Flowers and Us


"Just living is not enough, one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower"
Hans Christian Andersen


Flowers symbolise a lot of thing, life, love, beauty, purity, and other meaning that we attached to them. You'll see ton of them in many wedding party, many valentines, and many other occasions where words fail to capture the sentiment. They have, to some extent, allow us to be lazy in saying what we meant. It is easier to give a bouquet of flower to say you're sorry, than talk about it. Or to say you love your other half, without the needs of rearranging your thought in poem, well-written letters, or whispers before the two of you go to bed.

But ain't them pretty?

Kawah Putih - Bandung


Kawah Putih gives a surreal feel and looks, with all the sulphuric fog that rises up from the lake. It is slightly poisonous, and therefore you shouldn't stay longer than 15-30 minutes. Once you experienced difficulty in breathing or any discomfort, just leave the location as soon as possible.

To reach Kawah Putih, we had to travel for about 2 hours from Bandung. Avoid weekend, as you might get trapped in Bandung's notorious weekend jam due to the visitors from Jakarta. Once you reached the first gate just below the Kawah Putih area, you will be able to drive up, or park your car and get on the public transport available (at a cost). If you rent a driver in Bandung, the driver will not be keen on going to the top, as a solidarity for these public transport operators.

If you have the time, it is a must-visit place, just avoid the holiday timing as best as you could.

Bread Street Kitchen










Another foodie entry! We tried Bread Street Kitchen a few months back, because of Gordon Ramsay name. Naturally, we came in with high expectation. While the taste was awesome, we were left asking for more due to the size of the dishes that were not exactly value for money :D

Dusun Bambu, Bandung

Eco and family friendly style of holiday is currently the trend in Bandung. The mountainous city has enough space, which combined with its picturesque surrounding, works well in enticing families to come by and spend the whole day in their sprawling, vast venue. 

Dusun Bambu is one of them, and in one place, you would find various restaurants, families' activities, and a very laid back place to relax, rolled in one. 

It's also perhaps a more palatable alternative than trying to chain various experiences that Bandung could offer, not because of the lack of it, but more due to the punishing weekend traffic that the city could suffer from.

Lunch at SELA


SELA restaurant is no longer open. I believe that we were there as one of its last customers. The foods were actually good, but a bit expensive compared to other restaurants in the vicinity. We went there because of a promotion that gave us quite a discount.

Shirakawa-Go Under the Snow

IMG_8134 If you want to visit Shirakawa-Go,  it is better to book your bus ticket as early as possible (which would be 30 days before your travel date). We almost missed the trip because there were no available ticket from Kanazawa. Fortunately, there were still some tickets left from Takayama, and we finally were able to visit the place.

It was snowing lightly the day before, and we arrived to a spectacular view of the Gassho-zukuri under the snow. The house's roof was designed in a way that it let the heavy snow slides down naturally. 

Strolling at Kanazawa

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Kanazawa might not be as popular as Kyoto, Tokyo, or Osaka, and it really has different atmosphere compared to the big cities. However, if you one day put Kanazawa in your travelling list, there are several things that you might want to consider visiting.

Firstly is the Ohmi-cho Market. Just like every other market in Japan, it is crowded and filled to the brim with good food. We tasted some grilled squid here, and you can feel the freshness by the sweet taste and crunchy texture. The bountiful sea of Japan surely demonstrate its kindness here.

The next one should be the Kenroku-en garden. A cloudy and cold day might take the colour and beauty away, but if you come in spring, you are in for a treat. Once you are done with this vast and beautiful garden, you can opt to visit Kanazawa castle just beside it.

We chose not to visit the castle, but go straight south to visit the Ninja-dera temple, and Nishi Chaya district. Unfortunately, Ninja-dera temple can only so much people as everyone has to follow the compulsory guided tour, and they don't have any more slot to accommodate us. For your information, the tour is only conducted in Japanese.

Hiroshima, Lest We Forget

IMG_7990 This is the eve before the bomb was dropped in Hiroshima, 71 years ago. The bomb was detonated mid air, just 150 meters from the Prefectural Industrial Promotional Hall, or now known as Genbaku (A-Bomb) Dome. The building, designed by Jan Etzel, maintain its structural integrity, even though the bomb itself incinerated an area of 1 mile radius, killing 70,000 to 80,000 people, almost a third of Hiroshima population at the time.

The event still incites debates today, with many people doubting the necessity of dropping such bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki to secure victory for the allies. The more important thing is to realise, that innocent people have always been the victim of war or act of terrorism. Here to world peace, a cry to save humanity, in hope we can accept everyone as they are, fellow human being. 

Welcoming a Little One

One day, my teacher posed the class with this question,"What would you do, should an alien race come to this world, to say that we welcome them with peace?". We were 14 or 15 years old, and at that age, we thought it was cooler to have a space fight a la Star Wars.

He continued on, "We should send a couple with their baby as our ambassadors, because baby is a symbol of love", and as an easily impressed kids, we were looking at him with awe. It was SO deep, (that Adele might roll in it).

Today, I know that it's not necessarily true, some babies arrived due to circumstances, some get the wrong gender, and risked getting hated (or terminated) by their own parents. It might make someone a bit cynical, especially in a world where over-population is a major concern.

But, here we are, finding some of our friends, great people who has been waiting for a little one all their life. We are so happy to know, that these babies will come into a loving family, even though the parents' eyes is tinged with blood colour due to all the loss of sleep. In this circumstances, a celebratory welcoming, is indeed fitting. We hope you, little one, and your parents, really live, laugh, and more importantly, love. 
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