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.
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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.
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Think of holidays to Greece and what springs to mind? Long sunny days, pristine beaches and picturesque coves? Ancient pillared ruins and rocky outcrops jutting out over glorious turquoise seas? Or whitewashed towns and hidden villages serving up lashings of Grecian charm? You can expect to enjoy all of these things and many more on a holiday to Greece.
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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.
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As I promised earlier on my post about Museum Satwa, I’m gonna write a brief review about what it is inside Batu Secret Zoo.
So.. Batu Secret Zoo is actually located in the same area with Museum Satwa, which is Jawa Timur Park 2 in Batu, Malang. It’s probably one of the biggest recreation park in Indonesia! There are museum (Museum Satwa / Museum of Wildlife), zoo (Batu Secret Zoo), hotel (Pohon Inn) and Eco Park. And believe me, all of them are interesting! If you happen to visit Batu, you should (or you’ll regret later) spend a day in Jawa Timur Park 2.
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You know what? I am a fans of Dinosaurs – not a fanatic one, although I don’t remember each of it. But by watching their movies, their fossils, make me feel so… amazed. As a child, I often caught my self wondering and imagining that I’m living in a world where dinosaurs are still alive. Well, that’s probably why I got too excited when we visit Jin Shan Park in Bejing where the Dinosaurs Exhibition was being held.
Then, years ago, one of my friends from college told me about Jawa Timur Park 2 in Batu, Malang, Indonesia. It’s a huge recreation park which has a Museum (Museum Satwa / Museum of Wildlife), a Zoo (Batu Secret Zoo), a hotel (Pohon Inn) and Eco Park.
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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!
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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.
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