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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stellycious-lombok-desa-banyumulek-3stellycious-lombok-desa-banyumulek-1stellycious-lombok-desa-banyumulek-4The third village is Sasak Ende Village, origins of Lombok people. When you come in a big group, usually they will show you stick-fighting dance. For us couple, we just hope that we’re lucky enough to bump into a larger group when we reached there. And yes, it did happen. The stick fighting was interesting, traditional music running while the fighter make a rhythm while banging their stick each other. The children also joined this as part of cultural inheritance. They also sold Tenun created by the women around these village.

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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


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/)


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.


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).


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)


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.


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

stellycious-ullensentalu-1stellycious-ullensentalu-2De Mata Trick Eye Museum (map)

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.. 🙂

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

So, we arrived at night in Siam Reap. I already asked my guesthouse, Bou Savy, to pick me up. The bus station was really dark and some tuk-tuk drivers were waiting and offering us the ride. It was very scary since they became very pushy. 10 minutes later, the hotel driver came a little bit late and we continued to our hostel. The hostel was superb. It was a big and comfortable family house. In short, I booked a tour ride for 3 days there for two days in Angkor Wat and 1 day for city tour.

2 days in Angkor Wat

Though in Indonesia, we have Borobudur Temple, I was very amazed by the very huge area of temple in Angkor Wat. It was very beautiful and worth the money.


1 day for City Tour

Visiting Catholic church, temple (like the one in Thailand), and shopping at the market

The following morning, my mother and I packed our bag to move to Bangkok. In Bangkok, we just ate, shopped, and slept for 4 days. So, nothing much I can tell. That’s the wrap-up of our journey.