Okinice Meyer On Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Two years ago, I choose Malang and Batu as my holiday trip and I experienced many new things at that time. The first thing is I never go anywhere by train because I always choose bus as my public transportation in Jakarta. So, this was my first time going somewhere by train, and as the first time, my way on train from Senen Station, Jakarta to Malang in East Java was 18 hours! And 20 hours during the way back to Jakarta! Geez.. :)) The next "survival" was the train was economy class. So, the seats on the train were very upright. Can you imagine how it feels; sitting on very upright seat in 18-20 hours? Yeah, I know If you could, you won't do that. Moreover I got my period during back to Jakarta. Oh, geez.. What a remarkable experience!

Malang Station
Malang Town Hall

One of  Chatolic Churches in Malang, Katolik Kathedral Santa Perawan Maria dari Gunung Karmel

We rent a car from Eagle Rental Car as our transportation during our trip in Malang and Batu. Before I continue my story, I would like to briefly explain you what is Batu? Batu is a city located in East Java Province of Indonesia. It is situated about 20 km to the northwest of Malang. For me, Batu is like the peak side of Malang, such as Puncak in Bogor and Lembang in Bandung.

In Malang, I stayed at 3 stars-rated guest house, Merbabu. After we put down our luggage in the guest house, we had lunch in a restaurant near the guest house. Then, we visited the most famous and legendary ice cream cafe in the city, Toke Oen. On the photo below, I ordered the left one and it was so yummy! Some people said; you actually didn't come to Malang if you didn't visit Toko Oen. So, you should go there if you come to Malang.

Merbabu Guest House

Toko Oen Ice Cream Cafe

After enjoyed Toko Oen's ice cream, we went back to homestay to take a bath and prepared to go to Batu. We would like to go to some recreation place in Batu, such as Jatim Park 2 and Batu Night Festival. At Jatim Park 2, there were Batu Secret Zoo, Museum Satwa (wildlife museum), a little "dunia fantasi/disneyland" such as various games like coaster, water park, and many more, while Batu Night Spectacular is like a little "dunia fantasi/disneyland" and "pasar malam (night market)" at night.

Jatim Park 2 - Batu
Well, now let's go to the second part of this article to read my story about Jatim Park 2 and Batu Night Spectacular!

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