Indonesia: Malang and Ngoro!!

So again going over old posts and wonderful memories of my travels in the last few years from my belle France. I take you back again to exotic Indonesia and new towns visited. Let me tell you a bit again on Surabaya and the new towns of Malang and Ngoro.

My month long trip continue as from the Philippines flew to Jakarta and transfer to Surabaya Juanda airport for the next week. I have written before on Surabaya but the other two towns are new footprints of me ::)

From Manila took a Philippine Airline flight to Jakarta at Terminal 2, changing to Garuda Airline flight to Surabaya Juanda airport.

Once out had shuttle to my home base hotel , the always every time I have come here Somerset Hotel and Résidences, great place where by now many in front desk know me. This is an all inclusive property with hotel rooms and apartments, tennis basketball courts nice outdoor swimming pool, covered secured parking, and big rooms and baths all with AC of course;temp went up to 38C !!! Right Inside the old Somerset you have the Pyramide bar (still kept by the new owners! )a great place to hang out Watch TV and drink bintang beers!  As in previous updates you know they have change ownership and name and now are call the Verwood Hotel and Serviced Residences. Webpage: http://www.verwoodhotel.com/

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From the hotel was an easy ride to Ngoro, passing by the great Volcano on the horizon, nice view but its active so nice to have it dormant every time I visit !!! Nice business trip to Ngoro Industrial Park in nearby Mojokerto.  If interested for what is there, here is their webpage: https://www.intiland.com/en/industrial/mojokerto/ngoro-industrial-park/

For sightseeing in this area two places that were recommended to me if indeed more time were the  Jedong Temple  a sort of gate temple, in the shape of Paduraksan, a type of gate which its roof merged.  More on a East Java webpage here:https://www.eastjava.com/books/majapahit/html/jedong_temple.html

And the beforementioned volcano. They are located halfway between the city of Surabaya and Kawah Ijen, Mount Bromo  whose name probably comes from a deformation of the name of the Hindu god Brahma  is one of the most known and most frequented in this region of Southeast Asia. Mount Bromo is located in the Tengger Caldera and shares the landscape with Mount Batok and the towering Mount Semeru, the region’s highest point at 3676 meters above sea level. These three volcanoes are part of the Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park, which is also home to lakes and rivers, as well as extraordinary endemic flora and fauna. More here from Indonesia tourist board: https://www.indonesia.travel/fr/en/destinations/java/bromo-tengger-semeru-national-park

While back in Surabaya I had more time to enjoy some shopping and eating at famliar faces. I enjoyed the Ciputra World Surabaya Mall, a wonderful place full of shops, restos and great promenade on the top floor with asiatic decoration along a lineup of restaurants including my old favorite Pizza Hut. Webpagehttp://ciputraworldsurabaya.com/mall/directory

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While in town near the above hotel had a wonderful local crab place , this is as local as you can get here finger liking and all. cook right on the spot wonderful crabs. The place address is Jalan Raya Kupang Indah No. 45 C-D, Surabaya and the name is Kepiting Cak Gundul . More on this local webpagehttps://id.openrice.com/en/surabaya/r-kepiting-cak-gundul-1992-dukuh-pakis-seafood-r22152

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The Surabaya tourist office: http://www.surabayatourism.com/

Again, set out to visit a new town, Malang! While visiting Malang , I stop by for lunch at the Warung Bu Kris restaurant again very local traditional cuisine. this is at Jl. Ciliwung No.31, Kota Malang, where I had some local fried rice, fried fish, and the shredded beef ,wonderful! again local webpage here: https://www.diarysivika.com/2015/04/warung-bu-kris-cabang-pandaan.html

A pleasant town, Malang was the preferred resting place for European planters during colonial times. The old inhabitants of the region nickname it the “Paris of East Java”. The city is the seat of the diocese of Malang with the Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel . From colonial times, Malang kept many religious buildings: Jami Mosque, Church of the Sacred Heart (Gereja Hati Kudus Yesus), Cathedral of Saint Teresa (Gereja Ijen or Katedral Santa Theresia), and Chinese Temple (Eng An Kiong).

All passing by colorful places like Miami Chicken, and Persada Hospital ,and the market at Singapori. Again deep into Java island Indonesian places; vivid pictures and people I won’t forget easy. A great séjour stay in colorful exotic  Indonesia.

The Indonesia travel board on Malanghttps://www.indonesia.travel/fr/en/destinations/java/malang

Now I feel better to have all this info in my blog for the memories and future travel headups. Hope you enjoy this part of our world, Indonesia! there still a lot more to cover, and looking forward to better times for travel.

In the meantime, remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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