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Fun in Malang, East Java

Due to high demand for itinerary trip to Malang, East Java, I would like to share my travel experience here in my blog.

May 2015 was a very splendid journey to one of the most happening city in Indonesia, Malang. Plus, I went there with my best pals Mira the Mamak, Indra the Babe, Aldre the Bebeb, Dita the Madeh, and Fika the Wodang :-). Our 4 days travelling were very fun and we were really proud of the tourism spot that our country has. In this writing, I will share where we went including the hunt for culinary, Yum!

Day 1, Arrive in Malang

Arriving at Abdul Rahman Saleh Airport nearly at lunch time, we went straight to our hotel Aria Gajayana for check in. This hotel location is quite strategic, it closes to some of the culinary spots and also it is attached to a big shopping mall. We then went out to had lunch. The 1st food destination in our list is Bakso Presiden, a very well known Bakso restaurant in Malang located near the railway station. All of us loves Bakso, especially Dita so we were excited to try this Malang famous food!

Bakso Presiden Review
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Well, because of its well known name, we might have set quite too high expectation on this one. First of all, the queue to get this bakso is ridiculous! We were standing in the line for almost an hour just to get a bowl of Bakso :-(. By the time we were able to order, we tried almost every kind of Bakso sold there. I tried Bakso Besar, Bakso Kecil, Bakso Urat, Bakso Goreng, Siomay Basah, and Goreng Panjang. Overall rating, I would give 6,5 out of 10. It tastes okay, but for me it is not memorable. I would say that Bakso Goreng is the best among the others.

finish with our meals, now it is time to explore the city! We headed to Kota Batu, a city located approximately an hour from Malang. This city is actually the center of the attractions, so we spend almost our time in this city.

Museum Angkut
Okay, this museum is cool! From the outside this museum does not look that spacious, but it turn out that the area of the museum is really wide. It is not only museum but also it has a movie star shooting location theme. Just as its name, Museum Angkut has a numerous collection of means of transportation. In the first exhibition room from the main entrance, we could explore all kind of four wheeled transportation, from the first classic car to the most recent car, and soooo many moreee. Motorcycle, train, airplane, you named it, they are all stored in this museum. Also, I love the way they display the collections, and how they decorate the museum, etc., which I can say it is an international standard tourist spot. If you are automotive enthusiast, you could spend hours to explore this museum.

these are few photos taken inside the museum
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There is Floating Market or Pasar Apung in the area of this museum where you can have meals and also ride a boat on the artificial lake. We did not have supper there since we wanted to try Ayam Goreng Pemuda, also Malang signature dish which located very close to our hotel. So after enjoying Museum Angkut, we headed to this restaurant. I did not get a chance to take a pic of the chicken since I was very hungry I can not wait to wait, lol! But I would give this fried chicken rating 8 out of 10. I love the tenderness and the taste of the fried chicken (well, I am a huge fan of chicken). Finish with our meal we went back to our hotel to have an early bed, since in the next morning we need to wake up at 3am for a trip to Mount Bromo.

Day 2, Mount Bromo
Woke up very early, still very sleepy yet excited. The first time I went to Mount Bromo I was only 5 years old. There is not much that I remember, but I remember that I pee on my pants during asleep in a hostel in Bromo hahaha. Because the weather was very cold, I could not stand to went to the bathroom, so the drama happened hihihi. So, if you are the type of person who can not tolerant to cold weather, make sure you are wearing a proper outfit. I would suggest wearing long johns as the first layer, add sweater for the second layer, and warm jacket for the third layer. Not to mention, scarf/ shawl, wool hat to cover your ears, and glove. The intention for going to this mountain is waiting the sunrise and enjoying the view. We need to get at the specified spot just in time where the crowd is still minimal around 4.30 am in the morning, while the sunrise might have just begun around 6 am. So we would have approximately 1,5 hours to wait in the midst of freezing weather.

We headed there by our rental car until we reach a checkpoint where we need to switch car with a jeep. Regular car is not allowed to go through the mountain. We got the yellow colored jeep and headed to the top of the mountains thru the slopey and winding road which gave me a nausea :-( . When we finally reach to the top, the area was very very dark. You must pay attention to the persons you are going with or you might separated. Plus, there is no cell phone signal on the mountain. It was freezing up there, but fortunately there are food stall selling Pop Mie (Instant Noodle) hohohoho.

It is kinda boring waiting in the dark for sunrise. However when the time comes, it was really worth waiting for. Alhamdulillah, the sky was clear, so we can see the beautiful sunrise!
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For some quite time we stayed there to admire the beautiful view of the mountain until the sky is bright with sunshine.
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Then we continue our journey exploring Pasir Berbisik or Whispering Sand.
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After that we went for the crater. To reach the crater, we rent horses till we reach to staircases to go up. There are 250 staircases to go, thanks God even though I have a serious problem with the height, the staircases was not scary that I was able to climb it smoothly. The view from the top was amazing, it is just the view to the crater that makes me anxious. Apparently many tourists are "smart" enough to throw garbage to the craters. Aqua bottle, chips, etc. :-(
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From quite some time, I have forgotten that my country landscape is amusing. The great scenery of the mountains more or less reminded me to mountains in New Zealand (well not the snowy mountain ones), a country which I have been wanting to go since the movie Lord of The Ring. However my trip to Bromo has changed my perspective, that if you would like to go to some other places for scenery, check with your country first :-)

Tiring but very enjoyable, around 9 or 10 we headed back to Malang. We dropped by at the next restaurant listed in our itinerary, Mie Setan for lunch. This restaurant serves spicy noodle ranging its spiciness level. I did not order for the spicy noodle as I am afraid to have a gastro problem while travelling ;-p. But according to Mira and Dita who tried the spicy noodle, it tasted quite good. We went back to hotel and sleep till noon.

When we went for dinner, we chose Soto Ayam Lombok for our meal. This restaurant got few of good ratings on the web so we wanted to check it out. This place was not easy to find but eventually we were managed to get there. Overall rating, 6 out of 10. It is a regular soto ayam with koya, similar like soto lamongan.

Next we went to Wedang Ronde Titoni, a place which Mira & Indra have been craving for. This food stall serves Wedang Ronde, a traditional Javanese drink, containing of what so-called “Ronde” (the small round materials) that are usually filled with crushed peanuts. The dough of Ronde is actually made of glutinous rice flours, while the drink “wedang” itself is made of ginger water which is best served when still hot.

This place ends our adventure of the day, and we went back to hotel.

Day 3
Batu Secret Zoo day! Yeaaay! I am so excited to visit this place as I am an animal lover hohoho

So in this day we headed once more to Kota Batu, visiting Jatim Park. For your information, Kota Batu has two theme parks: Jatim Park 1 & Jatim Park 2. Jatim Park 1 consists of Eco Green Park and Anatomy Museum, while Jatim Park 2 consists of Batu Secret Zoo and Animal Museum. Since we only have 1 day left in Malang, so we decided to explore Jatim Park 2 only.

Please note that the zoo opens at 10am. We have reached the zoo by 9am, and we took a tour around Jatim Park 2. There is a hotel in Jatim Park 2 named Pohon Inn if you would like to stay near the park.

10am and we went in the zoo. Even from the very first part of the zoo, I was admired by this park. The layout of the zoo is attractive and the park is very clean. Not to mention, it has numerous kinds of animals, a LOT I must add. And they are very "alive". I often feel dissapointed when visiting zoo in other places such as Ragunan or Taman Safari where many of the animals hide themselves or just napping.
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Have you ever taken photo together with tiger, monkey, or elephant? Normally regular zoo would provide that, but in this zoo you could also take picture with Binturong, a night animal, Gypsi Horses (really beautiful horse I must add), Pony Horses, Angora Bunny, and many more! And with affordable price too, 5.000 rupiahs.

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my favourite part of this zoo is when we had tour with an open train. In this area, we would be able to feed animals such as camel, llama, and some other herbivora animals. Since we were using an open train so the animals are free to move around our heads which became so hillarious since many people tend to scream loudly when a llama for example pushed herself into the train to find some carrots left ;p
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11143355_1..456508880_n.jpg This amusement park is quite hugee, not only animals but also this park has a lot of arcades game, pools which was very attractive for children. If you want to explore the whole zoo, a day is not enough.

We were kinda rush when time reached 3.30pm as we still want to visit Animal Museum which located next to the zoo and the museum will be closed at 5pm Upon arriving at the exit gate, we were served a free Jamu (original Javanese drink), which makes this place becomes more and more amazing.

Animal Museum is amazing too! It feels like you are in the washington national museum :p . It is full with diorama about animals worldwide, and it is very cool. It has various collection of preserved insects and reptiles as well. Too bad that we only had less than an hour to explore this museum. Me and my friend were very content and happy that we make plan to visit this place once again on next December!
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We stayed there until the closing time and we headed back to Malang. We decided to have Mie Kudusan for our dinner. It is a cwie mie kinda noodle and I like it. I would give 7.5 out of 10 for this restaurant.
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Next we are planning to visit Toke Oen, a place famous for its old time, Dutch food for eat some ice cream. However when reached there at 8.30pm, they are already sold out. We then made plan to visit this place on the next day before catching up for our flight back to Jakarta.

Day 4

Since me and my friends enjoy culinary so much, and we still have some of culinary destination left on our list, so we decide to make a quick tour to some places before going to the airport hahaha.

After checking out from hotel, we visit Toke Oen first to buy ice cream. We order 2 kind of ice cream for the 6 of us because we dont want to have our stomach full hahahaha. Toko Oen ice cream is an authentic Dutch style ice cream. I would say that it is not special, a rating of 5.5 out ot 10 but Mira loves this ice cream quite much.

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We finish the ice cream in a hurry then we moved to restaurant named Bubur Agus which is famous of its Bubur Ayam. Turns out that this restaurant also sells many many of Indonesian traditional snacks, huaaa. It is really too bad that we could not try as much as we can. So we ordered 1 large size chicken porridge for the 6 of us and tried some snacks. I love the porridge, it was really tasty. I would give 8.5 out of 10 for this food.
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Finish with Bubur Ayam, we rushed to the airport. I am glad that Malang is building a larger airport as the one that operates now is too small and ordinary. It is time to go home now. It has been a very pleasant journey and we were all very satisfied with our holiday. Thanks a lot for Mamak Mira, Babe Indra, Bebeb Aldre, Mama Dedeh Dita and Wodang Fika for this journeyy!!!! Love u all guys

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Grand Budapest

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On March 2014, I got a chance to explore Eastern Europe for 10 days. 1st destination upon travelling to the eastern of Europe is Budapest. Budapest is a capital city of Hungary. I just found out from our tour guide that the name of the city is actually consists of 2 different part of the districts, Buda and Pest. These districts is separated by Danube River. If we want to go across from Buda district to Pest district and vice versa, we need to pass a beautiful bridge named The Chain Bridge. It is a bridge with a giant lion statue guarding the edge the bridges.

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From Ferenc International Airport, our first stop is the Hero Square. This is a majestic landmark in Budapest, located in the central of the city. It is a quite wide square with great historical statues, monuments, and reliefs. It is seemed that the city is guarded by the cavalries of horses and knights. One thing for sure, it is a perfect place for taking pictures!

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After that we went directly to restaurant Sorhaz & Etterem since it is already lunch time and I was starving like hell :-p.

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And gosh! Hungarian does eat a LOT of meals. They provide lunch set menu which consists of appetizer, main course, and dessert and I must add, they all came in a BIG portion. And it is kinda perfect for me, because I do LOVE food hohoho.

Here is the appetizer, Hungarian Goulash Soup. The taste is like eating a red bean soup, kinda sourly but sweet as well.
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This is the main course Spaghetti Carbonara, yummyyyy
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Last but not least, Chocolate Ice Cream. I was very stuffed but happy.
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We were served red wine too, but I could only take a sip. Well, I am not a wine drinker after all, even not a social drinker.

Then the tour continues to the Buda district. We visited Matthias Church, a classy gothic style church. This church is beautiful both from the outside and the inside.

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Only few meters away from the church, is a breath taking Fisherman's Bastion! Originally served as a lookout tower in ancient days, I was reminded of the Gondor Kingdom from Lord of The Ring Movie. The tower is white painted bricks with a beautiful fairy tale design, and it has many stairways. From the top of the tower we can see the view of Budapest city. For me, this is considers one of the best tourist attraction in Budapest.

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We then took a walking tour to enjoy the city view from the top.
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The walking tour ends at the dock of the Danube river where we took a 30 - 45 minutes cruise.
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The night has fallen when the cruise ended. We took a walk to the nearby shops to buy some souvenirs and then headed to the hotel. Good Nite Budapest!

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2 days in Berlin

Germany

It is between happy and sad upon arriving in Berlin, as this is the last city to visit before going back home to Jakarta, Indonesia. Before I went here, I have not known much about this city. The most famous thing that I knew from this city is the Berlin Wall. So, I was astonished on the other cultural and historical sites of the city back to the royal kingdoms era.

The first place to visit was the Charlottenburg Palace. I was very happy that photograph is allowed in here, yeay! This palace is amusing. It has many many rooms with different decorations and themes. It is like visiting a different city, or different country each time you stepping in a room. For example, there was a room with all painting decorations in european style, and in the other room there was a room full with Chinese ceramics, there was also room decorated with pure gold for the furniture and the walls, and many more! We spent approximately 2 hours exploring this palace.
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From there we went to Pariser Platz, a square in the centre of Berlin, Germany to visit Brandenburg Gate. There are many other tourist spot in this area, however since it was already after noon, our tour guide insist to moved forward to the next destination, Berlin Wall and Check Point Charlie. However, he promised us to go back there in the next morning before catching up for our flight back to Jakarta

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We then moved forward to Berlin Wall. These walls are very attractive with its graffiti and paintings all over the walls! a very nice photo spot!

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This is the Check Point Charlie
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The nigh has fallen when we finished from the Berlin Wall, and we headed straight to our hotel.

Day Two in Berlin

As promised, our tour guide brought us back to Pariser Platz, where he gave us chance to explore the area

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We also went back to Berlin Wall for taking more pictures there
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And the last thing, is to visit the Holocaust Memorial, The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
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Stunning Dresden & Potsdam

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On our long way by bus from Prague to Berlin, we are offered to stop by at the city of Dresden & Potsdam. We were like "hell, yeah. We have been sitting too long on the bus, we need to stretch-out" and when we arrived in our first stop, Dresden, we did not feel sorry at all.

This city is Gorgeous! It is like a perfect blend of classy elegant lifestyle and modern lifestyle as well. From the outside you may see the landmarks of the cities with classic old style. But in the inside of those buildings, are modern shopping mall, movie theaters, Starbucks, etc. The population of this city is very minimal, which makes this city is very quiet (not in the scary mode, I must add, lol) and very relaxing. This small city has a LOT of photo spots too, so I spend hours to take pictures in this city after went through the shopping malls :-p Here are our pictures when we traveled thru the Historical Center of the city. It has Semperoper or the Opera House, the Zwinger Palace, and the Dresden Palace

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The journey continued to the city of Potsdam, the capital and largest city of the German federal state of Brandenburg. We directly went to Sanssouci, summer palace of Frederick the Great, King of Prussia.

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Dropping by at Bratislava

Slovakia

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Upon our journey from Vienna to Prague, the tour guide brought us to this enchanted Bratislava Castle in the city of Bratislava, Slovak. We only stopped by for about an hour here and here are the highlights of this castle
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Mystical Prague

Czech Republic

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So this is the place where we took more pictures than the other cities we went on :-p because honestly, this place has A LOT of photo spots!!

when entering Prague, the city was looked ordinary, just like usual modern city. The best part of Prague is when we entered The Old Town area, where we can experience the mystical, gothical, classical Prague!

The tour started with visiting the most upper side of the city, where we can have a very nice view of Prague Old Town from the top of the hill.

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Then walk down the hill thru a very long staircases that bring us to the edge of the famous Charles Bridge. Wow this phenomenal bridge is really beautiful. It is just like a bridge we have seen in the royal movies. It is full with classic ornament and statues that guarding the bridge.
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Walk thru the bridge, we reach at Prague Castle complex. The tour begins at St Vitus Cathedral, a Roman Catholic metropolitan cathedral in Prague.
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Then we walked outside to admire the view of the Prague castle!. My pictures below will tell you everything about it :-). The huge tall clock there is the famous Astronomical Clock of Prague.

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Beautiful Vienna!

I must say that it was a very splendid vacation in Vienna, Austria. This city is VERYYYYY beautiful. Entering this city is like visiting a kingdom where the city is filled with elegant, classical european style buildings and monuments.

Day One in Vienna

Our first stop is the Schonbrunn Palace, a former imperial summer residence. Unfortunately taking pictures inside the palace is not allowed :-(. However I could tell that the visit to the palace is worth seeing. The inside part of the palace is beautiful with golden furniture, fantastic paintings from old times, and many more.

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However it is permitted to take pic outside the palace. Here is the famous garden of Schonbrunn. It was still early of spring so not much of the flowers were bloomed :-(

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from the palace, we drove the heart of the city of Vienna and then had a walking tour to this marvelous places.

The Maria Theresien Platz
This is a monument pictures the empress Maria Theresa in a 6 m large bronze statue. She greets the people with her right hand and in the left hand she holds a document roll of the -Pragmatische Sanktion- and a scepter. She is surrounded among other things by 4 horseman statues of her generals. The monument is classified as a World Cultural Heritage. Maria Theresa governed from the year 1740 to 1780. She reformed for instance the school system and took care of the state affairs as well as of her 16 children
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The Art History Museum

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St Stephen's Cathedral
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Around the Stephansplatz area
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Oh yeah, we walked into one of the cafeteria in Vienna and tried this Nuttela Spaghetti Ice Cream!! So yummy!
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It was already midnite when we headed to the hotel. Tired but was very happy.

Day Two in Vienna

While we were headed for the next town, we took a short stop to Austria Parliament House and also had a walking tour nearby.

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After that, we drove into Hinterbruhl area to a historical cave named Seegrotte. It is an underground cave system with a large grotto located under a former gypsum mine. We had a boat tour inside this cave. This tour is actually an optional tour offered by our travel agent.But seriously if you are in a very limited time and / or budget, believe me it is ok to skip this tour.
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