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Day 06: Shopping Day 

For those who are still waiting for the rest of my story of Bali, day 06 is a shopping day. The best shopping place if you came to Bali is in Krisna, especially Krisna Sunset Road Kuta, the biggest and complete shopping place for Balinese souvenirs. Some friends said that Sukowati market offers cheaper place and various items. However, based on my opinion, the cheapest place to shop is in Tanah Lot. But you have to bargain in order to get good price. But if you are a bit lazy to do that, Krisna is the place you should go. Trust me. 

Krisna at Sunset Road

Apart from shopping, we went also to Denpasar to visit an old place where I live before. We passed by Bajra Sandhi monument and stopped by. 

Bajra Sandhi

The next day my family and I were getting ready to go back to our city. We visited the Discovery shopping mall which offered a beautiful scenery of Kuta shoreline. 

Discover the view of Kuta Beach

Our holiday was fantastic, full of fun and enjoying nature things. I am grateful for being able to read another page in another chapter of this world.  

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Posted by on August 4, 2016 in TRAVEL

 

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Day 05: Ubud, Tampak Siring, Kintamani

Continuing previous story, our fifth day in Bali are spent in Ubud, Pure Tirta Empul, and Lake of Mount Baturin Kintamani.  

Ubud is famous for its paddy terrace, monkey forest, and also art and crafts. We visited Pure Ubud and the famous place from Eat, Pray, Love movie, the Central Market Ubud. There are many local stuffs we can buy for souvenirs.

Ubud Central Market

Pura Tirta Empul is located in Tampak Siring. It is famous with water temples as a place for cleaning Balinese people from sins and evils. Many international tourists also follows this traditional thing.

Tampak Siring Palace

On the other hand, the Lake of Mount Batur is in a higher place. It is a cold place, with heavy wind, but the scenery is beautiful. You can see Mount BBaturin a great distance. Here also there is Trunyan village if you cross the lake. Too bad that the people in Trunyan is not as friendly as other people within Bali area. But you can see many are still practising the traditional ceremony. 

Lake Batur

 
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Posted by on July 30, 2016 in TRAVEL

 

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Day 2 Bali: GWK, Melasti Beach, Pandawa Beach, Jimbaran

Day 02 in Bali is almost full of beach exploring also culinary. First place to be visited was GWK (Garuda Wisnu Kencana). The ticket entrance to this place was quite expensive, IDR 70,000 per adult. However, this is quite word with how vast is the area, plus we got free entrance to Barong attraction and Garuda Cinema, the story behind Garuda and Wisnu.

From GWK, we continue to Melasti Beach and dropped by for lunch with Nasi campur Bali. Melasti beach is a secret beach, hidden between rocks and winding road. It is still a new beach and not so many people goes there.

Nasi campur Bali

While, another beach close by – Pandawa beach, is full crowd of people. Some were swimming, canoeing, walking by the white sand beach. I swim at the sea to release all problems I had in mind.

For the dinner, our family had it in Jimbaran, which is famous for its seafood, grilled fish, and magnificent night view of Jimbaran Beach with Bali airport in a distance.

Jimbaran Fine Dining

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Posted by on July 13, 2016 in TRAVEL

 

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This is my holiday

Finally, after a longgg tough work at campus etc, I successfully arranged a short breakaway within last minute. I usually arrange for a trip like one year or months before.

This year, my family goes to BALI, a paradise island of Indonesia. We did not put much itinerary since we thought that we would spend times enjoying nature, beaches and sceneries. 

The plane ticket is quite cheap for close to holiday peak season. This time, we plan for 7 days roaming around in Bali. 

DAY 01 – Kuta beachwalk and Kuta Beach.

Kuta beachwalk is nice shopping centre, combining park and mall in the design concept. One can relax at indoor, outdoor, or even semioutdoor area seeing greeneries and flowers. It is located right in front of Kuta Beach, so visitors can also watch Kuta Beach from higher level. 

After visiting the Beachwalk of course we are tempted to visit Kuta Beach directly. The best time to visit is 3pm onwards where the sun is not too hot. Kuta Beach is famous for surfers, for it has big waves and long shorelines. Also, we wanted to watch the sun set here, but the weather did not support. There were clouds hiding the sun, but still it was lovely to walk on the beach 🙂

Thank God for giving us another opportunity to explore the wonder of nature ~ God’s creation.

 
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Posted by on July 12, 2016 in TRAVEL

 

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A walk on the beach

After sometimes, I think that my blog is more like a travel blog than educational blog. But, I guess my personal blog should tell my daily life and to me travelling brings happiness. This is why I love to tell my experience during my travel.

Last week, I went to Goa Cina Beach and Sendang Biru Beach in Southern Part of Malang. They are in the same direction, approximately 3-4 hours drive from Malang City. It was worth to travel there, since the Beaches was beautiful, especially Goa Cina Beach.

Sendang Biru Beach is mostly visited by people who want to go to Sempu Island or just fishing. Small boats and fish markets are available. There were boats at the port, ready to take people for fishing or just sailing around.

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Sendang Biru

Goa Cina Beach is more fun to me. The coastline is long, like L-shape line, with white sand along the beach. It faces both east and west, thus we can see both sunrise and sunset from the beach. People are not allowed to swim, since waves in Goa Cina Beach is high and strong, but we can play with sands and take a small dip into water at the edges. This place is worth to visit, one of clean and beautiful beaches in Java Province, Indonesia.

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Goa Cina Beach

And here I am, playing on the beach ☺

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This is me

 
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Posted by on September 12, 2015 in TRAVEL

 

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Keep calm and enjoy study in Bali – Day 01

Finally, this year, my students had another excursion. This time we went to Bali, island of paradise in Indonesia. The study tour or the excursion was held from 4-8 May, but the real tour only took 3 days. The rest was the time needed for transportation using bus.

The first place we visit is Panglipuran Village. It is a preserved village for tourism. The village is maintained for its local houses, daily activities, spiritual ceremony, etc. It has been developed as tourism place since 2012. You can feel the spirit of the place, just by looking the surrounding, the smell of offerings, and the silence.

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Panglipuran Village

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Traditional bali house

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Architectural students Uwika in Panglipuran

On day 01, the study also visited Taman Nusa. It is a place to see all models of traditional houses of Indonesia. Indonesia which comprises of more than 17,000 islands has 34 provinces. Each province has its own traditional houses.

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Inside Taman Nusa, we can also see beautiful view of rice fields and terraces. Also, there are historical story of Indonesia. What we found which seemed to be funny was the replica of Borobudur. The real Borobudur is in Yogyakarta. Of course, the size was smaller, and the feeling to see it was different.

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Rice field terraces

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Borobudur model

Here are some of the traditional houses available:
1. Honai, traditonal house of Papua

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2. Dalam Loka Sumawa, traditional house of Sasak, Nusa Tenggara Barat.

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3. Traditional house of Sulawesi Tengah

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And many more..

Overall, me and my students gained new knowledge about genius loci. It is our local culture who brought the spirit and richness of a place. The culture and tradition which are out of our concerns, need to be preserved. Local materials and characters will build local genius and give values to what we have in our built environment.

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Wayang golek inside museum in Taman Nusa

 
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Posted by on May 14, 2015 in Campus Life, TRAVEL

 

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Holidays Getaway

Last holidays during Idul Fitri, my family and I had chance to visit Museum Angkut (literally means: Transportation Museum). The area actually consisted of two parts: Museum Angkut and Pasar Apung (Floating Market). The museum opens normaly every day from 12.00-20.00. But anticipating people’s enthusiasm, the museum opened from 10 am during holidays. There were long queue lines in front of ticketing office and entrance for the museum. The entrance fee per person was IDR 75,000 (USD 7,5) during holidays. Pasar Apung (floating market) is free to enter, basically they served as market place for food, drinks, souvenirs, and local merchandizes.

Inside the museum, there are zoning based on the character of its identity: Education Zone, Batavia Zone, Gangster and Broadway Zone, European Union Zone(France, Germany, Italy, UK), US Zone(Las Vegas, Hollywood). The museum was full of crowds during holidays. All means of transportation were displayed: cars, motors, chopters, even the conventional ones like carts and bicycle, and also education about train and planes.

Batavia Zone showed old Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia. From china town to old harbor Sunda Kelapa, all were represented in the scene and setting.

Batavia Zone

Batavia Zone

 

Gangster Town in Broadway Zone, brought out movie things and action movie scenes. Even Charlie Chaplin and Three Stooges were there. You can watch short scenes of their movie.

Gangster Town

Gangster Town

Entering European Zone : first part is ITALY: Colosseum, Venice, and Pisa are the symbols of this zone. Of course, German Part is the one I like most. Willkomen in Deutschland or welcome to Germany, offered scenes of German local houses, Berliner Mauer, BMW, and Daimler Chrysler Mercedes.

Local German House

Local German House

France part always identically refers to Eiffel Tower. I have visited real Eiffel in Paris, another Eiffel in BNS (Batu Night Spectacular), another Eiffel in Pakuwon Supermall Surabaya. So this one is the fourth Eiffel to me.

Eiffel in Museum

Eiffel in Museum

The Great Britain or UK Zone is full of flags of England. Even you can have pictures with Queen Elizabeth like I did :P.

United Kingdom Zone

United Kingdom Zone

Hollywood is the last part of Museum Angkut. Movie scenes and posters were displayed on wall.

 

Hollywood Zone

Hollywood Zone

What is lacking in this place is place for eating and drinking. I suggested that you eat first before visiting this museum, or otherwise you are going to starving. The place is quite nice and fun, but it is better to visit during normal season, where there are not so many visitors. Afterall, it was good to visit with your lovely family 🙂

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Posted by on August 15, 2014 in TRAVEL

 

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