a wedding and fun days in Netherlands

After the first day I arrived in Europe for the first time, and got a surprise by my friend ( https://ayoeravenclaw.wordpress.com/2017/02/07/touchdown-at-brussels/ ) Let me continue the story of my 30 days of journey around Europe..  (Actually, it’s more like 12-ish days around Europe, because most of it I spent it in Netherlands). The first week was about my friend’s wedding, the Strawberry festival in Zundert, the city of Breda, the very touristic fisherman village of Volendam, & hunting the iconic windmill near Zundert.

The Wedding

My friend who is an Indonesian like me, was married to a Dutch guy, so the wedding was quite unique, because not only she will wear an Indonesian traditional clothes for the garden party, but some of her Indonesian friends who are attending the wedding will also wear it. These clothes really made impressions to the other guests as they never have seen such clothes, I can hear mumbles “it’s gorgeous”, “look at the details”, “so that’s the Indonesian dress, it’s beautiful”, etc. Well, it was surely one of the moments where I feel proud of my country, it sure is a beautiful country  😀

We’re the Indonesian ladies wearing our “Kebaya” for formal ceremonies. That’s me in Blue (I broke my heels right before the bride walked the aisle, so, yeah, lol)

For the ceremony, my friend the bride wore a white dress, but after the wedding ceremony, we had the garden party afterwards, and the bride changed her clothes into Kebaya also, in her favorite colour, purple.

Here are the newly weds, where the bride wore an Indonesian Kebaya. & It’s in her favorite color, purple

My mother felt proud to see the bride’s veil and the bride’s Kebaya, both looked beautiful on the bride. The wedding was wonderful, all of their guests and friends and family were filled with joy, enjoying their first dance with the music being played by the family band (the groom’s sister and brother play in it), the guests enjoyed some of Indonesian cuisines, saw some happy tears fell down from the groom’s parents too, it was a day full of blessing. The only things that are missing that day was the bride’s parents, well, I’m sure they’re both smiling down from heaven for her.

 

Zundert Strawberry Festival – Aardbeienfeesten

After the wedding day, the newly weds took us to see the local annual festival in their town of Zundert, which is the Strawberry Festival (Aardbeienfeesten). I guess we were lucky to be there at that time, so we can see this old tradition of celebrating the harvests of Strawberry in the heart of Zundert. Starting from the beginning of the central area near the town hall, up to the end of the main street, this festival was held. There were lots and lots of different kind of bazaar, selling handcrafts, vegetables, snacks & food (my favorite because we get to taste them all for free!), art performers, and of course, strawberries! Check out my photo in front of a big strawberry statue.

That’s me & mom in front of a big strawberry statue on an old truck! how iconic is that!

And seconds after I took that photo, some of the local band group was eagerly curious looking at my “selfie stick”, I guess they never really saw anything like it, because then they suddenly surrounded us and wanted to join us in the picture together, hahaha. What a pleasant surprise from the warm and lovely people of Zundert.

Suddenly these folks from the local band curious to join us in the picture, and I just called them “come on here!” ^,^

 

We continued on to stroll around the festival afterwards, many people are enjoying the sun on many tables scattered across the street, and since the theme of the Strawberry festival that year was Vincent van Gogh (a little history note, this town of Zundert is where Vincent van Gogh was born and spent his childhood), so there were many of his art was displayed around. There are also many art performers, one of them dressed and looked like Vincent himself, and a group of performer displaying themselves as a “dark”-living-painting ( I get to take a selfie with one of these “dark” people, hahaha).

That’s the “dark” living painting I mentioned, they are real people posing in it!

Some of the crowd enjoying the sun at the Strawberry festival

Here’s what happened when you take a selfie with a dark man from a painting, you’ll be amazed on how thoroughly he painted his whole surface in black! only his eyeballs are white!

So people, if you happen to be around Netherlands in June, make sure to check out this Strawberry Festival in Zundert, traditionally held during the second weekend of June. It is FREE of charge, no tickets required to enter, and you get to taste & enjoy the local tradition & culture 😉

 

the City of Breda

The next day, my friend took us to see the city of Breda. Honestly, since the first time I heard the name “Breda”, it reminds me of a song by Tiesto I used to hear when I was in college called “Breda”. Come to think of it, “was that song named from this city? hmm.. maybe..? oh wait, Tiesto IS a Dutch, he IS from Netherlands, so I guess my thought was right, hahaha… right? (I’ll ask him someday if I meet him 😛 )

My friend took us to stroll around the central district in Breda (Breda Nassaustad). We went there by bus, it is very easy to get there because the bus stop is just in front of the shopping district near the nassaustad. We bought the day ticket (dagkaart) for the bus, which was 5 euro for 1 day from Zundert to Breda, for as much as bus use you want, back and forth, it is definitely cheaper than buying the ticket per trip (3 euro/trip). There are also other many choices of Dagkaart (day tickets) for farther cities, but mostly you have to buy it on designated stores such as Kruidvat, HEMA, Intertoys, or Albert Heijn (you can find these stores easily around Netherlands).

In front of the entrance to the shopping district in the central area of Breda

The shopping district consists of many fashion stores, like that one just behind me in the photo, Z*ra, or many other brands we know worldwide, such as H*M, Forever 2*, Pull & B*ar, Adid*s, etc, and also lots of Netherlands’ fashion stores & brands, such as Van H*ren, where I bought a pair of black suede boots, as I find it cheap (cheaper than the standard price of a pair of boots in Indonesia), and it has become my favorite boots ever since. After that we continued to walk to the center, and I started to see the point of a big church. I asked my friend, “Oh! is that a church over there?”, she answered, “yes, it’s the Grote Kerk”. (Grote = Big, Kerk = Church).

Welcome to the nassau town of Breda, that’s the “Big Church” behind me, named “Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk”, or the “Church of Our Lady”.

Here’s one of thing that fascinates me about Europe, the Catholic churches, they are all HUGE! I mean for me, seeing the biggest Catholic church in my country is a cathedral in Jakarta, which is like half or two third the size of all big churches I’ve visited throughout the big cities during my trip in Europe, and by having that as a comparison, I found myself always in an awe. Including this one, no wait, especially this one, because this was the first HUGE Catholic church I’ve ever seen! I mean look at my photo, I still look like “is this thing real?” (little that I know, that days later when I got to Paris, then Rome, oh man Rome, the “hugeness” for buildings, landmarks, etc, turned out to be “pretty normal” here in europe, lol)

I wanted to enter the church to see the inside, but too bad it’s already closed (it was around 4pm if I’m not mistaken). Here’s a little history lesson I got about that church, my friend’s papa in law said that inside that church, there are graves of the family members of the Lord of Breda, Henry III of Nassau-Breda, total is 17 family members. And also, turned out since 1637, this church is no longer a Catholic, but it is a Protestant church (hey! that means I can join the prayer in this one next time I visit Breda).

Since the church was already closed, so we continued to walk around and see some outdoor cafe nearby, then we decided to relax and order a drink. It is my (new) favorite drink, “chocomel”! Hahahaha, actually it’s just a hot chocolate, my friend introduced me to this simple yet yummy drink, especially with the slagroom (whipped cream), oh how I love it! the whipped cream is sooo good, not like the ones in my country, the whipped cream are tasteless. But here in Netherlands? the slagroom is sweet and soft and yummy! So, yeah, basically it’s a hot chocolate with very tasty whipped cream, lol. I remembered my friend was jokingly called by her husband as the “little girl” because she always orders chocomel. Well, I don’t mind being called that way too, because I also love warm chocomel, hahaha.

Look at the sky! it’s such a beautiful sunny day! after some walking & a little shopping, we found ourselves a spot to enjoy the ambience of this city central.

Our love for warm chocomel, hahaha. It’s perfect for a sunny cold summer day like this..

We had our chocomel at one of the cafe called De Colonie, it’s attached to a hotel named Hotel De Klok. The cost for our drinks was around 3 euro per glass.

We also walked around near the other side of the central, & that’s my mom posing beside the canal.

After Breda, we visited a very touristic area of Netherlands, it’s the fisherman village of Volendam! Where one of the “must do” thing there is to take photos wearing the traditional costume of the Dutch fisherman, complete with the iconic “wooden shoes”.

Wanna know how fun it was? Stay tuned as I will continue putting my journey into this blog soon! ;D

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Touchdown at Brussels!

I finally start to write a “real” travel blog post, and it will be about the first time I ever step on the land of Europe!

OK,here goes..

I firstly entered Europe through Brussels, Belgium. It’s like more than 10,000 km from where I live! (it’s 11,429 km to be precise) it’s literally on the other side of the earth. It took me 16 hours of flight in total (I flew with Emirates, 8 hours from Jakarta to Dubai, then another 8 hours from Dubai to Brussels). Before this journey, my farthest flight was to Tokyo which took around 7 hours. So,yeah, I was pretty damn excited to fly to Europe! (hell yeah I was frickin’ excited!! who wouldn’t?! hahaha)

My main purpose to go to Europe was to attend my close friend’s wedding who married a Dutch guy. My friend is one of the kindest person I’ve known in my life, for me she was always there for me as a friend, as a sister, and even sometimes as a mother to me. I ‘m so happy to see how she is now with her family there in Netherlands, she deserves all the happiness she lives in now.

So, there I was, planning on going to Netherlands to attend her wedding. Firstly I didn’t really plan on going around the continent, but then she kinda whacked me in the head, “Ayu..? You’ll be in Europe and you’ll just gonna spend a few days in Netherlands? Are you kidding? You can go to Paris from here in the same amount of time you usually go to Jogja! (even less than that!) And you can go to other cool cities & countries around Europe!” so there I was, changing mode from “family visit” plan (actually, I don’t need any plan at all for this, just visa + flight and done) to “ultimate solo journey” plan mode (now this.. is a real detailed & long planning, because who wouldn’t want to make the most of every dime I spend on the entire journey?)

From a 4 days plan to visit, I extended it to 21 days, and I plan to visit Netherlands, Belgium, France, Italy, Switzerland, & Germany. Ambitious much? Hahaha well, yeah I guess I was pretty ambitious with the plan of how many cities & places I want to visit on those countries I’ve mentioned earlier. Plus, later on my mother also begged so she can came along,haha. So, yeah, I toned down the ambitious plan to a “mother-friendly trip” plan, lol. I decided that first we’ll visit my friend until the day of the wedding, then after the wedding we’ll start the trip around.

I book a round trip flight with Emirates for 2 persons, Jakarta – Brussels departing on June 10 2015, & return on July 2 2015, it costs me 1,484 USD. It was an economic promo flight, it was cheaper than usual, but the extra cost was to wait in transit in Dubai for 8 hours (yep, a looooong nap waiting for the next flight).

But Hey, I have no complains, Emirates surely is one of the best airlines in the world, the stewardesses are extremely friendly & polite, the service was amazing, all the foods were delicious, I didn’t feel it was an economic flight at all, any drinks you’d want they’ll provide if for free (as for me, I asked for some whiskey & coke, which made my Mom gazed me with anger & disgust for a second, hahaha). I also remember my mom “fell in love” with one of the stewardess because she is very very very beautiful (a miss universe type of beautiful, & I totally agreed with her), and asked me to ask her (my Mom can’t speak English at all) if she can take photo together with her, and she was all blushed and happy and tried to talk back with my mom, but since my mom doesn’t understand, so I become her interpreter (which is exactly what I am to her during the whole trip in Europe, lol).  The stewardess name was Imanuella, she talked a little about how usually people will like other stewardess more than her, then I asked her “which one?” then she pointed out one of her colleague there who was handling other passenger, then I exchange look with my mom and we both agreed and shook our heads “Naaah.. you’re a lot more beautiful than her” and she was so happy seeing our reactions.

Our wefie with Imanuella, the kind & beautiful stewardess of Emirates which made my Mom her #1 fan

Our wefie with Imanuella, the kind & beautiful stewardess of Emirates who made my Mom her #1 fan. (I guess those guys in the back also wanted to join our wefie! lol)

Then we took several photos together, and she lend me her iconic Emirates hat to me & mom to wear for the photo, my Mom was too shy to wear it so she said I should wear it. Those laughs & blushes between my Mom & Imanuella, for me it has become a sweet “opening moments” for the entire trip.

This is above somewhere in France, 20 minutes before landing in Brussels

This is above somewhere in France, 20 minutes before landing in Brussels

My friend and her husband lives in Zundert, which is near the southern border of Netherlands & Belgium, so I decided we better enter the continent through Brussels airport than Amsterdam, because it is much nearer from Brussels (plus the price of the flight is cheaper to Brussels than to Amsterdam, lol). It took around 40 minutes of driving from Brussels to Zundert, while if from Amsterdam it will took around 2 hours of driving. We landed in Brussels around 8 PM, but since it was summer, the sun was still shining bright. For me & my Mom who never really experienced any summer or winter before, we were super confused, “why the heck is it still daylight here while it should be already dark now??” Apparently, in northern Europe, the dusk is at around 10:45 PM in the summer, and around 4:30 PM in the winter. Both of mine & my mom’s mind & body were so confused. We usually eat dinner around 8 PM because we will be hungry by then, and now there I was, 8.30 PM in the airport, a bit hungry for dinner, but it’s not even “night” (yet?!) For people who always lived in tropical atmosphere, experiencing what we had on those first 2-3 days in Europe really is unforgettable. Silly, but unforgettable.

When the plane finally touchdown the tarmac and made the screeching sounds, I can feel the joy filled me up immensely that I dropped a tear out of my eye out of happiness. This similar feeling I also experienced when I first arrived in Tokyo in 2007 (here’s some of those memories if you’d like to know https://ayoeravenclaw.wordpress.com/category/tokyo-nov07/ ).

My friend and her father-in-law picked us up at Brussels international airport, after a long 24 hours of journey (16 hours of flight + 8 hours of transit), at that moment we only think of getting a shower and relax. But turned out that my friend and her father-in-law already have a surprise for me, they took us to a spot where it’s the border between Zundert (Netherlands) & Antwerp (Belgium). I asked her, “Umm.. what is this..?”, she answered me “Do you remember, that one of your wishes in life is that you’ll be able to be in 2 different places at the same time?”, then I responded slowly and almost excitedly “Yes….. wait a minute, is this… the border?”, her father-in-law answered “Yes, Ayu, this pole right here is the mark that this is the border between Belgium & Netherlands”. The next thing I know is that I just screamed excitedly and hug my friend real tight and thank her for that, it’s one of the silly wishes I have in my life but she have made it came true!

 

That's the pole border between Antwerp (Belgium) & Zundert (Netherlands) where I made come true one of my silly wish "to be at different places at the same time". Thank you my dear friend and her papa-in-law for the surprise!

That’s the pole border between Antwerp (Belgium) & Zundert (Netherlands) where I made come true one of my silly wish “to be at different places at the same time”. Thank you my dear friend and her papa-in-law for the surprise!

 

So there I was, spreading my leg beside the pole, putting my left leg on Netherlands & my right leg on Belgium at the same time! Aaaaaaah… (pardon my screams but yeah, I just can’t help it, if I’m happy I can’t just have a smile about it, I’ll jump and scream and laugh about it 😀 )

 

What a first day! (^0^)/

 

Until next post about the next day of the trip! ;D

No. 1 of my “Bucket List”, checked!

I’ll never forget this walk.. I had tears of joy flowing out of my eyes..
#AngkorWat #Cambodia #Temple #Angkor #Archeology #Park

View on Path

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Preah Khan, mystical forest temple

Preah Kahn #Temple – #Angkor #Archeology Park #Cambodia

View on Path

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Last days at Tokyo..

Untuk hari2 selanjutnya selama di Tokyo.. qta ke Kamakura bareng2 sama Takeshi..
trus ke Machida, trs berkunjung ke rumah bokap & nyokapnya suami kk, & Akhirnya, ke
Tokyo-Tawaa (Tokyo Tower)..!!  Pokoknya semua MENYENANGKAN & TAK TERLUPAKAAANNN..!!

Someday.. Someway.. In the future.. I’ll find my own way to come to Japan again..

& stay there.. for ever.. (^u^)

Hari 8 – Fujisan! (Gunung Fuji!) day 1

Hwahh.. akhirnya brgkt jg bwt ngeliat the real Fujisan (coz slm ini gw cm bs liat dr
lukisan doank, hehe). Lokasinya dari Tokyo ga jauh, krg lebih ky Jakarta-bandung.
Waktu itu di Tokyo suhu rata-rata lg skitar 12°C, & itu dingin bo’.. Nah trus bayangin di Fujisan itu skitar  7°C, Brrr.. Ampun deh.. (tapi mndingan gitu deh,maklum org Indonesia udh bosen sm panas, setujuu..?) Di sana qta ke ice cavern (bnr2 ada es abadi di dalamnya), trus menyusuri jalan setapak hutannya (serasa di film Shinobi!!).
Wktu lg nyusurin jln itu, qta ngelewatin persimpangan yg ke scary ‘suicide’ forest..
knp gw sebut ‘suicide’? krn emg tu hutan, bahkan smpe detik ini lo baca blog ini,
hutan itu masih aja jd tujuan favorit bwt org sana klo mw mengakhiri hidup mereka.
Seyyeeumm… Sounds tragic,huh? But that’s the fact..  Anyway! Setelah puas mndaki
Fujisan (dikit) & puas ngebayangin diri sndiri sbg Oboro di Shinobi sepanjang hutannya, br deh qta mnuju hotel & istirahat di sana. Oyasuminasaaaii.. 😉

Hari 7 – Asakusa

Hari ke-7 gw skluarga pergi ke Asakusa, the most famous traditional temple in Japan..
yang di depannya ada Gerbang guedee & lampion merah super GUEDHEE.. tapi sebelum ke
sana, qta ke daerah ‘Thamrin’-nya Tokyo, tapi mnrt gw, itu sih extreme ‘Thamrin’,
soalnya gedung2nya ampun, gueddhhee & tinggiii bgt. Trus qta ke taman tradisional
jepang yg letaknya tepat di tengah2 Tokyo, di dalamnya serasa ky lagi di zaman Edo
(nama kota itu sblm jd Tokyo).
Dari sana qta naik water bus, menyusuri sungai Sumida sepanjang Tokyo..
(Hahh.. what a view..) Sampai di water stat asakusa, qta diajak lunch at the top of
the famous Asahi building!! (Again.. WhAt a View..!!!) Terakhir, baru deh qta ke
Asakusa, foto2 sana-sini (tp fotonya msh blm dikirim ma kk gw,BT!), & shopping di
kios2 tradisionalnya.. Sempet ngiler habis-habisan di etalase katana & wakizashi
yang asli tajamnya (pedangnya samurai), Mauuuu… Bahkan gw n nyokap ngerasain naik
‘rickshaw’ (becak tua yg ditarik manusia) keliling asakusa, hihihi..
Omoshirokatta na koto.. ^-^

Day 6 – Harajuku.. Woohoo..!!!!

Hari ini qta ke HARAJUUKUUU…!!!! Woo..hoo..
baru brgkat aja gw udh exciting bgt.. Harajuku itu.. Fashion district bwt anak2
muda jepang.. Tempat orang2 stylish-nya jepang pada unjuk gaya.. tempat shopping fashion jepang yang
terjangkau (khususnya kios2 di jalan tikusnya yg terkenal “Harajuku st”) tapi
klo outlet2 yg ada di sekitar jalan itu sih udh mahal2..

Sumpah ya, baru turun dari densha (krt listrik
jpg), atmosfirnya udh beda bgt.. orang2nya (walau itu msh di stasiunnya), gayapakaiannya udh
eye-catching bgt..!! bgitu keluar stasiun & nunggu mw nyeberang jalan mnuju
Harajuku st, gw perhatiin org2 di skitar gw (dgn cara yg wajar tentunya), gayanya
keren2 abiiiss.. ada cewe, rambutnya di gelung acak ke atas, dy pk rok mini
garis2, kmeja plus rompi, syal pjg, boot item, hand stocking, & tas gimbal
(tapi unik).. tmn cewe di sblhnya, pk celana super pendek item, boot putih,
french hat, make up yg ky ‘ganguro’ extrim abiiss.. itupun gak bs sepenuhnya gw
gambarin sedetil2nya, cm seinget gw aja..
selain mereka jg
banyaaaakkk banget yg dandanannya, duh ampun dehh.. Hwuiihhh.. pokok’e serasa lg di fashion show yg eksentrik gitu…
& itupun baru di jalan2 skitar
Harajuku-nya lho..

Harajuku st itu ternyata emg sbuah jalan
kecil (mobil gak bs lewat) dimana di kiri-kanan-nya 80% outlet fashioooonnn
semua.. tokonya jg kecil2 (ya gak kecil2 amat, gak smpe ky mangga dua lha
ya..)
Fashion yg mereka
pajang, hwuih JEPANG BANGET..!! Eksentrik, Aneh, Asik, Ribet, Tabrakan,
tapiii..
Kweeureeeeennn… drooling mode on(*o*) gw swaktu lg nunggu nyokap ke daiso harajuku
(the 1st daiso in Japan!!),
gw cukup berdiri di pinggir jalannya
smbil pegang handycam & gw set record mode on, gw ga perlu keliling2, cukup
belok2in kamera ke orang2 ‘stylish’ yg lalu-lalang, gw udh bs dpt gambar2
mereka, saking umumnya orang2 berpakaian extrim ala Harajuku di sini.. ( ya iya
lah! This is the REAL Harajuku..!!) sdgkan pakaian yg gw n kluarga gw pake,
yaa.. lumayan stylish lah.. tapi gak ampe extrim kali yee.. ntar di densha qta
pd di-plototin org2 laghee.. coz bahkan utk org2 jepang pd umumnya, melihat
seseorg pk bj fashion extrim ala Harajuku yg bukan pd tempatnya, jg akan
dinilai buruk lho..

Anyway.. kira2 jam 3an, sewaktu gw n nyokap
lg liat2 ada outlet sepatu lg sale, kakak gw n bokap liat ada serombongan cewe2
berdandan ala ‘Maiden’ lewat..!!
(& I missed it!! Damn!) kt kakak gw, serombongan cewe
ber-6, jalan berdua2, tinggi-tinggi bgt (model beneran kali ya?) & mereka
smua dandan ala boneka maiden, pink semua..!!

(Bwt yg gak tau dandan
ala boneka ky Maiden itu apa?
Ky boneka
cewe yg terkenal dr inggris..
Ada yg inget kartun “Candy-candy??” nah.. krg lebih seperti itu.. Rambut pirang dgn
bentuk rambut yg spiral lucu, baju Victorian dgn rok pendek/sedang tumpuk2,
warnanya klo gak pink, hitam, sarung tangan renda, full stocking &
sepatunya fantovel.. kdg ditambah pk payung dgn wrna senada, atau yg lain.. krg
lbh bgitu..

Tadinya gw udh sdih bgt gak bs liat gmn
kerennya grombolan cewe2 extrim (asli jepang!) itu.. dlm hati gw (“pasti mereka
lucuuu.. klo liat org
Indonesia
dandan ala maiden, aneh.. coz gak cocok sm kulitnya..”).
Eh ternyataa.. pas jam
4.30an, cewe2 itu tiba2 lewat di depan mata gw..!!
gw gak bisa bereaksi,
gak bisa berkata2, cm bisa “HwAAaaa…”
(*O*)

Mereka cantik-cantik.. tinggi-tinggi.. seksi-seksi..
& mereka serasi banget..!!! semuanya pk baju maiden pink ( yg gayanya beda2
smua), rambutnya pirang, smua kaya BONEKA hidup..!!! kesadaran gw pun telat
terkumpulnya, bgitu mereka udh ngilang lg dr pandangan (mereka jalannya cepet
bgt!
Ky lg fashion show “numpang lewat”), gw baru sadar
(“Aduh!
Seharusnya minta foto
bareng sm mereka!! Osoi yo..!! Zannen desssuu..
T_T) Gw cm bs terpana.. sumpah.. sama sekali gak kaya org Indonesia klo
lg cosplay ala maiden.. Ampun deh..
this is the real Cosplay..!! Cosplay that
doesn’t need any contest to run..!! & no winner or loser..!! real-time
cosplay..!! 24/7 at Harajuku..!! Hwwwuuiihhh… Suggeeee…

Day 5 – Istirahat dulu..

Hari ke-5 gw di Tokyo
ini gw isi dengan.. Tidur!! Hehehe.. habisnya sejak tiba di Tokyo sampe kmrn,
gw kerjaannya jalan-jalaaaann mlulu.. hehehe.. so, hari ini udh disepakati
rame2.. Tidur sampe puaaaass.. gw bangun tidurnya aja jam 1 siang, HwaHAHAHA.. seharian
qta pd di rmhnya kakak aja, nonton tv.. tidur2an smbil nonton tv.. ketiduran
dpn tv.. [hwekekekek..]

Sorenya baru deh gw n kakak ke Machida sebentar,
pengen sewa dvd di Tsutaya.. (tsutaya itu kaya video ezy, video club, &
dsb). walau kayaknya perjalanan sore itu
simple, cm gitu2 aja.. tapi karena gw wktu itu perginya cm berdua sm kakak
(tanpa bokap & nyokap (terutama nyokap ;p )), gw n kakak gw enjoooyy banget..
rileks abis.. no stress at all.. no pressure at all.. Qta jajan yakitori
(sate-nya jepang).. liat2 pet store.. trus shopping cosmetic di drug
store-nya.. Malamnya, qta makan mlm di rmh sperti biasa. Trus nonton dvd Lion
King versi “behind the scene”-nya Timon & Pumbaa.. Sumpah kocak abis amit2
konyolnya..

Day 4 – Shibuya.. Kyaaa..!!!

Hari keempat di Tokyo..    oneechan ngajak qta jalan2 ke
Shibuya..
Tau film “Tokyo Drift” kan?? Inget
yg jalanan penuh orang smpe kliatan ky semut?? Well, this is the real place.. Hwaa..
the REAL shibuya… 2 hr yg lalu, waktu lg mnuju rmh kk dari imperial hotel, dari
atas jln tol keliatan, ada lampu biru nutupin seluruh permukaan salah satu
gedungnya, tulisannya ‘minolta’. Dlm hati gw, hmm kayanya gw pernah liat..
sambil ngelantur & nunjuk2 itu gedung dr dlm kaca mobil (“I know that
place.. I know that place..”) tiba2 Kensuke lgsg nyahut “yeah, that’s
Shibuya..”.

Kontan gw lgsg kegirangan smbil berusaha ngelirik2 ke bawahnya, pgn
liat orang2nya, “the famous Shibuya’s crowd” yang ngubah jalan raya jd lautan
orang klo lampu menyeberang udh hijau, cm wktu itu gak kliatan. Yg kliatan cm
bagian atas gedung2 di skitarnya aja (‘minolta’ warna biru, ‘tokyu’ warna
putih, dsb).

Densha yg gw naikin skrg
udh perlambat lajunya. “mamonaku, shibuya desu” (next stop is Shibuya), kata
suara elektronik (cewe) yg slalu jd guide para penumpang densha kapanpun
dimanapun densha berada. Bgitu keluar stasiun gw diajak oneechan ke tmpt
burung2 dara lg pd nyantai di atas halte pinggir jalan shibuya, tapi bgitu gw
ksh roti, pd terbang turun, & lambat laun (malu2 mau) pd mulai matokin roti
yg udh gw ancurin di tangan..
awalnya
ramah, tapi kok lama2 tangan gua srasa pd bolong yaak..?? hehehe..

Hwaaahhh… gw berdiri di dpn salah satu gedung
di area persimpangan Shibuya yang lebar & super rame itu..
gw mendongak ke atas,
melihat ke sekeliling.. bener-bener suasana Tokyo banget.. Gedung-gedung
tinggi, kliatan jalan raya n rel saling bertumpukan di sela-sela gedung.. tapi
yang paling narik perhatian gw, adalah monitor-monitor raksasa yang di-attach
langsung ke gedung-gedungnya! & jumlahnya ada 5..!!! hampir semuanya
menghadap ke arah yang berbeda, mgkn masing2 utk stiap arah persimpangan yang
ada, jadi bwt orang2 yg mw nyeberang jln, drpd bengong, mending smbil nonton tu
monitor deh..
Puasss bo’.. ada iklan2,
trailer movie baru, music video, ada yg masang lawakan2, & suara speaker mereka
saingan.. (makin tambah rame aja neh Shibuya..)

Puas gw ngeliatin monitor2nya, baru deh gw liat
jalannya. (“Buset! Itu zebra cross apa gbr arsiran yg saling bertumpukan
tuh..??”), pikir gw dlm hati bgitu ngeliat persimpangannya, dimanapun selain
disini gak ada zebra cross saling bersinggungan ky gini.. & bener, bgitu
lampu menyebrang hijau, Hwuiiiihh… Bbbeurrr.. Ratusan orang tumpah ke jalan,
nyeberang bersamaan, arahnya saling simpang pula! Jalanannya smpe gak kliatan!
Ckckck.. gw wktu nyeberang, smpet ngerasa ‘dis-orientasi’ (smpet mumet neh
mbo’..), yg kliatan cm orang, orang, & orang.. Hontou ni.. Sugooooii na
tokoro da yo..!!

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