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2013 Little West Java Trip Report

Finally got the intention chance to blog about my trip to Bogor, Jakarta and Bandung last January to February. It was a great fun trip where I could see many pretty things and also meet my very darling old friends. Oh ya, I was going with my sister and other two friends, Yorris and Meli.

Let's talk about the Bogor first. We spent only one day at Bogor but Meli and Nico kindly took us to several places like Kampung Daun (that took one and a half hour from the city), Rumah Air, Ah Poong and some other places. I am not even sure about the names anymore since it's been long, so excuse my mistakes if I did any LOL. Didn't take too many pictures there but here are some we took at Bogor.

Family portrait much? LOL

Before heading to Bandung, we made a stop for one night at Jakarta. We went to a lot of places, but most of them are malls and also eating places so I didn't manage to take many pictures. But what made me happy was we got the chance to meet many old pals that we haven't met for quite a long time (also Felly, my sistaaaaa haha). Blessed is blessed :)

Okay, last stop on our little West Java trip, Bandung. This city is a very nice city, in my very opinion. It is not as large as Jakarta and it is not as crowded as Jakarta too, of course. Our city tour guide, Mister Yoris took us to many pretty places and here are some.

First, Boscha Observatory. What I know about this place is simply this was where Petualangan Sherina (le legendary Indonesian childhood movie LOL) took place. Took some pretty pictures here and then left because it was closed when we got there.

The next destination was the Tangkuban Perahu. Tangkuban Perahu (spelt Tangkuban Parahu in the local Sundanese dialect) is a dormant volcano 30 km north of the city of Bandung, the provincial capital of West Java, Indonesia. It last erupted in 1959. It is a popular tourist attraction where tourists can hike or ride to the edge of the crater to view the hot water springs and boiling mud up close, and buy eggs cooked on the hot surface. This stratovolcano is on the island of Java and last erupted in 1983. Together with Mount Burangrang and Bukit Tunggul, those are remnants of the ancient Mount Sundaafter the plinian eruption caused the Caldera to collapse. (from Wikipedia)

Next is the other most famous tourist attraction and pre-wedding photo place near Bandung, yep it was Kawah Putih (or in English : White Crater). This place was really beautiful, but the smell of sulfur was pretty heavy there so I don't think you will manage to stay for hours there. A little trivia, when we were there, Dede Yusuf was doing a shooting for his campaign. He took a lot of people with him and I remember they shouted "Nomor tiga!" or something I don't really remember anymore. It was pretty fun watching them shoot and re-shoot for several times LOL.

I don't know why but I really love this picture.

There were still some other places we went to while we were in Bandung. Yoris also took us to Sapu Lidi (a restaurant where you can eat above a rice field), Takigawa (best Bandung night view, guaranteed) and also many other great eating spots. Thank you, Yoris for being such a great guide for us :))

Twilight view from Takigawa, super pretty.
Trying out the Takigawa roll something, not so special but still edible.
The real view look much better than in picture, I swear :)
Another just-for-fun fact from this trip. Every picture of four of us (me, Cindy, Yoris and Meli) was taken using the self timer, with no other people helping us. We put the camera on the rocks, hang it on the tree and surprisingly, every single of the picture looked good and not blurry :))

So that was my little story about my trip to Bogor, Jakarta and Bandung. I hope you enjoy this post and see you in another post. God bless yaaa :)

My Ten Days Teaching Life

Hey, it's been long since the last time I blogged, isn't it? Let's start with some cliche thing like "I miss blogging so much", because I really did haha. But I won't take too long with this thing, of course.

It's been more than a month for my vacation in Indonesia. I've been to many places and also had new experiences. What I'll be sharing this time is about my teaching experience. Yes, teaching. I had been teaching for two weeks in one private school in Pekanbaru (SD Darma Yudha, to be exact) with my mate Jane who was also teaching in the same school. Our teaching started from February 18 and just ended yesterday.

So the question must be : what does it feel like to be a teacher? To be honest, being a teacher used to be what I wanted when I was in primary school, but it didn't last until I got into middle school. I came up to think that being a teacher is not a "cool" job, and it doesn't pay that much (that is really what I was thinking that time). But oh well, at the end God brought me there too. (That is one of the reason I know that we have to be careful with what we wished for LOL)

Okay, back to the question. Being a teacher is not that hard actually, but it is not easy, as well. I don't know if I was lucky or not, but I got to teach the primary school first grade students. First grader were really cute, no doubt at all. But there also came some time when they really got me angry haha. 

When I was a student (well I am kind of still, though), I used to think that being a teacher is easy peasy LOL. You just have to tell students to do this and that and this and that, like a boss. But oh well, again I was wrong. But still I can't decide which one is harder, being a student or being a teacher, since I really don't like studying LOL #FirstWorldProblem.

The thing is I am grateful that I had this opportunity to get this new experience and also to meet so many little cutie pies. There are some names that have become my favorite ones that I'm pretty sad that I don't know if I'll be able to see them again anymore or not. I also learned a new thing that I feel like the main point of being a teacher is not only about telling students about this and that, but to educate them more. Not only to teach them about lessons that they learned at school, but also educating them to be a better person for themselves and also for other people. Being a teacher, is not a simple thing, at all.

Since I'm not really that good with words I'll just stop here then. I'll come back soon and blog more about my vacation to several places. I would really love to have the pictures of the vacation on the blog. See you later peeps, take careeeeeeeeee.