we got off at the wrong bus station on the way to surabaya. sepatutnya turun kat station surabaya. we got off at purabaya because… well, everyone else was getting off, right, so we all pun turun jugak la.
instantly, we were surrounded by taxi and tour agency touts. both KH and i looked chinese, and we were travelling with Aisya, who we met at probolinggo, who is a white aussie chick. we were a tout magnet trio! of course, we tak sedar that we got off at the wrong bus station until we got out of the bus station itself in an attempt to walk to out guesthouse. instead of 2km away, a taxi driver told us that it was more like 50km away.
sigh. we split a cab there:P
surabaya is a city. no arguments here. sky scrapers. deafening traffic. the works. one of the guides in cemoro lawang had recommended us a place to stay here. it is pretty cool too. an old refurbished colonial villa turned backpacker’s hideout. complete with a courtyard garden filled with orchids lagi.
AND… less than 15 minutes walk to the enormous tunjungan plaza shopping mall. eight floors of shopping. with a convention hall and auditorium on its top two floors. it was massive! really, when civilisation hits you, it hits you BIG!… naturally… all the brand label in signature outlets. starbucks. fast food galore. departmental stores. dear god, the retail was quite unmistakably urban. and with christmas a month away, the glitz and glitter of the season was not spared.
oh yes. i am definitely out of the woods now.