Living in a town with as many dining options as Bandung makes it impossible for me to keep up with what’s hip and happening. You know, Bandung’s culinary business is constantly growing as new restaurants come and go. Some make a huge success, some are not lucky enough.
This year, DUSUN BAMBU made it to the most talked about place in Bandung. It’s like, everyone is going to there. I saw my friends pictures on Instagram, Facebook, and even Path. Some of them even came from Jakarta. And then I was like : “Why is everyone going? What’s in there?”
I’ve never imagined myself to be on a cruise. The only place I knew people usually do cruising is in Caribbean – which I believe is quite far from here. I was kinda surprise they have it here in South East Asia! Yes, we did our first cruise at Ha Long Bay, Vietnam. It’s around 3 hours drive from Hanoi – the capital city of Vietnam.
We booked a 2D1N cruise at Signature Cruise. Well, Fred did it. He took care of all of our tickets, hotels, and many other things. He’s also the one who read the map while we’re walking exploring the city (Hanoi and Saigon). All I’ve got to do is wear my jacket and my shoes since it’s slightly cold there in January. Then I’m ready to go.
It’s funny when I realize that I barely write things about the town I’ve been living like for 3 years. I mean, Bandung is amazing. It’s one of the most popular tourist site in West Java, Indonesia. And I’ve been to a lot of interesting places. How come I didn’t write anything about it?
Well, the thing is… when I live here, I don’t feel like I’m currently travelling. I mean, I feel like I just simply living my normal university life.
I know summer is coming to an end, real quick. People are starting to wear sweater and boots here. And although the sun still shines so bright in the morning, the rain always seems to pour at noon.
And… before these precious memories of mine lost forgotten, I want to share a summary, I guess, of my favorite place, my favorite foods, and the activities I used to have last summer. This is just another informal mini travel guide about Bali which you can easily find in the internet. But mine is a lil bit personal. You know, I’m not a travel-expert. Not even closed to be one. I don’t get to explore every inches of Bali. That’s obvious. I just happened to live there, enjoying the island the way I like.
Have you ever heard about Batu? It’s a small city in East Java, Indonesia I never even imagined myself going to. So how did I get there?
Here’s the story.
Last summer, Fred & I spent our 2 months internship in Bali. And during our way back to Bandung, we stopped by Batu city and thought it would be great to explore Batu a lil bit more since the city looks so interesting.
So, here I am, picking out the highlights of Batu city and sharing them to you guys. I hope this travel guide helps you.
In the mid of August, Fred, Cindy and I went for our first hiking at Mount Bromo, East Java, Indonesia. Mount Bromo is quite popular among tourists both local and foreigner for its ‘easy’ hiking track. The highlights of the area are Mount Bromo (with its smoking crater), Mount Penanjakan (the favorite sunrise spot), and Cemoro Lawang (where most visitors stay). There’s also Mount Semeru, the highest mountain in Java. Locals say, it took 2 days straight to hike Mount Semeru. It will never be on my list!
Have you ever been to a place you love so much that you find yourself treasure every moment you spent there? Well, I do. I fall in love with Bali and all the things it has. I love the atmosphere, the beach, the foods, the sunset, the people, everything! I love how people live their lives here doing exciting activities. How families spend their time together. How people take their pets for a walk. How people interact with each other.
After spending like an hour of cycling in Sanur Beach, Bali, Fred & I accidentally found this beach market event in Tandjung Sari Hotel, Sanur, Bali. The atmosphere at the event was so lively pleasing! There are street lights, some traditional food carts, and the most important thing, live music!