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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Lontong Mie

Lontong Mie


This rice cake noodle soup is one of the many traditional dishes of East Java.  I had lontong mie last week in Melati Cafe, Tugu Hotel Malang.

You will need:

250 gr egg noodle, cook and drain
250 gr sprouts, soak in hot water and drain
250 gr shrimps.  Separate the head and the body
1 stalk celery, slice
1 stalk chives, slice
5 cloves of garlic, slice
4 cloves of  shallot, slice
1 table spoon of dried shrimps
1/2  tea spoon of pepper
2 tea spoon of salt
2 table spoon of sweet soy sauce
6 glasses of water
2 table spoon of cooking oil

You will also need:

Shrimp paste (petis udang)
Rice Cake
Fried Tofu
Fried Shallot
Emping or shrimp crackers

How to Cook:

Boil the water.  Put the shrimp heads in.  Keep on the heat until  the shrimps heads floating.  Strain the shrimp broth.

Saute the garlic,  shallot and dried shrimps.  Put it  in the shrimp broth

Cook the shrimp broth, add pepper, salt, After it boils, put in shrimp, celery, chives and soy sauce until the shrimps are cooked.

How to Serve:

Slice rice cake and fried tofu.  Put it in a bowl.  Add egg noodle, sprout and shrimp.  Pour the soup.  Sprinkle with fried shallot.  Serve the shrimp paste and shrimp crackers on separate plate.