A Visit from Japan


The other-half had a visit from one of his closest Japanese friend. They knew each other during his day studying Mandarin in Taiwan. Have I told you that we both are Language Freaks? Hey! We even DID try to learn Sindarin. Well, I did try. He, at the other hand, succeeds. So, Êl síla erin lû e-govaned vîn!

One of the problem of having guests from developed country – when Japan is like one of the most developed countries in Asia and their robotic tech is basically awesome, is: we don’t know where we should entertain them. I mean, come on! Let’s review these options:

  1. Bring them to malls.
    As if they don’t have a muuuuuch more sophisticated, clean, futuristic mall/shopping centre. Harajuku for instance? *hide face under Hatsune Miku doll*
  2. Bring them to museum.
    Museums in Surabaya area, as long as I know are “Mpu Tantoelar Museum” which closes at around 3, and the second option, “Tugu Pahlawan” Museum – in which it displays basically war artifacts and records war history around the event of 10 November when Indonesia maintained its liberty from Netherlands during our status quo under Japanese when the later country  and “Axis countries” suffered the loss against “Allies or United Nations”.
    So. I was like, ummmhh, Japan, War and Japanese guest are better not to be put into one sentence, don’t you think?
  3. Mangroove forests
    It’s closed at 5 but again, this guy might have lots of more interesting nature-like places that are better-managed than our Mangroove Forests. No offense to our Mangroove forests though because I personally love that place. But the fact that it isn’t open till night makes it impossible to entertain our guest.
  4. Park
    Ughhhh… no comment on this one. My lips are sealed. I hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil.

Finally, we decided that we would take him (we only have one guest actually), to a more traditional-meet-modern place which sells local foods. LOADS OF LOCAL FOODS! So, East Coast Pakuwon be it.

Our dear guest then tried “Bebek Pak Janggut” – a duck dish which traditional spices, and “Sate kelopo” – a traditional beef or chicken kabobs (the locals call it “sate” or “satay”) with coconut shreds on top of it & peanut sauce.

Then at the end of the day, we rode this lights -decorated four-wheeled cycle that we have to cycle OURSELVES! Because, this cycle is obviously not available in Japan! Behold!

C360_2014-11-08-20-23-47-164Hiding behind the light is my good friend who-shall-not-be-named. And if you’re wondering which is our Japanese guest, he’s the guy in dark blue t-shirt. Because Asians look the same, right? NO.