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...jengok d shark & d croc jap

...venue of d conference
...our temporary abode
reaching home...ooppss...almost serupa tapi tak sama
Surabaya, d 2nd largest city in Indonesia, was named after d clash between a shark n a crocodile [called sura n baya respectively over there]. We learned of this while visiting there for about 4 days since Sunday...actually my Sayang was involved in a conference @ Surabaya Shangrila n I am a part of d 'spouse programme'...hihi.

Sunday...reaching Juanda Int'l airport outside Surabaya...high density settlement eehh

hhmm...jangan 'hentam kromo' dah laa. Anyway, a deceiving foto this...with almost no traffic in view. D traffic volume over there is 'machet' most of d time but d locals said that it is not as bad as Jakarta.

upon checking in at Mercure hotel [cheaper than Shangrila of course], we took up d advice of our airport taxi driver to visit Plaza Jambatan Merah. Waduh...waduh...apaa lagii...sopping la jawab nyaaa...

Monday, joined my Sayang @ d conference. Organisation-wise, it was quite a haru biru, especially d looonnggg wait for d VP of Indonesia to officiate d event. Anyway, there's a lot of papers n presentations that interest me...

nearing d opening d Jawa Timur's Raka n Raki [pageants] welcoming d delegates

n here he is...d VP officiating d opening. D guy @ his back was there all d time while d VP was giving his speech...n probably not allowed to senyum even a bit kott

n later that nite, d Walikota [mayor] of Surabaya hosted a dinner for us...siap with entertainment of course. A 'local authority' choir here...

...a dance by a young girls troupe...

...n another cultural show...just to show a few....

it was drizzling slightly that thats answer d watermarks on d lens

n here is d facade of d city deco style gamaknye...

Tuesday...while my Sayang was off to d conference, I took d opportunity to walk about...n ended up about few km from our hotel n entering d city centre

Surabaya is all about fighting d colonials of d past n independence...n there r a lot of statues to show this off...such as d one above

'becak' is another common mode of transport here...usually d operators r from d rural areas outside d city. D beca also served as their homes while in d city...where they rest n sleep at nite, with a simple plastic cover to protect from any precipitation n probably a sarong as blanket

there r quite a number of malls over here as well...especially for d well to do. But d fast food outlets were crowded most of the time, such as McD n Pizza Hut, n it must dent their wallets quite a bit comparative to their average income levels. Speaking of fast food, one time we had dinner at a Pizza Hut near Mercure...n d way they treat d customers were simply out of this world...

headed to Shangrila after my walk-about for lunch. As u can see above, security is very tight for access to most international hotels there...n some of d shopping malls as well. With regards to taxi, almost all of d taxis there consisted of 1st generation Toyota Vios [a testament to their sturdiness I guess]...n d drivers were generally very courteous. Sayang looking very busy indeed...while her spouse is 'spousing' around

Today...dah last day dah. We decided for another trip to Jambatan Merah since our luggage have 'plenty' more room to sumbat. As observed in Jakarta n Bandung b4, street paddlers r aplenty least they r providing some sort of services for d motorists

n our last shopping stop was this outlet about half a km from our hotel...looks similar to d 'rumah mode' of Bandung.

Later on, we were stranded for a few hours in Juanda airport as d flight was delayed. Upon landing in LCCT nearing midnite, we headed home after grabbing our luggage...n suddenly realised while at in our bedroom that one of d bags was not ours. After some 'investigations', turned out that d said bag, that looks 92.87% like ours, belonged to a lawyer [an IIUM-grad according to d M'sian Bar database...when he was googled] who was 'golfing' around in Surabaya. We managed to contact each other, rendezvous in Kelana Jaya [after another trip to LCCT to retrieve our 'actual' bag], n we finally hit d bed past 3 in d morning...hhmm.

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