DAY 1Sep 06 2018
Well, helloooooo. This is our first out of the country family trip. Soooooo excited. 😍😍😍
Lucky!! ! There's a newly opened Ube Express P2P Bus that goes directly from Araneta Center to NAIA Terminals 1/2/3/4.
Since it just had the inauguration last September 3, 2018 and only started operations the next day, super konti pa lang ng passengers. We were only 8 passengers on the bus when we left going to NAIA. The ride would only cost you 100Php. 👌👌👌
Meet up with sissy at NAIA Terminal 3. Prepare passport, travel documents and IDs. Pay travel tax of 1,620Php. Pass immigration officer interview. Wait for boarding. Get on the plane. Fly. ✈️
Travel time from Manila (NAIA) to Jakarta (CGK/Soekarno-Hatta International Airport) is about 3 hours.
NAIA Terminal 3
Soekarno-Hatta International Airport
DAY 2Sep 07 2018
Indonesiaaaaaa. Here we come!!!
Arrival at Jakarta. Book a Grab or take a TAKSI going to Ibis Budget Jakarta Hotel. Super cutieeeee ng rooms nila and ang babait ng staff. Free breakfast meal and Wi-Fi. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐.
Let's start exploring Jakarta. 😍
1. Walk around and admire the beauty of Kota Tua/Old Batavia
Jakarta is the capital and largest city of Indonesia. Over the years, Jakarta has evolved to three stages. From Sunda Kelapa (during reign of Sunda Kingdom) to Jayakarta/Djajakarta/Jacatra (during the short period of Balten Sultanate). The city was then renamed by the Japanese to now Jakarta during the WW II occupation.
2. Visit Jakarta History Museum
Jakarta History Museum, also known as Fatahillah Musuem or Batavia Museum, is also located at Kota Tua. The building was built in 1710 as the Stadhuis of Batavia, making it the oldest building (formerly City Hall Building of Batavia).
3. Dine at Cafe Batavia
Cafe Batavia, a colonial landmark facing the square of Taman Fatahillah, is the second oldest building and the only commercial premise in the square.
What I love about this place is its exquisite look surrounded by pictures all over the walls (even restrooms) and the delectable menus.
4. Wander around Jakarta's Chinatown
Also known as Glodok, located in Taman Sari, is Jakarta's very own and largest Chinatown. Here you can eat traditional Chinese foods and shop various Chinese attributes. There's also a temple just at the end of the market called as Dharma Bakti which was built in 17th century.
5. Walkthrough Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (Taman Min II)
Taman Mini II or Beautiful Indonesian Miniature Park is the largest recreational park in Indonesia. It covers an area of around 250 acres that displays the country's history, culture and art.
6. Shop at Grand Indonesia Shopping Town
Shop at one of the top shopping malls in Jakarta, Indonesia.
We're here basically because we need to find money changer (super hirap hanapin sa JKT 😭) and buy meds for my cough and colds. Haaayh.
DAY 3Sep 08 2018
7. Travel by train
It's always nice to try something new. Train? why not. Trains in Jakarta links all the main cities on Java, its very affordable and is ideal to get around. Riding Argo Parahyangan, the 3hr 24min from Gambir(Jakarta) to Bandung was an unforgetful experience itself as it offers the beautiful mountainous scenery of the West Java.
8. Have fun at The Farmhouse
The Farmhouse Susu Lembang or Farmhouse in short is a famous attraction in Bandung, Indonesia. For an entrance fee of 25. 000 IDR you could enjoy this beautiful place with a free cup of milk that you could exchange for your coupon.
Try not to go on a holiday. Super crowded yung place and traffic. We were unfortunate 'cause our trip to Bandung landed on a holiday - long weekend. 😭😭😭 But still, we enjoyed the place and lights. Its a great spot for picture takings with your family.
DAY 4Sep 09 2018
9. Funny fish therapy at Teras Cikapundung
Try fish therapy at Teras Cikapundung Park. Fishes would swim towards you once deep your feet on the water. It was really funny that I can't stop myself from laughing. 🤣🤣🤣
10. See Governor's Hall
When in Bandung, you might also want to visit Governor's Hall or Gendung Sate. It literally translates as "satay building" as its central pinnacle resembles the shape of the traditional Indonesian dish called satay.
There were more things to discover and experience in Indonesia. More foods to try and places to visit. Make sure you enjoy your stay. Have a great one. 😘😘😘
Bye Jakarta for now. I'll come back someday.
✅ Prepare travel docs, passport and IDs
✅ Book hotel accomodations. Check hotels with free breakfast and good internet connection. Highly recommended hotel in Jakarta ~ Ibis Budget Jakarta Hotel at Tanah Abang.
✅ Check weather and holidays of destinations.
✅ Prepare itinerary.
✅ Book train tickets in advance.
✅ Make sure to always have data connection ready. Buy local simcard or pocket Wi-Fi.
✅ Download essential apps - offline maps, Grab and translations app. These will save you!