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I guess that, most of us had travel more frequent now compare to last time, thanks to AirAsia that had made Asian country near with their cheap flights. During last round of Zero fare, I was unable to get those destination cheap then ended up with a very last minute decision heading to Bandung Trip with very cheap fare of return ticket RM85.

I had travel with AirAsia couple of times and this would consider the worst as my flight first got re-schedule for both heading to Bandung and Returning that had cut off our time there a lot. Then when heading to Bandung, flight got delay, then heading back to Malaysia, flight also delay. I guess this would be my very first experience in this. Aiiii. . . .

Direct flight journey was pleasent with their friendly crew from Indonesia that took us about 2 hours journey to reach.

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Bandara Husein Sastranegara Bandung is a very small air port.

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After we happily spending some time taking pictures at the landed area, then we have to pay the price for being in the line around 45 minutes. With only 2 immegration counter opened as we are the last flight to be in for the day. As we head out from the area was nearly 10.30pm.

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Then I told Agnes that I want to try out local food, and Bandung being a small town, as around 11pm most of the shops are close and very limited area to get for food, she manage to think of this warung, Warung Nasi Ampera (Ampera Restaurant) which is famous for their very local cuisine, that served Sudanese food. (Sudanese is West Java ethnic), that operates 24 hours.

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This famous chain restaurant started as early in 1970’s in the capital city of West Java and till to date they have operations of 50 branches around Indonesia and around 30 branches are in Bandung itselves.

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With their dining area, classic warung decoration style that potray most of their culture, its something like our Kopitiam style.

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As I see the price list, it is quite reasonable.

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The way the served are more like our economy rice style, that the bench is filled with array of food, then you can pick what you want they will heat it up for you.

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One of their signature classic dish is with this vegetable dip with their very own local sambal.

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The sambal might be just the look and let me tell you, you dip a bit  then you will feel the flame coming out from your mouth. Its soo spicy yet it is tasty. A must try~

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Their local tea taste abit like our Teh KwanYin with ginger served warm.

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My all time favourite drink in Indonesia is Teh Botol Sosro. Hardly miss.

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This is what they Called Lalab, fresh vegetable with sambal which is one of the popular entree for Sudanese Cuisine.

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Then Agnes and Mosandy order the food for us to share, and they don provide fork and spoon, we have to eat it by using our fingers. Another new challenging thing for me to do yet I have to snap pictures. Petai is good, that the smell of it is not too strong, fermented Tofu had unique in taste, that goes along with rice is perfect. Ribs is highly recommeded, with its soft and juicy meat that I ended order another 2 more. Beef Brisket that had been deep fried with their own spices is another dish to aim for.

At the end of the meal, we had a very satisfy local delights to begin our food and shopping journey. A recommended place by me if you are aiming for local food.

Location:
Warung Nasi Ampera
Jl. Pajajaran No. 133
Bojonegara, Bandung – 40172
West Java, Indonesia

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As the time was not too early nor too late, then Mosandy suggest us to head to one of their famous bar on the weekend which is Sobbers. Consider one of the hottest place on weekend with certain occasions, there will be special DJ spinning in da house.

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As I walked into the place, I am very suprise to see the interior of it. Contemporary style yet very cosy place to hang out with friends.

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With their outside area are filled with rattan chairs with soft pillow for us to seat in and the temperature for the night is chill around 20 degree which such a good weather for beer and chilling.

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As for inside, the VIP area are filled with sofa’s to host you and your friends. ..

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Another area. .. . .

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and if you feel like grooving around on the dance floor, it is located directly infront of the DJ deck with some stools at the bar counter and I just cannot imagine how it is gonna be like on weekend.  What can we expect on Tuesday night crowd with many of them have to work on the next day.

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The dance floor is quite spacious for grinding and dancing. . .:D

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When I flip thru the drinks menu, one columm that certainly caught me by suprise is the price for the beer. Guess how much is it for a bigger jug then ours of Heineken? I was price only at RM28 and for a Tower of 3L, it is price at RM55. Its so cheapppppppppp . .. .

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My friends from Bandung left, Agnes and her best friend Mosandy, a crazy guy . .. .

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Lets Absolute it with drinks if weekend comes ahead.

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Sobbers one of a good bar to look forward to hang out if you are in the town on weekend. Do check it out.

Location:
Sobbers
Located along Jalan Setiabudi, (directly next to Rumah Mode factory outlet as most of the taxi driver know bout this place)

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After all those hang out spots, went to check in at our guesthouse Rumah Ebo, which is situated along the famous factory outlet at Dago area which is just 5 minutes walk out.

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looking through at the net, alot of travellers recommend this place with hits cleaninness and the rate of it. It was only RM100 per night or around ID270,000.

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Its a very environmental friendly guesthouse with a huge garden inbetween that seperates the opposite room.

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2 single bed with attach bathroom and if you want to save cost, those without bathroom is cheaper. There are no closet for you to hang our clothes except those on the wall above the TV.

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Both the toilet and room is very clean and we are satisfied with it.

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Breakfast are served but do not expect buffet style at guesthouse. We consider its pretty good already with breads and porridge available.

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Coffee and Tea too . .. . After that we head to our shopping spree (click here)

For more info on Rumah Ebo: visit their website: http://rumahebo.wordpress.com/

Bandung is like consider a shopping paradise where we can purchase alot of goods from. Most of the factory outlet there are filled with some genuine, some rejects and some fakes outlets. Of course it depends on your budget and the area that you are heading to. Bandung have 3 districts that are famous for shopping. As the place I am staying is called Dago, an area which is only 5 minutes walk out to this great factory outlet shopping district.

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In the streets of Dago, located at downtown area is where this factory outlet are located. The first factory outlet that I went, Glamour already cost me 60% of my budget alocated for shopping. The clothing materil is good, the brand that I love Nudie Jeans which is a famous brand in Australia, is available in this outlet too, took us about 2 hours in this shop as its huge in there. Besides that, can get Polo, Paul Smith, Hugoboss, Ed Hardy, and many more at a cheap price, ranging from ID 45 000 – ID 500,000, which means as cheap from RM20-RM300.

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The whole streets have about 20 outlets here, so be prepare to get heavy damage here, do prepare alot of cash when you do come here, major credit cards are accepted too.

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In this area also do have Indonesia local designer too, which is about 15 minutes walk from here.

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Next destination we went for shopping was highly recommended by my friend is Setiabudi area that is filled with alot of branded factory outlet and one of the famous one in the area that shall not miss is ‘Ruman Mode’ which host alot of international branded brands with some of them are rejects.

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Its more like a open concept area and it might look nobody outside but inside the factory outlet, its filled with LOTS of people. They have cafe and Javanese coffee is available here too, besides this the first shop we went in sell LV, Gucci bags with very reasonable price.

This is the 2nd area that I got totally broke for my first day of shopping. Just took me half a day to spend all my money.

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The outlet is located at the streets of  41 Jalan. Dr. Setiabudi. All taxi driver SURE know this place.

I have just coming back from my shopping trip at Bandung, a city where I really shop till drop.. Most of the things there are soooooo CHEAP! That will be on my next blog post and now let me bring you thru some snapshots, Streets of Bandung. So This post will be mainly more on photo’s . . .. . We will just love the temperature there, as at night its a bit similar to Genting Highlands weather, cool and chill and in the afternoon we were lucky that the temperature was around 20-22 degree for both days…

Bandung (pronounced [bənˈduŋ]) (Indonesian: Kota Bandung) is the capital of West Java province in Indonesia, and the country’s third largest city, and 2nd largest metropolitan area in Indonesia,[1] with 7.4 million in 2007. Located 768 m (2,520 ft) above sea level, Bandung has cooler temperatures year-around than most other Indonesian cities. The city lies in a river basin surrounded by volcanic mountains. This topography provides a good natural defense system, which was the primary reason for the Dutch East Indies government’s plan to move the colony capital from Batavia to Bandung.

The Dutch colonials first opened tea plantations around the mountains in the eighteenth century, followed by a road construction connecting the plantation area to the capital (180 km or 112 miles to the northwest). The European inhabitants of the city demanded the establishment of a municipality (gemeente), which was granted in 1906 and Bandung gradually developed itself into a resort city for the plantation owners. Luxurious hotels, restaurants, cafes and European boutiques were opened of which the city was dubbed as Parijs van Java (Dutch: “The Paris of Java”).
(Source from
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