Monday, July 24, 2006

Weekend Escape

Weekend destination is definitely one of the toughest decision to make, especially if it involves tiny people who need humongous space to run around and enjoy themselves. I have discovered these amazing places to escape from the lure of the glittering malls and restaurants in Jakarta.

1. Novotel Coralia Bogor. (pictured here)
About one hour drive from Jakarta (weekend time). Go there early to catch the breakfast buffet while the kids can run around on the beautiful landscape with cold and precious fresh air. I found out that sometimes you can even let your kids swim there even without staying for a night (unnoticed by the attendant of course.)

2. Taman Sari Lippo Karawaci
This is an open space amphitheatre with restaurants and foodcourts surrounding it. The food is good with lots of choices, especially traditional snacks. My son especially enjoys running, chasing the pigeons that flew around there. And the best part is the bill, it is so unreasonably reasonable.

At dawn, you can also check out the nearby Benton Junction, it is a beautifully lit, long row of restaurant with tables outside on the street side, almost Paris like :)

3. For a late afternoon walk, try Pantai Mutiara, an ultra exclusive real estate complex at the west of Jakarta (huge houses!). They have a long sidewalk by the sea, where families are seen walking their dogs and enjoy an afternoon jog. Afterwards, the seafood restaurants and small cafes nearby are not a bad choice to spend dinner together with the juniors.

I welcome any comments to add on these lists.

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