Surabaya Zoo (Kebun Binatang Surabaya or Bonbin)

I don't even remember when was the last time I had been here, guess more than 30 years.
I remember I learnt at school that it was the largest zoo in the South East Asia.
Several years ago, I heard the news that the condition was so bad, that many animals were dead.
Even in the wikipedia in the time of writing, it is written that the zoo has been closed.

However, when I visited the zoo end of December 2019, the zoo was pretty and well maintained.
The animals were healthy and some constructions were ongoing for the new attractions.
We spent about 3 hours enjoying watching the animals.
My favourites were the Orang Utan, tigers and the Komodos.
I enjoyed also watching pretty birds and swimming otters.

Opening hours: 08:00-17:00
Ticket Price: IDR 15,000 (weekdays), IDR 20,000 (weekend)
Location: Jalan Raya Darmo, about 10 minutes drive from IKIRU to Live Surabaya


[Jastip] Lipstick

Merek: Canmake
Series: Melty Luminous Rouge
Harga: Rp. 200 ribu
01: Sweet Pink
02: Pinky Red
03: Feminine Coral
04: Caramel Terracotta
05: Strawberry Mocha




[Jastip] Pensil Kosmetik

Rp. 200 ribu per biji
Kosmetik three in one untuk alis. Terdiri dari pensil alis, sikat alis dan stick pewarna alis.
B2: Grayish Brown
B5: Honey Brown
B6: Natural Brown
B7: Maron Brown
B8: Ash Brown
B9: Caramel Brown
B10: Royal Brown
B11:  Bitter Brown
B12: Greige Brown


(Jastip) Kitkat

KitKat Sake, isi 9, Rp. 150 ribu

[Jastip] Shiroi Koibito

- 9 (putih): 120 ribu
- 12 (putih): 160 ribu
- 18 (putih atau coklat): 240 ribu
- 24 (putih atau campuran putih coklat): 300 ribu
- 27 (box kaleng, putih): 340 ribu
- 36 (box kaleng, 27 putih + 9 coklat): 450 ribu
- 54 (box kaleng, 36 putih + 18 coklat): 650 ribu

[Jastip] Tokyo Milk Cheese Factory

Isi 10: Rp. 200 ribu
- Salt and Camembert
- Honey and Gorgonzola
- Porcini and Gouda


[Jastip] Tokyo Banana

Tiba di Surabaya 22 Desember 2019
Isi 8: Rp. 200 ribu
Isi 12: Rp. 300 ribu
Tokyo Banana Heart: Maple Banana

Tokyo Banana Panda: Banana Yoghurt

Tokyo Banana Racco: Coffee Latte

Tokyo Banana Tree: Choco Banana


Jalan Jalan ke Izu di Februari

Izu adalah sebuah peninsula di provinsi Shizuoka. Karena akses yang mudah dari Tokyo, Izu telah menjadi daerah populer untuk weekend buat orang Tokyo dan sekitarnya.

Kali ini bersama keluarga, kami ke Izu di Februari 2019 untuk melihat bunga Sakura Kawazu, yang merupakan jenis Sakura yang paling cepat berbunga di Jepang.
Kawazu adalah nama kota di Izu, yang dibilang sebagai tempat asal dari pohon Sakura Kawazu.

Karena bertepatan dengan beberapa event, kami mengunjungi berikut, selama 2 hari di Izu:
1. Festival Plum (atau "Ume") di Atami
2. Festival Kawazu Sakura di Kawazu
3. Festival Hina no Tsurushi Kazari di Inatori
4. Festival Minami no Sakura to Nanohana di Minami Izu

Kami menyewa mobil dari Yokohama dan menginap di Shimoda Prince Hotel, yang harga penginapan relatif murah, 3000 yen per orang.
Di dekat hotel, kami mengunjungi bukit milik privat yang banyak Sakura nan indah.
Di dekat hotel juga ada kuil Shinto dan pantai Shirahama, yang pemandangan matahari terbitnya keren banget.


Trip to Belitung Island

Pulang Lengkuas

Finally I was able to fulfill my wish to visit the Seychelles of Indonesia, Pulau Belitung (Belitung Island), famous for the movie Laskar Pelangi (rainbow quad) and the birthplace of famous Jakarta ex-major Ahok.

I found a host from Couchsurfing, he kindly hosted me in his simple room and took me around the island for the whole day riding on our motorbikes on my first day and we went to island hopping on my second day.

My favourite was the island hopping. Chartering a boat at Tanjung Kelayang port, we visited extremely beautiful island like Pulau Lengkuas with the picturesque colonial lighthouse and other two islands. Tanjung Tinggi, the Seychelles of Indonesia, was pretty too, though lots of rubbish.
The dawn at Pantai Pendam, few minutes ride from the city center was astonishing beauty. Dip in the fresh water streams in Batu Mentas was cool too.

Except for the rubbish, Belitung is a good tourist place to visit. The city of Tanjung Pandan is convenient to stay with lot of convenient shops, good places to eat and a massage place. The island is small enough to explore by rent motor bike.

My Itinerary (3-5 January 2019)
Day 1:
From the airport, with rented motorbike, airport --> Burung Mandi --> Pantai Nyiur Melambai --> Lunch at Restaurant Fega in Manggar --> Warkop Afui in Manggar --> Kampung Ahok --> Laskar Pelangi school --> Batu Mentas --> Lake Kaolin --> Pantai Pendam for the sunset --> dinner and massage at Tanjung Pandan
Day 2:
Tanjung Tinggi --> island hopping with chartered boat --> relaxing in Tanjung Tinggi --> Pantai Pendam for the sunset --> dinner and massage at Tanjung Pandan

Places to see (in order of my favourites):
- Tanjung Tinggi
It is the highlight of Belitung if you don't go to the islands.
Like Seychelles, there are picturesque stones in the beach.
Unfortunately there are lots of rubbish.
The north part of the beach was better and clean.
There is a big restaurant in the north part of the beach called Lemadang Seafood & Grill, it was not cheap, but the food was good and I could relax using their beach couches.
Just 5 minutes walk from the restaurant, there was mangrove park, Bakau Labunaji, when I went there, the place was not fit for visit, the wooden path was not well maintaned and dangerous.
- Island Hopping
Pulau Lengkuas with its lighthouse is the highlight.
Like Tanjung Tinggi, the beach has lots of big granite stones.
Other highlights were cave in Pulau Garuda and picturesque Batu Layar with stone like a sailboat.
- Batu Mentas
A river with picturesque stones, good for dip.
Unfortunately it is also rubbish invaded.
- Burung Mandi
A quiet beach and a temple with big goddess of Kwan Im statue nearby.
- Laskar Pelangi replica school
The building used for shooting Indonesian popular movie, Laskar Pelangi.
- Tanjung Pandan
It is the biggest city in Belitung Island and convenient to stay here.
- Manggar
It is the second biggest city after Tanjung Pandan, famous as the city with 1001 cafes.
I think the following places are not worth to visit:
- Lake Kaolin, just an excavated area of the mining. The color is beautiful only during the sunlight.

- Motorbike rent is cheap and convenience to go around the island.
- Boat charter from Tanjung Kelayang port to islands, the standard price (local boat owner community) was IDR 550k, but it is negotiable.
- March is the best time to visit since the low tide will be during daytime. During my visit, it was high tide during daytime. Low tide is good to visit Pulau Lengkuas and Burung Mandi, also Pulau Pasir (sand island) only appears during low tide.
- Great range of accommodation, from cheaper homestays to luxury hotels. I booked RedDoorz for about IDR 150k per night, cheaper chain hotels, but cancelled it since got offer to stay with Couchsurfing host.

Useful contacts and shops:
- Motorbike rental: rentalmotordibelitung.com
Found by googling.
Chose this shop because they charged only IDR 20k for airport delivery, while other shops charge IDR 50k.
They charged IDR 75k per day for 120 cc bike.
- Massage
There was only one massage place, in the Batu Setam roundabout (Tanjung Pandan city center) called Kakiku, a chain massage shop.
I had 90 minutes massage express + reflexology for IDR 100k and 90 minutes full massage + reflexology for IDR 120k and was satisfied with them.
- Cafe
The iconic cafe is Kong Djie in Tanjung Pandan.
Manggar is famous for its 1001 cafes, and the legendary is Afui.
- Restaurant
Lots of restaurants, the review can be found on websites.
I visited Restaurant Fega in Manggar, in higher end, for seafood and its pretty place in front of a lake.
I tried also the famous Mie Atep, where the noodle soup with local flavor is their only menu.
I like Lumedang Seafood & Grill, only ordered the fried rice which was yummy, I used their beach couch for a nap.

Pantai Pendam

From IKIRU to Live Surabaya, you have to transit in Jakarta to fly to Belitung Tanjung Pandan H.A.S. Hanandjoeddin Airport. From Jakarta, it is only 1 hour flight.