Last week, i, Nananana, Ridha, and Lulel attended our collegaue wedding ceremony (in a remote area) in West Bandung. His wedding was just not that important to be attended, actually, because we only wanted to visit Bandung before Asian African Conference and Keraton Cliff. #slappedbyPanji
We’ve booked two rooms at Javaretro Hotel which is located on Jalan Cibogo 3 No.2, Sukajadi, Kota Bandung, Jawa Barat 40164, phone +62 22 2004358. A bit hard to find without Google maps and a bit far from the center of the city.
The room was clean, the floor and the furniture was beautiful. The parking lot was not large but you can use the street in front of the hotel to park your car. Free Wi-Fi was available but the signal wasnt that good. The staff were friendly. We skipped the buffet breakfast due to our city tour since early morning. What a good service for a low budget hotel.
At 3.30 pm, we were going to Dago Pakar in a heavy traffic jam. We intended to visit Tebing Keraton but our friend-to-be-guide told us that we’d better go there tomorrow morning. So we only did a sight seeing near to The Valley and turned back to the center of the city afterwards. Its about at 5 pm when we touched down Asia Afrika street and was greeted by a very-very-heavy-traffic jam. I saw a huge excitement from the people to welcome the Asian African Conference Commemoration 2015 that would be held there. It took about 80 minutes to reach the parking lot in Great Mosque of Bandung that usually only takes less than 10 minutes.
We prayed at the mosque first before doing photocall in all over the street.
The mosque was beautiful and the yard was just covered with the new synthetic grass. Children love playing there.
The sign of “Alun-Alun Bandung” which means Bandung City Square.
Here we come in the Asia Afrika boulevard with those colorful flags from the participants of the conference.
I almost did’nt know any country leader on the painted box.
The girls with i-know-some-of-these-leaders figures.
The guys styled our president with a sideway hat and jacket. -,-
Then we had dinner in the not-satisfying a la Japanese restaurant nearby our location in Naripan Street. We had to wait until half and an hour to have our ramen, bento, and dimsum to be served while the other customer had only wait for less than 15 minutes. We asked for our dishes like five times but they were just busy with the other customer. That was our decision to stay there due to our friends were on their way to this place while we had been here for an hour. At the end, there were some beverage and dimsum they couldnt serve but they possibly served it to another customer. This place offered us a good vibe to hang out with fellas and the taste of the food was just ok actually.
We went back to the crowd in the fountain area.
The girls tried to atrract the police attention.
Lulel seemed lost in the crowd.
The building was almost ready to welcome the delegate.
I took a part on a selfie competition which was held in front of Pikiran Rakyat building.
Nananana tried to operate this big and antique typewitter.
Homeless guy across the street of GKN.
A beautiful colonial building and the traffic jam.
And we did a selfie again with the museum as the background.
Mamang with Charlie Chaplin.
Passing by East Cikapundung Street again.
A beautiful globe monument with the name of country participants of the conference.
It was 10.30 pm when we got back to the parking lot under the mosque. We moved to La Viva Cafe on Jalan Setiabudi No. 173, Bandung to taste the infamous surabi or serabi, Indonesian pancake made of rice flour and coconut milk. Surabi is best cooked with mini pans made of clay, then cooked on the charcoal-fire stove.
In Bandung, surabi are served with so many topping choices like cheese, chocolate, jackfruit, palm sugar, oncom, durian, corn, chicken, strawberry, banana, etc. It costs Rp5.500 to Rp13.000.
It was Sunday morning when we went all they way up to Keraton Cliff.
Then we packed up our belongings and checked out from the hotel and had some shopping spree in House of Donatello and Kartikasari on Juanda Street. We enjoyed our last moment in Bandung by having a late luncheon at Kupu Bistro Cafe on Ranggagading Street, phone +62 22 4232621. This cafe offered a very cozy environment to hang out.
The food and beverage taste was average and the price was not pricey.
Its lychee virgin mojito was so fresh and testeful with this beautiful presentation.
Finally we had to go back to Jtown and ended our fabulous weekend getaway.