Backpacking with Kids: Korea #2

Destination #2: Everland, Nami Island and Petite France

You need to be an adrenaline junkie when you travel with kids. 
                                                                    --Graeme Le Saux

"Let's try the roller coaster," the girls screamed while seeing the fasterst, longest roller coaster in South Korea and also the second talest wooden roller coaster in the world. While I stepped aside and calmed down my heartbeat, duh...Gusti.

Everland is the biggest themepark in South Korea owned by Samsung Group. This place is simply amazing, huge with a flower garden,  playground, a zoo with its healthy and complete animals collection, and many more. We're lucky to come on weekday so we could try almost all rides, 

Our next destination was Nami Island. A favorite place for Korea Drama movies fans. Nami Island is located in Chuncheon. The island first bought by Mr. Minn Byeong-do in 1965, he just planned to live in harmony with the nature. To achieve his life goal, he started planting lots of different trees in the area, that's the reason why  now we can enjoy the beautiful trees all around this exotic island and use it as a selfie background :) 

As of  2001, Nami Island focused its activities on nature, arts, and culture. Many events took place here, mostly  related to painting, writing, and illustration. Nami Island also collaborates with Unesco and Unicef  in order to turn this island into a child-friendly area.   

From Nami Island, we took taxi to go to Petite France (actually there's a bus to go there but the girls were already tired so we chose taxi instead). This miniature of Paris is dedicated to Saint Exupery, the writer of the legendary Little Prince story.

Every parts of the area is well crafted. You can just take pictures everywere. Almost all places are awesomely beautiful. If you're not into photo session, no worries, this place is completed with Saint Exupery museum, painting gallery, puppet show, marionette dance, and merchandise shop that is full with stuff of Little Prince. If you're a huge fan of Little Prince, this place will make you super happy.

In the end, kids won't remember the fancy toy or game you bought for them,
they will remember the time you spent with them.
--Kevin Heath    

Book Launching: Profesi Hukum Itu Asyik!

Orang boleh pandai setinggi langit,
tapi selama ia tidak menulis,
ia akan hilang di dalam masyarakat dan dari sejarah.
menulis adalah bekerja untuk keabadian. 
--Pramudia Ananta Toer

Time does fly. My friends and I from Faculty of Law University of Indonesia (FHUI) year 1992 finally will celebrate our silver reunion. Instead of just having a party and stuff, we thought to have something more meaningful. We must leave a legacy. We realized this 25th years of togetherness must be commemorated in a special way since perhaps (if we have long lives), we might prepare the next anniversary within 25 years from now. The golden reunion. Wow, never thought that we're that old #AgeDenial.

We decided to divide our celebration in 4 (four) programs, yep...we're that ambitious, lol. The first program was to build a disabled toilet including a health room  that has already been launched on May 2017, and this project turned out to be the first facility provided at UI. The second project was a kind of having fun since we had a one-day trip to Cirebon. We took train back and forth. And this simple trip happened to be awesome. We had a great time, yay...!!!!!

The next project was mine. I was assigned to write a book about 25 professions that people with legal background can choose. Up until now when people find out that you go to a law school, they will 'accuse' you that you want to be judge, a lawyer, or a notary while actually there are lots of careers that you can choose as a legal person.

Our final program for FHUI Silver Reunion will be a homecoming project where we will have a gathering at FHUI campus. It's planned to be held  in November. 

After 25 years leaving the law school, my collegemates and I now work in lots of different industries. All businesses are actually will need a lawyer to handle the legal matters in their companies, in banking, insurance, trading, capital markets, and many more. Therefore our purpose in making this book is to educate the highschoolers and also law students who are still confused about their future careers. 

As an editor, the hard part of this book was to ask and sometimes to 'force' some of my friends to write about their working experiences (since most of them are very busy) then I compiled them all into one book. I finally ended up with 36 contributors (all are my collegemates from FHUI 92) and 25 professions. I finished the work for almost a year and offered it to the publisher. Thank God, Gramedia Pustaka Utama is willing to publish it. Such a blessing.

Started today, Monday, 25 September 2017, this book of Profesi Hukum Itu Asyik! can be found at all Gramedia bookstores.  And the book launching is scheduled to be held at FHUI  Depok Campus on Friday, 27 October 2017 at 01.30 p.m. - 05.00 p.m. Everyone is invited, please do come.

For the millenials generation, this book is dedicated for you, yes, if you want to go to law school, just go ahead, no need to think much because there are MORE than 25 careers are waiting for you.


Heaven on Earth: Kineruku, Bandung

An old house with an extraordinary collection
Baca-Dengar-Tonton, that's the tagline of Kineruku,  a cafe library at Jalan Hegarmanah No. 52 Bandung. Established in 2003 under name of Rumah Buku and changed its name into Kineruku in 2009, now it has 4000 of books collection, 1000 CDs collection, and 1000 movies collection, this place is a heaven on earth for book/music/movie freak. 

I once found this place via Kompas, my hubby and I still read  newspaper, yep, we're such an old-fashioned couple. When last week we visited Bandung due to a friend's wedding, out of the blue we just remembered this place and headed there with the help of Waze apps. 

Located in an old yet cozy house, this place is completed with merchandise shop, indie books/CD/VCD, and also good foods. We ordered Nasi Goreng Kencur, Mendoan, and Cucumber Ice, all were super tasty. So tasty even I didn't have any pics of them, the food arrived and suddenly they're gone, hahaha....

Kineruku sometimes organizes some programs relating to books launching, music concert or Nobar, watching movies together at its back yard or you can also borrow its movies collection and watch them there since it has special room for movie watching.    

Interested to drop by? Check its website at

Btw in Bandung, we stayed at De Paviljoen Hotel at Jalan R. Martadinata (Riau),  if you just want to have a good sleep and enjoy cafes, restaurant and Factory Outlets, I guess this hotel is perfect since everything are within walking distance so you need not to worry about Bandung Weekend Traffic Jam.

Just a short weekend getaway but it turned out to be real good :)

Backpacking with Kids: Korea #1

Hanok in Gyeong Ju, the place we stayed 
"Why travel with kids?
Childhood is a short season."
-Helen Hayes

Destination #1: Gyeong Ju and Busan
Ready for Lantern Festival
Beautiful Gamcheon Cultural Village
After flying for 7 hours from Jakarta to Seoul and continued by getting on and off of the bus, train and lastly by foot for around 6 hours in total, we finally arrived safe and sound in our  Hanok in Gyeong Ju. Hanok is a Korean traditional house. Although its look is traditional but inside the place is very modern completed with all up-to-date home appliances. The host is very nice, she provided us with free toast, home-made jam, milk, juice, egg and Samyang noodle (Korean noodle), what a bless.
One of beautiful spots in Gamcheon

Gyeong Ju is a peaceful city. UNESCO awarded it as a cultural heritage. It is full of temple, tombs, museum, castles, observatory, and small yet intimate cafes. 
Jagalchi Fish Market

From Gyeong Ju, we took train to Busan, a large port city in South Korea and also the second most populous city after Seoul. We dropped by at Jagalchi Market. A world famous market for fresh fish and seafood to take away or eat at the informal stalls. The kids enjoyed the fish market so much. They amazed to see how complete the seafood collection and how clean the market is. 
A Busy Busan City

Next we headed to Gamcheon Cultural Village. It is a beautiful spot for selfie. The houses here were built on the foothills of a coastal mountain, earning this village the nickname of "Machu Picchu of Busan." The place is full with colorful and beautiful houses, cafes and shops. Every part of the place is decorated by the residents vibrantly with murals and sculptures. 
Luwak Cafe in Gyeong Ju

Latest destination on that day was actually swimming and enjoying Haeundai Beach. But...unfortunately the universe was against us. The rain's heavily pouring accompanied by wind and thunder. We couldn't stay long in the beach, so we had a negotiation with the kids to drop by in a Korean restaurant and have a delicious dinner while waiting for the rain to stop. Still a perfect way to end that day's adventure.

So happy to see the Dandelion flowers
"Of all the books in the world, the best stories are found between the pages of a passport."

Book Review: Jakarta Sebelum Pagi

Title: Jakarta Sebelum Pagi
Author: Ziggy Zezsyazeoviennazabrizkie
Publisher: Grasindo
2nd Printing
February 2017
272 pages

"Buat gue, percintaan itu mirip fisika, atau matematika. Kalau dibimbing dengan guru yang tepat, gue paham dan bisa menyelesaikan semua soal. Gue selalu remedial bukan karena nggak ngerti, it's just not something that I am good at alone." 

How I miss reviewing a good book. Well...I read several books already but it seems so hard to find the right time to absorb the story and post it here. It must be due to the burden of works, the traffic, the old age, the rain in June (yep...remind me of that epic poem of Hujan Bulan Juni) and bits of this and that to blame. 

One day I visited a bookshop and planned to get a 'light' yet entertaining book. Found this blue book and read the yellow sticker at the cover that said, KARYA FIKSI TERBAIK INDONESIA 2014 VERSI MAJALAH ROLLING STONE. I checked the synopsis at the back cover of the book and brought it directly to the cashier without any second thoughts.

This book is SUPERB. Full of smart yet crazy dialogue. The narration, the characters, the setting and all are absurd. I repeat again a TOTAL ABSURD. I couldn't stop laughing while reading it. Full of cekikikan. It's been a while I have never found an Indonesian book as entertaining as this one. Kudos to Ziggy. Awesome work!!!

Curious already? The story itself is about a girl name Emina, she's kind of a weirdo. Lives all alone in her apartment which  was inherited from her dead parents.  She works as an ordinary employee. She still has unique grandparents who live in a nursing home whom she visit frequently. Despite her mundane life, out of the blue, Emina finds a mysterious flowers package in her apartment balcony. The flowers --roses, blue hyacinth, and jasmine-- are sent by a silver balloon to her apartment balcony without any message or the name of the sender. Emina thinks that a stalker is out there watching her. 

When she finally decides to investigate the stalker, it leads her to a mysterious-little-girl in the flower shop, a silent apartment room, and a piles of love letters which tell about the vintage buildings in Jakarta.

See, the theme is quite engaging. Not only that, you will also easily fall in love with the characters and their conversations. Creative and funny. Lots of  good quotes are everywhere spreading in many parts of the book.  

Hidup lebih sederhana ketika otak cuma sekadar bagian dari menu makanan Padang.

Eid Mubarak 1438 H

It's another Eid Mubarak.
We still did the same things.
On the first day:
We performed the Eid praying in the nearby huge soccer field.
Enjoyed ketupat and all its yummy yet fatty rendang, opor ayam, sambal goreng ati, and the like.
Got together with the family, siblings, cousins, and all.

While on the second day:
Visited my hubby's family in Lampung

Yes...all seemed the same. 
Similar ritual from year to year.
But one thing is not the same anymore. 

 We couldn't see our beloved parents whom we usually shared the joyous and peaceful atmosphere during blessed Eid.
No more parents whom we asked for apologies,
It's the fourth year, Eid Mubarak without our Mom.
And certainly the first time without you, Dad.

No worries, we're doing okay here (at least we tried). 
We just miss you.

Wish you both the greatest blessed Eid there, in heaven.

Love from us. 
As always.

Class of 2017

Don't tell me the sky is the limit
there are footprints on...the moon.

I am not saying it's going to be easy but...
trust me it's going to be worth it.

CONGRATS, our Najla :))

Let new adventures begin...
Credit to Linda