Yes, I know it’s been so long I did not make any review or recommendation. But no worries, I will give you my hotel review when I travelled to Bangkok, Thailand last week. It was quite short travel as I only stayed there to attend few days of the regional meeting related to my works. And the organizer gave us the twin shared room in Pullman Hotel G, which is located in one of a very good area in Bangkok, the area name is Silom road.
That was actually my second visit to Bangkok back in 2014, but I actually still very familiar with their road, the good places and restaurants. I could say, Bangkok is one of my favourite big city in the world!
And oh well, let me show you the hotel room look like…
twin shared bed room overview
We’ve got a quite spacey hotel room for two. And I love their room because white everywhere. Make it looks like very big and clean. They also provide a mini refrigerator, spacious chest to restore your clothes, water heater, mini bar, the safety deposit box and the iron!
the most important, the iron!
Oh yes, as you can see below, they also have a big flat screen TV! But we never used it anyway, as the main channels were in Thai, also some Chinese, etc. Maybe because we were not really into the TV, and always worked hard every night after a whole day meeting.
Oh yes, the most favourite thing of my room was the bath and shower room! It is almost my dream bathroom, lol.
very nice bathtub
a spacious shower room with beautiful patterns ceramics
The breakfast was also very complete, of course, it’s a five stars hotel! They have Western, Chinese, and any Asian food to fulfil your indulgence and your happy tummy! But, unfortunately, their coffee taste bad for me. I much much prefer the coffee which they served for the coffee break during the meeting.
The hotel location was very good, very close to the sky train station, which called BTS. The closest BTS station name is Chong Nonsi. It is also very close to the Patpong Night Market, where you can go window shopping, as well as enjoy many cafes and bars in there. Well, you might find very “unique” bars in there (you know what I mean, for those who ever been there). Besides, there are many Seven Eleven mini shops, where you can get any kind of unique snacks which typically Thai or even Korean. I was so happy as I easily get Samyang Nuclear in there! Hahaha. Sorry, out of topic.
But overall, my stay was very good, except, during the check-in process they asked to give them 3,000 Baht which is equal to IDR 1.400.000 or at least EUR 100 for deposit, which was quite rare (and that was actually my first experience), as the hotel room has been paid and arranged by the organizer. But don’t worry, as they will give your money back, or if you use the credit card, they will cancel it after you check-out from the hotel.
Well anyway, never mind.
For me, the hotel is very good for the couple, holiday with a family, friendly environment, very good for people with disabilities, also business purposes. We had 3-days meetings in a very high point of the hotel which was on the 30th floor! We even can see the beautiful skyscrapers and high building surround.
Well, I won’t recommend this hotel for those who are budget backpacker, as the price is quite pricey.
188 Si Lom, Bangrak, Khet Bang Rak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10500, Thailand
In this post, I will still talk about me and my significant other’s bucket lists during our last trip to Paris. It was just last month since I went back from my second trip to Paris, we had so much fun last time which we’ll never forget.
Every time I travel abroad, especially to European countries, I always spare my times to visit some worship places, most of the times I went to many cathedrals just wants to see their old architecture as well as the interior design of the cathedrals. Basically, I love architecture and interior design, since long time ago.
So here I am gonna show you our good times during our visit to the famous and oldest Cathedral in Paris…
Notre Dame Cathedral.
That was my second time to visit Notre Dame Cathedral. My first time went there back in 2015, but I was not able to go inside the Cathedral because I had limited short time of visit and plus, the queue was very loooong! Last month I went there with my boyfriend, the queue also very long but then it faster for the visitors who wanted to go in.
As you can see from the whole architecture of this building, it is a medieval Catholic cathedral and very well-known as one of French Gothic architecture. The construction has begun in 1163 during Louis VII, and the elements were completed around 1345.
As a Moslem, I really love to see and visit gothic cathedrals in Europe because first, we don’t have such very old buildings in my hometown, Jakarta. So it will be different experiences for me. And the last, I like to learn how they pray and try to look at every different worship places, as well as to understand their histories. I was so lucky that I have French boyfriend which also was my personal tour guide in Paris, so he could tell me all about the church and its history. Merci beaucoup mon sayang.. Bisous!
In Indonesia, we have a lot of mosques, churches, monasteries (Vihara/Wihara is a Buddhist worship place), and some of the Hinduist temples (there are many of Hinduist temples in Bali). For me, it is important to learn other religious activities and cultures, because it will make us understand to each other’s belief as well as to embrace the differenciancies.
Okay back to this Notre Dame, this cathedral located in Central of Paris. Where you can get the transportation easily by RER B (blue line), RER C (yellow line), and Metro Line 4 (fuschia), besides you can also reach the place easily by some busses.
I could say that I fell in love with the Montmartre area. For me, it’s very different with Parisienne neighbourhood as in general. The buildings in Montmartre was more original and some are old buildings which turned into cafe, souvenir shop, and restaurant. I just wondering it could be beautiful to live around there, but on the other hand, it could be also a disaster because there is always so many foreign tourists in the area.
If you ever watched movies like Amélie, Midnight in Paris, Paris, I love you and Moulin Rouge, those are a few movie titles which had the movie set in Montmartre.This area also very well-known of a famous basilica called, Sacré-Cœur, there is also Moulin Rouge and this cafe…
After a long journey from our place which located in south part of Paris then took a Metro to go to Sacré-Cœur, finally, we decided to have lunch in this cafe! Yassss, so happy. It was always on my bucket lists every time I visit Paris. I knew this restaurant maybe since earlier in 2000s, from many pictures that I pinned on my Pinterest and Googled! Somehow I also see that this cafe is a romantic one compare to the others cafe surround.
And because, I loooove the red colour, of course!
We were lucky because it was a sunny and beautiful day when we were there, even we had a bit of rain, but after the sun was shining brightly in front of the cafe.
Well, in terms of the food in the menu, the price it’s quite pricey for some food. And oh, I really love the Omelette with fromage and champignon with the salad. Lovelovelove and so tasty!
Since we have common favourite food, like the mushroom, cheese, croissant, pain au chocolat, salad, nasi goreng and spices like garlic, onion, shallot and many more, so it was easy to pick the food for us.
We bought the Omelette with Fromage and Champignon and as a dessert we ordered Crêpes! The price for the omelette is around EUR 11, while Crêpes is EUR 7 (if I am not mistaken). They also have some other foods like some kind of salads, crêpes, pasta, seafood and any kind of drinks like wines, beers, cafe latte, cappuccino, and many more.
So, don’t forget to stop by at this cafe once you will be in Montmartre!
Ada yang masih inget salah satu Instagram post-nya Raisa Adriana, salah satu penyanyi tersohor di Indonesia di bawah ini?
Kalau gak salah ini diambil dari salah satu scene video klip Raisa x Isyana yang berjudul “Anganku Anganmu”. Bagi yang belum lihat video clip nya, silahkan klik di link ini.
Pas lihat post foto Raisa diatas dan juga video klip nya, rasa-rasanya seperti flashback ke masa-masa pertama kali berkesempatan business trip ke Stockholm untuk pertama kalinya pada Musim Gugur tahun 2015 lalu. Saat itu juga pertama kalinya travel abroad dengan long haul dan pertama kalinya juga menginjakan kaki di salah satu Negara Eropa dan Scandinavia. Jadi, senangnya bukan main.
Saat itu, udah sempat melewati dan melihat lokasi foto Raisa di atas, dan di beberapa footage yang ada di dalam video klip Raisa x Isyana, jadi makin flashback dan kepingin banget balik lagi ke Stockholm.
Sebelum video ini dirilis, sebenarnya aku sudah mendapatkan kesempatan (lagi) untuk datang ke salah satu forum internasional yang sempat aku hadiri pada tahun 2015 lalu. Jadi, kalau tidak salah, awal atau pertengahan Januari 2017, undangan dari penyelenggara forum tersebut masuk ke dalam email ku. Senangnya bukan main, pas dikirim undangan itu, karena itu berarti aku berkesempatan untuk kembali lagi ke Stockholm, Swedia!
Dua bulan setelah video klip mereka dirilis, tibalah aku di Stockholm! Tepatnya pada tanggal 15 Mei 2017 lalu. Walaupun, sudah memasuki Musim Semi mengarah ke Musim Panas, menurut aku suhu dan angin yang berhembus masih sangat dingin (maklum mental anak tropis). Di beberapa waktu, aku pun masih sempat merasakan suhu sekitar 4 derajat Celsius! Kebayang kan dinginnnya?
Hari pertama tiba di Stockholm, aku sempat capek banget, mungkin karena perjalanan yang panjang dengan rute Jakarta – Bangkok (3 jam 50 menit), lalu transit di Bangkok selama +/- 2 jam, dan kemudian lanjut dari Bangkok – Stockholm (hampir 11 jam), ditambah mata rasanya gak ngantuk-ngantuk selama perjalanan di pesawat, dan harus menunggu jemputan dari Bandara ke Hotel Clarion Stockholm selama hampir 2 jam lamanya, jadilah akhirnya memilih untuk istirahat di hotel selama +/- 2 jam.
Agak sorean, aku menghubungi salah satu teman ku, Abi, yang sedang studi di Uppsala, salah satu kota yang terletak di bagian Utara Stockholm, kira-kira menempuh waktu sekitar 45 menit – 1 jam naik kereta untuk ke Stockholm. Akhirnya, kita memutuskan untuk janjian ketemuan di Central Station Stockholm. Setelah ketemu, kita memilih untuk jalan-jalan sekitaran pusat kota dan iseng-iseng mencari lokasi syuting foto Raisa itu, lalu just had a fika di salah satu coffee shop di Kungsgatan.
Niat awalnya, Abi mau aku jadikan ‘tour guide’, eh gak taunya, malah lebih pahaman aku kalau cuman sekedar sekitaran pusat kota dan menemukan dimana lokasi syutingnya Raisa seperti foto diatas, hahaha. Tapi ada gunanya juga sih jalan sama dia, jadi bisa tau lokasi terakhir kejadian aksi terrorist yang ada di Stockholm beberapa waktu lalu.
Setelah jalan-jalan sambil rumpi, akhirnya kita ketemu juga sama lokasinya! Noraknya ampun-ampunan pas ketemu, mau ambil fotonya pun juga gak kalah heboh.
Mau tau hasilnya? Ini dia nih..
Jelas jauh banget sih dari sisi kemiripan, tapi gak apa-apa lah ya, judulnya juga foto pose ala-ala Raisa.
Lokasi: Regeringsgatan Bridge, Kungsgatan area, Stockholm – Sweden
Thank you, thank you, thank you for your great responses on my blog post about “Must Visit in Stockholm: the Most Artistic Subway in the World” both on my blog and my Instagram. I received very good feedback and I am glad to share my travel experiences with my blog readers, as well as my Instagram followers. I will try my best to share all of my travel experiences to you more frequently, so always stay tuned on my blog and my Instagram account.
And now I would like to share about one of a small and famous square which located in Central of Stockholm, in the old city area and in the plateau of Stadsholmen. It is the oldest square in Stockholm and very well-known with their historical centre as it still in the same location with the Royal Palace, the Cathedrals and the Nobel Museum, namely Stortorget.
That was second time during my visit to Stockholm, Sweden. And the two famous landmarks which I took above is good cafe or restaurant. This is a square that usually people or foreign tourists will spend an hour or more to hang out and enjoy the time with their family, friends or beloved ones.
The Nobel Museum above located just in front of the two famous building on my first picture. It is the place where is a museum devoted to circulate information on the Nobel Prize, Nobel laureates from 1901 to present, and the life of the founder of the prize, Alfred Nobel (1833-1896), together with the Swedish Academy and the Nobel Library.
Besides that, there is also many cafes, restaurants, tabac stores, fashion stores, and souvenir shops just around the Stortorget square.
For me, this is one of a good spot for you who love photography or just want to take some pictures for your travel documentary, or even just to capture your best moment and upload it to your Instagram account!
Just like what I usually do.
And don’t forget to like my blog post and leave your comment down below if you have any questions! 🙂
It was my second time to visited Stockholm, Sweden. Last time I went there, I didn’t have much time to explore the city by subway or metro. I walked a lot during that time, so I didn’t use the subway. I heard a lot that in some of the subway stations they have a beautiful and artistic subway in the world. So this year, when I had a chance to go back again to Stockholm, then I chose to use the subway couple times.
I heard a lot that in some of the subway stations they have the most beautiful and artistic subway in the world. So this year, when I had a chance to go back again to Stockholm, then I chose to use the subway couple times. And, yes it was beautiful to be explored!
Here are some pictures that I took in some subway stations in Stockholm.
Most of the people said the subway stations in Stockholm is the world’s longest art exhibit with approximately 110 kilometers long.
And I was amazed too when I saw and used the escalator in Kungstradgarden (if I am not mistaken) via Västra skogen, they also have the longest escalator in the world. Oh, it was my bad that I forgot to take the picture of it, but it was very long. When I check it in Google, then I found information about it on Wikipedia. They said its 66 metres and with a vertical rise of 33 metres and yes, it is the longest escalator in Western Europe!
If you have a chance to visit Stockholm, I will suggest you to try to use their subway transportation, even though the cost its quite pricey, moreover for Asian people like me, it’s quite worthed if you want to experience and see the subway art station while in Stockholm. Unfortunately, I just used few of the subway station because I don’t really have much time to visit all of the art subway station that they have.
Do not hesitate to ask some questions related to travel in Stockholm, I will be happy to give you some advice like place to eat, beautiful park to visit, and etc.
This is the first place which we put as our first must visit place while we were in Paris. Well, I actually was insisted on making our itinerary trip to Paris. I hardly in love with Sacré-Cœur and it was on my bucket list in 2015, but I didn’t have so much time to visit this Basilica. That is why I am the one who insisted on putting this in our first Paris Bucket Lists (and thank youuu for being so nice and received my idea, love ❤ hahaha).
Here I am gonna show you my amateur pictures which I took with my phone. Hope you’ll enjoy it!
The first #OurParisBucketlists checked!
A popular landmark, the basilica is located at the summit of the Montmartre, the highest point in the city. The Sacré-Cœur Basilica was designed by Paul Abadie. The construction began in 1875 and was finished in 1914. It was consecrated after the end of World War I in 1919.
The inspiration for Sacré Cœur’s design originated on 4 September 1870, the day of the proclamation of the Third Republic, with a speech by Bishop Fournier attributing the defeat of French troops during the Franco-Prussian War to a divine punishment after “a century of moral decline” since the French Revolution, in the wake of the division in French society that arose in the decades following that revolution, between devout Catholics and legitimist royalists on one side, and democrats, secularists, socialists, and radicals on the other.
The overall style of the structure shows a free interpretation of Romano-Byzantine features, an unusual architectural vocabulary at the time, which was a conscious reaction against the neo-Baroque excesses of the Palais Garnier cited in the competition. Many design elements of the basilica symbolise nationalist themes: the portico, with its three arches, is adorned by two equestrian statues of French national saints Joan of Arc (1927) and King Saint Louis IX, both executed in bronze by Hippolyte Lefebvre; and the nineteen-ton Savoyarde bell (one of the world’s heaviest), cast in 1895 in Annecy, alludes to the annexation of Savoy in 1860.
Who’s never had a dream to visit the most beautiful and romantic city like Paris?
Well, the term of the most beautiful and romantic city can be different from each people’s perspectives. But for me, Paris is indeed the most romantic city in the world.
I’ve been to Paris two times, first was during autumn in 2015 and the last time was just last week! I love France since I was 8 years old, at first just because I love Zinedine Zidane, then I love the football team, the country and then starting to love all about Paris, France and Eiffel Tower. When I was a teenager, I always wonder…
“When I could make it happen to go to Paris? Will I have a chance to go there for FREE?”
Because what I know, if we want to go to European countries it will be very expensive for Indonesian people to afford it by themselves. So, I keep praying, dreaming and wishing. In every birthday, in one of my birthday wishes, I always pray that one day I will go to Paris, to see the Eiffel tower with my own eyes, to feel how does it feel to live and to walk like a Parisienne. I want to feel all of it!
And my dream, my wishes became true in Autumn, 2015. I went to Paris! I got to see the Eiffel tower! I went to Notre Dame! Walked to the Pont Alexandre III! I enjoyed the Museum de Louvre and took pictures with the pyramid glass! And I visited the Arc de Triomphe! Last but not least, I went to Gare de Lyon, which I knew and remembered it was the station that Mr. Bean used for his 2nd movie, Mr. Bean Holiday! Hahaha. But last time, I was thinking that Paris is full of the traffic jam, just like in Jakarta, but the different was only less bad pollution. And every touristic place, even like Eiffel tower was always crazy and full of visitors.
Ok, so that the short story, back in 2015 and I was thinking it will be my first and last time to go to Paris.
But… it was a mistake.
In fact, I had a chance to visit Paris again, just last week! And…. with someone that I truly adore, with the best human that I ever had, my best (and crazy) partner ever! We spent the holiday together for a week in Paris, we made an itinerary which always full of must-visit-destinations. Then with him, now I know and I truly understand and even feel it, that Paris is indeed a romantic city in the world if you spent it with the one that you truly loved! ❤
Luckily, he has cousins which live in the south part of Paris. So we “rent” her apartment and stayed there for a week. His cousins were super nice with us! And the location was actually very great, because it is close to the bus and metro station, so it’s easier for us to move around to the central.
Last time I went to Paris, I still remembered that I ever wonder, what if I am here with someone that I love? It must be very beautiful. Last time one of my wishes were to have a lunch or dinner in Le Consulat Cafe which located in Montmartre area, go to the Sacre Couer and take romantics pictures with my boyfriend/husband, one day!
So this is it…
Yes, and just after 2 years, all of that was fulfilled this month! I even can’t describe how I feel much grateful and happy about it. It’s indeed, that we never know God’s plan for our future. But what I know, He always heard all of our prayers. So, keep and never bored to wish and dreams, friends 😉
Oh, and we were lucky that we met with a professional photographer from Argentina, that we ever asked to took a picture of us in front of the Eiffel tower. We actually just need an amateur picture ones, but then he took A PROFESSIONAL AND GREAT ONE! Which we super-love!
One thing that I always feel beyond happy in there, not only because of the cutest and handsome boyfriend that I have or the beautiful of Paris city lights, but also I can feel that I finally found my “home” that I’ve been looking for, I even feel that I have my new family and have a new Mom, which live in another part of the world. Thus, I can’t stop to say Alhamdulillah for the happiness and loves that I have until now.
Some of you may ever have a feeling that you even can’t describe, but you feel much better, much happier and you feel that comfortable feeling, which you never had before with someone else, than with someone you truly love. Like I do, now. A person that you can be a true version of yourself. A person that always make you happy by the small things that he did to you. A person that could give anything you need without you have to ask. A person who could receive you, just the way you are, without we need to change our-self for him.
You know who you are.
I love you more and more each day.
Even more than I love Paris and its Eiffel tower now.
Or even more, than the croissant, pain au chocolat, Starbucks caffe latte and Tropicana orange juice!
I know I know, sorry for being so ignorant these days and not posting something on my blog lately. I travelled to Stockholm and Paris (again) for two weeks! I could say, I am a very very very lucky girl that I got chances to attend one of an international forum which has been held in Stockholm in the midst of May 2017. It was my second time went there, the first one back to October 2015, during an autumn season which was super cold (I mean, for a girl who lives in a tropical country) and now I got a chance to feel a spring season in Stockholm! Super-YAY!
Different with the last time, this year I’ve stayed in one of a four-stars hotel in Stockholm, namely the Clarion Hotel Stockholm! Don’t be wrong, as they also have another Clarion Hotel which located nearby the Arlanda Airport. But this one, it is located in a very strategist location at the heart of Stockholm, in Södermalm area. And I will give my review of the hotel for your recommendations as below.
Yes as you can see, the picture above is the hotel which I took from the small street just behind the building. It’s face to the highway which connects to the city. I got a super comfortable and spacious bedroom only for myself! And I often wonder, why the four stars hotel in Stockholm very different with the one that we have in Jakarta, Indonesia?
And I often wonder, why the four stars hotel in Stockholm very different with the one that we have in Jakarta, Indonesia?
Well, maybe it’s a perk living in developing country like in Indonesia, I think! 😉
So, yup, this is the entrance of my room. It’s a quite narrow aisle, where you can see the right of the entrance is the shower room (sorry, I forgot to did not take a picture of it, but it’s quite spacey) and the left is the big mirror (I really love it) and wardrobe, where I put my suitcase, shoes and stuff.
Let me rephrase it again, oh I love the big mirror in this room!
And this is the super warm bed! It supposed to be used for 2 people, but they gave us each room for every participant, which was super nice. Even though the weather was cold for someone who used to live in tropical country, but this hotel room also provide an AC and a heater, for sure!
Well, every night, I always turned on my AC because I feel bit hot, don’t know why. I even was sweating a lot during the night under my blanket. Overall, it was super-nice stay in Clarion Hotel Stockholm!
There was a TV and I was super happy because I was hoping that I may watch HBO or any movies in there but in fact, they only have Swedish channels and some Asian channel which only Thai and some Chinese channel, I guess. Since I don’t have movies also on my harddisk, so I just left the TV off all days during my stay in there, haha.
And plus, who need the TV, when we travel to another country? Wohoo!
Another thing I love about this hotel was… the BREAKFAST! They have many choices and various food. But my favourite was the scrambled eggs with creamy cheese, crepes with the chocolate cream, their fruits, also raspberries juice which was perfectly VERY FRESH! Besides they also have any kind of cereals, granola, croissant, any kind of salads, sausage, rice, omelette, and many more.
I was disappointed with their coffee, anyway. For me and some of my friends, the coffee taste was very bad. So I never took the coffee again after I tried during the first day I stayed there. But they have very spacious breakfast restaurant and I loved to sit nearby the window to see beautiful cherry blossom which left some after the spring effect.
About the service? I could give 8 out of 10. At the second day, I stayed there, I put the “Clean My Room” sign mark in front of my room and then I left it maybe for an hour to breakfast, then when I came back, surprisingly my room and bathroom was already clean and tidy! And they were super friendly and helpful because I gave my postcards that I wanted to send to my boyfriend and his Mom postcards but didn’t found any post box, then I just gave it to the receptionist and they will exactly help you! 😉
I love the area because, in the neighbourhood, we can easily found Subway Resto, 7/11, minimart, H&M, Telia counter (if you want to buy new sim card), and small shops surround.
If you want to go to the central, it is easier to take the train or subway just in front of the hotel. The name of the subway station is Skanstull. They have a single trip, a week trip and a month trip if I am not mistaken, but since I have stayed only for 3N4D (and most of the times I only stayed at the conference), so I bought the single trip, which only valid for an hour (as written on the ticket). The cost for the single trip was Kr. 43 which is equal to EUR 4,5.
Yes, it is VERY expensive.
It’s very different with the one that I bought in any other European countries, like for example in Paris. For single trip during an hour, the price around EUR 1,85 where it is included RER (central), bus and metro. And what I know from a friend who live in Stockholm, the transportation in Sweden it’s very expensive compared to other European countries, even Geneva, Switzerland.
So the mechanism by using this single trip ticket is we have to show the ticket to someone who stays at the ticket counter, then they will open the gate, from inside the counter, for us to go in. And we don’t have to tap or insert the ticket if we want to go out from the station. Because the door will be automatically open.
But I will tell you a little bit secret, so the first time I bought the single trip, I used it for more than 4-5 hours! You must be wondering, how come I did that? Because most of them who standby at the ticket counter, they don’t really check for the duration which written on your ticket and they just open the door for you.
And yes… I was lucky because of that. I just showed to them my ticket and pretend that I was in hurry, then they will just open the door for you 😉 Hahaha, I know it was very bad and I may get a fine if they knew I was cheated. I AM SOOOO SORRY SIRS/MADAMES. It’s just because your subway ticket was crazy expensive for (cheap) Asian people like me, hahaha.
Anyway, sorry if it’s out of context from the hotel review, I just want to share my experience with you haha.
Ok, so for me, it was very easy to go to the city or old town from the hotel. If you want to take the subway, it will only take like 5 minutes and if you want to go there by walking its around 30-45 minutes.
How about the hotel price? Well, I didn’t know how does it cost for the hotel room which the organiser paid for me to stay 4D3N in there?! But I’d checked the price in Booking.com, the price is around IDR 2.160.000 or equal to EUR 145 as per night, which if I rent a hotel room with that price in Indonesia, I could get a room in 5-stars hotel, for sure!
So, I could say, I was very lucky (again) for many times in my life! And I had a pleasant stay in Clarion Hotel Stockholm 🙂