First ‘Love’ in Surabaya

From Miri to KLIA then hopped on a connecting direct flight to Surabaya (the 2nd largest city in Indonesia), I finally landed safely on Surabaya land for the very first time!

Woke up as early as 4am and off to the airport to board on the first flight to Kuala Lumpur at 6.20am. I reached KLIA around 8:30am and waited half bored for the next flight to Surabaya at 4:30pm. Now, you tell me how I could not be so damn excited upon landing safely at Surabaya airport.

New MAS food packaging

I was damn excited!! I even feel like kissing the ground man but I didn’t do it lah ahakz… ;p

As I’ve make an early arrangement for airport pickup with the hotel, it wasn’t difficult to spot the hotel’s driver at the arrival hall as he was holding an A4 paper up high that display my name (terasa macam calon pilihanraya lah pulak hehehe).

Once I’m done settling my room deposit, I just couldn’t check out my room – Business Suite. This hotel was recommended to me by my Agent and I can’t find the right word to describe it. 🙂

The living room

The bathroom

The bedroom

The patio
Overall, I was a very happy woman. I bet some of you would feel the same way too. 😉

As it was a business trip, I don’t really have time to shop for myself but at least now, I know places to shop should I ever come back to Surabaya again; be it on business or leisure trip. However, I managed to go for window shopping at Surabaya Plaza Mall (it was located adjacent to my hotel), Tunjungan Plaza (adjacent to Sheraton Hotel, Surabaya where I attended a fair and with four interconnected buildings (TP1-TP4) selling everything from simple daily needs to the luxurious things. Good selection of restaurants around the mall.), Pasar Atum Lama & Baru (a large indoor Chinese market – catering to Chinese locals) and Galaxy Mall (the largest shopping centre in East Surabaya – the socialite hang out place).

But the most memorable moment of all is I get to eat J.Co Donut for two days in a row. I used to be so crazy about Dunkin Donut, not anymore after I tried J.Co donuts. I bought half dozen of J.Co donuts with different flavors that only cost me Rp27,000 (equivalent to RM8) on day 1 and bought another different flavors for half dozen the 2nd day. Smell of donuts came out from my mouth each time I burped and I’m lucky I didn’t turn into donut ahakz!! ;p

Donuts with Oreo, Cheese Me, Blueberry Splitz, Tiramisu, Green Tea & Almond – my favorite among all

Wait, not only I tried the donut I even ordered room service which I think is cheap. I’ve ordered one of the recommended appetizer – Lumpia Goreng (also known as Spring Roll), I tried Surabaya’s Sup Ekor (it’s known as Sup Buntut Rebus in Surabaya) and Fried Chicken which everything cost me Rp57,475 (equivalent to RM18).

Lumpia Goreng (full of filling)

Sup Buntut Rebus

Knowing that I’m a food adventurous person, I was told by my Agent to tried one of t
he East Java local speciality dish which is known as Rujak Cingur. Take a deep breath before you decide to read further as you may or may not like it hehe.. ;p

Rujak Cingur

Rujak Cingur contains slices of cooked buffalo’s or cow’s lips (mouth), bangkuang, young raw mango, pineapple, cucumber, kangkung, lontong (glutinous rice cake), tofu, tempe, served in black sauce made from petis (black fermented shrimp paste) and grinded peanuts, topped with sprinkle of fried shallots and kerupuk (Indonesian cracker).

Oh yess, I ate buffalo lips soooo…anybody want my kiss? So now, you can imagining kissing me is like kissing a cow’s lip wakakaka… ;p

Rujak Cingur taste exactly like our local rojak sotong in Miri. The only difference is we used sotong instead of the cingur and our rojak paste is so much sweeter whereas Rujak Cingur’s paste is hot and it taste exactly like sambal belacan.

Knowing the fact that I liked nasi lalapan very much back in Miri, I get the driver (I rent a car for a day that cost me RM100 from 8am-8pm) to bring me to the best place for local dishes and he brought me to Bu Rudy’s place. It was a simple restaurant and the walls were full of framed Indonesian artist autograph and pictures with Bu Rudy (the owner of the place) and among all of it, I only recognized Ruth Sahananya’s & Peter Pan. Bu Rudy’s place is well known of its nasi sambal udang but it was sold out when I was there so I go for the nasi lalapan. It was hot, spicy (just the way I liked it) and I have to say it has same taste as the nasi lalapan available at Surabaya Restaurant, Miri.

Tapi sayang, the pictures I took were corrupted due to my careless mistake. 🙁

I enjoyed my stay in Surabaya, I really do. I’m looking forward to go back there in the future. 🙂


  1. melbie

    18 March, 2008 at 12:08 pm

    oh all those yummy food!!! And J’Co donuts!! I’ve been wanting to have a taste of J’Co’s Donuts since Big Apple opened their first branch here a few months’ back. My cousins in KL kept on telling me it’s better than Dunkin and Big Apple, but then again, Big Apple’s donuts are already much better than Dunkin’s… oh, I can just imagine the both of us turning into a donut! LOL

  2. Sileast20

    18 March, 2008 at 12:56 pm

    Indeed if I were U it would be the happiest trip I ever had… WOWs…

  3. Mystery LadyBird

    19 March, 2008 at 12:20 am

    trust me, u gonna luv d 1st bite of J.Co Donut, really. i heard abt Big Apple n sm says it taste better thn J.Co Donut. im yet 2 giv it a try nxt time. 😉

    ahakz imagining both of us turn into ‘Michellin’ mascot instead of donut tho.. ;p

  4. pilgrimsmaster

    19 March, 2008 at 5:41 am

    eh cow’s have lips kah?

  5. Mystery LadyBird

    19 March, 2008 at 6:07 am

    adaaaa!!! mayb u called it mouth instead of lip kot ahakz.. ;p

  6. wis

    19 March, 2008 at 12:00 pm

    wow, such a nice work vacation – i need that badly now…sigh!

  7. Mystery LadyBird

    20 March, 2008 at 1:15 am

    its a blessing in disguise 4 me.. 🙂

  8. Yees in Texas

    20 March, 2008 at 3:30 am

    Hi there..I found your site when I google searched for lun bawang bloggers =) The search took me to your post about the Lun Bawangs. Great job..I learnt quite a bit about my own people. haha (been away too long) Thanks for posting that.
    And those donuts! yummy!

  9. Mystery LadyBird

    20 March, 2008 at 3:52 am

    anun dengah?! thks 4 droppin by n hope 2 c u more often in my ‘crib’.. 🙂

  10. Desmond

    21 March, 2008 at 11:02 am

    Oh no…No beer? It would be complete with beer.

  11. K

    22 March, 2008 at 1:21 am

    Oh my god! Those doughnuts look….alluring! (wink)

  12. Mystery LadyBird

    23 March, 2008 at 11:54 pm

    usually no beer drg my 1st trip nt a ‘beer’ person, im more 2 cocktails.. 😉

  13. Mystery LadyBird

    23 March, 2008 at 11:55 pm

    thks 4 droppin by n hope 2 c u more u like donut too?? 😉

  14. melbie

    24 March, 2008 at 8:08 am

    Michellin huh? LOL

    And upon seeing these donuts again, I suddenly have the urge to have some of them soft Big Apple Donuts! But I’m trying to lose weight now .. LOL.. hopefully this craving will go away by the time I’md one with my workout later hehe

  15. Mystery LadyBird

    24 March, 2008 at 8:12 am

    2 bad i cnt join u wt d Big Apple’s donut, im nt cmg 2 KK tis mth n tho.. 🙁

    neway, wish u success on yr workout.. 🙂

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