23 January 2018. After office hours, I headed to Halim Perdanakusuma International Airport. This is my very first time at Halim. I flew to Ahmad Yani International Airport – Semarang with Batik Air. I went to Semarang to attend my brother’s graduation day @ Universitas Diponegoro (UnDip). I arrived in Semarang at around 8 pm and rode taxi to Plaza Hotel (Jl. Setia Budi No.103, Srondol Kulon, Banyumanik, Semarang).
24 January 2018. After had breakfast with my mom and my brother, we took some photos at the hotel. Plaza Hotel is an old hotel, but it is cozy, close to UnDip (on Jl.Prof.H.Soedarto, Tembalang, Semarang) and my brother’s boarding house, also the room is spacious. Moreover, their breakfast menu is good.
my brother and my mom
Afterwards, we visited Lawang Sewu (on Jalan Pemuda, Semarang). Lawang Sewu is a landmark in Semarang. The building was the headquarters of Dutch East Indies Railway Company. It is renowned as a haunted house. Lawang Sewu, in Javanese Language, means “Thousand Doors”, since it has numerous doors and arcs. In fact, the building has around 600 large windows.
The complex consists of several buildings. A Building faces Tugu Muda roundabout. There are large stained-glass windows and a grand staircase in the center of the building.
The B Building is located behind A Building. It has three stories. The first and second floor consist of office rooms, while the third floor is a ballroom. You can find a lot of bats at the ceiling in the ballroom, watch out! B Building also has basement. After Japanese invaded Indonesia, the Japanese army took over Lawang Sewu. Such basement was turned into a prison, with several executions taking place there.
Then, we had lunch @ Tahu Gimbal & Es Durian Pak Edy – Taman KB (Jl. Mentri Supeno, Semarang). Tahu gimbal is local food in Semarang, which is made from tofu, lontong (compressed rice cake in the form of a cylinder), gimbal (shrimp fried with flour), fried egg, sprout, and cabbage; with peanut sauce and petis (fermented prawn paste). I dont really like it, because it tasted too sweet for me. Whereas, their es durian (durian ice cream dessert) is good 😀
es durian | tahu gimbal
Next, we returned to the hotel. We ordered Lombok Idjo (on Jl. Setia Budi No.63, Banyumanik, Semarang) via GoFood, for dinner.
25 January 2018 is my brother’s graduation day. We were in UnDip from around 8 am to 12 pm. Afterwards, we had lunch @ Warung SS (on Jl. Sompok Lama No. 22, Semarang). For dinner, we picked Warung Pecel Bu Sumo (on Jl. Setia Budi No.35, Tinjomoyo, Banyumanik, Semarang).
26 January 2018, we bought some souvenirs @ Pusat Oleh-Oleh Djoe (on Jalan Pandanaran No.51, Randusari, Semarang), for instance : tahu bakso (tofu with meatballs inside) and mochi. Then, we returned to Jakarta 🙂