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It’s only a few months ago and I missed all of my travel pals already.

In travelling together you will see the real quality of each person that you may not see in daily routine life.You may find a little “crack” but still they are the best among the best I guess 🙂

Some of my friends start the journey from Bandung (West Java) using an old VW Combi. We call it “Odong-Odong Negriku”

In choosing a travel destination, we usually decide from the specialty of the location, and the destination we choose now is Mount Tambora, probably the most destructive stratovolcano (recorded) in Indonesia with Volcanic Explosivity Index (VEI) 7. And in exactly April 10 2015, Tambora celebrate 200 years of the explosion, the explosion that cause a year without a summer. source: WIkipedia.org

IndonesiaBestPlaces: Odong-Odong Nusantara

IndonesiaBestPlaces: Odong-Odong Negriku

While some of my friends choose to use the Combi and make some stop in several beautiful places, I choose to  take the plane until Lombok Island.

I use the second flight to Lombok, while some friends arrived in the afternoon.

Bandar Udara Lombok

Indonesia Best Places: Bandar Udara Lombok

To kill the time, me and somefriends who arrived earlier (using Odong-Odong Nusantara) decide to relax at the beach.

Suprisingly we found several beautiful spots on the way there.

We make a stop to take some picture on a small hill that we believe will give the best view.

Indonesia Best Places: On the way to Selong Belanak Beach

Indonesia Best Places: On the way to Selong Belanak Beach

Look at the top right side of this (On The Way To Selong Belanak Beach) Picture, Yep! That’s The Beach. WIth a little Rock /Clod on it.

Don’t forget to visit this beach once you go to Lombok 🙂

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Indonesia Best Places: Selong Belanak Beach

Indonesia Best Places: Selong Belanak Beach

 

 

 

~  TO BE CONTINUED  ~

 

 

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Don’t know why, lately the trip that successfully accomplished mostly are Culinary related.

About a month ago, Me and my friend Pipit went to Bogor. It was the only trip that we could make between the busy hour of  Jakarta.

Honestly, that was the first time we were trying to use Commuter Line for Jabodetabek area (Jabodetabek means Jakarta Bogor Depok Tangerang Bekasi/ Jakarta and surrounding cities).

It’s amazingly cheap, fast, and quite convenience compare to Train Services several years ago (which is not a commuter line). And almost all of Train Stations are now look much much better than before.

After arriving at the Bogor Train Station, we were walking around and find a “Roti Maryam” booth. Kind of Fried Bread.

Good Places in Indonesia - Roti Maryam near Bogor Train Station

Roti Maryam near Bogor Train Station

and then, we were heading to Suryakencana street by taking a public transportation labeled 02 (Sukasari Bubulak).

The first stop that we successfully made is to Ngo-Hiang. Don’t know what it is, but for moslems,  I suggest you not to try the food since some of the food probably contains Pork.

That morning, the well known Ngo-Hiang had not ready, so we decide to try Mie Kangkung,

Culinary Trip to Bogor West Java - Mie Kangkung Suryakencana

Mie Kangkung

Honestly, we’ve never ate Mie kangkung before, so we don’t know how to compare the taste with others,  others seemed enjoying the food but one thing for sure, Mie Kangkung didn’t fit my taste.

A bit disappointment bring us to Bogor Botanical garden, after buying a large “mat” that can be used to take a nap inside the Garden, we decided to take some picture first at the Presidential Palace.

Bogor Presidential Palace - Bogor Trip

Bogor Presidential Palace

and then went to the other side of the ponds just to enjoy the lots of Birds talking to each other 😀 After several hours of sitting, walking around, visiting Museum (This one is a must) (too bad, the picture of the museums and Ponds cannot be fixed), we decide to go to Pia – Apple Pie.

Pia – Apple Pie is located in Pangrango Street. Just take a public Transportation labeled 03 (Baranangsiang) and ask the driver to drop you there.

The place is now upgraded and look so interesting compare to several years ago, the last time me and my friends visited this place.

Pia - Apple Pie - The Exterior

Pia – Apple Pie – The Exterior

What do you want to try Madam? - Indonesia Culinary Trip

What do you want to try Madam?

Almost the interior and exterior is upgraded. Fish ponds. etc etc. Realizing that we want to try more than one, we order apple pie – mini size, in many forms and some traditional drinks.

Indonesia Culinary Trip - Pia Apple Pie Pangrango Bogor

Pia Apple Pie Pangrango Bogor

All the pie served is warm. Quite hot maybe. But that makes all of them more enjoyable. They’re so tasteful. Wonder why some other travelers say that they’re so so – not so yummy etc. Hmm.. may be they ate too much. Order the Biggest one. The urge to ate very big portion till the last bite sometime can blow away the real taste, the pleasure to enjoy the crunchiness of the pie, the warmth of the apple jam, all of them are taste-full and give a lot of pleasures!

The traditional Drink that I chose was Es Beras Kencur. While Pipiet decide to choose some regular one and a lite bite – Poppertjes with Vanila Ice.

Es Beras Kencur and Poppertjes with Vanila Ice Cream - Bogor Culinary Trip

Es Beras Kencur and Poppertjes with Vanila Ice Cream

Going to the main road to find some other food bring us to Es Cendol Elizabeth – kind of well known Traditional drink with Jelly, other than Es Cendol, we order Meat Ball Soup. Hmm Hot and Yummy, the best match for the weather that day.

Meat Ball Soup at Es Cendol Elizabeth Booth - Bogor

Meat Ball Soup at Es Cendol Elizabeth Booth – Bogor

The trip that day seemed to be the last trip with Pipiet, since she is now live in Chicago for good.

Wish I can get a new trip partner soon 🙂

Bye for now Indonesian food lovers..;)

@ReSharyna @Love1ndonesia @IndonesiaBestPL


Read first:

Road Trip to Jogjakarta Part 1

Road Trip to Jogjakarta Part 2

After having dinner at Moro Lejar Restaurant, we directly go to our home – our base camp in Wonosari. There we make a plan for the next destination.

The Beach. Yeayyy!!   \ (^,^) /

Jogjakarta Special Region has four regencies: Sleman (where Mount Merapi is located), Kulon Progo, Bantul, Gunung Kidul (where Wonosari is located). And the beaches we gonna visit located just about an hour to the south of Wonosari.

There are lots of beaches in south of Wonosari, name it: Baron, Sepanjang, Kukup, Drini, Pulang Syawal (Indrayanti) etc

This time we visit only four of them, and spend most of our time in Baron, which is safer for families with kids.

Interesting Places in Gunung Kidul Jogjakarta

Interesting Places in Gunung Kidul Jogjakarta

Baron Beach

Baron Beach is located to the south of Wonosari. The sand is not white, but people keeping it clean.

This is the view from the angle where a river used to be there.

Perahu Nelayan di Pantai Baron

Perahu Nelayan di Pantai Baron

And this is the view where you can see a lighthouse on upper the hill

Lighthouse on upper the hill - Baron Beach

Lighthouse on upper the hill – Baron Beach

Baron Beach best view

Baron Beach best view

Honestly, I admire the sky more on that day, it was so blue and the cloud is so white. Traveling always reminds me to be grateful. How small we are compare to this world. Yet somehow you will realize there is something in the universe who always take care of us, this small being.

Something greater, something who always shows a path in every situation of our life.

 

@ReSharyna @IndonesiaBestPL @Love1ndonesia

 

 


Read First Road Trip to Jogjakarta Part 1

 

Mount Merapi

While Wonosari is located in south east of Jogjakarta, Mount Merapi is located in Kaliurang, the north side of it.

After about three hours ride, we finally reach one of “Yogyakarta American Jeep community” basecamp in Kaliurang.

This community provide Mount Merapi “Off Road” Tour which charge us Rp 350rb (Three Hundred Fifty Thousand Rupiah ~ USD 35) for each car.

Underlined this: Off Road. That means all of those jeeps don’t use public/normal road. You can even ask them to choose a more dangerous way. Exciting and Fun!

 

Merapi "Off Road" Tour

Merapi “Off Road” Tour

The first stop of the tour is “The eruption of Mount Merapi”  Museum. There we can see how hot clouds can make all glasses melted.

Glasses Melted

Glasses Melted

the remaining of traditional musical instruments that are covered with ashes..

Traditional Musical Instruments

Traditional Musical Instruments

even the remaining of a cow -____-” Don’t know whether this is appropriate or not,

but the skeleton of this cow, make the journey feels like a journey to a Jurassic Park.

The Remaining of A Cow

The Remaining of A Cow

My deep condolence for you my dear cow. I’m so sorry for taking picture of you.

I guess the most important part is “the memory”, pictures of Mount Merapi, the eruption – and the evacuation – from time to time.

Picture of the Tragedy - Mount Merapi Eruption

Picture of the Tragedy – Mount Merapi Eruption

We take a chance to make a picture before departing to the next point

Cheers from Mount Merapi

Cheers from Mount Merapi

The nearest place that we can reach from the peak of the Mountain, called Alien Rock.

Mount Merapi

Mount Merapi

From Alien Rock the Tour Leader  (which is the driver of the jeep) will take you to one of the bunker where two of the volunteers died during the eruption.

They said the bunker was designed as a safety hole when there is a hot cloud. But the two volunteers prediction was incorrect, not only hot clouds they should face, but also the magma.

At last, after this exciting trip, we decide to go back to our base camp in Wonosari by making a stop first at a Javanese Traditional Restaurant named Moro Lejar (still in Kaliurang area).

Moro Lejar -  Javanese Traditional Restaurant

Moro Lejar – Javanese Traditional Restaurant

There we eat lot’s of – Freshly Cooked Fishes :)~~~ Yummy!

 

Continue to Road Trip to Jogjakarta Part 3

 

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I’m very lucky this Christmas get a chance to have a road trip to Special Region of Jogjakarta a.k.a Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta.

Monday afternoon my brother suddenly called, “Do you want to join us to Jogjakarta?” and of course I said ” Yes! I’d love too!”

“Get prepared I’ll pick you up at 9”

Tighten your seat-belt, it’s gonna be a long journey!

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Jakarta

At 9pm my brother pick me up, we check up all the tires, full fill the gasoline, and finally depart to the first meeting point, Km 19 of Jakarta – Cikampek highway and meet another group there

We choose to take the south line of Java instead of the north, since usually most of Trucks and Buses choose to use the north.

Here is the track that we choose:

Jakarta Bandung via Cipularang highway – Nagreg – Tasikmalaya – Ciamis – Banyumas – Kebumen – Wates – Wonosari
(Wates and Wonosari are still part of Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta / DIY )

*Cipularang highway is part of Jakarta Cikampek highway that lead us to Bandung.

Click here to see the The Road and the map of Java

And there we are 2 cars have a road trip to Jogjakarta.
After several hours, we make a long stop at Banjar to have our breakfast. Banjar is only about two hours from the outer side of Ciamis, West Java.

Banjar

This is the view of the road in front of the restaurant.

A view of Banjar in the morning

View of Banjar in the morning

and this is the view of the traditional restaurant where we make a long stop to have our breakfast.

A Traditional Restaurant in Banjar

A Traditional Restaurant in Banjar

Wonosari

We finally arrived at our basecamp in Wonosari (south east side of Jogjakarta) in the afternoon, recharge the energy, and do the culinary tour in the morning.

The first place that we visit is “Soto Tan Proyek”, located in Logandeng – Wonosari. “Soto Tan Proyek” use a Javanese traditional house for it’s restaurant. This kind of Traditional house is called as “Rumah Joglo“.

First Round Culinary Tour

First Round Culinary Tour

Wonder how exciting is this? Well, let’s take a peek in it’s booth.

Soto Tan Proyek - The Booth

Soto Tan Proyek – The Booth

And these are the look of the foods, can they make you drool? :)~~~

Firstday Breakfast in Wonosari

Firstday Breakfast in Wonosari

After the breakfast we make several visits. Visiting some of our relatives and celebrate Christmas there.

Together we make a plan to go to Mount Merapi, and there we are, from two cars become 3 cars, go together to Mount Merapi.

Btw, Merapi is the most active volcano in Indonesia and has erupted regularly since 1548.

Road Trip to Jogjakarta Part 2

@IndonesiaBestPL @ReSharyna @Love1ndonesia


Sate Ayam

Sate Ayam

Inadvertently I have just become a translator for two Korean girls who seems to have tempted the aroma of “Sate Madura” (Maduranese Chicken/Goat Barbeque) – kiind of famous street food that brought by people from Madura Island (East Java). Probably these girls thought “Wow.. Indonesia Barbeque, must try this! (They look into the display so close, even their nose nearly touch the glass) :))

They Lough out Loud when I explained that the Sate Ayam (Chicken) cost only 13thousand rupiah per portion (Ten sticks) and Sate Kambing (Goat) cost only 16thousand rupiah. They said that Korean Barbeque with Bulxxxx Sauce will cost them around 350thousand rupiah *Ofcourse- different place- different recipe :)) I heard that they even marinated the garlic in a bowl of “sake “first.

While talking with those two girls, I heard people talking in the nearby stall, a “Nasi Kucing” stall (Small portion of rice wrapped in a Banana Leaf with some fishes or “tempe”(kind of food made from soya) together with “sambal” (Indonesian chili sauce). Seems that some of those people came from Japan.

It reminds me of a friend, a “CEO”  of a startup who always reject when I asked him to company me eating this yummy street food – “Sate Ayam“, the reason is he doesn’t want his charisma down because of eating kind of Street Food.

He said that the owner of a Famous Taxi in Jakarta have failed to co-operate with a Famous Automotive Company from Japan just because they found out that he stayed in a cheap hotel when he visited Japan.

Hmm maybe part of it is right. But I’m not agree. I’m also a “CEO” of a stall *Lol eventhough the revenue only one tenth of Microsoft CEO :))) *I really wish. But honestly, I can’t live with double personality. My personality that I brought into business is just the same with my real personality. I don’t care what people think about me.

If one day a famous businessman say, “I’m sorry Eva, I can’t cooperate with you, I just saw you ate “Sate Ayam” near “selokan” (ditch).” I probably will say, “It’s ok then, probably we are not meant to cooperate anyway” plus grumbling to myself “Who the heck are you.. You’re not my god!” :)))

@ReSharyna

*Actually the story will be funnier If I can use three language, English, Bahasa Indonesia, and Bahasa Jakarta.. As I have to tell the story in English, so please make your own funny imagination :))


Jenderal Sudirman, A Famous National Hero

Jenderal Sudirman, A Famous National Hero

Who said that Jakarta is awfull?

Believe it or not, People who always feel that way, will never be satisfied wherever they live..

No matter how some people hate this city very much, I always love the beat of it.

Today, I decide to enjoy the most favorable day in every week in Jakarta, Car Free Day.

The day when some main streets are closed for cars and motorcycles to give rooms for pedestrians, runner, and biker.

During this day, you will find the colorfull and warm side of Jakarta.

Starting from Semanggi, I walk toward the north to the center of Car Free Day in “Bunderan Hotel Indonesia“. It is located between Jl Sudirman and Jl M.H. Thamrin, main streets of Jakarta.

Empty Street of Jakarta

Empty Street of Jakarta

Suddenly the rain drops, getting hard and harder, eventhough it makes the walk even more exciting, I decide to take TransJakarta (the only public transportation that allowed to operate during CFD) via a new Bus Stop of Karet.

Karet New Bus Stop

Karet New Bus Stop

I don’t care what people say, I feel progress on this city, a rapid one. May be because of its new Governor? May be.

On each Sunday, you can see different things. Sometime you will see several Papua’s guy dancing using their Koteka’s on the street (like today, so sorry for not taking the picture of them), sometime you will find a community show their pets, like this boy with his baby crocodile. And his friends with their indanger species..

Baby Crocodile

Baby Crocodile

You will also see people try to sell some traditional foods, or toys for children to play.  Like this man and his famous cartoon balloons.

Colorfull Balloons

Colorfull Balloons

One thing for sure, you can always find these Betawi Traditional Dolls, complete with traditional dance and music.

Betawi Traditional Doll

Betawi Traditional Doll

On the other part of the street today, in Jalan Sunda, next to Sarinah. I see Organic Community Bazaar. They sell Organic Vegetables, Organic Traditional Foods etc etc..

Organic Food Festival

Organic Food Festival

A bazaar that will also call your stomach to eat :p hmm.. today I choose Soto Mie, a Traditional Noodle Soup from Bogor. Yummy!

Soto Mie

Soto Mie

After eat some light meals I continue to walk, back to my home.

There I meet some people from a famous bank, they try to keep the bank known with a different way.

They even make some funny actions and allow me to take a picture of it..

Walking Ads

Walking Ads

Isn’t it wonderful?

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~ Written on June 15th 2014 ~

 

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