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.
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.
There was so much fun in this hotel, and although our driver was already waited outside, we didn’t want to miss this:
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:
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.
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.
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.
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……….
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.
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.
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.
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.
There was a rooftop on the second floor and it was so windy, but the view was breathtaking………..
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.
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???”
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:
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……….
And our next stop would be:
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.
After visiting America, we continued our journey to beautiful and romantic Paris with its street cafes and painters and flowers and bicycles………..so lovely……..
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.
Hollywood absolutely had one of the funniest and cutest displays and we could see our favourite cartoon characters in here.
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) 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.
From what I saw in the price list, the food price was not too expensive, but few people ate here when we strolled around.
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.
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.
For the boy, who loved rides, his eyes were glued to this ride since the first time:
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.
Other rides were too extreme or too childish or even too scary for him, so basically he only rode those two rides.
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?
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.
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.
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……………