30 March 2017

Road Trip Jawa Tengah: Semarang

Desember lalu saya dan tim The Lost Wanderer (aka Suami dan Anak N haha) liburan akhir tahun yang tidak terlalu akhir. Biasanya orang-orang liburan di minggu terakhir Desember pas Natal dan Tahun Baru, tapi kami liburan di minggu kedua Desember (tanggal 12-19). Keputusan yang tepat, karena kemana-mana masih belum ramai, dan harga hotel juga belum naik banget. Dan saat kami balik ke Ibukota, penduduk Jakarta akan mulai liburan dan kami bisa menikmati kota Jakarta yang lengang selama beberapa minggu.

Kali ini kami jalan-jalan keliling Jawa Tengah selama 7 hari dengan mobil pribadi, road trip pertama kali hanya bertiga saja, dengan tujuan Semarang, Bandungan, Solo, Ambarawa dan Dieng. Di posting-an pertama seri Road Trip Jawa Tengah ini akan saya ceritakan tentang perjalanan kami ke Kota Semarang, ibukota Jawa Tengah.

Kami berangkat dari rumah sekitar jam 6 pagi lewat tol Cipali ke arah Brebes, dan dari Brebes ke Semarang melewati jalan Pantura biasa. Tol baru ini bener-bener membantu transportasi ke Jawa ya karena perjalanan jadi cepat dan nyaman. Mudah-mudahan tol nya segera selesai sampai ke Semarang deh. Di antara Brebes dan Semarang, kami mampir istirahat setengah jam dulu di Kota Pekalongan, lumayan si Suami stretching badan buat nanti lanjut nyetir lagi hehe. Di kota yang terkenal dengan Batik nya ini tentu saja ada Museum Batik. Dengan tiket masuk Rp.5000/orang kami melihat-lihat ke dalam museum itu. Bangunannya tua (dan agak serem hehe) peninggalan Belanda, terdiri dari beberapa ruangan display yang menampilkan bermacam-macam batik, tidak hanya dari Pekalongan saja. Di bagian belakang ada kantin kecil dan area workshop buat yang mau belajar mem-batik. Di seberang gedung ini ada Alun-Alun Jatayu, atau disebut juga dengan Alun-Alun Batik karena ada pajangan huruf B-A-T-I-K besar di sana yang keren buat spot foto.

Alun-Alun Batik Pekalongan

Sampai di Semarang sekitar pukul 1, kami makan siang dulu di Tahu Gimbal Pak Edi di Jalan Pandanaran dekat Simpang Lima, hasil browsing di internet. Masakan ini berisi tahu, gimbal (bakwan) udang yang dipotong-potong kecil ditambah irisan kol dan telur goreng di atasnya lalu disiram dengan bumbu kacang petis encer. Yang bikin enak ya bumbu siram nya. Kami mesen 1 Tahu Gimbal, 1 Mie Bakso, 1 Es Campur dan 1 Es Jeruk total Rp.43,000 saja. Di Warung Tahu Gimbal Pak Edi ini, dudukannya lesehan, bersama dengan warung-warung lainnya. Letaknya di pinggir jalan sepanjang Taman Menteri Supeno. Sekilas melihat di taman nya ada tempat mainan anak-anak, tapi ga jadi mampir. Biasa deh suka duka traveling dengan balita, tiba-tiba si N pup (masih pakai popok instan sih), dan pas mau bilas di toilet taman nya, eugh toilet nya kotor, bau dan gada air. Jadinya kami langsung meluncur ke hotel yang sudah kami booking, Oak Tree Emerald, sekitar 6km (15menit) dari tempat makan itu.

Tahu Gimbal dan Mie Bakso

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