14 March 2017

Review: Hotel and Banquet Panorama Lembang

This time I went to Lembang not only with my two best traveling buddies (Husband and Daughter) but also with my Mom and my Sister. For the accommodation, I wanted one villa/cottage that has 2 separate rooms. I found this Hotel and Banquet Panorama which was not far from the venue of my friend's wedding (which was the main reason we went to Lembang).

I booked the hotel via Traveloka around 10 days before the stay. I got price around Rp.940,000 for 1 night in a cottage with 2 bedrooms. When we arrived, we saw many buses parking in its large parking lot. I read in internet reviews that this hotel was indeed used commonly by big group like employee gathering or conference. The lobby is decorated with traditional ornaments with a little bit Balinese and Javanese style. Upon check-in, we received welcome drinks. At first they said the drinks must be consumed in the lobby. We waited a little bit but since we were already too tired we just left it and went to our cottage. Surprisingly not long after, they brought the drinks to our cottage hehe.

Cottages around shady green trees
The cottage is surrounded by big trees and many plants, very relaxing. There are 2 terraces: in front and in the back. We got a cottage near hotel fences. Since this hotel located on the main big road of Lembang - Tangkuban Perahu, it got very noisy with the vehicles sound passing by. Even at night, when all windows and doors were already closed, the sound was still coming in.

08 March 2017

Another Lembang Trip in 2016

There are too many attractions in Lembang that keep Jakartans coming back there. We just went there last October but one visit was not enough. Therefore we were definitely excited when getting wedding invitation from a friend that was held in Lembang last December. Another reason to go to Lembang, yay!

This time I asked my Mom and Sister to come along with us too. I went out from my home around 5am to pick up my Mom and Sister first, then we started to hit the toll road around 5.30am, and arrived in Lembang around 8am, like last time. We wanted to visit Farmhouse first but the gate had not opened yet. While waiting it's opened, we entered a Batik shop just besides Farmhouse which already opened at that time, and relaxed a bit after 2,5 hours trip from Jakarta.

Around 9am, we finally went to Farmhouse. I thought after opening 1 year, this place would be less crowded now, but oh boy, it was still packed with visitors, which is a good thing for the owner but not really enjoyable for the tourist. Fortunately we came very early so we got a spot to park our car in the parking lot inside. If it's already full, the vehicles are usually parked in some additional parking lots outside Farmhouse which is quite far. The entrance ticket is Rp.20,000/person (get free milk) and Rp.5000/vehicle. It's opened everyday from 9am to 8pm.

I understand this place is crowded because inside there are many interesting spots to take pictures: European style building, Hobbit House, Love Locks, small waterfall, cute cafes and animal farms. Visitors also can rent a traditional Dutch costume for about 2 hours and walk around this place with that heavy clothes. Kids will love to see and feed animals like rabbit, sheeps, cows, parrots, chickens and even iguana.

07 March 2017

Review: Beach Hotel Singapore

Looking for budget accommodation in Singapore is a little bit tricky. Especially if you are traveling with family who wants to have a little bit privacy, not like a guesthouse or backpackers hostel. Accommodation in Singapore are very expensive compared to Indonesia. Hostel in Singapore usually has the same price like 3 stars hotel in Indonesia.

Fortunately I found this 2 stars hotel named Beach Hotel located in Beach Road, obviously. I booked 1 double bed room for 2 nights in Traveloka for about 1,5millions Rupiahs, 40 days before the stay. The sooner you book the place, the better hotel and price you can get. The room is well-equipped with TV, microwave, kettle, and fridge. Wifi connection and shower water heater were working perfectly. I have no complain at all regarding its facilities. 

My room @ Beach Hotel

27 February 2017

Hunting Kids Places in Singapore

Last November I went to Singapore with my husband and our 2 years old daughter. That was the first time she traveled abroad, which I showed her the place I once called home (not that she understood tho). We made her passport last June before we even had any plan to travel overseas. It was just a preparation in case we suddenly had business trip abroad in the future so we could bring her along. Then the chance came when my friend invited us to his wedding in Singapore.

Since I already have visited most of the tourist places in Singapore, and I did not have any particular places to go (except shopping in Orchard of course), I tried to find kids-friendly places for my child to play. So here the list of interesting kids-places we went during our 3 days trip in Singapore.

1. Changi Airport
Nothing beats this airport. The most pleasant airport in the world where you can spend a lot of time without feeling bored (read this post). Children love this place too, with some playgrounds and cute displays here and there. By the time we arrived in the luggage belt, ours were the last standing bags that haven't been taken yet. Changi Airport also provides kids stroller, what a convenient!

Stroller by Changi Airport

2. Far East Organization Children's Garden @ Gardens by the Bay
After we checked-in and relaxed a bit in our hotel until around 2pm, we went out to Marina Bay area. What a small country, in Bugis Junction I bumped into my ex-landlady and her kind family. We reunited again for just few minutes. When I said I wanted to go to Marina Bay Sands (MBS), she said "ah yes, there is a nice children garden, it's free!" I did not know that. I was planning to go there to visit Art Science Museum, you know, the one looks like a hand facing up, just because I've been there several times but haven't actually gone inside the building, and besides... where else to go? Fortunately we met her so then we knew where we should go. It is called Far East Organization Children's Garden, located in the far end of Gardens by the Bay. That place was awesome! Toddler (1-5 years old) like my daughter can play in water fountain coming out of fish sculpture (so cute) and a big playground. While older kids up to 12 years old can have fun in water play/shower and tree house. Parents can enjoy the sights of their happy kids and beautiful iconic Singapore buildings. We spent a lot of time there until it was closed at 7pm.

Playing in Far East Organization Children's Garden