Yogyakarta Travel Diary 0013:52 PM
Yogyakarta, a city lies in the heart of Java Island. The only city in Indonesia that is still ruled by the Javanese Monarch existed since the pre-colonial era. A city full of friendly-happy people who will turn you into one happy people once you set up your foot in Yogyakarta.
|Keep Palm and Carry On|
|The arches and those old javanese ornaments 😍|
|The hotel looks so homy|
|My green oasis|
|The outdoor area in Adhisthana Hotel|
|The stairs and old windows that looks like the one in Potato Head Bali|
Our car driver, Mas Cahyo arrived in our hotel and without further ado we went straight to the sand dune Gumuk Pasir Parangkusumo in the southern part of Yogyakarta. But on the way to the sand dune, Mas Cahyo told us that we could actually stop by in a pinewoods known as Hutan Pinus Imogiri and well... Why not?
|Me, posing awkwardly, afraid of fall into the ground|
|Heny - me - Gio, my travel buddies|
The pinewoods was looking like the normal woods and there weren't so many people coming at that time, so we could take some goods pictures without people photo bombing our photos.
Moving on to the next destination... It took us around 30 minutes from the pinewoods to get to Gumuk Pasir Parangkusumo. By the time we arrived at Gumuk Pasir, it was like around 4 pm-ish and the sun was perfectly on its position, getting low and ready to set down. It was windy and not too hot (I was grateful it didn't rain haha). And ooh! Tips for you guys: If you want to come to touristy places but hoping it for not being too crowded, go on weekdays! Weekends are a big no-no! (Said almost everyone in Yogya, from our driver, the hotel receptionist, our friends and even tukang becak!)
|One of my favorite picture taken in Gumuk Pasir Parangkusumo|
|Heny and I attempted to take jumping pictures, but after lots of attempts we didn't get any good pictures! It was so hard jumping on sand LOL, so this was the best (at least, it was my best HAHA)|
After we're done with the sand dunes... Taking photos and playing with the sand (we wanted to try sand boarding, but the fee is around Rp100.000 and we thought it wasn't really worth it, so we skipped it). Time showed us that it was almost sunset. Then we went to Parangtritis Beach (around 5 minutes drive from Gumuk Pasir). Parangtritis is the most well-known and probaby the most touristy beach in Yogya. In my honest opinion, it wasn't really pretty. The sunset was also below our expectation, it looks nothing like what google images shows you guys! haha. So we didn't spend too much time in Parangtritis, but we managed to get couple of pictures
|Waiting for sunset in Parangtritis beach|
After the sun sets, Heny felt really hungry and she turns grumpy when she's hungry so we asked Mas Cahyo to show us some delicious Jogja foods and he brought us to Oseng-Oseng Mercon Bu Narti, which he said is really popular nowadays! Oseng Mercon is a really spicy dish and I thought I could handle it, but when I saw it and smell the spiciness.. Well, I passed, I can't stand spicy foods so instead I ordered ayam penyet goreng (and it comes with sambal as well)! haha. Heny and Gio ordered the Oseng Mercon, so I could taste a bit of it.
We finally get back to the hotel and we just wanted to clean up and relax, since we will have to get up early tomorrow and see the sunrise. There was something weird actually, my body felt itchy, especially in my face area... My under eyes and cheeks are started to swollen but I don't want to think something bad so I just forgot it and hoping I wouldn't feel itchy the next morning I woke up!