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Holiday in Puncak: Taman Bunga Nusantara

10 Jul

Taman Bunga Nusantara is also a good place for family holiday destination in Puncak, West Sumatra, Indonesia. It is like a huge amusement park but with flowers as attraction. Not only it has flowers, but also:

1๏ธโƒฃ Peacock Plant-Statue

The welcome plant-statue for visitors who enter the entrance. Can you the peacock’s tail beautifully design from flowers on the ground? ๐Ÿ™‚

2๏ธโƒฃ Water Garden

It is called Water Garden because there is a pond and swimming gooslings on the pond.

3๏ธโƒฃ Maze Garden

The maze is made of from plant. It is too big that we decided not to come into the maze, remembering we came with Baby O (no stroller and no carrier) and Baby O’s grandparents. So we just see the beautiful maze from the control tower. ๐Ÿ˜€

4๏ธโƒฃ Musical Fountain

This is not just ordinary fountain. This is a water-dancing fountain along with the musical music that play along in the area. Baby O had so much fun in here ๐Ÿ™‚

5๏ธโƒฃ Rose Garden

Can you see the arches? They make up the rose garden beautifully. I bet many couples took pre-wedding photos here. ๐Ÿ™‚

6๏ธโƒฃ Play Park

Baby O’s first time experience riding a horse, unfortunately still accompanied by me. Because husband is afraid of horse ๐Ÿ˜… And Baby O liked it very much. He always rewatch the video of him riding the horse at home every night before bed ๐Ÿ˜‚

7๏ธโƒฃ And many more ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š

If we google “Taman Bunga Nusantara” or open its official website (click here), the pictures are far more beautiful than pictures in this blog. The park is indeed beautiful, but somehow it is hard to take beautiful pictures there with using selfie stick. Perhaps we might need to use drone so we can capture the beauty from above. ๐Ÿ™‚

Oh, and it was crowded when we went there on eid fitr holiday this year. We thought it was because of the eid fitr holiday, turned out we went there at the exact same time and date with Mr. President and his family (Mrs. First Lady and Ms. First Daughter) visit. No wonder it was too crowded. Can you count how many guards that came along with him? ๐Ÿ˜‚


Holiday in Puncak: The Ranch Puncak

3 Jul

The Ranch Puncak in Mega mendung area, newest favorite place in puncak. It was just newly launched during eid fitr holiday this year. Visitors need to pay entrance fee, but we get free milk in return, or could be treated as food & drink coupon. Yeay! ๐Ÿ˜†

The Ranch Mega Mendung is a combination of restaurant and playground. The restaurant offers tasty Taste of Bandung food, yummy ๐Ÿ˜‹. While the playground in The Ranch Mega Mendung is rather a family playground than just kid playground because there are so many attractions that could be done as a family. Or at least parents and their kids. Such as:

1๏ธโƒฃ Horse riding

Only those who are 90cm tall may ride it, so Baby O was still not allowed to. Kids who are still afraid to ride alone can be accompanied by adult from below.

2๏ธโƒฃ Feeding the calves

Which Baby O was afraid of. It was his first time experience seeing any calves, let alone feeding them. ๐Ÿ˜€

3๏ธโƒฃ Feeding the rabbits in front of their holes

Which Baby O was still a little afraid too, eventhough he greeted the rabbits cheerly from afar. Let mommy works on this another time

4๏ธโƒฃ Feeding baby lambs on the field

Photo taken by Haikal Mahfuz Rize with iPhone 5s only

Unfortunately, it was Baby O’s breastfeeding time and we had been there for too long. So we didn’t check whether Baby O brave enough to fed the baby lambs or not

5๏ธโƒฃ And many other kid-friendly attractions ๐Ÿ™‚

There are also many attractive spots to take pictures to. It is totally a holiday destination for family ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿป๐Ÿด๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿ‘โ›ฐ

Holiday in Singapore: Kill the Time in Changi Airport

29 May

Whenever going to an airport, some people choose to arrive near the departure time. Probably because they already web checked in their seat from home. Some other choose to arrive at least 2 hours before departure time, eventhough they already web checked in from home. Probably because they are afraid of sudden change in flight schedule and makes them late or left behind.

But Changi Airport is not just any airport. It is one the best airport in the world. And as a connecting airport of many flights from and to Asia Pacific, it has many attractions to entertain passengers while waiting for their next flight. On our back home to Indonesia, we purposedly arrive 4 hours before the departure time to be able to visit the attraction sites in Changi Airport. ๐Ÿ˜€

Here is the few list of many attractions that we visited in Changi:

Terminal 1: Cactus Garden

It is a rooftop garden with many kinds of cactus planted alive. We love it so much to be here, because it is rooftop garden (no explanation needed, ahem) with airplane runaway as background (so cool). We never imagined Singapore as a green country, especially its airport. Hats down ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

Terminal 2: Koi Pond

For some people, looking at swimming koi fish can give some calm feeling. It is a beautiful view to see the fish swimming around. The fish are big and not afraid of humans. In this pond, kids may feed the fish at the feeding time. 

Terminal 3: Butterfly Garden

This place is more beautiful than the cactus garden ๐Ÿ˜. Not only alive plants that we can see here, but also the alive butterflies that fly all over the places. As a big city kid, this is where Baby O saw real life butterflies for the first time ๐Ÿ™ˆ. 

Terminal 3: Birds in Flight

It is a contemporary art of a flock of bird as symbol for traveling. The art which seen as beautiful for some people, and just cool for other people. ๐Ÿ™‚

Baby O with The helpful stroller that can be freely rented inside any terminal in the airport. There was also free rented wheelchair for those in need

There are so many attractive attractions in Changi Airport. If we happen to be strandred here for several hours, no need to worry. Make a lemonade out of it ๐Ÿ™‚

Holiday in Singapore: One Full Day in Sentosa

8 May

Some people say, it is a waste of money to go on holiday with a baby/toddler. The baby/toddler will not remember it, they say. Oh well, the baby/toddler may not remember it, but there will be pictures of them on holiday to be looked at when they are older, is not that a sweet memory to remember?

And who say the holiday is only for the baby/toddler? The parents might need the holiday more than the baby/toddler. To refresh the parents mind from the hectic daily routines. There is no reason to say no, let us travel with our baby/toddler since they are young. ๐Ÿ™‚

With this point of view in mind, husband and I traveled to Singapore with 1 year 1 month old Baby O. We visited Sentosa one full day, before lunch until dinner time. Who said we can not have fun in Sentosa with baby/toddler in hand? There were many attractions to be visited in Sentosa when we traveled with Baby O:

1๏ธโƒฃ S.E.A. Aquarium in Marine Life Park

Just keep swimming, fish. Next time, we swim together ๐Ÿ ๐ŸŸ๐Ÿก

Baby O loved to be here. He liked to see the swimming school of fish. Although he was a bit of afraid with the manta fish, probably because it’s way bigger than him in size. ๐Ÿ˜€

Behind every #travelingbaby, there are brave parents who think #travelwithbaby is a possible thing to do, because it is possible indeed ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿปโœˆ๏ธ๐ŸŽ’๐Ÿ‘ฃ

2๏ธโƒฃ Trick Eye Museum

Probably not the best destination if there are only 3 people in the group, and we wish to get everybody in the frames. Like the name, it needs special photo angel to get best pictures here, which can not be done by using selfie stick.

3๏ธโƒฃ (In front of) Universal Studio

Behind every #travelingbaby, there are picky parents who only want to go to #babyfriendly places when #travelwithbaby

The mandatory place to take picture in Sentosa, checked. No, of course we did not enter or even played in the Universal Studio. There was not much attraction for kid below 2 years old here.

4๏ธโƒฃ (In front of) Sentosa’s Merlion Statue

Behind every #travelingbaby, there are brave parents who think #travelwithbaby is a possible thing to do, because it is possible indeed ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿปโœˆ๏ธ๐ŸŽ’๐Ÿ‘ฃ

Not really the mandatory place to take picture in Singapore, since the real Merlion Statue is in Marina Bay Sands. But we took it anyway

5๏ธโƒฃ Cable Car

Behind every #travelingbaby, there are careful parents who need to adjust the traveling itinerary with baby’s pace

The least expected attraction yet husband and I really enjoyed our time in the cable car. Part of it was because Baby O was half asleep during breastfeeding time. The other part was because we could see Sentosa from above. Never imagined Sentosa could be so green ๐Ÿ’š

6๏ธโƒฃ Skyline Luge

Behind every #travelingbaby, there are exhausted parents who need their kind of holiday too. Including daddy, with his toy cars ๐Ÿ‘ฑ๐Ÿป๐Ÿš—

This was also a surprisingly fun attraction for us. It was an enjoyable ride going down the hill with wheels without any machine on it, just gravity. Husband said, he would definitely ride it again if we visit Singapore sometime in the future ๐Ÿ˜€

To go uphill again, we rode provided skyline which kind of like transparant cable car. It was kind of our way to introduce Baby O with height. He cried at first, but it was a good lesson for him that he needed to face his fear to move forward, no need to run away from it. Traveling is about real life learning after all. ๐Ÿ™‚

The truth is I could never imagine going on holiday without my best 2 travel buddies. Love you, my boys! ๐Ÿ˜˜

Holiday in Singapore: Beautiful Gardens by the Bay

1 May

We went to Singapore on wednesday, we went back to Indonesia on sunday. During the 5 days 4 night in Singapore, we visited Gardens by the Bay in Marina Bay Sands 3 times. Yes, three. It’s not because we didn’t know where to go. It’s indeed we because we knew exactly where we wanted to go, to visit the unforgetable beautiful Supertree Groove in Gardens by the Bay.

Photo taken by Prasetya Wibowo with iPhone 6s only

The 1st time we visited, we arrived there at 8PM in the evening. We were just sight seeing the Supertree Groove and OCBC Skyway from below. We were so tired but totally amazed with the combination of light-music attraction performed during night time.

The 2nd time we visited, we arrived there also around 7PM in the evening. We specifically went there to took countless pictures of Supertree Groove and OCBC Skyway from the ground. No shame about it :p

The 3rd time we visited, we arrived there around 6PM in the evening. Bought tickets to go up to the OCBC Skyway. Ate dinner. Queed to go up. Then walked through the OCBC Skyway to enjoy the light-music attraction from the above

Unfortunately, we only visited the Supertree Groove and OCBC Skyway in Gardens by the Bay. We didn’t visit the Cloud Forest and Flower Dome. Which are famous to be also beautiful during day time. Maybe next time when we visit Singapore again. Shall we, husband? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Photo taken by Prasetya Wibowo with iPhone 6s only

“Nice Try, Nad”

28 Aug

“…, but that could never be enough.”

Maybe that’s what in my (good) friend’s mind, someone whom I supposed to ask for forgiveness a month ago, but I just sadly had the opportunity to give her the proper one recently. The mistake that made me need to come to her house in order to contact her, because she was pretty sure when she unfriended me in facebook. She wouldn’t reply my message, she wouldn’t pick up my call.

A month ago was the first attempt to come to her house, only made me meet his younger brother, because she was no longer stayed at the city where we attended our college in. Second attempt was made recently to come to the house where she grew up in, only to be greeted by her mom, because she was out of the house at that moment. Third attempt was to be greeted by his dad, because she was already slept at that young night, so to speak.

Three of her family members didn’t recognize who was I, not to mentioned they clearly asked “who’s speaking?”, when I came to her houses. I’ve met them in the past, though never had a decent conversation with them. A thing that confused my boyfriend, who accompanied me those times. He said, “I know my best friend’s family well and so do they to me. Funny they should ask who you are when you came to the house”.

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Sure she’s a good friend of yours and the other way around? Pretty sure that’s the actual question rose in his mind, perceived by the look in his face, though he didn’t actually ask word per word to me. The truth is, never occured to my mind that I need to be friended with her whole family too, pretty sure her younger sister still recognize me. If I could to be friended with her whole family, that’s a plus. If I couldn’t, that doesn’t make me a bad friend. Am I wrong?

Perhaps my mistake was already made long time ago, say college time, when I was still counted as the part of the pack. I didn’t made the effort to really know her whole family well. Maybe she’s right to not be able to forgive me, because she’s not my real good friend. Or maybe, I’m not her real good friend after all, judging by the fact that how could I possibly made the mistake.

Nice try, me.

P.S. I’m terribly sorry, Dan. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Another Name Story[3]: Family Name

19 Aug

to read the previous story, click here

Out of nowhere, Dad and Mom talked about Najwa Shihab and her cousin, Fessy Alwi. Yes, about their names. We know that they both came from Shibab Clan. As for Najwa, her father is Quraish Shihab, while Fessy’s father is Alwi Shihab. Mr. Quraisy and Mr. Alwi are brothers, therefore Najwa and Fessy are cousins.

The fact that Najwa and Fessy are using different family names strucked Dad’s mind.
Dad (D):ย Why not Najwa Quraisy or Fessy Shihab?
Mom (M): Maybe Mr. Alwi didn’t give Fessy the family name.
Me (N): No. That’s just for famous name. I believe Fessy’s surname is Fessy Shihab. But she doesn’t want to be related to Najwa, that’s why she chose her famous name as Fessy Alwi.
M: There’s no famous name for news anchor. They’reย not celebs.
N: Yeah? So you think Chantal de la Concetta is using her real name, mom?
M: She’s not?
N: As far as I know, that’s not her real name. That’s for publication only.
M: Or maybe they’re using their real names that ware given by their fathers. Only Mr. Quraish took it from western name’s culture while Mr. Alwi took it from eastern one.
N: I don’t get it mom, what do you mean with eastern name’s culture?
D: Arabbian name used Bin and Binti. Like Aisyah Binti Muhammad Bin Abdullah. Or ย Hussein Bin Ali Bin Abi Thalib.
N: So there comes Fessy Alwi? But Javanese people using their family name, like a clan. Surjodiningrat? Wirjoatmodjo?
D: Like Bataknese or Sulawesi people, they believe in western name’s culture.
N: Ha! That’s why your name is using grandpa’s first name not his last name which in my great grandpa, mom?
M: I believe it is. I just knew about it ๐Ÿ˜€

Such a random topic to discuss in family’s dinner, I bet. Haha. Welcome to my family!

Actually that also strucked my mind, why don’t I have a family name. Only the same last name like my siblings have which is an abbreaviation from Dad’s and Mom’s first name. Or why do Mom and her siblings were given grandpa’s first name not his last name? It turned out that, Minangnese believe in eastern name’s culture, only they eleminate the words Bin and Binti.

What about your name?