Category Archives: Travel

Bryce Canyon National Park

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Bryce Canyon, located in southwestern Utah, is made up of thousands of brilliant colors  towering stones, finely carved by nature.  Millions of years of wind, water and geologic mayhem have shaped and etched the pink cliffs at Bryce. 


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Mausoleum of Mohammed V


 The Mausoleum of Mohammed V is located in the capital of Morocco, Rabat.  Inside this mausoleum also buried his two sons, King Hassan II and Prince Abdallah

Welcome to Texas

Welcome to Texas

Entering Texas  on September 07, 2010  from Albuquerque, New Mexico to El Paso, Texas on US Road 85.

Taipei 101: Tallest Building in the World (2004-2010)

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When we were flying from Jakarta to New York with Eva Air on May 2013, we were forced to transit overnight in Taipei.  The only connecting flight to New York would be available on the next evening.  We warmly welcomed the delay, since it gave us an opportunity to visit Taipei 101, the tallest building in the world from 2004 until the completion of Burj Khalifa in Dubai in 2010.  Not to mention that hotel and food were provided by the airline.

The Taipei 101 tower comprises 101 floors above ground and 5 floors underground. It was not only the first building in the world to break the half-kilometer mark in height, but also formerly the world’s tallest building from March 2004 to 10 March 2010.

Taipei 10This building dominates the city of Taipei.  Almost from every corner of the city you can see the top of the tower

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Taipei 1From a distance, the tower is pleasant to the eye and up close we can see the beauty of its architectural details.

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Taipei 12Entering the building we come face to face with a five floors Taipei 101 Mall

Taipei 9Alfred and I had lunch at Panorama Observatory Restaurant on the 85th floor.  The food was excellent and the view was spectacular.

Taipei 7For a big city, Taipei is considered a quite city.  It is a friendly city for pedestrians with wide sidewalks everywhere.  we can walk leisurely or ride a rented bike that can be found easily.

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Taipei 13After lunch we went to Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall.

Taipei 3These two  bronze statues below can be found in the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall courtyard

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Welcome to Connecticut, the Nutmeg State

Connecticut, 23 May 2013

On our way to Boston from New York, on May 23, 2013, we – Alfred, Junior and I – stayed overnight at our cousin’s home in New Haven, not far from Yale University

Welcome to Delaware, the Small Wonder

Delaware, 18 May 2015

Almost missed the sign when we were passing through Delaware on May 18, 2013

Welcome to Maryland

Maryland, 19 May 2013

Entering Maryland on May 19, 2013 from Washington DC on our way to Mount Vernon.

Kain Sabu: Woven textile from Savu Island

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Lara Djonggrang: Dining in a Private Museum

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The main attraction of Lara Djonggrang is the decor, both exterior and interior.  Starting from the large banyan tree in the front yard up to the inside of the home which was converted into a restaurant that is unique and a bit mystical.   The rooms, the tables, the benches, the chairs, the lighting, the floor are all beautiful.  Not to mention innumerable collections of antiques.  The statue of Lara Djonggrang, a visualization of the mythical Javanese girl on her way to heavens is one of the Masterpieces in this Restaurant

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This restaurant offers traditional food from all over Indonesia.  All the food that we ordered were delicious.  


Indonesia, Traditional


Jl. Teuku Cik Di Tiro 4


Jakarta – 10350

Telp: +62 21 315 3252



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Semi formal

Our Order and Price Range:


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Date of   Visit:

August 17, 2014.   Dinner with Maga and Junior

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Temple of Heaven and Forbidden City

Travel Notes:  Beijing

(Day 2, 3  Juni 2014)

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Today, I planned to visit the Temple of  Heaven and the Forbidden City, which both have enormous area.  I  had to hit the road early to be able to cover both places.

My first destination was the Temple of Heaven (Tiantan), in the southeastern part of Beijing.  Because it is quite far from my hotel, I asked the  bellboy to find me a taxi with a driver who understood a little English.

His answered was: ‘Méiyǒu..’ (there isn’t any) .  So I had to ride in regular taxi and luckily, I arrived at the temple safely.

The admission to the Temple of  Heaven which was built in 1420 during the rule of  Emperor Yongle of the Ming Dynasty was 15 Yuan.  The rental price of electronic guides was  40 yuan (plus a deposit of 100 yuan).  Armed with  the electronic guide, I started to leisurely stroll through  the courtyard of the temple.   The sky was clear with a blazing sun.  Fortunately, most of the area shaded by rows of  beautiful cypress trees

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I lingered  in this beautiful place for more than five hours until it was time for me to go to the Forbidden City (Gugong or Zǐjinchéng).  And problems began to spring up … There was  no taxi outside…! I walked around to find taxi stands, could not find one.   I tried to asked people, but no one could understand my question. The information personnel just pointed out his finger toward the street, with no explanation. On the fast lanes there were many passing by taxis, but there was a road barrier between the fast lanes and the slow lanes.  How was I supposed to hail them?

Finally a help came in the form of a parking attendant .. He told me to follow him, jumped over the road block, passed the bus line and stood waiting for the taxi in the middle of the road.  In the middle of a busy road!! …When a vacant  taxi came by, he whistled loudly and  told me to jump into the  taxi.  Once I was inside the taxi, the driver took off, before I had time to say my thank to the parking attendant.

I told the driver that I wanted to go to Forbidden City.  He nodded knowingly without saying anything.  He drove in silence.  About 30 minutes later, after we passed Tianenmen Square, he asked me something in Mandarin..

‘Wǒ bù zhīdào (I don’t understand you)’, I answered him.   He nodded.  Not long after that,  he stopped and he pointed across the street.  I saw there was a museum and a big crowd in front of it.  Definitely my destination, I thought as I got out of the cab.

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It was correct,  the complex in front of me was the Forbidden City.  But it was not the entrance, it was the exit.  The entrance was on the opposite direction.  If I wanted to enter the Forbidden City I have to circle that place. I didn’t think I have the strength to do that.  I decided to go back to the hotel and visit the Forbidden City the day after.

To find another taxi was extremely difficult.  A Few taxi that I stopped, for some reason refused to take me to the hotel.   Suddenly there is an elderly Chinese woman in her 70s asked me where I wanted to go (She spoke in Mandarin, possibly that was the meaning).  I replied that I needed a cab to take me to my hotel, and showed her Shangri-la business card.   She said she would  call a cab and told me to wait. I didn’t know how I could understand what she was talking about, but I obeyed.  The woman  called someone. Three minutes later appeared in front of us a vehicle  resembled a Bajaj (see the picture below), the rider was much older than the woman.

‘This is the taxi,’ she informed me.

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“‘What???!!!  This is not a taxi!!  This is Bajaj,’ I told them laughing.   The woman and the old man giggled.  It was so funny.  We did not understand what was said to each other, yet we could  laugh together.  I still would not ride his vehicle  to get to the hotel. Instead, I asked the old man to take me to the entrance of  the Forbidden City.  I was sure I would find a taxi there to take me back to the hotel.

‘Sānshí..” said the old man. OK, tiga thirty yuan.

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