Well Asia it is so far,and my only attempt there was to Taipei back in 2002 to see some engineering project on computers parts. Now been having the opportunity to go back to Asia this time places like Vietnam, Singapore,and now Indonesia.
Even if briefs stays at one week at the most it allows me to see another part of the world that I am not familiar with sort of like beginning to travel again. And that’s always interesting lol!
My last trip last week was to Indonesia, visiting the cities of Surabaya and Jakarta for a grand total of one week. I went from Nantes France thru Paris, passing by Singapore to Surabaya and then a domestic fly to Jakarta. Back from Jakarta to Singapore, Paris and Nantes again. My car was left for a week at the outdoor airport parking and it took me three tries to get it started, I thought the cold and humidity had it done, but my Ford came back to life and it’s fine now.
Indonesia it is said to have 17 000 island with the most famous been that of Bali. The name of Indonesia comes from the Latin and Greek Indus and the Greek Nesos meaning island. The country has 34 provinces, of which I visited Java and East Java, whre the majority are. It has 240 million people of which there are over 300 ethnic people and about 742 languages and dialects. The official language that unites the country is Malay, and on business it is very much controlled by Chinese ethnic groups. It is not officially a islamic state and only recognise these religions Islam, Protestantism, Roman Catholicism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Confucianism.
Surabaya is the first port harbor of the country, and an important commercial center. It was founded in 1293AD and Surabaya comes from suro, « shark » and buaya, « crocodile ». The leyend has it that these two animals fought for control of the region and are represented in the coat of arms emblem of the city shown at the monument Tugu Pahlawan. Its airport is call Juanda, second in the country behind Jakarta. As per the Offical Airline Guide the route Surabaya Jakarta is the 5th most frequently flown in the world. Its official site is at http://www.juanda-airport.com/ for tourism here the webpage is at http://www.surabayatourism.com/
Jakarta, is of course the Capital of the country since its independance from Holland. Founded by the Dutch as Batavia in 1619. The airport is name Soekarno-Hatta, opened in 1985, and named after Soekarno the first President of Indonesia and Hatta the first VP. They were the ones who gain independance from Holland in 1945. The official webpage is at
, the tourist office here is at
I stayed at two really nice hotels that I can only recommend to all, the one in Surabaya is a bit off the center but on the main road to airport. The one in Jakarta is off the center to avoid the heavy traffic there. The amenities and food was excellent, not to mention the personal service. The budget is good for all. See their webpages here
Surabaya, Somerset Hotel and Residences ,
Jakarta, Hotel Santika,
We made all our meals in these hotels, as the service, food, and convenience was great. I did venture out to eat at BonCafe, Jalan Gubeng Raya 44-46,Surabaya, they have a webpage but in facebook, so you can look it up. It is a great place for families and nice prices in buffet style or order from the menu. The fish dish was great ,good service, nice ambiance,and great prices. Tel +62 31 5941611.
My historical cultural knowledge was by going briefly to this museum right outside my hotel Santika in Jakarta, Museum Purna Bhakti Pertiwi , the museum specialized on the life of Suharto, former second president of Indonesia andn a powerful political figure in modern Indonesia. The museum houses and displays the large amount of Suharto’s collections; mostly valuable objects, artworks and souvenirs, received from various world leaders and Indonesian people, accumulated during the 32 years of his administration in Indonesia. The museum is a modern building with design took shape of tumpeng , a traditional Javanes cone-shaped rice, symbolized gratitude. The museum webpage is in Indonesian but can be translated with google or other language tools,
the rates are very modest about One Euro, they are here
In all a very brief instroduction to the country but a very well received visit, from very nice friendly people. One more spot on the map for me,and one more place in the world to look forward to come back. Enjoy some photos. Cheers.