Honeymoon Series: Gili Trawangan

Since we were not looking for any party, we stayed at a peaceful villa in Sengigi, Villa Aryaguna. However, people said if you are looking for hype in Lombok especially at night, go to Gili Trawangan Island. So, before we flew back home, we crossed the sea to set our foot in Gili Trawangan Island for a day.

Before reaching the harbor, we visited Bukit Malimbu. The view was very heavenly beautiful.stellycious-malimbu-1Our tour guide, Lombok Damai Tour, dropped us at the harbor and we both sailed across using a local ferry. We waited around thirty minutes before we got our ferry and the journey took around 45 minutes. After some hours walking around the islands, we went back to Lombok to continue our journey to Pusuk Forest.

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Honeymoon Series: Lombok Beach Hopping

Starting from Tanjung Aan Beach, Kuta Mandalika Beach РMawun Beach and Selong Belanak Beach. Photo captured by my Husband, Mark Billy (http://markbphoto.space/)

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Our honeymoon tour in Lombok handled by Lombok Damai Tour. Check their Instagram profile : https://www.instagram.com/lombokdamaitravel/ or https://www.instagram.com/damai_lombok/

Honeymoon Series: Lombok Cultural Village

It is one thing that you don’t want to miss in Lombok, visiting traditional cultural village. We visited three (3) when we was there last October for honeymoon.

The first village is Sukarara, Kampung Tenun Asli, where you can see women making local traditional fabric called Tenun, get yourself wear traditional dresses and take picture in front of the houses. Don’t forget to buy the fabric. This place serves as a union, gathering all the local women to sell handmade Tenun. The price is varied depends on the quality, but overall very reasonable.

Photo captured by my Husband, Mark Billy (http://markbphoto.space/)

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Our honeymoon tour in Lombok handled by Lombok Damai Tour.

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Honeymoon Series: Bali Beaches

On the other day, we move out from Ubud to enjoy the beaches.

Nothing much to say.. Bali beaches never fail us.. ūüôā

Photo captured by my Husband, Mark Billy (http://markbphoto.space/)

Bluepoint beaches

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Seminyak Beach while waiting for the romantic sunset.

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

On our third day (25 March 2017), we drove to Kalibiru (map), another trending place in Yogyakarta where you can snap a picture on a tree with beautiful scenery of lake as the background. Before we arrived, we dreamt of taking those pictures and posted them on our social media. However, after 2-hours journey from city center (we stayed at Malioboro area), we found that the place was very crowded. We had to queue for 3-5 hours if we insisted to take those pictures. So, we just gave up and hang around for around 1 hour and then moved to Mangunan Pine Tree Forest (map). Ahead to the forest, we stopped to Sate Klathak Pak Pong (map) for lunch.

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@Kalibiru

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We ate this much.. And the bill was under IDR 100K. Good taste, of course.

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me at Pine Tree Forest

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Mom, still at Pine Tree Forest

Following going back to Yogyakarta, we stopped at Tempo Gelato in Prawirotaman street (map), another heavenly street for backpackers in this city, other than Malioboro.Stellycious-yogya-march2017-5We spent the night at Malioboro, close to our homestay, the packer lodge. Check rate and availability, make your booking via Agoda.

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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