Saturday, June 24, 2017

5 Things to Do in Bandung

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Hi, dreamers! It's another long holiday in Indonesia, or the so called Idul Fitri/Lebaran. Apparently we have 7-10 days off to mudik (going back to hometown) or traveling or doing anything we want. Some places near Jakarta have always been the favorite destination such as Bogor, Puncak, or Bandung. I also plan to go to Bandung this holiday (don't know can make it or not because of the traffic but let's pray we can) and here are some things to do in Bandung based on my last trip. I hope this can help you to decide what to do there ;)

My friend Andyna and I were trapped in the bad traffic so it's pretty late when we arrived at Bandung. We had lunch at Pasteur Hyperpoint (nothing special and I didn't take any photos) and rushed to The Lodge Maribaya.
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It's located around 45 minutes from the city- without the traffic jam. We went there by motorcycle and I can say it's not a good idea, hahaha. The first 30 minutes might be enjoyable but after that, hell no I just kept wondering when we would arrive. 
The Lodge Maribaya is one of the "it" destination in Lembang, Bandung because of its unique photo spots. Swing with the background of pine trees, cycling on a string, or just sitting there with a green scenery it is. Entrance ticket was IDR 25.000 and to take photos at the attractions, you need to pay again. 
Guess what, after all those long rides from Jakarta to Bandung (5 or 6 hours) and Bandung to Lembang, we ended up with nothing because we no longer could buy the tickets for those photos spots. SERIOUSLY?!! Ticket box will be closed after 3 PM so make sure you go there earlier to grab the chance to have instagrammable pics ;) Oh, not to forget you can also rent the tent to stay a night there. It's fun to chill with the bean bags and green scenery with friends or family!

We were super hungry (+tired) after the long journey and decided to walk around Dago to have dinner. Dago is a popular location to enjoy a lot of food and after a while we decided to eat at a fusion Japanese Restaurant called Sushi Den. There's also cafe beside it where you can order coffee and snacks.
I had omelette + katsu and once again I didn't take many photos because the lighting was quite dark and I was too hungry. To be honest, the food were just so-so, nothing special nor impressive, just enough to fill my hungry tummy. If I must mention one thing I love about it, it's definitely the Japanese corner!

One of the fun things to do in a 1 night 2 days trip is strolling around the hotel/guest house you're staying, isn't it? I stayed at a 8-beds room which was my first time (it's before my Japan trip) and loving it. It's only around IDR 125.000 one night and we also got free breakfast. 
The hotel has traditional vibe (I think it's Balinese) and a lot of plants which made it so interesting to walk around in the morning. Oh, it also has swimming pool but I didn't swim tho. We can eat breakfast at the living room or at the outdoor tables around the pool while sun-bathing (I wouldn't do that because it'd be freakin' hot hahaha).

The next day we decided to enjoy Bandung like a local, we went to Balai Kota Bandung. The main reason we went there is the Taman Labirin which has become one of the "hits" place to visit after Ridwan Kamil (the mayor of Bandung) posted it on his Instagram. 
Taman Labirin is a revitalization of Taman Merpati, shape like a circle labyrinth with 4 entrance/exit based on the cardinal direction. 
Beside the Taman Labirin, there are another activities there such as animal lover communities, kids playing soccer or rolling-skate, or just sitting around to enjoy the weekend. Plus, it's free!

Braga street is near the Balai Kota, and it has unique vibe which I love. You can find a lot of restaurants here. The street itself is really instagrammable and make you feel like you're not in a foreign country. You can easily find people having photoshoots here.
We had lunch at The Suga Rush which is also a fusion restaurant. It has cute and fun interior with murals and they also sell cakes! I had pasta and again, it's good but not impressive just your standard creamy pasta. Price was affordable and not overprice for the food quality ;)
We always have room for desserts, don't we? Tried this mango ice cream for just IDR 12.000...? I forgot, but it's super cheap for sure! It's super nice despite of the cheap price, now I'm craving for it T.T

There are a lot of tourist attractions along the street to Lembang such as Dusun Bambu, The Ranch, Floating Market, Farm House, etc. You can also check my #BandungDiary series to know more about what to do in Bandung. Hope this post can help you! Happy holiday xx

Monday, June 19, 2017

Hot Trend: How to Wear Gingham Prints

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Even before it becomes trend, I've always love gingham prints. I also already wore it before as can be seen in this post and this post. Nowadays, gingham prints can be easily found in blogger's outfit post or #OOTD in Instagram, so here is my latest mix and match to wear gingham prints!
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How to Wear Gingham Prints Parka | www.bigdreamerblog.com
Parka- thrifted // Gingham dress- unbranded // Bandana headband- Osaka // Glitter Sneakers- Stradivarius // Socks- Artbox // Backpack- Zara
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how to wear gingham prints japobs | www.bigdreamerblog.com

I wore this outfit to ANY event at Central Park, but my blogger friends were going home after lunch so I had no one to take my outfit photos. And then I remembered that there's something that can be used as a fake tripod so here are my self-taken pics, as always hahaha. I wore my denim blue gingham dress with a thrifted parka that's surprisingly well-matched. My outfit wouldn't be complete without my glittery sneakers and black backpack (seriously I need a new one). My hair already turns into pastel/purple-ash color, I need to retouch but nah maybe next month (or another next month) so I just added my favorite bandana-headband I bought at Osaka.
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Do you love gingham prints like I do? How are you going to style it? 
Please tell me at the comment box, I'd love to read :D

Saturday, June 17, 2017

3 Ways to Travel Abroad // 3 Cara Liburan ke Luar Negeri

Siapa sih, yang nggak pengen jalan-jalan ke luar negeri? Tempat baru, orang-orang baru dengan bahasa dan budaya yang berbeda pastinya bikin perjalanan itu makin seru. But, is it that easy to travel abroad? Masih banyak orang yang berpikir kalau liburan ke luar negeri itu mahal banget, padahal nggak juga lho. Makanya tergantung budget yang kamu punya, aku bakal ngasih 3 pilihan cara untuk traveling ke luar negeri!

Backpacking
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Cara yang satu ini is the best choice banget deh buat yang pengen liburan ke luar negeri tapi nggak mau bayar mahal atau punya budget minim. Inget, liburan yang mengasyikkan nggak selalu harus di hotel bintang 5 ;) Disebut backpacking karena kamu bepergian hanya dengan satu backpack, semua baju dan keperluan kamu selama liburan ya ditaro di backpack itu. Lalu, pengeluaran selama perjalanan juga harus ditekan banget. Jujur aja aku belum yakin bisa backpackingan ke luar negeri soalnya bawaan pasti banyak + doyan jajan, kecuali perginya cuma 3-4 hari. Oh iya, jangan lupa buat hunting tiket penerbangan luar negeri yang lagi promo ya!

Independent / Solo Travel 
Yang satu ini, cocok buat kamu yang punya jiwa adventurous. Aku juga pake cara ini buat ke Jepang kemaren, my first solo traveling ever and it's Japan! Dengan cara ini, kita harus mengurus semuanya sendiri, mulai dari cari tiket, ngurusin paspor-visa, perencanaan itinerary, dan hal-hal kecil lainnya. Agak ribet sih, tapi justru di situlah letak keseruannya! Kamu bebas menentukan mau kemana aja tanpa diburu-buru tour guide + foto sampe puas. Change of itinerary? No prob juga. Sama seperti backpacking, ketika kamu berencana untuk liburan ke luar negeri sendiri tanpa bantuan travel agent, sebisa mungkin carilah penerbangan internasional yang lagi promo. Kan lumayan kalau bisa menghemat biaya penerbangan untuk jajan lebih banyak, hahaha.

Pesen Paket Tour 
Karena dua cara wisata ke luar negeri di atas mengharuskan kamu untuk ngurusin semuanya sendiri, cara ini adalah pilihan buat kalian yang mager dan pengen terima beres. Pake aja jasa travel agent yang nyediain paket tour ke destinasi internasional. Salah satunya, seperti yang udah aku sebutin di postingan-postingan sebelumnya, adalah HIS.
HISGO sebagai online travel agent menawarkan berbagai pilihan paket tour internasional di berbagai negara yang memudahkan wisatawan menentukan destinasi traveling, tentunya bisa dipesan secara online. Biasanya paket tour udah mencakup perjalanan itu secara keseluruhan, misalnya dari tiket pesawat, akomodasi, konsumsi, itinerary, dan sebagainya sesuai dengan paket tour yang dipilih. Cek deh beberapa contoh paket tour yang ada di HISGO ini:
Oke, sekian dulu 3 cara yang bisa aku kasih buat kalian yang pengen liburan ke luar negeri tapi bingung atau ragu. Next post aku akan bahas beberapa destinasi internasional favorit, jadi stay tuned yaaa. Oh iya, kalau ingin tahu tips-tips cantik buat jalan-jalan ke negara impian, you can check Beautynesia. Jaa ne! 

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