A trip to Remember
On 4th March 2013 til 7th March 2013, My friend and I went to Yogyakarta,Indonesia.
It was tiring honestly but fun nevertheless. It opens my eyes and see the wonders of Yogyakarta.
It fills with arts and culture and they have a reason to be proud of it.
It was my unexpected journey, as I am totally did not prepared anything for the trip, all the tickets and bookings are made by my friend, which is good as I was tied up with work and sickness week before and granted, I was pretty much forcing myself to get well before this trip, see the dedication? ^_^
On first day, when we landed, we are greeted by lots of people who obviously selling their taxi service and since we are pretty tired, we ended up took a taxi by the named of Gatot Widodo, an honest man. I will tell you why.
He went on by conversing a small talks and promotes the main attractions of Yogyakarta, I am busy with my phone on money converter while he told us that if we took his taxi service it will cost about Rp900,000 for two days and we have the flexibility on when we want to go and where. Plus, on the last day of our trip, he gave us free of charge from our hotel to the airport,which pretty much seal a deal with me.
It was cheap for me at least and we decided to hire him as our guide for 2 days straight. He asked for deposits and we gave him Rp500,000 on first day and my friend were worried if he screwed us up as we did not have black and white notice that he will be there tomorrow. It is like giving money freely without any solid confirmation. I understand that worry but I for once, thinks he is an honest man.
The next morning when we asked him to pick us up at 7 am to visit Borobudur, he came on time and thus I makes me believe and relief that he is an honest man. perhaps I am naive or just sheer dumb luck. whatever it is, I am glad it worked out alright.
The night before, we went to nearby mall names Malioboro Mall.
(photo credit: Malioboro Mall)
If you are wondering if we ate something traditional there, we went for western dinner for 3 days straight at Pizza Hut. It was a new experience for me. Their service are definitely different which they have this long speech before we can order anything. It was nice to hear a real Indonesian talk. It's so sweet and polite.
The food is not expensive after all.
After a good sleep and well-rested, we went to Borobudur at 7 am . It was an hour drive and Borobudur was astonishing and mythical. Though the day was raining but it does not dampen our travel spirit to climb up steep stairs. Honestly, the rain does not effect my photographer mood but too much of tourist on small space does get my mood sour.
I did manage to capture the beauty of Borobudur. It is so beautifully mythical, I want to wear 'sarong' when I am there. ^_^
This is what inside the bells.
After that we went to Gunung Merapi,it is an active volcanoes which the last it exploded was back in 2010 and 2006. I would thought the land would be forsaken, but there is people still living near the mountain and I understand the feeling of "that is home" for them. Who am I to judge?
Though I am honestly does not remember which comes first of visit but we went to Museum of Ullen Sentalu a Javanese Culture and Art Museum. Seriously amazing concept of open museum which we entered through a big wooden door and found ourselves an awe with beautiful landscapes of the museum. Too bad we are forbidden to take pictures of it but maybe you can found it in their website.
It was an educational and yet a very informative tour through the museum. They won't let anybody to come and just walk around, you need to know why and what is musuem is all about, which is good though I admit I don't really hear and understand what my tour guide was talking as I am quite unfamiliar with Indonesian languages.
Here are some of their amazing garden that we can actually can take pictures of..
As it was raining day before for a few hours, we weren't very optimistic so we asked Gatot to pick us up around 9 am or later, whatever it is, it was a bright day and I am more than happy to go around a bit more that day.
We went to Prambanan. A Hindu temples and another memorable place to visit. No, a must visit place.
It is majestically and mystically beautiful. The sight of it will linger in your mind for few days even after you left Yogyakarta.
After being an awe for quite a while, we make a move to visit Kraton a Sultan palace where he and his family resides.
We went to Taman Sari @ Water Castle later, which the history behind it is very much a dream of every man, I supposed? Where the Sultan can pick and choose his choice of mistress over the swimming pool by throwing a rose to her and she will be obligated to keep the Sultan smile (if you know what I mean).
Here are the swimming magnificent pool...from Sultan chamber.
Though I admit the swimming pool is luxurious and the view of swimming pool with breathtaking colors of water makes every women desirable in Sultan's eyes. I should buy a pool .. am I ? hmmm...
anyway.. move on.
It was bright day, did I told you that already? Did I miss the part where it was hot and humid? Oh yes, we were, it was so hot, every minute I was tempted to skinny dip on that pool. Thank god for my sensible and respect for the history of the place.
Because we weren't expecting anything more than this magnificent pool, we were lead to another unexpected place which it is an underground mosque nearby the Water castle.
I don't believe this is a mosque, I can't believe it but I need to believe it because it is a mosque. Get it? no? ok. move on..
We are back at the hotel at least 1700 and straight we went to Malioboro street to do some shopping. Not really. We did however shop at Soga Boutique along the way Prambanan and at Prambanan itself.
I won't be dwelling on what I shopped there as I want to keep it to myself. ^_^
Prices of attraction place as in 2013
Borobudur Entrance fee: Rp190,000
Prambanan entrance fee: Rp190,000
Discount : Rp20,000
Taman sari: Rp7,000
Parking lot fee: varies from Rp2,000 to Rp5,000
We went home to Kuala Lumpur and face the reality of having seeing emails full of unfinished work. Nice view after a week of magic. *face palm*
Overall, I am glad my friend, Mazian dragged my ass out to Yogyakarta. It was truly an eye opener and humbling experience.
I had fun but next time, I will remind myself to bring an adapter. *Face palm*
Have fun travel !