Home For Family & Friends (PART III)

I came all the way back to Medan to see my family and also attend my dearly friend wedding, Rosabella. She’s my classmate in high school and we’re 1 group. I’m so missing that moments when we acted ridiculous and crazy. Now she’s married with Neoh Soon Keong. I’m so happy for them.

The wedding reception will be held at Grand Aston Ballroom. I asked my mom to come along with me. I met my group friends there, Fifi Sofiah, Jennifer Octavianie, Dewi and Linda Fong, They’re all wonderful ladies with cute children, HOT MAMA!! Little bit awkward because we’ve separated for a long time with our own time, job and family. But later on we’re back to normal. Also I met other friends. It’s good to meet them all.

Back to wedding, the ballroom is big and nice. It’s quite different with the ordinary/usual wedding reception party. I can’t find her anywhere. Usually the bride and groom will greet us at the front door of the ballroom. The decoration is garden theme with a lot of purple color (I thought she loves green color).

663 THE WEDDING DESIGN

This photo caught my eyes, so lovely and serene.

667 LOVE

We’re went inside and wait. Reunion with old friends with their children.

664 REUNION

After passed 7.00 pm, finally I can see her in her wedding dress holding her love of  a lifetime. I’m so happy to see her. She looks like mermaid.

665 HER MARRIAGE

Age is just a number, as you can see the photo below, the HOT MAMA still act like a little girls. Cute!

666 DINNER

Then we have dinner with live music. Medan wedding reception usually very merry and a lot of performances, this time really different, I love the concept, with speeches. I love when her little sister gave her speech for her beloved sister, so much love. Rosa gave her sister a big hug. Wonderful family.

She walked around and finally meet us. She’s surprise to see me and she’s so thankful for my presence. We’re taking pictures. I’m SHORTY! Her husband so TALL… I like like a hobbit.

668 SHORTY

Just a short time from 7.00 pm to 9.30 pm, but I feel so good to see everybody.

Me and my mom have to catch train to go back to Kisaran. I’ll spend 1 day at my hometown then go back again to Jakarta.

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THE END

Kuala Lumpur Again (Part III)

Monday – November 18, 2013

This day gonna be SPECIAL! because the theme for this day is City Tour with ONENG! Oops Sherline! It’s weekday, so Koko Mike and Abang Osman have to go to work! Sherline suggested to bring me along when they’re working. Thank you, Sherline! Koko Mike took me to Sherline Apartment. After meet her, Koko Mike went to work. First time visit Sherline apartment, I feel like visit a greek garden. Meet Joan here, playing with her PSP. I had breakfast special cooked by Chef (Inem) Sherline, It’s Indomie Goreng made in Malaysia. Same brand different production. Hahaha.. taste slightly different.

595 AT ONENG HOUSE

1 day with Onen*… ups Sherline. She planned to take me to the temples and asked me what I want to eat? It’s Pork! nguik nguik! She laughed! She took me to 2 temples. She’s driving and using her GPS. Sound cute and get ridiculous if the GPS lead her to the different direction, her panic face is so Oneng! (funny). The first temple we visited is Lim Chen Xiu (CMIIW), we cannot take picture, But I tried to take it. So we just prayed and donate. Too bad, actually this temple has a lot of spot to take a nice picture especially the Buddha journey.

596 FIRST TEMPLE

The other one is more bigger than the first one, and It has a very good design. Sherline said it’s a famous temple and a lot of people who wanna get married will pray here (CMIIW).

597 BIG TEMPLE

The temple has a big garden and statues – God and Goddess Statue, Chinese Zodiac Statues. It’s funny, We took pictures with our Chinese Zodiac statue. I’m Rat, Sherline is sheep/goat, Joan is Monkey.

598 CHINESE ZODIAC GARDEN

This is the interesting part in the temple, Ask for my fortune. And this is the result:

More Haste, Less Speed – Have foresight and be patient. if an opportunity slips by, don’t be jumpy and act recklessly. Consolidate and await better times. All will go well for you as you are protected by planet Venus. Guideline: Financial Pursuit: Not very fruitful, proceed in a slow and steady manner; Honour & Merits: Hopeful but progress is slow; Matrimony: Not very promising; Litigation: Private settlement preferred.

601 THE PRAYERS

600 DIVINE

602 HOLY

Love every details in the temple.

603 TEMPLE DETAILS 604 TEMPLE & GARDEN

This is really a great temple. Love the design, very oriental. They also have Turtle Garden. A lot of turtles here (also Mosquitoes, Sherline is freaking out). Chinese people believe that Turtle is a symbol of long live, so they wrote their name on the turtle shell.

605 TURTLE GARDEN

Cute Buddha Souvenirs to buy.

606 SOUVENIRS

After visiting the temple, we’re going to have lunch. I want pork – Ba Kut Teh. I heard Malaysia Ba Kut Teh is famous! So I wanna try. Sherline took a lot of time to find the place. The GPS always lead her to the wrong direction, she’s confused haha.. and then she called Tan. Tan lead her to the location, Yeah! We’re here. Tan said he will join us for lunch. He came after a few minutes then we’re order. We order the Ba Kut Teh and some other food. taste great! I love the soup! Very-very delicious!

607 BA KUT TEH

After finish, Tan has to go back for work. Sherline took me to Berjaya Square for shopping and desserts. This is also a big mall with a very nice Christmas decoration. Different with the Pavilion, Berjaya using the Red & Gold theme. Feel warm. I love the giant Christmas tree at the atrium, it surrounded by the hanging ornaments make it even look more magnificent.

608 BERJAYA XMAS TREE 609 RED & GOLD

We have Share Tea and Snowflakes here. Rest and gossip. Sherline was searching/survey costume for the event. A lot of stores to shop here.

610 DESSERTS TIME

Next, she took me to Fitness First Paradigm, she said this is the newest club. I think this is the best club in Kuala Lumpur, look so new and neat. Nice atmosphere.

612 FF PARADIGM

Just a short visit here, after that she took me to Tan house. She said Tan house is very authentic and very Malaysia feel. When I go inside the house, I remembered my Grandmother’s house. So classic and full of memory/history. A view of and old town. We meet Tan here. And he took us to eat Durian! Awww!! It’s great! Just nearby his house and he order the Durian. There are 3 grade of Durian in Kuala Lumpur. They are Kampung, Udang Merah and Musang King. Tan order them all. They’re all very good with their own quality, but Musang King is the BEST! Very Moist, a lot of meat, balance taste between sweet and biiter, and smeel really good! I drooled! This is so wonderful!

611 DURIAN YUMMY

It’s almost night, Sherline took me to the hotel. Fitness First has arrange a room for me at Royale Bintang Hotel near The Curve. I checked in and really surprise with my room. It’s big and nice and it’s only for me! I feel like a baby on the soft cotton cloud/marchmallow!! Sherline told me that I’m so lucky!

613 MY HOTEL ROOM

After done checked in and put my things, Sherline kidnapped me again and took me to dinner at Korean Grill Restaurant – Daorae. We met Tan and Joan there. They’re happy family 😀 . Love to see them, We really enjoy our time together. We grilled pork again. In this one day my menu is PORK! hahahahaha.. This is what I can do and eat if one day with Onen* … Sherline.. Thank you so much for your generous hospitality.

615 DINNER AT DAORAE

614 KOREAN FOOD

She took me back to hotel. I still feel so happy with my room.. *jump jump

Good Night! Tomorrow will start the Asia Marketing Forum..

Zzz

(Continue to part IV)

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 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 VIII)

It’s 7.15 pm and we still don’t wanna go home… From the sea back to the land, but we’re dry not wet. Aha.. Remember the fountain that we’ve passed at USS? At first just take pictures, and then I just have this crazy idea. Challenge game with the Fountain. 

We played with the fountain. The fountain is round shaped on the floor. About 4 to 5 meter diameter. The water will squirt up randomly, it can shoot/squirt about 3 to 5 meter from the ground. Looks pretty with the colorful lighting. The good thing is we’re allowed to do it, there’s no security that warn us.. just a few people around there. See our crazy actions, but they seem interested.

Now this is what we do..The fountain has random timing of squirt and sometime it stops. At first time, we still afraid of the water.. so we waited at the other side of fountain, waiting the fountain stopped and we ruuuunnnnnn!!! But too easyyy… Next challenge is you have to run at the gap of the fountains. It’s getting more interesting now, and we started to get wet. Junki took video of this challenge but too bad cannot upload it here 😦 .. so I screen capture it. I failed the challenge because I fell down when I try to avoid the water squirt, so I jumped and I slipped.. Junki got a big splash right on her face! Haha poor girl.. but that’s so funny.

1st CHALLENGER: Jesse – SUCCESS!!

 376 2 FOUNTAIN CHALLENGE

2nd CHALLENGER: Dee – FAILED!

376 3 FOUNTAIN CHALLENGE

3rd CHALLENGER: Junki – … !? (o_O;)

376 4 FOUNTAIN CHALLENGE

We’re totally wet now and it’s getting more and more interesting. We keep thinking a harder challenge to pass the fountain, from straight run, round walk, and finally the craziest challenge is DANCE IN THE MIDDLE OF FOUNTAIN!

Do crazy stuffs while you’re young, that will bring crazy memory to your future. (But responsibly). This is might be crazy but so fun! Me and Jesse dance in the middle used SH’BAM® – ‘Wet’ Choreography. OMG! So sexy!! This is so fun! We feel like shooting for music video, haha… I wish I can do that again.. I asked Junki to dance BODYJAM® – ‘Pride’ Choreography. We’re so crazy and wet!! Will be more loose and crazy if there’s BODYJAM® or SH’BAM® Music. We’re absolutely will party in the fountain. This is one of the best memory in Singapore.

Performing ‘WET’ from SH’BAM® Choreography. We’re really wet and love it so much! Just wanna take my clothes off!

376 1 WET

We’re all super wet, shirt, pants, shoes.. Waiting to dry while other people were looking at us, crazy? Creative? Fun? Whatever? Hahaha.. but some of them also do it, especially the kids. We’re dry now. We went back to MRT Station, Junki will go back to her house first for some stuffs, but we will meet again for dinner at Newton Food Center.

We meet again, They said Newton Food Center is famous. I already request Junki that I want Oyster Omelette. So she took me here. Jesse also like this place. They said Newton Food Center has a lot of delicious foods. We ordered Chilly Crab, Chicken Wings, Oyster Omelette, Chicken Satay and Lala (Shells). Yummy.. The Oyster Omelette indeed super delicious, nice aroma and juicy (drool). Other foods also nice, so happy after 1 full day.. walking, playing, and get wet. This is so great!!

377 NEWTON DINNER

(Continue to Part IX)

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 Singapore (Part VI)

 340 RUNAWAY

339 MASSIVE ROLLER COASTER

We are the explorers! Passing through the futuristic mechanic ride to the ancient egypt and pre historic park of dinosaurs then get wet at waterworld. Now we’re at the Far Far Away Kingdom.

344 FAR FAR AWAY

We can see a beautiful big castle and garden. This area is for Shrek animation. There’s a ride for this area but Jesse said it’s not really good.. it’s just like you sit on the boat and looking at the moving dolls/puppets (remind me of Istana Boneka at Dunia Fantasi, Jakarta). We don’t want to waste our time, meanwhile this area is beautiful and we took some picture and suddenly..

PUSS IN THE BOOTS cosplay appeared, brought by the staff… Puss is a cat, one of the main character of Shrek animation, he also has its own movie. He’s so cuteee… all the people so excited to take picture with him.. we queued. The Puss cosplay really know how to pose and so into the character.. total! Pose with his signature pose and taught people how to pose so they will have the best pose and photoshoot.. he is great. It’s our TURN. I love him so much.. I love cat.. I love puss.. I hugged him tight.. meow so happy.. wanna bring him home.

345 PUSS

That can be one of the best moment here.. we continue to walk and we arrive at Madagascar area.. jungle feel and there have cafe and ride. But we just keep walking and found the quartet statue.. they are Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe and Gloria the Hippo. They’re hugging each other, showing how much they love each other, love and friendship. And of course we have to take pictures.. and we did the same pose like they do. The girls hugged me tight. Well we’re also full of love and friendship. Hehe..

(Psss, Don’t forget to see Jesse the Hobbit at the photo below. )

346 MADAGASCAR

Back to the main street and still looking for some corners to take pictures before leaving USS. Found a building that look like Elite college (But it’s a Library) that made we pose like college students hanging out. I love the photos, makes me feel young again. Miss the college life.

350 COLLEGE

349 SUBWAY

We also found Sesame street character, Elmo school bus and also Sesame street souvenir shop. Not really fan of them, but Cookie Monsters somehow looking cute.

351 SESAME STREET

We’re heading to SEA Aquarium now. Suddenly we saw something big, round, black and white… it PO, from KUNGFU PANDA! We run to him! We love himmmm (who don’t? Big question), He’s so BIG and ROUND! I knew he’s in USS, saw him from friends’ photo before… Lucky we found him!! Must take picture! Nice detail for the costume. Looks the same and so cute.. we posed casual and doing KUNGFU style to match the movie theme. Feel wonderful. *HUGS

352 MEET THE DRAGON WARRIOR

Now I feel kinda completed exploring the Universal Studio Singapore. I hope I can come here again someday. Hopefully soon haha. To wrap it up.. we went to the iconic Universal Studio Spinning Globe. So hard to take best picture here, because so many people walked by and also find the right timing waiting the Universal Studio logo to appear completely. We posed, we smiled, SNAP! and JUMP! This is it! Wonderful day in Universal Studio Singapore.

353 THE GLOBE

Universal Studio Singapore DONE!!
Next is SEA Aquarium.. ready to swim?

(Continue to Part VII)

A Boy In Singapore (Part V)

…Still in Universal Studio Singapore.

Our first stop attraction is MONSTER ROCKS, recommended by Jesse. We’ve been waiting this to open while taking picture around the area. Jesse said it’s a good attraction, me and Junki have no idea what’s inside, at first I thought it is a haunted house. We queued for 15 minutes and we go inside, ahh it is a concert hall with the ummm “Halloween” / “Haunted House” decoration on the stage.. So we’re gonna watch a musical concert performed by the Monsters. Too bad, cannot taking pictures 😦 It’s quite entertaining, performance started when the Presenter came out and starting to introduce his monsters friends – Vampire, Franskenstein, Mummy, Catwoman, Werewolf, She-Wolf. Very nice performance with a good quality acting, sound, music, costume and I think they sang it live, that’s a very good point! They sang various songs. I think it’s about 15 minutes musical show. Entertaining! 🙂

It’s a good start yeah..The next attraction is Steven Spielberg’s Sound Effect Studio. Also cannot take pictures inside.. but I tried some.. hehe.. this is also nice.. we came into a studio with a nice professional setting of a movie director. A video of Steven Spielberg appear and he told us about the essential of the sound effect in the movie which really effect to create a great results for the movie. Picture and action will be more realistic with a great sound effect. After that the staff took us to a setting – Storm in New York City. Wow!! I love it.. great setting with a super big screen with big window frames – The Landscape of New York City..In front of the screen is the setting of a harbour.. we can see ships, decks, anchors, sea.. looks very real.

336 STEVEN SPIELBERG STUDIO

The show is starting.. all we can see through the window frame is the New York City is raining.. super heavy.. we can hear the sound of the rain and the wind.. The story is like a reporter is reporting about the situation at the harbour in the middle of storm through radio or live report. The rain is getting heavy and heavier.. it becomes storm.. the wind is raging, the waves is tiding.. the harbour is shaking.. the roof is leaking.. and there’s fire, smoke and explosions.. breaking glass.. all seem so real! The finale is the big sailor ship appeared and out of control and almost hit the audience stage..intense! This is nice!!

The next attraction we found is Transformers: The Ride. I have seen this attraction through the advertisement at the TV. They’re very highly promoted it and heard from some friends it’s a great ride. I’ve told to Junki that this is a MUST to play attraction. I MUST PLAY THIS RIDE. We started to queue. It’s a looonngg passage for queue, a lot of people. The interesting thing is they design the passage looks exactly like the movie and there’s plasma TV and voice over that we’re going in the headquarter of the NEST. Very futuristic mechanical interior design inside, a lot of Transformers elements can be seen. Sometime the NEST general and Optimus Prime will speak to us, It makes us feel like we’re in the movie. I think it’s about 1 hours++ for the queue, finally it’s our turn. The guide gave us the 3D (or 4D) glasses. We sat on the ride and let’s get started!

 337 INTO THE RIDE

338 TRANSFORMER RIDE

It feels like sit inside the car at the first time, slowly ride inside then Optimus Prime appear. He look so real! Cool effect!! Now the Megatron appeared, They fight! The ride speed increased and bumped to every corners to avoid Megatron’s attacks. Ahhh so greattttt! High speed.. the best part is when the ride is increasing its speed UP and when we’re falling from the skyscraper building..it feels so real!! FANTASTIC!!! It’s about 5-10 minutes and finally Megatron is defeated. The show’s over.. ahhh so great..wanna ride it again next time. We all seem so happy and excited.

348 BEE & PRIME

It’s so HOT outside, just right in time when we’re at Egypt – Pyramid. This is gonna be the next recommended ride:  THE MUMMY. I also heard a lot of good thing about it. It’s an indoor roller coaster that can move backward and scary. Before we went inside, there’s cosplay around the pyramid. I recognise Anubis and Scorpion King (He’s so tall, the girls looks like hobbit,ummm…  Jesse is a dwarf). The nasty one is Anubis characters. Nice costume and make up with long attached legs, about 2.5 meter height. They’re making scary face and scream at people, but they’re friendly if we asked them to take pictures. Beware of Anubis. It looks fun yeah. We’re going inside the pyramid.

341 EGYPT

Yeah a long queue like Transformers: The Ride and nice ancient Egypt interior design with adventure elements (forget to take pictures 😦 ). The passage is like a maze with rock, caves, barrels, wood boxes, treasure box, sand, torches, ropes, skeleton etc. I like the giant Anubis statue when we get deeper to the pyramid.

We got our turn now. We’re on the ride.. ahh so exciting. Start to depart and we will enter to the storyline, something like Book of Eternal Life if I’m not wrong. Sometime the mummy statue appear but look so fake (like toys).. the ride started, high speed in the dark with the mummy laser light effect.. interesting! I think less than 5 minutes. We’re finish. Quite fun but Transformers: The Ride is much better.

The next destination we found is Jurrasic Park. It’s the boat sailing ride if I’m not wrong, like doing adventure looking at the dinosaurs and maybe with surprise.. Jesse said it’s not really good so we’re not play the attraction, we’re go inside.. found cafe, fossil and dinosour statues. So we just strike a pose.

342 JURASSIC PARK

So hot and thirsty, found a booth, bought some beverage and found WATERWORLD attraction in front of us. Jesse recommended it. If you’re ready to get wet, this is the place. In my mind I think it’s gonna be like water boat or rafting thingy. But actually it is an action drama show. When I ran into the stadium after they open the gate, there’s a military setting and a big pool. The audience chairs has been separated into color to decribe the wet level. The closer you to the pool and the stunts, you will get really wet. The stunts will splash you with watergun and a bucket of water. Splashhhh!! Some audiences even prepare the umbrellas to prevent the splash, but sometime the stunts intentionally come up and splash from the top.. so naughty! But he looks fun and people also don’t mind getting wet. That’s the risk.. haha..

The show is on! Honestly I’m kinda underestimate with this attraction/drama at the first time. The story point is basic – Hero save the princess from the bad guy. But after watch them doing the actions, They’re very good. Their acting and body language really natural so it makes us like looking a live movie.. more interesting and intense when the explosions, gunfires, flames and plane comes out. Make it so alive!! Good point for this attraction. I like!!

343 WATER WORLD

This show is about 15 – 30 minutes. Good job for the stunts.. they must be so tired.. running, jumping, rolling, splashing.. no wonder the next show will spend longer time to start again.

Let’s go back to explore!

(Continue to Part VI)

A Boy in Singapore (Part III)

Still the same day…

Oh! We forget to eat our lunch that Junki and Jesse’s bought at the MRT Station. We’re so hungry especially after we have join 2 masterclasses.. We’re didn’t eat the lunch coz we have a great plan for this. After finish the QWS program, we took some pictures then we start to leave. Bobby and Wisnu joined us together walk along to the MRT station.

310 TIRED BUT HAPPY

We’re in the same train, chattering and gossip but the best part is Wisnu’s Pole Dance inside the train. They will go back to Hotel, meanwhile Me, Junki and Jesse will have a great dinner at ARIRANG – Korean Grill, All you can eat restaurant at BUGIS area. Junki has recommended this restaurant before we go to Singapore, She said It’s a nice restaurant and also recommended by an infamous woman (blogger) CMIIW – Iron lady. It makes me curious..

311 BUGIS

Junki called her friend and asked how to reach there. She only came once so she kinda forgot. After we arrived at Bugis, Me and Jesse followed Junki. Arrived! ARIRANG!

312 ARIRANG

Yay!! All you can eat! 1 person only costs SGD 26. I always love this kind of concept, all you can eat.. makes me feel so happy and time to fullfilling my cravings. We order almost all the foods and meats, name it! Chicken, Fish, Beef, Lamb, prawn and PORK!! They also serve the “Ready to Eat” foods like Pork Katsu, Chicken Katsu, Fried Fishes, Crab Soup, Sushi etc.

313 ORDERING

We wait all the menu come on our table then we took the picture: “BEFORE we eat picture”, out table is FULL. OK, LET’S START!!

314 THE FOODS

We grilled the meats.. Junki was in charge of this session, she grilled the onion first, she said it is to bring the aroma to the meats… hmm hmm.. smell good .. taste good.. It’s HEAVEN! Live for Food! The services also nice, the waiters/waitress are nice.. Always ready to assist us whenever we like to order more foods & beverages and changing the new aluminium foils when the old one is getting black. We ate nonstop, Jesse loves the Saba fish, She ate about 5 – 6 fishes. I love the meats.. also the fresh green vegetables.. I’m eating like carnivore, I’m chewing like herbivore.

315 A LOTTA FOODS

318 HERBIVORE

We cook, we chat, we eat, we drink.. what a wonderful night! Love to see the expression of the girls while eating the meats. They’re just mmmm… like they wanna cry “so deliciousss…”

316 HEAVENLY DELICIOUS

One thing happened here is I wounded my lips, HOW !? Because I ate prawn.. maybe I was too excited or “forget” how to eat prawn, I ate the prawn with its shell, and I think I want to take off its shell by using my teeth.. but suddenly It slipped and sliced my lips. I’m not feel hurt and not realize I’m bleeding until the girls saw it. Try not to panic.. ry to cover it and stop it using ice and tissue.. but the blood won’t stop bleeding.. T (now feel panic), Junki came next to me and do something like holding my lips (oops..) and then she asked me to pray.. I did what she said.. believe it or not.. after that it’s cured, no more bleeding.. magic.. after that I start eating againnnn.. bring back the mood!!

317 BLEEDING

Our tummies are getting round and bigger.. We spend about 3-4 hours here and I think we have eaten more than 1 – 3 kg meats in total.. (I think more), is that normal ?

Ahhh so full! After finish we’re heading back to hotel using taxi. I just knew that taxi rule in Singapore is soooo not good if we used it at night, The cost will be multiply by 2.. Ahh so expensive.. why ?? We arrived at Hotel.. ahh looking at the bed.. It’s like a soft white cloud or soft marshmallow, I think you feel the same when you already eat a lot you just wanna fall on that soft bed. But before that we watched SH’BAM®/BODYJAM® video while waiting others finishing their bath. And don’t forget gossip time and planning for tomorrow event. So excited! We will go to Universal Studio Singapore and SEA Aquarium tomorrow. Let’s have FUN!!

(Continue to Part IV)