Singapore: Colonial District


Sunday, 23 April 2017

Colonial District was an area I prioritized during my visit to Singapore. I have always been fascinated by European architecture and design. And this area depicts the British colonization of Singapore.

Refer to History of Singapore, the written history of Singapore dates back to the third century. Evidence suggest a significant trading settlement existed in Singapore during the 14th century. In the late 14th century, Kingdom of Singapura was under the rule of Parameswara until he was expelled by the Majapahit or the Siamese. It then came under the Malacca Sultanate and then the Johor Sultanate. Modern Singapore was founded in 1819, when Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles negotiated a treaty whereby Johor allowed the British to found a trading port on the island.

I went there right away after Haji Lane. The Sun light was way too shiny than I expected and it was only 9 AM. Though, I felt so grateful it’s not raining. I took MRT from Bugis Station to City Hall and walked, again. Hahaha.. this was exactly the reason why I brought my Nike Roshe shoes instead of my loafer. I walked all the time.

St. Andrew’s Cathedral Continue reading “Singapore: Colonial District”


Singapore: Haji Lane, Kampong Glam


Sunday, 23 April 2017

Early in the morning, I woke up and got ready to explore Singapore. I was super excited and anxious at the same time. I worried that I wouldn’t be able to find my destinations or worst, lost. Hahaha.. My plan was simple, took as many mural pictures as possible in Haji Lane, Kampong Glam.

I was informed by Desmond, the helpful receptionist, that it’s better to go as early as possible before the Sun caught you. It’s gonna be way too humid and hot after 10 AM. And so I did. I left at around 8 AM right after breakfast.


8 AM Mosque St, Chinatown

After managed to took empty Mosque Street, I jump in the train from Chinatown Station to Bugis Station. Then walked along the way to Haji Lane with Google Map as my guide. I enjoy every steps because the path was clean, the view was nothing to be found back home. I met pigeons gathering in the pavement. Held myself to try to scare them off ahahahaa.. Continue reading “Singapore: Haji Lane, Kampong Glam”

Singapore: Solo Backpacking


Very good Saturday morning, all!

For the sake of banyaknya tanggal merah di awal-awal bulan 2017 ini, aku secara impulsif beli tiket ke Singapore. Pertamanya ngajak temen-temen kantor, tapi akhirnya aku memutuskan buat pergi sendiri. Bold move, Lan. Did you regret it? Not at all. Nagih yang ada, karena kejutan-kejutan yang kita dapatkan dari jalan sendirian. Sekarang aku ngerti kenapa banyak travel-travel blogger Indonesia backpacking solo kemana-mana. Hehehe..

A wise friend (Mba Dana) once told me, “If you can survive living in Jakarta by yourself, you can survive living anywhere in the world.” Which of course I took seriously. Apalagi Singapore yang terkenal aman.

Karena berangkat sendirian banget, aku berusaha organize semuanya secara detail. I didn’t want to get stranded in the middle of strange city and not be able to enjoy it at all.


Pertama aku nentuin dulu tempat-tempat yang mau aku datengin. I had a long list, tapi terbatas di lokasi-lokasi mainstream. Biar kerasa turisnya. Hahaha.. chill, this was my first time in the city. Continue reading “Singapore: Solo Backpacking”

Taman Bintaro Jaya Xchange


Happy weekend!

Sabtu-Sabtu asiknya cerita-cerita tentang tempat-tempat wisata dan bersantai di dalam kota yang murah dan mudah dijangkau. Tiga bulan sudah tinggal di Bintaro. Kesannya, Bintaro ini memang kota family friendly banget. Perumahan teratur, culinary center ada dimana-mana, traditional market dan supermarket yang komplit, jalan kota yang rapi dan terawat dan beberapa taman kota buat olahraga, hanging around, diskusi sama pacar atau aktivitas hobby-kinda like.

Yang terakhir ini aku suka banget: taman kota. I think this is the best idea of a town and I am thrilled that many cities in Indonesia have realized the importance of providing easily accessible city park. Either dibangun oleh Continue reading “Taman Bintaro Jaya Xchange”

Cerita-Cerita Pakai Aplikasi GO-JEK dan Grab


Cerita 1: Overly-Attached Driver

Karena setiap hari berangkat dan pulang kantor naik ojek online, dan waktu itu GO-JEK lagi gencar promo, dua kali sehari aku pesan GO-JEK bayar pakai GO-PAY. Kost di Bintaro Sektor 5, kantor di Bintaro Sektor 7. Bayangin aja udah deket banget, sekali naik cuma bayar Rp 3.200,- (GrabBike). Ahahaha..

Nah, possibility buat dapat driver yang itu-itu aja kan makin besar. Karena ya area yang dekat, driver GO-JEK yang belum banyak di Bintaro dan Continue reading “Cerita-Cerita Pakai Aplikasi GO-JEK dan Grab”