JAKARTA | Kota Tua #1

After major revitalization in this area, Kota Tua has become one of the most highly sought tourist destination in Jakarta for the last few years. After being famous of its Dutch colonial architecture and history, Kota Tua is also now increasingly in demand to visit with the presence of cafes, local culinary, and folk markets, which make Kota Tua an attractive choice for weekends not for tourists but also for Jakarta citizen. So, here is my several places to visit and to try in Kota Tua.

To Get There

Toko Merah @ Kali Besar

It is very easy to visit Kota Tua, because of its strategic location which integrated by several transportation modes. You can take KRL Commuter Line with the destination of Jakarta Kota Station, Transjakarta busway with the destination Kota (close to Fatahillah park) and Kali Besar Barat (to get off at Kali Besar) or you can also take the Transjakarta #JakartaExplorer bus (and the good news is: IT’S FREE!).

I also highly recommend that for those of you who drive, you can park in the Kali Besar parking area, because it is safer and more organized (don’t forget to bring an electric money card, because parking fees are paid through automatic machines).

To Visit # 1: Kali Besar

Kali Besar is the new famous spot in Kota Tua, here we can see the line of white old buildings along the river sidewalk.

After a little walk along the river, you can also try several local snacks culinary, as Pecel (mixed vegetables with peanut sauce, Gorengan (various fried snacks) and my favorite childhood snacks; Egg Rolls!

Egg Rolls or in Indonesian : Telur Gulung. Rp2.000,00 / pc

In addition, I can say, Kali Besar scenery is very pretty to visit any time; day, evening or night and in each time, it always shows different impressions. Kudos for the revitalization!

Buildings in Kali Besar at sunset. So pretty :’)

To Visit # 2: Taman Fatahillah

Fatahillah Museum (Jakarta History Museum) photo spot from Taman Fatahillah

Walking a little from Kali Besar, we can immediately enter the most famous main area in the old city: Fatahillah park. For visits on weekends, the Fatahillah park is quite crowded and is usually people chose to sit around, relaxing, watching music busking or renting bicycles.

Besides these activities, there are several museums to visit around Fatahillah Park, such as the Fatahillah Museum (Jakarta History Museum), Puppet Museum (Museum Wayang), Bank Indonesia Museum, Mandiri Museum, etc. For museums, the time of the visit is generally open Tuesday to Sunday from 09.00 to 15.00 WIB.

To Try: Acaraki @ Gedung Kerta Niaga

After being in the sunshine too long, there are also many beautiful cafes you can visit to cool down a bit and rest, and Kerta Niaga Building attract me the most. Kerta Niaga Building itself is the newest building revitalized and now opened to become a modern market place for culinary shops, cafes, and souvenirs.

So, after looking to several cafes, I decided to try something new: Acaraki. What’s interesting is, this cafe is not selling coffee but jamu which is a Javanese traditional herbal medicine drink. Maybe for those of you who don’t like jamu because of its strong flavor are not interested to give it a try, but worry no more, this traditional herbal medicine has been processed so it is lighter to consume, especially for a modern palate like us.

I tried 3 different menus, Iced Saranti and Golden Sparkling which are their specialty menu, and Hot Tubruk Medium which they called as a new wave jamu menu.

Iced Saranti, Beras Kencur (rice & aromatic ginger) with creamer, milk and sugar. Price : Rp25.000,00

For Iced Saranti, the taste is very similar to milk tea or latte, as they used milk and creamer composition to the recipe. It is very suitable for coffee lovers.

Golden Sparkling, kunyit asam (turmeric & tamarind) with sparkling soda and sugar. Price : Rp27.000,00

As for Golden Sparkling, for me, tastes very similar to orange soda, and doesn’t taste like herbal medicine too much. If you are a sparkling soda lover and need something refreshing to cool yourself, I recommend you to order this menu

For people who used to drink jamu regularly as herbal medicine, Hot Tubruk is recommended for you, because of its quite familiar jamu taste and it is very good for relieving your cold (if you are not in a good condition)

Tubruk Medium, kunyit asam (turmeric & tamarind) with sparkling soda and sugar. Price : Rp20.000,00

From the three menus, I preferably chose Iced Saranti, because it doesn’t have strong herbal scents, and taste very light. I really recommend this menu for a not-too-fan of jamu like me.

So, this will wrapped up my first post for Kota Tua trip. There are still many spots and places to visit in Kota Tua area, and maybe I will make a follow-up post for remaining places (if you are interested, of course hehe). So, stay tuned and keep wandering, wanderers!

Museum di Tengah Kebun, Kemang

As residents of Jakarta, we always thought that Jakarta offers pretty limited options to spend our time on weekends, and it is always been between eating, drinking coffee, watching movies or shopping, which sometimes makes us fed up with these options. But did you know that our city offers more than those options; one of them is a museum tour!­ Well, this time I will share my trip to one of the private museums in the Kemang area, named the Museum in the Middle of the Garden, or in Indonesian, Museum di Tengah Kebun.

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TOKYO | Food Guide

Traveling to Japan is not complete until you tried their local foods, which is too many to try at one visit. So, this time I tried to compile my food experience in one post (which many of you has voted in my IG stories poll). PLEASE TAKE NOTE : Not every restaurants listed here is Halal Certified, but basically most of it is an beef, chicken, or vegetarian menu and some of it also only served beef/chicken menu.

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FUJI | Hakone in Spring

After Kawaguchi-ko, Hakone is surely one of the most visited region to see the Mt. Fuji scenery and for this trip I chose to have a one day trip. After learning pretty much from my previous trip to Kawaguchi-ko, I tried to get more prepared for this trip (even though it is not as perfect as I expected it to be), I want to share a bit for you guys so you won’t make the same mistake as I heehee.

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TOKYO | Top 6 Cherry Blossom Spots in Tokyo Area

Hello wanderers! I came back as the spring wind blows, finally… So sorry not being able to write as much you requested, but this time I’m too excited as I recently just got back from my first spring trip to Tokyo. And lucky me, I was being able to see cherry blossom in its full blooming season! This year, cherry blossom in Tokyo was unusually blooming earlier than last year (it usually full bloomed in mid to late April), so this time I want to share every popular cherry blossom spots I visited, and the most favorite spot for me!

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SYDNEY | City Sightseeing Highlight Part 2 + SydNYE (Sydney New Years Eve)

Click here if you haven’t seen the Part 1!

Bondi Beach

My trip to Bondi Beach is not well prepared (mainly because we don’t check the weather forecast beforehand), so we visited Bondi Beach in rain and gloomy sky. Bondi is actually the most favorite place for tourists and locals as well to spend the holidays in summer. A great combination for youngsters; beaches and a lottt of cute little restaurant and cafes along the street. But, since we’re going there in quite a drizzly rain, plus Bondi Beach in weekend is suppperrr crowded, we decided to just take a look for a while and go straight back to the city (yazz, we also couldn’t take a spot to shelter our selves from the rain.. let alone to eat). Sydney to Bondi Beach took about 30 minutes by the Hop On Hop Off Bus Blue route from the Central Railway Station stop.

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SYDNEY | City Sightseeing Part 1

So, truthfully, I missed posting about my new years trip to Sydney last year…. But! Since we’re coming to another new years celebration in 2 days, I hope my late late late post about new years eve in Sydney will be quite helpful if you’re currently in your way to or already in Sydney.

My Sydney trip is not as well planned as the other trips, we mainly just used Hop On Hop Off Tour inside the city, and using a bus tour recommended by the hotel. Just in case my post will be too long, I will divide this post into two parts. So, here is my first part of Sydney City Sightseeing Highlight! (click this to see part 2).

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PERTH | One Day Trip to Fremantle

Fremantle is always a number one list to visit while you’re in Perth. And while the weather is sunny but not too hot, we decided to drive out the city to the famous Fremantle!

Perth to Fremantle took about 45 minutes by car, but trains to Fremantle are also available (about 30 minutes from Perth city; just ride the Fremantle Line). And, what I like the most from a road trip is you can enjoy the scenery along the trip, and this what the scenery looks like on my way to Fremantle.

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PERTH | City Sightseeing Highlight

Perth could be boring for someone who wants a busy itinerary to their trips. But it was awesome for me as I want this trip to be more relaxing (after having a hectic weeks before) without being too much rushed. Usually, tourists spend a day or two in the city before they packed up and go outside the city like Fremantle, Margaret River, Rottnest, or Pinnacles. For me, I stayed the most at Perth City, and just going back and forth outside the city by car or train. And this is (mostly) my favorite part of Perth.

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PERTH | What you need to know

Summer is all about the beach! In these past few weeks, Indonesia (Jakarta, particularly) has been in a bad weather condition, so it was a great timing to go to Perth, West Australia, to enjoy summer heat there. Unlike Australia’s East Coast region, West Coast region tends to be quieter, so for those of you who prefer a relaxing trip, Perth may be a suitable destination for your holiday in Australia. And here is my tips and a little bit A-B-C about Perth, West Australia.

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