I climbed the tallest tree I could find and jumped. I thought, if I jumped high enough, I would fall through space and land in your arms again. I would whisper in your ear, that I’m still here.
Bandung for kids and mommy time
I really haven’t been back to Bandung since I was perhaps in my teens, so coming back now finding cool things about it is almost like a discovery (plus, many things actually weren’t there when I was a kid).
Once we are nicely settled in my cousin’s house, we decided to take things at ease. Daddy has to go back home to work, mommy stays in with the kids but mostly she lets the kids play with the cousins. Yay, free babysitter! Hahaha. My cousin’s kids are 11 and 12 and are wonderful babysitters :)
Anyway, one day we took the kids in an indoor and outdoor play area and just let them enjoy themselves. The next day, I took the morning off to see the old town.
Bandung old town is not as pretty as Jakarta old town, though definitely it is cleaner and better taken cared of.
Jl Braga is worth a closer look by foot. Most of the nice old restaurants and ice cream parlors once known by my parents’ generation are gone but several cute cafés still offered a nice break from the noisy street.
I’ll recommend Kopitiam Oey because they decorated their cafe in the old 30s style. If there isn’t a lot of cars passing by, you could easily imagine you’re back in time. They also served traditional food and beverages.
Afterwards, I tried checking out a new mall that just opened up at the end of the street. I like the idea of this mall as it is not too big nor tall so that it sort of blends in to the old town. Although once inside you’re still getting a shock of modernity (especially after Oey).
They did try hard to make sure the decor features an antique car with wallpapers of black and white pictures of the days gone by of the area. It’s quite fun to compare the shops you just passed by outside to the pictures of the same shops in their heyday.
Afterwards, I sneaked a couple of minutes to visit the famous Gedung Satay.
This is a snippet about it from wiki:
Gedung Sate is a neo-classical building mixed with native elements. Once the seat of the Dutch East Indies department of Transport, Public Works and Water Management, it now serves as the governor’s office of the West Java province in Indonesia. Located in Bandung, it was built in 1920 after a design by Dutch architect J. Gerber.
Its common name, Gedung sate, is a nickname that translates literally from Indonesian to ‘satay building’, which is a reference to the shape of the building’s central pinnacle - which resemble the shape of one of the Indonesian traditional dish called satay.
Please remember that this is a government building. Unfortunately, I forgot, and was kicked out (even from the gardens) for wearing shorts! Oops.
At night, I retrieve my kids and the whole family went to the famous trans studio. Trans studio is an indoor amusement park. While the concept sounds cool, I wasn’t sure my little two years old would enjoy it as much as her brother and the cousins. We ended up only dining in the mall (yes, the indoor amusement park is inside a mall!)
And that’s it. For now, that’s all that we actually do in Bandung. My friends are still screaming at me for not doing any of the wonderful outlet shopping, but I’ll definitely be back to do all of those soon!
(PS yes this is an outdated post but better late than never)
Here’s an Otocolobus manul — nature’s Grumpy Cat — discovering a camera trap outside it’s den. Camera traps are used by biologists to lean about rare animals’ behavior, abundance, and health — just by setting up a solar-powered camera with a motion trigger. No physical trapping necessary.
O. manul (also known as Pallas’s cat) is about the size of a house cat, but you’ll notice has round pupils instead of slits. It lives in western China and the steppes of Central Asia.
You’d think that Pallas’s cat would rule the internet by now - but there aren’t too many photos of them because they are both rare and shy. The IUCN lists them as near-threatened. Just another reason to support species conservation!
My kind of cat! It’s surely going to one of my fantasy novel :)
Literary Word Count Infographic: http://shortlist.com/entertainment/books/literary-word-count-infographic
We’re so proud to present the collected issues of Valentin Seiche’s (airfortress) WRECKED SHIP in our very first perfect bound book. It’s a beauty! 84 pages, riso-printed in two colors and the cover in four colors, all issues #1- #5. It will premiere at the Stockholm International Comic Festival (SiS) this weekend and next week it’ll be up for sale in our online store.
Can’t wait to order a copy!