through gus' lenses

indonesia (jakarta): day 8 September 6, 2009

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30 may 2009 – my final day in indonesia! i would like to tell you that it ended with a big BANG. however, it was more like a smooth landing after a good flight.


traveller’s hotel, where we stayed on our final night in jakarta.




we had a few hours to kill before our flight. i accompanied my colleague, lim, who wanted to visit the taman mini indonesia indah (beautiful indonesia in miniature park).


it is basically a huge park with samplings of indonesia’s >250 cultures.






as we need to cover the huge park in a short period of time, we hired a bicycle each. i thought riding the bike was more fun than the actual deal.





it was around this time i decided i have had enough of the different architecture of the buildings, and got distracted by the workers dressed in bunny suits on a hot noon day.



i guess someone decided s/he couldn’t take the heat anymore and went for a break.


indonesia (bandung/jakarta): day 7 August 16, 2009

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29th may 2009 – we took an overnight train from jogjakarta and arrived in bandung early in the morning. after having buffet breakfast (20,000 rupiah) at hotel guci, we grabbed our luggage and headed for the train station again to take another train to jakarta.





after spending so much time on the train, in the economy class compartment, i was getting rather tired of it.

more so when i encountered a passenger who smokes, seated right in front of me!

at least i got rewarded with a scenic view of the paddy field.


once we arrived in jakarta, we tried getting a room in ibis mangga dua hotel again. big mistake as there was a tour group checking in to the hotel on the same day. hence, there wasn’t any room for us. we borrowed a cell phone from a local tourist and tried getting a room in another hotel. finally, we settled for the lesser known travellers hotel.

after we checked in to our room, we wasted no time in getting a ride to mangga dua square to have our dinner and do some last minute shopping.

our room for the final night in indonesia.


indonesia (jakarta & bandung): day 3 June 24, 2009

25th may 2009 – the next morning, we walked over to pasar pagi behind ibis mangga dua hotel for breakfast.


i had soto banjar (chicken with noodle in soup & rice! 16,000 rupiah) and jus alpukat (avacado juice, 15,000 rupiah).


pasar pagi… worth spending at least a day here.
stalls along the side walk, a common sight.
around noon, we took a cab (30,000 rupiah) from our hotel to gambir train station, where we took a 3-hour economy class train ride (25,000 rupiah) to bandung.


passengers can buy their meals/drinks on board but i chose to settle for half a dozen of doughnuts which i bought earlier on from pasar pagi.


when we arrived at bandung, we tried to hail a cab to hotel cemerlang which is only about 5- minute walk from the train station. but the unscrupulous cab driver refused to lower his price below 50,000 rupiah. in the end, we took an angkut, which cost us only 2,500 rupiah. hmpf!
hotel cemerlang (318,000 rupiah per night, buffet breakfast inclusive)
d’batoe, a boutique hotel we saw along our way to istana plaza for our dinner.
another interesting landmark, church of emmanuel.
tengsing udang (21,000 rupiah) and mango juice (16,500 rupiah) for dinner.
i love the mango juice. nice and thick.

indonesia (jakarta): day 1 & 2 June 13, 2009

23 may 2009 – my colleague & i travelled to indonesia for a much needed 1-week break.


we arrived at soekarno-hatta international airport around midnight and immediately hailed a bluebird cab (97,000 rupiah) to ibis mangga dua hotel (400,000 rupiah per night). after checking in, we had supper and then went off to bed.


24 may 2009 – the next day, we walked over to pasar pagi behind our hotel to grab breakfast.

i had a bowl of yummy seafood tom yam (20,000 rupiah) while my colleague had a plate of fried rice.
then, we took an angkut (similar version of our bas mini, 2,500 rupiah) to our next destination. while waiting for the angkut, i took a picture of a nicely decorated bajaj (auto rickshaw).
ancol dreamland amusement park (entrance fee, 12,000 rupiah)
art market
art exhibition
artist at work





fantasy world – picture taken from the ferris wheel (entrance fee, 120,000 rupiah, inclusive of all rides)
lim & i
closer look of the adrenaline junkies hanging upside down from the tornado
inside the tilting house
lim dared me to take the roller coaster ride with her, complete with a 360-degree turn and corkscrew. i did it… with my eyes shut. don’t judge me! other rides which we did were the pirate boat swing, bumper cars, puppet castle, including queueing up around 1-hour for the simulator theatre.
ended the day with a local brew (24,000 rupiah). perfect.