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Batu and Malang (East Java) Trip Day-2: Warung Bambu, Museum Angkut, BNS

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Yep, this is going to be another long post with so many photos since our agenda was very packed on the second day. The plan was to visit Museum Angkut (Transportation Museum) which was a part of Jatim Park 2 but we still needed to go by car for about 5 minutes from Batu Secret Zoo. Since it would only be opened in the afternoon, we spent the time going around the hotel and for the boy to swim and joined the kids club activity.

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Morning stroll around the hotel………….we loved the greenery that surrounded the hotel

 

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The kids pools were being cleaned. The hotel was quite full that day (some companies had office meetings on the hotel) and in the background was the outdoor breakfast area, which was full of people smoking………..sigh……ita was such a nice day and nice weather and beautiful view………..but people destroyed it with the smell of their smokes………..so dissappointed

 

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The slide in the pool and the kids club were some of the reasons why we booked this hotel. Although the pool was supposed to be opened at 7 am, but the staff finished the cleaning process at around 8 am. I had to ask several times of when we could use the pool. I know it was not weekend, but in my opinion, the pool should be ready at the opening time.

 

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It was weekday, so nobody except us was using the pool. The boy refused to swim because he had no company, so I finally I changed into my swimsuit and jumped to the pool with him……………and the result was……….I got sick again the next day……………..hahaha……….but no worries, we still had fun together as you can see in the picture above

 

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I don’t know how many time we slid down together………….I liked it when the pool was empty like this, but the boy said it wasn’t fun if no other kids around

After we showered and had simple breakfast in the bedroom, we headed to the kids club which opened on time at 9 am. Kids could watch movies, played with the toys, or joined in the kids actitivites as scheduled.

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We were the first to come and he was busy calling his friends to join too, hahaha……..

 

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Kids activity theme that day: making Christmas Tree

 

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Two birds and a Christmas Tree

There was so much fun in this hotel, and although our driver was already waited outside, we didn’t want to miss this:

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They didn’t know how to play table tennis, hahaha…………..but it didn’t matter as long as they had fun together………

 

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Oops………one more picture in the hotel lobby before we went to the next destination………

First thing first…………we planned to have an early lunch and late breakfast. According to my mom, the boy didn’t have proper dinner last night so we needed to find a place where we could feed him well. By the way, he finished 6 slices of pizzas all by himself and still it wasn’t considered good enough for my mom, hahaha…………..no rice meh………

My suggestion was Waroeng Bamboe in Batu which opened at around 11 am. This would be a perfect place for our brunch for this very reason:

Fish...........everywhere..........

Fish………..everywhere……….

This restaurant located just in front of Hotel Purnama Batu. We were confused because the front side was like ruined and seemed like under construction, but just go ahead because the restaurant was located behind this building. It looked like that the building at the front was not apart of the restaurant, but we had to go through the side of the building to find the parking spot.

This place was huge with fat and big fish everywhere. Best thing was, we could fish the fish and it only cost Rp 2000,- for one packet of fish food or Rp 5000,- for 3 packets. One packet was already enough for the boy.

Feeding fish is fun.............and a good activity for children while waiting for the food

Feeding fish is fun………….and a good activity for children while waiting for the food

We were also surprised to see clean toilets in here……….but sadly, people can smoke freely here. Since it was weekeday and not yet lunch time, we could easily chose our seats far away from the people who smoked. Fortunately, this place was divided to some sections so we could move to the other side of the restaurant.

Good spot to eat

Good spot to eat………..very close with the fish. We were the first one who occupied this place, and as you can see there was nobody around…………but if anyone dared to smoke near us, I would certainly go to that person and asked him to move! To me, healthy air is worth fighting for!!!

 

Family picture............taken before the food arrived

Family picture…………taken before the food arrived

 

Even adults enjoyed fish feeding session.............

Even adults enjoyed fish feeding session………….

 

Don't forget to wash your hands with this cold water before you eat...........and there was even soap provided!

Don’t forget to wash your hands with this cold water before you eat………..and there was even soap provided!

So how was the food? Some poeople said it was expensive and not as good as other similar restaurants in Batu, but hey……….the view to the fish pond was incredible and this place was kids friendly and other restaurants might not have these facilities.

For me, who is never a fish eater………….I found the fish fresh and I didn’t feel any fishy taste after I ate the fish. If I could eat the fish, that I would consider the cooking was very good to my standard.

2 dishes of gourami...........crispy and grilled..........

2 dishes of gourami………..crispy and grilled……….and big portions too……

Everyone said the food was delicious and although we were not big eater, we managed to finish everything, hahaha…………we must be soooo………hungry………………There were three kinds of sambals (chilli) provided, for the fried gourami, for the grilled gourami, and for the fried tofu, and all tasted good. The rice came in big portions which shocked us when we saw it, hahaha……….and it was so difficult to finish the rice…………but we did it anyway…………

The boy literally finished all the fried and crispy gourami all by himself (except the tail and the head which everyone else was happy to eat because they were very crispy) and a full plate of rice. My mom was the happiest to see his appetite, and she said this place was a good choice to eat.

The boy asked me to make crispy gourami again at home and I made it in different style and method than what he had, and he said my cooking was better than what he ate in Batu…………….sooooo…………happy and proud to myself, hahaha……….

We also ordered kangkong, urap (Indonesian traditional salad), and fried tofu

We also ordered kangkong, urap (Indonesian traditional salad), and fried tofu. All were yummy…….the boy’s eyes sticked on the fried tofu……….and he ate most of the tofu

 

Peaceful time during lunch time..........

Peaceful time during lunch time……….

By the way, the boy’s appetite during the holiday was very good. He ate more than us, and he could eat any kind of food as long as it wasn’t spicy. He loved Indonesian traditional food and he could ate a lot which made me very happy. I want him to like Indonesian traditional food too, so most of the time he ate Indonesian food during his stay in Jakarta. We spent Rp 210.000,- in total and my sister said it was cheap comparing to Jakarta standard.

Look whose not so ready to leave this place..............he kept feeding the fish after he finished eating

Look whose not so ready to leave this place…………..he kept feeding the fish after he finished eating

 

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You can even eat with big and fast fish under your table……….

Our next visit was Museum Angkut or Transportation Museum. This place was also highly recommend by many people and although I wasn’t sure that everyone would love it or not (hey, a museum can be quite boring for some people, rite???), we still decided to visit this place.

 

Welcome to Museum Angkut...........weekday ticket was Rp 60.000,-

Welcome to Museum Angkut………..weekday ticket was Rp 60.000,- plus extra charge Rp 30.000,- for camera (except phone camera)

 

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Pasar Apung (Floating Market) was in front of the museum

On the first floor, we could see many kinds of transportations………….old and new…………and errr………that was the only explanation I could give since the first floor exhibition didn’t interest us much and everybody was impatient to see the second floor……….We were not big fans of cars and motorcycles, so the first floor was quite boring for us.

Hey, disco time.........

Looked like this came from the 70’s………..

 

One word for this yellow car: CUTE!

One word for this yellow car: CUTE!

 

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Old type of motorcycles

 

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The king and queen’s car

 

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Another ride for the royal family

 

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These antique cars were quite interesting to see

Next stop was the second floor, and this was more interesting than the first floor. This place (Museum Angkut)  was actually a good tourist attraction, but information in English was very limited. So it was difficult for the boy to understand all the information which was displayed in Bahasa Indonesia. If this place expects to gain more foreign tourists, they should display the information in 2 languanges.

Indonesia traditional cart

Indonesia traditional cart

 

Oh so heavy.............

Oh so heavy………….

 

The not so happy customer

The not so happy customer

 

Old

It was like an old photo…………..

There was a rooftop on the second floor and it was so windy, but the view was breathtaking………..

Panderman Village

Panderman Mountain and Floating Market……………view from the rooftop…………

If you like planes, that this rooftop would be a good place to visit. There was also a small café, sitting area, and happy car ride on the rooftop.

Amazingly, he asked to take picture in front of this chopper

Amazingly, he asked to take picture in front of this chopper, considering that mostly, he didn’t like to be involved in any photo sessions………….

 

Happy car ride for Rp 10.00,- or Rp 15.000,-

Happy car ride for Rp 10.00,- or Rp 15.000,- (I don’t really remember the exact price)

 

Actual size commercial plane. You will need to pay again to see the inside and you can even do a flight simulation for Rp 300.000,-

Actual size commercial plane. You will need to pay again to see the inside and you can even do a flight simulation for Rp 300.000,-

 

Dusty Crophopper from the movie Planes

Dusty Crophopper from the movie Planes

and we were almost at the end side of level 2, and we were thinking: “So that’s it? Are we finished and going to the exit door or what???” “Is that all we can see???”

Taking picture inside the car before the staff shooed him away, hahaha.....

Taking picture inside the car before the staff shooed him away, hahaha…..

 

Salute...........

Salute………..

There was a small room where we could see a movie about transportation. Then we realized that there was the back side of the museum that we didn’t see yet……………..and guess what…………….that was when all the fun began!!! errr……..before the heavy rain came again. Well, on the positive side, there was not many people around because of the big rain and we could taking pictures freely without any strangers included in the photos.

The back side of the museum was surprisingly very good and well designed and we were impressed! And also, expect to find clean toilets too (important for us). It was so huge that once again, we were wondering of when we could see the Exit Sign because we were tired of walking and was a bit wet because of the rain, hahaha………..

The exhibition of the museum at the back side was mostly outdoor, so don’t forget to bring umbrellas on rainy season.

Alright, now let’s explore the rest of the museum:

This looked like Pecinan (China Town) in Jakarta. The boy loved to ring the bell for so many times that we had to close our ears because it was very noisy

This was Pecinan (China Town) in Jakarta. The boy loved to ring the bell for so many times that we had to close our ears because it was very noisy

 

Tukang sate Madura beraksi..................

Tukang sate Madura beraksi………………yummm, my favourite chicken satay. Can you see big chunks of satay on the grill? It was started to drizzle at that time, so we had to hurry and find shelter

 

Pao......anyone...........

Pao……anyone………..

 

Jakarta Kota Train Station

Jakarta Kota Train Station, and it looked so real

 

Tukang nanas mangkal di deket stasiun..............fresh and big pineapples

Tukang nanas mangkal di deket stasiun…………..fresh and big pineapples, who wants to buy………….hurry up because it starts to rain…………

 

Pelabuhan Sunda Kelapa jaman dulu

Pelabuhan Sunda Kelapa jaman dulu (Jakarta Harbor more than 50 years ago)

 

Tarik mang..............working hard under the rain, hahaha.....

Tarik mang…………..working hard under the rain, hahaha…..

 

Dawet Ayu, se-ayu yang jual, hahaha.....

Dawet Ayu, se-ayu yang jual, hahaha…..this was one of traditional drink in Indonesia which tastes sweet and made from green grass jelly leaves

 

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Big, fresh, and juicy fruits for sell……….

 

Indonesia traditional food stall..........cuakep ya warungnya, beneran kayak balik ke jaman dulu

Indonesia traditional food stall……….cuakep ya warungnya, beneran kayak balik ke jaman dulu

And we finished exploring the first part, which was Betawi Tempoe Doeloe (Jakarta many years ago when the city name was still Betawi). It was a good thing that Jakarta was the opening and placed in the front side of the exhibition. We still had no idea of what we would see next……….

We were waiting in this area for the rain to stop

We were waiting in this area for the rain to stop

And our next stop would be:

America in the

America in the old times with gangsters on the streets and when Charlie Chaplin movie was a big hit

 

It was still raining, so we took pictures from inside our shelter

It was still raining, so we took pictures from inside our shelter

Some people were leaving the shelter and decided to continue exploring under the rain, so we finally followed them because we’ve waited for a long time.

This town is alreadt gangster free........so let's pose and have fun on the street......

This town is already gangster free……..so let’s pose and have fun on the street……dengan pose ala anak alay

 

don't worry.............the gangsters were already behind bars

Don’t worry………….the gangsters were already behind bars

 

and he police is still busy working.............

and the police is still busy working………….

 

Oh please don't catch me..........

Oh please don’t catch me……….sulky face….

 

A very safe gangster town for tourist

A very safe gangster town for tourists

 

Since it's save, let's visit The Broadway Theatre

Since it’s save, let’s visit The Broadway Theatre

 

One of Charlie Chaplin movie. I've never watched this before, but it was good, funny, entertaining, and full of good moral lessons. The boy stayed until the film ended and couldn't stop laughing

One of Charlie Chaplin movie. I’ve never watched this before, but it was good, funny, entertaining, and full of good moral lessons. The boy stayed until the film ended and couldn’t stop laughing. The girl in the film (Pauletta  Goddard) was oh so pretty……..

After visiting America, we continued our journey to beautiful and romantic Paris with its street cafes and painters and flowers and bicycles………..so lovely……..

Welcome to lovely Paris, and one day we would like to visit the real Paris too................

Welcome to lovely Paris, and one day we would like to visit the real Paris too…………….

 

Riding bicycle would be a good choice to explore the city

Riding bicycle would be a good choice to explore the city

 

The biggest fan of the street artist

The biggest fan of the street artist

 

Hmmm.............nice painting........

Hmmm………….nice painting……..

 

Feeling tired? Let's stop here, have a cup of coffee and eat a slice of pizza

Feeling tired? Let’s stop here, have a cup of coffee and eat a slice of pizza

 

Ride Vespa along the canals is so romantic............

Ride Vespa along the canals is so romantic…………

 

Au Revoir.............

Au Revoir………….

 

and welcome in Germany.......

and welcome in Germany…….

 

Beer...............anyone.............

Beer……………anyone………….

 

Nice chat in front of the house

Nice chat in front of the house…….with beer of course……..

 

Yuuuhuuu..............and now we're in London.........

Yuuuhuuu…………..and now we’re in London………

 

Oh.....there's Mr.Bean too...........

Oh…..there’s Mr.Bean too………..

 

Why the guard is so big and tall................and red???

Why the guard is so big and tall…………….and red???

 

Please buy t

Please buy these fruits and vegetables……………

 

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Bye…………I’m going to Hogwarts Buckingham Palace to see Queen Elizabeth

 

Still busy on the phone

Still busy on the phone. Should we take him to Buckingham Palace too?

 

Finally, this boy came with us to......

Finally, this boy came with us too……

 

The one and only: Buckingham Palace.........

The one and only: Buckingham Palace………

 

First, we'll ride this double decker red bus, and

First, we’ll ride this double decker red bus, and

 

followed by a free tram ride

followed by a free tram ride

 

and finally...........we'll see the queen herself

and finally………..we’ll see the queen herself

 

Psssttt.........don't tell the Queen that I want her crown too......

Psssttt………don’t tell the Queen that I want her crown too……

Phew, we finally out of London. We spent more than one hour in here because the boy played Lego in here again and again and it was difficult to ask him to continue exploring. Outside London was a mixed theme between New York, Egypt, and Hollywood.

This Liberty Statue was standing in front of............

This Liberty Statue was standing in front of…………

 

A sphinx?

A sphinx?

Hollywood absolutely had one of the funniest and cutest displays and we could see our favourite cartoon characters in here.

this one is not cute and funny..........

this one is not cute and funny……….

 

but this one is..........the boy with his favourite dog.......Scoobydoo.......

but this one is……….the boy with his favourite dog…….Scooby doo…….

 

Let's solve scary mysteries with Shaggy and Scoobydoo

Let’s solve scary mysteries with Shaggy and Scooby doo

 

Travel back to see The Flinstones

Travel back to see The Flinstones

 

Bye Hollywood....

Bye Hollywood….

 

One more picture with Elvis before we really said goodbye

One more picture with Elvis before we really said goodbye

 

And we walked to the exit door which was a replica of a train

And we walked to the exit door which was a replica of a train

 

We walked

We walked through a long corridor that designed like a train and moved like a train, with a train sound, and if you open the window curtains, you will see nice view like you were riding a real train. Impressive, rite?

Again, my sister commented how cheap its was compared to what we saw inside. Well, it’s not Jakarta or Singapore, so everything seemed cheap…………….but we were lucky that we didn’t do this trip during peak season, or else it wouldn’t be so comfortable and convenient like this. Plus, the rain helped us to feel fresh and not so hot unlike the next day when it was bright and hot all day long except in the evening.

Pasar Apung (Floating Market)

Pasar Apung (Floating Market)

Pasar Apung (Floating Market) was just outside the exit door of Museum Angkut. There were food stalls and souvenir shops, but none seemed to make us interested, so we were just looking around.

I offered them if they wanted to try this crocodile soup and satay (the food stall in the background), but no one said yes, hahaha........

I offered them if they wanted to try this crocodile soup and satay (the food stall in the background), but no one said yes, hahaha……..

From what I saw in the price list, the food price was not too expensive, but few people ate here when we strolled around.

Nice view from the bridge.........

Nice view from the bridge………

 

Soft ice cream

Soft ice cream in Bajaj stall style…………….

 

Bye bye Museum Angkut

Bye bye Museum Angkut

Since the rain had stopped, we decided to go to BNS (Batu Night Spectacular) which was also very popular as tourist attraction at night. Entrance ticket was Rp 20.000,- per person and not included ticket to Lampion Garden (Lentern Garden) and rides ticket. There was an all in ticket for Rp 100.000,- per person, but since we didn’t plan to ride all the rides, it was better to buy the tickets separately.

BNS at around 5 pm when we just came. It would be different once it was dark with all the lights on

BNS at around 5 pm when we just came. It would be different once it was dark with all the lights on

 

Which way to go.......?

Which way to go…….?

Thankfully, we didn’t buy the all in tickets……………many of the rides were too extreme and made us dizzy just by looking at them……….but if you like thrilling rides, then this is the place for you.

Like this one.............and there was no way that one of us would ride this

Like this one………….and there was no way that one of us would ride this

For the boy, who loved rides, his eyes were glued to this ride since the first time:

Sepeda udara and for only Rp 15.000,- per person (and the route was very long and

Sepeda udara and for only Rp 15.000,- per person with a very long route

 

They could see the Lantern Garden from above, so after riding this, my sister said she didn't want to come inside the Lantern Garden because she already saw everything from above..........

They could see the Lantern Garden from above, so after riding this, my sister said she didn’t want to come inside the Lantern Garden because she already saw everything from above……….

 

High above the ground.........

High above the ground………not for those whose afraid of heights….

The next one on the boy’s list…………Bumper Car of course, and he had been eyeing this too since he saw it, but at that time there was no one playing this ride, so he waited patiently until there were many riders interested to join this “crash your car to my car and I’ll crash mine to yours and the harder is the better” game.

Look how happy it was...........and it was for Rp 10.000,- only.......

Look how happy he was………..and it was for Rp 10.000,- only…….(about SGD 1)

Other rides were too extreme or too childish or even too scary for him, so basically he only rode those two rides.

On the background was the Ghost House, which was the most popular one for the night with the longest queue..........too scary for us, so let's skip it........

On the background was Haunted House Ride, which was the most popular one for the night with the longest queue……….too scary for us, so let’s skip it……..

 

House of Mirrors...........free entry, but very hot inside

House of Mirrors………..free entry, but very hot inside

Then my mom said she wanted to see the Lampion Garden, and since my sister already saw it from the above, she didn’t join us. We needed to pay Rp 15.000,- per person. So how was The Lantern Garden?

Lampion Garden Gate

Lampion Garden Gate

 

The Welcome Sign inside Lampion Garden

The Welcome Sign inside Lampion Garden

 

L.O.V.E..............

L.O.V.E………….. I loved this one…….definitely my favourite

 

Mushroom house

Mushroom house

 

He was quite boring inside, so he made strange face expressions, hahaha.......

He was quite boring inside, so he made strange face expressions, hahaha…….

 

And it was also boring for me.........

Sorry, but it was also boring for me………but grandma and grandson made lots of photos together here………

 

Going out..........

Going out……….

Sorry to say, but this was quite disappointing for us. Although Rp 15.000,- might look cheap, but still it would be better if the price is a bit more expensive but there are improvements on the lantern displays.

BNS at night..........see how different the look of the front gate?

BNS at night……….see how different the look of the front gate?

 

Lots of souvenir shops on the way out from BNS

Lots of souvenir shops on the way out from BNS

Although we planned to eat here, but after we go through from one food stall to the other (and twice), we didn’t find anything that increase our appetite. So the driver recommended Depot Flamboyan in Batu for our dinner.

Our ordered was nasi rawon (rawon is Indonesia traditional beef black soup which tastes incredibly good) and nasi capcay. Based on our experience before, we already said to the waiter not to add pepper at all, but the capcay came with spicy taste because of too much pepper inside………………heavy sigh…………since it was already late at night and we were so hungry and the boy could eat nasi rawon, so we didn’t complain. He refused the vegetables because he said it was too spicy.

Surprisingly, he loved this dish, and even asked to eat this again on the other day. Seleranya sama kayak papanya yaaaa.........doyannya rawon.....

Surprisingly, he loved this dish, and even asked to eat this again on the other day. Seleranya sama kayak papanya yaaaa………doyannya rawon…..

 

This was actually delicious, but spicy. It would be okay for adults, but not for kids

This was actually delicious, but spicy. It would be okay for adults, but not for the boy

And that was the end of our second day trip. Sooo…………tired but that didn’t hinder the boy from staying up late and watch TV……………

 

 

Author: cruiseoflife

Hi there. I'm from Indonesia but now live quite far away from my home country. I love cooking for my family. I learned how to cook for the first time from my mom and I believe that mom's cooking is always the best, and I do hope that my son will feel the same too even though he grows up so fast. I love Indonesian food as I grew up with it, and I promise to myself that my son, although he doesn't live in Indonesia right now, will always like and enjoy authentic Indonesian food. I make this blog so that my family will always remember our togetherness and happy time that we had, are having, and will have when we eat together and have good memories about a mother's love through her dishes. Hopefully these recipes will help other people to make healthy home cooked dishes for their families.

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