Stranded in Wan Chai District, Stuck in Lockhart Road.

Leaving Bank of China Tower in a slightly drizzling condition, I had to little bit run towards ‘Murray Road’ Tram Stop. I was getting ready to ride legendary transportation in Hong Kong i.e Ding Ding Tram. Trams which often appear in Hong Kong movies.

‘Murray Road’ Tram Stop.

Queensway Road situation which very busy because many private cars and a half-part of road was taken to parking many “asphalt finisher vehicles” didn’t reduce my enthusiasm to waiting for this tram.

5 minutes waiting, a blue tram arrived. I jumped into tram from back door and went straight to tram’s upper deck so I could freely enjoy street situation.

My destination was Victoria Park. Do you know Victoria Park, right? It is the biggest park on Hong Kong Island which is a usual gathering point for Indonesian migrant workers in Hong Kong.

I arrived in 35 minutes. After tapping my Octopus Card at fare machine located near driver, I immediately got off from front door. Tram rate is very cheap, only USD 0,30.

Got off at ‘Victoria Park’ Tram Stop located on Causeway Road.

Victoria Park was very close in front.

But on shortly time after got off from tram, it heavily rained again. I quickly ran to find shelter in front of shops in Causeway Road.

Looked like I had to cancel my visitation plan at Victoria Park. It was very heavy raining, I thought the park was definitely quiet too. I had to find other alternatives to using my time so that it wasn’t wasted in heavy rain.

I tried to find a direction sign which could direct me to the nearest MTR station. At underground station was definitely warmer and drier.

Yes, I saw a MTR logo which then directed me to Tin Hau MTR Station entrance gate. I decided to go to Hong Kong’s famous retail area i.e Causeway Bay area and would certainly stop at Causeway Bay Station. Rates around USD 0,6 with 6 minutes travel time.

Tin Hau MTR Station.

A clock showed 15:30 hours when I arrived at Causeway Bay. I decided to look for a diner while waiting for rain to stop. Sifting through many food stalls to avoid pork until I finally chose in a small stall in Jaffe Road.

Rice plus tofu-toge and chicken for USD 3,5.
That is a famous fast food stall in Causeway Bay area i.e Ying Heong Yuen.

Furthermore,

I headed to SOGO Mall….What were you doing, Donny?….Just for sightseeing. Walking around more than 30 minutes in a mall just to see expensive items. Well, This mall was similar with many malls in Jakarta.

SOGO Mall in Hennessy Road.

Out from mall, I stopped for a long time at one side of a large crossroad to observe Hong Kong residents activities who were super crowded.

Busy crossroad on Hennessy Road near Causeway Bay MTR Station.

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From Causeway Bay area then I moved to centre of Wan Chai District using tram. Going up from ‘Paterson Street’ Tram Stop and got off at ‘Swatow Street’ Tram Station. It only took 15 minutes and fare for about USD 0,30.

Towards Wan Chai District.

Got off at ‘Swatow Street’ Tram Station, I immediately realized whereabouts of a football stadium….Quite busy. Was there a football match?.

The stadium name is Southorn Playground and is located on Luard Road.

I approached and ventured to ask to security staff at stadium gate….and finally, I could enter into it….Free ticket also.

Hurry in and took a seat at benchs. It was a stadium which used to play soccer for local residents. But it was quite crowded too. Joining with local people activities and I didn’t feel like a tourist. I was also unclearly screaming during match….Hahaha….Crazy.

Southorn Playground flanked by Luard Road and Johnston Road.

Only watched a half time because I wanted to see Wan Chai nightlife.

Do You know Wan Chai District, right?

Wan Chai is centre of nightlife throughout Hong Kong. Besides being known as an area for backpackers to staying, there are several areas in Wan Chai which are known as red districts. So besides offering cheap accommodations, you will easily find bars and clubs here.

I tried to explore bars and clubs along Lockhart Road. And it is true, sexy women in minimal clothing passing by in and out of bars and clubs. Some of them brought by foreigners for money.

Ah, I worried to couldn’t control myself….Finally I headed to a junction in middle of Lockhart Road and stopped by in a street food stall which sold a variety of sea food satay which was grilled on the spot. Enough with USD 0,75, you could get delicious grilled food in Hong Kong’s cold night air.

Here it is the stall….”Ada Snack” is located at O’brien Road.

Started to eat a satay, several sexy women came and ate foods in same stall….Waow, nervous….Finally, I prefered to left away from there.

Fearing that I would miss an important performance, I decided to head for Victoria Harbor. I had to get there before 20:00 hours. Because it is the regular time for Symphony of Light to start. Took MTR from Wan Chai Station to Central Station. Fare is about USD 0,60 with 8 minutes travel time.

Wow, that band sang a cool song….But I didn’t understand Chinese language.

Cool buskers in a corridor which connecting Central MTR Station and Central Ferry Pier.

I ran to see them sang some songs and after that I headed to pier to cross to Victoria Harbor. Paying about USD 0,30, I arrived at Victoria Harbor in 12 minutes.

Taking a comfortable sitting position, then I waited for Symphony of Lights to began.

Very beautiful view.

Menangkap Babi di Ruins St. Paul.

Bersiap meninggalkan Senado Square.

Belumlah puas menikmati pesona klasik Senado Square, Aku pun perlahan menjauh. Tak susah menemukan petunjuk arah menuju situs reruntuhan gereja dan college yang terletak 600 meter di utara alun-alun itu.

Petunjuk arah berwarna hijau akan membantumu menemukannya.

Langkahku berlanjut dengan menelusuri sederetan toko oleh-oleh yang mayoritas menjual makanan. Sementara dengan semakin memuncaknya matahari, perutku semakin lapar. Namun aku tak bergegas mencari makan siang, justru aku melakukan sebuah kegilaan lain.

Mau tahu?….

Perlu kamu ketahui, setiap toko tersebut menyediakan sampel makanan yang ditawarkan para pegawainya yang berdiri di depan area toko. Jika toko disana berjumlah lebih dari 30 buah, maka sudahkah kamu tahu apa maksudku?….yuk, jangan kelamaan mikir.

Lihatlah totalitas mereka menjual makanan. Kostumnya keren kan.

Ya, harusnya kamu tahu. Kegilaanku adalah mengambil dan menyicipi hampir semua jenis sampel makanan yang ditawarkan kepada para turis untuk dicoba rasanya.

30 potongan kecil kue tentu lebih dari seporsi makan siangku. So….Makan siang gratis….Itu intinya.

Dan keberuntunganku itu tiba. Di tengah keasyikanku mengunyah sejenis kue, tiba-tiba ada terselip rasa gurih yang luar biasa. Aku terus mengunyahnya hingga akhirnya mataku melotot tajam dan memaksaku berbalik kepada SPG yang menawariku kue itu.

Aku: “What is it?”.

Doi: “Cake, Sir”.

Aku: “No no no, the ingredient?”. Beef or chicken?

Doi: “No, It’s pork, Sir”.

Aku: “Oh nice taste, Ms”. Dengan gerakan secepat kilat, aku melepehkan kue itu di sebuah selokan kecil.

Doi: “Are you OK, Sir?

Aku: “Yeaaa, I’m Okay, thanks Ms….But, sorry. I can’t eat pork. I’m moslem”.

Itulah pertama kalinya Aku merasakan nikmatnya daging babi walau hanya sekedar beberapa kunyahan di rongga mulutku….Alhamdulillah, akhirnya…..eitttt….Astaghfirullah.

Reruntuhan gereja dan college yang lebih dikenal dengan Ruins St. Paul itu akhirnya tepat berada di pelupuk mata dan hanya terpisah oleh beberapa puluhan anak tangga yang siap untuk kutanjaki.

Bersiap sebelum menanjak.

Banyaknya turis membuat setiap orang susah sekali mengabadikan diri dengan gerbang Ruins St. Paul tanpa ada gangguan seseorang di belakangnya.

Oh Tuhan, Gerbang Ruins St. Paul yang selalu kulihat di prakiraan cuaca dunia di sebuah channel TV kabel akhirnya berada di depanku dan bisa kulihat dengan mata telanjang….Sepuasnya.

Tapi…Temans,

Ini kan situs reruntuhan sebuah gereja dan college….

Sebagai penjelajah yang baik, seharusnya kamu tidak boleh berpuas diri hanya dengan mengambil foto bagian depan saja. Kamu musti masuk ke bagian belakang gerbang untuk membayangkan bagaimana besarnya gereja dan college ini di masa jaya berdirinya.

Yuks, Kita masuk!….

Memasuki gerbang, maka kamu akan melihat bahwa dinding di belakang gerbang disangga oleh plat besi yang sangat besar dan tebal. Ya, tentu ini untuk menanggulangi robohnya gerbang Ruins St. Paul.

Gerbang bagian belakang dijaga oleh security.

Berikutnya kamu akan menemukan lubang-lubang yang ditutup oleh lapisan kaca tebal. Jadi aku hanya bisa mengintipnya. Lalu itu lubang apa?

Diperkirakan sebagai bekas tiang utama (kolom) dari Church of St. Paul.

Bisa kamu bayangkan seberapa besar tiang asli Church of St. Paul?.
Lihatlah lebih dekat.
Bentuk asli Church of St. Paul berbentuk salib ya. Keren.

Selain lubang-lubang persegi tersebut, kamu juga akan menemukan subuah ruangan tersisa yang sudah dikonservasi. Ini adalah ruangan Museum of Sacred Art and Crypt.

Ini ruangannya.
Bagian ruangan yang lain.

So…itulah gaes, wujud dari Ruins St. Paul.

Star Ferry towards The Hong Kong Observation Wheel

Dark clouds and fog which never thinned in that morning made the air wasn’t quickly warm. Be fidgety of coming rain which could flush Hong Kong any time and of course could cancel my crazy plans on second day.

The last shot at Garden of Stars before leaving it.

Walk through along Salisbury Road which is full of skyscraper building projects.

like streets in Jakarta….

Continuing to saw compass needle direction in right hand and a map in left hand, I continued to find Star Ferry Pier which I knew iw was in left side of my steps.

There are so many double deckers in Hong Kong. In Jakarta at that time there were only 10 units.

Yess, I saw a orange clock tower. That is Hong Kong Clock Tower which is a marker for existence of Star Ferry Pier. I immediately turned left away from busy Salisbury Road.

It was cool…. look like some clock towers in Europe.

Star Ferry Pier gate was visible in front.

Yes, that was…..

Let’s go to that building! Wow, beautiful scenery awaits behind him.

That green-white ship is Star Ferry which is referred to in this article.

You just needed to tap your Octopus Card for entering waiting room in Star Ferry Pier. Ferry fare is USD 0,4 and it would take me to Central Ferry Pier on other side with a distance about 1 km and within 12 minutes.

I was entering ferry waiting room.

No need to long waiting, a ferry came and entered me into it.

“Star Cruises” cruise ship….When do you board into a cruise ship?

12 minutes later, I arrived at Central Ferry Pier on Hong Kong Island.

Central Ferry Pier yard.

The Hong Kong Observation Wheel is a destination outside of my itinerary. The shape is interesting, like Singapore Flyer or London Eye (Ups….hahaha) which makes me reluctant to miss it.

The fare is USD 2,9.

Meanwhile, AIA Vitality Park below it was very crowded by Hong Kong residents on that Friday. Maybe, because they were getting ready to welcome a coming weekend. Young families with their “young children were very happy in playing in a park which was turned into a game and some drinks and food stalls around it.

Oh, beauty of Hong Kong.

Yuk Tengok….Senado Square

Perjalananku bersama bus kota No 10A berakhir dengan terlewatnya Halte Bus Kam Pex Community Centre di bilangan Jalan Avenue de Almeida Riberio. Beruntung si pengemudi bus masih mau menurunkanku di sebuah pertigaan dengan pemandangan Hotel Ponte Cais 16 tepat di pusatnya.

Halte Bus Kam Pex Community Centre.

Resepsionis itu sepertinya anak si empunya hotel. Setiap pertanyaan yang kulempar selalu dijawabnya mudah, “Wait sir, I firtly ask to my mom”. Duh, enaknya tuh bocah dapat warisan hotel kelak….Hahaha

Check in pun selesai setelah kuberikan Rp 220.000 untuk mendapatkan kunci kamar Hotel Villa Ka Meng.

Semudah menjetikkan jari, tiba-tiba mataku melihat tulisan halal sebegitu besarnya di depan sebuah rumah makan. Dan terkejutnya, orang Tionghoa adalah si pemilik rumah makan itu. Rumah makan Loulan Islam namanya.

Dengan senyum lebarnya, dia bertanya mau makan apa dan menawarkan menu dengan usaha sebegitu kerasnya. Telunjuk jarinya menari-nari menuliskan berbagai aksara China di udara. Gelak tawaku yang tak tertahan membuat seisi rumah makan tertawa riang. Memendam kantuk yang dari pagi tadi menggelayutiku.

Aku membayarnya sedikit mahal dari standar harga street food yang biasa kuburu. Setidaknya mendapatkan referensi sajian halal di Macau.

Melewati sisi kiri jalan….aku menuju Senado Square yang tinggal selemparan batu. Tapi sebelum benar-benar mencapainya, aku berhenti di sebuah money changer untuk menukarkan Dolar Amerika ke Dolar Macau.

Tukarkan sedikit saja….Sisakan untuk mengeksplore Shenzen.

Akhirnya aku menginjakkan kaki di Senado Square, destinasi kedua di Macau yang kukunjungi.

Keunikan Senado Square adalah motif lantainya yang seolah bergelombang dan identik dengan warna putih hitam. Alun-alun yang penuh dengan turis ini benar-benar menunjukkan bahwa tempat ini merupakan warisan sejarah UNESCO. Tidaklah mengherankan atas keramaian itu.

Bangunan-bangunan klasik yang menghiasi kiri kanan alun-alun itu menjadi sasaran empuk para pemilik kamera untuk mengabadikannya.

St. Dominic’s Church.
Museum bersejarah yang pernah berfungsi sebagai panti asuhan dan klinik kesehatan
Balai kota Macau tempoe doeloe.

Luasnya alun-alun membatasi kemampuanku untuk mengitarinya sekali saja dan kemudian terduduk di salah satu ujungnya lalu berteduh dari sengatan surya yang mulai meninggi.

Turis China: “Malaysian?”. Seorang lelaki setengah baya menyapaku di bawah sebuah pohon yang mengurangi panasnya matahari.

Aku: “Me?….Oh, I’m Indonesian”.

Turis China: “Waaa…Indonesian. Nice country”.

Aku: “Ever go to Indonesia?”.

Turis China: “Yes….Bali, Medan and Batam”.

Aku: “Great….How about Indonesia?”.

Turis China: “I Like….I eat Nasi Padang there. Nice”.

Aku: “Hahaha….Ya ya ya. The most delicious food in the world”.

Turis China: “Ever go to China?

Aku: “Absolutely….I will go to Shenzen after my journey in Macau”.

Turis China: “Ohhoo….Good good. Welcome to my country”.

Aku: “Thanks Sir

Percakapan pun berakhir ketika seorang perempuan yang kuduga istrinya menghampiri dan mengajaknya melanjutkan eksplorasi Senado Square.

Beberapa spot di Senado Square:

Peta zona taxi.
Taxi yang sedang menunggu penumpang.
Geblek….Ngapain juga guwe motoin tuh tempat sampah.
Telepon umum.
Bus kota yang melewati Senado Square.

So….If you go there when in Macau….Just enjoy it.

“The Dashing” Bank of China Tower and “The Face Savior” Starbucks

“Bitter coffee suddenly became sweet….You was beautiful”.

Setelah 1,5 jam menikmati The Hong Kong Observation Wheel dan AIA Vitality Park di sekitar Central Ferry Pier, akhirnya Aku mulai menyeberangi Connaught Road Central menuju Bank of China Tower (BOC Tower).

Connaught Road Central which fluently.

It wasn’t difficult to find that famous tower. Because from a distance, the building with a distinctive triangle frame was visible. The fourth tallest building in Hong Kong.

Let’s go to entering BOC Tower.

Whattt….All men/women who entering and out of the building looked handsome, beautiful, fashionable in a tie and metrosexual style….I momentarily stopped hesitating and watched its main door from a distance. OMG….No one looked like backpacker or tourist who entering it.

Doubt…. Embarrassed….Nervous.

Going in or not?????

I would enter it…Step forward.

Ups, I canceled my steps…. stopped and turning back.

I must brave to entering it….Started to stepping again

Waited….Stop stepping….Bowed to thinking …. Scratching my head #lookeddramatic.

You are timid, Donny….Come from far away, when arrive in destination then you run away….You must embarrassed with your jargon, Donny“, the heart whispered to the brain.

Embarrassed, bro….Crumpled t-shirt, dirty trousers don’t be change for 4 days, cheap shoes from sidewalk store, and my bag shoulder strap is torn….I think, it will be many tourists there….Apparently it isn’t“, my brain defended.

Yes, Donny…Can we directly go to Victoria Park? … Many Indonesians gather there” the heart confirmed.

Well, right, what did I say….Come on go to Victoria Park while it isn’t late….” the brain began to ally with heart.

Finally,

“I am salesmen, it should not have shame in my face”, my mouth began to kick out my heart and brain.

executive man in tie and some blond haired expats strangely saw me when they entered building’s door. I smile as sweet as possible, hoping someone was interested in my exotic black skin….Hahaha.

Test….Test….Practiced smile before entering. The door is on my right.

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A few steps entering building, I stopped and stared at whole room…. Confidence…I looked for front desk location.

Yes….That, in the middle of room.

Me: “Can me ask?“….Oh, wrong question “Excuse me Miss, Can I get information about observation deck on 43th floor?

She: Ouch, smiling sweetly, “Hi sir, our observation deck was closed

Me: “Since when, Ms?“, My bad english, the important was she understood.

She : “It closed since May 2015, Sir”.

Me : “Oh Okay, Thanks you Ms”.

She : “You are welcome Sir. Happy journey in Hong Kong. Where are you come from?“.

Me : “I’m from Indonesia. Again, thank you for your kindness”……”Can me know where do you stay in Hong Kong?, I want to meet your parent”. #fictionquestion

Failed in got destination but feeling contented in overcoming my own fears, I turned to leave the building.

Suddenly….

Braaaarrrrrrrrrrr……..

Rain….Whatttt….What must I did?.

All office employee went back into lobby. Imagine!, one backpacker style in the middle of a lot of tie and suits….God.

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Okay….Okay….I looked around again.

Ahhhhaaaaa….That, Starbucks at left of room. With my confidence, I stepped to Starbucks. #rememberwallet

You aren’t the only man who has money?” I arrogantly muttered…..Hahaha, I was sorry (tonight, I didn’t eat because of starbucks).

There was a voice behind me….

Beautiful blonde: “Hello, do you queueing?“.

Me : “Oh No, I just seeing the menu. You can queue first”, God…..I too long thought to find the cheapest coffee prices in front of cashier.

Beautiful blonde : “Oh thank you, handsome”.

Me : “You are welcome, sweety”.

Finally ordered a long black coffee for USD 2.

Very Bitter….Just swallow it…… because of lots of style.

Just sat in a row of empty chairs so that other people weren’t uncomfortable with my existence.

Chairs was getting full because other people also drank coffee and waiting for the rain to stop. And my luck came.

Bitter coffee suddenly became sweet….looked like sprinkled with 5 spoons of sugar. Because of she sat in front of me….

Slow down drinking, Donny“, Satan began to whisper.

One sipping…..glancing……sipping again….then glancing again.

Instead of just being stunned, It was better if I asked.

Me : “Hi, Ms….Do you know WiFi password here?”

She : “I’m sorry, I’m using my own Wifi”, while smiling.

Me : “The hard hit” to me as free WiFi hunter….Hahaha.”Oh Ok, Thank you Ms”.

No longer glancing and no longer asking. Pretending to enjoy coffee which is actually very bitter…. #whilewhistling.

My silly adventure in the BOC Tower ended with quite a number of hooks and uppercuts….Sad.

Rain had stopped….It was time to headed for Victoria Park. I exited the building and lunging at soft drizzle which exposed my face.

Come on, using Ding Ding Tram!

10 Hong Kong’s Tourist Attractions in 48 Hours

Hong Kong is special administrative region of People’s Republic of China which was first region in East Asia I visited. I visited it in 2016.

How is my feeling at that time?…. Unspeakable, first time I go out of Southeast Asia and be special achievement at that time.

Why is that? … Flying to Hong Kong as soon as possible since becoming a traveler in 2011 is an easy matter. But that isn’t the essence, I am a combing traveler who visit one by one of region in a sequence and detail (so, you know my other strange habits now….crazy, don’t imitate!….Hahaha). So, here is it:

Before completing Southeast Asia exploration, I will make sure that I willn’t travel to East Asia.

Before completing East Asia exploration then I willn’t go to South Asia.

Similarly….Before completing South Asia exploration, I won’t step on Middle East region.

Already….enough, because I am on mission for completing Middle East exploration…. Do not ask me to write about Europe!….I don’t have experience yet about Europe exploration….Hahaha.

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Back about Hong Kong. Oh yes, my last post about Hong Kong on this blog is at following link:

https://travelingpersecond.com/2018/03/11/big-buddha-tian-tan-buddha-and-disneyland-hong-kong/

Well, In this article I will tell you what I visited while in Hong Kong. All unique incidents, I will tell you its details one by one after this article yes.…

Here are ten main destinations where I visited:

  1. Hong Kong International Airport.

First day on 7:13 hours

Do you know?. Last August 2019, Hong Kong International Airport was totally paralyzed because it was occupied by pro-democracy masses who rejected The Hong Kong Extradition Bill.

When I watched TV, I remembered when I landed at this airport on January 4, 2016. My memory was still strong, at that time without bathing for 24 hours, I boarded Cebu Pacific flight number 5J 108 from Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Manila.

Look at my face…. Can you believe that I don’t take a bath for 24 hours?

Do you trust me more? that small backpack was the only backpack which I brought in traveling to Manila-Hong Kong-Macao-Shenzhen for 10 days. Look like playing to near cities, right?….Hahaha.

2. Tian Tan Buddha

First day on 10:13 hours

From airport, I didn’t directly go to hotel….It wasn’t luxury traveling. I moved towards Lantau Island (you need to know that Hong Kong consists of 3 main islands namely Lantau, Kowloon and Hong Kong).

Using S56 double-decker bus to Tung Chung Station and continue with bus no 23 to Tian Tan Buddha.`

If you go to Hong Kong, you must come here. Because this is the largest bronze statue in the world with a height of 34 meters and tangible as Sitting Buddha. It was built 26 years ago as a center for Buddhism activities in Hong Kong.

Not taking a shower for 24 hours….Still handsome….Hahaha, I am very confident.

3. Hong Kong Disneyland

First day on 13:37 hours

Don’t rush to move from Lantau Island, within 33 km range and 35 minutes travel time, you can visit Hong Kong Disneyland.

Likewise me, I left Tian Tan Buddha for Tung Chung Station again then took Tung Chung Line MTR (Mass Transit Railway) and changed to MTR Disneyland Resort Line at Sunny Bay Station to reached this destination.

Opened in 2005, Hong Kong Disneyland is the largest theme park in Hong Kong. Just prepare USD 74 to enter into it.

Upss….Belly button.

4. Kowloon Walled City Park

First day on 18:37 hours

Leaving Hong Kong Disneyland, I completed check-in process at Hong Kong Taiwan Hotel which located in 3rd floor Chungking Mansions Building. Hotel which costs USD 19,5 per night, is located on Nathan Road 36-44.

Finally found a halal food stall owned by Indian descent residents of on 1st floor. After a very late lunch, I headed for Kowloon Walled City Park which was built in a former of densely populated residential area with crime that was hard to eradicate by Hong Kong police.

Departed from Tsim Sha Tsui Station towards Lok Fu Station. From this station, you only need to walk about 1 km to Kowloon Walled City Park along Junction Road with 15 minutes travel time.

The park is quite dark at night.

5. Ladies Market

Fisrt day on 20:15 hours

From Lok Fu Station, I headed to Mong Kok Station for USD 0,7.

Ladies Market, located on Tung Choi Street, is a famous souvenir market in Hong Kong. You who are good at bargaining for goods must shop here. Me?….No, I was just sightseeing.

Ladies Market operating hours: 11:00 – 23:30.

6. Avenue of the Stars

Second day on 09:45 hours

Avenue of the stars is a 400-meter-long bridge plaza on north side of Victoria Harbor, made to resemble Hollywood’s “Walk of Fame,” built to celebrate the success of Hong Kong Film Industry. Decorated by statues of famous Hong Kong artists and film directors, their handprints and several sculptures which depicting filmmaking activities in Hong Kong.

When I arrived in Hong Kong, Avenue of Stars was undergoing renovation so that all statues were transported and exhibited in a park called Garden of Stars at Salisbury Road.

Since renovation have been completed at this time, all statues and handprints have been moved back to edge of Victoria Harbor. And of course, its location had better appearance.

Just need to walk from hotel where I stayed to go to Garden of Stars.

Ciaaaaaatttt……

7. The Hong Kong Observation Wheel dan AIA Vitality Park.

Second day on 11:20 hours

Located in front of Central Ferry Pier on Hong Kong Island. This 60 meter high ferris wheel has 42 gondolas as a medium of Hong Kong observation from a height. Just need to spend USD 3 to ride it

While AIA Vitality Park is directly below it. This park is commonly used for sports, concerts and festivals. When I was there, there was a festival to celebrating Christmas and New Year 2018 in this park.

8. Bank of China Tower

Second day on 12:45 hours.

Bank of China Tower is a famous landmark on Hong Kong Island. Because of its popularity, it was often made as souvenirs which were sold throughout Hong Kong.

BOC Tower is located on Garden Road and it’s headquarters Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited. With a height of 367 meters, making it as fourth tallest building in Hong Kong.

On 43rd floor, It has an observation deck which was originally opened for tourists so that they can see whole city from above. But unfortunately, when I arrived there, this facility was closed to public. Upss….I wasn’t lucky.

Then what did I do in the tower for 2 hours?….Read my post after this! ….Hahaha

That’s the tower….has typical triangular frame.

9. Wan Chai District

Second day on 17:30 hours

Upss….this is prostitution area….Oh, What are you doing, Donny!…. Hahaha.

Eittt, don’t get me wrong….Wan Chai is a backpacker area on Hong Kong Island. I am a good man….I wasn’t staying here (my hotel is in Kowloon Island)….I was just sightseeing here….Hohoho.

Yes….I initially mean to go to Victoria Park which is a gathering place for Indonesian migrant workers….Maybe, my face look like a migrant worker, so maybe they will give free food for my dinner….Hahaha.

I was too far from that park when I got off Ding Ding Tram….Because it was heavily raining and I couldn’t find the way to that park, then I stopped by for a moment at center of Wan Chai District where food prices were cheap….I was very hungry.

It was true….there were many pubs with super sexy women….I was very nervous….Hahaha.

Situation at Henessy Road, Wan Chai District

10. Symphony of Lights

Second day on 19:55 hours

Symponhy of Lights is a show of light and sound which emitted from 42 skyscraper buildings at Victoria Harbor. Leaving Wan Chai District, I stopped by here before returning to hotel. It was my last night in Hong Kong because on next day I would sail to Macao.

Then….Who has ever been a backpacker to Hong Kong?….Hahaha.

5 Destinasi Wisata Macau dalam 24 jam

Macau adalah negara ke-10 yang kukunjungi. Berawal dari tersangkutnya hasrat pada tiket promo senilai Rp. 512.000 milik Cebu Pacific yang mengantarkanku secara tak sengaja di Manila. Dan daripada membeli tiket balik dari Manila yang sangat mahal maka lebih baik pulang dari Shenzen saja karena Tiger Air menawarkan tiket kelewat murah.

Dalam perjalanan Manila menuju Shenzen itulah, aku terdampar di Hong Kong dan Macau. Untungnya tak lama….Hanya 48 jam di Hong Kong dan 24 Jam di Macau.

Setelah menulis kisah 48 jam selama di Hong Kong maka kali ini Aku akan bercerita tentang apa saja yang kukunjungi selama 24 jam di Macau.

1. Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal

Momen itu tiba seiring pilihanku menggunakan TurboJet Ferry ketika meninggalkan Hong Kong. Tepat pukul 08:55 dengan jarak sekitar 70 km dari Hong Kong, aku tiba di terminal ferry  yang terletak di bagian timur pulau Macau itu.

Dibagian luar bangunan, pelabuhan ini berpapan nama dalam bahasa Portugis yaitu Terminal Maritimo de Passageiros do Porto Exterior. Tulisan berbahasa Portugis sangat biasa terlihat di seluruh Macau. Hal ini dikarenakan selama 4 abad, China menyewakan Macau kepada Portugis untuk digunakan sebagai pelabuhan perdagangan.

Jika di google maps ada istilah Macau Maritime Ferry Terminal, Macau Ferry Terminal atau Hong Kong Macau Ferry Pier maka itu adalah nama yang berbeda untuk satu tempat yang sama yaitu Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal.

Jadi jika kamu berlabuh di terminal ferry ini maka nikmati sajalah keberadaannya.

2. Senado Square

Aku sengaja memilih dormitory di dekat kompleks Ruins St. Paul. Karena di kompleks ini ada dua destinasi wisata terkemuka yaitu Ruins St. Paul itu sendiri dan Senado Square. Sehingga Aku bisa leluasa menjelajah keduanya dengan berjalan kaki.

Segera menitipkan backpack ke Villa Ka Meng Hotel begitu menuruni bus di jalanan Avenue de Almeida Ribeiro dekat dengan  Ponte Cais No 16. Dan setalah menikmati sarapan pagi di rumah makan Loulan Islam, aku bergegas menuju Senado Square

Senado Square sendiri merupakan alun-alun yang dibangun sejak 1918. Adalah shopping tourism untuk para pemburu barang ber merk hingga penikmat jajanan kaki lima. Menjadi salah satu warisan UNESCO, Senado Square menawarkan pemandangan bangunan-bangunan klasik perpaduan budaya Tiongkok dan Portugis si sepanjang sisinya.

3. Ruins St. Paul

Meninggalkan Senado Square maka destinasi terdekat yang kukunjungi berikutnya merupakan reruntuhan sebuah katedral yang bernama Ruins st Paul. Kalau Kamu ke Macau dan belum berfoto didepan Ruin St Paul, maka perjalananmu serasa tidak syah. Karenanya tempat ini menjadi tempat teramai yang dikunjungi turis selama kunjunganku ke Macau

Ruis St. Paul awalnya adalah katedral Portugis yang dibangun pada abd ke-16. Juga menjadi warisan sejarah dunia UNESCO setelah menjadi cagar sejarah pasca kebakaran hebat pada tahun 1959. Bagian ikonik yang sering dijadikan obyek foto para turis adalah bagian pintu depan katedral yang tersisa.

4. Macau Tower

Ruis St. Paul menuju Macau Tower adalah rute yang membuatku tersangkut selama beberapa waktu di jalanan Avenue Da Praia Grande. Mensiasati rute bus Macau yang begitu rumit dan masif, akhirnya aku berhasil menemukan halte bus yang disinggahi oleh bus kota no 9A menuju Macau Tower.

Menara setinggi 338 meter ini menawarkan wisata observation deck, restoran, teater, mall dan kegiatan bungee jumping. Sementara dibagian taman tersedia plaza dan kolam untuk kegiatan olahraga atau hanya sekedar menghabiskan waktu di sore hari bagi para warga Macau.

5. Venetian

Bayangan kemegahan Venetian membuat keberadaanku di Macau Tower tak begitu khusyuk. Aku seakan-akan terburu-buru untuk segera menikmati Venetian. Rasa penasaran untuk memasuki ruangan casino terbesar di Macau bahkan salah satu terbesar di dunia, membuatku ingin segera menuju kesana. Selain casino, satu hal yang selalu kuingat tentang Venetian adalah Gondola Rides yang akan membawa kita ke nuansa pariwisata Venice, Italia.

Merupakan integrasi dua fungsi yaitu hotel mewah dan casino. Bangunan 39 lantai ini terletak di pulau reklamasi Cotai dan berafiliasi dengan The Venetian Las Vegas.

Dannnnn….Kelima destinasi itu hanya kuselesaikan dalam 14 jam eksplorasi di Macau. Selebihnya waktu kugunakan untuk tidur di hotel untuk memulihkan kondisi tubuh pasca beberapa hari sebelumnya mengekplorasi Manila dan Hong Kong.

It is very crazy….

Hai, Macau!….Selamat Datang di Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal!

Akhirnya aku menginjakkan kaki juga di “Kota Dosa Asia”….Ya, dikenal demikian memang. Mengingat Macau adalah surganya judi di Asia. Casino berteberan dimana-mana bahkan untuk memudahkan aksesnya, casino-casino ini diintegrasikan dengan pusat perbelanjaan dan hotel….Penasaran kan?.

Pagi itu, 08:55, TurboJet ferry yang kutumpangi melambatkan lajunya ketika melintas dibawah jembatan raksasa yang merupakan akses antar pulau di Macau, yaitu Macau-Taipa Bridge.

Kuperhatikan lekat-lekat deretan kendaraan yang melewati Macau-Taipa Bridge itu.

Dalam hitungan menit, ferry cepat berwarna merah itu pun berlabuh. Tak sabar menginjakkan kaki di Macau, aku sedikit bergegas keluar dari ferry itu untuk segera menuju konter imigrasi.

Baru tahu bagian bawah ferry itu berongga.

Mendekat konter imigrasi, aku mengamati dengan seksama para petugas imigrasi yang mayoritas menggunakan sarung tangan berwarna putih. Sama ketika masuk ke Hong Kong, sangat cepat dan mudah. Mereka hanya memberiku selembar kertas imigrasi untuk memasuki Macau. Jadi aku tak pernah mendapatkan koleksi stempel imigrasi dari Wilayah Administrasi Khusus Macau.

Dinginnya kabin ferry yang kunaiki selama 55 menit membuat kemih tak bisa kompromi. Sedikit menahan rasa pipis hingga toilet menjadi satu-satunya yang ada dalam pikiranku begitu lolos dari konter imigrasi.

Urinoir di Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal.
Ketangkap merokok didenda 1 juta.
Baby changing station produk asli California.

Menenteng passport “hijau” membuatku mudah diamati oleh para pemburu turis…yess, gue diincar oleh seorang penyedia jasa transportasi untuk turis.

Dia : “Mas dari Indonesia ya?”. Beuh bisa Bahasa Indonesia….Doi terus menempelku disisi kiri.

Aku: (pertanyaan skala biasa buat PDKT), “Iya pak”.

Dia: “Loh suaranya medok….Jawane ngendi mas?

Aku: (Wah keren nih Macau, ada Bahasa Jawa disonoh, njirrr), “Sragen, mas”.

Dia: “Oh Jawa Tengah yo mas. Meh nang endi, mas?….Opo makai mobilku ae?”.

Aku: (Geblek, Gua bisa senyum nyengir terus nih saking denger bahasa Jawa di Macau), “Walah pak, iki bekpekeran eee….Pas-pasan duitku….Meh numpak bis ae lah pak….Sepurane ae yo pak.

Dia: “Oooo…..Hotelmu nang endi mas?

Aku: “Villa Ka Meng Hotel, pak. Numpak bis nomer piro yo mas? Mudun ngendi?”.

Dia: “Tenanan ki ra nyilih mobilku ae mas?”.

Aku: “Sumprit ora pak”.

Dia: “Yowes mas….numpak bis no 10A ae yo….mudun Ponte Cais No. 16”. (Ponte 16 adalah casino di jalan Rua do Visconde Paco D’Arcos)

Aku: “Oh matur suwun yo pak. Pernah urip ning Jowo to pak?”.

Dia: “Ora pernah ee mas….cuman kancaku wong Jowo akeh”.

Dia pun mencari calon customernya yang lain karena tak berhasil menangkapku.

Untuk memudahkan menjelajah maka seperti biasa, aku berburu brosur dan informasi pariwisata Macau lainnya.

Berburu informasi pariwisata via digital platform di ferry terminal.
Paling mudah dan menyenangkan adalah menghampiri tourist information yang biasanya ditunggu wajah-wajah cantik.

Tergenggam sudah peta bus kota Macau. Membuatku semakin percaya diri meninggalkan pelabuhan.

Beberapa langkah ketika meninggalkan bangunan utama Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal.
Bagian lain dari Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal.

Macau memang memanjakan para pengunjungnya. Hal itu terlihat dari keberadaan minibus-minibus gratis penjemput yang disediakan oleh beberapa hotel terkemuka di dataran Macau.

Ini dia platform bus gratis itu.

Para tampang backpacker tak perlu risau karena bus itu bisa juga mengangkutmu walau kamu tidak menginap di hotel asal bus tersebut. Kamu hanya perlu berani bilang ke sopirnya bahwa kamu akan bermain judi di hotel asal bus. Pasti kamu akan diberikan bangku di bus tersebut. Sampai hotel, kamu tinggal memasuki casino sebentar lalu keluar lagi dan carilah dormitory yang kamu inapi. Makanya kalau ke Macau cari dormitory di dekat hotel-hotel ternama ya….hahaha.

Tapi gue ga naik bus ini ya gaes….

Gue lebih baik menggunakan bus kota biasa dengan membayar Rp. 5.500 karena hotelku berada di dekat Senado Square yang lumayan jauh dari hotel-hotel pemilik bus gratis itu.

Kesan pertama ketika tiba di Macau….Hebat lah Macau.

Behind of Air Asia QZ 206 Flight from Jakarta to Kuala Lumpur

Just after returning from expedition to Garut-Tasikmalaya-Sumedang, my fatigue after a week traveling in that three districts didn’t make me tired. Didn’t take a break, I prefer to complete my mission for complete South Asia exploration by visiting the remaining three countries.…Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Maldives.

Air Asia ticket which I bought for USD 25,8 since April 7, 2018 was able to keep my mission and my wallet to continue to travel the world. Yes, I had to caught Malindo Air on Kuala Lumpur-Dhaka route in KLIA.

During waiting period of my departure, many questions arise from work colleagues or other friends outside of work.

“Yeeee, why are you traveling to Bangladesh?. It’s not elite”

“Donny, what do you want to see in Bangladesh?”

“You will go home and sick, Donny”

“Wasting time….Better you go to Ancol (a beach in Jakarta) than go to Bangladesh”.

“Donny, Why does have to go to Bangladesh?”

I answered: “Yes, up to me … it’s my money … It’s my steps“.

Ups, I didn’t answer like that….That’s impolite.

Hahaha …. “Yes, guys, my money is only enough to travel there“….Hahaha….That’s my answer to them.

Other people don’t know about my mind about traveling….more crazy, more better….more weird, more amazing…Hahaha.

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As usual…Using DAMRI bus at Kampung Rambutan Terminal. Besides being cheap, it is also close from my home. I prepared USD 2,9 to pay the fare with departure time on 15:00 hours. 1 hour and 15 minutes trip drove me in Terminal 2F, Soekarno Hatta International Airport.

Through gate 5, I started entering first X-ray screening. Not so smooth, my backpack which became my only friend was seen flipped by AVSEC (Aviation Security) officer, smeared with wet tissue and then watched closely. No need to worry…. the important thing is no drugs in it….Hahaha. Even if denied entry, it’s calm…. this is still in my city. Just go back to home with DAMRI again….If I denied to boarding.

Hi Ms, can me get window seat, please!“, My seduction to check-in staff at Air Asia counter. God, She is very pretty and kind, always smile …Hahaha, It’s be her duty to smile to everyone. “Hello, It’s your boarding pass“, She said….I got seat 2D, yes I failed….Hahaha.

Let’s stamped a passport! …. Even though it’s an e-passport, but my habit of stamping a passport make me didn’t care about existace of autogate counter.

Immigration Officer: “Where do you go?

Me : Just mention in detail one by one of my destination, so he wasn’t be suspicious, “Penang, Dhaka, Colombo, Maldives, sir. Transit in Mumbai and Singapore“. What kind of trip trip is it? … crazy.

Immigration Officer : “Backpacker?”

Me                           : “Yes sir”

Immigration Officer : He saw my face, checking my new passport and old one. Then….He stamped it, “be careful, sir“.

Me                            : “thank you, sir….surely I will be careful”.

Immigration Officer : “You are great“.

Yuhuuu…..I’m great like he said

Then I prayed at end of corridor before entering gate. After that, I entered second X-ray screening in front gate D5….Yess, very smooth.

While I was sitting reading near charging station, came a couple of Korean. They tried very hard to use it too.

Me      :  “Hi, Sir. That’s broken. I had tried many times and failed”.

He       : “Oh yea….Why put it here if broken” ostensibly kicking charging station while smiling.

Me      : “Do you want go to South Korea?”.

He        : “Oh, Nup….I’m from California and will fly from KL”.

Me     :  “Oh Nice”.

He       : “What are you doing here? “.

Me     :  “My profession, your mean?”.

He       :  “yeaaa”

Me     :  “Sales”.

He       :  “Good money?”

Me      :  “If not good, I willn’t here to fly with you”.

He       :  “yea…yea…yea”, nodding while smiling at me.

Looked like his girlfriend was a travel vlogger. Always speak with her confidence….Great. I thought I could not be like that? It’s better to write than to talk like her.

QZ 206 finally leaned to gate. Yup ….my adventure started immediately. Thirsty made me out from gate to buy mineral water. And a little warning from gate officer to immediately back to gate. Ok, sir, instead of buying it on the plane, it’s expensive.

Airbus A320-200 with a capacity about 186 passengers.

Exactly on 19:17 hours, I started boarding.

Behind korean-american girl.

Turbulence night flights on end of December. Seen middle-aged man next to me was so tense and held tight to the armrest chair throughout flight while me and a young woman who flanked him only wryly smiled while hiding misgivings.

Cabin.

Because my latest knowledge about Ipoh and Penang was so minimal, I decided to explore Travel360 inflight magazine. Hoping to find valuable information about Ipoh and Penang tourism. And …. thanks …. I really got it.

Ipoh in Travel360 inflight magazine.
Basic information about Penang.

QZ 206 was preparing to landing. Could not sleep during the trip because focus in reading inflight magazine to find information. This time, my 5 days transit adventure in Malaysia was foolish. Traveling without enough information.

Getting ready to landing.
What is the baggage for? It maybe a flight safety equipment.

Once arrived at KLIA2, a thoughts which immediately occurred to me were looking for a free water station, dinner, prayer, bought bus ticket to Penang and then sleeping.

You have to go to Transportation Hub on 1st floor to find cheap food. Oh yeah….Bus ticket sales counter is also there.

Come on…Got ready to go to Penang tomorrow.

Exploring Penang Sentral

The increasing of direct flights from Jakarta to Penang, making traveler prefer landed at Penang International Airport rather than do travel overland for about 6-8 hours from Malaysia’s capital.

And if you are patient to do overland trip, your memory will be filled with interesting experiences and accompanied by breathtaking views throughout Selangor State and Perak State.

Then ….For you who travel overland using bus then majority of buses will stop at Penang Sentral which is tourist gateway of Penang Island.

Therefore….So you will not confuse and can get detail preview of Penang Central, so I present this article to you.

Yessss … that’s Penang Sentral appearance.

PENANG SENTRAL …. Built in 2018 as main transportation hub owned by Penang State. Penang Sentral strategically replaces Butterworth Bus Terminal role with an exceptional integration system. As you can imagine, this large building integrates bus terminal, train station and ferry port in a location. Third integrated building which I admire in Malaysia after KL Sentral and Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (TBS).

Butterworth Bus Terminal before Penang Sentral is completed.
Source: Travel-Senang-Malaysia.com
Penang Island is seen from Penang Central.

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This is my story of exploring Penang Central.…

At 13:54 hours, I arrived at Penang Sentral … yes, of course, I was dropped off at Drop Bay in 1st floor.

And for presenting this article, I delayed towards ferry terminal which can anchor me in George Town, capital of Penang State.

For 1 hour and 20 minutes, I would explore Penang Sentral.

FLOOR 1

Starting from this hall:

You will be dropped off at Drop Bay Area when you arrive at Penang Sentral.

Generally, 1st floor is used to drop and take passengers.

This is intercity/express bus platform area when I left Penang Sentral.

FLOOR 2

Come on, we’re going up to second floor. What are there?

After you go up escalator, you will see 2nd floor view.

So….What are you looking for?

  1. Bus Ticketing Counter.

Bus ticket sales counter is in front of me after I go up with escalator. I immediately buy a bus ticket to leave Penang with schedule about two days after my arrival in Penang. Existence of KiosK Self Ticketing which stuck to building pillar made me stop before reach sales counter. I am better to finding cheapest bus ticket via that machine, because many buses with varying fares provide routes to Ipoh.

Finally, I held Perak Transit bus ticket sheet after putting USD 5,2 in KiosK Self Ticketing machine….Bus ticket was in hand, my heart was calm.

That’s Penang Sentral Departure Board….Self Ticketing Kiosk is on that pillar. Do you see?

2. Information Centre

The first standard when arriving at a foreign place is visiting information centre to get as much information as possible before exploring it more deeply. So did I, asking about Penang tourism, asking for brochures, finding ways to leave the city in the best way and many other things which I asked to information centre officer.

Very easy to find it….It is in front of bus ticketing counter.

3. Ferry Terminal.

Walking on back side of Bus Ticketing Counter, in several meters you will find a linkway to Ferry Terminal. Located to left side of your steps, you will see clearly a direction sign whinch leading you to Ferry Terminal.

Linkway to Ferry Terminal.

Walk straight for about dozens of steps you will find a Customer Service Center which sells ferry tickets to George Town. The name of ferry terminal is Pangkalan Sultan Abdul Halim.

It’s cheap….ticket price is only USD 0,3 for a round trip ticket

4. Shopping Counter.

Actually more Shopping Counter are on 3rd floor. I didn’t have time to visit it because it was already late and if I didn’t leave Penang Sentral soon, my exploration in Penang Island would be disrupted.

Shopping counter which I showed was only on 2nd floor.

5. Eatery

Food stalls are located near linkway to Ferry Terminal. These are certainly guaranteed halal and relatively cheap in price.

Iqbal’s Restaurant is my place to eat when I enter and leave Penang
Try the squid….Delicious

6. Butterworth Station.

Another integrated transportation mode in Penang Sentral is train. Train station is called Butterworth Station. The station building is located separately from Penang Sentral main building.

To find this station. Walking straight pass Bus Ticketing Counter on 2nd floor, then you will find an lift at end of floor. Then go down to 1st floor via lift.

Lift is at end of 2nd
floor.

Not too far after exiting lift, on 1st floor then you will find a corridor with KTM (Keretapi Tanah Melayu) sign as a guide to Butterworth Station.

Front corridor appearance.

After a few tens of meters down the hall you will find a white building which is none other than Butterworth Station.

I rushed to hunt for an ETS (Electric Train Service) ticket but it was sold out.

OK…That is my story. I have explained all results of my exploration in Penang Sentral.

So, finally, you want to go to Penang by land or by air?