Christmas 2017 Trip: Christmas Eve at Sumbawa Besar

Sumbawa Besar is one of the big city in Sumbawa beside Bima and Dompu. There is an airport in Sumbawa Besar with three times flight schedule in a day. In conclusion, Sumbawa Besar is ‘cities’ than Maluk and Taliwang.

Sumbawa Besar adalah salah satu kota besar di Sumbawa selain Bima dan Dompu. Ada satu bandara di Sumbawa Besar dengan 3 jadwal keberangkatan dalam sehari. Kesimpulannya, Sumbawa Besar lebih ‘kekotaan’ dibandingkn Maluk dan Taliwang.

The trip from Taliwang to Sumbawa Besar took 2.5 hours by motorcycle, and we didn’t waste any scenery during our trip. Along the road, we can see the beach on the left side, and the hill on the right side.

Perjalanan dari Taliwang ke Sumbawa Besar ditempuh selama 2,5 jam dengan menggunakan sepeda motor dan kami tidak menyia-nyiakan satu pun pemandangan selama dalam perjalanan. Sepanjang jalan, kami bisa melihat pantai di sebelah kiri, dan bukit di sebelah kanan.

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The Road from Seteluk Alas

 

 

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The way from Batu Gong Beach

 

 

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Near Labuhan Badas

 

Don’t worry about the restaurant. At some point, you’ll see a small restaurant, though we didn’t guarantee the taste of the food. Because we were planning to have lunch at Sumbawa Besar, and gado-gado apparently can make us stay full longer.

Jangan khawatir soal warung makan. Di beberapa tempat, kamu bakal lihat warung makan kecil kok, walaupun kami nggak jamin rasa makanannya. Karena kami berencana makan siang di Sumbawa Besar, dan gado-gado ternyata bikin kami kenyang lebih lama, jadi kami nggak mampir.

We reached Sumbawa Besar by noon around 1:30 p.m. and found this Ayam Taliwang resto for lunch. The taste was good, and don’t be surprised at the price.

Kami sampai di Sumbawa Besar sekitar jam setengah dua siang dan nemu restoran Ayam Taliwang untuk makan siang. Rasanya enak, tapi jangan kaget dengan harganya.

After we checked in at Samawa Transit Hotel–thank God, it met our standard!–we decided to stroll around the city for an hour, and we ended up at Jempol beach to enjoy a glass of juice and chicken satay. It was delicious.

Setelah check-in di Samawa Transit Hotel–syukurlah, sesuai standar kami!–kami memutuskan untuk berkeliling di sekitar kota kira-kira sejam, dan akhirnya kami berhenti di pantai Jempol untuk menikmati segelas jus dan sate ayam. Enak lho.

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Jempol Beach

 

In the evening, we prepared to go to the church because it was Christmas Eve. After three hours of Mass, we met some old friends from Willy’s college. They already stayed in Sumbawa Besar for three months and they said Samawa Transit Hotel is the best hotel in town. Wow. No wonder.

Sorenya, kami siap-siap ke gereja untuk Malam Natal. Setelah Misa selama 3 jam, kami bertemu teman lama Willy dari kuliah. Mereka sudah tinggal di Sumbawa Besar selama 3 bulan dan bilang kalau Samawa Transit Hotel adalah hotel terbaik di kota. Wow. Pantesan.

We also told by them of how the culture of Sumbawa Besar people.

Kami juga diberitahu oleh mereka tentang budaya orang Sumbawa Besar.

“Most people here are preferred to have cows and fields, more than a hotel or a shop,” they said. “That’s why you will see a cow as a road sign. People even had trained their cows to swim so they can send their cows to an empty island, and let it grow there.”

“Kebanyakan orang di sini lebih memilih memelihara sapi dan punya sawah dari pada punya hotel atau toko,” katanya. “Makanya gambar sapi jadi rambu lalu lintas. Orang-orang bahkan mengajarkan sapinya untuk berenang supaya nanti sapinya bisa dikirim ke pulau kosong, trus dibiarin berkembangbiak di sana.”

Savage.

Special thanks to: Hangga, Riri, and Dimas for the night treat.

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Our itinerary at Sumbawa Besar

December 24, 2017

01:30 P.M. Arrived at Sumbawa Besar, check in at Samawa Transit Hotel
02:00 P.M. Lunch at Ayam Taliwang Restaurant
03:00 P.M. – 04:30 P.M. Strolling around the city, ended at Jempol Beach
05:00 P.M. Prepare to go to Church
05:30 P.M. – 10:00 P.M. Christmas Eve Mass
10:30 P.M. – 11:30 P.M. Hang out at Big Burger and Coffee until closed time
12:00 A.M. Back to the hotel

December 25, 2017

08:00 A.M. Breakfast at hotel
09:00 A.M. Check out, go to Poto Tano Harbor

Perjalanan kami di Sumbawa Besar

24 Desember 2017

13:30 Tiba di Sumbawa Besar, check-in di Samawa Transit Hotel
14:00 Makan siang di restoran Ayam Taliwang
15:00 – 16:30 Keliling kota, nongkrong di Pantai Jempol
17:00 Siap-siap ke gereja
17:30 – 22:00 Misa Malam Natal
22:30 – 23:30 Nongkrong di Big Burger and Coffee sampai tutup
00:00 Kembali ke hotel

25 Desember 2017

08:00 Sarapan di hotel
09:00 Check-out, ke Pelabuhan Poto Tano

Additional Notes

  • We forgot the name of the restaurant. Again.
  • There was really a cow sign on the road. Be careful.
  • Big Burger and Coffee is the most convenient place to hang out at night.
  • We made the room reservation through Booking.com.
  • We recommend Samawa Transit Hotel for a better stay.
  • There is a flight to Sumbawa Besar from Lombok, but for us, a trip with a motorbike is always a better way to enjoy the trip.

Catatan Tambahan

  • Kami lupa nama restorannya. Lagi.
  • Beneran ada rambu sapi di pinggir jalan. Hati-hati.
  • Big Burger and Coffee adalah tempat paling enak untuk nongkrong sampai malam.
  • Kami memesan kamar lewat Booking.com.
  • Kami merekomendasikan Samawa Transit Hotel untuk menginap yang lebih baik.
  • Ada penerbangan langsung ke Sumbawa Besar dari Lombok. Tapi buat kami, perjalanan dengan menggunakan sepeda motor selalu lebih menyenangkan untuk menikmati perjalanan.

Happy traveling!

-junny-

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