Half A Day Spent Eating In Parapat

Trip Start Feb 02, 2011
Trip End Feb 06, 2011

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Danau Toba International Cottage

Flag of Indonesia  , Sumatra,
Thursday, February 3, 2011

Once we had arrived on the mainland, we were taken for lunch. Typically, despite the weather being so cold, the sun rays was striking hot. Weird to explain, but that was the original situation. This reminded me of my trip to Beijing where weather patterns were similar, of course, the temperature there was ridiculously cold and is nowhere comparable to that of Indonesia. 

We were all starving and we were taken to another restaurant in town. The driver deliberately chose this so as to not repeat the same restaurant where we had dinner last night. Food preparation was still the same though, Minangkabau Food but the choices differed. 








By 3pm, we were already back to the rooms. All of us were very tired, especially my parents and the only thing on our mind then was to take a short break and an afternoon nap. Pretty much, once we got off the car, we did not even speak much to each other, actually thinking over about it, we never spoke a word but rushed to the respective rooms. 

Somewhere after around 30 minutes, I tried to take a walk outside but with the blazing sun, decided to get back to the room and catch an afternoon nap myself. 

At about the time I woke up, I could here my parents voice at the balcony. The time was already 6 pm and I quickly got up and joined them for an evening coffee by the lake. After the ablution, we went out again for dinner. 

The driver gave us an option, either to have dinner at the restaurant we dined the previous night or the same one we had lunch earlier today. Only then I realized that there were only two 'classy' restaurants in Parapat. We settled for the latter and headed there.

We arrived at the restaurant at 7.45 pm. The driver ensured that the dishes served were actually different compared to what we had had this afternoon. How considerate of him. For a moment, I thought that we would be served the same items again.





 As usual, dinner was good and we left back to the hotel at 9 pm. Just a small de tour, we went around town and then to one of the local stalls selling a local delicacy, honey mango. Its a small sized mango, smaller than the palm, with thick skin, but golden juicy fruit on the inside. I was told that this is a speciality here. We got a kilo of such mango, was not too much, somewhere around USD 2.

With that, we retired back to the hotel at 9.30 pm. After some chit chatting, we decided to call it a day as tomorrow morning, we were heading to the town of Berastagi, another 6 hours drive from here. In order not to tire ourselves miserably, we decided to get sufficient sleep.

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jasonich on

A feast fit for a king i should say. Watch out for those cholesterol levels, bro!
Anyway, watch out for those carry bags with fruits when you come home coz those customs officers would confiscate it. My cousin got their indian mango taken away that way.

Jay on

Wow Venoth, this is what you call relaxing but watch the weight ya. Hehehe...I cant imagine eating all these for every meal every day, what would happen after thirty days.

greekcypriot on

I've never seen in my life an entry with so many different dishes. Like your friends said Venoth watch out your diets......and I don't see a single smile in these entries!!? Why is that?If it had been me there I would have taken photos with a crazy huge smile believe me.

venoth on

HI Jason, thats true bro. When im in Malaysia, I usually keep my food intake intact but when I travel, I become a glut. Hehehe Have been going to the gym lately, hopefully once im back I manage to gather the motivation to hit the gym again. As for mangoes, yes its true. Its a matter of luck. But recently, I saw a big poster in KLIA arrivals which says mangoes specifically is barred from being brought in to Malaysia through hand carries.

venoth on

Hi Jay, thats true my friend. Hmmm got to get back to exercising once im back. Cheers Jay.

venoth on

Hi Greekcypriot, hehehe I usually dont smile that much in photos. But anyway, in this trip, I guess the weather kept me feeling sleepy and lazy. Ill try to put on a smile next time. ;)

venoth on

Hehehe...true Sridhar, but I could also be vegetarian. Its not a problem. I was a full vegan fro 3 years, just to get that experience as well. Nowadays, on selective days, I am still. Otherwise, I love to eat and try new dishes in foreign lands.

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