A Boy in Singapore (Part XIV)

Wednesday – August 21, 2013

This is the last day in Singapore.. and the last chapter of this very long blog story I ever made.. part XIV!! There’s gonna be a lot of interesting picture upload because we’re going to Singapore Zoo! Yeay.

It’s gonna be our last itinerary, after checked out from hotel, carrying the baggages, photoshoot at my favorite MRT station for the last time and went to Junki place first to put all the baggages and having breakfast.

 447 LEAVING HOTEL

I still in love with the ripple effect on the wall. I wish to have this kind of thing in my future dream house/apartment (keep praying/wishing, want it so bad).

448 THE LAST JUMP

449 VISIT CHINATOWN AGAIN

Singapore zoo is far.. even Junki has too explore using her smartphone and keep looking at the GPS/map. We used MRT and bus for a long journey to the zoo. Singapore zoo has 3 zones: the zoo itself, night safari and river zoo. River zoo is new and still under construction, Junki said there will be Panda in river zoo and probably will operate next year. Next trip will plan to go to River Safari then continue to Night Safari.

Yeay, we’re arrived! Welcome to Singapore zoo. Click-click-snap then go to buy ticket and start adventure! We bought full package ticket so we can use Singapore Zoo transport car to bring us drive through the whole zoo. Just a quick zoo tour.

451 SO EXCITED 450 WELCOME TO THE ZOO

Singapopre Zoo quick tour! Very exciting!

455 ZOO TOUR

After a quick tour, now we’re on our feet and start to explore every corners of the zoo. The first section is the Frozen Tundra. This is one of the highlight in zoo. We can see a big aquarium with pool and cave. There’s a polar bear. Big and cute.. but so lonely.. just one polar bear in a big space. The water is so blue and clear.. It would be awesome if we can swim and play with the polar bear or dolphin.

453 POLAR BEAR

Another section in Frozen Tundra, we can see some animals too. There also the Polar bear board to measure its actual size if it’s standing. You can see Junki stand beside of the Polar bear board. It’s BIG! Another interesting thing is the IGLO! I feel like we’re in North pole. haha..

454 NORTH POLE

We’re walking through the path follow the map, the next is the Hippopotamus area.. in aquarium with fishes. The hippo species is pygmy hippo, a smaller hippo. They’re underwater ballerina of the river. Quite interesting to see them up close, and also the size of their teeth, scary! Big and Long! I stand beside of the Hippo Board, I’m so small.. I’ll be flat if they’re squashed me down!

549 HIPPO

Baby hippo is sleeping, the fishes is cleaning his skin, and Junki kissed him.

458 SLEEPING BABY HIPPO

Let’s continue to explore again, next is the highlight of the zoo, White Tiger. Only two white tigers, they’re cute but also fierce, love their charisma and attitude. In Singapore Zoo doesn’t has photobooth with tiger.. too bad.. I always want to hug them.

551 FABULOUS WHITE TIGER 552 WITH BIG CAT

Sungei buaya is the special area for Crocodiles (haha, Look the way I stepped on your head). I don’t like crocodiles. But we’re still going inside. Some species of crocodiles can be seen here.. small and big. The one that surprised me is the giant crocodile that sleeping in the water inside the aquarium. It really BIG and we’re so small. I think I can fit in inside its stomach.. eww.. nasty.. scary.. Looking at its jaw makes me scare.

550 CROCODILE

OK, let’s runaway from this area quick! Now we hopped into the Kangaroo Area! I think they’re friendly and want they’re hopping around the area. It’s hard to see them, they’re hiding.. try to find and take photo. They’re behind the fence, can’t take T^T. So just take it with the statue.

553 KANGOROO

I love this art! feel wild and earthy!

554 AFRICAN ART 555 EMU & WAKKA

Exploring the zoo and found a lot of good stuffs and area, such as the stone totem.. we had so much fun to take pictures here. We’re look ridiculous but fun. This area looks like a little village. Kinda interesting if see this in the zoo.

556 PLAY WITH TOTEMS

Let’s have fun at the forest, feels like Tarzan or Peterpan.

557 CRAZY JUMPS

Tunnel of wood! I like it so much.. feel like we’re in the area of fairy tale or medieval dwarf/elves place. The tunnel looks awesome!

558 WOOD TUNNEL

We’re arrived at Baboon area.. it’s large area with mountain trail design. A lot of baboons here. They’re fierce, they have a big red butt.. sometime looks scary because it seems like tumor on the butt. On the mountain trail, also has several mountain deers.

561 BABOON LEGACY 562 AT BABOON LAND\

Monkey See, Monkey Do! or reverse ? We also have big butt! slap slap!

559 ACT LIKE BABOON

Can you see the bear head?

560 ROCK OF BEAR

We’re keep moving and passing the lake side.. This is nice.. love the air. This is the edge of the Zoo. And this is area is Garden With A View. There’s an Orangutan bronze statue. We read it and found out the name is Ameng. Ameng is an orangutan and she is the brand ambassador of Singapore Zoo. She has passed away since 2008.  A lot of people seem to love her.

563 LAKE SIDE

564 AMENG

Strike a pose with Orangutan family.

566 CRAZY PRIMATES

In the wood, we feel, we hunt, we love..

567 FREE

Move to a more friendly reptile, It’s Giant Turtle/Tortoise. They’re big. They can be one of the eldest animal here, they can live more than 100 year. There also a bronze statue of the giant turtle. I think the zoo staffs know that we’re thinking to ride on the turtle shell, a lot of people like to take picture with it.

565 GIANT TURTLE

We’re most done. The next area is the Cat Country. I think we’re kinda hard to found this place. All about cat and big cat. We saw wild cat, lion, jaguar, and cheetah. I love cats, especially the wild cat (dunno what its name). The cheetahs are fierce and active. They’re keep walking around, we can see them through the glass. I came close to the glass wall, and the cheetah is right in front of me. I wanna take picture with it, just when I turned my head away, the glass wall shake, the cheetah is rushing on me and hit the glass wall. wah, I’m shock.. so fierce. Lucky the glass wall is not break. After the cheetah did it, it just laying on the floor and look around.

568 CUTE CAT 569 CHEETAH

We’re so happy with this adventure. Let’s see the animals!

571 ADVENTURER 452 ANIMALS 1 452 ANIMALS 2 452 ANIMALS 3

Time to leave the zoo, the last section is the Singapore Zoo Store, which sell a lot of dolls and souvenirs of the zoo. Quite interesting to see all colorful animal plushie.

570 THE SHOP

FINISH! This is the end of my Singapore tour, so tight, rushy but so happy to be able to visit a lot of places. We’re going back to Chinatown, take my stuff then off to Changi Airport. Junki also follow me there, until I depart. Thank you for Junki, She’s a great tour guide and friend, also Jesse. We’re all share a beautiful memory here. hopefully we can travel again together.

572 UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN, CHANGI

THE END

A Boy In Singapore (Part XI)

There’s 2 domes in Garden by the Bay, Flower dome and Cloud Forest. The domes looks like a giant pupa/chrysalist. We will go to the flower dome first then the Cloud Forest.

Flower Dome
We love the logo of Garden by the bay, using dragonfly and looks very asia feel. Which one is the best taking picture with the logo? Ok, we gave out tickets to the staff and we’re going in. We entered a dark hallway with low colorful light from the screens. The screen shows beautiful flower and a video of the progression of their blooming moments in slow motion, that’s pretty. I love to see how they open their colorful petals. Very pretty. Feel like wonderland.

403 GARDEN BY THE BAY ENTRANCE

At the end of this room is the automatic door to enter the flower dome. Junki and Jesse has been there while I’m watching the video. Then I stepped in front of the automatic door, it’s open and there’s a cold breeze as I entered the dome. It’s Amazingggggggg! Big wide space, white, clean and clear, fresh air… It’s a heaven on Earth! I gasped and speechless to be here.

404 WE ARE HERE

First thing I see is the high ceiling and a beautiful flowers in the giant vase, I feel like inside the giant cage / glass house. The girls also amazed. We’re so happy. This place is so wonderful, so perfect for people who seek for calmness, beauty, cold and peaceful. Also it’s a nice place for pre-wed photo or even for the party. Love it so much.

405 IN HEAVEN

We’re going to the right side, a lot of cactus, bushes, pine trees, palms. The cactus are cute.. different types, colors and shapes.. they look cute and pretty. We saw a lot of new plants and amazed with their shapes such as the lotus shaped plants (very cute and round), the white leaves plants (looks like it’s frozen). The garden also has stone statues, It has been carved like an animal or surreal creature. Looks like an ancient/surrealism art.

411 THE STONE CREATURES

407 CACTUS GARDEN

A little drama at Cactus Garden, Junki acted like she’s the Sleeping Beauty princess that touched the golden spindle. Me and Jesse looks like fighting.. haha Dominating!! Poor girl..

406 DRAMA AT CACTUS GARDEN

Various Cactus Gallery, cute!

408 CACTUS PARADISE

409 BEAUTY OF CACTUS

This one looks like Crystal Castle at The Lord of the Rings movie (might be Elf’s Castle) .

410 CRYSTAL & CACTUS

Me and Jesse has reached the corner of the right wings of the garden, we were surprised at what we saw up here. We can see the whole garden from here. Wide vision across the horizon, 360 degree is all about beauty. This is so beautiful, flowers and trees.. sometime much more amazed to see plants than animals. Junki is busy taking pictures of the plants. When she came to us. I asked Jesse to cover her eyes before she see what we saw. I wanna see her expression when she saw the paradise. Jesse covered her eyes then took her there. She scared and curious – 1..2..3.. she’s speechless and cry.. I knew she will amazed and how she feels.. hehe.. so pretty..

412 WHEN SHE SAW HEAVEN

Flower Gallery! Colorfullll..

413 BLOSSOMS

414 FLEURS

416 THE FOREST

Still feel amazed and probably the best feeling for this day. We walked to the other sides passing the cactus garden again. As the walk along the way, we saw a lot of beautiful things and angle to stop us to take some pictures, mostly the flowers. The garden has a lot of plants and flowers in various countries.

Winter or Spring ?

424 WINTER & SPRING

We’re going down and there’s more things to see and photo. Sometime we found bench, take a rest and enjoy the view. After rest we keep walking and exploring, we found flower garden with various of roses, restaurant and big hall. I wish I can have a wedding party here..

418 GARDENERS

A nice chair with vine canopy, this is nice! I want to put it on my garden if I have a big haouse or mansion! This chair is so romantic, isn’t it? I think a lot  of people will sit and strike a pose, will be perfect if you do it with your lover.

421 ROMANTIC BENCH

The Love Tunnel ?

420 LEAF TUNNEL

419 3 GARDENERS

ROSES!!

422 ROSE GARDEN

415 FLOWERS

417 THE FLOWER GARDEN

Friendship can be colorful and lovely, hugs hugs!!

423 FLOWERY FRIENDSHIP

The Garden Queens with her thrones & Knight.

425 THE GARDEN THRONE

This place just simply amazing and I can stay here whole day. We have to rush to visit another dome. This is a MUST to go place if I visit Singapore again.

(Continue to Part XII)

A Boy In Singapore (Part XII)

After visited the paradise of flower, it’s time for a little adventure..

Cloud Forest

The 2nd dome beside of the Flower Dome – Cloud Forest. I think this dome is slightly smaller than the Flower Dome but maybe higher. We have our tickets to the staff, going in and we can hear the sound of waterfall and feel the cold misty breeze.

426 CLOUD FOREST

Wow! First thing we saw already amazed us. It’s waterfall! Not natural, it was made, but it looks great! It’s like a highland/cliff/tower waterfall. I think the cliff was made from fences, made it high and big then put the decorative rocks, the plants are real, mostly bushes, wild orchids, and other tropical and borneo plants. Its height about 20 – 30 meter. Around the cliff also has some stone totems. We’re so happy as you can see at the photo.. we shout happily like gonna conquer the world. I love water!

 427 THE FALLS

Run!! Wet and slippery! The girls look happy. 🙂

428 WET RUN

Like Peter Pan in Neverland. We’re flying (jumping)! Beautiful natural green plants background. Looks ridiculous!

429 WE LOVE TO JUMP     

We can take some nice pictures here, will get wet if too close to the waterfall. This dome is more adventurous than the flower dome. The cliff is actually a tower building and we can going up. We used lift to go to the top floor, then need to walked/climbed a little bit to reach the peak. It’s called The Lost World, remind me of Jurrasic Park movie. It’s a garden, looks like borneo garden/meadow. It also has a lucky pond, throw coins and make a wish. Haha.. I wish I can come back again.

430 LOST WORLD

The Lost World Natural Garden – The peak of Cloud Forest.

431 LOST WORLD NATURE

This is the peak of the cliff, so high.. we can see the people at the bottom and the Skywalk route. We saw a couple doing pre-wed photoshoot here, it’s a good idea and I’m they capture a nice pictures here. The girls also try to do the beauty pose of the bride. They can be a supermodel! Haha..

434 STRIKE A POSE

We’re start to going down. The Skywalk is like ‘Branches’ of the cliff. It came out and connected to another section or floor, bring us to another angles to see the waterfall and cliff.

432 HIGH AND TALL

This place is so EARTHY! Elemental – Earth + Wood + Water + Wind. Haha, I like magic stuff. Love it. The next room we visit is the Crystal Room. There’s exhibition of Crystal here, the shape is still natural, like stalagmite/stalactite and rocks, not like a polished crystal we used to saw. I’m not really focus about this area. Too afraid to spend a lot of time. So just took some pictures and leave.

433 EARTHY

Other room is the science section, there’s video presentation about the Earth, Natural material etc. Also has a conservation room and I heard from my friend, they can show us how to make cloud. Ahh I missed it! Wer’e leaving so soon.

435 DOWN TO THE EARTH

We walked out and back to the garden field again. Adventures is over. Ahh so little time, so much to see.. I’m really not satisfied. Haha.

(Continue to Part XIII)

A Boy In Singapore (Part X)

Tuesday – August 20th, 2013

Officially this is my Birthday, our breakfast is the Birthday cake. What’s plan for today? We will go to Garden By The Bay, the key priority for today trip. We’re preparing now, I wore the birthday present – Black shirt, Jesse wore a colorful flowery legging pants and Junki looks like a fashion designer/editor.

We went out and took MRT to Orchard area. We have brunch at food court in the one of the malls at Orchard (Can’t remember the name). We have rice and pork set, it’s expensive.. but lucky the taste was good. After finished the brunch, we’re going up to the street of Orchard.

386 BREAKFAST

I don’t know much about Orchard. But they said it’s one of the main area of Singapore especially for Shopping Malls. Orchard has a big road and big pedestrian street. Side by side are the big buildings, shops and malls. The famous one is NGE ANN CITY, but people always called it Takashimaya. Too bad we’re short of time, cannot hang out inside the mall, chilling in cafe, window shopping etc. We must go to Garden soon. The malls seem very inviting and tempting to visit. I love walking and feel amazing if I’ll be able to be here at night or christmas season, for a night walk, enjoy the urban life.

387 ORCHARD

389 URBAN

Fountain in front of NGE ANN CITY, Junki said it’s iconic and tourist always take pictures here.. Haha.. just do it! JUMP!

388 SNAPSHOT OF ME AT ORCHARD

We took MRT and reached Marina Bay. We have to walked along the hallway. I love this hallway, wide, big, long… and it has a lot of mirrors and flower backdrop. They’re pretty, various flower and colors. We chose our favorite flower backdrop and took picture.. I love it!

390 FLOWER PASSAGE

Remember I mentioned about Jesse flowery legging pants? There’s a flower backdrop that look alike her pants pattern and color. So when she stood there, she camouflaged like a chameleon. Haha…

391 JESSE THE CHAMELLEONA

We walked to the Garden By The Bay. This place was recommended by my Joseph and Hans, they’re friend of mine and also Fitness First Instructors. They said this place is very beautiful especially The Dome attraction. It is a MUST to go. I amazed with their story so I asked Junki to take me there. It’s also the first time for her and Jesse, so we’re very curious and excited about it.

392 FRIENDSHIP LOVE

From far away, we can see the Tree Branch Tower that looks like fairytale trees.. it called SUPERTREE GROVE, very iconic and unique. It’s really a nice place, right behind us is the massive giant building. Woahhh! There’s also a lake, they called it Dragonfly & Kingfisher Lakes, I wonder if we allowed to fishing here, haha..

394 OUTSIDE THE GARDEN

I knew Singapore has that iconic building.. saw it on TV, poster, flyer,friends photos etc.. now here I am, Marina Bay Sands! So Big and Magnificent!!  We’re so close. Ahh why the time so short! Can’t even go inside the building. Well, just take the photo at the outside..

“I FEEL GREATTTTTTT!!!!” “MAGNIFICICENT!!”

393 MARINA BAY SANDS

395 ON THE BRIDGE

Garden by the Bay has a lot ot attractions – Flower Dome, Cloud Forest, Supertree Grove, Heritage Gardens, Dragonfly & Kingfisher Lakes, Bay East Garden, World of Plants, Far East Organization and Children’s Garden.  And I’m sure there also have research facility and science, laboratory. We might not be able to visit all the attraction 😦 , So little time so much to enjoy. After crossing the bridge, the first attraction is Heritage Gardens.

402 BLOSSOMS

Heritage Garden is free and open for public, people can visit and look at the flowers and plants. Rest and relax, enjoy the beautiful scene. The Heritage Gardens is a collection of four themed gardens that will take us through the history and culture of Singapore’s three main ethnic groups and colonial past. The first part we visit is the Malay Garden, the garden’s plants are from Malaysia Signature plants and flowers, such as Red Hibiscus. There also has a kampong house. The flowers are beautiful and colorful.

396 COLOR BLOSSOMS

The next heritage garden is very oriental feel, YES! It is CHINESE GARDEN. Very authentic garden design with its big rock, red blossoms, round shaped gate & windows, bamboo trees. Then I just feel like doing Kung Fu! The girls are acting and posing like classic chinese sisters.

397 KUNG FU IN GARDEN

398 CIE MEI

The next Heritage garden is INDIAN GARDEN, there’s a big tree in the center of the garden, instantly remind me of the Holy Tree of Siddharta Gautama Buddha. I think the garden inspired of the real Lumbini Garden. Feel sacred. We also did some yoga pose to match the Indian garden. It looks funny. This garden actually has a lot detail of Indian art too, mostly at the floor tile, fence and wall.

400 UNDER THE TREE

“SMILING BUDDHA” – As we leaving the Chinese and Indian Gardens, We found Bodhisatva or Buddha Maitreya (Ru Lai) statue (cmiiw) at the side of the pathway,sitting under a Sacred Tree. I kneel down and prayed. For the blessings.

399 THE PRAYER

Another part ahead is an open space with rocks.. we’re just do some drama photo here. Try to make some creative photo. Maybe you can put some caption in my photo.. My Fav is Jesse the hobbit is on the rock.

401 HOBBIT IN ROCK GARDEN

Now, we’re at the ticket booth. We will buy 2 attraction tickets – for Flower Dome and Cloud Forest. What’s inside will be very excited.. I’m sure it has beautiful things to see and remember..

Ok, let’s go!

(Continue to Part XI)

A Boy In Singapore (Part VII)

Let’s dive down to the S.E.A. Aquarium. We will swim to the ocean with tons of fishes, but be careful with the sharks. Blub blub blub~

I always love to visit a place like this, such as Sea World at Jakarta, Aquaria at Kuala Lumpur, I also remember when I was a kid, I’ve been to Underwater World – Sentosa Singapore.. It also good, still remember that aquarium pillar. S.E.A.Aquarium is believe to be the largest aquarium in the World (is it ?), lived hundred of species. I love the living of the sea, they’re colorful, magical and beautiful, aren’t they?

We changed our clothes cause it’s all sweaty and smelly after rumbled at USS. Then we entered the S.E.A. Aquarium building. It has a big hall with a big giant ship inside. It’s an ancient chinese giant ship. It has a moving kirin’s (ancient chinese myth lion) head at the front edge of the ship. It’s massive, cause the size is enormous comparing with the normal size ship surround it.

We walked to the passage, there’s booths and display like an art exhibition. Displaying clothes, sculpture, kites, woodcrafts etc. In my mind based on what I saw, it’s look like a historical exhibition of Silk Road (cmiiw). Sailing, merchandising, art and cultural stuffs. Kinda interesting.

354 SEA ENTRANCE & HALL

355 WE CHANGED

We reached the entrance to the S.E.A. Aquarium, showed the ticket and let’s dive. The aquarium interior is dark, mostly black and blue color. Enter through the glass tunnel. We can see the shipwreck, corals and fishes. Love the blue color of the sea. When we took the photo. Our skin turn blue.

356 THE PATH TO THE SEA

357 INSIDE THE SEA

Let’s go deep inside. Now we can see several aquariums in  several sizes and shapes. They’re colorful and so beautiful. I love what I see. Great blue color filled with hundred fishes and corals. I love the big pillar aquarium in  the center of the hall. A lot of fishes makes me wanna swim with them. We took a lot pictures, mostly the marine life scene. Can’t miss it!

358 INTO THE BLUE

360 WE'RE BLUE

“The Gate Of The Sea”

365 GATE OF THE SEA

“Under the sea~ Under the Sea~”

359 PARADISEA

Remind me of “The Little Mermaid” and “Finding Nemo” 🙂

372 OCEAN LIFE

One of my favorite spot at S.E.A. Aquarium is the Pillar of the Sea. Tube shape Aquarium with hundred fishes and colorful colar reef. Love the luminate blue color, feel magical.

361 THE PILLAR OF THE SEA

Wonderful glowing blue behind us.. like a holy light.

362 MAGICAL BLUE WORLD

Now I really amazed with what I am seeing now.. It’s the first time I see an aquarium with Dolphins, usually sharks right.. now it’s dolphin!! It’s amazinggg… I can see the dolphins very close. Usually saw dolphins at TV, Sea, outdoor/indoor sea pool. They’re good swimmers, they’re very active, fast and cute.. looks friendly, wanna swim with them. I think there’re 8 – 10 dolphin in this big aquarium. It’s hard to took a nice pictures of them. They’re swimming fast and we’re prohibited to use flash in the aquarium.

368 DOLPHIN'S COVE

The next is the Touch Pool. There are staffs who will inform us about the sea animals in the pool. We can touch sea animals here such as starfishes, ray fishes, sea urchins, shells, and this is cute.. the squirting crab (ahh forget to took its picture). It looks like a fake, like a plastic toy/rock, but it’s alive. And if we touch/push gently its upper shell..it will squirt! Cute! One more thing that caught my eyes is the Shark’s Eggs.. first time see it, stunned. Never knew that Shark’s Eggs will looks like transparent orange shell with a moving embrio inside it, The eggs hooked together looks like a sea plant. For me, It’s more looks like alien eggs in the movie. Very cool.. knew something = learned something.

363 TOUCH POOL

Next journey ahead. It’s a very very dark passage with color lights in the aquarium. What’s inside ? The Ballerina of the Sea, Jellyfish. Usually jellyfish is kinda minor things to see in Aquarium I’ve been visited. But S.E.A. Aquarium is awesome to put Jellyfishes into a very great section. We can see several aquariums. Cute white bubbly little jellyfishes looks more like swimming marshmallows or friendly alien babies. Looks so soft. Some Jellyfishes have a long tentacles that looks like ribbons/ruffles makes them looks like a very elegant wedding dress/bride. Other one with red orange color kinda active remind me of super diva Beyonce, haha. Beware of it, they said it can sting!

369 LITTLE DANCERS

The Bride, swimming with elegance with her bride maids.

  371 THE BRIDE

This is BEYONCE. I named it. She looks hot and sexy. Ruffles, long hair, looks dominant.

370 BEYONCE

Not finished yet. We are breathless to see the big aquarium with full of transparent jellyfishes. They’re bubbly cute!! The aquarium will light/luminate some color light. The jellyfishes will follow the light colors, for example when the light turns red the jellyfishes will be red. Blue and blue, green and green. Love the jellyfishes movement, slow motion but elegant, waving their umbrella-like body (or I also can say wedding veil) in random harmony. We tried to take pictures but the results were too dark. We love it so much. Probably the BEST spot in S.E.A. Aquarium. Fascinating yet so calm. Trapped into the ocean dream. How wonderful if you can do Mind and Body classes here like Yoga or BODYBALANCE®, so dreamy!

367 BALLERINA

Hard to leave the Jellyfishes section. We explored more to the deep and reached the edge. It’s a massive superbig Aquarium in front of us which I think it’s like a big IMAX screen in cinema. A lot of water, a lot of fishes and a lot of people stay here, sitting down calmly and watching the fishes swimming freely. Just a little bit disappointed because the water is not really clear, so it a little bit blur to see. We take a rest and just sinking into the sea fantasy. Sometime we can see the Manta Ray, it’s a fish that has big ‘wings’ fin to swim, it waves its fin up and down to swim but more looks like it’s flying. It’s also the Ballerina of the sea. So graceful. Some little fishes are swimming together with it. Beautiful. I can stay here whole day. Why can be so calm and peaceful.. Love it so much.

373 GIGANTIC AQUARIUM

S.E.A. Aquarium route actually is like a big ‘U’, now we have reached the edge, there’s another passage way heading to the exit. On the way, we also passed several pure water aquarium with tropical fishes, sea water aquarium with giant crabs, octopus, nautilus, fugu (puffed fish), etc. Fugu is cute, buy we can’t see it bloated its body..only if there is a threat. Just keep swimming~

364 WE BELONG TO THE SEA

366 DIVE DEEPER

Now finally there’s SHARK section. Every aquarium in the world always have this section. A lot of various sharks here, small and big.. active swimming and passive sleeping under the sea. Sharks are good swimmers but dolphins look more friendly haha.. The species of sharks always kinda the same like what I saw before at Aquaria. I think I saw Hammerhead Shark and Tiger Shark at Sea World – Jakarta or Underwater World – Singapore before. I think that’s special, also I wonder is there an aquarium in the world who display THE GREAT WHITE SHARK ? It’s nasty!! Curious..

374 SHARK TALE

After walked along the route, we finally reached at the end of S.E.A. Aquarium. Still feeling amazed, will be back someday and hoping there’s more sea animals, more unique and better. We went out, saw an ice cream store – ii GELATO di BRUNO.. we bought it 2 flavors in one cone and share together. Quite good. Time has reached 7 pm. The aquarium will be closed soon. 😦

 375 ICE CREAM

We went out and back to the giant ship again. We’re at the back of the ship. We can see some animals statue on the ship, remind me of Noah Ark. Around the ship, there’s souvenir shop, selling merchandise of S.E.A. Aquarium such as plushie, dolls, snow globe, T shirts, fridge magnet etc. Kinda expensive so we just took picture with it.

376 NOAH ARK

Ok, S.E.A. Aquarium FINISHED! Let’s go back to the land. Part of Your World.. 😀

(Continue to Part VIII)

A Boy in Barcelona (Part VI)

May 9th 2013, Thursday

264 BREAKFAST

Ready to hit another beautiful day ? Where will we going today ? We will going to the highlight/signature building of Barcelona, the giant church – SAGRADA FAMILIA! (sound like magic spell). My parents have been here and took pictures.. that was the first time I knew this place.. This place also showed in Taiwanese serial drama – Meteor Garden 2, This Church has been on my mind a long time ago and now I will go there soon. Exciting!

265 STORES

267 BUBBLE

Hopefully I’m not wrong or forget. Just a short description about this beautiful giant church, Sagrada Familia was build long time ago, 1882. Antoni Gaudi took part of this building, But the church has not finish its constructing until now. They said it will be finish at 2025. This short history was told by the tour guide on the way to the church.

We’re here.. Sagrada Familia, It’s magnificent! The giant church right in front of me.. overwhelming! All the people start to bring out their camera and took pictures. The tour leader took us to the best location to take pictures.. Ahh yes! We can see whole building. We’ll going inside the church, but we have to follow the regulations. We have to queue for our turn and stay in group, 1 group only maximum 40 persons. We’re waiting for our turn. They will give us a device – earphone and speaker, we have to keep as quite as we can inside the church, respecting the prayers. Earphone and speaker used to guide and telling the history of the church. The tour leader will guide us which way to go.. we will go inside through the gate Nativity facade – Expresses the joy of all creation at the birth of Jesus and recounts the main events in the lives of the Holy Family of Nazareth.

266 SAGRADA FAMILIA

268 LIFE & DEATH

Now we’re inside, stunning .. It’s SACRED. Big space with artistic, gothic, detail pillars, ceiling, windows, doors, ceilings… I can see the influence of Gaudi’s art style here. I love every corner of this place especially the color glass window. They said that if the sun is bright, the glass window will reflecting colorful lights in the church.. (when I’m here, the weather is kinda foggy). It must awesome if we can the colorful ray of light if the sun is super bright, shining through the windows and shower our body with lights.. Like magic.

269 RAINBOW GLASS

271 CHILD

We only have limited time, only 15-30 minutes visit. Going inside through the Nativity facade, Going out through Passion facade – Represent the passion, the death and the resurrection of  Jesus. It’s like we’re experience the journey/timeline by following the itinerary of the church. Every statues also has its own stories. Oh yeah, why Sagrada Familia is not finish and spend a lot of time for its construction? It was built by the help of personal donation by the prayers. Hopefully the donation will rise and this beautiful church will finish soon.

272 STREET

Sagrada Familia is a great church. Compare to Montserrat Church, Sagrada Familia is a lot bigger and magnificent, but what I like Montserrat church because I think it’s more peaceful and natural, classic, vintage! – A church on the mountain or a giant church in the city ? But both of them made me feel peace, serene, faithful and happy. So how about you ?

Around the church there’s a lot of shop. We can a lot of stuff and merchandise here. I found a pearl earrings, I think it’s a good gift for my mother. After shopping we’re having lunch at Korean Restaurant – Asiatic. I think this is the best asian food I ate in Barcelona. Serving a lot of foods and delicious! I like the peking duck. Around the restaurant there’s also a lot of souvenir shops.. I think the Prudential agents can’t stop shopping, they have a lot of moneyyy.. hahaha..

274 SOUVENIR SHOP

275 GARDEN IN THE CITY

We will go to a shopping factory / fashion outlet – La Roca Village. It’s kinda far from the city. We’re receiving a goodie bag from La Roca and voucher discount 10% , yay!!! I saw the brochure and there’s a map. I see a lot of branded shops. It’s a nice place, a lot of people come along. Overall, La Roca looks kinda the same like Spanish Village, but more modern…  Love every building with classis english style design. Every building is a shop, store, boutique with unique design selling chocolate, food and beverages, clothes, electronics, etc. They said we can find a lot of Branded items in here and the prices were cheaper. Shopping is not my hobby so I’m walking around and looking for best spot to take pictures. Suddenly I saw NIKE store, the prices is quite affortable, so I bought some sport pants and a wallet.

276 LA ROCA

278 PRETTY PLACE

277 SHOPPING

We still have a lot of time after shopping at La Roca Village, the tour leader asked us to rest at the hotel or go to La Rambla to shopping again.. of course they chose SHOPPING! We have time until 8 pm. I made friend with Prudential agents Kan Hu and Arie since at Camp Nou. We walked along together and took pictures, Kan Hu is searching a souvenir for his mom, and finally FURLA bag is his choice. I like walking along this busy but clean road.. We’re back on time at the bus and back to the hotel.

279 BACK TO THE CITY

280 GAUDI MUSEUM

281 CITY BOY

Me, Arie and Kan Hu made an appointment to dinner together at the Arena – The Matador stadium that now has been turn into a Shopping mall. I heard that Matador performance is prohibited now in Barcelona. I kinda agree because I think it’s an animal abuse (?). The mall is almost close, but we’re so hungry and try to find a good restaurant for our last night in Barcelona. We’re going up and the view is totally awesome! Barcelona at night. But too bad I’m not wearing my jacket so it’s really cooooolllddd in here.. I’m shaking cold..

282 STADIUM

We found a restaurant – MUSSOL. We’re going inside and quite warm. Nice restaurant, nice interior, nice atmosphere and serving us very well. We ordered the food, I ordered Steak (actually it has its own name, but I forgot), too bad I forgot to order wine. I steak is delicious and big.. kinda expensive but once in a while, eat a good quality beef is a must! And might be the most delicious beef I ate.

283 NICE CAFE

284 LAST DINNER

We’re back at hotel and rest.. ahh this is the last night. I’m gonna miss it.

A Boy in Barcelona (Part V)

May 8th 2013, Wednesday

Good Morning Barcelona. Nice to be here. Breakfast in the hotel and after that, gathered in Bus 36. Where are we going today? We will go to Montserrat – There a Church/Monastery on the mountain for about 1 hour, 66 km from hotel. On the way to the church, we passed some mountain trails, hills, forest and it’s a beautiful view with clear blue sky and bright sun. I’ve been living for too long in the city with tall building, busy traffic and working people. Now I’m here, makes me so happy to this nature view and blue sky, The world is beautiful and amazing.

238 JOURNEY TO MOUNT SERAT

We arrived, the location is like a movie in The Lord of the Ring. A nice design building and church on the mountain, can you imagine? The Hill and mountain looks like Titan. Fresh air, clean. I love it. The church has a big wide field, big gate, and big Basilica. I’m a Buddhist but I love this place so much, so peaceful, sacred, Holy and I also prayed to God for the blessing I’m receiving here to visit this beautiful place. Montserrat also has Museum, Singing academy, Restaurant and Hotel.. It would be great if we can stay in this hotel. I wonder what is it like to be here in the night..

238 MONTSERRAT CHURCH

239 ME AT CHURCH

Time to explore. When we went inside there’s a long queue on the right side of the church. The tour guide said to line up if we wanna see BLACK MADONNA before the praying time starts at 10.00 am. I don’t quite sure about the detail about Black Madonna but they said it’s the holy statue of Maria holding the World and baby Jesus Christ, (I’m sorry If I’m wrong). I think its the material of the stone/mineral made the statue became black color through ages. Black Madonna was made/sculptured by Santo Lukas. Black Madonna is the highlight of Montserrat.

I think I’ve come this far, so I lined up. It’s a long long long passage way with rooms to go to the Black Madonna at the top floor, but it’s really nice to see every single rooms along the passage although it’s kinda dark. The room is classic with elegant and detailed curvy/floral element (Art Nouveau) on the wall and ceiling. Inside, we can see Holy statue of St. Petrus, Paintings, Colorful Glass Windows and Artworks. Feel so faithful. We’re passing through a room where we can see the big Basilica, It’s Awesomeeeee… Magnificent, just like what i saw in the Hunchback of Notre Dame or any (myth) movie. Overwhelming Atmosphere. I have to go inside the Basilica after I see Black Madonna. A lot of people are praying here. We walked and finally reach to the top floor. Black Madonna. Touch the ‘World’ and I prayed – Thank you.  Just a short moment (a few second) to see Black Madonna.

240 ARTS

241 BLACK MADONNA

After that we guided to go outside the church. Wow it’s beautiful! Colorful Candle Canes for Prayers. Purple, Magenta, Yellow, Green transparent glasses. They put the candle inside the color glass cane. Light up the fire and pray.. put it on the candle cane display under the hill. As the wind blow, the little fire start to dance inside the color cane. Clear – Colorful like I’m inside the crystal. I’m sure you love it too.

242 CANDLES

243 CANDLE LIGHTS

We have free time about 1-2 hours here. So I wandered around and find some nice spots to take pictures.  So many people and tourist are coming now. They gathered at the big wide field. They just hang out, sitting enjoy the fresh air, chattering and bring their pet. I can see various people, from France, Taiwan, Korea etc. Prudential Agents also wandering around, and they like to take pictures with foreigners, well me too.

244 ACTION

246 FLY

These are the special moments I never forget: I got a chance to take picture with a very cute bulldog… I think the dog loves me too.. I hugged him tight, then he rolled on the floor.. I rubbed his tummy >tickle< >tickle< The owners also laughed to see their Bulldog acted like that, so cutee and one more funny thing is I dance Gangnam Style in Europe with 2 beautiful ladies. They’re very friendly. They’re from France if I’m not wrong.

245 GANGNAM STYLE AT EUROPE

249 ME & DOG

There’s also cafe, restaurant and shops here, I bought some liquors for my friend and also this is what I like in Montserrat – The classic farmer’s shops/tents outside the church. The farmers sell honey, jam, cheese and local tradition food they made. They’re very friendly. I bought the honey, I’ve tasted it.. It’s sweet, flowery aroma and delicious!! This place has given me a great fun and faithful experiences. I imagine they have a very peaceful life on the mountain.

247 FLOWERS

238 RESTAURANTE

248 ECHO

Ahh.. Time is running. I’ve to go to the Basilica. I rushed inside and lucky I can still go inside. Renaissance Era! I amazed..  Wonderful with all the details in the Basilica. Every corners is ART! I amazed how can they built such a great artwork in here. I feel happy, faithful. Sitting down, breathe, grab my hands and start to Pray~

250 BASILICA

251 ME IN BASILICA

It’s a great experience to be here. We’re back to the hotel to rest, but some people went to IKEA or Carrefour for shopping. I and some Prudential Agents went to La Rambla again by subway train. Just a short time,  we have to go back to hotel at 4.30 pm..they able to find some items to buy. Time is running fast.. Rush hour!! We made it in time! What is out next destination ? We will go to Gala Dinner at the biggest football field in Europe – CAMP NOU!

We were wearing the Prudential Soccer red uniform. We arrived. First thing to do is group photoshoot with the leaders/boss of Prudential. Then 1st place we visit is the Football Museum. All the people are gathering here. So crowded! I’m not a football fans so it’s quite ordinary for me.. but the museum is nice… maybe the football fans out there will envy about this. The staff welcoming us with the fresh beverages, champagne and wine here. Here, We can see the photo documentary, balls with the players signature, shoes, video, medals and champion cups etc. So many people wanna take pictures with the champion cup and anything related about MESSI, The best player of football.

252 ARRIVE CAMP NOU

253 FOOTBALL MUSEUM

254 ME & FBC

We will have Gala Dinner here.. The Prudential comittee guide us to the dining room. They’re serving appetizer, main course and desserts. They have red wine! OH YEAH!! All the foods are nice especially the appetizer. I ate them all. I think it’s good enough.. But still there’s always complaints from Indonesian people.. hahahaha..

255 GALA DINNER

256 GALA DINNER F&B

After that, I’ve been asked to go with the Prudential committee. The PCC, PRUFlyer and Birthday Prudential agents has the privilege like a VIP, so they took me (I’m a PRUflyer) to the CAMP NOU Football field first. WOW! I said I’m not the football fans, but when I’m standing at the stadium and in front of me is a big supeeeerrr wide field, the biggest football field in Europe, the field that can contains 100.000 people.. It’s SUPERB!

  257 PRIVILEGE

 259 ME & CAMP NOU

This is gonna be the GREATEST night for all Prudential agents, this their night to feel the moment of their hard works, their achievements…This the peak of this Barcelona Trip. We also can see the logo of Prudential shoot at the stadium. All the people has come and sit, I’m in the middle of people in red. Thousand in RED! The opening show is the song of our Indonesia Anthem – Indonesia Raya ! OVERWHELMING!! We sang it loud, we sang it proud! Continue with Prudential Theme Song “We are number ONE!” They’re all fantastic!! This is the moment!

258 RED HOT

Prudential is GREAT, the leaders are motivating their agents, they’re recognized them for the hard work and convince them that this is not their FINAL results, they have to keep moving to build their better future and achievements. Everybody else is moving while they’re enjoying this Holiday trip.. Prudential makes them proud, I can see everyone is so happy. Time for entertainments, Start with the Spanish heritage dance, Flamenco! It’s a graceful dance performance.. The male dancers also do the Tap dance and it’s awesome! They entertained us with Singers who sing The Prayers (duet), La Copa De La Vida and Waka-waka. The closing event kinda mysterious, the Prudential agents are guessing and thought they will see MESSI here, but unfortunately, they just brought the Winning Champion Cup. But I think it described a very good meaning and motivation boost for the agents, they’re Champions.

260 SHOWS

261 PARTY

262 CHAMPION CUP

After the great night at the stadium, Camp Nou also has an official NIKE/BARCA soccer store. Special night for Prudential agents, they open until midnight. Some people went back to hotel to rest and the others are going to shopping. We can find various items here – Balls, Shirts, Shorts, Shoes, Bags, Accessories, Merchandise etc. So busy!! So many people walk around and find the items they want like crazy, The queue for paying was looonggg.  I bought Shirt MESSI for my brother, bags for my sister and a set of baby costum for my nephew. Finally finish shopping at 1 am 0_O and back to hotel.

263 NIKE

What a great night to remember..

A Boy in Barcelona (Part IV)

May 7th 2013, Tuesday

I had a very sweet and tight sleep on my bed, received morning call at 5.45 am. Ahh so early.. I think I fell asleep again if I’m not wrong. After wake up, take a shower then having my first breakfast buffet in the hotel. Wow, so many food and so many people!! All people are the agent of Prudential! Back to the food – I think the hotel has adjusted the food into Asian food, because I know that Indonesia people are very selective (picky) in eating food and beverages. The hotel serves Salad, Cereal, Tapa, Pasta, Pie, Cakes & Cookies, Bread etc. I love the salad, various ingredient & fresh vegetables also salmon, yummy! but I don’t know how to mix it and I made it too salty.. to much olive oil ??? I ate almost everything..

209 BREAKFAST AT FIRA

After breakfast, we gathered at the hotel lobby. This time we will regroup based on the travel bus. I’m with bus 36 with Mr. Paulus Singgih as the Tour Leader. First destination today is Spanish Village (El Poble Espanyol), they said it is the miniature city of Spanish, as the comparison in Indonesia is Taman Mini Indonesia Indah. The miniature city/building has a great architeture design. What will we doing here ? We will create a history in Europe.

210 GROUP 36

All the Prudential agents are gathering here, it’s THOUSAND! On the main field of Spanish Village. There’s a big stage in front led by MC. They tried to line up the people.. but it’s hard.. so many people and the sun was so bright and hot. They hid under the shadow and some of them busy taking pictures first. Somehow I felt they’re so spoiled. Show must go on! What is the show ? Prudential will create a history – Making MURI Record “The Most People Dancing Tor-tor Indonesia Traditional dance in Europe.” That’s why Prudential provided us an ULOS. Ulos is the traditional cloth of the Batak people of North Sumatra. I love it! We wore it on our shoulder, on position – Pray pose hands, then we started dancing together in harmony led by the original Batak people who living in Barcelona.. Thousand people dancing together.. I’m proud! Glad to join and brought Indonesia culture and heritage in Europe. Being part of making history – MURI.

211 DANCING TOR TOR IN EUROPE

212 READY FOR TOR TOR

212 TOR TOR AND ME

After the dance, It’s a FREE time to explore the Spanish Village. Short history about this place has been built for Barcelona International Exhibition since 1929, They said after the exhibition is over, this place supposed to be destroyed. But This place is so beautiful and has a lot of positive impact, so they keep this place. It’s about 1600 model of ‘mini village’ building in here, all has a nice architecture and decorative style. You’re gonna love every single building you see.

A lot of shops & Cafe here, we can buy chocolate, cookies, souvenirs, painting, sculptures, art and craft etc here… The people also friendly. This place is very romantic! Very nice choice if we go with our lover, and take a pictures for Pre wed.. I love it! Every corners is beautiful. Classic~

213 SPANISH VILLAGE

214 SHOPS

215 THE TOWER

216 ALLEY AND FIELD

I love the art and craft of Barcelona (Spanish), detail and colorful in various style – Modern and Traditional. The signature style is Gaudi style that used colorful element on the artwork – mosaic style. Some artwork seem very vintage/antique. I wish I can buy them all, too bad no space available to place them all. You can see they’re so pretty if we put them together.. aren’t they ?

217 ARTS

I almost left by the bus because busy taking pictures.. haha! It’s time for lunch! We went to Port Olympic again. Now they took us to the local restaurant near the beach – El Tinglado • Monchos – Tapas & Restaurant. The restaurant is big, 2 blocks building with blue banners.. It’s a seafood restaurant I guess.. We will eat local food here, they serve (I don’t know the exact name): Egg Rolls, Potato Ball with meat filling, Salad, Tomato bread (?), Fish steak, Cake. Overall the foods are nice, I can eat them.. (the tomato bread is kinda hard like plastic).. Some people can’t eat.. They even brought Rendang and Rice for lunch all the way from Indonesia. They shared it together. I love the Salad, very nice.. I think they use turkey and eel for the topping, vegetable so fresh, probably the best salad I ever eat. The Fish steak is delicious, but wer’e guessing what is the fish? It didn’t taste like carp, dory or salmon. It’s tender and delicious. We asked.. it’s Swordfish! Wow, first time ate a swordfish steak.. good taste! Finish with a desserts – Chocolate cake, yummy!

218 EL TINGLADO - MONCHO'S

219 THE FOODS

This is what we do after having lunch, yeah! Take pictures as much as we can at the BEACH! It’s hot sunny day but windy.. I love beach.. love the blue sea and the blue sky.. wish I can swim.. but the beach kinda seem like desert haha.. no palm tree, not look like a tropical beach like Hawaii.

230 I LOVE BEACH

After lunch, we will go to the Barcelona Heritage place – Park Guell or we can say Park of Gaudi. I don’t know the detail but Gaudi is a great artist who involved with the Art Nouveau style. Art Nouveau is one of the greatest art style that using the curvy, wavy and floral element. In Park Guell, the local tour guide explain to us that Gaudi used to lived here.. He designed his house and garden with no straight line, all is curvy and acymmetric, so it’s kinda seem surreal and like in the fairy tale. His style is like using a lot pieces of broken colored glasses or rock and attached them into an artwork and even the cave, pillar, ceiling, wall, stair, fences. Seem like mosaic. I saw this style a long time ago and I just knew where is it came from now.

231 PARK GUELL

The special spot here is the Water Dragon (Salamander) called El Drac statue and the churches. El drac is a signature or symbol of Barcelona city. Despite as a symbol, El Drac also has a functional as irrigation with the water that flowing from the mouth. They say the water is pure and we can drink it for treatment, but now it’s not flowing.. ~sigh. A lot of people take picture here.. It’s hard to get picture here.. so crowded.

232 ME & GAUDI PARK

233 GREEN

234 JUMPING AND FLYING

Just a short trip here, we have to go to another place.. I think this is the time for the ladies to go crazy – It’s shopping time! We will go to the shopping district – La Rambla. I feel a different atmosphere here.. A lot of shop with nice architecture along the street, It has a big main street and central park, theatre, also cafe and restaurant. There’s a lot of branded store here, If you have a lot of money.. you can shop until you drop! Fashion, bags, Souvenirs…  It’s a nice weather to walk along the street and watching historical and beautiful building around, Art and the lifestyle of Barcelona people. We’re as the tourists got a priviledge 10% discount to shop at the famous department store, El Corte Ingles’  and also a welcome snack: Tapa & a glass of Red Wine… ♥♥

235 THE CITY

237 WINE & TAPA

Tapas are a wide variety of appetizers, or snacks, in Spanish cuisine. Somehow I think it’s like baked pasta with egg. Eat Tapas serves with Red wine.. you knew I love red wine.. It’s perfect. Relax and looking to the park..  I feel so lucky to enjoy this moment..

236 ME & BRO

237 ME & THE PARK

I walked along the street, saw people sitting on the bench, jogging, walk with their pet, I feel nice. I bought some magnet souvenirs – various design, made me hard to choose haha. Sometime I took picture of the nice building, and I looooveeee the park! Wide open space with flowers, fountain and a lot of pigeon! I love the pigeons.. you can see how I’m excited with birds at my previous blog when I was in Kuala Lumpur.. Too bad now I’m alone.. so It’s hard to take a picture with birds. So happy to be here. I wish Jakarta also has this kind of park in the city…  We have free time to walk, hang out, eat and shopping until 8 pm. Back to the hotel and rest.. Tommorow is a new day.

A Boy in Barcelona (Part III)

May 6th 2013, Monday

I still in the plane, wake up and having my breakfast – Omelette with Sausage and Harsh Brown, yummy. I’m looking at the flight tracking screen.. we’re almost there, Amsterdam. We arrived at 6.55 am. Transit again for about 4 hours in the airport – SCHIPOL. The airport is BIG and NICE! a lot of shop, cafe and restaurant. I like the book store although I can’t read the language and the flower shop, first time see real Tulip flower.. Cute! Wanna grab a bouquet for my mother :D.  I also took some picture here… really nice!

195 BLUE SKY

193 SCHIPOL

192 FLOWER

194 SHOPS

Continue the journey, we departed at 10.30 am, still using KLM. It’s about 1.45 hours to reach Barcelona. We got sandwich for snack and of course Red Wine! I wish I can sit next to the window and see the view form the sky. We passed a snow mountain.. ahh so cool!! Is it Alpen? hahaha.. First time to see mountain with snow on top.. Awesome! After that we can see Barcelona!! Yeay!! We’re hereeeeee!!

196 ABOVE THE SKY

197 WELCOME BARCELONA

Arrive!! Welcome to Barcelona! We gathered and register for immigration then we’re heading to the bus with a Special welcome snack package by BUBO – Healthy Mix Fruit Juice, Grain Bread + Butter, Fruit Pie. We’re going to have lunch. The Tour Leader took us to the harbour. A lot of people there.. Hang out, walk with their pet, jogging, tanning, play beach volley, cycling etc. The place is called Port Olympic. We’re having lunch at an Asian Restaurant – Pato Pekin. Eating chinese food in Europe ?? Quite good..but I want to taste the original Barcelona food.

198 FIRST LUNCH

199 JUMP

After lunch, we took some pictures in this area. Like usual, I want my signature Bodyjam jump photoshoot… Thank to the Camera, I can capture a great picture, i love it! The next destination – Parc de Montjuiic. It is a big park at the uphill where we can see a great view of Barcelona city. It’s beautiful!! Love the view.. Big park, It will be nice to relax and bring boyfriend/girlfriend.. Feel the fresh air and beautiful natural and city view. OK, it’s time to take pictures !! snap snap!!  jump n pose!

200 UPHILL VIEW

201 BEAUTIFUL GARDEN

They also took us to the football field, It’s my first time too, but the field is under construction so it’s not interesting for me. No green grass field 😦 .But I can feel a great atmosphere looking at the wide view of the stadium. We just spend a little time here.

202 THE FOOTBALL FIELD

OK, where do we stay ? We’re going to the hotel now. The hotel is Rennaisance FIRA. I see it as a tall building with a palm tree on the wall. A very nice 5 stars hotel.. I love the building material using ‘steel fence’ as wall/floor, kinda futuristic and Palm tree as the natural and signature element. I stayed at 1110 room with Mr. Derry Kurnia. The room is aweesoommeeee… All is whiteee! Clean and Clear!! I love it!

203 WELCOME TO RENAISSANCE FIRA

204 THE HOTEL

We will leave from hotel at 6.00 pm for dinner. It’s 6 pm but it’s still like daylight.. the sun is still so bright… What we have for dinner? Ahhh Chinese food again… +_+ We have dinner at Gransiglo Restaurant. After finish dinner it’s about 8 pm, It’s still bright! The sun start to set at 9 pm.. And now I’m start getting sleepy and get my first  jetlag.. We went back to Hotel. The hotel is near Carrefour and IKEA, ahh so convenient!

206 DINNER

207 MODEL WANNABE

I went to IKEA by myself. I love what I see and feel along the way to IKEA, the sky is turning into dark blue color and the street light is start to turn on. Wide road, Trees, clean and cool air.. I wish I can walk along this kind of street with my best friend or lover. Very romantic. And now I’m feeling kinda lonely haha.. Sometime I saw people jogging at night, Is it good? The air is very cold!

Here we are at IKEA! I love this store, well who don’t? I like how they put a lot of things in a small space and the flow of this place. I wish I can take pictures here.. love the design.. but is it allowed ? Ha..ha.. I’m hungry, and IKEA sell hotdog for only € 1.50. Yummy! Good for my wallet, good for my tummy.

208 IKEA

It was a very happy and nice trip for the first day in Barcelona. Hopefully tomorrow will be more and more interesting.. back to the hotel, take a bath and rest.

Good Night