Shilin Night Market is often mentioned as one of must-visit-places while you’re in Taipei. Yes, I heard about it as well from my friends who have visited the place. So, I put Shilin on my itinerary with a mission to accomplish: find a memorable-digestible-souvenir for my colleague.
Yes, Shilin Night Market was on my Taipei checklist event it’s kinda mainstream whilst my colleague recommended us to check Raohe Street night market instead. Actually Raohe was closer to our hotel but instead we headed to Shilin because you haven’t been to Taipei yet if you skip Shilin night market.
It’s the biggest night market in Taipei where you can find local foods, souvenirs (even though I was pretty sure most of the products are imported from China mainland), attractions (ever heard about “shrimping?”) and so on.
Been working for a multinational company for almost 3 years, I finally got an opportunity to attend a regional meeting in Taiwan. Last month, I finally visited Acer HQ in Taipei, our mother ship.
It was a very short visit, only 5 days and 4 nights with 2 days spent only for the overseas trip. With two-full-days meeting in between, I had only approximately 1 day to explore Taipei and its surrounding area. I had no particular plan in mind thought except to visit Taipei 101 building (once was the tallest building in the world) and to find penis cake at Shilin Night Market hahaha. On top of it, I was totally available and open for any spontaneous and unplanned trip, and lucky me I had pleasant days while in Taiwan.
Pada perjalanan menuju pantai Batu Penyabong di hari keempat, kami menyempatkan diri untuk berkunjung ke Batu Mentas. Meskipun saat itu gerimis dan tanahnya agak becek, tapi saya bersyukur karena akhirnya bisa bertemu langsung dengan idola sejak lama: hewan tarsius.
Batu Mentas adalah kawasan wisata terpadu yang menyediakan fasilitas outbond, wisata tubing, jungle trekking, penangkaran hewan (tarsius, kijang, luwak) serta penginapan. Tiket masuknya hanya beberapa ribu rupiah saja. Sebenarnya banyak yang bisa dilakukan di Batu Mentas, termasuk arung jeram dan camping.
Tarsius Belitung (Tarsius bancanus saltator) berbeda dengan tarsius yang ada di Sulawesi (Tarsius tarsier). Sebelumnya, saya mengira bahwa tarsius hanya ada di Sulawesi dan Kalimantan. Jenis yang endemik Belitung ini lebih dikenal dengan nama lokal mentilin.
Ada dua ekor tarsius yang dipelihara saat kami ke sana. Mereka hidup terpisah dalam kandang tinggi dengan pohon di dalam sebagai rumahnya. Kandangnya berjeruji besi sehingga memudahkan pengunjung dan penjaga untuk melihat aktivitasnya.
Ngobrolin tentang wisata pantai di Belitung, orang lebih sering mendengar Pantai Tanjung Tinggi (berkat film Laskar Pelangi) dan Pulau Lengkuas dengan mercusuarnya yang terkenal. Selagi di sana, kami mengetahui adanya hidden paradise lain yang belum sengetop keduanya, Pantai Penyabong. Meski letaknya agak jauh dari pusat kota, namun perjalanannya worth it dengan pemandangan di sana.
Kunjungan ke pantai Penyabong sebenarnya di luar rencana & di luar itinerary tour kami bersama Wisata Kita. Tapi karena ada sisa waktu beberapa jam sebelum keberangkatan pesawat sore harinya, we needed to make a plan D! Dadakan! Sopir menyarankan untuk pergi ke Pantai Penyabong, sekitar 60 km dari pusat kota Tanjungpandan. Meskipun lumayan jauh, tapi sopir meyakinkan bahwa kami bisa mengunjungi obyek wisata lain di perjalanan menuju pantai Penyabong.
Like some of us, I’ve been dreaming of visiting Belitung Island after reading Laskar Pelangi novels (followed by the movie). To visit and see it is one of my bucket list in 2014.
It wasn’t until last month when I decided to make this trip. It started with a notification from Garuda Miles informing that my mileages will be expired in end of May. So I thought, why not spending it for a Belitung trip? We’re so lucky to have this many public holidays in last week of May.
As recommended by my friend, I contacted a local tour Wisata Kita. They have various local tours packages including Belitung trip. This will be my first time using their service. I’ll share my review later on this blog.
What’s more fun than walking around in the city you’re visiting?
It’s always fun to meet and hang out with locals or fellow travelers. On my last Singapore trip, I managed to meet my not-so-local friends: Kris and Cyra. They’re Filipinos who currently live and work in Singapore. We hang out together in Siem Reap couple years ago at Blogfest Asia event.
Lunch with Kris at Swensen’s
My 2nd day trip started by taking my mom to Orchard Road, a must-visit place for her. We spent couple hours on mall to mall adventure before having lunch at Swensen’s at ION Orchard. Based on research I did, the place was listed at one of halal restaurants in Singapore. So, I texted Kris and invited him to have lunch with us.
It was around 12 PM when Kris showed up in his gym clothes. He looked a bit sleepy but still cute, I was so happy to finally see him again after last time we met on his visit to Jakarta.
We talked about so many things; about his experience being a talent for his hotel’s commercial video (hahaha), his puppy, high living cost in Singapore and why my mother wears veil while I’m not. He said, “oh maybe because you’re not as holy as your mom”. Shoot.