25th January 2013, Friday
It’s the first day of Bandung tours. We will be picked by the driver. Start 7.30 am we departed! Arrived in Bandung at 9.00 am. We met our tour guide/driver, we call him, Apep. The first destination is Tangkuban Perahu Mount, it’s the signature landmark of Bandung. It has a story of Sangkuriang legend. Apep told us the story along the way to the mount. It feels like listening to a fairy tale. We stopped at the strawberry farm, hmmm not really interesting, do not like to see the strawberry plant in the sacks, seems fake. But the view is nice. We just took some photo then continue our journey.
It’s about 1 hours, we arrived at Tangkuban Perahu Mount. Apep said the mount has 3 craters. We will see the biggest crater called Kawah Ratu (Queen’s Crater). It’s still an active crater so it might be dangerous. Last time, they said we can go down to see and get closer to the crater, but now it’s dangerous. We arrived, there’s so many people here and it’s so coolld and rainy.. Around the crater we can the tree with only branches, walk forward a little, then we can see the great Queen’s Crater. First time see the crater and wah… AMAZING! The crater is great. I can see the smoke come out from the earth, it’s like breathing. The Earth is alive!
We took a lot of pictures, we also bought Rabbit Fur Cap for souvenir and it’s looks really good for accessories for photography, like we’re from Mongol. It’s a great experience. Finished, then the next destination is Sari Ater Hot Spring.
Sari Ater Hot spring is also a resort. There’s a lot of people there. They said that the hot spring can heal the body from injury/muscle pain. It’s a nice place. Apep took us to the biggest hot spring pool. There’s a lot of people swimming there. We put our feet into water. The water is hot/warm.. not really smelly.. It’s nice. So I decided to swim. Get changed, splash! and ahhh.. it’s sooooo comforting.. the air is cold, the water is warm.. We took pictures again. Play with water. I wanna be like a model.. haha.. I posed a lot. I need to workout more.. build more muscle and tone up my body. Do you agree? Finish swimming and took a bath about 45 minutes, I feel fresh.. and hungry. Apep said he’ll take us to a nice restaurant.
Apep took us to Warung Kampung. He recommended us the signature foods of this restaurant. I forget the name, but it’s a seasoned grilled smoked fish, it’s spicy and delicious. The restaurant is nice. A lot of trees, flowers and plants. They made it like we’re having lunch at Kampung. Now we’re full. Like always the documentary must not be missed. Snap snap!
The next destination is the Milk Tofu Production House, here.. we can see the production of milk tofu. The tofu is very soft and moist. We also can buy snacks that made from tofu, tempe, soya etc. You can buy for snack souvenir.
After that we went to Kampung Daun. Just visiting to see and take pictures. I’ve been here before. It looks and feels better if we come at night. Kinda the same like Warung Kampung, but more spacious and a lot of hills. Then it’s time for shopping. Apep took us to Rumah Mode, It’s a well-known Factory Outlet in Bandung. Min & Wie found some clothes to buy, I found nothing because there’s no my size, I’m mini.
Hungry? It’s time for dinner. Apep took us to the Stone Cafe. It’s a nice place with live music. The place is romantic, love the atmosphere. I love the live music, the singer’s voice is so nice and clear to hear. The food is also good.
We have spend the whole day, now we have to rest. We gonna rest at Bantal Guling Hotel – a cute name for a hotel. The location kinda dark and away from the main road but it’s surprisingly a good hotel. Meanwhile, I met Sondhiar, my friend in Bandung. He took me to Padma Hotel, we ordered drinks and desserts. Padma Hotel has a very nice interior and enviroment. Nice Hotel. We chat a lot and enjoy the cool air of Bandung. We can see the peaceful forest beneath us. It’s really nice. It’s midnite.. Thank to him, He took me back to hotel.. then rest.. ready for day 2 trip.
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