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/)

stellycious-lombok-desa-sukarara-1stellycious-lombok-desa-sukarara-2stellycious-lombok-desa-sukarara-3The second village is Banyumulek, clay pottery village. Ask the shopkeeper to show you the magic of Kendi Maling, perhaps you need it for your home šŸ™‚ and allow yourself to take time to create your own pottery.

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.. šŸ™‚

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/)


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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.


Cikini Culinary Day

One that you should not miss when in Jakarta is to experience the culinary. And, Cikini is one of popular places for tasty, tempting, savory variety of culinary. This time we pampered ourselves to eat at some long-run restaurants at Cikini. Sadly, we had a very limited stomach that we couldn’t handle much food, but here we go, our culinary trip!

Gado2 Bon Bin (map)

Gado-gado is a local saying of mix vegetables with peanut sauce. This restaurant has been established since the 60’s. It’s very popular, even though the place is still the same since the beginning. Small and very intimate. Of course favorite dish at this place is gado-gado, but you should also try Es Cendol.

Tjanang Ice Cream (map)

Next stop we chose to have desserts. And luckily around the corner near to Gado-Gado BonBin there’s a stand selling vintage ice cream. This ice cream place has been around since the 70’s. It has a variety of tastes, such as: chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, avocado, coconut,Ā or you can also choose to mix all.stellycious-cikini-culinary-4

Soto H.Ma’ruf (map)

For our last stop, we decide to go more vintage. So we chose to have a traditional BataviaĀ cuisine. We went to a restaurantĀ located near Planetarium. The cuisine recipe in this restaurant has been inherited since the 40’s.stellycious-cikini-culinary-2and finally, here’s a preview inside of the planetarium mentioned above.stellycious-cikini-culinary-6

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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 websiteĀ 1Ā / 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 GardenĀ (map). The entrance fee was 15K IDR @person.

Palm Tree Road

Palm Tree Road

At Reinwardt Monument..

At Reinwardt Monument..


First Picnic Spot


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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Babad Surabaya: another Surabaya Heritage Track

People said that one of things that you mustĀ do when you have only a short time in Surabaya is to join a tour from House of Sampoerna. For your information, there are three schedules every day from Tuesdays to Sundays. Each schedule has different route. One is only allowed to join one tour in the same day.Ā I have joined, once, (see my previous post) and it was addictive. So, my friends and I booked another tour called Babad Surabaya last Saturday, 17 September 2016.

Note: You can make a reservation by phone (+6231) 3539000 ext 24142, or you can come earlier at 8:30 to get on-the-spot quota.


Surabaya Heritage Track Schedule

If you join Babad Surabaya Tour, you will learn the history of Surabaya by visiting some three historical places. (I don’t want to spoil the story here, please join the tour if you are curious ;p )

1. Kampung Keraton

stellycious-babad_surabaya-1That was my tour guide explaining the history of the old kingdom of Surabaya. This area is assumed as the place where the old kingdom was.

2. City Hall

Old building, people usually gather here to exercise in the evening. One special thing is.. that they have a door that is still linking to more than 250’ish underground channel in Surabaya. The tour guide invited us to come inside. Not much to see inside because the link was closed because the government’s concern of safety.

3.Cak Durasim

It’s actually an art and cultural center. They haveĀ some stands selling souvenirs and local food.

This tour was educative. One of my friend was born in Surabaya. She was raised in Surabaya. And she works in Surabaya. But, she learned a lot from joining this tour. So, whether you are a local or foreigner, please joined the tour you would like to see. šŸ™‚

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