Ke Jogja (lagi)

Hello world!

Akhir pekan lalu, saya ke Jogja lagi. Pergi sendiri, tentunya naik kereta! Hahahaah! Suka banget soalnya naik kereta dan ini pertama kali naik kereta siang. Biasanya kan malam. Jadi deh bisa lihat pemadangan langit biru dan hamparan sawah.

left side view

To kill the time

Selain itu, in my humble opinion, naik kereta (dan commuter line) itu TEPAT WAKTU. Slot waktu yang saya siapkan, tepat.

Saya naik kereta jam 8 pagi dari Gambir, sehingga saya alokasi 6.30 pagi dari rumah untuk naik Commuter Line ke Tanah Abang pukul 6.47. Sampai Tanah Abang , pukul 7.15 sehingga sesuai rencana saya 7.30 saya sudah bisa sampai Stasiun Gambir. karena harus cetak tiket kereta paling lambat 10 menit sebelum berangkat.

Kalau saya naik low cost budget airline yang “satu itu”, resiko delay booo! Hitung hitung sama saja waktu tempuh.

Pun ketika Kereta berhenti lama (hampir 15 menit) di Purwokerto. Announcer bilang baru berangkat 1.12 pm, tepat jam itu kereta berangkat. Tadinya saya mau beli Bengbeng di Indomaret, ngga berani. Takut ketinggalan keteta

Purwokerto Stop

Diluar perkiraan saya, Ya Allah AC kereta siang itu tetep dinginnn booooo! Menggigil malih! Brrrr.

Tips for me : chose right side if you travel to Jogja, it offers better view! Bring blanket too!

As scheduled, pukul 15.40 saya sudah sampai Jogja. oh ya, dekat stasiun Tugu Jogja – di ujung persis. sudah ada coffee shop 24 hour! april lalu belum ada

Saya menginap di 101 Hotel, sehingga tinggal geret koper saja ke hotel. Lalu sengaja ngopi di sini

Coffee shop

Hanya berapa meter dari hotel. Bulan April lalu mgga sempat ke sini, tutup terus pas lewat. Ternyata yang punya orang Pondok Aren juga! Hahaahah

Ngapain ke Jogja?

Diah’s wedding

Salah satu kolega nikah. Teman teman lain berangkat sehari sebelumnya.

Sunrise and Mountain Calls

Besoknya, saya rencana beli Bapiaku dan Bakpia Tugu! Snack kekinian kota ini.Habiss booo! Ya Ampun! Jogja weekend kemarin penuh, karena long weekend dan Prambanan Jazz Festival! Pantas sulit cari pesawat (murah). Saya akhirnya pulang sore, ngga bisa bareng dengan teman lain yang terbang dengan pesawat jam 2 siang.

Untung ya masih ada Rachel, anak generasi millenial yang rencana pulang Rabu. Blio mau bikin bisnis dan lagi survey! Hebat ya anak muda sekarang. Oh ya, karena saya tidak sewa mobil, jadi cuma mau sekitar Malioboro saja sebelum pulang.

To kill time, kami ke

Di Keraton Jogja

Pernah dipakai Sultan HB IX.

HTM : IDR 3,000

Perasaan jaman kecil ke sini, lokasi wisatanya luas deh. Kok sekarang dibatasi ya?

Keluar Keraton ke

Musium Kereta Keraton

Ini kereta yang khusus dipakai Sultan. The guide said even his wife is not allowed to hop ini.

Kereta-kereta ini dibuat 1800-an lho! Rodanya import dari Jerman dan Belanda. Cara mereka bertukar informasi gimana ya? Hahahaha, belum ada Letter of Credit kan saat itu?

HTM : IDR 3,000

Isinya koleksi kereta keraton.

Lalu mampir bentar ke Museum Sonobudoyo. Ini museum paling jarang dikunjungi kata guidenya. Padahal HTM cuma IDR 3,000 dan full AC lho! Koleksi benda sejarahnya banyak, contohnya ini.

Al Quran yang dibaca Sultan HB V

Setelah makan siang, balik hotel untuk pesan Go Car. Supirnya sempat kelewatan terus nelpon

“Ini arah Selatanya mbak?”

Ampun dijeee, sini besar di ibukota, ngga paham arah selatan, utara, dsb! Padahal petunjuk arah mata angin ini yang benar dibanding kanan atau kiri.

Cuss, I bid this city farewell. Ampun airport penuh nya.

Oh ya, another tips for me, if you travel back to Cengkareng from Jogja, chose the right side! It gives you mountains view!

Merapi and Merbabu

Till next time Jogja! Semoga transportasi umumnya lebih memadai!

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Lampung Trip : back to the South

A.k.a Tang(erang) Sel(atan)

We went for a short run again, exploring the other side. Ira lived here during her first 18 years, so she was reminiscing her old days, her school and place where she practiced her swim (she is a good swimmer).

Pahoman Swimming Pool

Remind me, I have to go back to my swim class again, sudah absent dari bulan Mei.

We run for a purpose, Mie Ayam Lampung for breakfast.

Mie ayam Lampung and fresh orange juice

We already stopped by yesterday, too bad the line was too long.

Return to hotel, packing, and check out heading for a (modern) coffee shop. I think This chain coffee-shop is only serve in Lampung.

Had lunch outskirt the city, Cek Mat who provide all-fish-dishes. Heaven!

Udang Bakar, Ikan Belida and Patin Baung for Lunch

We met the owner, who greeted his customers also clean up the table by himself. To make sure all tables are clean before another guests coming.

Then we had to bid farewell to the city, 2 hours drive to Pelabuhan Bakauheni.

View to the Port

On the left is Menara Siger (Lampung Singnature — also marked as Titik Nol Selatan Sumatara, Km 0 South-est Sumatra. Km 0 in the North-est located in Pulau Weh – in case you’re non Indonesian.

Unfortunately, we (again) had horrible experience for ferry boat. Urgh! This one is smaller to compare to the other day, yet more passengers. AC is not working too.

I climbed at the upper deck, people smoke everywhere though there is designated smoking area and threw rubbish everywhere. Yahh kalo kelen masih sengsara, keknya kumengerti. Gw sampe pungutin tuh botol plastik sendiri deh. Gemes!

Ngemper Jek! Di dalam panas

Jikalau kelen menggerutu commutting dengan Taksaka, percayalah, hidup 7 jam di kereta with reliable schedule lebih enak daripada 2.5 jam menyebrang laut :)) dan antri keluar kapal 45 menit.

Approaching Merak Port

Anyway, I stayed in Sheraton Hotel, and had this mark in my room.

I’m puzzled, I don’t remember I have signed any hotel member or alike. I always chose the lowest price of course! For this one, I paid for the same price with my friends but better view.

Then I remember, during my business trip, the company set this hotel for the accommodation. hahahahah.

Ada benernya juga isi isi form, otomatis nama saya sudah ada, regardless who paid for the room. Manyanlahh…rejeki. Biar ngga upgrade kamar, at least you’ll have better room view…if that matters.

Room view

Time for laundry, 10-step-skin care and ngejar commuter line besok pagiiii!!

Until my next trip!

Where to go next?

Lampung Trip – Elephant Can Remember

Lampung Trip – Elephant Can Remember

The Jersey

I woke up this morning with a purpose, I had to do morning run in this hilly city. Owww those hills are killer!

And anyway, Yes, you’re right! We went to Way Kambas National Park this morning, via Metro. i think this is the second largest city in Lampung. Road trip took 2.30 hours. More or less.

We already bought our lunch in the city – the famous Ayam Bergadang – since there are no restaurant at National Park.

The Enterance Gate

Arrived near noon, and since it’s quite far, even from Bandar Lampung, there were not so many visitors.

Male Elephant! How do I know??

We bought a ticket to do jungle tracking for 30 mins. It’s scary! Yet fun!

Elephant Ride

During tracking, we met, a Erin, 4-year-old-elephant that lost her trunk. Our guide told us, she got trapped by the local who wanted to turn her “home” into Palm Plantation.

Fortunately, the ranger could save her, otherwise she might got killed, like her mother.

Human – some said they are the most dangerous creature on earth.

Poor Erin

After we had our lunch by the pool – where the elephants take their bath – then witnessing they had fun in water.

one of them without the guide, ran away, but her front legs were chained, so she wont run far. She was very hungry she kept looking for food even on the rubbish ban! Gee.

But #1 could pat her!

Lost and Hungry Elephant

We cancel our trip to Pungug Raharjo, too late. Teman saya Iin juga bilang kemarin, tempat menarik di propinsi ini berjauhan satu sama lain. Mungkin kalau sudah ada jalan yang memadai waktu tempuh jadi lebih cepat ya. Negara sebegini kaya, kalah saing dengan Thailan atau Malaysia karena infrastructure-nya. Tapi tadi saya ada lihat, pembangunan ruas jalan tol di dekat Metro. Semoga memangkas waktu tempuh antar kota di Sumatra ini.

Too bad this “rich” country couldnt compete its tourism business with neighborhood countries due to the infrastructure.

We were heading back to Bandar Lampung and saw Durian Seller! Dapat salam dari Liptor! There goes my cholesterol.

King of Fruits. Either you like it or hate it

PS :

  • Enterance Fee WayKambas National Park : IDR 5,000/person + IDR 10,000/car
  • Parking IDR 10,000
  • elephant Jungle Tracking 30 mins : IDR 150,000 for Indonesia, foreigner IDR 250,000/person.
  • One hour jungle tracking IDR 250,000/person for Indonesian.

2nd PS : The title is the book by Agatha Christie published in 1972. i read the book, but I forgot the story.

Lampung Trip : Snorkeling until you drop

We spent the day, by island hopping, to the famous Pulau Pahawang via Pantai Klara, just across the TNI AL complex ( Indonesia’s Marinir)

With a rented boat and snorkeling equipments.

we were sailing again, island hopping and arrived at Pulau Pahawang.

For the only purpose..snorkeling.

heading Pulau Pahawang

And another spot at “Taman Nemo” – this where you can find Nemo – from Finding Nemo the movie.

A floating warung! Can you spot POP MIE?

snorkeling in near Pahawang Island

I don’t have an underwater camera…but hope you can picture beautiful school of fishes, colorful ones, beautiful corals.

both Pahawang and Kolam Nemo had several “instagramable properties” under the water. there were two bicycle wrecks, even a mannequin, and funny writings like

“jangan iri gw liburan di Pahawang

Feeling Pentagon

We had lunch in Pahawang Besar, a very humble lunch cooked by local, with a great view ever! Berasa di Itali Selatan ya?

Our Humble Lunch

Then sailed again to Pulau Kelagian Besar, an uninhabited island, except for these dogs. This is a training ground for Indonesia Marinir.

Actually there were four dogs

In total we spent 7 hours for this trip. Itu aja kurang puassssss!

After arriving back at Pantai Klara, took a shower then we were heading to new instagramable spot, Muncak Teropong Laut, looking out Teluk Lampung.

Teluk Lampung Look Out

Too bad it was cloudy.

We had dinner at the famous Nasi Uduk Toha.

Later, I met my High School friend, who I havent seen since graduate (I doubt tho, is that that long not seeing each other). She had live in this city since early 2000’s. She made cakes! Kalau ada yang tinggal di Lampung mau pesan kue, bisa lewat blio.

Long time no see high school buddy

Iin suggested me to visit Pantai Hiu, too bad it’s too far.

pantai Hiu, taken by iin

PS: today expenses (buat yang planning ke sini ya)

  • Masuk Pantai Klara : IDR 30,000
  • Sewa kapal : IDR 500,000/boat up to 15 people. Tapi sepertinya max 10 kalo buat nyaman.
  • Konstribusi per snorkeling spot : IDR 20,000/visit. Dua spot jadinya IDR 40,000. Untuk apa? Rasanya buat bayar yang bolak balik jaga orang snorkeling deh.
  • Makan Siang : IDR 20,000 per orang- ikan bakar, ceplok telor, sayur asam, kerupuk! Ohhh heaven!!!
  • Sewa snorkeling equipment : IDR 50,000/orang
  • Tiket Masuk Muncuk Teropong Laut : IDR 5,000/orang + parkir mobil IDR 5,000.

2nd PS : TNI Angkatan Laut ini kalo latihan renang, full suits with helmet and gun, plus army boot! my Got! Berat bener pasti.

Marinir On training under scorching sun

Lampung Trip : crossing the island

Hello world! Wie geht dir?

Ira – my friend who resides in Saudi Arabia – has her homecoming trip and last two weeks asked us to join her to Lampung. road trip, I said yes, so is Vitri.

Then I totally forget about everything until two days ago, we hadn’t book a hotel. But then again, Lampung probably isn’t famous like Bali (?), finally we managed to book room during this school holiday.

So, this morning, we drove off to Merak Port then – for me – this is my very first time crossing the island from Pulau Jawa to Sumatra by ferry, Merak – Bakauheni. Although I was born in Sumatra, visited parents hometown couple of time, I (we)?never did road trip. 😀

I was expecting clean, cozy ferry, secretly hope that those sea services are transforming like PT Kereta Api Indonesia too. I was wrong.

I saw obsolete seats, tap is not working, some parts quite dirty and I wonder how bad it will be during Mudik Hari Raya.

Yes we do!

Anyway, we paid for another room they called it “lesehan” cost IDR 12,000/person. i tried to get some sleep, I failed.I walked around the ferry

The cars

Trip to Bakauheni, Lampung, took 2 hours.

Too bad the sky was cloudy.

Kece ya gw dari belakang? :-))

At 2 pm, we arrived at Bakauheni. This is my first trip to Lampung— kalau tidak salah provinsi ke 20 Republik Ini yang saya sudah kunjungi– strange, I was born in Pulau Sumatra :))

The new toll road, only 7K

Had lunch near by, another 2 hours drive we arrived at Bandar Lampung, ibukota provinsi.

And finally, I can taste Bakso Soni on its origin place. Sooooo many visitors, ntah kayak apalah kalau lebaran.

Semangkok Kebahagian
It is said now the city has a signature snack (like Medan with the famous Bolu Gulung) a banana cake, we bought ones, but didnt taste that special for me.

We had seafood for dinner. i love my country for this. Sooo many good food where ever I am going!

I need some rest now, planning to see the beach tomorrow!

Yes, this “live-journal”

Tried to update during my trip, not after!

Kansai Trip : melancong ke Kobe

Yes, the city not Bryant #krik

Musim semi sudah mau kelar, catper musim dingin belum selesai juga. Saya sih masih niat rampungin catatan.

Anyway, jalan jalan di Jepang ini tidak sulit sebetulnya although you dont speak/read Japanese. Ada di google semua, it’s really in your finger trip.m

Karena 5 Januari adalah Jumat pertama di tahun 2018 dan #pencitraanitupenting, saya bikin jadwal untuk sholat Jumat di Kobe Mosque, the oldest mosque in Japan!

Sekalian menepi, Osaka is a big city and I have enough with big city! Ich habe die Nase voll!  :(( On weekdays, hidup saya aman sampai jam 8.30 am, the moment I arrive at Palmerah station, setelah itu senewen dengan rentetan klakson, debu dan macet! Rasanya ingin kulempar bom molotov.

Ok balik lagi. Hari itu hujan di Osaka. trip dari Namba harus pindah stasiun. Stasiun yaaaaa bukan pindah jalur macam di Stasiun Manggarai! Sudah sampai stasiun yang dituju, as usual saya ngga percaya diri, tetep lagi nanya ke orang lokal. Cem waktu di Fussen lah.

“Sumimasen…this train goes to Kobe?” Sambil nunjuk hp ke 3 orang ibu lansia yang sedang berdiri dekat pintu. They said “haik”

Dari Osaka Station ke Kobe Sannomiya Station butuh sekitar 30 menit with 5 stops.

Ngga lama, saya dapat duduk, setelah setengah perjalanan, salah seorang ibu itu nyamperin saya.

Obasan (an older female) : &@?;$@:@: *then her fingers formed V-sign* she explained to me Kobe will be another two stations.

Saya (yang sudah mengerti 2 stops lagi sampi Kobe dari google map tetap harus komen ramah donk. Namanya juga saya tamu )!

Haik

Wakarimasita ( I understand)

Domu Arigato Ghozaimasu (thank you very much)

Matane Kudasai (see you!)

Obasan : Nihongo jyouzu desune (you speak good japanese). And she gave me thumb up.
Nyiahahahahahha! Kuingin ambil phD di Waseda University rasanya!

On the train to KOBE

Sampai di Kobe, begitu ingin keluar stasiun, ada petugas manggil saya. Kasih peta! Service Excellence kali! Our southeast Asia look with me wearing jilbab! Ukhti ini  mau ke mesjid pasti! Mungkin begitu batin si petugas.

When the officer gave me the map, he explained in Japanese. Gw ho-oh aja

Rainy Kobe

Dua minggu sebelum ke sini, saya liat Instastory-nya Een, teman kuliah saya yang tinggal di KL. Kota ini tampak menarik di mata saya, namanya juga kota pelabuhan. Pasti ada asimilasi budaya, etc

Jalan ke mesjid sendiri nanjak dan angin musim dingin ini kok ngga santai yesss!

Rainy Kobe, can you see the hill?

 

 

While papa dan #2 sholat Jumat, kami nunggu di kafe dekat situ. Saya minta ijin mau nunggu agak lama. Saya ketik bahasa Inggris di hp untuk diterjemahkan ke bahasa Jepang biar yang punya kafe mgga keberatan saya nunggu lama di situ.

 

View Outside

Mana lagi hujan, suasana kafe-nya santai, view keluar juga bagus…bweuh, kalo saya penulis novel pasti sudah bikin cerita romens Menunggu di Kobe.

Setelah sholat, kami buru buru cari restoran…tentunya Kobe Steak! Aheyy! Kenapa musti buru buru, karena last order tuh jam 14.30 lalu jam 3 restoran tutup sampai jam 6 sore baru buka lagi.

Kobe Steak

 

 

Halal Restaurant

Inside Mesjid Kobe

 

Rainy Kobe

Since it was raining, I cancelled my initial plan to stroll around harbor area, jump in Giant Ferris Wheel.  It was two degrees Celsius and extremely cold for tropical kids (with the wrong clothes.

Long Story short, ya sudah langsung kembali ke Osaka.

I finally spend time in the famous Dountoburi and snapped a pic of me with the famous Glico Man.

The Famous Glico Man

Eh giling yaa di sini, every other two people I met speak Indonesia! Banyak bettttt sis sis IG yang buka Jasa Titip! Berasa di Pasar Baru!

Short Trip : Empat Hari di Jogja

And it was aweeeeesome!

Last weekend I was in Jogja again, with family and extended ones. Taking Taksaka Train on Friday with Tina, 7 hrs++ journey arrived before dawn. Check in Whizz Premier Malioboro right in front of the Jogja Train Station (I booked from Friday so I can check earlier). Why I choose this hotel? it was designed by my little sister (proud big sister here!) The details are sooo….her!

anyway, take a walk to Mal Malioboro and….reunited with Oki, Reza..to have breakfast in

How we start our Saturday

TGw, Tina and the boys berangkat naik kereta. tapi beda kereta gitu, gw salah booking, harusnya Argo Luwu – departed 30 mins earlier. Dari masih di Gambir, si Oki udah ribut aja mau makan sego pecel.

Anyway, in that warung-makan there were many visitors with XXX Finisher written on their shirt! own, runners who were just arrived! I happen to meet a familiar face too.

Long story short, after (almost) all  Trojans arrived in Jogjakarta, we had luncheon in Bu Ageng (again!)

BTR CARBOLAODING

Then, repeating what we did in Jogja last July, of course....IL Tempo Del Gelato

BTR SUGAR LOADING

Salted Caramel and Mint

Can’t get enough of this!

Then check out a coffee shop

EKOLOGI

It’s 8Km away from Tempo Gelato, didn’t  know why we picked this place. reunited with my sister who just arrived at 2 pm. The we go back to hotel.

Why Trojans was in Jogja? For the marathon of course!!! like I told you here, I signed up for FM

verdict : I didn’t finish my race! Evacuated in Km 30 (it’s in my Instagram)! Still, I’ll write a recap!

Ah, after the race, I managed to visit some coffee shop, including:

Kafe 80’s Bocor Alus

A unique coffee shop, outskirt of Jogja. They play  80’s music and vintage things as interior.

On The Next Day, with a rented car, I took my kids to see the one of Unesco Heritage site. The famous Buddhist Temple, Candi Borobudur.

Little confession, last time I was here, I was 10 years old! My stupid mistake, I didn’t check how much cash I have left! Fortunately, I can pay the entrance fee IDR 40,000/ per person with debit card.

however, I couldn’t took a guide with us! BIG MISTAKE! When it comes to historic site, I preferred paying a guide rather than taking countless selfies! Uang di dompet tinggal 80,000 gitu. Berapa sih wajarnya bayar guide gitu? Asa ngga tega kasih 50,000 doank. Waktu di Gua Sunyiragi kan site-nya kecil ya.  Duh, nyesel sampe sekarang.

Borobudur

The Stupa

Mein Lieblingsbild von Borobudur

Still as beautiful as I remembered it.

When we were about to leave site complex, I decided to rent old car that could take you around the village, via Bukit Manoreh. I wonder why I am so familiar with the name?

Candi Borobudur at the back

The car took us around the village and stopped at ATM Mandiri :)) I asked him too. IDR 150,000/car for 30 mins ride. It was so-so. You can skip it.

Another stoped, Candi Mendut

Candi Mendut

Built in the same era with Borobudur, another Buddhist Temple. Entrance fee is cheap IDR 3,000/person.

Had lunch in Kopi Rolas! oh whyy oh why Telur Goreng Crispy itu enak banget!!!!

Bahagia itu Sederhana

Back to Jogja, strolling around Malioboro.

HI mister! Where do you come from?

Local kids, trying to practice their limited English with foreigner. The couple from UK, overheard 😉

My plan to end the day, was waiting for  the sunset in Candi Ijo. The hidden gem in eastern Jogja, up in the hill…between heaven and earth. Unlike previous two temples we visited earlier, this is Hindu Temple, the same site with Prambanan.

Candi Ijo

Mikir Gaji kapan naik #curhat

Too bad it was cloudy. but I love this place, the hill breeze, over look the airport and I wonder it was Monday but still a lot of local visitors (let alone Borobudur! phewww) But that’s good though!

Entrance fee for this site is  IDR 5,000/person and it close at 6 pm. Along the way, you can stop at the new tourism site, Tebing Breksi.  I didn’t stop by.

The next day, before bidding this city good bye, I took recovery walk. Kak Indah managed to seeme then we had breakfast in kaki lima, not too far from Monumen Tugu.

Tuesday Morning

My #1 turn 14 that day, that’s why we flew home on Tuesday.  For her birthday, she wanted to wake up somewhere not in her home :)) Ah, ABG jaman now

Btw, the seller, the lady is in her 80’s, has selling Lupis, Batok,Cendil, Ketan etc since dutch colonial era. Pakai nomor antri lho belinya. Tapi ngga lama banget sih.

Terima Kasih Jogja, kamu memang Istimewa!