Thousand Island (November 15-18, 2012)

HR Dept at my office finally anounced that Friday (November 16) would be day-off because Friday was national holiday of Islamic New Year. If only the announcement came earlier (like 5-6 months in advance) then I would had chance to book tickets to other cities/countries. Because they announced it on Tuesday of the same week, then it was too late for me to buy train/plane tickets (not really late but the price would be much higher for trips during the long weekend, certainly over my budget).

So, I decided to go to Thousand Island. It’s part of Jakarta, here is the map that I got from http://iawisata.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/PETA-PULAU-SERIBU.jpg:

The night before left home for his adventure, I packed some medicine for first aid.

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DAY ONE (THURSDAY – NOVEMBER 15, 2012)

Alif and I departed from home at 6:00 AM, took taxi to Muara Angke Port, here is the location at the North Jakarta (the piers were inside wet fish market, so prepare for bad smell!) from my BlackBerry screenshot.

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Finally Alif and I got onboard. It’s fishermen’s boat then expect no seating. :D

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We’re sailing, woo hoo! Our boat departed at 7:20 AM, it’s 2.5 hours trip (Rp.35,000/passenger but they didn’t charge Alif because he was “just a little boy”, hehehe…).

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Front view of out homestay, only 50m away from arrival pier at Tidung Island. Contact: Mechin, +6281574777403 (fare = Rp.250,000 per night but I got it Rp.600,000 for 3 nights). Check in time = 10:00 AM (probably adjusted to arrival time of first boat from Muara Angke or Marina Ancol), check out time = 9:00 AM.

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Interior of our room, nothing fancy but the owner provided AC and drinking water dispenser. Alif was taking few minutes rest, watching TV and eating his snack.

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Through the homestay owner, I ordered catering (Rp.45,000/day per person for breakfast + lunch + dinner). They serve it a la carte in this Waroeng Tidoeng.

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Here is our lunch menu of plain rice with fried fish, fried “tempe”, red chilli sauce, few slices of cucumber and “sayur asem”.

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To get around the island faster and easier (and cheaper), I rent this bicycle for Rp.15,000 per day (I bargained then it was Rp.40,000 for 4 days).

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On our way to the west coast, we passed this playing ground but sadly not kid was playing there.

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I haven’t finished this blog entry, so more details are available on my Facebook photo album.

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