My Time Capsule: 2017

24.6.17

Indonesia: Malang Night Paradise - Lampion & Dinosaurus Park

*This blog post is written both in Bahasa Indonesia and English



Newest attraction in my hometown Malang, East Java! Malang Night Paradise, the Lampion & Dinosaurs Park has just opened a few days ago. On 19th June 2017 to be exact. I was excited to be invited to explore it one day before the opening day. With only a few people there, I danced around happily while taking pictures (yeah! sometimes I don't even remember my age and behave like a 5 years old girl :p ). For you who's been following my Instagram might have watched tons of videos I shared live on Instastory at that night.

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Taman hiburan malam terbaru di kota kelahiran saya di Malang, Jawa Timur! Malang Night Paradise, Lampion & Dinosaurs Park baru saja dibuka beberapa hari lalu. Tepatnya pada tanggal 19 Juni 2017. Saya senang sekali saat diundang untuk bermain di taman ini sehari sebelum dibuka untuk publik. Hanya beberapa orang pengunjung saat itu, saya pun menari-nari kegirangan sambil memotret (iyah! kadang saya memang lupa umur dan bertingkah layaknya anak umur 5 tahun :p ). Bagi yang mengikuti akun Instagram saya mungkin sudah nonton, kan, video-video yang saya unggah langsung di Instastory malam itu. 


Welcome to the fantasy world!

plenty of beautiful photo spots!

colourful water fountain

The first thing I saw upon walking into the lampion park was the Dancing Fountain. The water splashing high and low then spinning like it was doing some kind of dance while the shades changing from blue to green to red continuously. Really pretty! The park is occupied with lampions in various designs and a million of LED flowers which are arranged beautifully. Personally I love the brightly illuminated peacock and swans that radiates vibrant colour. Other than that, there's also panda, mushroom, bunnies and many more. I couldn't stop taking pictures of them! Glad I brought an extra camera battery with me. There's abundant great photo spots.

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Saat pertama masuk taman ini, sebuah air mancur menyambut saya. Airnya tersembur tinggi dan rendah dan meliuk seperti sedang menari. Sedangkan warnanya berubah-ubah dari biru ke hijau lalu merah bergantian. Cantik sekali! Taman ini dipenuhi lampion dengan berbagai model dan sejuta bunga LED yang ditata secara apik. Secara pribadi saya sangat menyukai lampion burung merak dan angsa yang memancarkan warna cerah. Selain itu ada juga lampion panda, jamur, kelinci dan lain sebagainya. Kamera saya bekerja keras malam itu karena saya ingin memotret semuanya! Untungnya saya membawa sebuah baterai kamera cadangan karena banyak sekali spot foto yang menarik.


beautiful lampions

Malang Night Paradise

Panda family

Tunnel of Lights

Unfortunately the Smurf Village was undergoing a bit maintenance on the pre-opening night so I didn't get to see it. Fret not! The Smurfs are now ready to do some selfie with you. Move forward to my favourite part, shall we? It's the Disco Tunnel! That's how I call it even though the name is actually Tunnel of Lights. But I think disco tunnel suits it better because the row of lights dance in sync with the music and it made me want to move my body too. Yeah yeah yeah! Isn't it the coolest tunnel ever? Walking through this tunnel also felt like walking inside a time machine. Because as soon as I made it to the other end, I was suddenly surrounded by a jungle inhabited by dinosaurs! *dramatic back sound effect*

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Sayang sekali, lho, Desa Smurf malam itu masih dalam tahap penyelesaian jadi saya belum bisa melihatnya. Tapi jangan khawatir karena sekarang para Smurf itu sudah siap untuk menemani kalian berswafoto. Yuk, jalan lagi sampai ke bagian paling favorit saya di taman ini. Nama sebenarnya adalah Terowongan Lampu, sih. Tapi saya lebih suka memberi nama Terowongan Disko. Karena kelap kelip lampu yang seirama dengan irama musik yang mengalun. Saya pun jadi ingin ikut menari. Yeah yeah yeah! Keren sekali, kan? Berjalan di dalam terowongan ini juga terasa seperti melewati sebuah mesin waktu. Bagaimana tidak? Sesampai di ujungnya, tahu-tahu saya sudah berada di tengah hutan yang dihuni banyak dinosaurus!
*instrumen menegangkan mengalun*


 run for your life!

Triceratop

I slowed down my steps as I walked through the dimly lighted jungle. The mysterious ambiance made me feel like I was one of the casts in Jurassic Park movie. As I reached a dark corner, suddenly I heard a loud deep growl above me. I looked up and saw as set of sharp teeth ready to rip my head. Thankfully it wasn't a real Spinosaurus, one of the largest meat eating dinosaur ever. I walked further down and meet around ten other dinosaur species such as T-rex, Triceratop, Brontosaurus, Raptors, Parasaurolophus, Ankylosaurus, Pteranodon with height from 6 metres to 13 metres. Each dinosaurs has realistic movement and sound. Pretty awesome replica I might say. I super love the adventure that I circled back to the entrance and did the route all over again :p

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Pelan-pelan saya berjalan menyusuri hutan minim cahaya itu. Suasana yang mencekam membuat saya merasa sebagai salah satu aktris dalam film Jurassic Park. Sampai di satu pojok yang gelap, tiba-tiba terdengar suara geraman berat dari arah atas. Saya pun mendongak dan kaget melihat deretan gigi setajam pisau yang siap mengoyak kepala saya. Untungnya, sih, bukan Spinosaurus yang asli. Itu kan salah satu dinosaurus pemakan daging terbesar. Hiiii, amit-amit! Melanjutkan rute hutan ini lebih jauh, saya bertemu sekitar sepuluh macam dinosaurus yang lain seperti T-rex, Triceratop, Brontosaurus, Raptors, Parasaurolophus, Ankylosaurus, Pteranodon. Dengan tinggi bervariasi dari 6 meter hingga 13 meter. Setiap dinosarus dapat bergerak dan bersuara hampir mirip dengan aslinya. Keren! Saya sangat menikmati petualangan itu sampai sampai memutar kembali ke pintu masuk dan mengulang dari awal lagi :p


Ankylosaurus

Raptors

Tyrannosaurus 

Paleontology workshop!

some tools to work with

kids excursion

At the end of the jungle route I saw some cargo containers with different kinds of tools arranged neatly. Turned out it's the kids activities area. I was told that there will be some excursion for the kids such as digging sites, Dino Science Centre and Dino rides. How fun! I want to join them too! There's also a food court area for visitors to take a rest or to nibble assorted of snacks. Praying room is also provided in this area.

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Di penghujung Taman Dinosaurus, saya melihat beberapa kontainer kargo yang berisi berbagai macam alat. Ternyata di area kegiatan anak tersebut terdapat beberapa aktifitas seperti lokasi penggalian fosil, Pusat Sains Dinosaurus, dan wahana menunggang dinosaurus. Seru sekali, ya! Saya juga ingin ikut, lho! Di area food court, pengunjung bisa rehat sejenak sambil mencicipi berbagai makanan yang merupakan hasil kerjasama dengan UKM. Tersedia juga sebuah mushola di area ini.


Mama Dino, please feed me!
I really don't know what I was doing there :))

Malang Night Paradise

Malang Night Paradise is a great new destination for your family and friends while visiting Malang. It's going to be listed on the hippest place in Malang and become a must visit holiday destination in Malang. The park can be most easily be enjoyed by any ages. Where's the location? It's actually a part of Hawai Water Park that I've reviewed before. Scroll down for the map. So what are you waiting for? Pack your bag and go now to have fun with your friends or family and be the first one to visit this wonderful park! If you need some info or recommendation in Malang, feel free to shoot a question or two . Cheers!

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Malang Night Paradise bisa menjadi tujuan baru bagi kamu beserta keluarga dan teman saat belibur di Malang. Yakin, deh, tempat ini akan menjadi salah satu tempat paling hits di Malang dan menjadi tempat wisata yang wajib dikunjungi. Semua umur dan kalangan bisa menikmatinya. Jadi lokasinya di mana, nih? Mudah ditemukan, kok! Karena berada di lokasi yang sama dengan Hawai Water Park yang sudah pernah saya ulas sebelumnya. Tunggu apa lagi, sih? Buruan berkemas dan ajak teman atau keluarga dan menjadi yang pengunjung pertama di taman yang keren ini! Kalau kamu perlu informasi atau rekomendasi tentang Malang, jangan sungkan bertanya, ya. Cheers!



Malang Night Paradise
Graha Kencana Raya, Banjararum, Malang
Opens everyday from 17.00 to 23.00
Ticket Rp 25.000 (weekdays) & Rp 35.000 (weekends and holidays)
Free admission for children with height under 85 cm.



14.6.17

Hua Hin: PlearnWan Eco Vintage Village





Shopaholic alert!

I super love night markets (okay, you may have heard this a thousand times already). While exploring Hua Hin I had a chance to visit a night-market-inspired shopping area. The name PlearnWan is derived from a combination of the English words, Play and Learn. Also in Thai words, Wan means yesterday. The initial concept is to bring back the retro atmosphere of Hua Hin in 1950s. As soon as I walked through the main entrance, I was welcomed by a yard-like with 2 storey wooden planks building on both side. There are several bridge that connects the both sides of the upper level. Every tiny ornaments are in classic retro theme. An atmosphere that contrasts with the modern city I was in some moments ago. It felt like I was flown by a time machine into the era when my grandmother was a mere teenager.


PlearnWan Hua Hin




For a while I was busy taking pictures of the surrounding before some adorable shops started to distract me. While I'm not crazy over expensive branded stuff, from time to time my heart melts when I see cute trinkets or hand-made traditional thingy at night markets. I would then started to have a conversation with myself, such as:

"Awww this is so cute! Sister would love this."
"This one would definitely look good on Mom! Don't you think so? Yes, just buy it now."
"Ohhhh these are the toys that Adrian (my nephew) has been looking for. He will be really happy!"
"Wow I really love this hand-made shirts. I don't know who would suit this but I'll buy it anyway and decide later who to give it to"

- and so on and so on until my shopping bags get so full it could burst anytime. *sigh* This is why travelling with a small suitcase never works for me. I just love buying stuff and love feeding people. LOL.

clock shop



As I walked towards the other end, some flavours wafted up my nose tickling my senses. I knew I wasn't far from my kind of nirvana. Food vendors! Thailand's wonderful cuisine perfumes the air with the sweet, sour and spicy aromas overflowing the deck. A row of wooden traditional food carts lining on my right and a row of food stalls on the left side. Now, what to eat first?


a retro food stall

Khanom Buang

fried goodies!

The list of Thai traditional food that were waiting to be savoured was endless. From Khanom Buang (the famous Thai crepe with meringue filling), Hoi Tod (fried mussel omelette), Mae Chud (steamed fish balls in spicy sauce), Thai roasted banana, Fried Chicken, Moo Ping ( pork satay), Khanom Krok (coconut cake) and a ton more. I'm fairly salivating right now while typing and imagining all these food :(


pork satay and pork sausage



After sampling some (a lot!) of the traditional food, I went down to browse around more shops on ground floor. Uh oh! Wrong move! I started the 'this cute, that cute' again. Besides souvenirs, there's accessories, beach essentials, antique watches, Shabby Chic decoration, hand-made bags, mugs and only God knows what. There's certainly a little something for everyone. I even found a corner stall full of dog themed merchandise! So sorry to drain you, dear wallet. But we are doing this to help the local economy, y'know.


great spot for taking pictures

What I love about PlearnWan besides fulfilling my inner shopaholic and satisfying my (then) happy tummy; there's abundance of photo spots. Cute colourful vintagey decorations that reminds me of my grandmother's house. Also even though there were quite a lot of visitors, it's not as crowded as the night market where people need to jostle each other just to walk through.


back to the 50s

Piman PlearnWan, picture from http://www.asiawebdirect.com/

When I posted a picture of PlearnWan on my Instagram, someone commented that there's actually some rooms to rent on the upper floor. I googled right away and went ga-ga over the room interior! Every rooms have different design which are too cute it looks like a doll house, a vintage one of course. Dang! Have I known it earlier, I would have extended my stay in Hua Hin. Oh well I might as well save the best for next time, right :D


PlearnWan, Hua Hin

I wish I had more time to spend at PlearnWan, unfortunately there was a dinner reservation waiting for us. With a heavy heart, heavy tummy and so much heavier shopping bag carrying all the items I bought, I bid goodbye to PlearnWan. I'll definitely bring my family to shop here on my next visit to Thailand.


PlearnWan
Open daily from 10am to midnight
Pethkasem Road, between Hua Hin Soi 38 and 40
(not far from Klai Kang Won Palace)


PS: the setting of this area (some of it) reminds me of Museum Angkut or the Transportation Museum that we had back in my home town Malang, Indonesia. Please do read my review 'A Haven For Vehicle Lovers' and let me know what you think :D


11.5.17

Hua Hin: For Art's Sake 4D Museum

Hua Hin, April 2017




When I was given the itinerary for #FamilyFunTrip by TAT, a visit to For Art's Sake 4D museum was probably the one I was looking forward the most. These past years I've seen many of 3D or 4D art museum popping out in various cities and yet I haven't really made some effort to visit one. Simply because I thought, "What's so exciting about taking pictures with some backdrop?" Boy, was I wrong! I had to eat my words because I actually was having so much fun during the visit.


Ouch!

documenting TAT trip

one arm handstand? easy! :p

I don't usually like being photographed because I'm just naturally awkward in front of the camera. I think I can never pull the right pose or my face looks unflattering. (I can't believe myself for asking Google 'Why I look OK in the mirror but bad in photos?' just now, lol!) Alrighty, perhaps I'm just being too harsh on myself. Now, back to the 4D museum!

It surprised me that when I was sorting out pictures for this post. There's actually tons of my pictures in some poses I could never imagined myself being able to do. Well thanks to the friendly For Art's Sake staffs who were enthusiastic telling me how to pose or where is the perfect spot to take good pictures.


Paper doll dress-up at Childhood Zone

Hua Hin Zone

Horror Zone!

Opened in 2014, For Art's Sake was the first 4D museum in Hua Hin. The artwork were painted by Thai artists and divided into some different zones such as Imagination Zone, Childhood Zone, Hua Hin Zone, Illusion Windows and last but not least, my favourite Horror Zone. I spent most of my time with my ghost friends and wanted to take pictures in all part of the Horror Zone. It wasn't easy to act scared when my face was all big grin and giggling and looked way too happy. So the staff asked me to whip my long hair front, covering my face and became a red headed ghost instead. Ahhhh that's easier! :))


Edy looked much convincing

huge fail while attempting to look fearful 

Sharena scored the best photo of course <3

Japanese ghost

Novy the pretty pixie 

I surely had a good portion of laughs while posing and taking pictures. Thanks to the air con for saving me from sweating buckets. It intrigued me how some paintings could create the illusions as if the objects were real and 'pop out'. They really are mind blowing optical illusions. Not only paintings, there's also some sculptures and art installations that visitors could play take picture with.


errr...a mutilated boyfriend? :p

now it's time to relax at Hua Hin beach :p

Would I recommend this museum for a family holiday destination? Absolutely! For Art's Sake is a combination of art with a splash of fun elements and some smashing photo opportunities. This museum can be fun for all ages. Best to visit with a group of friends or family for some Instragram-worthy pictures.


For Art's Sake
22/141 Phetkasem Road, Hua Hin
Prachuap Khiri Khan 77110

Opening hours: 10am - 8pm
Admission fee: 300 THB for adults and 200 THB for children

4.5.17

Travel Updates: Hua Hin With TAT




Sa wad dee ka!

So yeah, I was just got back from Thailand again!. After exploring Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai area in February, this time I was invited by Tourism Authority of Thailand to experience some highlights in Hua Hin. I was happy to join the famtrip because I've never been to Hua Hin before. Yayyy! I always love the idea of exploring new destinations.


Siam Kempinski Bangkok

Tourism Authority of Thailand launched a new campaign which named Family Fun Thailand. They invited participants from around the world to experience family fun activities in Phuket, Chiang Mai, Khao Yai and Hua Hin (for team Indonesia & team Australia New Zealand). Not only bloggers, they also invited media, journalist, travel agents and celebrities. Team Indonesia is a group of 4 travel agents, 1 media journalist from Kompas, 1 blogger and a celebrity family Ryan Delon, Sharena and their super cute son Ryshaka; accompanied by 2 personnel from TAT Indonesia.


cooking class!

After a very pleasant stay in Siam Kempinski Bangkok, the next day we hopped on our van and headed to Hua Hin which is only about 2,5 hours from Bangkok. Depending of the traffic of course. First activity, cooking workshop! We were taught how to make Kaotang or Thai traditional style rice crisps at Sukantha. Though we didn't make it from scratch, we were excited to garnish our own Kaotang and bake them. And not to forget, take picture of it and show it off on Instagram :p


Camel Republic

smize, Alpaca...smize! :D

Feeling famished after the cooking workshop, we had a lunch stop at 1000 Sook Food and Farm which has a very interesting architecture. They serve both Western and Thai food. There's a bunch of animals like ponies and rabbits for the children to play with. Unfortunately I didn't have enough time to explore the farm as it was time for us to visit Camel Republic.

Camel Republic is a combination of a mini zoo and a theme park. Not only camel, I also got the chance to interact with alpaca, sheep, flamingo, bunnies and various birds. My travel mates had fun trying some of the rides. One of them was Eagle zipline. Woohoo!


Hua Hin night market

For Art's Sake 4D museum

I've never knew that visiting a 4D museum would be so amusing. Specially when I enter the room full of characters from horror movies. Yessss, I felt home! I love horror movies so much and judging from my pictures above, my face expression is a huge fail. Instead of looking scared, I looked a bit too happy seeing the ghosts, lol. Next time I will definitely take my family and friends to visit this museum again and take tons of tricky pictures. Oh, by the way they use some special paint for the moon so it shines and looks real.


Vana Nava Water Jungle

Asia's first water jungle! I gotta admit that I love the idea of their theme, water jungle. The trees saved me from the scorching heat while I was doing the inspection. First thing first, upon paying the entrance fee, visitors will get a RFID wristband. This wristband will make your time in the water park a lot more easier. Not only for getting in and out the park, visitors use this wristband to scan their locker and to purchase some food & beverages. No more hassle of bringing cash or wallet while having fun. One of the zone that attracted me the most was this surf simulator. Though it looks so easy peasy, I knew that I would look like a towel being tumbled inside a washing machine once I hop on the board. So, no thanks. I'd better saving everyone's time and energy by just taking picture from the terrace :p


high tea at the Tea House, FM outlet

Plearnwan

I don't know how many times I already mentioned in this blog that I super love love love night markets! I did visit the Hua Hin night market in the previous day but Plearnwan was the one that blew my mind. I adore the vintage ambiance. When I walk through the rusty tin pieces and wooden planks, I couldn't help myself to think that I was flown by a time machine back to the 50's! Not until I found out that the Thai name itself means plearn (enjoy) and wan (yesteryears). Besides clothes and cute little trinkets, visitors are also spoiled by various Thai traditional snacks to nibble.


art workshop. Can you spot my voodoo doll? 

On our third day in Hua Hin, we had an art workshop at Baan Sillapin artist village. I was quite nervous honestly. At school I've never scored good in painting. I would just pour a tin of paint on a paper, splash some colour here and there aaaand voila! I called it arts. Though I thought it didn't look that bad, my art teacher had always felt unhappy about my works. Oh well. Upon arriving at the artist village, we were allowed to choose either a plain doll, a canvas bag, a t-shirt or even a mask to paint. I chose a cat shape doll which later with my magic it was turned into a voodoo doll look alike, lol. Please stay tuned for more information about this artist village. I still have some blogpost coming up about this Family Fun Thailand trip *wink*


the Chocolate Factory

Let's Sea beach-front restaurant

the Barai spa at Hyatt Regency

pretty spa room

When you stay in Hyatt Regency Hua Hin, I'd suggest you not to miss a visit to their spectacular spa called the Barai. With a total area of almost 4 acres, it's considered one of the largest spa in Southeast Asia! The exotic and elegant architecture somehow reminds me of Morocco, Angkor Wat and India. So gutted that my schedule was so busy that I didn't get the chance to try their spa service. But there's always next time, right?


Indonesian celebrities were being interviewed by Miss World Australia & Queen Elsa

Team Indonesia! 

Back to Bangkok for the big event where all the participants and celebrity families from 7 different countries gather to share our experience. And to fit their new campaign Family Fun Thailand, the event was held in Siam Park City amusement & water park. How fun! I'm honoured to be able to meet Mrs. Juthaporn Rerngronasa, the Tourism Authority of Thailand Deputy Governor and also the gorgeous Miss World Australia, Madeline Cowe.


private beach at Hyatt Regency

Well that's basically my 6 days trip to Bangkok and Hua Hin in a nutshell. I am now working on my next piece about For Art's Sake 4D museum that I'm going to publish probably next week.
Thanks so much TAT for giving me the opportunity and wonderful experience that I will treasure forever. Thanks Mrs. Ana and Miss Devi from TAT Indonesia, also Khun Montika and Khun Bew from TAT Thailand for your warm hospitality.


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