Travelogue: Acheh 2017

So we went to Acheh early this month purposely for our anniversary but husband said it was more like school trip. Well, most probably because Acheh is rich of interesting histories and facts; be it from their background or the 2004’s tsunami.

1) What to see

As we only had 3 full days, we basically spent 2 days in Banda Aceh and 1 day in Sabang. Most of the places we visited in Banda Aceh were tsunami remains and a museum of Acheh.

Aceh Tsunami Museum

Acheh Tsunami Museum is basically the summary of the tsunami happened back then in 2004. I totally love the architecture, very modern and pretty – only that it contains sad story of the country. Total of 240,000+ deceased (many more went missing).

PLTD Apung I

This ship was pushed 5km to land at Punge Blang Cut Village during the tsunami. Approximate 68 were killed.

Grand Mosque BaiturRahman

Kubah Masjid @ Desa Gurah

The dome was pushed away 5km from its original place. Only the dome remains, the base probably destroyed by tsunami. The village where it landed supposedly the safest place since it is surrounded by 3 mountains; was totally destroyed. Only 10% or less survived.

Titik Nol, Sabang

The northernmost and westernmost point of Indonesia.

Gapang Beach, Sabang

Turkey Red Crescent Village, Lampuuk

Lampuuk Beach

Rumoh Acheh

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Snorkeling @ Rubiah Beach, Sabang


2) Accommodation

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Hotel Rumoh PMI, Banda Aceh

Our guide said that they didn’t recommend this hotel due to some bad experiences of others. But personally my experience was pleasant enough so… It was very basic, not a 5-star obviously but we were out most of the time anyway, so the place was just for sleeping.

Freddies Sumur Tiga, Sabang

View from our balcony

Sunrise @ Freddies

 

3) Costing (for 2pax)

  1. Flights = RM 742.16 (AirAsia)
  2. Transportation =
    • ERL = RM 37.60
    • Parking Putrajaya Sentral = RM 24.00
    • Ferries = IDR 320,000
  3. Accommodation =
    • Hotel Rumoh PMI (2 nights) = IDR 520,000
    • Freddies Sumur Tiga, Sabang = IDR 366,955
  4. Foods = IDR 837,400
  5. Tour guide (supir) = IDR 2,100,000
  6. Misc =
    • Snorkeling = IDR 480,000
    • Entry tickets = IDR 14,000
    • Simcard (4GB) = IDR 78,000
    • Souvenirs = IDR 613,000
    • Porter = IDR 5,000
    • Others  = IDR 10,000

TOTAL = RM 803.76 + IDR 5,340,355 (~RM 1778.95) = RM 2582.71

4) Side notes:

  • I snorkeled first time in my life haha! It was fun but since I am never that fond of water, I only managed to last 1.5 hours (long enough for me).
  • Most of the Acheh men smoke. And they smoke a lot. It does bother me especially you know at the restaurant and all, but maybe it is in the culture…
  • Before Friday prayer is a time-out. Every activities are to be done after prayer. I remember we went to Sabang on Friday and snorkeling can only be done after the prayer. We actually visited Titik Nol at the time and wanted to eat rojak; the kedai is opened but the makcik refused to serve us haha!
  • If you are muslims, prepare some money for infaqs. There’ll be a lot of them. Niat baik-baik and I’d say give moderately la kot.
  • Acheh specialty is kopi acheh. Ada satu part of Acheh yang macam Cameron; but instead of tea, theirs is coffee and apple.
  • Some Acheh food yang sempat makan: ayam tangkap; kari itik, sate kurita (sabang)
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ayam tangkap & kari itik

 

All in all, Acheh was good Alhamdulillah. Banyak sejarah and selain tsunami tu Acheh memang lah banyak sejarah islam and since kita serumpun, most of the time sangat boleh relate and rasa sangat dekat di hati. And actually baru first time tahu yang one of their sultan is actually our very own anak pahang. Acheh negara yang sangat banyak pejuang and even sampai sekarang diorang masih berjuang.

I especially like bila supir tu cakap ” Saya bangga jadi orang Acheh” dengan sangat proud. I wonder if I can ever say that about my country (you know, selain pasal the great food varieties we have)..

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On language learning

Actually, I made two resolutions on language learning for 2017. But they are crazy that I’ve decided not to write on this. Haha! Let’s see if they do succeed, I may later blog about them ><

On the other note, I actually learning here and there a few languages. On Duolingo, I am taking Norwegian and German. And by book, I am learning Japanese and Korean.

I find learning language exciting but these years back I haven’t got time to study seriously. That is what I meant by here and there. I remember last time I attended Korean class and managed until I passed TOPIK I. Such an achievement for myself. But after that due to some constraints, I stopped going. I also remember around 7 years ago (because it was during my uni years), I actually managed to self-study and memorize all the hiragana and katakana. Now actually I have almost forgotten them all.

Anyway, this year I am planning to take it seriously again. So my targets are:

  1. Secret resolution 1#
  2. Secret resolution 2#
  3. Complete German tree in Duo
  4. Complete Norsk tree in Duo

All the best! I can do this!

2017

It has been 4 years since my last post😱

One of my 2017 resolution is to start crafting and blogging again. InshaAllah

So as my first post, today I made this.

I bought this from my trip in 2014 if I’m not mistaken. Finally did it just because I miss traveling so much

The Scarf

Salaam. This is a drafted post and now since the friend already received her present, I can publish it. Hehe

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Alhamdulillah I finished this on 30th January 2013 as a gift for a friend ❤ ❤ ❤ Hope you’ll like it huhu

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The Scarf


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the cable pattern

This scarf, I must say is by far my quickest project. It measures approximately 76 inches long and 8 inches wide. It was a big project but I don’t know how I actually finished it in 3 weeks time. I often takes minimum a month (usually a lot more than that) to finish a project; regardless the size. Anyway, this has been a superbly fun thing to knit. The pattern was rather straight forward but I absolutely love the cables part. This is probably the second time I used bulky wool yarn – one of the main reason I don’t use it often is because in my country it is hot and humid all-year round, wool is definitely not needed. Ahah! So most of my yarns are acrylic and cotton haha

Alhamdulillah ‘ala kulli hal. As for details:

Yarn: 3.5 skeins of ICE Filzy Wool Yellow Gold; Bulky

Needle: 5mm circular needles

Pattern: Braidy Scarf

Till then, bye bye

Wassalam

Painting

Bismillah

Yesterday, my sister and I bought a digital-painting DIY at Subang Parade. We never formally learn painting but since it looks fun and the painting in our room is too old we decided to buy it. So now we are doing this!

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The picture we need to paint

Actually up until yesterday, I never heard of digital painting. Now that we bought this, I now know but still wonder why does it called digital in the first place. LOL. So the canvas got numbers that basically we need to paint it using the paint provided – which are also marked with numbers.

It really feels like when we learnt how to colour when we were kids; only differences are that we are not using colour pencil but water colour instead and the picture is way harder.

random ramblings ><

Reading back my old posts, I realised that I actually wrote that I need to finish a shawl by Dec 16th 2012 – not done. And then the bag – also not done. And the blog is so quiet since my last post on Dec 26th last year lol. So I thought of writing one but not that I have anything to update. But anyway, update of not-so-update-project will do, no?

Currently, I am knitting something secret. I cannot reveal this project yet since, well, it’s a secret. Ha ha.

About the shawl, I am still continuing it though I have a long way to go and now that the ‘due date’ is basically over and the person I intended to give it to doesn’t need it anymore, I am still doing it. Simply because the pattern is too pretty.

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the shawl – I am 5% done haha

Yeah, you can see my messy table there. I am studying haha

On the other note, for this 2013 I only have a resolution that is…..

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…to empty this box by finishing all these yarns! and then only I can fill it again with a new ones!

Annyeong! ><

Done!

Alhamdulillah ‘ala kulli hal. The session went well. And seriously I underestimated the kids. My ‘students’ were around the age of 9-17 years old. They actually so engrossed in doing it that they ended did more than one for each of them. They used the felt paper till the very last bit. #Salute

Their creativity :) :) :)

Their creativity 🙂 🙂 🙂