I have visited four seasons countries before, yet I never experienced to ski. The reason are whether it is to cold or no one (means my family) wanted to accompanied me. So when I visited Beijing with my two other friends, we decided to go skiing. It was our first time ski experience!
I have research all over the internet on ski resort near Beijing. The result there were several ski resort names, Huaibei Ski Resort, Nanshan Ski Resort, Jundushan Ski Resort, and Badaling Ski Resort. From all the resort, I still did not understand how to get there. I even asked about which resort is nearest from downtown Beijing in several forums, from backpacker group in Facebook, Trip Advisor, Travel China Guide to Quora. All the answers did not well explained, so our plan to go skiing was quite blurry.
I remember when I was an elementary student, I used to see a poster of seven wonders of the world in my class every day. I also got to see the picture of it on my textbooks. Years later, I visited one of the place in the list, Great Wall of China. I never really want to visit Great Wall of China. Frankly speaking I want to visit Colosseum first, then complete my seven wonders of the worlds list. But unexpectedly I went to Beijing, so I could not missed the Great Wall!
Before I came to Beijing, I did some research about the Great Wall of China. From what I read in the internet, most people suggest to come to Mutianyu section, because it less crowded compare to Badaling section, even tough Mutianyu is farther and quite difficult to reach. But my friend who live in Beijing said that it is better to go to Badaling section, because it is the most preserved section and the view was also better. She also agree to accompanied me, so as I don’t want to get lost, I chose to go to the Badaling section.
When I decided to go to Beijing, I have some concern about the food. From what I read in the internet, they said that it is kind of tricky to find halal food in Beijing. So, to avoid that I opt to brought some food supplies. Since I went there with another 5 people, so each people need to brought different kind of food. I, myself brought instant cream soup and dried anchovies. My friend brought instant sausage, corned beef, and meatball. And of course, all of us brought our favorite instant noodle and sachet beverages. All of the food is supplies was intended for breakfast and dinner, so we still need to find restaurants for lunch.
Since I arrived in Beijing on Friday, so all of the men need to do Friday prayer. I already research about mosque in Beijing and found this famous Mosque in Beijing, Niujie Mosque. It is located in Niujie area. If you take the metro, you have to get out exit C1 at Changchun Jie station, then continue with bus no. 10 for four stops. The mosque was surrounded with some of halal restaurant and supermarket. So, I decided to have a stop at the supermarket first to buy some foods.
As I’m going to Beijing this March, so I need to immediately apply for the Chinese visa. As for Indonesian, we need to apply for the visa if you want to visit the mainland China. First thing first, I started to Google to find out about all the requirements. I stumbled upon their official visa application center website. I spent hour carefully read about the visa requirement.
So basically, Chinese visa doesn’t require as many documents as the other visa requirement. You just need this:
Last September, my cousin was having a wedding reception in Surabaya, East Java. Even though it was out of town, I decided to came because I was so tired at work and needed some time away. I asked for two days off, then flew to Surabaya. The wedding was held at Thursday, so I had 3 days to spare before going back to reality. We decided to go to Batu, Malang.
We (me and my parents) went to Malang on Friday afternoon and arrived around 5 pm. After reached Batu, I immediately open pegipegi on my phone browser, because I haven’t book a room yet. I really like to use pegipegi.com everywhere I went travel, because the hotel price was cheaper compare to others (beside, you could also get a cash reward!). You could find so many hotels in just one two tap. After browsing around pegipegi.com, I chose to stay in Kartika Wijaya Heritage Hotel.
One weekend, me and my family decided to stay at The Westin Jakarta, because my cousin was getting married there. She opened us a room so we could stay the night before the wedding. I was so eager to spend the night in Westin because it was a brand new hotel. Everything new is always nice, right?
The hotel is built in the Gama Tower. So, all the guest have to take the access from The Gama Tower lobby and take the Westin lift to their sky lobby in 52nd floor. The sky lobby was stunning with big panoramic window, beautiful classic furniture, and high ceilings. Since, I got the room in 56th floor, I have to take another lift.
Since the Instagram days, street art is become more happening. Lot of people took pictures in the side of the street and the result is surprisingly nice and artsy. When I went to Seoul, South Korea, I need to find some places to take an arsty picture, so I could upload them in my Instagram feed.
If you are in Seoul and about to have an escape to somewhere more quiet, then Gapyeong is the perfect place for you. The city is surrounded by beautiful landscape, mountains and river. In winter, the city will be more beautiful as the snow covers. Gapyeong is not really far from Seoul, just about an hour train ride from the downtown Seoul. I went to Gapyeong to visit the famous Nami Island and Petite France.
For you the K-Drama lovers, you must be familiar about Winter Sonata. As for me, I remember this drama back when I was in elementary school, but never a fan. But I must be have take a look at this drama, because I remember that the drama’s screenplay was beautiful. Taken somewhere in the wintery South Korea and the location was just really dreamy.
Rasanya ga lengkap kalau jalan-jalan ke suatu negara tapi ga mampir ke historical places. Saat saya ke Korea Selatan Februari kemarin, saya juga menyempatkan diri untuk mampir ke beberapa historical places di Seoul. Korea Selatan memang terkenal dengan sejarah kerajaannya dulu. Apalagi ditambah K-Drama yang banyak menceritakan sejarah Korea, saya jadi makin penasaran deh untuk wisata sejarah di Seoul.
Wisata sejarah saya di Seoul di mulai dari Gyeongbokgung Palace. Untuk mencapai Gyeongbokgung Palace, fellow traveler harus menaiki subway ke Gyeongbokgung Palace Station. Suasana stasiunnya sendiri sudah kental dengan nuansa dinasti Korea jaman dahulu. Ada banyak artefak, mural, dan installation art di dalam stasiun ini. Sambil menghangatkan tubuh, saya memutuskan untuk foto-foto dulu.
Yes as the title says, my stroll around Itaewon was lovely. Suasana di Itaewon ini menurut saya, ‘internasional’ banget. Bahkan di salah satu artikel yang saya baca, katanya sih emang Itaewon ini memang di desain sebagai destinasi turis, jadi ga heran banyak percampuran kultur disini. Di Itaewon, fellow traveler akan dimanjakan oleh banyaknya cafe dan toko-toko yang menawarkan berbagai barang lucu-lucu.
Tujuan utama saya dan keluarga ke Itaewon ini adalah untuk mampir ke masjid yang terkenal seantero Seoul, yaitu Seoul Central Mosque. Untuk mencapai Seoul Central Mosque, fellow traveler harus turun di Itaewon Station dan jalan kaki sekitar 300m ke Usadan-ro Road. Emang sih jalanannya cukup nanjak gitu, tapi tenang aja sepi kok jalannya jadi bebas aja kalo mau jalan pelan-pelan hehehe. Ga perlu takut nyasar juga karena pasti udah ada direction sign juga untuk mencapai Seoul Central Mosque kok.