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Asia » Indonesia » Java » Surabaya April 24th 2018

Tuesday, 24th April 2018 Breakfast experience at JW Surabaya was great. The spread was sufficient and it was nice that the staffs tried to converse in Mandarin while showing us to our seats. What I loved was probably the decor which opened up to a bright atrium that allowed plenty of daylight into the dining hall. After breakfast, we paid a visit to the House of Sampoerna, a tobacco museum that documented the rags to riches story of the founder of the cigarette's brand. There were many interesting artefacts of yesteryears as well as a viewing hall at level 2 where visitors could have a great view of the cigarettes rolling and packing process. We had sometime before our flight in the evening and it was nice to spend our time idling at Cafe Tua Baru ... read more
Chilling out at Cafe Tua Baru

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Bromo Tengger Semeru April 23rd 2018

Monday, 23rd April 2018 We signed up for the Bromo Sunrise Tour with Helios Transport in Malang and we must say that it was really comprehensive and well organised. The 12-hour tour began at midnight on Monday morning when the 4WD drove us to King Kong Hill for a glimpse of sunrise over Mount Bromo National Park. There were 3 of us in this tour including a tourist from Germany. The weather was chilly and when we arrived at around 3am and we spent some moments sleeping in the jeep while waiting for the day to break. There was coffee and clean toilets at one of the many huts leading to the viewing point. Given the cloudy weather, we did not have much luck with the sunrise even though the drive-through of the savanaah was probably ... read more
Pelangi Waterfalls
Bakso Breakfast
Light food before dinner

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Malang April 22nd 2018

Sunday, 22nd April 2018 We woke up to an excellent buffet breakfast spread at the hotel this morning. What was really unforgettable were the local selections corner that was interesting, colourful and well-presented. Coupled with great coffee and hospitable service from the crew members, this was an unforgettable breakfast experience for us. After our excellent meal, we hailed a grab service to bring us right to the door step of the Bratiwaya Military Museum along the leafy Ijen Boulevard. There were some street vendors lining outside the museum on a Sunday morning which I happily parted some rupiahs for a Coke souvenir. The museum is divided into two galleries with military artefacts dating back from WWII. There was even a large section devoted to the ruling Japanese during the war. From the museum, we made our ... read more
Chic Interiors
An Oasis
The Mall

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Malang April 21st 2018

Saturday, 21st April 2018 We took a Singapore Airlines flight to the city of Surabaya to kick start our East Java journey. Flight time was slightly more than 2 hours where I had Mavis Hee's greatest hits for company throughout the flight. Coupled with SIA's great food and service, this was an easy and comfortable journey for us. Surabaya Juanda Airport that greeted us is not huge by international standards. The arrivals is a short walk from where we landed and after clearing the formalities, we were soon on the road to the city of Malang, about 95km away. Arrival at the Hotel Santika Premiere Malang was a refreshing experience. The resort-like lobby and the welcoming pool was a stark contrast to the traffic mayhem outside the property. After lunch at the hotel, we decided not ... read more
That retro feeling
To Malang via Surabaya
Breakfast on Board

Europe » Norway » Eastern Norway » Oslo March 29th 2018

Thursday, 29th March 2018 After a leisurely breakfast this morning, I headed over to the office to tie-up some loose ends before embarking on a T Bane (Metro) tour around the city vicinity. I haven't had much chance to ride on the T Bane over the past few days due to work commitments. So I was rather happy that we would be using the system to get to some of the places that we would be visiting today. From Majorstuen, we took the T Bane to the final station at Frognerseteren where we continued with a slow uphill climb to Frognerseteren Restaurant. The restaurant had its roots traced back since 1891 when it was first opened for business. It commanded a fine view of the vistas below since the building was perched on a high ground ... read more
View of Oslo from Frognerseteren Restaurant
Frognerseteren Restaurant
What we had for lunch today

Europe » Norway » Eastern Norway » Oslo March 28th 2018

Wednesday 28th March 2018 Today is my last working day of the week in Oslo office before the Easter long weekend and before I fly home on Friday afternoon. We had sushi for lunch today at the office cafeteria which tasted quite good actually. Over the past few days, our office lunch had been a hit and miss affair. There were days when the main dishes were mediocre in terms of look and taste even though I could always count on the reliable salad bar when all else fails. I left work at around 4+ this afternoon where I took a 10 minutes bus ride to Vigeland Sculpture Park. The sky is bright and sunny throughout the day which made it ideal for some outdoor activities. R reached 5 minutes later and we started wandering around ... read more
Sushi lunch at Oslo Office
The Angry Child
The Laughing Child

Europe » Norway » Eastern Norway » Oslo March 27th 2018

Tuesday, 27th March 2018 After work today, we headed to Fiskeriet Youngstorget for dinner. This is a small seafood cafe that serves lovely Norwegian Fish Soup as well as Fish and Chips. We also ordered their daily special - Curry Rice with Prawns. Our mains came with complimentary toast and butter which Ryan was lamenting how he would always make a trip down and purchase their butter spread for breakfast. The seats are perched against the high tables which did not make it ideal for a long, sit down meal. Anyway, the service was good and efficient and the prices friendly. Loved everything about our dinner so much so that I bought the Fish Soup again at the airport before my flight back home on Friday afternoon. It did not disappoint indeed!... read more
A fishy business close up

Europe » Norway » Eastern Norway » Oslo March 26th 2018

Monday, 26th March 2018 It was rather quiet during breakfast at the hotel this morning. The breakfast menu at the hotel remained the same everyday but the items tasted fresh and warm. This was the Monday before Easter and most of the business travellers had probably returned home for their holidays. In fact, it was the same situation when I took the train to the office. The crowds were visibly thinner this morning and some of our colleagues had already went for their Easter break. For dinner this evening, we decided to head to Agave for Mexican dishes. As usual, we ordered a couple of mains and tacos for sharing so that we could try a bit of everything. It was nice to hang out with a group of people after work so that we could ... read more
What we had at Agave
Agave Menu

Europe » Sweden » Stockholm County » Stockholm March 25th 2018

Sunday, 25th March 2018 After breakfast at the hotel this morning, we took the Tunnelbanan to Kungstradgarden Station where we transfered to Tram #7 to the ABBA Museum. Kungstradgarden could be nice to visit during the spring season when the hundreds of sakura trees would blossom in unison to usher into the warm season. Tram #7 is the only tramline in service in Stockholm city. It provides a direct linkage from the Central District to Djurgarden, a museum island located off the east side of the city. We chose to stop by at the ABBA Museum since I was (am still) a big fan of their upbeat songs having watched the Mama Mia Musical in London as well as dancing to their music during our brief clubbing days when we were younger. We did not choose ... read more
The Tunnel Bane Station
Tram #7 Stockholm
ABBA the museum

Europe » Sweden » Stockholm County » Stockholm March 24th 2018

Saturday, 24th March 2018 R popped by for breakfast this morning before our long journey to Stockholm where we would be staying over the weekend. We had a sumptuous breakfast before our long, six hours train journey to Central Stockholm. We rode on the 11.16am train from Oslo Central Station. Sitting in the First Class Coach, we found the leg room in between seats to be extremely generous. It was worth spending the SEK 100 extras for the comfort. There was a small bar at the end of our car where we could help ourselves to some coffee and water as well as some fruits and desserts. There was also a meal car in the middle of the train line where sandwiches, salads and drinks could be purchased. While the 525km journey was lengthy, we found ... read more
The Metro trains, Tunnel Bane
At Oslo Station earlier in the day
Train to Stockholm @ Oslo Station

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