Surabaya Carnival Park

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Surabaya Night Carnival

I’d never thought I would have so much fun in Surabaya Carnival Park. I thought this kind of place was quite childish and to be honest, I would rather spend my money for traveling to places with natural landscape than for an entrance ticket (which mostly is expensive for me). But since the ticket was not as expensive as other usual parks, which was  60k if I am not mistaken. It was acceptable price for me so I thought this park was an exception.

I had arrived at the park around 4 pm, an hour earlier before it was opened. As the entrance was opened, we soon looked for a restaurant inside the park. I forget how, but we got such a card in which we could use it to buy food in certain restaurants. So we didn’t pay our meals with cash, but a card.

Ready!

My meal ๐Ÿ˜‹

After being full, we wanted to try the rides but all of them were full of people. Besides, we didn’t want to try extreme rides since we just had eaten earlier. We couldn’t imagine if we accidentally vomited in the middle of the ride, yuck! So we went to 3D art and wax house instead where we could take pictures with 3D backgrounds and meet famous people. We made many silly pictures and it was so fun! ๐Ÿ˜‰

My genius boyfriend ๐Ÿ˜‚

Flying meditation ๐Ÿ˜Œ

Woops ๐Ÿ˜ถ

Then, we took Ferris wheel to see the view of Surabaya from above. It was beautiful. The lights were gorgeous. I was in awe, but pretty scared at the same time especially when we were getting higher and higher until we were reaching the top. I was afraid of height. I didn’t dare to move my seat even just for an inch. Yet, my friend teased me a lot by moving around ๐Ÿ˜’

The view from above

We tried many rides which I cannot mention one by one. The only ride we didn’t dare to try was the roaller coaster. It was too scary and we didn’t feel sure about it. The most extreme ride we took was Roda Gila. It was the most extreme ride I’ve ever taken. (Well I’ve only visited this kind of parks twice in my life ๐Ÿ˜…)

The funny thing about it is that we were the last and the only riders of the roda gila. It was around 10.30 and we knew the park was going to close soon. The speaker announced that the park was going to close so all visitors should leave. But we had not tried the Roda Gila yet. We couldn’t go home before trying it. So we waited for the other last riders for the Roda Gila but no one came up. We definitely were the last visitors. Usually the employee didn’t want to turn on the ride engine if the riders were less than 6 people. But since we were special (or ngotot?๐Ÿ˜‚) visitors,  he finally agreed to let us take the Roda Gila just by ourselves. Just the two of us! ๐Ÿ˜‚ Much thanks to that employee.

Forget the name, but I liked it.

At the lampion garden. For all singles, prepare your heart if you go to this garden!

Overall, I was satisfied! It was a very fun experience to the extent we maximized the tickets by staying at the park starting from the park was opened until it was closed. We went home late, very late. But it was paid.

Sorry for giving so many pictures. Lol. See you!

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Sakura Park and Bamboo Wood

Around eight years ago, I traveled to Surabaya to visit my cousin. She was a college student back then and still lived in a boarding house. She didnโ€™t take me to many places but Suramadu bridge and some food courts. Some nights, she drove me around the city. I was happy but none of these actually really attracted me. I wasn’t fully impressed with Surabaya. Seldom I found green area in this city. It didn’t attract my eyes.

However, Surabaya has changed. Not entirely, but there are some significant changes for sure compared to my previous visit. When I traveled back some months ago, I saw more greeny parks everywhere provided with playground corners for children. It attracted my eyes as I am fond of plants and flowers. Itโ€™s always refreshing to see them. So, one of my request to Intan was to take me to one of these parks. Then she took me to Sakura park, the nearest park from her boarding house.

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Sakura park is located in Kaliputih Sukolilo, Surabaya, near with the famous campus area, such as ITS. The park is quite wide, since it has 8 hectares though at the moment only around two hectares have been occupied. Hence, many flowers and plants are planted neatly according to the species. The vibrant colors of the flowers attract the butterflies to come over which make the park look beautiful. Then, there are jogging tracks and benches too in the middle of the park to take a rest. However, when I was there, I think the benches available were too few considering its wide. On the other side of the park, there are many bamboos planted neatly in line which people often called it bamboo wood. The bamboos are mostly up straight and tall, similar with the bamboos from Japan, I think. 

Surprisingly, before 2004, the area of Sakura park and Bamboo wood used to be used as the garbage dump. Then in 2004, the garbage dump was relocated to Benowo thus the area was emptied. Until in 2013, the mayor of Surabaya, ibu Risma, has developed the area into Sakura park and Bamboo wood in order to decrease air pollution and also to make it as a public recreation that people can enjoy.

Hi!

the view of Sakura park

closer look of the flowers

my friend, Intan

strolling around

 what is it? I don’t know ๐Ÿ˜…

in the bamboo wood

A selfie from us

Seeing these changes, I canโ€™t help myself feeling proud of the government of Surabaya, bu Risma as the mayor especially. I hope more leaders in this country like her, or like bapak Ridwan Kamil ๐Ÿ˜†. They do great job as the mayors, wholeheartedly.๐Ÿ‘

Ticket:

Best time to visit : 

not at noon I suppose. Itโ€™s hot!

Food Junction Grand Pakuwon

As we came too early at Surabaya North Quay, waiting for the sunset in this place would waste our time. Just before 3pm we moved our direction to Food Junction Grand Pakuwon where we could see the sunset with different view.

Just like its name, Food Junction Grand Pakuwon is a culinary destination where people can find various kinds of food and beverage in one place. There are many food stalls arranged neatly in line. The dining tables are set facing the big windows so that the view of the artificial lake in the middle can be seen clearly. If the customers feel bored after eating, they can walk around the lake and perhaps try some rides like carousel or Ferris wheel by the lake. There are some benches acrross the Ferris wheel where people can sit, relax, and enjoy the sun behind the Ferris wheel goes down.

In the night, there is  a lampion garden that makes this place more charming. But, to enter the lampion garden, each person has to pay Rp 20.000. We neither tried the rides nor entered the lampion garden because we determined to save our money for the following day, at the Surabaya Night Carnival.


Strolling around the lake, I found interesting sidewalk. I remember someone posted a road like this somewhere in Europe.

In the middle of the lake with the food court behind my back

Sitting by the lake

Smile!

Sunset with Ferris wheel sillouate

Taking photo in front of the gate just because we saved the money for the better lampion garden! ๐Ÿ˜‰

I should have given a review of the food since this post is about a food court. But poorly I didn’t order any other than a drink. Haha. So see you next time!

Ticket :
Free. Just pay for parking the car or motorcycle.

Open: 

11am until 10 pm

Surabaya North Quay

Surabaya North Quay lies in the Tanjung Perak harbor. It has been opened since February 2016. It was built by Pelindo III purposively to prove that Indonesia, as a maritime country, also has a decent terminal border in the harbor. I have to agree, this area is awesome! 
To get to the location, first you need to enter the Tanjung Perak harbor area which the ticket entrance costs Rp 5000 for each motorcycle and Rp 7500 for each car. After paying the premi-ticket you donโ€™t have to pay anymore (unless you buy food or something there). Itโ€™s cheap, isnโ€™t it?

It was at noon when I was there. I heard a prayer call from somewhere within the harbor as I parked the motorcycle. My friend (Intan) and I strolled around the area to find the mosque where the prayer call came from. We were lost and it was very quiet. Until we met an officer who gave us the right direction, finally I was able to find a musholla which actually just few steps after Surabaya North Quay entrance. The entrance  actually is just straight across the parking lot and go northward. Foolishly, I went eastward because I thought I heard the call prayer from that side, that’s why we were lost.

As I entered the area, I was amazed with how well this place was designed. The bathrooms, musholla, halls, cafetaria, and there is also an exhibition room in the second floor where many arts of Indonesian cultures are exhibited along with the written information about them on the large boards. On the outside, benches and chairs are placed to enjoy the sceneries of vast ocean and the ships or even yachts pulling over. In the night, the view of this area can be more delightful. The lightbulbs in the night make the atmosphere more romantic and chic. But unfortunately, we came in the wrong time when the sun was hitting us hard. Nonetheless, we still enjoyed the visit.

the view on the northward

if you are lucky, you will see a huge yacht pulling over across me

On the southward, there are many colorful beanbags contrast with the artificial grasses. It’s easy to say YES to selfie here!

A smart way to introduce the arts and cultures of Indonesia. The passangers (local or international) can read this while they are waiting for the ship. 

Ticket price

Rp 5000 per motorcycle and Rp 7500 per car

Best
time to visit

towards the evening about 4 pm until the evening around 7 pm

Another postcard from Baluran

I just love this picture so much and I love Baluran! Its vast savannah, wild-cute animals, and clear blue sky.. I wonder if I stayed just one night there. I would imagine lying in the middle of the savannah, looking at a thousand of stars spark brightly in the sky and having a fun-deep talk with friends of mine. 

It sounds like a movie scene. But I like it.

A Postcard from Ijen

When I recall my last trip to Ijen, there will be two things come up to my minds; the excitement of me seeing the nature and my pleasure to spend my time with my friends.

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Same place, different occasion, different mates, same excitement. Ijen, once again, impressed me with its charm. On my second visit to Ijen, this crater offered me different sightseeing, from midnight to daylight.ย It was a fine day. It was bright. The weather was nice.ย A wide range of caldera in the middle filled with blue sulfur was the point of view on the peak. The clear blue sky was contrast with the rocky mountain and the lush green valley. In addition, no crowded visitors but us made it so perfect to enjoy this alluring scenery by ourselves. Forget not, I would like to introduce my mates which I didn’t think this trip would be fun without them. So based on the picture above from left to right.. Anam, Fifi, Emyl, me, Mariska, and Loudry.
When we were about to go down, we met a dutch named Jelle. He had traveled around from Australia to Indonesia by cycling! Wow! So we were acquainted with him and even asked him to visit our city, Jember, if he didn’t mind. We exchanged our phone numbers and he would contact me once he got into Jember. I talked a lot with him since there was one place in his country that dreamily I would like to visit, Keukenhof. I love Keukenhof so much. So many vibrant colors of tulips and other flowers in one place. My kind of dreamland. He shared some information about the Keukenhof, but when I was mesmerized with his description of Keukenhof, he added,

“I think, here, in Indonesia, there are a lot of beautiful places too. You should be proud of it.”

I smiled to hear that.

Now, I am looking at the background of the picture above..

Well, probably he is right.

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Memang susah-susah gampang menemukan teman yang sama-sama hobi keluyuran dan mudah untuk diajak jalan kemana-mana, alias gampangan diajak jalan jalan. Hahaha. Yah untungnya saya punya lah, meskipun cuma satu yang setia menemani. Bisa diajak kemana-mana saat otak mulai penat. Teman semacam ini patut dijaga dan dilestarikan! Siapa? Emyl lah.. siapa lagi yang paling intens muncul di blog ini kalo engga dia. XD

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