Senin, 15 September 2014

Made in China: The Venetian



Anda tidak perlu sudah pernah mengunjungi Venesia untuk tahu kota yang terkenal dengan jembatan dan kanal serta gondola yang jadi ciri khas kota di Italia ini. Venesia terkenal dengan romantisme, kota yang unik dan jadi impian untuk dikunjungi pasangan dari seluruh dunia.



The Venetian Macao adalah replika Kota Venesia yang dibuat di dalam bangunan, indoor. Sangat menarik berjalan di dalam kompleks Venesia di The Venetian Macau yang merupakan hotel dan casino resort, sekaligus shopping malls. Bangunan toko di sisi kiri dan kanan dibuat menyerupai bangunan di Venesia, lengkap dengan sungai di area tengah dan gondola seperti di Italia.



The "sky"
Bagian atas dibuat menyerupai langit biru, lengkap dengan awan. Saya masih dapat melihat titik-titik (smoke detector?) di atas namun sekilas tampak seperti langit biru dan membuat area belanja indoor ini serasa berjalan di luar namun dengan udara yang tetap sejuk.


Bought some souvenirs in this cute shop!


Busy day at the Casino

The Venetian Macao dimiliki oleh grup Las Vegas Sands dan dibuat menyerupai Casino Resort The Venetian Las Vegas. Jika ingin mencoba peruntungan (atau ketidak beruntungan), anda dapat turun ke area lantai dasar dengan areal kasino yang sangat luas. Tinggal pilih salah satu di antara 3.400 slot machines, atau gambling di salah satu di antara 800 meja yang ada.


Well, I prefer stay away from that, I don't have the lucky hands on gambling, so does Patrick. But we do enjoy The Venetian a lot!

@marischkaprue - she didn't sing on the gondola, just in the bathroom

 NOTES:
  • The Venetian Macao terletak di Estrada da Baía de N. Senhora da Esperança, s/n, Taipa, Macao SAR, P.R. China
  • Untuk masuk ke area Casino tidak boleh menggunakan sendal jepit dan celana pendek, perempuan boleh menggunakan celana pendek.
  • Area Venesia di The Venetian adalah shopping area, tidak ada ketentuan dress code untuk masuk area ini

GIVEAWAY!

Who want this pretty keychain? :)
I'm having a great time in Macau and it always a pleasure to send a mini gifts from places I've been. This time I have one cute key-chain from The Venetian Macao. How to get? very simple, just answer if you're in The Venetian Macao, will you gamble in the Casino or not and why? Write on the comments below :)

Also, don't forget to write your twitter account on the end of your comment, I'll contact the winner via twitter on 6th October 2014!

Thank you and hope you like it! :)

Minggu, 14 September 2014

Double Six Luxury Hotel Seminyak, We Love Luxury



Luxury is in the eye of the beholder. You might think luxury must relate with money, well in my opinion it depend. For those having all they need but dealing with works 24/7, staying at home one day and doing nothing is luxury. For me, doing things you really love is luxury. Jumping from a height with your feet tied up - you can call it bungee to make it sound wow - is a luxury. This place been providing luxury in Bali; before, now and then.

You might remember the only place to do a bungy in Indonesia: double six. Jumping from about 20 meters, with a pool below. Well, now that bungy is not the luxury you can have here, but I'm sure its the luxury everybody loves.



This is one of the greatest hotels to feel in Seminyak, Bali. Where you can see the beach from your balcony and enjoy swimming on fresh water pool, also from your balcony. Double Six exceed my expectation of enjoying a hotel in Seminyak.



Few years back it was the infamous double six club and AJ Hackett Bungy (same company with the Bungy I tried in Queenstown), now the area is transforming to a more enjoyable luxury, no adrenaline rush needed since all you want to do is just enjoy the room and the atmosphere.


The pool is super clear
I'm lucky enough to get the room with a view, a wide terrace and pool access. I can see the pool and the seminyak beach right from my bed. The thing about having these 120 meters long blue pool is that you just want to jump in and get wet all the time but its not a problem, the room is just steps away.



Another thing I love about DoubleSix Luxury Hotel Seminyak is the bathroom. Just see and I'm sure you'll love it. Don't forget the Hermes amenities, a luxury you usually get in a hotel like Sofitel, but this one is owned by Balinese businessmen. It always good to know a great hotel owned by local.

Sunset feeling
From the rooftop, best place to enjoy the sunset!
Its glowing during the night :)

Then again, it's a place to enjoy the luxury of a hotel, and the luxury of a view nature's been providing for us living in Indonesia.

@marischkaprue - her luxury in life is to be able to travel to various destinations

All photos by Ferry Rusli

NOTES:
  •  Double Six Luxury Hotel Seminyak located at No 66, Double Six Beach, Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia 80361. Info and bookings: phone +62 361 730466, email info@double-six.com
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Sabtu, 06 September 2014

Tokyo Disneyland Video Mapping: Once Upon a Time



I believe the Cinderella's Castle is the main attraction in all Disneyland, including in Tokyo Disneyland. I remember when my friend knew I went to Tokyo Disneyland, she immediately asking me to take a lot of photos of Cinderella's Castle and send it to her. It's been a dream castle for almost all girls growing up seeing Disney movies.

See the size of it!
This is what you'll see during the night
The castle is definitely bigger than the castle in some Disneyland in other countries. Its mesmerizing during the day and enchanting during the night since you can see and watch stories of Disney on the castle. Yes, I'm not joking, on the castle, from outside.

Pinocchio and fairy Godmother
Also with those smokes along with the music
The patterns, which continuously “draw” the Cinderella Castle, is a work of projection mapping, a high tech 3D projections which adjusts to the shape of the castle. "Once Upon a Time" is the show projected on this castle, along with the music and fireworks. 

Colorful castle!
All Disney's classic stories will show up, bring again your childhood memories of those Disney characters. From Cinderella itself, until Elsa on Frozen, all combined in harmony with the music. The fireworks make the castle even more "glam," you don't have to be sitting in front to enjoy the show. Its a gala show for everyone even for those seeing from a distance.



In Japan, the sound of the narrator is in Japanese but you simply don't have to understand the languange to feel the show. Its a universal visually mesmerizing show for everyone.

@marischkaprue - once upon a time she don't know she'll travel the world

NOTES:

  • Harga tiket masuk Tokyo Disneyland atau Tokyo DisneySea: 6400 yen (Rp. 743.000,-) untuk dewasa di atas 18 tahun, 5500 yen (Rp. 639.000,-) untuk usia 12-17 tahun dan 4200 yen (Rp. 488.000,-) untuk usia 4-11 tahun. Jika membeli tiket masuk untuk 2 hari akan lebih murah, cek harga tiket selengkapnya disini.
  • Tidak diperbolehkan membawa tripod atau monopod di area Disneyland dan DisneySea, I can brought mine with special permit, namun tongsis yang kecil tentu tidak masalah :)
  • Thanks to Bina Blog and Tokyo Disney Resort for inviting me and gave me special tour. Thanks to Tetsuya Osafune from Bina Blog, Hiroyuki Ishiai and Tsutomu Takeuchi for the nice tour and experience, I'm having so much fun in Tokyo Disney Resort

Rabu, 03 September 2014

Feeling Local at Takpala Village


Pesona desa ini membuat saya mengunjungi Takpala dua kali karena tidak puas dengan hanya sekali datang ke desa adat yang berada di Lembur Barat, Kecamatan Alor Tengah Utara, Kabupaten Alor, Nusa Tenggara Timur. 



Saya datang di saat warga Takpala telah menyiapkan tarian. Tujuh warga Takpala telah menunggu kami di atas tangga masuk ke arah desa mereka. Saat kami menaiki tangga mereka bergerak sambil berseru dan berdendang dalam bahasa adat.


Tidak perlu waktu lama, hanya tiga menit menaiki tangga kami sudah sampai di desa. Di tengah berbagai rumah dengan atap berbentuk limas terdapat lapangan dengan satu pohon besar di tengah. 




Puluhan warga Desa Takpala dengan pakaian tradisional mereka sungguh menarik. Wajah-wajah suku Abui, suku terbanyak yang mendiami Pulau Alor, membuat saya sulit berhenti mengambil gambar. Kemudian mereka mulai bernyanyi sambil membentuk lingkaran, dengan tangan saling merangkul dan gerakan kaki yang seirama.



Tarian Lego Lego adalah tarian khas dimana bentuk lingkaran adalah ciri khasnya. Warga saling merangkul, bernyanyi dan bergerak seirama. Terkadang mereka berjalan perlahan, terkadang cepat setengah berlari namun menyamping. Gelang-gelang yang menghiasi kaki perempuan Takpala menghasilkan nada tersendiri dari gemerincing gelang yang berpadu.


Saya dan sejumlah turis lainnya (it's okay to be a tourist, it doesn't make you less-"cool") dapat ikut menari. Kami langsung dirangkul dengan akrab dan warga Takpala yang ramah langsung mengajari saya ketukan sederhana yang menjadi acuan gerakan kaki. Kami ikut menari memutar pohon besar yang ada di tengah bersama-sama.

Me & Agus Hong trying to be a local, how do we look here?
Agus Hong, Me and the infamous Om Tije :D
Ada berbagai makna tarian Lego Lego. Tentu, salah satunya adalah keramahan warga Takpala. Lingkaran dan rangkulan menjadi tanda bahwa siapapun yang datang dianggap sebagai saudara. Mereka akan dengan ramah menawarkan anda untuk mencoba pinang (saya mencobanya meski hanya tahan mengunyah dua menit saja), masuk ke rumah mereka, atau mencoba mengenakan baju tradisional warga Abui yang sangat indah.


Takpala adalah list wajib dikunjungi saat anda datang ke Alor. Entah apakah anda memaknai diri sebagai turis, traveller, atau datang ke Alor karena pekerjaan, one thing for sure you must visit this enchanting village!

@marischkaprue - enjoying her circle of life

NOTES:
  • Alor terletak di Nusa Tenggara Timur. Untuk menuju Alor, ambil penerbangan ke Kupang (Harga tiket Jakarta - Kupang PP sekitar Rp. 3.000.000,-) kemudian dilanjutkan dengan penerbangan Kupang - Alor (via Transnusa dengan harga tiket sekitar Rp. 1.200.000,- PP)
  • Alor is located in East Nusa Tenggara, to reach Alor you can take a flight to Kupang (Jakarta - Kupang return flight is about Rp. 3.000.000,-), then continue with Kupang - Alor (via Transnusa return flight is about Rp. 1.200.000,-)
  • Budget untuk menikmati 5 hari di Alor sekitar Rp. 3.000.000,- all in (tidak termasuk tiket pesawat), untuk mendapatkan kisaran budget tersebut sebaiknya pergi bersama-sama atau ikut open trip sehingga biaya sewa kapal dan mobil dapat lebih murah. Untuk trip ke Alor, hubungi Tukang Jalan ,via email: tuk4ang.jalan@gmail.com atau telp +62 813158 09191
  • The budget for 5 Days in Alor is around Rp. 3.000.000,- all in (exclude plane ticket), to get this price with proper facilities, you can join open trip so the boat and car rent is cheaper. Contact Tukang Jalan for the trip to Alor: tuk4ng.jalan@gmail.com or phone +62 813158 09191
  • Jangan lupa membawa peralatan snorkeling sendiri (masker, snorkel, fin, bisa juga rental dari Jakarta). Di sejumlah tempat di Alor disediakan penyewaan alat snorkeling tapi selalu lebih nyaman menggunakan alat sendiri atau dengan alat yang sesuai dengan ukuran kita. 
I do believe that my life is an absurd journey, in a good way ;)