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.

closer look of the flowers

my friend, Intan

strolling around

ย what is it? I don’t know ๐Ÿ˜…

in the bamboo wood

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 :ย 

not at noon I suppose. Itโ€™s hot!

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.

Chasing Sunset In Baluran, Meru Betiri National Park

chasing sunset at Baluran, Taman Nasional Meru Betiri. It's really awesome!

chasing sunset at Baluran, Taman Nasional Meru Betiri. It’s really awesome!

Situated in the border of three regions, Jember, Situbondo and Banyuwangi, Meru Betiri National Park has very vast areas. Each region may have different flora and fauna due to their landscapes. Among those regions, Situbondo has unique landscape which makes you feel as if you were in Africa. No wonder if this place is often called Africa van Java.

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