Thursday, 21 January 2016

Travel: Teduh Hostel Kota Tua Jakarta (Indonesia)

Are you an adventures traveler with backpacking taste heading to Jakarta, Indonesia?

Sharing with you my experience staying at one of the most popular backpacker hostel in Jakarta city.

Teduh Hostel, opened in 2014 in the heart of colonial Jakarta, is Jakarta’s first boutique hostel experience tailored specifically for international and domestic backpacker travelers. “Teduh”, which means “sanctuary” in English, symbolises our desire to offer our guests a home in the midst of the Jakarta’s hectic lifestyle.

Made my booking via thru comparison at on December 2015 during my Jakarta - Yogyakarta roadtrip gateway. Choosen for a dormitory bed at IDR 135K per night.

Received a confirmation email from the property for direction and location map. Below some note on how you can get to the property.

"If you would like to opt for a more economical option, you may take the DAMRI airport shuttle to Mangga Dua Square and then take the light blue mini bus (Angkot) to Pinangsia Raya. You may also want to ask the shuttle bus driver if he could drop you off at the Jakarta Kota Train Station. We are 5 minutes walk from there and it would save you a trip on the "angkot". Please follow the direction on the map found on the link above. 

If you opt to take the taxi to our hostel, the fare from the airport would be between Rp. 120,000 - Rp. 200,000 depending on traffic. This would definitely be the most convenient way to get to the hostel. Kindly inform the driver to enter through JL. Pinangsia Raya as they may not already know our exact location. Please take blue bird or express taxi and try not to fall for "touters"."

Interior (Reception Area)
Reached the property by Go-Jek from Gambir bus station at about 12.30PM midnight. Note that one of the entrance gate along the main road is closed during this time of the hour. You may need to use the opposite road entrance gate instead. The property accepted payment by cash and credit card too. A deposit of IDR100K was required upon check-in. I was given an access card and USB light for bed light by the friendly hostel staff.

The dormitory bed was capsule style with its own power point and USB sockets. Note that the capsule beds on the higher ground is somewhat difficult to reach without bothering your below bed neighbours.

Thursday, 7 January 2016

Running: Ride and Run With The Stars 2015 (Putrajaya)

The week after a hot burning runcation at 2XU Compression Run Jakarta 2015, I was back in Kuala Lumpur spending my transit month for my future travel plans. I had the opportunity to do fun run event at Ride and Run With The Stars 2015 held at Alamanda Shopping Mall in Putrajaya. This run was their second edition with celebrities including international artist participating.

Special thanks to MY365Runner / Family Running Crew (FRC), Lim Ahlim for the extra BIB. Another note, this fun run was also a comeback run for my younger brother +Shafwan Wahab after his school training months.

Race Day
Parking was ample as the event venue was at one of the shopping mall in Putrajaya. Reached the event venue 1 hour earlier to regroup with running and cyclist friends. 

Race Day
Race Day
Race Day
Race Day

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Running: 2XU Compression Run Jakarta 2015 (Indonesia)

It's been a while since my last oversea running trip. So I decided to take up the inaugural 2XU Compression Run Indonesia held on 15 November 2015.

Registered myself for the Half-Marathon category at IDR 575000. Similar to its Singapore and Malaysia version, participant race entitlements were almost the same but with different colour and finisher medal design. The event tee was a running tee instead of a running vest.

Race Pack Collection
REPC was held at Kota Kasablanka Mall 2 - 3 days earlier prior to race day. Went for collection with MY365Runner partner, Shaz Nieza on the last day of REPC. Collection was fast as we were the last for collection due to traffic rush hour. Received a string bag consisted of race tee, BIB with timing chip, event guide booklet, Newton running socks and some discount vouchers.

Running Friends 
Event Volunteers
Race Pack Collection Day
Race Pack Collection Day
Race Pack Collection Day
Race Day
Had a basic carboloading with my Indonesian running friends, Yunita and Vivien the night before race day while on tour in Jakarta city.

The 2XU Compression Run Jakarta 2015 was held at AEON Mall, BSD City, Jakarta. This was my first time running within this district. Opted earlier to use the shuttle bus service from FX Senayan which departs at 4:30am. Regrouped with Shaz Nieza and RushRunner friends at the event area after a quick line-up for baggage drop.

Sunday, 3 January 2016

Running: MPKJ Mizuno Road Run 2015 (Selangor)

Registered for MPKJ Bangi Road Run 2015 as I was already planned to be in Kuala Lumpur for a short working trip. Registration fee was at RM75 for the 12KM category and RM35 for 5KM category with the usual expected participant entitlements. Event was held on 8 November 2015.

This was my first time running within the Bandar Baru Bangi district but kinda familiar with its route.

Had a running friend to collect my race pack on behalf on week prior to race date at WOS, The Gardens Mall. Race pack consisted of Mizuno event tee, BIB with timing chip and free Newton running socks.

Running Day
Head my way to the event area via Waze app on my smartphone by searching "Tasik Perdana Bangi". Parking was ample 100 - 200 metres away from the event area. Flag off was at 7.15am for 12KM and 7.20am for 5KM. Met MY365Runner Norazlina (Clin) and her friends at the starting line. Race route was flat suitable for all type of runners.

Photo courtesy of Nik Khairunissa Ibrahim
Basic running requirements such as water station, medic and traffic control were up to par. There was watermelons at one of the water station too. Traffic marshals from PDRM and event volunteers were seen along the race route. Saw Marathon celebrity Mohd Azmi GME around KM6 supporting participants and friends.

Race Route
Race Route
Event Volunteers
Water Station / Fruit Station