|Our breakfast at Pematang Siantar - Indonesia :)|
We woke up early on our second day in North Sumatera. The host decided to bring us to Jalan Surabaya at Pematang Siantar. There, she could order many varieties of food for us to try, such as: roasted pork, roasted char siew, soto ayam (Indonesia traditional chicken soup), bihun bebek (duck vermicelli noodle), mie pangsit (noodle with wanton dumpling), cakwe (dough fritter), lemper ayam (glutinous rice with chicken wrapped in leaf), panada (fried bread filled with chicken), kue kue (sweet pastry), and completed with a cup of hot kopi-O (black coffee with sugar). We all left the coffee shop with full stomach and satisfaction. Thank you Aunty Feng for bringing us there.
|Our lunch before crossing the Lake Toba :)|
In the afternoon we left their house and drove to the port of Tuk Tuk Lake Toba. It took us about another two hours to reach. Before crossing, we were again fed with local food lunch - simple dishes of deep fried chicken, few types of fishes, etc.
|Crossing Lake Toba to Samosir Island :)|
We took the boat to reach the Samosir Island. It took half an hour to reach. We stayed at beautiful Resorts facing directly to the Lake Toba.
|Samosir Villas and Resort - Indonesia|
The place was indeed serene and beautiful, decorated in local design - housing Batak style. The swimming pool was just located outside our rooms.
There were few other things you could do here. Sea sports activities were available, such as: jet ski and banana boat. You could rent motorcycle and browse around the island visiting other side of the island.
|There is always a first time :)|
I'd always wanted to try jet ski and banana boat. But... but.... my fear was overcoming me all this while. This time, however, at such quiet and stable lake like this, it would be a great opportunity for me to try. Moreover, there wasn't any sunshine! You know, I couldn't get too much sunshine.
|My first time Jet Ski experience in my life :)|
So, four of us were renting two jet ski from the local. We were charged Rp. 250,000 (USD $18) per hour for each jet ski. It's quite cheap compared to rent at many other places.
My hubby was sitting in front and I had to hug his belly tightly behind. Why? Because our jet ski was special. It had to keep bumping in order to ride fast! Unlike the one they were taking. So the whole journey we felt like riding a rodeo horse! Lol! And since it was my first time, I was really afraid to fall, as I wasn't often in touch with water. After an hour, we could feel our buttock painful hahahaha..... It was a great experience though as it enabled me to laugh out loud and shout almost the whole journey! ^^
|My first banana boat ride at Lake Toba ^^|
Once our jet ski ride had finished, we continued immediately with banana boat ride :) It could bring up to 7 pax in one banana boat and about 4 pax in the speed boat in front, cost Rp 300,000 per time.
And it'd been a norm to let the passengers to fall down from the banana boat while riding it. But since one of the aunts refused to fall down, we had it once only before finishing our ride (and the aunt had left our boat)!!! After that we continued swimming at the lake then at the pool. Oh, due to that fall, I lost one of my earrings! Hiks... It'd been my third time I lost an earring during my travel... However, no regret! The experience I'd was all worth it!!! :)
|Traditional Batak cuisine at Samosir Island|
We had dinner trying the local Batak cuisine, which served fried pork, roasted pork, grilled fish, all with chili (green and red ones), accompanied with grilled petai (smelly bean) and brinjal. The fresh juice marquisa (passion fruit) was there too to quench our thirst! ^^
|Our supper ;)|
It was raining heavily afterwards. We had no choice but to stay indoor. We ordered two bottles of local beer to accompany few snacks that we had. It's been a great day lah! I'm glad I'm here! Thank you, thank you, and thank you SB for everything!!! :)