Friday, October 11, 2013

Bandung - Day 2-3 05-06OCT13

Day 2
05 Oct 2013

We started our day with Ya Kun Kaya Toast at Bandung Supermall next to our hotel (ibis). Ya Kun's toast's standard in Bandung isn't as good as that of Singapore's. Do note that they charge 10% tax on top of the price stated on their menu. This was the same for A&W we had the previous night.

Ya Kun Kaya Toast Branch in Bandung

Butter set meal - Toasts with coffee/tea and two half-boiled eggs at IDR 44000 inc. 10% tax (approx. SGD 4.85)

We were extremely excited as Volcano Tour - Tangkuban Perahu Trip was in our itinerary today! All of us thought that this would be the highlight of our trip and we were looking forward to it ever since we saw it in our planned itinerary from Jack Tours. We stopped by somewhere as Fred wanna purchase a top up for his ID SIM card and Jon wanted to get a new SIM card for data usage. We snapped quite a lot of photos while waiting for them to finish registering for their new ID SIM cards.





Credits to Mauricio

Sorry Shujuan! I don't know how to use photoshoot to remove your pimple! =x Nice picture anyway! :)

Credits to Mauricio

Credits to Mauricio

Credits to Mauricio

However, we were not so lucky. Upon reaching the entrance, the person in-charge told us that due to a mini eruption in the morning, the Volcano's closed to visitors. =( Ahhh, what a bad bad bad news! It was a long drive up the hills too. Haizz. We were so disappointed but our tour guide Ganis mentioned that we could try again later in the afternoon.

Many horses were spotted while we were on our way to the Volcano



We moved on to our next destination - Tea Plantation. The air was OH-MY-GODLY FRESH!!!! I got so hyper after breathing in those fresh air, I felt that my lungs had expanded! Not exaggerating okay! My colleagues couldn't stand my hyperactive behaviour as if I was on cloud nine. Hahaha! The tea plantation was very steep and if you wish to visit, you should come prepared with covered shoes and insect repellent!! Also, if you do not wish to get sun burn, apply sunblock before going to the plantation. The weather may be cooling, the sun can be very strong! We took a few hundreds of photographs with 2 semi-pros and 2 DSLRs. Enjoy the pictures below!












Group Photo at Tea Plantation
Right after a joyful and relaxing time at the plantation, we moved on to take a tour in a tea factory. The tour in tea factory costs IDR 25000 (SGD 2.80) per pax. There are several processes for tea leaves to be extracted and packaged before they are ready to be exported.

Bags of leaves were delivered via conveyor belt

Leaves were blown by cooled air for days






Tea factory's office



Free cup of tea and free box of tea packets (x25) after the tour!
You can purchase their tea boxes too! Comes with different flavours like green tea, lemon, jasmine, ginger, etc. It's only IDR 15000 (SGD 1.75) per box, with 25 sachets. I bought 3 boxes back for my family and BF's family. We were famished after visiting the factory and agreed to go for lunch.

We had lunch at Kampong Daun Cafe. Perfect lunch ever. Every group of diners will have their private space with spectacular nature view. This is a MUST GO place if you ever visit Bandung.


Menu




My Strawberry Juice







Dessert all for myself =P
There're cushions for us to lie down and rest after lunch! Everyone's so sleepy~
Another smaller hut in the cafe
The scenery's really fantastic here! We spent IDR 160,000 (about SGD 18.50) per pax, including tips, for all the food. Even though this was the most expensive meal we had in Bandung, I felt that it was really worth the price. Is there anywhere in Singapore that can offer you full course meal, comfortable setting, scenic view and most importantly fresh air at approx. 20 degrees celsius at below SGD 20? No way. More pictures below!




Cute parrot near the entrance/exit that will oppose Oliver's actions by tilting it's head left and right
We held our hopes high as we drove back to the Volcano, but to our greatest disappointment, it remained closed. =( No luck at all man. I wonder when will I ever come back to Bandung since there're so many other destinations I've yet covered. Oh well, time to move on to our next stop - Cimahi Waterfall (Curug Cimahi).

Wild monkeys were crawling around the railings next to the entrance of Curug Cimahi. Don't worry about them as long as you're minding your own business. They will not disturb you if you don't disturb them in the first place. The entrance fee's IDR 10000 (approx. SGD 1.20)  per person. Upon entering, after a few steps down, you will be able to see the waterfall! It's about 87m tall according to Wikipedia, though the tour guide told us that it's 100m. We had to make our way down 596 steps to reach the foot of the waterfall. Going down was easy.... 有下就有上 (direct translation: if there's 'down', there'll be 'up').. Nonetheless, the time spent at the waterfall was really wonderful!!



Cirug Cimahi



We're nearing!

A picture of me with the waterfall
Fred's meditating




Lastly a group photo with the Waterfall
The 596 steps back up was not simple. Shujuan's legs were wobbling! Mine was quite weak too. *Lack of exercise* Mauricio was behind and pushing us back up the hill. Good and 'strenuous' exercise though! I'm very sure that I'll have a good sleep after having insomnia for the past few days.

Roadside shop next to the entrance of Curug Cimahi
Our plan was to go to Strawberry farm after but it was closed in the evening. Initially, we were supposed to go to a recommended restaurant called The Peak. As we were still very full from lunch, we decided to go back to hotel for a quick wash up and proceed to dinner at the mall next to our hotel.

Suis Butcher

Suis' Menu
Strawberry Juice - I'm very addicted to Bandung's Strawberries
Here comes the real highlight of the day or even better, highlight of the trip; an unforgettable moment. The mall experienced a black out for 3 times. First time was like less than 1 min. Second time was about the same length as the first. The third time, the mall blacked out for a good half an hour!! Everyone in the mall were 'booooooing'. Some restaurants were prepared with candles and brought them to every table. Our restaurant remained black. I thought of using my iPod Touch's torchlight to shine onto the table, by putting it on top of the bottle of water, so that we can still see our food, that were served in the dark. Brilliant idea eh? ^^ Two other iPhones were then used to lit up our long table too.

3 mobile torchlights were used to lit up our table during the long black out
Most of us ordered the recommended dish on the top of the menu 'Suis Santory Beef' (IDR 75000, about SGD 9 after tax). This was the worse steak I had in my life. Our whole table were complaining like mad! Oliver didn't even finish 4/5 of his steak. It tasted totally like patty; Mcdonald's beef patty is even much better! Kristel ordered a Sirloin Steak and it tasted more like steak! Hers was only IDR 50000+. It was a very hilarious dinner as we grumbled about the horrible taste of the steak and even talked about switching off the 3 torch lights one by one and leave the restaurant without paying. Of course, we were not serious about it. Their chicken fingers (not literally) tasted not bad as a side dish, I would say. Fries were nahhh, I'd rate it 2/5. This was the most memorable albeit the worst meal we had in Bandung.

Suis Santory Beef
Picture of us dining in the dark using my Camera's flash (I had to blur my face as I looked terrible, lol)
We booked a room at the KTV in the mall at 2200-0000. The room charge by itself was like SGD 2.60 per person for two hours!! How cheap!! It has many selections of songs with different languages including Chinese, English, Malay, Japanese, Korean, etc.

Karaoke

KTV Interior
Our KTV Room


Even though Justin said that he won't sing, he's the one who sang quite a lot during the session!
As the Chinese songs have subtitles (something like Han Yu Pin Yin), Mauricio could actually sing with me. He really sound like he can sing Chinese songs! We enjoyed ourselves at the KTV. Whole department with different nationalities - Singaporean, Malaysian, Filipino, Australian, German and Colombian, actually sang together in a KTV. How cool's that! =D


Trans Studio Mall

Trans Studio Roller Coaster
Ah! During the blackout, I wondered how were the people on the coaster?!?! Since there's no big commotion, I guess everyone's safe. =) Had an awesome day today!


Day 3 
06 Oct 2013

Finally it's the last day of our Bandung Trip. Most of us (the early birds) had our breakfast buffet at the hotel while the others were still snoozing away. The breakfast was not bad, even though the variety was wide enough. Mee Goreng's nice! Anyway, yesterday we requested our tour guide and driver to pick us up later in the day for today so that we can get more rest; however they insisted that they had to come at 9am as they have something later on. We agreed to it and guess what? We waited at the lobby from 9am all the way till about 10.10am then the driver arrived. Our tour guide arrived at 9.50am to inform us that the driver's outside the main road and was making his way in. We could have slept 30min more.... Zzzzzz. This was totally a waste of our time. Nevertheless, we still gave them tips before we bid goodbye.


A long long wait at the lobby....





Do remember to print your flight's itinerary as you can only enter the airport if you're flying. The airport's very very small, hence not everybody can enter. Also, you have to pay IDR 75,000 (SGD 8.50) as airport tax at the airport, a separate counter after you've check-in, before you enter immigration.

Airport Entrance

tigerair check-in counter

Airport Interior

Waiting for our flight
We bought some souvenirs from the duty free shops in the check-in area. A small box of layer cake (kueh lapis) from Monica costs IDR 55,000 (SGD 6.10).




These two blog posts summarized my entire Bandung trip in details! Hope you've enjoyed reading it as I spent quite a bit of time (approx. 6h for two posts) on it. =) Pardon for any grammatical error if there is, as my 'angmoh' (English) ain't excellent. Honestly, the city of Bandung has limited things to offer. If you are considering to give Bandung a visit, you should go to the countryside, up the mountain and explore all the good-spectacular nature. There're many posh restaurants and hotels up the mountain too. The best part - they are very affordable, especially if your country's currency is relatively stronger.

Ps. I'll be going for a holiday in November again! Till then. =)

38 comments:

  1. Hi Lynne... u've done a good job. A fine posting about travelling with more pictures and less words, this is how a travelling posting should be like. It's interesting overall, so just keep doing it like this! I've bookmarked this blog. :)


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    1. Thanks Calvin, I'll improve on the blog. I'm glad that you like it. This is a very good encouragement. =) I clicked on your blog link but so sorry, I couldn't understand bahasa. :(

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    2. Glad to hear that. :)
      It's okay, I got it, it's just my habit when I put comments on. U can do the same when u put comments on another blog, so that they can recognize u and visit urs. More likely, it's a good one and cit leh si iong angmoh wuah siah chutlai eh leh, tahtiok cinya cehlang eh bengpek... :D (if u could understand my hokkian)

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    1. Senang jika kamu menyukai informasi nya - terima kasih. Salam kenal juga.

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  3. Waw... thanks for visited to Indonesia and your holiday hobby you like that. a while not have result, may you go back to Indonesia for next part holiday. Especially, you should go to other city like Bali or Padang ect. Hahahaha.... Sometime, we should meeting dude hehe if i go to your country

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  4. Good review.... Thanks!

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  5. Keep posting, and love indonesia. maybe , sometime ya. Cirebon is uniq place. :)

    CirebonIdea

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  6. Hey Lynne,

    Great post on Bandung! Do check out our post on the things to do and attractions in Bandung as well!

    Happy Travels Everyone!

    Tom,
    2bearbear.com

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  7. Salam Kenal Lynne

    I think your blog is awesome, hope you to come back to Bandung, there so many fantastic place that you not visit yet. See you in Bandung...

    Awal

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    1. Hi Awal, thank you for your kind words. Maybe you could share with me and the others about the many fantastic places? :)

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  8. Hi Lynne, can you tell me how long the tour at the tea factory will be? As I would like to include it in my itinerary. Thank you!

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    1. Hi Qiannong, the tour at the tea factory was about half an hour. :)

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  9. Hi Lynne,

    What is the name of the karaoke place that you went? Do you need to reserve the room as well?

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    1. Hi Hani, I went to nav karaoke keluarga at Trans Studio Mall. I reserved the room before dinner for 10pm on the same day. It can be pretty full during the weekend. Tel: +62 91091771. You may refer to Trans Studio's website if you are planning to going to it's branch http://www.transstudiobandung.com/english/index.php

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  10. Enjoyed your blog a lot :) and great you love Bandung, there's still a lot of place to come anyway ^^ don't get bored to visit Bandung in the future ^^

    modimelodi | A blog by Moudy

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  11. Hi Lynne. Was googling about Bandung when I chanced upon your blog. Interesting blog (great pics).
    Just like to ask if you remember the name of the van rental company you used for your trip? Are they good?
    Planning a trip to Bandung myself this coming November with my whole family (of 12).

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    1. Hi Ramlee, it was www.jacktour.com and you can check out my Bandung Blog Day 1 regarding the details: http://lynnechua.blogspot.com/2013/10/bandung-great-weekend-getaway-04oct13.html
      Hope that you will enjoy your family trip. :)

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  12. Hi Lynne,
    Definitely a great info from your well written blog. Can you share the duration of travel from the Volcano (Closed when u visit) to Kampung Duan & From Duan to the waterfall? How long will it takes including the ups & downs of the 596 steps?

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    1. Hello, from what I could recall, it was about 1h from the Volcano to Kampung Duan and another hour from Duan to waterfall. Going up and down for an average person would take just half an hour to at most 40min for the journey alone, however with all the photography and chilling at the waterfall, it could take longer. =)

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  13. Hi!
    I enjoy read this post. I'm Indonesian and yes...I agree that Kampung Daun is the nice place, but I suggest you to go there on the night. It feels more romantic and cool :)
    And there;s another resto I loveeee the most in Bandung imho. It's The Valley and it serves you realllyyyy pretty view of Bandung city on the night. :)

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    1. Hi there, thank you for your kind suggestions! :)

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  14. Hey Leynne,

    I am looking for the best travel places. Unfortunately I Visit your blog and I read it that"s awesome and great info about travel places. thanks for sharing....

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  15. Hi, Thank you for coming to our city of Bandung .. there are some beautiful places you have not visited

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  16. Your blog is very nice. and it's very informative.Thanks for sharing.....!
    International tour

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  17. Hi Lynne, why didn't you visit some historical place like museum? It also has amazing things to be shared haha. Promise me you'll be there nad share more info for it haha I am waiting. I am from Jogja have you visit Jogja? It is just such a cultural place haha it is recomended for you to be here. Inform me whenever you come here :D

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    1. Hi Pradis, the itinerary in Bandung was planned by our tour guide. I have not visited Jogja but I will in the future. =)

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  18. your blog is inspiration for me...i love it god bless you my frend

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  19. Hi Lynne
    Nice to see your blog but I cannot see where you stay? May I have your tour guide contact info as 2 sisters and I plan to go Bandung on 9 Feb till 12 Feb?

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    1. Hi Esther, thank you for your message. I booked via www.jacktour.com and you can read the information on my first post: Bandung Day 1 http://lynnechua.blogspot.com/2013/10/bandung-great-weekend-getaway-04oct13.html

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  20. Hi Lynne Chua,

    This is awesome! I am heading to Bandung very soon and this information has been very useful! Keep up the great work!

    Krishy

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    1. Hi Krishy, thank you! Have fun in Bandung! :)

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  21. hi my name is fredy nice to read your holiday in Bandung. I live in Bandung, may be i can help to anyone who want go to Bandung. just contact me:f124dy@yahoo.com. thanks

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  22. Nice blog. This is a very good blog on adventures trip. I would like to thank you for all the information you give. Its really important to choose the best travel guide to know the different place in earth. So thenks for the information you give.

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