Prambanan Temple, Jogja
I’ve visited Indonesia many times since young, the place I kept coming back to and about, though this trip was my first time to Yogyakarta or Jogja, for short. And I don’t know where to begin, how, in my own words, sometimes I have gone overboard, to visit the place just because one particular movie was shot there. Hehe. #gigihs.
So are you a fan of #AADC2? If you are, keep reading. But if you are not, you don't have to love the movie to appreciate the beauty of Jogja, the cultural capital of Indonesia.
The view is different this time around. My perspectives and reflections take different angles, like for instance, to locate the exact spot where some of the scenes were shot. Hehe. I enjoyed my days there immensely, with newfound appreciation and more open heart. Every moments of my trip was memorable and the villa we stayed in on our second day owned my heart totally, made me reminisce of my 2015 break in Saufiville, Janda Baik. My god, the feels. Sooo calm and peaceful.
Planning this trip proved a nightmare because we had quite an adventurous plan to see all the places (tamak) but of course we have time constraints. 3 days 2 nights definitely not enough. Haha. Cuti takdok, what to do.
So we then decided to choose and focus on few places and because of that, I have been dying to go back again, ever since I left. Hehe.
It was raining cats and dogs when we arrived and our driver, Yono was already waiting for us at Adisucipto airport. The temperature had actually been lower than Malaysia due to the bad weather. And Yono... he made us feel so welcome and brought us for lunch straight away while waiting for the rain to stop. At first, I was looking for nasi padang (dendeng yumsss) but he told us that in Jogja, the fried chicken is massive business and why don't we try the best fried chicken in Jogja? Oooh mmmkay. So where is it?
Ayam Goreng Suharti, Jogja
For the three of us, we ordered whole chicken paired with sambal, 3 white rice and a plate of sayur kangkung. The price is a bit expensive but not THAT expensive. I would say it is still not the the type of price you'd normally pay at most of the restaurants in Jogja. So how was it, good? VERY! Crispy fried chicken, it's everyone's favorite. Sedapsss!
And after a great lunch, we headed off to the temples at Prambanan.
The temples here were built thousand of years ago and dedicated to Hindu Gods – Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. There were a lot of people there when we visited but still pleasant to walk around. And the best part is, we managed to purchase student tickets (50% discount) for Prambanan and Ratu Boko package. Haha. Soo huntong.
This place here is a little quieter, less people and easier to take photos. If you can see, one of the temples there was under construction and I believe it still is. All of these temples are soooo big and spread apart and I don't have wide lens of course haha so fitting them all is a bit hard. Hehe. Tangkap gambar pulak pakai iPhone sajork, lagilah. Being Asean living in Asia, semua temple looks identical to me, it's like when you have been to one temple, so basically you have been to all. Haha. But I'm still finding time to visit another temple in Siem Reap, walaupun it seems that you have visited all khen. Hahaha.
It was believed that at one time, there were more than 200 temples in this complex but most of them are in ruins today and some have been renovated because they were destroyed by natural forces, either by volcanos and earthquakes. To be honest, I donch like history, at all. Tahu sikit-sikit sudah but so not me to study further haha. So please expect more of this; pose pose only. Hiks.
After that, we headed to Kraton Ratu Boko and this is the place where #AADC2 was shot. Still remember this scene?
Hehe sho schweet!
A bit of history, (which I still donch like, history whattt) Ratu Boko is a Ruler who carved his name to this site called the Place of Ratu Boko to legitimate his authority of this place. Prambanan temple can also be seen from here.
It was already evening when we reached there, the sky was thick and the sunset wasn't particularly interesting sobs. Sendu sajork and punyalah ramai ummah manusia, can't even take my picture berlatarbelakangkan pintu gerbang itu. Tskk.
And apparently this place is VERY popular for sunset view and you might get a view like this if you are lucky. (and we were not!). A reason to come back!
Picture credit : Google image
As the evening deepened, the rain continued to shower Kraton Ratu Boko, so we decided to make a move to our hotel which is located at the city of Jogja. Both Kraton Ratu Boko and Prambanan temple are just 20km from Jogja city but it took us around 1 hour to reach our hotel due to some traffic.
But we still enjoy the journey nevertheless. Jogja had a lot more character than any places that I've visited in Indonesia. The buildings are in smaller scale, lots of beautiful cafes and restaurants and the rickshaws are everywhere.
Wisma Ary's Hotel - Picture credit : Booking.com
Rangga apa yang kamu buat ke saya itu, JAHAT!
Hahaha. Betul, what he did memang jahat, I mean come on, you cannot simply leave people just like that. Tskkk. But sometimes, we did that sebab malas nak explain, so might as well JUST LEAVE quietly. Jahat la kan, but what goes around, comes around. So apa yang kita buat kat orang, other people will probably do the same to you. Haihhh. Betul la tu, I agreed 100%. Haha. Rasain. I guess, to give closure is the best way to end any relationship but itulah, easier said than done.
So okay, back to the story. This place is called Sellie Coffee.
The exact spot, FYI!
Verdict? So-so. Haha. Service lambat tapi there were just two of them and the cafe was full house. So, cannot expect more. But anyhow, mission accomplished, what's next?
Wisma Ary's Hotel (our room) - Picture credit : Booking.com
Wisma Ary's Hotel (our bathroom) - Picture credit : Booking.com
Wisma Ary's Hotel (dining hall) - Picture credit : Booking.com
Nak mandi punyalah payah, kena langkah masuk dalam bekas tu hahahaha macam-macam
Then we headed back to our accommodation, took a shower, makan Indomie and I think we went to bed quite early that night, well because we need to get up at 3.00 am to catch the sunrise at Puthuk Setumbu.
To be continued.
Thousands of apologies for the sudden hiatus from blogging. Had so little time to settle down after the exams which I failed miserably the one I took in June, and have repeated the same paper just recently in September, and failed again. I got 42 marks! Sigh. So depressed. And that was my 4th attempt FYI. Hmm. Was it that hard? Or was I not that prepared? Entahla. And I've been busy with my work too, as always. One event led to another and it all still feel a little unreal now that I find myself sitting in my room, typing this. Hehe.
Trust me, I have lots to tell, but several things have been hindering my productivity. My laziness is astonishing. After I've done and dusted with my annual peak period which has just ended in September, I snooze through quarter of the day and as a result, the body aches, the brain doesn’t function well and I just can’t be arsed to do anything at all. Yes anything, but sleep :)
So... where did I stop before? Click HERE.
We then back at the houseboat, the lights were already on, the mountains in front of our place faded away into a blanket of darkness and of course we had our Kashmiri tea again, to warm us up.
I then straight went to my room, slip under the duvet and curl up like a baby. Hehe. I was all alone at first but Nini soon joined me and believe it or not, that was the best thing ever to do during winter. BERKUNTUM! Haha.
That peaceful moment was however interrupted. There was a man rowed to our doorstep offering us Kashmiri souvenirs of which mostly pashmina shawl and some wooden fridge magnets and handicrafts. We could take a bit of Kashmir back with us home, he said.
So my friend Nini, bought the magnets and pashmina but I didn't buy any of those. Just because I thought I can find the magnets later somewhere else. However, truth to be told the fridge magnet was nowhere to be found haha. Lesson learned! Beli je lah kalau dah jumpa, just buy one at least. Hehe.
He was soon joined by another boat filled with handmade leather jackets and gloves. After so much consideration of the activities for tomorrow, I was thinking that I might need the gloves because I left mine at home. Sobs. So here you go, another unnecessary spending.
That night, all of my friends had the leftover lunch (Hyderabad biryani) for dinner and I was just eating nasi impit with sambal ikan bilis my mom packed for me. Hehe. Pure bliss.
When I got back to our room, I changed my clothes to legging and jumper, tried to sleep but couldn't. Sobs. Started thinking what if something happened to us and was this houseboat haunted or not. Tsk tsk. But anyhow, I managed to sleep and I can still remember I got up once that night to pee and had to kejut my friend to accompany me. Hehe.
I woke up the next day with a minor headache, probably because of the cold or maybe because of not getting enough sleep.
Our breakfast was just bread and omelette but I've had zero appetite and felt so dizzy this morning. So I've requested cereal and milk and a cup of Kashmiri tea for my breakfast. We then left for Sonamarg an hour later, located approximately 80km and about an hour and a half drive from Srinagar.
The route from Srinagar to Sonamarg is beautiful. But the weather and scenery changing all the time, especially during winter. And we were lucky enough to have bright sunshine and views like these. Can't stop myself from taking pictures with my phone. Then lepastu terus rasa nak muntah. Haha. Car-sickness! You know some people they can read or even playing with the phone in moving cars, but definitely not me. Hehe.
And the above is a very common sight of Kashmir. No photograph can actually bring out what it really feels like to see those mountains in the setting sun. So breathtaking. I was told by my friends that Sonamarg is also the place where the famous Hindi movie Bajrangi Bhaijan was shot. Haha. And at that point of time, I haven't watched this movie yet, so I was not that excited. Nyesal tak tengok awal-awal, Bajrangi Bhaijan is such a good Hindi movie. Hehe. And now I'm wondering if there is any part of Kashmir left untouched for Bollywood movies.
We then stopped for a while at the road side to take this picture. Those small houses and the mountains at the back, they are sooo gorgeous. We spent for almost 5 to 10 minutes just by looking at this beautiful scenery.
And suddenly a young Kashmiri boy rushed towards us, he didn't say anything but just look at us silently. And sometimes I think, immediate surrounding like this that drew our attention more. What do you want little boy? We then gave him some money before we left him to continue our journey. Sedekah :)
Our transportation for 4 days in Kashmir
We were driving through the mountains in Srinagar-Sonamarg route, listening to local music and our driver Nadeem turns out to be soo cheesy. He said, he likes my eyes. Hahaha. Pengsan. He was asking if the colour of my eyes is real. Ahaks. Well of course not! Grrr. Haha. I 've been wearing pure hazel coloured contacts, FYI, trying to blend in with the locals. Hiks.
There came to a point which Nadeem informed us we couldn’t go any further by car. We either had to ride a horse or walk. There's one guy came along which Nadeem seemed to know him very well, I assumed. He offered us very large coats, almost two sizes large and boots, for rent. I was not really keen to rent the coat at first, entah siapa-siapa la yang pernah pakai sebelum ni haha but next thing I knew, eventually I still put the coat on.
Hehe. Our first time riding horse, so excited!
But before that,
The sky suddenly looks all dramatic. At every turn , the river gave us company but the background kept changing. Sometimes it was the snow-covered mountain as a background and at other times, it filled with pine trees.
Hehe. To be honest we were all first timers, and we never ridden a horse before. But horse riding is fun, no matter what the climate is. So don't worry so much, just try and have fun.
In a region where everything has been associated by every actor known to Bollywood, it came as no surprise to me that the horses would also take the names of Raja and Rani. Hahaha. They seemed to fall in love and it was quite difficult to handle them. Asyik melekat sajork dua ekor. Tskk. Kuda pun ada pasangan, kauuuuu? Sedih.
We were told that the horses will take us someplace where there’s a river which they called Point B. And we stopped there for a while and took some pictures. It was cold seriously. Sejuksssss sangat, our noses turned red, our toes were freezing and our faces looked pale! Masa ni semua orang rasa macam weng and we quickly decided to go back. Still need to ride a horse for about 30 minutes, though. haha. Rasain.
There's always a place for chai and small conversation in every part of Kashmir
One of the resorts along the way up
And these are some pictures taken whilst riding a horse.