Monday, September 24, 2007

力不从心

原来疲累的程度比思想还要快几倍
还来不及写的文字早被疲累给吞噬
就这样所有的感受一天一天的堆积
有记一些些的,有挥之九霄云外的
想诉说的、想分享的、想发泄的。。。
待何时才能一一回味,一一畅诉?
怎么会感觉力不从心呢?
有点儿纳闷。。。有点儿气喘。。。

Monday, September 03, 2007

Jogja-Solo, One Millionaire Trip (2)

Day 2 ~ 27.07.07 (Friday)

Blur Ney-Ho…
Supposedly we should wake up at 4am but Ney-Ho had adjusted the alarm clock mistakenly. I was smart this time as I asked her 3.15am as in Malaysia or Indo. The one-time mistake I had made in Angkor trip had taught me to be careful with time difference. Haha…we back to sleep again for another hour.

The Sunrise…
Gathering at 4.45am, we reached Candi Borobudur in five-minute time. For the price we had paid, the driver just drove us to the spot and left us there. I thought it was going to have a tour guide to guide and explain to us. What a tricky package?!










No much crowd here to view sunrise. Very quiet. We walked around and climbed to the top to find the spot of viewing sunrise. Waiting in the dark, we saw the sign of the dawn going to break. The volcano was highlighted by orangey shines. It was beautiful. But soon, the cloud came over and covered the whole scene of volcano. “Zanne desu yo (pour thing).” Our morning mission was gone with the appearance of fog.

Even the sunrise was not there, we were still hanging around and taking photos. We were going to leave Candi Borobudur today, this was the last chance for those photography-addict to cover the balance which they might have missed yesterday.

American Breakfast…
When sky was getting brighter, it signaled the time to feed our stomach again. We left the candi for our breakfast in the hotel. Ho ho ho…American breakfast, the most expensive breakfast offered by the hotel. Each of us enjoyed it with different styles. Some made egg mayo sandwich; some took the toast with butter and jam; while some chopped the boiled egg into bits and pieces added with chili...whichever style, it was a happy filling breakfast. Uh...plus a complimentary light meal from sunrise viewing package – the banana fritter topped with cheese, just irresistible!

The Museum…
What’s next? Yeah…we went and visited the museum. The tour guide in the museum had enriched our trip to Borobudur. He had made such a good explanation on the history of Borobudur, from the building till to the damage, and to the restoration of Borobudur. Again, another great masterpiece of building in history. The architecture of Borobudur which was built without single nail and nut is real amazed!

Came to the Buddha statue located in front of the museum. This statue is believed to be the one put at the top stupa of Candi Borobudur. All of us made a pray in front of the Buddha. When you’re telling your wish to the Buddha, at the same time you’re pouring the water from the head of the Buddha. The ceremony is inherited from who and where is unknown. We just followed someone who made the praying before us. Will the wish come true? Ask yourself lo (all wishes are kept in the heart, nobody knows yours)…

Visiting other temples…
We had to leave Borobudur at 12.30pm to visit other nearby temples – Candi Pawon and Candi Mendut. Geographically Candi Pawon, Candi Mendut and Candi Borobudur are located in one straight line, amazed! It’s the workship of God or the human?

Candi Pawon, a small temple located in the village. Initially, we thought we were going to spend about half to an hour here. Haha…took only 3 minutes, we finished viewing the whole temples. We left the temple after 20 minutes. For photography, it’s still worth to spend some time. The professional gang was busy finding all the potential angle for best shot!


Candi Mendut is slightly bigger than Candi Pawon. There are three statues – representing God of richness, God of Happiness and God of Life sitting in the temple. One of the guards there was smart. When we entered the temple, he used a piece of zink to reflect the light from outside into the temple. So, we could see the statue of each God clearly and even snap the best clear shot. Haha…another round of praying and donation. Truly sincere …we’re praying everywhere we’d visited.







Shopping…
While visiting the temples, all team members had fostered the mood to start buying souvenirs already. Funny scene, if you bought something from one of the sellers, there would be another two or three sellers approached and offered you same thing with lower price. They had their “gong fu” to sell their stuffs, they would stick to you until you surrendered. Unless you kept your determination of not buying, else, your wallet would be “dried” very fast.













The watch showed 2.30pm in the afternoon, nobody complaint about hungriness. The philosophy of “dream camera, sleep camera, eat camera” was like assimilated into our travelling. To quench the thirst, we enjoyed coconut under the shadow. Real cooling… Thereafter, we departed for our next travel spot – jogjakarta.

Jl. Malioboro...
Took more than an hour, we reached first night guess house in jogjakarta, Wisma Nendra. After viewing the room condition, we decided not to stay in. What a kidding, the mini bus that sent us to Nendra guess house had left us behind. So what? Meaning that we had to either walk or call the tu-tu. Finally, we chose to walk and at the same time could enjoy the scenes of jogjakarta.

Alright, understanding direction will never be my skill. I left this important mission to the others. When we learnt the direction to Jl. Malioboro, all of us carried own luggage and backpack, and started our journey to find our accommodation tonight. Along the way, we visited few guest houses. Yea…it was real cheap but you would never like the environment and the room condition. More importantly, neither hot shower nor air-condition is provided. So, we continued our journey towards Jl. Malioboro.

Walking for more than half hour, the luggage was getting heavier and heavier. Everyone was hot, sweating and tired. Honestly, the street name of jogjakarta is long and difficult to remember. We asked people around about the direction. Luckily, other team members are good at reading map. If I were to read the map, I think all of us were going to get lost and getting more tired and exhausted.

At last, we reached Jln Malioboro. Very happening here. Lots of stalls along the street…oh..focus, now, our task was to find a suitable guest house for tonight first. Yes, very fast we found Wisma Persada Guest House (Rp175,000 per night). Though we were not satisfied with the guest house, but at least it provides hot shower and air-condition.

Dining…
Immediately, after putting our luggage, we rushed for our dinner. Everyone was hungry. We had decided to fill our stomach first and looking for our two-more-day accommodation in Jogjakarta. We went into a restaurant named Bakso Ato'y for our dinner. We ordered local food such as Soto (Rp6,500), Nasi Soto Ayam (Rp6,000), Lumpia Ayam Semarang (Rp10,000). Everything was delicious except Lumpia (like popiah) which was not of my favourite because of its taste but you must try. Well, they also offer different beverages with cute name. Do try out especially the ice blended one should help to quench your thirst.




Finding Guest House…
After filling our stomach, we started to find guest house. Along Jln CCC, there were a lot of guest houses, some cheap but room condition was lousy, some expensive a bit and room condition was fantastic but either full-house or not enough to fulfill our needs of 5 rooms. At last, we found Gloria Amanda Guest house. It’s a bit further in but the condition all fulfill our expectation - it’s clean and the bed is so comfortable to sleep on. So we decided to take this guest house for the next two days in jogjakarta. Hurray, everyone could go back guest house and took a rest now.

Oyasumi…
Before we could go to bed, we still had one thing needed to be arranged – our journey tomorrow, we did not have final words yet. So, after taking bath, we had a very short meeting. Haha…as everyone was tired and sleepy, we took very best solution for tomorrow’s journey. Agreed on a budget, we decided to break into three teams and survey the price around the area in 20 minutes’ time.

Then, no more then lo…meeting was dismissed. Couldn’t wait one more minute to rest our body, free our mind and nurture our soul…for a better enjoyable tomorrow travel journey. Guys were opposite our room. We warned them not to make big noisy snoring and disturb our beauty sleep…oyasumi…


To be continued.


Photography: The fellowship of Jogja-Solo

~当个后天小厨师~

你我生下来不懂得煮?这是自然。对厨房的事,理解反应迟钝?小事一桩。以前在家待着的时候,最多时间可以看到妈妈烹饪。可是呢,就是不当一回事。长大了,在外工作,想要自己煮个什么的,发现这到底应该是下水了再加调味,还是下了调味再加水?抓不着头脑! 无所谓的,许多事我们都不是天生就懂,...