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Monday, July 31, 2006

What is SUMUT ?

I was invited to the Sumatra Travel Fair in Medan held from the 21 - 24th Jul. The accomodation, meals and conference fees sponsored by the Indonesia Tourism and the air tickets and airport taxes by the company. Thanks for the sponsorship otherwise I wouldn`t be there if with my own money. There were 26 of us from the Malaysia delegation and we were greeted by the organizing commitee at the Polonia airport. The first time I came to Medan was 6 years ago and nothing much have changed. The same airport, the same angkut-angkut, the same Kijang except now they have the Kijang Innova which I believe looks better than our Toyota Innova and they also have the diesel version. I got a room all to myself at the Hotel Inna Dharma Deli, the oldest hotel in Medan with history way back to the Dutch colonial period. It`s old but throughout my stay there I didn`t spot any spooks. The food in Medan is better than Yogya or Solo but they are still a bit too sweet except for the dinner at the Governeor`s house. That dinner was great especially the mee rebus and there`s this fantastic fruit juice a mixture of air durian belanda and air nyior.
Every night there`s a dinner invitation, first at the governors house, then the ministry of tourism and the last night at a posh restaurant owned by the walikota or the mayor of Medan. All makan, tido, watch the dancers and performances, meet too many people impossible for me to remember the faces the next day. The girls in Medan are beautiful and to stay away from some accidents, I hung around with some umrah and haj friends. We ponteng convention on the last day and went to Brastagi to eat durians at one of the pondoks along the way just before pekan baru. Pekan baru is a small town before Brastagi and the main income is prostitution.
SUMUT is Sumatra Utara.

What`s this photo about? I didn`t crop and enlarge it. No time, so I`ll just say the yellow signage writes Panggang B1. On the way to Brastagi, you can see many such signage writing panggang B1 or B2. These are the Batak Karo area. They are non muslims. The muslim Bataks are the Mandalengs who usually carries the suku name of Lubis or Nasution. B1 is actually dog and B2 is babi. So, panggang B1 is they serve anjing panggang there. No wonder I can`t see any dogs there.

The tarian piring at the governors house.

The farewell dinner at Restoran Kenanga. These are the panyambut tetamu. Cun-cun macam ni dia pacak je kat depan pintu?


  • The girls in Medan are beautiful and to stay away from some accidents, I hung around with some umrah and haj friends

    Teruk betul ler awok ni! Sabor jek la kata sang bini! :p

    (tak cari sorang buat maid? hehe)

    By Blogger dr in the house, at 4:35 PM  

  • If it is a genuine accident or a misfortune, then you'll get full, complete protection under the Penal Code and will be totally absolved from any criminal liability. ;)

    By Blogger pycnogenol, at 6:20 PM  

  • Pycno, agreed. When I was younger I held to several wise quotes such as " Everything`s legal as long as you`re not caught", "No one`s hurt if no one knows of it"...etc. Now, as I get more experienced, I gather all under "Force Majore" where I`m the helpless victim.

    By Blogger Boogey, at 6:36 PM  

  • Hmmm u know betapa sabarnya the wife is!Kalau orang lain dok cover-cover...boogey balik cerita in detail. Nak share kegembiraan bersama

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:40 PM  

  • boogey.... orang perempuan ni pelik. dia nak kita berterus terang bercerita tentang keindahan alam dan hanya memerhati dengan membuat analisis atau
    'cover' cover' tetapi pada hakikatnya bersama keindahan alam tanpa menceritakan hasil analisis. ;)

    dapat suami macam 'abdul wahub' pun tak hepi? gurau je. ;)

    By Anonymous kasim selamat, at 2:11 AM  

  • Anon-

    I assume you are Kulo. This is like choosing between the devil and the deep blue sea! A husband who enjoys himself and unshamely flaunt his enjoyment to his wife or a husband who enjoys and pretends that he didnt!

    I want neither!

    By Blogger dr in the house, at 8:56 AM  

  • dua sekali entry baru setelah 2 bulan lebih berehat.

    tak ada sunset atau sunrise ke? scenery dia macam mana? tak ada yang menarik? danau toba tak lawat ke? ada tak bertanya perihal pagarruyung?

    tak ambil sorang orang medan buat maid?

    By Blogger Ikelah, at 8:02 PM  

  • Maid baru kawe orang medan dah. Di Medan, sunset or sunrise tak cantik sangat. Kawe sorang photographer, bila tak de geng, tak best sangat nak rayau ambik gambar. These few days, the sunset in KL is beautiful sebab jerebu. Boleh shoot KLCC with the red sun.

    By Blogger Boogey, at 2:16 AM  

  • By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:16 PM  

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