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.