Day 3, Ngarai Sianok - Japanese Tunnel - Clock Tower

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Enjoying the morning

In the morning, we could breathe the fresh air. It was cool and comfortable. In the evening, there was so noisy because the hotel was very closed to the highway. But, this morning, it was quiet and peaceful. I thought I like Bukittinggi. I was thinking about going back here again. Raya enjoyed the morning by sitting in the rocking chair in the terrace in front of our room. We were lucky that we got the room in the corner so we had large view. The hotel itself was also at the corner.

 

When we were all ready, we went to Ngarai Sianok. Ngarai Sianok is a famous canyon. The scenery was beautiful, the park was also clean and well maintained. After we had sightseeing, we went to Lobang Jepang (Japanese Tunnel), which was part of the park. It was built by Romusa (Indonesian labors during Japanese occupation).

A glass of milk before travel
Actually, it was the Japanese fort during their occupation. We were accompanied by a guide that told us about the history of the place. I was amazed by the tunnel that designed by a Japanese army architect, but also felt sad to hear the story. Thousands of Indonesian labors dug the stone surface under threat between work or die. Yet, after the tunnel was finished, they were burried at part of the cave. So, they dug their own graves. Ironically, that time I wore the T-shirt that I bought from Japan L. But, I felt myself that now Japanese tried to make it up. I have 2 Japanese friends. Once, one of them and I came to the conversation about Japanese occupation in Indonesia, and he felt deeply sorry about that. I saw his sincerity in saying that.

 

Anyway, back to travel again.

Before we go...
.. After the long walk in the cave, we took rest for a while. Then, we windowshopped for a while (actually it was only me, because Tita did shop). While waiting for Tita, my daughters and I had snack and watched the monkeys. There were many monkeys and some visitors gave them peanuts. One of the monkeys stole our driver’s bottle of Mizone! He (or she?) sneaked behind our driver and grabbed the bottle and ran away. I saw he tried to open the cap. It was hard but he made it and drank it. After that he dropped it even the bottle was still full. What a waste! Naughty monkey!

 

We got sms from my husband that there was a bomb threat at Jam Gadang. He saw it on teve. But, still we went there to see Jam Gadang and it semed that there was nothing happened. So? Which one was correct?

 

We didn’t go to the top of the tower because we had to go to the wedding and we could be late if we were not in a hurry. So, after we changed our cloths, we went straight to Batu Sangkar. It took about 2 hours to go there.

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Enjoying the morning
Enjoying the morning
A glass of milk before travel
A glass of milk before travel
Before we go...
Before we go...
Ngarai Sianok 1
Ngarai Sianok 1
Ngarai Sianok 2
Ngarai Sianok 2
down to ngarai
down to ngarai
Raya Sandwich
"Raya Sandwich"
In front of Lobang Jepang (Japanes…
In front of Lobang Jepang (Japane…
Inside Lobang Jepang
Inside Lobang Jepang
In the tunnel
In the tunnel
The tunnel
The tunnel
the tunnel
the tunnel
going back up there
going back up there
tired
tired
resting
resting
in front of Japanese soldiers stat…
in front of Japanese soldiers sta…
the shelter
the shelter
The monkeys at Ngarai Sianok
The monkeys at Ngarai Sianok
The monkey at Ngarai Sianok
The monkey at Ngarai Sianok
Jam Gadang (Clock Tower) in the mo…
Jam Gadang (Clock Tower) in the m…
Charlies angels
Charlie's angels
Bung Hatta Palace
Bung Hatta Palace
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