Designing a Teaser at Manahan Stadium

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Ir. Soekarno statue in Manahan Stadium gate.

If Jakarta chooses Gelora Bung Karno as proud sport area of capital city, Solo has a well-known sport area, namely Manahan Stadium. And this time, I had an opportunity to directly survey it for Marketing Conference purpose which will held in two months after this survey.

My arrival at Manahan Stadium started when I finished in enjoying dinner at GALABO (Gladag Langen Bogan), which was in Kedung Lumbu area. After making sure that my stomach was full with a portion of Soto Kwali and continued by warming my body with a portion of Wedang Ronde, I left GALABO which was heading for its peak of crowd. I enjoyed my last song at that place while waiting for an online taxi which I ordered.

For some reason, songs which had been so beat in firstly, but towards the end of my visiting in GALABO, turned melancholy. A song “Sewu Kutho” belonging to the late Didi Kempot accompanied my steps in leaving GALABO until its rhythm became silent when I entered an online taxi.

Manahan Stadium, Sir”.

The main road to get there is being renovated, Sir. There is an flyover construction project. Can I take another route, Sir. A little longer to reach the destination

It’s okay. I’m not in a rush either. Just relax, Sir“.

Ok, Sir. Thank you”.

I didn’t understand about a route which wa took by this middle-aged driver. I just enjoyed every step on gas pedal through night streets of Solo City. City atmosphere was still lively even though it was past eight in evening

I arrived at destination 10 minutes later than scheduled time. I was dropped off on south side of stadium, right in front of the Ir. Soekarno statue. This bronze statue of the first president of Republic of Indonesia was seen sitting and reading a book. Meanwhile at ase of statue, LED lights played a role in producing color gradations which captivate visitors. And in the splash of colored lights, fountains took turns to beautify an oval pool area.

Manahan Dancing Fountain

Can I go inside, Sir?”, I asked a security guard at stadium gate.

Sorry, Sir. It’s closed from four o’clock in the afternoon. So we aren’t longer able to accept incoming visitors“.

Oh Okay, Sir. What time is it open, sir in every day? ”.

It’s open on eight o’clock in the morning, Sir. So I suggest you to coming here again tomorrow”.

Oh Okay, Sir”.

I turned around and sat on the edge of Manahan Dancing Fountain.

Kriiingggg….. Kriiingggg. I got a call.

Hello Donny. How about Solo City? Is it nice?. Oh yes, Donny, you have to publish the first teaser for Marketing Conference today, because today is exactly two months before event!”, my CEO called me.

Yes, Ma’am”.

So that night, I was busy to designing Marketing Conference’s first teaser. I immediately contacted a staff of company’s Design Division in Jakarta, Tommi is his name. Then I told him about a concept which I wanted. I continued to guide him about concept detais and he was so quick to execute several revisions in teaser design until he could finish it in an hour. Because of busy agenda, I practically couldn’t see some of other corners in Manahan Stadium outside.

After I finished in sending information to each prospective Marketing Conference participant, I immediately rushed out of Manahan Stadium. Time was getting late and I have to keep moving ……

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Beautiful Spots at The Azana Hotel Airport

Almost Isha’ time….

I entered The Azana Hotel Airport gate which is located on edge of Jenderal Sudirman Street just under Kalibanteng flyover. Hotel room which have booked by my office for three days for USD 33/night.

The Azana Hotel Airport.

Thing that I know is, my colleague, Mr. Muchlis, who comes from Gresik City, had been opening the room since noon. He preceded me, because he departed earlier using Argo Bromo Anggrek train from Surabaya this morning. In fact, he had completed all kinds of rehearsals for next two days of training. Make all were easy for me, because I just accepted final concept when I arrived in Semarang….Thank you, Mr. Muchlis.

Reception desk.
Mini bar in lobby.

I got information that our room which was ordered with office name was number 523, so I decided to directly go to upstairs for quickly pausing and cleaning myself, I felt very disheveled after half a day of was exposured by capital city street dust.

I had a plan to hunt seafood with Mr. Muchlis after taking a bath, it was normal, when I had an office assignment like this, I always used it to improve nutrition….Hahahaha. But I didn’t know where we would go, I would have a discussion with him later.

Room corridor.
Guest room.

It was also nice to meet friend from same company but from different branches. I worked at head office and Mr. Muchlis at Surabaya branch. We usually met once a year during Year End Party, a moment where awards are given to several outstanding employees.

That night, we decided to go to Kampung Laut in Tawangsari area. For an hour and a half, we enjoyed seafood dishes on the lake. Enjoying the taste, sitting back, relax, enjoying fruit juice, eating sea food while was accompanied by a local band amidst splash of serene lights. Releasing tired after a long journey.

After being satisfied and full, on around 9:30 p.m., we left Kampung Laut Restaurant, took by online taxi which using Wuling Confero (a brand of China car), we headed back to hotel.

And it’s not a Donny if I stop exploring….Arriving at hotel, I didn’t directly go to the room for rest. According to information from reception staff, on seventh floor or the top floor, I could enjoy the beauty of Semarang city from a height. Immediately I headed to Sky Lounge. Here were the best pictures which I have:

Sky Lounge. You can order hot coffee here….Cool, right?.
Kalibanteng Flyover was rich in color.
Great views towards beach and airport.

Not only that, I also went out to street in front of hotel. The festive colors of lights on Bunderan Kalibanteng Street have actually attracted several young people to spend their night at the roundabout. Meanwhile, at intersection point of Yos Sudarso Street and Jenderal Sudirman Street, there is a statue of Ir. Soekarno who was reading proclamation text.

Is third statue of Ir. Soekarno in Atlas City.

So on second day in Semarang, I went back upstairs to get something, here it was:

Guess!….Dawn or dusk?

Oh yes, literally, Azana means “the most luxurious“. Maybe it reflects this hotel vision. Then in general, The Azana Hotel Airport provides guest rooms on the third, fifth and sixth floors. Meanwhile, restaurant and meeting room are placed on second floor. The karaoke area and lobby are on Ground floor. Then swimming pool is placed on basement floor.

Let’s had breakfast at hotel restaurant. After that let’s worked and continued to explore Semarang City in the afternoon!