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Monday, September 15, 2014

Plaosan Temple: between a love story, Buddha statue, and superb sunset

It was a bright and sunny afternoon when I came here. It had been months since the last time I was here. As usual, I chose the terrace of the north-side temple and opened my lunch box. A rice with soya-bean cake mixed with chili sauce and a cup of coffee. Simple lunch menu but I felt wonderful just because I ate my favorite menu at my favorite temple.
Plaosan Lor, is a temple near Prambanan. Located in the east-north side of Prambanan, this temple was officially became my favorite one since the first time I came here and heard about the romantic story of the temple. 
This temple was built by a king from Sanjaya Dynasty. The king's name was Rakai Pikatan. She married to Pramodhawardhani, a daughter of Samaratungga from Syailendra Dynasty. Rakai Pikatan was Hindu while Pramodhawardhani was a Buddhist. Rakai Pikatan adored and loved his wife very much. According to several sources, Rakai Pikatan built Plaosan Lor temple as a gift for her wife. Although he is Hindu, he built Buddhist's temple to proved his love to his wife. For me, It is such a romantic love story. Although his wife has a different religion but it doesn't mean that a marriage can not last forever. 

After I finished my lunch, I walked around and found the Bodhi tree. From its appearance I can say that this is an old tree. The tree was twisting the stones. The Bodhi tree side is also my favorite. Just try to capture some photos here. The temple looks beautiful from here.

Not far from the Bodhi tree, there was a Mandhapa - an open 'stage' made from stone with many Buddha statues  that suround it. Almost of the statues at Mandhapa had lost their head. From the story that had been told by the security officer, there was a theft - Buddha's head theft - that had occured about several years ago here. And eventhough some of the heads had been found but they didn't join the head with the body.  
It was almost sunset. I went back to the temple terrace, hoping to see the superb sunset. While I was waiting for sunset, I had this imagination. I imagined that I was Pramodhawardhani, sitting in my own temple, admiring of the nature's beauty around the temple, and feeling blessed for the love that has given to me from my lovely one. And, yeah! I even imagined that my hubby - Rakai Pikatan - hugged me from backside and whispered romantic words only for me.
And as the sunset came in, I became speechless. All the imagination about me becoming Pramodhawardhani had faded away. It was the amazing sunset I've ever seen. The orange-blueish sky was perfect and it became more perfect with the existence of the color of the temple's stone. Obviously, I had an amazing silhouette of the temple's gate here!

A few seconds after the sunset, I decided to leave this temple. The security guard smiled at me and thanked me for my visiting. Before I left this place, I stared at the temple again. Although this temple is not as famous as the neighbour - Prambanan, I mean - but this temple absolutely has its own beauty that hard to resist. 
And surely, I will always come back to this place. Soon!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Horoscope vs type of destination (2)

Taurus people have regal taste. They love luxury, art, food, and culture. Unique culinary, cities with famous food and drinks and culture-rich plus  cosmopolitan aura will  make Taurus people really into it. 

Gemini is impatient and unpredictable. They always want to absorb the culture from the place that they visit. They also love shopping, buying some souvenirs from the place they visit. The temperament of Gemini is fluctuating. Once they craving for peace and serenity but suddenly they want dazzling places so badly. So, the cities or places that have dual atmosphere is the best place for Gemini to visit. 

Cancer people are sensitive and emotional. Since they always look the connectivity between their emotion with the place they plan to visit, Cancer people prefer to visit places that secure and comfortable. Places with historical significance are in their top list. But, oh don't forget! Since Cancer is water sign so they would really love places around water bodies.

Leo loves something glitz and grand. And glamour. They loves something adventurous in an extra ordinary way and Leo always wants to be a leader in every single moment.
Trekking or skiing in marginal places will be the option for them. Cities with throbbing night lives yet cultural underbellies are perfect getaways for Leo people. 

Horoscope vs type of destination (1)

Capricorn's people are usually love everything ellegant and stylish! So they would like a luxury and comfort destination. As an organized people, there is no change for Capricorn to travel unprepared or unplanned. They don't usually ask an adventurous trip or a backpack trip. They prefer a cozy and comfortable trip. 

As an Aquarius, their free spirit is important and will influence them in making a decission for their destination. Aquarius need rich and varied experience from the trip. Based on this, an adventurous trip will be the good option for an Aquarius. Diving, snorkling, wildlife adventure could be the option. A place or a destination with unique characteristic, unique people or unique culture is another option to choose.

Pisces is usually emotional and sensitive. They love a place with a tranquil ambiance. They also artistic in nature so they like an artistic place. Beach is the place they would love in a first place. Cities that have galleries or museums might steal their attention.

Aries is usually people who energetic and adventurous in nature. They seem like they have unlimited energy. A destination with a lot of thing to explore is the best option for them. 

Monday, June 16, 2014

Travel Tips: MRT

MRT has been my favorite public transport since the first time I traveling abroad. I love MRT more than bus. So..if the city/place I've visited has MRT as their public transport...I always use it.
It's cheap...than taxi off course, more rapid, and avoiding you from traffic jam...

  1. don't eat and drink inside MRT
  2. let passengers out first a
  3. always give your seat to pregnant woman, kids, and old people 
  4. check your belonging before leaving MRT

Thursday, June 5, 2014

The Art of Travel Light

Traveling with so many luggage is not my type. I prefer the simple one: one backpack and a sort of daily backpack. The fewer the better. I realize the importance of flexibility and practicality. I'm a public transport person and almost not a taxi person (although taxi is also public transport, isn't it?). But for me, using MRT or bus or....walking are the best way to feel and see the real life in a those cities or countries. That's why, those two things: flexibility and practicality, do matter for me.

Packing things in a limit space is not easy. I need some tricks to pack clothes, toiletries, and other things that I need during traveling in a not-so-big backpack. T-shirts are rolled. Bring very little. Sandal or flip-flop is in backpack (not shoes!). Organize your staff in a smart way. If you bring jacket, wear it! Don't put the jacket in your backpack because, you know, the jacket is thick. It will consumes space.

Happy travel light! 

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Bangkok coconut ice cream is so yummy

One of my favorite beverages in Bangkok besides the coffee is...coconut ice cream!
After walking around the city, the best thing that you can have is the coconut ice cream. 
The coconut ice cream served in coconut shell, mixed with slices of coconut flesh, and corn or sticky rice or nata de coco as its topping. 
But I love the plain one, without any topping.
This 35 bath ice cream vendors can be found easily. I found it outside Wat Pho, while my friend found it at Chatuchack Market. When I visited Ayyuthayya, I found some coconut ice cream vendors too!!
And what about the taste?
The taste is so....coconut! Of course! It is sweet. Tasty! Delicious!!!

Definitely must-try!!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

5 plus 1 Things to do in Sabang

Sabang is a perfect place for weekend gateway or for enjoy the life. It only takes one and half hour from Banda Aceh. If you are looking for a quiet place for your vacation then Sabang is the perfect choice.
So, here are 10 things you can do while visit Sabang. 
1. Enjoy beaches

Sabang has so many beaches. If you are looking for quiet beach, please visit to Gapang Beach.

2. Diving, snorkling, and other watersport

The most favorite place for waterspirt is at Iboih. But if you looking for a less-crowds place then you can do it at Gapang Beach

3.  Enjoy local food
Try mie sedap (noodle soup) and martabak in front of mie sedap restaurant.

4. Get zero kilometer certificate

Go to the  zero kilometer's monument. After taking pictures, go to the food stall that offering zero kilometer's certificate.

5. Explore the island
Rent motorbike or car and explore the island. Just get lost! There are so many places in this island which have great view.

6. Enjoy the life!

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