Travel by Train, Why Not?

Being born and raised in a quite conservative family, makes me very seldom to take public transport. I dont know about your family, but my parents dont really allow us to take public transport. The image within them is already bad when we talk about public transport. Well, actually i cant really blame them, since they did experience crime on public transport when they were younger. Also the media back then make it worse, those news about women being molested in Transjakarta, being robbed and rapped in some Taxis, and other scary things made my parents paranoid.

There was a time where i was being so pampered by the ever ready drivers. My parents also let me to drive immediately once i turned 17, and to and extend that they dont mind to pick me up anywhere, as long as i dont take public transport. Even though now, we have quite a reliable Taxi online. I know i sounded like Mommy’s kid (anak mami), but what to do? I have to stick with their rules, im their kids at the end of the day. :/

Well, as a teenager back then, there also was a time where i sneakily took cabs, angkot and transjakarta, just to go out with my friends (when no drivers available), to satisfy the curiosity within us, or to just having fun with friends. Taking public transport was quite an ‘adventure’ for us back then. *Ajang seru2an aja gt naik bajaj rame2 misalnya. Haha* And hey, i found it not bad at all. Of course it is not as convenient as sitting on your own car. But as i grew older, sometimes public transport is much better than driving. No need to find and pay for hours of parking lot, and it can safe a lot of your energy.

Talking about public transport, This one week of mine has been fun! I got to travel to Bandung and Tasikmalaya for my work. and i am so very proud of myself cause it is the very first time for me to take Indonesian local train on my own. *woohoo* Finally, after a few talks, i can take local train on my own.

I have meetings in Bandung on last Friday. Since my client is from Jakarta as well, we decided to go together for their wedding meeting. Right after the meeting, my other client already bought me an executive ticket from Bandung-Tasikmalaya that leaves on 6.55pm from Bandung Station. And so, my adventure begin. *kayak apa aja. Norak yaa gw. hahaha*

I arrived 45 minutes before the schedule. To my surprise, Bandung local station is pretty nice, a very decent one i must say. They have a clear signage where to buy our ticket, where to board, and they even have a barcode scanner if you bought your ticket online whereby you can scan it directly from your gadget.

About 20 minutes before the schedule, i can hear that they are calling all passengers to go on board. So i went for check-in by showing my ID and the ticket, and the guard telling me to which peron to go. Very straight forward.

After i sat on a comfortably adjustable seat, the train begin to move slowly and leaves the station exactly at the designated time. And im quite surprised as well that they reached Tasik right on time as well. Just like the Japanese Shinkansen! My Train (Lodaya Malam) that goes to Tasik will have their end destination at Solo Balapan. I was so tired back then, but i tried not to sleep, because im afraid i might miss my stop. It’s not funny to go all the way to Solo, where i need to work on the next day. Haha.

During the trip, all the passengers seems nice (sorry that my thoughts can go bad sometimes), and some of them are very helpful to! I am just so grateful for everyone of them on the train. and For those of you who are quite worried about the toilet, you can relax a bit cause the toilets are at least clean even though you need to squad, they provide you bidet, tissues, liquid soap to wash our hands, and bathroom parfume that automatically sprays itself every now and then. The other plus point is, they are distributing blanket for the night ride, and they are selling food and drinks to for the hungry souls. Just like sitting on an aeroplane, and better still, their timing is more reliable  than aeroplane.

Below is some pictures that i took in Bandung Station and Ladoya Malam train.

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And below is Argo Parahyangan 27, the all executive train from Bandung to Jakarta. As for me, this train is more comfortable than Lodaya. They have power plugs in every seat, bigger and more comfortable chair and tables latched on every chair.

I need to say that they have a great cleaning service. Every 45-60 minutes, there will always be someone who pick up our trash, and greet us with a smile. Doesnt matter be it day or night.  Good job, PT KAI!

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And above picture is Gambir Station in Jakarta! This one is even better than Bandung Station. It is like a mini airport for me. They even have Starbucks, KFC and desserts shop for you to buy and bring it on the train.

For those of you who would want to secure a seat. They said it is better to buy it online or a few days before. It will be much more expensive, about Rp.200.000 (SGD 20) per seat. And it will be much cheaper if you just go to the stations a few hours before the schedule, the price can be as cheap as Rp 60.000 – 80.000 (SGD 6-8). But again, you may not get you ticket since it gets very crowded at times.

The price stated above is for executive trains, as for the economic trains, it can go as low as Rp 20.000 (SGD 2). If you want a more comfortable journey, i will recommend you to take the executive class. I heard it from my dad and a few new friends in Tasik that the economic class is quite small and very squeezy, since you have to share the small bench that is not adjustable with another 2 persons besides you, and another 3 persons in front of you. And if you are tall enough, you have to adjust your legs with those people in front of you.

The train from Tasik to Bandung takes about 3 hours, and another 3 hours from Bandung to Jakarta. Pretty tiring, but not as bad as taking flight i must say. Maybe because you get to see greeneries outside your window, and bigger space to sleep and to walk around if you’re tired.

I need to change in Bandung first, since there’s no direct train from Tasik to Jakarta. Well, if you dont mind to take economic class, they do have direct trains from Tasik-Jakarta and vice versa. But if you want to take executive class along the way. You have to transit first at Bandung.

So far, it has been a pleasant experience to travel with PT KAI. I also saw many foreigners taking our local train from Bandung to Jakarta. I have to say that everything exceed my expectations. and i will definitely consider to take another train trip to Bandung. At least i wont get stuck in rush hour jam,i can go to toilet if i need to, i can save petrol money on food, get some proper sleep, and support Indonesian public transport!

#Random : Serendipity ?

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~ Serendipity adalah kebetulan atau kejutan yang menyenangkan yang terjadi dalam hidup kita. Misalnya, kita bertemu dengan seseorang yang kita pikirkan, tanpa kita berusaha untuk mencarinya. Atau, kita mendapatkan sesuatu yang kita inginkan, tanpa kita berusaha mendapatkannya ~ Wikipedia

‘Nes, Lo udah dimana?? Bentar lagi mau boarding lohh..!’

‘Duhh, bentar2.. ini masih macet bngt di tol’

‘Ya ampunn.. ya udah buruan’ kata gw

Sekitar 15 menit kemudian

‘Ness.. sumpahh, elo dimana?? Ini bentar lagi terbang lohhh..’

‘Iya2, ini gw udah di imigrasi..’

‘Yaudah, gw tunggu lo di depan starbucks yahh’

5 menit setelahnya

‘Aduhh Jend.. Macet bngt sumpah, gw pikir udh ga boleh check-in’

‘Gilaa.. Untung banget elo masih di kasih masuk. Klo nggak sih kelar dehh.. Eh ehhh, Btw.. Baristanya starbucks yang tadi layanin gw, ganteng banget sumpahhhh!’

‘Hah? seganteng apa?’

‘Duhh.. Pokoknya ganteng bngt deh ness.. Elo sih, datengnya telat’

Ini adalah sepotong kisah di airport di jaman gw kuliah di Singapore beberapa Tahun yang lalu.. Untung banget gw dan room-mate gw berhasil naik pesawat dan mendarat tanpa kekurangan suatu apapun waktu itu. Saat itu adalah tahun ke-2 kita merantau ke negeri Singapore.

Rumah kost kita jaman itu isinya anak2 designer semua, cuman gw aja yg anak komunikasi. Jadi tiap hari, pasti mrk akan kumpul di meja makan dengan laptop masing2, sambil ngerjain tugas design di laptop Macbook mereka. Masih fresh juga di ingatan gw, ketika anak2 laptopnya semua merek Apple, dan cuman laptop gw yang mereknya beda. Toshiba warna pink. Biasanya si Nes ini duduk di sebelah kiri gw, di depan gw dan Nes ada housemates cewek yg lain.

Lalu, tiba2 di suatu malam yg indah, ketika gw dan si Nes lagi break ngerjain tugas di meja makan.. Kira-kira, satu minggu setelah kejadian di atas..

‘Eh Jend, lu ninggalin apa2 ga di Starbucks atas nama gw?’ Kata Nes

‘Hah? Ninggalin apa2? Ya nggaklahh..’ Jawab Gw

‘Ini, ada orang  yang message gw di Facebook dari seminggu yang lalu, tapi gw baru liat, katanya ada barang gw yang ketinggalan di Starbucks’

‘Dia bilang ga barang apa?

‘Ga bilang apa2’

‘Tanyalahh, reply dia, tanya barang apa yang ketinggalan?’

Akhirnya Nes pun me-reply message facebook tersebut, tapi tak kunjung ada kabar di malam itu.

Nes pun jadi penasaran, dia jadi kepikiran, apa jangan-jangan dia ninggalin barang di Starbucks Changi airport. Karena saat balik ke Jakarta, si Nes sempet mampir duduk di Starbucks Changi. Dia pun langsung mencari nomor telpon yang bisa di hubungi.

Ketika Nes menghubungi Starbucks Changi dan bertanya, mereka tidak bisa men disclose barang apa yang ketinggalan, di saat Nes pun ga tau barang apa yang di tinggal.

Ke-esokkan harinya

‘Jend! Orangnya bales! Dia bilang gw ninggalin IPod + sendal bali.. Ini elo pastiii yang ninggalin.. Kan elo baru balik dari Bali’

‘Iya, gw emang dari Bali, tapi gw ga ninggalin apa2. Ipod gw masih ada kok, sendal bali juga masih ada.. Coba reply lagi, bener ga itu barang lo?’

‘Jend, katanya yg ketinggalan tuh semuanya barang baru. Ipod masih di sealed dan Sendal bali masih di bungkus dalam satu kantong, trus ada nama lengkap gw plus alamat kita di Singapore’

‘Hahhh?? Kok anehh bngt sii..’

Akhirnya kita diam sejenak dan berpikir keras kenapa bisa ada barang dengan atas nama Nes, ketika gw yang berkunjung ke Starbucks Soekarno Hatta.

‘Jenddd.. Gw baru inget, Jangan2 ini barangannya si Van! Bulan lalu, cowoknya Van mau kasih surprise dari Ausi, tapi kan kalo kirim Ipod dari Ausi ke Jkt pajaknya gede, jadi dia kirim ke alamat Singapore kita atas nama gw. Soalnya pas, kita mau pulang jakarta’

‘Ya ampunn.. Jadi si Van nihh ninggalin barang itu??’

‘Harusnya dia lahh Jend, orang barangnya udah gw pass kok ke Van pas kita di Jakarta’

‘Jenddd! Bener dong, gw abis kontekan sama Van, jadi dia yang tinggalin barangnya di Starbucks Soe-Ta. Pas banget dia belom buka kadonya sama sekali.’

‘Ya ampunnn Nesss! Bisa begitu lohh.. Eh tapi.. Orang Starbucksnya baik banget yaaa.. Jujur banget gitu.. Kan bisa aja dia ambil. Ipod baru mannn!’

‘Iya, baik yahh, jadi penasaran gw sama orang.nya..’

‘Iya Nes, coba buka profilenyaa..’

Ketika si Nes buka profile facebook orang tersebut, gw shockkk setengah matiii..

‘NESSS! Ini Barista Starbucks yang gw bilang gantenggg waktu ituuu!! OMG!!!’

Lalu, gw pun speechless.. Dan Nes tiba2 menjawab..

‘Jend, gw tauuu.. gimana kalo kita arrange, supaya balikin Ipod nya lewat elo, jadi elo bisa sekalian kenalan sama dia!’

‘Gimana caranya nenggg Ness?? Gw di Singapore, dia di Jakarta gituu.. *diam sejenak* Ohh, apa tunggu gw balik JKT lagi, tapi masih bulan depan Ness.. Aaaahhhh.. Gimana dong?? Tiba2 pengen kenalan banget.. Udah ganteng, jujur lagi..’

‘Iya sihh.. Udah jarang banget niihh orang kyk diaa.. Ganteng dan baikk pulaa.. ‘

Akhirnya kita pun mencoba berbagai skenario agar gw bisa kenalan sama si Barista Ganteng ini.. Tapi apa boleh buat, mungkin takdir tidak mempertemukan kita saat itu..

Ipod pun di balik-in lewat JNE saat itu oleh si Barista ke alamat Van di Jakarta. Saking baiknya, sampai uang JNE pun dia tidak mau terima lohh.. Dia bilang, dia iklas bantuin dan balikin Ipod itu ke tangan yang punya.. Baik banget ga sih guys??

Setahun berselang, gw pun ke Bali lagi dengan saudara2 gw.. Ketika lagi macet di jalanan Bali.. Gw dan cousins pun cerita2, dan entah gimana, akhirnya gw pun cerita soal kejadian aneh di atas tersebut. Kok bisa-bisanya orang yg message si Nes ini adalah orang yang gw ketemu saat itu.

Terus salah satu saudara gw pun diam sejenak dan tiba2 bertanya gini ke gw.

‘Jend, nama Barista nya si Ken bukann??’

‘Iya cii.. Kok cici tauuu??’

‘Itu temen gw Jend.. Pas elo tadi cerita, gw kok kayaknya yakin banget itu si Ken. Soalnya gw inget dia lagi iseng part time di Starbucks Soe-Ta tahun lalu’

‘Sumpah bangett ciii???’

‘Sumpah Jend, yg ini bukan facebook nya??’

‘Iyyaaaaa!! OMGG!!’

‘Yaahh, tapi dia udah punya cewek nihh.. Belum jodoh kali ya Jend..’

‘Yahh.. Iya cii, gpp.. Anggep aja cerita lucu, kayak serendipity2 gt.. Haha’

Setahun pun berlalu lagi, tiba2 gw dapet BBM dari cousin gw..

‘Jendd.. si Ken putus dehh kayaknyaa.. Mau kenalan ga??’

‘Hahaha.. Ya ampun ci, inget ajaa soal si Starbucks.. Btw, Aku baru aja Jadian..’

‘Ya ampun.. Congratsss!’

Akhirnya conversation pun tidak di Ken lagi, tapi di gw.. Haha..

3,5 tahun setelahnya, gw pun putus dengan orang itu.. Ada beberapa perbedaan yang memang tidak dapat disatukan..

Kemudian, December 2016 kemarin, gw pun hangout dengan si Nes lagi. Dan dia pun cerita tentang beberapa kejadian serendipity dia dengan satu cowok.. Lalu, dia pun tiba2 mengingatkan gw tentang si Barista itu kembali..

‘Kok bisa yahh kejadian2 ngepas gt.. Kayak ga di rencanain, tapi bisa kejadian gt.. Serem2 seru siihh.. Haha.. Jadi inget cerita Starbucks lo dehh Jend..’

‘OMG Ness.. Kalo lu gak ngomong sih, gw udah lupa lohh. Itu kyk.. Hmppp.. Tahun 2009 gt? 7 Tahun yg lalu gilaaa..’

‘Eh, apa kabarnya tuh diaa..’

‘Ya mana gw tauu Ness.. gila yah loo.. Namanya aja gw lupaa..’

‘si Ken, Jend..’

‘Ohh iyaaa.. si Ken.. Hebat lu Nes masih inget aja’

Akhirnya kita pun berusaha kepo.. Dann.. FB dia udah ga ada.. *booo*

Terus langsung dehh kepoin Instagramnyaa.. Ehh.. ada donkk..!

Fotonya lagi sendirian, tapi profilenya di lock..

Menurut kalian, gw harus follow ga? Apa biarkan, cerita ini jadi cerita manis aja buat kenangan masa muda gw?

*Caelahh, kayak gw tuaa kesannya.. Hahaha*

Kalo kalian, ada ga cerita2 serendipity kayak gini?

Kalo ada, cerita donggg! Aku kepooo.. hahaha..

Btw, ini cerita beneran asli kejadian..  Dari cuman amazed ada Barista ganteng kerja di Starbucks Airport, sampe kejadian barang temen yang ketinggalan dan temuin sama dia, sampe mau ‘dirancang’ biar gw bisa kenalan sama dia, sampe dia adalah temennya sodara gw, lalu dia jadian, gw jadian, dia putus dan gw putus.. Ada-adaaaa ajaaa..

Sampe mikir, kayaknya bisa gw jadiin cerita FTV niihh.. HAHA.. Ayo, kalo ada script writer atau film producer yang mau angkat cerita gw, boleh kontek gw langsung untuk gw ceritakan yg lebih detail. Haha!

 

Anyway, Happy early Valentine guys! Dan jangan lupa PILKADA tanggal 15 Feb 2017 buat yang punya KTP JKT..

Semoga tgl 15 semua aman, ga ada yg curang, dan pemimpin terbaik yang jadi pemenangnya.. Amennn..

 

 

 

 

Izakaya Kai – Pluit Kencana, Jakarta

‘Hey Jend, lets go for dinner on Sunday’

‘Sure, where to?’

‘Ohh, Ms.N said there’s this one nice Japanese Restaurant in Pluit’

‘Wait, what? are you sure it’s in Pluit? I only knew there’s a lot of nice Chinese/Medanese food around Pluit. Surely not Japanese’ It will be more believable to have a nice Fried Kwetiau in Pluit area. Haha.

— sending me restaurant name and location —

‘Ohh, okay. Sure.. See you Sunday girls.. ‘ I still replied with my unbelief.

And there i was, driving after a church service.. and suddenly found rather different signage around the street. I parked my car just in front of the restaurant, and to my surprise, i saw a nice restaurant that’s quite different from it’s neighbours.

We mentioned that we already have a reservation for that night, and the waiter professionally escorted us upstairs to our designated seat. They passed us the clean ‘japan-ishy’ menu with no pictures at all on it.

Every time i visit a new restaurant, i often asked the waiter on what’s special on their menu. and the waiters here can fully answer in detail on each menu that we asked. Not bad at all for Pluit Area, normally i can only get this kind of service in those fancy cafe in North/South Jakarta.

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(Tendon – a mix of prawn, fish, squid and vegetables tempura) – Rp 120,000

It’s one of their signature. Love the tempura set that served with the glazed rice. Crispy but not greasy, so it wont hurt your throat. as for me, i asked for extra tempura sauce, somehow i like a bit soggy-kind of tempura.

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( Chili Cheese Sauce Chicken Karage ) – Rp 50,000 ala. You can add the rice, soup and pickles set for Rp 30,000

I know it looks like a salted egg chicken. But it is not, it’s melted cheese mixed with sliced chillis, and it tastes soo good! The sauce is really the bomb!

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( Skewers / Yakitori ) – sold per stick ranging from Rp 15,000-45,000

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(Grade 9 Wagyudon) – Rp 225,000

As for me, it’s just a normal beef bowl, with a very tender sliced glazed beef.

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(Goma cake) – Rp 45,000.

Nice black sesame cake! The best-seller cake in the house. The sponge cake is so soft and not so sweet. Quite a unique taste i must say.

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(Chocolate Red Velvet) – Rp 50,000

The most sinful piece to end the day. They are using dark chocolate and rhum to balance the sweetness of red velvet.

Overall it’s a nice dining experience. Nice ambiance, great food, friendly waiter, and great company! And ohh, they have limited baby chair though. So i dont recommend a bunch of young moms to hangout here. We waited for more than 40 minutes just to get one baby chair on non peak hour time. But still recommended for small groups of friends and family. They have omakase menu as well if you crave for one.

Izakaya Kai
Jl. Pluit Kencana Raya No.59
Pluit, North Jakarta
Phone: (+6221) 22663966

Opening Hours:
1st floor All Day Cafe 11.00 – 23.00
2nd floor Izakaya Dining 11.00 – 15.00, 18.00 – 22.00

Maldives of Indonesia

~ Everyone has its beauty, but not everyone sees it ~

Confucius 

My jaw literally dropped when i saw the perfect shades of blue right in front of my eyes. Never in my life i saw such an extended beauty in the land i called my home, Indonesia. I did google all the destinations before i left for Flores trip. but Trust me, this land called Taka Makasar is far more beautiful to see in person than in google image or Instagram.

This little Maldives of Indonesia located in Labuan Bajo, Flores, Nusa Tenggara Timur. Probably it takes about 30 minutes of boat-ride from the Manta Point. This little island is very unique, because you dont get to see it anytime you want. It will only appears when the tide is low. Some people call it ‘The Emerge Land’.

Since It is a very shallow island, our big boat cannot go near to it. As for me, the view was far more fantastic from the boat, you can see the vastness of the sea, the perfect shades of the blue sky and the ocean, and the small tiny island right in the middle of nowhere. More over if you have your cocktail, with a jazz music in the background and the ocean breeze blowing gently over your sun kissed skin. Oh, such a perfect moment from up there.

Nevertheless, i will suggest you to go down as well. Enjoy the waves that coming from your left and right sides of the ocean, enjoy the snorkelling and free diving, enjoy the beach-walking, and of course enjoy your self to have a great pictures to be taken. Haha.

Do not worry on how you’ll get there, every big boat that you ride already comes with a smaller boat to go to the small islands. Just dont forget to bring your own cute swim wear, snorkelling gears, and put a lot of sun-blocks if you dont want to get sun-burnt like me (since there’s no shelter at all),  or tanning lotion if you want to come back with a hot tanned skin.

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Drone footage of Taka Makasar from our Tour guide : Salam Ransel

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Taka Makasar View from our Boat

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*I got my sun-burnt already from my previous tank top while hiking. huftt*

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Pretty, isnt it? Ohh, i think i need more of this now, and a whole lot of girlstalk with this bunch.

~ There is nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean never stop kissing the shore line, no matter how many times it is sent away ~

Unhappiest Place On Earth

When Disneyland claimed to be the Happiest place on earth, i guess Nazi concentration camp can be titled as vice-versa. If you know Dementor (one of Harry Potter’s creature), the spirit who can take away all the happiness away, it feels like a troop of Dementor is already standing in very front of parking area and sucking all my happiness away.

The gloomy weather on that day, added the sadness. I cant even smile at all. I guess even the joker will be left silent when they enter this place that has been turned to holocaust museum.

I am sure everyone knows about the despicable history of Hitler and the Nazi party that he put up. My first thought when i reached this enormous camp is, How can someone convince almost a whole European to kill a tribe that did no wrong? That one person’s hatred can cause so much of terrifying nightmare..

Nazi Concentration camp has three places, Auschwitz I, II and III, that located not far from each other. This camp is enormously huge that it can be a town of its own.

Auschwitz I  (The Main Camp)

Previously was a Polish prison that turned up to be the first and oldest camp in 1940. It was then expanded according to the needs of the camp. Below is the picture of the front lawn, before we entered the camp.

Before we enter this camp, there are quite a tight security check that for our bags, and big backpacks are not allowed to be in. They have a place for you to store your things at the main entrance. I will suggest you to bring smaller bags, since i heard this place always crowded with tourist from all over the world, so it will make you wait a little longer as well to store your things.

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The main gate with ‘Arbeit Macht Freit’ signage, that means ‘Work will set you Free’. What the Jews know, they were sent here to ‘work’. They did not know that they are entering a man-made Hell.

An eerie feeling creeped in when i entered the barrack complex. And the hugeness of this place, make it doesnt look crowded anymore like i saw in the entrance. They have so many barracks here for the inmates, the security barracks, the store rooms, Dr Mengale ‘research rooms’, the gas chambers and the crematories.

Hitler and Dr Mengele already briefed their team to kill those who were unfit for work like the elderly, the sick, women and children to the gas chamber. And the men, twins and others were for work and for Dr Mengele crazy experiments.

We can explore most of the barracks that now turned into photography exhibitions and other exhibition such as the Nazi’s documents and things that were brought by the Jews when they came to the camp. But there are some areas that we cant capture, for example, the place where they store all the Jewish hair that was meant to be sold to make sweaters or blanket.

When i was observing and thinking how cruel the German was in that ‘hair exhibition’, my group was just taking a look and gone just like that, and suddenly i found myself alone in that exhibition. I was quite panicked, since i dont wanna be left alone in that barrack, and ran to find them. And for a while, i was lost in the middle of the barrack complex. Luckily i saw my brother from a far who was busy taking picture on the other alley, and got back together with my tour group. ~Fiuhh~

I can imagine how scared and confused for them who tried to escape from this hell. Even now at the daylight, it is difficult to find the way out. Every alley looks similar with all the big trees planted beside the barracks.

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The three pictures above was the gas that was used to kill the Jews in the gas chamber, The Gas Chamber, and the Crematories.

The Jews were told to put off their clothes and get some shower, they did not know that it will be the last ‘shower’ in their life. Instead of water that supposed to come out, it was the poisonous gas of Zyklon B (that was used as fertilizer and insect killers).

One of the SS (Nazi guards) said that he can heard loud screaming from the gas chamber when the gas was released. They were fighting to live as well. But too bad, no one survived the deadly chemical that made them suffocated. After they died, the guards will bald them, and cremate them immediately. About 1,1 million of Jews were died in this camp.

Auschwitz II – Birkenau 

About 3 km from Auschwitz, there were one Polish village. Since Auschwitz I cannot take more prisoners, the Germans expelled the villagers and demolished their houses to build another concentration camp that is bigger than Auschwitz I. The largest installation of mass murder that was built in 1941.

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Above picture is the mass toilet that was used during time. Our guide said that actually this was the safest place back then. Since the place was so filthy, the Germans seldom went in to check how they were doing. Normally the Jews will exchange informations here, and the one who was assigned here was considered lucky because they can keep themselves warm instead of working outside.

Some of them tried to escape to the forrest behind (as you can see from below picture), but no one know if they managed to ran away.

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This camp is about 1.5 hours of bus trip from Krakow City, Poland. I was on a tour from Jakarta, Indonesia. I researched that you can take train to Auschwitz as well, but you have to take another public transport, since Auschwitz train station is located 2 km away from the camp. I saw a bus station in front of the parking lot when we about to reach the camp, so probably taking a public bus would be a better choice.

If you decided to go on your own, there’s shuttle bus to go from Auschwitz I to Birkenau, but public buses only available outside Auschwitz I, so do take note the timing.

The entrance to this museum is free, but if you need guided tour, you can see this link for more informations. There are many day tour to this place as well when you reached Krakow City, if you dont want the hassle.

They do sell some food in Auschwitz I, so do not worry if you get a little hungry after hours of visiting. But do take note that they only receive ZL (Polish Zloty). So make sure you changed your currency before going to Poland. Else it will be difficult for you to buy things and use the toilet.

And for those of you who love to read, they are one bookstore outside Auschwitz II – Birkenau that sells everything about the camp. And it is available in many translations. I think i can spend an hour to just browse through the bookstore. Finally i decided to bring home this book, and finished this in 2 days time. Such a moving story.

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 ~ The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing ~ Edmund Burke

All pictures (mostly unedited) and video are taken by Sony RX1oo iii.

PEMENANG CHRISTMAS GIVEAWAY

 ~ Christmas is the spirit of giving without a thought of getting ~

Merry Christmas semuanya!! Aku berdoa supaya damai dan kegembiraan natal menyelimuti kita semua. I hope you all enjoyed your Christmas gathering or holiday with your loved ones yaa! ❤

Pertama-tama aku mau ngucapin terima kasih untuk semua temen-temen yang udah participate dan meramaikan Christmas Giveaway pertama aku.. You girls rocks!

Nahh, setelah beberapa minggu giveaway ini dibuka, akhirnya di tutup tanggal 25 Dec, dan tiba juga dehh tanggal 28 Dec untuk pengumumannya! Gila, Time flies yaa.. kayaknya baru nge-post kemarin, tau2 udah 22 hari aja berlalu.. haha..

Buat pemilihan pemenangnya, aku pake cara random pick manual nihh.. Kayaknya lebih seru aja gt buat aku milihnya dari pada pake random pick di excel file.. hehe

Jadi aku tulisin satu per satu nama ciwik-ciwik yang ikutan kemarin, terus aku masukin ke kantong pink bunny akuuu..

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Setelah itu aku kocok kantongnya, DANNNNNNNNN..

TADAAAAAA!!!!

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SELAMAT UNTUK @IRA KAHAR dan @WINNY MARLINA !!

Karena nama Ira keluar yang pertama, Jadi aku akan kasih Mizzu Set A buat kamuuu,

Dan Mizzu Set B buat Winny!

Tolong email aku alamat rumah kalian yang di Jakarta yaa ke jendluvu(at)gmail(dot)com

Semoga alat2 make-up nya bisa bermanfaat bagi kalian yahh..

Sekali lagi thank you banget buat temen2 yang udah ikut meramaikan berpartisipasii.. Appreciate it a lot lohh! hehe.. Doakan rejeki aku lancar yaa, jadi bisa kasih giveaway ke2, ke3, dan selanjutnyaaa.. Hehe..

Happy holiday, everyone! ❤ ❤

Merry Christmas 2016

Happy New Year 2017

What’s New in Singapore?

I love fast food so much. Especially the one which have been fried with dozens of secret herbs and spices. Believe it or not, when i was a kid, i was super thin and i all i wanted to eat is only omelette, noodles and fried chicken. Well, I think that pretty much sum up how i can grow ‘big’ after that. Haha.

I always thought that no one can compete to the goodness of  the ‘Finger Lickin Good’. But i was wrong, apparently i just found my new favorite fried chicken in town! And it’s not a fast food chain restaurant.

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pic : @pickaboosg – design by: Annette S

Located at the heart of Orchard Road, this new stalls brings fresh option for the foodies. Especially those of you who is fried chicken lover. And Not only they serve uber-nice fried chicken, but they do have a lot of other good foods too!

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pic : @pickaboosg

I personally love their signatures, the BOO BURGER. Love the boneless fried chicken, the flavour is just right in all aspect, not to salty and it doesnt make you thirsty or make your throat itchy right after eating. The cheese sauce make it taste better, and it just blend well with the waffle and egg.

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Chicks and Mash – If you are not sure on what to order, this would be a perfect choice. Fried chicken and mash potatoes with mushroom sauce will never go wrong. Ah ohh, if you are Indonesian, dont forget to bring ‘Saus Sambal’, i think you’ll enjoy it more with the sambal. Hahaha.. personal preference though.

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Fried Rice with Mushroom – Believe it or not, this fried rice taste like risotto to me. The rice texture is so soft and buttery, also you can smell the strong mushroom aroma when they served it. I quite like mushroom a little too much, so probably this one will be a good choice, if you need carbo loading. Haha. and for the vegetarian, you probably will like this too.

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Dirty Fries – This is everyone’s favorite. Fries, Spam, ‘Bolognese’-sy topping with Cheese Sause.. Oh Good. If your not on Diet, this is just a perfect combo for your fried chicken, and a good side-dish to share with everyone!

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PICK A BOO!

304 Orchard Road, Lucky Plaza, B1 -38, Singapore.

Asian Food Mall (Foodcourt)

@pickaboosg

#TravelTalk : Travelling in Style

~ All that glitters is not gold, and all who wander are not lost ~ J.R.R Tolkien

Well, The title shows like i’m a socialites who travel glamourously. But, I am sorry that you would not see bling-bling in this post, nor heavy make up or branded goods from head to toe like princessyahrini does when she travels. Haha.

I’m just a girl who loves to travel in my style! and in this blogpost, i would love to share how i dress up when i’m out of town~~

1. Dress 

Believe it or not, i used to ONLY have 1 jeans in my wardrobe. *grin* So, whats inside it? A wardrobe full of dresses, skirts, shorts, tops and leggings. Yeap. Thats me! *Salam Kenal semuanya. HAHA

That’s why i will always bring dresses when im out, or else what else should i bring out? But to bring dresses when you’re out of town, is always a good choice. Since it can be carried out casually and neat at the same time. And if suddenly you happen to go to some fancy dining restaurant, you can just pair it up with a nice flat shoes or kitten-heels. OR just change your bag or backpack with a clutch!

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(Bratislava, Slovakia – 2016)

2. Jeans Jacket

Eventhough i dont really wear jeans, i really love my jeans jacket! It is just ‘timeless’ piece, and just goes well with most clothes that i have. Perfect for Autumn, yet not so hot in summer time. And, if you follow my Instagram, you’ll realised that i wear this alottt.. It’s just super comfortable, even on long haul flights.

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(Budapest, Hungaria – 2016)

3. Necklaces and sweaters

Necklaces is a must bring item when im travelling. I have a lot of statement and chunky necklaces. I’m not a ring, bracelet or earrings person. Well, actually i love earrings too, but i guess not as much as necklaces. Hmmp, maybe there’s correlation with growing up as well. As i grow up, i fancy plain colours more than patterns, and necklace can really compliment my plain tops.

Somehow i love to see shirt that’s doubled with sweater. Preppy look, but still feminine at the same time, and it gives you a smart yet outgoing vibes.

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(Brussels, Belgium – 2015)

4. High-waisted Bikini

I think this invention is super brilliant! High-waisted Bikini for a plump girl like me. haha.. Dont get me wrong, i still like the one piece swim-suit, but because my torso is longer than my leg, sometimes the one piece swim suit hurts my shoulder. =( Anyone on the same boat?

Gotten this bikini as a gift from a good friend of mine and love it to the bits. Now, this is a must bring item when im out in the sun. Well, actually im still not comfortable to walk around with just the bikini on my body (cause it still shown some of my meats. Haha) , so normally i will hang a towel over my shoulder, and voila, im ready to walk around the area!

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(Angseri, Bali – 2015)

5. Colourful Skirts

Since i have lots of plain tops, it will not be fun if i have another plain bottom to pair with, right? I dont know if im overly girly, but i love skirts! Just that i dont wear it a lot, since it’s not comfortable when you walk in Singapore and must be alert everytime the wind blows.

I love to wear skirts during autumn time, cause i can put on my stockings and less worry about the wind. At least they wont see my undies clearly. Haha.

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(Kyoto, Japan – 2014)

6. Shorts and Sunglasses

Since i only have 1 jeans, you’ll see me more in shorts. I dont care whether im going to tropical countries or cold places, shorts will always be in my luggage. I will just double it up with thicker leggings if it’s cold and wear wool socks inside my boots. Haha

and Sunniesss.. Yes, i guess you guys already noticed that i wore my sunnies most of the time. To be honest, i dont wear it only when im travelling, but everytime when i feel that the sun shines so brightly outside.

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(Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam -2015)

7. Long Blazers and Loafers or Flat shoes

Long Blazers can be another options for thin-coats during the beginning of winter time. I normally wear long sleeves t-shirt or double my tank-top with cardigan (as use this blazer as 3rd layer) if it’s getting colder. Normally i’ll minimize the usage of coat if it’s not really needed, cause coats are heavy and bulky eventhough it’s pretty and warm.

Loafers and Flat shoes are just so me. I used to hate sneakers, i found it weird whenever i put it on me. Well, maybe because i use flats ever since i was in secondary school, so i found it weird to use sneakers if it’s not for sportswear. haha. When everyone complaint their feet hurts wearing flats, i feel weird in wearing slippers. Another fun-fact about me is i only have 1 slippers now. Haha. Anyway, i find loafers and flat shoes can be casual and formal as well. So, i dont need to bring a lot of shoes when im out of town, unless im going for a wedding party or do some hikings.

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(Taipei, Taiwan – 2016)

So, thats all about my travelling style. How about you?

And Ohhh, BTW.. The Black friday of Indonesia, which is called ‘Hari Belanja National or Harbolnas’ is coming up soon! For you who’s still looking on what to wear for your Christmas Holiday Trip. Do check out Harbolnas in Zalora ! A lot of nice clothes to complete your holiday look. I think im gonna stock up all my fashion necessities for my upcoming trip! Haha

Even though im not a fashion blogger. I hope this entry gives you some fashion inspiration on what to wear when you travel. Dont forget to share with me your fashion style when you’re travelling.. Im excited to know! ❤

CHRISTMAS GIVEAWAY!

Hello Readers! Ga nyangka yah, tau2 udah bulan December aja nih. Udah mau akhir tahun lagi, dan tentu-nya, udah mau Christmas! The season to be jolly~~~ hehehe.

Nah, di bulan yang penuh dengan nuansa kasih dan berbagi ini, gw mau ada-in my very first giveaway ni.. hehe.. Mungkin ini akan lebih appealing buat Ladies ya, tapi buat kalian kaum Adam juga boleh ikutan kok, kalo dapet kan bisa di kasih ke siapa-nya gt yg perempuan. hehe.

Nah, Giveaway-nya tuh apa sih?

Pasti beberapa wanita disini sempet denger dong, brand make up baru, asli produk Indonesia yang namanya MIZZU. Kalo belom pernah denger, boleh sist, di check di sini, atau cek di website make up blogger yang lainnya. hehe..

Gw akan memberikan 2 SET of MIZZU, seperti foto di bawah ini.

SET A :

  • MIZZU EYE BASE – EYE BASE ESSENTIALS 
  • MIZZU GRADICAL EYE SHADOW – SMOKEY LATTE
  • MIZZU MASCARA – TRUE DIMENSIONAL LASH
  • MIZZU LIP CREAM – AMORE VELVET MATTE LIP

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SET B : 

  • MIZZU EYE BASE – EYE BASE ESSENTIALS 
  • MIZZU GRADICAL EYE SHADOW – SMOKEY LATTE
  • MIZZU MASCARA – TRUE DIMENSIONAL LASH
  • MIZZU EYE LINER – NEW SMART LINER

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Untuk Product Knowledge-nya, boleh ya di check sendiri.. hehe.. Nah, Sebenernya kenapa sih, kok seorang yang ngaku2 travel blogger, Giveaway-nya malah seperangkat alat make-up?

Jujur, sebenernya gw dapet ini dari salah satu workshop gitu di Jakarta (yang kebetulan bukan make-up workshop dan entah kenapa hadiah-nya ini. haha). Dikarenakan gw ga begitu suka make-up *Sumpah ga gt suka make-up. Make up itu karena kebutuhan panggung aja kalo gw lagi ngemcee. Kalo pergi2 yang biasa, gw gak akan pake alat2 ini, karena biasa paling cuman pake sunblock, moisturiser, BB cream sama pencil alis, dan eye-liner-an kalo lagi ga pake eyelash extention*

Jadi daripada mubazir, mendingan di limpahkan ke orang lain kann.. Biar alat2 ini bisa berguna sama kaum2 Hawa di luar sana.. hehe..

Lalu, gimana nih cara ikutan Giveaway-nya. Gampang banget..

  1. Follow blog gw *iya yg ini* kalau belum, dan follow instagram gw di @jenita.darmento
  2. Dan Jawab 2 pertanyaan ini di kolom komen gw, Pertanyaan Pertama,            ‘Seandainya tiba2 ada jin aladin yg muncul di depan elo sekarang, dan dia suruh elo untuk bikin 3 permintaan. Kira2, elo bakal minta apa?’
  3. Pertanyaan kedua adalah,                                                                                                           ‘Seandainya lu cuman di kasih 1 kesempatan lagi untuk travelling, destinasi mana yang akan lu pilih dan kenapa?’
  4. GIVEAWAY ini akan Berakhir pada tanggal 25 December 2016
  5. Pengumuman pemenang akan di Umumkan pada tanggal 28 December 2016 *akan di pilih dengan cara random*
  6. Semua pemilik blog (Iya, harus punya blog) dari segala penjuru boleh perpartisipasi – asal berkenan kalo hadiahnya di kirim.nya ke alamat yg ada di Jakarta. hehe.

Sebelumnya, gw mau mengucapkan banyak terima kasih untuk temen2 blogger yang bersedia buat ikutan seru-seruan dalam giveaway gw yg pertama ini yaa.. *peluk virtual satu2. hehehe*

Nah, sambil mikirin jawaban buat 2 pertanyaan diatas, boleh di play lagu ini dari abang Sam Smith sebagai back-ground.. Sumpahh, kenapa enak bener yaa suaranya diaa.. hahaha.. Semoga beruntung yahh teman2.. ❤

Flores : Gili Lawa (VLOG)

I cant stop sharing about Flores. Seems like it was the best destination that i went to this year. Breathtaking views, enjoyable sea-swims, challenging tracks, life-on-board experience, and a bunch of crazy friends as a company. Indeed the most memorable trip of year.

Besides Padar island, one of the best sunset spot in Flores, Gili Lawa also offers a great place to enjoy the setting of the sun. The hike up is not as hard as Padar island, but the track is longer than Padar. We took about 45-50 mins to go up since our stamina was not as fit as the other trekkers. Haha.

Our tour guide, Mas Ovela lead us to less common hill for us to enjoy the sunset. Apparently there’s many spots or many hills to hike in Gili Lawa. You can choose which hill you want to hike, depends on your preference and your skills (of course).

Gili Lawa has different topography *speaking like im an expert. HAHA* than Padar island. Why? Because these hills has a lot of plain / flat areas for us to rest or just sit there and watch the view from above, where in Padar island, i cant barely remember if they have any flat areas during our hike to the top.

Gili Lawa is super recommended if you wanna stay on top of the hill and sip your beer while enjoying the sunset. If you’re lucky like us, you can whale-watching from above as well! Yessss, WHALEEEE.. you read it right! We were so lucky that time, that we can watch 2-3 whales spraying its water out from their blowholes. How awesome is thatt! And we also watched how people on their speedboat were chasing after them to get a closer look of the mighty creature of the sea.

Since we went during the dry season, most of the grass were already turned brownish. The colour just like the savannah in Bromo, Java area. The locals said, the hills will all turn green during the rainy season. Cant decide which on is better, i think i will love both. haha.

Gili Lawa separated two islands and two seas. Gili Lawa itself also consist of Gili Lawa Darat and Gili Lawa Laut. This hill is just so unique, every part of the hill uncovered different views, and you just have to visit this beautiful hill of Indonesia. ❤

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Most photos are taken by Salam Ransel.