アジスアベバ #countryno21 !

I went with Mariama on our off days

9-10 dec 2015

And yappari!! Bau nya sangat sangat khassss !! starting from inside the plane ….. :S

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the sky of Addis

we can not exchange Ethio’s money in Dubai so we bring USD with us to be exchanged in Addis.

the rate 1 usd : 21 birr  ( my budget for this trip : 142 USD = 2984 birr )

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berasa d nuyok, yellow taxiss.. hahaaa

first day ::

we arrived around 2 pm (flight is departed late almost 1 hour from Dubai) and the immigration queue is not so long but it moves very very slow..

after exchange our money, we were trying to look out for our hotel pick up which is …. none… X_X !!!

ok then , lets make a phone call.. thats when we realized .. we can not use our roaming services! we were trying to look for public phone or sim card provider store when this guy came to us and said come come,, let me help you, — we said boldly, NO, thank you, we have pick up hotel arrangement already.. but then he said you’re coming from Dubai if it is late then the guy must be left already,you can call the hotel from landline over there (pointing on counter which i believe his hotel’s counter ) and the public phone is not working (true!) and if you want to buy sim card it’s outside — probably he’s bluffing and not sure why , still, we follow him to make the phone call. X_x

the other guy at the counter is the one making the phone call to our hotel. his name is Elfas . after waiting for a while, our pick up arrives and Elfas said he is off tomorrow and would be glad to take us around — we pay any amount we want,,, should we trust him and say yes.. we both looked each other, kind of asking each other, 🙂

while waiting for the pick up, elfas teach us some of amharic words (the language of Ethiopia)

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we stayed at Zola international hotel.. as booking.com review it’s a good hotel , four stars, clean and safe ! — agreed.period. alhamdulillah. our staying here is a good decision 🙂

the hotel is 800 birr..

after rest a bit, we went to edna mall.. (which i keep hearing it as ednamon and thought it was some kind like african style historic place, lol)

its about 15 minutes from the hotel by car ..

the mall is kinda like a pasar jatinegara (even jatinegara is better) 😀 with the cinema that looks like wira …

inside the mall, i was trying to find international chain fast food , but none..

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maybe it’s KFC ethiopia’s version

in the street full of beggars .. seems scary though cause they looked at me like they want to eat me,or maybe it’s only my feeling..

after tired of just roaming around, we had rest for a while at kaldi’s coffee , One of the hippest coffee shops in Addis Ababa..

at night , we had our dinner in the restaurant near the hotel and we ordered shiro.. consist of Enjeraənǧära እንጀራ ) is an East African bread with a unique, slightly spongy texture. Traditionally made out of teff flour ,  it is a national dish in Ethiopia and Eritrea. the taste is kinda like bread vinegar for me.. ( shiro as per wikipedia ; a stew with primary ingredients of powdered chickpeas or broad bean meal )

day 2 ;

we went to piassa , merkato and post office – it’s the place people usually buy souvenirs (i wanna buy the ethio’s dress for mama) and try again the local dishes..

on the 2nd day we called elfas , he took us to one of his favourite restaurant ,and i ate the raw meat ;D

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elfas ordered Bayonet , incase we can not eat the raw meat … bayonet is a popular fasting food for Ethiopians and consists of a few different vegetarian wats like lentils, pea powder, local greens, potatoes, cabbage, carrots and more.

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*at the end i only able to eat 3 cubes of raw meat, they dont have any taste and its so cold. 😉

*elfas asked the waiter to cook it – cooked meat , they called it tibs ..

in piassa (inside haron tower , elfas told us to buy tomoca , the leading coffee company in Ethiopia.. he said it has been open since 1953 .

coffee is in fact very popular in Ethiopia.. and elfas told us proudly that Ethiopia is the one of the world’s largest coffee producer .. (dalem hati, Indonesia juga keleusss… lol )

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passing Bob Marley statue

how Ethiopian drive makes me thinking– salute.. most of the traffic light in the junction is not working (except this one below) and yet they still can very tertib passing the junction ;D bravoo !

  

bus nya mirip busway di kita yaa ! 🙂

alpukat and mangganya kecil kecil. Elfas said “because we grow it without any chemical…”

 

Hamburg ! *Germanycountry#17

Hamburg is not in my ‘things to do before 30 years old’-list but since I read about kuhne from NUS website , I feel like let me visit this city while i got my multiple schengen visa from Netherland Embassy ..

I got the visa, i had the money but i didnt get my leave.. usual scenario of the realization of my dream… :S 😦

#well, let’s plan again next year~~ Ö)

soo.. yaa, i went there on 28 – 29 June 2015. i went only in my off days, i called up Hani, Zulfa’s friend who studying in universitait Hamburg doing her master degree, she said she will be busy and can only accompany me on the 28 night after 9 pm and on 29, ok then daijobu:)

It was my first trip I roam alone this year and it was my first trip alone wearing hijab too and it’s my first time to Europe(after London n turkey side ..errr) I mean, well you know…. It always scary when u out of your zone all by yourself ,, so yaa,, I was really really nervous that day, so I decided to watsapp someone (not sure why i chose him) looking for some soothing words even tough I know he’s not in a good mood to talk to me coz of my opinion about Melbourne (well,i think because of this) *am I being cheap? Hmmmm

was actually didn’t really expect that Hamburg will steal my heart, that I wanna go back there.. (and live there…) aminnn Ö)

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a house in schiningbecktal in front of NDR TV station

i arrived in the afternoon and decided to go to the harbour ( stop in landungsbrüken Ubahn station) in harbour, i was sitting in the seafront before i decided to take fahre (ferry) to finkenwerder (it’s a free ride! )

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the weather is quite hot, never thought that summer in europe is that much hot ..lol.. (but im still fasting! fighting!!)

i remember what Hani told me, if i cant, i should break the fast,, the maghrib is around 10 pm plus plus..

around 9pm , i need to go to Hamburg universitait’s library to meet up with Hani, with no phone connection to make sure my direction is right (im still using my karban blackberry), I took the train to Dammtor, and then took the bus 112 to the university.

i think last time i went to a university is last april, when i went to Tokyo Institute of Technology with Haima and ka Puspa.. hihi.. really love to hang around in this kind of places.. i just love the smell of an education’s institution.. it feels different. 😀

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Hani took me inside of the library, i love it !

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and then we went to look for a place to have dinner,, Hani took me to eat kumpir (in here, it’s with nachos! haha)

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ini enak deehhh

from sternschanze , we went to altona to have kebab in koz urfa . in this restaurant, i saw many asian (read :Indonesian) .. *sepertinya tempatnongkrong org2 indo bgd, lol*

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looking at the picture in front of koz urfa, i suddenly remember someone,,and it’s eckelhaft&schmerzhaft (sucks&hurting) **sakitnya sih mungkin krn gw beneran pengen dia jadi sama gw,tapi sepertinya dia gak suka sama gw, lol)

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i love this picture 🙂

kalau abis ini dia gakda hubungi ,, gw harus beneran move on… krn gw gak mao IQ gw turun… https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn2051-rejection-massively-reduces-iq/  hehehe 😛

day 2 ;

i went to the the university again to shop the jacket and go round the campus. was thinking to join a class but i woke up late. feels so tired. huhuu…

**campus d eropa ternyata nya ada chair buat leyeh2… asikkk bgdd.. hehehe…

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there is rickshaw inside the building! hohoo

i was about to take away the cheese cake in the cafe of the university, (the one Hani always told me about) that she said it’s very tasty, but unlucky, it’s sold out when i went there.. 😦

I tried pretzel in Haupthbahnhof ( central station ) and then being impulsive, i bought a laptop, (love the keyboard!) lol..

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then go to airport to catch my flight back to Dubai,,

**got upgraded in Business class cause the flight was full, i was so nervous and scared they will not take me since i got the id 90’s ticket but then,,, alhamdulillah…. 🙂 🙂

more pictures…

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Tokyo 4th trip ~~ 6-10 April 2015

I went to Tokyo this spring with Haima to chase Sakura ^.^

and we made promise that we will speak no English. hehehe.. we broke it a few times but still we manage to really really practice our nihongo skill 😀DSC07757

I met Haima in Narita airport as I went to Tokyo from Jakarta with ANA ( I hope Emirates will keep the agreement with this carrier otherwise T_T) then we had our dinner first in the foodcourt (2nd floor) in Terminal two . it’s halal restaurant. the name is ….

this time i stayed in Le monterey Ginza , it’s 15000 yen per night, divided two , so each of us paid 37500 yen.

my budget for this trip is AED 2600 (+290 dhs for the ticket CGK- NRT)  and it equals to 80000 yen 🙂

1st day :

Ueno koen – Asakusa – Shibuya (met tante Nita ) – Tokyo camii – Odaiba – hotel

2nd day :

8 april 2015

Raining and snowing !!!

we had onigiri as our breakfast from 7Eleven.

then we went to Tokyo Intl forum to take some pictures, Haima is admired the architecture. it’s the glass building.

after that we roam around in marunoichi area up to International Palace . then we went to Tokyo station to eat ramen .

It’s near yaesu north exit, behind the ticket counter opposite of daimaru.

then we went to akihabara – Ikebukuro to buy kitkat in kitkat boutique and then we went to Tokyo metropolitan to view Tokyo  from up.. after that we went to Ookayama campus of Tokyo Institute of Technology (to have campus tour with ka puspa) and then we ate tempura in a restaurant near mizunokuchi station , ka puspa and bang mol treat me and Haima.. 😀 😀

3rd day : 9 april 2015

Ghibli museum – Mt.Takao – and had our dinner in Sakura Hatagaya hostel  – I felt sick already , bought some medicine from the pharmacy ,, huhu…

4th day : 10 April – Haima roam around by herself and i took rest at the hotel. I just couldnt stand up anymore…Felt really sick.. 😦 😦

this day we suppose to meet Ibu Dwi and have lunch in Pasona office but maybe because i feel not well already , we couldnt find the place T_T so we end up ate ramen in Tokyo station again, and then I went back to hotel, Mbak Indah pay me a visit to the hotel.

night, around 2000 i went to the airport to catch my flight back to Dubai..

and i went to work on 11 april at 12pm , but only able to work for two hours, I asked Mehdi to release me early, he  agree to release me but what he said is not nice in my ears : he asked me whether I’m dying or not coz he is shortage of staff.. and me like :S seriouslyyyy???

when i went to the doctor, my temperature is 39 degrees, i got 3 days sick leave (which means i am really sick ) and the doctor asked me to go to lung and heart specialists in aster Al Fahidi.. I haven’t go untill now..  anyway, in short I thank God that ive been able to reach Dubai safely,coz seriuosly i felt like I’m between heaven and hell when im on the plane.. O:)

Syafakillah ziwa…

sapporo.

I went to Sapporo, Hokkaido, with Mariama and Tetty, we went there for snow festival .

this time, we went only for two and half day 😦 😦

day 1 :: we arrived almost midnight in Haneda , and waited in domestic departure hall to wait for our next flight to Chitose (Sapporo airport ) at 7 am in the morning.

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we stayed in sapporo tobu hotel and paid AED 200 each

day 2 :: arrive in sapporo. rest a bit at the hotel and then out for the snow!!

it was snowing when we reached!

It was our first snow experience ever.

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looks like a hijaber :D

looks like a hijaber 😀

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scaryy :S

we spent whole day up to night in odori koen area.. enjoying the festival

day 3 : we are ready to go back to Tokyo – before going back to Dubai at night

in Tokyo we met mbak Indah and Tanaka san – ate halal ramen in shimbashi (toomuch delicious!!) it’s in a small alley opposite of a big train outside shimbashi station.

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can’t wait to come back to Japan ❤

Tokyo.

I just realized that I love Japan and I’ve been to Japan three times, but never write about it (X-X)

my first japan trip is to Tokyo (end of April , 2013 – after Capetown) I went there for three days only, I made a booking in Anne hostel Asakusa, but didnt have the chance to sleep even one night there – I ended up slept in my friend,Mbak Indah’s place

Budget : 1200 AED .

It’s been two years, and I’m trying to remember the trip.

Day 1 : rest . It’s already like 2200 pm when I reached mba Indah’s place (Shes staying opposite of tsukuji market!!)

view from balcony- tsukuji fish market :)

view from balcony- tsukuji fish market 🙂

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Day 2 : I booked to watch sumo practice in Ryogoku in the morning from Voyagin. After from sumo practice I came back home and mba Indah already waiting for me to go to Sensoji and Hama rikyu garden (for the tea ceremony)

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and then we went to Shibuya , roaming around.

end up in Shimbashi and ate yakiniku just opposite dr.foot . It was delicious!

day 3 : Mitsukoshi, Kabuki theathre in Ginza (suppose to watch it but the queue is too longg :S ) , lunch in ootoya.

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after lunch, roaming around Ginza for a little while before heading back home before going to airport to go back to Dubai.

eat baum kuchen. nyummmmm

eat baum kuchen. nyummmmm

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I loveJapan and want to come back again,the friendly people, the cleanliness and lots of cute things!

there is bicycle parking!

there is bicycle parking!

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you have to separate the trash !

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the toilet . 🙂

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you can adjust the water temperature ^.^

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cute!! isn’t it?? ❤ ❤

chile. (part 2)

Easter Island ( Rapa Nui ) is number nine in my list ( the 76 thing-before-turning-30) and it’s also our second stop in Chile.

Easter island is five hours from Santiago, the population of the island is less than 7000(as per wikipedia) and what is there to see. i will tell you, it’s the Moai. it is said that the weight around 82 tons. the statues are absolutely impressive but i can’t say i felt any spiritual response to the statues.

the only flight going to this island is LAN airways, one time daily and if there is two flights going on, it’s the one that going santiago- easter island- pape’ete, tahiti.

the very first thing that i notice when our flight landed in mataveri airport, is the clear blue sky and the cold weather, it’s colder than santiago. 67316_10152791613725792_9174920454233857602_n day 1 : 25 october 2014. we arrived around 11 o clock morning, and Antoinette is already waiting for us, usually the hotel you stayed provide you drop off n pick up service.

we stayed in Atavai hotel , we booked it for two days, it’s quite good hotel in a good price. we paid each 205 dirham..

Antoinette is helpful too. we met Jane, the local from Santiago, who stayed in the same hotel like us, so, we decided to go around and rent a car together. the price is 30,000 chilean pesos per day .

suzuki is our best friend during our stay in Rapa Nui.

suzuki is our best friend during our stay in Rapa Nui.

then we had some rest, we plan to start roaming around at 1430 pm. the first place we went is Anakena, the beach.

going fully covered to the beach . lol .. *it was very very cold !!!!*

going fully covered to the beach . lol .. *it was very very cold !!!!*

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yaa, the popular thing in Rapa Nui, is Moai.

moai is everywhere in this island.

after from anakena, we ate in kanahau restaurant. situated in the center of Hanga Roa, in the middle of the main street Atamu Tekena. It’s quite expensive, i ate salmon and rice, it costs me 15000 pesos. but thank God, the food is quite nice.. i think most of the price here is double than in santiago.

just beside kanahau restaurant, there is kari kari, you can watch the traditional ballet show here. The show involved a lot of audience participation but I felt it little overly commercial. the price is 15000 pesos. maybe if only i have more money , i will watch it. (found a video in youtube after i come back to Dubai)

and here’s some of the music i like ;

it really provide me with a sense of Rapa Nui culture and give a glimpse of what people long for in this remote island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

day 2 ; 26 october 2014

i went to rano raraku and orongo

for rano raraku , you can buy the ticket at the airport ,in the arrival hall just right before you enter the baggage hall, it costs 30000 pesos or you can pay with us dollar also, but it costs 60 USD.

other place to buy the ticket is in conaf office, but i suggest you to buy it at the airport.

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day 3 : 27 october 2014

me and tetty suppose to fly back to santiago then to puerto natales for our patagonia trip today, but sadly, the flight is full, so we couldn’t get onloaded. it’s only one flight daily, so we have to stay one more night in easter island.

we walked a little bit from the airport and found this small hostel named kona tau.

it costs us 25 dolar each for a night. we decided to spend the evening in tahai to see the sunset. we had difficulty of walking there, it’s too many dogs, and both of us feel scared cause most of the times, the dogs are following us, so, we decided to take taxi to tahai, we paid 2000 pesos each. quite pricey T_T

aahh.. you can get rapa nui stamp on your passport at the post office for 500 peso / 1 USD

day 4 ; 28 october 2014

couldn’t get onloaded again, because the hospital send 11 patients out to santiago T_T 😥

we were just getting frustated, have to stay one more night here.. our plan is really ruined. omg !!

at the end , me and tetty bought the full fare ticket for tomorrow’s flight, it’s 400 usd for one way to santiago. the staff there told us there is 9 seats available, but we were afraid of if the hospital has patients again and there is 8 staff waiting and me and tetty priority number 7 and 8, since we are other airlines’ staff . T_T

anyway, i think we did the right thing buying the full fare ticket, cause the day we flied ,  there is one patient from hospital with 1 nurse, and only four staff accepted. imagine if… oh noo !!

among those four staff, we met the other standby staff on our first attempt to get on the flight two days back, they are chilean, Cathy and her lil brother Esteban, they don’t really speak english well and both of us couldn’t speak spanish , shockingly, they speak Japanese, so we were trying to have a chat with my limited japanese skills. 🙂 we hope we’ll be able to meet again or maybe have japan trip together^o^

me and tetty already il-feel to continue our trip to patagonia, despite the fact that our money also almost finished, we decided just going straight back home. Sao Paulo – Dubai and then Jakarta, our leave is until 4 of november.

❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ :* :*

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~~~~~~~ I got held by the police at the airport because of 2 oranges (which i bought in Santiago n haven’t finished it yet!) wuuaa

~~~~ total expenses of this trip :: overbudget (cause bought full fare ticket) : 7400 dirham..