Stumble Into Indonesia's Unseen Places
Submitted by mumunmumun on 17 October 2013 • Opinion
Tags: road trip
There is no denying that you’ll find strange things when traveling. Much of the world is out of your norm, hence the slightest things can be different and interesting to one’s eye. A lot of these interesting things can be found at a destination. But what could be found in between destinations? Road trips are the way to explore both areas. During the Terios 7 Wonder road trip, I found just that, from the weird to the wonderful. Although I’m an Indonesian, I’m still surprised of my findings in my own country. Here are a few of my favorites.
People do what they can to start a business. Goods is primary to, well,… interior design. I guess this is what shopaholics feel when shopping. Captivated in their store. Support local business, y’all!
During our convoy of Terios cars, we used a handy talkie to stay in contact with all cars. In between the information on overtaking trucks, buses, and motorcycles without lights, we were also entertained by an acting announcer, that really catered to our request to say hello to each other and poem reading, truck driver style. LOL! It couldn’t be tackier. What’s even weirder was its studio, which was at the back of a car. Voila!
Not too sure what’s going on in this restaurant, located not far from Kebumen. It had so many things going on, from magic trick shop, this love podium for supposedly love birds, a stage, a massage chair (which is understandable), and a mini pool of fishes that eat your dead skin (a fish spa). It was like stepping in to a mini amusement park. Our dinner was pretty entertaining.
Those skin-eating fishes are really ticklish. I sweat just trying to bare them more than 2 minutes.
These colorful cycling contraptions are pretty hype in Indonesia at the moment. You can easily find them in big cities as entertainment for the common people. Ohohoho… it was for us! In Yogyakarta we happened to stumble into heaps of these colorful and decorative wonders. Interestingly, some are pretty modern looking. We might have guessed that this was the Daihatsu Ayla version. If not, well, Daihatsu could start adapting their design ‘cause surely nothing beats pimpin’ neon lights.
The picture says it all. Better not get in to trouble with the locals.
There is a lot of sugar cane on the main road of East Java. I happened to meet and had small talk with a truck driver. His load at a gas station and had small talk. His truck was loaded with 17-18 tons of sugar cane. That’s a lot of sugar! What’s best is his truck’s name is Bachelor. He laughed when I told him what it meant. He easily replied, “We’re all bachelors when driving a truck.” Word!
There’s bound to be some. I’m amazed on how people can find such positions to sleep. It’s skill indeed.
There’s one thing I’ve learned about traveling and taking beautiful pictures on the road. When taking photos of landscapes in Indonesia, you sometimes can’t help have cables pass through. It might be a deal breaker at first, but think about the good electricity some village is enjoying. I’ve learned to embrace the meaning of cables running through my photos.
There are more things to see when traveling on land. I’ve always believed that seeing the country in detail is best done on the road, hence with a road trip. I’m going to leave you with a few more pictures from the road. So, when’s your next road trip?
Me Tarzan, this is straw!
The veins says it all.
It’s a viking!
Horses want to go to Convention Halls too! Horsie is too cute.
*This post is in accordance to the Terios 7 Wonders trip but the opinions are my own
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