Visiting *Yogyakarta this year especially for me is quite meaningful and a bit different than my previous visits because I was more focus and prepared in how we would like to spend our time.
- In short here is what our schedule looks like.
Flight: We arrived Jogja by Lion Air from Jakarta at late evening around 10 pm, ate dinner at Lesehan Maliboro and returned to Jakarta 5 days later via Batik Air (still under same Lion group but better service).
Hotel: and stayed at Hotel 1001 Malam (1001 Nights). Hotel rate was USD 40 per per night breakfast included. B’fast is served at 07:30. You can choose from the menu ahead of time at night or let them know an hour in advance to prepare. There are banana pancake, nasi goreng and sandwich to choose from along with fruit juice, coffee and tea.
Places we visited in pictures:
Day 1: Gabby Yarnshop of course haha… Huge thanks to my family for allowing me to visit the shop on or first day. I met Regent, the friendly owner and his wife and their new baby and purchased some yarns. Gabby sells yarns from cotton to nylon in lace to DK sizes and a limited amount of bulky and imported yarns. Gabby address is Jalan Mangkubumi No.69, Tugu, Jogjakarta. Phone 0819-0428-3888 and (0274) 550696. After Gabby yarn shop we headed off to Kasongan pottery village.
Indecisive moment at Gabby Yarnshop.
They sells handmade and batik cap too. After Gabby yarn shop we headed off to Kasongan potteries.
The motifs were made using eggshell glued to the surface.
- The above picture show the view from above where the Yogyakarta Kings used to see the dance performances below.
My friends and I at the room which used to be the dressing room for the mistress.
Dressing room seen from the King’s bedroom. Notice how the layers of doors forming mirror like image like in a camera lens, focusing on the center focus point. It would be interesting to know the idea behind the creation of this rooms as well as the entire Taman Sari architectural building by a Portuguese architect Demang Tegis between 1755 – 1792 AD
Another entertainment and ceremonial area inside theTamas Sari complex.
Left: Bathing area for the mistresses viewed from the top level of the building where the King would only select one to stay with him for the day. The King would throw a rose to the pond and whoever hit by the rose would stay and the rest would disappear. Right: Batik painter aroundTaman Sari.
The bathing place viewed from different angle.
Sumur gumuling used to be the place for ablution for the Muslims before the prayer time. Today it is no more than the photo taking place for tourists. The underground masjid was built in the natural sound system so the voice of the Imam can be heard clearly by the people who pray behind him including the woman who pray in separate chambers.
Day 3: Kasongan Wood Craft in Bantul 2o minutes from Jogjakarta.
There are many woodcraft shops in Kasongan with type of works ranging from wood sculpture to furnitures. Below are some work that caught my interest.
Teakwood stools priced from 40 – 50 USD each! I drool as I type this because I live in Lagos, Nigeria at the moment following my husband’s assignment and I just wish to stay in a house which I can decorate with these beauty…
Another beautiful teak wood table being displayed in a shop at Kasongan village.
Next to the craft shop was a coffee shop overlooking a small river below. I can’t agree more on this poster says: Today (everyday) is the best day in my life, Alhamdulillah.
Lunch was at Sundanese restaurant Bale Ayu. 4.5 stars for this restaurant for their menu variety and friendly service. See them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BALEAYU
followed by a trip to the Manding leather craft village.
Directions to shops at Manding
leather craft village. See video about Manding village in this ink
A crafter at Manding Village and some made to order bags ready to ship.
Friendly crafter and the cow leather he had just finished cutting.
The traditional tool of the trade. On left is the stitch marker puncher. The crafter use this puncher to easily hand stitch the fabric later.
Detailed embossed work on leather.
Retail shops along the street selling local made leather crafts.
An old bike with leather saddle and leather bag on display in front of a retail shop.
Bags on display at Dowa boutique in Godean Km 7, Jogjakarta. Follow me for my other exciting post on Dowa Crochet and learn how this famous crochet boutique do the lining of their bags first hand.
Day 4: Gunung Kidul, Goa Pindul (Pindul Cave Tubing) followed by lunch at Yu Marto restaurant nearby. Aside from too much myths regarding the stalactite inside the cave, this 350 M long cave is beautiful. A lot more improvement is needed to make it more enjoyable place to visit such as the quality of the changing rooms and the safety and smooth entrance into the cave. There is no stair to go down to the river and the naked wet clay is too slippery during wet season. There is no limit for the ages who can enter, so baby ages 15 months can join without safety vest while the tour guides remind us the depth of the cave in some part is 12 meters deep! Don’t forget to bring a waterproof casing for your camera and wallets as leaving your valuable items in the locker room is not advisable.
We stop for coffee and eating durian fruit at Bukit Bintang, Patuk.
Seen below is the city called Piyungan.
Day 5: We concluded our visit by meeting my cousin and his family and had lunch at Jejamuran Restaurant recommended by my dear friend Ukhti Ima Fajarianto. See ukhti Ima on her blog here http://imalifejourney.blogspot.com
She was right about the restaurant. I have never thought of serving mushroom in such a variety of cooking from stir fry, green chili pesto, rendang (spicy curry) and tongseng (grilled mushroom with curry sauce).
Tips: come an hour early before lunch time to secure your place. When we ate there on the way out we saw the sign “Parking is full” which also means the space is full and you will have to come back some other time. Jejamuran is rated 4 stars by Trip Advisor.
We had one hour of adrenalin pumping drive to the airport. The traffic was tight and we were loosing time. At that moment we forgot how tasty the food was. Not a good idea to go to the fancy restaurant on last minute. Arrived at the airport, had 20 minutes to check in and board the plane immediately and took a deep breath and thanks God for not missing our flight and didn’t have any trouble on the road… Alhamdulillah.
Selections of mushrooms on display at the Jejamuran restaurant, Jogjakarta.
See review in here http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g2304080-d1828715-Reviews-Jejamuran-Sleman_Yogyakarta_Java.html
Meeting my cousin and his family. Refinda back row 2nd from left and Dilla front row in pink scarf are two of crocheters in our family who have contributed to the making of the strawberry bags we have sold locally.
Isn’t she cute with her strawberry dress mum made?
Dilla (11) and her own designed crocheted top. Amazing talent at such young age. Yarns from Joann, USA. On the backdrop is the scene from busy lunch time at Jejamuran (Mushrooms Restaurant).
Thanks to brother Arfiansyah Abu Khalid and his beautiful Wife Vika for their guidance and coaching during our 5 days stay. Our days were worth spending and no time wasted till the very last minute. We especially enjoyed the companion of baby Khalid whose famous word is Caca…
- Note: *Yogyakarta is a city and the capital of Yogyakarta Special Region in Java, Indonesia. It is renowned as a center of education, classical Javanese fine art and culture such as batik, ballet, drama, music, poetry, and puppet shows. WikipediaArea: 12.66 sq miles (32.8 km²)Province: Special Region of YogyakartaPopulation: 388,627 (2010) UNdataLocal time: Saturday 8:39 PM
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