Friday, May 9, 2014

Jakarta, Indonesia.

Hello there,
just another entry about travel.

A year ago, I went to Indonesia with my family and relatives. My mother and aunty were so excited for this trip. It was actually their idea to visit Indonesia. I was trying to recall what we did on the trip but I couldn't remember it in detail. Oh, well.

We flew with Air Asia from Kota Kinabalu to Jakarta and arrived at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport at almost midnight. Upon our arrival at the airport, we had to wait for about half an hour until the immigration line was clear. Whilst waiting, I took some pictures of my relatives. It was wonderful to have them along on this trip.

The two little boys are my cousins and both of them are siblings. I love having these munchkins on the trip! It was more fun having them along. We were staying at Ibis Mangga Dua Hotel. If you google it, there are three Ibis Hotel in Indonesia located at three different places. My suggestion would be the one that is located at Mangga Dua. The hotel was clean and close to shopping malls.

We started to explore the city on our second day in Jakarta. Tatang, a generous and friendly man, was our tour guide throughout this trip. The city was crowded and traffic was everywhere. However, it didn't stop us from discovering Jakarta. Our first stop was Taman Mini Indonesia Indah located in East Jakarta. This park was built to present Indonesia in a small scale. I thought the idea was brilliant because through this park we had a chance to learn about Indonesian culture, their traditional clothes, dances and so forth.

What I love the most about Indonesia is definitely the food. We had Nasi Padang for lunch almost everyday and it was delicious. We also went to Monas and took pictures there. The building reminds me of Menara Kuala Lumpur somehow.

My most favourite part has to be visiting Rock Shop Hard Rock Cafe. Since I like to travel a lot, collecting Hard Rock t-shirt is a must for me. If you are one of the Hard Rock t-shirt collectors, then don't forget to visit the shop at Plaza Indonesia EX. We also went to fX Sudirman mall located at Senayan, Jakarta.

These pictures were taken during our last day in Jakarta. But the holiday wasn't over yet, we spent the next three days in Bandung. On our way to Bandung, Tatang also took us to Taman Safari Indonesia. The munchkins were enjoying it so much. It was definitely a fun experience.

In Bandung, we continued our exploration and visited Tangkuban Parahu. It took me awhile to pronounce the name correctly. One more thing I like about Indonesia is you can even find a mosque at the top of this volcano. Another great place to visit in Bandung is Trans Studio Bandung. If you are an adrenaline junkie, then this place definitely suits you. Unfortunately, I didn't take a lot of pictures while we were in Bandung. We spent most of our time in Bandung shopping.

Overall, it was a fun trip.
There is something about Indonesia that attracts my attention to explore the country more. I'd also like to visit Bali someday. Insha'Allah.

Till then,
good night.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Seoul, Korea.

South Korea.

A place that was never on my travelling list before. But I have to admit that South Korea has successfully captured my attention. If I had a chance, I would love to visit Seoul again.

I went to South Korea with my family a couple of years ago. It was winter season when we came. I wasn't looking forward for the trip but I was so excited to experience winter. I'm pretty sure that we were staying at The Hamilton Hotel. Pardon me, my memory isn't that good. But I do remember the reason why my father chose to stay in that area; because it was easy to find halal food there.

We arrived at the Incheon International Airport at dawn. It was cold and we were freezing. That was my first time experiencing cold weather. All the nearby shops were still closed when we arrived at the hotel except a cafe where we stopped to buy a hot drink. Oh, I remember how beautiful the weather was.

As you can see, Itaewon was empty when we arrived. But of course, cars were everywhere on the street. The first restaurant that we visited on that day was an Indian restaurant. It's easy to find halal restaurants in this town. I would highly recommend you to find a place to stay in Itaewon if you are planning to visit Korea soon or in the future.

Our journey began on the second day of the trip. That was the first time we met Michelle, our tour guide. Michelle was a warm and friendly person. Her face was younger than her age. It was fun to have her around. We learned a lot about Korean culture from her. She took us to Hongdae to visit The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince. Does the name of the coffee shop sound familiar to you?

The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince was an old coffee shop located in Hongdae. It was where the shooting of Coffee Prince took place. The best part was that we had a chance to have a sip of coffee there! It was one of the most fascinating experiences in my life, a remarkable one. Michelle also took us to a traditional vegetarian restaurant located in the city. It was the only option that we had. However, that was the first time I had a taste of Korean traditional food and that would be the last too.

I still remember how everyone face was like while eating it. Shockingly, my father enjoyed it. While he was enjoying the food, the rest of us was struggling to finish it. Overall, it was a beautiful restaurant. I was thrilled to learn about the South Korean culture. It wasn't long until we said our last goodbye to Michelle. We had so much fun with her. 

A couple of days before our last day in Korea, we had a chance to visit The Lotte World. It was such a fun experience. It brought back all the memories we had when we were young. This is one of the places where you can have fun with your family and it can be a dream come true to your children too.

On our last night in Korea, we went to a restaurant owned by a Korean man whose wife was from Indonesia. Murree Korea Muslim Food was a small restaurant but the food was great and we enjoyed it so much. The best part of that night was we had a chance to experience the snow. I can never forget that moment. It was one of my favourite moments.

I had so much fun in Korea and hopefully I can visit the place again someday.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Melbourne, Australia.

Hello, blog.
How are you?

It took me awhile to update you because I was on a holiday. On the last Easter break, I had a chance to visit Melbourne with my friends. The flight took off from Brisbane Domestic Airport on Friday at 15:10 and it took two hours and twenty-five minutes to arrive at the destination. Since it was my first time visiting Melbourne, I was really looking forward for the trip.

I have to admit that I was blown away by the beauty of the city. I knew from the beginning that Melbourne was a perfect place to travel. For someone who likes taking photographs, this city is perfect for your next destination. Melbourne has beautiful sceneries, old historical buildings as well as street arts that will capture your attention. A week was not enough for me to explore the city.

It was easier to find halal food in Melbourne than in Brisbane. The best thing about this trip was we had a chance to eat at Papparich. We also had a chance to try Killiney Kopitiam on our fourth day in Melbourne.

Since I live in Queensland, the weather in Brisbane is always hot and sunny even though it's autumn but I have never experienced autumn as cold as when I was in Melbourne. Hmm. I wonder how winter is like in Melbourne? Nevertheless, it's worth the experience.

We also went to Brighton Beach on our second last day in Melbourne. Never thought that someday I would be seeing the colourful bathing boxes with my own eyes. Overall, it was an amazing experience and I had so much fun with my friends in Melbourne.

Oh dear, I miss Melbourne.
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