Day 2 at Yogyakarta! We visited one of the seven wonders, The Buddhist temple; Borobudur. The entrance ticket is IDR 30000. This temple built by Syailendra Dynasty at 9th century. And my history teacher said they used egg yolk as the glue. But of course now this temple already restored and I'm sure egg yolk is no longer used as the glue. I recommend you to do warming up before stepped up to the highest part of the temple.
After Borobudur, we ant to Ketep pass. It's the highest place on Yogyakarta. The driver said we can see the Merapi and Yogyakarta from the top. *I forget to mention you before, on day 2 and 3 we used rent car, it's much cheaper than taxi* But unfortunately there was fog so we barely can't see anything TT. So to entertain ourself we entered the Merapi Museum.
Inside the Merapi Museum
We planned to go to Prambanan Temple. But it was raining so hard, so we decided to postpone it. And we did the city trip to buy some souvenirs and and food that "so Yogyakarta". But before that we ate at Pringsewu restaurant.
At the night, I went to Paris Caffe to meet my blogger friend from Yogyakarta. She is so beautiful and graceful and slim. And also she is very kind. Thankyou for meeting us during your exam, Denia.
After that we tried eating at "Angkringan". Basically you eat at pedestrian street using carpet.
For the one who continuously reading my blog, you guys must know one of my new hobbies; painting and drawing. So it's all started when my friend, Ferlin Yoswara sent broadcast message on blackberry messenger. Saying that she opened the class of drawing for children and adults. I replied her broadcast message and said "I really want to be good at drawing". She said that I should joined her class. But I said I really really sucks at this thing. Ferlin said "you can learn, you can do it." So that encouragement word *and my very lot spare time because I half jobless* make me joined on her class.
The final result : "Peek A Boo" (see this in reverse)
Most of the people make an excuse "i don't have talent" for not good at doing something. They like it but they think they can't do it. Some people naturally good at something, but some people must work harder to be good at something. But if we like it, why not? If you have a hobbies, passions, dreams; whatever it is, as long as that a positive things, you must pursue it. There is nothing to loose to learn something that you like. And remember, we never too old to learn something new.
My other painting : "Sweet Things"
Maybe some of people think this drawing lesson is just for children, but once again I would like to say : age is not barrier. I still learning to be better. And I found that drawing and painting is really fun. And scientifically it help you to develop your right brain.
Redraw from Mark Ryden : "Little Girl and Mr. Bear"
What is your passion? What is your dreams? Catch them. In your journey in making your dreams come true, there will come failure, there will come haters and people that saying that you can't. Don't let those things make you down. If you feel like that you want to give up, remember that you have those people who not have faith in you and also haters to prove that they are wrong. Imagine how would it be if you can achieve your goals and your dreams. Failures are lesson that you learn on your journey. Failure will make you better in your next steps. And the most important thing : ora et labora. That means work and pray. You can't do this with your own strength. Ask God to guide and help you. So all of you, the dream catchers, make your dreams come true!
This is my travel diary at Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Let's start from day 1. Here we go.
So that was the first time I stepped my feet on the local station. Yes, I never traveled using train in Indonesia before. So, in the name of my selfish curiosity and adventure, we went to Yogyakarta by train. Surprisingly, there were lots of foreign tourist in my wagon. A group of Korean people and 2 French people. And another surprise, the train is clean and quite comfortable. 7 and half hours sitting on the train. We ate, played, slept, enjoyed the scenery, chatted, slept, ate and so on until we finally arrived at Yogyakarta station on 2.30 PM. I barely can't feel my ass sticking on my body. But it was a new fun experience for me.
In front of the train
Inside the train
Not everyday I can see these sceneries
And finally arrived as schedule at Tugu station
As we arrived, we were looking for taxi. And there was a taxi driver came to us. He asked where we stayed at. And he offered a very high price for near destination. But we saw the other taxi driver using the same uniform as the taxi driver who came to us. And he said it was the standard price. So we thought the other drivers will also give the same price. It was IDR 60000 for 10 minutes drive to the hotel. *sigh*
Let's forget about the taxi for a while *but it was not over yet, the story with amazing taxi drivers will be continue*. And this is our hotel : Ibis Style. It is a very nice hotel. They offer price start from IDR 645000 including breakfast.
Mpek Mpek Ny. Kamto
Vintage ice cream : Tip Top Ice Cream
After we unpack and get rest at the hotel, we went to the famous street on Yogyakarta : Malioboro. On that street there are lots of merchant and restaurant. Sweep away the street. And here we started our greedy culinary. First we ate mpek mpek. For you guys who don't know what kind of food is that, basically it is a fish with a spicy seasoning. It is delicious, you must try at least once if you visit Indonesia. Then we went to Tip Top ice cream. We went by taxi from Malioboro to tip top. They using meters but they asked minimum price IDR 20000 for the nearest place. *oh mannnnnnnnn* Tip top ice cream is delicious and the taste is also unique. Different from other ice creams.
Try to impersonate Raminten but such an epic fail
After that, as recommend from the taxi driver who drove us to tip top ice cream, we went to Raminten. It is a restaurant of course. *and we pay IDR 20000 for the taxi* They sell nasi liwet, nasi kucing, and other traditional foods in very very low price! IDR 3000-6000. *3 nasi kucing big size = 1 taxi drive* This restaurant is very full, people queuing to get seated. Raminten, the person who own this restaurant is a man dressed like a woman. And he is very rich. What the parameter? Because he has pony. *and the pony stay inside the restaurant giving a-smell-that-you-won't-sniff-when-you-eat*. In Yogyakarta, only Sultan and Raminten who has pony. The Sultan also respect him.
Night riding at Alun-alun Kidul
After Raminten, we wen to Alun-alun Kidul. Specially going there for riding this bright becak. Guess how much must we pay for taxi? IDR 30000 *explode*. The taxi driver said the meters is broken. But suddenly when we almost reach Alun Alun Kidul, he turn on the meters, until it show IDR 11000 then he turn off it again! We afraid if we angry to him, he will abandoned us in the dark silent street *chiken* . But the riding was so fun that we quickly forgot about the taxi driver. And by the way we pay IDR 30000 for 1 turn, IDR 50000 for 2 turns. Later my friend said he offered IDR 4000 for riding that becak because there were nobody in that Alun Alun. *.........................*
After riding becak, we went to the Beringin trees in the center of Alun Alun Kidul. It is said if we can through between 2 Beringin trees, while we closing our eyes, our wishes will come true. My boyfriend try it. And he failed just like anybody else who tried it. They said if you don't have a pure heart you can not get pass the path between the 2 trees.
And then we went back to our hotel by untrusted old Zebra car but we safely arrived at Malioboro. We payed IDR 25000. *speechles*. We ate at Malioboro mall and went back to our hotel.
Well, that was the first day in Yogyakarta. Wait for the next story on the next post! Good night people.
A week ago, exactly on 7th July 2013, my boy celebrated his 25th birthday! I know a week has been passed, but once again, happy birthday my dear. I hope all your dreams and goals come true this year. Love you more and more everyday.