Just like Malioboro in Yogyakarta, Cihampelas is a busy and crowded street lined with stores on both sides. But if batik is to Malioboro, jeans of all kinds is the prime commodity in Cihampelas.
|Cihampelas Jeans Street|
|Superhero and Cartoon themed shops|
If local brands is not your thing, there's a nearby mall called Cihampelas Walk or CiWalk that is a popular hangout for the wealthier shoppers. The outdoor cafes and restaurants offers a number of international chains like Starbucks and J.Co.
When I hopped to the car I asked Eddie where were headed? He asked me where I wanted to go which I honestly had no idea. I told him "I don't know, what else is there to see"? Like every other tour guide, he said "I know a place." So yeah, I basically just let him take me to that place. As I think of it now, what a risky move on my part! Some serious shit could've happened like that crazy movie Taken.
Moving on, the place he was talking about is Lisung. It is a hillside restaurant in Dago that has a breathtaking view of the Bandung city night lights.
This photo does not justify the scenic nightscape of Bandung. I swear the view is much much more lively and amazing in person.
As soon as we entered the restaurant I was really caught off guard. This place looks fancy and way out of my league.
|entrance to Lisung Restaurant|
I was just about to ask Eddie when a waiter arrived with two cups of tea. I don't remember ordering anything. But before I could open my mouth, Eddie said "On the house".
We sat at the table near the edge overlooking the Bandung lights enjoying our free tea, inhaling the fresh air and admiring the night sky. Priceless moment indeed, literally and figuratively. Eddie and I didn't even have to talk and it wasn't even the least bit awkward.
I looked at Eddie and said "You know what will make this even more perfect? Ice cold beer." He smiled and said "I know a place". Yep, that familiar phrase one again. Well I just spent the past hour in an awesome place without spending a single dime. I can't argue with that so I said "Let's go."
We headed back downtown to check out Jalan Braga. Walking down the street you may think that the place is old and boring. But hidden in the colonial buildings are lively and rocking pubs and bars. Eddie chose this cool little pub called Escobar. Just for its cool name, sure why not.
|bartender serving Heineken beer|
After two big bottles of Heineken and probably 8 songs later, we called it a night. I asked for the bill from the bartender and to my surprise it is "on the house" once again. Eddie has a friend from the bar, you know the big guy manning the entrance. I would insist on paying but I wouldn't want to offend a generous pub bouncer.
With all the freebies I got I wanted to repay Eddie by treating him to a late dinner. I asked him if we could eat out before heading back to the hotel. He agreed and asked what I wanted to eat. I told him I was craving for some satay and being the awesome tour guide that he was he responded "I know a place". So far the places he knew has never let me down and I'm betting my money that this will be a good one.
We parked on a dark and empty lot and for a second I started to think it was an awful idea until I realize there's a police station on the right side and a small barbecue shack on the left side. Eddie went out of the car and told me to stay inside. He came back with two water bottles and went back inside the car. He told me that we are going to eat the best satay in Bandung. Well if that was the case what the hell were we doing inside the car. Were we waiting for a table or something?
Knock, knock? Who's there? A guy with two plates of satay standing near my window. What better way to end my 1 day Bandung City tour than to eat Satay Ayam drive thru style.
After devouring our plates, Eddie gave me a ring to remember him by. No, it was not romantic or anything. Besides what he gave me was a super cool skull ring. I didn't realize his fondness for chunky rings until he gave me one. As a symbol of my gratefulness for the tour he prepared for me I gave him my favorite leather cuff.
|badass leather cuff and chunky rings|
And that folks was the end of my awesome day in Bandung. :-)