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Hey hey... it's been quite an exciting and tiring Sunday for me :) Left Surabaya at 12am for a 4 hours drive to Mt. Bromo to catch the sunrise at 2800meters above sea level. 7 of us, a driver, an Avanza, a 4x4 hard top and 5 1/2 hours later, we made it just in the nick of time to awe ourselves with the scenic and breath taking view.
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Actually, this was suppose to be posted way before firstname.lastname@example.org. Guess it's not all just work work and work... sometimes we take a little time off to enjoy with someone special. Thanks for coming over dear... i had a great time :)
Monday, June 2, 2008
Hey guys! Check out my brand new toy! hahaha.. this is damn fun. Engineering wonder and i've always wanted one of these.. SUPER miniature helicopter!
Sunday, May 25, 2008
It's been 3 months since i've started my work as Quality Manager for the telco project here in Indonesia. I have to say that i'm pretty glad to be given the opportunity to travel around and living off my "briefcase". Unfortunately, i've been pretty busy and haven't been updating my blog. Please feel free to add me in Facebook. :)
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Saturday, March 15, 2008
The hot springs was also an experience I haven’t had the chance to indulge in. The water was a nice 42.5 degrees and the alkali level is about pH 2.5. It was fun to dip yourself into it as the water stings your eyes and the rain drops on your head. Very relaxing. Too bad it’s not like those Japanese hot springs with natural surroundingsJ. That’ll be great! My next holiday destination? :)
The 1830 meter high Tangkuban Prahu volcano is one of Bandung 's main tourist attractions. With its 5 craters of which at least three are still active, it makes for a spectacular sight. Unfortunately, the smell is equally spectacular, the sulphur mostly resembling rotten eggs. The volcano can be reached in less than one and a half hours from Bandung and is approximately 30 minutes from the scruffy horticultural town of Lembang . To get there, take an angkot (minivan) to Lembang and change to another angkot that says Tangkuban Prahu.
The area of which the Tangkuban Prahu volcano forms the heart has been given the name Parahyangan , which translates to ‘home of the spirits' and is considered the spiritual origin of the Sundanese. Legend tells that in the past, a young boy by the name of Sang Kuriang fell in love with his own mother who he hadn't seen for many years (because he'd allegedly killed his father and was kicked out of the house). The mother, upon finding out the awkward family ties between her and ‘her lover', tries to get rid of his affection by giving him the impossible task of building 1000 boats in 1 night. If that wasn't hard enough, she also undermined his attempt by making the roosters cry too early. The son fails and will never be able to marry the love of his life. In anger and frustration, he kicks one of his newly built boats which turns upside down and grows into a mountain. That explains the name Tangkuban Prahu, which means ‘upside down boat'.
The park is a huge area with forests that make for great hikes to the craters. The main crater, kawah ratu , is lined with a selection of tacky tourist shops selling miniature ninja puppets, bonsai trees and hats made out of rabbit fur. This is also where most of the street/mountain vendors hold office with their strawberries and raspberries so be prepared to be followed around with those relentlessly.
The small information centre has a model of the volcanic area and some brochures, but the best way to enjoy the Tangkuban Prahu is to take a walk around the crater. There, the tourist traps are absent and the views of the bubbling mud and steam are quite impressive.
It is possible to walk down to the main kawah ratu crater in record speed of two hours, but make sure you wear appropriate shoes since the ‘road' is rocky and slippery. An alternative route would take you to kawah domas , a crater with a small sulphur mine that can be reached in about 30 minutes and where the main attraction is boiling eggs in the 94-98 degree water.
Admittance to the park is Rp.35,000 for foreigners and Rp. 12,000 for locals, the underlying assumption being that most foreigners are loaded. So unless you look distinctly Indonesian, expect to pay up. Sometimes ‘negotiating' with the staff will bring the price down a bit.
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Wow.. Natural disaster, they dug and hit... MUD! Drowned 16 'kampungs' here and now flooded with rain water. Terrible.. just terrible. Happened just early this month. Read more below...
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:) I just uploaded these photos from my camera. So much better from my camera phone photos right? Amazing! 8 BLOCKS on 'Mal Tmn Anggrek', Jakarta. They said that they could feel the floor shake whenever there is an earthquake.. haha, and i'm living on Block 6 21st floor unit C. It's only half the height. If i'm not mistaken, there are over 45 floors there! *gulp*
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Oh well, the traffic JAM is as BAD as Manila. That's about all i want to say about it... sigh! Anyway, I'm staying on top of this HUGE shopping complex call Mal Taman Anggrek. There are 8 towers of 40 over floors high apartments on TOP of this HUGE ass building. As you can in the photo, the shopping 'Mal' is not bad.
There is a photo of my room in the apartment and the other photos is my 'cubicle with a view' at the office. haha.. only looking out at the traffic condition.
Well, i'm headed off to East Jawa (Surabaya) for more work tomorrow morning for 10 days. Hopefully will get a chance to get online there...
Sunday, February 24, 2008
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Friday, November 9, 2007
Well, after NZ, it's 1 week training in Bandung, Indonesia. Some HQ RnD trainners came down to update us all on the 'Quality' issues. Meet most of the fellow QA colleagues working all aound Asia Pacific. This place reminds me of Penang but of course just filled with lots and lots of indons.. haha.