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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Gili Labak Beach

We have been heard about the beauty of Gili Labak Beach so long before we experienced it first hand. We joined an open trip tour from Gililabakisland (235 K / pax). We were picked up at our hotel in Surabaya by a mini van bus (11 pm). The travel time to the point where we move to a boat to Gili Labak should have been 3 hours, but we waited other passengers. We finally reached the basecamp to get your breakfast around 4.30 pm. After having breakfast, we sailed a boat for two hours to Gili Labak Island.

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Sunrise on 6 Aug 2016

And here we go, we were at Gili Labak once in a while.

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The peeps!

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Enjoy the view once in a while

We did snorkeling, too, not really far from the beach. But, sadly the coral looks dying and I didn’t look many variety of fishes.

We sailed back to Madura around 12 pm. Lunch provided when we reached the tour basecamp (around 2-3 pm). From there, we headed our journey back to Surabaya around 4 pm and arrived to our hotel again around 8 pm. Overall, this escape was worth the journey.

map here

A weekend to Kediri and Malang

So, my mom and I had a short escape to Kediri and Malang last May. This is the itinerary. We rented a car from/to Surabaya and driver to help us run our itinerary.

Day 1

We drove early morning to Kediri to visit Goa Maria Pohsarang. It should have taken 3 hours, but there were a carnival, so we reached our destination after more or less 4.5 hours.

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Goa Maria Pohsarang, Kediri

From there, we bought some souvenirs, met my old schoolmate, and got our lunch in the city. Around 3 pm, we headed to Batu. Too bad, we encountered a carnival so we arrived late at Museum Angkut and Batu Night Spectacular. We also drive across the main hall of Batu City before we checked-in to our guesthouse, Adam’s Apple.

Day 2

The following morning, we went to Omah Kayu Paralayang. The location was hardly to reach by the car. The road was very steep and narrow. Lucky we had a very good driver. When we came there, they closed some areas for film shooting. Anyway, we had a good time there.

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The view from Omah Kayu

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Another view from Omah Kayu Paralayang

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That’s my mom conquered the world :p

From there, we drove again to Malang city. During the journey, we enjoyed the time in a traditional market, tasting Cwie Mie from the origin place, etc.

In Malang, we paid a visit to the main hall of the city, enjoyed some desserts in Toko Oen, and also had our lunch at Bakso President.

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Main Hall or “Alun-alun” (What they call it in Bahasa)

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On our way back to Surabaya, our driver stopped by at Tretes, another famous highland in East Java for us to see around. He also suggested us to try Ote-ote and do some shopping at Tanggulangin, a well-known place for its leather products. He was a good driver and a tour guide.

All in all, it was a good and pleasant journey. We wish we could have longer time to go to Bromo Mount since it’s quite close to Malang. Perhaps, next time 🙂