Sorry. was being super sensitive and a bit moody lately.

The 2nd Tjoa family reunion

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 πŸ™‚

Be ready!

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…

Check in…

Board plane…

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! πŸ˜€

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! πŸ˜€

Candi Sewu – still in the same location with Prambanan

Then..a becak ride strolling around Malioboro and Keraton Jogja with my yiyi and biao jie πŸ™‚


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 πŸ™‚


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! πŸ™‚

It’s been more than 13 years since the last time I’ve been there.And yes, it still amazes me! πŸ™‚

And this is 1 of my favorites…Borobudur at sunset! πŸ™‚

But too bad, the sky is not orange-reddish like how I often see in those postcards 😦
But never mind. At least I got the silhouette! Cos it has been one of my “to do list” since a long time ago.

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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! πŸ˜€

We spent the day time by relaxing and stuffs. A few of us (including me) went for bakso in the afternoon πŸ˜€

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 πŸ™‚

And …
The famous…


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!! πŸ˜€

Doing a “math assignment” given by my yipo from HK. There were prizes for the winners. Lol

The whole family! πŸ˜€

Representatives to pop confetti at the end of the night

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 πŸ˜€
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! πŸ˜€

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..

No, the yellow thing is not Brotowali. It’s kunyit asam

And the result…

Mwahahahahaa….The expression on her face was priceless!

When I asked her how did it taste like, she said “Super bitter!”
LOL!

After the sweet getuk, we moved on for Soto daging

The soto daging here is super nice! πŸ˜€

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! πŸ˜€

Dad, don’t escape from the car lah!

Do we look like those model in cigarettes’ ad? Lol :p

Gunny sack race!

Sheila! Jessica and Ferdinand’s li’l sis! so cuteeeee πŸ˜€

Jumping with glee~

Btw, this is where we stayed during the 2 nights of the reunion:


And this is the surrounding area…



Full with greenies! πŸ˜€

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 πŸ™‚

And when I said Solo, it means food, food, and food!! πŸ˜€

Nasi liwet for breakfast…My fave dish in Solo πŸ˜€

My fave nasi liwet stall in Pasar Gede…

Then continued with buying some traditional snacks…

Then…2nd round: Dawet! πŸ™‚

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

My yiyi in the middle of Pasar Gede

Afternoon…Degan! (a.k.a young coconut)


Dinner…

A trip to Solo won’t be complete without Wedang Ronde πŸ˜€

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!! πŸ˜€

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.


We stayed in a simple and small Inn.

The surrounding area…

Dinner: bakso again πŸ˜€

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).

The temple in Gunung Kawi

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

Lunch…

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)


Free apple juice as the welcome drink πŸ™‚

But too bad we couldn’t get to pick up the apples because it wasn’t time for them to be picked yet. So we went for oranges. The oranges were sweet and nice J


Couldn’t resist the sweetness of the tangerine…




The beautiful scenery there…

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.

Nasi Rawon!!

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.

Satisfying breakfast!

On the afternoon…

Weeeeeeeeeeee~ Kue lekker!!! This 1 sold nearby the Soup rice place. So nice! πŸ™‚

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 πŸ˜€

Continue with tengkleng in the afternoon with grandma, yiyi, and another auntie…

Dear grandma πŸ™‚

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 πŸ˜€


Anniversaries

June 20th 2007 marks the 26th wedding anniversary for my beloved parents! πŸ™‚
So last Saturday after we showed our faces at Daddy’s friend’s daughter’s wedding reception *in the invitation, the time was written from 6-8pm. We departed from home at 7. The road was jammed so badly that we reached there by 8:10! Lol*

I didn’t want to go at first, but dad forced me to go, so yea..
and I was not in the mood to wear dress, so I chose a top and skirt instead. Hahahaha…

“Hahaha…Confirmed by the time we reach there, the groom and bride will be going home already” said daddy.

“I think by the time we reach there, we will see the bride in her normal clothes and pack her wedding gown” I replied.

But as we arrived at the reception hall, there were still lots of guests there. The MC was still guiding the event, some kids were rolling on the floor (literally!), and some guests were taking photos with the happy groom and bride on the stage. So we just greeted dad’s friend and his wife, and he and dad talked for a few sentence (literally), and then off we go! Hahaha..I think we only spend around 10 minutes there. Lol.

After that we decided to find something to eat in EX Plaza Indonesia. It’s been quite long since the last time I went there. For those who don’t know EX, it’s an acronym for Entertainment X’nter. Hahaha Indonesians are just creative. Usually this place will be packed by Saturday night with youngsters from all over Jakarta. But there are older people too.

The colorful “waterfall”

Dad suggested for Fish ‘n Co, and there we go. The restaurant was super packed that we had to go on waiting list.

“Umm..30 minutes”, said the waitress that took my name.
“I will call you when we already have the table”

So we walked around EX…Looking at the photo exhibition about saving water. The photos were really nice πŸ™‚



Take a peek at Vertu shop *no photo lar. I don’t want the staffs to chase me and take away my digicam*…I still have no idea why Vertu is so expensive. The design is just ok, not that nice. The thing that makes it so expensive is the material. In some models they used gold and Swarovski crystals! Tsk tsk tsk…
And another thing that makes it expensive is the GPS feature inside. So if your phone was stolen, you can detect where did it go through the GPS. That’s what I read in newspaper last year or last two year.

Went into the XXI’s restrooms. Hahaha….the XXI here is nicer than the one in Kelapa Gading Mall. I actually expected the one in MKG to be like the XXI in EX when they were about to built it last year (or was it last 2 year?), but to my disappointment, it didn’t. Well, it’s nice, just that it’s a bit different with the one in EX, but it’s still nice πŸ™‚

30 minutes has passed…

…and I haven’t received any call from Fish ‘n Co.

So we went back to the restaurant and asked the waitress, then she said we need to wait for another 6 guests!

Ok, so we wait…

Mum sat at the couch nearby, Dad was checking Sony Bravia in the store, and I stood near the resto’s reception table.

So after around 45 mins, we finally got a table. Outside and with sofas πŸ™‚

The appetizer: Caesar salad with smoked salmon πŸ™‚

Dad’s traditional fish and chips

Mum’s baked salmon

My grilled salmon with lime oggie for the beverage πŸ™‚

Happy 26th wedding anniversary mum and dad! πŸ˜€

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20-06-2007 also marks the 7th month anniversary for me and Ah Boon! =D
Time passed so fast eh dear? X)
Feels just like yesterday..hehehehehe


A very warm good afternoon to Ah Boon in the far far away land called KL πŸ™‚
Sorry for last night and I hope today will be better ya πŸ˜€
Let’s count the days..
Hmm…*counting*…
14…13…12…11…10…

10 days to go!! XD

10 dayssss come pass fasterrrrr!

I miss him so much now…

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I haven’t eaten this for quite long..and yesterday I got the chance to taste it again..hehehe


drooling?? hehehe…

Dear grandma,

Today you turned 76…
Happy birthday! ^_^
Thanks for being the best grandma ever! =D

p.s : I miss you and your cooking. When are you gonna come to Jakarta or visit me here in Malaysia?hehehe…and when I called you this morning, I realized that I haven’t seen you for quite some time and it made me miss you even more =)
Do you miss me? I bet you do XD

Lots of love,

your granddaughter

July 1st 2005 – Tjoa family reunion