Posts tagged ‘Asia’

March 29, 2023

My visit to Yogyakarta , Indonesia !!

I have found this older post with missing info and old links so is updated now and while doing it bringing many many memories of my visit to Yogyakarta. I have, also, told you that I have been 8 times to Indonesia over the last few years, and most of these trips were to the more popular cities but once I went to some off the beaten paths areas such as here in exotic Yogyakarta !!  Hope you enjoy the post as I

Briefly, Yogyakarta is the capital of the special territory of the same name, in the center of the island of Java, Indonesia.  Its name, which means “the work of Ayodhya”, comes from that of a city in the kingdom of Koshala of which Rāma was the monarch in the epic of Ramayana. The Special Region of Yogyakarta, one of Indonesia’s autonomous regions, owes its special status to the Sultanate of gyaHamengkubuwono, which has ruled the region since 1749 and led it through the difficult times of the occupation and the struggle for independence

The city is known as the center of classical Javanese art and traditional culture including wayang kulit shadow theater, batik, ballet, theater, music, poetry. Yogyakarta is also known for its silver craftsmen, gathered in the money district, Kota Gede. The German painter and musician Walter Spies , who was one of the first Western artists to make Bali known to the world, was conductor of the European music troupe of the Sultan of Yogyakarta.

Some things to see here with more time are: The Beringharjo market is a huge covered market ,where you can find everything: a huge choice of batik (clothes and printed fabrics), spices, fruits and vegetables, wicker baskets, trinkets… It is open in the morning only from 8h. The Sultan’s Palace! Yes a sultant still resides in Yogyakarta. He is the governor of Central Java and has a large palace in the city center, which is open for tours every morning. The Taman Sari ,formerly, the Water castle of Yogyakarta was the place where the Sultan and his Court came to bathe. The famous temples of  Borobudur  and  Prambanan  are located near Yogyakarta.

Oh yes I came here by air, see my post on airports of Indonesia. On the older Yogyakarta Adisutjipto International Airport is The new airport Yogyakarta International Airport or Kulon Progo International Airport, is in the district of Temon, kabupaten of Kulon Progo, which serves the special territory of Yogyakarta in Java, The airport was inaugurated on May 6, 2019. This one I have not try yet as my last visit dates from 2018.

The Yogyakarta Adisutjipto Inter airport :

The newer Yogyakarta inter airport



The Restaurant Taman Pringsewu Km. 9 Mulungan Jln. Magelang, is the pride of the family every time there is an event that definitely has to eat its food here. The tastes never disappoint and the variants are very much so you can choose, the price is worth it, the place is clean and the service is fast  Friendly children. Super menu.  Super nice,very affordable price & the dining experience is extremely relax with nice ambience. Definitely will come again. The food and service is awesome. First time there and can come back again hopefully. I had lunch at the in a magnificent setting with all exotic local foods some are even hard to remember or spell ! The grill fish is to kill for it, . A wonderful coconut and orange drink as well.The chain webpage :

And the personal Taman resto webpage :



The Yogyakarta tourist office:

The local Yogyes on Yogyakarta (ID):

The Indonesia tourist office on Yogyakarta :

There you go folks, another nice off the beaten path spot on my world map, and plenty of good memories which have lasted and will last forever. Thanks for the friendship and opportunities to visit all these wonderful places in our world such as Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Again, hope you enjoy the post as I.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

March 10, 2023

Dak Lak of Vietnam !!

his time came by air from HCMC to a new area of Vietnam . I had this mix up with another older post but felled needs to have a post of its own, Therefore, here is my take on wonderful Dak Lak, and the province of the same name in Vietnam. Hope you enjoy the post as I

Đắk Lắk is located in the Central Highlands region of Vietnam. Its capital is the city of Buôn Ma Thuột (see post). It is 60 km from the province capital city of Buon Ma Thuat, It is ,also, 1410 km from Hanoi and 320 from Ho Chi Minh city, The name is from “Lak” to a legendary man named “Lak Lieng” of the M’Nong ethnic group.

The province in general might be one of the most famous destinations in Vietnam and the place where you can find the best coffee in Vietnam or even South East Asia, The province of Đắk Lắk is delimited around the plateau of Đắk Lắk, 600 meters above sea level. It is an ethnically very diverse province, in which the dominant Việt ethnicity acts as a newcomer, with waves of mass immigration and forced assimilation triggered in large part after the Vietnam War, the Montagnards of the province having been much courted by the Americans.

The Tourists who come to this province can go hiking in the primitive forests of Chu Yang Sin, and Yok Don National Park. You can also observe historical remains such as Bao Dai Palace, Yang Prong Tower, Buon Ma Thuot Prison, or Dak Tua Cave. At the lake, the village of the Jun M’nong ethnic group still retains traditional values and customs. The ride on the back of the elephant is the best way to admire the beautiful landscapes of the mountainous region of Tay Nguyen. Every year on the 4th day of the lunar month, Lak Lake hosts elephant and canoe races. Also, it is in Dak Lak that comes from the origins of the famous gong sound, now listed as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. With up to more than 2,000 gong sets and 554 groups of traditional gong players, Dak Lak regularly holds fungals and other performances of popular musical instruments.



There is a wonderful Lak Lake with much potential for walks, bikes, fishing, and water activities. On the shore of the lake there is Jun M’nong Village, where people live in thatched-roof houses on stilts. On the lake there are breathtaking views and the lake is like a sea huge with depth in rainy season as of as much as 50 meters (165 feet). The best time to visit is November to February.

dak lak lake sturgeons fish view dec18

dak lak sturgeons lake dec18

The Vietnam tourist office on Dak Lak :

A private Vietnam online tourist site useful on Dak Lak :

The Dak Lak local government site on tourism

There you go folks, just a layback ambiance in country with some nice folks made it all worthwhile and another spot of the world I can say was there. The visit to Dak Lak with locals was wonderful a great experience, and even if far always looking forward to be back, Again, hope you enjoy this post on exotic Dak Lak as I.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

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March 9, 2023

Curiosities of Cau Mau, Vietnam !

Let me tell you a bit more about Vietnam and my many trips there over the years, I found new older pictures not in my blog yet and they should so here they are on nice Cà Mau, Hope you enjoy this post curiosities of Cà Mau as I.

Briefly, Cà Mau is the capital of the province of Cà Mau. It is located in the Mekong Delta, 360 km southwest of Ho Chi Minh City.  Ca Mau province is served by National Highway 1A, National Highway 63, and Quan Lo-Phung Hiep Highway. The area is Vietnam’s biggest shrimp exporter. Bordered by the sea on three sides, it has the most developed fleet fishing in the Mekong Delta. It is also the largest aquaculture area and the largest production in the country.

I first came via air to the small Cà Mau airport, which serves the town of Cà Mau. It is served only by the Vietnam Air Services Company (VASCO), which I took and they operates an exclusive connection between Cà Mau and Hồ Chí Minh City (HCMC).

ca mau airport lobby mar16

I drove around the town to see and feel the local ambiance, and then settle for lunch at the local Guyen Thanh (see post for more) resto where I had some excellent big scallops and tropical fish that can grow to several hundred kilos and they had for display we ate the smaller ones ::)  The resto is a tropical paradise with a property made for events and weddings, very nice.

ca mau from guyen thanh resto street below mar16

There are many massage parlors along the main road N1 and took the picture out of curiosity, Also, the famous burgers are all over even here in Cà Mau with the national chain Lotteria, again just out of curiosity and memories of passing by the City,

ca mau

ca mau lotteria resto burgers mar16

Its always hard to find official Tourism information on Cà Mau ,the general Vietnam tourist office:

As went there as French, got plenty from French language webpages such as the Mekong Delta area on Ca Mau in French:

There you go folks, another dandy in nice Vietnam, This is Cà Mau in the south, worth the detour. I had lots of good times there and very friendly folks which still in touch thanks to the networks. Cà Mau was an off the beaten path trip and nice memories. Again hope you enjoy the post as I

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

March 9, 2023

Again, Da Nang in Vietnam !!

So here I am reviewing with new text and old photos, but new to the blog, on my memorable trips to  Da Nang, Vietnam. I was there several times, amazing trips and good cheers, good friends, by air and by car on the road warrior ride I love. I have written before on Da Nang but here is a bit more, Hope you enjoy the post as I

Da Nang city has been a hub of foreign culture for hundreds of years. The French Imparted their rich and colonial architecture, whereas modern Chinese and Korean investment has generated a plethora of delicious food options. As for the infrastructure, experts from Singapore have been called on to turn Da Nang into a ‘garden city’ by 2030.

There are severail nice hôtels , casinos, and the rotating bridge as well as the famous dragon bridge that spurs fire at night Fridays and Saturdays. A very nice picture taking spot by all visitors.

danang dragon bridge side feb14

There are several beaches and just drove by them with the exception of My Khe which my hotel was across !  The more popular ones, such as My Khe and Non Nuoc, are relatively close to the city center. My Khe beach is a 32-mile stretch of white sand beach that is approximately 6 km east of Da Nang. The beach is in Phước Mỹ district which is the central area for tourists.  The southern beaches are the most popular ones in Da Nang. They are located by the road going from Son Tra Peninsula all the way to Hoi An. This big stretch of sand has been divided into few beaches: Pham Van DongMy Khe, Bac My Anh and Non Nuoc. To explore the northern beaches of Da Nang you need a scooter. Lang Van Beach, Xuan Thieu Beach and Thanh Binh Beach are all located close to the Hai Van Mountain and Hai Van Pass. They are less popular with locals and visitors and therefore ideal for water sports and some relaxing time.

danang beach across doan 27 hotel and statue cross feb14

There are several nice pagodas , the best known is the Linh Ung pagoda on Son Tra peninsula is possibly the most famous as it hosts the highest Guanyin Statue in Vietnam. Standing on My Khe beach, you can see the giant white statue overlooking the Pacific ocean. It is considered as a symbol of Da Nang city. However, did not see this one. There are others such as Hoa Phuoc Pagoda, a shrine to worship Shakyamuni Buddha, Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, is a beautiful temple with nuns who practice and take care to beautify the temple, so it is very clean and tidy. This shows the achievements of the cultivation and care of the nuns and nuns here. The one I saw was the Bao Minh Pagoda Chùa Bảo Minh, The temple is located on Pham Hung street, looks very dignified and quiet The design of the temple is very unique and ancient, bringing a sense of peace when coming to the temple.

danang pagoda entrance feb14

The Da Nang tourist office :

The official Vietnam tourist office on Da Nang

There you folks, this was going and coming by air but car all over Danang and nearby. This road warrior love it and had the opportunity to get a quick glance at the city. Again, hope you enjoy this post on Danang as I

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

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December 30, 2022

The airport of Cebu, Philippines !!

Well looking at my vault of pictures and posts in my blog realised had just small mentions of the Airport of Cebu, Philippines. This was my most entries to the country for several years and 6 visits, sometimes straight there and others rerouted after Manila. Therefore, let me put more into my blog of the Cebu airport and hope you enjoy the post as I.

Let me tell you the airport for the main Cebu city had to passed first by Lapu Lapu, and Mandaue towns. The trips were routine, same route each time. The island of Cebu is 122 miles (196 km) long; nowhere does it exceed 20 miles (32 km) in width. The capital city of Cebu city is located in the Central Visayas region VII, consisting of a main island and 167 surrounding islands and islets. Cebu is the oldest city and first capital of the Philippines. Cebu city forms part of the metropolitan area with Danao city, Lapu-Lapu, Mandaue and Talisay cities. Mactan Cebu international airport is in Mactan island the second busiest airport in the Philippines !!

Cebu lapu lapu city drive jan17

cebu lapu lapu passing jan18

A bit of history which was interesting to me tell us that on April 27, 1565, Miguel López de Legazpi and the friar Andrés de Urdaneta arrived on Cebu and founded the first Spanish settlement and Catholic mission in the Philippine archipelago. For six years, until Legazpi’s removal to Manila, Cebu was the Spanish colonial capital. It remained the primary Spanish bastion in the southern part of the Philippines. The local native language is the Cebuano an unique language of the region which as a result of the 333-year Spanish colonial period, Cebuano contains many words of Spanish origin. Indeed it is very interesting to listen to it.

The Mactan Island side of the bridge, which is in Lapu-Lapu City, is accessed by Old Patiller Road, a spur road of the Manuel L. Quezon National Highway. On this island is the Cebu Mactan International airport. Here I have landed and take off several times on my travels there and was by the end routine; always going by car to my hotels. The main airlines here which I have taken are Cebu Pacific Air , operating flights to over 60 domestic and international destinations across 14 countries , and Philippine Airlines , which took to the skies on March 15, 1941, laying claim to the distinction of Asia’s first airline.

cebu overbridge from mactan apt to hotel jan18

From the airport you have the taxi yellow and taxi white located at the Terminal 1 Domestic Arrival and Terminal 2 International Link Bridge Arrival , There is My Bus ,located at the Taxi Bay Area of T1 Domestic Arrival and Bus Bay of T2 International Arrival, MyBus provides daily connectivity from SM City Cebu (a big mall see post) to Mactan Cebu International Airport and vice versa. There is a premium bus service between terminals 1 and 2 ; passengers will need to secure a shuttle coupon from the arrival transfer desk / information counter and present it to the bus dispatcher before boarding, There is a nice car parking located at Terminal 2 grounds and walking distance going to terminal 1, There are several car rental operators on both terminals including international known names such as Alamo, and Hertz, I have used none of the above, here just for information.

cebu airport domestic terminal apt jan16

At the airport I have use the Mabuhay Lounge in Terminal 2 flying for Philippine airlines ,Did purchases at the Duty Free store at Terminal 1 Domestic Airport Village ,Arrivals, Had my coffees at Illy Caffe on Terminal 1 South Wing Pre-Departure

cebu airport going to hotel nov18

With more time some of the things to see here me think are:

The Santo Niño Basilica, also known as the Minor Basilica of the Holy Child of Cebu. Casa Gorordo is a house museum located in the historic Parian area of Cebu, the oldest city in the Philippines. Fort San Pedro is a military defense structure in Cebu , built by the Spanish under the command of Miguel López de Legazpi, first governor.  The Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, officially known as the Metropolitan Cathedral and Parish of Saint Vitalis and of the Immaculate Conception is the ecclesiastical seat.  The Jesuit House or Museo De Parian is possibly one of the country’s oldest houses, having been built centuries ago. The Magellan’s Cross Pavilion is a stone kiosk in Cebu City, the structure is situated on Plaza Sugbo beside the Basilica del Santo Niño. The Colon Obelisk marks the start of Colon Street, the oldest street in the Philippines established in 1565 by Miguel Lopez de Legazpi. The Yap-San Diego Ancestral House in Parian, Cebu City is said to be the first Chinese house built outside of China. Museo Basilica Del Santo Nino, a museum was first established in the year 1965. The Archdiocesan Museum of Cebu is the only ecclesiastical museum in the country that is completely housed in a Spanish-era rectory.

cebu airport arriving from the air jan16

The official Cebu Mactan airport

The official Cebu tourist office :

There you go folks, wonderful memories forever of my forays into the Philippines. Many friends later longing to be back one day eventually, For now hope you enjoy the post on the airport of Cebu as I.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

December 27, 2022

The Taman Mini Indonesia Indah museum of Jakarta !!!

Back in 2012, I came to Jakarta, Indonesia for the first time ever. It was unique to be there, and over the years until 2019 I came 8 times more. A pleasant experience and many I can call friends now. This first time , stayed at a hotel just across from this museums and then came back for more. I have written several posts on Indonesia in my blog but I will like to give you a bit more on the the museums of Taman Mini Indonesia Indah . Hope you enjoy it as I.


The Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (TMII) or Beautiful Indonesia Miniature Park is a culture-based recreational area located in East Jakarta. It has an area of about 250 acres (1 km2). The park is a synopsis of Indonesian culture, with virtually all aspects of daily life in Indonesia’s provinces encapsulated in separate pavilions with the collections of rumah adat as the example of Indonesian vernacular architecture, clothing, dances and traditions are all depicted impeccably. Apart from that, there is a lake with a miniature of the archipelago in the middle of it, cable cars, museums, Keong Emas Imax cinema, a theater called the Theatre of My Homeland (Theater Tanah Airku) and other recreational facilities which make TMII one of the most popular tourist destinations in the city. Indeed.


Since each Indonesian province maintains its own unique and distinct cultures, shelters, attire and dialects, TMII built a model of each of the houses from Indonesian provinces. TMII attempted not only to reconstruct the homes of the various provinces, but also to create a realistic model of the environment and shelters of the various people of Indonesia. The venues, which are situated around the main lake in a similar fashion to the different islands of the Indonesian archipelago, are thematically divided into six areas in respect to the main islands of Indonesia; Java, Sumatra, Kalimantan (Borneo), Sulawesi, the Lesser Sunda Islands, Maluku and Papua. Each pavilions featured in typical vernacular Indonesian architecture of each provinces.




The religious buildings of several official faiths is meant to showcase the inter-faiths tolerance and religious harmony of Indonesia. The religious buildings are: Pangeran Diponegoro Mosque, Santa Catharina Catholic church, Haleluya Protestant church, Penataran Agung Kertabhumi Balinese Hindu temple, Arya Dwipa Arama Buddhist temple, Sasana Adirasa Pangeran Samber Nyawa, and Kong Miao Confucian temple. There are about ten gardens spread within TMII complex, but most are located primarily on the north and northeast side of the main lake which are: Orchid Garden, Medicinal herbs Garden, Cactus Garden, Jasmine Garden, Keong Emas (Golden Snail) Flower Garden, Fresh Water Aquarium, Bekisar (a type of rooster) Garden, Bird Park, Taman Ria Atmaja Park, stage and music performances, and Taman Budaya Tionghoa Indonesia, an Indonesian Chinese cultural park.A Reptile Park in Komodo Zoological Museum compound. A fully grown Komodo dragon nicknamed Bima resides in the reptile park near the eastern gate, which you can pet and take pictures for a small fee.


Pusat peragaan Iptek or Science and Technology Display Centre is under coordination of Research and Technology Ministry. At the end of 2011 has 15 sites with about 300 science tools. The sites are Robotic, Electric and Magnet, Mechanics, Mathematics, etc. There are fourteen museums at TMII !, and these are:  Indonesia Museum , Purna Bhakti Pertiwi Museum, Soldier Museum, Indonesian stamps Museum, Pusaka (Heirloom) Museum, Transportation Museum, Museum Electricity & New Energy Museum, Telecommunication Museum, Penerangan Museum, Sports Museum, Asmat Museum, Komodo Indonesian Fauna Museum and Reptile Park, Insects Museum, Research & Technology Information Centre,Oil & Gas Museum, East Timor Museum (former East Timor province pavilion), Keong Emas (Golden Snail) Imax Theater, Tanah Airku Theater, and 4D Theater.

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There are several monuments in the complex of TMII and these are: Kala Makara main gates , Flower clock, Tugu Api Pancasila, the main monument, an obelisk celebrating Pancasila, Baluwerti, a twin gate with relief of Indonesian history on its wall, Pendopo Agung Sasono Utomo (Grand Hall), the main building in Javanese Joglo style, Sasono Utomo, exhibition hall, Sasono Langen Budoyo, indoor stage and theater, Sasono Manganti, Sasana Kriya, multi purpose function hall, Park Management Office, Cokot Sculpture, a display of wooden sculptures by Cokot, a famous Balinese artist, The Miniature of Borobudur, APEC Memorial Monument and Garden, Non Alignment Nations Friendship Monument and Garden, The Miniature of Indonesian Archipelago on central lake, Indonesian Archipelago Plaza and Stage , Jati Taminah, a remnant of a large teak tree, Kayu Gede (large wood), the display of large tree trunk

And several rides of Skylift Indonesia cable car, Aeromovel Indonesia, a wind powered people mover , Mini train around the park, Boat ride on Indonesian archipelago lake, Swan paddle boat on Indonesian archipelago lake,  Bicycle rent ride, and Car ride around the parks. In all one stop place to see all Indonesia. 

The official TMII museums

The Indonesia tourist board on TMII museums of Jakarta

There you go folks, of course,  I have not been to all of them, but several and you have here a one stop visit to Indonesia, very convenient and inexpensive time with a family or friends. Hope you enjoy the post on the TMII park museums as I.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

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December 26, 2022

My hotels in Jakarta and Surabaya !!!

I need to tell you about my memorable experiences on hotels in Indonesia, basically base in Jakarta and Surabaya. This was my first experience with Indonesia and over the years had the opportunity to be back 8 times and got to know the country well, Many friends still in touch and lots of wonderful memories I like to keep in my blog, There are many posts on the country and its monuments and places to even airports! Do not know when back, but the memories will lingered forever, Hope you enjoy the post on my hotels in Jakarta and Surabaya as I,

First, let me give you Surabaya, a lot written on it in my previous posts; so here is the hotel I always stayed and by now has change name too. The old Somerset !


There was always a shuttle to my home base hotel , in Surabaya , the usual have come here Somerset Hotel and Résidences, great place where many in front desk knew me! Very centrally located and restaurant lane just a few blocks on foot from it. It is well located off the main highway for in and out quick which helps in traffic flooded Surabaya. The hotel is now under new owners and is call the Verwood Hotel & Serviced Residence.   The hotel is still located at Jalan Raya Kupang Indah, Surabaya East Java.


It is a huge property with all the trimmings, and always book here, easy walking to a street of many restaurants and right near the main road taking me to my assignment. This hotel features a restaurant, an outdoor pool, and a bar/lounge. Good for family and enjoy the children’s pool, playground, and arcade/game room. Enjoy the fitness center and perks like free self parking and a free area shuttle. Free WiFi, LED TVs with cable channels on the 467 soundproofed guestrooms with 24-hour room service. Other amenities include coffee/tea makers and free bottled water. Superbe always for several years.


The official Verwood hotel and Serviced Residence :

Now let’s go full throttle to big Jakarta ,they were several here. They were :

The first stayed was at the  Hotel Santika Taman Mini Indonesia Indah at  Jl. Pintu 1, Taman Mini Indonesia Indah, is connected to Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (TMII),(see post) one of Jakarta’s most popular museums park. Featuring a “miniature Indonesia,” the park showcases the rich cultural and natural diversity of this spectacular country. Located on the ground floor, Krakatau Restaurant offers the best in international, oriental and indonesian cuisine. Available for breakfast, lunch and dinner. And the Jali-Jali Lounge is open 24-hours a day. The plus was to walk across the street to the wonderful park as above.


The Hotel Santika offers an outdoor pool, 2 dining options, free Wi-Fi and free parking, and modern rooms with a flat-screen TV. The rooms are tastefully decorated, elegant interiors, wooden floors, a safe, tea and coffee facilities and a bathroom with a hot shower. The hotel offers a gym, a business center, a 24-hour reception and a concierge service.  Hotel Santika Taman Mini Indonesia Indah is a 20-minute drive from Cilandak Town Square’s dining and shopping mall, and 1.5 hours from Soekarno Hatta International Airport.  (see posts)


The official Hotel Santika Taman Mini Indonesia Indah

In subsequent trips I stayed at my most used hotel the Grand Kemang Hotel right in the entertainment center of Jakarta. You really don’t need a car staying here as all shopping, restos, bars to boot are walking distances. It has a wonderful Sparca restaurant. I must say for lodging was my best experience in Indonesia. Location is at Jl. Kemang Raya 2H Kebayoran Baru, Kemang.


The strategic position of the hotel, just 1 km from the city center, allows guests to easily and quickly reach many tourist sites. With the city’s main attractions including Kemang Street, Kemang Village, Wijaya Golf Course close to the property, guests will love this location. the establishment offers, among other things, 24-hour room service, free WiFi in all rooms, 24-hour reception, WiFi in public areas, valet parking. The hotel rooms have been furnished to the highest standards of comfort and ergonomics and some include the following amenities: flat screen TV, additional bathroom, additional WC, free instant coffee, free tea. The hotel offers an excellent variety of leisure facilities, including outdoor swimming pool, garden. Painting and art installations will spoil the eyes of visitors on various sides of the hotel. Now for the rooms, there are 203 in total. Some of them are the Junior Suite Room with an area of 48 m2 and an Executive Suite Room covering an area of 47m2 . Junior Suite Room in a spacious room, there is a bathroom with TV, minibar, refrigerator, sofas and tables for relaxing, dining together or talking with relatives. Meanwhile, to enjoy food and drinks, there is Sperta with a la carte menu and buffet, Sparca lounge, courtyard by the pool with Vibar. Great souvenirs and would love to come back here!


The official Grand Kemang Hotel :

The next in time hotel I stayed was the Amaroossa Cosmo Hotel was right in front of an overpass highway along the whole front even if told is in the chic district of Cilandak. My first sampler was at  the hotel Andromeda Cafe, ok with a nice mini garden in the back but again that wall of highway, the other was the Bell Lounge but it was dull no action nobody there lol!!! Not a pleasant experience even if quiet and friendly staff. It is located at Jalan Pangeran Antasari No. 9 a-b, Cilandak, Cipete Selatan, Jakarta.


You have   98 guest rooms, all of which are decorated and designed to give you the right to enjoy the most important things offered by all major hotels: the perfect place for you to rest, relax in fantastic comfort where all the needs will be fulfilled and pampered. All rooms are equipped with air conditioning, LCD TV, kitchen, living room, safe, hair dryer, telephone and mini-bar. Internet network can also be accessed free of charge in all areas of the hotel. There is also an outdoor swimming pool, fitness center and restaurant to support your activities while in the hotel. You will also find other facilities such as laundry, free parking. You can drive about 20 minutes to Cilandak Town Square mall, while a trip to Soekarno Hatta International Airport takes 60 minutes from the hotel.

jakarta cosmo amaroossa hotel andromeda cafe breakfast cart jan16

The official Amaroossa Cosmo Hotel

And my very last hotel in Jakarta and Indonesia was the Swiss Belinn Hotel Simantupang. And twice to boot on same trip with an incursion to Surabaya and back to Jakarta.  The first round was for five nights and then there is one night before heading back home. Both times at a new hotel experience, the Swiss Belinn Hotel Simantupang, was a great experience even if the breakfast choices were few to me. The rooms were great, modern clean and spacious, and the location was good.  It is located at Jalan R.A Kartini 32, Lebak Bulus, Cilandak, Lebak Bulus, Jakarta.

jakarta swiss berlinn hotel room 1117 to city nov16

In the city center, Swiss-Belinn Simatupang at about a 40-minute drive from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, and located in the vibrant Simatupang area of Jakarta. The popular Pondok Indah Golf and Country Club and Pondok Indah Mall are both reachable within 7 minutes’ drive from the property. Gandaria City Mall is a 15-minute drive away. The hotel’s 159 comfortable and stylish rooms in 20 floors feature dedicated workspace, sitting area and floor-to-ceiling windows with city views. In-room amenities include air conditioning, LCD TV, IDD telephone, personal safe, desk, refrigerator and complimentary Wi-Fi access. For a luxurious, guests can choose to stay in the hotel’s opulent suites.  After a hectic day of sightseeing, guests can relax in the hot tub or feel refreshed with a dip in the outdoor pool. The concierge staff assists with ticket bookings and restaurant reservations. Other than this, it also offers luggage storage, parking, laundry and free Wi-Fi access. A hearty local meal can be enjoyed in the elegant setting of the in-house restaurant, Barelo. It also serves a wide range of international delicacies, and lip-smacking Indian food. The anecdote was that driving back we got hit with a huge Jakarta traffic jam that in several years coming there never encountered. We decided to walk once saw the hotel on the distance from the road! and got to it first than our driver !! Always funny to tell the story !!

jakarta swiss berlinn hotel lobby bar nov16

The official Swiss-Belinn Simatupang Hotel :

There you go folks, another dandy memorable post for me and great hotel experiences in Jakarta and Surabaya, Indonesia. Plenty of good memories and still good friends, looking forward to be back, eventually. Hope you enjoy the post as I.

And of course, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

December 26, 2022

The Ayala Triangle Park of Manila !!

I found me a couple pictures of my adventures in the Philippines and just need to have them in my blog, In my eagerness to know the town or district where I was lodge in Makati I took a long walk and came across the wonderful Ayala Triangle Park. It was one of the hightlights of my stay as came back several times, Let me tell you a bit on it ok, Hope you enjoy it as I.

The Ayala Triangle Gardens is a 2-hectare (4.9-acre) landscaped urban park in MakatiMetro ManilaPhilippines. It is a triangular public garden and courtyard in the center of the Makati Central Business District. It opened to the public in November 19, 2009 , inspired b Hyde Park in London, the park, which is dotted with palms, acacia trees, and tropical foliage, is considered one of the few green areas in Makati.

manila ayala triangle park ent jan16

I had several times good lunches at the Banaapple resto, and for the great local dish Lechon or pork dish at Simple Lang  in the wonderful park. Unfortunately, Simple Lang will have to be for the memories as it has closed down. Nevertheless, Ayala Triangle Park is a wonderful place to spent your time in Manila. The Ayala Triangle on Banaapple resto:

manila banaapple resto makati jan16

The buildings on the Ayala Triangle Park include the old Makati Stock Exchange Center and Ayala Tower One (home of the Philippine Stock Exchange) along the Ayala Avenue side, the old Nielson Tower, and Ayala Triangle Tower One and Ayala Triangle Tower Two ;home of The Shops at Triangle Gardens, and Ayala Mall (see post), at the intersection of Makati Avenue and Paseo de Roxas. Ayala Triangle Gardens Attractions: Filipinas Heritage Library, Gabriela Silang Monument, Ninoy Aquino MonumentSultan Kudarat Monument, Ayala Triangle Gardens Public Art:Homage to Antoni Tapies, Homage to Eusebio Sempere, Homage to Fernando Zobel, Homage to Luis Feito.

manila ayala triangle park restos jan16

The land of the present-day Ayala Triangle Gardens was once the 42-hectare (100-acre) Nielson Field, Manila’s pre-WWII airport, located in the vast Hacienda de San Pedro de Macati of the Zóbel de Ayala family. When the airport was decommissioned in 1948 and transferred its present site in Nichols Field, the site was returned to the Ayalas and redeveloped as a commercial district The runways were converted into roads which now form the Triangle’s boundaries:Ayala Avenue, Paseo de Roxas and Makati Avenue. Only the airport’s control tower was preserved,now the Nielson towers,which was converted into the Filipinas Heritage Library, and later as the Blackbird fine dining restaurant.  By 1971, the Ayala Corporation moved to its new headquarters in the Triangle at the Makati Stock Exchange Center building , The rest of the Triangle was then transformed into the football field known as Ugarte Field, named after the Filipino football legend of the 1930s, In the 1980s, Ugarte Field was the site of regular protests against the Marcos dictatorship.

The Ayala Triangle Gardens hosts the annual Festival of Lights, a lights and sound display from November to January of the following year for the Christmas season. It premiered on November 20, 2009 as the symphony of lights. The show runs every 30 minutes from local time 18h until 22h, More info webpage :

The official Ayala Triangle park:

The National Philippines tourist office on Manila

There you go folks, a dandy park in a nice district of Manila. This is a nice place to spend some time in the city, Ayala Triangle Park of Makati. Glad to have it in my blog and hope you enjoy the post as I.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

December 5, 2022

My travel stories so far !!!

We are coming to the end of 2022 another year and another battle, My 87 years old father Elio is already 18 days in the hospital recuperating from an episode of epilepsy and coming along slowly in stable condition, He is the last as my mother Gladys died in 2007 and my dear wife Martine in 2018, I am at home with my 3 young men and our dog Rex waiting for Christmas and another year, I decided to look back and briefly tell of my travels and countries visited in my life, All wonderful trips with family and alone that will be in my memory forever, Hope you enjoy the reading along with me of this wonderful post,

I have gone out into the world from the Miami International airport, Orlando, and Fort Lauderdale in Florida, Later from CDG Roissy airport (Paris) and Orly airport (Paris), Lastly my trips have been from Nantes Atlantique airport or even the Lorient and Rennes airports. Many experiences all good me think even with some delays, No sad event on any of them.

The countries I have visited are group by region below :

Asia : Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia, China, Dubai, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Qatar, India, South Korea, Saudi Arabia,Taiwan, and Thailand,(14)

Africa : Uganda, Nigeria, South Africa, Argelia, Tunisia, Morocco, Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania,Angola, Namibia, Mozambique,Ghana, Ivory Coast, Cameroon,and Senegal, (16)

America : Mexico , Brazil, Belize, Chile, Colombia, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands, Bahamas, Canada, USA, Cuba, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay, Paraguay Bolivia,Dominican Republic,Guatemala, Jamaica, and Haiti (27)

Europe : Spain, France, Portugal , Belgium, Luxembourg, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Romania, England, Ireland, Switzerland, Germany, Netherlands, Italy,Greece, San Marino, Russia,Israel, Austria, Bulgaria, Andorra, Monaco, and the Vatican, (24)

So there you go 81 countries so far, and some were done from France ,the latest ones, and others done from the USA the oldest visits, All wonderful memorable moments in my life.

The family was always sitting down to figure where we are going, and the endless choices mostly turn out to be France or Spain. Lately, alone with the boys we have been concentrating closer to home in our lovely region of Bretagne/Brittany/Breizh, Life goes on, beautiful life but short to many, enjoy it fully while you can, Remember as I needed to, don’t do tomorrow what you can do today, This post will allow me to keep track of where I have been because it took some work to put it together.

And remember, happy travels, good health,and many cheers to all !!!

ps, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2023

August 31, 2022

My airports in Indonesia!

I have been thru too many airports in my last 40 years to last me for the rest of my lifetime! I do not look at them as tourist attractions but a necessary step to tourism. As Indonesia is a country of many islands and vast distances the use of airplane is a must. I have made about 8 trips in the last 11 years to the country and always fond memories of places and friends, Let me update and tell you briefly on my airports in Indonesia!And, plenty of domestic flights once there!

My main point of entry was the Jakarta International Airport (Soekarno-Hatta), the main airport serving the greater Jakarta area on the island of Java. It was designed by French architect Paul Andreu, who also designed Paris-Charles de Gaulle (Roissy) airport. The Soekarno-Hatta airport was Inaugurated in 1985, it was named after Soekarno, first president of the Republic of Indonesia, and Hatta, first vice-president. They were the ones who proclaimed the independence of the country in 1945.   Jakarta International Airport has 150 check-in counters, 30 baggage carousels and 42 gates. Each sub-terminal has 25 check-in counters, 5 baggage carrousels and 7 gates at my last count.


The airport is divided into three terminals. Terminal 1 accommodates domestic flights, except for Garuda Indonesia, Indonesia AirAsia, NAM Air and Sriwijaya Air. Terminal 2 accommodates all international flights other than those of SkyTeam companies, as well as domestic flights of Indonesia AirAsia, NAM Air and Sriwijaya Air. Terminal 3 accommodates all Garuda Indonesia flights as well as those of SkyTeam companies. A shuttle system connects the 3 terminals.



Taxi counters are located on the Arrivals level after customs and outside at the taxi stand. Several Taxi companies operate at Jakarta airport, including Blue Bird, Silver Bird, Golden Bird and Gamya. Blue Bird taxis are blue and provide basic taxi service from a reliable company. Silver Bird taxis are black and provide premium taxi service at slightly higher rates. Golden Bird is a limousine service. I have been picked up by locals as well as use the Silver Bird services.

jakarta airport outside feb13

The official Soekarno-Hatta airport :

The official Jakarta tourist office

The Surabaya Juanda International Airport serves Surabaya, East Java and surrounding areas. It is my second most used airport in Indonesia. It is located in the kabupaten ,department of Sidoarjo, 20 km south of Surabaya. Open December 7, 1964 as an air and naval base, December 24, 1990, Juanda Airport obtains the status of international airport, after the opening of an international terminal.


surabaya juanda airport outside feb13

The Surabaya Airport has two terminals: Terminal 1 is split into a couple of sections: section 1A and section 1B. The Level 1 is the Arrivals level, where check-in counters and baggage claim area are located. Level 2 is for Departures, where the boarding area is located. Find in this level access to boarding gates 1 to 6 ,and 7 to 12.   There are lounges close to gates 2, 8 and 11.   Terminal 2, handles international flights and some domestic services of Garuda and Indonesia Air Asia. Terminal 2 is the newest one and opened in 2014. It is located at the east side of Terminal 1. The Ground level This is the Check-in area and the Arrivals level. It has a boarding lounge at west and the Arrivals facilities plus the baggage claim can be found at east.   Find also here transportation options (bus, taxi, shuttle, car rental). Upper level: This is the Departures area, split into the Domestic and International departures.   Access to boarding gates 1 to 9 from a single point. Mezzanine level Find in this level the airport lounges. Taxi ranks are properly located outside Arrivals of both terminals, after the baggage claim area.   In order to take a taxi at Surabaya Airport, passengers should purchase a taxi coupon from the transportation counter. Blue Bird and Orenz Taxi.I have was picked always here by locals.



The official Juanda Surabaya airport

The official Surabaya tourist office :

A very nice experience for me was to go inland into Yogyakarta and Ngoro, etc towns. The Yogyakarta Adisutjipto International Airport was the airport of the city of Yogyakarta. The airport was inaugurated as international in 2004. Adisucipto airport also houses an Indonesian air force base. Adisutjipto will be gradually replaced by the new international airport of Yogyakarta in the kabupaten of Kulon Progo. Airport taxis are available on the arrivals level. Taxi rate is fixed depending on the distance. Purchase a fixed price taxi coupon from the Transportation counter and proceed to the taxi stand outside. This is the one I used; here for the memories of always.



The official oldAdisutjipto airport :

The new airport Yogyakarta International Airport or Kulon Progo International Airport, is in the district of Temon, kabupaten of Kulon Progo, which serves the special territory of Yogyakarta in Java, It is 45 km from the city, and was inaugurated on May 6, 2019. The airport became fully operational on 29 March 2020 with all scheduled flights (except turboprops, cargo and other non-commercial flights) relocated from the old airport , This one I have not tried yet.

The new official Yogyakarta airport::

The official Indonesia tourist board on Yogyakarta

The best way to move about in Indonesia using various airlines most of the time Garuda Indonesia; Sriwijaya airline; and Wings, etc. The official Indonesia Tourist board :

There you go folks, now you all set to enjoy this exotic beautiful country in Asia. Lots of memory of my trips there in the last 11 years! And lots of good friends still in touch. I am always looking forward to be back, eventually. In the meantime, get to know my airports of Indonesia !!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

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