Kite Museum, More Than Just A Childhood Memory

My brother from Solo and cousins from Yogyakarta and Pemalang are coming to Jakarta. I’m so excited for showing them some authentic experiences in Jakarta. Therefore, I take a day leave from office on Monday to travel around the city with them. I also want to take them for experiencing public transportation here. Since I know Monday is a close schedule for museum, I don’t … Continue reading Kite Museum, More Than Just A Childhood Memory

Breathtaking Hidden Beauty of Aceh Named Pucok Krueng

For traveling, I prefer more to visit authentic places having strong local value. Even though I don’t mind visiting touristy “mainstream” places, I would be happier to see unexplored or unique unpopular places at the first place. Indeed, my friends from Medan who travel together with me in Aceh – Yana, Zami, and Iman – know so well about my favorite type of traveling. In … Continue reading Breathtaking Hidden Beauty of Aceh Named Pucok Krueng

RRI Surakarta, When It’s Not Only about Radio

Located so near to Balapan Train Station, just around 2 minutes walk, RRI Surakarta is one of offices with interesting vintage building in Solo city. Its classic and grandeur style easily attracts the attention those who pass Abdul Rachman Saleh Street of Kestalan Banjarsari. For me, this place is more than special. This was the office where my mom worked in finance department until she … Continue reading RRI Surakarta, When It’s Not Only about Radio

This Islamic School, Not Just Another School Building

As a native of Solo (Surakarta) city, I have visited many popular attractions here. However, I’m still craving for knowing more interesting places that I haven’t seen before. Thus, I’m so excited to find this place during walking on the super hot weather in the center of the city, in the area of Sriwedari in Slamet Riyadi street. It’s already 12:00 pm so as a … Continue reading This Islamic School, Not Just Another School Building

Ulul Albab Mosque, A Hidden Gem in Bekasi

Ramadan is a very good time for me to visit Islamic-theme places that I haven’t visited before. Visiting mosques can be one of interesting activities to do. Looking for idea which mosque to visit, and of course to pray too, while I am on my way from Bekasi Train Station, I remember there is a mosque that I haven’t gone to near that station. Located … Continue reading Ulul Albab Mosque, A Hidden Gem in Bekasi

Damai di Pantai Laskar Pelangi

Baru saja berakhir, hujan di sore ini Menyisakan keajaiban, kilauan indah pelangi Tak pernah terlewatkan, dan tetap mengaguminya Kesempatan seperti ini, takkan bisa dibeli (Lagu Sahabat Kecil by Ipang) Lagu tersebut langsung berkumandang halus di telinga. Tempat itu terlalu iconic! Sulit dipisahkan dengan memori orang yang sudah menonton film Laskar Pelangi. Lagu Sahabat Kecil yang menjadi soundtrack film itu seakan turut mengiringi suara lembut debur … Continue reading Damai di Pantai Laskar Pelangi

Harum Pasar Kembang dan Sebuah Kenangan

Sebelum bercerita soal Pasar Kembang yang legendaris di Kota Solo, ada sedikit intermezzo ya. Jadi sewaktu kecil aku tinggal di Gondowijayan, sebuah area yang sangat dekat dengan kompleks Keraton Mangkunegaran. Eyang dari eyangku, atau kita menyebutnya mbah canggah Karyosasmito, adalah pegawai di Keraton Mangkunegaran. Beliau adalah pemilik generasi pertama rumah keluarga di Gondowijayan tersebut. Tak heran nuansa Mangkunegaran turut mempengaruhi rumah keluarga kami. Dari bentuk … Continue reading Harum Pasar Kembang dan Sebuah Kenangan