Close to the end of April I had the opportunity to work in Palembang for a day. It was the best kind of assignment as I got to travel for 2 days and worked for a day. We arrived at the airport in the morning and was picked up by someone from work. It was great! In Palembang we stayed at Novotel Resort and Hotel. It looked really nice on the outside, large lobby, large pool area. The concept was similar to the Novotel in Manado... the quality was also about the same. Good on the outside, but not on the inside. Our room was not so clean, neither was the bathroom. And to top that off, once in a while we could smell cigarette smoke coming in from somewhere outside.
Not wanting to waste any time, we right away headed to Bakmi Aloi. Apparently this is the original location and the parents of the Jakarta's Bakmi Aloy's owners run it.
From there we went straight to Pempek Dempo nearby. These I didn't fancy too much.
There aren't too many things to see in Palembang, but many different food to try. So we went to the mall and then went for lunch. This is fish pindang.
We went to Starbucks to buy the city tumblers. Palembang had one of the nicest ones I've seen in Indonesia. It was actually the stainless steel DIY tumbler with the Palembang design inserted in it. I don't like plastic tumblers so this is a nice find. Check out the Songket decorated walls inside Starbucks!
We went shopping in a market and I got myself some blongket fabrics.
We also went to a restaurant famous for their Ampera Bridge view. Food was so so but not bad.
The ampera bridge actually had a very interesting history but not many people knew about it. You can read it here.
During the trip I tried several more Pempek that I liked better than the first one. That was also a difficult time as that was when my late cousin had collapsed and was admitted to the ICU just a few days before he passed. May he rest in peace...