A Homey Vintage Town: Yogyakarta (Part 1 of 2)

Last month, 23 March, I took 4-days-trip to Yogyakarta with my mom and my boyfriend, Billy. It was not my first time going to this city, but it was Billy’s first time. I revisited some places, explored new tourist spots and this city still amazed me like the first time I go there.

Flying with Airasia, we arrived at Yogya at noon. We took the public bus to go to Malioboro street where we already booked the rooms, The packer lodge. (To book via AGODA, click here)

We hurried to Keraton before it was closed but sadly it was too late. We hung around the Malioboro and took some photo session at Sinten Studio.

The following day was Billy’s birthday so I gave him some surprises at night.

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The birthday boy

After the surprise, we slept and rose early to catch sunrise at Punthuk Setumbu (map).stellycious-jogja-3Unfortunately, it was foggy. Then, we moved to Borobudur Temple (map). Still early but the sun was really unfriendly to us. It doesn’t mean that I’m trying to compare this temple which ever be the world wonder with Angkor Wat, but this Borobudur temple was far behind it. I saw many Buddha statues without heads. But the view was still beautiful from up there.stellycious-jogja-4stellycious-jogja-5stellycious-jogja-12The next spot was Bukit Rhema, Gereja Ayam. However, we couldn’t make it since the bridge was broken. We just headed to Jejamuran Resto (map) to fill our empty stomach.

Next, we moved to Taman Sari (map). The air was overheating. Thanks to Billy, he was still able to capture a good picture of me there.stellycious-jogja-7It would be good if we could get something icy for our thirst. So, we moved to Tempo Gelato. The street where it was located was so vintage but we couldn’t go around. It was raining. That’s why we continued to Kotagede, where there were so many silver craft makers. My mom bought earrings for my sister at Ansor’s Silver (map). Last destination for today was Ratu Boko Temple (map). We planned to see the sunset there but it was too crowded.stellycious-jogja-9 We didn’t want to waste our time there so we hopped to our last destination, a local Javanese noodle restaurant, Bakmi Jowo Mbak Gito (map). Our driver recommended us it. We drove back to the hotel to get early sleep because we were really tired.

We rent a car from Kuruma Car Rental.

-TO BE CONTINUED

Credit to my boyfriend, my photographer, Billy, for taking all the pictures above.

Bogor Botanical Garden

Back to West Java and go green at the end of Year 2016! We planned to have picnic and photo-hunting at Bogor Botanical Garden (official website 1 / official website 2). It’s just a one-day trip and we’ve planned it since 3 months ago (September). Here comes the day, last Sunday, 18122016. We started from Tanah Abang station at 7 am and it took about 1.5 hour to reach Bogor station. From there, we walked around 10-15 minutes to Gate 2 of Bogor Botanical Garden (map). The entrance fee was 15K IDR @person.

Palm Tree Road

Palm Tree Road

At Reinwardt Monument..

At Reinwardt Monument..

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First Picnic Spot

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Mexican Garden

Mexican Garden

Meeting Mr. President, Jokowi on the way out

Meeting Mr. President, Jokowi on the way out

my picnic date

my date at second picnic spot

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Jatim Park 2 + Eco Green Park

Booked another train ticket from Surabaya to Malang and hit the road using public transport to Batu, Paris van East Java. It took 4 hours journey (2 hours for train, 1 hour for a car from Malang Station to Landungsari Terminal, and 1 hour for Landungsari to Jatim Park 2).

Note: Get any public transport to Landungsari. From Landungsari, get the yellow car and it will bring you to Jatim Park II). Before we entered the park, we looked for a homestay there. Public transports were only available until 6 pm. That’s why we needed a room close to the park. We stayed in Griya Imafa House which was located exactly in front of the park. The guesthouse was perfect. I paid for a family room, big enough for 6 person only for 350K. It’s on the third floor and there was a balcony to see the mountain view and a back window to get a view of another mountain.

Shortly, we spent the rest of the day at the park. (Entrance fee 125K per person). The zoo was INCREDIBLY AWESOME. This is the best zoo I’ve ever visited so far!

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We rested well that night. So cozy. No breakfast provided but we no worries since the restaurant was already open quite early.

Around 10 am, we caught a public car to bring us back to Landungsari. We need to reach the Malang station at 2 pm for a train back to Surabaya.

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Malang: The Ancient Town of East Java

The ancient town in East Java, Malang!

It was a Saturday in September. I caught the train (Bima 44) with a friend from Gubeng Station, Surabaya at 6:25 am to Malang Train station around 8 am. Just after we arrived, we walked around the town square, Alun-alun Tugu. (map)stellycious-malang_tuguIt was a beautiful day with clear sky.

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Malang City Hall

One of recommended places to visit is Tugu Hotel (map). It was actually a hotel run by the successor of the rich man. The story was that he had sugar factories at the old time and marry several girls. If you are interested with some antiques collection, just come to this hotel, buy something from the restaurant, and the tour guide will show you.

After we finished the tour, we walked to Museum Malang Tempo Dulu (map). The entrance fee was 15K. It was worth the penny. It told me the history of Malang from the ancient times, the ages of Dutch and Japan colonialism, around Independence day, until now. It’s a good time spending there.

Coming to Inggil Restaurant (map) for lunch was a brilliant move, as well. It’s located beside the museum and the food was tasty. They also decorated this antique restaurant gorgeously.

Coincidentally, after we had lunch and looked for some snacks, we crossed Kampung Warna Warni, Colourful Village. It’s new and the location was still not registered on google maps when I touched the land. So it was good to find it. The entrance fee was 2K per person. (map)

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Babad Surabaya: another Surabaya Heritage Track

People said that one of things that you must do when you have only a short time in Surabaya is to join a tour from House of Sampoerna. For your information, there are three schedules every day from Tuesdays to Sundays. Each schedule has different route. One is only allowed to join one tour in the same day. I have joined, once, (see my previous post) and it was addictive. So, my friends and I booked another tour called Babad Surabaya last Saturday, 17 September 2016.

Note: You can make a reservation by phone (+6231) 3539000 ext 24142, or you can come earlier at 8:30 to get on-the-spot quota.

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Surabaya Heritage Track Schedule

If you join Babad Surabaya Tour, you will learn the history of Surabaya by visiting some three historical places. (I don’t want to spoil the story here, please join the tour if you are curious ;p )

1. Kampung Keraton

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2. City Hall

Old building, people usually gather here to exercise in the evening. One special thing is.. that they have a door that is still linking to more than 250’ish underground channel in Surabaya. The tour guide invited us to come inside. Not much to see inside because the link was closed because the government’s concern of safety.

3.Cak Durasim

It’s actually an art and cultural center. They have some stands selling souvenirs and local food.

This tour was educative. One of my friend was born in Surabaya. She was raised in Surabaya. And she works in Surabaya. But, she learned a lot from joining this tour. So, whether you are a local or foreigner, please joined the tour you would like to see. 🙂

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Kampung Lawas Maspati

Another place that you should visit in Surabaya is KAMPUNG LAWAS MASPATI, a historical site and green village in Surabaya. It’s a tourist village run by the local people and supported by the local government (sponsored by local companies).

In this village, you can learn how to recycle the trash, manage the waste water, do local food processing, and see some local herbal plants. If you are interested with history, you can visit some old buildings, like school, army base camp, house of national hero, etc. For fun, ask the locals to play some games with you. Local food and drink are also available for you if you love culinary.

It’s best visited when they have a festival or when you are in a large group. When I came last Saturday around 9 am, I was on my own. It’s so deserted. All the historical buildings were closed. Luckily, I met an kind old woman, Bu (Mrs.) Pipik, who assisted me to hang around the village.

(map)

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“Engkle” Games

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The house

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The village

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with Bu Pipiek

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Come and visit Kampung Lawas Maspati

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Surabaya Heritage Track 2

If you search posts with hashtag SurabayaHeritageTrack, you’ll see pictures captured during the free tour provided by HouseofSampoerna.

Last Independence Day, I celebrated my country anniversary by joining the tour with some friends. The plan should have savored the cultural heritage of Hok Ang Kiong Temple and Escompto Bank. However, the tour moved to Tugu Pahlawan (Heroes Monument) (map). It was good timing since it was really matched to our Independence Celebration.

The tour guide was really informative. For every buildings I passed through, he told us the short story related to it. I felt smarter after finishing the tour. Yeah!

I didn’t have a chance to picture the building since I was inside the bus, but let them be some surprises for you if you want to join a tour someday :p

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The monument. The entrance fee was 5.000IDR for person

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Statues of Proclamators

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The track from House of Sampoerna to Heroes monument