Jogjakarta Day 12

What’s That On My Nose

Saturday, 6 March, 2010

12:00 am

Awoke. I realised that I had not tried logging-on the Internet using the prepaid card. I set up the notebook outside the room for the cool tropical night air. Unsuccessful, I decided to write-up yesterday’s events.

6:30 am

Rest time.

12:00 pm

Artist Retouching A Wall Poster

Went out to buy lunch. Preparing to go Malioboro again on foot, this time a little bit earlier.

3:00 pm

Set out for Malioboro via Jalan Bridjen Katamso and turned left to North Alun-Alun, shooting photographs along the way. From Alun-Alun I then headed north to Jalan Malioboro. Bought a luggage bag, had coffee, a few more t-shirts and went right to the north end of Jalan Malioboro.

Immediately right after the sun had set, started shooting and slowly moved along down south. Had a burger and coffee at McDonald. When done, sat by the roadside listening to the music of the busker group.

Roadside Mechanic

9:20 pm

Left for hotel.

11:00 pm

Out to buy dinner.

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The Small Garden Fronting My Hotel Room

Friday, 5 March, 2010

2:00 am

Done with online, went back to hotel and bought dinner along the way. Back at the hotel boiled water to make coffee and enjoyed my dinner with it. Rearranged all the things that I had bought neatly on the bed.

5:00 am

Time to rest.

11:00 pm

Batik Wisnu Shop

Done with breakfast. Washed clothes and hanged it in front of my room. No more washing, enough clean clothes to last till the flight home. Once finished, sat outside the room listening to the muezzins calling for prayer, one after another, overlapping. It was Friday, so those calls were for the weekly congregation on Friday noon prayer with sermons.

2:00 pm

Went out to buy lunch. Had the intention of walking to Malioboro in late afternoon, taking photographs along the way. Rest.

Satay Sellers Just Before Malioboro

5:00 pm

Intention postponed.

6:30 pm

On my way to Malioboro. Went by the road next to Alun-Alun. On reaching the North of Alun-Alun I saw a batik shop called Batik Wisnu. It seemed to be quite busy with quite a handful of customers. On passing by I looked through the glass windows, the prices seemed very reasonable. I went in to have a look. By just looking, I ended up with one batik t-shirt, two batik shirts and one batik long dress.

Busker Group

Malioboro is just north of Alun-Alun. I was late, it was almost time for shops to close for the day. I walked along to see if I could find shops selling luggage bag. Saw one and I just checked on the prices. Went further up and saw a busker group of musicians playing local songs and sometimes western. They were very good indeed, they did stopped a few passers-by including myself, though this was the second time I saw them.

After having a sandwich at McDonald, I sat and listen to their music again, this time on the opposite side of the road.

9:00 pm

Left Malioboro to get back to the hotel. Had a cuppa and laid down to rest.

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Thursday, 4 March, 2010

3:00 am

Left the Internet cafe for the hotel room. Pre-packing the things that I had bought. It seemed that I was in need of a small luggage bag. During my planning for this trip, I had decided to buy the luggage bag here in Indonesia. I was about to buy it back in Solo then, but decided against it. Now that the date for the flight home was near, I had to get one.

5:00 am

The sun was about to rise. Slept.

12:00 pm

Had shower. The sandwich and tea had been on the table outside the room for quite a while and the tea was not even lukewarm. Done with them anyway. Gathered the clothes that needed washing in a plastic bag and off to look for a laundrette. Found one but they provide laundry services and no self-service. Look for another and found one similar. I decided to wash it myself, returned back to the hotel room.

2:00 pm

Road Side Fruits Seller

Went out for lunch and strolled along Jalan Parangtritis capturing its views and the means of transport here in Jogja. Heading north, crossing the junction, I had reached a shopping centre where they sell computers. Roamed a while in there. There were also shops selling handphones and cameras. I enquired about the standalone wireless Internet broadband service and that put my understanding of it in order. I had always enquired about standalone prepaid wireless broadband service. I now knew that the service was with the prepaid mobile phone service. I had never accessed the Internet using the mobile phone. Never like it, not even emails. Now that the access period, the bandwidth (total download), the speed and the need to register are known, it had become clearer. Would try it later.

5:00 pm

Jogja Computer Market

Decided I had enough, headed back to the hotel. Bought water heater and instant coffee along the way.

7:00 pm

Went out and bought two small packets of washing powder and then to the Internet cafe, gotta use up and finish all the coupons that I had in hand.

Almost 11:00 pm now, I am still writing, blogging and some surfing.