Saturday, 15th September 2018,
Today I wouldn’t talk so much, let the wiki and pictures tell you the story. (￣ω￣)
In a short brief, the weather today was super hot, the bus took us from Jokhang Temple – Barkhor Square – Potala Palace.
Jokhang Monastery and Zuglagkang (Tibetan: གཙུག་ལག་ཁང༌།, Wylie: gtsug-lag-khang, ZYPY: Zuglagkang or Tsuklakang), is a Buddhist temple in Barkhor Square in Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet. Tibetans, in general, consider this temple as the most sacred and important temple in Tibet.
The Jokhang was founded during the reign of King Songtsen Gampo. According to tradition, the temple was built for the king’s two brides: Princess Wencheng of the Chinese Tang dynasty and Princess Bhrikuti of Nepal. Both are said to have brought important Buddhist statues and images from China and Nepal to Tibet, which were housed here, as part of their dowries. [source: wikipedia]
Friday, 14th September 2018, drizzling in the a.m.
Today we packed our bags and move from a quiet-creepy hotel in Nyingchi to an old-dirty-dusty hotel in Lhasa. (￣ヘ￣)
Lhasa, which means “Land of the Gods” and is over 1,300 years old, sits in a valley right next to the Lhasa River. It is a city and administrative capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China. The main urban area of Lhasa is roughly equivalent to the administrative borders of Chengguan District, which is part of the wider Lhasa prefecture-level city, an area formerly administered as a prefecture.
Lhasa is the second most populous city on the Tibetan Plateau after Xining and, at an altitude of 3,490 meters (11,450 ft), Lhasa is one of the highest cities in the world. The city has been the religious and administrative capital of Tibet since the mid-17th century. It contains many culturally significant Tibetan Buddhist sites such as the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Norbulingka Palaces. [source: wikipedia]
Most of the time we spent today on the bus, for about 12 hours journey (including the stopover). And our first stop was Basong Lake. (ﾉ´ з `)ノ
Thursday, 13th September 2018,
We supposed to fly to Nyingchi by 8:15 in the morning. But due to bad weather there in Nyingchi, our flight was delayed for about an hour. I was practically cut out from all the outside world (and I was intended to that!), so I had no idea about the super typhoon mangkhut and how serious the outside condition was. (ノ*°▽°*)
Nyingchi, also known as Linzhi, is a prefecture-level city in southeast of the Tibet Autonomous Region. The administrative seat of Nyingchi is Bayi District. The Chinese claim part of Arunachal Pradesh, which is one of the states of India, as part of the prefecture. Bayi Town is the administrative seat of Nyingchi, located 406 kilometers east of Lhasa. The vicinity is known for its cypresses which can grow up to 30 meters. [source: wikipedia]
Arrived at Nyingchi, our hotel was 2900 kilometers above sea level. ＼(￣▽￣)／
We had our late lunch in the hotel, tried on their traditional clothes in the hotel, walked around the hotel to enjoy the beautiful mountains surround us, then headed back to hotel before 3PM, headed to our first destination, King Cypress. (b ᵔ▽ᵔ)b
Wed, 12th September 2018,
I reached Changi before 12 noon as scheduled. My flight will be at 4PM, so I had enough time to enjoy my brunch in Changi. <(￣︶￣)>
holiday expedition to Tibet started from Singapore to Chengdu, and had overnight in Chengdu. The following day we took local flight to Nyinchi (or Linzhi) and from there we slowly continued our land journey to higher altitude.
So why Tibet?
My tour leader Annie, said there are 2 types of people who travel to Tibet;
1⃣ Those who want to do pilgrimage or religious trip from monastery to another monasteries, from temples to temples.
2⃣ Those who love adventures, know what it takes to go Tibet and ready for it.
My Chinese friend said; “if you go to Tibet, your heart will go to heaven while your body goes to hell.” I didn’t know this. I had no idea how harsh this
holiday expedition could be. How unexpected it would be. So obviously I was not type 1, either type 2. I am the type 3;
Sunday, 20th May 2018, very hotttt!
My Mercure hotel offers breakfast from 6AM to 11AM on Sunday! How cool is that! I could wake up late and still enjoying my brunch! ╰(*´︶`*)╯♡
The dining area was facing the pool (on the 4th floor) and the pool was facing the Kuta Beach. And yes, Kuta Beach was just across the street! This was a highly recommended hotel, located nearby Poppies Lane (shopping street where you can haggle and shop, and get cheap tattoos) and walking distance to Beachwalk Shopping Centre (a high-end shopping mall in Kuta, with a lot of famous local restaurants including the famous roast duck, Bebek Tepi Sawah). ♡ ～(‘▽^人)
Saturday, 19th May 2018. Drizzling and stop. Drizzling then hot.
Since I need to move around 3 cities today, I decided to booked a car including with the driver, from BaliSanti. I asked around some people to check the price for booking a car+driver for 10 hours, and it wasn’t cheap. The price range between IDR600k to IDR800k. Then I found this BaliSanti webste from Google, and read some good reviews before I decided to contact them via whatsapp and finally paid for IDR480k. The driver name was Bli Alit. He was a patient driver, he drove me around from Ubud to Sanur to Kuta, without any complaints, without trying to sell me to stop and buy something, he even offered to take pictures for me if I needed to. ╰(▔∀▔)╯
But before I’m off for my adventure, I must fill the engine from Alila’s restaurant. And of course, took some selfies too. (☆ω☆)
me taking the swing of my life!!!
Friday, 18th May 2018, morning.
Today was only cloudy, but no rain at all. Which is good for my best friend’s wedding! ( ´ ▽ ` )
My homestay called HAPPY INN, located just next to Ubud Market. I will recommend this place to friends & family. It was only SGD24 a night, it came with a tasty omelette for breakfast, clean room, wifi, beautiful architecture Balinese house, and a very cute yet naughty host called Ruben. (´♡‿♡`)
I had few hours (from this morning until 11AM) before my friend Sil and the gank picked me up to Alila, the wedding venue of Mar & Rob. So let’s explore some more around the homestay! ヽ(o＾▽＾o)ノ
Ruben the cute host, kept me company while waiting for my pick up.
Wednesday, 16th May 2018, midnight.
Touched down Ngurah Rain Bali International Airport around 11:45PM, I immediately went up to the second floor to get a blue bird taxi (the safest taxi in Indonesia). I heard from my friend it would be not easy to get a grab in both Jakarta and Bali airports as they have conflicts going on between online taxi and the locals. By the time I arrived at the second floor, I got caught by 3 mens offered me a ride to my hotel. They are local taxis, the one that could be intimidating and very pushy and will get in trouble with online taxi. As I travelled solo, I had no choice other than follow one of the 3 mens, and got into their taxi to my hotel. He charged me for IDR50k, while grab only IDR 15k. (；⌣̀_⌣́)
I stayed at this hotel called Solaris. A transit hotel 5 minutes ride from the airport where I could stay only for 8 hours and paid only around SGD20. It was reasonable price as I had to make a move early morning and I only need exactly 8 hours. They upgraded my room and gave me a nice welcome drinks. Just nice. (*˘︶˘*).｡.:*♡
Thursday, 17th May 2018. Early morning!
Booked a grab from Solaris (Kuta) to my homestay in Ubud. Last time I checked was IDR 132k, but that morning I paid IDR154. Which is not bad, consider moving to another city and it took us for almost 2 hr. The homestay was not easy to find, but we finally did with a help from Google Map. Oh hail technology!!! ╰(▔∀▔)╯
Arrived Ubud around 10AM, checked in then I started to walk around the hotel. It was still too early for my appointment, too early for my lobster brunch, and was drizzling too. I decided to stop at some cafe nearby the Ubud Market and had my late breakfast; banana tropical smoothie. The rain stopped in 15 minutes and I went off to my first appointment of the day. ٩(｡•́‿•̀｡)۶
my tea breaks at The Pond.
This is supposed to be my weekend getaway story. But since I spent most of my time at this resort, so I might give review to this resort instead. So out of 5 frogs, I give this resort 4 frogs!!! 🐸🐸🐸🐸
Why didn’t I give 5 frogs? The last frog is for their improvement! Water sport are not always available (depends on the wind, quite pricey and have minimum persons to go). Very far from anywhere (although they have shuttle to Nagoya). Spa service as expensive as in SG (I wish they have cold tub instead of hot tub!). Fishing deck only for squid–I want fish fishing, not squid-ding?!! ☆ｏ(＞＜；)○
Soetta or Soekarno-Hatta as locals called it. Foreigner would prefer to call it Jakarta Airport. But it’s not even located in the same province as Jakarta. As an engineer who designed one of the system in this huge building, I prefer to call it SHIA which is stands for Soekarno-Hatta International Airport. 🛫
There are several ways to reach SHIA from Jakarta city. Please check my comparison table below; ( ･ω･)☞
inside the brand new train to SHIA Station
But now I’m going to show you how to get a train from Sudirman Baru Train Station to SHIA, as it is the newest and most advanced option. (✧ω✧)