…From Day 3 – Monday 26 October 2009
Heading from Yogyakarta to Purwokerto where I met my brother who joined me from Bandung. It’s a very kind of him to take over the wheel from Purwokerto,Central Java to our final destination : Bandung, West Java – knowing that Bart must be exhausted after 3 days on the road.
Purwokerto for me is a city with memory of my childhood visiting grandparents house, this means : lots of good food and laughter. I still have my aunt living in this city today. Like any other city in the country, the javanese culture moves parallel with the modernity and development. It is the capital of Banyumas Regency, Central Java region, Purwokerto is located near the base of Mount Slamet, the highest volcano in Central Java.
The city is bisected by the Kali Kranji (Kranji River), and lies near two major east-west roads, Jalan Sudirman and Jalan Gatot Subroto (source : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purwokerto), it’s a very small city, the local people loves to hang out at Alun-alun (town square), and you can circling this town in just 30 min, you will find yourself back to the same point of departure : Alun-alun. And beside its typical culinary delights such as : Soto Sukaraja, Es Baltik, Tempe Mendoan, etc…Serayu River is one of the main nature scenery not to be passed (actually it’s more for a nostalgic reason for me, where my dad spent his afternoon childhood, biking and playing on the river of Serayu!).
I should’ve stayed more than just one night here, but Bandung, the flower city, the Parijs van Java, just couldn’t wait to see me..
Day 4 – Tuesday 27 October 2009
09.40 Left Purwokerto to Bandung
16.00 WELCOME TO BANDUNG (again!), BEE !!
28 October – 6 November 2009 My must have annual holiday ‘Chez Mes Parents’, I’ve written some blog posts about Bandung and Jakarta, the two most frequented towns in my life – having lived & worked there – so for fun things to do, I will just list here What’s HOT and What’s not HOT in Bandung compared to Bali
Hmm..starting from What’s HOT first and What Bali DOESN’T HAVE! Yay!
1). Multi cineplex (minimum 8 screens of cinema!) giving more choices of movies, with HD surround sound system complete with other entertainment facility, such as restaurant, cafe, live music performance! digital music store, game center, pool, karaoke, function room, merchandise store, a very chic lounge, and lots of beautiful trendy fashionably people…my oh my…
2). Malls and great malls…and more malls
3). Good yummy food with hundreds of price & flavor variation all over the city! The battle of New innovative culinary vs Classic legend food that never ends.
4). Old historical buildings from Dutch colonial period that are still being functioned as international conference building, Post Office, or trade centers.
5). A cutey little pie coquette niece with three dream jobs in one life time : Singer,model, pediatrician & a nephew who thinks he’s Spongebob the Squarepants and a card collector.
6). A large backyard and beautiful garden – with the crazy high land price in Bali, there’s no way people could easily afford a house with a big garden..(they’re lucky to have one actually)
7). Best friends
What’s NOT Hot in Bandung :
1). Traffic Jam almost everywhere – typically big cities in Java
2). Bike Riders who just couldn’t wait and queue on a train railway portal, they have this ‘good habit’ crossing the opposite line to get in the front line, nice…
3). Two different world : The Slum surrounding or just behind a nice glamorous shopping center
Til my next adventure and crazy trip, hopefully one day : Tour d’Indonésie ! Thanks to @bartcatapult for the great pics, love ya’!