Weekend Getaways: Ice Castels & Snowboarding

Yet another long overdue post. What’s new right? I always do this to myself. There’s so much I want to do.. stream on Twitch, update my blog, create content for my Youtube channel and of course, do my school assignments. But the thing is, I can only focus on one thing at a time and leaving the rest unattended. When I’m working on the things for my Twitch live stream channel, I’ll spend so much time on it that I don’t do all the other things that I’m also supposed to do. Same goes to the times when I’m working on my Youtube, blog posts, etc. Le sigh. Anyway…

J brought me up to New Hampshire a few weeks ago to see the ice castles and go snowboarding. I needed that weekend break. Things have been moving so fast for me that it’s hard to slow down, and every now and then, I seek out short getaway like that to keep myself sane. Usually, I’d be the one planning the trip but this particular one was special because it was J who planned it all (he was even the one who suggested for us to go for a trip). That, ladies and gents, is something so very extremely rare because J just doesn’t plan things, lol.

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Back Home Part 5

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This is probably the longest blogisode that I have so far. Alright, here we go.. Part 5. Singapore, my second home. Before going there, I told myself that I’ll stuff myself crazy with all the scrumptious food that I’ve been missing every day. And so I did. Here’s a slideshow of some of the delicious foods and drinks that I had the pleasure to nom and sip while I was in Singapore (plus a couple from my transit in Japan, couldn’t resist the temptation to eat authentic Japanese food)…

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Back Home Part 4

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It takes about an hour of plane ride from Bengkulu to Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia. A city filled with pollution and the people tend to grow old in their cars because of the never ending traffic jams.

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One of the main reasons of why we went to Jakarta was because my cousin was getting married. Funny thing is, I didn’t even know that he has a partner until my mom told me a few weeks before I even thought of coming back home. Quite sad how out of touch I am with my own extended family members. I rely so much on Facebook to see how people I know are doing, so thank you Mark Zuckerberg! Haha! Anyway, he had his wedding at a church nearby his house. I love weddings. The white dress, excitement of the guests to see the bride walking down the isle or to hear the couple say ‘I do’. I think the best part of every wedding is that look in the groom’s face when he sees the bride walking down the isle. Although my cousin’s wedding it was a little different as both the groom and bride walked down the isle together, it was still beautiful.

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Tuang Teh is a Chinese tradition that usually happens before the wedding reception. What happens is that the bride and groom will pour glasses of tea to their older relatives and in turn, they’ll receive red pockets (also known as hong bao) containing moolah. Naturally, my parents were part of the Tuang Teh ceremony and here’s a little fun fact: my parents got to know each other through my cousin’s late father.

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My dad knows that I love to sing, so when the MC was looking for volunteers to sing dad told him to pick me. Because he’s really big into confidence and believing in oneself, so of course I couldn’t say no because I didn’t want to disappoint my dad. Every atom in my body was filled with nervousness, but I’m proud of myself for making it to the stage. I picked what I thought was my “safe” song, I’m Yours by Jason Mraz and boy was I wrong, lol. Lost my voice here and there because I was hella nervous, but so glad that I was able to share the stage with my cousin’s daughter, Fiona! Oh that adorable little munchkin!

We went to Bandung the next day. J has never been to Bandung before so my parents thought it’d be nice to bring him around. We visited my mom’s friend’s idyllic house at the top of the hill. Picturesque view from the balcony and that called for a mandatory selfie, haha! Anyway, she brought us around the area and we had lunch at The Mountain View Golf Club in Dago. I ordered ayam bakar (grilled chicken, Indonesian style) and it was heavenly. Can someone from Indonesia mail some for me, please? 

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Next, we went to visit Tangkuban Perahu, a dormant volcano located at the north of Bandung. One tip for foreigners who are planning to visit, when your car/ride arrives at the ticketing booth.. hide. They’ll overcharge you like no other. I had J covered with my scarf and told him to pretend as if he’s sleeping, lol. It worked! I felt like a genius. Mmm, as for the sulphur, it didn’t smell as bad as I thought it would be but still worth getting the face mask (plenty of sellers around the area, not to worry if you don’t have one).

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We were there for about fifteen minutes and then it started raining cats and dogs. We had to run to the nearby shelter and we were pretty much stuck there for about another fifteen minutes before our rides came to pick us up because there was no cellphone reception and we couldn’t call our drivers. Silver lining? I have one. I made a new friend while we were hiding from the rain. Ono, a beautiful pony who’s super calm and friendly. He even allowed me to take a selfie with him haha.

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Before we left Bandung, my dad’s childhood friend brought us out to eat dinner at an authentic Korean restaurant complete with the floor seating and a table bell for the customers to press when they’re needing some assistance. I wasn’t a fan of the food though, but he ordered a lot, and I mean a lot of bean sprouts! Like a lot. No, seriously. Most of them were pretty much bean sproutified by the end of the dinner, except for me. Ha, I hate bean sprouts.

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We left Bandung after dinner, made our way back to Jakarta. Our days were filled with food, malls, snacks, more food, sightseeing and… yeah, food. Hahaha. If you ever plan to go to Jakarta, definitely go on a culinary tour. Plenty of food to choose from and of course, don’t forget to try out the street food! Granted, if you don’t have a strong stomach you’ll more than likely get stomach problems like J did. But I still think it’s worth it, haha.

After a couple of days, we left Jakarta for Singapore — my second home. I look forward to sharing that part of my vacation story with you in my next blog post but until then, have you seen my recent vlog? Pretty much a compilation of bits and pieces of my time in Indonesia. If you haven’t well, here it is! Hehe, enjoy! See you in my next post, lovely!