Hong Kong View in my Window

Hong Kong View in my Window
Hong Kong View in my Window

Sunday, March 30, 2014

GIGI Concert in Hong Kong! Peace, Love 'N Respect

Another posting in Bahasa Indonesia. No worries, I'll still write in English (next post).

Sebelas Januari bertemu, menjalani kisah ini, naluri berkata engkaulah milikku...

Siapa yg ngak tahu lirik lagu itu?

Armand Maulana, lead vocal, GIGI

Walaupun ini udah bulan Maret, tetep aja 11 Januari dinyanyiin ama akang Armand Maulana di konser GIGI di stadiun Queen Elizabeth Hong Kong!

Thomas Ramdhan, sang bassist
Dewa Budjana sang gitaris
Gusti Hendy, sang drummer

Mereka bilang, selama 20 tahun band ini berdiri, ini pertama kalinya manggung di Hong Kong. Semoga ini bukan yg terakhir kalinya ya... Kembalilah kasih, kita harus bicara, ungkapkanlah semua...adanya... (kan lagu ini belum dinyanyiin tadi....)

Gaya nyembah Armand Maulana di panggung

Minggu, 30 Maret 2014, GIGI manggung dengan kekuatan penuh. Armand Maulana kagak ada matinye.... Jinggrak2 dan gaya panggung ngak bisa diem!

Panas panas panas panas badan ini...
Pusing pusing pusing pusing kepala ini...

Penonton antri tertib diluar stadium Queen Elizabeth Hong Kong

Penonton yang antri panjang dari luar gedung ternyata tertib juga masuk ke stadiun. Emang kalau diluar negeri sepertinya kita lebih mau diatur...

Bendera Merah Putih diiringi lagu Kebyar Kebyar

Kau selalu terbayang (oh nirwana)
Di dalam cintaku (yang telah berlalu)

Pertama kali manggung di Hong Kong nih GIGI...

GIGI, you rock!!!

Di hari yang bersamaan dengan Pemilu 2014 di Hong Kong, ngak cuma GIGI yang manggung, tapi ada special guest Bams Samsons... tetep, fans perempuannya pada nempel...

Bams Samsons

Bams Samsons

GIGI, makasih ya udah mampir ke Hong Kong! Sering2 kesini, ajak band2 Indonesia lainnya, karena penonton disini seru! We rock!

Pesta Demokrasi (Indonesian Election 2014 in Hong Kong)

This posting is intentionally written in Bahasa Indonesia

Pemilu 2014 akan dimulai tanggal 9 April 2014 di Indonesia, tapi untuk perwakilan luar negeri, bisa diselenggarakan lebih awal, karena nanti semua suara harus masuk tanggal 9 April tsb. Demikian katanya...

Pemilu 2014 di Hong Kong

Giliran Hong Kong, yang Warga Negara Indonesianya sekampung, mengadakan Pemilu ini hari ini, Minggu 30 Maret 2014.

Bisa dibilang, kampung Indonesia di Hong Kong ada di wilayah Causeway Bay, terletak di HK island. Disana juga terletak Konsulat Jenderal Republik Indonesia. Semua apa yg orang Indonesia perlukan ada disini; restoran, supermarket, warung bakso, bank, money changer, tempat transfer uang, tukang jahit, kartu simcard, semua untuk keperluan orang Indonesia deh!

Pemilu 2014 di Hong Kong, Antrian Masuk ke TPS

Bayangin aja, ada sekitar 150,000 Buruh Migran Indonesia (BMI) di Hong Kong! Ditambah lagi tenaga kerja profesional yg bekerja di perusahaan BUMN atau swasta dan keluarganya.

Victoria Park dipenuhi Buruh Migran Indonesia di hari Pemilu 2014

Sekilas suasana Victoria Park hari ini... hari Minggu biasa aja rame apalagi ada acara Pemilu, isinya orang semua!

Victoria Park dipenuhi Buruh Migran Indonesia di hari Pemilu 2014

Demikian sekilas info mengenai acara penting yg terjadi di Hong Kong hari ini.... Ada laporan kumplit mengenai acara penting lainnya yg juga terjadi hari ini. 

Tunggu di postingan selanjutnya ya!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Rolling Stones in Macau

  • Online ticket sale was sold out very quickly,
  • Ferry terminals in Hong Kong and Macau were busy on the D day of the concert,
  • The Venetian Macau was crowded,
  • Long queue of people buying the original souvenirs,
  • None of the spectators sat down during the concert!

Second week of December 2013, there I was in front of the laptop, starting 8.30 a.m., on standby - to purchase their tickets online.

When the online sale started at 10 a.m., it was difficult already to get the most strategic seats. At 10.21 a.m., I managed to secure two tickets which seats were my second best choice… the first choice was gone!

At that moment, watching the Rolling Stones live in concert is either now or never.

They still rock!


Friday, February 7, 2014

The Year of the Horse

This is the first time I stayed in Hong Kong during the Chinese New Year holiday.  
Office buildings in Central from the Star Ferry terminal
The plan was firm: watching the fireworks… 

I missed one the most important fireworks ever: the celebration of 15th anniversary of the establishment of HKSAR (July 2012) – as I had just arrived in HK and was sick. I could only see the reflection of the fireworks on the glasses of the other building i.e. Times Square! 

Second firework on the new year’s eve was missed, as my loved one and I thought we could see it from our window but apparently they were hidden by the office buildings. 

The third chance watching fireworks on our second new year’s eve in HK was also missed for a different reason. I could peek the fireworks, or to be exact it was the reflection of the fireworks on the glasses of the office buildings in front of our building! When I moved to the very corner of the room, seriously I could see them a little bit…. Him? Zzzz…. He was too tired after cooking our new year’s dinner, plus he was still on medical leave. 

Three strikes and we are out on the soft ball game… 

The fourth time can’t be missed… 

We carefully chose the strategic but less hassle spot: Star Ferry terminal in Central! 
Welcome the wood horse year!  

I believe all of the good things about it and let’s make it happen.

PS: the last 30 second was the best part of the fireworks. See this link: http://youtu.be/oMFEPgkxGBU

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Jumping to 2014!

One of the fun things I do when travelling is to take signature pic. What defines as signature pic? Simply jumping… 

Sein Island (Île de Sein), Brittany, France

This pic deserves to be put as the first pic due to risk factor-J

Sein Island (ile de Sein)

I had to be careful when I jumped as I did not want to break my ankle. Do you see the rocks?

Saint Michael's Mount (Mont Saint-Michel), Normandy, France

Mont Saint-Michel, Normandy

My story about this magnificent place is in this link Travel Notes - Amazing Grace - Beautiful Churches

Locronan, Brittany, France

It is one of the most beautiful villages of France…
Locronan, Brittany
Seriously, this town is a member of the Les Plus Beaux Villages de France and won awards of its beauty.

Nice, France

Pic was taken at the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, La Côte d'Azur - French Riviera and here is the story Summer in La Cote D'azur - French Riviera

Èze, southeastern France

The story of Èze is in this link: South of France and Monaco

Volterra, Italy

I thought this town only exists in Twilight saga. But it is real. The clock tower is also real.
The Clock Tower, Volterra
So it is all about V, Volturi, Volterra

Central, Hong Kong

Central is the central of business district in Hong Kong. It is always crowded at any time during the day, week days or weekend.  
Queen's Road, Central, HK
So taking pic in the busy place like Queen’s Road is tricky. I jumped so many times when there was less people. Still some gave me weird look. But the show must go on -J Here is a bit my story about Hong Kong

Kowloon, Hong Kong

When there was Terracotta Warriors Exhibition at Hong Kong Museum of History, Kowloon…
HK Museum of History, Kowloon
The Peak, Hong Kong

It is also known as Victoria Peak, where all tourists go when they are in Hong Kong. It is where to be to hide from the busy crowd in Hong Kong. 
Shanghai, China

This is the place to be when we are in Shanghai. The Bund is beautiful in day and night. 
The Bund, Shanghai
Beautiful Shanghai in the night; Shanghai in the Night

Another version in Bahasa Indonesia; Si Cantik Shanghai

Candi Dasa, Bali, Indonesia

Who doesn’t fall in love with Bali? The island of God.
Villa Kaniksa, Candi Dasa, Bali
Go & Explore! Here is my story Candi Dasa

Pulau Cina, Thousand Islands (Kepulauan Seribu), Jakarta, Indonesia

Other than enjoying the weekend, the purpose of our visit to this island was to check the barramundi fish farm!
Pulau Cina, Jakarta
Jumping is fun, isn’t it?

I get up, and nothing gets me down…

You got it tough... I've seen the toughest around…

That’s a part of Van Halen’s song released in 1983, it’s already 30 years ago…

Time flies…

Welcome 2014!

Friday, December 27, 2013

The Meaning of December

Q:           What do you do when travelling?

A:            Visiting the historic sites!

It is on top of my list every time I go travelling. They can be anything such as museums, palaces or places of worship. 
Perhaps it is the time to share some of the church pictures I took in few places in Europe.... Yes, this may be considered as the part 2 of my previous posting December Notes on churches I have seen in Asia.

France, Finistere, Brittany - Clohars-Carnoët

I fell in love with this place. Lovely. The complex consists of the ruins of the Abbey, big green lush garden, river and buildings as part of the Abbey.

Abbey of Saint Maurice, Brittany
Located on the edge of the Carnoët forest on the banks of Ellé river, the ruins of Abbey of Saint Maurice in Clohars-Carnoët was originally founded by Maurice Duault in 1177. Click their official website for more info: http://www.saintmaurice.clohars-carnoet.fr/

Garden of the Abbey of Saint Maurice, Brittany
France, Brittany - Locronan

Another church to be admired! The church of Saint Ronan in Locronan. 

Church of Saint Ronan, Locronan

I put this pic as a teaser, as I will have a complete story (when it is ready-J) about Brittany.

Inside the Saint Ronan Church, Locronan

France, Sein Island

Can you guess where Sein island is? Locally it is known as Île de Sein. This island is in the Atlantic Ocean, off Finistère, 8 km from the Pointe du Raz in the Finistère department of Brittany in north-western France.

It's near the pier, Sein Island, Brittany
I always like to take pics of small churches as I walk around. They look peaceful with their own aura.

Small church at Sein Island, Brittany

Holland, Amsterdam

The New Church or Nieuwe Kerk is 15th century church in Amsterdam located on Dam Square.

The Nieuwe Kerk (New Church), Amsterdam

I love this open square which is next to the Royal Palace and situated in the middle of the city. I spent hours wandering around the square, admiring the ancient buildings in the surrounding, looking at people passing by – oh life…


This is the Cathedral where many of the royal family of Monaco were buried, including Princess Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier III.  

Monaco Cathedral
The Monaco Cathedral or Saint Nicholas Cathedral was consecrated in 1875, and is on the site of the first parish church in Monaco built in 1252. Official website: http://www.cathedrale.mc/
Monaco Cathedral (inside part)

Italy, Milan

Milan Cathedral

When I visited this place, in the center of the square in front of the Cathedral, there was an area covered for renovation.  It looks like a statue i.e. the equestrian statue of Vittorio Emanuele II, the first Italian king in 19th century. So if I wanted to take pic of the whole Cathedral, this is the best that I could do.

The Duomo in the night, I took this pic from the building across
the street, between two small pillars
If you can stay around, day time and night time – and if you can take pics of the Duomo in both times, it is perfect – life is beautiful!
Italy, Venice

Piazza San Marco (Saint Mark's Square) is the heart of Venice. I say this place is the graduation corner of everyone visiting Venice!

Saint Mark's Square, Venice
The Cathedral Basilica of Saint Mark is situated at the eastern end of the Piazza, adjacent and connected to the Doge's Palace. Near there, the Clock Tower which was completed in 1499 stood still. 

Part of Cathedral Basilica of Saint Mark, Venice

Beautiful Cathedral in beautiful Venice… Venice is not only beautiful but it has many mysteries.  

Can you imagine walking by yourself in dark and quiet ancient Venetian alleys? 

Once, we were almost lost in the dark. A gentleman approached and asked us if we needed any help.  We walked together and he showed us the direction to San Marco pier. He walked half way with us and turned left to his destination. 

Who could imagine that we were almost lost in Venice and met a noble gentleman? He is a priest from India and was in Venice for his examination.  God bless him.

Italy, Volterra

Are you familiar with the name of town? It is where Bella Swan tried to save Edward Cullen from killing himself when he thought she died. Yes, Twilight saga!  
A house near the church in Volterra

When the time turned to 12 noon, when Edward walked outside to see the sun, remember the Clock Tower in the movie? Fifteen minute drive from there, we arrived in the Church of Saint Justus and Clement (the Patron of Saints of Volterra).  

Inside the church, there is something like a small whole in the wall that let the sun comes in at noon sharp. It is lighting up a mysterious line drawn on the marble floor next to the altar. Mysterious. 

Inside the Church of St. Justus and Clement, Volterra
Can you see the white stripe on the floor? (right photo)

Every day – every week – every month has its own mystery.
When the mystery is gone, then comes meaning….
As every Christmas has its own meaning… What is it for you?