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Indonesia's second largest city, Surabaya is a large port city and one of South East Asia's major commercial hubs. For most travellers, Surabaya is primarily a gateway towards exploring other cities and regions in Indonesia, but for locals, the city has significance and is known as the "City of Heroes' for its role in Indonesia gaining its independence.  Surabaya is also about 100 km north of Mount Bromo - an active volcano that is a popular Indonesia attraction.
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1. I stay in 4 star hotel in Surabaya for a night, my tummy want some bite to eat. So I call the room service asking for one portion of Sup Buntut with Nasi Uduk (steam rice) and a glass of water. And they charge me IDR 78000 (about $8). Damn... that rice is only half of the dish and the soup...ough. I can eat them all with a single strike!!

2. Still hungry that night... So, I take a ride around this city for a while, gather with local, make a phone call with many of my ol'friends, and plan a dinner with them (10 person), we prefer to have Indonesian fried duck with nasi uduk as our menu, so I stop in one of cheap eatery that can be found along the sidewalk 'round this city (There so many of them). The meal was good, I'm so stuffed... It's only cost IDR 80000 (about $9)  and that was for 10 portion!!

The morale from this story.
"Forgot the room service!! Take your shoes and walk away.. Find the sideways... and get stuffed! You're in Surabaya dude!!"
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Surabaya is not only the name of a place, it's an attitude. Even though the people is part of the "Javanese" realm, they're not the soft-spoken and calm Javanese type... they're more outspoken, assertive, and sometimes even brash and intimidating. maybe it's the curse of their folk-tale origin, being the spot where there's a fight between a "sura" or shark, and a "baya" or buaya or crocodile.  They call themselves "arek Suroboyo" after the glorious resistance they put against the Allied forces which they see as a force aiming to colonialize Indonesia once more. This further ignite their defiant attitude. Its culinary uniqueness are also well-defined with selection such as rujak cingur and a myriad of beef stews. You can also plan a trip to the legendary scenic place Bromo from this city. Surabaya has most major five-star hotels, and is one of Indonesia's big cities.
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This is a point where to start with if you want to know more about Wali Songo. I've been to all Nine, farthest being Cirebon from Surabaya. It wasn't bad at all, except trying to scrape through the pot-holes along the road. The pot holes are very big and trust me you don't want to be stranded down in the middle of the night changing your tires.

I loved the journey from Surabaya all the way to Cirebon and then back. It was an eye opener. What more when you are visiting the Wali Songo.
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