Malang, an underrated city in East Java

Hello!

I am back with travel stories 🙂

I love Malang! I have visited it few times by now, and it never fail me so far. Here are some things that I did and visited during my trips that you may want to check too when you are around.

1. Bromo

I mean.. Of course. Why would you want to miss Bromo when you are around? You can get beautiful view with only few hours ride from Malang..

Spots to check out…

Pananjakan

A famous spot for sunrise viewing.. You should leave Malang as early as 2-3 am to reach this place and in time for the sunrise. You will need to walk a bit, and the temperature can be as low as 10 degrees Celsius in the morning, so prepare yourself. I would recommend layers, because it will get much warmer in the noon.

Bring your headlamp, because walking on your way up is much better with some lights on! And be patient, the high number of tourists can make this place very uncomfortable. The motor taxi (ojek) and visitor vehicles can pollute the air so bad, you will need to wear a mask. And on the top, while waiting for the sunrise to come up, you will need to be very competitive to take a nice spot to wait and enjoy the view (I’ll recommend go straight to the left front for a nice view of the sunrise, and afterward move to far right donwstairs for a nice view of Semeru, Bromo and surrounding mountains.

Pananjakan

But with this kind of view.. it’s all worthy.

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One time I was unlucky and could not see the view clearly because of the cloudy weather. So check the weather and cross your fingers to wish you can get clear view when you visit this place.

What I like to do after enjoying the sunrise is walk down and visit one of the local stores and have pisang goreng (banana fritters) with hot coffee or tea, or even order some indomie or pop mie to warm myself up. yum!!!

Bromo 

After enjoying the sunrise, the next spot that you should visit is the Bromo mountain itself. Using the same jeep you take to Pananjakan, the view on the way to Bromo is also very nice to enjoy.

You need to walk a bit from the jeep parks and the mountain, but you can opt to ride a pony like this!

Bromo, 2017

And when you’re there.. don’t forget to wear your mask again because the sulfur is so strong.. and prepare your feet to hike the stairs!

Bromo

The stairs

The stairs 🙂

You can take your mask off a minute for a pose in some nice spots 😉

my favorite spot, 2014 vs 2017

And.. what you see from the top

Kawah Bromo

surprise.. a sulfur crater! :p

Savana

Also known as Bukit Teletubbies due to its resemblance with the hills in teletubbies show, this hill is a famous destination too when you are in the area. However, last time I went there this year, the place is not as green as before..

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Pasir Berbisik

Lastly, a place that is well known because of the famous movie starred by Dian Sastro..

Pasir Berbisik

That a photo from my last trip with my colleagues. But honestly, this place is also nice to visit if you are alone. I don’t know why but the nothingness of the place, only vast grey sands and the sounds of the wind.. It brought some feelings I can’t describe! 🙂

2. Museum Tempo Doeloe

Located in the city center, you will never imagine what can this place offer until you step your feet inside! It’s everything about history, culture and fun! I loooove it 🙂

3. Museum Angkut

I am not a car person but I looove this place! It’s so huge with many interesting vehicles to see.

4. Batu

For apple statues :p

Batu

or a visit to apple fields to have a simple picnic and sing dangdut songs with your friends 😉

 

5. Waterfalls and instagramable spots 

Legend has it, you will break up if you come to Coban Rondo waterfalls with your boyfriend/girlfriend. Well, lucky me.. :p

6. The beaches!

If you have spare time, Malang is home to some interesting beaches.. We visit one of them, called Balekambang (because it’s the nearer). It’s not impressive but worth to visit if you have a spare day in Malang 🙂

The interesting part is they a Hindu Temple in the beach. I loved sitting outside the temple and looking to the vastness of the sea.

Balekambang

pura balekambang

7. The fooooood

No, I don’t know either why do I mention it the last, but Malang is surely a heaven for my tongue! My favorite is Sate Kambing Cairo which just.. undescribeable (if that even a word). Loved it.

That’s it, all! I’ll see you in my next post. xx

Love,

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Seoul Food Adventure

Hey there.. I am back! Sorry I did not posting for so long! I traveled a bit to Seoul, South Korea last month, back home for a week, and another traveling to Japan. Afterwards, I needed a month to catch up works that I left during my leaves 😀

So, one word for Korean food: spicy! Buut I loooved them all! Thanks to my friend who showed me the ins and hidden secrets of culinary in Seoul, my tummy and I had a fantastic time exploring all the spicy (and also not so spicy) heaven on my tongue. :p

And OH. MY. GOD. Have I told you about their street food. Beyond amazing!

I have some photos here for you to enjoy.. Don’t want to make you crave for them all this very second.. but what can I do :p

Till next time, and let me know should you need any guidance to food experience in Seoul!

Xx,

Dewi

Best Coffee in Jakarta!

Since when do we need caffeine to work?

I don’t drink caffeine regularly until few years ago. God, even when I was in college I could not afford coffee. But suddenly now I NEED coffee to function. I got cranky, sleepy and unable to think before I get my caffeine.

In this post I want to share you my most favourite coffee in town.

  1. FLAT WHITE, GIYANTI

Though sometimes I also order its cappuccino or latte, its flat white is still my favorite.  As one of the best coffee places in town, you will never fail with Giyanti.  I also like their brownies, which they claim is gluten-free (not so care about the gluten-free part though).

Being a mager/lazy person that I am, I usually order the coffee through Gojek, or when I also need some carbs intake, I will visit Cali Deli, a viatnemese restaurant next to Giyanti, and have my lunch/brunch there while ordering my favorite flat white from Giyanti (yes, they can come to take your order from Cali Deli) J

  1. SALTED CARAMEL LATTE, DJOURNAL GRAND INDONESIA

Oh my guilty pleasure! Salted caramel latte from Djournal, Grand Indonesia is definitely one of my favorites! Introduced by a friend of mine, this drink become one of my comfort drinks that I will definitely visit when I am in a low mood (I don’t even care that I need to pass awful traffic to reach there!).

Even though I can find Djournal some where else, I think the one in Grand Indonesia has the best mix for my taste. I tried the one in Citos and it was too salty! I complained and they tried to fix it, but it just made the coffee tasted like a glass of syrup. Wayyy too sweet.  I also tried the new one in WTC Sudirman, it wasn’t as terrible as the one in Citos, but not as perfect in Grand Indonesia.

  1. ICE LATTE, ST Ali

ST ALi is a regular meeting place of me and a friend. I firstly always ordered flat white here (which is not bad), but one day I tried its ice latte and I fell in love instantly!  It is still my favorite everytime I visit the place.

  1. DOUBLE SHOT ICE SHAKEN ESPRESSO, STARBUCKS

Since Starbucks is the most accessible place for me, many times I stuck with starbucks when I need my caffeine. Despite everyone’s comments on how awful Starbucks’ coffees are, I actually have my own favorite in this place, i.e. their double shot ice shaken espresso (what a long name, huh). It is the only drink served in Starbucks that’s still tasted like real coffee, while the rest are just water with lots of sugar 😀

Occassionally I would also order caramel macchiato for a change, and I also like their glazed donuts too! 😀

So now you know what to give me when I get cranky or sleepy in the morning or afternoon 😀 I actually recently tried macchiato and cappuccino from Common Grounds, City Walk and I liked them both! And of course I love the coffee from 1/15 and Tanamera too. However, I didn’t include them in the above list since here I only list the coffees I regularly drink.

Till next time!

Love,

Dewi

A short stop over in Ruteng

What do you know about Ruteng, East Nusa Tenggara?

The small city is located just few hours from Dintor, the village nearby Wae Rebo that I told you in previous post.  We made a gas stop in Ruteng when we went back from Wae Rebo to Labuan Bajo.  We discovered that this small city has many things that you may miss from urban life when you are on your adventure in Flores.  It has gas stations (among the few in the island), stores that sell usual products you need on the way, they even have some bakso stalls and warung padang.  But don’t expect they taste the same like in Java.  Even when they put the brand “Bakso Solo” or “Bakso Ganesha”, the bakso tastes different to accommodate the local taste.  It’s not so bad but I personally prefer their local cuisine than the bakso  🙂

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Forget what I said, this friend of mine said the bakso was good (even though you can’t find chili sauce in the place)  😀

Being called the city with 1000 churches, there are literally churches in almost every road in Ruteng.  Unfortunately we didn’t have time to explore any of the churches but they look so pretty already from the outside (with lovely mountain view in the background!).

After filling the gas that felt like forever (you won’t believe how long the queue was!), we managed to make a stop in spiderweb-rice fields.  About 15 minutes from the city, you can see the famous rice fields after a short hike up from a nearby warung.  You can drink local coffee in the warung and interact with local people before / after start your hike.  The lady in the warung did not put the price for the coffee, but we need to pay small amount for the hike.  She also sold home-produce arabica coffee that smelled really good for IDR30K per 250gram.

What I like the most from this place was that they really just want to make business but not ripping of the tourists.  It really showed their good heart and my heart was really melted because of that.  I paid a bit more than I should, like really really a bit, and they gave me 1 pack of arabica coffee for free!

Back to the rice fields, unfortunately we couldn’t see the green fields we imagined because they were already cropped.  But we still can see the spiderweb-form and it looked pretty nevertheless.

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Keep posing even though the fields were not green 😀

I wish I can go back one day and explore Ruteng more (and continue the road trip to the east).  One of the highlights of Ruteng that you may want to check out when you are around is Liang Bua, or also known as the hobbit cave. I really really really wanna check this place next time! It is a prehistoric cave  where the fossils of homo florensis were found (have I told you that I am an archeolog and historian wanna be?)  😀

Other highlights include Rana Mese lake, Goro Curu, Poco Ranaka, and Poco Ngandonalu. Hope I can come back and explore all of these places and share with you guys! In the mean time I will enjoy and study the surroundings of Flores from this discounted map I bought in Jogja airport when I was heading to Labuan Bajo  😀

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Till next time! xx

Dewi

What to do in Jogja?

Last christmas I visited Jogja for the third time in 2016. I actually planned to hike Mount Sumbing for the weekend, but since the weather wasn’t great, me and friends decided to stay and explore Jogja for a change (we didn’t want to waste our tickets that had been bought weeks in advance!)

So here I am, thinking what should I write for my first post, then Jogja came up.

What to do you while you’re in Jogja:

  • If you want some adventure, you can go to gunung kidul area (1 hour away from the city). You can try caving in goa jomblang or goa pindul and body rafting in kali suci or sungai oyo. You may like sri gethuk waterfall too.
  • If you’re more a beach person, Jogja is surrounded by some beaches too. There are some beaches nearby that you can visit such as nglambor, kesirat, sadranan, etc.
  • If you want to do some trekking, try gunung api purba. Or if you have time and would like to do a more serious hike, try merbabu (via suwanting has the best view- but not easy. I can recommend a good guide if you want).  Aside from merbabu, there are also merapi, andong, sindoro and sumbing (among others) that can be hiked from villages nearby Jogja.

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View in Mount Merbabu

  • For foodies, Jogja’s food that shouldn’t be missed are mie godok (my favorite is mbah gito), gudeg (my favorite is yu jum), or try traditional food in kopi klotok with view of Merapi.  If you like mushrooms (the food :p), there’s also a place called jejamuran that sells many kind of food made from mushrooms, and you can also try fish spa for free in this restaurant!  And for a fun yet humble night with friends, try kopi joss in alun-alun and amuse yourself with decorated bicycles with colorful lights there.

1048021_10152198903152859_328946190_oThe famous Kopi Joss! yummm I miss its smell already!

  • For art lovers, I think Museum Ullen Sentalu is just so great you should not miss it when you’re in Jogja!  Its combination of art, history and culture are just something unique that you should not pass

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Museum Ullen Sentalu

  • And of course if you haven’t there already, sunrise in Borobudur temple is the best! And other main attractions such as prambanan should not be missed 🙂

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Sunrise in Borobudur

Love,
Dewi