January 18, 2016

Hungry aren't we? // Easy Goin'

Hi! I'm so happy to finally be back on my blogging routine. Especially because I didn't post that many back in 2015 and I hope this time, I can find more stories and experience to share with you guys here. So, the last two posts are about my recent trips, right? This time, I'm going to write a review on one of the cafes here in Jogja. This is like what I've promised you since a long time ago that I wanna write more about food and travelling. A part of it is because now I have a partner who happens to like trying out foods and going to places as well, so that encourages me c: Okay, back to the post. Last Saturday night, me and boyfriend went to Prawirotaman. It's an area full of tourists from across the globe, that's why we love trying the foods here. There are many choices that you can choose, this time our choice downs to Easy Goin'. The foods here are a mixed of Indonesian, Mexican, and Western cuisine.

I didn't get to take pictures of the entire menu, but I did take the ones me and boyfriend ordered. Here's a snippet of the coffees and the price list. I ordered myself an ice coffee latte (a must try to all cafes or restaurant that offers coffee in their menu) (because it defines the rest of the coffee taste), while boyfriend went to his old-time favorite drink; soda. A Coca Cola to be exact.

Here's a glimpse of the Mexican menu

Yes, you read it right. For a cafe that is located in Prawirotaman, Easy Goin' has a very affordable price. Especially because the price stated in the menu has included the taxes and service as well, what's more beautiful to hear than that???

This is the drink that I ordered, ice coffee latte. It tastes pretty good. The thing I love about it is you can taste that they have to brew the coffee first before adding milk into it. Most of the cafes I go to have the same typical coffee latte like they're losing the originality as if they all use the same basic product. But this one here tastes like home in my tongue. Personal preference, maybe they can go a little bit the extra mile to present it more beautiful to the customer?

I would say, 8.5/10.

Yay to free nuts? YAY

We ordered nachos as the starter. Boyfriend didn't say anything about this one, and me personally think it tastes okay. I mean, I still prefer the one served in Papricanos located a few blocks away from Easy Goin'. It's a chicken nachos, and the chicken is spicy so if you can't stand spicy foods, please notice the chili stamp on the side of the menu.

I would say, 8/10.

This is the dish that I ordered as my main course; a fish and chips. Straight to the fish, it was *sadly* frozen :( And a bit too greasy as well. The fries are soggy and bland, you really need to dip them in the sour cream to add more taste to the fries. But I love the vegetables tho. They add melted butter on them so it's not very tasteless and bitter.

I would say, 7.8/10.

This is my boyfriend's order; a beef steak. The steak was too salty, unfortunately. You have to eat it with the meshed potato to turn down the saltiness. They also serve it with a box of seasoning that you can add to your liking, including tabasco sauce. It was very salty honestly, and he wasn't very pleased.

All in all, 7/10 from boyfriend, and 7.5/10 from me.

Umbul Ponggok

Hi! I'm back again with another travelling story to share with you guys. So, as you can see, it's an underwater picture. Yes, yesterday I went snorkeling with my family, not with boyfriend. I've been wanting to go snorkeling since a long time ago but I didn't know where to go or how to do it. I thought when you go snorkeling, you need to at least have a basic knowledge about professional diving because you're about to go under the sea and swim with the fishes. But hey! Guess what? Here in Klaten you can do all that even without professional guidance.

So there's this one place at Klaten named Umbul Ponggok. I knew this place from my driver. My mom went to her diploma reunion in Klaten and he told me I could've come with her and went snorkeling but I was asleep back then so I missed the chance. But I was still curious, so I asked my mom again if we could go to this place and try it out. At first I thought this Umbul Ponggok was going to be some kind of beach because where else you're gonna go snorkeling if it weren't on the beach, right? Turns out when we first arrived at the place, it was more like a mere swimming pool. And I was pretty disappointed at first because I was picturing sandy toes and beach hair at the end of the day. I was hesitate at first to get in, but I wanted to know what lies beneath the surface. And so we got in!

Here in Umbul Ponggok, everything is pretty affordable. If we're talking about snorkeling, we're talking about trying to take decent pictures underwater, right folks? Ha, I know what's on your tiny little social-media mind ;) If you want to take pictures using your phone, you can always buy the little waterproof phone bag and they're sold outside the pool, but they also sell it inside. Or if you're not sure you can take decent ones with your phone camera or if you're too scared to get your phone accidentally get wet, the pool offers you an underwater camera that you can rent for about IDR 60k. And don't worry! This price includes your very own personal operator aka your underwater photographer. Or if you want to, just rent the camera and bring it with you without the operator at all. I suggest you for first-timer to tag along the operator with you especially if you've never used an underwater camera before. It saves more time and you can focus on swimming with the fish while the operator takes your pictures. Whatever floats your boat, fellas.

Say hello to my brother! *waves* 

I'm gonna tell you how it feels like being down there. For me personally, I think it's wise for you to at least be able to swim without the life jacket. It's three meters deep and not many 'landings' for you newbie swimmer to stop by when you're in the middle of the pool already. You have to either swim back to the edge of the pool, or fight your place with the crazy boys around the very few landings.

Also a friendly note from my dear brother; there aren't many photos of him taken because he spends most of his time sitting at the edge of the pool. Know why? Because he just found out that he's afraid of the fishes. And I was surprised to hear that. Later I felt the same way whenever a school of fish swam near me as if they were a bunch of Piranhas trying to eat me alive. Probably because the size of the fishes here are too tremendous. It's good that they're pretty big for your hand so you can catch them, but sometimes the one colored in black can scare you to death lol. So yeah, just brace yourself because you're going to swim with medium-sized fishes. Don't say I didn't warn you.

My personal operator was very kind and friendly. He was more like your personal guide who takes your pictures underwater and help you deciding which surrounding will look good on pictures. He even helps me a few times whenever I try to catch my breath by letting me hold on into him. Oh and, there's a reason why I was holding a rock in the picture above. It was veeerrryyyy hard for me to dive in. I'm not scared of the fishes and I love reaching deep into the base of the pool, but somehow I couldn't make my body to sink in. So the operator threw me this big rock and once I held them, my body quickly went deeper and I finally could sink myself deep enough to take decent pictures. But you have to be quick! Especially if you have a very limited air supply in your lungs like I am. I had to do it many times because I was running out of oxygen in such a quick time. This is why I suggest you to at least be able to swim without any life jacket because how are you going to take underwater pictures if you wear the thing that prevents you to sink deeper?

I love this shot so much

So yeah! That's my two cents about my recent trip to Umbul Ponggok located at Klaten. Even though it's not at the beach, but for a first-timer, I think I did quite good. I miss swimming and living underwater so much. It's been a while since I last 'danced' without the gravity pulling me down. Until next post! xo

January 17, 2016


Last Friday I went to Borobudur for the umpteenth time with boyfriend. I had been asking him to take me there because one of my 2016 resolution was to be able to reach the top of the temple. All this time, I could only manage to step until its third level, then I would go around the temple and step down because I can't stand taking too many stairs. But I really want to challenge myself because it's ridiculous when you have visited Borobudur so many times yet you've never been on top of it. Boyfriend was apparently willing to accompany me making my way to the top while stopping once in a while to take pictures. Enjoy!

Here in Borobudur, when you wear shorts that stop above your knees, you will have to wear some kind of garment to cover your lower part of body. It is to respect the temple itself as a sacred place. He actually looks good with it tho. And you don't have to pay for the cloth, it's totally free of charge! But don't forget to return them after you get down from the temple.

Perks of travelling just by the two of us, either we get a 'tongsis' or put the DSLR on the edge of the temple's wall to get a decent couple picture lol

I suggest you guys to visit the temple in workdays because it wasn't as crowded as weekends. The entrance fee is IDR 30k for adults. But you can always check it on Google because the price can change during holiday season. We bought a couple bracelet for the two of us, which you can get three of them for only IDR 10k. Such a good deal because the drinks sold in this place is sooo overpriced! >:( Oh and, I feel so happy to finally have a travelling partner who knows how to take pictures. At least I don't have to give him Photography 101 because he already knows the basic stuffs.

Have a nice weekend y'all! xo