Tahun ini rencananya saya akan berkunjung ke Jepang (My Dream Destination) dengan lokasi tempat berangkat dan pulang dari Osaka. Selain membuat budgeting, rencana menginap hingga rencana wisata kuliner, berikut ini saya mau bagi info ke teman-teman semua yang menjadi tujuan utama saya berkunjung ke Jepang, tempat-tempat ini sudah masuk travel-bucket-list saya sejak lama. Ada beberapa tempat yang mungkin sudah familiar buat kalian, tapi apabila ada tempat yang baru kalian ketahui boleh loh dijadikan travel-bucket-list kalian juga. Check it out :

1. Hitachi Seaside Park

Kochias (Summer Cypress) in Miharashi Hill Area


Saya sendiri lupa pertama kali dengar nama taman ini dari mana, tapi begitu google image tempat ini saya langsung jatuh cinta. Websitenya langsung saya bookmarked, dan beruntung waktu berkunjung saya ke tempat ini nanti adalah waktu dimana hampir semua bagian taman ditumbuhi bunga yang sedang bermekaran. Lokasinya sendiri ada di timur laut kota Tokyo, tepatnya berada di Prefektur Ibaraki. Saat ini saya sudah mengantongi cara menuju ke tempat ini dari Tokyo. Untuk informasi singkat, Harga tiket masuknya 410 Yen, Jam Operasional Selasa - Minggu dari pukul 9 pagi hingga pukul 5 sore (beda bulan, beda jadwal). 

2. Chiba Suspended Monorail (Monorail Tergantung)


Source (subways.net)


Sesuai dengan namanya, Monorail unik ini berada di Perfektur Chiba yang terletak di timur kota Tokyo. Disaat monorail di kota-kota atau di negara lain memiliki rel normal yang berada di bawah kereta, di tempat yang satu ini, relnya justru ada di atas kereta. Saya sendiri masih belum tahu akan ketakutan atau kegirangan jika nanti menaiki moda transportasi yang satu ini. Asli, udah ga ngerti deh kecanggihan yang Jepang punya saat ini, jadi kapan dong proyek Monorail Jakarta jalan lagi?
Untuk melihat videonya bisa deh cek di channelnya travelvideos.

3. Anpanman Children's Museum and Mall


Anpanman and Friends
Source (JapanTimes)

Hayoo ada yang tahu kartun tokoh bulat-bulat pipi merah yang satu ini ga? saya sendiri sih suka sama Anpanman gara-gara waktu kecil pernah beli permen cokelat di supermarket makanan Jepang, Papaya. Kalo filmnya sendiri, rasanya belum pernah tayang yah di Televisi Indonesia, eh apa tayang tapi aku yang kelewat? .Ternyata semua tokoh-tokohnya imut-imut dan lucu, dan setelah tau ada museumnya jadi ingin mampir kalo ke Jepang. Lokasinya berbentuk Shopping Mall dan taman bermain 3 lantai yang ada di Yokohama, kota ini sendiri terkenal sebagai toko pelabuhan dan justru Museum ini mungkin bukan jadi main attractionnya. Yokohama mungkin masih jarang jadi kota tujuan jalan-jalan di Jepang, tapi tahu ga sih kamu? kalo di ibukota Perfektur Kanagawa ini ternyata banyak museum-museum seru (aheemm buat yang suka museum sih yah) dari Curry Museum, Tin Toys Museum, Silk Museum, Yokohama Science Center, Museum of Art dan masih ada beberapa Museum yang dikelola pemerintah. Eh wait, Museum dan Mall serupa juga ada di beberapa tempat lain seperti Fukuoka, Kobe dan Nagoya (jadi bis amilih sih mau ke mana)

4. Dynamic Duo Tokyo Disney Sea and/or Tokyo Disneyland


Meet the Gang
Source (Disney Website)


Dulu waktu saya masukin dua tempat ini ke dalam bucket list, kondisinya saya belum pernah main ke Disneyland. Namun saat ini sepertinya saya hanya akan mampir ke Tokyo Disney Sea karena tahun lalu sudah sempat mampir ke Hongkong Disneyland. To be honest saya memang big fan of Disney cartoon, so I won't missed this opportunity. Rasanya juga ngga perlu banyak menjelaskan tentang tempat yang satu ini yah, masih lebih banyak travel blog lain yang sudah pernah review. Mickey!! I'm coming again!!

5. Tokyo Tower


Red and White Tokyo Tower
Source (Gotokyo)

Untuk melengkapi perjalanan, foto-foto di depan Tokyo tower sepertinya bakalan jadi wisata wajib saya nanti. Foto-fotonya juga pake pose khusus loh!! sambil main karet yang membuat bentuk Tokyo Tower ala Nobita. Gara-gara Nobita, saya jadi kepengen banget ke sini, selain main ke rumahnya nobita juga (Museumnya). Nah satu lagi yang kata orang-orang wajib buat dilakukan saat berkunjung ke Tokyo Tower, yaitu belanja Tokyo Banana. Kue bolu terkenal yang berbetuk pisang dalam ukuran chibi ini kabarnya hanya dijual di sini (wait a second, rasanya waktu itu dibeliin teman di bandara deh hahahahahah). Sepupu aku juga punya nanoblocknya loh.


Nano block version



It's a wrap, itu dia 5 wisata seru di Jepang yang jadi Travel Plan saya di tahun 2015 ini. Semoga semuanya lancar hingga hari H yah. Post ini juga diikutsertakan dalam lomba blog yang diadakan Duo Adam-Susan dari Pergi Dulu.

Dari 5 tempat di atas ada yang masuk juga ke Travel-Bucket-List kamu ga?

My Turtle Bus - Kura-Kura Bus

Two weeks ago, I and Sharon were travelling to Bali for around a week. Since we can't drive motorcycle and rented a car for a week was consider expensive, then after we spent our first day walking tour from Kuta - Legian - Seminyak, we decided to use Kura-Kura bus service, a new pubblic shuttle service in Bali. In english, Kura-kura means turtle, I don't know why they use it name, maybe because they have several stops and they walk slow? or maybe because it near beach and turtle was the animal that have connection with the beach *silly opinion*

Here are 5 things why you should try hop on Kura-Kura Bus/ Kura2 Bus:

1. Route
Map route/ kura2bus.com


Although it considered as a new public shuttle service, but Kura kura bus already has 8 routes around Bali and mostly on central and south Bali ; Kuta line, Legian Line, Seminyak Line, Sanur Line, Jimbaran Line, Pecatu Indah resort line, South Nusa Dua line and Ubud Line. They next route will be Nusa Dua line and it will launch soon. Most of the bus stops are well known hotel, so if you will stay at one of the hotel that has kura-kura bus stop you can easily wait for the bus on the lobby or you can walk to another destination that reachable from the hotel. Psst several famous places and 5star hotel become kura – kura bus partner such as: Waterbom Bali, Seminyak Square, Ayana resort, Le Meridien, Grand Hyatt and many more.

2. Time Schedule
time schedule/ kura2bus.com click to enlarge

Kura-kura bus time table has a lot of bus schedules for a day. For Kuta and Legian line, Kura-Kura shuttle will arrive every 30 minutes, (well except for traffic hour). For another line, shuttle has schedule from 4 up to 11 times daily. If there's any issue on some line, they will inform the passengers via twitter or other social media account or you can directly ask to kura-kura staff in ticket booth. This is the most important thing that's why I chose this service.

3. Fare and Payment
Left: Coin for single journey, Middle : Value card and 1 Day pass
Right: My card for 3 day pass

Each line has a flat fare for a single journey, all line excluding Seminyak Line connect through Galleria DFS Bus Bay. For Kuta, Legian and Seminyak Rp 20.000, Sanur and Jimbaran Rp 40.000, Pecatu Indah Resort Line and South Nusa Dua Line Rp. 50.000 and Ubud Line Rp. 80.000. They use a coin in different colors for each amount.

For multiple trips on all line you can also choose Value card, there are 100k, 200k, 300k and 400k cards. You can also topup this value card from 100k up to 500k on Dfs bus bay or ticket booths.

For unlimited travel on lines, you can choose Day Pass like we did. We chose 3 day pass simply because I just have 3 days left that day LOL. There are 1, 3, 5 and 7 Day Pass available on Kura-kura bus. One day is calculated 24 hours from the first time you tap the card into the device. Dont forget, they also have 20K refundable card deposit. Choose your payment wisely, if you only need a ride to your hotel, you better choose the single trip coin.


payment devices, left : tap card device, right: coin box for single trip

4. Shuttle
shuttle types/ kura2bus.com

There are 3 types of bus on Kura-kura bus service. Medium bus (29 seats), Long mini bus (15 seats), and short mini bus (12 seats). Hey look at their eye catching shuttle service design, turtle on the road!

5. Features
Kura-kuba bus has several onboard facilities, such as; Wifi, Electric power socket, LCD video and Audio voice announcement system for route and bus stops info.

For solo traveler or duo traveler this service is really worth it and useful, moreover for a restaurant hopper like me and Sharon did. Fyi, a taxi fare from Kayu Aya (Seminyak) to Our hotel in Kuta was around 60K one way and if we did this almost every time then I don't think my money would be enough for airport tax payment and Damri Bus on my way to home hahahahah.

Here are some tips from me:
1. Make sure you arrived about 5 to 10 minutes before the schedule to prevent you from missed the bus.
2. If you want to transit to another line, make sure you have enough time to travel from your place to DFS Bus Bay, or you can ask the driver whether you can catch it or not. In my case, when I want to travel to Ubud, I hopped on shuttle from Grand Inna Kuta at 8:41 and I asked the driver that we have to catch 10 am bus from DFS to Ubud, and he informed the office to wait for us :)
3. Somehow their normal seat didn't comfortable for a long journey trip, so if you travel to Ubud better you take the rearmost seat for a better seat.
4. Ask the driver if the electric socket didn't turn on.


    Last but not least I have to say thank you to Kak Nathalie, she was the first person who introduced me with this service.

    For further information you can visit their web


    Well to be honest, I never expected I found this cool, playful and colorful property in the middle of Bali. When other properties in Bali mostly adopted traditional Bali ambiance, Studiotel Luna2 come out with this great idea and bring this property in a whole new level. Initially, I heard about this property from Hotel Quickly. A couple weeks ago they posted a picture of a colorful pool in Studiotel Luna2 and I loved it at the first sight. Therefore I planned to visit this hotel on my trip to Bali. Lucky me, I greeted by Mr. Asni (Luna2 Director of Sales) and Mrs Ellisa (Luna2 Head of Communication), they were really nice and humble and it was a great time to have a chat with them.

    If you wondering why they named it Luna2? and where is Luna1? Well actually Studiotel Luna2 named after the first spacecraft to land on the moon in late 50's and as we knew Luna1 crashed and failed to do its mission. 

    The designer, Melanie Hall refers to her design style as "Funked-up modernism", with references to modernism and 60's pop. At the first time I came to their colorful lobby, I felt like "wooowww it's like a playroom" I found a cute and colorful rubic shape stool *I really want to take it home* and that Monopoly man on the glass door. Hall also designed the property with futuristic things, corresponding with Luna2 ethos, "Respects the past, welcomes the future and like to have fun in the process!" 

    Elissa explained to me that this property only have 14 rooms that divided into 3 type of rooms; studio, grand studio and sunset studio. The hallway to each room was really unusual, they adopted monopoly board design. Instead of using number to a room, they gave a different name to each room based on a color inside the room with property/city name in Monopoly board game British edition. There are Mayfair, Strand, Piccadilly and Bond Street which are also London's foremost addresses.

    Bond Street - Grand Studio

    'circle of love' sofa


    Piccadilly Street - Studio


    It called "Studiotel" because of their super-spacious studio rooms yet it still a hotel :). All studio rooms facilitated with not only one but three TV's, one flatscreen in lounge area and bathroom and one Brionvega TV at workstation. I love every single detail of each room, where you can find a "Maxi" Bar in retro SMEG fridge.  Too bad that I couldn't take a look to their Mayfair sunset studio because it occupied. 



    Beside those super spacious rooms, they also have other facilities such as; colorful Pool side where I found Mr. Spock and Pink Panther on the wall, Orbit Restaurant, POP! Lounge Bar, Space Rooftop Bar, Wine Cellar and my favorite spot Lunaplex, ultra-plush 16 seat private cinema that has 3 showing per day, hey they also have popcorn machine outside the room and not to mention their supppeerrrr cozy seat. As a sunset lover, I think I will spend my afternoon on Space Rooftop Bar for sunset photo hunter.


    Quirky and Fun Pool

    Orbit Restaurant


    Pole dance spot and Dance floor


    POP! Lounge Bar

    Lunaplex - Private Movie Room in Luna2

    Space Rooftop area - Perfect for sunset hunter

    I would love to stay in this property on my next visit to Bali *awww can't wait*. Don't you like this Studiotel?

    Jalan Sarinande No.20
    Seminyak - Bali


    Since I live around this neighborhood, So whenever there were newly opened restaurant I'm excited to come and try. So here they are, 5 newly opened restaurant in Senopati area and I bet they will be famous soon, or maybe they're famous already.

    1. Pao Pao - Liquor and Dimsum


    Basically they served dimsums, there were many dimsums selection from steamed, fried and baked. Most of the beverages served in Pao Pao were liquor but no worries you can also find non alcohol drink like tea, flavored tea, juices and coffee. Their coffees came from Giyanti Coffee roastery which is really famous for their great coffee. It located at Jl. Senopati Raya no 16, South Jakarta.

    2. Arasseo - Soju Bar and Eatery

    Upper left : Strawberry mocktail
    Upper right : Ojingo Bokkeum (Stir fried squid in spicy sauce)
    Lower left : Tobiko eggrolls
    Lower right : Green tea pat bingsu

    I loved this resto because of this simple, clean and white interior not to mention their wall texture that made me feels like dining inside an igloo. They served Korean food selection such as; ddeokbokki, dakgangjeong, kimchi and bulgogi. Their tobiko eggrolls was really nice but it think it too pricey for me.It also located at Jl. Senopati Raya no 16, South Jakarta.

    3. Moi Bistro - French and Vietnamese

    Upper right : Roasted lemongrass chicken
    Lower left : Hot Vietnamese Coffee drip
    Lower right : Fried spring rolls

    Although Moi bistro was not too spacious, but I like the ambiance they offered. This restaurant dominated with black and red colors along with beautiful tiles and chandeliers. Again, their menu quite pricey for me, but it only costed you around 25k for their Vietnamese coffee drip, you should try it. It located in Jl. Gunawarman No. 71 - South Jakarta

    4. Amber - Chocolate and Bar

    photo credit : Astri Akuanbatin, visit her zomato profile
    Upper right : Chocolate assorted 
    Lower left :Tazmanian Salmon 
    Lower right : Chocolate Melt

    Actually I was waiting for this restaurant for long, I fell in love with this exterior at the first sight. They have three storey, on the first floor you would find Pastry Boutique, on the second floor there's library theme dining room and on the rooftop you'll find Bar. This restaurant also served pork.

    It feels like I traveled around the world and filled my stomach  with those Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Korean and French food, though I never left Jakarta. From my experience, if you want to hang out with friends and dinner with a great menu and affordable one, you can try Pao Pao. They have Dimsum packages with only 100K we could get 12 pieces of fried dimsum or 16 pieces of steamed dimsums not to mention their delicious and generous filling Xiao Long Bao, and their lychee flavored tea served with popping bubbles. Most of these restaurants offer a quite dark to dark dining area at night, so if you don't really like that ambiance you should choose Arasseo or Amber. Money to spend? All of these restaurant most likely make you spend around up to/more than 100K rupiah for 1 person.