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Batu and Malang (East Java) Trip Day-4: Predator Fun Park

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Here we were on our fourth day trip. Today’s main destination was actually not on the list, but the boy said (everyday during the trip) that he wanted to visit this place. When we went to Batu Secret Zoo, he took a brochure about this place and since then he said he wanted to go and see this place. What was it? It was Predator Fun Park, and believe me, there was nothing that interest me when I read the brochure, but the boy’s intuition said he had to go to this place, so that was our destination that day.

First thing first, we needed to have breakfast before we continued our exploration. By the way, I already felt so much better that morning so I was in high spirit too. We planned to come back to Warung Agus for our breakfast, but on the way there, in a traffic jam, my mom saw a big signboard which was a branch of my old company, and not far from there……………I saw Depot Djangkrik that we failed to visit because it was closed. This was the branch which was way bigger than the main restaurant. We we saw that it was already opened, so we decided to have our breakfast there

The famous Depot Djangkrik had several branches, but I think this one was the biggest

The famous Depot Djangkrik had several branches, but I think this one was the biggest

 

Inside the restaurant and some of the menu

Inside the restaurant and some of the menu

Our breakfast was the same as the day before, which was chicken porridge. To save time (since our driver had diarrhea too that morning so he came quite late than expected), we take away all the food and ate in the car.

The chicken porridge was different then what we had in Warung Agus. In Depot Djangkrik, the chicken was cooked with sweet soy sauce and instead of using emping (melinjo nut cracker), the porridge had fried wanton skin (cut into small pieces) as its topping (and guess who was the happiest to see the fried wanton skin).

Complete topping of the porridge: chicken in sweet soy sauce, salted dried vegetables, spring onion, and fried wanton skin.

Complete topping of the porridge: chicken in sweet soy sauce, tong cai, spring onion, and fried wanton skin. It was delicious. The pork and shrimp fried siu mai was sooo……. yummy too (bottom left picture). As for my pork cwie mie (pork noodle), I can’t say anything because my mom already said that I wasn’t allowed to eat chili, and eating noodle without chili was never good enough for me. But my mom and sister said it was good, so I guessed it’s worth to try.

From Depot Djangkrik, we went straight to Predator Fun Park. Although it was part of Jatim Park, but the location wasn’t so close from Batu Secret Zoo, and I heard it was a new park, so that was why this place wasn’t as crowded as the zoo or Museum Angkut.

We arrived i a very hot day, but it was drizzling when we left this place

We arrived i a very hot day, but it was drizzling when we left this place

Ticket for the weekday was Rp 30.00,- and weekend was Rp 50.000,-. Since we came on Friday, the ticket price was already considered as weekend.

Let's come and see alligators

Let’s come and see alligators

Although the name of this place is Predator Park, but most of the exhibition was about alligators only. We didn’t see many live alligators here, but that didn’t matter, because we were also being entertained by how they designed the replica of the alligators that could make us smiled and even laughed.

Where can you find alligators in the world? Look at this map

Where can you find alligators in the world? Look at this map

 

An alligator fossil

An alligator fossil

You can learn many things about alligators in this place. Information about their anatomies, the life cycle, and many other things in here.

In this place, the alligators were not just wild and scary animals, but they could be cute too………..

An alligator is selling satay made from..........alligator

An alligator is selling satay made from……….alligator, hahaha………….

 

The alligators were having exams

The alligators were having exams………..but none of them was taking it seriously

 

Alligators also work in real life............

Alligators also work in real life…………

 

Yiihaaa........I caught an alligator............

Yiihaaa……..I caught an alligator…………

Now we would explore the outer side of the park, which was soooo……….hot that day that we tried to find cold lemon tea for the boy but apparently from all the cold drinks in the mini market, there was no lemon tea…………..

Very few "real" alligators in the park

Very few “real” alligators in the park

 

The not scary giant alligator

The not scary giant alligator

 

Free photo with a real alligator. Don't ask me how did I finally get my courage to touch this animal............

Free photo with a real alligator. Don’t ask me how did I finally get my courage to touch this animal…………okay, I knew how, it was free and the boy said he won’t do it unless I did it too………so I did it anyway because I didn’t want to waste free opportunity (ogah rugi)

Then we saw a free train ride (a small green train), that went around the park. While waiting for our turn, the boy and looked around and took some pictures again.

Alligator cart and alligator park.........

Alligator cart and alligator park………

Finally, our turn to ride the train had come. This train would go around the park and also to places that you could not enter on foot. We saw alligator warrior replicas and they were ready to fight (seriously…………they were dressed like they were going to battle in a sci fi movie), the alligators’ housing complex, library, fitness center, etc…………quite interesting…………

Train Ride

The secret life of alligators…………..seen from a green train ride…………

and there was another interesting spot to take photos before we went to the backside of the park:

Inside the mouth of a giant alligator

Inside the mouth of a giant alligator

 

Finally..............cold drinks from the food court. This food court was big, clean, and bright.

Finally…………..cold drinks from the food court. This food court was big, clean, and bright. There were many food options including Japanese and Indonesia traditional food. The price was also not expensive. The food option was absolutely better than Batu Secret Zoo.

Well, that was not all…………this park was still huge, but…………..the rest of the facilities were more suitable for kids. Well, adults could still enjoy too, but it wouldn’t be as fun as if you were a child. There were maze park, fun challenging house, giant snake and ladder, outbound area, trampoline park, and a water park.

For 30 or 50 thousand rupiahs, we considered this was very cheap especially if we compared to the facilities inside the park. Unlimited time in a trampoline park (with very few people inside) was really a good deal…………… imagine how much we would have to pay if we want to play in an unlimited time trampoline park in Singapore (it usually costs us SGD 10 to SGD 15 per hour).

Do you know that playing trampoline is very tiring? After few minutes, we were all sweating and I got sooo tired that I needed to sit down before I could continue, but those children got so much energy and could run and jump for a very long time.

Playing basketball on trampoline

Playing basketball on trampoline

 

This was fun because we could jump high so we got nearer to the net, but also challenging because it wasn't easy to keep our balance

This was fun because we could jump high so we got nearer to the net, but also challenging because it wasn’t easy to keep our balance

 

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Jump, throw, and run back…………..

 

Ruuning.............

Running………….

 

Jumping...........

Jumping………..

 

and landing happily.........

and landing happily………

 

There was even a playground inside the trampoline park

There was even a playground inside the trampoline park

The maze park was also his favorite. He went inside twice. It was quite challenging inside and there was even a small pool and we had to cross it to get to the exit door.

Entrance to Maze Park (Taman Sesat)

Entrance to Maze Park (Taman Sesat)

 

Which was is it?

Which way is it?

 

cross this narrow bridge to get into the exit door..........and don't fall to the pond.........

cross this narrow bridge to get into the exit door……….and don’t fall to the pond………

Another exciting thing to do was Family Fun House, which was a house full of challenges from moving stairs, balancing beam, rocking bridge, a barrel that could rotate, a door that open and close suddenly, and many other challenging things, and finally ended with a high slide that some of the adults didn’t dare to slide down (afraid they might get stuck inside, hahaha…………) and chose to take the stairs instead.

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The big Family Fun House. The exit was either a green slide on the right of the picture or through the stairs

 

Watch out! Everything can move forward or backward, roll, open and close by themselves...........

Watch out! Everything can move forward or backward, roll, open and close by themselves………..

 

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Happy face after finishing a challenge

 

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Ready to slide down……………

 

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“Alligator theme” hopscotch and snake and ladder

The water park was also a highlight for the kids…………..new and clean facility with clean toilets and washroom. There were many life guards on duty too. No food and drinks allowed inside the water park so I guessed that helped the park to look clean too. All the pools were shallow so they should be saved for the kids.

Sliding down was fun...........

Sliding down was fun………..

 

There were even 2 big bouncy castles and an obstacle course

There were even 2 big bouncy castles and an obstacle course

 

His favorite spot: a pool to play basketball (a net and 3 balls were provided)

His favorite spot: a pool to play basketball (a net and 3 balls were provided)

 

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This was absolutely fun………….

He voluntarily finished playing in the pool as it was started to rain and he still had one thing to do:

Yup............an outbound facility for kids and adults. Adults will take the higher obstacle course while kids

Yup…………an outbound facility for kids and adults. Adults would take the higher obstacle course while kids could try the lower ones. The staff offered me try the higher ones but of course I said Noooo………

 

This one did not afraid of heights

This one did not afraid of heights unlike his parents, hahaha……….

 

Hmmm..............how do I get down?

Hmmm…………..how do I get down?

 

Going down the fun way.................

Going down the fun way……………..

Although you won’t see many animals in here, but this place is fun for kids and also………..not too crowded.

Our next destination would be Coban Rondo Nature Park…………..to see the waterfalls. I wanted the boy to see the waterfalls………….a real one and not man made like in Gardens By The Bay.

We paid around Rp 60.000,- for entry ticket for 4 adults and 1 child and a car. This area was huge and there were kids rides, deer feeding, horse riding, and many other things to do which we didn’t try at all because it was raining heavily when we arrived.

It was actually a short walk from the parking spot to the waterfalls, but it was raining that day, so we had to walk slowly because it was slippery

It was actually a short walk from the parking spot to the waterfalls, but it was raining that day, so we had to walk slowly because it was slippery

 

We found a shelter a and waited here until the rain was not too heavy. The boy closed his nose because some people were smoking behind us.............so we finally decided to continue walking to the waterfalls under the rain

We found a shelter a and waited here until the rain was not too heavy. The boy closed his nose because some people were smoking behind us………….so we finally decided to continue walking to the waterfalls under the rain

 

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The magnificent view of God’s amazing creation: The Waterfalls

 

Landscape photo of the waterfalls

Landscape photo of the waterfall

 

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I don’t know if we could actually took the stairs down to the pool below and played in the water………..since it was raining and wet, there was a sign not to go down since the rocks were very slippery

 

Finally, the boy could see a real waterfalls

Finally, the boy could see a real waterfalls

 

There were many food stalls near the parking area, and we bought kacang rebus (salted boiled peanuts)

There were many food stalls near the parking area, and we bought kacang rebus (salted boiled peanuts) to be eaten in the car

Our next stop would be the legendary Toko Oen which was very popular in Malang especially with its ice cream. This restaurant has been in Malang since 1930, and still had the old design with old style furniture.

We chose to sit in this rattan furniture

We chose to sit in this rattan furniture

 

Ice cream...........anyone??? Let's order ice cream

Ice cream………..anyone??? Let’s order ice cream!

The boy chose vanilla ice cream (single scoop for Rp 25.000,-) and for the three of us we chose Neapolitan ice cream for Rp 33.000,- We were quite surprise when the ice cream came. We thought with that price we would get at least a big portion for each flavor, but here’s how the ice cream looked like:

Small portion, especially for the vanilla.............but at least we had good laugh together when we saw this tiny portion of ice cream

Small portion, especially for the vanilla………….but at least we had good laugh together when we saw this tiny portion of ice cream

 

How was the taste of the ice cream? For us, it was quite disappointing. There was nothing special with the ice cream, and not as soft as we would expected. Too expensive if we compare with the taste.

How was the taste of the ice cream? For us, it was quite disappointing. There was nothing special with the ice cream, and not as soft as we would expected. Too expensive if we compare with the taste

 

Very old style place…………old house………….old furniture, we felt like we were going back to fifty years ago

This place also known for its bakery and look at all the cakes and the bread displayed here, some of them were from my childhood that are very difficult to find nowadays.

Yummy snacks

Yummy snacks

There was also some old photographs taken from around 1930 that pictured the street and the church in front of the restaurant……………..and there it was, the church was still there, only this time it was besides Mc Donald……….

Now and then.............the horse cart was replaced by cars.........

Now and then………….the horse carts were replaced by cars………

This place had outdoor and indoor area, and I thought smoking was only allowed in the outdoor area………so that was why we chose to sit indoor. The fact was, people were still smoking inside and that was really annoying for us.

The front side of Toke Oen facing the church and main street

The front side of Toke Oen facing the church and main street

We didn’t have our dinner here since we preferred somewhere more traditional and with the taste of authentic Indonesian food, so the driver took us to Warung Subuh (open from 6 pm to 1 am) which was full of food choices from Indonesian food, Chinese food, Thain food, Japanese food, and even Western Food. It was an open space (half outdoor) with no air con but we didn’t feel hot there. Newspapers were provided in every table and free WiFi too………….

Main stall with lots and lots of home cooked food to choose

Main stall with lots and lots of home cooked food to choose. This stall (the owner of this place) also sold many kinds of ice cream, juice, and dessert (es blewah, es kelapa muda, es jeruk)

 

I kinda liked this place. I mean..........just looking at all the food choices, especially the traditional ones.........could make our mouth watering, and although we wanted to order this and that, but we were too full that night...........

I kinda liked this place. I mean……….just looking at all the food choices, especially the traditional ones………could make our mouth watering, and although we wanted to order this and that, but we were too full that night………..

We all agreed that our main order that night was a top notch!

Definitely one of the best chicken satay that we've ever. tasted!

Definitely one of the best chicken satay that we’ve ever tasted! Big chicken cut (all meat like we requested), very generous amount of sauce, and everything tasted delicious and just fit for our taste

 

All these for only Rp 45.000,-

All these for only Rp 45.000,-

 

Tahu goreng dan bakwan goreng plus sambal kecap.............yumm yumm......

Tahu goreng dan bakwan goreng plus sambal kecap………….yumm yumm……

 

Es jeruk kelapa muda (orange juice with young coconut)

Es jeruk kelapa muda (orange juice with young coconut)…………so fresh

 

Let's all eat..........we also ordered french fries and wedang ronde. We were soooo.....full............

Let’s all eat……….we also ordered french fries and wedang ronde. We were soooo…..full…………

Phew………….that was all for the fourth day, and the fifth day would be the last one. It was a long journey, and the boy was already KO as he was very tired and slept in the car on the way to Toko Oen.

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.

4 thoughts on “Batu and Malang (East Java) Trip Day-4: Predator Fun Park

  1. wah yang predator park itu cocok buat pecinta buaya ya. buaya semua isinya. hahaha.

    gua suka toko oen. belum pernah pergi yang di malang sih, pernahnya di semarang. bistik lidahnya enak!πŸ˜€

    • Cocoklah buat anak2, banyak mainannya.
      Gua kira Toko Oen yang di Semarang sama Malang tuh sama, kayak cabang gitu, tapi nyokap gua bilang itu beda, yang asli yang di Semarang dan jauh lebih enak yg di Semarang. Setelah gua cari tau ternyata emang beda ya, bukan cabang juga kayaknya. Kalo yg di Malang ini kurang enak sih kalo gua bilang es krimnya, makanannya juga gak menarik ngeliatnya.

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