So let me take you to the island of Java…
But before that, since I’ve been taking the same journey for the past 7 years or more, I had to put my ‘tourist google’ on to blog about it. Important tips from me when you are taking the northern java train journey; keep your view to your eye-level and above. (」°ロ°)」
The northern railway takes you from Jakarta all the way to Surabaya in about 9 to 12 hours. Start the journey from Gambir Station, Jakarta, then I went to the east side of the island. Even though we could see on Google map this railway was on the northern beach of Java island, unfortunately the train does not run close enough to have the beach view. If you took morning train, I will recommend you to take A and B seats, where you can enjoy the beautiful Mount Slamet or in Java, it means Safe Mountain.
Gambir Station nowadays has been improved a lot than before. They have lounge, starbuck, dunkin’ donuts, some local restaurants as well as convenient stores. Even buying tickets is faster with online bookings then we can just print the boarding pass with the booking reference number on the self-ticketing machine at the station, just like we do in the airport. They call the self-ticketing machine as CTM (Cetak Tiket Mandiri). ヽ(°〇°)ﾉ
that big polkadots suitcase is mine!!
After lived in Singapore for more than 4 years, I knew that booking a ktv on Thursday night for Friday slot is impossible. But what to do. Me and my colleague was craving for a ktv, we need to sing all these office-stress away.
We remember we saw HaveFun ad on FB couple of days ago. They opened a new branch at 313 Somerset. So we decided to walked in to the 4th floor. It was located next to the famous Chinese hot pot restaurant (it’s famous for their long queue!). The small black entrance was hidden from the hallway. That’s why you really need to turn after the Korean Dessert, to that hot pot resto.
HaveFun is a family karaoke place in Singapore. Currently they only have 2 stores at 313 Somerset and Bugis Junction.
Who knows, painting required a lot of time, energy, patience and dedication? This painting was specially dedicated for my mom, who lost her childhood’s tiger painting. After one and a half month later, I was so glad I finally finished this Swimming Kitty. Half month late than my first expectation.
SHIN SHIN RAMEN NOODLE!!! 🍜
Remember Haru chan mentioned about Shin Shin restaurant when I visited her in Fukuoka? I met Haru chan last September during my solo trip in Bangkok, she was on honeymoon back then. We exchanged our contact then I visited her during my holiday in Fukuoka. She is a Fukuokan. And when I asked her recommended ramen restaurant in Fukuoka, in a split second she mentioned Shin Shin Restaurant. I went there the next day to the said restaurant but it was a snaky q. I can’t stand a long queue when I’m hungry, so I skipped the restaurant and finally found this instant noodle at one of the souvenir shops at JR Hakata City. ♡ ～(‘▽^人)
Click “Read More” to check out how I cooked it… Read more
Tuesday, 27 June 2017. Another Cloudy day in Fukuoka.
Our flight was actually due on tomorrow morning, 10AM. So basically today was our last day in Kyushu…. And for our last day, what’s better than shopping!! ヽ(o^―^o)ﾉ
We started this day by having our brunch somewhere at AMU Plaza. But my bruch today wasn’t the best. CiMel had gyoza. I’m not a veggie person, so I ordered something with chicken and a sauce on top of it–see I don’t even remember what I ate! So anyway, we had our brunch then we started our first shop at Daiso, JR Hakata City. And Daiso here is HUGE!!! (╯✧▽✧)╯
From JR Hakata City, we went down to Tenjin area; Tenjin Core, VIVRE then we crossed to PARCO. I wouldn’t talk so much about my day, since it’s just a normal shopping day. So I will post pictures and more pictures here, with comments on each of it. (⊃｡•́‿•̀｡)⊃━✿✿✿
comment >> a kimono lady; she’s the “guardian angel” guarding the Hakata Eki-Mae.
Inspired by the tragic moment happened in Nagasaki 72 years ago, I dedicated this post especially for those who are affected by the Atomic Bomb.
Nagasaki was a small fishing village set in a secluded harbor, Nagasaki had little historical significance until contact with Portuguese explorers in 1543. An early visitor was Fernão Mendes Pinto, who came on a Portuguese ship which landed nearby in Tanegashima. Soon after, Portuguese ships started sailing to Japan as regular trade freighters, thus increasing the contact and trade relations between Japan and the rest of the world, then Nagasaki became a centre of Portuguese and Dutch influence in the 16th through 19th centuries.
On August 6, 1945, during World War II (1939-45), an American B-29 bomber dropped the world’s first deployed atomic bomb over the Japanese city of Hiroshima. The explosion wiped out 90 percent of the city and immediately killed 80,000 people; tens of thousands more would later die of radiation exposure. Three days later, a second B-29 dropped another A-bomb on Nagasaki, killing an estimated 75,000 people. Japan’s Emperor Hirohito announced his country’s unconditional surrender in World War II in a radio address on August 15, citing the devastating power of “a new and most cruel bomb.”
Click “Read More” below to read about some sad stories I captured during my visit at the Atomic Bomb Museum, Nagasaki.
Monday, 26 June 2017. Cloudy in Nagasaki.
On my first itinerary (when I supposed to travel to Kyushu alone), I supposed to go Kumamoto and took the Orange railway, had dinner while enjoying the best sunset at the western side of Kyushu. But then ciMel decided to join me (and how I was so glad for that!^^)/ …and she wasn’t so sure about going to a shaky land of Kumamoto after a 7RS earthquake hit the prefecture on April last year. So we finally went to Nagasaki. (*/ω＼)
I wasn’t sure when she first suggested the site where the atomic bomb landed 72 years ago. I was like, why should I go to ruins city where seventy-thousand people died? I heard my other friend told me about how sad she was when she visited the ground-zero, and I watched the movie on NatGeo documentary few months ago, I remember the story about the bloody river, people with illness caused by the atomic bomb, sad stories of the survivors, still… how would I enjoy this abandoned city! (ᗒᗣᗕ)՞
And again, how I was SO wrong! Nagasaki was not only a place to learn history lesson, but this beautiful little town has its own beauty, and I believe it deserves more recognition! The town was peaceful, pretty, and with all that sad stories, this town now has touched many hearts! ♡( ◡‿◡ )
*nothing to see here. Just me and ciMel squatting at Yasaka Shrine*
Sunday, 25 June 2017. And you know what it means!!^o^)/
And if you don’t, it means me going for a Mass. It’s a weekly thing I do, but it become more interesting if I do it during my holiday abroad and see how the locals do it. (´｡• ᵕ •｡`)
But before that, woke up late this morning, both of us now too hungry and need brunch urgently. We were looking for Haru chan’ recommendation about a local hakata ramen restaurant at JR Hakata city, called Shin Shin. The restaurant located at the 2nd Floor, Ramen Street. And you have to stand in line to enjoy the ramen. (；⌣̀_⌣́)
Nope. We’re both too hungry to queue for a ramen. So we walked around the Ramen Street area, and found another ramen restaurant. Still crowded but no queue. This called Hakata Ichiban Ramen (not ichiran!)
You probably already heard about onsen. A natural / human-made pond with hot water famous in Japan, where we could soak ourselves naked with strangers in the same pond. But have you ever heard about SAND Bath Onsen?
I guess not many people heard about sand bath onsen. Especially those who are not from Japan.
I heard sand bath onsen during my research while I was planning my itinerary for my Japan trip, June 2017. I found one of the sand bath onsen in Beppu, only 2.5 hours away from Fukuoka. This interesting sand bath apparently has some good side-effect for our body. The sauna effect from burying yourself in a sand will make your body temperature higher and excrete poisonous toxins by sweating.
And after I tried this onsen at Beppu, now here I am going to show you what to expect and what not to expect from sand bath based on my personal experience! Click “Read More” and check out yourself!
Saturday, 24 June 2017. It was Drizzling!
We only had 1 day in Beppu, and we knew we can only choose 2 out of the 3 places we really wanted to go. The places we actually went are; African-Safari and Sand Bath Onsen. Sadly we didn’t have time to go Jigoku (Hell) Hot Spring. (っ´ω`)ﾉ(╥ω╥)
It was only cloudy when we stepped out from Naho’s place at 6AM to Hakata Train Station. We were going for African-Safari at Beppu, Oita Prefecture. So I was expecting to see those animals in another hot-sunny day like we had yesterday at cat island. (＃￣ω￣)
I bought another bento from the same Ekibento store at Hakata Station, while ciMel bought her favorite mentaiko croissant for breakfast. We then bought sonic train ticket from Hakata Station to Beppu Station. The train ticket cost ¥3090 per person, and it took us about 2 hours 10 minutes to our destination. <(￣︶￣)>
*Beppu Train Station*