Puncak is the popular name for the area surrounding the peak of Mt.Gede-Pangrango, located in the Bogor-Cianjur-Sukabumi regencies, in the province of West Java, Indonesia. The name literally means peak in Indonesian.
This area is a popular holiday area for the residents of Jakarta, the capital city, and its satellite cities. It has fresh air and mountain scenery. The area is about two hours drive from Jakarta.
1st stop, Taman Bunga Nusantara.
Sayang Shah Rukh Khan couldn't make it.
Props yang dipegang mereka adalah payung Air Asia yang sudah lama saya idamkan maka saya beli sewaktu perjalanan ke Jakarta. Namun, payung itu menghilang entah kemana, yang tinggal hanyalah sarungnya sahaja.
Oh, perhatikan Hp di tangan saya yang sudah di 'bling-bling' kan. Yes, Paris Hilton is my bff. Very the gedik
Next, Off to Bogor!!
Bogor (Indonesian: Kota Bogor) is a city in West Java with a population of approximately 800,000 people in the CBD area and 2,000,000 in suburban area, bringing a total of 3 million population. It was the capital of Indonesia during the British occupation under Stamford Raffles and was used as the capital by the Dutch during the dry season, then known as Buitenzorg (possibly meaning "beyond worry", but it could also refer to "country side" (buiten) and "care" (zorg), like in "buitenhuis", meaning country house).
Kata Encik Pacar, Roti Unyil is a must-eat kalau ke Bogor. Dah catit, tapi lupa nak tanya Roti Unyil tu menatang apa? Sampai dikedainya, tercangak-cangak. Yang mana satu yang namanya unyil???
Rupanya Roti Unyil itu adalah roti yang kecil dan comel-lote dan isinya bervariasi, bisa dessert, bisa savoury. Harganya Rp1,150 satu (about 50sen).
*krik, krik, krik*
Kebun Raya Bogor
The Bogor Botanical Gardens (Indonesian: Kebun Raya) are located 60 km south of the capital of Jakarta in Bogor, Indonesia. The botanical gardens are situated in the city center of Bogor and adjoin the Istana Bogor (Presidential Palace). The gardens cover more than 80 hectares and was build by Java's Dutch Governor-General Gustaaf Willem, Baron van Imhoff who was governor of Java at the time.
The extensive grounds of the presidential palace were converted into the gardens by the German-born Dutch botanist, Professor Casper George Carl Reinwardt. The gardens officially opened in 1817 as 's Lands Plantentuin ('National Botanical Garden') and were used to research and develop plants and seeds from other parts of the Indonesian archipelago for cultivation during the 19th century. This is a tradition that continues today and contributes to the garden's reputation as a major center for botanical research.
Today the garden contains more than 15,000 species of trees and plants located among streams and lotus ponds. There are 400 types of exceptional palms to be found along the extensive lawns and avenues, helping the gardens create a refuge for more than 50 different varieties of birds and for groups of bats roosting high in the trees. The bats can be easily detected by the noise they make while competing for space under the canopies. The orchid houses contain some 3000 varieties. In 1862, the Cibodas Botanical Gardens were founded as an extension of the Bogor garden at Cibodas, approximately 45 kilometers to the southeast of Bogor.
Jujur, sebetulnya saya yang teringin ke sini, sebab nak melihat sendiri Bunga Bangkai or Titan Arum, atau nama saintifiknya Amorphophallus titanum, from Ancient Greek which can be loosely translated to "giant mis-shapen penis". Seriously!
Titan Arum is a flowering plant with the largest unbranched inflorescence in the world. . The titan arum's inflorescence can reach over 3 metres (10 ft) in circumference. Bunga yang indigeous to Sumatera but cultivated in Kebun Raya Bogor ini, adalah cantik gila namun berbau, well...you guessed it, bangkai.
Sayang seribu kali sayang, hanya pucuk bunga bangkai yang kami temui. Sob sob.
Pulang ke Jakartaaaaaa!
To be continued...