This Chinese New Year is a bit special for me. Not only did I get to see the festival celebrating Chinese New Year in Solo, I also got to travel with some awesome travel mates during a trip called #ImlekNusantara. Thanks to the Ministry of Tourism, we were privileged to participate on the trip, work and all. Fun, festive, and friendship is what I call it and, fo sho, funtabulous!
It's Chinese New Year soon. Officially, it's on the 19th of February 2015 but celebrations are happening all over Indonesia. We're celebrating Grebeg Sudiro, a festival for Chinese New Year 2015 in Solo, with its people. It seems that not just people that have gathered for the show. Apparently a baby 'barongsai' or dragon was in the crowd watching its older siblings jump and dance around. It was such a cute sight, I couldn't take my eyes of him during the show. The next generation of dragons are here and ready to continue the festivity of Chinese New Year in Solo. Watch out for those #ImlekNusantara.
Travel blogging has gotten us to places and events we never really imagined, and introduced us to people we didn’t think we would be friends with. Let alone attending a birthday party 512 km away! But for Explore Solo, we did. In the midst of work, a bit stressful wedding preparation and blog homework, I went to Solo, Central Java,on behalf of Indohoy, replacing for Mumun who was on a 10-day trip to Sumbawa. I was so excited to see the
Solo, this relatively small city in Central Java, is timid with things to do and see, may it be cultural, culinary, historical, or something new. That’s probably why I’ve been to Solo several times in our mission to travel the whole Indonesia, even though there are still many places I’ve never been. This time, my visit to Solo was prompted by a major performance called
Whenever someone asks me for a recommendation in Solo, Central Java, I always advise them to indulge in the various food. Solo has limitless kinds of food, and so many of them can be found in this restaurant that I found out on our last trip to the city, the Es Masuk restaurant.
I was the brat who always pulled Mom’s skirt so she’d hurry finish her shopping in the traditional market. I couldn’t stand the odor and the muddy floor of the market. Raw skinned chickens gave me the ick. But in the last few years, having lived by myself with my own kitchen and relatively tight budget in order to save up for my travels, I can’t avoid shopping at the traditional market sometimes. The chicken breasts and spinach are cheaper than in supermarkets, plus there’s a market only 10 minutes walk from my flat.
I didn’t do much research before traveling to Solo a few months ago, so I didn’t find out about Omah Sinten until we went there to get our tickets for the Matah Ati show. The ticket counter was just a simple wooden table located at the entrance of Omah Sinten. The restaurant looked nice with all
As a country whose many of its people still strive to even eat 3 times a day, traveling for leisure (within or out of Indonesia) and art aren’t the things that’s very much appreciated. But with the economic rise lately, at least seen in my daily life, people has shown a little bit more appreciation toward arts. And I’m not just talking about pop music concerts (did you know that Maroon Five and Owl City concerts in Jakarta were sold out fast?). While the young people – including me – can fluently mouth the lyrics of American pop songs than telling our own stories, it’s good news that
Traveling in Indonesia never stops showing me new things and that applies even to areas that I’ve visited before. Although I’ve traveled to Solo a few times now, I still managed to see something new. On our first visit to Solo earlier this year, Taufiq of Explore Solo showed us around town
I’m all for budget traveling, but sometimes it’s nice to indulge in a bit of luxury when chances permit. On my last trip to Solo, Central Java, I was lucky to be granted a night stay at a 4-star hotel, Solo Paragon. It was a pleasant stay, especially for one who works 9-5 on weekdays among other chores and needed a good weekend break like moi.
Prior my departure to Solo, I had taken a peek at Solo Paragon’s website and boy was I excited! I kept my expectation low cos commercial photos can be deceitful sometimes, but guess what, throughout my stay at the hotel I got exactly what