After arriving in Soekarno-Hatta Airport, my friend picked me up. I used to study with him when I was in college. He lived in Bandung and his friend gave us a ride there. We had authentic Padang cuisine for dinner on the way. The eating style was interesting. Waitron brought many dishes on our table. I selected the dishes I wanted to eat and put them on my plate. Finally, I only paid what I had eaten.
BTW, Padang meals were nice and super spicy. *1/9/07
As the elevation of Bandung is 768m, it was a bit cool for Indonesia. I went to Tangkuban Perahu, which is an active volcano. Plumes of smoke billowed everywhere around the crater. My friend accompanied me, so I could experience the local atmosphere much easier than usual.
BTW, I’d wanted to eat durian since I watched the film Durian Durian. It tasted lovely, but I overlooked the hotel’s prohibitions. Don’t eat durian in the room! *2-3/9/07
I got on a train to Yogyakarta early in the morning. I’m always thrilled to ride an Asian train. It ran along the rice terrace and the forest for 8 hours. After arriving there, I booked the classic hotel, Inna Garuda at the station. Just then, the staff offered me day tours, but I declined. He was persistent and followed me to the hotel. Just great.
BTW, I went to see Wayang Kulit, which is a traditional shadow play, at Pendopo Nde Luweh. It was fun! *4/9/07
I always want to travel alone, but I booked the day tour to the remains of Borobudur at the hotel. Thus far, my friend accompanied me, so I couldn’t shift into my usual gear. I went there before the dawn. Although I can’t remember the sunrise, the architecture was magnificent. Also, I went to Prambanan. The temples were restored after the quake.
BTW, I wanted to buy batik fabrics, but I wasn’t sure I would be able to identify the authentic ones. *5/9/07
The night train arrived in Jakarta at 6am. After checking in the hotel, I asked the receptionist if I could have breakfast that day instead of the next one because I planned to leave at 5am the next day. Fortunately, I could have breakfast. Additionally, they allowed me to enter my room earlier than planned, so I could take a shower.
BTW, I had Padang meals again. And, I bought a pack of Indonesian ground coffee. You drink supernatant. *6/9/07
I needed to transit in Kuala Lumpur, so I stayed there for a night. Speaking of KL, there was a filming location of the movie Entrapment. I just went out to the Petronas Twin Towers. I heard through the grapevine that the tower was tilted ever so slightly due to the soft ground. No way!
BTW, I found an economical hotel in Chinatown, but I shouldn’t had stayed in that area. Since I was in Malaysia, there was obviously a Chinese atmosphere. *7/9/07