24 September 2017, 08.20 am, I departed from Soekarno–Hatta Airport T3 to Abdul Rachman Saleh Airport, Malang. In the waiting lounge of the airport, I met Japir, my friend who is also majoring in Geological Engineering – ITB 2009. Currently, he study in Japan at doctorate level.
I went to Malang because I wanted to attend a conference (JCM 2017), along with three of my friends at the office (Mas Hanif, Eja, and Sesa). But, all of them departed from Halim Perdanakusumah. At around 10 am, I arrived at Abdul Rachman Saleh Airport. I got pranked by Mas Hanif, Eja, and Sesa. They texted me and said that they already headed to the hotel before I arrived. Unfortunately, I was still calm and peaceful, because at the time I had Japir, who can speak Javanese hehe.
I stayed @ MaxOne Hotel (on Jalan Jaksa Agung Suprapto II No.75, Klojen, Malang), whilst Japir stayed @ Santika Hotel (on Jl. Letjen Sutoyo No.79, Lowokwaru, Malang). Luckily, my hotel is adjacent to his hotel, thus I can share a taxi with him. Out of the blue, two guys approached me while Japir was negotiating with a taxi driver in Javanese.
Can you imagine who are these people???? Sesa and Eja 😀 eventually, they also asked Japir to negotiate with another taxi driver to bring them along with Mac (Sesa’s girlfriend) to their hotel (Savana Hotel on Jl. Letjen Sutoyo No.30-34, Klojen, Malang) hahaha. Mas Hanif also stayed @ MaxOne Hotel. When we got to the hotel, we kept our luggage at the front desk. Then, we walked to Savana Hotel (around 500 m from MaxOne Hotel).
At the time, we had lunch @ the renowned Bakso President, which is located right behind Savana Hotel. We came at lunch time. Hence, the restaurant was so crowded, but Alhamdulillah we could get a table.
next to the railway line
Then, we stood in a queue to buy a bowl of bakso (meatball). You can have either the items freely or menus of existing packages. At the time, I chose my items freely, and I picked : bakso goreng (fried meatball), bakso halus (meatball), bakso urat (a mix of beef and beef vein rolled into one rough looking meatball), paru (fried cow lung), and bakso bakar (grilled meatball). In my opinion, all of them tasted so so~ I was wondering what makes them so popular?
my bakso goreng (fried meatball), bakso halus (meatball), bakso urat (a mix of beef and beef vein rolled into one rough looking meatball), paru (fried cow lung), and bakso bakar (grilled meatball)
Next, we ordered GoCar to Museum Angkut @ Kota Wisata Batu. Such museum is soooo enormous. You can get some discount if you present your Garuda boarding pass. Museum Angkut prohibit you to bring your food and beverage inside. You have to put them in the shelf near the entrance. If you bring camera, you have to pay extra IDR 30K.
bracelet for the visitor
Museum Angkut is a transportation museum which has more than 300 collections of almost all modes of transportation, both traditional and modern. It divided into several zones which is decorated with certain themes, for instance : Asia, Europe, America, etc. There are a lot of red cars inside the museum. Coincidentally, I also wore red tees at the time 😀 *terus kenapaaa?
inside the museum (from top left to bottom right) : main hall, the replica of the Indonesian Presidential Aircraft, satay stall, Morris Minor aka oplet si Doel, Buick, Buckingham Palace miniature
We finished our tour inside the museum at around almost maghrib time. Then, we continued our journey to Museum Topeng (Mask Museum). It is located so close to the Museum Angkut. Such museum is small, we only spend less then 30 minutes there. Afterwards, we book a cab to BNS (Batu Night Spectacular) through a phone call.
When we got to the BNS, we had dinner first at the food stall in front of BNS, because we were soooo starving at the time. After we satiated ourselves, the rain was pouring down, therefore we cancelled the plan and headed back to the hotel……
BNS (Batu Night Spectacular)
This is my room @ MaxOne Hotel Malang :
see you tomorrow~