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  • Community Heroes: Food Sharing Indonesia

    After Friday's fajr, Dian Ayu Antika Hapsari and Shella Sabillah Alamri did not waste any time to welcome the day. They brought dozen of meal packages and drive around Malang City, East Java province. Bravely riding along on the back of a scooter to find the elderly and other people in need to distribute the meals to them. They never take the same route twice meaning that they often distribute the meals to different people every time. Let me introduce you to Malang City's very own community heroes. Dian Ayu Antika Hapsari, usually going by the name Tika - a civil servant, and her close friend, Shella Sabillah Alamri known as Shella. The two friends decided to set up a humanitarian movement together, to help others amid the ongoing pandemic. Tika told HalalTrip in a video call interview that the pandemic has disadvantaged everyone in the city including the elderly who are still working in order to support themselves. Yet, since the city implemented large-scale social restrictions, the elderly who are working as rickshaw drivers, scavengers, cracker sellers, and many more, are facing difficulties since most Indonesians are staying at home. That was when Tika and Shella decided to establish Food Sharing Indonesia (@foodsharing.indonesia) on 7th August 2020. This movement has two main activities which are Food Touring and Food Visiting. Their first meal distribution was on 14 August where they aim to run this activity around 6.30 am and after Friday prayers. Tika and Shella believed that the early hours of the morning is the perfect time to meet the working elderly. If the meal distribution is started later than 7.00 AM, they would have missed the working elderly as they would have already gone to work. "It is called Food Touring," Shella said. While, Tika said that they also conduct Food Visiting which they distribute meals, goods, and funds to the orphanages, Islamic boarding schools, and Quran hafidz. Their donors expect them to distribute donations to certain groups of people. "We need to deliver people's trust very well," Tika said. Food Sharing Indonesia conducts Food Visiting once a month. They intend to continue this movement even after the pandemic is over. Shella reminded HalalTrip that the poor, the orphanages, and the needy will sadly remain even after the pandemic ends. On Friday, 18 September 2020, Tika and Shella managed to distribute 210 packaged meals to their target meal receivers. They also cooperated with Yayasan Galeri Kreatif, Pedal Kuliner, and Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) in their community movement. Tika and Shella often send a report to the donors as part of their accountability to manage donations, dedicated to being transparent with the donation funds and allocation. Active on social media, they regularly update their donors and followers on the Food Sharing Indonesia's activities and where their donations are going to. Currently, Food Sharing Indonesia is open to donations from anyone. Furthermore, Food Sharing Indonesia has even received support from people outside of Indonesia, thanks to their great networking. Some examples are Shella's colleagues who are living in Australia are also interested in donating to their movement. Tika's colleague, a Libyan citizen who studies in Malang is also intrigued to contribute to the movement.    Meaningful Experience Surely, Tika and Shella have met with lots of meals receiver with many different characters. Undoubtedly, most of these meal receivers are so happy to receive the meals before they start work. These people are very thankful to Food Sharing Indonesia who with their pure hearts, travel around the city to find those in need.  "They pray for us, right in front of our eyes," Tika told Halaltrip. Moreover, Shella also feels so moved when people eat their packed meals right after receiving them.    Obstacles As this food distribution needs more manpower to do so, Shella and Tika feel that they should seek for help from volunteers. Even if they can manage their careers and this food drive movement, more people are needed for the movement to grow, allowing them to reach out and help even more people. Shella said that they often announce that they’re open to volunteers to help them in their cause, yet the result has not been so significant. Also, she even distributed offline fliers to everyone she knew to introduce them to the Food Sharing Indonesia movement. Unfazed and determined, she continues her effort to gather more volunteers through her personal and Food Sharing Indonesia's Instagram account to gain more public attention. Meanwhile, Tika told HalalTrip that Food Sharing Indonesia is planning to open an official bank account for the movement to store the donation funds. This measure will be taken as their solution to avoid the mix up between the movement’s donations and their funds. Currently, Food Sharing Indonesia is still using Shella's bank account and requires the donor to let her know through WhatsApp after transfer some funds.   Future Goals Tika expressed her future goals for Food Sharing Indonesia on being established as a non-profit foundation, to which Shella also agreed upon. She believes that if this movement can manage the donations more professionally and also be able to expand their reach to help a broader range of receivers, then the establishment will be made. Both Tika and Shella intend to give soft and life skills training to the poor. Moreover, they plan to lend some of the donation funds, of course with the donors’ consent, to the poor so that it will be used as their capital to open their own business in hopes of improving their quality of life.  "We want to provide the tools, not only feed them," Tika and Shella told HalalTrip. Food Sharing Indonesia plans to work with some communities like orphanages, the less-privileged, and widows – as long as they are feasible to receive some help or donations. Tika and Shella will do skill assessment tests for those communities to figure out the skills that they need to get them back on their feet. Skills such as cooking and digital marketing are just some of the prospective skills they intend to help with. This pandemic has tested our empathy as human beings to show our kindness to the people in need. Tika and Shella can gain people’s trust in gathering and distributing donations, packed meals to the right people. Setting an example to us with their actions that we too can help those around us, especially during these trying times. We need to strive collectively against this pandemic.  This too shall pass!  Follow their journey on Instagram at @foodsharing.indonesia   Know any similar inspirational community heroes around you? Comment down below or simply write in to us at info@halaltrip.com.  We would love to hear their stories!   Photos credit belong to Dian Ayu Antika Hapsari, Shella Sabillah Alamri, and Food Sharing Indonesia....

  • Things to Do In Yogyakarta After Pandemic

    COVID-19 is still a big problem for several countries in the Southeast Asia region. Some of the countries are able to flatten the curve, yet some of them are still facing difficulty to slow down the transmission. For example, Indonesia is still combating COVID-19 transmission. Currently, there are 59 countries have banned Indonesian travelers to visit their country. This scenario has forced Indonesians to stay inside their country and could not fly overseas. Surely foreign tourist is still not allowed to visit Indonesia. However, look at the bright side, Indonesians can travel domestically when the pandemic blows over. Of course, foreign travelers are also welcome to visit this biggest country in the region. So when this pandemic has vanished from Indonesia, there are nice places to look for in Yogyakarta, the southern part of Java Island, a province with magnificent cultures and social life. Yogyakarta is a province where lots of tourist spots that worth to be visited.  Here I would like to recommend you spectacular attractions in Yogyakarta you must see after the pandemic.   Desa Wisata Tinalah - Keeping Traces of the History and Natural Exoticism of Kulon Progo Image Credit: twitter Kulon Progo regency as part of Yogyakarta province has a natural attraction that will pamper our eyes, body, and mind. This spot invites you to get closer to mother nature. Desa Wisata Tinalah is located in Samigaluh District. We will enjoy the fresh air and some breeze from Menoreh Mountains surrounding this village. With many attractions that can be seen here, Desa Wisata Tinalah is a perfect place to spend your vacation time. In this village, the visitor can learn many things like walking down Tinalah River, educational outbound activities, and even visiting Joglo house - a Javanese traditional house. There is another fantastic spot near Desa Wisata Tinalah. Tourists could take a walk to Sriti Cave with 70 meters depth. This cave is famous before Desa Wisata Tinalah gained more traction recently. This village is a silent witness of Diponegoro Prince's battle against the Netherland where he stayed in a Talun Miri hill to set a war strategy. He also practicing horse riding on this hill. Currently, Talun Miri hill is used a camping ground. Desa Wisata Tinalah locates 25 kilometers from Yogyakarta. We can drive by any vehicle like a car, motorcycle, or taking a bus to visit this wonderful spot. Address: Jalan Persandian Kilometer 5, Sendang Sari, Purwoharo, Samigaluh, Kulon Progo Regency, Yogyakarta. Opening hours: Monday to Wednesday: 8 am to 4 pm. Thursday: 8.30 am to 4 pm. Friday: 8.30 am to 11 am, 1 pm to 3.30 pm. Saturday: 8.30 am to 3.30 pm. Sunday: 8.30 am to 4 pm. Phone: +62 852 005 2054   Glagah Beach - The Best Wave Breaker Beach in Yogyakarta Image Credit: 10travlr Discussing about Glagah Beach, the local people mostly will very proud of its beautiful lagoon. Commonly, beach lagoons have a barrier like sand or rock as it is usually located in relatively shallow and quiet locations. Yet, a lagoon in Glagah Beach is different as it is shaped from a slightly concave-shaped part of the land that contains high tide. Time goes by, this basin forms a broad lake with calm waters, lush edges, and overgrown with wild grass. Glagah Beach Lagoon is also used as a water tourism spot, such as paddle boats, canoes, and small boats that you can use to get around in the lagoon. Due to its quiet location and far from the crashing waves, this lagoon is quite crowded with children. For adults, there are fishing spots in this lagoon. Glagah Beach is known as one of the beaches in Jogja which has quite large waves. Therefore, in the coastal area, a tetrapod was built. It is made of a four-legged concrete structure that functions as a wave breaker so that it doesn't enter the shoreline further. In the middle of the tetrapods, a long concrete path was built that led out to sea. This path also functions like access to the pier. Many tourists could sue this tetrapod area for fishing while enjoying the sea breeze and the waves. The presence of a path surrounded by tetrapods is the hallmark of Glagah Beach. Most of the visitors take pictures of the landscape of the waves that break after hitting the tetrapod. Glagah Beach is located in Glagah Village, Temon District, Kulon Progo Regency where it is 15 kilometers from Yogyakarta. If you want to feel like a backpacker, you can follow this route - take a bus from Giwangan Bus Terminal with Jogja - Wates route. From Wates Terminal you can continue the journey by taking a bus Glagah Beach - Congot - Trisik route. You can ask the driver to stop in Glagah Beach entrance gate. To enter Glagah Beach, you have to pay an entrance ticket of IDR 4,000 per person. This ticket is a form of retribution to the local community that has preserved Glagah Beach. For vehicle parking, motorbikes will be charged a rate of IDR 3,000 per unit, and IDR 10,000 cars will be charged per unit. You also have to bring more money if you intend to enjoy various tourist rides on Glagah Beach. If you want to get around the lagoon by boat, you will be charged a fee of IDR 5,000 per person. Meanwhile, if you want to ride a canoe, you will pay a rate of IDR 20,000 per person. Lastly, don't forget to bring your camera.   Kalibiru Image Credit: hargatiket This excellent tourist spot is developed by the local government and supported by the locals. Kalibiru used to be a fertile state forest area, yet the illegal logging has devastated this area so the local government made a call to rejuvenate this forest area. Kalibiru is located at an altitude of 450 meters above sea level which has now become a lush tourist forest. With hills overgrown by various trees, such as cypress, teak, and eucalyptus. This tourist spot is located in the countryside, no wonder you can find many old Javanese architecture houses. These houses functioned as management offices and entrance ticket counters. Thus, visitors must do trekking in the forest to get to the main spot. Here, a path has been provided so that visitors just follow the direction of the road. Kalibiru Nature Tourism provides a viewing tower that visitors can use to enjoy the surrounding scenery. While taking pictures with the background of the hills covered in green trees. This viewing tower is a pine tree that has been fitted with wooden planks and a hanging ladder. From here, visitors can not only see the hills with trees. But also the Menoreh Mountains and the winding Sermo Reservoir. Sermo Reservoir is the largest dam in Jogja. Address: Jalan Waduk Sermo, Kokap, Kulon Progo, Yogyakarta. Opening hours: 6.30 am to 5.00 pm every day. Ticket price: IDR 10,000 for domestic tourists, IDR 20,000 for foreign tourists.   Pulepayung Image Credit: WisataMantap Pule Payung is located at an altitude of about 500 meters above sea level. So it is possible to see the beautiful natural panorama below which is full of green trees. Uniquely, this Pule Payung object also combines natural scenery with contemporary photo spots. The combination of green hills, lakes, and blue skies create an exotic natural panorama. Perfect place for looking for a place to unwind after a week's work. For those who want to upload the latest photo collections on Instagram, Pule Payung is the right place to capture vacation moments. There are various models of viewing booths available at this location, ranging from hexagonal, circular, and wooden bridge models. So visitors can take pictures with various models of viewing posts. Access to photo spots is quite easy because tourists don't have to walk uphill. As well as a large spot location so that tourists can enjoy natural scenery freely. Address: Hargotirto Village, Kokak District, Kulon Progo Regency, Yogyakarta Opening hours: 8.00 am to 4.00 pm every day. Ticket price: IDR 5,000 / person.   Nglinggo Tea Plantation Image Credit: Puti Niela Kharisma Trekking through terraced slopes covered in green rugs to enjoy the panoramic view of eight high mountain peaks is a charming treat when visiting Nglinggo Tea Plantation, the only tea plantation in Menoreh Hills, Kulon Progo. You can see Camellia sinensis plants filling the hilly terraces of this area when the fog is not coming down. At first glance, it looks like a step covered with a green carpet. The cold air slowly warms up, changing to the cool mountain air. Trekking among the expanse of tea plants, off-road around the tea garden area, or just enjoying the scenery are alternative options for traveling in this tea garden. Not only the unnamed hilltop on the west side which offers a charming panorama. There are still two other peaks on the north side that offer beautiful views from a height. Both are the peaks of Mount Kukusan which is administratively included in the Magelang region, only a few hundred meters from the Nglinggo Tea Plantation. The first, lower peak is known as Dempok Peak, while the higher peak is known as Kendeng Peak. Just like Nglinggo Village, Kendeng Peak also has a history related to Prince Diponegoro. A sacred place in the form of a stone found at the top is believed by residents to be the tomb of a relative of Prince Diponegoro named Pangeran Kendeng. So that the top name is similar to the name of the prince. In contrast to the panoramic views that are presented by the peaks on the west side, the view from Puncak Kendeng and Puncak Dempok does not offer views of the tea garden, but the panoramic view of the eight mountains in Jogja and Central Java, such as Merapi, Merbabu, Andong, Telomoyo, Ungaran, Sumbing, Sindoro, and Prau. In addition, Dempok Peak and Kendeng Peak are also known as favorite spots for sunrise chasers. Address: Nglinggo, Pagerharjo, Samigaluh, Kulon Progo, Yogyakarta Opening hours:  7.00 am to 5.00 pm every day. Ticket price: IDR 5,000 / person. Despite we are unsure whether the pandemic going to end, we need to keep on optimist that we could pass this situation. Reading articles provided by HalalTrip gonna help you to arrange your next itinerary for traveling in the future. Stay safe and healthy!...

  • Indonesia's Independence Day 2020: Things to Look Out For This Independence Day

    Indonesia will celebrate its national day next week on 17 August. The biggest archipelago country in the ASEAN region is going to enjoy its 75th year of independence after being under Dutch colonial rule for 350 years. Indonesia’s capital city, Jakarta, is showing its joy as many national flags are bring waived in the streets. With COVID-19 positive cases increasing day by day in the country, the pandemic is still a looming threat to Indonesia and the rest of the world. Indonesians have fought hard to gain their independence, and now they fight against this deadly virus. Next week will be a big day for Indonesia but we will never give up fighting the virus. Indonesians celebrate Independence Day by conducting several competitions that are very famous in the country that should not be missed. The health protocol is a primary thing to do, however. Everyone should wear their masks, face shields, wash their hands, and surely never forget to practice physical distancing.Here’s how Indonesians are celebrating their Independence Day in the new normal.   Celebrating from Home Image Source: What's New Indonesia In a pre-COVID, Indonesians will come from all over the country to attend the annual flag-raising ceremony in the Presidential Palace. Standing proud as they watch their national flag being raised high. This will then lead to the President’s speech to the nation. This year, with the safety measures in place, the celebrations will be taking a more modest approach, with most of the activities being moved online as gatherings are no longer allowed in order to lower the risk of infections. Citizens are not worried about missing out, as they will be able to catch the flag ceremony and celebrations in the safety of their homes as it will be broadcasted live on television and social platforms.   Independence Day Community Games Image Source: IDN Times Community games can still be held albeit at smaller scales with strict safety measures in place. This means that Indonesians can still enjoy their favorite games they always play during independence day. A long-standing tradition associated with Indonesians during independence day is surely the Cracker Eating Race or also known as “Lomba Makan Kerupuk,” which is a must in every Independence Day celebration. It is a game where adults or children will race each other to see who can finish their crackers first. This year, however, participants are required to keep a distance between one another as they play this game. The crackers will be hanged by a thread a couple of centimeters higher than the participants. All the participants will raise their heads to eat the crackers while having their hands tied behind their backs. It is a cheerful game as the participants will keep opening their mouths to chase the crackers that are wiggling around. It is a fun activity that will surely raise everyone’s spirit! Another game played by Indonesians during Independence day is the Sack Race. Similar to the Cracker Eating game, adults or children can join this competition. The participants will get inside a gunny sack. The race usually runs around a distance of 15 to 20 meters, the participants have to hop while holding the sack from the start to the finish line. Quite tiring, but yeah, it will always create a lively atmosphere with spectators cheering on to support their players. The race can be more challenging and joyful if the participants are required to wear a helmet while hopping! Want to give it a try?   Taking it to Social Media Image By: Photo by Nick Agus Arya on Unsplash During the pandemic, when many people are asked to stay at home, TikTok has been the go-to app for Indonesians to spend their free time. Indonesians could create video content that is so relatable with the current situation – COVID-19 awareness! Yes, we can still produce an exciting and creative video while reminding people to stay healthy and safe. Another way Indonesians are spreading the joy of their independence is through the internet by creating videos with the Independence Day theme. For example, uploading a video on Facebook or Youtube to tell the viewers about how grateful they are as trying to flatten the curve during the national celebration—sharing positive words of encouragement from their hearts to inspire others to do the same.   Mask Making Competition Image by: Photo by Vera Davidova on Unsplash Since face masks are the main protective equipment used during the current pandemic and have become one of the health protocols, it would be great if there was a mask designing competition this Independence day month. Where people of all ages can display their creativity by coloring and designing their masks. This competition can be an attraction for children to participate in the August race this year, it could even help in the fight against the pandemic. It will be very special (and safe!) because it could be conducted virtually to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in Indonesia. Even though the celebrations this year are being scaled down and will feel a little different from previous years of celebration, the spirit of independence still resonates with the nation, and it’s citizens where they are united to stand against the global pandemic. Happy 75th Birthday Indonesia! Stay healthy, and let’s flatten the curve!...

  • 7 Things To Do In Central Java After The Pandemic

    Welcome to New Normal! After a long recovery journey, finally, this world allows us to live with several adjustments! Covid-19 has locked us inside for months. Surely you need to catch a breath just to roll out. As your travel partner, how about a trip down to Central Java Province, Indonesia? This tropical country offers its wonderful sites to be visited in the New Normal Era. Some spots are now waiting for you, here are the 7 must-visit spots in Central Java Indonesia! via GIPHY Hortimart Agro Center Image Source: Picture by yearofthedurian.com This tourism destination is located in Bawen Regency which can be reached by around 1 hour by car from Semarang, the capital city of Central Java Province. Hortimart Agro Center is another escape to have a family trip! Hortimart offers a different travel sensation such as pick local fruit directly from the tree, shop for hand-picked fruit, and other fun agro-tourism activities. Let's find out more about Hortimart Agro Center! Agro Estate Hortimart Agro Estate Hortimart provides an estimated 27 ha of gardens with various organic fruits and vegetables. Uniquely, there are 3 huge rainwater reservoirs to irrigate the gardens. So, if you come in the dry season, Hortimart will still look green!  Agro Tour Hortimart Immerse yourselves by touring with an orange car available in Agro Tour Hortimart! A tour guide will explain the history of Hortimart, various fruits, vegetables, and others. When harvest time comes, you can go straight to the garden to pick ripe fruit. The kids have to take part in this and don't forget to pay after! Isn't it fun? Agro Mart Hortimart If you can't take an orange ride around the garden, do not hesitate to have a look at Agro Mart Hortimart. Take the fruits and vegetables you need freely on display or you can buy it up if you want! Agro Resto Hortimart After strolling around the garden, picking the fruits and shopping at the Agro Mart, it’s time to eat some healthy foods at Agro Resto. Most of the foods served here are vegetarian but still, it's mouthwatering!   Saloka Theme Park Image Source: Picture by Saloka Park  Welcome to Central Java Paradise! It is only one and a half hours’ drive from Semarang. Crowned as the listed destination in Wisata Pesona Indonesia and International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), Saloka Theme Park offers you 5 different worlds that are truly fascinating. This is the time to set you free to experience the miraculous of Saloka Theme Park with your family. Here there are 5 magnificent worlds for all ages that you must try! Zona Pesisir (Costal Zone) You will fall in love with this spot at first sight. It's designed identically like a beach. The breeze soothing you along the way. Not only embraced by the beach view, but also see some educating yet exciting attractions here, like Lumbung Ilmu Galileo (Science Center) to introduce your kids to the Hall of Famers from around the world, dive into History by visiting Zona Prasejarah (Pre-historic Zone) and Zona Bumi (Earth Zone), know more about living things in Zona Flora & Fauna, get familiar with Human Body in Zona Tubuh Manusia (Human Body Zone), and explore the remarkable Solar System in Zona Antariksa (Outer Space Zone). All those things you can joyously learn by pictures, writings, replica videos, and games! After educating yourselves, your brain probably needs some fuel to be awake! No worries, just go find Kafe Jenju right around there for some snacking! Pizzas and Donuts are available at reasonable prices. Place your orders then eat on the surfing board! Well, to boost your adrenaline, Cakrawala Ferris Wheel is a must ride! This 23m giant windmill brings you up and down for 15 minutes to enjoy the view of Rawa Pening Lake, Rice Paddies, and Central Java Mountains! The last attraction in Zona Pantai (Beach Zone) that you must visit is Arena Jejogedan & Kapal Jenju (Dancing Arena & Jenju Boat). Illuminated by the colorful lights completely embellishing the stage during the dance performances at night! Zona Balalantar (Balalantar Zone) Inspired by the wildwoods, this place will give you another sense of nature! Feast your eyes on the iconic Resi Waringin tree to welcome you to your Journey in Zona Balalantara! Just like Zona Pesisir, here you can find deeply enjoyable attractions such as Angon Ingon to get to know more about birds, fowls, turtles, rabbits, and other unique creatures, Agro Wisata Ijo Royo Royo to indulge your eyes with greeneries scene, mini cart in Safari Bocah to carry you around the Flower Garden and Mushroom House, challenge yourselves in the Haunted House Adu Nyali, play with water by riding Jamur Apung, stroll around from above by riding Kumbang Layang and try an agility game in Adu Tangkas. Make sure you don't miss any of them! Zona Kamayayi (Kamayayi Zone) Bring your kids here, you’ll never regret it! There are 7 attractions for you to choose from! It's completely suitable for children from 1 to 6 years of age. It serves a comfortable indoor playground. Your kids can try out Fire Station, Area Mandi Bola, Trampolin, and 12 other amusing games in Polah Bocah, a colorful sensational hanging bike that will make you feel as though you are flying around in Kupu Kupu spot, take a canoe ride through a replica of the polar ice caps in Pinguin, teach the kids to drive a car in Tata Titi, blast the penguins with water guns in Semprat Semprot, spin on the sea horse carousel in Komidi Kuda Laut, and the last stop of this area is Teka Teko, a gigantic teapot to relax in. The kids will definitely not mind spending all day here! Zona Ararya Get thrilled and scream out loud in this space! We’re sure that this is the most favorable attraction you are waiting for. Unleash the exhausting week by riding the spinning round plate that tickles your tummy in Bengak Bengok, feeling a sensation drop from 90 feet then pulling up at high speed in Paku Bumi, sitting on a drifting swing in Obat Abit, some other attractions you must ride before you leave are the Bumper Cars in Senggal Senggol and Sled in Lika Liku. Recharge your energy at Rimba Cafe and give a try to some mouth-watering dishes!  Zona Segara Prada  Comprising of culinary and amusement centers, this place is perfect for you to call it a day! Enjoy the savory Chicken Katsu at Kedai Daimami and play rapid river in Gonjang Ganjing or if you still up for some learning, head to Taman Galileo for some science facts outdoors.  We highly recommend this place as the best destination for the family. Don't forget to do some shopping at Saloka Art Market before leaving. No doubt, Saloka Theme Park will be a memorable experience!   Semilir Eco Park Image Source: Picture by Warisan Indonesia on Instagram One of the trending tourism destinations in the Central Java Province, Dusun Semilir is a one-stop destination for both locals and tourists. Imitate the stupa of Borobudur Temple, this site offers you lots of attractions to explore like a playground, photo spots, local cuisine, shopping, mini zoo, European village miniature! Semilir Eco Park is supposed to be the favorite culinary resort in Semarang. No wonder there's a culinary zone that makes everyone drool! They're Gunungan Resto, Teras Gunung, and Gunungan FoodPark. It provides you a place to gather with family or business associates while enjoying a view of the five mountains. You will also get to experience a vast food paradise zone with local food counters!  Besides the local restaurant, this spot also preserves some animals in a mini-zoo called the Pet Village! You can get here by walking or riding a mini car. Despite still being under construction, you will still be able to visit the European village miniature! Feel free to take photos in every corner of this site. The pastel colors of the home will make yourselves look chic!  Just like any other tourism destination, Semilir Eco Park facilitates you with a large shopping center. You can find Batik, Home Decor, Local handicraft, Classic Households, Bags, Accessories, and Snacks! So exciting it deserves to be on your bucket list right?!   Kopeng Tree Top Adventure Park Image Source: Picture by Kopeng Tree Top Standing in the middle of Pine Forest, Kopeng Tree Top Adventure Park is the best place for the family to have an adrenaline-rushing adventure! It's designed from tree to tree to get on multiple different levels. It's a fairly exotic place where both children and adults find agility games or go camping. Here’s what you will find there! Outbound Treetop Another outdoor activity that challenges you. It offers you Zipcoaster, Skiban, ATV, Caving, Pottery, and Team Building. The players will be fitted with safety harnesses first, so it's safe! Camping Kopeng Tree Top gives you 3 thematic options for some modern camping! Star Camp can be occupied a maximum of 3 people that take up camping concepts. Get free breakfast and a 50% voucher for Tree Top Games. Family Camp suitable for a family. You'll get VIP facility like breakfast, dinner BBQ, bonfire, bathroom, heater, 50% voucher of Tree Top Games, and Zorbing Games. And the luxurious VVIP camp is called by Glamping Camp, it accommodates up to 6 people with 2 room types. It has a private garden and an aesthetic pond. Other facilities you'll get are Breakfast, lunch, coffee break with 2 kinds of snacks, coffee, tea, and dinner BBQ, bonfire, heater per room, and free entrance all games. No need to wait, book your camping room now! Having Lunch at Treetop Sky Resto A unique Tree Top Sky Resto is the most crowded spot. Even if you only wanted to snack on some fries here, you need to fill out the waiting list first! While waiting, you can capture lovely moments around! No wonder there are visitors going up here only to take pictures for its enchanted nature.   Umbul Sidomukti  Image Source: Picture by Umbul Sidomukti Located in the Ungaran Mountain area, the main charm of this family destination is the swimming pools of fresh natural springs water! You will engage in a variety of activities such as swimming, outbound activities, lodging, camping, and gathering. Here are the listed activities that might suit you! Swimming at Taman Renang Alam Feel the cool freshwater by swimming here! The visitors claimed swimming in these natural pools is like swimming in the clouds. It's located on the hillside so that you can see clouds and rolling hills! Sightseeing at Umbul Sidomukti Flanked by two ravines and surrounded by green landscapes you will feel a calm atmosphere, far away from the urban frenzy! It's the best site to witness the sunrise while seeing the peak of Ungaran Mountain. You will never get enough of these breathtaking views! Umbul Sidomukti Outdoor Attractions Experience the adventurous side of Umbul Sidomukti by engaging in these outdoor activities available for you to pump get your adrenaline pumping! You can try the Flying Fox, Marine Bridge, Highest Triangle, and Sepeda Awang. Stay at Umbul Sidomukti Resort Want to stay longer in Umbul Sidomukti? We got you two references! Choose either the Villa Pondok Kopi or Homestay Pinus to stay with family, friends, or honeymoon with your loved one. You should know that both of them are impressive!  For coffee lovers, you can sit and relax at Pondok Coffee Umbul Sidomukti. Sip a cup of coffee and encounter a super beautiful region, only in Umbul Sidomukti!   Celosia Flower Garden Image Source: Picture by Taman Bunga Celosia on Instagram Famous with its artificial landmarks, Celosia Flower Gardens is one of the recommended sites around Ungaran Mountain. Who could resist exploring with the mountainous views here? We listed you what to do in Celosia Flower Garden. Let's jump to it! Coloring Your Instagram Feed Visit the flower garden area where you won't run out of photo spots! Every corner of the park enshrined in its moment. Capture the sophisticated Hobbit House, Floating Chair, and Air Baloon with family or friends! Being a flower garden, there are lots of varieties of flowers, all well preserved and blooming beautifully for your eyes to snap them! Having a World Tour at Artificial Landmarks  This place is truly mind-blowing. Celosia Flower Garden grants your dream of traveling around the world all in one place! You can go to multiple continents at once. Meet the iconic Eiffel Tower from France, the Merlion from Singapore, Windmills from Holland, the Face Heads of Easter Island, and the Stonehenge miniature from the UK. A great opportunity to take some pictures with your family or friends!  Fill your social media feeds with instagrammable photos. Especially if you are a fan of everything that is Korea, you can rent a Korean Hanboks and take some pictures with the Cherry Blossoms!   Cimory Restaurant and Milk Factory Image Source: Picture by bekti_s on wikimapia Integrating the concept of education and natural tourism into one area, make sure to check out Cimory Restaurant and Milk Factory! The natural beauty shown in Cimory is dominated by a variety of green plants and animals. See turtles, deers, birds, rabbits, cows, and many more! On another side, you can also see the variety of vegetables growing flourish in the area! Recently, Cimory promotes its brand new spot named Mini Mania Cimory! You can hunt for photos with well-known landmarks in the world such as Stonehenge, Big Ben, Eiffel Tower, Pisa Tower, Liberty Statue, and Pyramid. It doesn't stop there. We highlighted the best place for foodies. Cimory Restaurant serves both local and western yummy foods to satisfy your hungry tummy! All dairy products are worth trying. You can go to Cimory Store to stock your dairy needs there. It sells Yogurt, Milk, and Chocolate or if you still want to eat savory foods at home you can grab frozen sausages, steak, and many more! You will never regret spending your weekend here. As a suggestion, you should reserve a table beforehand to ensure you have lunch peacefully cause It might be crowded at any time! The holidays are coming! Pack your bags and plan a trip down to see wonderful Central Java Province, Indonesia! Don't forget to mention HalalTrip on Instagram if you visited those places above. via GIPHY...

  • Top 9 Holiday Destinations in Spain That You Need To Visit

    Everyone needs a plan to roll out and get some fresh air after the pandemic. While we all have big plans to resume our travel plans, we need to be sure that we adhere to health safety protocols. Starting July 1, Spain reopens its Portugal land borders, completing the country’s reopening transition. Spain has eased travel restrictions since June 21 when the Spanish borders reopen to EU and UK tourists without quarantine. Famous for its matador show, Spain continuously attracts tourists for its historical monuments, beautiful architecture and vibrant culture. That includes the history of Islamic civilisation in Spain. Spain is a huge country with so much to experience and explore. So get off your couch and start putting together your dream itinerary to discover the beauty of Spain with your family. But first, apart from coffee ☕️, take a look at the 9 best holiday spots in Spain! via GIPHY 1. Retiro Park, Madrid | The City’s Green Lungs Image Credit: Illán Riestra Nava on Unsplash Comprising of interesting monuments, fabulous sculptures, and gardens, kick start your day at Retiro Park by doing some fun activities like working out at La Chopera Municipal Sports Center, stroll around the park and discover the history behind the admirable Jacinto Benavebte Statue, La Casita del Pescador, El Paseo de las Estatuas, and The Royal Observatory of Madrid or you can simply lay a mat in the park and people watch while enjoying your brunch! This well-preserved park is home to a beautiful lake where you can rent a rowing boat. Be sure to spot the gorgeous Alfonso Martinez Monument while you’re at it! Near the rose garden you will discover the Statue of The Fallen Angel, 666 meters above sea level, symbolising the devil. The fountain is surrounded by devil-like creatures, spouting water from its mouths. For art lovers, you must have a look at Velázquez Palace and The Crystal Palace that hosts a contemporary art exhibition, monographic art exhibitions of different artists from 1900, and enjoy its remarkable interior! 2. Tibidabo Amusement Park Image Credit: Tomáš Nožina on Unsplash Challenge yourself to attempt some attractions in Tibidabo Amusement Park! With more than 30 attractions for all ages, the Tibidabo Amusement Park is one of the longest-running amusement parks in the world with some unique vintage attractions and breathtaking views in Spain! Don’t miss out on the park’s most famous ride – Avió. Feel yourself ‘fly’ in the air in an aircraft replica! Next, get on the ride on Muntaya Russa, bringing you more than 500m above sea-level and the best view of Barcelona from above. Also Read: 11 Must-Visit Islamic Historical Sites In Spain 3. Sacramonte Caves Museum, Granada Image Credit: Victoriano Izquierdo on Unsplash I would say it is a quiet holiday destination in Spain. Step back to the old times in this fascinating museum located inside of caves is the real authentic deal! This is where you explore the diverse geography within the region. Inside the museum, you will see how traditional handicrafts were made, a representative of the Gypsies lifestyle in the past. While you’re outside, admire sensational views of Alhambra along the sides, the white slopes of the Albacyn, and the River Darro. We’d recommend staying a night or two at the Gypsies and take your time taking in the view and experience the Flamenco Show. 4. Mezqueta Catedral de Cordoba Image Credit: Florian David on Unsplash The astonishing building of Andalusia city is transformed into the cathedral of Mezquita. Located in the Southeast part of Madrid, the dashing Cordoba mosque stands at the foot of Siera de Montana hill. The Cordoba mosque had witnessed the heroic moment of Islamic civilization in Spanish land. The mosque was once a cathedral called Visigoth St. Vincent and changed into mosque under Abd Ar-Rahman tenure in 784. Then, It was changed again into a cathedral during the 16th century of the Christian army's conquest. The center of the mosque turns to the main altar and the choir hall. The architecture has strong influence of the Islamic relics with pillars and marble structures surrounding the mosque. The architecture of the Cordoba mosque resembles the structure of Damascus’s great mosque, Syria. The Quranic calligraphy on the Mihrab wall is well preserved. On December 15, 1994, UNESCO defined the Cordoba mosque as one of the most historic and important relics in the world. Make sure you have a chance to pray there! 5. Plaza de España, Sevilla Image Credit: Joan Oger on Unsplash The Plaza de España-Sevilla is love at first sight! A seamless fusion of the Renaissance and Spanish Moorish architectural styles. Become the point of interest, this magnificent plaza will make everyone fall in love at first sight. The beautiful building has a nice taste since the combined architecture of Renaissance and Spanish Moorish style. It was originally built as construction and symbol for the Ibero-american exposition held in 1929. This building is a must-see attraction when you’re in Seville. In recent years, Plaza de España has also become a movie set, on Lawrence from Arabia (1962) and Star Wars: Attack of the clones (2002). Many arcs and columns, along with the red brick facade and gardens, make this construction looks stunning. Don't leave Seville before visiting this site! 6. City of Arts and Science, Valencia Image Credit: Jurre Houtkamp on Unsplash Integrating ultra-modern scientific and cultural complex, Valencia, the city of arts and science is not only best known as the largest holiday destination in Spain but also in Europe! This place is simply mind-blowing. The area was designed by the well-known Valenkcian architect, Santiago Calatrava, who lies on the dried bed of the river (which was diverted), and it's an impressive example of modern architecture. Be prepared to spend the whole day there because it's worth it and here are the attractive contents you should touch! Palau de Les Arts Reina Sofia, Hemispheric, Museu de les Ciencies Principe Felipe, Oceanografic, The Umbracle, and Agora. We would recommend getting the tickets online in advance on their official website before it is sold out! 7. 3 Halal Restaurants in Spain Images Credit: Artiom Vallat on Unsplash Having a trip to Europe especially Spain is the thing that you always waiting for! Besides famous with its historical places, this country also serves you Halal cuisine from all around the world that you can find in Barcelona, Granada, and Madrid easily. Ascent, Barcelona Ascent is located in the heart of Barcelona city. It offers the Mediterranean, Spanish and French cuisine. What a surprise, all the dishes are delicious. We strongly recommend this restaurant! El Taj Halal, Granada A Moroccan Halal Certified Restaurant is the best places to eat fresh halal food. The service is great and the food is amazing. Their falafel wrap is a must-try! Bombay Palace, Madrid This restaurant serves you with various tasty of Indian food. We recommend you to give a try on chicken Madras, Naan and Chicken Briyani! Local Markets! Image Credit: Caleb Stokes on Unsplash For travelers, wander around to the local market is a must! It is impossible if you leave that way without pick some original craftworks from Spain! We have 2 local markets for your last destination in Spain: 8. El Rastro, Madrid With more than 1,000 stalls are available and free to check out. Both locals and tourists make the crowd there to browse antiques, flamenco attire, and old furniture to kitchen appliances, T-shirts, and leather bags. Maybe you won’t find any amazing items on sale on these crowded sloped streets but you will get a sense of life in Madrid and a living tradition. 9. Alcaiceria, Granada A beautiful open market, sited in a couple of little alleys which full of vendors selling dresses, lamps, handmade objects. You will experience the atmosphere of Moroccan here. we can say, it is a must-see in Granada. Well.. what are you waiting for? Start putting together your itinerary and find the treasures for all the above 9 destinations in Spain right away! Also Read: A Muslim's Traveler's Guide to Spain...

  • 10 Best Things To Do In Iceland After Covid-19

    Welcome to the land of fire and ice in the northern part of Europe, Iceland. This country, well-known for its Vikings, has been crowned as the fourth happiest country in the world according to the World Happiness Report 2020. In this beautiful country, you will encounter the exquisite active volcano and glacier, pleasant cold weather, gorgeous wildlife animals, and the breathtaking landscapes. Iceland offers many tourist-friendly spots and is attempting to attract foreign tourists to the country, including Muslim travellers. We strongly recommend Iceland as your next destination due to its magnificent scenery and! If you are planning your next travel post-Covid-19, Iceland might be the perfect destination for you! Without further ado, here are the 10 best things to do in Iceland! via GIPHY 1. Northern Lights in Reykjavík Image Credit: Davide Cantelli on Unsplash; The Northern Lights at Reykjavík, one of the best places to see this spectacular view. In Iceland, seeing the Northern Lights, also known as Aurora Borealis, is at the top of most traveller's bucket list. Aurora is a natural light created in the sky by a disruptive solar wind in the magnetosphere that affects the particles in between, which then produces flashes of lights. Its epic colors and movements can thrill millions of tourists to tour and enjoy the aurora with their bare eyes! There are some excellent towns that you must visit to capture the Northern Light perfectly like Grótta Lighthouse, Öskjuhlíð Forest, and Elliðaárdalur. Be sure to visit these places to see this spectacular view, you won't regret it, we promise! 2. Visiting Mosques in Reykjavík Image Credit: An-Nur Mosque on Facebook; An-Nur Mosque, also known as Félag múslima á Íslandi, officially opened in 2002. For Muslim travellers, visiting mosques when travelling can be an enlightening experience. Not to worry as there are some mosques in the capital city of Iceland, Reykjavík, where you are able to visit and pray. Here are the three magnificent Mosques in Reykjavík:  An-Nur Mosque Situated in the third floor of a building in Reykjavík, An-Nur Mosque, also known as Félag múslima á Íslandi, was founded by the Iceland Muslim Organization in 1997, and officially opened as the first Mosque in 2002. Just like other Mosques, it holds the five daily prayers and Friday Prayers as well. Islamic Cultural Center of Iceland (ICCI) Islamic Cultural Center of Iceland (ICCI) Mosque facilitates children by providing Islamic Education through the Iqro School that is managed by the Youth Islamic Organization. Since it is located on the second floor of a building, the Youth Islamic Organization organizes worshipping activities such as Eid Al-Fitr and Eid Al-Adha by capitalizing on the spacious place.  The Grand Mosque of Iceland The history of the Grand Mosque is pretty unique. In 1997, this mosque was used as a Cultural and Music Center but later became a restaurant. However, around 2011 to 2012, the Muslim Community had acquired this building and turned it into a mosque. Please note that since you’re in Iceland, it may be difficult to find Islamic materials like prayer mats being sold here. As such, please bring your own prayer set like Travel Mukena & Sejadah to make things easier for you. It is also recommended to bring your own prayer sets for hygiene purposes.  3. Visiting The Blue Lagoon Image Credit: Maarten van den Heuvel on Unsplash  This is a must-visit phenomenal spot that you can enjoy while in Iceland. The massive geothermal spa gives you an extraordinary experience the first time you step foot into the Lagoon. The temperature may reach up to 38 degrees Celcius which is a total fit for relaxation. You will get to experience the warmth of milky turquoise water while trying out a silica mask. This would be an unforgettable and unique experience, so be sure to include this in your itinerary!  4. Sightseeing in Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Image Credit: Andy Wang on Unsplash The place that you can’t miss out is Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. You will get to see some of your favorite action movie scenes like 'A View to Kill' and 'Day Another Day' come to life at this amazing spot. Take a drive from Reykjavík and you will reach your destination in about three to four hours. The journey is definitely worth it; I believe you will not feel worn out looking out of your car window, admiring the greenery and scenic view along the way. Once you get to Jökulsárlón, you will be welcomed by a myriad of the free-flowing iceberg.  Try touching some of the 1000-year-old crystal icebergs but be very careful! If you plan to stay longer till dawn, you will find a beautiful sunset reflected on the iceberg that gives you a breathtaking view. You might even see a bob of seals swimming here! Sightseeing at Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon is one of the best things to do in Iceland, particularly with your loved ones as you could make new memories here.   5. Strolling Around Westfjords Image Credit: Zak Boca on Unsplash; Westfjords offers many beautiful spots for you to explore. One of the most isolated places in Iceland is located is Westfjords or the Iceland Base Camp Secret. Even though it remains largely off the tourist radar, it still offers outstanding water pools and beaches spread out across the location. There are so many spots you can explore all at once. You will discover the cute little town, old cafes, and beautiful scenery at Ísafjörður. Image Credit: Yanshu Lee on Unsplash; Witness the exotic Atlantic Puffins in Látrabjarg. Stroll along the high cliff to see the exotic Atlantic Puffins in Látrabjarg, and see seven small remarkable waterfalls in Westfjords. You could also see a 10kilometer-beach with sparkling brown sand and deep turquoise seawater surrounded by cliffs in Rauðisandur Beach, and the list doesn't end there! So if you're looking to visit a place that does not have many tourists, Westfjords is the perfect place for you! You get to see, explore and experience largely unique sights, that you would not be able to in other parts of Iceland. 6. The Black Sand Beach at Reynisfjara  Image Credit: Rémy Penet on Unsplash; The famous Black Sand Beach at Reynisfjara, a must-visit when you're in Iceland. One of the most famous spots for those of you who love admiring the sensational view at the beach, you must visit the Black Sand Beach when you're in Iceland! This beach offers you a unique experience especially with the black sand, beautiful Basalt rock formation, cave formation that is uniquely shaped, and even the beauteous geometric patterns that you will not get to see elsewhere. Beware though, of the huge waves in this beach! 7. The Golden Circle Tour  Image Credit: Clark Van Der Beken on Unsplash; Thingvellir National Park, one of the spots you get to visit on the Golden Circle Tour.   You will not regret taking a spectacular trip around the Golden Circle! You get to witness the landscape of Thingvellir National Park during this tour. This park is considered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Iceland. It reflects the history of the Vikings, which came to set up one of the first European Parliaments.   Another activity that you can do here is to swim in a place called Silfra to experience one of the clearest water. After Thingvellir National Park, you will move to Iceland’s best-known Stokkur Geyser and see it erupting several times per hour. The last step-over will be super hypnotic Gulfoss Waterfall. Enjoy the magnificent double rainbow transverse the swift waterfall! 8. Whale Watching Tour Image Credit: Ferdinand Stöhr on Unsplash; Whale watching in Iceland is an exciting and popular activity to do in Iceland. Seeing whales in the high seas can be really exciting. For the whale watching tours, you will get to wear special clothes to see the attraction of swimming whales. Starting from the open upper deck of the ship, the expert guards will assist passengers and point out where exactly the whales will appear. The common whales in the area are humpback whales and minke whales. You will find out how amazingly big these animals are! 9. Halal Restaurants in Iceland Image Credit: Pushpak Dsilva on Unsplash; There are several Halal Restaurants in Iceland like Mandi Reykjavík, Shalimar and Meze, suitable for Muslim travellers. Looking for a Muslim-Friendly Restaurant here can be slightly difficult, but don’t worry as we have found a couple of Halal Restaurants scattered along the Reykjavík area. Below are the lists of Halal Restaurants in Iceland: Mandi Reykjavík: An eatery that serves Middle Eastern Cuisine such as shawarmas and falafel dishes.Shalimar Pakistani Cuisine: A highly recommended restaurant that provides curry, grapevine, chicken makhani and many more.Meze: This Turkish Restaurant has a wide range of food on the menu that comes from Mediterranean cuisine, European Cusine, and Middle Eastern Cuisine, all at a reasonable price. 10. The Best Iceland Souvenir Shops Image Credit: Puzzled by Iceland on Facebook; Be sure to bring back some souvenirs from Iceland! Before heading to your home country, buying some souvenirs that best represents Iceland is a must. Try walking down the main shopping centre in Reykjavík to get to these 3 souvenir shops in Iceland!  Omnom Chocolate: Chocolates originating from Iceland can be one of the best gift for your loved ones. You will get a taste of chocolates that are produced from the best beans around the world covered with licorice and sea salt. The combination of rich ingredients is the best distinctive flavor you will ever have. Another special souvenir that you can take home is the sweet candy that everyone loves. You can grab all of these candies in supermarkets or grocery stores. For Muslim travelers, please ask the storekeeper first whether the ingredients used are Halal or not.  Hrím: A beautiful icon for home decor in downtown, Hrím is an excellent option for souvenir shopping. It provides an affordable Nordic style of kitchenware and households. You are free to choose the pieces that fit your home the most.Puzzled by Iceland: This souvenir shop sells authentic products like clothing items, accessories, and bags. The design printed on the items will be the best reminder of your travel to Iceland. What makes them look fabulous is the image of natural phenomena and wildlife such as the Northern Lights, Atlantic Puffins, and Iceland Horses - all of which best represent Iceland.Pick Iceland as your next destination and have these 10 best things to do on your bucket list. Traveling to Iceland is a once in a lifetime journey!  via GIPHY ...

  • The 12 Best Things To Do In Penang Once It Is Safe To Travel

    Penang is a beautiful destination in Malaysia that continues to attract tourists from all over the world. This beautiful gem will satisfy you with its rich culture and history as well as the many Muslim-friendly services it offers. There are historical places, epic views, a myriad of shopping spots, and even famous Halal food spots that will leave you coming back for me.  As Malaysia eases travel restrictions, you can expect to travel to Penang really soon! We highly recommend Penang as your next destination as there are just so many things that you can do and explore here.  Here are the 12 best things to do in Penang once it is safe to travel!  via GIPHY Also Read: Here Are 10 Best Family Road Trips In Malaysia   1. Visit the Ancient Fort Cornwallis Image Credit: Fort Cornwallis by George Town World Heritage Incorporated History should not be forgotten and visiting old ancient ruins and historical sites can be a good way to learn and remember the past. Take a trip to the largest standing Fort Cornwallis in Penang that will bring you back in time.  The Fort Cornwallis was built in 1786 as a defensive structure against pirates. Located in Georgetown Area, it is reachable via bus, taxi, or any other public transportation provided in Penang. You can visit around 9 am to 6.30 pm. There are so many things to do in Fort Cornwallis! You can request a fort tour with the guide, take photos of the unique interior of Fort Cornwallis, taking photos with a Bronze statue of Captain Francis Light at the main entrance, exploring prison cells, storage areas and barracks. Make sure not to leave the fort if you haven't taken enough photos of the numerous bronze cannons available! Bring a camera or smartphone to capture wonderful memories here.  2. Famous Local Halal Cuisine Spots in Penang Image Credit: RestoranDeen on Facebook Here is a list of mouthwatering local halal food spots that you can enjoy in Penang. Meal for Breakfast: For breakfast, we recommend you to get the famous local delicacy, Roti Canai at Roti Canai Transfer Road. With the special curry poured over the roti canai, you are sure to enjoy this local delight. Order some Teh Tarik too which is the best companion for this dish.  Lunch to Recharge: After walking around the beautiful Penang, you may find yourself hungry and feel the need to recharge with a filling lunch. Restaurant Nasi Kandar Deen in Jelutong should be placed at the top of your list! This restaurant is regarded as one of the best restaurants serving Nasi Kandar in Penang. Nasi Kandar is a popular northern Malaysian dish that originated in Penang. You can choose from a wide variety of dishes freshly cooked in the restaurant.  Dinner to call it a day: For dinner, you can step into Restaurant Kapitan which is famous for having the best tandoori chicken in Penang! The tandoori chicken could be served with a fresh piece of naan or clay pot biryani. Beware! This savory meal might leave you wanting for more, and you might end up ordering a second serving. 3. Street Art at Georgetown for Instagram Feed Image Credit: Steve Douglas on Unsplash Want to make your Instagram feed more lively and aesthetically-pleasing? If you are walking through the Mural Street of Penang, there are plenty of cute paintings on the wall and buildings that feature the antics and innocent kids at Georgetown! Those paintings were the masterpiece of an artist who came from Lithuania named Ernest Zacharevic which had existed since 2012. This tourist hotspot has an abundance of high-quality spots to have your photos taken. If you are keen to visit the street art at Georgetown, you can walk along the following streets: Penang Street, Muntri Street, Weld Quay, and many more! This should definitely be at the top of your list!  4. Visit Mosques in Penang Image Credit: Siti Rahmanah Mat Daud on Unsplash As one of the Muslim-majority countries in the world, visiting mosques could easily be included in your itinerary. You could go mosque-hopping in Penang since the city is made up of many beautiful and remarkable mosques. I recommend visiting two mosques that I feel are the two most outstanding mosques in Penang.   Firstly, you could visit Masjid Negeri which was built in 1980 and designed by the Filipino architect, Efren Brindez Paz. It is the largest Mosque in Penang that is able to accommodate up to 5,000 visitors. You could also visit the Penang Floating Mosque. This is one of the popular mosques in Penang. It’s called “Floating Mosque” as it appears to be floating, anchored by concrete pillars over the sea. Mosque-hopping is definitely one of the best things that you could do in Penang!  Also Read: 5 Mosques to Visit in Penang 5. Escape Theme Park Penang Image Credit: Escape For those of you craving for some adventure, this tourist spot will boost your adrenaline. Bring your most loved one to experience an adventure at Escape Theme Park. I believe your friends or family will love this theme park, especially kids! Escape Theme Park Penang includes Adventure Play, Water Play, and Gravity Play. The best thing is, it is awarded as the No.1 Theme Park in Malaysia! Good news for you guys, there’s no age limit for all rides and games!  6. Back to Nature at Tropical Spice Garden Image Credit: Tropical Spice Garden on Facebook Tropical Spice Garden offers you the chance to get closer to nature! This garden divided into three areas; the Spice Trail for the spice plants, the Ornamental Trail which includes a variety of exotic plants, and the last but not least, which is the Jungle Trail where you can see the various ferns, palms, and also different kinds of wild orchid here. You can either go around the area on your own or with a tour guide. For more information, visit their website here. 7. Visit Kek Lok Si Temple Image Credit: Geraldine Ng on Unsplash Explore the unique Buddhist heritage in this city, only at Kek Lok Si Temple, which is the largest Buddhist Temple in Penang. The temple offers a unique heritage where Mahayana Buddhism and traditional Chinese rituals come together to blend into a harmonious whole, as seen through its temple architecture and daily activities of worshippers. This temple is definitely a must-visit as you get to appreciate and learn more about the rich culture and heritage that Penang offers. 8. Trishaw Ride Around Georgetown Image Credit: Yaopey Yong on Unsplash Getting around in a trishaw is a brilliant idea! The trishaw is a 70-year traditional public transportation in Penang. These rides are easy to find around Georgetown city. The trishaw drivers decorate their trishaw with flowers, in order to attract tourists. In addition, they also put an umbrella on the trishaw to protect passengers from the sun as the weather can get really hot in Penang. A trishaw can carry up to two persons and the driver can bring you around to some spots in Georgetown area such as Fort Cornwallis, Clan Jetty, or the Kloo Clan Association. Feel the breeze of Penang and get the experience of a lifetime by taking a ride on the trishaw! 9. Penang Peranakan Mansion Image Credit: Penang Peranakan Mansion on Facebook  The Penang Peranakan Mansion introduces tourists to the culture and heritage of the Peranakans in Penang. Visiting this mansion is a good opportunity to learn about the lifestyle of the Peranakans during the colonial period in Southeast Asia. This historical spot is impressive with unique interiors and furniture that allows you to catch a glimpse of the past. Visit the website for more information here. Also Read: Word Of Mouth - Penang Locals Tips 10. Entopia Butterfly Farm Image Credit: Entopia Butterfly Farm on Facebook Entopia Butterfly Farm is a natural learning center that would totally fit into your itinerary with your family, as you will be get to explore and learn about butterflies and their habitat. Everyone can enjoy a visit to this farm which is divided into two main areas, The Natureland and The Cocoon. The Natureland is the largest butterfly park in Malaysia, with 15,000 free-flying butterflies at any time while The Cocoon is a center of exploration for visitors to get involved in enjoyable learning activities. Don't miss out the chance to visit the Entopia Butterfly Farm with your family and friends!  11. Enjoying Batu Ferringhi Beach Image Credit: Kelvin Yup on Unsplash Another most visited destination in Penang is Batu Ferringhi Beach. This beach provides a serene and relaxing atmosphere. You can walk along the white sand beaches which stretches along the coast and the incredibly blue seawater. There are many other activities that you could experience at this beach too! You can try some of their water sport activities like banana boat, parasailing, jet ski and many more. Or simply take a dip into the clean seawater with your loved ones!  12. Window Shopping at Batu Ferringhi Night Market Image Credit: Batu Ferringhi Night Market on TimeOut Your trip is never complete if you don't bring back some souvenirs as memories of the wonderful time you have spent in Penang! You can find some affordable and locally hand-made goods like bags, cheap decorations, accessories of Penang, and even bargain to get these goods at a lower price. After buying some souvenirs, you can also spend some time snacking at the food stalls to enjoy some Thai-Malay cuisine. Be sure not to miss this night market which should definitely be included as in your list of some of the best things that you could in Penang!  Make sure you have jotted down all of the above 12 best things to do in Penang! Don't forget to download the HalalTrip App for more information on Halal food, Qibla Direction, Duas, and many more, here.  via GIPHY  ...

  • Hal-Hal Yang Kita Rindukan Dari Hong Kong

    Artikel ini aslinya ditulis oleh Nazirah Nurfatin dalam bahasa Inggris. Kamu bisa membaca artikel versi Inggris yang ditulisnya di sini. Hong Kong adalah kota metropolitan yang penuh antusian dengan banyak daya tarik dan bangunan-bangunan terkenal. Ada banyak tempat yang bisa kamu jelajahi dan nikmati di Hong Kong misalnya gedung bertingkat tinggi, warisan budaya, dan makanan adalah beberapa pilihan yang bisa kamu dapatkan di sini. Tapi, karena kondisi saat ini yang menyebabkan kita tidak bisa pergi ke sana, kita belum bisa menikmati keelokan yang ditawarkan kota ini. Sebagai wisatawan, terutama yang sudah pernah ke Hong Kong, ini adalah beberapa hal yang dirindukan dari kota tersebut! via GIPHY 1. Lingkungan Perumahan yang Asyik Image Credit: Merlin Shaw on Unsplash  Perumahan di Hong Kong memiliki pemandangan cantik yang bisa dipakai untuk tempat berfoto. Beberapa perumahan terkenal terkenal di kalangan selebriti, social influencer, dan turis. Choi Hung Estate adalah salah satunya. Di sana terdapat bangunan yang berwarna-warni dan lokasinya menarik para wisatawan dan fotografer. Katanya, berfoto di sana membuat kita merasa berada di pusat dunia. Perumahan terkenal lainnya adalah Lok Wah Estate dan Ping Shake Estate. Tempat-tempat tersebut pasti selalu dikunjungi para turis. Image Credit: Michael Rivera  on Unsplash Selain itu, kita akan merindukan gedung-gedung tinggi dengan banyak toko di bawahnya yang memenuhi kota Hong Kong. Gedung Yik Cheong dengan estetikanya di mana unit perumahan terletak berdekatan satu sama lain dan ada berbagai toko di bawahnya. Gedung ini menawarkan kesempatan langka bagi para wisatawan untuk menikmati bangunan disekelilingnya. Kita pasti merindukan warna-warni kawasan tersebut yang menambah keunikan dari Hong Kong. 2. Kuliner Lokal Image Credit: SJ Baren on Unsplash Sewaktu lagi mikirin Hong Kong, pasti terlintas makanan khasnya yang sangat terkenal! Dim sum rumahan, tart telur, nasi bebek panggang, veal goulash (mantap!) dan masih banyak lagi. Untuk mendapatkan rasa yang khas dan asli dari hidangan lokal ini, Hong Kong adalah kota yang paling cocok. Pastinya kita bisa makan hidangan ini di tempat lain, tapi cita rasa yang didapat akan berbeda. Rasa dari veal goulash halal yang selesai dimasak di Restoran Ma, macam macam menu dim sum yang bisa kita pilih di Islamic Centre Canteen atau telur tart dari toko roti Chrisly yang akan meleleh oas masuk ke dalam mulut (duh kangen banget!). Kita bakalan kangen dengan pengalaman mencari kuliner lokal di Hong Kong. Pasti kalian pernah gantri untuk beli dim sum atau tart telur yang terkenal, dengan aroma lezat yang tercium sampai ke luar toko. 3. Makanan Halal Berbintang Michelin Image Credit: bady qb on Unsplash Kita pasti kangen makan makanan halal dengan bintang Michelin. Sebagai kota kosmopolitan, Hong Kong punya banyak pilihan masakan dari seluruh dunia, termasuk makanan lokal sampai makanan Western. Ngomogin kualitas hidangan yang terbaik dan rasa yang enak dari makanan bersertifikat halal ini pasti bikin para wisatawan lapar dan pengen segera makan. Image Credit: Bombay Dreams on Facebook Bombay Dreams, sebuah restoran India yang dianugerahi Bintang Michelin menyajikan beberapa masakan terbaik yang menonjolkan cita rasa dari India Utara. Kita pasti kangen makan di restoran ini, menikmati suasana dan kebersamaan saat menyantap hidangan yang tersedia. Image Credit: Imperial Patisserie on Facebook Dan, buat pecinta cemilan manis, kita pasti akan rindu datang ke toko roti bersertifikat halal seperti Imperial Patisserie. Toko roti ini juga dianugerahi penghargaan Bintang Michelin menawarkan macam-macam hidangan manis seperti kue kering, kue basah, pastri yang bisa dipilih para pengunjung. Desain dari toko roti ini menggabungkan gaya modern dan tradisional agar para pelanggan dapat bernostalgia. Beli hidangan manis di toko roti ini buat hadiah untuk teman, keluarga, atau diri sendiri pasti sangat dirindukan. 4. Kereta Trem Hong Kong Image Credit: Ruel Del Jamorol on Unsplash Kereta trem di Hong Kong menjadi jenis transportasi paling populer di kalangan wisatawan. Hal ini disebabkan karena jalur kereta trem mennjangkau berbagai tempat wisata, sehingga memudahkan para wisatawan untuk melakukan tur keliling Hong Kong. Kereta trem juga menjadi pilihan alternatif yang terjangkau untuk berkeliling kota melihat pemandangan cantik dan bangunan ikonik di seluruh Hong Kong. Tak hanya itu, kereta ini juga mudah ditumpangi; penumpang dapat membeli Octopus Card di stasiun MTR manapun dan menggunakannya untuk membayar tarif kereta. Image Credit: Photo by Chromatograph on Unsplash Kereta trem memiliki sejarah yang panjang. Kereta ini adalah salah satu angkutan umum pertama di Hong Kong dan sudah bertahan sejak jaman pemerintahan Inggris. 5. Cuaca yang Sejuk Image Credit: John O'Nolan on Unsplash Salah satu hal yang dikangenin dari Hong Kong adalah cuacanya yang sejuk. Cuaca Hong Kong dari bulan Oktober sampai Desember dinilai paling ideal karena cerah dan sejuk. Wisatawan sangat direkomendasikan untuk berkunjung pada bulan-bulan itu. Jika kita ingat saat dulu bisa berkunjung ke taman hiburan seperti Hong Kong Disneyland dan foto-foto di Victoria Peak didukung cuaca yang bagus, kita pasti pengen balik ke Hong Kong untuk merasakan euforia itu lagi. 6. Keramahan Warga Hong Kong Image Credit: Big Dodzy on Unsplash Hong Kong terkenal sebagai tempat tujuan yang ramah untuk wisatawan. Sebagian besar dari penduduknya dapat berbahasa inggris dan mereka sering menawarkan bantuan kepada wisatawan mancanegara. Ada juga penduduk setempat yang selalu menawarkan bantuan di stasiun kereta. Mereka membantu wisatawan yang kesulitan dalam bertransportasi. Selain itu, rambu-rambu jalan juga ada dalam bahasa inggris, ini memudahkan para wisatawan untuk berkendara di jalan. Keramahan yang luar biasa dari penduduk setempat bakal bikin para wisatawan asing menikmati liburan yang aman dan nyaman tentunya akan sangat dirindukan. 7. Budaya dan Warisan Lokal Image Credit: Hong Kong Museum of History Apa kalian ga rindu belajar tentang budaya dan warisan setempat di Hong Kong? Saya merindukannya! Hong Kong menawarkan banyak bangunan ikonik dan bersejarah, serta museum yang menjelaskan tentang sejarah dan kekayaan budayanya. Museum Sejarah Hong Kong menampilkan berbagai pameran dan artefak yang tersebar di 8 galeri. Budaya dan warisan lokal dapat dipelajari di sini karena museum ini menyoroti perkembangan Hong Kong dan menunjukkan peristiwa serta tokoh penting yang berperan dalam perkembangan kota ini. Di sana juga terdapat warisan peninggalan budaya Cina dan Kolonial yang bisa dikunjungi untuk mengetahui lebih banyak sejarah dan budaya Hong Kong. Kita pasti akan kangen masuk ke museum satu ke museum lainnya dan warisan budaya yang terkenal di Hong Kong.   Itulah 7 hal tentang Hong Kong yang akan sangat kita rindukan. Walaupun sekarang ini kita tidak bisa pergi kemana-mana karena situasi yang tidak memungkinkan, semoga kamu tidak akan melupakan kenangan indah saat menghabiskan waktu di Hong Kong, ya! Mudah-mudahan, setelah situasi ini mulai membaik, kita dapat mengingat kembali kenangan indah di kota ini dan bahkan membuat memori baru dengan mengunjungi tempat lainnya. Artikel ini dipersembahkan oleh Hong Kong Tourism Board. via GIPHY...

  • Lepaskan Jiwa Kanak-Kanakmu di 4 Tempat Wisata Hong Kong Ini

    Artikel ini aslinya ditulis oleh Rashmi Wickramasinghe dalam bahasa Inggris. Kamu bisa membaca artikel versi Inggris yang ditulisnya di sini. Hong Kong punya banyak hal yang ditawarkan untuk bersenang senang. Ada banyak pilihan destinasi dan pengalaman yang bisa kamu dapatkan ketika berkunjung ke Hong Kong. Para turis sebaiknya memiliki daftar hal hal yang harus dicoba saat berada di pulau tersebut. Hong Kong adalah rumah untuk beberapa atraksi termegah dan terbesar di Asia! Kamu mungkin akan dibuat pusing dengan banyaknya pilihan wahana dan kegiatan untuk dipilih. Jadi inilah beberapa atraksi tempat bermain untuk melepaskan jiwa anak-anak di dalam dirimu saat berada di Hong Kong! via GIPHY 1. Hong Kong Disneyland Kredit Gambar: Hong Kong Disneyland Siapa sih yang ga suka bermain di Disneyland?! Dan kamu ga perlu pergi jauh-jauh ke AS untuk mencoba bermain di Disneyland karena sama bagusnya dengan yang ada di Hong Kong. Malah ada nuansa perpaduan Timur dan Barat Hong Kong Disneyland memiliki 7 area berbeda yang memiliki daya tarik, wahana, dan acara sendiri. Salah satu atraksi utama di Main Street, AS adalah Hong Kong Disneyland Railroad - perjalanan kereta indah yang akan membawamu melewati seluruh negeri dan berakhir di Fantasyland. Tempat seru lainnya adalah Disney Paint the Night Parade di mana kamu bisa ikut berpesta menggunakan LED barengan semua karakter Disney selama 30 menit. Oh ya, kamu harus masuk ke Royal Princess Garden kalau kamu mau foto bareng dengan Ratu Disney favoritmu! Wahana lain yang kamu harus datengin di adventureland adalan Festival of the Lion King. Di sini kamu bisa menyaksikan kisah animasi klasik Disney. Kamu juga bisa cobain wahana Jungle River Cruise yang seru banget karena berhadapan dengan hewan animatronic. Buat kamu yang suka naik roller coaster, kamu wajib banget ngerasain keseruan di The Big Grizlly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars dengan roller coasternya yang retro abis ala old school. Kredit Gambar: Hong Kong Disneyland Di Disneyland juga ada rumah hantu lho. Di area Mystic Point ada wahana namanya Mystic Manor – Disneyland Haunted Mansion versi Disneyland Hong Kong. Di situ kita bisa menikmati kisah Lord Henry Mystic dan asistennya si monyet yang menggemaskan. Di sini kamu bakal ngalami banyak kejutan. Ada juga tempat namanya Toy Story Land yang isinya penuh kegembiraan. Lihat deh RC Racer, pipa yang terbagi dua berukuran 27 meter dengan mobil yang naik turun. Menegangkan dan mendebarkan! Kredit Gambar: Hong Kong Disneyland Mau liat sesuatu yang ajaib?! Fantasyland tempatnya karena ada wahana yang sayang banget untuk dilewatin namanya Mickey and the Wondrous Book. Pertunjukan di sini bisa dikatakan sebagai pertunjukan terbaik di Hong Kong. Pertunjukan tari dan music spektakuler berdurasi 30 menit yang menyatukan semua karakter Disney. Cinderella Carousel adalah suatu keharusan bagi setiap tamu, semua orang bermimpi mendapatkan satu komidi putar klasik dengan kuda jingkrak dan musik yang indah. Perjalanan terbaik di Fantasyland adalah Mad Hatter Tea Cups - cangkir teh raksasa yang akan membuat kamu pusing tetapi bersemangat. Image Credit: Hong Kong Disneyland Kunjungi Tomorrowland untuk menikmati atraksi dan wahana yang terinspirasi futuristik. Di Hyperspace Mountain kamu bisa meraskan perjalanan rollercoaster yang didedikasikan untuk semua penggemar Star Wars, menghindari tembakan blaster dengan soundtrack Star Wars yang disetel sebagai latar belakang menambah kesan epik. The Iron Man Experience adalah satu-satunya wahana Marvel yang tidak ditemukan di Disneyland lain. Kamu bisa terbang di atas kaki langitHong Kong dengan Iron Man dalam petualangan 3D epik ini. Disnyeland juga memiliki resor di mana kamu dapat memesan akomodasi selama di sini. Kamarnya keren banget terutama yang suite karena bertemakan Disney. Kamu bisa memilih di antara tiga hotel. Bagi kamu yang berjiwa petualang ada Disney Explorer's Lodge. Buat kamu yang ingin merasakan tempat yang anggun bisa coba menginap di Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel. Nah yang terakhir nih buat penggemar film film Hollywood harus ngerasain tidur di Disney's Hollywood Hotel! Rute Menuju Lokasi Kamu bisa menuju Hong Kong Disneyland dengan kereta MTR, rutenya sangat indah dan kereta merupakan moda transportasi yang lebih murah. Kamu harus mengambil jalur Tung Chung ke Stasiun Sunny Bay, transfer ke Disneyland Resort Line dan ke Kereta Disney - kereta dihiasi dengan memorabilia bertema Disney. Harga Tiket Biaya tiket standar untuk 1 atau 2 hari mulai dari HK $ 639 untuk dewasa dan anak-anak berusia 12 tahun ke atas. Paket untuk 2 hari dimulai dari HK $ 719, disertai dengan voucher diskon HK $ 30 untuk barang dagangan dan akses langsung akses tiket elektronik Disney. (Kunjungan pertama harus pada atau sebelum 31 Desember 2019). Ada juga tiket Disney Priority Ticket + Paket Combo Satu Hari mulai dari HK $ 938 dan HK $ 838 - lihat situs web untuk info lebih lanjut. Tempat Makan dan Lokasi Belanja Ada 2 restoran bersertifikat halal di dalam taman - Tahitian Terrace di Adventureland dan Explorer's Club Restaurant di Mystic Point. Kamu bisa mendapatkan makanan bersertifikat Halal tersedia atas permintaan di restoran berikut: Chef Mickey di Disney's Hollywood Hotel Studio Lounge di Disney's Hollywood Hotel Walt's Cafe di Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel Dragon Wind di Disney Explorers Lodge World of Color Restaurant di Disney Explorers Lodge Layanan Kamar di Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel Fasilitas Ruang Sholat Disneyland terdapat ruang Sholat di sebelah Explorer Restaurant Club. Tempat ini juga ada fasilitas Wudhu yang luar biasa. Tapi di sini tidak ada sajadah jadi ingatlah untuk membawa sendiri. Alamat: Pulau Lantau, Hong Kong Jam buka: 10:30 pagi hingga 8:30 malam Harap diingat! Waktu untuk berbagai atraksi dan wahana dapat bervariasi, jadi lihat situs web resmi mereka untuk info lebih lanjut. Situs Web | Facebook | Instagram 2. Ocean Park Kredit Gambar: Ocean Park on Facebook Ocean Park adalah taman hiburan bertemakan kehidupan laut yang telah membuat wajah pengunjung tersenyum sejak tahun 1977. Jadi tentu saja destinasi ini wajib ada di dalam daftar destinasimu. Ocean Park Hong Kong itu seperti toko serba ada. Di taman ini sungguh lengkap karena menggabungkan taman hewan hewan laut dengan hewan lainnya dalam satu taman hiburan. Di sini rumah buat dua panda raksasa namanya Le Le dan Ying Ying. Siapa sih yang ga suka Panda? Taman hiburan ini luasnya 915,000 meter persegi atau sekitar 174 kali lapangan sepak bola. Ocean Park memiliki dua area utama yaitu The Waterfront dan The Summit yang terbagi menjadi 8 zona dengan tema berbeda. Semuanya meliputi pertunjukan acara, atraksi, dan wahana. Para pengunjung pertama akan mengunjugi The Waterfront karena dekat dengan pintu utama. Kalau kamu ingin bersenang senang sepanjang hari sepenuhnya, bisa mulai dari naik kereta gantung atau kereta ekspres langsung ke The Summit. Kredit Gambar: Ocean Park Di The Summit kamu akan menemukan wahana sensasi dan Polar Adventure. Ocean Park dikenal memiliki wahana yang gila seperti Hair Raiser, Raging River, The Rapids, dan The Flash. Kamu wajib nyobain Mine Train wahana rolllercoaster yang benar benar unik karena menggunakan teknologi VR! Kalau kamu  pecandu penantang adrenalin ekstrem, waha ini paling pas buat kamu. Setelah kamu puas memacu adrenalin, mengapa tidak melakukan sesuatu yang sedikit lebih dinging, secara harfiah. Tengok deh Polar Adventure yang menampung hewan-hewan dari Kutub Utara dan Selatan, Kamu bakalan ketemu sama penguin, anjing laut, dan banyak hewan khas kutub lainnya. Kalau kamu mau lebih dekat dan akrab dengan para hewan daripada cuma melihat dari balik kaca, kamu bisa ke bagian Animal Encounter. Kredit Gambar: Ocean Park Setelah kamu puas berkeliling The Summit, kunjungi The Waterfront, soalnya atraksi utama di sini adalah Giant Pandas, Grand Aquarium, dan Old Hong Kong Street. Grand Aquarium keren banget dengan 5000 ikan dari 400 spesies berbeda. Kamu pasti akan kagum pada varietas yang tersedia. Old Hong Kong Street oleh Kee Wah Bakery akan membawa kamu kembali ke Hong Kong di asa 1950-an dan 1970-an. Jangan lupa untuk mengunjungi Le Le dan Ying Ying, mereka ini para jagoan andalan taman ini! Anda tidak akan bisa tahan dengan tingkah dua panda  yang berputar dan bermalas-malasan di kandang mereka. Untuk menutup harimu, pergilah ke Aqua City di mana kamu bisa menyaksikan pertunjukan 360 layar air  pertama di dunia. Ini adalah pertunjukan malam hari dengan lampu, kembang api, musik, dan animasi. Pertunjukan ini akan menjadi akhir yang sempurna untuk hari yang menyenangkan yang dihabiskan di Ocean Park Hong Kong. Kamu bahkan bisa memesan penginapan di Hong Kong Ocean Park Marriott Hotel, yang terletak di pintu masuk taman. Rute Menuju Lokasi Kamu bisa naik bus lokal atau lintas batas lalu turun setelah melewati Aberdeen Tunnel. Dari situ kamu tinggal berjalan kaki sebentar ke Ocean Park. Kamu bisa mengambil rute Citybus 629 yang beroperasi setiap hari dari Central Star Ferry setiap 20-60 menit. Naik kereta dari stasiun MTR ke Ocean Park melalui jalur South Island. Pastikan kamu sudah punya Octopus Card. Pakai mobil juga bisa. Kamu hanya perlu ke sana dan cari tempat parkir karena di sana juga ada fasilitas parkir. Harga Tiket Kamu bisa membeli tiket di gerbang atau bisa langsung pesan online di situes web resmi Ocean Park. Tiketnya juga tersedia di gerai-gerai 7-11. Tiket masuk umum dihargai HK$498 untuk orang dewasa termasuk anak-anak berusia 12 tahun ke atas, sedangkan tiket anak dihargai HK$249. Kalau kamu tidak suka berdiri dalam antrian lama, kamu bisa beli tiket Ocean FasTrack (Standar) dengan harga HK$280 untuk anak-anak dan orang dewasa - ini memungkinkan akses prioritas ke 7 wahana dan atraksi. Ada dua opsi FasTrack lainnya: Deluxe (HK$400) dan Grand (HK$520). Tempat Makan dan Lokasi Belanja Ada banyak pilihan tempat bersantap di Ocean Park Hong Kong, dari kafe hingga restoran yang bisa kamu pilih. Ada juga banyak kios makanan yang tersebar di sekitar taman, jadi kalau kamu mau mengemil sesuatu sambil jalan jalan untuk mengembalikan tenaga kamu yang terkuras setelah naik beberapa wahana. Kamu bisa menemukan makanan halal di Cafe Ocean, Dive into A Float (di Marine World), Panda Cafe Food To Go (di Amazing Asian Animals), dan Popcorn Cart (di Aqua City). Semua hidangan yang disajikan di restoran dan kios ini telah disertifikasi oleh Trustee Incorporated dari Islamic Community Fund Hong Kong sebagaimana dinyatakan di situs web taman resmi. Ada juga banyak toko suvenir di taman, jadi pastikan kamu beli suvenir untuk kenang kenangan dari taman ini. Fasilitas Ruang Sholat Tersedia ruang sholat dengan petunjuk kiblat. Ruang sholat bisa ditemukan di Guest Relations Offices yang terletak di pintu masuk utama dan di Thrill Mountain di The Summit. Alamat: Aberdeen, Hong Kong Jam buka: Senin hingga Jumat, 10:00 pagi - 7:00 malam                   Sabtu dan Minggu, 10:00 pagi - 9:00 malam Situs Web | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter 3. SuperPark Hong Kong Kredit Gambar: SuperPark Hong Kong on Facebook Taman olahraga dalam ruangan dengan segudang kegiatan untuk semua orang. Kamu benar-benar bisa bebas dan bersenang-senang! SuperPark Hong Kong adalah jaringan dari Finlandia dan memiliki banyak cabang secara global. Fokus utama perusahaan ini adalah bersenang senang, jadi ini adalah tempat yang sempurna untuk melepaskan jiwa kanak-kanakmu untuk bermain! Image Credit: SuperPark Hong Kong on Facebook Taman ini dibagi menjadi 3 bagian - Adventure, Game Arena, dan Freestyle Hall. Ada banyak pilihan permainan di Area Adventure seluncur di dalam tabung, flying fox dan, bahkan trek menjajakan mobil! Arena permainan adalah tempat semua kesenangan! Dengan macam macam permainan menarik seperti Superball, Hotstepper, dan pinball super,  kamu bisa berkeringat dan tidak lelah selama berjam-jam karena kamu akan begitu asyik bersenang-senang! Mereka bahkan memiliki RoboKeeper sebagai kiper sepakbola! Freestyle Hall mungkin adalah bagian terbaik di Superpark karena memiliki trampolin! Siapa sih yang tidak suka lompat-lompatan?! Mereka juga memiliki tas tinju yang dikendalikan AI SuperBoxer dan dinding panjat 8 meter di SuperClimb! Rute Menuju Lokasi Kamu bisa naik kereta MTR dari Olympian City dan dari sana hanya 15 menit berjalan kaki. Kamu bisa naik bus yang melewati rute-rute berikut: 13D, 43C, 87B, 701 / 701S, 971, N23, E21, A21. Rute mini bus adalah: 46, 78, 70 Harga Tiket Harga tiket  didasarkan pada hari kamu berkunjung ke sana. Periksa kalender tiket di situs web resmi untuk mengetahui tanggal dan harga. Tiket Reguler Tiket Satu Hari: HK$180 Setelah jam 18.00 : HK$120 Tiket Super Day Morning mayhem (09.00 sampai 13.00): HK$180 Middle Session (13:30 sampai 17:30): HK$210 Setelah jam 18.00: HK$150 Tiket satu hari: HK$250 Tempat Makan dan Lokasi Belanja SuperPark Hong Kong memiliki satu restoran di dalam taman tapi tidak halal. Fasilitas Ruang Sholat Sayangnya Superpark Hong Kong tidak memiliki fasilitas ruang sholat jadi bawalah sajadah, buku saku doa dan pakaian untuk berdoa! Alamat: G/F One SilverSea, No 18 Hoi Fai Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong (near Olympian City) Jam Buka: Senin sampai Jumat, 10:00 – 21:00                 Akhir pekan, libur sekolah dan hari libur, 9:00 – 21:00 Situs Web | Facebook | Instagram 4. Noah's Ark Kredit Gambar: Noah's Ark on Facebook Noah's Ark atau Bahtera Nuh sebenarnya berasal dari kisah di Alkitab tapi kamu bisa menemukannya di Hong Kong. Ini bukan Bahtera Nuh yang sesungguhnya, tapi sebuah taman hiburan yang dibangun mengadaptasi konsep cerita dan bahkan membuat replika bahtera yang sesuai ukuran aslinya. Image Credit: Noah's Ark on Facebook Noah's Ark lebih bernuansa pendidikan daripada mendebarkan, jadi kalau kamu mau pengalaman yang lebih santai, tempat ini cocok untukmu. Taman ini dibagi menjadi 3 bagian utama - yaitu Noah's Ark, Solar Tower dan Nature Garden. Sebagian besar fokus taman ini adalah pada hewan dan alam sehingga kamu akan menemukan banyak hewan hidup yang dipamerkan serta beberapa patung seukuran aslinya menyambutmu di pintu masuk. Tempat ini lebih lanjut dibagi menjadi Ark Garden, Ark Expo - rumah salah satu meteorit terbesar yang dipamerkan di Hong Kong, Adventureland adalah tempat kamu bakalan menemukan kesenangan bermain halang rintang. Sementara itu Ark Life Education House, Treasure House dan e-Planet semuanya menawarkan kegiatan interaktif untuk anak-anak. Noah's Arl juga memiliki sebuah hotel di mana kamu bisa memesan akomodasi saat berkunjung ke situ. Solar Tower memiliki salah satu teleskop surya vakum profesional terbesar di Asia yang terbuka untuk umum. Solar Tower sebagian besar berfokus pada sains dan teknologi dan menawarkan banyak kegiatan interaktif. The Nature Park adalah rumah bagi berbagai pohon dan tanaman hijau yang menawarkan pemandangan menakjubkan untuk tempat berfoto. Alamat: 33 Pak Yan Rd, Ma Wan, Hong Kong Jam Buka: Taman ini beroperasi dari jam 10:00 sampai 18:00.The Noah’s Ark Hotel and Resort beroperasi 24 jam.The Harvest Restaurant (10:00 to 21:30)The Nature Garden (8:00 to 18:00) Harap Diingat! Setiap wahana punya jam tutup yang berbeda: Solar Tower: 17:00 Nature garden: 17:00 Ark Expo: 17:15 Treasure house: 17:45 Ark Garden: 17:45 Rute Menuju Lokasi Untuk sampai di sana kamu harus naik feri dari Dermaga Feri Central 2 dan menyeberangi Victoria Harbour ke Pulau Wan AMA. Perjalanan dengan feri akan dikenakan biaya sekitar HK $ 27 dan akan memakan waktu sekitar 30 menit. Harga Tiket Kamu bisa membeli tiket di gerbang atau bahkan melakukan pemesanan online melalui situs web resmi mereka. Tiket masuk umum dihargai $ 198HK sedangkan tiket anak dan senior dihargai HK $ 158. Tiket termasuk tiket masuk ke semua atraksi di taman kecuali untuk Adventureland. Tempat Makan dan Lokasi Belanja Taman ini memiliki dua restoran: Harvest Restaurant dan Noah's Kitchen. Harvest restoran menawarkan makanan yang mewah yaitu prasmanan internasional. Noah’s Kitchen lebih seperti sebuah kafe dengan lebih fokus pada makanan penutup dan minuman. Tidak ada informasi yang menyatakan jika makanan yang disajikan di restoran itu Halal, namun, kamu selalu bisa memilih opsi vegetarian atau makanan laut. Rainbow Gallery dan Kid’s Deck adalah toko-toko suvenir dan menawarkan mainan lunak, boneka, dan alat tulis bertema binatang yang lucu. Fasilitas ruang sholat Tempat ini tidak memiliki tempat sholat. Sebaiknya kamu membawa sajadah dan pakaian sholat sendiri. Sekarang kamu sudah tahu taman hiburan / tema mana yang harus dikunjungi ketika berada di Hong Kong. Ini akan menjadi perjalanan yang menyenangkan - jadi kendurkan otot otot yang tegang dan nikmati! 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  • Eid 2020: 10 Best Food and Dishes You Shouldn't Miss Out This Eid al-Fitr

    This year's Eid al-Fitr celebration would definitely be one of a kind as we may miss out on doing things that we usually do during the previous celebration due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Many governments have encouraged their people to remain at home and avoid large gatherings to prevent further spread of the virus. This means that we may no longer be able to go house visiting like we usually do previously. Nonetheless, that doesn't mean we can't celebrate Eid al-Fitr. We could still enjoy this festive celebration by cooking or buying delicious food and dishes for Hari Raya Eid al-Fitr. There are still online grocery stores that provide ingredients we need to prepare these Hari Raya dishes and food. These online grocery stores deliver right to your doorstep so you don't have to step out of your house! There are also food delivery services that you could use to get your ready-to-eat Hari Raya food and dishes delivered to your house.  Time to get into the festive mood! Here are 10 best traditional food and dishes across Southeast Asia countries you shouldn't miss out this Eid al-Fitr! via GIPHY 1. Chicken Opor Image Credit: Opor Ayam by Julie Baskara on cookpad This is one of the most famous menus in Indonesia that everyone looks out for during Eid. For those of you who are not familiar with this menu, this dish can be considered as a bowl of yellow chicken curry. This traditional dish contains chicken cooked with coconut milk and served with Ketupat (rice cake in a woven palm leaf pouch). You can also enjoy a bowl of Chicken Opor with fried shallots as a garnish. Chicken Opor is dominated with savory taste, yet you can add some extra chilly or sambal to have a spicier taste. Sambal Goreng is the best addition to your Chicken Opor! These are some ingredients you need to have to cook Chicken Opor, chicken cut into small pieces (of course you need this one!), lemongrass, bay leaves, coconut milk, shallots, garlic, galangal, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, salt, and sugar. Try making your own Chicken Opor this Eid!    2. Sambal Goreng Image Credit: Sambal Goreng by Cooking with Subhan This is known as “fried sambal” in English. Commonly in Indonesia, Sambal Goreng is the best companion for Chicken Opor, but we can also have Sambal Goreng as a separate menu eaten alongside warm rice or lontong. There are various fillings in Sambal Goreng, for example, potato, chicken liver and gizzard, tofu, and even tempe. It depends on your preference. Basically, you just need to stir-fry all of the ingredients in a single frying pan. Make sure that you have these ingredients in your kitchen to cook your sambal goreng. Other ingredients include red chilies, shallots, garlic, onion, shrimp paste, lime leaves, and tamarind. For the fillings, you can choose whatever you want as I have mentioned above. You can practically find sambal goreng in many households that you visit during Hari Raya as this dish is quite popular and easy to prepare. Since there may not be visiting this year, why not whip out your own sambal goreng? You can eat it alongside some rice, lontong or chicken opor!    3. Soto Image Credit: Soto Ayam by recipepocket Soto is an easy meal to prepare which only takes three steps. Yet, it is a delicious meal with a savory gravy soup, suitable for Eid. The main ingredient is not so hard to look for; you can either choose chicken or beef as the primary filling. For the additional filling, you can include boiled eggs, red tomatoes, boiled potatoes, fried chips, and fried shallots. Essentially, if you have red onions, garlic, coriander, cumin pepper, ginger, turmeric, coconut milk, salt and sugar in your kitchen, you are ready to whip up your own soto at home! Soto is a dish that is loved by many especially kids as it does not taste spicy. However, if want to add a little bit of spiciness, you could always include some chili in the gravy. Anyway, don’t forget to put extra lime in your bowl of Soto! You shouldn't miss out on this dish for Eid al-Fitr this year as it is convenient to make!   4. Rendang Image Credit: Beef Rendang by Rasa Malaysia Now, this is the ultimate menu for Eid-al Fitr! No one can resist the best dish in the world. This dish which originated from West Sumatra province, Indonesia, was crowned as the best food in CNN’s World’s 50 Best Foods in 2011. Perhaps the appearance may not look that appetizing; brown-colored meat with gravy. But once you give this dish a try, it is totally unstoppable. The taste is just a little bit spicy but it may not be as spicy as Sambal Goreng. There are also many different types and variations of the rendang dish all over Southeast Asia, so all you have to do is to pick your favorite kind of rendang. This meal is served during special occasions to honor guests and also during festive seasons like Eid al-Fitr. To prepare this dish, you need to cook the main ingredients like beef, lamb or mutton for a few hours until all of the seasonings are completely absorbed by the meat. Cook with coconut milk, chilly, ginger, galangal, turmeric, lemongrass, garlic, and shallot.  Rendang can be served with warm rice, lontong or ketupat and lemang. This dish is sure to bring out the festive vibe this year! You could either prepare it yourself or order online, to be delivered directly to your home.  5. Meat Ball Image Credit: Bakso Recipe (Indonesian Meatballs Soup) by Arie's Kitchen Almost everyone loves Meat Ball! (Me too!) For those of you who feel full after eating all those heavy dishes, let's take a look at this light dish. Meatballs is similar in texture to the Chinese beef balls or fishballs. For Eid, meatballs with beef broth is the best snack of the day. To make this meal complete, simply serve your meat balls with beef broth with some noodles added to it. Again, for those who are a fan of spicy food, don’t forget to add chili in the beef broth.   6. Ketupat Image Credit: Recipe Ketupat on foodpanda Ketupat is really famous in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. It is a diamond-shaped rice cake. The rice is cooked, compressed, and wrapped in woven coconut leaves. Ketupat is a perfect substitute for rice when you are eating the Chicken Opor, Sambal Goreng, Satay or rendang. Preparing ketupat may take some time given that you would have to weave the ketupat before filling it with rice. However, if you have the time, you could prepare the ketupat together with your family. If not, you could easily get it online! Make sure to place your orders early!  Eid al-Fitr celebration is definitely not complete if we don’t eat Ketupat!    7. Satay Image Credit: Dedit Yasa from Pixabay  Satay or Sate is a typical Southeast Asian meal that is mouthwatering, famous in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. There are several types of Satay like chicken Satay or mutton Satay. The meat are cut into smaller pieces on a stick and grilled with charcoal. Chicken Satay is often served with peanut sauce and sweet soy ketchup while mutton satay is usually served with sweet soy ketchup only. Another type of Satay found in Indonesia is Padangnese Satay which uses beef and a salty-spicy gooey sauce. As mentioned earlier, Satay is commonly eaten with peanut sauce. You could also serve Satay with some ketupat or Lontong. This would make the taste better! The best time to have satay is during the evening or at night. Eid al-Fitr night celebration would be merrier with satay and ketupat!    8. Lontong Image Credit: Lontong Sayur Lodeh by Chef Rossham Rusli on kuali Another substitute for rice and ketupat is lontong. Lontong is primarily made from rice. There are different ways that lontong is prepared. One way is that the rice is cooked, compressed, and rolled inside the banana leaf. For a more modern and quicker way of preparing lontong, you can find instant ones where the rice is filled in clear plastic and all you have to do is steam it. You can have lontong with sayur lodeh which is quite commonly served during Hari Raya in Singapore and Malaysia.  However, lontong is also suitable to be eaten with many Eid-al Fitr dishes like Chicken Opor, Satay, or Sambal Goreng. This dish can be found easily in Indonesia, Singapore, or Malaysia.   9. Candied Fruits Image Credit: Michal Jarmoluk from Pixabay  We have discussed heavy and light dishes, so you must be quite full just from reading it right? Now let’s take a break and have some dessert. The first recommendation is candied fruits which are usually kept in transparent jars and served on the table. It is very eye-catching as it is made from colorful fruits like mango, papaya, guava, snake fruit, kiwi, pumpkin, and many more. These fruits are being fermented so it can be kept for a long time in jars. It has a sweet taste to it which is no wonder why kids usually love eating them. It is to be noted that candied fruits shouldn't be consumed too much due to its sweet taste. The solution to this is that the candied fruits can be served in smaller jars so that it wouldn't be over-consumed.    10. Dodol Image Credit: Dodol on asian inspirations  Another sweet treat which very common in Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Philippines, and Thailand is Dodol. Dodol is a sugar-palm based dessert that is caramelized for hours in a big fireplace or oven. Dodol has a chewy texture and is very dense. It also sometimes cut into a diamond, strips, or into squares. Nowadays, there are a wide variety of flavors such as vanilla, coconut, apple, durian, or mango. This sweet dessert can be found easily in every souvenir shop in some Southeast Asian countries, and it is a must-have dessert during Eid al-Fitr celebration Once again, have it in moderation! If you have time, you could prepare the Dodol from scratch. However, you could also easily get it from online stores or the market.   We will welcome Hari Raya Eid al-Fitr in a couple of days. Several countries in Southeast Asia may still have regulations in place to prevent large gatherings or house visiting due to the virus. This may be disappointing for some of us as we try to find new means of celebrating Eid al-Fitr this year. However, we could still get into the festive mood by preparing or buying some of the dishes and food listed above. With that, we hope that all our readers stay safe and spend the remaining days of Ramadan meaningfully with your loved ones!  via GIPHY...

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