Just like everyone in this country, me and my family are currently enjoying a long vacation after The Holy Eid Mubarak. Today we simply gather in my parents' house but yesterday we had a trip to a local botanical garden to see some cherry blossoms. Cherry blossoms in Indonesia, a tropical country? No, I'm not kidding. There are cherry blossoms in one of our botanical gardens. Being under the equator doesn't always mean that temperature here will always be hot and humid. On some high plateaus and hilly areas, the temperature can even be quite chilly which is suitable for cherry blossoms, although the scenery won't be the same as in Japan because of the limited number of the cherry blossom trees themselves.
Despite of the pleasant atmosphere and scenery in the botanical garden, the trip there was quite hectic. We couldn't rely on the expressway and the main road because they are both jammed for nearly 24 hours. Lucky for us to be locals that we know several shortcuts and alternative ways to the garden, and if you're wondering how close our houses (my house and my parents' house) to the botanical garden is, I can tell that our houses are located on the slope of a mountain (Mt. Gede +2.958m) while the botanical garden is located on top of the mountain (Cibodas Botanical Garden) which normally only takes less than an hour but with jammed main roads it would more than 3 hours to get there. Even after we took shortcuts it still needed roughly 2 hours.
...that's why it's important to prepare ourselves for such situation, especially to prevent the boredom. I took my laptop with me plus my wireless modem so all of us can browse he internet during our trip to the garden. Especially because, you know... my dad's car doesn't have such sophisticated In-Car entertainment system.
More information regarding the botanical garden can be found here ---> Official page of the Sakura garden in Cibodas Botanical Garden
In the spirit of The Holy Eid Mubarak, I'd like to beg for forgiveness for all my mistakes, whether intentional or unintentional ones.