Pertunjukan Langit di Pantai Marina Semarang

<—-Kisah Sebelumnya

Sore, hari ketiga di Semarang, akhirnya aku mengkreasi peluang untuk menyaksikan pertunjukan bumi yang sering dicari oleh penggila warna langit….Yups, Sunset.

Aku meluncur cepat dari Sleep & Sleep Capsule di daerah Dadapsari pasca menaruh semua peralatan dan backpack. Menggunakan taksi online berjenis Calya warna orange maroon, aku dan Pak Muchlis menuju Pantai Marina di daerah Tawangsari. Pengemudi muda itu terus memamerkan spion tengahnya yang dimodifikasi fungsi menjadi kamera mundur dan kamera rekam jalan….Padahal itu hanyalah kamera buatan China harga 400 ribuan….Hahaha.

Menempuh jarak enam kilometer dalam lima belas menit, aku tiba di gerbang Pantai Marina. Melewati sebuah pos dan membayar tiket masuk sebesar lima ribu Rupiah, aku diturunkan tepat di area parkir pantai. Satu yang akan menjadi kendala adalah tidak tersangkutnya signal handphone di area pantai. “Wah, alamat, saat pulang nanti, aku mesti berjalan lumayan jauh ke luar area pantai untuk memesan ojek online”, batinku.

Arah asal masuk ke pantai.
Area parkir pantai.

Waktu sudah menunjukkan pukul 17:30, tetapi pantai masih saja menyengat. Matahari masih menunjukkan keperkasaannya di area terbuka itu. Untuk mengurangi hawa panas, aku duduk di sebuah bangku di bawah pohon sambil menikmati es kelapa muda dari batok kelapanya langsung. Biarlah surya kecapaean bersinar dan aku akan mulai menikmatinya saat dia mulai langsir.

Masih menyengat.

Matahari yang sudah mulai turun, membuatku segera beranjak dan menapaki area tanggul beton sekaligus pedestrian yang masih diperkuat dengan keberadaan batu-batu raksasa pengurug bibir pantai. Menjadikan pantai ini tak bisa lagi menampakkan keindahan naturalnya.

Tampak muda-mudi duduk diatas batu-batu raksasa itu, berpacaran, berselfie ria, atau merenung meratapi nasib di tengah khasnya riak ombak. Sedangkan anak-anak kecil berlarian di sepanjang pedestrian beton.

Bebatuan besar penahan ombak.

Pemandangan lain adalah tertancap kokohnya bagan-bagan penangkap ikan di sepanjang pantai, sedangkan di arah lepas pantai, sebuah daratan mirip pulau berhiaskan kapal-kapal cepat yang terparkir rapi, area West Marina Beach.

Untuk menyaksikan sunset dengan sudut pandang sempurna maka aku merapat ke bagian pantai yang menghadap ke arah barat. Tampak deretan pemburu yang tetap fokus dengan mata pancingnya di sepanjang pedestrian hasil reklamasi yang pada sisi ini dilapisi dengan paving block yang membuat penampakan bibir pantai lebuh berseni. Sementara para pedagang minuman dan makanan tampak sibuk melayani pelanggannya yang menempati deretan bangku dan bersiap menikmati pertunjukan alam. Di bagian selatan sana, Marina Convention Center tampak gagah membiru, menyematkan kesan bahwa Pantai Marina telah terpapar teknologi dan modernisasi.

Disinilah spot terbaik menikmasi senja.

Aku mulai mengambil tripod, memangarahkan smartphoneku ke arah surya yang mulai membulat jelas dan perlahan berubah berwarna orange. Muda-mudi dari pantai sebelah utara mulai berpindah mengambil posisi maasing-masing di pantai barat. Sementra Pak Muchlis terlihat lebih santai, duduk menikmati seporsi lontong. Sedangkan aku duduk bersila saja tepat di bibir pantai, bersebelahan dengan kamera smartphoneku yang sedang bekerja mengabadikan momen special itu.

Pertunjukan yang luar biasa.
Dia mulai bersembunyi.
Selamat datang malam…..

Kisah Selanjutnya—->

Sleep & Sleep Capsule: Penginapan Murah di Semarang

<—-Kisah Sebelumnya

Selamat pagi….Fajar terakhir di The Azana Hotel Airport.

Sesuai jadwal business trip ini, aku seharusnya pulang ke ibukota sore nanti. Sudah barang tentu, jam 12 siang ini, aku harus melakukan check-out dari The Azana Hotel Airport. Karena pelatihan baru akan selesai pukul 14:00, maka sebelum aku berangkat ke kawasan Bukit Semarang Baru untuk mengawal jalannya pelatihan, aku segera menyerahkan kunci hotel sembari menitipkan semua barang-barang di reception desk.

Pelatihan hari kedua ini berjalan sangat lancar dan selesai tepat waktu. Semua peserta pelatihan pun satu persatu undur diri untuk kembali ke kotanya masing-masing. Aku pun segera kembali ke The Azana Hotel Airport, untuk mengambil barang yang tertitip.

Kamu tentu sudah tahu kelakuanku…Yups, aku sengaja memperpanjang masa kunjungku di Kota Atlas dengan biayaku sendiri. Kini aku bersiap berperilaku kembali layaknya seorang backpacker. Aku akan berpindah menuju sebuah hostel seharga Rp. 40.000 per malam. Dan karena Pak Muchlis yang masih akan kembali pada pukul 19:00 nanti, akhirnya mengikuti kemana kakiku melangkah.

Menumpang taksi online, aku menuju ke Sleep & Sleep Capsule di daerah Dadapsari. Pengemudi taksi online yang kutunggangi rupanya tahu perihal hotel kapsul murah itu, mampu membaca tujuanku tiba di Semarang, sehingga percakapanku dengannya pun otomatis menghangat di ranah backpacking.

Aku diturunkan di bilangan Jalan Imam Bonjol tepat di halaman Universitas AKI. Tak sulit menemukan Sleep & Sleep Capsule, karena tulisan namanya tertera sangat besar di tembok pembatas universitas itu. Lorong kecil berkanopi itu mengarahkanku menuju sebuah pintu seukuran gang yang langsung berhadapan dengan meja resepsionis.

Lorong masuk.
Reception desk.

Telah terbayarnya biaya hotel melalui Agoda, staff reception perempuan itu hanya meminta KTPku saja untuk mencocokkan data. Walaupun minimalis, hotel ini tampak didesain sangat rapi dan modern dengan mengambil konsep aktivitas di sebuah bandara. Interior dinding lobby itu didesain bak sisi jendela sebuah pesawat lengkap dengan kursi pesawatnya. Sedangkan alur lalu lintas tamu di area lobby dibatasi dengan desain lantai bak aspal bandara. Segenap lobby didominasi dengan warna kuning, coklat, putih dan abu-abu…..Ciamik banget.

Lobby.
Ruang bersama.
Ruang bersama.

Sedangkan setiap tamu akan mendapatkan sebuah loker yang diletakkan di ruang terpisah dengan kamar tidur. Aku perhatikan banyak tamu yang menaruh laptop dan beberapa berkas tugas sebuah institusi pendidikan di loker itu, aku kemudian menyimpulkan bahwa mereka adalah para mahasiswa yang sedang berkuliah. Entahlah, apakah mereka lebih memilih hotel jenis kapsul ini untuk tinggal atau memang mereka hanya sesekali menginap saja karena ada tugas lembur di kampus. Hal itu  mungkin saja karena memang hotel ini berlokasi bersebelahan dengan Universitas AKI.

Koridor loker.

Aku pun segera menaruh backpack di ruang kapsulku, bunk bed tingkat paling atas. Aku segera menaruh peralatan traveling di folding bag untuk kubawa ke destinasi berikutnya sore itu. Terus terang, aku baru kali ini tidur di sebuah ruangan kapsul. Biasanya aku memilih sebuah dormitory reguler.

Memang beda tipis antara kapsul dan dormitory. Kapsul berpembatas sedangkan dormitory cenderung lebih terasa lega karena tak berpembatas papan.

Karena jumlah kapsul dalam ruangan ini adalah 42 buah, tak hayal lagi ruangan kapsul ini sangat berisik ketika waktu tidur menjelang. Sudah dipastikan diantara 42 orang ini adalah para pengorok ulung yang mengganggu nyenyaknya malam. Keriuhan akan kembali terjadi di pagi hari karena disaat itulah orang saling berembut untuk mandi. Mereka tampak mengejar urusannya masing-masing sepagi mungkin. Begitu juga aku.

Kamar.
Pindah peraduan.

Sedangkan toilet berada di ujung ruangan kapsul. Wastafel, urinoir dan shower berada pada ruangan yang saling terpisah. Walaupun dipakai untuk 42 tamu dalam satu ruangan, kamar mandi itu tetap tampak bersih dan wangi. Sepertinya para tamu ini sudah berpengalaman tinggal di sini, mungkin para mahasiswa itu sudah berlangganan menginap di hotel kapsul ini.

Kamar mandi.
Kamar mandi.

Nah, Hayo siapa yang mau tinggal di hotel jenis kapsul sepertiku?……

Kisah Selanjutnya—->

Sky Show at Semarang Marina Beach

In the afternoon, on my third day in Semarang, I finally created an opportunity to watch an earth show which was often sought by sky color enthusiasts….Yups, sunset.

I quickly drove from Sleep & Sleep Capsule in Dadapsari area after putting all my equipments and backpack. Using an online taxi i.e orange maroon Calya (Cayla is a brand of Toyota in Indonesai), Mr. Muchlis and I headed for Marina Beach in Tawangsari area. A young driver continued to show off his rearview mirror which was modified into a reverse camera and a road recording camera….Even though it was only a camera made in China, the price was USD 30….Hahaha.

Driving for about six kilometers in fifteen minutes, I arrived at Marina Beach gate. Passing a post and paying an entrance ticket for about USD 0.4, I was dropped off in right at beach parking area. One problem was cellphone signal didn’t get caught in beach area. “Wahhh, bad news, when I will get back, I have to quite walk far outside beach area to order an online motorcycle taxi“, I thought.

Origin direction into the beach.
Beach parking area.

It was already 17:30 hours, but the beach still stung. The sun still showed its might in that open area. To reduce the heat, I sat on a bench under a tree while enjoying coconut ice directly from its shell. Let the sun still shined and I would start to enjoy it when it started to down.

It still stings.

The sun which had started to fall, prompted me to get up and stepped on concrete embankment area as well as pedestrian area which was still reinforced by giant rocks in shoreline. Making this beach could no longer show its natural beauty.

Young people were seen sitting on giant stones, dating, taking selfies, or contemplating their fate in the midst of the characteristic wave ripples. Meanwhile, little childrens run along concrete pedestrian.

Big rocks as waves breaker.

Another sights were firmly planted fishing charts along coast, while offshore, an island-like land decorated with neatly parked fast boats, was West Marina Beach area.

To watched sunset with a perfect viewpoint, I moved closer to beach part which facing west. There were rows of angler who remained focused with their fishing rods along reclaimed pedestrian, which on this side was covered with paving blocks which made shoreline looked more artsy. Meanwhile, beverage and food stall were busy serving their customers who occupy benche rows and got ready to enjoy nature show. In southern part, Marina Convention Center looked dashing blue, giving impression that Marina Beach had been exposed to technology and modernization.

This was the best spot to enjoy the dusk.

I started to take a tripod, aimed my smartphone towards the sun which began to clearly round and slowly turned into orange color. Youth people from north of coast began to move to take up their best position on west of coast. Meanwhile Mr. Muchlis looked more relax, sitting and enjoying a portion of “lontong” (rice roll). Meanwhile, I just sat cross-legged right on beach side, next to my smartphone camera which was working to capture that special moment.

Extraordinary show.
He started hiding.
Welcome evening.…

Sleep & Sleep Capsule: Cheap Lodging in Semarang

Good morning….The last dawn at The Azana Hotel Airport.

According my business trip schedule, I should return to the capital city this afternoon. Of course, on 12:00 that afternoon, I had to check out of The Azana Hotel Airport. Because training would finish on 14:00, before I went to Bukit Semarang Baru area to handle the training, I immediately handed over my room key while leaving all my belongings at reception desk.

This second day of training went very smoothly and was finished on time. One by one, all participants withdrew to return to their respective cities. I immediately returned to The Azana Hotel Airport, to picked up my items.

You certainly already know my behavior….Yups, I deliberately extended my visitation to Atlas City with my own expense. Now, I was ready to behave again like a backpacker. I would move to a hostel for USD 3 per night. And because Mr. Muchlis, who would back to home on 19:00 hours, he finally followed my steps.

Taking an online taxi, I headed to Sleep & Sleep Capsule in Dadapsari area. The online taxi driver seemed to know about this cheap capsule hotel, was able to read my intend for visiting Semarang, so my conversation with him automatically warmed up in backpacking realm.

I was dropped off at Imam Bonjol Street, right in AKI University courtyard. It wasn’t difficult to find Sleep & Sleep Capsule, because its name inscription was very large on university wall. A small canopy corridor led me to a door with size of an alley which directly opposite the reception desk.

Entrance corridor.
Reception desk.

Having paid the hotel cost through Agoda.com, a female reception staff only asked for my ID Card to match the data. Although minimalist, this hotel looked very neat and modern with the concept of activities at an airport. The lobby wall interior was designed like an airplane window side, complete with its airplane seats. Meanwhile, the flow of guest traffic in the lobby area was limited by floor design of airport asphalt. The entire lobby was dominated by yellow, brown, white and gray….Very nice.

Lobby.
Shared spaces.
Shared spaces.

Meanwhile, each guest would get a locker which was placed in a separate room from bedroom. I noticed a lot of guests who put their laptops and some educational institution paperworks in their locker, I then concluded that they were students who were studying. I didn’t know whether they prefer this capsule hotel type to live in or they only stayed overnight because of overtime work on campus. This was possible because this hotel was located next to AKI University.

Locker corridor.

I immediately put my backpack in my capsule room, in the top level in bunk bed. I immediately put my traveling equipments in my folding bag to bring it to my next destination that afternoon. Frankly speaking, this was my first time, I had slept in a capsule room. Usually I chose a regular dormitory.

There is a slight difference between capsule and dormitory. Capsules have a border while dormitory tends to feel more relieved because it don’t have a border.

Because capsule number in this room are 42 capsules, it wasn’t wonder that the capsule room was very noisy when bedtime approached. It was certain that among these 42 people were expert in snoring and would disturb others in the night….Hahaha. The commotion would return in the morning because people scrambled to shower. They seemed to pursue their respective affairs as early as possible. So do I.

Bedroom.
My capsule.

The toilet was at the end of capsule room. The sink, urinal and shower were in separate rooms. Even though it was used for 42 guests in one room, the bathroom still looked clean and smell good. It seemed that these guests have experienced in living here, maybe students have subscribed to stay at this capsule hotel.

Bathroom.
Bathroom.

Well, who want to stay in a capsule type hotel like me?……Hahaha.