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Summer 2015!

Hello everyone,

Very long time no see! So, right now the summer is almost over here, it’s getting colder everyday so I will make a post about how my second Summer in Japan’s going!

I experienced many things in this second summer, including the heat and heat exhaustion lol. Maybe the only thing that i did not do is going to the beach. It’s okay, still have 4 summers more.

So here are some highlights of my summer!

HYDRANGEAS VIEWING

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What? Hydrangea is the flower that starts blooming in the beginning of rainy season. Once the rainy season has gone, voila.. you have the real summer and the real heat and everything! This flower is really beautiful and colorful (some said the difference of the color is due to the soil’s pH difference)

When? Late May to early June, so basically the weather is still pleasant!

Where? There are a lot of choices but we decided to go to Hase Dera (Hase Temple) in Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture. Hase Temple has a trail for hydrangea viewing. They will give you number tags to allow you get in to the trail in particular time, this is to avoid congestion inside the trail and be aware, the trail is a bit steep! But it has a good downhill view and in some other part of the temple you can have the mesmerizing view of the sea!

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How to get there? Take Enoshima Electric Railway (Enoden, for short) from JR Fujisawa Station (Tokaido Line) or JR Kamakura Station (Yokosuka Line), hop off at Hase Station and take a few minutes walk to the temple.

FAMILY VISIT AND TRIP TO KANSAI

Although i could not go home this summer, my family visit me and we spent wonderful time in Kansai plus celebrating the Eid Al Fitr together! 🙂 We stayed in Kobe so that we can shuttle back and forth between Osaka and Kyoto!

As an aquarium lover family, finally we went full team to the Osaka Aquarium, Kaiyukan (i have posted about Kaiyukan here before). We explored a bit more in Kyoto by going to the Fushimi Inari temple and exploring Gion District.

Fushimi Inari Temple

What? This is one of the most beautiful and famous temple with its gazillions of Red Gate in Kyoto. It is located on the hillside and the red gate will continue up to the top of the hill. There is no admission fee for this temple.

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How to get there? Take JR Nara Line from JR Kyoto Station and hop off at Inari Station, the temple is just outside the station. Using Kyoto city bus is a bit more complicated and crowded too.

Gion District and its Yukata Experience

What? Gion District is one of the preserved Geisha district in Kyoto. Besides enjoying the sudden appearance of geisha or maiko on the street you can also enjoy the wooden merchant houses architecture. The streets are also filled with shops, tea houses, souvenir shop, and ice cream shops. I will write about recommended ice cream shops in Gion in the next post. One of the interesting part is the yukata experience. Gion is filled with yukata-renting shop, so you can walk around with yukata along the traditional wooden houses! The renting price differs among the venue, if you are lucky you can get a one day yukata rent around 3.000 yen for whole day! 🙂

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How to get there? There are variety of Kyoto city bus going to Gion (number 7, 205, or Kyoto Loop Bus) and stop at Shijokawaramachi stop. From Kyoto Station, train requires transfer.

FIREWORKS 

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What? The true Japanese Summer experience will not be completed it you haven’t watched fireworks or hanabi yet! Hanabi (花火、literally means flower and fire) in Japan are held throughout summer’s weekend (July-August) in various places, usually along the river side or beach. It is really beautiful and special in my opinion. I think Japan really has the latest technology for the fireworks that make it really beautiful. The experience is further fulfilled with attending it using yukata with your friends and chatting plus sort of doing picnic while waiting for the fireworks!

And take purikura (Japanese cute-styled photo box) after it while wearing yukata! The memory will last ❤

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Where? This year i visit Tokyo Bay Fireworks and watched it from Odaiba Beach. The magnificent view as you can see, is the graceful rainbow bridge with the beautiful fireworks!

What to expect? CROWDS!! There will be people everywhere, loads of it. But as long as you stay alert, and follow instructions from the officer it will be okay I guess. If you want to get a good spot, you can come to the watching place the night before, put a tarpaulin cloth and stick your name on it. Since Japanese are polite, they will not disturb your place and you can just come around 2 hours before the fireworks start.

N.B : But be careful if you use bus to the watching place, sometimes the road is closed if it’s already nearing the launch time! So I still advice you to come in advance.

SUNFLOWER FIELD

What? Last thing to make your summer complete? Sunflower viewing! Japan has plentiful of vast sunflower garden and the sunflowers are really tall and beautiful!

Where? This year, i pick a near viewing spot from my home, Zama Sunflower Matsuri (Matsuri means festival) in Zama, Kanagawa-ken. Along with the sunflower garden, they also have small festival containing food stalls. The festival was held only several days from late July to Early August.

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How to get there? This sunflower festival provides free shuttle bus from Odakyu Soubudaimae Station.

What to expect? Heat of course, wear adequate UV protection, bring umbrella or hat and water to prevent dehydration. Uneven terrain, of course. It is a field, so the terrain will be uneven, wear comfortable shoes! Full cellphone or camera battery, believe me the view will be breathtaking, both for serious photo hunter or selfie hunter like me :3

So, these are all my experience for this Summer! Let’s fight for the new semester!

Welcome, Autumn :*

Afifa Ayu Koesoema

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My Indonesia Spring Holiday : My Food Diary <3

Hello everyone! How are you?

I hope that you’re all having a good Saturday night! After a week full of sakura beauty, lately it has been a bit cold in Yokohama and its surroundings (and it even snowed one day!). But I believe, the real spring will come soon!

So i got a chance to go back to Bandung, Indonesia, my lovely hometown for 3 weeks! And in this post I will tell about my food diary during my spring holiday! So, if you go to Bandung someday, you’ll already have some food reference!

To be honest, I’m not good at cooking Indonesian food. So while I was in Indonesia, I had a feast!

#1 Indonesian Fried Rice (Nasi Goreng) and Oxtail Soup (Sup Buntut) from Le Meridien Jakarta

Indonesian Fried Rice (Nasi Goreng)

Indonesian Fried Rice (Nasi Goreng)

Oxtail Soup (Sup Buntut)

Oxtail Soup (Sup Buntut)

Ok, it’s from fancy French hotel but I still think that’s these foods are delicious! The oxtail soup is served with poached egg and boiled potato, so nice!

#2 Padang Food, Rumah Makan Padang Sederhana KM 19 Cikampek Toll Road

Padang Food

Padang Food

The characteristic of a Padang Restaurant is its variety of cuisine with its super rich taste! The most typical one would be Rendang (spicy meat dish), and Ayam Pop (Padang style juicy fried chicken). And the waiters in Padang Restaurant are capable of carrying so many plates on their hand!

#3 Chicken Porridge, Bubur Ayam Kepatihan

Chicken Porridge (Bubur Ayam)

Chicken Porridge (Bubur Ayam)

My most favorite is Bubur Ayam Kepatihan. The porridge are generously Unlike other bubur ayam, they don’ serve the bubur ayam with a lot of prawn crackers, but trust me it’s delicious as it is!

#4 Kedai Lingling : Ramen Bar and Dessert

Kedai Ling Ling Dishes!

Kedai Ling Ling Dishes!

Although I’m living in Japan, I still love Kedai Lingling so much! It was originally a small Takoyaki Bar but now becoming sort of like a big restaurant. I really love Kedai Lingling’s Ramen, because it was so spicy and milky as well! Also, please don’t forget to taste its dessert menu~ It’s a combination of Japanese and Taiwanese dessert.

#5 Sundanese Food : Rumah Makan Sambel Hejo, Jalan Natuna Bandung

Fried Chicken and everything yummy!

Fried Chicken and everything yummy!

This is one of my most favorite Sundanese cuisine. The typical menu consist of fried chicken, fried tofu and tempeh, steamed tofu, steamed prawn (pepes tahu and pepes udang), and Sambel Hejo. Sambel means Chilli Sauce, and Hejo means green, because the signature Chilli Sauce used in this restaurant is made from hot green chilli. Another signature dish of Sambel Hejo is Cimplung, deep fried steamed cassava. Taste heavenly!

#6 Tahu Goreng Seuhah, Hot Fried Tofu from Java Preanger Coffee House

Tahu Goreng Seuhah

Tahu Goreng Seuhah

Tahu Goreng means Fried Tofu, and Seuhah is a Indonesian (or mainly Sundanese) saying when  when you’re eating something too hot and spicy. The tofu was battered with flour and stir fried with red chilli and other ingredients. Unfortunately, you will not be able to find this dishes again because the cafe is closing down. But, Tahu Goreng Seuhah will always be my favorite snack ever! 😦

#7 Kopi Scooter, a touch of Singaporean / Malaysian Food in town

Kwetiaw Goreng Ayam and Milo Dinosaurus!

Kwetiaw Goreng Ayam and Milo Dinosaurus!

Craving for Malaysian or Singaporean taste? My recommendation is Kedai Kopi Scooter, located at Jalan Riau Bandung. They had the best Dimsum in Bandung (IMO) and their fried kwetiaw is the best!

#8 Cuanki Serayu, Nicest snack for your Rainy Day

Cuanki Serayu

Cuanki Serayu

Cuanki is a traditional dish from Bandung. It consists of meatball, steamed tofu, fried fish cake, and sometimes served with instant noodle. The most famous Cuanki in Bandung is Cuanki Serayu, located in Jalan Serayu Bandung, it’s really suitable for rainy days!

#9 Sate Kambing Hadori : The Best Lamb Satay in Town!

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Sate Kambing Hadori

My most favorite Lamb Satay in town is Sate Kambing Hadori or HM Haris, located in Simpang Lima Bandung. The lamb meat is so juicy and sweet! You can enjoy this dish with its signature peanut sauce, sweet soy sauce, and sliced of fresh vegetables like tomato and onion.

#10 Corn in a Cob and Bajigur : Taman Hutan Raya Juanda

Corn in a Cob & Bajigur

Corn in a Cob & Bajigur

Corn in a Cob plus Bajigur, a traditional hot drink made of coconut milk and Aren Sugar (Palm Sugar), is a very nice treat after a walk along Taman Hutan Raya Juanda, Bandung very own conservation nature park. The corn in a cob is seasoned with spicy, sweet, and salty sauce, really delicious!

#11 Sapu Lidi : Have your Sundanese Cuisine with a Special View

Sundanese Cuisine!

Sundanese Cuisine!

This restaurant located in a mountainous area near Bandung and it’s very famous for its Sundanese Food. You can enjoy the food in a saung (traditional small hut) surrounded by a real sawah (paddy field)! You can also try the way of Indonesian eats, lesehan (while sitting on the floor) using hand, not spoon and fork or chopstick! The dishes shown in this picture is fried nila fish, chicken satay, and karedok (Sundanese style raw vegetable salad with peanut sauce)

#12 Baso Soun Lodaya : the best meatball in town!

Baso Soun and Es Selalu Dipesan!

Baso Soun and Es Selalu Dipesan!

This is my favorite meatball in town, it’s located in Jalan Veteran Bandung. Baso So’un means meatball with So’un (cellophane noodles). The soup is very fresh and clear, also, in addition of meatball they also give you fried tofu and diced meat. You can enjoy this special meatball with Es Selalu Dipesan which actually is a crushed ice with coconut milk, condensed milk, sliced of breads, and sliced coconut!

#13 Batagor : Bakso Tahu Goreng

Batagor!

Batagor!

Batagor stands for Bakso Tahu Goreng and it is a fried fish dumplings and fried tofu dumplings served with peanut sauce and sweet soy sauce. My recommendation for a good Batagor place is Batagor Alex, located in Setrasari Mall Bandung. An un-fried version (only steamed) of Batagor is usually called baso tahu.

#14 Gurame Goreng : the Ultimate Sundanese Cuisine!

Fried Gurame!

Fried Gurame!

Gurami or gurame is a fresh-water fish commonly used in Sundanese Cuisine! The best serving of Gurame is when its perfectly deep-fried. You can enjoy this crunchy fried fish with sambal, chilli sauce and karedok. The best place to enjoy Gurame Goreng in Bandung is Sedep Malem Restaurant, located at Jalan Burangrang.

So friends, don’t forget to try all of these delicious foods when you visit Indonesia, especially Bandung!

with loads of love!

Afifa Ayu Koesoema

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My Sydney Culinary Review!

Hello all, seems like I’m really in the mood to write! Since i’ve finished all articles about USA, now we’re moving to Sydney, Australia and first i’m going to talk about Sydney’s Culinary Spot that i’ve been to, I haven’t visited so many places but i still think my experiences are worth to share!

 

PYRMONT AREA

Flying Fish Chips

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Location : The Star Building

Access : Take a Light Rail from Central Station and stop at The Star Station (tickets for Light Rail can be bought onboard)

Seatings : plenty of seatings, in a food-court style joined with other restaurant’s seatings

Sydney is famous for its fish and chip and one of the most famous place is Flying Fish Chips! You can enjoy the seafood on your own way. You can indulge with their signature fish and chips and choose the kind of fish that you want, the way of cooking it (Panko crumbed, Grilled, or beer battered), the sides (try the sweet potato chips, it’s definitely better than the regular potato chips) and also sauces and salt that you want to put on it.

They have other selections of seafood such as calamari, prawns, grilled fish fillet burger, sushi, and fresh sashimi. I also recommend the pop-corn battered prawn, It’s really delicious and unique! Take a look on the menu and some of the dishes that I ordered.

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Menu 🙂

Nigiri and Sushi!

Nigiri and Sushi!

 

King Prawn!

King Prawn!

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Pan-seared Salmon and Popcorn-battered Prawn

Assorted

Fish & Chips, Calamari and Sweet Potato Fries

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a closer look to the popcorn battered prawn

you can see more information here

 

Gelato Messina

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Location : The Star Building

Access : Take a Light Rail from Central Station and stop at The Star Station (tickets for Light Rail can be bought onboard)

Seatings : limited seatings

Still located in the same building, Gelato Messina is one of the most delicious gelato place in Sydney. They have many flavours ranging from classic flavour (vanilla, chocolate fondant, pistachio, hazelnut, etc.), fruity flavours (passion fruit, coconut and pandan, raspberry, and many more), and other flavours like Red Velvet, Apple Pie, etc. You can have either one, two or three scoops of this delicious gelato with reasonable price. Besides serving plain gelato, they also have gelato shakes, and other special menu (like combining the gelato and cake, special condiments, etc.), but sometimes it is unavailable.

My Vanilla-Red Velvet Cup!

My Vanilla-Red Velvet Cup!

Other Flavours

Other Flavours

Fruity Flavours

Fruity Flavours

Various Classic Flavours

Various Classic Flavours

Special Menu!

Special Menu!

you can see more information here

 

Adriano Zumbo Patisserie

Adriano Zumbo Patisserie

Adriano Zumbo Patisserie

Location : The Star Building

Access : same like Flying Fish & Chips

This is the second recommended dessert place if you eat at The Star, so you can have either gelato or cake 😀 This cake shop is owned by Australian well-known pastry chef, Adriano Zumbo (he’s one of the guest judge in Masterchef Australia). It serves a really good macarons called zumbarons and other cake selection as well. The shape and style of the cake reminds me a bit of Collete & Lola, i’m really in love with the shape of mylo cans cake, it’s just really cute! :3

cute mylo can cake!

cute mylo can cake!

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ZUMBARONS!!!

ZUMBARONS!!!

you can see more information here

 

CBD (Central Business District)

Pie Face

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Pie Face!

Location : near Hyde Park

Access : Using Bus and stop anywhere near Hyde Park

Seatings : plenty of seatings available, you can eat it on the go or in Hyde Park

 

It’s all about Pie! you can eat both savoury and sweet pie here. The characteristic of this pie shop is they sell pie with funny little face on top of the pie 🙂 The savoury pie looks small but actually it’s very fulfilling, I tried Steak and Mushroom pie which was really delicious!

Savoury Pies

Savoury Pies

on the go!

on the go!

you can see more information here

 

Wagamama

Location : The Galeries CBD Sydney Level 1

Access : You can get there by any bus that stops near George St.

Seatings : 103 seatings available

Wagamama is a fusion-Japanese restaurant located in The Galeries CBD and it serves from ramen, udon, teppan to donburi. I really like the super spicy ramen like chili chicken and chili beef ramen!

super spicy chicken chili ramen!

super spicy chicken chili ramen!

you can get more information here

 

Sushi Hotaru

Location : 500 George Street, CBD Sydney

Access : You can get there by any bus that stops near George St. or Hyde Park

Seatings : plenty available

In sushi hotaru you can have the experience of Kaiten Sushi made by real Japanese in Sydney! The sushi is really delicious and they have great sides as well like some donburi, agedashi tofu, karaage, and many more. You can also have japanese drinks and desserts like Kalpis and various kind of ice cream and mochi 🙂

 

N2 Extreme Gelato

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N2 gelato!

Location : 43/1 Dixon St‎

Access : You can get there by any bus that stops near Dixon St.

Seatings : limited seatings

So, as a scientist i use N2 or liquid nitrogen to freeze bacteria cell instantly, but apparently they’re using liquid nitrogen to make an ice cream. The technique is called nucleation-dominated ice crystallisation, in which they make numerous microscopic ice crystals that forms a very smooth ice-cream texture. For a scientist like me this place is uber cool! They use standard laboratory equipment like flask, measuring glass, and erlenmeyer flask. The employees wear white laboratory coat and protective eye wear. The taste of the ice cream is also quite nice! 🙂

Milk Stored in Sakaguchi Flask!

Milk Stored in Sakaguchi Flask!

Nitrogen Alert

Nitrogen Alert

ice-cream in the making :)

ice-cream in the making 🙂

hello~

hello~

you can see more information here

 

THE ROCKS

The Tea Cosy

welcome to the Tea Cosy!

welcome to the Tea Cosy!

Location : 33 George Street The Rocks 

Access : Take any bus to Circular Quay and you can just walk towards The Rocks

Seatings : plenty available, but it gets really crowded in the morning thus reservation is important

Craving for tea and scones? The Tea Cosy is the place! They served numerous selections of tea and scones. While eating there, you can enjoy the quaint tea room, take photos of its super cute decoration, take photos of its fine china cup, cake tier, and buy some tea cosy as well! If you don’t know, tea cosy is a cover for teapot that keeps the tea inside the teapot warm~

Devonshire Tea (Scone Baskets) is recommended, when you only want to drink tea and eat scones with double cream and jam. If you want to feel a more complete experience you can try the High Tea set which also includes ribbon sandwiches, cakes, and biscuits. If you have a children (or you’re going there alone, the normal scone size is honestly really big), ordering Kid’s Devonshire Tea is also recommended and instead of tea they will give you babychino (hot chocolate with cream)

Tea Cosy Menu!

Tea Cosy Menu!

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super cute decoration!

super cute decoration!

Scones Flavour!

Scones Flavour!

babychino <3

babychino ❤

3 tiers high tea set!

3 tiers high tea set!

Devonshire Tea Set!

Devonshire Tea Set!

you can see more information here

 

So that’s all about my culinary experience in Sydney!! I hope you can enjoy it and visit some restaurants that i’ve mentioned if you visit Sydney!~

 

With love,

 

Afifa Ayu Koesoema

 

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Universal Resorts Orlando!

Hello all, お元気ですか?

I hope that you’re all doing well. I’m doing quite well, trying to juggle with my departure preparations, teaching, japanese lesson, and music jobs, quite busy but happy 🙂 So today I will try to continue my writing about my USA trip although i know it’s really late 😀 This will be my last post about USA and I will write about Universal Orlando Resorts.

Universal Orlando!

Universal Orlando Resorts!

So, if you’re visiting Orlando, beside visiting Disneyland you also have to visit Universal Studios Orlando!

This Universal Orlando Resorts is huge, unlike the Singapore and Osaka park. It has two separate parks, Universal Studios Florida and Island of Adventure. In Universal Studios Florida you will find more Universal Studio-themed ride like Shrek, Despicable Me, Man in Black, and many more. However, in Island of Adventure you will get much more unique experience with more interesting rides!

Island of Adventure

Get your pre-booked ticket ready, have your finger scanned and off you go to this spectacular Island of Adventure! This park consists of 6 area, from Seuss Landing, The Lost Continent, Jurassic Park, Marvel Superhero Island, and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. But this park is especially famous for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter area! I could recall that when finally the park gate was opened, everyone was racing through this area, everyone wanted to visit this area first before it got too crowded! If you are a big fan of Harry Potter, you MUST visit this area! This area is like a recreation of Harry Potter movie, everything is so similar to the movie! (with real size Hogwarts School and Hogsmeade plus all the shops like Honeydukes, Ollivander and you can even dine at Three Broom Sticks). Take a peek on some of my pictures!

hello there, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardy!

hello there, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardy!

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Hogsmeade!!

Hogsmeade!!

Hogwarts Express!

Hogwarts Express!

I love Honeydukes! You can buy Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Bean here!

I love Honeydukes! You can buy Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Bean here!

Ollivanders!

Ollivanders!

Good meal with Butter beer in Three Broom Sticks!

Good meal with Butter beer in Three Broom Sticks!

For the ride, the legendary ride here is the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey! To take the ride you have to pass and wander inside Hogwarts first (which was really really amazing). The ride itself is about Harry, Ron, and Hermione’s broom ride, it was quite thrilling and scary for a coward like me (it involves a lot of tilting, jolting, and acceleration). But good news is, you can only stroll around Hogwarts and leave the queue for not taking the ride 😀 But although it was quite scary for me, I think the ride was really spectacular!

In the Lost Continent, the famous ride was of course Jurassic Park River Adventure, but beware, you will get wet on this ride! The area is much larger than Universal Studios Singapore Area, thus enabling us to see more kind of dinosaur. This ride also has the same feature like USS, when we’re nearly caught by Tyrannosaurus Rex and goes into a terrifying plunge. The plunge was 26 m in height and really terrifying (again, for me).

Welcome to Jurassic Park!

Welcome to Jurassic Park!

We did not really explore on The Lost Continent (which features Poseidon Furry) and Toon Lagoon. We did stroll on Seuss Landing, because i am really fond of Cat in The Hat, everything in that area is so colorful and cheery!

Welcome to Seuss Landing!

Welcome to Seuss Landing!

Whoops!

Whoops!

The last area was Marvel Super Hero Island, it has its legendary Hulk Coaster, but of course we did not ride that. We tried the Spiderman Adventure, such a fun 3D adventure!

Universal Studios Florida

We spent half day in Island of Adventure and moved to Universal Studios Florida. Before you got inside don’t forget to take a picture with the legendary Universal Studios enermous globe! Ok, the heat was really scorching that moment so we did not visit so many attractions in this park.

Hello, Florida!

Hello, Florida!

The newest attraction in this park is Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, this ride is such a hilarious 4D ride (because i really love Minion, i think) and the ride smells like… banana! 😀

it's fun to be Minion...

it’s fun to be a Minion…

This park has all Universal Studios classic attraction like Shrek 4D (no matter how many times you watch this, i guess you will never get bored!), Transformers 3D, and the famous Revenge of the Mummy indoor coaster (which i will never want to ride again). You can also stroll on the New York area, taking pictures with Hollywood Star like Marilyn Monroe and have a scoop of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream to quencher your thirst!

Marilyn Monroe :D

Marilyn Monroe 😀

Ben & Jerry's Shop, really fancy!

Ben & Jerry’s Shop, really fancy!

We eventually rode the Men In Black, Allien Attack ride, we pretend to be a Man in Black trainee and we have to fight aliens. But please be careful if you have motion sickness, this ride has vigorous rotations, hard enough to make you sick 😀

So that was my story in Universal Resorts Orlando. What can i tell? As a theme park, this park gives a different kind of sensation from Walt Disney World. It is not as ‘magical’ as Disney World but i can really tell that the decoration and landscaping was made rally really detail! So guys, i recommend you to visit both this place and Disney World when you visit Orlando. It’s such an interesting experience that you will never forget!

Love

Afifa Ayu Koesoema

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The Magical Walt Disney World (2)

Hello all, this is my second post about Walt Disney World! 😀

If in my previous post i’ve told you about the resorts where I’ve stayed it’s the time to talk about the Disney’s Park! Yeay!

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the image of 4 Walt Disney World Park!

Walt Disney World has 4 theme parks; Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studio, and Disney’s  and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. We only had 3 days in Walt Disney World so we only visited 2 from its 4 park, Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studio. I went to Epcot 20 years ago (so I really could not recall anything) but basically it was like Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (but the scope was international, so the displays are from various countries, not only America). For Disney’s Animal Kingdom? We were not too fond of outdoor and animal-related activity, at least we can do it outside Disney World.

 

Magic Kingdom

This is my dream park! Everything related to fairy tale and classic Disney tale is here! And I made use of this precious opportunity to blend with this park, trying to be a part of this park. A part of this park?  Yes, I dressed up as a Cinderella!

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Let me be a princess for one day~

I know I’m already 22 years old and a (supposed to be) serious and dedicated Bioengineering master student candidate. But, hello, I’ve travelled for thousand miles to get here, from east to west and through a bloody long and exhausting flight. So why waste this opportunity?

So I managed my ultimate dream, posing as a Cinderella in front of a real Cinderella castle! I was also quite proud with my make-up, I think it was better than the Bibbidi Bobbidi’s Boutique makeup. I was overjoyed, and everytime I entered shop or attraction the shopkeeper said ‘Hello Princess’ to me. Even little girl stared jealously because of my perfect costume, LOL. Too bad I could not make an exceptional salon-standard hairdo to finish my princess look.

And I think my family was also happy because they did not have to queue if they want to take a picture with Disney’s character, they can just take a picture with me, LOL.

My family, there are cinderella and maleficent :D

My family, there are cinderella and maleficent 😀

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So, talking about the park, this park is divided into 5 main areas. Main Street USA, Adventure Land, Frontier Land, Liberty Square, Fantasy Land, and Tomorrow Land.

Since we only spent half days in this park, we emphasized on attraction originated specifically from this park. We skipped some attractions that we had experienced in Paris, Hongkong, and Tokyo. We did a little shopping at Main Street USA, and went directly to Fantasy Land for photo session (LOL).

The fantasy Land brought up Bavarian Architecture and with its medieval setting it felt like its really inside a fairy tale. In fantasy land we rode It’s a Small World (so classical), and Peter Pan’s Flight. There were many small parks ideal for photoshooting as a Princess as well as every Princess grotto where we can do meet and greet with other Princess (LOL), unfortunately due to the limited time we could not make it. If I could visit this park once again I would really want to spend whole day inside Fantasy Land 😀

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It's a Small World After All (2)

It’s a Small World After All 

Peter's Pan Flight!

Peter’s Pan Flight!

In Liberty Square we rode the Haunted Mansion (believe me it was not scary, at all, even for me) and we did study a little bit of American Presidency History in The Hall of Presidents. Of course my Dad was truly happy, he’s so into American Presidency.

near the haunted mansion :D

near the haunted mansion 😀

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Haunted Mansion!

Haunted Mansion!

Show from all of USA Presidents

Show from all of USA Presidents

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In Adventure Land we rode Pirates of the Carribean and The jungle Cruise. This section of the park is designed to resembles jungle and island condition in Africa and Southern America.

around Jungle Adventure

around Jungle Adventure

Pirates of the Caribbean Properties :D

Pirates of the Caribbean Properties 😀

We managed to get so many attractions in only half a day, thanks to our resort-complimentary fastpass. The fastpass allows us to book 3 pass for 3 ride at once and set the entrance time respectively. Once our fastpass has ran out we can book another 3 pass for another 3 ride online with Disney World mobile application or in a counter.

We planned to have our lunch at Be My Guest Restaurant (the newest restaurant with Beast’s Castle setting) but it was too crowded. We also planned to ride the The Seven Dwarves roller coaster, unfortunately it was still under trial period.

 

Disney’s Hollywood Studio

The second park that we visited was Disney’s Hollywood Studio, this park was built more to commemorate Hollywood work heyday of 1930s. This park was known all over the world for its signature giant mickey’s sorcerer hat.

The Sorcerer's Hat :)

The Sorcerer’s Hat 🙂

also the main icon of Disney Hollywood Studio :)

also the main icon of Disney Hollywood Studio 🙂

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😀

In this park we did not visit much but we had a lot of fun. First we visited The Great Movie Ride in Hollywood Boulevard, a journey about Hollywood movie development.

The Great Movie Ride!

The Great Movie Ride!

one of the setting inside The Great Movie Ride

one of the setting inside The Great Movie Ride

We proceed to Echo Lagoons area and watched the great Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular which was really spectacular! It really gave me illustration about how movie stunt was performed.  In addition to that, we also rode Star Tours-The Adventures Continue, although it was a usual 3D simulator but it was really fun! My brother bought a customized light saber and we did a little duelling outside the attractions 😀

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Coruscant Senate!

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Light Saber!

 

We were also having fun at The Streets of America, recreating photograph that we took 20 years ago and had a peek also at Honey I Shrunk the Kids : Movie Set Adventure.

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Honey I Shrunk the Kid 🙂

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The Streets of America (1)

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That day we went back to the hotel using boat, again in the purpose of recreating our photographs 20 years ago~

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inside the boat!

So that was my story in Walt Disney World. What can I tell? I really adore Walt Disney for his ability to create such a magical theme park! I believe that everyone will feel the magical atmosphere in Disneyworld, everyone, no matter how old they are 😀

So I really wish I could go there again someday 🙂

 

Loads of magic and love

 

 

Afifa Ayu Koesoema