One wishlist checked this year! Finally i was able to get into kekeunhof and saw it all. For me,kekeunhof is a big gardern with many types of plants – mainly flowers and mainly tulips. It’s a huge garden in which within that short period of time during spring you could visit to see all those beauties. That’s also why i haven’t been able to cross it up from my wish list until this year since it’s only open on certain period. However, the wait was over this year!
If you plan to get here please check the website over here. It’s the official website in which you could buy the tickets, see the schedule, and getting to know about it better. For me, i purchased the ticket + return bus ride directly from the point in Schiphol Airport. The process was quick and easy. It cost me 27.5 Euro. notes : the cost will be different depending on your package and point of departure and return.
Some tips that i could share with you, go there early in the morning. Well, i went during weekend and apparently 9 AM was still considered as early over there. (LOL early for me usually means 6 AM). I could grab some food from the airport anyway. Bus queue was manageable and the park was still empty.
Entering the park my eyes was so hungry and craving for the red tulip. Little that i know there are that many types of tulip even for the red one. here are some of it for you. Remember Shakespeare once said “What’s in a name? that which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”
Going around the garden, you will find other points of interest as well. Some parts you will see house of tulips, house of orchids, and some exhibitions beside the open air garden. Oh, and they also have a windmills. So if you only have a limited time in Netherland this place will help you to cross some of your to do list. Though, i would still suggest you to go to Zaanse Schans.
oh, one thing that i would like to highlight. During my visit there was this one booth which explain about how to take care of your flowers. i remember two things : 1. type of utensils that you could use to cut the stem, 2. how to cut the stems. This guy explained it in an entertaining way so still remember that you need to cut the stem in 45 degree angle so that it has a wider area for water intake. That way the flower will stay longer. 😉
Coming back about enjoying this place. If you like walking as much as i do, the spring weather is just perfect!The air is fresh, the view is beautiful, and the ice cream is good. How can you resist it to stop on a bench after the long walk? to enjoy this garden i would suggest you to spare at least half a day. considering the trip duration going here back and forth and the time to be spent walking around the garden. In this visit, i spent the AM time within the garden then coming back to Amsterdam to have a lunch by the canal. it’s also a lovely experience which i may post later on. 😉
Whoops.. time to go off now. Hope your experience is as good as i am. if not better!Wish you where there with me to enjoy the ice cream and do nothing. 😉
Tu Me Manques…I visited France years back and there were many first things kind of experience that i can’t shake off my mind. Too bad i wrecked my laptop so the memoirs were long gone. 😦 However, this year i was able to get back. Nope, not to Paris yet but.. C’est Super!
This time, I’ve got the chance to visit Lille. A city close to Belgium and the vibe of scholar city is pretty strong. 😉 I was lucky – that’s what they said – when i was there because it was sunny. uhmm… guys, i am a tropical girl who suffers in that spring weather! i wore my light down jacket and i still felt cold under the sunshine. Anyway, about the city.. hmm.. what should i say? i did nothing very particular here but strolling around.
I started from The Place Charles de Gaulle in the old town area. You may have heard his name as it was used as the name of one of the international Airport in Paris. Charles de Gaulle was the general then president. He was born here and they have his statue in the heart of this place. It’s a busy place with lots of stores around. Many people were there to gather around and it was quite fun to do some people watching here.
If you walk around this area you will find many old building that was like food for the eyes such as LA VIEILLE BOURSE and OPÉRA DE LILLE. It really really really made me remember the opera in Paris. Something about it attracts your eyes.
Then i continued my stroll to Lille old town and the train station Gare De Lille Flanders. Nearby there is a shopping centre and i was hooked a bit by it. 😛 then.. i was a bit lost here and there ( as usual ) but i managed to find other site. THE NOTRE DAME DE LA TREILLE. If you see the building, you may question it. For me, i was a bit confused as it doesn’t look like the other notre dame that i’ve seen. The Building is like a mix of an old and new structure. I’ll let you see it with your eyes and let me know..
After that place i continued walking to the places around to find my MERVEILLEUX. OMG this food, dessert, cake.. or whatever you want to name it, was heavenly. It was soft and it was with the right balance. Try it! I think the visit to the shop was my longest french sentence when i was there. LOL.. here, you may need it “Je veux une merveilleux s’il vous plait“. Actually, don’t worry. the store employees speak English well. It was just me who, after staying for couple of days in French speaking countries, would like to challenge myself. why not, right? ;D
Hmm… the cake was perfect to end my stroll in Lille. pssst… do you know what is the meaning of merveilleux? it’s you whom i wish were there to take a walk with me while enjoying the wonderful merveilleux.
Dear My Fellows… Let’s share our stories of being an immigrant. So in Indonesia, TKI (Tenaga Kerja Indonesia ) and TKW ( Tenaga Kerja Wanita ) are two terms which being used in to describe Indonesian workers who work overseas. The later term is specific to be used for those whose gender is female. So, yes i am was both since I worked in Malaysia for around 2 years ++.
Here is the situation, those two terms are used mainly to describe informal workers so be careful when you use it as it may nudge certain people. I am prone to being miss understood because of my physique so somehow i kind of accepting it. LOL.
Anyway, the administration process for me was quite good. Perhaps because my company took care of it for me. In general these are the process.
Get a JOB first before you apply. It is a hustle to get it by yourself so i would recommend to discuss it with your employer.
Understand that there are different types of employment pass based on certain job criteria.
Complete the documents required. For me it was : CV, Graduation Certificate, Passport, Photo, Employment Letter, Residential information.
I need to make a trip to Malaysia to complete the submission. They will take away your passport for a while. Mine took around a week.
It may be more for you, since some of the other documents and process was directly taken care of by my company. After the waiting time, there i have it.. One employment pass stamped on my passport. Honestly, now writing this made me wanting another one. Wooopsss.. 😛
But for now, i will let you have a look for my first stamp. Once you got it, you will become a tax payer so no more tax return will be given. You will need to renew it when you change your passport or when the expiration date has been reached. Please be careful with these as you will have problem with immigration if you miss it and might be banned to enter Malaysia.
Oh, and one more.. when i got this pass i also have a card named i-KAD. I love that card for it gave me the ease of entering / getting out from Malaysia Immigration. You will be considered somehow the same as Malaysian citizen. The immigration has dedicated line for you which queue usually short. Other thing about this pass, you can register yourself so that you could use the E-Gate. awesome right? so don’t forget to do it.
I wish you being inspired and motivated if you aspire to become a TKI just like me. Let’s shape and build a good reputation of Indonesian Worker!
I had a chance to visit Genting Highland back then in 2015 prior to the new development. It’s a very late post that i would like to share just so that i remember it and just because..I MISS Kuala Lumpur so much at this time.
One Day, i got a message from a good friend of mine that he will visit KL and asking me for some recommendation. Genting Highland was the place that came up and there we went. To get there you could use a Bus from some of the big bus station in KL e.g. KL Sentral or Pudu Station. Bummer, as it was a last minute arrangement we couldn’t get the one from KL Sentral. Thankfully we could get the one from Pudu. Ticket price was good and they had the package which includes return ticket + genting attraction. While waiting for our departure, we went to KLCG. One of my fav place in KL and somehow become the starting point on most of my journey.
The bus was convenient and the ride took around 1 hour one way. However, we went during public holiday so queue in GENTING was awesome…..it was a very long queue ahead of us to ride the cable car. It was a rather cloudy day so the journey on cable car was a bit scary as it seems as we walked through clouds but it was still an enjoyable ride.Btw, you will need to ride this twice when you want to go up and when you want to go down.
When we reached the peak. It was confusing since the construction has been started. We got lost along the way and somehow ended in the Casino. ( don’t ask. Me and my friends are somehow horrible with direction ) FYI when we were about to enter the guard looked at us and the first question was, “HOW OLD ARE YOU?” and even asked for our passport. Well, i got this a lot so… yes.. that was another occurrence.
Continuing our journey in Genting, we decided to enter the RIPLEY’s Museum. Reason was, the other attraction was quite packed and we only had limited time to spent before we needed to get down to catch our bus. T_T
Here are some pic of the visit in the museum. I was happy inside it. Somehow, it intrigued my mind and maybe… so do you. 😉
Finished that visit, here came the time for us to head back and faced another queue for the cable car. Wish you were there and sharing snacks with us while queuing!
Have you ever been searching for a serene place to calm down and trying to get an inner peace of mind? Bandar Sri Begawan might be the answer for your wish! 🙂
In 2018, I had a chance to go for a short getaway to Brunei. Before i went there, people keep on telling me not to expect hustling bustling kind of city, little number of people, and the city practically sleep after sunset. Hearing those things i sort of reckoning my trip but anyway i decided to do it.
1. Flights : only by this trip i realise that there are not so many choices to go there. At the benefit of living in Kuala Lumpur, it’s just about right to go because there is a direct flight from Kuala Lumpur to Bandar Sri Begawan. ( around 2.5Hrs flight )
2. Currency : Did you know? You can use Singapore dollar just fine in this country. Fun fact >> there was an agreement between Singapore & Brunei that their money could be used interchangeably. I am not sure on the minimum amount, but based on my experience they accepted 5SGD.
3. Accommodation : Choose your hotel wisely. It’s true that public transport is one of the main challenge here. Bus only operates from 6 AM – 6 PM and taxi is rare to find. 😦 I would recommend The Brunei Hotel. The hotel located at the city centre near to the ferry and bus station. Other than that they have a free shuttle bus to certain places. In general, Price wise, hotel is quite expensive in Brunei 1 night stay will cost you around 90BND++. Oh, don’t forget to ask your hotel to arrange airport pickup. it’s the most convenient way.
4. Telco : Local SimCard is available at the airport. I couldn’t really recall how much it was. If i am not mistaken it was around 58BND. however, based on my experience the City is quite easy to be explored so you may not need one for local data if your hotel provide WIFI connection.
5. Culture & Religion : You will want to know more about this before you come especially if you want to consume some alcohol and smoke.
Time to go off dears! when i arrived i can’t help myself but feeling like in an arabic language test. The signage are mostly written in Jawi. They have it written in English too so please, don’t worry too much. 🙂 It was just exhilarating for me to see it everywhere. In Malaysia, i’ve found it in Malaysian Ringgit Bank Notes. In Indonesia, it’s rare to find.. honestly, i couldn’t recall i’ve seen one. I will update this later if i could recall it.
Okay, Let’s move on. The hotel was nice enough that they let me have my early check in. After i settled in a bit, i started my journey. Here we go to the Central Bus Station.
Central Bus Station
Their bus route is straight forward and easy to understand. The ride itself will cost you 1 Dollar for one ride. After you find your bus number you could just get in. Once the bus start the ride there will be a person who collect the money and give you the ticket in return. Fret not, you don’t need to have the exact 1 BND. They will be able to give you a change. Bus in Brunei is not a big bus. I can’t really describe it please refer to the picture below and please share – how will you call it?
Jame’ Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque
I fell hard for this mosque. It’s beautiful. It’s the serenity that i am looking for. I spent around 2 hours in this mosque. Please note that i stayed for a prayer so if you are not planning to do so probably put this Mosque within max 1 hour visit. Definitely worth a visit. Don’t skip it.
How to go here? Use Bus no. 01 or 20. It will stop at the gate. The frequency will be around once every hour. I wait like for 30 minutes while hearing bird chirping. Not smart enough to remember the time when i arrived T^T
I was hungry and hoping to have something to eat here…but i was in despair. This place is more into like a wet market where local bought their food staples. was it because my visiting hour? not sure. In the end i went back to my hotel and ate something nearby.
Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque
After stuffing up myself, i went to another mosque. It was very near from the central bus station. You could just walk and spending couple of minutes to get into your destination. At this walking session, i felt like i am melting down due to the heat. OMG! it was super hot which made it as a not-so-amazing experience to walk around. Anyhow, walking was the best option due to my location so there i was..walking and enjoying the scenery. Starting from the gardens up to the coronation arch before finally reaching the mosque. Once you walk down and getting nearer to the mosque, the golden dome will entice your eyes. The whole architecture is an entertaining scene for the eyes. I roamed around the area quite a while. You could refer below for some mementos from that place.
Gadong Night Market
Within this market you will be able to find some local delicacies. It was quite pack with lot of choices. It might be just me.. but since i lived in Malaysia and i am an Indonesian, the taste of food are similar to the usual taste back home. We are neighbouring countries anyway! :9
Learning from my 1st Day experience, i put more layers to combat the heat. I was so determined to have a walking trip along Brunei Darussalam Heritage Trail. For me, I started from Makam Raja Ayang – Timepiece Monument – The secretariat Building – Department of religous Affair – Royal Regalia – Lapau Lama – Chinese Temple
I would say that Regalia Museum was the highlights of all. It was a museum that kept a vast collection of the current King, His Majesty Paduka Seri Baginda Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu‘izzaddin Waddaulah. By Visiting this museum, you will know more about Brunei Sultanate and the life journey of the King about the education, marriage, coronation, and so on so forth. I was in awed by all of those collection especially for the Sultan’s Jubilee collection. This place made me wonder more about the country and the royal family, considering this place and the beautiful mosques which swept me off my feet. Anyway… the entrance is free and i would suggest you to go come inside.
I ended the herritage walk by passing Chinese Temple before going back to my hotel. It was an enjoyable walk. Bring umbrella, wear sunscreen, put on your sunglasses, and you may like it as i did.
Yep.. i will wrap it up over here as it was the time to go back. Thanks for the new perspectives that you offered Dear Brunei! Wish you were there with me to enjoy the serenity and the walk.
Have you ever miss your Sahur due to timezone changes during flight? I HAD!
One time, i had to go to Oz ( informal short form of Australia ) on the first day of Ramadhan. Here is what has happened. When i first got into the flight ( i used MH flight), the stewardess asked me if i would like to have breakfast / sahur. I said that i would like to get sahur. done deal. i slept and set my alarm on my sahur time estimation. Nearing the time, sahur was served to couple of passengers and the one behind me. There i was waiting and waiting while hearing the clicking sound of cutlerries behind me. I went warry of the timing and i called the stewardess asking about my sahur and SNAPPED! it came to me, ” what is the current time?” when he mentioned it my heart flung and apparently the passenger behind me heard it too and there gone the clicking sound.. LOL. 😀 sorry dude, didn’t mean to hurt you! Anyway, i said to myself, i will live. It was winter and the sun set sooner. Here i come Sydney!
My experience at Sidney airport was good. Immigration was seamless. Btw, Australia doesn’t give you a visa stamp on your passport unless you request for it ( at additional cost ) . They will only give you an email regarding your visa approval. Go get it printed in case there was a delay in the system.
I have a habit to get my internet connection on wherever and whenever i am arrived after flight. So begun my search of local sim card. You could find it easily and it was free! Yeay me! you could top it up, i chose 10 AUD and turn my data on. It was that easy. Then i went look for an OPAL card. OPAL is similar to UK octopus, SG Ezylink, etc. Transportation wise, i went using a cab and it cost me around 100 AUD to get into my accommodation area ( Gulp! )
after getting myself settled down in my logging, i started my adventure. Thanks for the map below i had my guidance and followed it. Started from Hydepark all the way to the Rocks.
It was a good walk. I could enjoy the scenery walking in the park while enjoying the sea breeze touching my face. Not to mention the romantic feeling seeing the withered leaves. It was the start of winter with chilly weather still cold enough for a tropical girl like me. Such a long walk but let’s consider it as my ngabuburit time. When i reached the rocks area, i stop by to get my ice cream. Are you with me? i always want ice cream during winter time! yums! :9
It wasn’t that long after i bought my ice cream the sun set. I have survived the day. Yay Me! i always love Ramadhan as it made me remember a happiness is actually not complicated. The joy of sipping water after a long day. Yet, i was blessed by another thing. I was lucky that my trip crisscross with Vivid Sydney Festival. I could see the lighting around and the spectacle within the vicinity and the famous Sydney Opera House.
Oh Dear, i wish you where there with me to enjoy the day. It would have made it complete. Cheers! 😉
Did you know about GMT ( greenwhich mean time )? in general, it’s one of the referral when it comes to the timezone within our solar system. It’s commonly use by United Kingdom and its commonwealth and.. also by my beloved country – Indonesia. It looks as per map below, you could see where your country position within it!
This solar system was at times confusing for me when i was working cross boundaries timezones. I have to mention that this is only one way to indicate a timezone, sometimes my partners will use UTC instead. Hence, i’ve learned that it’s easier to say e.g. 10 AM Jakarta Time / 11 AM Kuala Lumpur Time / 12 PM Japan Time instead of saying 10 AM. ( GMT + 7 ). pssssttt have you noticed that China ( that big giant country ) only has 1 time zone? and how Malaysia & Singapore though located geographically within GMT+7 choose to be at GMT+8?
Nevertheless, i was so excited to finally be at the PRIME LINE! My engineering brain and heart fluttered. That was one moment where i was trying to recall all of those stories of how an observatory works.
If you have a chance to visit UK and Greenwhich while also being partly/wholeheartedly geek like me, please go and get into the observatory area. Inside you could see some histories related with our timezones. Let’s have a look inside.
You will be able to see the history of time and how it’s being measured from time to time. I was in awed on how the journey went on and on up until today. I can’t imagine how to live a life without it. Maybe one day i will be back here and who knows? wish you will be there too being all excited with me! cheers! 😉
Angkor Wat, one of the famous world wonder located in Cambodia. This place has become world famous ever since and even more after it was used for tomb raider movie scenes. So, on one fine day without much thinking i made the decision to join my friend to go there!
First impression of the city, i was a bit taken aback due to the weather and environment. It was dazzling HOT HOT HOT at its very definition of hot. This is why i put it on the title. It was around 38C or more the weather was very dry. ensure you have sunscreen and well hydrated within the journey. Our guide told us that it was actually better cause there was rain not so long before our arrival after nearly a year without rain. Besides the weather, another thing that i have realised is that there was not so much concrete buildings and the road was just so so. you could forget skycrapers and just enjoy the ride we are using some sort like a cart which pulled by motorcycle.
When you reached the temple complex, you will have to purchase a ticket. It was quite unique as it has your pic on it and somehow work like a passport.
When i was there i visited couple of temples ( maybe more than this but my brain couldn’t recall it ) you could find them below.
Angkor. The biggest one that you shouldn’t miss. we came here 2 times.
Banyon. The one with Face sculpted on it.
Tra phom – The one in tomb rider
Overall, the visit was quite enjoyable for me. Wish you where there and could melt yourself away within this complex with us! Cheers!;)
“sebuah bangsa tidak akan kehilangan sosok pemimpin selama pemudanya sering bertualang di hutan,gunung, dan lautan.” ― Henry Dunant
Inspired by the quotes above that i first listened to when i joined Indonesian Redcross, i decided to join a trip to Hike Krakatau in 2015 with these peeps! It was an open trip in which i could’t remember anymore where do i had the info from nor do i the complete pics. *sad* speaking of my clumsiness which crashed down the storage.. So here are some of the stories that i dig in from this lil’ brain of mine.
Open trip usually has couple of meeting points, before the port then we could go to the port using bus or you could always meet at the port itself. If you go from Jakarta, we should go to Merak Port. That was my first time i went there. Finally feeling the hustle at the port and experiencing a Ferry boat. oh my it took a long time to load all stuffs to the Ferry. bring somethings to pass time. Once it’s finished. Off we go to Bakauheni port. Fret not, the journey continues to a dock to reach the Sebesi island where our accomodation was located.
About Sebesi Island, guys… Signal + electricity was scarce back then. Hope it’s better this time so essentially you have the off time where you could linger and feel the sea breeze with its calming sound. Good detachment from the city hustle and bustle though i don’t know if i could stay for long. LOL.. sorry i am an internet addict. Anyway, i’ve survived.
Getting into the trip itself, i had several opportunities to snorkle though it wasn’t that great. The current was a bit too rough for me and i think i had a bit of sea sick.. But how could you not love the sea? as for the hikes.. well, it’s pretty mild for a beginner, go there with your own pace and you will be alright. If we could made it, you do too! I enjoyed the ride and hope you too..
Living in Kuala Lumpur and having Chinese friends made me realise how important Chinese New Year is. This is the time of the year where everyone tried to gather around with their family. Never really been in touch with the festivity beforehand, i couldn’t help myself to be awed by one of the culture which is to have a reunion dinner. It’s an event on CNY Eve where all the family members gather together and eat. Perhaps, it’s like a Thanksgiving or Eid in some sort of way. Imagine the movement especially in China. Billion of people moving together during the same time.
Other than all of that. It’s also a festive season with all of the attractions and shall i say, food? Now, I couldn’t help myself to think about all of the oranges and Yee Sang during this time of the year. And uh oh.. who can skip the lantern in the temples. 🙂
let me share with you some of the sneak peek..
Penang – Kek Lok Si Temple
It was some sort of an unplanned trip to Penang but My friends an i made it. We went on the CNY day itself and the road was okay. For me, the highlight of this trip was Kek Lok Si temple. The temple was lit by all of the lantern and was so beautiful. Perhaps, it will be even more meaningful if you go there to pray as well. If you would like to see other temple please see my writing here.
So apparently this is something that has been practiced in Malaysia and Singapore. It’s basically a mix of veggies, protein, crackers, etc. You should mix it using your chopstick and toss it as high as you can while shouting your wish for the year. Some say the higher you toss it then the chance of your wish to come true will be higher. Don’t worry you will only need to use a big plate to accommodate the food when it falls back then you can enjoy the good mix with whoever you had the yee sang with.
Now, all of these nostalgia made me thinking that it’s gonna be another Chinese New Year soon. May you be able to meet your family and enjoy your time with your loved ones.
Let me also use this chance to wish all of you a Happy New Year of 2019. May this year be a good year for all of us with a lot of happiness coming to our life.