Monday, October 29, 2018

[KOREA] 경주 GYEONGJU CHERRY BLOSSOM HUNT

Its been my top list must visit spring in Korea for LONGG TIME but because i was not confident yet with my Korean, so i never came here before. This city is famous not only in Spring but all around year for its beauty of nature and historical places since it was Korea's capital city in Shilla dynasty around 7th century. Be honest, i am totally not historical person (i put this sentence in everypost lol) so just let's get started!

경주
GYEONGJU

TRANSPORTATION FROM/TO SEOUL
By Bus from 경부 gyeongbu bus terminal to 경주 gyeongju bus terminal 
Takes around 2 hours 40 mins
Ticket price : ₩15.300/regular(R) ₩19800/premium(P)

By Train from 청량리 cheongyangni station (line 1)
Takes around 3 hours 40 mins
Ticket price : ₩15.300/mugunghwa train


ACCOMODATION IN GYEONGJU
스파락스
SPALUX
경북 경주시 원효로 14-1
노서동 136-4
₩12000/8 hours
i suggest this jimjilbang because this super luxury compared to other jimjilbang that i've tried before and located just a few walks away from bus terminal, so if you in budget and use midnight bus it's a perfect choice for you!

MUST VISIT GYEONGJU
#1
CHEONGSAMDAE

#2
DAEREUNGWON


#3
BOMUNGWANGWANGJI

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MUST EAT
actually in gyeongju is prefer coffeeshop hopping than eating because THEIR CAFES JUST TOO MUCH!!! even starbucks is cuter there but still you have to eat rite? So i recommended some famous cafes and famous restaurant that you have to visit!

#1
STARBUCKS


#2
ADEN

#3
YARD


#4
순두부 맷돌
SUNDUBU " KOREAN SOFT TOFU SOUP" MAETDOL
경북 경주시 북군길 7
북군동 229-1
 ₩9000/portion
Actually i'm not a big fan of soupy things but my friends asked for it and OMGG it much better than any tofu soup that i've tried before. Super seafoody broth and softttttt tofu.  
#5
황남빵
HWANGNAM BBANG
경북 경주시 태종로 783
황오동 347-1
Special bread with full redbean filling from 3rd generation maker. Super famous and best souvernir from gyeongju. You can find many places also sell similar bread but this is the original one ♡
₩16000/20pieces or ₩24000/30pieces


Monday, October 22, 2018

BALI FOODVENTURE, HYPE=WORTHIT?

BALI

it's been ZUPER long time ( around 7-8years) since the last time i went there. I am not a budget traveller this time because i went together with my parents HAHA sponsored. BUT actually i am pretty sick of "instaworthy" "instaspot" boring places that will waste your money for nothing excepts some likes on ig. 

SOO in this post, no me #ootd or #dailylook tags just me and some bali local comfort foods WITH lil bit "hype" places that i was very very curious about but is it really worth it?

LETS CHECK IT OUT!

#1
BABI GULING SINGARAJA BERAS MERAH "RENDI"
Jl. Tukad Pakerisan 122, panjer, denpasar
Open hour 7am-10pm
What i ordered: Nasi campur bali IDR 17000, Siobak IDR 20000
I got this recommendation from my sis ucup bin ajaib. Totally local no tourist no overprice pork rice. C'mon seventeen thousand for a full plate of pork godness? It's good but lil bit too dry for me. And siobak, bali style hmm not my type fried samchan with thick brown sauce but maybe you should try.
TASTE 7/10
HYPE: NO
WORTH IT: YES
P.s i tried one no-name random nasi babi guling in Jl. Sutomo, denpasar right across a pura, you should check this out!! I didnt even take photo of it because i didnt expect to be that great!

#2
WARUNG WAHAHA
Jl. Sunset road no 1689, seminyak, kuta
Open hour 11am-10pm
What i ordered: Half pork ribs IDR 98000, Pork knuckle IDR 188000
Naughty nuri's and wahaha are 2 biggest competitor that i know in selling pork ribs. But i can't compared each other since i never try nuri's. And it also my first time tried wahaha & this time recommendation from my mom maminen that've came before with her friends. Personally, i loveddddd their pork ribs, the meat is not so tender but they grilled it lil bit to burned side so i ate some crispy charside and it tasted more into savoury than sweet side. And for pork knucle, it super deadly crispy yet super tender in the outside. All my fam members said it tasted better than paulaner's but it lil bit tasteless for me. I love my meat lil bit salty.
TASTE 8/10
HYPE: YES 
WORTH IT: YES

#3
WARUNG NASI AYAM BU OKI
Jl. Celangi basur no.3Y, Jimbaran, kuta selatan
Open hour 7am- 6pm
What i ordered: Nasi campur ayam pedas IDR 25000
Again my mother recommendation. ZUPERLAFFF With it!! But we had it as our breakfast and it just too spicy for early morning HAHA  but its okey!! Super flavourful especially their chicken skewer sate ayaam emejing! no words HAHA
TASTE 10/10
HYPE: QUITE
WORTH IT: SUPER YESSS MUST TRY!

#4
AYAM BETUTU KHAS GILIMANUK
Jl. Raya kuta central parkir, kuta
Open Hour 8am-10pm
What i ordered: Half size ayam betutu rice set IDR50000+
I put + on the price because i didnt really remember the exact price. It might be looked unappetite and light yellow tasteless chicken BUT it will kick you with the spice at the first bite. And the chicken is super tender. But this type of opor kinda chicken always not include of my fav list so yeah no comment.
Taste 7/10
HYPE: EVEN JAKARTA HAVE BRANCH
WORTH IT: TRY LAH 

#5
PULINA 
Sebatu, tegallalang, gianyar, Bali 80561
Open hour 8am-7pm
Entrance fee: IDR 100000/Person
At first, i shocked like wtf 100k for this coffee plantation entrance :/ and okey. Firstly, emba guide told and showed us how coffee made, from luwak shitting, roasting process, arabica and robusta tree differences, try eating raw cocoa ( it tasted like soursop) and finally the guide lead us to the end where they served us 8 kinds of coffee and tea testers, and after you try it, you can ask 1 more free bigger size of what drink that you like the most. They also served compliment traditional snacks as sidedish. Honestly, i am not a big fan of black coffee especially indonesian coffee because for me it just too earthy and acidy. Iknow i am not a coffee expert no offense HAHA but overall the view and testing is great new experience.
TASTE 8/10
HYPE: NOT REALLY 
WORTH IT: YAP FOR ONCE

#6
BEBEK TEPI SAWAH VILLA
Jalan Raya Goa Gajah, Br. Teges Peliatan, Ubud, Peliatan, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571
Open Hour 10am-10pm
What i ordered: Bebek panggang halfset IDR 130000, Bebek bamboo IDR 150000
LEGIT. One word that describe all my dining experience here. Beautiful rice field view, pendopo seats, and SUPER TASTY GRILLED DUCKKKK ( fried duck bye grilles duck is on other leveeeel) and also steam spicee duck in bamboo that i forget what the name is just too perffff ♡
TASTE 10000/10
HYPE: ITS BEEN SINCE LONGGG TIME
WORTH IT: 1.5 HOUR DRIVE FROM KUTA MEANS NOTHING ♡

#7
NASI BALI MADE WETI
Yang Batu Kauh, Jl. Letda Reta No.52, Dangin Puri Klod, Denpasar Tim., Kota Denpasar, Bali 80233
Open Hour 9.30am-5pm
What i ordered : nasi ayam mix IDR 25000
i expected ALOT but hem. I cant compared it with ibu oki even it "chicken rice" but the spice is different. Ibu oki uses lots of spice and made weti is milder and quite refreshing with that cucumber slices. 
TASTE 7.8/10
HYPE: SUPER
WORTH IT: JUST OKEY 먹는만큼만

#8
REVOLVER
Jl. Kayu Aya Gang 51, Seminyak, Kuta, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361
Open Hour 7am-11pm
What i ordered: Double patty burger IDR 110000, Ice latte IDR 35000
Ok i cant be said, misprespection for this place. I was hoping "coffeeshop" my mistake HAHA ending it felt more to eatery bar. Not bad but i dont know i just feel not my type of coffee but it is a great place for chill.
TASTE 7/10
HYPE: SUPERB
WORTH IT: YES ONCE 

#9
TITIK TEMU
Jl. Kayu Cendana No.1, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361
Open Hour 8am-8pm
What i ordered: Ice latte IDR 33000, grilled cheese IDR 40000
raisa's coffeeshop is super pretty indeed. Hands down for design. But too much people taking pic at their entrance so too mainstream spot ugh. Their coffee just okey and their "roti bakar keju" with pesto is quite delish. Good place to ngadem from the heat.
TASTE 7/10
HYPE: YEAH!
WORTH IT: SO-SO nothing special

#10
GUSTO
Jl. Mertanadi No.46B, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361
Open Hour 10am-10pm
What i ordered: Medium IDR 48000
( S IDR 25k/2flvs, M IDR48K/3flvs, L IDR75k/4flvs, XL IDR 240K/5Flvr, Cone IDR28k/2flvs)
AND FOR LAST BUT NOT LEAST hippest gelato in bali, yessss finally anak kampung bekasi akhirnya coba bijinian guys. You choose the size and pay first and then you can try it first before you decide. Because we were sharing, we bought 2 mediums, one is creamy cup, dark choco,mascapone, and coffee, and on the other one was sorbet cup, contains strawberry, lemon, and mango. To be honest, short, simple and fast, i dont like their sorbet so-so and too sweet and for cream one, chocolate is the only flavour that i love because others just too sweet. Is it right or just me? I know indonesian sugar level is above normal
TASTE 9 for choco 1 for othertastes/10
HYPE: CANT BE HANDLE
WORTH IT: Hm 6 of 10?
CONCLUSION:
DONT BELIEVE IN INSTAGRAM, BLOGGER OR EVERYONE INCLUDING ME AND MY BLOG HAAHAHAHAHAHA

Dont waste your money and time just for "instapic" live your own life. Just be you! It's okey to try some of hype places but don't into it too much. Try it yourself and believe in your tastebud. Because maybe it less than 40% that really worth to try :) and remember holiday is when you can enjoy your day without any stress and pressure, so dont let SNS do it to you ♡

BTW now i am still getting sick of nasi babi guling, i ate it too much
SEE YOU ON NEXTTTT POST 

XO,
HJ

Sunday, October 14, 2018

JAPAN PART.3 - HONSHU 13DAYS12NIGHTS BACKPACKER TRIP


LONG TIME BLOG! this time i came back after winning agains my laziness HAHA so actually this already more than 1 month after my summer trip to Japan. This time me and my boyfie exploring Honshu island, super basic Japan backpacker destination. But to be honest, even it's not my first time but since usually i joint group and took bus everywhere, it was quite tough 2weeks taking public transport and choosing what to eat HAHA and thanks to nature for Typhoon that made our journey super unforgetable!! So many details to share, hope this post help you who want to do solo-trip to Japan. LET'S START!

🔻ITINERARY🔻

DAY 1  | 29 AUG// ARRIVED AT TOKYO
DAY 2  | 30 AUG// TOKYO DISNEYSEA
DAY 3  | 31 AUG// TOKYO
DAY 4  |   1 SEP // TOKYO- MT FUJI- KAWAGUCHIKO (BY BUS)
DAY 5  |   2 SEP // KAWAGUCHIKO- TAKAYAMA- KYOTO
DAY 6  |   3 SEP // KYOTO
DAY 7  |   4 SEP // KYOTO- OSAKA
DAY 8  |   5 SEP // OSAKA-KOBE-OSAKA
DAY 9  |   6 SEP // OSAKA UNIVERSAL STUDIO JAPAN
DAY10 |   7 SEP // OSAKA
DAY11 |   8 SEP // OSAKA
DAY12 |   9 SEP // OSAKA
DAY13 |   10 SEP // OSAKA- TOKYO
Thanks to typhoon i got extra "stressful" day bcause my flight cancelled
DAY 14 |   11 SEP // TOKYO- NARITA- JAKARTA
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🔻BUDGET ESTIMATION🔻

(per-person)

// Flights
Flight SEOUL- TOKYO (by Eastar jet)   = ₩80.000
Flight OSAKA- JAKARTA +40kg luggage (by Airasia)   = ₩250.000

➥Flight total = ₩330.000 (1 KRW = IDR 13) = Rp 4.290.000

// Transportation
TOKYO keisei train airport oneway+subway 3daypass =  ¥3.500
TOKYO disney jr line + disney resort line ¥500
TOKYO- KAWAGUCHIKO japanbusonline.com = ¥1.800
KAWAGUCHIKO 2daypass = ¥1.500
KAWAGUCHIKO- TAKAYAMA willerexpress.com = ¥5.000
TAKAYAMA-KYOTO willerexpress.com = ¥2.800
KYOTO 1 daypass bus = ¥600
KYOTO-OSAKA tokaido-sanyo line = ¥560
OSAKA-KOBE-OSAKA train (¥410x2 roundtrip) = ¥820
OSAKA universal studio line (¥180x2 roundtrip) = ¥360
OSAKA optional subway budget = ¥1.000
➥Transportation total = ¥18.440 (1 JPY = IDR 130) = Rp.2.397.800

// Stays
( based on private room price)
TOKYO AGORA PALACE ASAKUSA ¥10.000x3nites = ¥30.000
MT FUJI ZAKURA IIN ¥9.900
KYOTO PIECE HOSTEL ¥7.000x2nites = ¥14.000
OSAKA BEST WESTERN FINO ¥9.000x5nites = ¥45.000
¥98.900: 2person (1 JPY = IDR 130Rp. 6.428.500

// Tour Entrance Fee
Disneysea US$ 67
Universal studio japan US$60
Express pass USJ US$60
➥Tour Entrance total = US$187 (1 USD = IDR 15.000) = Rp. 2.805.000

// Meals
Eat budget (heavy meal) ¥1000 x 3 ( breakfast, lunch & dinner) x 13 = ¥39.000
Meals fee total = ¥ 39.000  (1 JPY = IDR 130) Rp.5.070.000

// VISA
Japan visa single entry Korea  ₩30.000
Meals fee total = ₩30.000  (1 KRW= IDR 13) Rp.390.000

GRAND TOTAL
Rp. 21.381.300
( ~USD 1528  // ~KRW 1.645.000// ~JPY 165.000)

this is comfort zone backpack. Full meal + private accomodation HAHA actually i SPENT MORE because of the typhoon cancelled my flight that should be from Kansai, Osaka changed to Narita, Tokyo. So me and my boyfie bought additional OSAKA-TOKYO bus (¥7.000/person) and TOKYO-NARITA AIRPORT bus (¥1.200/person) meant we spent more around IDR 1 MILLION for this and uncountable tears haha

Because actually taking intercity bus in Japan can be a big problems for traveller with many baggages. Every passenger only allowed to bring 1 big luggage but we brought 2pieces each + 1 box and THAT FUCK** BOX was too huge to be brought inside. After 30 mins begging and crying finally they allowed us to bring it. We should take shinkansen but you know it out of our budget as backpacker (bcause bus ¥7.000 and shinkansen ¥19.000) SO BECAREFUL!!

P.s if you out of budget here our tips
#1 STAY in hostel or capsule instead of hotel
#2 wake up late skip breakfast and have lunch & dinner at fastfood resto
#3 use bus or regular train to go to other city, don't take shinkansen
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After itinerary and all the money that we used now i will give you detail each city and some important travel tips 

#1 BEST TIME TO VISIT 
Cant suggest you as you know 4 season countries always good all the times. but You can come here MID JUL for best flower season and JANUARY for best winter festival

#2 VISA NEEDED?
For you visa waiver, no need visa. But for me Indonesian old passport needs visa, and living in korea. So you can check here, how to apply Japan visa in Korea for foreigner.

#3 MONEY! 
JAPANESE YEN (¥)
Japan is a cash country so prepared your cash for local transport and dining. But for mini mart and some restaurant or souvernir shopping that accept card, use card is better :)

#4 INTERNET CONNECTION
Some area provides some free public wifi on some touristy spots but not really strong, so better you rent a router in the airport with early booking from your country.

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TOKYO
Capital of Japan, busy metropolitan city. But for me, even it's "metropolitan" i always feel that Tokyo still have that "mystic" feeling. Always love tokyo! food, scenery, just too many choices to be explored.
BEST AREA TO STAY: 
For luxury shopping choices, SHINJUKU, SHIBUYA, AND ROPPONGI and for budget traveller like me, We chose AGORA PLACE ASAKUSA area, located near Sensoji temple and Sumi river area.
Read more :
MUST VISIT TOKYO + CHEAP TRANSPORTATION
TOKYO FOODVENTURE
ULTIMATE DISNEYSEA GUIDE AND MUKBANG

MT FUJI & KAWAGUCHI LAKE
Perfect destination for escape from busy city life and become one with nature for a while
BEST AREA TO STAY: 
Tatami Japanese style resort, you can search around Kawaguchi lake or for cheap option, You can browse around Kawaguchi station, i stayed at FUJIZAKURA IIN 15 mins away by foot.
Read more :
ONE DAY TRIP MT FUJI IN RAINY DAY

TAKAYAMA
Moving to south west area, Takayama in Gifu provence that famous with wooden houses from Edo period.
BEST AREA TO STAY: 
around Takayama station, but i just had transit here for 4 hours
Read more :
TAKAYAMA IN 4 HOURS

KYOTO
Japan capital city before move to Tokyo. Can be said as heart of Japan history. 3rd biggest city in Japan after Tokyo and Osaka, but super less crowded and super suitable for you who love silence and historical sides.
BEST AREA TO STAY: 
Me and my boyfie stayed at Kyoto station area, PIECE HOSTEL. great hostel where you can meet new friends and they even host Takoyaki or beer party at night!
Read more :
KYOTO MUST VISIT + CHEAP TRANSPORTATION
KYOTO FOODVENTURE

KOBE
City of premium beef, KOBE WAGYU BEEF. YEAH finally my dream came true! super close from Osaka, and a great choice for beefventure :3
BEST AREA TO STAY: 
So many hotel around Kobe station, but we just did one day trip.
Read more :
KOBE ONE DAY TOUR
FIRST KOBE BEEF EXPERIENCE WITH TOR ROAD AOYAMA

OSAKA
2nd biggest city in Japan and become capital of Kansai prefecture area. Osaka can be said like mix of Tokyo and Kyoto in a middle. When tokyo is too busy and kyoto is too calm, Osaka just right. Osaka people is super friendly and easygoing, more helpful and funny. And last but not least, FOOD. don't forget munchies!
BEST AREA TO STAY: 
  Umeda for transportation hunter, Namba for anime lover, and Dotonburi for eating and shopping lover
Read more :
OSAKA MUST VISIT+ CHEAP TRANSPORTATION
OSAKA FOODVENTURE (FOR FLOUR HATER)
UNIVERSAL STUDIO JAPAN GUIDE + MUKBANG

will working on each posts very-very soon! If you have any comment or suggestion, super welcome! Hope this post will help you all who want backpacking to Japan. Even it looks very complicated but trust me, it is very understandable ♡

CIAO!
HJ