A few months ago the daughter managed to grab an offer from MAS for extremely cheap return flight tickets to Jakarta. You wouldn't believe it but we only paid RM75 each! (*gasp*) We figured it must be a mistake on their part but who cares, the transaction was legal. At first tickets were bought for five: me, the hubby, the daughter and 2 nieces. Unfortunately one of the nieces just started working so she couldn't apply for leave. And we didn't realise that Adik would still be with us on the dates that we planned to go. Alhamdulillah, we took him with us (tickets a teeny bit expensive though) for the holiday. There are probably many interesting sights to see in Bandung and Jakarta but Malaysians usually make the trip to shop! The hubby and Kak Lang had been here last year while I was in Adelaide helping Bang Long out when the daughter-in-law was in confinement. They came with a group which main purpose was shopping and nothing else! However, we thought we'd visit the famous tourist site in Bandung that is 'Tangkuban Parahu' ('upturned boat' - due to the shape of one of the mountain which surrounds the crater). It's about an hour's journey up the mountain. We went there on the first morning we were in Bandung (we reached Soekarno-Hatta International Airport early evening 12th September and rented a car for the 2-hour journey to Bandung). The top of the mountain was already crawling with people; the number of tourist almost the same as the number of souvenir-sellers...lol. The view was spectacular to say the least (notwithstanding the fact that it's actually a live volcano, last erupted a mere 10 years ago..). Alhamdulillah the weather was clear and sunny, not too warm or cold..with just a whiff of sulfur in the air now and then... To be honest, I would have enjoyed the sights more if we were not harassed too much by the souvenir-sellers...I really felt sorry for them actually for they are trying to make a living after all; but please, do not harass, it's stressful! Here are some pics of our trip to Bandung and Jakarta:
Jakarta and Bandung are two of the many places that people (especially from Malaysia) come to shop. Some even shop in bulk to re-sell back home. They have factory outlets for branded items too..