Well, here it is! The 2nd big reunion of my Tjoa family. And it will be the 2nd time in these 2 years after the first one in 2005.
This is gonna be a looong post with LOTS of photos 🙂
It was all started by me, my auntie, and his son picked up our relatives from Hongkong at Soekarno-Hatta airport on the afternoon of July26th 2007. They have come a long way just to had a reunion with us, their beloved relatives. Lol. Well, actually my yi po (my grandma’s youngest sister) from HK happened to have a reunion with her former schoolmates in Muntilan, Indonesia. My grandma, (another) yi po, and my Ku Kong (from HK as well) were going to the same event as all of them were studying in the same school last time.
After they have landed safely and soundly in Jakarta’s airport, we brought them to a food court to have lunch. It’s still inside the airport as the Hongkongese and I were about to fly to Solo in about 3 hours after that.
Eat eat eat…
Wheeeeeeee ~ *plane take off*
My uncle, his two cute son, grandma, and yi po fetch us from the airport. Apparently, only my yiyi, yipo, and I who followed them back as my ku kong and kim po were picked up by my kim po’s sister.
On the next day, off we go to Magelang. The family reunion will be held at Puri Asri hotel there. But we we were staying at Jogja that night. We were only dropping the grandmas there.
Before that, we visited the Prambanan temple. Wew, it’s been long since the last time I went to a temple. Not those Chinese Buddhist kind of temple, but Indonesian Hindus temples. And yes, it was gorgeous! 😀
Sadly, most of the small statues surrounding the bigger ones in Prambanan have been demolished because of the earthquake on 2006.
Why don’t they just write “earthquake” instead of “gempa”? -_-
But still, it’s beautiful! 😀
Candi Sewu – still in the same location with Prambanan
The next day (Saturday), after a good night sleep in Jogja, we fetch my parents at Jogja airport in the morning. After having the delicious gudeg (the traditional food of Jogja, which is 1 of my favorites :D), we had a tour de temples. Hahaha..we visited a few temples in Jogja.
The first one was Sambisari Temple. The location of the temple is just awesome! the land surrounding it is going downwards and the temple was in the middle of a nice greneery!
Daddy with the Lingga Yoni
A new statue found in the surrounding area :p
The 2nd one was Sari Temple. It’s just one temple standing in the middle of a village, but it’s also nice 🙂
Then we wanted to go to Ratu Boko Temple, but we got lost on the way there and found another temple we’ve never heard of before. Lol. It’s …….
Too bad it was ruined because of the earthquake as well, and it’s on restoration period now.
After that, we move on to Ratu Boko Temple (yes, we’ve finally found the way. lol). The location of this temple is just…well, amazing! I mean, it is surrounded by a field of greens in a huge location. I was imagining how was the temple used to be when it was still used by the Queen…
Finished with 4 temples, we went back to the hotel. Pack our stuffs and then we move on to Magelang. Check in, put our stuffs there, then some of us went off to Borobudur Temple! Yap, Borobudur. Used to be 1 of the seven wonders of the world! 🙂
It’s been more than 13 years since the last time I’ve been there.And yes, it still amazes me! 🙂
And this is 1 of my favorites…Borobudur at sunset! 🙂
The 1st night in Magelang can be said as the pre-reunion as not all of the family members were there. Some came on the day after.
Then come Sunday…the reunion day! 😀
We spent the day time by relaxing and stuffs. A few of us (including me) went for bakso in the afternoon 😀
This is a Temanggung (a city in East Java) style of bakso (meatballs). If normal Indonesian bakso usually consists of meatballs, noodle/beehon, fried onion, and celery, this 1 is consists of meatballs, ketupat (rice cake), and tahu. Nice 🙂
The night was filled with laughter and it was super duper noisy until we said among ourselves that the guards would come anytime soon and the receptionist people would be glad if we won’t come another time. Hahahaha..Yes, my family is always super noisy and super duper fun when we are having any gathering..but I love them to pieces!! 😀
Doing a “math assignment” given by my yipo from HK. There were prizes for the winners. Lol
The whole family! 😀
We end the reunion night by standing in circle and sing “Kemesraan” in the middle of the night (00:00). It was awful yet fun as we sing it in loud voices and bad melody. I couldn’t even sing at all because I was too busy laughing together with some of them, but hey, that’s the fun right? Hahaha…
The next day I went with my parents and some others to buy getuk! It’s another my-fave- traditional- snack 😀
and it was super delicious I couldn’t get myself stop from munching it :p
Ok, maybe they don’t look so appetizing, but trust me, the taste is SUPER SUPER nice! 😀
And we also drank Indonesian traditional jamu. Some people do not like jamu because of the bitter taste. But actually there are some of them which taste quiet sweet. My favorite would be the kunyit asam (tumeric+tamarind).
There’s this 1 type of jamu called Brotowali, and it’s sooo bitter I don’t like it, but my dad likes it. It’s good for your health, anyway.
And so, when we saw a jamu seller passing the getuk selling place, my dad stopped the old lady and bought a glass of Brotowali. He asked my yiyi from HK to drink it without telling her what was it..
And the result…
When I asked her how did it taste like, she said “Super bitter!”
After the sweet getuk, we moved on for Soto daging…
Since it was the last day of our reunion. We decided to play some traditional games at the hotel yard. They are providing bakiak, egrang, mini gokart, and a “rickshaw” to be used by the guests. Lol. The session was super duper triple fun! 😀
Gunny sack race!
Sheila! Jessica and Ferdinand’s li’l sis! so cuteeeee 😀
Jumping with glee~
Btw, this is where we stayed during the 2 nights of the reunion:
After it all ended, we all headed to Muntilan before went separated back to our own places. My parents went back to Jakarta that evening as they need to go to work on Monday. As for me, I continue the journey back to Solo with my Xiang Gang’s relatives. We were going to East Java after spending another 2 nights in Solo 🙂
And when I said Solo, it means food, food, and food!! 😀
Nasi liwet for breakfast…My fave dish in Solo 😀
My fave nasi liwet stall in Pasar Gede…
Then continued with buying some traditional snacks…
Then…2nd round: Dawet! 🙂
When I was small, I used to hate this dish. Not hate actually, it’s more to I didn’t want to eat it because it looks dirty to me. But when I grew up, this became 1 of my favorite traditional snacks.LOL :p
A trip to Solo won’t be complete without Wedang Ronde 😀
Accompanied by Nasi Kucing. It’s called that way because of the very small portion of rice and lauk which usually eaten by cat. Lol. And the dish is usually super spicy…
My yiyi’s and mine
Her face straight away turned red because of the hotness! Hahaha…
After ronde, continued with… (OMG, I didn;t know how much weight I’ve put by this time -_-“)
After 2 nights of another series of fun in Solo, East Java..here we come!! 😀
Our first stop was Gunung Kawi. I’ve never been there before. The mountain is believed to be sacred. The situation there used to be a bit mystical, but now not anymore.
The surrounding area…
Dinner: bakso again 😀
We were lucky (well, It was a luck for me, at least. lol) because that night, there will be a ceremony going on. It was some kind of “praying” and respect to the grave of Ki….(Ermm sorry, forgotten the name, but it was a Muslim’s religious people). His grave was being very protected by the surrounding citizens. So that night, there was a ceremony in order to respect him (I guess so) and for those who attend it, they will wish for things, for example: wish for safety for their family, wish for a lot of customers to go to their stores, etc.
I’ve never been to any kind of ceremony like this, so I decided to go and it was to accompany my grandma as well. She, my kim po, and kim po’s sister paid for the ceremony (yes, you have to pay a certain amount of money *I’m not sure how much* to attend the ceremony).
Before the ceremony began, my grandma went for Jiam Si, a kind of fortune telling by using hio. She has been doing this for a lot of times already for herself, and for her daughters who are my mum, and my 2 yiyiS.
And then the ceremony began at 9pm…
Well, it wasn’t that mystical as I thought it would be. It was just okay.
Taking photos are not allowed beyond this gate. So no photos of the ceremony
The next day, we move on to Batu, Malang (your hometown, sis. Lol)
Malang is known for their green apples. This statue explains it
On the way there, we stopped by Sengkaling, a playing area for kids. Ermm…most of the rides there were not functioning, and yet the people at the cashier counter didn’t say a word about it and we already paid Rp 40,000 for 2 of my nephews -_-
After Sengkaling, we went to Kusuma Agro Wisata. It’s famous for the apple plantation, as well as the strawberries and oranges. Here, visitors can go into the plantation and pick 2 fruits for each person (this applies to apples and oranges. I forgotten how the rule is for strawberries)
At night, we filled our tummy with the famous noodle in Malang, Mie Gang Jangkrik J
The next day, we went to Coban Rondo waterfall. Rondo means widow. Lol. The waterfall is just small, but nice.
We didn’t spend a lot of time there. The next thing we do was buying some East Java specialty snacks to bring back home.
Then we spent quite a long time on the road looking for pecel lele, the famous one of course. Haha, but my crazy yet funky aunty who drove the car where I was in (we went by 2 cars) turn into the wrong way, so we couldn’t find it and ended up having lunch at 3pm at the next city. Lol.
And that’s the end of our East Java trip. We headed back to Solo that evening and reach there at night.
Reaching Solo, my funky yiyi, my other aunty, and I went to accompany my grandma to a tukang pijat (massage master? LOL :p) because she sprained her wrist in Malang when she was about to come down the stairs.
After we’ve done with it and send my grandma back home, some of us went for timlo, another specialty food of Solo. This timlo stall we went to is only open at night from 9pm – 2am. Yet, it is always full with customers.
The next morning, we started the day by having nasi sop (Soup rice (soup + rice), literally) in a famous stall there.
On the afternoon…
The traditional version with brown sugar and banana as the filling tastes so nice, as nice as the modern version with banana and choco filling 😀
Continue with tengkleng in the afternoon with grandma, yiyi, and another auntie…
Then at 4 pm, I had to say good bye to everyone and headed to Adi Sumarmo Airport Solo…It’s time for me flew back to Jakarta..
So that’s the end of my trip. It wasn’t that long (26/07 – 04/08), but it was memorable.
And again, I present you my Tjoa family…the photoholic, noisy, nice, crazy, and fun family I have 😀