nggak ada yang …

nggak ada yang abadi di dunia selain perubahan

detik

menit

jam

hari

bulan

tahun

dan seterusnya

segalanya berubah

segalanya berganti

dan itulah salah satu anugerah yang besar dari Allah

maka jangan ragu

jangan takut

siapkan dirimu untuk berubah

berubah menjadi seseorang yang lebih baik

bagi masyarakat, bangsa, negara, dan dunia

Advertisements

The Big Trip (part 2 : Kansai)

okay.. now let’s go to the second part of my big trip : Kansai

ah.. before that, I want to share my curiosity a little bit.. about Kanto and Kansai..
it’s well known (at least here in Japan) that Kanto and Kansai people have a little bit ‘unique’ relationship..
Kansai people tend to do the opposite of Kanto people..
little example is when you are in Kanto region, and you are riding escalator, you will stand on left side, while walking people are on right side.. but in Kansai, it’s opposite one..
one thing that make me curious is the name..
Kansai and Kanto have a same letter (or in Kanji, it means same word) of ‘Kan’ that is ้–ข which means ‘connection’ or ‘gateway’.. and the last letter is whether ‘Sai’ ่ฅฟ which means ‘west’ and ‘Tou’ ๆฑ which means ‘east’
so, basically their name means ‘gateway of west’ or ‘gateway of east’
but Kanto (if we don’t refer to the Kanjis) also can separate to ‘Kan’ from ‘Kanagawa’ and ‘Tou’ from ‘Tokyo’
I don’t know if it is possible or not .__. but yeah.. I said I just wanna share my curiosity

okay.. let’s move to the Kansai trip!!

Transportation
there are some way that you can take to get you to Kansai region from Tokyo :
1. plane.. of course, this is the most expensive way.. you can take a flight whether from Haneda or Narita to Kansai Airport
2. shinkansen.. the well known bullet train from Japan.. only takes you 2 hours, but you had to pay about 14,000 JPY for a trip from Tokyo Station to Shin-Osaka Station
3. night train.. cheaper than shinkansen, but takes more time.. but of course you can sleep in the journey
4. Seishun 18 Ticket.. a special ticket sold by JR, costs 11,500 JPY, seasonally available, and you will get 5 tickets.. each tickets can be used to enter all JR trains (excluding the reserved seat one) for a day.. so, basically you have 5 days JR pass.. further information here
5. bus.. as for me which have little time for travel (7 March can depart from Tokyo but 11 March morning have to be prepare for flight to Seoul), night bus is the cheapest and the safest option.. there are many bus companies that you can choose in the internet.. make a reservation online.. and you can pay the fare in the convenient store

Tips
I used Willer Express from Shinjuku Station to Osaka-Umeda Station
back and forth about 10,000 JPY (5,000 JPY each trip) and if I reserve more than a week before, I might get cheaper
this bus company let you reserve online by English.. and has a comfortable waiting room in the departure station
you can get more information here

Accommodation
I am sorry I don’t have the information about accommodation since I slept in my friends house
he is my senior in high school
he is integrated (master and Ph.D) student of Handai (Osaka University)
and his house is in Onohara.. which is 210 JPY to Kita Senri (nearest) Station by bus
from Kita Senri to Umeda (one of the central part of Osaka) costs 260 JPY, and from Umeda to another places costs about 200-300 JPY..
I am so thankful that I have friends in Osaka.. so I didn’t have to pay the hotel (I heard it’s more than 2,000 JPY per night in average hostel)

Osaka

Place to Visit

Tips
there is one day (or two days) free pass for Osaka trip
but you have to bring your passport
and for two days ticket, your visa should be a travel visa with validity of 90 days
the pass is 2,000 JPY for one day and 2,500 JPY for two days
it could be retrieved from the information in Osaka (JR) Station
the coverage of this ticket are :
1. free pass for one day in subways (most of) and some private railways which are connected to subways (not coverage all area).. it can’t be used for JR trains
2. free pass for some tourism areas like Santa Maria Ship, Giant Ferris Wheel, Umeda Sky Building, or museums (including Osaka Castle)
3. discount for pass for some tourism areas like Aquarium or Aqua Liner
4. discount for some restaurants
so, basically the worth of this ticket is in the free pass of tourism places
if you don’t own this ticket, you have to pay 700 JPY for entering the Osaka Castle.. if you own.. it’s free

1. Osaka Castle
it’s the icon of Osaka
Osaka-jou or Osaka Castle lies in south-east-center part of Osaka
nearest station is Tanimachi Yonchome Station
unfortunately, I was late to be there (after 4.30 PM) so the castle was closed..
but still, I could get some outside photo of the castle

Osaka Castle

Osaka Castle

Osaka Castle Wall

Osaka Castle Wall

2. Osaka Museum of History
a museum located near Osaka Castle
you can buy double ticket for entering Osaka Castle then Osaka Museum of History for 900 JPY.. but again, if you buy the day pass, it’s free of charge
this museum has a collection of artifacts from very ancient Osaka, the Kingdom period, until 1970’s Osaka
it’s worth to go up to 10th floor by elevator then go down while enjoying the artifacts

Kingdom Period Area inside Osaka Museum of History

Kingdom Period Area inside Osaka Museum of History

Diorama inside Osaka Museum of History

Diorama inside Osaka Museum of History

3. Universal Studio Japan (USJ)
theme park? yes, Osaka has
it’s Universal Studio
it has the ‘Backwards-Roller Coaster’.. and it is big one..
I didn’t enter the USJ because it costs 6,600 JPY.. and for real.. I can’t ride thrilling attraction because of my health condition..
but still.. again, I took some photos

Universal Studio Japan's Gate

Universal Studio Japan’s Gate

dat Roller Coaster....

dat Roller Coaster….

Tips
Near the USJ, there is a shopping area which has ‘Takoyaki Museum’ inside it
it’s a cluster of takoyaki seller
unfortunately, I was too early to get inside, but I think it is worth to try if you have time

4. Giant Ferris Wheel and Aquarium
this is considered as the biggest Ferris Wheel in Japan
without the pass, you had to pay 700 JPY
there are two cars with transparent floor and needs 30 mins waiting for those cars
it is a good place for couple
near the Giant Ferris Wheel, there is biggest Aquarium in Asia
but the pass only give you discount, not a free pass.. 10% discount from 2,000 JPY
the nearest station is Osakako Station

The Giant Ferris Wheel

The Giant Ferris Wheel

5. Umeda Sky Building
this building has a Floating Garden Observatory
this observatory is very good place for couples.. yea couples and I was there alone .__.
you can sit, enjoying the scenery of Osaka city from 173 m above sea level observatory
inside, there is cafe with some coffee options
and, the climax is.. there is a photo booth with a form of heart and has the date of the day
this building is about 10 mins walking from Umeda Station

Lounge for couples in Floating Garden

Lounge for couples in Floating Garden

Osaka night from Floating Garden

Osaka night from Floating Garden

Photo Booth

Photo Booth

6. Dotonbori Street
for me who live near Tokyo, this street is just like a mix of Asakusa and Harajuku
why?
because it has both side-street shops with the souvenirs and place for youth to hanging around
one addition is there is a street with all kinds of food (Japanese foods I mean) are sold
this is the place where you can buy souvenirs while having your lunch or dinner.. and maybe you can enjoy the crowd of Osaka’s youth
the nearest station is Namba Station

River in Dotonbori

River in Dotonbori

Street shops in Dotonbori

Street shops in Dotonbori

Dining
Osaka is well known with the ‘strong’ taste of foods
based on my knowledge, famous foods from Osaka is Okonomiyaki and Takoyaki..
although you can find those two around Japan, but it really tastes different with other place.. at least with Tokyo..
and since Kansai people said ‘the best okonomiyaki shop is the nearest to your house’, basically, all okonomiyaki and takoyaki shops are worth to try
okonomiyaki worth about 700-1,000 JPY while takoyaki could be sold as low as 300 JPY for 6 balls or more than 1,000 for about 10 or 12 balls
but again, Dotonbori has a place where all kinds of food are sold, so if you confused where to buy, just go there..

Kyoto
old capital of Japan
holds many old places.. nice temples.. and of course castle
but my bad, I woke up late so I just could depart from Osaka by 12 am, and since Osaka-Umeda to Kyoto-Kawaramachi is 1 hour by limited express train, I just could explore two places in Kyoto
another blunder is : Kyoto has only a few railways.. the main transportation here is bus

Tips
buy a day pass bus
only 500 JPY
you could buy in convenient store with banner of the pass inside the station

and since I only had a little time, I couldn’t even try a single food here ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

1. Fushimi Inari
it’s actually a temple
with all of the gate from all places of Japan are gathered together
the famous photo spot here is in the front of those gates
you could have your body in the front of hundreds of orange gates
pretty cool though
the admission fee to this temple is free
and, I suggest you to use train from Kyoto Station to Inari Station because the bus is.. ummm a little bit annoying (only once an hour)

temple in Fushimi Inari

temple in Fushimi Inari

in front of hundreds gates

in front of hundreds gates

2. Kinkakuji Temple
as this temple’s name is Kinkakuji ้‡‘้–ฃๅฏบ which literally means ‘Temple of Golden Pavilion’, this temple has gold-embossed body..
this site is very far from Fushimi Inari, but near to Kawaramachi Station (so, basically I took wrong path by passing Fushimi Inari first)
it was a relief that I still could enter the temple (that time was near 5 PM, and temple close at 5 PM)
the temple is located in the middle of a lake
it is a good place to have a profile picture of your SNS ๐Ÿ˜›

Kinkakuji Temple

Kinkakuji Temple

Offering place near temple

Offering place near temple

Kobe
Kobe is one of the port of Japan
the literally means of ็ฅžๆˆธ is ‘Gate of god’ because Kobe was one of eastern countries gate into Japan
as for me.. the situation of Kobe is nearly the same as Yokohama.. since they are both are ports..
Kobe is famous with its Kobe Beef that could cost more than 10,000 JPY (more than 100 USD!!) a plate .___.
I heard that the cows there are getting special treatment such as a massage and wine drink
as for me, a student, of course I couldn’t try that beef.. not yet I hope
but there, I met my senior from high school and eat together in Fishermen’s Market, a place of Seafood Buffet with 2,000 JPY cost
the food was incredible.. worth to give a try
also, the scenery from that buffet restaurant is sea.. so it was nice to eat while watching a night-black sea
the nearest station is Kosokukobe that can be reached with Hankyu Line from Juuso Station

with my big friend, Ilham who accompanied me to Kobe

with my big friend, Ilham who accompanied me to Kobe

Kobe's illumination

Kobe’s illumination

Elvis Presley's statue

Elvis Presley’s statue

with my senior in Fishermen's Market

with my senior in Fishermen’s Market

yep yep..
that’s all folks.. the story of my Kansai Trip
not as informative as Tokyo Trip.. of course.. that I am not native there (actually I am not a Tokyo native either .__.)
see you on the next post.. the last post about my Big Trip : Seoul
thanks for reading ^^

The Big Trip (part 1 : Kanto)

hello again ^^
long time no post from me.. now I will tell you my story of The Big Trip that I’d done from 1 until 15 March
this post is mixed about my story and some tips that I got from the trip
so.. let’s get started

this Big Trip is my 15 consecutive days trip from Kanto (Tokyo and Yokohama only) – Kansai (Osaka, Kyoto, and Kobe only) – Seoul
I could not visit all the good places there.. due to some crisis or being late :3 but maybe this information can help you

part 1 is about Kanto region : Tokyo and Yokohama only
*again, this is mostly story about my trip so not all places I could visit

Tokyo
since I am a temporary residence here (actually my dorm is inside Yokohama City region, but my college is in the circle of Tokyo, and since I mostly go to Tokyo and only about 4 times went to Yokohama area, I assume, I am little bit more familiar with Tokyo), I don’t know about the accommodation for you.. so sorry..
but I heard lot of people search hostel (or even capsule hostel) near Asakusa..
the price range is about 1,500 to 3,000 JPY per night

Tips
the advantages of being accommodated in Asakusa are :
1. it’s relatively near to Haneda and Narita Airport
access from Haneda is by using Keikyu Airport line to Keikyukamata Station, then change to Keikyu Main Line towards Inbanihonidai until Sengakuji Station, lastly, board Toei Asakusa Subway to Asakusa Station (about 1 hour, 640 JPY)
access from Narita is by using Keisei Narita Sky Access to Asakusa Station (about 1 hour 15 minutes, 1,240 JPY)
2. the price for accommodation is relatively lower than in other places
3. one of the tourism place with its Sensoji Temple and Kaminarimon Gate
4. can see Tokyo Skytree from far behind Sumida River
5. one of place where you can find souvenirs easily (in the street from Kaminarimon Gate towards Sensoji Temple)

Tips
if you are from abroad and landed at Narita or Haneda, it’s good to you to buy Metro Line (Subway in Tokyo) 2 days pass with only 980 JPY
this pass could be used for two consecutive day inside Tokyo Metro Line Subways
if you buy one day ticket only (could be found in ticket machine at every Tokyo Metro Line Stations) it costs 710 JPY.. so it’s good to you for getting 2 days pass with only 980 JPY
more information about Tokyo Metro Line Pass could be found here and for the maps could be retrieved here
remember that this passes are only can be used within Tokyo Metro Line, not Toei Line.. be careful when riding the trains.. I think it’s better to you to ride consecutively transfer even it is going around and take more times but free than board Toei with additional fare

Tips
if you are foreigner and only going to Japan for some day trips, and you have credit card, and you have smartphone, and you think you would die if you can access internet.. here is some tips..
here in Japan, phone and SIM Card could not be retrieved freely.. you have to have a contract with one of the provider, and it needs more than 3 months visit to get the contract.. so basically (and legally) you could not have Japanese phone (or provider’s SIM) if you are only some days travel.. even for only buying a Pocket WiFi router..
but you CAN RENT a prepaid phone or Pocket WiFi at the AIRPORT ONLY
I don’t know the fares or how much you have to pay as a deposit.. but I think you have to have a credit card for it.. I’d never tried before.. sorry

Place to Visit
1. Tokyo Tower
of course.. this is the world famous red tower.. this is (or maybe was.. since now there is Skytree) the symbol of Tokyo.. this is located in Minato and nearest Metro Station is Kamiyacho (Hibiya Line access)
if you wish to see Tokyo from above this tower, you have to pay 680 JPY (adult).. it’s worth for me.. and you can retrieve Tokyo Tower Medallion at the observatory in a vending machine.. it’s 800 JPY each and 50 JPY for word crafting.. plus 200 JPY for the key chain or necklace holder

Tips
I suggest you to visit Tokyo Tower at the transition from noon to evening.. the lamp is best at that time
and if you want to have a photo with Tokyo Tower background, despite of going to Tokyo Tower, it’s better to you to have a photo from Sakura Doori (Sakura Street) near Keio University
the Metro Line Access is rather far from the photo spot, so I suggest you to go with Toei Line to Mita Station or JR Yamanote Line or JR Keihin Tohoku Line to Tamachi Station.. from those two station, the photo spot is just about 5 minutes walking.. and the result of photo could be like this

from front of Keio University, about 5 PM in spring

from front of Keio University, about 5 PM in spring

2. Odaiba
this island has many beautiful building and photo spots.. and it has 1:1 scale Gundam Mobile Suite
if you know Digimon, you could see Fuji TV building here (building with ball in the middle)
this place has big mall called Aqua City, mini version of Statue of Liberty, rainbow bridge, and Tokyo Tower from far..
here are some photos

1:1 Gundam Mobile Suite in front of Diver City Mall

1:1 Gundam Mobile Suite in front of Diver City Mall

Rainbow Bridge

Rainbow Bridge

Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty


access to Odaiba are
1. Yurikamome Line from Shinbashi (Tokyo Waterfront Station).. better if get off at Daiba Station, 310 JPY from Shinbashi.. near to Aqua City, Statue of Liberty, Fuji TV building, and view of Rainbow Bridge
2. Rinkai Line from Oimachi.. get off at Tokyo Teleport Station, 260 JPY from Oimachi.. near to Diver City Mall (where the Gundam lies), Palette Town, and Ferrish Wheel..

Tips
Yurikamome Line is higher in price but nicer.. if you want a sea view and riding a train in rainbow bridge, use it.. the train is different with another train.. if you ever ride train to Sentosa Island (Singapore) you will find experience like that..
since all Japanese train is ‘in and out station based’, if you have time, you can use the Yurikamome line as far as you want (but still inside the station) then you could see more view.. then go out at Daiba Station

3. Imperial Palace
this is the palace of Japanese Emperor.. you can visit this palace with reservation from some days before visit.. it’s free.. you can book here
please read the rule there
the famous photo spot here is Nijuubashi (bridge 20) or Meganebashi (spectacles bridge)

Tips
access here is by (by nearest to farthest) :
1. Nijuubashimae Station (Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line)
2. Hibiya Station (Tokyo Metro Hibiya or Chiyoda Line)
3. Otemachi Station (Tokyo Metro Chiyoda, Hanzomon, Marunouchi, or Tozai Line)
4. Sakuradamon Station (Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line)
5. Hanzomon Station (Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line)
6. Nagatacho Station (Tokyo Metro Namboku, Hanzomon, or Yurakucho Line)

4. Shibuya and Harajuku
you must know these two places.. it’s famous after all
Shibuya is (as my point a view) most crowded area in Tokyo.. especially its crossing road (I even heard that it’s the most crowded crossroad in the world)
here, you can find the famous Hachiko Statue in Hachiko Square (exit 8 of Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line) just the entrance of that crossroad
Shibuya is best place to shopping according to me (since I am student.. not much money in my pocket) compared to Ginza or Roppongi (which are mostly branded goods)

Tips
if you like Gunpla (Mobile Suite Gundam figurine), Tokyu Hands Shibuya is best place you could find it.. this is the place where it’s sold cheapest (about 900-1,500 JPY for the self-make-plastic-type).. if you buy it from Gundam Front in Odaiba, it could cost more than 2,000 JPY
Gunpla could be found at 7th floor, hobbies section

if you like to shop clothes.. especially unique one, Harajuku is the place
you can go to Harajuku from Shibuya by Fukutoshin Line (1 stop, Meijijingumae Station) or JR Yamanote Line (towards Shinjuku, 1 stop, Harajuku Station)
if you go there on Sat or Sun, you can (probably) find that famous cosplay (or at least unique clothing) guys

Tips
go deep to the Harajuku Street.. you probably can find discounted goods like I found (watch from 5,000 JPY became 777 JPY only)

Hachiko Statue at Hachiko Square

Hachiko Statue at Hachiko Square


5. Tokyo Skytree and Asakusa
I had explained about Asakusa before.. especially if you choose your hostel in Asakusa, this place might be your ‘territory’ after a while..
about Skytree, this 634 m building is actually a TV building.. here is also some shops at the bottom of the tower.. and in that shops, you can find medallion of Tokyo Skytree
you could also find the Aquarium there
to go to bottom observatory deck, you had to pay 2,000 JPY and wait about 2 or 3 hours before you can enter (you have to grab queue ticket outside.. then it will tell what time you can enter the tower)
and if you want to go further up.. you will need additional 1,000 JPY
access to here is Oshiage Station (Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line, Keisei Lines, Tobu Skytree Line, and Toei Asakusa Line)
Kaminarimon Gate, Asakusa

Kaminarimon Gate, Asakusa

Tokyo Skytree

Tokyo Skytree

Tips
I had rode both Tokyo Tower and Skytree.. for me, it was just same experience.. so from my opinion, you’d better to go to Tokyo Tower for riding and Skytree only for the photo spot..
but if you want to ride, it’s a good experience though..

6. Tokyo Disney Resort
Disney Land.. and Disney Sea..
I just have ever gone to Disney Sea though.. so, sorry for no information about Disney Land
you can enter both Disney Sea and Disney Land or only one of them.. one day passport is 6,200 JPY.. all about this Theme Park related information could be find here
I would not explain about the attraction or anything else but some photos and tips

View from gondola to Mount Prometheus

View from gondola to Mount Prometheus

Disney Sea Firework

Disney Sea Firework

Disney Resort Souvenir

Disney Resort Souvenir

Tips
Access to Disney Resort is by Maihama Station (JR Keiyo Line, from Shin Kiba or Tokyo Station)
make sure that you ARRIVE EARLY BEFORE GATE OPEN
gate will be opened at 9, but the queue starts even from 6 a.m.
I suggest you to buy ticket before (online or from Disney Store.. Disney Store could be found in Shibuya too)
if you have student card, you can take 4,900 JPY one day passport
the unique system of this theme park is Fast Pass.. this pass is actually some kind of queue-ing system that make you can ride another attraction while wait for your desired one.. this Fast Pass is available for some attraction (especially the famous and thrilling one).. you can get Fast Pass by scan your Disney Passport in a machine, then you will get a ticket containing information about time that you can get Fast Pass access.. with Fast Pass access, you don’t have to queue with others, you have designated way and faster to ride
some attraction’s Fast Pass sold quickly (that’s why I suggest you to come early) even only to get the Fast Pass, you probably have to queue too..
for me, when I want to enter Journey to the Center of The Earth attraction, I had to queue for 140 mins!!! (even I noticed at one time, the queue time is 210 mins.. that,s 3 and a half hours!!) because I couldn’t get the Fast Pass for that attraction
so, run for your life!!.. I mean.. run as fast as you can when entering the park, get the Fast Pass from the most desired one, then wait the Fast Pass time by checking another attraction
if you want to buy souvenirs, buy at Bon Voyage near Maihama Station

fiuhh.. what a long story.. even these are only very few of Tokyo’s tourism objects.. as I said before, I couldn’t cover all.. for other information about Tokyo Trip, you can refer here
now I will tell you about the dining near Tokyo

Dining
1. Sushi
if you hear “food” plus “Japan”, probably your first thinking is sushi..
this famous raw-fish-with-rice-dish is actually could find at most everywhere in Japan.. by rumors, the most delicious one is in Sapporo, Hokkaido.. but the plane ticket to there is too damn expensive..
I know two good (and cheap) sushi near Tokyo.. I recommend you to try

a. Shibuya
the exact location is shown below


this sushi restaurant is all-120 JPY.. (except some special one).. I think it is the best restaurant I had found till now.. cheap, and delicious

b. Kura Sushi Tama Plaza
I know this place because it’s near my dorm (Aobadai).. I am sure that there are some kura sushi nearer to Tokyo.. but if you want refer here, the place is shown below


this sushi restaurant is even more cheaper than before.. only 105 JPY a plate

2. Veggie Ramen
if you can’t eat pork, but you want to eat this famous noodle dish from Japan, here is one of the option that you could do : vegetarian ramen
this ramen contains no dairy product at all (even eggs or milk), all made of plants.. it has chicken replica, but made of soybean
the location is at Keiyo Street inside JR Tokyo Station
no need to go out from the station, just follow the path that leads to Keiyo Line.. there will be Keiyo Street (with green banner).. you could find many shops, especially food-souvenir shop (including the famous Tokyo Banana).. just near the end of the Keiyo Street, you will find T’s Ramen shop.. the price is about 700-900 JPY for a normal (but it’s quite big.. even I that eat much is satisfied by the portion) portion or you can add 100 JPY for big portion.. I recommend Shoyu Ramen.. that’s the best one

3. Tendon (Tenpura Don)
fried (usually shrimp or seafood) dish with special flour and rice below it.. it’s also can be found anywhere (especially at Asakusa.. there are a lot)
but the one I know best is at Mizonokuchi.. again, it’s because near my house
the exact location is here


there are three major type of tenpura here : miso, normal, and soba (noodle)
I prefer miso tendon..
the price is about 690-990 JPY

4. Indian Curry
I know three good Indian Curry restaurant.. and since I am a Muslim, they are halal certified..

a. Ninin ga yon (2 X 2 = 8) in Shimokitazawa


this restaurant is tabehodai (all you can eat)
with only 980 JPY and one drink (350 JPY.. I suggest mango lassi!) you can eat as much as you want.. the taste is normal.. not the best.. but it’s worth to try since.. yea.. all you can eat

b. Ishikawadai


this is because it’s near to my University.. the ebi pilaf is very good!
price : curry 700-1,000 JPY, nan 400-600 JPY, pilaf 700-900 JPY

c. Shinjuku


the price of curry starts from 500 to 900 JPY.. the briani (fried rice) is very good and about 900-1,000 JPY

5. Halal?
if you are Muslim, maybe you are afraid to try some of the food outside your home country because they have no halal certification.. but if you want to find halal certified (according to the internet based site) foods, you can try these restaurants :

a. Saizeriya
this restaurant has seafood only menu (including pasta and pizza).. and the beef (for the hamburg steak) is Aussie Beef that is halal certified..
price about 399 JPY to 699 JPY

b. Yoshinoya and Sukiya
these two gyuudon (beef rice bowl) restaurants also using Aussie Beef

c. Gasto (ใ‚ฌใ‚นใƒˆ)
seafood menu here can be eaten

Yokohama
not much information about Yokohama.. even my dorm is actually still Yokohama-shi.. but it’s quite far to there.. as far as I go to Shibuya..
if you want to explore parks and bay, Yokohama is the best
you can buy one day pass (for JR inside Yokohama area and Minatomirai Line) for 500 JPY

1. Minatomirai Park
this theme park has ferrish wheel, little coaster, and some attraction
one attraction costs about 400-700 JPY
access : Minatomirai Station (Minatomirai Line)

2. Motomachi Chuukagai
this China Town provides you three types of view :
a. China Town
just around the Motomachi Chuukagai Station is China Town with its traditional Chinese building, Chinese foods, and even the shrine

Chinese Shrine in China Town of Motomachi Chuukagai

Chinese Shrine in China Town of Motomachi Chuukagai

b. Yamashita Park and Minatonomieruoka Park
Yamashita Park is near the bay.. it has ship and view of Yokohama Bridge
Minatonomieruoka Park is a hill with quiet park.. very enjoyable for picnic

Ship at Yamashita Park

Ship at Yamashita Park

Minatomieruoka Park

Minatomieruoka Park

c. Yokohama Marine Tower
a tower in Yokohama.. I don’t know whether it can be rode or not

Yokohama Marine Tower

Yokohama Marine Tower

fuuhhh.. that’s all for now..
sorry not much information.. especially for the Yokohama Area
see you in next part of The Big Trip : Kansai and Seoul
thanks for reading ^^
hope it could help for your travel to Tokyo and Yokohama
enjoy!

panduan memilih gadget ala catalystro

image

kayaknya bakal panjang ini post.. jadi silakan disekip kalo males.. hehe
enggak tau kenapa iseng pengen nulis ini.. soalnya beberapa saat yang lalu sempet dijadiin tukang menyarankan gadget buat beberapa orang.. jadi entah mungkin kalo ditulis di sini jadi bisa dibaca orang lain kali ya? mungkin berguna, mungkin juga sampah

rule dalam post ini :
1. mostly opini di sini adalah pendapat gw.. jadi silakan didebat, disanggah, dicaci, dibenarkan, atau malah disebarkan.. kalo benar datangnya dari Allah.. kalo salah ya dari kebegoan gw sendiri.. hehe
2. data-data spesifikasi dan sumber memori gw dalam berpendapat kebanyakan adalah hasil baca PhoneArena dan Engadget jadi kalau mau dikroscek atau mau dapet pengalaman eksploring yang lebih asoy silakan melihat ke sana
3. saya end-user, bukan tukang promo, cuma tukang ngomong yang sering ga benernya.. jadi saya bakal senetral mungkin mencoba memberi saran-saran yang mungkin bermanfaat
4. post ini dapat dishare, dibanned, direblog, disanggah, atau semacamnya melalui manapun (komen langsung, komen di link sosial media beserta tautan), tapi mohon kalo reblog ato repost kasih kredit ya :3 trus kalo mengkritik silakan menyerang saya dengan sebebas mungkin, tapi mohon pake kata-kata yang nggak vulgar, kasian kalo orang lain jadi ga enak baca..
sipsip mari dimari mulai

OS
gw mulai dengan perbandingan OS-OS yang populer sekarang, gw bakal batasi 4 mobile-OS yang lagi naik daun (menguasai hampir 100% market share).. bakal gw kasih pendapat gw tentang merit dan demerit nya OS-OS tersebut
iOS : Siri, stabilitas dan keindahan
produk keluaran Apple yang sekarang lengser dari tahta market share, ditemui di semua iDevice : iPhone, iTouch, iPad
keunggulan OS ini adalah STABILITAS nya.. beneran deh, jarang banget iOS crash.. seenggaknya sebelum iOS 6 sih.. tapi iOS 6 pun bagus walopun ada laporan iOS 6.1 ada lubang keamanan di lock-screen nya, tapi tetep aja karena biasanya device nya didukung powerhouse yang keren, jalannya mulus.. iOS juga indah.. tampilannya cukup bersih walopun nggak bisa dimodif sesuai keinginan
dan.. iOS punya tante-tante cukup cerdas bernama Siri.. tinggal tanya ato perintah, Siri langsung merespon dan menjalankan perintah.. sayangnya, dukungan bahasa Indonesianya nggak terdukung.. dan pronounciation cukup ribet untuk menyesuaikan kemampuannya Siri..
iOS terbaru (sampai saat artikel ini ditulis) adalah iOS 6.1.1

Android : widgets, kebebasan, dan Google
ini OS emang lagi naik daun.. nggak cuma di Amrik ato Eropa, tapi sepertinya Indonesia juga udah terkena demamnya, ditambah lagi merk ponsel “lokal” yang menyediakan ponsel Android murah pun menjamur, alhasil Android pun sukses di Indonesia (secara salah satu preferensi wajib dalam memilih ponsel buat warga kita adalah harga)
seperti judulnya, Android terkenal dengan “widgets”nya, alias interface yang bisa ditempel di homescreen dan menyediakan banyak informasi, bahkan kadang interaktif
Android sifatnya open source, jadi legal untuk mengoprek-oprek android mulai cuma ngeisengin launchernya sampai bikin modif di ROM-nya, alhasil, tampilan Android bisa diatur sesuka-suka kita (bahkan mau dimiripin iOS atau Windows Phone juga bisa)
dan.. karena ini OS didukung Google, (bukan dimiliki ya.. Android itu open source.. Google cuma pemberi dana dan penyumbang penelitian tergede) otomatis semua layanan Google (termasuk Maps dan Search-nya) bakal terintegrasi penuh ke devicenya
Android teranyar sampai detik ini adalah 4.2.2 Jelly Bean

Windows Phone : Live Tile dan integrasi Windows
OS keluaran Microsoft yang unik dengan Live Tiles-nya ini sebenernya bukan OS baru.. orang yang pernah make Samsung Omnia atau O2 Palm pasti pernah ngicipin WP 5 ato 6.. cuma sejak kemunculan WP 7 dan 7.5 (Mango) kemudian 8 dan 7.8 plus dukungan Nokia dengan Lumia-nya, barulah OS ini muncul ke permukaan lagi
keunggulan utama dari OS ini adalah integrasinya dengan produk Microsoft lainnya, terutama produk andalannya : Microsoft Office (bahkan produk ini bisa jadi materi kurikulum pelajaran IT di sekolah atau bahkan universitas .__.)
buat para pekerja, terutama yang perusahaannya punya kerja sama dengan Microsoft, tentunya device dengan WP sangat amat menolong, terutama pas lagi di perjalanan, tiba-tiba ada kerjaan yang berhubungan sama penggunaan MS Office dan harus segera dirampungkan.. kalo punya WP device, tinggal masuk ke SkyDrive, edit di hape ato surface, cling.. kelar bisa sambil jalan
WP terbaru sampai saat ini adalah WP 8

BlackBerry OS : BBM, social networking, dan encrypted mail
OS ini adalah OS terbanyak dipake di Indonesia (setidaknya sampai tahun lalu).. dan device BB pun dimiliki bhuanyak banget manusia Indonesia (dari pejabat ampe mbak di rumah).. populer di Indonesia gara-gara BBM-nya.. yang sangat menarik perhatian soalnya bisa “ngobrol” nggak mikir pulsa tinggal berapa .__. (Indonesia.. yah begitulah)
OS ini udah mulai tenggelam sejak keluarnya iPhone.. bahkan mulai terpuruk.. tapi sejak CEO RIM (sekarang jadi BlackBerry) diganti dan keluarnya BB OS 10 yang keren, mulailah OS ini punya harapan lagi..
keunggulan OS ini tetep, BBM.. dan di OS 10, bahkan ada Voice dan Video Call!!!! bayangin, Voice Call gratis via BBM?? apa nggak tambah bikin manusia Indonesia ngiler : nelpon sepuasnya, bahkan cam cam an tanpa pikir pulsa??
dan dukungannya buat para pekerja (yang harusnya dulu jadi fokus utama BB, bukan BBM-nya loh) berupa push email yang terenkripsi.. layanan email BB emang ajib.. aman terjamin.. dan sepengetahuan saya, browser punya BB ini nggak sembarangan loh.. dari tes uji, browser ini lebih baik daripada 93% device di dunia, mengalahkan browsernya Galaxy Note 2, dan Safari nya iOS
BB OS terbaru BB OS 10

lifestyle dan kebutuhan
lah.. gadget kok malah lifestyle? kenapa? apa hubungannya?
kalo menurut saya itu berhubungan banget sama preferensi seseorang memilih barang, termasuk gadget.. jadi di sini saya bakal mengkover beberapa lifestyle yang saya kaitkan sebisanya dengan kebutuhan dan preferensi pemilihan gadget
1. maniak
yak.. ini kemungkinan lifestyle yang paling mutlak bersinggungan sama pemilihan gadget..
pernah denger istilah “Apple FanBoy”? yang beliaunya sangat amat mencintai produk keluaran Apple Inc. dan hidup matinya untuk Apple.. mereka nggak akan bisa dipindah tangankan dengan iming-iming apapun untuk membeli produk yang bukan keluaran Apple.. biasanya mereka banyak duit (secara produk Apple mahal teuing) dan pasti punya nggak cuma satu gadget.. hehe
ada juga yang pengguna setia BlackBerry.. yang udah kadung terpikat dalam jurang BBM yang dalam.. atau suka banget sama layanan push e-mail nya yang aduhai dan secure.. mereka bakal cenderung milih BB di atas segalanya
ada lagi penggandrung Android.. nah kalo yang ini ada beberapa level sih.. ada yang cuma user, cuma pengen enak makenya, kadang ada juga yang pengen hidup “canggih”.. tapi ada juga yang suka oprek-oprek kecil, nge-flash ROM baru sana-sini.. nyobain mulai dari Nightly sampe Stable-mod, ada juga yang ahli banget sampe bisa ngoprek bikin apk ato bahkan ROM sendiri
dan ada lagi, Microsoft mania.. yang hidupnya penuh dengan jendela (Windows), maka nggak diragukan lagi preferensinya yang berkaitan dengan Windows
yang terakhir, spesifik sama brand gadget tertentu, misalnya sukanya Samsung doank, LG doank, ato lain-lain
nah, untuk para maniak, nggak perlu gw kasih saran lebih lanjut, soalnya nggak bakal bisa diutak-atik lagi dan biasanya mereka update.. jadi mubazir.. hehe
2. mobile office worker
biasanya, orang-orang ini sibuk super, dan harus pergi entah kemana-mana dalam kesehariannya.. dan nggak jarang, dia bawa segala kerjaannya dalam perjalanan itu.. kadang harus bekerja juga di sepanjang perjalanan.. menurut saya, pengguna macam ini biasanya butuh banget aplikasi mail, dan office.. berikut saran gadget HP yang gw beri :
a. BlackBerry Z10
wow.. kenapa tiba2 BB? menurut hemat gw, BB emang diciptakan buat office worker, dengan layanan push emailnya yang keren dan blackberry hub yang dengan ajibnya mengintegrasikan semua akun, mulai akun mail office sampai twitter pribadi dalam satu tempat.. office worker yang nerima banyak email dan punya rekanan yang pake BBM, plus suka ngasih kultwit keren, ya ini OS paling nyaman buat dipake

b. Nokia Lumia 920 or Samsung Ativ S
yea.. kali ini WP 8 family.. again, ini karena integrasinya dengan produk Microsoft, especially, Microsoft Office-nya
nggak usah bertele-tele, ini ada video tentang Ativ Family yang menggambarkan keenakan dari pemakaiannya di Office work

c. Samsung Galaxy Note 2
Android bukan OS yang spesial buat bikin kerjaan, tapi Note 2 dengan Multi Window feature-nya bikin enak buat mengerjakan dua hal dalam satu waktu.. silakan liat video aja :3

nah.. buat tablet, berikut saran gw :
a. Microsof Surface Pro, Samsung Ativ Tab, Asus Vivo-Tab
udah jelas.. ini tablet keluaran Microsoft, dengan Windows 8 dan Microsoft Office-nya udah pasti jadi office device paling familiar.. dan yang ini, bisa dibawa ke mana-mana.. gw kasih video yang Surface produk Microsoft aja ya ๐Ÿ˜‰

b. Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
device ini gw pake sendiri.. dan suer.. enak buat multitasking (dan ini artikel sebagian ditulis pake device itu juga)

3. social butterfly
buat para pecinta social networking, banyak banget sebenernya pilihan handset yang bisa dipake, cuma beberapa yang gw saranin itu :
a. Blackberry Q10 dan Z10
walah.. saya bukan pengguna dan pendukung BB, tapi serius, buat social butterfly, terutama yang udah biasa pake BB, dua device ini sangat membantu.. terutama Q10 yang punya keyboard QWERTY.. BlackBerry Hub beneran memudahkan untuk bales twit, liat notif FB, ato chatting biasa di BBM

b. Samsung Galaxy Note 2
ini device membuat social sharing lebih hidup dengan sentuhan tangan yang natural (berkat S-Pen).. kameranya yang oke bikin pecinta share foto dengan tempat (instagram ato Path misalnya) bakal bisa ngeshare fotonya dengan lebih kreatif.. dan bisa jadi alat buat berkreasi juga loh..


c. iPhone 5
yak.. device ini punya kamera yang mumpuni dan enak buat dibawa-bawa.. plus Apps nya yang bejibun dan keren-keren, sharing bakal jadi hal yang gampang dan enak dengan device ini.. layanan iCloud-nya juga memungkinkan share dengan sesama iPhone user tanpa perlu ngeshare ke social media lain

d. Samsung Galaxy S3
kamera device ini bagus.. sama kayak Note 2.. bisa buat share-share foto, dan punya best photo, all share, dan auto tagging feature.. jadi enak buat share sama temen-temen ๐Ÿ™‚




4. photographer and adventurer
ada orang yang suka foto-foto dengan device-nya.. sebenernya ini agak bersinggungan sama si social butterfly kalo si tukang foto ini suka ngeshare langsung.. tapi ada juga yang emang make device-nya sebagai pengganti kamera.. kadang juga ada adventurer yang suka jalan ke tempat-tempat aneh.. dan bakal susah kalo bawa kamera segede gaban.. di saat itulah butuh hape dengan kamera oke.. tapi juga tahan banting.. nah berikut saran-saran gw buat penggemar fotografi dengan hape :
a. Samsung Galaxy Camera
eum.. sebenernya ini agak curang.. soalnya ini bukan beneran hape.. tapi kamera dengan OS.. anyway ini kamera bener-bener kamera banget.. cuma dilengkapi Android yang memungkinkan untuk mengapangapain itu foto.. fungsionalitasnya sebagai kamera (dengan lensa yang keren dan daya ambil gambar yang luar biasa) nggak usah diragukan lagi.. silakan dilihat

b. Nokia 808 PureView
hape dengan kamera 41 MegaPixel??? lensa Carl Zeiss lagi??!! Nokia 808 PureView jawabannya.. bisa dilihat sendiri hasil rekaman videonya.. mantap punya deh ๐Ÿ˜‰

c. Sony Xperia Z
kamera 13 MP dengan teknologi Bravia Engine dan Exmor RS.. gambarnya keren banget.. ini sangat cocok buat adventurer juga.. kenapa? hape ini diklaim tahan air dan tahan debu.. juga cukup tahan banting.. jadi silakan dicoba deh buat para penggemar jalan-jalan ekstrim


d. Nexus 4 atau LG Optimus G
punya 13 MP kamera juga.. sebenernya dua device ini adalah device yang sama, cuma Nexus 4 full Google flavored, kalo Optimus G LG punya.. satu keunggulan Nexus 4, karena dia punya Android 4.2 dengan PhotoSphere-nya, maka dia bisa ambil gambar nyaris 360 degree keren banget macem di video ini

5. gamer
ada juga kan yang suka main game di hape (ato tablet)? spec buat gaming itu kuncinya dua : powerhouse (processor dan RAM), dan application store.. kalo powerhouse nya gede, tapi game nya nggak ada yang bagus di storenya, sama aja boong kan? jadi yang gw saranin adalaaahh :
a. iPhone 5
nggak diragukan lagi, dengan prosesor A6 nya yang mantep, game 3D yang kayaknya berat pun bisa disokong.. ditambah lagi, Apple Apps Store punya banyak game keren macem Asphalt, Heroes of Order and Chaos, FIFA 2013, Infinite Blade, sampe Final Fantasy pun ada.. layarnya yang pake retina display bikin gambarnya stunning, juga panjang tapi nggak kegedean pun mendukung buat dipegang dengan nyaman

b. Archos GamePad
ini tablet emang udah dirancang buat main game.. liat aja bodinya yang udah dilengkapi joystick.. powerhouse nya juga lumayan sih.. dan keuntungan dari Android platform adalah kebisaannya main game PSX bajakan pake FPSe atau apk gratis lainnya dan ngunduh iso game nya di mana aja.. keuntungan tablet ini : murah ๐Ÿ˜›


c. Sony Xperia Tablet S
nah.. yang suka barang aseli dari toko, bukan bajakan, tablet ini pilihannya.. karena bikinan Sony, jelas dia punya store khusus berupa Certified PlayStation store punyaan Sony.. bisa beli game-game di situ dan bisa dimainin pake stick PS3 yang emang pake wireless connection.. jadi deh PS yang portable tapi bukan PSP.. hehehe

d. Sony Xperia Play
ini versi hapenya dari Sony.. udah ada gamepad nya juga.. emang dirancang untuk main game PlayStation dari Sony sih
sayangnya, ini udah lama

6. mahasiswa
yak.. mungkin ini yang agak ribet dibahasnya.. soalnya kebutuhan mahasiswa itu macem-macem.. tapi yang jelas, karena kita-kita nggak punya doku banyak-banyak, mesti pinter-pinter milih biar tetep keren walaupun nggak terlalu mahal.. kalo soal hape, saran gw adalah yang harganya di bawah 3 jutaan.. yaitu :
a. Nexus 4
flagship Nexus teranyar sekaligus murah (harusnya sekitar 3 jutaan).. ya.. nggak murah2 banget sih.. tapi dengan spec gitu (SnapDragon S4 Pro, kamera 8 MP), plus dukungan Nexus, itu murah setengah mampus.. sayangnya, no mem card available.. jadi harus milih antara 8 ato 16 GB storage.. dan kayaknya agak susah nemuin ini di Indonesia deh.. entahlah

b. LG Optimus L7
hape ini lumayan bagus.. plus harganya cuma sekitar 2,5 juta.. pas di kantong dan spec nya SnapDragon 1-GHz, 5 MP cam, sayang RAM nya 512

c. Sony Xperia U
berbekal sama dengan L7 (1-GHz, 512 RAM, 5 MP cam) plus Bravia Engine dan TimeScape UI punyaan Sony, hape ini oke buat dipake dan cuma butuh 2 juta buat dapetin hape ini

d. HTC One V
2,5 jutaan juga.. dan spec sama.. cuma dilengkapi Sense UI nya HTC.. jadi bisa jadi pilihan juga.. HTC bilang, kameranya oke

e. Samsung Galaxy Ace II
sedihnya, CPU masih di 800 GHz, tapi RAM 768 MB, cam 5 MP.. harga 2,5 jutaan juga, tapi saya nggak terlalu reccomended soalnya kurang yakin dengan dukungan ke JB yang resmi.. paling harus dari Custom ROM

buat tablet, saran saya sih :
a. Nexus 7
murah, dukungan nexus.. pas di tangan (bisa satu tangan), enak buat baca pdf di jalan.. jeroannya cukup bagus, sayangnya nggak punya kamera belakang.. tapi yah.. buat apa kamera belakang di tablet .__.

b. iPad mini
nggak murah sih.. tapi ya itu.. iOS yang stabil.. dan bisa dipegang di satu tangan.. ini juga enak banget buat baca-baca pdf ato bahkan main game.. punya kamera belakang.. sedihnya.. mahal..

yak kira-kira itu aja sih yang gw bahas.. maaf nggak terlalu informatif.. tapi spec seluruhnya bisa dilihat di situs-situs yang gw kasih di baris-baris pertama, tempat gw ambil data.. kalo mau lihat harga di Indonesia, bisa dilihat di Tabloid Pulsa
di situs-situs tersebut tersedia fitur komparasi, jadi semua spesifikasi dan harga bisa dibandingin di situ
yak.. semoga bisa bermanfaat dan selamat memilih device ๐Ÿ˜‰

ๅ›ใŒใใ‚ŒใŸใ‚‚ใฎ

today, students of YSEP who are Focus on Experiencing Japan (6 months program) are officially graduated..
it is weird enough that I felt we just got a Welcoming Ceremony yesterday (actually we had it early Oct) and today we had to attend the Completion Ceremony
time elapses like a flash..
remember when we met for the first time? when we were helding Welcoming Ceremony in the 10th Floor of West 8?
then, our first TOJ class and first SJCI to the Life Learning Center?
remember that our scream of “KAJIDA!” and fear of earthquake simulator?
then we explained our countries in the front of class
visiting Chisetsu Shogakko
and trip to Atami.. where we took onsen together.. being what we really are
autumn changed to winter.. but our friendship could giveย  the spring’s warmth among us.. let the flower of caring each other blooms in our heart
we’d played together.. cooked in the same pan.. and studied in one room
we shared laughter, some arguments, and gave smiles
but after all, every seconds I shared with you were precious memories for me
and at last.. you have to go back to your countries.. for continuing your fights.. for reach your dreams

then, here I would like to say thank you for you all,friends..

to Mr-2nd-Handsome (after Chien, sorry, but Chien can’t be replaced.. keke) Chen, my classmate in Jpb 4.. even I rarely talk to you, because you are living in Umegaoka.. but still, your appearance in that class made me feel that I am not alone,, thank you for the sashimi information.. I will definitely come there

to Mr-Neighbor Not, you are gooo neighbor.. never made any noise, never broke down the dorm.. .___. hahaha.. kidding.. thank you for being my friends.. and I am sorry that sometime I woke you up when I tried to wake Ade up.. kekeke

to Mr Al-CapoMafia Daniele, we didn’t talk much, but I know that you have the potential to be a mafia boss.. kekeke.. your words are strong.. and your bravery can’t be replaced.. thank you for the night we spent at Atami

to Mr Otaku Kiwon, you with your own world.. and full of information, especially about anime and some amaizing stuffs.. thank you for inviting me to the karaoke and told me the God Knows song ๐Ÿ˜‰

to Mr Handsome Cooking Master Berny.. kyaaahh.. you are too handsome and have an excellent cooking skill.. thank you for your recipes, the trip to the Nishi Izu, and many conversations we had.. please teach me some more German recipes.. kekeke

to Silent Jung A Hyeong(???!!).. I am sorry if I’d ever been annoying.. maybe.. kekeke.. thanks for “that day” and for Korean songs especially Roly Poly.. I am studying the dance right now.. kekeke.. and I hope you can be my tour guide at Seoul next March ๐Ÿ˜‰ thank you for some conversations too., even that it was really hard to have talk with you ๐Ÿ˜›

lastly, for the Mr Ninja Ade, hemm.. I think just one sentence for you : gila lo De!! hahahaha.. keep your attitude like that and the world is in your hand bro.. hope you can reach your dream.. and we’ll meet again someday.. soon… soon.. hahahahaha.. mandi lo de! wkwk

last words, as I said before, I hope this is not the end of our meeting.. or even worse, the end of our friendship.. no
this is the begining of an international relationship.. that could bring brighter future for the world
it’s very nice to know you
it’s a treasure for me to have memories with you

ๆœ€้ซ˜ใฎๆ€ใ„ๅ‡บใ‚’
ใ•ใ‚ˆใชใ‚‰โ€ฆๅƒ•ใฎไปฒ้–“โ€ฆ