Archive for February, 2009

Drizzling at Taiwan Lantern Festival

Saturday, February 21st, 2009

Seperti yang pernah dosen saya (waktu di ITB) tuliskan di blog Beliau mengenai balanced life, maka sebagai mahasiswa yang baik, tidak ada salahnya mengikuti apa yang Beliau sampaikan. Kita butuh keseimbangan antara pekerjaan dan hiburan. Apa yang disampaikan Pak Armein sangat bertolak belakang dengan pembimbing saya di sini, yang kalau muncul di list Yahoo Messenger, statusnya tidak pernah berubah. Selalu saja statusnya bertuliskan: Work Hard, Exercise Hard.

So, mengakhiri pekan ini, pergilah saya ke suatu tempat nun jauh di sana. Di sebuah kota yang pernah saya kunjungi satu setengah tahun yang lalu bersama teman-teman untuk melihat festival budaya. Dan sekembalinya dari sana, terjadilah sebuah tragedi, sepeda baru yang hilang. Bedanya, kemarin saya ke sana bertemankan kamera dan tripod. Dan yang akan dilihat juga bukanlah festival budaya, melainkan Lantern Festival (lagi). Dan yang tidak kalah pentingnya, sepeda saya tidak hilang.

Yi Lan (宜蘭), di sanalah diselenggarakannya Taiwan Lantern Festival 2009. Lebih tepatnya di Yi Lan Sports Park. Berbeda dengan 2 lantern festival yang pernah saya kunjungi sebelumnya (Kaohsiung dan Pingxi), festival kali ini adalah yang terbesar, dan yang terakhir (menutup serangkaian lantern festival di berbagai kota di Taiwan pada tahun ini). Mengantri bus hampir sejam untuk pergi ke Yi Lan, merelakan 120 元 untuk naik bus, duduk di bus sejam lebih sedikit, dan berjalan kaki 20 menit dari tempat pemberhentian bus sampai ke lokasi, akhirnya terbayar dengan kepuasan. Yeah, I was very excited and satisfied.

What can I say more? Here you go, pictures tell a thousand words…

Event's Title

Lantern Exhibition

Lantern Exhibition. There are so many.

Lantern Heaven

Lantern Heaven

Pegasus & Horses

Pegasus & Horses

The Tortoise & Crane

The Tortoise & Crane

Dragon & Phoenix

Dragon & Phoenix

Dolphins & Fish

Dolphins & Fish

The Main Lantern... An Ox

The Main Lantern... An Ox

The stage at TLF 2009

Panggung TLF 2009

Tak lengkap festival tanpa night market sekaligus food court.

Tak lengkap festival tanpa night market-nya.

Di Pingxi kemarin nemu makanan enak, cumi bakar. So, di night market kali ini misi utamanya adalah mencari cumi bakar, dan akhirnya ketemu. 40 元 hangus, tapi lumayanlah buat ganjel sebelum makan malem. Maju lagi beberapa langkah ternyata menemukan…

Kebaaaaaaab!

Kebaaaaaaab!

Langsung hajaaaaaar!!! Apalagi yang jual pake kopiah dan jenggotan, tambah yakin aja buat beli 2… Dan untuk 2 kebab berisi daging dan isi coklat, 100 元 melayang tapi kenyaaaaang, atau setidaknya cukup untuk menghilangkan rasa lapar.

Sebelum pulang, disambut kembang api perpisahan...

Sebelum pulang, disambut kembang api perpisahan...

Yah, begitulah jalan-jalan menyenangkan yang diiringi gerimis-gerimis romantis kota Yi Lan. Andaikan bisa berbagi dengan seseorang… pasti lebih komplit rasanya. Oke, tetap sehat, tetap semangat, supaya kita bisa jalan-jalan, jajan-jajan dan makan-makan lagi bersama Wijaya Cooliner…

At Pingsi Sky Lantern Festival

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

After had been disappointed by the Taipei International Book Exhibition 2009 two days ago, where I could not find any interesting books, yesterday I went to Pingsi. Pictures tell a thousand words… and pardon me for bad quality pictures.

the stage of Pingsi Sky Lantern Festival 2009

the stage of Pingsi Sky Lantern Festival 2009

full booked... first come first served...

full booked... first come first served...

the crowds...

the crowd...

prepared to launch

prepared to launch

go to the sky...

fly high at the sky high...

fly high at the sky high...

light-up the night...

Three Days at Southern Taiwan

Saturday, February 7th, 2009

Day 1

1. Taipei – Kaohsiung

  • UBUS  (intercity bus) from Taipei Main Station | cost : 380 元 | time required : + 5 hours

2. Kaohiung Railway Station – Kaohsiung Grand Mosque

  • Bus no.53 | cost : 12 元 + Taxi | cost : 155 元 –> I was lost. Please do not follow this…
  • Bus no.88 | cost : 12 元 –> it is the right one, or
  • Weiwuying MRT Station (O10), out at gate 4, turn left and walk about 200 m | cost : depend on departure station

3. Culinary – Warung Sate Muslim (beside the Mosque)

  • 1 portion of sate kambing + white rice (bisa nambah, saya nambah soalnya…) | price : 100 元 / portion

Sate kambing di Warung Sate Muslim

4. Tour de Kaohsiung

  • 122, Wufu 1st Rd – the address of Rotiboy on the internet –> the shop was not open anymore [mission failed]
  • 6 Ming-Cyuan 2nd Rd – Wilson Sporting Goods Co. –> wanna buy racquet, but that is an office which not sell the products, they told me to buy it from their reseller agents [mission failed]
  • 387, An Ning Street – Sumitomo/Chu Yu Hotel
  • Tour was using A Pe’s Taxi – ask Mbak Alin (Warung Sate Muslim shopkeeper) to call the taxi | cost : 250 元

5. Kaohsiung Lantern Festival 2009

  • City Council MRT Station (O4), walk about 500 m to Love River | cost : depend on departure station

6. Sumitomo/Chu Yu Hotel (near Kaohsiung Railway Station)

  • Single bed : 1080 元 / night (weekdays)

Day 2

1. Kaohsiung – Pingtung

  • by local train | cost : 31 元 | time required : + 20 minutes

Asked the information service about how to go to Eluan Bi Park. She suggested to take intercity bus or take the train to Fang Liao. I arrived at Pingtung at around 11 o’clock. There was Kuo Kuang Bus to Eluan Bi Park at 2 PM.

2. Pingtung – Fang Liao

  • by local train | cost : 60 元 | time required : + 1 hour

3. Fang Liao – Che Cheng

  • by Kuo Kuang Bus | cost : < 100 元 (forget the price precisely) | time required : + 20-30 minutes

4. Che Cheng – National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium

  • by “black” taxi – like a taxi but without argometer, the price shoud be negotiated | cost : 150 元 | time required : 15 -20 minutes

5. National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium

  • Ticket entrance : 450 元

National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium

This place is like the SeaWorld in Ancol. Nice place to visit, but not friendly with your pocket.

6. National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium – Eluan Bi Park

  • by Kenting Shuttle Bus | cost : 70 元 | time required : + 40 minutes

7. Eluan Bi Park

  • no ticket fee… Eluan Bi Park is the southernmost part of Taiwan…

8. Eluan Bi Park – Kaohsiung

  • by Kuo Kuang Bus | cost : + 350 元 (forget the price precisely) | time required : 2 hours

9. Kindness Hotel (near Kaohsiung Railway Station)

  • Single bed : 1390 元 / night (weekdays)

Day 3

1. Kaohsiung Grand Mosque

  • Shalat Jum’ah

2. Culinary – Ali’s Kitchen at 124, Wufu 2nd Rd

  • the restaurant was closed [mission failed]

3. Kaohsiung – Tainan

  • by Tzu Chiang Limited Express Train | cost : 107 元

4. Tour de Tainan

  • Tainan Snacks Area – could not find the place [mission failed]
  • 214, Jingnian Rd – the address of Rotiboy on the internet –> the shop was not open anymore [mission failed]

5. Tainan – Taipei

  • by Tzu Chiang Limited Express Train | cost : 741 元

Notes based on experience :

  1. Tzu Chiang (T.C.) Train is not really worth to be taken to go out-town. Costly, almost twice than the intercity bus, with the same time consuming. Only good for short distance destination. The intercity bus such as Kuo Kuang, Ubus, etc. are preferable.
  2. Take the local train if you are rich of times and wanna enjoy your trip. Bad choice if you are in hurry.
  3. Learn some basic Chinese language are helpful so much. Worth for my one year’s Chinese course. Xie2 Laoshi.
  4. Do not hesitate to ask the information service at the station, moreover if the officer is young and beauty. Do not forget to give her your best smile before you asking.
  5. 2 or 3 persons will be good number to save your accommodation expenses, and some of transportation expenses. Contrary, bringing your spouse could be doubled your transportation expenses.

Congrats Rafa, Next Time Roger

Sunday, February 1st, 2009

So emotional for Federer (and for me indeed) to end the first Grand Slam of the year 2009, the Australian Open. Only needed 4 games more to be an equalizer of 14 GS record, but the ATP first rank made Roger to wait for the next Grand Slam. I am very unsatisfied with the ending, Roger did too much enforced errors in the last set. Even though Rafa won, he was not as good as he turned down Verdasco. The match which I acclaim as the best match of this tournament for me, the Spaniards duel.

To Roger:

When Roger? When??? Your fans wanna see you breaking Sampras record. French Open will be the closer one, but you have to realize that you never win Coupe des Mousquetaires. To get it off from Rafa is truly almost impossible. Rafa is the king of clay, he is the king at France for the last 4 years in a row. French Open is his favorite Slams. Like you with your favorite Wimbledon grass court, before last year when Rafa stole it from you in the five-exhausting-sets-epic-final match. Should we wait until US Open comes? Too long Roger… You didn’t have to drop your tears. Be patienced and believe if that time will come for sure…

To Rafa:

First of all, congratulations for your first Norman Brookes Trophy.

Second, hey Rafa, give him a chance… You are 5 years younger than him. Six slams on three different court in your 22. Your future is still long. Do whatever you like after he breaks the record… The rest, shall the record be with you my fave one, after the Great Roger Federer…