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Before I start sharing about my latest trip to Yogyakarta last week, I’d love to say Merry Christmas 2016 to the ones who celebrated it :) I got a sad one here but I am still grateful for still breathing and living healthy with mom and dad. I didn’t post much on the blog or my Instagram although I am having my Christmas holiday, I was too sad with the reality but I am still believing that God is always good to me. Okay, stop with the emotional opening, I could tell you about all the sad things happened this month to no end ;p

Here’s another visual post about a city that has breathtaking views since the last time I visited this city around 2011 with my besties.
Yogyakarta/Jogjakarta, Indonesia is well-known for its historical and cultural landmarks such as great temples left behind by ancient civilizations, beside that Yogyakarta will also remind us of Mother Nature’s greatness. By that means, no trip to Yogyakarta would be complete without hiking to Imogiri Pine Forest, more famously known as Hutan Pinus Imogiri, it is located in Mangunan, Imogiri not far from Yogyakarta.
Since it’s just less a 3km hike up, I didn’t need little warm up session lol.
Enjoying the great outdoor in Yogyakarta and getting reminded how big the world really is and how small I am.
If you’d ask me about Hutan Pinus Imogiri, I would say this over and over;

“it is a carbon negative place and I can feel the fresh air here”.

I really couldn’t forget about the breathtaking view, the fresh air and also the little accident happened to me on my way back to the city, thanks to God I am still alive and breathing :)
Before ending the day, we also visited Candi Prambanan because ka Tri, ka Irma and ka Kemmy wanted to watch a must-see performance, the Ramayana Ballet. I am not a fan of that kind of performance, so I went to Malioboro street, it’s Yogyakarta’s iconic 24hours market, the cheap shopping area in the heart of Yogyakarta. Malioboro situated in the downtown which makes it an icon and also the busiest business district in this city. Malioboro has plenty of shopping destinations from local markets to sophisticated malls. In here, everything can be brought down to half its price, so be persistent at bargaining!
The best way to explore the street is by foot or you can hire a pedicab, or hire a four-wheeled horse-drawn carts (local usually name it an Andong).
Beside selling bags, shirts, crafts and other souvenir items, Malioboro street has so many various places to eat and drink. Local food can be found on the side of the road.
That day I also met my super down-to-earth senior in public health world, Ka Febryansah, he is currently living in Jogja for his Master Degree in Epidemiology.
Managed to catch a real and live, traditional music performance on the street.
Till next post <3



  1. Beautiful! I'm sorry your Christmas was sad, I hope the new year brings you more joy

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  2. looks like a nice place

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