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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Honeymoon Series: Bangli Village

So, it came a chance for us to visit a trending tourism spot in Gianyar, Bali. It’s actually a residence where royal families live. The village is so humbly beautiful with some small houses, temple and bamboo forest.

We left our honeymoon villa, Villa Omah Lembu, in Ubud at 10 am. The travel time around 1.5-2 hours. So when we reached this village, we had to walk in a broad daylight. Anyway, it’s all worth the journey. The view sensed us well. It’s very traditional and clean. It stimulated our contentment like we were walking in a heritage trail.

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Tangerang Chinatown

Beginning of this month June, I traveled to Tangerang, a city outside of Jakarta, and visited the China Town with my Instagram boyfriend. There I learned the history about Chinese-descendant in Indonesia.

Started from Tanah Abang Train Station at 7 am, we took a stop at Duri Station where we switched to another train routing to Tangerang Station. There we walked to a famous porky noodle shop just ten minutes from the station. After having breakfast, we moved to the traditional market and dropped in a Chinese temple, Klenteng Boen Tek Bio. This temple claimed as the oldest temple in the city, for standing more than three centuries  (map).

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Nearby in the area, a private-owned museum, named Museum Benteng Heritage, was open to promote about the history about Chinese-descendant in Indonesia, how they  arrived in Indonesia, their contribution to develop social welfare around Tangerang, the old pictures of the city, the famous soy sauce sold from era to era, etc. The entrance fee was 30.000 IDR and it included a tour to see around. Cannot tell much about the information I got from the guide, but the 30-40 minutes tour was worth every penny. They also provide a meeting room, private family party, and merchandise shop.  Taking pictures inside was prohibited, but we are still allowed to take photos in some public areas. (map)

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The trip was ended at 12. We walked back to Tangerang station to go home.

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 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.

15 Days DIY Vietnam – Cambodia – Thailand (Part 2 of 3)

Ms. San, our new friend in Chau Doc helped us to book a speed boat to Phonm Penh. The price was 25 USD. Expensive indeed but during the journey you can see the excited children saying hi and giving you a high five. The journey took around 5-6 hours. The crew assisted us to get the stamp out of Vietnam Immigration. It was very easy since all we needed to was to wait and queue to enter Cambodia.

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at Cambodia border entrance

The night before, I asked my hotel in Phnom Penh, Rachana Hostel, if they could provide me a free pick-up. And surprisingly, they wanted to pick us up for free and they did it. The tuk-tuk driver was waiting for us when we arrived at the harbor. We checked-in with no difficulties and got the comfy room. We also booked the tour to go to Silk Island on that day and another tour to go to Russian Market, Killing Fields, etc at the following day. Since the wind during the journey was quite strong, I planned to take a nap before going around. However, the time was limited so without resting enough, my mother and I continued our journey to Silk Island.

We missed Wat Phnom, the eldest temple in town, since we were so tired. After going back to the hotel, I took an aspirin and got a very early sleep.

The following day, we took another tuk-tuk journey to some landmarks. I just knew the story about the genocide and khmer rouge so I felt shocked when I visit Tuol Seng Genocide Museum and Killing Fields. 😦 Yet my mom knew and she felt sorry.stellycious-cambodia-5

Then we went to Russian Market. The price was quite pricey for the souvenirs so we just tried the local foods. So many foreigners. We bumped into some foreign who seemed joining a food tour or cooking tour for they bought the vegetables mentioned by the guide.

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At the end, we dropped-by the national palace and museum. It was actually very close to our hostel, but since we intended to save our energy and the weather was so hot, we asked the tuk-tuk driver to wait while we took some picture. 🙂

It’s a long post only for Phnom Penh City. Later, the bus we booked Cambodia VIP Van to continue our journey to Siam Reap.

Find your hotel in Phnom Penh via Agoda here.

To be continued