elyse: (dailycandy: travel galore!)
Although a bit late:

I've been in Singapore since Saturday with my family, partly spending Easter holiday and partly accompanying my bro in surveying universities for his MBA next year.

Actually I almost decided not to go. My flight was at 8.30a and we had to leave home at 6a. I went to sleep at 4a with a slight stomach ache, and was abruptly awoken at 4.45a with acute GERD attack and cold sweat due to the pain! x_X As far as I could recall, that was the second gastric colic attack I've experienced. The first one led me to ER in the middle of the night for BuscopanZantac injections. This time I woke my mom (who's a medical doctor) to ask for medications, but there was no sign of Buscopan or Librax at home. So I had to make do with hot water and Pankreoflat. Initially we planned to stop by the ER at Medistra hospital for quick injection en route to the airport, but then the pain slowly subdued and we headed straight to the airport instead. I've been keeping my activity in Singapore low & eating very carefully due to the problematic stomach.

Ibis on Bencoolen is minimalist, compact, modern, and very clean! The rooms might be too small for everyone's liking, but I don't mind it at all. I prefer new & clean hotels (albeit small) than large ones but old & dirty! There's free wifi inside every room (see this speedtest!). I've been abusing it for torrents and video downloads like there's no tomorrow *lol*

Easter Vigil mass at Novena Church (St. Alphonsus) took 2.5 hours and the ceiling/wall fans were too strong! GAH, I totally hate the winds, especially coming from fans -_- Wee Nam Kee hainanese chicken rice wasn't as good as it's always been.... whyyyyy! >_< (No, it wasn't because of my still-sensitive stomach, coz my dad also said so)

Going to Singapore is never complete without eating at No Signboard Seafood! xD So today we had lunch in its branch at 414 Geylang (supposedly the best according to locals & from our own past experiences). Too bad my stomach still wouldn't compromise, so I really had to control myself to have veeeerry little of the restaurant's most famous white pepper crab (which I REALLY LIKE! ;_;). My favorite dishes include the very tasty geoduck clam soup, white pepper crab, crayfish with mee hoon, and No Signboard special beancurd.

After visiting [livejournal.com profile] caramichi's place, we went to Takashimaya for kakigori green tea dessert at Aji Tei :9 This is another not-to-miss place to eat when in Singapore! xD Although my Royce chocolate stock is somewhat still complete, I bought the nutty bar chocolate and potatochip chocolate ^^ And you know what.... the Royce shopping bag with the chocolate boxes was left in the taxi on our way to the hotel!! o_O;; But luckily my bro took the driver's name card, so the taxi delivered the bag to Ibis! THANK YOU SO MUCH, Mr. Kind Taxi Driver! m(._.)m  To think that I almost lost S$40 worth of chocolates...! ;_;
elyse: (ginban kaleidoscope: togetherness)
Hellooooo from Jakarta! Yes, I'm back from Semarang xD

I had wanted to sleep early last night, so that I could wake up early, but I ended up watching The Transporter on TV with my bro till 1am :P Then, starting from 3am, I was awoken every once in a while (about 3-4 times, I recall), each time after an intercessory dream *sighs* So tired! >_<

I met [livejournal.com profile] utaoutao around 10a at Horison Hotel (where I stayed at), had breakfast at Malabar coffee shop and chatted until 11.30a. The topic is of course not far from Japan and the J-entertainment world (specifically JE)! xD Here's [livejournal.com profile] utaoutao and me (I failed at the attempted Japanese peace sign! Mine just doesn't look Japanese :P). Pinaaaa, teach me! ^^

After she left, we had our last culinary sessions before going back to Jakarta, starting from pepes kodok at Warung Untung, soto ayam Selan, lumpia Gang Lombok, and es campur Gang Lombok. Wanted to have the praline mochaccino ice cream at Lind's again for the last time, but not enough time :P We had to flee to the airport (thank God we already checked in this morning at the Garuda city check-in counter inside our hotel!).

The flight was at 3.05 pm, boarding at 2.45p, and we arrived at the airport at 2.45p (and still could drop our luggages)! *lol* Yesss, you can definitely do this in Semarang! xD The plane will wait for you! A few years ago, my mom and I had the plane wait for us about 15-20 minutes, because we bought takeaway bakmi Hapkie near the airport for my bro & dad! *lol* The instant we safely got inside the plane, it drove on like a bus xD It was really hilarious!!

Jakarta is as crowded and jammed as always when we arrived. We got our share of rain & thunderstorm, when we finished dinner at Pondok Ayam Kabita en route home. We also got around 30-minute share of electricity being down when we got home! -_- I was getting ready to sleep without air conditioner, when the power suddenly went up! Thank God *phew* After coming from the very hot and humid Semarang, I definitely need to snuggle inside my comforter in a cool temperature!

As always I wanted to sleep early for I was really drowsy, but instead I chatted with friends, caught up with J-download, and wrote this entry ^^
elyse: (shiawase kissa sanchoume: uru :O)
Yes, that's what I always do whenever I go to Semarang. In fact, that's the only activity in this tiny city! The distance from one place to another is too close, it always takes too short of a time, totally the contrary of Jakarta xD I often found myself with nothing else to do before the next food session :D Thank God for BlackBerry, I wasn't too bored!

So I had culinary trips today: breakfast of nasi liwet in front of St. Joseph elementary, lunch at Warung Mak Tompo (opposite of Koh Liem), early dinner at Lind's Cafe (praline mochaccino ice cream, of course!), dinner with my cousin at Pesta Keboen, continued by dessert at Lind's Cafe (yes, the same ice cream again xD).

Tomorrow morning I'm planning to meet [livejournal.com profile] utaoutao. Hopefully we can wake up early :D Gonna be the last day in Semarang, so more culinary trips in order before our 3p flight tomorrow ^^

And here are the photos at Lind's of my cousin and I, taken by my bro.

cousins at lin.jpg
cousins at lin-1.jpg

BlackBerry is love ♥
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elyse: (morning musume: risa niigaki - summer)
Trying out the awesome LJ email post via BlackBerry like [livejournal.com profile] nefretiriii did here in her entry (thanks a lot for the instructions, Mel!). I totally agree with her BB vs iPhone rant there xD

I'm in Semarang now, accompanying my mom on her dad's grave yearly visit (aka Ceng Beng / Qing Ming), with my bro since yesterday. Today is a national holiday ^^

The night before our 1p plane trip to Semarang, I didn't sleep at all. Instead, I watched Voice until episode 10 (and skimmed through the last episode, although the subtitle is not out yet, because I was curious to know the ending :D). As usual since the beginning, I cried in (almost) every episode (!!), because each story is really touching and it makes me think a lot about life (and death). Because of that, my sinusitis (which is in the recovery stage) came back to haunt me during the plane ride and in this cold hotel room (although the temp is set to 27°C!).

Having no sleep at all the night before really made me drowsy, so I literally crashed bed upon arriving in this hot & humid city yesterday afternoon. We managed to stop by Tan Goei restaurant (at jl. Tanjung 25) to buy takeaway food en route to the hotel, because we planned to stay in and took a (long) nap. Turned out it wasn't a nap afterall, for I slept from 6p to 2.30a! *lol*
Had late supper/early breakfast at 3a, and now I'm typing all this before (hopefully) going back to sleep. 5 am already, but still sleepy...

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elyse: (hetalia: 君にプレゼントを♪)
I can't believe that the year almost comes to an end!
Christmas is only a week away...

On Christmas day, my family and I will (hopefully -- if the visa is accepted) go to Italy & France ^^v

It was really a last minute decision. We applied for the visa only a week ago.

When I told dad that my friend's wedding was cancelled, he sms-ed me (yes, you read that right: SMS!) the next day, asking whether we could still go on Europe tour this Dec. We initially had wanted to join the pilgrimage tour to Italy, France, & Portugal. But naturally, by then all the tours were already closed to new participants, because it was only two weeks away from the tour's departure date. So we decided to go by ourselves. It's actually my vacation preference! I always love arranging my own holiday trips.

So within 2 days, my mom and I frantically booked plane tickets, prepared all the necessary documents for Schengen visa application, booked hotels (random hotels -- only for the visa purposes -- and will be cancelled very soon), etc. It took my mom 3 visits in 3 consecutive days to the Italian Embassy for them to accept all the documents & our passports! During the first 2 days, there were always something insufficient: this document, that document, etc. Gah, so annoying! x_X Thank God they finally accepted everything on the 3rd day and told mom to pick up the passports on Dec 23rd. They're not saying whether they will issue the visa or not. But supposedly they will, right? >_<

Now that the crucial parts of the preparation are done, I can relax a bit and focus on the next tasks, like booking hotels (in Milan, Paris, Lourdes), buying plane tickets (Milan - Paris, Paris - Lourdes), researching of what to do for New Year's eve & what to see in each city, etc.

This is the (simple) itinerary as of now:

Dec 25: fly to Rome via Singapore (by Singapore Airlines).
Dec 26: arrive Rome. Stay at Villa Maria Ines at Garampi, near Vatican.
Dec 27: day roundtrip to San Giovanni Rotondo. About 4 hours by car one way *gasps*
Dec 28: train to Milan (4 hours! @_@).
Dec 29: enjoy Milan & fly to Paris in the evening.
Dec 30: fly to Lourdes early in the morning. Stay at Lourdes.
Dec 31: fly to Paris early in the morning.
Jan 1: enjoy Paris. It's New Year, baby! xD
Jan 2: fly to Singapore in the evening. Bye bye Paris! ;_;
Jan 3: arrive Singapore in the evening.
Jan 4: Singapore
Jan 5: Singapore
Jan 6: fly to Jakarta at night. Bye bye vacation! ;_;

I've bought some winter clothes, but I can't find the white earmuff that I bought in Tokyo last January ~_~

Edited at 5.56 AM:

The white earmuff is found, YAY! It ended up in my mom's wardrobe somehow.
Now my gloves are gone missing >_<
elyse: (dailycandy: travel galore!)

Australia, here I come...!

My flight to Perth leaves at 2.30 PM today. I may sleep very little this night morning, since I'm still busy preparing. This has got to be the most unorganized trip I've ever planned. Well, in terms of luggage preparation. I'm packing in the last minute, that's pretty rare of me, being so organized that I've always been. Flights and hotels were booked way ahead of time and the visa was ready 10 days ago. But somehow the mood is still not too excited nor feels like holiday. Perhaps because I'm only going with dad. Mom & bro won't be going with us. I feel bad for them >_<

Bro obviously has to work, but mom could've gone with us! It's because dad wanted to save money and there are other considerations, such as my grandma (mom's mom) is very old and mom needs to take care of her. But that's just an excuse, I guess. In the first place, dad only wants to pay for 1 more person to accompany him. Because my schedule is pretty flexible and because mom doesn't want to go only with dad alone, it's then decided that I should go instead. Lucky me, poor mom ;_;

Oh, I rambled before stating the purpose of this trip :P Forgive me, I'm sleepy already ~_~

My cousin is getting married this Saturday in Perth. He doesn't have parents anymore (his dad died when the siblings were very young, and his mom died 2 years ago). My dad was asked to be the witness in the church ceremony.

After the Perth trip, I want to see Melbourne (because I haven't been there), and dad wants to visit Sydney. So we're covering those two cities. Melbourne first, then Sydney, before going back to Jakarta on Nov 9. A total of 11 days of trip.

It's gonna be awkward, just me and dad. But maybe I could talk a lot with him, like in the old time before my university days. Hopefully he won't be too annoying, though. Wish me luck! :D
elyse: (morning musume: risa niigaki - summer)
I really suck at making a short summary. Blame it on this detailed & organized personality of mine... As it is said: your strength can be your (greatest) weakness. Hanyaaan... *_*

So, continuing from part 1 of the 1-month christmas vacation story, I present to you:

The (very long) holiday summary! :D

Dec 14-17 (Singapore)
Singapore with friends (a total of 10, including moi). I used my mileage for a free Singapore airline ticket (I went by myself, my friends went together by AirAsia). We stayed at Lucky Plaza apartment at Orchard (the unit is owned & managed by an Indonesian lady), so it felt like home. As for the daily routine: basically, we ate lots, shopped even more (while also buying things I might've needed for my 1-month vacation), and hangout at a different cafe after dinner each night. We left the apartment before lunch, and we went to bed after midnight. Too bad it was raining most of the time.. But it was fun nonetheless.

Dec 19
The 1-month vacation (USA, Mexico, Japan) with my family begun. Transit in Singapore & Hongkong.

Dec 20-22 (Las Vegas)
Arrived at Los Angeles in the morning of Dec 20th. Later that evening, went straight to Las Vegas by car (about 4-hour drive) with my family & my friends (I stayed at his apartment in Irvine during my stay in the US). I got a great deal at Planet Hollywood (only $75 a night!). The routine: slept after 5am, woke up after 12pm, brunch @ Bellagio's The Buffet (Dec 21) & Paris' Le Village Buffet (Dec 22) until 4+ pm, took photos of Bellagio & around (Dec 21), Paris, Venetian & Wynn (Dec 22), shopped at Miracle Mile shops, dinner after 11pm. Since dad & bro wanted to watch a show, I bought them tickets to see Zumanity. I went shopping with mom instead, and my friends played at the casino. Drove back to Irvine in the evening of Dec 22nd.

Dec 23-30 (Mexico)
Mexico pilgrimage tour.
I used the service of Mexico Travel Advisors (contact person: Miguel Robledo) while in Mexico. It was the cheapest & most flexible tour that I could get. In fact, the price was almost half of the other tour offers. I got a satisfying experience from them, especially since I'm a very detailed person, I confirmed everything to the slightest details and Mr. Miguel always responded.
We got a private tour (just the 4 of us, using Lincoln town car, with Raul as the driver and English-speaking guide), isn't it wonderful :) I made the tour itinerary myself (from researching here & there). Everyday we chose what time to go, and we could also skip the itinerary (very, very flexible!).

This is the summary of the itinerary:


Dec 31 - Jan 2 (Irvine)
New Year's eve: late lunch at 4p (resulting to gastric problem!), Little Tokyo (just to kill the time - grocery shopping), 9pm mass @ Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels with Cardinal Roger Mahony, celebrate new year @ Universal City Walk, supper @ Bubba Gump (gastric problem started).
New Year's day: lazing around at home (my friend's), while my mom & bro went shopping nearby. Dinner @ Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, Irvine. My dad & bro left the US on Jan 2 (coz they had to work, obviously), staying in Singapore from Jan 3 - 6, before going back to Jakarta.

Jan 3-8 (Irvine)
After dad & bro left, my mom & I started to go to the storage & work on Jan 3. The storage closes at 6pm (earlier on weekends), so here's the daily routine: woke up around 10a, brunch around 12p (either at home, outside, or bring food to eat at the storage), went to the storage & worked until it closes, threw the trashes away at friends' apartments nearby :P, went home (take a bath), dinner outside (then either shopped a bit, or went straight home after dinner).
Exceptions: on Jan 3, I met my close friend Faye at Irvine Spectrum Center for lunch.
Gastric problem lasted for a few days, so I couldn't enjoy the food as much as I wanted to.

Jan 9
We decided to spend the last day NOT working, so we finished everything related to the storage on Jan 8. Went to Los Angeles this day. Lunch @ Little Tokyo, mass @ Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels (and took daytime photos, since it was dark when we went there on New Year's eve), visit Wine House (to seek for Dolce by Far Niente), dinner @ Thai Nakorn (at Stanton) - a reunion with my close friend Shirley, her husband & her cousin, then back home to pack.

Jan 10
Flew to Tokyo, morning flight. Got a free upgrade to the United Economy Plus seats by chance ^^

Jan 11-15 (Tokyo)
TOKYO! :D (wikitravel)
This part will be written separately (it will be on vacation recap part 3) as it has more detailed stories. I don’t want this entry to be too long.

Jan 16 (Singapore)
Arrived at Singapore after midnight. Got a free overnight hotel stay from United at Grand Mercure Roxy Hotel. After we slept till noon, we went to mass @ Novena church & had lunch @ River Valley Rd, then treated ourselves to a body massage @ Healing Touch :D We really needed that! So relaxing.

Our SQ flight back to Jakarta was the last one (at 9.20pm), so we arrived at home almost midnight due to the traffic jam.

Bye bye vacation! *sniff sniff*
Tanoshikatta yo!
Jakarta is soooo hot, humid & dirty! -_-
Aaah, back to reality & routine…

PS: Tokyo story will follow soon on part 3. Stay tuned.
elyse: (hot chocolate in winter - frosty)
I realized that I was absent (i.e. not writing at all) for 2.5 months (during Dec 2007 & Jan 2008), thus missing the occasion to say "Merry Christmas & Happy New Year" :P
During those 2.5 months, I spent 1 month vacationing (Singapore, USA, Mexico, Japan), and the other 1.5 months catching up with work, as it was piling up on me big time.

While vacationing, I only updated my twitter, because that was the easiest & most efficient way to write. Moreover, I got tired most of the nights, since I travelled heavily everyday (especially when in Mexico & Tokyo). Oh, not to mention that I actually had to work while in the US. Yes, work. That simply means: sorting out my neglected & forgotten stuff left in the storage since 5 years ago, which ones to throw away, which ones to donate, and which ones to send to Indonesia. I should've done this years ago, I know, but after the twice rejection of US visa on 2002-2003, I was reluctant & a bit traumatic to apply again.
So I finally got the visa on Sept 2007 (because my whole family also applied for this trip, thus making me easier to get one, for I didn't apply solo), and finally after 5 years, I got to take care of my stuff ~_~

Planning the vacation actually made my life more hectic during Sept to Dec 2007, since I did everything by myself (for the whole family), from preparing the documents for visa applications (to Mexico & Japan as well), searching for the best tour in Mexico (city tour with hotel & food only - excluding flights), finding the best hotel in Shinjuku with the best price & the nicest location (near train station), deciding where to stay in Las Vegas (& searching for online coupon codes), researching for places to go to create a detailed itinerary, etc. Of course, the research took most of my time, as I was really excited with my first trip to Japan. Basically I prepared everything.

So to compensate for the absence of writing, I'm gonna start posting random photos taken during the holiday. Not much though, since I lacked the time to take many many pictures. Next time, I want to have a more relaxing holiday & take lotsa photos!

The (very long) summary of my (long) holiday will be on part 2 (to cut this part 1 short).


"There are those relationships that open you up to something new and exotic, those that are old and familiar, those that bring up lots of questions, those that bring you somewhere unexpected, those that bring you far from where you started, and those that bring you back. But the most exciting, challenging and significant relationship of all is the one you have with yourself. And if you can find someone to love the you you love, well, that's just fabulous..."
~ Carrie Bradshaw (from Sex and the City)

May 2010


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