17 January 2013 • • 0 comment
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 Read More
14 September 2012 • • 0 comment
There is no single regret for my decision to go see the Matah Ati show in Solo, Central Java early of this month. It was the 4th time it’s being performed after the debut in Esplanade Theatre, Singapore and then twice in Jakarta. I had no clue what the characters were saying in Javanese Read More
12 September 2012 • • 0 comment
I love carnivals! From all the carnivals I’ve seen on TV, in magazines, online, and that one Mardi Gras in Sydney where I got to dance and see people three quarters naked on the streets full of happiness and love, I can’t help falling for them. How could anyone not? It’s dancing on the Read More
10 September 2012 • • 0 comment
I was hot! I was hot last Saturday! I was hot because I stood in a room full of fire, the sparks, ashes, and many men at work bathed in sweat. I was in a gong workshop! The 28 kg gong is shaped from a brass plate by heating it and then pounding it into Read More
3 July 2012 • • 0 comment
We brought you a little something back from our last trip to Solo. We were invited by the Explore Solo team to enjoy the annual Solo Batik Carnival. We’ve never attended a carnival before so we didn’t know what to expect. As you can see, we got a lot. Not only were the costumes beautiful Read More
3 October 2010 • • 0 comment
October 2nd was declared to be the National Batik Day in Indonesia starting last year, 2009. Lots of people were wearing batik motifs on the streets to commemorate it. Here’s a lady in Solo’s Danar Hadi batik workshop showing how a traditional kind of batik is made, with the wax-resist dyeing technique using a canting.
27 September 2010 • • 0 comment
The traditional bride and groom of Solo (or Surakarta), as displayed in the museum in Keraton Surakarta (keraton=palace). The image displayed on the wall is a portrayal of the bride and groom’s room, sort of like the honeymoon suite.