FROM EL NIDO, WITH LOVE

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.” – Mark Twain

 

Let’s talk about El Nido, Palawan – Philipines.

Last October I took a vacation to El Nido, a tourist destination in Puerto Princesa – Philippines. Travel smoothly from KL – Manila but I had to move to another terminal to switch the plane to Puerto Princesa. After 1 hour, we finally landed at Puerto Princesa airport. First impression about this city: I love this city. Not too crowded and many sides of the city still look old fashioned.

We rented a shuttle to El Nido for PHP600 / person. Finally after 4 hours, we arrived in Palawan, a beach area which is also very close to the hills. The front of our hotel is up a hill, whereas the back of the hotel is already waterfront. Many simple stalls near the hotel, as well as Tricycle riders (traditional vehicles) plus green hills. We stayed at a simple hotel called Sheryl May Inn in Palawan El Nido (Rizal St, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines). Price is also affordable, around IDR 250,000. Its location on the side of the road, quite clean (because I will do many activities outside the hotel, so to me this hotel is enough for me).

How beautiful El Nido!

I started to explore El Nido the next day. We chose the most recommended package: Tour A. Each tour package (A, B, C, D) has different destinations around 4-5 places in 1 package including lunch, safety vest, and you can borrow equipment diving if you want to dive.We visited several locations namely Big Lagoon, Secret Lagoon, Corong – Corong Beach, Papaya Beach, and Shimizu Island.

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Secret Lagoon – El Nido
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New friend from El Nido. Rexi dan Alvin
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Diving time! With Mike – Hahaha LOL. Act like a pro

I can not write much about each location, but I hope these photos represent my amazement when I visit El Nido – Palawan. If you want to try the whole package, maybe you need a 1 week stay in El Nido, closed with some other tourist destinations in Puerto Princesa.

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Papaya Beach with my lil’ sister
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Lunch time with new friend from “everywhere”

After 2 days at El Nido, we returned to the city center (with shuttle). We had 1 day to walk around Puerto Princesa before we flew to Manila the next day. In Puerto Princesa we stay at the Marianne Home Inn hotel. In contrast to the previous hotels in El Nido, good quality wifi in the Marianne Home Inn, probably because the location is in the city center.

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Heaven on earth! #ElNido #Palawan

That night, we visited Puerto Princesa baywalk. We walked past traditional markets to make it easier for us to find Tricycle drivers. We had dinner Jollibee (Fried Chicken from Philipines) after which we headed to Baywalk with a tricycle – with GPS fixed on. Less than 10 minutes we have reached Baywalk. Many seafood restaurants with plenty of food and beverage menu offered. Here you can also taste balut (dabbled duck embryo). Balut become extreme food sold freely and can be enjoyed by anyone (as easy as we find hotdog or street food). The last night in Puerto Princesa closed with dinner again at a seafood restaurant in Baywalk. Enjoyed that time!

Interesting points from Palawan and Puerto Princesa:
1. In general, different currencies make some goods and also food cheaper. Yay!
2. El Nido became one of the favorite tourist attractions. Unfortunately there are no hotels in every island, so the only way you stay in a hotel is by the beach. Even with the beauty of the island, you can not rent an exclusive hotel. This is one way to sustain the island.
3. Lots of food choices. Street food and other delicacies.
4. Transportation is quite easy. You are easy to get Trycycle driver with affordable price here.

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Dinner time at one of seafood restaurant #baywalk

So guys, Am I missed something about El Nido? You have a fun story about El Nido. Please comment below to let me know.

Next month, I will take a trip to Macau & Hong Kong. For some photos of my trip and daily life, feel free to follow my Instagram or click by hashtag #AyuChasingTheSun. Can’t wait to share my best moment with you all guys. Thank you for reading this. See you again in another stories. #BigLove

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3 BEST SPOTS (TEMPLE) IN AYUTTHAYA, THAILAND

“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.”

– Martin Buber

Last month, finally visited Thailand. Two months before I had prepared things such as hotel, tourist sites, transportation, what foods I want to try, souvenirs, etc. I leave from Changi Airport (Singapore) to Don Mueang airport Thailand. From the airport, we took the A1 bus to Chatuchak because my hotel is not far from MRT station and Chatuchak market. Don Mueang trip – Chatuchak about 30 minutes.

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Bangsue Station
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Ayutthaya Station

The first day, I visited Ayutthaya city. Depart from Bangsue station to Ayutthaya station (about 1.5 hours from Bangkok Thailand). Ayutthaya has various cultural relics especially temples. We rented Songthaew, a traditional Thai vehicle with 3 wheels (and of course with the driver).

1. Wat Yai Chai Mong Khon

According to our Songthaew driver, Wat Yai Mong Khon has hundreds of buddha statues in various sizes. I do not know what the real numbers are. Inside this area there is a building where Buddhists pray, the main temple, some other buildings and a beautiful garden. You can also see sleeping Buddha statue (large enough) close to the entrance. Around the statue I saw several people praying and throwing coins.

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Sleeping Buddha

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Tips: You can pick up a free map at Ayutthaya Station to make your trip easier. Ayutthaya has many temples, so make the priority or the most interesting place you think.

2. Wat Phra Sri Sanphet

In this place we sat under a tree, very comfortable for a few moments. The weather was very hot that day and quite exhausting. So we sat down, enjoying the situation, listening to religious music (because at that time there was a Buddhist worship located near the temple). We also saw monks who caught my attention to take their pictures.

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We rent Songthaew 800THB for 5 hours (include driver – and he is so humble). We also tasted a variety of streetfood such as Thai Tea (Thai beverage, and this is delicious!), Satay Seafood (with typical sauce), Mango Sticky Rice, Fishball, etc. What about the price? Reasonably priced. Plenty of food places on the roadside (buffet – self service) with average price 30-50 THB. If you eat in restaurant or mall  maybe can be more expensive.

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3. Wat Maha That

One interesting thing about this temple is that there is a statue of “Buddha’s head in tree roots.” When we got there, many tourists took pictures in front of the trees. How about us? Too scary. * Lol

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Buddha’s head in tree roots

Along the way is not as busy as the city center, and this is actually an interesting point. What about the weather? Pretty hot, so it’s good you bring a hat or glasses.

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“Not too crowd” city

The average entrance ticket of various temples in Ayutthaya is 20 – 50THB per person. Visiting several places in Ayutthaya, approximately 4-5 hours is enough. In the afternoon I had to return to Bangkok (take the afternoon train) to Asiatique to find dinner.

4. Wat Po – Wat Arun (Not In Ayutthaya – center of Bangkok)

You can catch a boat across the Chao Phraya River to Wat Po and Wat Arun. When I came yesterday, I didn’t take too long in Wat Arun because there is a renovation. From the boat stop, we walked about 1 KM to Wat Po. (Actually, there is a closer route but because I am self-sustaining tour with my young sister, and we have never been to Thailand before so we walked quite far).

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Golden Buddha

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Entrance to Wat Po is 50THB per person including drinking water. There is one main building with golden Buddha statue. In addition, there is one location with many colorful temples on the side of the complex next to the main building.

So what I have next? Jim Thompson, Asiatique, Khaosan Road, about the food, city and transportation. Cant wait to share another stories!

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JOGJA FASHION FESTIVAL 2017

“I think there is beauty in everything. What ‘normal’ people perceive as ugly, I can usually see something of beauty in it.” – Alexander McQueen

Fashion.. Fashion… Fashion!

This March, my “best month” start from amazing event Jogja Fashion Festival 2017  (2-4 March) #JFF2017 from Plaza Ambarrukmo (one of mall in Yogyakarta – Indonesia). Their celebrate 11th anniversary and create some events (fashion – lifestyle – beauty) complete with bazaar, photo exhibition and food festival also. JFF 2017 has more than 80 designers and tenants (more than 700 outfits). Wow!

And this is hilight picture from e special for you!

Evening gown. This session I appreciate about some results, wedding gown, kebaya Indonesia (which improved by the designers), ethnique touch, and some ready to wears outfit.

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This is my favorite.  😀

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How about my own fashion? How about their fashion?

I can be anything. Sometimes look casual, sometimes too girly depends on what occasion. But the point is, I very glad to be part of this of this event. Fashion is what the woman’s need and going forward, fashion get some improvements start from the users (men also), the products, style, color, etc. This event gives me possibility to meet some fashion bloggers, beauty bloggers, or just “fashion interest” from this city and around. Very creative! What their wearing, hair do, make “their version” OOTD and sometimes they come from 20 – 30 years old, students, entrepreneurs, and creative persons. Sometimes I thing, social media changes every things, the culture, habit, and too many things.

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Designer Lenny Agustin for JFF 2017
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Designer from Indonesia Ivan Gunawan for JFF 2017
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Special performance Ivan, Tiwi, Naga Lyla.

DAY 1: LET’S WALK WALK AND WALK

WALKING AROUND: PENANG


We transit for one night in KL, before flying to Penang via the KLIA airport. Distance KL – Penang about an hour by plane. You can also use the bus, but the best save time. Flights from KLIA to Penang which is about Rp. 380,000 (28-30USD) for roundtrip. After landing at Penang International Airport you can choose rapid penang to get downtown in around 40 minutes. Tickets Rapid Penang 2RM 2 cents per person. I was impressed with a row of buildings in Penang. Vintage. European style. Old buildings. Georgetown just like heaven. A beautiful city, the streets are not too crowded even though on weekends, the pedestrian area is also neat and comfortable for tourists

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Rapid Penang
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Malabar Street
Day 1 breakfast

We got off at the bus shelter near Malabar street, breakfast at one of the roadside food stalls, and finally walked to our hotel (2 min walk). We stay in Malabar Inn because of good reviews, the price is quite cheap, clean rooms, and the hotel owner was very friendly and helpful. Other more value, Malabar Inn is close to the tourist attraction, the food stalls, the city center, and most importantly, close to the bus shelter.

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Old buildings around Georgetown
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Beautiful street and places at Georgetown

The first day we agreed to explore Penang (read: by walking), armed with maps and GPS. The first place we visited was the Blue Mansion Penang. This place is a museum, dominated by blue color and very ethnic. Unfortunately, there are special hours to get into the area of Blue Mansion. We canceled because we had to wait too long until the gates reopened. Finally, even though we could not get to the location, we get nice photos around Blue mansion. The day was very supportive. During a road trip we found some iconic street art. Penang consists of a diverse community of Chinese, India, and Malay. You will find many places of worship (temple) and there is also a part of town called “little india”.

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In front of Blue Mansion
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Old house in front of Blue mansion
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Little India
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China town at Georgetown, Penang

Next is EXPLANADE. The location is very close to the Penang city hall. You can enjoy the sea view very close to the city. Continue walking, we passed the shopping area “china town”. You can explore the building and the street in Georgetown by walking. Beside that, taste the various street food is something you should do. Worth it! If I had enough time to eat, eat and eat then I would suddenly fat. Try it all! If you can.

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Explanade, Penang

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Penang city hall so close with Explanade

I cant say much about how beautiful Georgetown. Just check all the pictures above, or  my instagram or youtube channel (but for now still available in Bahasa). Need your advices and comment, please leave your feedback below. Anyway, the second day, we visited Kek Lok Si Temple and eat Asam Laksa. I’ll share to you in my next post!

CENTRAL JAVA: BEACHES & HISTORICAL BUILDING

Little City But Much of Tourist Destination

Last week I visited my in-laws house. I visited several tourist attractions in Central Java. I’ll write about the review of some of the sites that I visit there.

A. Menganti Beach
Located at Desa Karangduwur, District Ayah, Kebumen, Central Java. You can see lots of boats lined up on the beach. On the other side of the beach, you will find a location that has a wonderful view. This beach has white sand and there are rocks that the main attraction of this beach.

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You can sit back in the stalls close to the beach which provides a wide choice of foods and beverages. Although not many choices of main course, but snacks and coconut ice “Es Kelapa Muda” has become something special for you to try.
Entrance fee of Rp. 2,000, affordable right?

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B. Logeding – Ayah Beach
This beach is located not too far from the  Menganti beach. Logending Beach also called  Aya beach. One area with Logending, you can try some interesting things here like motor boats, horses, tricyclestricycles“, and others. Around the beach area you can buy gifts or food / snacks. Entrance fee of Rp. 4000 / person and parking fee (motorcycle) Rp. 5000 (at that time I came during peak season).

C. Fort Van Der Wijck – Gombong
This fort was built in 1818 is a stronghold Indies – Netherlands. The fort is located at 4 km north Gombong, about 35 km west of capital city of Kebumen regency, Central Java.
Van Der Wijck, which may name the commander at the time, for some articles. The name of this fort is plastered on the door to the right. When entering complex in the front door you will find the location of ticket box. The admission price is Rp. 25,000 per person including swimming tickets and train tickets roof. Inside the castle you can see a picture documentation of the history of the fort.

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There are so many tourist attractions that you can visit in Central Java. At least, from three locations above, I can convey that Indonesia has a wealth of natural and historical diversity. This is certainly the main attraction for tourists from home and abroad.

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Thank you. And feel free to leave comment below to give some inputs. Warmest love you all readers ….

WHEN I AM IN MALAYSIA

10 Best Places You should Know

The journey gives me the opportunity to understand the experience and knowledge around the world. And the thing I always do: a comparison. I was attracted to the transport system, culture, people, food, and many beautiful places. Malaysia is one country that has great diversity, Malaysia has three categories of people, local (Malay), India, and China.

And the second thing, and no less important is: photography.

I continue to learn to produce an image that has a good composition, a beautiful moment, and certainly interesting. Sometimes I like to give ratings to my photos.

Wait! I’m not a photographer, or a professional in this field. I only use the camera feature on the mobile phone (I use two types of mobile phones “Xiaomi Mi4i” and “Oppo F1 Plus” on each photo that I post here). Checks photo collection and my daily activities via instagram.

And here’s 10 best photo caught my attention during in Malaysia. I hope you also have the same opinion. Alternatively, you can leave a comment below and let me know your opinion about Malaysia.

1.CHINA TOWN

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2.THE BUILDINGS

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3. THE BUILDINGS (2)

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4. LOVE KL

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5. STATUE & NATURE

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6. FOOD

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7. GREEN CORNER

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8.  THE WINDOW

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9. ART SHOP (CENTRAL MARKET)

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10. RUN BABY RUN!

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Honestly, the pictures above without using any filter. I’m not using any photo editing app. So, which one favorite photo?

BALI: Never Get Bored of Being Here (Part 1)

HELLO AFTER MORE THAN 8 MONTHS….


In some previous post, I talked about Bali (link here), one of the tourist attractions in Indonesia, a very beautiful island. Complete with cultures and Hinduism. Since last I went to Bali a few months ago, in the last 3 months I’ve been to Bali twice. And it’s still fun.

I went to Bali last March, starting with aircraft delays about two hours from Yogyakarta – Denpasar. Arriving at Ngurah Rai airport is already at around 12am local time.

TIPS: Although more expensive (a bit), but I suggested a use taxis at the airport (right on the arrival gate) when you arrive at the airport late at night. Especially if you’re traveling alone or just the two

 

A. Our 1st hotel: PALLOMA HOTEL KUTA

Adress: Jl. Dewi Sri I No. 8, Kuta, Badung, Bali, Indonesia
Phone:+62 361 8947090


B. DREAMLAND BEACH

TIPS: The beach is so beautiful, I think. You can enjoy the sea from a cafe on the waterfront that provide food and drinks at an affordable price. Enjoy your time 🙂

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C. ULUWATU

TIPS: If you want to watch Balinese dance at Uluwatu temple, you can come up to 1-2 hours before the performance begins, because the traffic towards Uluwatu bit crowded just before the hour staging (especially in the holiday season). Always be careful with your luggage / bag (camera, wallet, mobile phone, or something) because the monkeys in the area of the front door is too active.

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Waiting for sunset

D. GARUDA WISNU KENCANA STATUE (GWK)

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E. Our 2nd hotel: PRAETY HOMESTAY UBUD

AddressJl. Sukma No.22, Tebesaya, Peliatan, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
Phone:+62 361 970224

TIPS: This homestay provides rental services of motorcycles IDR. 50,000 per day. The owner of this place is very friendly. And the design of the rooms and grounds are very comfortable and beautiful.

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F. MONKEY FOREST UBUD

TIPS: Less than a year before I Came to this place again, and there are many sides that I have not explored. Exceeded my expectations, this place has the routes that you should explore to the fullest.

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Have no idea about focus of this pic. My phone get drunk maybe…

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G. SUNSET AT KUTA BEACH

TIPS: We wait for the sunset at Kuta beach. I have several times come to Kuta and I never try interesting things, such as temporary tattoos, braid hair, massage and more. No harm you act like a tourist” and try some things on.

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In the second part of Bali trip, I will share some of the places I have not visited before. Really thanks for all the support of readers, and all input to start making travel videos. I’ll think about it, for sure.

Have some advice or something, feel free for email me via dinata.ayu16@gmail.com or follow my instagram.
Thanks. Warm regards 🙂