Saturday, January 24, 2015

Indonesia-Penang Trip XII

1st and 2nd of June 2014

Supper, Rice Dumplings and Temple

That very night, we visited a supper house place. We get to enjoy a few local treats, which were rather sweet. This is pisang goreng, but topped with chocolate rice and condensed milk. Yes, this is how most of the sweet treat in Indonesia taste like.


This is my long-awaited IndoMie! Although the way they cooked it was not as I expected, it was still very nice, plus I can request for an egg on top of it. Nice!


Fanny had this dish, which she kindly shared. It was baked/roasted corn with condensed milk. Compared to our usual steamed corn, this is drier but with added sweetness from the condensed milk. It was a different kind of corn taste.


That day, we checked into our staying place in Bandung: Hotel Nyland Pasteur. It was a convenient hotel in the middle of the town with quite good service, except there's no elevator - but that doesn't matter because there was only a few stories. Beside the hotel, was this quite large river or canal which was just next to several other houses. So you can see how the walls were built to secure the foundation.


The very next day was actually Dumpling Day on lunar calendar. Our tour guide, Lucky, brought us these Bandung rice dumplings which his mother made. It was interesting because I didn't know this culture flow so far south, but anyway, the dumplings are different. These were a bit more plain with a little flavouring and meat in the middle of normal rice as opposed of glutinous rice used in most part of Malaysia. I would say the rice texture felt a bit like nyonya rice dumpling but the filling was different. My comment, this kind of dumpling can really fill your tummy.


The very next day, we continued our journey around Bandung. First off, we visited a temple, or rather, a collection of temples. It was a place where different types of Buddhist temples were located together. The place was high up and cool, with mystical mode like this photo:


Outside were these carvings of Buddha. Different kind of buddha according to different branch of Buddhism...


There were these golden coloured statues too...



And here is a more familiar kind where you see Chinese word. Yes, this is a more-chinese kind of temple where there was Guanyin inside. My most impressed part was this temple being very calm and cool and comfortable. I got my fair chance of sitting and chilling in the temple, though I was not sure if that was rude or not. I take it as a my quiet time with the temple...


Not to forget, this cockerel which followed us for quite a good part of our trip...


There were many familiar ones and also one with a row of Buddha in his different poses, each represented different stages of his enlightenment and meaning.


And we spent some time doing this fortune thing. You are to choose a cup and keep dropping the coin into several buddhist singing bowls situated around the temple, one each. And by the time you finished the last, you were to calculate how much you've left and get a piece of fortune paper from the counter for some wise advise. The nice part was that this fortune paper was unlike most others where they really tell of your fortune. Instead, it contained general wisdom which you should look out for in your life, which, in my opinion, was much more useful and subtle.


More group photos...


Not to mention, the good part about having so many different kind of temples together was the opportunity to witness different kind of art, based on the same religion, and their interpretations...


Look at this lovely dandelion!


We did spend some time around these two white elephants. Well, not the 'white elephant' but literal white coloured elephant statues holding the Dhama wheel. 



So, we decided to take a group photo in between these white elephants, literally.


Group photo again...


I would say that my knowledge was limited and hence there might be a lot of things there which I had missed or did not understand. Nonetheless, it was a great visit...

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