Bali, the images the island conjures are that of almost naked bodies clad in the skimpiest bikinis; tanning lotion; surfboards; and temples. Bali, the island of the gods has so much to offer us mere mortals. If the gods are to be pleased with Bali, […]
Whenever I book tickets, I make sure that the weather is good for the planned travel dates. Nobody wants to travel to an exciting and lovely place during rainy season when you can’t do anything but stay in the hotel or hostel.
I was thinking of just that when I booked I and my friend’s tickets to Yogyakarta. But alas! Luck was not with me. No one could have predicted that the nearby Mt. Kelud would erupt a week before our trip. Save for the invigorating and excellent Javanese massage and the Javanese cuisine at Sekar Kedhaton, which tickled and delighted my taste buds to no end, everything else did not go my way.
It was a little overcast when our plane finally landed at Adisucipto International Airport but at least it was no longer raining. After a quick check through immigration ( my friend and I did not need a visa as we are Filipinos), we exited the […]
Finally seeing Prambanan was like a rollercoaster ride for me. For lack of a better description, I felt giddy. I felt like a teenager who was looking at a boy she really liked and secretly wished to be with. Yes, it is kind of embarrassing but that was how it made me feel. I had knots in my stomach and I was just in awe. I have simply fallen in love with this place. And like a forlorn lover who cannot and wish not to be parted with her mate, I will keep coming back to this place.
For those who are not very familiar with the temple grounds, Prambanan is located in Yogyakarta, once Indonesia’s capital city. The complex consists of 240 temples which illustrate the epic tale of Ramayana. The temple grounds were built in the 10th century and are dedicated to the three Hindu gods; Brahma, Shiva and Vishnu, as well as the animals who served them.