Malang Trip: Part 2

Batu Secret Zoo


Front view of Animal Museum, JATIM Park 2

It’s still warming-up chill when the clock fits almost 10 am. Situated between Regency of Malang and triggering growth of “Kota Batu” – Municipality of Batu, I stay some days at height of meters upland. My first visit has signed a signature of another trip story.

I walk downward from Regency (housing) where my sister lives with her husband after almost a year marriage to “angkot” stop point, a renowned kind of “low-price” public transportation. I’m fortune at least here frequently angkot cross over the stop since the dawn until around 5 pm. The driver tells me as he convinces there’s no worry of payment for it costs merely IDR 3,000 (USD 0.30 ; 1 USD=IDR 10,000). “Murah meriah!” he says or literally means “happy cheap”.

Front view of Batu Secret Zoo

The load is not that crowded, simply I cite it’s comfort enough with some elementary school students get in then subsequently stop for only IDR 500. They use this public transportation to commute between school and home while it’s almost 15 minute-long. The kind driver points me out a venue in which by design looks formidable than its surrounding. It’s JATIM Park 2 (JATIM stands for Jawa Timur or literally East Java) figured with a classic Greek building next to wheel-flyer. There might be a question emerged, if JATIM Park 2 successfully built, so where is the preceding Park? I wonder I’ve got the answer but no direction for immediate quit from angkot. I don’t talk to driver any longer. 

Two entrance point stand to welcome visitor, meanwhile car/bus/motorcycle have to pay for parking ticket but no for walker exactly. I go toward ticket store then order “full-journey: option which includes Zoo and Animal Museum. Today is Thursday which means upon normal days, so the complete package only costs IDR 60,000. But if you come upon weekend, it costs higher IDR 15,000 than the normal ones. You pay IDR 75,000 instead.

It looks like labyrinth, serpentine where single path surrounded by exhibition of living animal from mammals to birds. No worry getting lost, “Rute Selanjutnya” or Next Route signs the board stamped just after few meters of bending path. It’s leveled up to some nearly 3 or 4 I generally count. The design reminds me of mall but still better for its educative and natural value, additionally open-up scenery beats the point. 

"Magic" white box offers free charging

After crossing some stop points, going up then going down follow the pattern, I take a rest awhile at food corner beneath the labyrinth. Ripples of water enliven the realm. A white magic box stands just at the fringe of artificial waterfall boundary. “Free-charging” for some renowned mobile devices mentioning Balckberry, NOKIA, Samsung, Motorola, Sony Ericsson to iPhone is available for no cost. For gadget addict it’s such a blessing box and beyond fonder. For me I call it a fortune since my phone battery power drops to 16% and seven worsens. It illuminates reddish spangle signing me “Please recharge me or you’ll lost the world”. I plug it meanwhile me taking a rest for a while before following the arch. 

Statue of tribal outfit, visitor takes photo by resembling the clothes

I’ve been at the half of entire path whence visitor passes through sense of Africa. Another amusing spot wherein by following the sign ranging from Africa live scenery to Kidzone right up there. In this part a tunnel walled by solid clear glass visitor can enjoy the nativelike house of African tribe blown by song of feast. It’s derived into two sides, right and left. Apparently the tunnel existence cuts off the realm.

At the highest of where it’s built, I clearly see the panorama of Batu. I love the peak of a robust mountain over there standing with its vanity, like a pillar but looking triangle. Seems it whispers “I’m the king of means here and I see what you develop”. I attempt asking my friend what its name, but no clue. I wonder this wonderful mountain is what I was stunned of during the flight, clearly I see amid snowy cloud at height.

Gorilla arena

Eventually I’ve been at the exit gate, but I still have to go to the next destination, a Greek-style building which turns out to be Animal Museum. I come in and immediately my imagination flies me to world-class museum, at least I argue it is a world class standard or whatever it’s stunning (for me). I never expected or imagined before, Malang –a growing visited city- owns this treasure. Nothing to exaggerate but here I get so many Biology lesson beside its fascinating architect.

Panoramic preserved gigantic dinosaur inside Animal Museum

They have many kinds of insects, butterflies, till big size Polaroid animal, White Bear and African lion. All of these animals are preserved. Take as many lessons as you could by studying the nature wonder across the globe. Moreover, they have an educative auditorium where people (mostly students) come to pursue another path of study. It looks so well preserved and maintained. I take a snap to toilet as I wonder whether it can drink my thirst of clean or at least clean enough. See, everything is well. “They still have some slots if only visitor come in group and desire to pee” I laugh.


Malang Trip: Part 1

Fly with Merpati Nusantara

Here I'm back right after my last short trip to Solo, a call for another visit has just sounded. Well, I'll be going to Malang within a couple second and staying there for merely 6 days. Actually this plan has just been whispered almost a month ago before I join my university program, IGTF. Time has flawn away and I gotta go to Malang soon. The reason of my visit is to meet my older sister who I miss and never met after her marriage (worsely didn't attend her wedding for my tight college schedule).

I booked a surprising airlines fare just before my community program departure, it's so exciting. I never imagined before Merpati Nusantara Airlines would be amongst my list. Since other airlines offer (for me) high-fare, Merpati comes like angel to seduce me with merely a half that of other Indonesia airlines's fare for certain the due date I plan. So, I immediately push down my finger for online booking, subsequently printing out the itinerary.

This morning I depart from my small rent house (student hostel) to DAMRI pool bus next to Botani Square, Bogor. Fortunately my fellow kindly picks me up with his motorcycle at the still chilling morning so I don't need to go with public transportation. And guess it! I'm very thankful since today is so crowded, the road filled up with hectic vehicles around. That's what we (Indonesian) shout it "macet gila!" (crazy traffic jam). Is it a deal? Yes, for those who drive car this morning the realm is so annoying.

I depart by bus at 8 am to Soekarno-Hatta International Airport. A little traffic occurs during upon departing to airport particularly at (I forget) km point of highway. Sounds weird, perhaps there might be in Jakarta you can find annoying traffic jam over the long-highway or free-traffic-way. It has been turning common circumstance day by day. Here is the right place to practice patience excercise, I guess.

An hour and half I spend off the nothing-to-do time in the bus but reading my dowdily National Geographic Magazine. Finally here at Terminal 2F I stop by where Merpati Airlines settle to operate. Terminal 2 actually is purposed for any international flight (along with T3), nonetheless the State Enterprise's airlines both Garuda Indonesia and Merpati have permission to operate its flight for both domestic and international destination.Some corners inside are being revitalized or perhaps extended to increase passenger load as it aims to be better hub facing ASEAN Open Sky 2015, the whole being-done projects are all covered with secured tend revealing the new look (I hope it's better appearance along with increment of service quality).

I come into security check point then approaching check-in desk. I put my 5 kg backpack to be loaded into baggage. Paying IDR 40,000 as usual for airport tax. I wonder someday they shall withdraw airport tax rule so I can make more convenient trip, I do wonder. It still remains 2 and half hour before ETD. Seems it's too early but whatever, I prefer to be available earlier than left due to stupid late. Late? Here is common, still I have to admit some Indonesian still preserve culture of unrespectful toward what so called "on-tine". I guess we could utilize waiting time by reading free newspaper or magazine or just fooling around duty-free shop while the aircraft is being prepared instead of running hurry to catch the flight. Announcement for those who are still in waiting list is always be voiced every single minutes here. They really give the airport announcer a real job both in English or Indonesian or other additional language for international flight (Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Arabic),

Merpati Boarding Pass Flight MZ336

Yup, today flight is averagely nice though Merpati still operate old livery B737-300. Flight MZ336 bound for Juanda International Airport, Surabaya depart as obviously planned at 11.40. However, the boarding ticket displayed 11.10 (30 earlier) purposed to avoid unnecessary delay, or another term I say to warn passenger to be more on-time. Smart idea! Then it flies.This year, I've just realized for sure, is Merpati Nusantara's 50th year. With all the best they attempt to pursue the past glory with improving service after suspended financial animation. It experinced fall and grow, but unfortunately in his holy Golden Year Merpati has to strive more and harder. Luckily it has sister, GIA which succesfully shows fascinating transformation that may inspire them to reach the goal. Thanks for that, Merpati is properly to be appreciated for its broad coverage to fly more people in small/remote area throughout archipelagic country. It boosts the traffic to bridge the nation. 

Garuda bird covers the left side aircraft body

Merpati Nusantara tail symbolizes Dove bird

Almost an hour plus 10 minutes I sit down here inside the aircraft with once toilet drop by. It touches down the paved ashpalt bit after passing through shallow hazy condensed vapor (you may call it thinny cloud). As predicted, Surabaya is too warm (or hot), worsely my arrival time is at the noon. Felt so simmering. Then I call the booked rent-car driver bringing me and other passenger to Malang for two and half hour long. I feel little bit tired so I sleep along the way. And here I arrive!

"Izakod Bekai Izakod Kai" (in Papuan)  means One Heart One Destination

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