Ole-ole Bandung, Mee Bandung, Kebaya Bandung and Air Sirap Bandung...... Why is the name Bandung so famous in your food, drink and so on? Why? Well, that is the power of a name, a good name.
|Air Sirap Bandung|
|The geography of Bandung (source wikipedia).|
In 1955, Indonesia held the first ever Asian-African Conference in Bandung with a participation from 29 countries. The leaders of the Asian-African countries who attended the summit included Nehru (India), Nasser (Egypt), Tito (Yugoslavia) and some others. We were 2 years away from our independence! The building where this summit was held still stand strong in the city of Bandung and they call it Gedung Merdeka.
|The Savoy Homaan Hotel.|
The trees which grew along the roads in this city makes Bandung a green city. Most of the trees were history by themselves! Most of them were hundreds of years old and still standing strong. Unfortunately, some of the trees had to be cut down to give space for them to built and upgrade the road.
Bandung is expanding in population but not the space. The space are getting smaller. Last 30 years, on our first visit, I still remember the much cooler weather and we have to put on thick clothing. There was no traffic jam and from the roadside, I remembered looking at people working in the paddy fields in the mid afternoon! But now, you see people on your right, left front and everywhere.... people are everywhere and they need more vehicles to move around and that causes massive traffic jam ... machet they call it! Even so, we still like Kota Bandung!
Last week I was in Bandung with my husband. We took the train from Gambir Station in Jakarta and arrived in Bandung after 3 hours. It was an interesting ride. The snakelike track made the ride very interesting with beautiful scenery all the way. We passed through deep ravines, bridges, tunnel and picturesques views. We will do it again .... maybe to the other destinations, InsyaAllah.!
|A train moving on the famous Cikubang bridge.|
|Pasar Baru.. A wholesale market.|
|At Rumah Mode.|
|BATAGOR is a short form of Bakso Tauhu Goreng.|
Kampung Daun Restaurant is 10km away from the city.
For the first time we tried The Stone Cafe. Also an open air restaurant. It serves Sundanese and international cuisine. Something similar to Kampung Daun but it is in the higher ground. From this restaurant, we can see the whole of Bandung below us. Under one big hut, guests were divided into different cubicles depending on the number of people in a group. The service is very fast and the food is good. This restaurant have life music which starts after Isyak.
|A night view the city of Bandung from the hilltop.|
|Nasi Padang. The choice is yours!|
When you arrive at a Nasi Padang restaurant, many choices of dishes will greet you which includes Kari Ayam, Ayam Goreng, Ayam Pop, Gulai Sapi, Sambel Hijo, Ikan goreng sambel merah, Jengkol, Sambel Terong, Gulai Otak and many more. And it comes with a hot steaming white rice! Then you have to wash everything down your throat with many glasses of Teh Padang or Teh Botol! The best part is, no matter how many kind of dishes served, you only pay for the ones you ate and the price is very cheap! You will love it! Good food and value for money!
Hetty Koes Endang Taufik Hidayat
Bandung is also a place where most good universities are. Students from all over the world come here to become doctors, dentists, engineers and so on. Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) was established as early as 1920 (started as Technishe Hogeschool te Bandung byy Dutch East Indies Gov), Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia or known as IKIP established in 1954 and Universitas Padjadjaran established in 1956. For comparison, our University of Malaya was found in 1949.
The fresh air, the choices of food, the nice cosy hotels, the factory outlets, the friendly locals plus everything makes Bandung the place to visit. Bandung has it all.