United Arab Emirates: Oil vs Tourism

I stranded in this wonderful city by work, but captivated by the leisure it offers.

Last post I said that I might not gonna break my sweat for roaming around the town. But of course my mind wouldn’t simply accept that. Even, my boss told me that I should enjoy the city and consider this invitation as leisure travel. So, as adventurous as I could manage, I visited several landmarks in the city and also the country’s capital, Abu Dhabi.

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Dubai Mall Fountain from Burj Khalifa’s At The Top

United Arab Emirates (UAE) or Dawlat al-Imārāt al-‘Arabīyah al-Muttaḥidah is a monarchy federation country with seven (7) emirates ruled by seven (7) royal families. Its oil reserves are the seventh-largest in the world. That’s why it is one of the wealthiest country in the world. Just imagine, its GDP is almost USD 70,000 per capita compare to my home country Indonesia with USD 13,000 per capita. And that’s folks, how I got here, through oil and gas.

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Mendadak Dubai

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Dubai city view

Something great sometimes happens when you least expect it. Just a month ago I thought I ruined my career by going here and there, from one engineering company to another, like a gazelle running around in savanna without purpose or sense of direction (drama queen alert!). This weekend, I arrived in Dubai to visit WorleyParsons’ branch office. What a lucky shot.

Seriously though, going outside the country was not on my 2018 New Year resolution. I was just hoping for new opportunity in my new company. Thus, I (sadly) rejected my friend’s invitation to visit Thailand two months ago because I thought that ‘This year I will concentrate on my job and my boyfriend’. Surprisingly, God prepared me to do both and more.

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Gion, The Heart of Kyoto

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That day was the day I had been waiting for. Finally I got to visit Gion and actually stayed in ryokan, a traditional kinda house in Japan. This preserved area was as I imagined from geisha movies I watched so many times. Refer to Japan Guide, Gion is Kyoto’s most famous geisha district, located around Shijo Avenue between Yasaka-jinja Shrine in the East and the Kamo-gawa River in the West. This place is filled with shops, restaurants and ochaya (teahouses) where geiko and maiko entertain.

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Gion narrow street

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Fushimi Inari-taisha and Arashiyama

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Hi everybody, how’s life?

Mine? Crashing to the ground. Hard. Hahaha.. I can only laugh at my stupidity and blind heart. Beyond bonker. Also, Alexis is now MU player. As if I can’t loathe MU any further. Aaargh.. I am full of anger right now.

But enough about it. I am here to continue writing about my traveling chapter, still, the latest trip, Japan.

Monday, 9 October 2017

Monday morning in Kyoto was as quite as it could be. I went out of hotel at around 6 am to catch bus. The streets were empty, though several stores had already opened. My favorite was a flower shop just around the corner with Halloween decorations. What a dream to have one in a nice neighborhood.

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Feeling super thrilled, I put on my skirt and tried to look a bit edgy for the day. I, then, rushed to Kyoto Station, lined up for the bus to a Shinto shrine, Fushimi Inari-taisha. There were so many options to go to this place, the other one beside taking bus was using train, stop by Inari station. Since, I am a fan of sight seeing, I decided to use bus instead.

Here’s the thing. I thought it was a brilliant idea to go to the most visited tourist spot in Kyoto, Continue reading “Fushimi Inari-taisha and Arashiyama”

Osaka Castle, Origami and Ramen

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Magnificent Osaka Castle

November. Fiuh!

Hahaha ngos-ngosan ngelewatin bulan ini. Bukannya ngga oke sih, cuma susah payah aja dikerjaan dan perasaan. Tsah. Ngga jelas. Hahaha.. Begitulah alasannya kenapa seri postingan Jepang ketunda. Dan aku lagi bosan pake bahasa Inggris. Kebanyakan baca code and standard sama diskusi pake bahasa bule sama client.

Jadi, buat mas bos (mas karena ternyata dia masih muda banget) yang suka kepo baca blogku, sori ya bos, kali ini kamu ngga akan ngerti aku ngomong apa tentang negara kamu, Jepang. LOL.

Minggu, 8 Oktober 2017

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Kastil Osaka

Habis keliling Nara, makan dorayaki sama dango, digigit-gigitin rusa dan baju penuh lelehan jigong mereka (ewww!), aku lanjutin ke Osaka naik kereta. Sekalian sih sebelum balik ke Kyoto. Karena Nara-Osaka-Kyoto semacam segitiga emas area Kanshai. Sayang kalo ngga disempetin liat-liat Osaka. Yang mainstream aja karena waktu ngga banyak. Jadilah mampir ke Osaka Castle. Continue reading “Osaka Castle, Origami and Ramen”

O Deer O Deer: Nara Park

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Shika-senbei (the deer cracker)

Sunday, October 8th 2017

Just an hour train ride from Kyoto Station, Nara was my next destination. I heard about an astonishing park and the Shika deer who live there since forever. Haha.. would not miss an opportunity to feed the deer with my own hands. Sometimes I feel like, I am happier bonding with animal rather than with human. LOL.

Using Kansai Thru Pass Card, Nara Park area was so easy to reach. There was an express train from Kyoto Station to Kintestu-Nara Station where the park was just minutes away on foot. Continue reading “O Deer O Deer: Nara Park”

Toji Temple of Kyoto

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The Five-Story Pagoda

Saturday, October 7th 2017

After a pleasant flight with Garuda Indonesia from Jakarta-Bali-Osaka, witnessed breathtaking sunrise over East China Sea and continued with Haruka Express Train to downtown Kyoto, I finally arrived in Toji, Minami-ku of Kyoto. A small town in Kyoto suburb famous for its 5-story pagoda.

The weather was a bit chilly. So, I put on my furry brown jacket and walked a bit fast to beat the cold. It was just around the corner from my hostel. In fact, I could see the pagoda’s top from the hostel’s third floor. Continue reading “Toji Temple of Kyoto”

A Week in Japan

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Maruyama Park, Gion

Dear October,

Thank you for being awesome. Feeling so grateful.

I just came back from my holiday to Japan (Osaka-Kyoto-Nara-Tokyo-Fujikawaguchiko) within 8 days. Here’s my 10-highlights during the vacation.

  1. Feeding Sika deer in Nara Park
  2. Tasted matcha ice cream in Fushimi Inari-taisha
  3. Donning autumn kimono in Gion
  4. Stayed at Ryokan-type hotel in Kyoto
  5. Tried Kobe beef in local booth
  6. Traveled with Nozomi Shinkansen (Kyoto-Tokyo)
  7. Enjoyed scenic view of Lake Kawaguchiko
  8. Sushi lunch at famous Ryu Sushi, Tsukiji Market
  9. Crossing Shibuya Station chaotic intersection (The Scramble)
  10. Capturing Shinjuku’s vibrant night life

Japan was truly heartwarming. Everywhere I went, locals greeted me with their bow and smile. Sumimasen (excuse me/sorry) and irasshaimase (welcome) might be the most heard wordings. Continue reading “A Week in Japan”

Gunung Padang Megalithic Site

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Where do you think I went last week? Up to the hill or down to the beach?

Still a bit traumatized by Lombok’s humidity strike, I need more time not to visit any palces by the sea. Haha.

I dragged myself up on the hill this time to satisfy my thirst of historical knowledge. I sweated myself up to the point of almost fainted, haha.. and visited Gunung Padang Megalithic Site. In Cianjur, West Java. To be honest with you, before that Saturday, I had no idea Cianjur was so freaking far away from Jakarta, not to mention from Bintaro. It drove me insane. Haha.

Because of the remote location without public transportation access, I decided to join an open trip. Cheap and hustle-free (err.. not so much in the end, though). At 6.15 sharp in the morning, I arrived on the meeting point. The next 30 minutes, all twelve of us were on our way to Karyamukti Village. Continue reading “Gunung Padang Megalithic Site”

China: Beijing Summer Palace

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Friday, 2 June 2017

Situated in the Haidian District northwest of Beijing, Summer Palace is 9 miles (15 kilometers) from the downtown area. Being the largest and most well-preserved royal park in China, it greatly influences Chinese horticulture and landscape with its famous natural views and cultural interests, which also has long been recognized as ‘The Museum of Royal Gardens‘. – http://www.travelchinaguide.com

The combination ticket price is 60 yuan.

Summer Palace can be divided into four parts: the Court Area, Front and Rear Area of Longevity Hill, and Kunming Lake Area.

I had so much fun donning Empress royal dress and taking a boat in Kunming Lake. I will let the pictures speak for themselves this time. Continue reading “China: Beijing Summer Palace”