Malioboro & Surroundings


This is Malioboro

Many tourists come to stay in Jogjakarta to visit Prambanan temple and Borobudur.  Malioboro is a street name in central area of Jogjakarta, next to Tugu train station and is a kind of melting pot where domestic and foreign tourists come to sample the place and do some shopping.  One of the popular items on sale here are T-shirts.  The words Jogja (short for Jogjakarta) and, or Malioboro are found in many of the artwork.  Not surprisingly, the surrounding areas are packed with tourist class and budget hotels.

Jogjakarta Day 15

Tuesday, 9 March, 2010

Water-logged Jalan Parangtritis

2:00 am

Woke up. Could not get back to sleep again. Had some bread and hot coffee. Transferred the photographs into the notebook and charged the batteries. Looking around the room to see what else needed to be packed, none, except for the pants and t-shirt to be worn tomorrow and those that I’m wearing. Nothing else to do, I laid down and rest.

9:00 am

I just looked at the sandwich breakfast, not touching it. Weather was good, I hesitated to go out and look for a bike to be rented for the day. I had intended to go to Prambanan and if possible Borobudur and Parangtritis beach to shoot some photographs with better preparations. I had

Slow shutter while on a becak

been to those places late last year but the eagerness to go this time around was not strong and it was already late morning and I had only the late afternoon. Made a hot coffee and ate some cheese biscuits, logged on to the Internet. Later on slept again.

4:00 pm

It was raining quite heavily with thunders and lightnings, glad that I had not rent the bike. The rain had caused Jalan Parangtritis near the road leading to the hotel where I stayed to be a little bit water-logged. Had late lunch and then off to Malioboro again to finish the excess cash in hand.

7:00 pm

Another slow shutter while on a becak

Left for hotel. Drizzling slightly. Took some photographs along the way while on the seat of the becak. Some experimenting. Nice reflections on the wet road. Nothing would be in sharp focus though. Back at the hotel room, I put aside the things that I had bought, grabbed the tripod and immediately went out for some night photographs along Jalan Parangtritis.

9:30 pm

Repacking the luggage bag then went over to Indomaret to have it weighed. 14 kilos, just nice. Back at the hotel room, switched on the notebook, wrote this blog and charging the batteries.

Jogjakarta Day 14


Sunset in Jogja

Sunset in Jogja

Monday, 8 March, 2010

Haven’t had a blink yet, just could not sleep. As usual, my time to sleep was when the sun had risen.

7:00 am


1:00 pm

Went out to buy Rp 60,000 worth of connection time for the prepaid Internet access. Enough for six hours of surfing. I set-up the notebook outside the hotel room. Each room had two chairs and a table. The weather was fine, bright and sunny, good lighting for video chat.

Indomaret at Malioboro not the one near hotel

5:00 pm

Left for Malioboro on foot. Took some silhouette photographs with the twilight sky as backdrop. Stopped at a stall for a cuppa. Started to rain, a slightly heavy drizzle. A while later when the drizzle had almost stopped, I carried on with my journey. At Malioboro, I wasted no time in getting the items that I had in mind, then to McDonald for a burger, coffee and some surfing.

9:00 pm

Left for hotel. Soon I’d be leaving for home, probably no more shopping, I began to pack the items that would go into the luggage bag that would be checked-in at the airport. Later, went to

Ornamental Lamp Post

Indomaret, it’s somewhat akin to Eleven-7  😉  , to have the luggage bag weighed. About 13 kilos, 15 kilos was my limit, 2 more kilos could be added. The rest would go into the sack as carry-in.

11:00 pm

Trying to go out tomorrow for a full day touring, on a bike if I could get one, sleep early.

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.

Jogjakarta Day 11

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.