Category: Travelling

Family Holiday to Bali (2)

Since we became an expat in Abu Dhabi and living so far away from our home country, I don’t want my daughter becomes unfamiliar  with our culture and tradition.

That’s why in the last holiday I brought her to “Setia Darma House of Mask and Puppet” in Ubud, Bali. It was really a unique museum, consisting of five traditional houses (two of Javanese Joglo, another two of Javanese Limasan and one Balinese Pavilion) that were used as display rooms of their collections. It feels like you are at home while looking to the collection. Also, eventhough there was no air conditioner in the museum, the atmospere was so fresh because the museum was located in the middle of paddy field, with a river in front of the museum.

What’s really interesting was to learn that some masks have philosophical meaning. Take Barong mask, for example, it was a lion-like creature and a character in the mythology of Bali. It symbolized the spirits and leaders of the good. This mask also used in religious ceremonies as a tribute to the God.

The museum itself has a mission to preserve Indonesia’s most colourful heritage collection. With total collection over 1,000 masks and over 4,000 puppets from all over the Indonesian archipelago, as well as China, Korea, Africa, America and Europe. It really was a good place for family trip because it served as a great educational exhibits for young generation to love the cultural heritage better.

Well, eventhough my baby weren’t reading any texts in the signage let alone noticed of what she was seeing, her eyes was so busy screened room by room. The variety of forms and colors of the masks and puppets were really attracted for her. In my opinion, it’s a way to stimulate the development of her brain.

After finished the trip to the mueseum, we went to Gianyar for lunch, I already made an appointment with my friend who owned Dharma Giri Restaurant. We ordered seafood and Spicy Smoked Chicken, the taste was awesome! I wanted to order it again. hiks ?.

After a not-so-long discussion, Ko Andy and Ci Jujun suggested us to visit Kanto Lampo waterfall. It was not widely known among tourists yet. We got lost for almost 15 minutes on our way there. Thanks God, we finally found the place after asking directions to the local people.

After we parked the car, we took the stairs leading down to the narrow river. I stepped down the stairs while carrying baby deira. I’ve never been to a waterfall as good as this one that was also easy to reach, only few steps down from the parking lot.

There were two waterfalls there, a bigger one with a lot of water rushing down, and the smaller one where you could take a shower. For those who love photography, this place is highly recommended to visit.

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Family Holiday to Bali (1)

Last August my husband took annual leave so we planned a short holiday while visiting our home country in Indonesia. We decided to go to Bali, one of the most popular holiday destination in Indonesia.

It became so much exciting because it was my first time to visit Bali with my husband and daughter. So we needed to go to places that were family-and-kid-friendly. Time to say bye to the beach clubs ???hahaha.

Well, husband and I agreed to take it slow, not too many plans in advance. We did only some sightseeing blogs or forums and just prepared for the hotel room and rented a car. We spent 5 days in Bali.

Here are the details:

Day One

It’s time for holiday! After landed in Ngurah Rai Intl Airport we had brunch in Warung Mak Beng, this stall only sells one set of menu. With 28,000 Rupiah (USD 2) you willl get a bowl of fish head soup, fried snapper fish plus chili sauce, complete with the white rice.

The fish-head soup tasted light, a bit sour with slices of cucumber. To eat the soup, first I squeezed the lime into the chili sauce. Even though the chili sauce was quite hot, it perfectly balanced with the sour-but-fresh-ness of the lime. Then, I dipped the fish, that was fried until it’s tender inside and crunchy outside, into the sauce. I could guarantee, they totally blended in your mouth!

After that, we walked to the Sanur Beach Market. My eyes catched another balinese food in one of the stall. So we stopped by and ordered Rujak Kuah Pindang and Tipat Cantok. Both were heavenly delicious ?. One day, I will share the recipe!

Rujak Kuah Pindang is kind of fruit salad, but the sauce are made from chili, shrimp paste, fish broth, salt and sugar. 

Tipat cantok is a combination of rice cake and steamed vegetable seasoned with grounded peanut. 

After we finished our craving, we went to Ubud. We stayed at Ubud Tropical Garden, I couldn’t hold my self from enjoying the swimming pool in front of our room.

In the afternoon, we decided to visit Monkey Forest, just 5 minutes walk from the hotel. The forest was beautiful and relatively quite with only a few visitors since it’s not a public holiday/high season.

Sure enough, we found a lot of gently monkeys here. In general, monkeys will not come to you if you do not bring bananas or any other food. If you want to interact or feed the monkey, please do it carefully. If you offer bananas or food to the monkey and they approach to take it, do not ever try to pull it back, or the monkey will be angry ?.

Inside the forest, there were three temples :

  • Pura Dalem Agung (The Main Temple), In this temple, people worship the God.
  • Pura Beji (Beji Temple), Pura Beji often used for ”melukat” as a place for spiritual and physical cleansing.
  • Pura Prajapati (Prajapati Temple), This temple is adjacent to the cemetery. The cemetery is used temporarily, while waiting for the day of the mass cremation which is held every 5 years.

We didn’t know what was the inside of the third temple because, unfortunately, my baby cried outloud as we approached that place, so we decided not to visit it.

Out from the forest,  we decided to go looking for food. We went to Goa Gajah, because I remembered there was a food stall that sold Ayam Taliwang. Approaching Goa Gajah site, suddenly we found some sigsn to Yeh Pulu Temple that was founded in 14th century.

Wow! That’s the first reason why we stayed in Ubud area! 

My husband wrote a novel and Yeh Pulu played a pivotal role there, but none of us had ever visited it before, so we thought of visiting it, to give more soul to Yeh Pulu in the novel. Actually we planned to go to Yeh Pulu the next day, but those road signs gave us the sign to switch the plan.

The ticket counter was about to close, I thought we’re the last visitor. A short walkway from the ticket counter through paddy field lead us to a unique carving on the natural stone wall. It was about 2 meters high and 25 meters long.

The relief described the daily life of Bali, the ambience was serene with only the sound of wind-blown paddy leaves and some birds chirped. Another couple of foreign visitors came to the wall shortly after we arrived.

We spent about half an hour there, and before back to the hotel we drove to the Ayam Taliwang food stall for dinner.

Ayam Taliwang is a spicy Indonesian grilled chicken dish from Lombok. With traces of shrimp paste, it is tasteful and unforgettable. It can be served with a side of plecing (kangkoong in chili sauce) and beberuk (eggplant in chili sauce).

The dish finally close the day.

Stay tuned for my Day Two! ??
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4 Wisata Menarik di Dubai 

Dengan makin beragamnya travel blog di internet, travelling menjadi lebih memungkinkan untuk dilakukan. Saya sendiri terinspirasi Trinity untuk berani melihat dunia luar, bahkan kita bisa memulai dari yang terdekat dulu. Misalnya saya yang tinggal di Sidoarjo mencoba untuk mengeksplorasi kawasan Mojokerto yang ternyata memiliki peninggalan sejarah nusantara yang luar biasa. Syukur alhamdulillah jika akhirnya kita berkesempatan untuk menginjak luar negeri, tempat yang sepenuhnya asing buat kita. Pasti seru dan menantang!

Uni Emirates Arab merupakan salah satu negara teluk yang menarik untuk dikunjungi, siapa sih yang tidak kenal Dubai? Banyak maskapai asing yang transit di Dubai dalam penerbangannya menuju Eropa/Amerika. Tidak mengherankan jika banyak traveller yang memasukkan Dubai sebagai salah satu jujugan wisata selama menunggu waktu transit. Berhubung Indonesia ga masuk dalam daftar negara yang mendapatkan kemudahan Visa on Arrival, maka untuk penumpang Emirates atau Etihad yang sedang transit minimum 8 jam, bisa apply transit visa di arrival hall-Bandara Dubai dengan membayar sekitar USD 162.

Baca juga: Berbagai Hal yang Harus Dipersiapkan Sebelum Mengunjungi Dubai

Tidak ada salahnya juga jika anda meluangkan beberapa hari khusus untuk mengeksplor kota Dubai yang terkenal dengan modernitas dan gedung pencakar langitnya. Untuk berlibur kesini anda dapat menggunakan visit visa melalui travel agent, maskapai penerbangan (emirates, etihad) ataupun sponsor dari teman atau keluarga yang tinggal disini.

Sebagai catatan, untuk travelling ke Dubai sebaiknya anda membawa dana yanb cukup. Karena hotel yang paling sederhana-pun harganya cukup lumayan, sekitar 360 dhs/hari. Biaya makan disini standardnya 30 dhs sekali makan, untuk harga air mineral cukup murah yaitu 1,5 dhs (ukuran besar).

Beberapa tempat wisata yang menarik untuk dikunjungi adalah

  1. Dubai Museum, bahkan anda yang kurang menyukai sejarah-pun akan jatuh cinta dengan tempat ini. Cukup membayar 3 dhs dan anda bisa mengetahui sejarah terbentuknya negara bagian ini.  
  2. Dubai Miracle Garden, tidak banyak yang tahu bahwa di negara ini terdapat musim dingin layaknya di benua eropa. Dubai Miracle Garden merupakan kompleks taman bunga yang dibuka hanya pada musim dingin (sekitar Oktober-April).
  3. Dubai Mall, bukan satu-satunya mall termegah di Dubai. Namun hanya ditempat ini anda dapat menemukan landmark kota Dubai yang luar biasa terkenal itu. Yup, Burj Khalifa! 
  4. The Bastakiyah Complex, didalamnya terdapat berbagai bangunan kuno yang saat ini difungsikan sebagai museum (museum filateli, museum kopi, museum koin, arabian house, dll). Terakhir saya liburan ke Dubai, saya menginap di XVA Hotel yang luar biasa membuat saya excited!. Nanti akan saya buat tersendiri ulasannya. 

Sebenarnya masih banyak area yang bisa dikunjungi, seperti Jumeira, Hatta, Deira, dll. Akan saya tuliskan di lain kesempatan yah.

Happy Dubai-ing 🙂