Kamis, 10 Juli 2014

West Coast USA

Flight by EVA, transit Taipei complimentary with the Evergreen Hotel.Lay down was very important before preparing long journey....16 hours.
Kids enjoyed to stay at the hotel, dd not want to explore Taipei,but it was ok.

First date visited New York at 11 pm,made us choose shuttle service with $ 108.5.In the midnight, everything went well, including delivery big pizza and too many portions of  spagehtti.

Second day, explore Up Town Manhattan. Subway was an old one, continue with walking around Central Park (Home Alone), 5 th avenue (many films), Theatre District with musical performance which are very famous and expensive (Lion King was $ 125 per pax).

June 25th, joined tours4fun to visit :

Philadelphia with the Liberty Bell,nothing more....

Washington with Smithsonian Museum (Captain America), White House,Jefferson's Dome,Washington 's Dome and Lincoln's statue which direct to see all (Forrest Gump).

Shenandoah Cavern was beautifull.Cold at summer and will be warm in winter...Mother Nature is always awesome....

Baltimore Harbour

Famous university Princeton,saw 2 chipmunks...was so cute,wild,never afraid with human.

2 days tour, then go back to NY,The Sohotel $300 per night for 5 people,Locations was very good, but the room was very narrow. Coin laundry only 30 steps, chinesse food around seems at home.

June 27th by Delta flied to Orlando Airport and stayed at Radisson Hotel. Location was good,near Mc D,supermarket 24 hours, and Noodle Company (The Pad Thai Noodle was good).
I lost my foundations,deodorant and small things ...was bad.....

June 28th, join Gator Tour to visit Kennedy Space Centre.Man walks on the moon....very proud become USA residents. The austronouts said that the earth was a tiny one when he saw from the space....how Mother Nature love me ........was so tiny seems we saw the virus.

June 29th,again with Mr Gracia joined to visit Miami,and Everglades Florida.We can see many aligators around,and were wild.Cruise and visit the south beach.

June 30th, Universal Studio Florida the biggest one.

July 1st, Magic Kingdom.

July 2nd return to New York, coin laundry and fixing Elcy's and Daddy's shoes...was $7.

July 3rd, joined the Niagara Tours by Mr Wang with itinary :

Corning Glass Museum (not joined,but we could visit the shop)
Niagara at night at Skylone Tower ($15)....was good

July 4th,Elcy's birthday
Niagara IMAX....ok for education.
Niagara The Maid of the mist was awesome...again Mother Nature was bathing me at Horseshoe Waterfall. While waiting for them who joined the lunch, we walked around.Elcy bought the rainbow loom,she was very happy.

July 5th, early morning to 1000 island but we didn't joined,no matter how beautifull,not interest for us. We spend our time with pop mie goreng breakfast.We bought it at Torronto.

Then visit Ottawa,the Parliament was very nice,also the hot dogs in the front of it.

July6th,Allushale waterfall,Montreal ...we again did not joined.

After Albany, we arrived NY again.

July 7th, Liberty Statue with Pedestial Acsess,again met many chipmunks.Fortunetly we bought on line for at 8 am,so after all we visisted Groun Zero 9/11.Many people came,many prayer sent...as us.We prayed for them who written on the stone....tragic...sad....

July 8th at 01.45 am flied back to Jakarta.....

Senin, 13 Januari 2014

Magelang,another side

Magelang,another side

        Dec 22, at 12 am we started to our journey as usual....visiting grandpa and grandma.Usually we did't get any trouble,the journey would take around 8 hours. But now,even no seriously traffic but the journey took 14 hours.....we arrived at Magelang at 4 pm from north side. Hotel Sriti was our choice to stay...we took a family room plus 2 extra bed.The room was quite big for us,2 adult 3 children who grow up as teenager.

         Dec 23, we visited their grandpa and grandma,they were very old but very fit.Opa was 88 yo and Oma 10 years younger. They can still work and doing anything by themselves.Thanks God....You give them good healthiness. We spent our time by chatting for everything.

          Dec 24, we went to Kopeng, a recreation area at Mount Merbabu  that we come here every year.Nothing was different.But Elcy can ride the horse by herself,no more afraid. Then we look at the waterfall,small one,no special. Riding the ATV was another option to spend our time.Elcy and Nathan were very enjoy....Elco was very busy with his mobile phone.
At night around 9 pm we joined the Christmas Mass,the first time  we joined the night xmas. Last year we still joined the celebration mass for children,now we joined the other one.

          Dec 25, we moved to another hotel,named Villa Sumbing.....around Mount Sumbing. The owner is French who married with local people,so most of the guests came from France. The view was nice, the swimming pool was very fresh water....never feel like that. Since it was a villa, so the kid always afraid to small insects. We decided to came back to Hotel Sriti. Luckily the owner let us cancel since they understood that nothing can do by the kids.But the kids enjoyed the dinner very much...french style all out. Dec 26 we spend our rest time after check out to relax.

          Dec 27, we went to Pindul Cave at Wonosari which are very famous. This was a river cave,so we used the floating  as a tubing to come inside.Wow....many people came there maybe thousand in the holiday season.This cave offered us to have a new experienced......looked at stalagtit and statalgmit,bats and feel the cool water....was very nice. After tubbing, we went to Oyo river and rafting.This river is easy to be rafted.....very safe for the children.  Even at first they dididn't want,scary,afraid,don't want to be wet....and many thousand reasons....at the end they enjoyed to swim in the river.......plus took a open van to bring us go back to the pool.Mr Yadi was our experienced guide,and he was very very good.

         Dec 28, we just visited my grandma's cemetery and sure vbisited my mum and dad again.

         Dec 29, we started to go back to Jakarta from south side. We passed Purworejo,tried the black cendol which very good. Kebumen,Mira 's hometown...and we decided to take old road made by Daendeles hundred years ago.Small road...we prayed for all th soul who died made this road......i heard their crying,their sad sounds....feel their blood..........then we enjoyed Karangbolong Beach  after passing Suwuk and Logending beach...all are south beach who has wonderful waves and still wild. Karangbolong was very famous with their story about the bird's nest climmbing man.....traditional climber who were very brave....but i don't agree with them because they stole the nest.

We took 18 hours to reach Jakarta...long   long...journey make us decided another way to go back again next year........howewver indonesian's nature was ....was....was......two tombs.

Rabu, 24 Juli 2013

USA.......woooohooooo indian native america,cowboy and nat parks

WEST USA............wooohoooo....indian native america,cowboy.....national parks

Fly with All Nippon Air,awesome meals both J Menu and Western Menu.All of us like them very much.Soba mi,the noodle served only at summer time,cold,light,fresh,simple but....very delicious.We take a transit in Tokyo for  8 hours that,s why we rent a room at dayroom Narita.Near Mc D and a japanesse resto.

At 5 pm we fly to Los Angeles and arrive at 11 am. Using Fly Away,cheap,clean and good we arrive at Union Station which near the our hotel in Chinatown. We perefer to choose this hotel because close to Union St,close to mini market,close to Chinesse Resto, so no problem at all.

First day surly take a rest . Adventure started at Universal Studio Hollywood which can be reached by red Line for only $1.5.Bought Front Line were very effective since we don't waste our time,almost all already been rode.

2 nd day until 4 th day we spent at Anaheim......wonderful Disneyland. Both parks were excited for us, and Vico always try to get the FastTrack....he is the best Daddy in the world.Tired....very tired.....but we enjoyed. Our hotel located across the gate of the park, near Mc D and many resto,even Pizza Hut is inside the hotel. And.....there is a laundry coin which very useful for us.

5 th day we come back to LA by Amtrak and visited Pueblo Monument, an indian mexican community.I never have a dream to see the real indian dance, this was the first time.....after that we saw several indian dances in another locations.

6 th day for 8 days after we joined Seagull tour to explore Arches Nat Par,Yellowstone Nat Park,Grand Canyon buy Hualapai Conservation Nat Park, Mt Rushmore,Crazy Horse,Bear Country USA,Mormon Temple. We pass through many states, California,Nevada,Utah,South Dakota,Wyoming,Idaho, and Colorado.We  pass through Mojave Dessert,Las Vegas,Richfield,Buffalo,Denver,Salt Lake City,Jacksonville....wow....many things suddenly happened to us.....inside west coast USA.

We went with a big bus, 59 passanger,most of them are Chinesse and all of them are USA citizen except us and a family from Taiwan. Ian was our tour leader.This tour was very strict, start at 6 am and finished at 8 pm.

Grand Canyon was very great....we walked at the Skywalk.Hot....hot.....hot.......but indian meals were very good.

Come back to LA, we went to Catholic Church....very pleasant to always come to Him even we were abroad. After Mass we went to Hollywood,took a starline tour which pass through celebrity's home such as Madonna,Elvys Presley,Michael Jackson,Bruno Mars........nothing special at all. Also visited Madame Tussaud.

We continued to San Francisco by Amtrak....took 1 day trip but since we were not in a hurry so we enjoyed.........visited Pier 39,looked at wild elephant seals. Yosemite Nat Park,El Capitan,waterfall,seqouia tree....big and old tree.

Then enjoy our Mass again at St Peter and Patrick Church in SF.Just after Asiana Airline get a crashed,the day after we flied back to Jakarta via Tokyo. Bad hotel at Tokyo...we don't like the service.

We get a jet lag even after 4 days arrived at Jakarta,but........these were very wonderful experiences......we will come again USA.

Kamis, 09 Mei 2013

Wandeful Europe

Europe…………….the dreams come true……………

Tgl 14 June 2012:

Fly with Emirates to Dubai. Jam 12 malam setelah urusan antrian dll akhirnya nyenyak di Ibis Deira seberang City Centre. Beli air putih mahal banget……..

Tgl 15 Juni 2012 :

Jam 08.30 pg mulai jalan-jalan. Mampir di masjid Jumeera, Burj Al Arab,trunk Burj Dubai,naik ke lantai atas Burj Dubai.Panassss banget,mampir ke Souk dan sore disyukuri dengan ikut misa di gereja St Mary the Virgin.
Dilanjut dengan Desert Safari yang luar biasa,pengalaman berkendara di padang pasir lalu makan malam di tenda dan ditutup dengan belly dance.

Tgl 16 Juni 2012 :

Fly to Rome…………….asyik hotelnya bersebelahan dengan Chinesse Rest.Jalan ke Replubica,Trevi Fountain yang indah sekalipin tidak seindah Curug Cilember.Roma cantik dengan bangunan yang bersejarah di setiap sudut kota.

Tgl 17 Juni 2012 :

Colosseo yang panas banget. Sebelumnya ikut misa di Basilica St Maria Magiore yang bangusss banget. Misa dengan bahasa Latin, koor yang indah banget sempat mengaku dosa juga……lalu antri tiket di Colloseo yang panas banget.
Dialnjut ke Basilica Lateran dengan arca para rasul yang bagus banget. St Yohanes terlihat paling muda, dan tidak berjenggot. Lalu bersujud di 2 anak tangga Scala Sancta.Wow….berlutut di anak tangga yang pernah dilalui Yesus menjelang saat pengadilan di rumah Pilatus.Marmer itu kami sentuh dengan cinta, sekalipun harus memasukkan tangan ke bawah penutup kayu.Di puncaknya ada The Holy of The Holiest…….air mata saja yang mengekspresikan melayangnya jiwa ini ke Pencipta…………

Tgl 18 Juni 2012 :
Basilica St Peter, ikutan tur dadakan masuk ke museum lalu menyelinap kembali untuk melihat mumi asli Mesir. Kapel Sistine yang jauh dari khidmat karena ratusan manusia di dalamnya.Lalu ke Basilica dan antrian sudah sedikit karena sudah sore.Ada banyak kuburan, ada urutan nama Paus sejak Petrus, ada banyak jasad yang masih utuh….tidak tahu kenapa.

Tgl 19 Juni 2012 :

Napels….Pompeii…………kota lama yang terkubur .Panas tapi asyik banget.Bayangkan berjalan mampir di rumah yang 2000 tahun lalu ada. Lengkap dengan perabotan dan jasad membatu.

Tgl 20 Juni 2012 :

Antri lagi di Basilica St Peter karena mau lihat kuburan Petrus. Puji Tuhan, sepi antriannya karena pengunjung mengikuti audiensi dg Paus. Bahkan kuburannya pun sepi. Petrus disalib terbalik karena tidak layak menyamai Yesus.Sana sini kuburan tapi tidak menyeramkan, meski mungkin tidak semua masuk surga.

Lalu dilanjut ke Basilica St.Paolo dimana Paulus di penggal kepalanya,menjadi 3 air mancur. Ada semua foto Paus di sana, tapi masih ada sekitar 7 tempat kosong tersisa. Katanya kalau sudah tidak ada tempat lagi dunia kiamat. Wow, as simple as that? Pulang kami naik metro.  

Tgl 21 Juni 2012 :
Rome – Basel-Luzern. Tks Stefano, you help us to book all the route. Perfect.SBB Basel was about 30 minutes from Airport.No traffic, very clean city,very wellkown information.
A wonderful Luzern….just a second,only across the street to joint a Mass at Fransikanen Kirche.A minute ti Jesuiten Kirche…..seems in heaven.Rheus River include the swans,ducks, birds, flowers……..hopefully we will be there again and again.

Tgl 22 Juni 2012 :

Mt Titlis,Rotair…….napak tilas Johny English.Salju yang membuat kami susah jalan dan menyilaukan. Anak2 senang sekali main di salju Cuma karena sudah siang maka mulai meleleh.Wonderful trip…….jaket Elcy tertinggal dipakai si burung….

Tgl 23 Juni 2012 :

Mt Pilatus, Alphanachstadt,Kierns lengkap dengan jalan kaki,pedesaan Swiss….suara lonceng sapi. Sausage and potato were very yummy. Listening traditional Swiss music.

Tgl 24 Juni 2012 :

Jam 7 pg misa bahasa Jerman. Jam 9 pg misa Bahasa Swiss………..lalu siap2 ke Basel buat melanjutkan ke Amsterdam.Multatuli Htl yang ruwet banget tangganya.
Tapi cuaca menyenangkan…..dingin……………..

Tgl 25 Juni 2012 :

Ke museum Yahudi…..masuk synagoga.Lalu ke istna Raja, banyak burung dara jinak……ke museum Rembrant juga. Naik boat menyusuri kanak-kanak.Terakhir makan buah anggur dan cherry yang manis banget.

Tgl 26 Juni 2012 :

Ke Nemo……..eksplorasi science yang bagus buat anak2. Dilanjutkan ke Wacgheningen, kasih makan kambing, bunga mawar liar yang cantik banget.

Tgl 27 Juni 2012 :

Flower Market yang Cuma jual biji pohon bunga saja, gak asyik…..makan di Mc D, beli sepatu Elco…..lalu nunggu di Amsterdaam Central.

Thalys kelas 1 siap ke Paris…………….

Tgl 28 Juni 2012 :

Paris,Jules hotel ,Hop On Hop Off ke Eiffel,Louvre Museum….berkali-kali lihat si La Jaconde.
Panas banget………….

Tgl 29 Juni 2012 :
Notre Dame, misa di sana,duduk di taman, makan……santai karena udah mulai capek.
Lewatin Plaza de la Concorde yang menjadi tempat memenggal kepala Louis XVI dan Antoinette.

Tgl 30 Juni 2012 :
Cuma ke galeri La Fayette, nyantai, tidur lagi di hotel,,,,,,,,,,,,,,jalan sore bentar cari makan….tidur lagi.Tidur mengalahkan keinginan melihat Versailles Palace.

Tgl 1 Juli :

Siap balik ke Jakarta via Dubai……………………capek nunggu di bandara,duduk di pesawat…sempit. Next trip hopefully can be bought the business ticket.He….he…..