Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

I went there with a friend in May 2013, particularly to see the Vesak ceremony held in Borobudur temple. We also ended up going around museums and whatnot. We went to Sonobudoyo Museum, Monjali (Monumen Jogja Kembali), Affandi Museum, and the Tamansari complex. We also went to Alun-alun Selatan and tried the game in which we had to walk pass the two big trees with eyes blindfolded. We had a chance to watch a traditional Javanese puppet show over at Sonobudoyo Museum at night time, all thanks to a pedicab driver who told us about the show like two hours before it started. Yogyakarta was magical! I’d love to go there again and just explore things. Since there were so many interesting things to see, I’m going to divide this particular trip into two posts: the going about town and the Vesak ceremony. Enjoy!

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Borobudur Temple, Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia

A friend of mine and I went here during the Vesak ceremony 2557 or Vesak 2013. Vesak is a Buddhist holy day celebrating three important dates: the born day, the enlightenment day, and the passing away of Siddharta Gautama (Buddha). We went straight from Tamansari complex to Mendut temple by motorcycle cab (took us IDR 50,000). Then from Mendut temple we walked to Borobudur temple like the celebrating Buddhists did (about 3 km, more or less). Although the ceremony itself was a bit chaotic and we didn’t see the flying lanterns ritual, it was still worth seeing. The costumes, the festivities, the crowd. I was humbled once again by diversity. Enjoy the photos!

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Tidung Island, Kepulauan Seribu, Jakarta, Indonesia

I got inspired by a travel blog I read yesterday. So, I decided to put pictures I took from my travels from the past few years. These ones were taken in Tidung Island, Kepulauan Seribu. We went there in March 2013. Reaching Tidung took about 3 hours from Muara Angke harbor. The island was divided into two smaller islands: Tidung Besar (Big Tidung) and Tidung Kecil (Little Tidung) connected by a bridge called Jembatan Cinta (The Bridge of Love. Yeah, yeah, yeah. As cheesy as it might sound. Whatever, though!). We also went to several other neighbor islands to play in the water and snorkel. We watched sunrise and sunset, some of us tried the water sports available, we biked, ate a lot of seafood. It was fun! I found a tour that gave a discount fare through a website, so we only had to pay IDR 295,000 or so for the whole package. Pretty sweet bargain for a sunny weekend getaway off shore the busy bee Jakarta!

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