Sunday, January 24, 2010

Day 4 & 5 : Medan

My final entry on Days 4 and 5 in Medan. Medan is the third largest city in Indonesia after Jakarta and Surabaya. After Brastagi, Pak Riyanto drove us to Medan. The journey took about three hours from Brastagi to Medan.

We went to Sultan Palace upon reaching the city. Although Indonesia does not practise "Kesultanan" anymore like in Malaysia, the Palace has become a tourist attraction. The descendants of the Sultans live in the houses or rooms adjacent to the palace. They are just like any ordinary person. Infact the caretaker of Sultan Palace requested that we donate some money for the well being of the "royalty".









The place which brought damage to our pockets big time was Pasar Ikan, a Tanah Abang equivalent. (Wonder why they call it Pasar Ikan, not Pasar Kain or Pasar Telekong!) The array of kain batik jawa, telekong and batik blouses failed to resist any temptation of buying. I particularly love the hand woven telekung that I just have to buy more than 5 pieces! Siapa nak pakai, tak tahulah. Satu kat office, satu kat dalam kereta, satu kat bilik bawah and etc etc....





The modern shopping in Medan is Sogo. Although this is quite similar to our Sogo, we still went to explore. The day when beloved hubby and moi went to massage, we "posted" 5 Aces at Sogo.





Food is another fare. Pak Riyanto introduced us to Lubuk Idai sea food and the food there was out of this world!!!! The Pariwisata busses were parked there as if it was their station. How they grilled the fish yang mahal tu.... Emak requested the owner to give her the recipe whilst I asked to tapau one dish to bring back to KL. Yum yum yummy!







Last but not least, before we said good bye we prayed at Masjid Raya. The mosque is just about 200 metres away from the Sultan Palace. In the old days, the mosque was situated in the palace ground. With the abolishment of Kesultanan in Indonesia and the development of the city, both buildings seem to be unrelated and far apart.



We left Medan with such sweet memories of it and the other places we visited. Mostly we enjoyed Lake Toba, tak tahu bila lagi nak sampai the beautiful lake. As for Medan, since AA flies there everyday and it only takes about an hour to reach there from LCCT, please don't be surprised if you find me blogging another entry on shop til you drop in Pasar Ikan in the near future.

8 comments:

Kama said...

ooooo bestnyA! Medan next! :)

Cat-in-Sydney said...

Aunty Yatt,
"As for Medan, since AA flies there everyday and it only takes about an hour to reach there from LCCT, please don't be surprised if you find me blogging another entry on shop til you drop in Pasar Ikan in the near future."
NAK IKUT!!!! Anyway, since Medan is in a different time zone, we'd actually arrive 5 minutes before we left. Check your ticket, betul tak? purrrr.....meow!

Kak Teh said...

TM, you made me want to go to Medan now. But, but , but - selalu balik tak ada masa. Last trip in July was in Jakarta for jusr abt 24 hrs but managed to do Tanah Abang and damaged my pocket. I can imagine what Medan or Bandung is like. Insyaallah, satu hari nanti.

tireless mom said...

Kak Puteri

Best memang best. You can even go on impulse. Tak payah plan plan, kalau dah terdesak.

tireless mom said...

Hi Angelina

Awww... so sorry to hear about your break up with Brad Pitt.

You are absolutely right. More time to shop kan. Boleh balik hari lagi. Leave at 7 am and come home with the 10 pm flight. So you dah pergi eh! Nakal !!

tireless mom said...

Hi Kak Teh.

I know you have such craving for telekungs and tudungs. Medan is the place, IT IS!!! It is even better than going to Jalan TAR. And boleh balik hari some more. Do find time not to miss Medan the next time you come home.

JALAN REBUNG said...

salam kak TM ,

best nyeeee.

DadaIQ said...

Hi Kak Yatt
Glad to finally meet u here. Planning to take a drive from medan to Banda Aceh in April this year and your postings help. Thanks.