2017 Japan Trip Day 4 – Legoland Nagoya

November 1, 2017

2017 Japan Trip Day 1 – Kansai Airport, Fushimi Inari-Taisha, Kyoto Station

2017 Japan Trip Day 2 – Toei Studio Park, Nishiki Market, Yodobashi Camera, Coco Ichibanya

2017 Japan Trip Day 3 – Arashiyama, Kitano Tenmangu, Kyoto Railway Museum, Yabaton Misokatsu

After breakfast at the hotel we headed to Legoland by train. Since we will go back to Kyoto without returning to the hotel, we stowed our baggage at the locker in the train station. You insert the coin to the locker, then you’ll get printout of barcode to be used to open the locker.


The walk to the Legoland took about 10 minutes, we arrived 10 minutes before opening, the queue was still light. We were allowed to enter the front area (photograph shop, restaurant, locker, lego shops), but the way to ride areas are still closed. Still it gave us time to take pictures and ask questions at the photograph shop.

After the rides are opened, our path led us to Observatory deck. The sphere goes up and rotate slowly, to give you bird eye view of the park.

Cat cloud buster is a ride where you sit and pull your way up with the rope and descend by releasing the rope. Oh, and they provide the gloves.

Squid Surfer already needed 15 minutes of queue that morning, but thankfully they provide lego bricks there to help make the queue easier for the children. It is a fun water ride for two, with occasional water splash bomb to accompany the speedy spin around ride.

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On submarine adventure, we ride a “submarine” to explore the underwater world and of course, lego figures and models are very part of it. It’s one of the tranquil ride in this park, no suspense, no sudden movement.

We took early lunch at Chicken Diner. Nicest thing about it is they provide hypoallergenic menu and very helpful about it. Once we mentioned that our son has allergic, they showed a tabulated allergen information for all menu, and they did provide special hypoallergenic menu which we ordered. Of course there were lego figures that accompany us during dining.

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Hypoallergenic meal at Legoland Nagoya

After lunch we visited the Lego Factory. We passed a hall with history of lego pictured on the wall, then we entered a small theater to watch short movie about how lego bricks are made in the factory, then out to another hall where we can observe several machines that are producing lego bricks. Before leaving the factory, each of us received a special logo factory brick for souvenir.

While queueing for NinjaGo Live, my wife headed to nearby Abominable Slushes to get the refillable slush.

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Abominable Slushes at Legoland Nagoya

NinjaGo Live is a 4D theater where live performance is combined with 3D graphics as we follow the adventure of Kai and friends. I think the show lasted around 20 minutes. Although the language is in Japanese, the simplicity of the story and all the actions made the children able to enjoy it anyway Please pay attention to the show schedule since they only has several show each day. We were intended to watch the first show, but have to settle for the second show because we were still in Squid Surfer queue when the first show started.

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NinjaGo Live

Next we headed to Lego City for the Driving School. There are two driving school, a junior one for children aged 3-5 and the driving school for children aged 6-13. The children entered a small theater where they watch an instructional video about the basic safety and traffic rules, the do’s and don’ts, and again of course it is in Japanese, but since it is a video your children should grasp the basic idea though. Then they headed outside to pick their electric cars and learn to ride while obeying the traffic signs and traffic lights. After the ride the children can get their own Legoland driving license, with a price.

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Lego City Driving School

Rescue Academy is a firefighter ride. Each firetruck can accomodate 4 persons. We have to pump the lever to get the firetruck moving from one side to the other side. Once we reached the other side, one person again have to pump the lever of the water hydrant while the other aimed the noozle to the objects (building on fire). Once the “fire” was extinguished, we get back on the truck and pump our way back. For some competitive families, it easily become a race to be the fastest.

Enough with pumping, we entered the gate of Knights Kingdom and decided to try the most challenging ride in the park, The Dragon. Not to be compared to coaster in USJ or Six Flags, it is a rather introductory roller coaster ride for the children, enough to thrill my six years old. They also has mini version of roller coaster version, Dragon’s Apprentice, for smaller children.

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In Pirates Shore we tried Anchor Away, a swaying and rotating ship on a U shaped tracks, followed by Splash Battle. The attendance at the entrance told us that we can get really wet on this ride and asked whether we would like to continue. Since we brought along our raincoat, there’s nothing to worry about! We rode a ship equipped with water canons for each passengers, but we have to rotate the lever to get the water splashing from our gun. It’s not only us against other riders on other ships, but people on the “shore” also can enjoy the fun by firing water canons mounted around the rides. Of course we also can returned the favor by aiming our water canons at them. And yes, unless you wear a full lenght raincoat, you will get wet. Just outside the ride there is a big coin activated hot dryer to dry off.

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Splash Battle at Legoland Nagoya

On our way back to Adventure Land, we spend few minutes at Miniland. The must see items are Japan landmarks. Official Legoland photographers are easily spotted and you can asked them to take your picture, that you can purchase at the Photo Shop.

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Miniland at Legoland Nagoya

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Miniland at Legoland Nagoya

Back at Adventure Land we entered the Lost Kingdom ride. We boarded a jeep with laser guns for each passengers to shoot objects at along the track.

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One snack that should not be missed is the Lego Fries, yes, the lego bricks here are crunchy and delicious.

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Lego Fries at Legoland Nagoya

We still have half an hour before we have to leave the park and get to the train station, and although there’s some rides that we haven’t tried yet, the kids voted to to ride the Dragon Coaster once again, so there we go before picking up our photos at the shop and took a quick look at Lego Souvenir Store.

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2017 Japan Trip Day 3 – Arashiyama, Kitano Tenmangu, Kyoto Railway Museum, Yabaton Misokatsu

August 10, 2017

2017 Japan Trip Day 1 – Kansai Airport, Fushimi Inari-Taisha, Kyoto Station

2017 Japan Trip Day 2 – Toei Studio Park, Nishiki Market, Yodobashi Camera, Coco Ichibanya

We woke up early because we want to get to Arashiyama before it’s get too hot and too crowded. We took the JR San-In Line from Kyoto Station to Saga Arashiyama which took around 15 minutes. Exiting the station we walked past the Sagano Romantic Train Station, followed by 10 minutes walk along a nice looking residential area, before arriving at the Bamboo Groves. The fresh air and beautiful scenery made the walk along upward slopes a bit easier. On our way up we passed Tenryuji Temple and decided to take a look inside. The entrance ticket is 500 JPY for adult and 300 JPY for children.

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2017 Japan Trip Day 2 – Toei Studio Park, Nishiki Market, Yodobashi Camera, Coco Ichibanya

July 18, 2017

Japan Trip Day 1 – Kansai Airport – Haruka – Fushimi Inari Taisha

Refreshed by a good night sleep, after having breakfast at the hotel we took the train, JR San In Line, from Kyoto Station to Hanazono Station. It was another 5 minutes taxi ride to Toei Kyoto Studio Park (the taxi costing about 700 JPY).

The Toei Studio entrance ticket is 2.200 JPY for adult and 1.100 for children & elementary school student. For those who grew up with Japanese cartoon & superheroes movies, going to Toei Studio is like a trip down memory lane.

We were greeted by the Sailor Moon at the entrance, followed by display of figurines and other collectibles from various Japanese anime. My childhood memories are flashing with the sight of Slam Dunk, Dragonball, Shoot, Mazinger, etc.

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2017 Japan Trip Day 1 – Kansai Airport, Fushimi Inari-Taisha, Kyoto Station

July 7, 2017
Japan Trip Day 2 : Toei Studio Park – Nishiki Market
On this trip to Japan, we travel in a larger group of nine, me, my wife, the boys, mom, uncle, and aunties. It made the arrangement of the itinerary rather challenging since we have to balance objects that might interest the elders, the boys, and us, thus we tried not to make an overly tight and ambitious schedule.
Our flight from Jakarta departed on time, but we received notification from Air Asia a couple of weeks before that our flight from KLIA to Kansai was rescheduled to two hours later, so instead of arriving at Kansai at 9am, we will arrive at 11am with almost 4 hours of midnight stopover at KLIA.
Arriving at KLIA around midnight, we were grateful that McDonalds, Starbucks, and a convenient store were still open. Nobody can sleep during the stopover, so the boarding call for the flight to Kansai was a sweet sound to our ears.
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FIBA Asia U16 Championship at Britama Arena Jakarta

November 3, 2015

I read the news few weeks ago that there will be Fiba Asia U16 Championship event at Britama Arena Jakarta and immediately thinking about arranging schedule to take the boys to watch this, especially the oldest now starting to get more serious into basketball.

The event is held on 2 different venue, Britama Arena Jakarta (Kelapa Gading) and GOR Pulogadung (Rawamangun). The one day ticket price at Britama Arena are Rp 25.000, Rp 50.000, and Rp 100.000.

The semifinals will be on Friday, November 6th 2015 and the final on Saturday, November 7th 2015.

The Boys wathcing FIBA U16 basketball

The Boys watching FIBA U16 basketball

Finally we got there on Saturday, October 31st 2015 and managed to watch 3 games : Hongkong vs Japan (won by Japan 86-51), Malaysia vs Kuwait (won by Kuwait 81-66), and Indonesia vs Chinese Taipei (won by Chinese Taipei 79-56). This day was the last day for group preliminary round.

Hongkong vs Japan

Hongkong vs Japan

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Clarissa Tamara new single : Play That Funky Music

June 12, 2015

Clarissa Tamara, sang pemain biola yang kini sudah beranjak remaja pada awal bulan Juni 2015 ini meluncurkan single terbarunya, Play That Funky Music dalam aransemen jazzy bernuansa etnik.

Lagu dan aransemen ini sebelumnya sudah beberapa kali dibawakan dalam live performance oleh Clarissa dalam berbagai pertunjukan, antara lain Child Aid Asia Concert di Malaysia tahun 2014 dan Jepang tahun 2015.

Album ini dapat diperoleh antara lain di
iTunes : Play That Funky Music – Clarissa Tamara on iTunes


Play That Funky Music – Clarissa Tamara

Clarissa Tamara Quick Facts
1. Mulai belajar biola pada usia 4 tahun
2. Meluncurkan album solo biola “Clarissa Tamara 8” pada usia 8 tahun
3. Album “Clarissa Tamara 8” memenangkan AMI Awards 2009 sebagai album instrumental terbaik
4. Meluncurkan album solo biola “9 Gifts of Christmas” pada usia 9 tahun
5. Dicatat sebagai “WORLD’S FASTEST VIOLINIST” pada badan Record Holders Republic (RHR), Everest World Record, Elite World Record, Asian Records Academy, dengan memainkan lagu “Fight of The Bumblebee” dengan waktu 49,42 seconds (273 bpm) pada tanggal 15 Juni 2013

AMI Awards for Clarissa Tamara (2009)

AMI Awards for Clarissa Tamara (2009)


Clarissa Tamara received World Record certificate from Record Holders Republic (RHR)

Clarissa Tamara received World Record Certificate from Record Holders Republic (RHR)


Clarissa Tamara World Record preparation

Clarissa Tamara World Record moment


Beda Tapi Satu, feat Clarissa Tamara


Indonesia Pusaka, feat Clarissa Tamara


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The Professor Band – Album Seribu Satu Malam

May 28, 2015

The Professor Band, dari namanya saja sudah mengundang pertanyaan, professor main band? Mungkin para professor dari fakultas musik?
Ternyata bukan, The Professor Band yang berdiri sejak 2003 ini beranggotakan para professor dari beragam jurusan di Universitas Indonesia. Mereka bermusik karena selain menjadi ahli di bidang masing-masing, mereka juga memiliki passion untuk bermusik. Beberapa diantara mereka bahkan memang aktif bermain band sewaktu masih kuliah.

Pada tahun 2008 mereka tercatat di MURI sebagai band dengan jumlah professor terbanyak, yaitu sebanyak 12 orang. Selain itu, The Professor Band ini juga berkali-kali tampil dalam acara Java Jazz Festival, Jakarta Jazz Festival, Jazz Goes to Campus bahkan sampai tampil di Belanda & India.

Pada pertengahan tahun 2013, Kak Nunuk, salah satu artis GNP, mengajak saya untuk bertemu dengan beberapa anggota The Professor Band (disingkat TPB), ternyata mereka memiliki keinginan untuk membuat album rekaman. Setelah tertunda berkali-kali karena kesibukan mereka, akhirnya pada pertengahan 2014 proyek rekaman album TPB ini dimulai. Lagu-lagu yang dipilih adalah lagu-lagu karya Maestro Indonesia, Ismail Marzuki, yang memang sangat cocok jika dibawakan dalam aransemen pop jazz.

Album The Professor Band - Seribu Satu Malam

Album The Professor Band – Seribu Satu Malam

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