Art Turns, World Turns

Time to visit a trending art museum in Jakarta city! Mostly, it’s all about painting exhibition. The ticket pricing is 50K IDR for adult and 30K for children. In my opinion, this museum is very educative though I don’t really understand about art paintings.

Pictures captured by My Husband, Mark Salendu http://markbphoto.space/

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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.. 🙂

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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Honeymoon Series: Tegallalang Rice Terrace

So, After having lunch at Boni Bali, we continued our sightseeing to the “always trending nature view most people love to see in Ubud”, Tegalalang Rice Terrace. We didn’t follow the track but still captured some pictures from above.

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

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Looking for a place to stay in Ubud? We stayed at Villa Omah Lembu for four nights. Check this out : Agoda partner link 

Honeymoon Series: Pura Tirta Empul

Right after sightseeing Bangli Village, we rolled to Pura Tirta Empul, a Hindu Balinese water temple in Gianyar. This place is interesting to observe religious ceremony, people bathing themselves using holy water to purify their soul, traditional music, beautiful statues, lots of fishes, etc. Close to the area, you can see the first president’s houses.

The entrance ticket was 15K IDR per person (October 2017). To enter the temple, we had to cover our lower body with Sarong. It was believed that the evil spirits may remain there. The local person was really helpful and friendly. They offered us an escort in exploring the temple. They said they will tell you the original history of this temple and everything. However since my husband and I wanted to enjoy our time, we gracefully rejected it.

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What makes Yogyakarta special

Back again to Yogyakarta in the beginning of May 2017 for office outing. Always excited and never bored with this city, Yogyakarta would always be memorable and enjoyable. Two things I want to share now are Ullen Sentalu Museum and De Mata Museum.

Ullen Sentalu Museum was located to Kaliurang area (map), about 1-2 hours from city center. The entrance fee was around 35K. Quite expensive, but if you a culture-history-freak you would love this museum. The tour guide will explain you about Javanese royal families, Batik from some areas in Java, the paintings, etc. It was not allowed to take picture here, but there were some areas where you can pose as an Instagram model.

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Group picture – standing in front of the sloping wall describing the sloped-mind of our young generation.

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It’s actually a 3D museum where you can take pictures with some cute, funny, unusual background. The entrance fee was 120K for De Mata Museum 1, Museum 2, and De Arca Museum. At first, I kinda under-estimate this place. I thought it would be boring, but it was not. So many background and the place was not really crowded. Make sure you prepare good costume and energy for creating some magnificent pose if you want to have fun here.. 🙂

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.