Osaka Castle, Origami and Ramen

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Magnificent Osaka Castle

November. Fiuh!

Hahaha ngos-ngosan ngelewatin bulan ini. Bukannya ngga oke sih, cuma susah payah aja dikerjaan dan perasaan. Tsah. Ngga jelas. Hahaha.. Begitulah alasannya kenapa seri postingan Jepang ketunda. Dan aku lagi bosan pake bahasa Inggris. Kebanyakan baca code and standard sama diskusi pake bahasa bule sama client.

Jadi, buat mas bos (mas karena ternyata dia masih muda banget) yang suka kepo baca blogku, sori ya bos, kali ini kamu ngga akan ngerti aku ngomong apa tentang negara kamu, Jepang. LOL.

Minggu, 8 Oktober 2017

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Kastil Osaka

Habis keliling Nara, makan dorayaki sama dango, digigit-gigitin rusa dan baju penuh lelehan jigong mereka (ewww!), aku lanjutin ke Osaka naik kereta. Sekalian sih sebelum balik ke Kyoto. Karena Nara-Osaka-Kyoto semacam segitiga emas area Kanshai. Sayang kalo ngga disempetin liat-liat Osaka. Yang mainstream aja karena waktu ngga banyak. Jadilah mampir ke Osaka Castle. Continue reading “Osaka Castle, Origami and Ramen”

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O Deer O Deer: Nara Park

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Shika-senbei (the deer cracker)

Sunday, October 8th 2017

Just an hour train ride from Kyoto Station, Nara was my next destination. I heard about an astonishing park and the Shika deer who live there since forever. Haha.. would not miss an opportunity to feed the deer with my own hands. Sometimes I feel like, I am happier bonding with animal rather than with human. LOL.

Using Kansai Thru Pass Card, Nara Park area was so easy to reach. There was an express train from Kyoto Station to Kintestu-Nara Station where the park was just minutes away on foot. Continue reading “O Deer O Deer: Nara Park”

Toji Temple of Kyoto

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The Five-Story Pagoda

Saturday, October 7th 2017

After a pleasant flight with Garuda Indonesia from Jakarta-Bali-Osaka, witnessed breathtaking sunrise over East China Sea and continued with Haruka Express Train to downtown Kyoto, I finally arrived in Toji, Minami-ku of Kyoto. A small town in Kyoto suburb famous for its 5-story pagoda.

The weather was a bit chilly. So, I put on my furry brown jacket and walked a bit fast to beat the cold. It was just around the corner from my hostel. In fact, I could see the pagoda’s top from the hostel’s third floor. Continue reading “Toji Temple of Kyoto”

A Week in Japan

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Maruyama Park, Gion

Dear October,

Thank you for being awesome. Feeling so grateful.

I just came back from my holiday to Japan (Osaka-Kyoto-Nara-Tokyo-Fujikawaguchiko) within 8 days. Here’s my 10-highlights during the vacation.

  1. Feeding Sika deer in Nara Park
  2. Tasted matcha ice cream in Fushimi Inari-taisha
  3. Donning autumn kimono in Gion
  4. Stayed at Ryokan-type hotel in Kyoto
  5. Tried Kobe beef in local booth
  6. Traveled with Nozomi Shinkansen (Kyoto-Tokyo)
  7. Enjoyed scenic view of Lake Kawaguchiko
  8. Sushi lunch at famous Ryu Sushi, Tsukiji Market
  9. Crossing Shibuya Station chaotic intersection (The Scramble)
  10. Capturing Shinjuku’s vibrant night life

Japan was truly heartwarming. Everywhere I went, locals greeted me with their bow and smile. Sumimasen (excuse me/sorry) and irasshaimase (welcome) might be the most heard wordings. Continue reading “A Week in Japan”

Gunung Padang Megalithic Site

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Where do you think I went last week? Up to the hill or down to the beach?

Still a bit traumatized by Lombok’s humidity strike, I need more time not to visit any palces by the sea. Haha.

I dragged myself up on the hill this time to satisfy my thirst of historical knowledge. I sweated myself up to the point of almost fainted, haha.. and visited Gunung Padang Megalithic Site. In Cianjur, West Java. To be honest with you, before that Saturday, I had no idea Cianjur was so freaking far away from Jakarta, not to mention from Bintaro. It drove me insane. Haha.

Because of the remote location without public transportation access, I decided to join an open trip. Cheap and hustle-free (err.. not so much in the end, though). At 6.15 sharp in the morning, I arrived on the meeting point. The next 30 minutes, all twelve of us were on our way to Karyamukti Village. Continue reading “Gunung Padang Megalithic Site”

Kidung Sunda

Kidung Sunda adalah naskah asal Bali yang menceritakan tragedi kisah cinta Hayam Wuruk dan Dyah Pitaloka serta perang Bubat yang menyebabkan kematian mereka.

Note: Cerita di bawah ini diambil dari naskah Kidung Sunda dan Serat Pararaton, bukan dari sumber lain seperti Negarakertagama.

Pada tahun 1357, Kerajaan Majapahit mengalami masa kejayaan di bawah kekuasaan Sri Maharaja Rajasanagara atau lebih dikenal dengan sebutan Hayam Wuruk. Hayam Wuruk belum memiliki permaisuri. Kedua pamannya, Raja Kahuripan dan Raja Daha yang sedang berkunjung ke Trowulan (pusat Majapahit) menyatakan rasa keprihatinannya. Maka diutuslah orang-orang kepercayaan ke seluruh penjuru negeri untuk mencarikan putri-putri bangsawan yang sesuai. Mereka kembali membawa lukisan-lukisan putri-putri cantik. Namun, tidak ada satupun yang memikat hati Hayam Wuruk.

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Hayam Wuruk

Suatu hari terdengarlah kabar bahwa putri Raja Linggabuana dari Kerajaan Galuh-Sunda (Padjajaran), Dyah Pitaloka Citraresmi, memiliki paras yang cantik jelita. Hayam Wuruk mengutus juru lukis ke istana Kawali, ibukota Padjajaran. Setelah juru lukisnya kembali dan memperlihatkan lukisan Dyah Pitaloka dengan sigernya. Hayam Wuruk tertarik untuk meminang sang putri. Disuruhlah orang kepercayaannya, Madhu, untuk meminang. Continue reading “Kidung Sunda”

Tentang Cinta

Nulis postingan kali ini kaya nulis sampah. Bener-bener ngerasa ngga guna. Masalahnya kata L ini lagi membebani hidup banget. What do I know about love coba? People have been betrayed, humiliated, broken for the sake of this L word. For me? I promise myself to never surrender to this ridiculous particular matter. Ever again.

Sampai beberapa minggu terakhir datang lagi. Menyiksa batin.

First thing first. What I am about to tell you is Eros. Not Agape, Philia or Storge.

Though I still find it hard to believe in L word, or would ever say the word again to any men. I am captivated by one love story which then affect my psychology entirely. The love triangle of Arthur-Guinevere-Lancelot.

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Ada berbagai macam versi cerita karena kebenaran mitologi ini belum bisa dipastikan. Apa benar ada Merlin dan pedang Excalibur? Atau Knights of the Round Table? Continue reading “Tentang Cinta”

China: Beijing Summer Palace

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Friday, 2 June 2017

Situated in the Haidian District northwest of Beijing, Summer Palace is 9 miles (15 kilometers) from the downtown area. Being the largest and most well-preserved royal park in China, it greatly influences Chinese horticulture and landscape with its famous natural views and cultural interests, which also has long been recognized as ‘The Museum of Royal Gardens‘. – http://www.travelchinaguide.com

The combination ticket price is 60 yuan.

Summer Palace can be divided into four parts: the Court Area, Front and Rear Area of Longevity Hill, and Kunming Lake Area.

I had so much fun donning Empress royal dress and taking a boat in Kunming Lake. I will let the pictures speak for themselves this time. Continue reading “China: Beijing Summer Palace”

China: Mutianyu Great Wall

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There were several places I visited in China which were mesmerizing but this one was beyond awesome and unforgettable: Great Wall of China. This place was the highlight of my vacation to Beijing. The ultimate privilege.

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Through Klook application, I booked one day tour to Mutianyu. Only to the Great Wall, without Ming Tomb or tea shop. I preferred to enjoy longer time in the site instead of wasting time in other activities. The tour was around $USD 39 including transportation, English speaking guide (only in the mini bus and before entrance), lunch, return tickets (luge/toboggan/slideway) and no need for tipping.

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Luge view with toboggan slideway below

The mini bus picked me up in the meeting point I informed them before. The tour guide preferred to pick up at hotel lobby, as for me, I asked him to pick me up in front of downtown city subway station. He was punctual with the time. There were already 9 other tourists in the car; Austrian, Germans, Taiwanese, Singaporean and Italian. Exactly at 8.00 AM, we drove our way to north.

I was very lucky with weather and the traffic. The sky was clear blue with no chance of rain and the road was empty. What’s more, it was surrounded by vivid green trees. Parfait!

 

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Vivid green
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One of the towers
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Empty Mutianyu Great Wall

Continue reading “China: Mutianyu Great Wall”

China: Temple of Heaven

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Hall of Prayer

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Dragon Boat Festival. Day 3. The actual 5th day of 5th month in Chinese calendar. We spent the day strolling Chinese restaurants, cooking Persian food and looking for P (K’s brother)’s daughter gift. He’s coming to town! I was excited to meet him. It’s been a while since we met in Jogja.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Temple of Heaven. Built in 1420. It was the place where emperors of the Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644) and Qing Dynasty (1644 – 1911) held the Heaven Worship Ceremony. It is the largest and most representative existing masterpiece among China’s ancient sacrificial buildings. Continue reading “China: Temple of Heaven”