Saturday, January 12, 2013

New Years 2013

Hey happy new years all!.

We finally passed the 211212 deadline and we managed to see a whole new year, how bout that? Personally i dont believe any of that stuff but as long as im safe, than im good. Anyways today im gonna tell you what i did for new years a couple of week past.

As you may know, my family has an annual meetup each new ears eve. This time we were gonna meetup at Lembang, and since the Lord( my driver) isnt around, so i am the designated driver to drive the big bad H-1 Minibus for my dad, mum, sister, and my cousin who is on leave from the mining site. This was my first time driving the H-1 in a cross country environment, heck it was my first time driving ANYTHING cross country. We didnt want to take the Bandung-Lembang route because its probably packed with Jakarta citizens going to Bandung, so we took the Subang-Lembang route instead. The route that we decided to take is filled with zig-zaggy up and down roads which is packed by trucks and buses.

The road is actually quite nice, except for the infamous "emmens incline" which is a steep 45 degree uphill climb for about 3 kilometers. The H-1 had the same problem like she had back in Nagrek, the engine temperature went up like crazy, she held up though and we finally hit a downhill road and she started to cool off. It was a hair raiser, but getting there is half the fun right? And that was it. After we stopped for lunch and a prayer brake we went again to Lembang and then the hotel. My Auntie, uncle, and cousin were already at the hotel when we arrive.

Oh and did i mention that we surprised Karin on 00:00 in 31/12/12 ? Happy 19th birthday sister!

Now what is Lembang good for. Well there is the famous "milk tofu" which is just normal tofu only its made from Lembang grown material which made the tofu taste softer, and fluffier. But unfortunately the morning plan to visit the tofu place to eat and take a bath in the stuff was cancelled, due to the fact that everyone in the hotel was feeling extra lazy and wanted to stay at the hotel and wait for the afternoon activity which was paintball.

The paintball field wasnt even in Lembang, it was a 10 minute uphill climb to an outbound area owned by some landlord who apparently has the vision of making his outbound place the best in West Java. It was called the CIC for short and the place is huge. We were there only for a paintball match but there is actually a wide array of activities available there ranging from camping, horseriding, hiking, or an Indonesian version of an Australian walkabout. Anyways the match was a mere 2 round fight, my mum got shot in the face, and nobody won.

We had lunch and say goodbye to our relatives and hope to meet some of them home in Jakarta. The plan was to do new years and have a nye party in Lembang but lets be honest, the place is kinda boring and we miss our beds at home especially Karin because she is only visiting Jakarta and has to go back to Singapore in a couple of days.

My dad drove the way back to Jakarta, the road wasnt even crowded and it took hs a quick 2 and half hour trip back to Jakarta because everyone is bussy having a NYE in Bandung or Ancol. After we arrive home we immediately went to bed but we were woken up by the sound of fireworks and flares outside because its new years. The damned thing didnt stop untill about 4 in the morning. Boy did those guys had a blast right?

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