Saturday, September 26, 2015

Japan On Budget

Dear all,

Reminiscing my last very memorable trip to Japan, I want to write a bit of my journey. And excuse me if I am super late to share the story. Lately I cannot afford much free time :(

The reason I want to share the trip in this blog is because I want to keep remember this trip even I get older, and I want to share to the world especially fellow Indonesian that it is possible to have a budget travel to Japan. Many myths heard that Japan is an expensive country. Well, I have been there as a tourist and I personally think that the perception depends on how you take it.

In total, I spent almost 12 million for 7 days and it is VERY POSSIBLE to spent less than 10 million but I was a little impulsive in my last days in Japan, too many shopping.

Early summary, why it is possible to go to Japan on budget:
- Find cheap airplane ticket.
- Water is free in Japan from tap water
- Buy foods from convenient stores like Lawson, Family Mart, Seven Eleven, etc.
- Don't be impulsive buyer, don't spend so much on souvenirs (which I did)
- Plan thoroughly. Pick your priorities places.
- Stay on budget hotel such as dormitory (usually shared with 6 or more people) or capsule hotel.
- Walk and walk. Use bus or train smartly so pay as your destination.
- Renting a portable internet modem is optional. Convenience stores sometimes provide free wifi.
- Keep calm. Japanese people are very very very humble and friendly. Don't be afraid to be scammed.

Let's start!
PS: I will be using word 'Japan on budget' often. Stay til the end of the post, I also share my itinerary for your reference.

1. Budget Airlines
First thing you need to have Japan on budget is find the cheap return ticket as well. I bought a return ticket from Air Asia for IDR 3,500,000 and already include a baggage.

The departure route was from Jakarta to Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur to Tokyo and the return route is from Tokyo to Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur to Jakarta. Air Asia's plane for flight from KL-TKO is an airbus, so it's a three rows seating but don't expect high comfort because to be honest the space for your leg is not spacious, remember about budget airline. To overcome the long flight from Tokyo to KL, and to avoid legs cramp, I usually walked to the toilet for sometimes and I sleep.

2. Manage visa on your own.
For non e-passport holder, you still need to make a visa. Many people choose to apply via agent to be more hassle free but of course you have to pay more expensive. To read how to apply visa, you can read my blog post here (in Bahasa Indonesia).

3. Sleeping smart and on budget
Be well prepared on itinerary, do research please. You don't want to come home from Japan feeling regret because you could have got many cheaper items. I booked the hotel from Agoda and honestly, my hotel was not the cheapest one because I and my friend thought we wanted to have a comfortable sleep and it's very important to rest. Besides, the cost on this hotel we stayed was not that expensive. The rate per night was mostly IDR 700,000 (each person paid 350,000), however it sometimes cost more than that. We thought it was a good deal because it is Japan, and even for hotel in Jakarta, such price is sometimes hard to find. But remember, you could get much cheaper price. The alternatives are staying in capsule hotel, dormitory or internet cafe.

Sharing my actual experience, I spent a night on an overnight bus from Tokyo to Kyoto. It saved a night in a hotel and this deal moved us to another city in Japan.

Note: Most hotel we were staying did not allow us to take a bath before the check-in time (usually 2 PM). So after the overnight bus, we arrived in Kyoto in a mess at 7 am desperately need to brush our teeth and have a proper bath. Finally we brushed our teeth in the underground station's toilet. It's not Japanese people are rude, I respect their rules that we cannot 'borrow' their bathroom for showering before the check-in time.

Place to sleep during my stay:
- Tokyo: Tama Ryokan  (USD 127.92 for two nights and for two people in private room, back then dollar rate was not this high rate like nowadays)
- Tokyo: Hostel Komatsu Ueno (USD 62.92, private room)
- Kyoto: Kiraku Inn
- Overnight bus: Willer express.

4. Eat smart
During our stay, honestly we ate Lawson food often but I LOVE how all convenience stores in Japan provide such delicious instant food. They even have cakes that are usually served in Cafe. There are Lawson, Family Mart and Seven Eleven in Japan and also in Indonesia. But in Indonesia, the instant foods served are not as tempting and as complete as they are in Japan. I wish I could bring all of the foods home.

The convenience stores don't only serve instant frozen foods but they do have warm food. What I love the most is their onigiri. Words cannot do justice how different the taste with the one in Jakarta.

The other days, we were a bit royal. We spent more money for foods, like the 1500 yen we spent on Tsukiji Market. We also had a lot of street ramen, udon and yakitori. Surprising enough, the street foods are actually very affordable. We did not have to try too much to find cheap restaurant around our inn in Tokyo and Kyoto.

And btw, good news is you can drink for almost all tap water in Japan. Yayness! We really saved a LOT of money because of this. We filled our empty bottle with tap water during our outside activities. Just make sure the tap water is eligible for drink.

convenience store

convenience store

Warm milk tea from lawson. Yes Lawson in Japan has hot cabinet. and the milk tea is very nice. suitable for drink in the middle of cold Shibuya.

Delicious ramen and below 50k thousand IDR.

At Lawson.
Yummy instant and cheap food from Lawson

Lawson food. the yakitori is SOOOO NICE. and cheap.


5. Transportation 101
There are many types of transportation in Japan: train, Shinkansen, bus, taxi, ferry, etc. But I only tried train and bus. Shinkansen is expensive and as I did Japan on budget thingy, I did not try this famous high speed train.

Let me tell you this. Railway routes in Japan is very complicated (riweuh in Sundanese). First time I saw the route I was like 'will i ever be able to understand this?' The key is keep researching before you go and know your destination. Once you are in Japan, don't be shy to ask to local if you are confused about where to go, Japanese are very helpful and friendly. And don't be afraid to the joy of being lost. Sometimes being lost is the meaning of the travel itself :)

How to get to center of Tokyo from Narita? You can take a train in Narita airport that connects with the cities in Japan. You can purchase the ticket in the airport. There are many ticket agents promising the fastest time, the cheapest price, the most comfortable seat, etc. Be careful to choose. Don't decide immediately after only asking from 1 agent. I almost bought one expensive train ticket but the fastest. However I did not need fastest, I need cheapest :P Luckily I moved to the next agents and found the cheap one and it did not take that long to Shinjuku.

How to get to Kyoto from Tokyo? I picked an overnight bus by Willer Express and it saved me the cost for hotel. The price was still okay to me. The seat was comfortable, I got electricity as well.

How to get to Tokyo from Kyoto? Again, I picked an overnight bus from Willer Express. Depart from Gion Shijyo Station (Kyoto) and arrive at terminal shinjuku west exit (Shinjuku Sumitomo BLDG 1F). Cost 13,200 yen for two.

How to get to Tsukiji Market? The nearest station to Tsukiji Market is actually Tsukijishijo Station, reachable by the Toei Subway Oedo Line (The Magenta coloured line). If you would take the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line to the Tsukiji Station, it would be about a 10 minutes walk. You can take the Oedo Subway Line directly from Shinjuku Station to Tsukiji Shijo Station. The one way trip will take about 20 minutes and cost 260 yen.

How to get to Fuji Mountain? From Shinjuku Station take Keio highway go to Kawaguchiko Station (via Keio highway bus terminal/fujikyu bus 1101).

Willer Express overnight bus to Kyoto

Willer Express overnight bus. Cute, right?

6. Priorotize your activities
I wanted to go to Disney Sea (it cost 6,400 yen on April 2015) however I didn't go there because I need to allocate the budget for more activities. So during my stay in Japan, my activites are:
- Seeing the remaining Sakura blooms in Shinjuku Gyoen National Park (entrance fee is cheap but apologize i forgot the fee)
- Alcatraz Cafe. It is a really unique cafe I have ever seen. Serving a creepy hospital concept, this cafe got you pay a 500 JPY entrance fee (exclude foods and beverages). But the experience was worth it.
- Ichiran ramen. This is a must! The best ramen my entire life, and people like it too, proven by how long we should queue to eat here. the concept for food purchasing is unique because we choose the menu on the machine and directly insert the cash inside. The eating place is cute too, it's like a cubicle in the office where you are separated by a board with someone beside you. I assume this is to prevent you from talking during eating and to cut the unnecessary long time to eat, remember, the queue.
- Go to Takeshita Dori, Harajuku street. No entrance fee because basically it's just an open street. But there are soooo many delicioud foods there. I was tempted to try all of them but I remember my Japan on budget thing.
- Line store. Know the gang of Cony, Brown, etc? You can find fiant Brown there and of course everyone took a picture with the cute giant doll. Again, it is free.
- Shibuya. Remember Hachiko? Taking picture with this statue is free. I enjoyed my time watching the famous Shibuya crossing. I and my friend passed the crossing several times and took picture in between the overload tresspasers. Nah, you now have beautiful picture to be posted on Instagram. And it is, again, free.
- Eat yakitori. Well there are many pork and chicken yakitori sold in Tokyo. Oh I tried several yakitori places and all of them are too delicious to be described.
- In Kawaguchiko, try Shibazakura Festival and Mount Fuji. As I went in April, I could see the blooming Sakura and an occasional festival. There was entrance fee to Shibazakura festival but it was not expensive. Don't forget to wear thick sweater. The coldness was beyond what I thought it could be.
- In Kawaguchiko, went to Ice Cave. There was entrance fee to the ice cave and not expensive. We should use boots and helmet (rented for free by the management). Inside the cave was ultra cold. I remember shivering without hand gloves. The journey inside the Ice Cave took only 10-15 minutes, so short. You can see the chunks of ice which believed to be naturally appear.
- Tsukiji Market, the largest fish market in Tokyo. I ate sashimi rice for 1500 yen (the most expensive meal) and that was like the cheapest price in entire Tsukiji Market. No wonder the queue was enormously long. How long? 40 minutes queuing.
- 100 yen shop is a must.
- Akihabara, a large electronics district. My friend bought an iPhone 6 in Akihabara with almost 2 millions Rupiah cheaper than market price in Indonesia. Applause...

- Fushimi Inari. You could be tempted to buy many amulets there. The price of the amulets are not very cheap though. Some are 500 yen and more.
- Gion, rent a kimono. If you want, spare some budget for this, guys. It was not that cheap.
- Arashiyama area: Togetsukyo Bridge, Tenryuji Temple, Bamboo Groves. I also rented a bicycle at Arashiyama and the ride was very addicting. Initially, we rented for 2 hours but then extended until 4 hours or so.
- Onsen/hot spring is a must for me. It was the best choice because we were so tired after everyday long walking and cold weather. Onsen was a relief to our sore and tired muscles. Advise: The water in onsen is very hot. Remember to pur your body with warm water first to calibrate your body temperature with the water, or else you will feel dizzy in instant you get in the hot spring (like me and my friend). And you must be completely naked. Worth the experience, though. Don't worry, the are for boys and girls are separated.
- 100 yen shop. We knew we were going to Daisho in Kyoto but we did not know how to get there. So after long minutes of getting lost in Kyoto, we found Daisho and one 100 yen shop across Daisho. Then I started become impulsive in buying so many 100 yen souvenirs and foods which in total could cover my three times cheap meals in Japan.
Remaining Sakura at Shinjuku Gyoen

At Shinjuku Gyoen

Unique concept at Alcatraz

At Takeshita Dori

Giant Brown at Line Store near Harajuku St

Yakitori. This is tooo delicious no words can describe.
Shibazakura Festival
Ichiran Ramen: Choose your preference before you input to the machine by yourself
Unique concept of eating table at Ichiran Ramen
THIS IS ICHIRAN RAMEN. a must try for ramen lovers. the best!

The cheapest amongst all in Tsukiji Market.
Lunch at Tsukiji Market.
At Tsukiji Market. Look at the long queue. 40 minutes is no joke!

Kyoto: Fushimi Inari
Rent a Kimono at Kyoto.

Hachiko Statue at Shibuya

Shibuya Crossing

Arashiyama with Togetsukyo Bridge as the background and my bicycle

At Bamboo Forrest, Arashiyama
Saw a geisha at Gion, Kyoto
What took the budget that actually could be more pressed *LOL*

7. Internet modem rental
Remember I mentioned that you could save more budget? Yes you can by not renting internet modem because some convenience stores actually provide it free. But I and my friend rented a modem because we could not cut the connection with the world (read: we need to update our social media platforms hence we need real time internet *smile*), besides, internet actually helped us A LOT for finding directions. Google Map needs internet connection, remember? If you do not want to spend more money on rental, you can rely on asking people on the street. For us, even though we rent a modem, we still lost every time. We spent total 5,952 JPY for 6 days of usage. I don't remember if the internet quota was unlimited or not but it will not run out unless you watch youtube or movie by your phone, which is unlikely. The modem we rent is from Pupuru (

Pupuru wifi: Free delivery to your chosen address, free return to any post box.

Always get lost even though we have an internet connection with us

My Itinerary
Many people have been asking for my itinerary. I hope this can help and sorry for taking long time to share.

Please check to for bus route and literally for everything about Japan, for any possibilities of change. This website has helped me on everything I need to know about Japan.
I really hope to be back to Japan again. Japan is my most favorite destination now, I feel so blessed as well for being able to visit this country in my early twenties. Next time should bring my parents here, Amen.

Thank you for reading. I would love to hear your stories about Japan too :) And please don't hesitate to ask. I will try my best to answer.


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Saturday, June 13, 2015

The Military Diet Review

This post is suitable for you who wants to try the military diet but don't know what if feels to be in it.

Military Diet, is it hard?

I tried the Military diet the whole month of May 2015. I started in end April right after my vacation to Japan. In short, i lost 10 pounds/4.5 kg in one month. In long, kindly scroll to get through my journey.

I still think that this is the fastest and somehow easiest way to lose weight. The happy news is we still can eat meat and ice cream for the diet. It's a YAY. Besides, military diet is much cheaper than the detox diet or juice cleansing diet. The overall cost to buy the whole ingredients for three days is usually only 1/10 the three days juice cleansing package. Trust me, I know this. juice cleansing diet usually cost around 1.8 million IDR (139 USD) and sometimes even more expensive.

I do go to the gym, join aerobic and different yoga classes in between my diet. While the result for each person different, if you have an urgency to lose weight fast, you probably want to try this diet. In my case, I need to fit in the dress for my brother's wedding, so I definitely NEED to lose fast. So far, I have made 9 of my friends join me in this military diet by sharing the recipes and motivate each other. It is easier when done together with friends.

What makes it hard?
After experiencing several times military diet and encourage my friends to join, I can tell you what could make the military diet hard. It's psychologies issue like:
1. You don't have the urgency to lose weight fast
2. You're not motivated
3. You're so busy working or studying or anything that needs much energy
4. You don't think that you can actually lost weight in three days.

What makes it a go?
Frequently asked questions in my soc-med:
1. Q: You lose 10 pounds in just three days?
A: Of course NO. During three days of military diet, you probably just lose 1 kg to 2 kg (best case). I lost almost 2 kg or 0.9 pounds in three days because I followed all the rules and I did light exercising. In one month, i lost 10 pounds or equals to 4.5 kg.

2. Q: Can the menus be substitute?
A: Yes there are substitution for several menus. Please refer to this link for substitution.

3. Q: Is it hungry, during three days of military diet?
A: Honestly YES. Quoting from the military diet website, "Hunger is just a feeling we’ve all grown too accustomed to satisfying" 

4. Q: After three days of the military diet, what do we eat?
A: In my case, I eat healthy foods and not more than 1500 calories a day. If possible, don't eat oily or fried foods, frozen foods, rice, white bread. I usually eat two kinds of cooked vegetables and my weight remains okay until the end of the day. As stated in the website, here are the foods you can eat while off the military diet.

5. Q: After three days of military diet, will my weight bounce up?
A: I know that this is what some people think: When we lose weight fast, our weight will bounce back fast as well if we eat just a little bit more. My opinion is, as long as you keep eating clean and healthy, drink a lot of waters, exercise and sweating, you are positive to keep the new weight with you. Don't listen to discouragement that people give you, just trust yourself that if you want to lose weight, you will lose weight.

70% diet is made in the kitchen
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The Military Diet Plan
Source: The Military Diet

DAY 1:


Military Diet Plan Breakfast Day 1
1/2 Grapefruit
1 Slice of Toast
2 Tablespoons of Peanut Butter
1 cup Coffee or Tea (with caffeine)


Military Diet Plan Day 1 Lunch
1/2 Cup of Tuna
1 Slice of Toast
1 cup Coffee or Tea (with caffeine)


Military Diet Plan Day 1 Dinner
3 ounces of any type of meat
1 cup of green beans
1/2 banana
1 small apple
1 cup of vanilla ice cream



1 egg
1 slice of toast
1/2 banana


Military Diet Plan Day 2 Lunch
1 cup of cottage cheese
1 hard boiled egg
5 saltine crackers


Military Diet Plan Dinner Day 2
2 hot dogs (without bun)
1 cup of broccoli
1/2 cup of carrots
1/2 banana
1/2 cup of vanilla ice cream



Military Diet Breakfast Day 3
5 saltine crackers
1 slice of cheddar cheese
1 small apple


Military Diet Day 3 Lunch
1 hard boiled egg (or cooked however you like)
1 slice of toast


Military Diet Plan Day 3 Dinner
1 cup of tuna
1/2 banana
1 cup of vanilla ice cream

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Cara Membuat Visa Jepang

Hai semua....

Saya mau berbagi pengalaman saat membuat visa ke Jepang supaya suatu hari nanti saya bisa baca post ini lagi dan terus ingat setiap detail perjalanan saya ke Jepang. Untuk update perjalanan saya ke Jepang atau untuk membaca beberapa tips agar dapat ke Jepang on Budget, bisa klik link ini.

Sebelum membuat visa, saya banyak cari tahu di internet mengenai prosedur dan cerita para pengejar visa Jepang. Walaupun banyak orang yang menganggap bahwa membuat visa Jepang itu sulit, namun tak sedikit pula yang sudah beranggapan bahwa membuat visa Jepang sesungguhnya tidak serumit itu. Disini saya akan menuliskan pengalaman saya, semoga cukup membantu memberikan gambaran bagi pengejar visa Jepang lainnya.

Untuk persyaratan membuat visa, seperti dokumen apa yang harus dibawa, biayanya berapa dan detail lainnya bisa langsung cek ke website Kedutaan Besar Jepang di Jakarta.

Berkas untuk pengajuan Visa
Catatan: Saya apply visa untuk tujuan wisata dengan biaya sendiri, dan single entry.
Mengutip pada website Kedutaan Besar Jepang, dokumen yang perlu dibawa saat pengajuan visa adalah:
2. Formulir permohonan visa. [download (PDF)] dan Pasfoto terbaru (ukuran 4,5 X 4,5 cm, diambil 6 bulan terakhir dan tanpa latar, bukan hasil editing, dan jelas/tidak buram)
3. Foto kopi KTP (Surat Keterangan Domisili)
4. Fotokopi Kartu Mahasiswa atau Surat Keterangan Belajar (hanya bila masih mahasiswa)
5. Bukti pemesanan tiket (dokumen yang dapat membuktikan tanggal masuk-keluar Jepang)
6. Jadwal Perjalanan [ download (DOC)] (semua kegiatan sejak masuk hingga keluar Jepang)
7. Fotokopi dokumen yang bisa menunjukkan hubungan dengan pemohon, seperti kartu keluarga, akta lahir, dlsb. (Bila pemohon lebih dari satu)
8. Dokumen yang berkenaan dengan biaya perjalanan:
Bila pihak Pemohon yang bertanggung jawab atas biaya
* Fotokopi bukti keuangan, seperti rekening Koran atau buku tabungan 3 bulan terakhir (bila penanggung jawab biaya bukan pemohon seperti ayah/ibu, maka harus melampirkan dokumen yang dapat membuktikan hubungan dengan penanggung jawab biaya).

Keterangan tambahan dari saya:
1. Paspor: Teman saya yang ingin apply visa bersama saya paspornya akan expired 7 bulan lagi. Artinya, pada saat kami sampai di Jepang nanti, paspornya akan expired dalam waktu 6 bulan 10 hari. Hal ini awalnya membuat kami khawatir maka saya melakukan double check dengan pihak Kedutaan Jepang dan Imigrasi Indonesia dan Imigrasi Jepang. Saat telepon ke bagian Visa, beliau menyatakan bahwa dari segi visa bisa-bisa saja dikeluarkan dan tidak ada batasan jika paspor akan berakhir kurang dari 6 bulan. Namun beliau menyarankan saya untuk memastikan ke pihak imigrasi, karena nanti yang menentukan bisa masuk Jepang atau tidak kan pihak imigrasi (bener juga sih). Karena teman saya ini orang yurisdiksi Medan, dia menggunakan jasa travel agent. Dan orang travel agent ini menyatakan bahwa untuk ke Jepang, passport expirednya harus diatas 7 bulan dan travel agent ini awalnya tidak mau urusin pengajuan visa teman saya karena masalah passport expiry date ini. Setelah teman saya meyakinkan kalo dia tidak apa-apa dengan segala resiko yang ada, akhirnya travel agent ini mau mengurusi, dengan mewanti-wanti bahwa pihak agent tidak bertanggung jawab dengan kemungkinan ditolak masuk Jepang di imigrasi nanti dan bahwa pihak travel agent sudah mengingatkan sebelumnya.

Lalu saya telepon ke Departemen Imigrasi di Jakarta, berpuluh-puluh kali telepon di berbagai jam kerja, ke berbagai nomor yang ada di website nggak diangkat. Saya langsung email deh ke imigrasi di Jepang mengenai apakah masuk Jepang passport expiry date-nya harus di atas 7 bulan? Karena kebanyakan negara kan 6 bulan saja, teman saya malah masih 6 bulan 10 hari nantinya. Setelah sekitar 3 hari email saya dibalas seperti ini yang sangat membuat saya dan teman saya tenang. Berdasarkan email ini, malahan tidak ada ketentuan berapa lama lagi passportnya expired. Yang penting masih berlaku saat pengunjung sampai dan meninggalkan Jepang.

2. Formulir permohonan visa: Untuk foto, saya memutuskan foto di Fuji film karena takut kalo foto sendiri hasilnya tidak sesuai kriteria. Untuk form boleh diketik, boleh ditulis tangan huruf kapital. Contoh pengisian dapat dilihat di gambar dibawah ini. Sumber: Internet. I do not own the pictures.
Foto ukuran 4,5 x 4,5 cm ditempel.
Bagian 'name and addresses of hotels or persons with whom applicant intends to stay' di halaman pertama bawah, cukup diisi salah satu nama hotel/tempat menginap yang sudah Anda book. Tidak perlu semua hotel yang akan ditempati selama di Jepang. 

Poin 3-7 cukup jelas. Sebagai tambahan, saya tambahkan copian kartu keluarga dan akta lahir.

8. Lampiran bukti keuangan: Pastinya banyak dari kita yang tidak secara rutin print buku tabungan, sedangkan untuk rekening koran dibutuhkan waktu tiga hari, cukup lama untuk saya yang sedang buru-buru ini. Akhirnya saya pakai print screen dari klikbca saya, di printscreen satu persatu hingga kelihatan ending balance per month. Karena saya apply bulan Maret, saya ambil print screen dari bulan Januari, jadi totalnya 2,5 bulan laporan keuangan. Agar terbukti keaslian laporan keuangan saya, saya pergi ke customer service BCA untuk minta agar distempel BCA di setiap lembarnya.
Dan untuk nominal di rekening, harusnya jumlahnya terlihat cukup untuk membayar kebutuhan Anda selama berada di Jepang.

Hari Pengajuan Visa
Waktu itu hari Kamis, 19 Maret 2015 saya sampai di depan Kedutaan Besar Jepang tepat pukul 08:30 pagi disaat pintu baru dibuka. Sudah banyak pengejar Visa yang antre.
1. Ada beberapa pintu yang harus dilewati sebelum akhirnya masuk ke ruangan penyerahan berkas dan paspor.
2. Begitu masuk setelah pintu ke-4, saya akhirnya mengambil nomor antrian. Dan tebak, pada pukul 08:35 nomor antrian saya sudah ke 30. Kebayang kan kalo datengnya lebih siang lagi?
3. Ada dua mesin untuk ambil nomor tiket. yaitu mesin A untuk Visa dan mesin B untuk passport and certificate. Biar saya jelaskan secara singkat bahwa untuk orang Indonesia yang ingin mengajukan visa maka tekan tombol di mesin A
4. Khusus loket untuk Visa (bagi mesin A), ada tiga loket dan satu diantaranya khusus untuk travel agent, jadi kita sebagai pelamar yang mengajukan sendiri tersisa dua loket.
5. Memang saat itu saya sempat sedikit merasa 'malas' karena harus mengantri sebanyak 30 orang, nggak bisa menghindari juga membayangkan harus selama apa saya menunggu. TAPI, setelah saya melalui ini semua, saya bisa katakan kalau menunggunya tidak selama itu. 30 orang bisa diselesaikan kurang dari satu jam walaupun loketnya hanya 2.
6. Saat penyerahan berkas, saya agak deg-degan takut berkasnya ada yang kurang. Apalagi untuk bukti booking hotel pakai atas nama teman saya, dan nggak ada nama saya sama sekali disana, juga untuk rekening, saya takut kurang formal. Untuk detail mengenai berkas/dokumen untuk pengajuan visa, baca di atas ya.
7. Penyerahan berkas di loket rasanya hanya 5 menit. Nanti kita diminta untuk mengisi tanda terima (sudah 2 rangkap, dimana 1 rangkap kita pegang untuk mengambil visa nantinya, dan 1 rangkap lagi dipegang pihak pengurus visa).
8. Officer yang menjaga loket memberikan estimasi tanggal kita bisa mengambil paspor kita lagi, yaitu sekitar 4 hari kerja. Kalau saya diberitahu untuk kembali hari Selasa, 24 Maret 2015.

Hari Pengambilan Visa
Saya kembali ke Kedutaan Jepang hari Rabu, 25 Maret 2015. Saya mengambilnya setelah lima hari kerja (diluar Sabtu -Minggu pastinya) karena sebelumnya khawatir kalau ambil saat 4 hari kerja visanya belum selesai diproses :P
1. Saya sampai jam 14:20
2. Saya ambil nomor antrian di mesin A lagi. Sempet bingung untuk ambil paspor (dan visa) nomor antriannya dari mesin A atau B (karena di mesin B ada tulisan untuk passport and certificate hahaha). Akhirnya karena orang yang saya tanya saat itu tidak tau juga, saya ambil dua-duanya dan ternyata yang benar adalah ambilnya dari mesin A.
3. Saat lihat, nomor antrian saya saat itu A264 dimana saat itu nomor di loket masih 204. Ya ampun nunggu 60 orang... Tapi tenang... jauh dari perkiraan saya, ternyata cuma butuh 1 jam untuk menunggu hingga giliran saya dipanggil.
4. Siapkan uang pas dan harus uang cash. Saat itu, ada 1 wanita yang tiba-tiba berbicara ke semua orang yang menunggu nomornya tiba, meminjam uang cash untuk dua buah visa (sekitar 750ribu untuk dua orang, mungkin wanita itu apply untuk multiple entry). Wanita itu terlihat sangat panik dan ingin menangis. Namun banyak yang tidak membawa uang cash sebanyak itu, apalagi kita perlu membayar untuk visa kita juga. Beruntung, sepertinya ada orang dari travel agent yang membawa uang dan meminjamkan ke wanita itu. Poin pentingnya sekali lagi, jangan lupa bawa uang cash daripada harus balik lagi nantinya dan antri lagi, atau cari pinjaman di tempat seperti wanita tadi.
5. Akhirnya jam 15:20 tibalah waktu saya maju ke loket. Oh thank God saya akhirnya mendapatkan visa tertempel di paspor saya :) senangnya...

Cara ke Kedutaan Besar Jepang
Letaknya di samping The Plaza - Plaza Indonesia.
Naik Transjakarta: Dari Harmoni ambil jurusan blok M. Turun di Halte Tosari, dari sana lanjut taksi (namun argonya gak akan berganti karena dekat), atau naik kopaja 19, atau kalau punya banyak waktu bisa jalan kaki sekitar 10 menit.

Naik Mobil dan Taksi: Saya rasa ini mudah karena bisa liat Waze atau Google Maps :)

Akhirnya, saya sudah lega karena visa Jepangs saya keluar juga :)
Nantikan laporan perjalanan saya di Jepang di blog ini.

1. Saat apply visa, datanglah on-time yaitu mulai 08:30-12:00.
2. Ambil nomor antrian saat penyerahan dokumen untuk apply visa dan saat ambil visa dan paspor adalah mesin tiket A. Mesin B untuk orang Jepang.
3. Antrian untuk visa tidak selama itu walaupun nomor antriannya panjaaanngg
4. Diwajibkan bawa uang cash dan lebih baik uang pas saat pengambilan paspor. Visa dapat dan tidak dapat tetap bayar sesuai harga yang telah ditentukan.
5. Kalau dokumen telah memenuhi syarat, tenang aja, visa pasti dapat :)

Thanks for reading, I hope this post can help.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Laneige Collections and Review

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As you may see in my most-seen post about Laneige Moisture Care Miniature Set Review, I am a HUGE fan of Laneige. It's like finally I found an answer to my skin problem.

Ever since I tried the Moisture Care Miniature Set, I finally eager to buy and use more product such as the Power Essential Skin Refiner (The BEST!!!), Water Bank Gel Cream, Water Bank Eye Cream, Raspberry Yogurt, Water Bank Essence, Water Bank Moisturizer. And so far all of this products have been my re-purchase products.

If you have any question regarding this product or the effect to my sensitive skin, feel free to drop question in the comment :)

My new purchase: LANEIGE Water Bank Eye Gel Cream.
Will post a review about this product later :)

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