oh b and i had a great trip this summer to our beloved indonesia. we went back to central java where had lived 3 years ago. we got to see favorite people, places, and eat very good food!
b was so tired. it is a long, long flight from the us to central java. in fact, it's several flights.
the hotel we stayed at (at the paragon mall) was affordable, right by our old kampung, and had really nice breakfasts.
indonesia was decked out for its hari kemerdekaan (independence day). sadly, we missed the actual independence day, but we were there in august, which was close enough for lots of red and white decorations to be out.
there was a huge international gamalan festival going on in solo while we were there. we walked by to listen, but (as seems totally natural in indonesia) became friends with the musicians. several wanted to take pictures with us and even let us play their instruments.
our sahabat, ibu danny. she cooked several meals for us while we were there--all of our favorites: rendang, gulai, nasi goreng, tempeh, fruits, etc. it was so, so good. and she is so good to us. it was wonderful to see her and her son and daughter who live in solo.
sadly, we had to leave solo. here we are at the solo airport waiting to fly to jakarta. we ate chocolate for breakfast.
we had a really nice time in jakarta. we got to see some folks brian knew from previous visits (which was so interesting), went to tamarin city to buy batik and tenung, ate at a padang restaurant (and had good rendang), and went to this amazing textile museum. the following pictures of batik/ikat are from the museum.
b smelling the flowers. the pieces at the museum were so gorgeous. we listened to a lecture on ikat in sulawesi too. unfortunately, though, we had to leave.
we were going to meet up with another friend, but she couldn't make it. so we took a bajai to tamarin city.
then we flew to singapore. i finished reading the oddfits (which takes place almost entirely in singapore) right after we got there.
the morning after we got into singapore, b and i went on a tour with the other folks there for his conference.it was a really cool tour--we got to see several neat temples and markets. and they took us out for really good peranakan food.
the next day, while b was at his conference, i went out to explore the city-state. i took the subway and went to this museum. it was really cool.
unfortunately, i ordered soup. it was tasty enough, but it was so hot outside that soup didn't really hit the spot.
oh, i found an indonesian woman in chinatown selling indonesian kue. i got to talk to her in indonesian and eat these fun treats.
the next day, i went into little india (while b was at his conference). our hotel was right across the street from it. oh my goodness, the colors, the fabrics, the patterns...a lady like me could just go nuts there. i loved it!
i got very hot and thirsty. so i stopped at place and got a coconut milk shake. it tasted heavenly. and the place i sat in had ac, which felt heavenly.
i found an indonesian shop. they were selling some cirebon batik. next time i got back to indonesia, i want to get some of this. i used to not really like this motif, but then i realized it represents clouds, and i like that. it's really grown on me.
these are the flat horse puppet-type things that are used in ceremonies in, i think, sumba. we saw them in the ring of fire movie. it was again fun to talk to someone in indonesian. the woman who worked there was from java and very nice.
i came upon this little area in my wanderings and thought this looked the most like indonesia i had seen thus far while i'd been in singapore.
the next day, we went out into the wilds of singapore. we went to a national park and did some hiking. sadly, these tigers are no longer.
that night, we bought some fruit at the indian hawker mall and went out to the ocean front on a nice evening walk and ate our fruit.
we had a really fun time in singapore. and we love indonesia so much. we can't wait to pulang ke indonesia.