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[ 16 Jun 2013 | No Comment ]
midtown hotel Surabaya

Groovy Room at Midtown Hotel Surabaya
The Midtown Hotel is a relatively new 3 star business hotel located in Central Surabaya, barely five minutes walk from Tunjungan Plaza, the city’s largest shopping centre. Since its opening in early 2012, Midtown Hotel has steadily gained reputation as a reasonably priced alternative to higher star (and also higher priced) hotels such as JW Marriott and Sheraton, both of which are also located in the vicinity.
Our crew had the opportunity to visit the Midtown twice in mid 2012 and early 2013, and on both …

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[ 2 Apr 2012 | 5 Comments ]
Martabak seller in Surabaya

Surabaya, like many other large urban areas on Java, is a haven for street food lovers. Although Indonesia’s second largest city is not (yet) big with international travellers, the locals are known to have a penchant for snacking, thus explaining the large number of roadside food sellers. Each evening, these vendors ply their trade along popular thoroughfares, selling food in makeshift tents or from the back of a goods van.

Watching our order of Martabak being prepared
One of the more common street foods that you will find in the city is …

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[ 10 Feb 2011 | One Comment ]
Kue Rangin seller, Surabaya

Kue Rangin Seller, Surabaya
This local snack is called Bandros in its native West Java, and Kue Pancong in Jakarta; but elsewhere on Java (notably the Eastern end of the island) it is known by the name Kue Rangin. We shall use the last name in this article, as the following photos were taken in Surabaya, East Java.
Kue is the Indonesian word for sweet snacks, and can refer to anything ranging from cookies to cakes. Kue Rangin in this case is made primarily of rice flour and coconut milk. Other ingredients …

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[ 29 Dec 2010 | No Comment ]
naughty nuri's bbq spareribs

Behold! One of the best ribs in the world!
Naughty Nuri’s Warung is located on the outskirts of Ubud, and since our hotel only provided free transportation within central Ubud, we had to make our own arrangements to get there. Don’t fret about the time and distance though; the journey took us less than 15 minutes by car.

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[ 27 Dec 2010 | No Comment ]
neka art museum

Being the ‘cultural capital’ of Bali, Ubud and the surrounding areas have their fair share of museums and galleries that showcase some of the most brilliant artworks on the island. On our latest visit, we checked out two prominent museums in the area.

Neka Art Museum