Jawa tour…. a day to day account
This time we decided to make our “carbon footprint” as small as possible, so the only time we chose to travel by air, was our first Jawa destination of Yogjakarta on the 27th of January, also to be on time for Firman’s wedding! To view additional text and photograph, just click on the ribbon and it will unfold….
Day 1 and 2. Invitation to a Wedding
Arriving at the airport of Yogjakarta we were picked up by Farja and although it was pretty early in the morning, around 7 am, we set of to Magelang, where we were going to give someone the surprise of his life…. But first, we paid a quick visit to the lovely Mendut temple, where a Buddhist monastery is situated, and possibly one of the oldest Waringin trees on Jawa.
In 2010 we were introduced to a young high-school student, Firman Ariyanto whose parents had the brilliant idea to give him the opportunity to take responsibility of driving their car for tourists on the island. As we had to travel a lot in exploring Lombok for the various educational projects we wanted to set up and check their suitability and logistics, Firman became one of our regular escorts.
Becoming more and more familiar with our intentions and mission/vision of the YKS we noticed he felt uncomfortable taking our money, as he felt it would be far more appropriate to spend it on our projects than taking this for his fee; of course, we never allowed him to refuse our pay for his chauffeuring services, but it made it very obvious how kind his character was and still is…
Exchanging our ideas for the development of green energy, safety measures for the fishermen and technology – Firman having his Masters in technical engineering at Gajah Mada University, and Yaya being a mining engineer – we invited him to join the member of the YKS Lombok team, and from now on we will be able to develop plans in this area for the benefit of the people on Lombok specifically and for Indonesia in general.
Firman and Yaya's wedding
We received the invitation to his wedding only a couple of days after arriving on Lombok, and the video of the young couple was so lovely that we decided at once to reschedule our visit to Jawa and ensure that we would be in time for his wedding reception…. The surprise was a total and a wonderful sight to see. The next day Firman and Yaya came to our hotel in Yogjakarta and we spent a great morning in their company sharing lunch together, which I had to promise to let him pay for!
Mendut and Buddhist Monestary
Malioboro, the area where we are staying is a broad avenue where you can find all sorts of batik clothes and “original” Javanese artifacts. The avenue is leading from the station to the palace of the Sultan, The Kraton and is one of the most popular places to “hang-out”..
Day 3 – Yogjakarta
I have always loved Yogjakarta, as it seems to bustle with energy. It is probably due to the fact that it it hosts the great University Gajah Mada, where many Indonesian icons have completed their education, one of them is the current Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ibu Retno, who was also the Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia in Holland for a while, before Jokowi called her back to Jakarta. In my view, she was one of the best we had the good fortune to meet.
We once were invited to stay on the Campus by the Professor who was an acquaintance of my dear late friend Carla Meek, founder of SCI-INN. Another great feature of Yogjakarta is its artistry in creating the most beautiful batik designs and today we are going on a hunt for our friend in Bogor, as there will be a two-year old waiting impatiently to meet us.
Malioboro, the area where we are staying is a broad avenue where you can find all sorts of batik clothes and “original” Javanese artifacts. The avenue is leading from the station to the palace of the Sultan, The Kraton and is one of the most popular places to “hang-out”.
Day 4 and 5: Bandung
Staying at the Topaz Galleria Hotel
Day 6 - Sukabumi
Sukabumi is such a wrench for me, as it holds the very first memories of my initial reunion with my home country…. Many friendships, and many issues surround this part of the world, where my father was born, and where I gained my first experience on how to rely in a given word of Honour…. The name of this city is, literally translated : to love the Earth
Old and new friends in Sukabumi...
Day 7-10 the Rainy City - BOGOR
As most of the old and new members of the Board of the Yayasan Kebon Sepatu are more or less residing in Bogor, we decided to make things easy and have the Annual Meeting on a Sunday in Bogor.
Newly proposed: Tresna Yaniza Putra, Para Adhi Dharma and Firman Ariyanto – the latter with strengthen the Lombok operational Team.
Day 11-12 JAKARTA
Some of the topics needed to be discussed, as sharing knowledge can be vital information to newcomers and we all have the obligation to support Social/Cultural and Educational endeavours to assist others to achieve their goals… Jakarta was – as usual macet, macet and super rainy…
Tempat Lahir saya...
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Day 13 and 14 - SURABAYA
Progress and many changes are dominating the scene of Surabaya. Some ten years since I have visited this wonderful city for the first time. We had originally planned to see an old friend, Steve Jacques from Australia, whom we met in 2005 in Sengiggi (Lombok), but the journey was already planned and booked, when we were informed that he already passed away some years earlier…. such is life. However, Surabaya remains one of my favourite cities in Indonesia, and despite the fierceness of the Dengue fever I contracted in Bandung, I managed to enjoy our visit to SE Asia’s largest Mall, and having tea at the Majapahit Hotel…..
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