Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Europe 3/20 - Netherlands, Belgium and France in One Day? What a Fancy Day!

Yes, you read the title right! I also can't believe it either :p
I might call it "The Art of Europe Trip" where in just One Day you can hop on 3 countries and feel so Fancy


Rembrant Mill since 1636, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Day 4 - Saturday, 17 June 2017

This morning would be very interesting because we are planning to do biking around the neighborhood and there was another windmill located not far from my friend's house. The weather was very nice in that morning. Got the bikes from the parking area and we rode bikes in the morning. Lucky me, my friend had 2 bikes. So, windmill and bikes are perfect combination to experience local life at Holland, yeay! so happy :D

I could tell how long Dutch people's legs are because it's quite difficult for me to reach the pedals especially when I tried to pedal it hehe. In addition, mostly their bikes break position also different with Indonesian one, it's not located on your hand position but on the pedal. Just pedal to the back and it's break already, so it's bit unusual. But I managed ride the bikes because I change with the one that have break in the hand position.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Europe 2/20 - Netherlands : Zaanse Schans, Volendam, Rijkmuseum, Dam Square

"Of all the books in the world, 
the best stories are found between the pages of a passport."
-Unknown

Bibliotheque at Rijkmuseum, Amsterdam :)

Day 3 - Friday, 16 June 2017
My plan for that day was going to Zaanse Schans and Volendam, located at North Holland. I bought Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket already at the airport yesterday (18.5 Euro - 1 Day) so all set to go, the ticket included map and some information too. You can also pay the single ticket on the bus directly but since I will go to Volendam also, I prefer to buy this ticket. It's also valid for Metro, Bus or Tram in the city. From my friend's house I went to Amsterdam Central Station and from there I go directly to the bus station on the back side, at 2nd level.

The directory there is so clear so you won't missed it. I bought sandwich at Convenience Store inside the Station just in case. To go to Zaanse Schans, I will take Bus 391 at Platform E and get off at the last Bus Stop, Zaanse Schans. To use the ticket you need to validate for the first time using it. Mostly, you need to validate the ticket for the first time and after that you can just hop on and off into the bus/tram depend on ticket you bought, so basically it's based on trust and their culture.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Europe 1/20 - Netherlands : Explore Amsterdam City Center, I Amsterdam, Red Light District

"Save more money and travel outside Asia!"
It's my mission long time ago and I did it finally, keep dreaming and make it happened :)


This was my first long-haul flight and I will go solo traveling this time so bit nervous when thinking about what will I do to keep myself busy, of course I will try to sleep during this flight. If you mised it I also made a blog post about things to do before doing this Europe Trip for first timer. Anyway, my travel diaries to Europe, 14 June - 2 July 2017 (19D/18N) officially begin, enjoy! 

Day 1 - Wednesday, 14 June 2017
I went to office carrying my trolley bag because as usual I will go directly to airport from work. To be honest, I can't wait for this trip on that day and super excited for this trip yet bit nervous. I got stomache before leaving to the airport so I asked the Taxi driver to stop by pharmacy to get some medicines lol xDD

Once I arrived in the Soekarno Hatta International Airport, the stomache was gone. I bought KLM ticket separately from my Europe ticket by Etihad, and the next flight would be at 2 AM in the morning from Kuala Lumpur. I told the officer when I checked in that I will have next flight to Amsterdam via Abu Dhabi at 2 AM and is it possible to go out from immigration, take my luggage and check in again for my next flight. Because they can't help to make flight connected since they are different group. The officer was really nice because he let me to bring my bag into cabin even though my backpack was quite heavy like 10 kgs in total. My flight to Kuala Lumpur from CGK was at 6.45 PM.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

First-Time Solo Traveling in Europe? Things to Do and Tips to Save Budget

"Take vacations, 
Go as many places as you can.
You can always make money.
You can't always make memories."
- unknown
when in Rome...
This trip like Finally, one of my dreams came true! :) Since I would like to go on trip outside Asia, and yeay! So, I just installed this application called Kayak and it's really fun to check flight ticket, I put Europe destination in random and you can choose multi-city too, I have no idea so I checked the price randomly and surprised seeing it's not that expensive at that time. I was like keep checking on it like everyday and thinking whether I buy it or not, I ended up bought and freaking out yet happy! I bought it around mid of November 2016.

Kind of confusing a bit to decide the dates because I have limited Annual Leaves from my office like 10 days in a year ;( but I feel like at least I need minimum 2 weeks in Europe so I am looking for long National Holiday where Moslem holiday was perfect at that time, since it's Summer time and from I read it's better to go on June or September, because if July and August would be too crowded. I booked ticket from 15 June - 2 July, 2017, Kuala Lumpur (KUL) - Abu Dhabi - Amsterdam, Milan - Abu Dhabi - Jakarta (CGK) with Etihad Airways, total RM 2,327.9 (Rp7,360,459) and I also booked Jakarta (CGK) - Kuala Lumpur (KUL) on 14th of Jun, 2017 with total Rp467,422 by KLM.

So, my Europe trip this time is from 14 June - 2 July, 2017 (19D/18N), Jakarta - Kuala Lumpur - Abu Dhabi - Amsterdam and Milan - Abu Dhabi - Jakarta. I told you that my last trip to South Korea was the longest trip but I am wrong because this Europe trip will be my longest trip that I had so far and I will do Solo Traveling this time! got mixed feelings for this trip :)

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How much exactly the Total Cost for this 19D/18N? It's around Rp 13million (1 Euro = Rp15,000, ±866 euro) excluding Flight and Visa, and My Flight and Visa cost Rp 9million, so total cost for Europe Trip is around Rp 22million (±1,500 euro), I will share the itinerary and breakdown the details at the end of my travel diaries of Europe Trip, please be patient for it :p 

Anyway, is it still on your budget? well, you decide by yourself but for me it's still on my budget, because my budget for this Europe Trip was less than Rp 15million excluding Flight and Visa, well , Rp 13million already made me happy though plus I already included one of the most expensive countries on my itinerary, Switzerland :)

Here we go! I will share to you Things to Do and Tips to Save Budget for First-Time Solo Traveling in Europe, not because I am an expert but it's just based on my experience :D 


Thursday, July 13, 2017

How to Apply Schengen Visa (Europe) for Indonesian

"Don't just follow your dreams, chase them."

me at Cinque Terre, Italy, the view is fabulous! I love it! <333 #traveldiariesbymj

(mixed English - Indonesian post)

Finally I did one of my dream trip which is outside Asia and I am doing it solo! *proudwithmyself* *throwconfetti* :)

Okay, in this blogpost I am going to share how did I manage to apply my Schengen Visa for the first timer by myself :) since this is about Visa so this blogpost mean to Indonesian citizens.

To apply this Schengen Visa you can choose which embassy or representative agent to apply your visa based on these 2 conditions :
1. Your first Schengen country destination or
2. Country where you plan to stay longer

I booked my flight few months before departure like 6 months, I decided to book multi-city so start from Amsterdam and back from Milan, with the route is Jakarta - Kuala Lumpur - Abu Dhabi - Amsterdam and Milan - Abu Dhabi - Jakarta, this is my first longest trip so far, in total is 19 days from 14th of Jun - 2nd of Jul, 2017.

How does it feel like to go solo traveling?

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Quick Escapade to Stone Garden and Goa Pawon, Padalarang

"Happiness comes when you 
believe in what you are doing, 
know what you are doing, 
and love what you are doing."



Hey again! This trip was never plan before so it’s so sudden trip, just confirmed the day before. It's been a while since we had trip together, I think the last time is Karimun Jawa. Since me and 2 others friends could make it this time so we registered and just pick a place that we haven’t been there before also the slot that still available. We found this one, Stone Garden & Goa Pawon, Padalarang for Day Trip on National Holiday, on the 11th of May 2017, cost Rp185,000/pax but because we registered for 3 persons, so we only need to pay Rp179,000/pax.

Woke up in early morning because we need to gather at Meeting Point Plaza Semanggi at 6.30 AM, but I left my house around 6.30 AM, and arrived in 30 minutes later. It’s passed from the schedule and we left there around 7.30-ish AM. Arrive in the afternoon and basically we only have 2 destination for today.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Thailand [COLDPLAY] 5/5 : What to see in Medan in 6 hours?

"Once a year, go someplace 
you've never been before."
- Dalai Lama


Saturday, 8 April 2017
We asked the hotel security to get us taxi in that morning and ask him to telling him that we just want to take the regular way not the toll in order to avoiding paying toll fees, haha.

The driver was agreed even he looked us like saying 'ohh poor girls, couldn't afford to pay the toll fees' but well I don't care. It's still early morning so I believe Bangkok will be same like Jakarta, no traffic on that morning and it's right, maybe took about 30 - 45 minutes, heading to Don Mueang Airport and fly to Medan with Air Asia at 8.15 AM.

Arrived in Kuala Namu Airport and wow the airport is really nice, first time here since the last time in Medan I landed at Polonia Airport. We still have time to explore in Medan before catch our flight at 6.40 PM but turned out delay to 7.45 PM and another delay to 8.20 PM using Sriwijaya Air, 3rd delay just found out later on in the afternoon.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Thailand [COLDPLAY] 4/5 : Explore Bangkok (Wat Arun, Wat Pho, Khaosan Road, Big C) and It's Coldplay Concert time!

"Look at the stars,
Look how they shine for you,
And everything you do,
Yeah, they were all yellow."
-Coldplay, Yellow


Friday, 7 April 2017
For me personally, I was so excited to be back to Bangkok. This country had special unforgettable memory for me, it was my first country to travel overseas and first time watching concert which such a great concert I ever watched, TVXQ (Dong Bang Shin Ki/DBSK) concert. We left around 7 AM and taking subway transit with BTS to Saphan Taksin BTS, from there we walked to Central Pier to take public boat 15 Baht, pay inside the boat, take the orange flag one and alight at Than Tien Pier (N8)

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Thailand [COLDPLAY] 3/5 : Explore "The Beach" Maya Bay at Phi Phi Island

Work
Save
TRAVEL
Repeat.


Thursday, 6 April 2017
The agent where we bought the tour package last night (cost 1,100 Baht/person) told us to gather at meeting point 7/11 near the Phi Phi Pier at 6 AM, so we checked out earlier to go there. We put our bag to the agent and had breakfast like coffee or tea and bread. We waited until 6.30 AM then off to our speedboat, there were around 12 persons inside the boat, we were the only Indonesian there. The journey felt bumpy and if you have seasick, hmm maybe this is not a good choice for you. Felt so happy because the speedboat was really nice, heading to our first destination, Loh Maya Bay, on this morning exploring Koh Phi Phi Le, the journey will take about half an hour.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Thailand [COLDPLAY] 2/5 : Phuket and Beautiful Lookout at Phi Phi Island

"Take a good look at God's wonders - 
they will take your breath away"
- Psalm 66 : 5


Wednesday, 5 April 2017
Tried to sleep for few hours and woke up in early morning, our flight to Phuket is at 8.20 AM, it took almost 2 hours, kinda afraid to fly on that condition and thinking that I still have 4 flights are just made me terrified. Okay, I shouldn't focus on that damn hurt left ear. I tried to cover my left ear with tissue during the flight, eating gums, yawning, drinking water and do whatever I found in Google. Yay, I can handle this flight and the flight was smooth, the pilot doing his job very good, I didn't feel the sudden changing pressure really bad like I had on my first flight.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Thailand [COLDPLAY] 1/5 : Transit, Wander and Stay Overnight at Changi Airport

"And if we've only got this life
In this adventure, oh, then I want to share it with you"
-Coldplay, Adventure of a Lifetime



This trip begin when I heard there will be Coldplay concert in some Asian countries and I just thought maybe I could see one of them, well Coldplay not really my favorites but I love some of their songs. In addition, I can have another holiday which is made me more excited. I planned to see the one in Singapore but it turned out the tickets there were very hard to get, so, move to the next country which is Thailand and yay we got the tickets! I still have another bucket list in Thailand which is Phuket. I've been curious with this city long time ago and remembered the time when I booked already in 2012 but I didn't fly at that time and flew to South Korea instead.

And feel so happy because I can go this time. It was such a short time with some cities yet many flights to catch up, fighting! I told my friend that I really want to go to Phuket and it's okay if she doesn't want to join and it's okay for me to go alone but we ended up going there together, yay! It's gonna be short trip yet many flight and destinations, super duper tired but well it's holiday! would be fun no matter what :) 


Saturday, March 25, 2017

What to do for One Day Trip at Jakarta with a Low Budget?

"The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."
- Lao Tzu

Never thought to write down things to do where I lived in, so I think maybe I should start one. It happened when I hosted these 2 girls (bioonthego and thegoin) from Canada through CouchSurfing few weeks ago. I had day off since weekend and I have nothing to do so I just accompanied them to explore Jakarta.

In this blogpost I want to share about what to do in a day at Jakarta based on my experience recently of course with low budget.


Usually for breakfast there are plenty Indonesian food to try especially near my house, and if we don't have much time to go somewhere to buy some then toast with the jam or oatmeal will be enough. Today we have Lontong Sayur for breakfast, What is it? it's rice cake served with vegetables, tofu and boiled in coconut milk soup with krupuk. For me personally, to have this kind of Lontong Sayur for breakfast is bit too much since it makes me so full for half day!:D The Cost? ohh it's so cheap around my neighborhood Rp5,000/portion, depend on the neighborhood though.

Never Get Enough with Yogyakarta

"Take a chance. It's the best way to test yourself.
Have fun and push boundaries."
- Richard Branson

Yeay finally another update! haha..been back and forth to this city made me should think harder regarding which place to visit this time. I know it would be so tired after it but I have no choice, went again to Yogyakarta for short getaway, for Weekend trip Feb 17 - 19, 2017 (3D/2N).


How long on train? 
About 8 hours, went to Yogyakarta by train on Friday 6.45 PM, arrived at Saturday dawn 2.30 AM and back from Yogyakarta on Sunday 5.45 PM, arrived at Monday 2.30 AM then go home directly to sleep few hours and off to work at 8 AM.


You knew it would be so tired, but why you did that?
It's been so long since I am on vacation and I have limited annual leaves in a year so I need to spend it wisely.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Flashback : Travel Diaries 2016 #traveldiariesbymj

"If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness and fears."
- Cesare Pavese

Hello everyone! It’s 2017 already and in this blog post, I want to summarize all my trip that I had on 2016, let’s get into it right away :)

January  : Pahawang Island
This is one of my bucket list and I never thought Pahawang Island will have a nice spot for snorkeling like in this picture, the water very clear, you can see underwater so clearly from your boat, so lovely and so many good spots in Pahawang, they really maintain and taking care the island. They also have nice beach with the white sands. Still remember when we insisted we need to go to Pahawang Island despite the weather which was still raining most of the day. You can see my full travel diaries here. Good place, good laughs, good friends and Pahawang Island was starting my trip in 2016.

Monday, January 2, 2017

All About "Descendants of The Sun" : Dalkom Coffee, Seorae Galmaegi

"There is a way."
-Yoo Si Jin
(did you recall what scene? maybe you will remember after saw my pictures in this post :p)



Hello everyone! especially those of you who like this Korean Drama “Descendants of The Sun” starring by Song Joongki & Song Hye Kyo. On my previous trip, I visited few places related with this drama and decided to make a special blog post about it.

I know there are lot of fans for this drama (even me too :p) so I just hope this blog post would be useful for someone or you. There would be another blog post that will be similar like this, the different is this one would be special only for Descendants of The Sun while the other is not but also interesting to check it out. Anyway let's get started :

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