Kediri, Lovely Town with Delicious Food

I was so excited that I had the opportunity to visit Kediri for the second time, after my last visit about 10 years ago. This time I had only two days in Kediri and its surrounding, and between the meetings, we managed to enjoy food in Kediri. I mean lots of food! 

We left Surabaya after our lunch and it was a 3 hours drive to Kediri. We knew that we had reached Kediri after seeing a huge Gudang Garam factory. I noticed new malls are now available in town, but the city is somehow still not that crowded. My wisata kuliner in Kediri started with Sate Pak Siboen. And as a satay freak, I am telling you this Sate Pak Siboen was really good!

a really delicious Pak Siboen Chicken Satay

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Shopping at AEON Tebrau or Jusco Tebrau Johor Bahru

After a window shopping session at Johor Premium Outlet we continued our shopping journey by taking a bus from JB Sentral to Jusco Tebrau. There are two Jucso Department Stores in Johor Bahru, but the recommended one based on the Female Daily Forum on Johor Bahru is the Tebrau branch. Actually the mall's name was Tebrau City Shopping Center. 

We took a bus heading to Jusco Tebrau, we knew it was the right bus as we saw the sign of "Jusco Tebrau" on the window of the bus. We asked a staff of JPO bus, and he showed us which bus to take at JB Sentral. After paying RM 10 for the four of us, we sat down inside the bus. We sat close to the driver because we had requested him to tell us where to stop, we had no idea at all.

We passed Saturday's traffic jam in Johor Bahru, and after 30 minutes the driver told us to alight, and we walked to Jusco. There was no sign of Jusco, instead the mall has a big AEON sign on it. And yes, we saw a Toys R Us sign at the mall. Yeay..

Jusco has been changed to AEON
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Review of Citrus Hotel Johor bahru

Citrus Hotel Johor Bahru is the most recommended hotel in the Female Daily Forum (Johor Bahru section) because of its strategic location in the heart of Johor Bahru's Downtown. Actually I have never read the forum at female daily until I got the information from my friend @rona_willis. Nor have I checked Citrus Hotel before, as I was only interested in hotels providing quadruple room.

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Window Shopping at JPO - Johor Premium Outlet

When we finally decided going to Johor Bahru instead of exploring Singapore for our mommies day out trip, my friends requested to visit Johor Premium Outlet for a window shopping session. I was not quite sure whether Johor Premium Outlet is worth a visit. But somehow I agree with my friends and put window shopping at Johor Premium Outlet in our Johor Bahru itinerary.

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Things to See & Do Around Johor Bahru's Downtown

When I planned our mommies day out trip to Johor Bahru, I was not quite sure what I could do and see around the hotels we stayed in Kotaraya Johor Bahru or Johor Bahru's Downtown. Two things I knew were JB Sentral and the City Square Mall. After spending two days there, I saw many interesting places around Kotaraya Johor Bahru. So are you ready to see bunch of pictures in this post?
nice lighting of JB Sentral

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Budget Hotel to Stay Around JB Sentral: Hanya Satu Hotel

Based on the feedback I read from Female Daily JB Forum whereas most members recommend Citrus Hotel, I sent email to Citrus Hotel asking if we could add an extra bed to their triple room. The email was responded promptly but too bad that they couldn't provide the extra bed, due to the hotel policy.

Actually we had booked via a quadruple room at Eight Days Hotel with a decent review in tripadvisor. But during the planning, we decided to stay close to JB Sentral, for the sake of getting close with the bus terminal at JB Sentral.

I searched via google map, the closest hotel with Citrus Hotel providing a quadruple room, from the map that I saw was "Hanya Satu Hotel". I checked through Agoda, on our first night the quadruple room was available for IDR 600,000 nett per night. But on the second night the hotel was full.

As my SOP in choosing a hotel, I look for a review from tripadvisor members, but that time there wasn't any reviews of this hotel at Tripadvisor (P.S. now you can read my review of Hanya Satu Hotel at tripadvisor in this link). We booked the hotel anyway, because it was the only hotel offering a quadruple room.

Hanya Satu Hotel is only 5 minutes away from City Square Mall, and a 3 minutes walking from Citrus Hotel. This is the exterior look of the hotel, it is stated at the sign "Rumah Tumpangan".

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Bus from Singapore to Johor Bahru

Due to the significant increase of SGD exchange rate to rupiah, we changed our destination of tesyasblog Mommies Day Out* (#MDOtrip) from exploring Singapore to Johor Bahru. 

*Mommies Day Out is an annual trip started last year, still with the same participants:p It aimed to give the opportunity for mommies to have their me time by going abroad with other mommies. The itinerary is much on shopping (of course) and last maximum 3 days 2 nights, on weekends. The next MDO trip is planned to shop 'till drop at Bangkok.

Arrival in Singapore

We arrived in Singapore around 10 am, took the MRT to Aljunied Station, continued by taking bus 80 to Arab Street (alight at Parkview SQ Bus Stop). We walked to Murtabak Zam Zam, and had our yummy chicken murtabak. This resto is always on our top list.

our fave resto 
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Kyochon Pacific Place

Did you know that Kyochon Indonesia has already opened their outlet in Indonesia? The first Kyochon outlet in Jakarta opened two days ago at Pacific Place. I am not a big fan of Super Junior, but yes I love Korean chicken. I am a big fan of Bonchon and 4 Fingers Chicken. And I was lucky to be invited to try Kyochon on the third day since its official opening on October 2, 2013.

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Cara Perpanjang Paspor di Kantor Imigirasi Jakarta Pusat

A guest post by @Diniros

Saya memiliki pengalaman yang sangat mengesankan ketika melakukan perpanjangan paspor di Kantor Imigrasi Jakarta Pusat. Alasan saya memilih lokasi Jakarta Pusat hanya karena dalam menu website imigrasi terdapat dua pilihan untuk online registration: (1) Layanan Paspor Online dan (2) Layanan Paspor Online Jakbar-Jakpus. Saya pikir kenapa Jakbar-Jakpus punya menu sendiri? Mungkin ada sesuatu? Dan akhirnya saya klik menu Layanan Paspor Online Jakbar-Jakpus :p

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Parai Beach Sungailiat, One Hour Away From Pangkal Pinang

Another beautiful beach in Indonesia that I really hope to take kiddos here someday: Parai Beach in Sungailiat, which is one hour away from Pangkal Pinang. It reminds me a lot to Tanjung Tinggi Beach in Belitung: because of the huge rocks and also the wave (there's almost no wave). Perfect to swim with kiddos.

This time I visited Parai Beach with my friends. I love to swim in the sea, but no one of my friends interested swimming that day. So I enjoyed the sea and the beach by myself, while my friends having their own photo session.

Beautiful Beach in front of Parai  Beach Resort
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