Last weekend I got to stay in Bandung with A. We planned the trip about two weeks prior. This was my first time going back there in about four years, so I was pretty excited about it.
We went with A’s car. I stayed overnight at her place the day before. We headed out about 11.30 AM and arrived in the hotel around 04.00 PM. It was Friday morning before the prayer, so the traffic wasn’t that bad. It could have been worse, you know.
We stayed at this trendy new hotel called Blackbird Hotel Bandung all the way up in Sersan Bajuri for the first night. The second night we stayed in Kalya Hotel (previously Tune Hotel) in Sumur Bandung, near Simpang Dago.
I really liked our hotel room in Blackbird. It was a simple room with an industrial vibes, forms follow functions type of things. The room was quite beautiful, especially when the sunlight striked in.
We went out for dinner about an hour after we checked in. A suggested for us to go to Bebek Betutu Aji Anom in Dipati Ukur. We used to go there back when we were in bachelor’s. I also texted H to meet us there, since H worked in town. A and I were about halfway into finishing our food when H arrived. We all sat down talking and catching up. It was raining. The place was small and modest but I liked it nonetheless. We each had this meal package consisted of one bebek betutu, one rice, vegetables soup, sambal matah, and a glass of warm tea. It costed us IDR 32K per person.
Afterwards A and I went to PVJ to see a movie. We watched Red Sparrow and didn’t like it one bit. There were too many graphic unnecessary details. We came back to the hotel all traumatized.
The next day we had breakfast in the morning at this hotel lounge called Sea Como Sea. It was a beautiful lounge. Very tropical, very laidback. I liked all the wooden details and the monstera. I could stay there all day.
Unfortunately, we needed to go down to Dago ASAP before we were trapped in the traffic. So we checked out of this cool little hotel and went down all the way to Simpang Dago.
A insisted for her morning caffeine fix. So we hit Wiki Koffie in Braga. It was raining so when we reached the coffee shop there were only two customers. This place is one of those places that makes you feel this indescribeable longing once you’re inside. I loved the peranakan style decor. Combined with the oldies music playing softly in the background and the sound of rain from outside, instant happiness. We bought Vietnamese coffee and Turkish coffee for IDR 15K each. We also bought chicken wings (6 pieces) for IDR 20K.
Afterwards we went to Institut Teknologi Bandung, for old time’s sake. We wandered around ITB from Gerbang Depan to Gerbang Belakang. We also went to the old FSRD building and the new CADL building, just to look around. All the memories came rushing back. How fast time had gone. How funny and unexpected life turned out to be.
In the evening, I had dinner with H in Skyline Best View Resto (it is literally the name of the restaurant. I didn’t make it up). And what a view it had! We went there around 8 PM on a Saturday night. Lucky us, we got a table right away. The view was mesmerizing! The night lights of Bandung right before our eyes. The food was so-so. But I’ll definitely come here for the view. The photo doesn’t do it justice.
Afterwards we went back to the hotel. We met up with A and O in front of Circle K next to the hotel and talked for a bit. The next day A and I checked out of the hotel at 8 AM and arrived in Jakarta around 11.30 AM! It was wonderful.
This trip was.. something else. During my stay in Bandung, I had lots of flashbacks of the more innocent, younger days. A and I talked about a lot of stuff in this trip. We also sang and danced to our road trip playlist in the car. Every thing was so much fun.
It’s just.. I’m still wondering. Where did all the innocence go? Since when did we change so much? Is it all for the better? Should I be able to recognize myself ten years down the line?
I can’t wait to get back to Bandung again.