Sunday, July 27, 2008

Weekend in Bandung


When B told me that he had two tickets to Bandung and he was whisking me off for a shopping and dining vacation in exactly one week, I was more worried rather than happy! I was in the midst of a huge translation job, which was still ongoing at the time B surprised me with this trip. Despite working on it for the past two weeks, I was still nowhere near done, and with my client bugging me about it practically every day, I did not feel like it was the perfect vacation moment for me; I'd be too distracted thinking about unfinished business at home.

I was reluctant to leave my home office unattended but B assured me that a weekend of shopping and dining was exactly what we needed to get our mind of things after all that has happened to us this year. Moreover, he too needed to release some steam after working so hard himself and so, that was how we ended up in Bandung one fine weekend! We figured we'd turn it into a typical weekend of shopping and dining, which is how we usually spend our weekend here. The only difference was that we had to take a plane to get to our shopping destination! ;)

The day before our flight, I started feeling sick. I had a headache, my nose was acting up even worse than usual and I was feeling cold throughout the day, despite the sun shining brightly outside. The fact that I was working until the very last minute didn't help either. We still had to pack and send our kitties to the Pet Hotel so I got through the day by popping Panadols, which worked but was not enough to help me regain my strength fully. I didn't sleep the night before for fear of missing our flight which was at 9.50am so after I finally finished packing, I took an early shower at 6am and got ready for our trip!

It was my first Air Asia flight, so I was quite apprehensive at what to expect. Fortunately, everything turned out okay but I had a very uncomfortable flight due to my cold, and though it was a mere two hours to reach our destination, I felt like it was more than that. By the time we reached Bandung, I was feeling really sick and all I wanted to do was to get to our hotel and take a nice hot bath before I could even think of doing any exploring.

We got a cab at the airport to take us to the Grand Preanger Hotel and were told that it would cost us 40,000 Rupiah (Rp). I was glad to finally reach our hotel but had a complete change of mood when the cab driver shortchanged us of 5,000 Rp for this journey. Taking it as a one-off "oversight" by the cab driver, we decided not to make a fuss. I was also sneezing non-stop by then so there was no time to argue with the cab driver. Since we arrived at the hotel 1 1/2 hours before check-in time, we were told that we had to wait for our room, which did not bode well with me at all. I was already very grumpy (sorry love!) from my uncomfortable flight, my non-stop sneezing and from being cheated by the cab driver and was about to resign myself to a miserable wait when B told me that he somehow managed to get a room for us earlier and within 15 minutes we were escorted to our room.


Grand Preanger Hotel

We didn't do much on our first day in Bandung. After we freshened up in our hotel room, we had our welcome drink at the hotel lounge before taking a cab from the hotel to visit several factory outlets. I was excited to see just how much shopping I'd end up with but was surprised to find myself not shopping till I drop! Perhaps it was my cold and the lack of sleep, but I was in no mood for shopping that first day.

Bandung weather was surprisingly cooler compared to KL so walking the streets of Bandung was a delight. I didn't have much appetite to eat however, and though B got a taste of the durian ice-cream which seemed to be in abundance everywhere, my blocked nose did not permit me to
really savour the yummy ice-cream! :(

Durian ice-cream

Paintings sold on the streets of Bandung

Factory Outlets we visited on Day 1

We returned to our hotel early and after a simple dinner, fell asleep at 6.30pm! I guess all the traveling and my lack of sleep days before the trip finally took its toll on me. This actually turned out great, because the next day I was up and dressed for breakfast by 8am, a major accomplishment for me. I was feeling much better than yesterday and though still feverish, I was not going to let my cold keep me back from rocking the streets of Bandung! ;)


The early bird all ready for breakfast!

A little chess before we head out shopping

Finally, we're good to go...waiting for our ride to take us on our shopping spree!

Our ride for the day

We decided to hire a driver to take us to all the places we wanted to go. It cost us 50,000 Rp to get to our first destination and following that, we would be charged an hourly rate. Our driver was friendly and extremely polite. He took us to wherever we wanted to go and suggested famous local attractions to visit. Our first stop was a Batik boutique but we did not buy anything much there as the prices were rather high in this particular home boutique he took us to. Plus, both B and I are not huge batik fans.

The rest of the day was spent shopping at the remaining Factory Outlets on our list, while our driver waited for us outside. He'd pounce on us as soon as he sees us coming out, immediately taking our shopping bags from us to put inside the car. At one of our stops, he had to wait for almost 2 hours in the hot sun while we did our shopping! He was paid handsomely for his services though and by the time he sent us back to the hotel he was 450,000 Rp richer! :)


Told ya I didn't shop much!

Stocking up on the famous Bandung Brownies

Later, B and I both agreed that our favourite shopping spot in Bandung was the Cihampalas Walk and Rumah Mode. I think I did most of my shopping there where I found several favourite brands like Esprit, Zara, Calvin Klein and Guess at great low prices. I was however, disappointed that I did not find any Victoria's Secret items for sale in any of the Factory Outlets we visited. Before my trip, I had made a mental note to myself to check out Farah's Bandung post to find out where she got her Victoria's Secret stuff from, but it was a hectic week for me and in my haste, completely forgot to do so. I remembered Farah mentioning that she had a blast grabbing all the VS stuff she could find in her size but unfortunately, there was no grabbing for me that day! :(


Restaurants and shops at Cihampalas Walk

Soto Madura, a Bandung speciality

Taking a break after shopping at Rumah Mode

On our last night in Bandung we had a relaxing cosy buffet dinner in the hotel, served al fresco on the terrace, with a band for entertainment. Though her vocal prowess did not impress me much, the singer did sing some of my favourite Indonesian songs so that was cool. The food was just okay but once again, I have to blame my lack of appetite in Bandung on my not being 100% well!

Dinner on our last night in Bandung

Our last cab ride back to the airport was smooth and speedy but we were upset once again when the cab driver demanded 100,000 Rp for the ride instead of the 40,000 Rp initially quoted. It was a good thing we still had some Rupiah with us and since we didn't want to leave on a bad note, we paid the driver and proceeded to check-in our luggage, where we discovered we had to pay more service charge. By the time we paid all the stuff needed paying, we were down to about 75,000 Rp. While discussing what to do with the remaining cash, an air stewardess came running up to us, asking if we'd prefer to sit in the Executive Lounge while waiting for our flight. It would cost us 30,000 Rp per person but we would be seated in a comfy room with free food and drinks to snack on instead of being stuck in the noisy, crowded airport. You could also get a foot massage if you like, for an additional cost of course! It sounded like a pretty good deal so that's where we were until boarding time. :)



Despite my cold while in Bandung, we tried to make the best of our trip. Though exhausted from our shopping weekend, we were nonetheless happy that we got to experience the better part of Bandung before we flew back home. To my Bandung friends Trinity and MXY, I'm sorry our paths did not cross during this vacation, but I am sure there will be another opportunity for us to visit Bandung again. Until then, thank you for having us in your lovely city. I had a blast and Mariuca will definitely be back! :)

124 comments:

Coriander Dreams July 27, 2008 10:06 PM

Oh what a shopping city jewel! One that will go down my travel agent mental notes of things should a passenger ask me about Bandung! Thanks for sharing these stories/photos! :)

Bay Head Blog July 27, 2008 10:39 PM

Ooh, the new Bandung post is here...you look so glamorous!

I will come back and read it in its entirety later tonight, but happy to hear about your vacation getaway!

Now, off to the beach!

Roxy

Emila Yusof July 27, 2008 11:06 PM

Wow bestnya!!!! Thank you for sharing the experience! I'm so begging my husband to take me there!

LadyJava July 27, 2008 11:17 PM

Hiya dearie
Wah sorry to hear that you were able to shop till you drop in Bandung coz of your cold. It was a good thing though you were still able to enjoy yourself and get some shopping done..

Kira ok lah tu.. a weekend in Bandung as oppose to a weekend in KL kan??

Hmm.. unfortunately taxi's driver in indon are like that lah.. we try to squeeze you.. i know coz i was in JKT and we had a local guide and just coz the driver know we were not local also wanted to argue with the guide for more money.. lucky the guide was persistent so the driver did not get anything extra!!

Anyway.. great pictures, great story and overall fantastic post.. Feel like I was there with you :)

Hugs!!

mxyzplk July 28, 2008 1:07 AM

hehehe I hope you dont found bad part from Bandung :P

I love to see all the good spot in you blog post ;) so you stay in grand hotel Preanger in Asia Afrika. I hope you have a good vacation in Bandung :D
I think I could be a guide for you if you want to go to Bandung again... hehehe... and thanks for visiting Bandung.

Mariuca July 28, 2008 3:28 AM

Hi Marie, thanks for being my first commenter, HUGS! :)

Glad to be of help and since u do a lot of traveling yourself, maybe u can consider Bandung as one of ur destinations in the future! :):):)

Mariuca July 28, 2008 3:30 AM

Roxy!! You are forever running off to the beach, don't we all envy Roxy? ;)

Yeeha! My Bandung post is finally up and he he...glamorous? Me? Does this mean I get to join ur exclusive DH club? LOL! :):):)

Mariuca July 28, 2008 3:32 AM

Ha ha ha, Emila, u should bug Zaim abt it! It's not that far so can go early in the morning, sampai lunch time and terus shopping! What say you? :):):)

Mariuca July 28, 2008 3:44 AM

Hola LJ! Ah tu la, it was really upsetting actually, cause nak jalan byk pun tak larat, I was tired from all the sneezing and nose blowing! Plus, my eyes were watery most of the time, so nak shopping pun tak selesa! But anyway, I forced myself to shop la, better to get some done than nothing at all! ;)

Sigh...some more we had to happily announce to both cab drivers that yeah, we all baru first time datang sini, lagi la think we're gullible yeah? The second incident sakit hati jugak cause the jump from 40,000 to 100,000 was ridic! Anyway, it's okay, halalkan. :)

Glad u enjoyed the post sweetie, I'm glad I finally got it out even though lambat.

Mariuca July 28, 2008 3:47 AM

YAY! MXY from Bandung is here woo hoo! Thank you for reading and it's so cool to have u see all the familiar spots of ur lovely city here at my blog! I had a great stay, but it was only a short one. Next time, we must extend our stay to at least 4 days to be able to fully enjoy Bandung. :):):)

phatelara July 28, 2008 3:49 AM

Yay, been waiting for this post! :) I hope you're doing fine, Marzie. Not ill anymore, right?

Thanks for the interesting post (as usual) and the photos! I like your photos with B the best, he looks so happy riang ria in every photo! Great post! :)

mxyzplk July 28, 2008 3:51 AM

well I guess if you tell me, I will guide for you ;) hohohoo... you can get and more cheaper and more comfortable then a taxi hahahahaha...

Mariuca July 28, 2008 4:42 AM

Thank you Debbie! I felt better when I first got home but now feeling sickish again! Must really cut down on my late nights and rest more I guess he he! ;)

Hope u enjoyed the post sweetie and I love that pic of B and me too! He does look cheery doesn't he? It's his smile I tell you, lotsa ppl think he has this approachable face cause of his smile YAY! :):):)

Mariuca July 28, 2008 4:44 AM

That's really nice of you MXY! My next trip to Bandung will be better planned, this was a last minute affair. You can get something cheaper but still comfy? WOW, that's great! Must learn more abt Bandung from u then. ;)

Tammy July 28, 2008 8:30 AM

Great pictures! I love shopping when I'm on holidays!

Kim July 28, 2008 9:10 AM

wow...
you are so pretty Mariuca...
you and B make a gorgeous couple :)
loved reading all about your trip away....
excellent post....well written and very informative...
makes me want to visit the 'real' city of flowers :)

Nick Phillips July 28, 2008 9:22 AM

I was wondering when you'd post the holiday story. The place looks absolutely beautiful :D And you look like you had a great time, despite the cold, flu and all that.

Thanks for sharing.

phatelara July 28, 2008 11:58 AM

Marzie, better go to clinic, make sure you take antibiotics. Kalau tak, nanti sakit balik. :) Get well soon ya and get more rest.

LadyJava July 28, 2008 1:40 PM

GP!! The Soto looks mightly delish now... me hungry!!!

LadyJava July 28, 2008 1:46 PM

GP! I used my name and url on this post and true enuff I did not get any notification you know.. aiyahh...

Anyway.. at least you got some shopping done..

Eh better late then never right...lolzz..

Am on my LJL rounds now.. I already did our experiment on the MPG... and I got paid hehhe... so don't forget to experiment ok...:)

LadyJava July 28, 2008 1:47 PM

Eh GP.. what handbag is that you're using on the last picture.. cantik lah.. you know me lah.. hantu bag!!

Sushi July 28, 2008 1:53 PM

WOW GP,I felt like I was in Bandung too, just by reading your post. What a modern and beautiful place! I'm glad you found a lot of good bargain items. You guys look great in the football T-shirts. Nothing like a trip to soothe the mind although the body gets tired!
Are the brownies really good? Yum!

Farah Deen July 28, 2008 2:18 PM

DId I read 'Mariuca will definitely be back' ? LOL See, bandung has a charm (well, crap! it's shopping) LOL I see you did go to the 'must go' factory outlets, my favourites are Rumah Mode, Stamp and Heritage. Don't they have the best brands to shop for less? :) My husband has officially announced that Bandung will be our yearly stop before hari raya.

eastcoastlife July 28, 2008 3:21 PM

Wah!! Quite a good amount of things you bought! I love shopping and eating in Bandung.

Too bad you weren't feeling well. I don't like to travel when I'm sick too.

That was quite a lot you had to pay for a cab to the airport.

Emila Yusof July 28, 2008 4:10 PM

Haha I say a OK!! Will bug, bug and bug him until he takes me there lar!!

Mariuca July 28, 2008 4:57 PM

Thanks Tammy! A holiday is simply not complete without any shopping yeah? :)

Mariuca July 28, 2008 5:02 PM

Thank you Kim!! Mariuca is blushing profusely now he he! ;)

Thanks so much for reading my post. Comments like yours right here is what drives me to continue churning out good posts for ur enjoyment. Makes my writing feels appreciated! I'm so glad my post made u feel like visiting Bandung too YAY! :):):)

Mariuca July 28, 2008 5:07 PM

LJ!!! GP stres gils ni! ;) Am so busy with my work, I really can't wait for this project to be over. Bangun pagi je stress, not that I bangun pagi la he he! Check email je stress, and with the connection so slow past few days, I have not been completing my 300 drops or "experimenting" much! Bear with me dearie, and I'll get back to experimenting really soon yeah? :):):)

Oh thanks la for noticing my Coach bagasi ha ha ha!! Beli kat Bandung obviously! I wanted an LV one, which was white in colour and so pretty but that didn't have any straps, more like a clutch bag. So I took this one instead, which I also love!! I bought one bagasi only cause only loved the LV one and this one right here! ;)

Mariuca July 28, 2008 5:12 PM

Farah! I went back to ur post and saw u spent 4 days in bandung! Baru la cukup kan? 2 days (actually 1 day for me cause the first day tak kira since I was sick), tak cukup. In fact, when at the immigration clearance at the airport, the bapak there asked how many days did we stay in Bandung, and I said 2 days only... and he gave me a shocked expression like what's wrong with this girl, 2 days mana cukup? LOL! :):):)

Mariuca July 28, 2008 5:14 PM

ECL! Really? I was upset cause I thought I didn't shop enough ha ha ha! Felt like so sikit my shopping bags lolz... :)

Oh tell me abt the cab fare! Twice some more kena tipu aiyo!! :(

LadyJava July 28, 2008 5:17 PM

No problems dearie.. still a lot more to go is it your work.. poor thing.. I'll ask you take it easy but on second thought better not eh??

Yelah.. I saw the handbag only and I feel like love.. cantik lah...

Ok.. here to bring you more flowers for your office and some hot soup also ok :)

Mariuca July 28, 2008 5:17 PM

Hi Nick! Aiyo busy la me!! Sigh, you know how it is, agency bugging me every day to hurry up, so stress la right now. Only managed to get this post out yesterday! ;)

Glad to share the pics and Bandung with you here, have u ever been there? Maybe u and wifey can go for a short vakasi one weekend. It would make a nice getaway and it's not that expensive too! :):):)

Mariuca July 28, 2008 5:20 PM

Oh thanks Debbie, you're so sweet to check in on me. It comes and it goes and I know u're right abt that clinic trip. Need to tear myself away from my work and just got see the doc one and for all! ;)

Mariuca July 28, 2008 5:23 PM

LJ! The soto does look delish, but taste not so much la! It was served with rice, some acar, keropok and sambal belacan. I'd much prefer it with the cili padi blend in kicap, like the usual soto we eat here. Plus, I mostly had the soup cause couldn't taste anything with my blocked nose, so it was just okay for me actually lolz.... I did enjoy my coffee drinks though - sejuk and sweet! :):):)

bonoriau July 28, 2008 5:26 PM

enak kan brownies bandung ..emmmm

Mariuca July 28, 2008 5:27 PM

MEOW Sushi!! Oh thanks for noticing our football shirts ha ha ha!! I didn't even realize we both wore EURO that day lolz! ;)

YAY! I'm happy I got to bring back Bandung to u and perhaps ul get a chance to visit there one day too. The brownies are really YUMMY! I bought the baked brownies and the steamed brownies, both are equally delicious. They go really well with black coffee! :):):)

Mariuca July 28, 2008 5:29 PM

Emila, some more not so expense! Tukar RM1k terus jadi jutawan kah kah kah! B and I were happy being millionaires for the day lolz! :):):)

Stres ni, I haven't visited ur blog. Am sure Jean is happily on top now! Have to do my work first, then I shall hop over see what is going on over there! ;)

LadyJava July 28, 2008 5:29 PM

hehehhe.. blocked nose pun minum something cold?? lolzz...

Too bad on the soto.. it looks good though...hehhe..

Mariuca July 28, 2008 5:33 PM

Ha ha ha you feel like love LJ? Cute la u! Thanks for the flowers dearie, they are making my office smell really sweet now! Campur dengan my perfume gallery...woo hoo! :)

Yeah, every time I feel like it's ending, the agency sends me more files! And then mintak asap, stressing me out further. Also have to juggle other clients, so it's a whole lotta action and multitasking goin on here! ;)

Mariuca July 28, 2008 5:34 PM

YUM!!! Memang enak Bono, I beli byk, sila lah makan. He he he!

Btw, are u also from Bandung? :):):)

Mariuca July 28, 2008 5:36 PM

LJ, that was the only thing I had appetite for actually. Sweet stuff and liquids, things that didn't need chewing lolz!

Yup, too bad cause soto is actually my fave! :)

LadyJava July 28, 2008 5:44 PM

ok.. then soup is good for you.. just ask B to get you more soupy stuff ok..

Yeah loving your coach bag..lolzz!!

Eh dah dl boldie last week.. I've been trying to dl w/o success lah.. i think i go watch at youtube..if connection ok malam ni

Mariuca July 28, 2008 5:50 PM

Sigh, okay..soupy stuff it is then! ;)

He he, thanks dearie, I'm loving my bagasi too, I think it was one of my best Bandung buys! :)

I finished watching Boldie oredi, waiting for tomo's ep! Katie dah start to irritate me again lol! :)

Roxiticus Desperate Housewives July 28, 2008 7:25 PM

Back to visit on Monday morning, gotta run to get the girls' lunches packed and off to Annie's Playhouse camp...I'll come back to see u later!

Roxy

mantiz July 28, 2008 8:24 PM

Great! I've been waiting for this post to turn up! Look like you guys had a real good time there.. cheers:)

Emila Yusof July 28, 2008 9:38 PM

Lol, there's a new potential toppler named Dookie. I think he is determined to be the top one. Saw his comments coming in from 4pm until 6pm, continued leaving comments as we speak! I dunno, sure a tough fight between you, Jean and Dookie!

Tina July 28, 2008 11:05 PM

check out the early bird. lookin hot there girl! great pics. like the icecream and main meal one. i wonder why ha!

I have an award for you too mate
http://www.mummydiariesblog.com/2008/07/bbf-award.html

Bay Head Blog July 28, 2008 11:16 PM

Hi Mariuca!
Back to drop off my Bay Head Blog EC and comment...
No, I'm not nearly as busy as you are today, but we do have a big week. I just posted on RDH about Sheryl Crow tomorrow night, we've got Springsteen on Thursday, and London and Maddie's big performance on Friday. All good stuff, then a relaxing week, trying to work half days from the beach in Bay Head.

Roxy

P.S. -- Sorry I didn't make it to your BOTB the other day, but I saw that you won. This is such a great post, so many pix, you should do BOTB again today. As always, I'm battling away merrily.

bonoriau July 28, 2008 11:35 PM

that the reason why I always love topic Millionaire...coz most of us is millionaire yeee!!! ... if we want to be billion then go to zimbabwe ..heee

Roxiticus Desperate Housewives July 28, 2008 11:50 PM

Vote vote vote -- good luck, Genie Princess, may the magic of the lamp shine upon you!

Roxy

P.S. -- Genie Lamp shined on my Bay Head Blog, Mr. G upgraded to PR2. Still big fat zero for RDH though.

ShAé - ShAé July 28, 2008 11:52 PM

Looks like lots of fun. Very beautiful pictures... I want to go!

Mariuca July 29, 2008 12:36 AM

Hola Roxy, thanks for visiting me twice tonight. Oh ur comment worked woman! I am happily joining in ur BOTB tonight too he he! Good luck to us.

Congrats on BHB's new PR! I must check mine then, hopefully the magic lamp worked its wonders here too. ;)

Have fun with Sheryl Crow, sounds like ur week is fully packed as well. But yours is packed with FUN! ;)

Mariuca July 29, 2008 12:39 AM

Hi Mantiz, it's great to see u back here! I've been busy with work, hence the delay in this post. Hope u enjoyed the pics and post! :):):)

Mariuca July 29, 2008 12:53 AM

Aiyo....Dookie also joining now? Some more he caught up so quickly astaga! Must camp out at your place again tonight Emila, leave some cookies and coffee for me he he! ;)

Mariuca July 29, 2008 12:59 AM

Thanks Tina, hope u enjoyed the pics and post too. I did have a good vacation, we should go on more great vacations yeah? ;)

An award for me? Yeeha! Thanks sweetie, I'll come by to collect it. :):):)

Mariuca July 29, 2008 1:01 AM

Ha ha ha! Kelakar sungguh Bono mlm ni lolz!! Ah I pun suka topic millionaire, cause that would be a dream come true indeed! Pas tu baru boleh pergi Zimbabwe! ;)

Mariuca July 29, 2008 1:03 AM

Thanks Shae-Shae! Come, let's go to Bandung. This time must bring more cash he he! ;)

Jean Chia aka Ms.Yummy~licious July 29, 2008 1:48 AM

marzie, sorry to hear about yr cold on yr vakasi. No wonder you were so frustrating, i would be too!

i love durians, but only in its original self. If it is made into ice cream or cakes, count me out, pls. Weird me, rite! :)

aww.. you two look so macthing in the t-shirt. So lovey dovey lar.. hehe...

when we were at egypt, we hire a driver too! it eased off alot of worries, like not getting cab. The car looks so comfy and i think the price is quite reasonable for tourist. :)

marzie, i love zara and guess. Very low prices kah? I want to go shopping at bandung too!!! >< oh, i saw in one of yr photo there is bandung brownies. Did you try that? Sedap? I still missed the takashimaya's brownies at spore. It's so chewy and chocolatey!!! yumm..!!

oh, another yummy pic!! I love love soto!! martin's maid used to make the best soto. She went back to indonesia few months ago. So, no more best soto to eat. :( I missed eating soto!! wished i could taste this bandung soto!! looks yummy!!

haha, the executive lounge sounded comfortable. Great trip, marzie!

thanks for sharing the photos with us! :)

Roxiticus Desperate Housewives July 29, 2008 6:25 AM

Congratulations! Genie Magic worked on Battle of the Blogs today, you won by a landslide! Here to drop off Roxiticus Best Blogs...hope you're getting your beauty rest...

Roxy

Mariuca July 29, 2008 6:34 AM

Hi Jean!! I'm still up can u believe it? ;)

Jean, this ice cream, got fresh durians added, so it was quite nice! Can taste the durian, which was sweet too!

The prices are very low Jean, but for me, I gotta really search for the stuff I like! He he, but there will definitely be something for everyone so you won't come home empty-handed! :)

Oh the brownies are really YUM! So moist and chocolatey, so it was worth it for me to bring home several boxes lol!

Wah Jean!! Maybe u should try making soto!!! My fave u know? :):):)

Mariuca July 29, 2008 6:36 AM

Thanks for your vote Roxy! I'm so glad the Magic Lamp worked and thank YOU for "nudging" me in the right direction he he! Can't wait for my next BOTB now. Good morning btw! :):):)

Sushi July 29, 2008 8:03 AM

Hola GP, never heard of steamed brownie, interesting... you think you didn't shop enough with all those bags? I know what's like to have a cotton mouth, especially when you wanna try some nice ice cream. Mommy remembers the durian fruit when she visited south east Asia. She didn't have a chance to visit Indonesia but she would love to go and if she goes one day, she'll include the city of flowers in the itinerary. Loved all your pics(the hotel was fab!) Woofies.

Emila Yusof July 29, 2008 9:49 AM

Marzie, I have something special for you in my blog! Come and see!

LadyJava July 29, 2008 11:17 AM

Hi dearie!
You were in BotB? Sorry I was not there.. I slept at around 3am kot this morning..so sleepy lahh

Feeling better already??..happy Tuesday dearie!!

J@n!ce July 29, 2008 2:23 PM

Its a good idea that you rested early on your first night. You looked so refreshed & smiling the next day. I bet you will enjoyed even better if not for your cold. I hate it when we have to pay a different price orginally agreed. This seems to happen every where ah !! :(:(

Cant figure out what are the things you purchased leh. Bring them out from the carriers & show us. kekeke ;)

Mariuca July 29, 2008 3:36 PM

Sushi!! Me too! That was the first time I heard of steamed brownies, so of course I had to try it lolz! It tastes just as yummy as baked brownies, I wish u could try some! :)

Does Mama like durian?? It's durian season now and everyone seems to be having a durian feast, yours truly included lol! ;)

YAY, thanks Sushi. I took most of the pics myself MEOW! :)

Mariuca July 29, 2008 3:39 PM

Emila!! At first I thought it was a new post for us to comment on, see see it's a Phoebe dedikasi YEEHA!! Thanks so much dear, I LOVE it! :):):)

Mariuca July 29, 2008 3:47 PM

LJ!! I was on BoTB twice, and won both times YAY! ;)

I slept really late and woke up late too! Now answering comments while doin some work research. Happy Tues dearie, we can DL Boldie again tonight! :):):)

Mariuca July 29, 2008 3:59 PM

Yay, thanks Janice! I agree, if I didn't rest on the first day, for sure I wouldn't be happily shopping away the next day LOL! Oh me too a tad ticked off abt the taxi thingy, but when I was on my Singapore trip, the cabs there were excellent! :):):)

He he, in the last picture here, I was wearing all the stuff I bought, including the bag LOL! Got some Esprit and Guess tops, a couple of jeans for B and me, some stuff from Banana Republic, my Coach bag (which I love!) and some other things. No perfumes though cause there was none I fancied. And the minis were limited.

Oh and of course bought some food stuff as well like the Bandung Brownies! ;)

eastcoastlife July 29, 2008 4:31 PM

Thanks for voting despite your busy schedule.

It's great to take a rest from the drudgery of life once in a while. Remember to breathe slowly and relax...

Breathe in... breathe out.... breathe in.... breathe out....

bonoriau July 29, 2008 5:08 PM

wooow u really work hard to be top commenter at emila site yeee yesterday I saw only 179 but today already more then 200+++ comments... do you know that I secretly also giving prize to my top Commenter but only few hundres of EC...heee. Next month I want to give 1000 ec ...ok or not!!!

Roxiticus Desperate Housewives July 30, 2008 1:32 AM

Quick drop and run on a busy day in the Roxiticus Valley, trying to pull together a picnic dinner before we head off to Sheryl Crow in a few hours. Thanks for stopping by...

Roxy

Fida Abbott July 30, 2008 3:43 AM

Mariuca, your holiday makes me want to visit my country.

I really miss my country.

BTW, I have special thanks and TAG for you.

Have great day!

Jena Isle July 30, 2008 7:57 AM

You're photographer's delight and it's such a beautiful place. I wish I could visit there too someday. Bandung. Thanks for sharing.

Bobby July 30, 2008 8:02 AM

Hi Marzie! Your pictures look great and I'm glad you had fun!!!

I'm sorry to hear you had a cold to start your vacation with, but I'm glad it didn't ruin your trip. Anyway, I've been taking a break from my blog but I'm feeling up o it now. Thanks for sharing your trip with everyone. Have a great day:)

Gypsy at Heart July 30, 2008 9:00 AM

Mariuca hi. Listen, I've never had a chance to thank you for always advertising on my blog. I love having your ad there. Also, this was a great post. Bandung seems like quite the vacation destination. Maybe someday I'll find myself in your part of the world and go there. Cheers, Milena

Carol July 30, 2008 9:32 AM

You've got great travelling photos! I love the huge chess pieces! I am putting Bandung in my list of top places to go to! :) Thanks!

LadyJava July 30, 2008 6:44 PM

Here with LJL dearie.. come take a break have some mug cake and coffee!! I even brought lilies for you ;)

LadyJava July 30, 2008 6:45 PM

Err.. i will add the experiment in this blog too ok.. when my connection is a bit stable. now they let multiple domain lahh!

QuaChee July 30, 2008 7:42 PM

wooow! feel like wanna go there again. the last time i went was like in the last visit indon year!

eastcoastlife July 30, 2008 8:34 PM

Bandung should be quite cool ... or has it turned warmer? A lot of changes though.

bonoriau July 30, 2008 8:54 PM

Marzie, u dah tewas di blog emila ..

bonoriau July 30, 2008 11:00 PM

Marzie, What happen lah your computer

Mariuca July 31, 2008 1:37 AM

Thanks ECL! Running out of breath here, doing so many things at the same time lol!

I'm so pleased that I managed to cast my vote for u daily so far...don wanna break my 8-day record now! :):):)

Mariuca July 31, 2008 1:39 AM

He he Bono!! Tu le pasal, I have to work extra hard now to keep my spot! Stress ni, tengah busy but have to WIN!!! :):):)

Great prize idea too, I'd love to win 1000 EC! ;)

Mariuca July 31, 2008 1:40 AM

Hi Roxy, thank you for stopping by as well. A quick hello from u is always welcomed here. :):):)

Mariuca July 31, 2008 1:41 AM

Hi Fida!!! Well, I'm happy that I brought ur country back to u, if even for a moment! When are u gonna visit home? Hope it will be soon, u sound a tad homesick sweetie! :)

Thanks for the tag, I'll drop by as soon as I can, HUGS! :):):)

Mariuca July 31, 2008 1:42 AM

Hi Jean, thanks so much and welcome to Mariuca's blog! Glad u enjoyed the pics and I hope ul get to visit Bandung one day too. :):):)

Mariuca July 31, 2008 1:43 AM

Bobby!!! Thanks for visiting me today! I am having a hectic week and a terrible day today LOL!!! So glad to see u here today though, and I'll come by as soon as I can yeah?

Happy to share as always, enjoy! :):):)

Mariuca July 31, 2008 1:45 AM

Hola Milena! It's great to have u here, I'm so glad u dropped by! Oh thank YOU for having my EC at your blogs, love seeing my EC at ur blog too lol! :)

Glad u enjoyed the post and I hope you'll get a chance to visit Bandung and perhaps Malaysia as well! ;)

Mariuca July 31, 2008 1:46 AM

Ha ha ha Carol!! Thanks for noticing the giant chess LOL! I love it too, that's why I insisted on "playing" chess before shopping he he! :):):)

Mariuca July 31, 2008 1:54 AM

LJ!!! Thanks for the lilies sweetie and yes please, go ahead and "experiment" with this blog as well. Thanks for all ur help dearie! :):):)

Mariuca July 31, 2008 1:55 AM

Hi Qua chee!! Oh u should definitely go then, some more it's not so far, for us here. So when are u going? He he!! :):):)

Mariuca July 31, 2008 1:56 AM

ECL, when we were there, it was cooler than Malaysia weather, but still hot enough for me to shade myself from the sun! ;)

Mariuca July 31, 2008 1:57 AM

Bono, u are so cute he he!! Tu lah, but I managed to get back on top...but dunno how long it will last now that Dookie seems determined to win lol! ;)

I had to restore my system again today, so some apps are not working, kena reinstall and all the hassle la!

Monica July 31, 2008 2:11 AM

Hi Mariuca, nice post!! hmm.. I might consider Bandung as one of my destinations in the future ;-) and thanks for sharing..

Mariuca July 31, 2008 3:44 AM

Hola Monica, thank you for stopping by Mariuca's today! I hope u do consider Bandung as your next vacation spot, you will definitely love the shopping! Come prepared he he! ;)

Jean Chia aka Ms.Yummy~licious July 31, 2008 11:47 AM

hi marzie, the durian ice-cream sounds not bad after all. I love cold durians, so this ice cream might just work for me! :)

oh, hearing you said so makes me wanna shop there lar! Bandung was never the place we would visit. But yr trip sounded like fun, and i think if next time AirAsia got cheap fare to bandung, me & martin will consider grabbing it! :)

i love moist chocolatey brownies...yumm... oh the thought of sinking my teeth on these brownies just makes me salivate lar! :P

soto is my fave too, marzie! last time, i dont know how to eat it, as in i've nvr order such dish outside. I only started eating soto when mart's maid cook it at home. It was soto java, and the soup is abit greenies, and yellowish color because of the kencur. oh, it's really yummy, the best soto i've ever tasted. :)

me & mart love it so much, that we asked mart's maid for the recipe. She gave me a list of ingredients but did not mention how much i need to put them. ?? so i gotta experiement myself lor!! will try to make it once i've buy all the ingredients. :)

Mariuca August 01, 2008 3:26 PM

Hello Jean! I think u will love the durian ice cream, it was really tasty and like I said, can taste the fruit itself. I think got 2 pieces inside, so just nice for one person! :)

YUM! I love soto also la, you are really making me crave for it now! Soto Java I love too! But always must have the begedil and cili padi blend, or not it just won't be soto kan? I hope ur soto turns out nice, then can share the recipe. :)

Bandung is a great place for u to take a short break and enjoy some shopping! And it's really not that pricey, with AirAsia, so ....what are u waiting for woman? :):):)

Trinity August 01, 2008 8:07 PM

So, that's my hometown here!! :-) glad you still can enjoy Bandung despite of your sickness, Marzie! Poor girl... if you told me about this before, I could pick you up from the airport,and drive you around... cheap, polite, friendly, me..will get 450.000 hahahahaha... just kidding..

grand preanger is not too far from my home, dear, and you see, the wayang is so beautiful! I was so into wayang these days, I even use wayang for the chup result.. hehehe...

Glad you feel the cool weather here, it's enjoyable indeed to shop, not too hot!!

Next time, I am your ticket to Bandung ok? hehehe... spend 4 days? Bring Emila, Jean, LJ here!! You all together, find free tickets from air asia and go here together!!

Mariuca August 02, 2008 5:00 AM

Trin! You are my 100th commenter, how cool is that to get a Bandung blogger be my 100th here YAY! :)

Ha ha ha, I should have given u the 450,000 kan? I bet you would have made a good driver and tour guide dear, next time for sure! ;)

The hotel was one of the best parts of my visit cause the staff was very helpful and friendly, I was happily tipping away he he!

I did feel the difference in weather Trin! At first I thought it was gonna be super hot but it was pleasantly cool!

LOL! Definitely you shall be my ticket to Bandung next time. Must get the ladies together and visit you in Bandung! :):):)

LadyJava August 02, 2008 6:11 AM

hehehhe.. wouldn't that be a hoot GP!! all the ladies going to Bandung.. heheh!!

Rozella August 02, 2008 7:40 AM

Awww, bestnya! :) Am glad you guys had a good time.

Wish I can get some time off soon to go jalan-jalan also...

NafaSg August 02, 2008 3:08 PM

Wow we love the pics! Bandung is a really attractive place for tourists. Oh and we were salivating at the sight of the ice cream. But we are so sorry to hear that u were having a blocked nose. Well, sometimes things like this do happen even when we are trying to have a real good vakasi...

Still, we're sure u had loads of fun, looking at all the pics u have shown us. Thanks a lot for sharing! Looking forward to the pics of your next vakasi!!! =)=)=)

Mariuca August 03, 2008 2:12 PM

He he, then for sure I'll be shopping more cause got friends to "encourage" me he he! Happy Sunday LJ! ;)

Mariuca August 03, 2008 2:27 PM

Hi Rozella, thanks dear! I'm sure ul get to go on a break soon, esp since u've been working really hard, sampai work on Sat yesterday! ;)

Mariuca August 03, 2008 2:29 PM

NAFA!! Oh I love ur comment cause we are planning on another vakasi!! Ha ha ha!! Dunno yet where but we need another one soon he he...

Glad u enjoyed the pics, I chose the best ones that would bring out the best of Bandung yay! :):):)

Sushi August 03, 2008 11:54 PM

Hi Marzie, Mama can't remember if she tried durian but she does remember how it looked like on display everywhere. I'm almost sure in Brazil there is a fruit similar to that. XOXO

LadyJava August 04, 2008 2:52 AM

I'm back in business GP.. lolzz... my connection is a breeze today so catching up on all my droppings and commenting. here i go.. catch you later!!

bidarlah August 04, 2008 2:04 PM

wow...shop shop shopssss. ;)

thanks for the traveling tips and the insight of Bandung. if i ever go there, i know now just where to go after checking in. haha...

Mariuca August 04, 2008 4:09 PM

MEOW Sushi! I wonder if Mama or you can stand the durian smell. I find it totally okay but most foreigners or those unfamiliar with the fruit think it kinda stinks he he! ;)

Mariuca August 04, 2008 4:11 PM

LJ! So happy to see u back in action dearie, we have missed u and your words here! Hope it remains speedy okay? :):):)

Mariuca August 04, 2008 9:17 PM

Hi Bidarlah!

LOL! Glad u enjoyed the Bandung tour, I can't wait for u to go and post abt it on ur blog he he! I'm sure u will be doing more shopping than me! ;)

Shemah August 08, 2008 4:30 PM

OMG! So tension.. dah tulis comment panjang2 and then my connexn resets itself on me!!! URGGHHH!!

*ehem*

Okay.

Anywaaaaays, looks like you had such a great time over there!!! I would totally love to do some shopping there sometime too. We used to go to Bandung, Jakarta and Solo a lot when my mom owned a batik shop.

The hotel you stayed in looks spectacular. And I am soooooooooooo drooling over the food. Jealous!!!

Thanks for sharing the pics of you and your B with us!! Love to see peoples travelling experiences.

p/s: my son saw your pic near the plane and said, "Mommy, why your friend going up??" I said "Up where?" He asked "Why aunty friend going up in the sky?" Then i said "She going for holiday"

Then he slumps his shoulders and said, "Aww.. why not bring meeee??" LOL!

Mariuca August 09, 2008 1:00 PM

LOL!!! So cute la your son and u Shemah, and yeah...I hate when that happens too! Esp after writing a nice long comment, the second comment just won't be as good as the first one yg hilang kan? ;)

Thanks dear, I hope this post brought back some good memories of ur Bandung days with ur mom and sis. The hotel was definitely one of our fave parts abt this vakasi, was pretty comfy and the satff was very helpful. Food also not bad he he! :):):)

SF August 12, 2008 6:05 AM

All of the places you mention seem like an awesome getaway!

I'd never heard of Bandung before reading your posts.

I will definitely stop by more often!

Mariuca August 12, 2008 11:33 AM

Hi SF! This was my first visit to Bandung and it was an interesting trip too. I hope u enjoyed the pics and perhaps discovered a little bit more abt Bandung, enough to make it ur next vacation destination! :):):)

mangosteenskin August 21, 2008 9:59 AM

mariuca, thanks for sharing. one day if me n hubby got chance to go there, will remind him of all the hot spots u mentioned here!!

u look super cute in the blue shirt...

Mariuca August 23, 2008 1:01 PM

LOL, thanks Manggis he he! ;)

Ah faster ask ur hubby to take u, cause memang tak mahal sangat to go to Bandung. And it's pretty near so u won't get too tired from the flight. Pergi pagi, so u can start shopping on the same day ha ha! :):):)

Emila Yusof September 29, 2008 10:02 PM

sedap tak brownies bandung tu, marzie?

LadyJava September 29, 2008 11:29 PM

Mestilah sedaps kan GP!! heeh I tolong jawab lah..hehe

Mariuca October 06, 2008 1:03 AM

Ha ha ha!! Emila, memang sedap, I bawak balik 2 kotak astaga! ;)

LJ, tenkiu la for answering for me, busy past few days beraya sakan! :)

LadyJava October 06, 2008 3:54 PM

ehehe no problems GP...unofficial moderator gak kat sini..hehe

Emila Yusof October 18, 2008 11:12 AM

besar giler chess set tu kan?

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