About Hobbies, About Travelling

Spending Golden Week Holiday at Kawachi Fuji Koen

Golden-week holiday was coming! That was my first Golden-week holiday in Japan. Since in Indonesia there is no Golden-week holiday, I was curious how Japanese people spent their Golden-week. So I tried to search whether any events held near here or not (I lived in Kitakyushu FYI), and guess what there were a bunch of events in Golden-week, mostly in Fukuoka. While I browse on internet, I stopped my eyes on the pictures of white, pink and purple flowers fully covered the tunnel in Kitakyushu. It is Kawachi Fuji Koen. Since it is near from my dormitory, I decided to visit there.

Kawachi Fuji Koen (also known as Kawachi Wisteria Garden) is located in Yahata, Kitakyushu. The nearest station from Kawachi Fuji Koen is Yahata Station. From Orio Station, I took train on the JR Kagoshima Line to Yahata station. At Yahata station, you will find a number of bus stops on the left side as you exit the station building. It will be better if you arrived 20-30 minutes early and get on the line for the bus. You can either take free shuttle bus Ajisai no yu or Nishitetsu Bus #56. The capacity of free shuttle bus is about 25 seats—fewer than Nishitetsu bus—and there were many people in the line. Yeah, that was golden-week while all Japanese people were going out and enjoying holiday with family and friends. Not only Japanese, there were several tourists from Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnamese on the line. The maps below shows the route from Yahata Station to Kawachi Fuji Koen.

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About Scholarship, About Travelling

About Creating Passport (Online Application)

When you go abroad, you need to have passport. A passport is an official document that is issued by the government to certify the holder’s identity and entitling them to travel under its protection to and from foreign countries. In Indonesia, the passport is provided by the Indonesian Directorate General of Immigration. So, passport is a card that consider our personal identity in other countries.

You can create passport at Immigration Office in your nearest city. Usually Imigration Office (Kantor Imigrasi/KANIM) Level (Kelas) I, II and III. Immigration Office Level I is located in provinces, Level II is located in cities/regencies (kota/kabupaten) and Level III is located in several selected cities such as: Bekasi, etc.

It will be better to create passport by yourself instead the passport broker, a passport broker is an individual or party (brokerage firm, agents) that provides services to create a passport. If you use a passport broker, you may pay two or three times higher than the standart passport administration cost. You can either do online application or manual appplication to create passport. Based on my experience, online passport registration saved my time than manual passport registration. How to apply passport via online application? Let me explain it in several steps: Continue reading “About Creating Passport (Online Application)”

About Travelling

The Very Beginning of My Vacation

Last week, I and my friends spent amazing holidays in Singapore and Malaysia. It was my first time going abroad for vacation without family :). Yes, twenty-three-of-my-age I used to spend holidays with family in Indonesia, visiting Bali or going to several amusement parks in Malang.

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Wanna throw back the time! #TimeSquare #Genting

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Yeah I think, as long as you are (still) single, you should try to go somewhere you really want to go without family and using your own money (before getting married and getting busy with life :p). Let me quoted  what Mark Twain said:

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

Once you go abroad, it is not like going somewhere in downtown. You have to prepare several documents needed below:

  • Passport. I created passport in May 2013.

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Sah sah sah!

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  • Airplane ticket. I got promo tickets from AirAsia and Tiger Airways (the most recommended low cost airlines) in September 2013.
  • An itinerary and budget planning

Beside those documents, other important things is preparing your luggages. I have several tips and tricks, what dos and don’ts to prepare your luggage effectively :D.

I will explain each of these lists in separate blog post. Just stay tune on my next blog post 🙂

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