Purwojaya Train Jakarta-Cilacap, Indonesia

Starting from this 46th article, I will insert articles about the beauty of my beloved country, Indonesia. 

This trip was a duty trip from my office that was given by me a added value by traveling to Cilacap in the south of Java Island.

My trip was traveled by Purwojaya executive train. I issued its ticket through Traveloka web. Ticket price was Rp. 260,000 for departing and Rp. 315.000 for returning …. paid by my office….pretty nice.

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The journey started from home at 19:00 using GO-CAR (online taxi) and arrived at Gambir Station at 20:30. After printed ticket at automatic ticketing machine, I waited in the south gate waiting room. PT. Kereta Api Indonesia (Indonesia’s railway corporation) applies rule that passengers could enter into platform on one hour before departure.

After purchasing a packet of sunflower seeds for accompanied me to wrote articles in my website. Finally at 21:30 I entered into platform by showing KTP and ticket to gate officer. I directly boarded into train because the train was waiting for passengers.

Purwojaya Exterior

Left: Gambir Station

Right: Purwojaya train was waiting for passengers

Seeing the coach space, It looks like an old coach, but it well-maintained coach. Salute for PT. Kereta Api Indonesia who continue to increase professionalism.

After the train ran about 30 minutes the caoch temperature began to cool …. very cold …. I purposely didn’t bring a jacket to minimize my backpack because I also had to carried 20 kg luggage and a roll up banner for the office event….very crowded.

Fortunately the on duty officer told to passengers that they would be given a blanket.….

Purwajaya Interior

 

Left: Interior of Purwojaya train

Right: Blanket for each passenger

I acquainted with lady at my leftside, she comes from Cilacap. So I asked about Cilacap tourism to her. He patiently answered and even showed his photographs at several tourist spots in Cilacap.

After she was sleeped, I began to wrote a article for my site….but it wasn’t this article, guys…. I write it when I travel to Jakarta from Bandung using LINTAS Travel.

Purwojaya train would stop at several major stations such as Bekasi, Cirebon, Purwokerto, Kroya, Maos and ended in Cirebon.

Around 05:00 the train arrived in Cilacap. Although Whiz Hotel Sudirman staff always called me because he waited to picked up me at Ssation parking slot, I spent 7 minutes to took some pictures of Cilacap Station in the morning.

Stasiun Cilacap pagi

Cilacap Station Inside

And I forgot to captured Cilacap Station frontside because I rushed to the pickup car. But don’t worry gaes …. I captured it when returned to Jakarta 3 days later.
This is it ……

Stasiun Cilacap SiangCilacap Station which was originally built by Dutch Colonial in 1879 to transported crops of cultivation system. This station is located in the southern of Java Island. The original station building had been damaged during Japanese colonial and the present building is rebuilding after the destruction.

 

Kereta Purwojaya Jakarta-Cilacap, Indonesia

Mulai dari artikel ke 46 ini, Gw akan menyisipkan artikel tentang keindahan negeri Gw tercinta, Indonesia.

Perjalanan kali ini adalah perjalanan tugas dari kantor yang sekaligus Gw berikan nilai tambah dengan berwisata ke kota Cilacap di selatan Pulau Jawa.

Perjalanan Gw tempuh menggunakan kereta eksekutif Purwojaya yang tiketnya Gw issued melalui Traveloka. Harga tiketnya Rp. 260.000 untuk berangkat dan Rp. 315.000 untuk kepulangannya….lumayan kantor yang bayarin….hihihi

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Perjalanan dimulai dari rumah sekitar pukul 19:00 menggunakan GO-CAR dan tiba di Stasiun Gambir pukul 20:30. Setelah nge-print tiket di mesin tiket otomatis, menunggulah Gw di ruang tunggu pintu selatan. PT. Kereta Api Indonesia (PT KAI)menerapkan aturan, penumpang hanya boleh masuk ke peron satu jam sebelum keberangkatan.

Setelah membeli sebungkus kwaci buat nemenin Gw dikereta untuk berkarya di situs ini, akhirnya pukul 21:30 Gw mulai masuk ke peron dengan menunjukkan KTP dan tiket ke petugas jaga. Gw langsung boarding karena kereta memang sudah siap menunggu para tamunya.

Purwojaya Exterior

Kiri: Stasiun Gambir

Kanan: Kereta Purwojaya menunggu penumpang

Melihat ruang gerbong sepertinya ini adalah gerbong lama, hanya memang terawatt dengan baik. Salut sama KAI yang terus berbenah memprofesionalkan diri.

Setelah kereta berjalan sekitar 30 menit suhu ruangan mulai dingin….super dingin….Gw sengaja ga bawa jaket untuk meminimalkan backpack karena Gw juga harus bawa sekardus barang bawaan dan sebuah roll up banner untuk acara kantor….rempongnya kerasa gaes.

Untungnya si Bapak pengecek tiket bilang ke penumpang bahwa nanti akan diberikan selimut ke setiap penumpang. Alhamdulillah….

Purwajaya Interior

Kiri: Interior kereta Purwojaya

Kanan: Selimut untuk setiap penumpang

Gw berkenalan dengan ibu disebelah bangku, kebetulan dia asli Cilacap. Ya sudah Gw nanya-nanya aja tentang wisata di Cilacap. Dengan sabarnya dia menjawab bahkan menunjukkan foto-fotonya di beberapa lokasi wisata di Cilacap.

Setelah si Ibu tertidur mulailah Gw mengetik artikel untuk situs ini….tapi bukan artikel yang ini ya gaes….justru artikel ini Gw ketik pas Gw melakukan perjalanan menggunkan LINTAS Travel dari Bandung ke Jakarta….hihihi

Kereta Purwojaya sendiri akan berhenti di beberapa Stasiun besar seperti Bekasi, Cirebon, Purwokerto, Kroya, Maos dan berakhir di Cirebon.

Sekitar pukul 05:00 tak terasa kereta tiba di Cilacap. Walaupun ditelfonin staff dari Whiz Hotel Sudirman bahwa Gw ditunggu di parkiran Stasiun untuk dijemput, Gw sempatkan 7 menit untuk mengabadikan suasana Stasiun Cilacap di pagi hari.

Stasiun Cilacap pagi

Stasiun Cilacap bagian dalam

Walah Gw lupa mengabadikan penampakan Stasiun Cilacap dari depan karena buru-buru ke mobil penjemput. Tapi jangan khawatir gaes….Gw mengabadikannya saat kepulangan menuju Jakarta 3 hari berikutnya.

Cekrekkkk……

Stasiun Cilacap SiangStasiun Cilacap yang awalnya dibangun Kolonial Belanda pada 1879 untuk mengangkut hasil tanam paksa. Stasiun ini terletak pada posisi paling selatan pulau Jawa. Bangunan asli stasiun ini sudah di rusak saat kolonial Jepang dan bangunan yang sekarang adalah pembangunan kembali setelah pengrusakan tersebut.

 

7 Hours Enjoy Beauty of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

It was sad If I met European tourists, because they had long leave schedule. When they asked to me about my leave duration…. yes, exactly just 12 days ….. I sad…. hahaha.

But I never give up …. with my little time I will be around the world.

Back to time matter …. Every I had short transit when abroad, I often spent time to short exploration to the city that I had transit.

This article also tells how I spent 7 hours in Kuala Lumpur down town between 10:00 – 17:00

1. Batu Caves.

The journey started from 10:30 am from KL Sentral. Using the combination of KTM 1 free bus and Sentul – Batu Caves commuter train.

KTM KOMUTER

Left: Free bus KTM1 (KL Sentral-Sentul Station)

Right: Commuter train (Sentul Station – Batu Caves Station)
on 12:06 I arrived at Batu Caves. It was second time I visited it. Nothing had changed since 4 years ago, there were only some renovations in some parts of temples.

Batu Caves

Top Left: Hanuman Statue

Top Right: I didn’t know what is the temple name…. it was precisely behind Hanuman statue

Bottom Right: Venkatachalapathi Temple

Lower Left: Murugan Statue

My trip in Batu Caves Gw was closed by lunch time at Dhivya’s Café – an Indian food stall on the front yard of Batu Caves -. I ate fried rice for 4 Ringgit.Dhivya's cafe

2. Petronas Twin Tower

At 14:42 I arrived at KL Sentral, I was using the same lane and mode of transportation when I was heading for Batu Caves. From KL Sentral I moved with LRT Kelana Jaya Line for 2.4 Ringgit and finally I arrived at KLCC (Kuala Lumpur City Centre). I was out through Ampang Street KLCC Exit Gate. And finally I found Petronas Twin Tower.

The stinging heat of sun required me to took some photos of twin building when clouds were blocking the sun. When clouds have moved avoid the sun then I took shelter under the trees in front yard of twin building. Many tourists saw my oddity…. hahaha

 

Suria KLCC

Top Left: KLCC Exit gate to Ampang Street

Top Right: Ampang Street

Bottom Right: Suria KLCC mall is adjacent to Petronas Twin Tower

Bottom Left: Petronas Twin Tower.

After took some photos of Twin Tower and surrounding landmarks, I immediately moved to Pavillion in Bukit Bintang using GOKL City Bus.

3. Pavillion Bukit Bintang

Using the free GOKL bus, I had opportunity to revisited Pavillion, Bukit Bintang at 16:18. Easter theme made decorations in Pavilion courtyard was very eye-catching.

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Top Left: Fountain in front of Pavillion

Lower Left: Sephora Mall …. Cosmestic and skincare centre at Bukit Bintang

Central: Five star hotel JW Marriot Bukit Bintang

Right: Easter theme in the front of Pavilion

I was only 20 minutes in Pavilion and I wanted to went to Petaling Street at Pasar Seni soon. 

4. Petaling Street

Going to Petaling Street, Pasar Seni, I used again GOKL free bus. On 16:53 I arrived at Pasar Seni terminal.

I just asked to local people around Pasar Seni to showed Petaling Street directions. A middle-aged nicely man pointed to me the way to got there. By walking towards Petaling Street, My eyes swept Pasar Seni situation that had changed better than 2014. In 7 minutes I reached Petaling Street.

petaling street

Top Left: Pasar Seni MRT Station

Top Right: Petaling Street front gate

Bottom Right: Petaling Street inside

Bottom Left: Street situation in front of Petaling Street gate

Petaling Street didn’t crowded yet because I came there around 5 pm, traders were getting ready with their wares. I just bought keychains here.

And Petaling Street became last destination on this trip. Because I must prepare to flied to Singapore.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saving Budget for 5,6 Ringgit with GOKL City Bus, Malaysia

As a backpacker, I always try to minimize budget in every trip. For transportation budget, I will more walk or use the cheapest mode of transportation,  if possible I use free public transportation.

Like in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, I used tram for free or ….. in Kuala Lumpur, there are free buses that I can use to got around to city. it’s name is GOKL City Bus.

Well what I want to tell here is GOKL City Bus, guys….

GOKL City Bus has the following routes:

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Consist of 4 line, there are GO Relax (Red), GO Work (Blue), GO Sightsee (Purple), and GO Shopping (Green)
Source: http://www.spad.gov.my/transport-operators/buses/route-map-gokl-city-bus

GOKL City Bus itself was launched by SPAD (Suruhanjaya Pengangkutan Awam Darat) on August 31, 2012 as a part of Malaysia’s Government Transportation Program to reduced congestion in Kuala Lumpur’s Central Business District (CBD) with user targets were private car users, users of public transport and tourists .

The operating hours of GOKL City Bus are 6 am-11pm for working day and 7 am-11pm for weekends and holidays. For working day, this bus will operate during peak hours (7 am-10am and 4 pm-8pm) every 5 minutes. And for  another day,  it will operate every 10 minutes.

I ever tried GOKL City Bus in 2014 when I visited Kuala Lumpur for first time. And the same traveling I did on March 2018.

Petronas Twin Tower – Pavillion Bukit Bintang

After satisfied to took some photos at twin building, I immediately moved to GOKL City Bus shelter in front of Petronas Twin Tower. Yes ….. this bus would take me to Bukit Bintang – a famous shopping center in Kuala Lumpur-.

GOKL 3

 

Left: GOKL City Bus (GO Shooping / Green Line) was waiting for passengers at Shelter

Top Right: GOKL City Bus interior

Bottom Right: Petrosains shelter, GOKL will wait for passengers near this shelter.

Bus waited about 10 minutes until space was full of passengers. It took 15 minutes until the bus reached Pavillion, Bukit Bintang. I tried to remembered landmarks in Pavilion to decided where I would stopped. I remembered and saw Pavillion parking gate, so I immediately got off  from bus.

Pavillion Bukit Bintang – Pasar Seni

I was only 20 minutes in Pavilion and I wanted to went to Petaling Street at Pasar Seni soon. Actually I would use Monorail combined LRT to Pasar Seni. But when break sitting in front of Pavilion, I saw GOKL bus with a destination board to Pasar Seni. I immediately ran to the bus that was taking some passengers. Exactly, I could got in and bus departed to Pasar Seni.

About 12 minutes, GOKL City Bus arrived at Pasar Seni terminal. Pasar Seni terminal was very different if compared to 2014-the time when I firstly came to Kuala Lumpur-. I saw MRT Pasar Seni station there. As far as in 2014, the MRT station was still under construction.GOKL Pasar Seni

GOKL City Bus at Pasar Seni


Using GOKL City Bus for moved to 2 venues could save budget about 5.6 Ringgit. Actually
It was a little money but it could use for my dinner……hihihi  

 

New Route to Batu Caves, Malaysia

In 2014, I had visited Batu Caves. At that moment I went from KL Sentral to Batu Caves used Seremban Line Commuter Train with ticket fare 2 Ringgit.

March 30th, 2018, I visited Kuala Lumpur and I wanted to visited Batu Caves again. But when I bought ticket at KL Sentral commuter ticket counter, the commuter train to Batu Caves currently unserved passengers from KL Sentral. I knew it because I notice a tourist who talk to ticket counter staff. Finally I decided to got out from queue before actually reached in front of ticket counter staff.

I finally headed to KL Sentral information counter to ask how to reached Batu Caves. According to information staff, to reached Batu Caves, I must use KTM 1 free bus from KL Sentral to Sentul Station. Well from Sentul Station then continued using commuter train to Batu Caves. I ask where did the free bus located, actually KTM 1 bus shelter was in front of Airport Coach / Sky Bus Shelter in KL Sentral.

KTM1 path

Top Left: Direction board was in front of Skybus shelter that directed tourists to KTM 1 bus to Sentul Station

Right: Direction on the floor directed me towards KTM Bus 1 shelter.

Bottom Left: KTM 1 Bus parked at Sentul Station.

Free bus KTM would go if passengers was full, I didn’t wait to got a seat. When bus had available space then I immediately got in. The journey from KL Sentral to Sentul Station took approximately 25 minutes on the fluently road.

Once arrived at Sentul Station, I immediately headed into station to bought commuter train tickets. I immediately bought a round-trip ticket because it was cheaper 1 Ringgit than one-way ticket. Once I paid 5 Ringgit then I got a ticket pass to got in the train line. This card would bring me back to Sentul Station again after finishing Batu Cave visitation.

 Sentul Station

 

Top Left: Sentul Station inside

Top Right: Sentul Station ticket counter

Bottom Right: Ticket pass (Sentul station to Batu Caves station round trip)

Lower Left: Commuter Train that carried passengers from Sentul Station to Batu Caves station

 

Once got in to train line,  a commuter train was waiting. This Chinese-made train stopped long enough to waited for passengers until all seats were full.

It was clear that KL Sentral point still exist on the route map above the train door, it indicated that initially this train passed KL Sentral when it ran towards Batu Caves, but the line had been changed and shortened into Sentul Station-Batu Caves Station.

I noticed that the flow of passengers up and down along the way to Batu Caves was very quiet, it also seen from some station buildings along trip that poorly maintained in cleanliness so the building seen dull and some escalator didn’t work. The line was arguably quiet.

After 20 minutes finally I arrived at Batu Caves.
Some interesting views in Batu Caves that I got:

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Top Left: The corridor that was used to sold souvenirs after exit from Batu Caves Station

Top Right: The Murugan Statue that became the icon of Batu Caves tourism.

Bottom Right: Took off the shoes before entering Venkatachalapathi temple

Bottom Left:  Food stalls around Batu Caves.

And before moved to Petronas Twin Tower, I decided to lunch at a food stall around Batu Caves. Most of food stalls were managed by Malaysian Indians because Batu Caves was their worship place

Cheap Hotel Nearest to KL Sentral, Malaysia

When Airport Coach arrived in KL Sentral at 10:03. My first destination was Batu Caves. But to lighten my backpack, I would leave my bacpak at hotel although it wasn’t time to checked in and I would only bring folding bags that I filled with drinking bottle, wallet, passport, mobile phone and camera.

The hotel that I chose was Westree Hotel on Jalan Tun Sambanthan precisely at south-east of KL Sentral.

I chose it because it was very close to Airport Coach and Skybus Shelter in KL Sentral because on tommorow I had to fly to Singapore by Scoot Airlines. So on tomorrow I must go to KLIA2 around 4:30 am.

I booked it 9 days before by Agoda with price about Rp. 331.772 / night (very cheap to be occupied by 2 adults and 1 child). The price includes tourism tax 10 Ringgit (since September 1, 2017, Malaysia imposed tourist stay tax of 10 Ringgit per night).

Peta Hotel Westree

Very close….. Just 3 minutes walking to Airport Coach and Skybus Shelter

Jl Tumsanbhatan

 

Left: As soon as Airport Coach arrived in KL Sentral, I just needed to got out from a corridor to Tun Sambanthan Street

Right: Tun Sambanthan Street was dedicated to Malaysian Indian leader who be one of Malaysia’s founding fathers. Hotel Westree is precisely located on the edge of this street.

Westree Inside

Top Left: Westree Hotel’s front door which precisely on the edge of Tun Sambanthan Street and just opposite from the street is Airport Coach and Skybus shelters.

Top Right: Lobby Hotel Westree

Bottom Right: When checked-in, hotel receptionist ask about 40 Ringgit for a deposit and can be taken back when checking out

Bottom Left: Hotel cleanliness is usually reflected in the cleanliness of toilet. Westree Hotel’s toilet is very clean.

The majority of Westree Hotel’s employees of are Malaysian Indian because the hotel is located in Brickfields area that was known as Kuala Lumpur’s Little India. Several time ago the area around this hotel are brick producer.

The staffs was generally helpful and friendly. Receptionint staff gave me Kuala Lumpur Tourism Map.

I checked-in to hotel at 5:00 pm after I satisfied got around Kuala Lumpur then checked-out on next day at 04:15 to went to KLIA2.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Bus from KLIA to KL Sentral, Malaysia

This is continuation of article:

“Malaysia Airlines Flight MH 0726 from Jakarta to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia”

(https://wordpress.com/post/travelingpersecond.com/375).

Malaysia Airlines that I rode landed at KLIA on 7:31 pm Kuala Lumpur time.

Towards KLIA Exit Door
After the plane smoothly landed, I dropped off at KLIA arrival hall at 3rd floor. When I
got off from plane, usually I would look for drinking water station to filled my drink
bottle but I couldn’t find it until I was out from airport.

Menuji Exit Gate KLIA

Top Left: I walked along arrival hall H towards immigration counter

Top Right: Passport checking process at immigration counter

Bottom Right: Passed baggage conveyor belt …. but I didn’t carry luggage, so I continued

towards exit door.

Bottom Left: I reached at airport exit door

 

Towards Airport Coach Shelter

Once out of airport exit door, of course, One thing that I looked for was location of Airport Coach that would departed to KL Sentral. Well, I found these direction in KLIA:

sign KLIABecause I was still on 3rd floor, it means I should go down to 2nd floor to got Airport Coach that will took me to KL Sentral (Kuala Lumpur).

Towards Bus Shelter KLIA

Top Left: Then I walked down the escalator to 2nd floor of KLIA

Top Right: And I always followed that sign to Airport Coach shelter

Bottom Right: A moment later I passed a corridor above a driveway.

Bottom Left: I reached the end of corridor adjacent to car park area, Turned to left was escalator to Airport Coach shelter and to right was lift to the same shelter. Actually Airport Coach shelter wasn’t located on 2nd floor but on 1st floor.

escalator n liftTop Left: KLIA car park area at 2nd floor

Top Right: Toilet at the end of corridor before exit to  car park area, very clean and I had
used it for a few moments here.
Bottom Right: At first I wanted to get down to Airport Coach shelter through this
escalator but it was under construction,
Bottom Left: Finally I must use this lift to Airport Coach shelter. At the end of the
corridor near the lift is direction to famous transit hotel in KLIA (Hotel Sama-Sama).

bus shelter

Top Left: Once got off from lift, I was immediately seen Airport Coach ticket counter to KL Sentral

Top Right: I ultimately rode the Airpot Coach with ticket price 10 Ringgit for adults and 6 Ringgit for children.

Bottom Right: Yoyo Express Bus which also took passengers in KLIA and KLIA2. The bus had destination to several cities outside of Kuala Lumpur such as Johor Bahru, Ipoh and Taiping

Lower Left: Finally I boarded Airport Coach to KL Sentral. Distance which would covered about 60 km with travel time about 1 hour journey.