Voyages: Transporting Back in Time

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Allow me to take you back in time through culture, nature and food in Yogyakarta and Solo.

Taman Sari (Water Castle), also known as the garden for the Sultan of Yogyakarta, was originally built for multiple purposes. Some of its original functions were a place to rest, to meditate, to work, to hide and to defend the Sultan’s family. Let’s be real though, it’s famously known as a former bathing space for the Sultan’s wives, wives-to-be and daughters.

Mt. Merapi, an active volcano that last erupted in early 2014, is one of my family’s favorite spot.  No, we didn’t hike. We went to chow down the local delicacy called Jadah Tempe in the midst of the soothing, cool breeze. Oh, and one disgusting thing that I apologize to mention: Sate Kelinci (Rabbit Satay). Yup they exist. Nope I didn’t eat it – I’m pescatarian.

Gumuk Pasir is a new hot spot that offers sand-boarding. Although it was miserably exhausting to climb up the dunes, it was sooo worth it. Just don’t go at noon or else when you fall, you’ll be sorry for your ass.

Taking you north from Yogyakarta is Solo. Nothing much was done there except for my brother’s fucking wedding!! 😀 It was central Javanese-themed, subtle and beautiful. Here I am donning make-up by yours truly – inspired by Lana Del Rey – wearing a Kebaya and hair styled into a modern Sanggul.

// BRANDY MELVILLE TOP / H&M TOP // CIREBON TRADITIONAL MARKET PANTS / SPORT’S PLANET SHORTS // DR. SCHOLL SANDALS // CONVERSE // KEBAYA //
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Voyages: Belitung

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Belitung or Belitong (say it like the locals do), is one of the thousand islands found in Indonesia, precisely off the east coast of Sumatra. According to Indonesia Tourism’s website, the word Belitung is taken from the local language, which means sea slug. Laskar Pelangi, or The Rainbow Troops, is an Indonesian movie released in 2008 that happened to take place in East Belitung. You could say that this island became a checklist on several traveler’s list after they watched that movie. Although Belitung isn’t a household name like Bali, the beaches will captivate you.

NATURE. S U N. S A L T Y H A I R. O C E A N. C O C O N U T. S E A F O O D. P A L M T R E E S. All made my first time in Belitung oh so relaxing! Did I mention sun? It felt like the sun was so pure – no pollution overriding the sun rays whatsoever. Definitely worth for a quick getaway to get some sun, ocean and delicious food. I swear, you wouldn’t need social media. (fine, I sneaked a couple of boomerangs and snapshots just to share the beauty of this island) Especially remember about reality…

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// VINTAGE SWIMSUIT / BLOOMINGDALE SKIRT & ROMPER / ADIDAS CAP / H&M SUNGLASSES / IPANEMA SANDALS / PRADA BACKPACK //

Boho Chic in Jogja Ep.2

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Wanna know a secret, lovelies? Batik-printed garments are super light-weight and even give enough warmth – to tackle a slightly chilly weather. It’s perfect for Jogja 🙂 On my most recent trip, I strolled around Jalan Malioboro on a very sunny day with no apparent reason actually. Keep in mind to dress modestly in this city! I opted for a sleeveless, knee-length batik dress, or what locals call it as duster. Jogja’s areas near Mt. Merapi are chillier, where one of my uncles has a Salak plantation there. Rain had been pouring a lot hence I wore a light-weight hoodie, a pastel-colored tank-top and my newest purchase: a pair of baggy, batik pants from Pasar Beringharjo.

To read the other descriptions made by Tour Jogja, click here.

OUTFIT 1 // GIFTED BATIK DRESS // H&M HAT //

OUTFIT 2 // COTTON ON HOODIE // CHEROKEE TOP // PASAR BERINGHARJO PANTS // NIKE SNEAKERS //

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Voyages: S E O U L

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Perhaps one of the most spontaneous trips I’ve taken in my life.. I stayed at Seoul but managed to travel to Nami Island and a Ski Resort up North of Seoul.

My goodness I forgot what winter felt like!!!!! Snow had stopped pouring down but the temperatures were still below 0 degree Celsius. The underground subway stations even felt freezing! I was obsessed with 3 things: scarves, my – at the time – new Mango crossover bag and the Sea Salt Spray from Lush.

OUTFITS // H&M CARDIGAN // ALFRED DUNNER TOP // CANDA TOP // HARD ROCK CAFE (SEOUL) HOODIE // LOCAL STORE (SEOUL) SCARF // TOPSHOP BOTTOMS // MANGO BAG // H&M SHADES // BRANDY MELVILLE TATTOO CHOKER // H&M SOCKS // NIKE AIR FORCE 1 //

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