Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Kawah Putih ( white crater ? )

Another journey to continue...
As soon as we arrived in Bandung, my friend made a plan to go to Kawah Putih (english translation= white crater) the place used to take a picture for pre-wedding couple- adaptation from western cultural that probably rarely applied among western people itself.
We packed for lunch then heading to the place by car (we used my mother's car, but FYI you could rent a car for 200,000-300,000 IDR / 12 hours, depends on what kind of car do you rent.
There are so many place to rent a car with reasonable price around Bandung. Usually the price included a driver.)


I suppose nature were nice to us at the moment, not very windy and cold, but make sure you bring your jacket in case the weather went bad. There were a choir who also went there -for outdoor activity?- they managed to make a performance in front of us (all the visitors I mean) and it was beautiful 'cause the voices ran to open air.
I enjoyed the moment, thought it only lasted for about 10 minutes ^^

For the comfort of the journey, my advice is, to travel there before 8AM , cause around 8-9AM it will be office hour, and you'll get stuck in annoyingly traffic jam on the way to the place.
And to go back before 3-5PM for the same reason.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Jokja, escaping

In the middle of busy week, I went escaping to Jokja. Or Yogya for some people. Whatever... Jokja is located in Center of Java, precisely in Yogyakarta Special Region.
I was there for couple of days. With my friend. (Actually he used to be my boyfriend, but somehow both of us decided that we're better stay as a friend)

Anyway... I had a great time when I was there.

Food and stuffs are much more cheaper than in my hometown, Bandung.

And since Jokja well known as a city full of culture, we're spent one night watching ballet (sendratari) of Ramayana with Prambanan temple as a background.

That was fascinating, for I saw it for the first time of my life!
Shame of me, for I'm an Indonesian, should have watched something like this long ago.




On the second day, we're heading to Parangtritis beach.
If we walked from Parangtritis approx 1 kilo to east side, we'll arrive at Parangkusumo beach.
Parangkusumo seemed less well known compared to Parangtritis, but for me it was more peaceful and attractive.
A week after I found out that the location was used for videoshooting (Agnes Monica for her music video).

We're sleptover for a night in a local hotel near the beach. We were hoping to see the sunrise at the next day, but we failed to wake up early :)




The last day in Jokja, I shopped in Malioboro street. I bought batik for a cheap price (only 25,000 IDR or about 2 USD !) and also an ethnic bag for about 2-3 USD, two batik wallet 2 USD for each.
We had to catch the train to Madiun, so after spent an hour in Malioboro mall (sense of capitalism... hmmmh) we rushed to the station, not very far from the mall though.
Only takes about 10' by foot.

I believe Jokja is one of the safest city in Indonesia (for tourists) and since there were Trans-bus, there was affordable but reliable public transportation.
Waiting forward for another opportunity in escaping.

Cost estimation:
Ticket (by train) Bandung-Yogyakarta : 150,000 IDR
Cheap hotel around Malioboro : 60,000-100,000 IDR / night (2 beds)
Trans-bus (around Jokja) : 3,000 IDR
Transportation from Jokja to Parangtritis : 30,000 / person (by bus)
Cheap hotel around Parangtritis : 75,000 - 150,000 / night (2 beds)