Kuala Lumpur & Bandar Sunway D6 # Malaysia

Today is our last day. And we decided didn’t go anywhere. At 09:00, my cousins go to class. Today is his first day after school holiday.

Then after said goodbye to him, we eat breakfast at Old Town White Coffee.The breakfast menu in Old Town White Coffee is various than at Coffee Bean.

I order toast with fried egg and hot chocolate. My aunty order noodle and hot chocolate. My other cousin order nasi lemak and ice lemonade. We also take away kaya toast with half omega and ice lemonade. But you have to pay for MYR 2 if you want to take away.

After eat breakfast, we packing to go home. At 11:00, we check-out and ask the hotel staff to help us call the taxi from Myteksi Applications. 

We eat lunch at Nanny’s Pavillon at the airport and it’s really expensive. Then at 15:15 we go back to Yogyakarta.

Kuala Lumpur & Bandar Sunway D3 # Malaysia

Woke up late today, we start our day at 11:00. We ate breakfast at instant restaurant again. This time, I try their BBQ with rice.

Our destination today is near KLCC. It’s Aquaria KLCC. I have never been there before because everytime I want to go there, I always lost way. And it happen again, but this time I took a wrong path.

In the Kuala Lumpur map which we can take in airport, we could walk from Pavilion Bukit Bintang, through Bukit Bintang-KLCC skybridge only for 5 minutes.

I didn’t see it first, and we ride monorail to Bukit Nanas.

Arrive at Bukit Nanas station, I just realize it. So we decided to walk to the sky bridge. We go out at Ampang Road and walk to the right. We passed Hard Rock restaurant, Concorde Hotel and also Sheraton Hotel.

In front of Sheraton Hotel, there’s an intersection, cross the road to the left and then walk straight. In the middle of the road, turn right until you see the sky bridge. Then took the elevator, and walk to the right until the end of the sky bridge and you will arrive at KLCC building. The aquaria is in that building at underground.

The ticket entrance to Aquaria is MYR 53/pax. It’s quiet expensive I think, because the area is not too big too. For student, there’s special price to MYR 32/pax.

I didn’t have a change to take picture of the ticket, we used the ticket to enter and it’s gone haha..

After pass a small path, we come to a big aquarium.

There’s some feeding show, but the time is not convenient. But we managed to watched big aquarium feeding and piranha feeding session.

We spend almost 4 hours inside there. Then after come out, we went to KLCC Petronas Twin Tower and Suria KLCC mall. It’s my 3rd time come here.

We eat lunch (or maybe evening eating because it’s alreay 5 o’clock in the evening) at Nando’s.

Then we walk around the mall while waiting for night.At 19:30, we go to KLCC Park and waiting for the musical laser fountain. That time, the fountain already dancing. 

The musical fountain will play at 12:00 and 14:00 and also 18:00 before night. And at night, the light will turn on at 19:30 and the fountain will play at 20:00, 21:00 and 22:00.At 20:00 the music started. It’s beautiful. 

It took for 20 minutes for the show. After finished, we go back to hotel using monorail. From KLCC to Dang Wangi then walk to Bukit Nanas Monorail and ride until Imbi Station.

Kuala Lumpur & Bandar Sunway D1 # Malaysia

Thank you for one of my aunty, I got a chance to roaming in Kuala Lumpur. But this time, this is on duty journey. I will accompany them to walk around Kuala Lumpur. 

My aunty stay at east java, her child study at Bandar Sunway. So, she wants to visit him while touring Kuala Lumpur. We depart from Yogyakarta, because my autny has something to do in central java, and the ticket price is cheaper than from Surabaya.

At 06:45, I go to Damri Bus Stasion at Hotel Wisata to go to the Airport. I took 7 o’clock bus and it cost IDR 50.000/pax. There’s approximately 8 people inside the bus and the journey take 1.5 hours. 

At 08:30 I have arrived at Yogyakarta Adisucipto International Airport. My aunty and my cousin has already arrived in there too.

For information, there’s road renovation at Jalan Adisucipto, after ringroad to Airport direction,right before the imigration. From 4 path of car road into 3 path which there only 1 path to airport direction. I’m lucky because it’s still morning and not traffic in there. If you depart in the afternoon or evening, maybe you need to depart 2-3 hours early to avoid the late.

Arrived at airport, we still can’t check-in. So we wait until 09:30. We drop our baggage, and after verified our documents, we passed the imigrations. Then we wait in the waiting room.

Approximately 11:15, we are boarding. Then at 12:00, we say “see you again Yogya”.  There’s delay 15 minutes from the exact time because of air traffic. It should be 11:45.

There’s only Airasia Flight from Yogyakarta to Kuala Lumpur direct. I have been many times ride this plane and it’c comfortable. But this time, there’s one stewardess that make me didn’t feel comfortable inside the flight. She help us, but I thought that her behavior is less polite. I hope she could realize and fix her attitude.

We buy pre-flight meal on the flight. I buy Uncle Chin’s Rice Chicken and my aunty and my cousin buy Nasi Lemak.

The flight took 2.5 hours. At 15:20 we landed at Kuala Lumpur International Airport Terminal 2. The airport is new, so expect half hours to walk to imigrations, and then half hours to wait for the baggage. Our baggage has already on the belt. Last time I came here, when I arrived at baggage claim, the baggage still not come out and we have to wait 15 minutes.

We decided to ride bus to Hotel Capitol Bukit Bintang. The bus station is on 1st floor.and you can see a lot of ticket booth in there. Just go to the bus locket and ask for the bus to your destination. Bus to hotel Capitol Bukit Bintang need to change to the small car. And it cost RM$15. The next bus is 16:30 which is still there 15 minutes to depart.

We go to platform A4 and the driver ask us what destination we go. And he will write our destination and I thought he tell the agency about it.

At 16:30 the bust depart. First stop is KLIA1. And no one depart from there so we continue to the city. Arrive near Pudu, we change to small car because the bus can not enter Bukit Bintang Area because there’s MRT construction.

Finally, we arrive at Hotel Capitol Kuala Lumpur. It cost RM$195/room/night. We booked via hotel website, http://www.fhihotel.com with credit card guarantee.

The room is nice. We booked connecting room, so it seems a big room because we open the connecting door. We are on the 6th floor and the view from here is nice.

We rest for a while, while waiting for my cousin that study in Sunway come here. 1 hour.. 2 hours.. my cousins suddenly said, the monorail is broken so it didn’t operated. He needs to wait on not sure time. So he decided to walk about 3km.

At 20:00, he arrive at hotel then we go eat dinner at Alor Street. We choose Alor Corner Stand which famous with Asam Laksa.

I order Curry Noodle. It’s not my favourite, but it’s better than Chicken amd Prawn Noodle which is my aunty’s order. My cousins order Asam Laksa and Dry Noodle.

Then we walk along the alor street, we try coconut ice cream and also Wong Ah Wah chicken wings.

Then we go back to the hotel to rest.

Lawang Sewu Semarang # Central Java – Indonesia

Lawang Sewu, is a landmark in Semarang, Central Java. It called “Lawang Sewu” from Javanese which means “Thousand Doors”. The name comes from its design, with numerous doors and arc.

There’s 4 building in Lawang Sewu, the two main ones name A & B, and the other two smaller ones name C & D.

Lawang Sewu located at Pemuda Street, in front of Tugu Muda. It initially used by the Nederlandsch Indische Spoorweg Maatschappij, the national railway of the Dutch East Indies. After the Japanese invaded Indonesia, the basement building B was turned to prison. And when Semarang retaken by the Dutch, the Dutch forces used the tunnel leading into A building to sneak into the city. A battle ensued, with numerous Indonesian fighters dying. It was later returned to National Railway Company after the Indonesian Army took over the complex.

source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawang_Sewu

The entrance ticket is IDR 10.000 and we need to be accompanied by a guide which cost IDR 30.000 for 1 group. You can choose Indonesian native guide or English one.

When we come to this building, the building A is closed due renovation. And we only entered building B. The guide tells us, Lawang Sewu has 350 door and many windows, but each door has 2 leaf door. So it has more than 1000 leaf door and windows.

There’s underground tunnel, but we didn’t dare to enter. Besides it is wet, and we have to rent a boot, everything is dark in there. Additional ticket required to entering the underground tunnel.

Keraton Ngayogyakarta # Special Region of Yogyakarta – Indonesia

Keraton Ngayogyakarta is a palace of Sultan. Sultan, was an Arabic Language, means King. Altough nowadays Keraton Ngayogyakarta is a part of Republic Indonesia, but Sultan and his family still stay inside Keraton along with its tradition. Keraton Ngayogyakarta is one of the attraction place when you went to Yogyakarta. Some part of Keraton, is become a museum to keep things belongs of Sultan, including gifts from Europe kingdom. Keraton Ngayogyakarta also has the best architecture of Java palace.

PS: I’m not good in history. So I won’t talk about the history too much.

Keraton Ngayogyakarta located near Malioboro street  (the famous street in Yogyakarta). You can walk from Malioboro street. Or if you go by car or tricycle or horsecar, you can ask the driver to bring you to Keraton Ngayogyakarta. Don’t worry, a lot of people in Yogyakarta can speak English.

Keraton Ngayogyakarta open from 09:00 ’till 14:00. You have to buy ticket to enter the Keraton. For domestic tourists, it cost IDR 5.000. For International tourists, it cost IDR 12.500. And if you bring any camera, you have to buy ticket for camera. I forget how it costs, but as I remember, it costs IDR 1.000/camera.

Keraton Ngayogyakarta is really large, so it’s better if you ask for local guide (you can ask when you buy ticket). And it won’t took too long time inside if you use guide and you won’t lost track.

– http://id.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keraton_Ngayogyakarta_Hadiningrat
– http://id.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sultan

My Aunty Trip # Indonesia

My Aunty from Guangzhou, China, was coming to Indonesia for celebrating my cousin’s wedding and Chinese New Year. And because, I can speak Chinese, so it’s my pleasure to guide her on tour near my hometown.

The first destination is Yogyakarta. Yogyakarta is a city and the capital city of Yogyakarta Special Region in Java, Indonesia. It is renowned as a centre of classical Javanese fine art and culture such as batik, ballet, drama, music, poetry, and puppet shows. Yogyakarta is historically and culturally part of the Central Java region, although it is now a separate administrative entity. It is the only region in Indonesia that is still governed by a pre-colonial monarchy, the Sultan of Yogyakarta, who serves as the hereditary governor of the region.

source: Wikipedia
– http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yogyakarta
– http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special_Region_of_Yogyakarta

I took my University degree in Yogyakarta. And I stay in Yogyakarta from 2001 to 2004 for study and 2004-2006 for works. So, Yogyakarta is just like my 2nd hometown. I known most of the place in there.

It tooks 1 hour from my hometown, Magelang by car. Magelang located in Central Java Region. If you want to come here, there’s an international Airport, Adisucipto International Airport. You can take a flight from Jakarta (capital city of Indonesia), Surabaya, Bali and some other big city in Indonesia for domestic, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for International. I took my aunty, touring Yogyakarta, and Semarang.

We visited Keraton Ngayogyakarta which is the palace of Sultan, Taman Sari Watercastle, Benteng Vredebrug, and Malioboro street in Yogyakarta.

Unfortunately, Benteng Vredeburg was closed on Monday. (We toured on Monday, how pity.)

The 2nd destination is Semarang. Semarang is the capital and largest city of Central Java province in Indonesia. A major port during the Dutch colonial era, and still an important regional centre and port today.

source: Wikipedia Semarang

It tooks 2 until 3 hours drive to Semarang from Magelang. When traffic jam, it could took 4-5 hours.

We went to Sam Po Kong Temple, one of famous and oldest temple in Semarang. And then Lawang Sewu (thousand doors), an Nederlandsh old building which used as Railways Station. And last, we visit Vihara Buddhagaya Watugong at Ungaran, outside Semarang.

Tugu Muda at Pemuda Road, Semarang

Let’s see more spesific about those place. ^_____^