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My first trip this year!

In Uncategorized on April 26, 2014 at 11:28 am

I’m going on holiday!! This time I’m taking 9 days Thailand East island hopping tour starting at Koh Samui.

Super excited! I need to get away from all the routines anyway! I promise this time I will write about my journey promptly!

Well, later! 😀

I.J.G

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Long overdue travel diary to Central Java, Indonesia (2 of n)

In Journey on April 25, 2014 at 11:44 pm

Sorry, I’ve been pretty busy lately and just got a terrible flu these couple of weeks. Anyway, let’s continue the story, shall we?

Day 2 in Solo, my friend brought me to waterfall at Tawangmangu. Tawangmangu area is located in the Karanganyar area about 30 km from Solo. Tawangmangu is area with a cold air because the height of about 1300m above sea level. In this Tawangmangu area there is a very famous waterfall called Grojogan Sewu and is the most famous tourist attraction here.

We need to took a bus ride to get to the Tawangmangu terminal. From Solo, it took around 1-2 hours to reach the bus terminal. It was quite a ride, the bus were super crowded and the bus driver played loud Dangdut music (sorry, but not my favourite). I tried to sleep for the entire bus ride. Finally, we arrived at the terminal, and I thought the waterfall will be very nearby like in walking distance. Apparently not! We need to take another transport going into that area, which local called angkot. We need to haggle the price first or they will charge you with ridiculously expensive price, especially for tourist. It took another 30-40 minutes to reach the waterfall.

We got a quite nice driver, he brought us not only to the waterfall but also to nice restaurants with famous oxtail soup, Sarangan lake and also another restaurant with famous hedgehog satay (surprisingly delicious!). So firstly, we went to the oxtail soup restaurant, we were starving as we reached there by 3 p.m, and we hadn’t have lunch! After the short stop for late lunch, we went to the Sarangan lake. It was drizzling rain when we arrived and foggy. Actually nothing much to see here really. But then again, maybe it’s because of the rain that we can’t see much. But I took some picture over there.

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Foggy day by the lake

From there, we went to the Grojongan Sewu waterfall. We need to hike a little bit to reach the waterfall. This place is like a conserved forest with just small pathway to go up to the waterfall. So many interesting pictures we took! And the funny thing was I met my friend from university who also in holiday. What are the odds we met in this place! 🙂 Finally, we reached the waterfall and it was beatiful! We managed to get closer and took some pictures.

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Entrance to Grojogan Sewu waterfall

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 Back to nature, enjoy the peace

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Hike with a style 😉

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 Fiuh, a little bit tired so let’s relax for a while

As we hike, there are swing set and also seesaw. Bring us back to our childhood memories! Picture is in order! Also, they’re selling rabbit satay just by the sidewalk near the waterfall. Which in the end, I tried how was it. Personally, I don’t fancy it. The meat taste a bit funny, hard to describe. But, you can always try it. Never try, never know!

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Let’s play with me!

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There’s a child in all of us, sometimes we need to them out and play

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Here’s my friend whom I accidentally met during my trip!

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Finally, the waterfall!!

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Nothing like enjoying your day with best friend

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Trying something new: rabbit satay

That’s pretty much how’s the waterfall trip. It was so much fun! On the way back, we visited small restaurant for hedgehog satay! Second new thing I tried that day. And the verdict this time: IT’S DELICIOUS! Unlike the rabbit satay, I really like the hedgehog satay! The sauce was a bit spicy, but that’s just make it perfect. Unfortunately, I didn’t take picture of the satay. But it just like normal satay haha 😉

We finally reached the bus terminal again ready to catch the last bus going back to Solo. But my friend told me to try this pisang molen (Indonesian banana fritters) special Tawangmangu. It is small pieces of fried banana with sugar powder. Man, it was heavenly. Not too sweet for my taste, but just perfect!

molenPisang molen Tawangmangu

I slept all the way back to Solo. It was super tiring yet super fun day. That’s Day 2. Day 3 will be even more interesting, little hint: we went to an island just like a heaven on earth 😉

I.J.G

Long overdue travel diary to Central Java, Indonesia (1 of n)

In Journey on April 13, 2014 at 11:54 pm

Last year June 2012, I was travelling to Central Java to visit my best friend who’s living in Solo. I have so much fun with her and the journey is super exciting! But, for some reason I haven’t got a chance to write about it. So here is it, my long overdue travel diary to Central Java.

I was planning for 10 days trip with my best friend and we were discussing about going to Karimun Island at Java Sea, which supposedly beautiful and still rather secluded. I was so excited when the time comes, but stupid that I am, I forgot to bring my camera back then! My friend in the end managed to borrow a camera from her friend for our holiday. Problem solved! 😉

Anyway, I was travelling first to Solo, one of big city in Central Java. I was staying at my best friend place. On day 1, she brought me around the city, some of the tourists spot also. But, I tell you this: nothing beats the local food! Man, are they delicious AND cheap!! I practically gained weight after the trip.

Anyway, first day my best friend brought me to the local palace. Solo is governed by somewhat king during the old days, so there’s a palace built for him and the family. We have tour guide of the place that showed us around the palace and few stories about the governor’s.

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The palace area which are open to public as museum that contains all the history related about the Sultan’s and Solo heritage.

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A day in a museum

It’s wonderful how such a city have so much interesting story. This below picture is actually a carriage that used to carry the bride of the Sultan during wedding ceremony.

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Do I look like the blushing bride?

I can’t really remember all the story the guide actually told us then, so let me just give you some pictures and a few stories which I can still remember. Below is the picture of a carriage they used during funeral of the late Sultan’s wife. They are 2 carriages together, which are rather identical, one for the wife and one for the late Sultan himself. They were only used once and after that they were kept in the museum. I gotta admit it’s rather creepy looking, isn’t it? My best friend actually don’t want to take picture of the carriage.

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Carriage for funeral ceremony

Here’s another carriage of the Sultan’s. I don’t really remember what they’re use for. I think for daily transportation or maybe during the war? Man, forgive my bad memory. This carriage is really have a huge wheels at the back, and they all made of solid wood! Quite a woodcraft, huh?

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Nice carriage!

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Look at the wheels!

There’s so many interesting things I found in this museum, and it’s a bit surprising since I’m not really the type that dig history and stuff. Below is my picture with the nice 3D wall painting.. I love this picture ;D

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 OH NO, they’re coming!

So not only the museum has a lots of nice painting, all the historical things, its also have diorama like one in my picture below. This diorama is also about war that happened long time ago between famous patriot (which again, I don’t remember the name >_<)

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Always bring umbrella before it’s raining

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Beware, I’m coming with the big weapon!

All in all, it’s a nice trip to the museum, see some heritage about your own country. And before we leave, I got to say goodbye with this fellow! 😉

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Well, that’s Day 1. And I tell you it got even better with the Karimun Island trip!

I.J.G