Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Jogja, for 29th Birthday Trip

Jogjakarta, who doesn't love the city, especially those who have visited it. I spent my high school and college in the city. Even though Jogja is not my hometown, but like many people, Jogja is like our second home. 

Based on the fact that I've lived there for  almost 10 years, and several visit during my stay now in Jakarta, last November  is the month where I first visited the city as a tourist. Yes, it means, I went there with complete itinary, and on top of that, during my visit, I stayed in a nice guesthoust that popular among tourist.

Big thx to my friend, who had gave me train tickets as a gift for my birthday. 

In recent years, Jogjakarta has changed a lot and still goin'. It's now fullfiled with new hotels, hangout places, cafe, apartment, and yeah, traffic.

1. Arrived at Lempuyangan Station at noon, i was picked up by my friend. Because I starved to death with empty stomach for about 8 hours...we're heading straight to Local Resto which is located near Jembatan Merah.

Bad choice, i do admit. Both the food and the drink are dissapointing. The place it self is a new famous place. Not like the other hotel, the restaurant is located separated from the hotel building. It is true that the place has interesting and very cool architecture. It has contemporer design and because the place is not located at main road, so you will not be disturbed by noise. But I will not recommend you to eat there, especially if you're suffering from hunger. The thai tea is not very creamy, and I couldn't almost taste both the milk and the tea. The bulgogi chicken rice is not seasoning well, I could only finish the half of it. But next time, if I got enough money, I'll probably try the superb room :D It is located at the downtown, a plus point :)

2. Leaving with a not happy stomach, we decided to check in ViaVia Guesthouse at Prawirotaman

My first expression when i first met and welcomed by the staff and looked at the room, is wow....It's gonna be a fun and unique experience. And it was! :))

Eventually, Local Resto was the only wrong choice I made during my visit in Jogja. The rest of it was almost perfect, including hotel choice.

When my friend asked me where I want to stay, I feel like I want to stay in the not so ordinary way. Having experience as a journalist in big media and had the opportunity to travel a lot, I always get a first class treatment, including 5 or 3 stars hotels in all my work trip, local/international. So staying in a guesthouse on my own (*read: own money), is my first experience and the unique one.

This is a very recommended hotel to those who seek for budget hotel. The staff is so friendly and helpfull. It has open area for breakfast that is surrounded by th wall from bamboo. It has plenty of cool books, outside and even in the room, including Lonely Planet book which is laid in the bed side. Little cute detail.

If you decided to stay there, make sure to order Sulawesi room bcz it's the only room that has outside bathroom. Enjoy the sensastion of showering under the sky and under....the mango tree :D Overall, it was a good stay, a family ambience, a good WiFi, even you can easily have a conversation with your room neighbors and turned out that my and my friend are the only Indonesian people there. Not a surprise :p

3. At the night I decided to strolling around Malioboro to find cheap sandals and accesories and eating a very delicious angkringan there. Mission accomplished. Where else you can buy cheap stuff in one stop? I always make a time to visit Malioboro in order to buy sandals. It's always a comfy one.  Now back to hotel and a nice sleep. *Oh my friend bought me Spin Off drink, what a good milk replacement haha..

4. Hello cloudy morning! 

The staff made us a banana pancake in the  morning. My first breakfast plus my first meal at my birthday hehe.. I wish, I could spent on the comfy bed a little bit longer. The weather is super cold after non-stop raining on the night. Perfect, me like it! But we had to woke up early!

5. Kaliurang. After dropped my new friend Kao from Korea to Sultan Palace, we headed to the Kaliurang to take a visit to the Ulen Sentalu museum. The moning was one of my fav memories during my trip. Lovely, fun and silly companies, nice driver, the cold weather, the beautiful trees. Take a rest from the hustle and bustle of Jakarta is a must do once in a while!

We had a bit of time before heading to next destination. As so, we were invited by my very good buddy who live with his wife not far away from Ulen Sentalu. It is a nice visit of his house, he even took us on his tour house. What a lovely house! an artsy one. Yes, they are an artist btw and a lovely couple ^^ Look at their cute house:

In search of catchy tree to take a photo. Dito delivered us to the park nearby and his wood. Taking photos, done! I want to breeze the time.

On the next day, we went to coffeeshop, and of course BEACH:)

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