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.