After a fun two-day adventure in and around Bandung, the plan for the last day was just to kick back and chill… but the fam decided that we should make the most out of our time, so we went to the local mall, Paris Van Java. I honestly would have liked to sleep in more since it was so early, and the shops wouldn’t … Continue reading Paris Van Java Mall – Last Day in Bandung, Indonesia
The last time I met up with my Indonesian friend Liv was on her trip to KL two years ago. So this time around, she got to play tour guide! 🙂 Liv came to meet me at the hotel. She came on a bike, and I didn’t want to waste money on a cab, so I hopped onto the back seat. I was a bit worried … Continue reading Cremelin Pattiserie, Bandung Indonesia – and Meeting up with Liv !
Nature is not the only thing that Bandung has to offer – the place is well known for its cheap shopping. This didn’t excite me much (yes, there are girls who don’t thrill at the idea of shopping). Apart from Rumah Mode, which was an old Dutch building turned into a factory outlet store, the only other place we went to was Cibaduyut Street, famous … Continue reading Cibaduyut Leather Street, Bandung Indonesia
Located within vast camping grounds, the Ranca Upas or Deer Farm was our last stop for the day on our tour of Bandung’s south district. The road leading to the place was bumpy, but lined on both sides by gentle forests and fields dotted with tents and cooking pits. The grounds are a popular weekend getaway with city folk and offer extreme sports activities such … Continue reading Ranca Upas Deer Farm, Ciwidey Bandung
After half a day exploring Bandung’s southern district of Ciwidey, we were ready for lunch. Our stop was a local resto called Saung Gawir, which specializes in Sundanese cuisine. Located on the hillside, the place has a nice view of the gentle slopes, but parents wanted to sit in the shade so we sat inside ._. The simple structure is built from bamboo and leaves; … Continue reading Saung Gawir Sundanese Restaurant, Bandung, Indonesia
With Mother Nature, nothing’s impossible. You have places like the ‘Door to Hell’, a natural gas crater in Turkmenistan which looks like a cavern into a fiery abyss; and The Giant’s Causeway in Ireland, where the natural rock formations are so geometric they seem to be carved out of machinery. So it’s not that surprising to find a lake in the mountains of Indonesia, at … Continue reading The Lake in the Mountains – Situ Patenggang, Bandung
When talking about volcanoes, the mental image that comes to mind is that of a yawning crevasse; spewing ash, lava and smoke into the air. But my recent visit to Bandung proved me wrong! Earlier, we visited Tangkuban Perahu, an active stratvolcano – which means that lava runs underneath instead of on the surface. There, we found a huge crater with hot springs, wisps of steam and bubbling … Continue reading White Crater Volcano – Kawah Putih, Bandung
Indonesia is one of the world’s most populous Muslim countries: so I expected restaurants to be closed throughout the day during fasting month. Surprisingly, in the city of Bandung, many places remained open (can’t say the same about other cities) and people were cool about eating…as long as it wasn’t in ‘public’. The wooden roadside stalls had ‘curtains’ where people could eat away from prying … Continue reading Lembang Floating Market, Bandung