Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
After late check in at Hotel Utari, the hotel next to DSE Dago Stock Export, we bid farewell again to Bandung. We took a cab to the Airport, Hussein Sastranegara Bandung, a small airport that is shared with the Air Force TNI-AU (Angkatan Udara). Since it was early morning, the road was not heavy and we reached the airport in about 20 minutes.
Our flight was at 9am and after check in, one last Sunda breakfast for us. The check in was not without drama, we suddenly found that one of our Rumah Mode bags was missing, worse.. our passports are in that bag, then I saw the culprit, a group of ladies with Rumah Mode bags on all of them, when I told them that bag was mine.."Oh sorry ye, tak perasan"..... my foot, tak perasan, check it first before you tow any bag away fool!
As expected we have excess luggage... about Rph 150,000 but after discount we settled for Rph 100k. The flight home was OK and quite smooth and touch down at KLIA about 15 minutes early.
Monday, February 26, 2007
The idea for Taman Mini came to Suharto's wife, Tien Suharto, during a visit to
Why would the leader of a struggling republic risk public outrage and financial ruin to build a theme park his wife dreamed up at
Disneyl and? According to Cabinet magazine in 2002: Suharto himself addressed the question at the dedication on 20 April 1975. "Life," he said, "will not have a beautiful and deep meaning with material sufficiency only… One's life will be calm and complete only when it is accompanied by a spiritual welfare. The direction and guidance toward that spiritual welfare is, in fact, already in our possession; it lies in our beautiful and noble national cultural inheritance." This remark gives a clue as to the true function Taman Mini would come to serve for the government. Beautiful Indonesiain was not built to be an amusing diversion. Rather, it would serve as the nation's spiritual treasure trove–a locked box containing the nation's cultural wealth to be kept close to Miniature Park 's heart and its capital. Indonesia
The objectives of Taman Mini below are in line with the vision that Suharto had;
· Membangun atau mempertebal rasa cinta tanah air. · Memupuk dan membina rasa persatuan dan kesatuan bangsa yang terdiri atas berbagai suku dengan berbeda-beda adat dan kebudayaan daerahnya. · Menghargai dan menjunjung tinggi kebudayaan nasional dengan menghidupkan kembali kebudayaan yang diwariskan oleh nenek moyang bangsa. · Memperkenalkan adat-istiadat, kebudayaan dan perilaku kehidupan bangsa dan daerah kepada bangsa lain. · Meningkatkan arus wisatawan sehingga dapat mendorong menghidupkan kerajinan rakyat di daerah-daerah. · Menyediakan sarana rekreasi yang bersifat pendidikan masyarakat.
Behold you people with sweet tooth, (just like me) brownies are a good choice of if you are hungry in between meals. Brownies Kukus Amanda (Amanda’s steamed brownies) are currently the “most wanted brownie kukus cakes” in
However to me I prefer Kharisma Brownie Kukus, from Jl Dr Otten, Bandung, I personally think this brownie taste better but it is not as famous as Amanda's.
You can imagine how crazy they are about the brownie kukus if you read about it in this article in Pikiran Rakyat;
RANGKAIAN pembeli antri hingga di luar gedung untuk mendapatkan kue brownies kukus di Jalan Ranca Bolang Margahayu Raya Bandung, Selasa (1/11). Banyaknya pembeli menjelang Lebaran membuat pihak penjual membatasi penjualan hanya tiga kotak per pembeli. Dan demi tiga kotak brownies itu, pembeli rela mengantri sekira tiga jam.*M. GELORA SAPTA/"PR"
Try this recipe taken from http://resep.dekap.com
100 gr gula pasir halus
150 ml susu cair
150 gr mentega/margarin
100 ml susu kental manis
50 gr coklat bubuk
150 gr tepung terigu
1 sdt baking powder
½ sdt soda kue
2 butir telur, kocok rata
1. Dalam wajan masukkan gula, susu cair, mentega dan susu kental manis, masak di atas api kecil (jangan sampai mendidih) hingga gula larut dan mentega meleleh. Sisihkan.
2. Tuangkan sedikit campuran susu ke dalam mangkuk kocok berisi coklat bubuk, aduk rata. Masukkan sisa campuran susu ke dalam campuran coklat tadi, aduk rata. Sisihkan. Biarkan dingin.
3. Masukkan telur satu persatu sambil terus diaduk menggunakan whisk sampai tercampur rata.
4. Campur tepung terigu, baking powder dan soda kue, ayak. Lalu masukkan ke dalam campuran susu coklat, aduk perlahan hingga rata.
5. Tuang ke dalam loyang bundar diameter 20 cm lalu kukus selama 45 menit hingga matang (lakukan test dengan tusuk gigi/lidi). Angkat. Biarkan dingin baru dikeluarkan dari dalam loyang.
6. Potong-potong kue dan sajikan. Bagian atas kue bisa diberi topping atau glaze ganache, sesuai dengan selera anda.
Welcome to one of the most paced up and packed up area in
There are six large shopping centers in one area, all ridiculously near, sometimes even connected to, each other that you wonder why can’t they just turn it into one gigantic supermall and save the confusion. The six giants to conquer are: the Mangga Dua Mall which is connected via a bridge to The Harco Mas Mangga Dua, the Mangga Dua WTC, the ITC Mangga Dua-there are two of them! The ITC Mangga Dua I and the ITC Mangga II, the Dusit Mangga Dua and the Pasar Pagi Mangga Dua. Forget about luxurious boutiques for a while and go rummage the hectic shops.
Try your skill in bargaining, we bought a batik material for Rph 45k only to find it selling at another shop at Rph 30k. We later found out we could actually buy the same piece for Rph 25k.
A piece of history: Mangga Dua is a famous site for the battle between Prince Jayakarta and Governor JP Coen in 1619, the area is home to the
Sunday, February 25, 2007
Many people visit
Then try Warung Ampera.. you can find many of them around
We tried one on our back from the trip to Saung Angklung Mang Ujo to the east of Bandung. One word of warning, please do not try the Teh Botol if you can't stand really sweet drinks.
Factory outlets were originally 'garment factories' that sold over-runs , and substandard, export quality materials at very low prices. More like Reject Shop and F.O.S. in Malaysia. Now, they sell materials 'made in
Udjo Ngalagena is the founding father of Saung Angklung Udjo which he founded in 1967 together with his wife his wife Mrs. Uum Sumiati Udjo. He is the 6th Son from Wiranta and Imi. His parents gave his name as “Udjo” that has similarity with his siblings Oneh, Udjen, Idjah, Eroh, Edja, and Ela and it was only long after that that Udjo added NGALAGENA on his name. Ngalagena = nice, hope, and independency.
In Saung Angklung Udjo, he made his marks by placing words of wisdom carved in the wall of the school. His notes are placed in many strategic points, so others could read iteasily, especially in Musician’s waiting room, and Angklung storage that is used for the regular performances. One good example is:
Ceuceub ka hiji jalmi hartosna nyiksa ka diri sorangan
Kukituna dunya jadi heurin
Naon rugelna jadi jalmi anu someah
Naon rugelna jadi jalmi anu leah
Having hatred in someone meant that we torture ourselves, that’s why the world became a nasty place to live in.
What is there to lose to be a kind hearted persons?
What is there to lose to be wise and respected persons?
When he passed away at May 3rd 2001, the management of Saung Angklung Udjo is continued by Udjo’s children. Udjo Ngalagena once said:
"What You Are, What Job You Have Chosen, Do It Well, Do It With Love, Without Love, You Are Dead Before You Die"
There is a small thing I like about the complex as a whole; OK they have a little hall where the children performed to the tourist but what I like is the design of the toilet with a little area for 'wudhu' next to it (see pic). It just blended in and it look so simple but beautiful.
Saturday, February 24, 2007
So we went into a dimly litted room with 2 massage beds, changed and soak our feet in warm water with additional mixture hich was very soothing. Then it was time to get on the bed to feel the pain... ohhh acccgghh massochist. But first we can choose which aromatheraphy smell we like, well it doesnt matter to me as long as it smells good :) and then the time comes for full body massage.. oh and the pain.. it was painful for me.. but my wife sailed through it like it was no pain at all..huiyooo. I have always had this pain on my right back..top right and on my right shoulder to my neck. After a few minutes of painful massage I felt that the said pain was gone... perrghh.. power. Then is was a mixture ginger and other stuff poured all over and more and more mixture.. like you put on the fish before you fry them. Then off we go into the steam room with all the herbs.. and finally into the jacuzzi with a red thingy.. more mixture... it was steaming and I took nearly 5 whole minutes before I was finally able to sit in the jacuzzi. O gosh so relaxing.. I recommend it anytime, even much better than my visit to Roger's last year.
All these for Rph 185,000 per person.. we paid Rph 200k each as we felt it was worth much much more than that.
It was quite difficult to find as Jln Raden Patah is not on the main road, it is on a small road behind Jl Juanda. You need a good taxi driver who is familiar with the area.
I enclosed the price list as of Feb 2007... >>>> click on the photo to enlarge it