If 2012 was about recreating myself and my life, 2013 was a year of taking things on. Despite and perhaps because of my commitment issues and fear of making mistakes, at the onset, I was intentional in making 2013 a banner year for my newly-recreated life. And, truth be told, I enjoyed every bit of it. :)
Our trip to the Sultan’s Palace was an interesting one. We got to learn about their culture and take a peek at the lives of the royal family in Java.
Because I was so exhausted and I felt like we already had a full day, I was already half-wishing that our next stop would be our hotel. But, Herman thought that it would be good for us to do a jeep trek in Mt. Merapi, which literally means Fire Mountain in Indonesian or Javanese. It is the most active volcano in Indonesia and its most recent biggest eruption happened in 2006. And, although I was surprised and I was sure that if I had told my loved ones that we were going to visit an active volcano, they would’ve given it to me, I was still grateful that Herman brought us there to experience the place.
Candi Mendut is a Buddhist temple located in the village of Mendut in Central Java, Indonesia. Herman brought us to the temple after we visited Candi Borobudur, which is about 3 kilometers away, and after we had a sumptuous lunch of nasi goreng (or, rice in Indonesia) with kambing (or, lamb in Indonesia) – it was so tasty Angge who’s off of rice for a few months now just had to break her diet.
The main reason why Angge agreed to include Jogjakarta in our trip to Indonesia was the Temple of Borobudur. We initially planned to just stay in Bali and chill, which was all fine by me. But, after I showed her the pictures of Borobudur and probably because she’s very much aware that I really wanted to visit another UNESCO World Heritage site, after the “temple run” I experienced in Angkor Wat, she said yes! Woohoo!
Candi Sukuh is one of those temples rarely visited by those who go to Jogjakarta because of the length of time one has to spend to get there and the seeming lack of interesting places to see on the way. But, since Angge wanted to see it because of something Mayan about it (the shape of the temple looks like a Mayan pyramid) and I’m always up for anything barely visited by tourists, we asked Herman to bring us to Candi Sukuh.
For our first day in Jogjakarta, we had intended to just check in at our hotel, decide on what we would want to do for the next few days, and do some shopping in Malioboro in the afternoon. But, after having met the wonderful Herman at the airport and loving the gudeg he had us taste for breakfast, we knew that we had found our driver for our entire stay in Jogjakarta and had to go see places on our first day.
Angge had wanted to see Sukuh Temple, which is quite far from where we were staying. So, she asked if there are any other spots we could visit on our way there. Herman brought us to Puro Mangkunegaran, which is the palace of the Mangkunegara Princes.