolling in the old town Prague is very nice.

Lots of old castles, curches, cafes and everything is  beautiful and nice. We spent the day, took a lot of picture  at the famous Charles Bridge (Karlův most) ! Where people passing by, took pictures, buy souvenirs,listen to street musician and….. smooching!


Charles Bridge  early in the morning

Tips from me : DO NOT VISIT THIS CHARLES BRIDGE and may be the city when YOU HAVE A BROKEN HEART! JUST DONT!  =)) 

Loe bakal pengen garuk-garuk aspal deh!!!!


When we wanted to go back to the hotel, we got lost! The small road of the old town confused me. Google maps wasn’t helping either. Kita dibantuin sama middle age women yang teriak teriak pakai bahasa Chez sambil nganterin kita ke arah Mal Paladium. Next to this mall, is our hotel, Ibis Old Town Prague . I think youngster in this country has fluent English. when I bought bread and coffee at the station, the waitress speak English very well. Tapi yang tua-tuanya susah. Macam di Indonesia kali ya. generasi muda-nya lebih jago bahasa asing. 

We had our morning run from our Hotel to Charles Bridge and passed by :

using INDONESIA visor from KBRI German

Behind me The Church of Mother of God before Týn. Main church since 14th century.  Cantik banget yaaaa!!!!!!!

And of course, its landmark, Astronomical Clock

FYI, di area ini ada tour gratisan. Nanti ada yang pasang bendera menandakan bahasa yang dipakai si tour guide. Tapi at the end of the trip jangan lupa kasih tip. berapa? gw ngga tau hahahahah. I skipped the free (but give the guide) tip. 

and stop by to this bakery shop to grab breakfast. the bakery recommended by Trip Advisor

after we had our morning run, we went to Prague Castle/Pražský hrad in proper clothes.


view from the top before entering Prague Castle

Built in 9th century! It’s a hundreds steps uphill! gee I was tired, view was

breathtaking tho!

Prague Castle

Dan lagi-lagi kami ngga sempat menikmati dalamnya castle-castle ini! AH!!! Ngga sempat juga naik tower-tower yang banyak banget di Prague ini!


dont forget to try its signature Bread – TREDELNIK , roti gulung kayu manis lalu ditaburi gula halus. Skip aja rasa coklat, udah manis.


Dan yang banci skin care what so ever, jangan lupa beli MANUFAKTURA, CHEZC’s skin care speciality!

at night, Riefa and Corry arrived at Prague and we had dinner together at Prince Hotel.
They’ll spent 5 days in Prague and another 5 days in Vienna afterwars. I think that’s the wisest way of travelling. enough time to explore!


Astronomical Clock at Night

yola and Cory

yola and Cory

berasa orang kaya deh, makan di hotel bagian luarnya, diselimutin sama waitressnya, dingin booo dan ngeliatin lalu lalang orang. This town is more charming in the evening.
dont ask how much I spent for my fancy dinner (di hotelll bo!!!) But to be honest, cost i Prague bit affordable compare to the cities we visitted.
after saying good bye with Riefa and Corry, we went back to hotel, this is our last night in Prague (3 days 2 Night). we headed to station where we bought bus ticket for tomorroow to its Central Station yang harganya cuma…KR 30 (for 30 mins).
Jadi di Prague, agak lebih “sempit” tenggat waktu pemakaian ticket terusan. tetep sih, variasinya waktunya banyak. (ngerti ngga maksud gw?) hahahah

anyway, do you wondering how this dual currency work in this city?
tell you what.

a little drama, shortly after arriving here, my eyeliner was missing. OH MY Godness, I’d have a date on Thursday and my-USD 25 eyeliner-is missing. #world’s #class #problem 😀

So I went to Sephora in Paladium Mall ;). Lupa gw harganya berapa, tapi ngga sampai IDR 100K. I paid in Euro (bank notes) the casheer gave the change in Kr coins. But you can’t give them Euro Coins.

eh, sekarang eyeliner Sephora-nya hilang –” 

a little note on this city.
When I was about to buy postcards, I had small talk with the seller.

He asked “kamu muslim ya? dari Malaysia? bla bla bla

Nope, I’m Indonesian. 

then he said “lucky for you. In Indonesia and Malaysia young people like you can find a job and spare money for holiday. not in my country, no job for us. That’s why I come here. 9 yrs already. I miss my parent”

me : where do you come from?


#humanofNewYork ala ala sikiky!

I was lost with words (again).  Setau gw nih  negara ngga kelar-kelar  urusan revolusi- demo – revolusi dan lain lain. Wajar ekonomi ngga jalan. 

This trip made me broke yet enriched me spritually. ya, mungkin saya lebay. but it’s true!

PS : arti judul di atas , Prague, I’m in LOVE!

Until next time, cantik!

second PS : pas mau kesini, gw pengen punya foto ala -ala Murad Osmand and Natalia Zakharova di Charles Bridge. ish! gagal! couldnt find proper boy which arm I can borrow.

Sempat besoknya pengen bikin foto ala-ala di kota setelah Prague,eh gagal juga =))  #yanasib

(europe trip) while in Berlin

Mundur lagi catatan perjalanan gw

Wednesday, 24 september 2015

this was my firstt long haul trip after soooo many years. We flew with Qatar Airways, berangkat CKG at midnight and arrive at DOH shubuh jam 4 and with 4 hr of transit. Hungry! 

pas buka timeline liat posingan teman teman makan ketupat sayur on Eid Adha bikin nangis ihhhhh! saya lapaaarrr!!!! Now I know how my Indonesian friends who lives abroad hate me for posting Lontong Sayur Medan!!!!

on our next flight to Berlin, I think more than half on the board were runners, I guess  there were over 20  Indonesian  and most of them would be participating in Berlin Marathon.

Di penerbangan ini gw agak “apes”, dapat tempat duduk yang ngga ada jendelanya sementara orang depan kami sibuk jepret jepret terus! bikin kesel deh  ngga bisa liat pemandangan. Mana kayaknya indah bukit bukit gitu.


at the bus to Berlin Hbt

at about 2pm, Berlin Time (7 pm TangSel time) alhamdulilah! Halo Deuthchland!!! Arrived at Tegel International Airport yang mana…kecil boo!

begitu keluar pesawat ya langsung antri imigrasi.
Kelar ambil koper, ke counter informasi beli tiket bus/tram/kereta yang harganya Euro 39 untuk 5 hari. I think I think I bought the wrong ticket as Euro 39 is also for outside Berlin. Harusnya Euro 30-an aja kayaknya.

Then proceed to the bus that would take us to Berlin Hopbanhoft. I can stop smiling while in bus! Ihiy! I made to this side of the world!

Arrive at  Berlin Hbt, we took train  which is very on time.

Om Google bilang at 3.26 keretanya datang, beneran nongol tuh S75 (S Bhan ya, bukan Metro Mini Blok M – Pasar Minggu) that would take us to station Warschauer Straße.


Di stasiun yang nyaris di ujung kota dan ngga ada lift macam Stasiun Jurang Mangu gini, okelah kita geret geret koper naik tangga untuk ke hotel N How. View belakag hotel cakeppppp tepi sungai.


Lobby Nhow hotel

this is the only hotel “mewah” yang kita nginapin while in Europe. Interiornya PINK semua cynn…Will write a review after this!

Setelah check in, kami ke East Gallery, sisa reruntuhan Tembok Berlin. Only 5 mins walk from N How hotel.

Pose in East Side Gallery

Take a pose in East Side Galery. The Arena Mercedez Benz just accros this

gw copas aja status gw di Path ya waktu gw pamer foto update status.

— It was in 1990, at the store called MARS in Irving, Texas. Tembok berlin baru diruntukan in 1989 and the store sold its crushed. I ask my dad’s permission to buy that thumb-sized stone for USD 8, he of course refused and said

“ngapain batu gitu aja dibeli. Nanti aja kalo udah gede kakak ke Berlin aja sendiri!”

25 years later, what he said comes true! Memang benar kata orang, ucapan orang tua adalah do a bagi anaknya! HOW I FEEL SO BLESSED — 


Anyway, like I said, I won’t write in chronological order. This what I did while in Berlin (separate post for Berlin Marathon and U2 in concert) 

Before I proceed, here is a tip HOW TO SURVIVE IN BERLIN by its Public Transportation

Bawa tuh peta Jalur Sbhan Ubhan :)) ato download applikasi Deutch Bhan

Malam pertama sampai di Berlin, gw jet lag berat pas ambil race pack buat Berlin Marathon (jam 8 malam berlin time, jam 1 pagi TangSel time) Adek gw masih lama di arena expo, gw udah cranky. Gw sok tau, pulang sendirian dan nyasar!!! gw lupa kalo kota besar jalurnya bisa di atas (Sbhan)  ato Underground (U bhan) Anyway, gw frustasi sebenarnya sama Ubhan Sbhan Berlin ini hahahhahah.

And New for me :  There’s is no gate/tap machine in Berlin (then later I know same thing in  Wien and Munich) 

Jadi kalau mau beli tiket kereta single trip atau One Day pass, beli di machinenya yang sebesar kotak surat, kita validate langsung. Ngga ada gate macam MRT Singapore atau Rapid KL (maaf ya, sementara refrensi gw cuma dua kota besar ini hahahhaha) . Bisa cheating donk? Main naik kereta tanpa beli tiket? BISA BANGET! Tapi hati-hati, there will be random checker from the officers. Tiba-tiba officersnya naik ntah di stasiun mana…woopsss! There it is! Gw dua kali kebagian random checkers ini. Sanksi-nya apa? Ngga tau gw ….hahahahahha

ok, here what I did in Berlin


Run at Berlin Spree



Next Morning, I run!! what else!!!! And can’t stop smiling! Just behind the hotel.

We also had breakfast at the very nice small caffe just across the East Galery and Mercedez Arena.  The waitress didn’t speak English, so we used bahasa Tarzan. After you had your meal, don’t forget to clean up your own plates and cups! 😉

Nothing new for IKEA-Alam Sutra where they ask the visitors to clean up their own tray,  actually? 😀

And own, then we check out and move to our next hotel in Motel One leipziger plats dekat sekali sama Postdemar Platz train station. If you plan to join Berlin Marathon 2016 , this is very recommended to stay Close to starting pen, and many other point of interest like :


semacam tugu peringatan atas matinya orang Yahudi pada jaman Nazi dulu. Adek gw pengen banget kesini karena :

taken dari WIKI

According to Eisenman’s project text, the stelae are designed to produce an uneasy, confusing atmosphere, and the whole sculpture aims to represent a supposedly ordered system that has lost touch with human reason. A 2005 copy of the Foundation for the Memorial’s official English tourist pamphlet, however, states that the design represents a radical approach to the traditional concept of a memorial, partly because Eisenman did not use any symbolism. However, observers have noted the memorial’s resemblance to a cemetery.

Jadi ya, design dan konstruksi unik. Daerahnya sendiri ngga rata kok, berundak-undak.


Note for Visitor, please don’t step on the stone!  Stone-nya ada yang tinggi ada yang pendek. I saw many tourist did it. Please don’t regardless this Jews Thing! Remember that one stone is actually represent one people, so it’s just like you step on the grave.

just 5 mins from here you’ll find

Its landmarkBradenburg Tor


Reichstag Building, The Parlement Building


You can visit Reichstag Buildingm then climb to its dome where you can see Berlin from above. If you’re befriended with me in Facebook, my latest profile pic with Berlin Maratahon 2015 medal are in front of this building.

Then we cross the street toward  Berlin Hbt again to make our way to  Kedutaan RI di Berlin.


Diundang Pak Dubes, Fauzi Bowo carbo loading dengan peserta Marathon dari Indonesia. Di sini akhirnya kenalan sama Prasti dan Margareth. Margareth ternyata adik kelas kami jaman SMA. Besoknya kami menghabiskan waktu sama-sama.

Lego Museum

in front of lego Museum

in front of lego Museum

Dekat banget dari Hotel, tapi yang gw baca di trip advisor ngga worth it. So we skipped this. Mainannya juga ngga banyak dan sama saja harganya sama di Tang Sel..

Agak jauh dari Hotel bisa visit : 

Museum Islands

Like its name, there were many many museum over her. Surrounded by the river! Unfortunately,  we didn’t visit any of the museum here. Just strolling over this area which is very big! Yet, very nice! Paket museum juga dijual, tentunya beli ticket masuk beberapa museum akan lebih murah dari beli individual.

Oh em gees…. I LOVE THIS CITY a lot!!! Best Capital city (owh well, gw jarang jalan jalan juga sih yaa…hahhaha)

Alexander Platz Area.

which is daerah belanjanya yaaa. ramai betul. Yang suka produk Lulu Lemon, deket sini ada outletnya. Yang jaga namanya Jen, she is Canadian who studies in Berlin. She said she visited Bali when she was 5. Then she said “own well, banyak banget orang Indonesia ke sini lho dari kemarin”


With Jen from Lulu Lemon Store 😉

Pasti donk kakak!!! Runners and Yogis Indonesia kan pengen  hitzzz bajunya!
And owh, we also had little shop in PRIMACK. Macam Ramayana nya gitu deh. Haahhahaha rame betul.


Berlin Tower taken from Alexander Platz

Charlie check point

Daerah dekat pertokoan ini pada jamannya jadi perbatasan antara Jerman Barat dan Jerman Timur. Di area ini ada papan yang menggambarkan sejarah singkat tentang pemisahan Jerman sampai tembok ini diruntuhkan 1989. Manusia memang serakah ya! Jaman apapun itu!!!



US Army Check Point — you’re leaving American Sector

I also wrote this in my Path account. I took their picture, and “the officer”  on my left

“From Indonesia?”


Then he walked toward us and said “SATU, DUA, TIGA”

Then he said he’s also a moslem and chanting AL Fatihah. Ah, bukan ijab kabulnya aja sih sekalian…#ehhh


Reading this information made me sad.That Peter Fechter was trying to climb the wall to West Germany. He was shot by two officers. After the Berlin Wall ruined, the officers who killed Peter was sentenced to jail in 1997!

Oh Em Gee!!! Those two officer kan  cuma disuruh komandannya pasti :((

Sejarah memang ditulis pemenang perang! Bukan yang kalah lalu tersisih!

And what you MUST eat  here if you’re an  INDONESIAN

The famous EL Reda


In front of El Reda

Why? Found out yourself! No wonder half of its visitor are Indonesian! Both students and employees! 😉

After The Concert, Tuesday 29th September 2015 we kissed Berlin Goodbye and heading to Prague and took train to Prague from Berlin Hopbanhoft.

Tips naik kereta antar negara 


papan informasi posisi gerbong

  • cari di peron mana keretanya  dari papan informasi (pasti lah ya…hahahah)
  • nanti di Peron yang dimaksud ada papan yang kasih gambaran (foto di atas) , kereta kita datang dari arah mana, dan gimana pembagian gerbongnya, sehingga calon penumpang juga tahu harus menunggu di area sebelah mana A, B atau C. jadi ngga terburu buru “eh ya ampun gerbong gw di ujung sana rupanya….”  Soalnya keretanya ngga berhenti lama!
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    Train to Prague

I have a very pleasant trip! Until we meet again Berlin!