Winter Season in Melbourne Australia

Port  Melbourne 2005

I took this photo at night time during winter season around June in Port Melbourne, Australia. Australia is located at the Southern Hemisphere, so the season is contrary with the North America because North America located at the Northern Hemisphere.

In Australia you could not find snow during the winter season except in some ski resort in Blue Mountain or Mount Buller in Victoria.

Port Melbourne located inside Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, at the Port Phillips Bay in Australia’s south east. Port Melbourne is a busy business place with a good view around therefore you could find a nice residential complex at that area.

In Port Melbourne you could find a nice fish and chips cafe D’Lish Fish, managed by Rex Hun’t.

Do you like to eat fish and chips at D’Lish Fish Port Melbourne?

Port Melbourne is famous with it yummy — yummy fish and chips, what is the name of the fish and chips cafe? of course the famous one is D’Lish Fish just near the terminal of Bass Strait Ferry, The Spirit of Tasmania.

Melbourne the capital city of the Garden State Victoria located at the southern part of Australia with the extreme climate, because the climate could be change in a sudden so you always have to carry umbrella or raincoat even during the summer.

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Photo:Background Ferry of The Spirit of Tasmania berthed

We like to eat D’Lish Fish managed by Rex Hun’t during lunch to enjoy the sea breeze and fresh air, while we saw the sail ships sailed around the bay, this scenery was so beautiful.

We enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere at Port Melbourne and have so many choices of D’Lish Fish from baramundi, shark, snapper, calamari plus chips or backed potatoes, drink juices or softdrink.
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Photo:Our families have lunch at D’Lish Fish

We enjoy to gather at D’Lish Fish at Port Melbourne to talk about daily issues and family business, usually when we finish eating we continue spend our time to drink coffee or hot chocolate, as you know that Australia is a chocolate heaven, the quality of chocolate here is excellent.

The residential area around Port Melbourne is really beautiful, the scenery is magnificent especially during the night time, you will see the light flash out of the boat sailed at the beautiful bay. I would rather to sit at Port Melbourne until midnight just to enjoy the night breeze to relieve stress.

I wish I could buy a house at around Port Melbourne and spend my time during retirement, I don’t have to work other than BLOGGING.
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Photo:Beacon Cove in Port Melbourne

Do you like to have lunch at Sundanese restaurant?

Indonesia is a land of extraordinary beautiful, the world’s largest archipelago, stretched from Asia continent to Australia continent, most of the land lying on the ring of fire.

Indonesia is a land of diversification with a lot of ethnic living in Indonesia, Indonesian people are unity in one language Bahasa Indonesia.

Most of Sundanese ethnic are living in Province of West Java and Province of Banten, both Provinces are located on the western side of Island of Java.

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We visited Taman Safari Indonesia (Indonesian Open Range Zoo), then we continued our journey to Puncak Pass (The Peak) where the weather was a little bit cooler than Jakarta, it was nice afternoon.

We decided having lunch at Dulang Sundanese Restaurant, we choosed this restaurant because the services here are good and the facilities are clean, they have a lot of parking spaces and also we could have a 30% discount if we pay with Bank Mandiri Credit Card.

On top of the entrance door you could read the sentences Wilujeung Sumping in Sundanese ethnic language, it means Selamat Datang in Bahasa Indonesia or Welcome in English.

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The restaurant keep this creek undisturbed, so the fresh and cool water keep flowing and you will hear the good sound of nature, like a song for night sleep and you will feel peace in your live, we have to preserved it let’s go green.

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The menu we have chosen are grill gurame fish with chili sauce, fried gurame and raw vegetables with sambal terasi or chili sauce, and of course steam rice. Gurame is a kind of fish live in fresh water, this is good for the people who allergic with seafood, and the raw vegetable is healthy food, the nutrition is still there.

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The menu on Sundanese diet is Karedok, it means raw vegetables with peanut sauce and crackers. Sundanese food are healthy diet, no much cholesterol in it, so it is good to stay healthy.

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We ordered some extra menus outside the above menus, we have fried beancurd, fried tempe (a kind of fermented soya been), we drink soya milk, coconut milk, all of them will make you strong like a lion-I just remember the vintage song. All of those food cost us approximately US$ 15.00, so come to Indonesia and enjoy your stay.

Could Monkey Generate Income?

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Could monkey generate income? the answer is yes, monkey could generate income for the people especially the village people, because monkey could help the people to harvest coconut. Monkey is a smart animal and could learn how to do something very quick as far as you gave them a proper training, good food and treat them well.

On my travel to the village in Java Indonesia, I saw this monkey’s entertainment not monkey’s business, the monkey usually wear a mask but unfortunately I missed that snapshot, that way this performance is called “Topeng Monyet” or Monkey with Mask. I hope next time I could include that photo in this post.

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You could ask monkey to do something like people use to do in the village, monkey could carry a basket, could carry a pail, could carry fishs, he could ride mini motorcycle or acting like the labor with the wagon.

The man who owned or the instructor of the monkey will ride bicycle around the village or housing complex, he will beat the drum to attract the kid attention.

You may called the monkey to do performance in your housing yard, it will cost you only US$1.00 for one session about 20 minutes duration.

The man who owned the monkey or the instructor will beat a drum and sing his instruction to the monkey, and monkey will performed monkey’s entertainment.

You could ask well trained monkey to climb the coconut trees, he could choose to harvest the mature coconuts. Mature coconuts could be extracted to get the coconut milk for foods ingredients or to make coconut oil from it.

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Other product of mature coconut is Virgin Coconut Oil [VCO], the process to extract it from coconut milk using cold process, not by heat process as to make coconut oil.
The compositions are:

-Lauric Acid 52.18%

-Palmic Acid 6.29%

-Capric Acid 11.25%

-Caporic Acid 12.46%

-Cholesterol 0.00%

According to our doctor, the VCO product is good to help the people with cardiac problem, just drink it 15ml, 3 times daily. The people in the village use to use coconut oil for medication and cosmetic purposes.

From Mount Titlis to Rheinfalls in Switzerland

We must leave Mount Titlis the Snowy Mountain because we would like to see another tourism object while we were in Switzerland, from Lucerne we traveled thru Zurich the business town in Switzerland then we headed to Rheinfall

We visited Rhine Falls or Rheinfalls in Switzerland language, the Rheinfalls are the largest waterfall in Europe, just ahead of Dettifoss in Iceland.

Rheinfalls are located in the High Rhine upper course of the river Rhine. When you check with a small gadget called GPS-Global Positioning System you will see that the Rheinfalls location is at 4deg40’46”N and 8deg36’59”E.

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Rheinfalls are located in the municipalities of Neuhansen aum Rheinfalls and Laufen-Uhwiesen near the town of Schafthausen in northern Switzerland and close to the German border

Rheinfalls has 150 m wide and 23 m high, and the water always flows, so the weather around the waterfalls always cool, salmon could not climb the waterfalls but eels could.

Rheinfalls are easily accessible by car, bicycle and public transportation (the DB-Bahnhof Neuhausen Bad and SBB Bahnstation Schloss Laufen aum Rheinfall railway station.

At the Rheinfalls are easily found Cafes with more variety of foods and drink, also some souvenirs shop where you could by a lot of souvenirs.

Holiday

Beautiful Indonesia in Miniature Park

Taman Mini Indonesia Indah-Beautiful Indonesia in Miniature Park is located in East Jakarta near Toll Road connecting Jakarta and Bogor in West Java.

Taman Mini Indonesia Indah construction started on 1971 initiated by Madame Tien Soeharto, the Late Former Indonesian First Lady.

Taman Mini Indonesia Indah was opened at 20 April 1975. This Park provide a complete picture of Indonesia in miniature presentation beside for information, education and cultural tourism object from all Province of Indonesian Archipelago.

You may get a detailed description about Taman Mini Indonesia Indah here

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Photo:Artificial lake with Indonesian Map on it.

You will find out the Science and Technology exhibition Center, the Indonesian children Palace,Aviery Park,the Fresh Water Aquarium, the Golden Snail Garden and 16 museum, Indonesian Museum,Transportation Museum, Army Museum etc.

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Photo:Indonesian Children Palace

Taman Mini Indonesia Indah provided The Golden Snail Imax Theater, Three Dimension Theater

For transportation mode it has the cable car, the monorail, mini train and open trailer.

Indonesia is a beautiful country stretched along the equator line, Indonesian Archipelago consists of 17,508 islands where about 6,000 islands are have no habitat. Indonesia is the world’s largest archipelago state with 222 millions population (2006) it is the fourth most populous country. Jakarta the National Capital is located in Western Part of Java Island, the population in Java itself around 130 millions the most populous island.

Indonesiais the land of diversity with 33 Province and has 300 ethnic group, each with cultural difference, difference dialects where sometimes it hard to understand each other but fortunately we are unity by Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian Language).

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Photo:Traditional House From West Sumatra

BSD City an independent city

We traveled outside the Jakarta Province, we headed south to Bumi Serpong Damai -BSD City, where BSD City an Independent City located. BSD City Big City Big Opportunity.

Actually BSD city is inside the Greater of Jakarta which are called JABODETABEK, consists of Central Jakarta city, North Jakarta city, West Jakarta city, East Jakarta city, South Jakarta city, Bogor city and Bogor Region, Depok city, Tangerang Region and Tangerang city, Bekasi Region and Bekasi city.

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BSD City is a new satellite city about 20 kilometers from Cilandak Town Square -CITOS at South Jakarta, it connected with toll road at the outer ring road Taman Mini Indonesia Indah -Beautiful Indonesian Miniatur Parks at East Jakarta to Pondok Indah at South Jakarta.

BSD City was planned as a self service city located in Tangerang Regions, Province of Banten, adjacent to South Jakarta. BSD City supported by some schools Al Azhar, Switzerland Germany University,St Marry College,St Laurencia. BSD City supported by some banks Bank Central Asia, Bank Mandiri, Bank Danamon, Bank Bumi Putera, Bank Rakyat Indonesia, Bank BNI. Hospital around BSD City are International Omni Hospital, another International Hospital is under construction near Swiss German University.
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BSD City has a Market Place or they called it Pasar Modern, the design of this market reminded me to Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne,Victoria,Australia. In this market you can buy vegetables, fruits, fish, chickens, meats, foods, cakes, breads or even cloths, housing appliance.

BSD City housed some housing estates like De Latinos, The Greens, The Pavilions, Villa Melati Mas, Melati Regency, Alam Sutera. Although the name of the residence clusters like in the west but here has warm weather, different than Melbourne at the State of Victoria Australia.

BSD City has some shopping malls like International Trade Center (ITC), BSD Junction, World Trade Center (WTC), Serpong Plaza, so the economics are grow up as their motto BSD City Big City Big Opportunity, and Water Park recreation area.

In BSD City there are a lot of restaurants with variety of foods from the village menu up to the international menu . From fine cuisine up to junk foods, there are Pizza Hut, the Sarpinos pizza, Mc Donald, Kentucky fried chickens. You could drink a lot of variety of Ice Cream, yummy..yummy.

This time I would like to show you the village menu, this Cafe is located at BSD City Market Place. Yummy Soto mie Bogor Bogor Noodle Soup, sotomie Bogor yummy or enak in Bahasa. Bogor is a small city southern Jakarta with high rains intensity, that is why Bogor so called Rainy City or Kota Hujan in Bahasa Indonesia.

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This cafe was designed like a pedestrian cafe, they have some menus beside Bogor Soto Mie, Ribbs soup, fried chickens, fried rice,gado-gado -vegetables salad with peanut sauce, karedok -raw vegetables with peanut sauce, oxtail soup. Inside the cafe you may see some pictures of the owner brothers who is an Indonesian Actor, hold a black belt of Japanese Martial Arts Judo, I think he is an instructor of self defense at the Army Command.

Soto Mie Bogor recipes consists of Yellow noddle, white noddle, potato, onion, meats, crackers, tomato, herbs. You may add some red pepper, ketchup, citrus lemon, it is yummy. Soto Mie Bogor relatively cheaps, the price only one US Dollar per bowl, so why don’t try this kind of foods. If you don’t like this kind of foods you may try Padang Foods (Hot foods), Chinese Foods or Western Foods.

Don’t wait to visit BSD City Big City Big Opportunity

Washington D.C.-National Capital City of America

From Montreal the Province of Quebec Canada, I flew with Air Canada and I stopped at Boston Massachussets to have a look around before I continued my journey to Washington D.C. I arrived at Washington D.C.via Washington Dulles International Airport

Washington D.C. is the capital city of the United States of America , the city and district are located on the banks of the Potomac River it was surrounded by the state of Maryland and Virginia

In Washington D.C. I stayed at Embassy Square Hotel at 2000 N Street, NW. Washington D. C. 20036, I visited Indonesian Embassy and met H.E. Ambassador Susilo Sudarman, he escorted us around Indonesian Embassy Building, showed us some functional rooms such as Main Hall, Ambassador’s room, Gamelan Hall, I well appreciated him.
I visited World Bank Head Office and met the Officer discussed about the ongoing and future World Bank project in Indonesia. I visited The George Washington University.

While I was at Washington I visited White House opened for public), Smithsonian Institution, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument , Capitol and also Arlington National Cemetery , the grave of President John F. Kennedy with eternal flame and his brother Senator Robert F. Kennedy is also buried nearby.