Monday, June 27, 2011

6月へよこそうっ!Part 2

I.N.D.O.N.E.S.I.A.
T.A.N.A.H.
A.I.R.
B.E.T.A.

(translation: Indonesia, my homeland)


























Continuation.. yes... yes..! Are you ready??? This part will be quite short, I know I uploaded a lot of pictures and made my browser runs too slow.

So, in this part, I will post the photos of my reunion and Jakarta's Sea World in Ancol!!
One of the roads inside the amusement park (above picture). Taman Impian Jaya Ancol otherwise known as Ancol Dreamland is an integral part of Ancol Bay City, a resort destination located alongJakarta's waterfront, in Ancol Kelurahan, Pademangan, Indonesia. (Wikipedia) They also have this crazy club called "Alexis", full nude dancers are available for view ba ha ha ha ha... I've never been there, I don't really lie :P
This is the entrance into the aquarium, I think it costs like 70 000 rupiah or AUD $8 or around 700 yen per person. The price is the same for weekends or public holidays.
But you can get discount if you use a certain Bank card, I forgot which Bank.
Luckily, my friend paid for me, they are so nice.. ha ha ha




















By the way, the above picture, the one where I hugged the tube is a pretty strange one!! It is called ExQuarium.
The tube is slanted and so is the fish head looking downwards ha ha ha ha ha.. poor fish, being tricked :P

I love aquariums, hands down! If you ask me to go to a museum or zoos or aquariums, I pick Aquariums!!!

I think it is the fish, those mystical creatures that always succeed in luring me back to where they live under the waters. No matter the price I must go to aquariums.

Then you also have the open aquariums where you can touch the animals. I touched 2 !!
Here goes:
Star fish, OMG, how can I describe it? It was sucking my hand, as you know, starfish suck and cling to the sea beds and move around by pumping around the water from their five hands ha ha ha .... *i was thinking, five fingers, no no, not five fingers but five hands*
And that is why I screamed in the photo... ha ha ha

Then, I also touched

SEA TURTLES!!! HA HA HA

There were 10+turtles inside that open air aquarium as far as I can remember. The warning instructions said "Do not touch the mouth" "Do not dip your hands deeply" whatever, I am a good person, I obeyed the rules!!!!!!! Except, I was chasing around the turtle wherever it swam. ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

Anyway, I remember why I felt guilty when I saw the sea turtles swimming around happily. I confess, I ate sea turtle meat when I was in Bali. Hey, it was in a satay form, all Indonesians love SATAYS!!!! sate sate saaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaateeee...


By the way you can dive into the big shark tank (above picture), I wouldn't dare, no way man, cause I will eat them not Them eat me :P *imagining shark fin soup*

Then, inside the aquarium, there's the long tube where you can travel with a travelator underneath. N here I took a picture with a stingray.
ha ha ha ha it is soooooooooooooooo big!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Do you know that there is sting ray satay as well? ha ha h aha

I relate everything to food.. :p

And, one thing that SURPRISED ME is this.
Yea yea yea, normal....... it's just a full drawn background wallpaper with sea creatures.
BUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
When it's dark then you use your flash camera and take the picture, the paints glow in the dark!!
Like this! How cool ey???????????????????
I have to admit, Indonesia's tourist attractions are superb, but we are just lacking good management and good government AND people who care enough about the country.

We are actually unbeatable in terms of exotic places, it is just that we are do not do a lot of promotions and those stupid terrorists that make Indonesia as their home base reduce Indonesia as a terrorist country in front of many "no natural resources country". ha ha ha

So anyways, during my stay in Jakarta from the 21st of May to the 30th of May, I met up with my elementary school friends and my friend when I was in Chiba University.

One is getting married, one is engaged, one is a single-free-fighter just like me. ha ha ha ha

So Part 2 has ended for the period of 21st May to the 30th. I will close this period with few pictures of more Indonesian food. ha ha ha so that you will come to Jakarta / Indonesia and eat our awesome complicated very rich in protein and taste that will make your tastebuds melt with the weather as well . ha ha ha

1. Nasi Padang ( Padang Rice: mixture of many vegies, fried fish, fried chilli egg, chili sauce etc)
2. Me eating one of the big fish from Nasi Padang.



How big is that fish!!!!!!!!!!!! my sister thought I was going to eat it ALIVE, eeuww.. ha ha ha

3. Martabak Manis (Sweet Pancake)

So yummy, inside is healthy full slab butter + sugar + melted sugar cheese. It is like pancake but more awesome than those Canadian pancakes with maple syrup.

Everybody tried to make this type of pancake but no one can!! Only those street pancake vendors can make this type and too bad, I agree. LOL
YUMMMMMm, one box, you can eat like 10 pieces (top and bottom that means 20 pieces) for the price of AUD $2 or Rp.20 000 or 200 yen.

4. My closing picture and motto "KEEP EATING and SMILING".

Cheers,
Sasa

Friday, June 17, 2011

Still......

Just a thought that made me realise something.

"How can one opt to treat someone, take everything away from her with no thank you- no sorry, no goodbye, no nothing... I realised I was treated like a 女郎"

けど、私は相変わらずその人を愛してる。。。

泣いてる
泣いてる
泣いてる

ササ

Sunday, June 12, 2011

6月へよこそうっ!Part 1

SYDNEY...
JAKARTA...
................................................ WORLD...................................



これはシドニーハーバー橋の下を取った写真です。
スゲーだよね!私と姉はthornleighに行く途中で、橋の後ろは美しい空を見るとすぐ「写真を取らなきゃ」と思った。

ごめんなさい、日本語で、これから英語で書いています。ニコニコ 

Okay, so I am back in Sydney since the 29th of May!! I have just been back from my 10 days trip in Jakarta.

I visited my family, met my old elementary school friends and they're either in a relationship, engaged or getting married this year. LOL

So in this post, I would like to say that I am very happy in Sydney except for the weather. In this 1.5 years that I've been away from Sydney, I only experienced summer once.
I miss SUMMER and SPRING.

The season is Winter and I have winter-allergy! I always get sick during early winter and have been sick for almost a week.

This is a very excruciating pain, plus, I have just changed my internet provider! So without a week of Internet, and endless fever + flu + cough and no one to take care of me, I could tell you it is a painful week. ha ha ha ha

Anyway, maybe most of you are wondering "what is Sasa going to do now when she is in Sydney".

Simple. Job Hunting. LOL

But, before that, I'd like to list the things of what I did in Jakarta!!

  1. Culinary tour!! this includes Jakarta Food Festival, yummy pics!
  2. Sea World in Ancol, Jakarta.
  3. Malls hopping in Jakarta.
INDONESIAN FOOD
1. This above picture: me eating in Kafe Betawi. (Betawi Cafe)
They're called Lontong Sayur with Yellow Fried Chicken.
Drink is called Es Cendol.

2. This picture under is the seafood I ate with my family in Ahyatt Seafood Restaurant in Sahid Jaya Hotel in Jakarta.
Abalone, sea cucumber, shark fin soup, scallops. Yummmmmmmmmmmmmm~~~










This picture below is Es Kopyor with Durian Ice cream.


Now next is Chicken Satay made not in posh restaurant but those sold on the streets! Literally, they had to fan the charcoal by hand with a FAN! I think the street ones taste better than the restaurants. But just becareful of your tummy.... if you're not ready for the street food, don't go for them.

Next picture is a Sundanese restaurant that I went to is called Bumbu Desa.
Literally means "Village's Spices". Not GOOD, disappointing service and the Sour Soup does not taste delicious. Even my sister said my Sour Soup is even better. LOL
But I think they have a pretty display for the food so you can choose whatever you want to eat.


Still, quite pretty and interesting. Sundanese food consists of the picture one the right like

  • yellow fried chicken
  • yellow fried tofu
  • fried tempe
  • sour soup or Sayur Asem
  • petai
  • Gurame Fish
  • Lots of chilli sauce (Sambel)
  • Rice
Next is: Soto Kikil, me and my family ate this in Serpong. The Restaurant is like in an open outdoor space.
I ate this along with the Es Kopyor.

NEXT:
This is not Indonesian food, more of AMERICAN? HAHAHA
But I used to drink A&W float rootbeer when I was in Elementary.

I miss this so much and so yummy!!!












This, my friend is the famous Kwetiauw Akang located in Pondok Indah Mall in Jakarta Selatan (South Jakarta).

Kwetiauw is flat rice noodles.

This one is called "Kwetiauw Siram Seafood".

It means "Poured Flat-rice Noodle Seafood".

Why poured? Because it is not dry, it is in fact that the fried rice noodles is poured with yummy egg sauce. SOOOOO GOOOOOOOD!!! MOUTH WATERING and i am drooling.

Next picture:
This is called Mie Medan.

Or Medan Noodles.

Medan is a city located in Sumatra. I was brought to eat in this little restaurant in another location in Jakarta called Pluit, and they also have a little Chinatown there.

Anyway, I am not the type of person that can identify the ingredients inside food.

What I can do is like most people : eat and knows whether my stomach loves it or not. :D

And this is YUMMY if you ADD a lot of fresh raw chili in to it. LOL I don't know why, I don't know how, chili is like a big part of us Indonesians.
LOL


Now, the last picture of Part 1 is this food.
I ate this in Gandaria City Mall's food court called Eat n Eat. LOL

That goes by motto...... eat to live and live to eat ha ha ha ha

I forgot the name but it is a mixed rice from the Solo city of Indonesia.

Solo is located in the middle of Java Island.

I rarely eat Solo food so it was an experience!


Now, the next blog will be the Jakarta Food Festival.
A little prologue: Jakarta Food Festival is all the traditional Jakarta food that you can rarely find. So this event is once in a year held in Kelapa Gading at the La Piazza.

They have stalls and.. to be continued.. LOL

XOXO

Sasa.

PS: God, I miss Japan.