How Every Street Campaign Should Have Been

There was a spectacular street campaign on Malioboro Street, Yogyakarta, Indonesia on June 24, 2014. As the presidential election is going to be held on July 9, 2014, the supporters of both candidates (Jokowi-Jusuf Kalla and Prabowo-Hatta Rajasa) have started the street campaign.

In Indonesia, every street campaign is brutal. The supporters of a candidate are roaming around the city with their made-up noisy motorcycles. And sometimes, the street campaign triggers a street fight between two sides who have the slightest mutuality. I really don’t get it why the supporters do that, the fight and made-up noises. I suppose those things tend to make people hate them more, isn’t it?

Just yesterday, I went to Malioboro and found a LOT of people gathered on the Malioboro Street to do a silent campaign. Well, not really silent, but it’s way more quiet and polite. Those people are non-party people around Malioboro who supports Jokowi-Jusuf Kalla. They held a parade around Malioboro. I’m not sure where did the parade started and ended, but I’m pretty sure the parade went through Malioboro and Kraton Yogyakarta.

What makes me think that the parade was how every street campaign should have been like is how effective, polite, and bewitching it is. They didn’t do any anarchy gestures, instead they smiled. They didn’t make useless loud noises, instead they sing a song about Jokowi-Jusuf Kalla accompanied by our traditional instruments (gamelan). Though it is one of the political strategies to win the election, it’s entertaining and not nauseating. I’m not talking about politics nor a candidate here, and by writing this doesn’t mean that I support a particular candidate (I’m still too young to understand politic), but what I really want to say is that I hope every street campaign is like this, or maybe better than this. I hope that every street campaign is educating, entertaining, and true.

Here, I’ll show you some pictures I got yesterday:

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Tugu Yogyakarta

This is my drawing, uh, of Yogyakarta’s famous Tugu (We call it Tugu Yogyakarta which means Yogyakarta’s Statue. However, it’s real name is Tugu Golong Gilig).
It’s not so good, but uh, I want to show this to all of you 🙂

Image (2)There’s a score on it since it is one of my art task. ._.
Well I made that based on this picture which I got from Google :

Yogyakarta1Jogja is so romantic, I guess. I love it’s classic buildings which are showered by those yellowish lights. It throws me back to the past..
You all should come to Jogja sometimes, it’s the best city to feel the atmosphere of traditional life.
Jogja is the best city to fall in love.

p.s. Sorry that I didn’t upload the picture of my drawings because apparently my camera is broken.

Bali “The Dewata Island”

Hey there!
As I promised, today (even it is late, I know) I am going to show you one of the world’s beautiful island in my country : BALI! Yeay 🙂
I’m going to tell you about my 5 days visit to Bali like my journal but don’t worry, I’m going to emphasise Bali, not my personal trip.

Okay, to make it short, let’s start!

BALI.
It is an island in Indonesia. Located in the east of Java and the west of Lombok Island. It’s very beautiful and exotic. Their Hinduism traditions are still strong. Bali is usually called as The Dewata Island (The Island of Gods) and The Island of Thousand Temples. Those are true, because you’ll find a small temple to pray everywhere.

Day 1 : Monday, June 17th 2013

I went to Bali from Jogja by bus. It was a long journey and unimportant, so let’s skip to the next day!

Day 2 : Tuesday, June 18th 2013

Ketapang Pier is in East Java which is the only way for us to  go to Bali if we are using land transportations. I took some pictures while I’m in Ketapang that midnight and when I crossed to Bali.

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After I arrived at Bali and having a long journey to the city, I arrived at Bratan Bedugul Lake. It’s a lovely lake which is totally Bali, but unfortunately, it’s located a little remote. Because it’s remote area, Bratan Bedugul Lake only have a hotel, restaurant, and a few traditional market around there, so to be honest, it’s kinda boring there.

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From Bratan Bedugul Lake, I went to Kuta Beach. That is the most famous beach in Bali among the tourists. It has white sands and the villagers near there also let us rent surfing boards. Not just the beach which is beautiful, but the beach surroundings are very nice. It is a beautiful mix of Indonesian heritage and modern places. You can find a lot of famous brand stores there such as Hard Rock Cafe, etc. Joger, a famous Bali souvenirs brand also have a store near Kuta Beach.

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The sunset view at Kuta Beach

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Aaand after I went to Kuta Beach and Joger, I went to a restaurant to have dinner and then I went to the hotel to have some rest.

Day 3 : Wednesday, June 19th 2013

The next morning, I went to Sanur Beach. Tourists usually go to this beach to see the sunrise because this beach offers the best sunrise view in Bali. Sanur Beach is also located a little remote, and there’s nothing here except a beach, a restaurant, and some shops.

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After that, we went to one of Indonesia’s president’s castle named Tampaksiring Castle. It is located in a hill and far from the city. Tampaksiring Castle is usually used by the president family. It is built by Indonesia’s first president, Soekarno, so that the next Indonesia’s president will have a place to rest and greet international guests in a quiet and peaceful place far from the city. If you want to go in there, you must made an appointment first.

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The Bridge of Peace inside Tampaksiring Castle

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A pond where the late President Soekarno found inspirations to lead the country

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The main gate of Tampaksiring Castle

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Me in the president and the ministers meeting room

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Then I continued my journey. I went to Tanjung Benoa Beach and Garuda Wisnu Kencana. Tanjung Benoa Beach is a beach where you can play a lot of water games such as banana boat, etc.

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Garuda Wisnu Kencana is a place where you can watch Barong Dance. There are also a massive statue of Wisnu (one of Hindu’s god) who ride a bird named Garuda. The statue’s construction hasn’t finished yet but I’ll show you some of the parts.

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A Balinese dance called Kecak Dance performed in GWK’s Amphitheatre

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Bali’s beautiful dancers

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The Garuda statue

And then I went back to the hotel after I had dinner in a local restaurant.

Day 4 : Thursday, June 20th 2013

Technically, that was my last day in Bali. After I ate breakfast and check out, I headed to Gilimanuk Pier. But on the journey, I stopped at one of Bali’s beautiful beaches : Tanah Lot!

What’s so special about Tanah Lot? There’s an island near Tanah Lot which can only be accessed if the sea level is low. When the sea level is low, you can go to the island. In the island, there’s a restaurant and a pura, a place for Hindu people to pray. I have gone to Tanah Lot twice and I have never got the chance to go to the island 😦

And on the beach, there’s a cave where there’s a holy snake. People in Bali believe that if we touch that snake, everything that we want will be granted.

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That’s all for my Bali trip journal! 🙂

Sorry I’m very late to post this journey (I promised to post it Saturday but I’m able to post it just now) because I got some health problems which fortunately weren’t serious at all (just a weird feeling like a headache) and I had a bad mood for several days.

I show you this pics and this doesn’t mean that I want to show off. I just want to share my experience. And I hope that if you visit Bali one day, at least you know fascinating place to go and sight to see!

Lost In Qatar part 6 – Last

Hey there! This time I want to share some pics of mine which I’ve promised to show  to you last year, hehe. I’m sorry, my life’s kinda messy recently.

Okay. These are I and my family’s pics when we were at Al-Corniche, The Fish Market, and The Pearl a year ago in Qatar!

DAY 8 : March 25th 2012
In the morning, my uncle – Uncle Aula- took us to a morning walk around Al-Corniche, a part of the Arabic Gulf (if I’m not wrong, correct me if I am) in Doha, Qatar. My uncle said that every morning there were a fresh fish market there. He’s right. The air at Al-Corniche was very fishy and salty.

Qatar's car license plaque!

Qatar’s car license plaque!

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The squids!

The squids!

The fish looked fresh, weren't they?

The fish looked fresh, weren’t they?

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I and my mom. It's a little bit windy there..

I and my mom. It’s a little bit windy there..

I and my uncle walking on the floating bridge.

I and my uncle walking on the floating bridge.

Dunno what did that means but it's a unique statue..

Dunno what did that means but it’s a unique statue..

REALIZE!

REALIZE!

THINK!

THINK!

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So here is some pics of The Pearl. As you see, The Pearl is a place where elites live. If I’m not wrong, there’s a Ferrari shop here too! There’s a pier for cruises as well.

Wanna sail with me? ;)

Wanna sail with me? 😉

I and my family~

I and my family~

A marble ball..

A marble ball..

An elite class' vehicle~

One of the cruises I love the most!

After we visited The Pearl, we went to an Arabic restaurant.

Eating some lamb chops!

Eating some lamb chops! With Pitta bread and else!

That’s all for my Qatar’s trip journal! The next day, I visited Souq Wagif again (I think I don’t have to show it again) and the day after that day I went back to Indonesia.

Visiting Qatar last year was a short-tiring journey which I enjoyed a lot. If I could, I really want to go somewhere in Qatar outside Doha, but unfortunately I cant.

Again, for the last time, I show you this pics and this doesn’t mean that I want to show off. I just want to share my experience. And I hope that if you visit Qatar one day, at least you know fascinating place to go, foods to eat, and sight to see!

Lost In Qatar part 5

Hey there!
This time, I’ll show you the pics that I promised. This is me and my family when we were at Katara Cultural Village in Doha, Qatar! Check this out~

DAY 7 : March 24th 2012
Okay. Let’s get started. In the afternoon, I’m stuck at the apartment. If I could speak Arabic and I’m brave enough, I would wander around and took more pictures. But unfortunately, I couldn’t. But it didn’t really matter because that night, my uncle and my aunt took us to Katara Cultural Village to see how amazing is Qatar’s night life. Katara Cultural Village is a place where exhibitions, concerts, and so on are held. So here’s the pics!

From left to right : My aunt, me, my cousin Alin, and my grandma~

From left to right : My aunt, me, my cousin Alin, and my grandma~ We were waiting for the Karak and Chapati -our night snack!

Alin and my mom

Alin and my mom

My grandma with Alin.. bahaha, look at my cousin's face!

My grandma with Alin.. bahaha, look at my cousin’s face!

One of the reason why I love Qatar is their incredible architecture..

One of the reason why I love Qatar is their incredible architecture..

This is Qatar's traditional food and drink. Karak is the tea. It is made of tea and cardamom. And the food is called Chapati, it is a bread.

This is Qatar’s traditional food and drink. Karak is the tea. It is made of tea and cardamom. And the food is called Chapati, it is a bread.

This is Katara's Dove Nest..

This is Katara’s Dove Nest..

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The auditorium hall or something like that..

The auditorium hall or something like that..

The auditorium hall or something like that..

The auditorium hall or something like that..

Me and my mom posing like a weirdo \m/

Me and my mom posing like a weirdo \m/

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I sat at the A5 seat! Just like my name~

I sat at the A5 seat! Just like my name~

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The long and elegant corridor~

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This is the toilet..

This is the toilet..

At last, I'm honored to ate kebab. Well actually I have eaten kebab a hundred times when I was in the UK, but I kinda miss the taste so I ate it in Qatar again :D

At last, I’m honored to ate kebab. Well actually I have eaten kebab a hundred times when I was in the UK, but I kinda miss the taste so I ate it in Qatar again 😀

That’s all for now. I’m sorry if I disappoint you by posting this thing late and that if I don’t have more pictures to show you. I’m really sorry.. but at least I post this thing, right? Hehe 😀
And again for the fifth time, I show you this pics and this doesn’t mean that I want to show off. I just want to share my experience. And I hope that if you visit Qatar one day, at least you know fascinating place to go, foods to eat, and sight to see 🙂

Wait for the next post which include my trip to Al-Corniche, Fish Market, and The Pearl!

‘Chocolat Noir Petales De Rose’ by Bovetti

FYI, I’m addicted in chocolate since my mom is a baker and a chocolatier. So, I often eat many kinds of chocolate : the bitter one, the sweet one, the nutty one, the fruity one, the spicy one, and so on. For me, chocolate is the manifestation of elegance and class. I really prefer chocolate pralines than candies.

When I visited Qatar last March, I and my mom found a shop named Dean and Deluca in Villaggio. It is like a grocery store.. I think it is the same type like Marks and Spencer, but without the clothes. We went in the shop. My mom looked at nuts while I’m paralyzed with the scenery of delicious chocolates! I don’t really like nutty chocolate -which there were a LOT in Qatar. You know.. Middle East-, but I saw a rose petals chocolate. I really really really wanted to eat rose petals since I knew it can be eaten. I begged my mom to buy that, and YEAH, mission accomplished!

It was kinda weird to buy French chocolate while I was in Qatar, but no problem!

Here is the pics that I took in Indonesia (I didn’t eat the chocolate in Qatar) :

Dean & Deluca’s paper bag..

The chocolate. That pink dots is the rose petals..

The chocolate’s ingredients in French..

We bought it for 32 Qatar Riyals..

The translation, man.. In Arabic?! Lolwut ._. Dunno what the meanings are ._.

The chocolate it self isn’t sweet. It contains cacao 73%, so it is bitter. But the rose petals make it sweeter and crunchy, I guess. You should eat rose petals chocolate someday.

That’s all for now, thanks for coming, Readers 😉

p.s. Here’s the link of my post about Villaggio.

Lost In Qatar part 4

This time, I’m telling you that I’ll post some pics that I took when I was in The Sheikh Faisal Museum and Villaggio in Qatar. I’m so sorry for this sooo late post, the internet connection here is so lame 🙄 . So, lets get started!

DAY 6 : March 23rd 2012
That morning, me and my mom going to had a trip to The Sheikh Faisal Museum with some Indonesian moms in Qatar. We gathered at  Villagio because the bus waited us there. After an hour trip, finally we arrived.

One of the corridors..

A plank of Arabic writings

I think this is the garden. It reminds me of Counter Strike’s battle place -_-

My mom posing near by the litter..

A gallery of paintings..

Sheikh Faisal’s cars collections! There’s many more than this..

This is one of the queen’s gown. To be honest, I am surprised to saw a gown with an European style in Qatar.

This is the replica of the traditional (or modern?) jails in Qatar. Kinda.. scary, eh?

This is the Arabian tent. I really want to camp with this huge tent.

This is me, sitting in front of the tent.

This is the peacock that we saw on the way to Villagio, fyi.

After an hour trip, finally we arrived at Villaggio. After saying goodbye with the others, me and my mom travelling around Villaggio. It is a great mall, I think. The building itself is very wide and decorated with some Arabian and European style. Travelling around Villaggio just in one day isn’t enough.

This is me, posing on the entrance of the women’s toilet. Even it is only the entrance, isn’t it too luxurious? :O

There’s a river-like inside Villaggio. If we want to ride a boat on it, we can pay at one point near the entrance gate of Villaggio ( I forget which one).

This is the food me and my mom ate. It’s a kebab 😀

The Haagen-Dazs cafe in Qatar

When I was there, there was a Porche’s car display. And.. do you want my Porche? 😉 Meh, just kidding..

There’s some fountains inside Villaggio, and this is the one of them..

After we were tired walking around Villaggio, we went back home. At night, my uncle and my aunt took us out to dine at a Japanese restaurant (I forget where).

Those are my uncle, my aunt, and my cousin.

This is my first miso soup. Taste delicious 🙂

A chocolate drink :3 So cute!

That’s all for now.
And again for the fourth time, I show you this pics and this doesn’t mean that I want to show off. I just want to share my experience. And I hope that if you visit Qatar one day, at least you know fascinating place to go, foods to eat, and sight to see 🙂

p.s. Sorry for making you waiting too long 🙂
p.s.s. Sorry for the yellowish picture, I don’t know what’s went wrong..
p.s.s.s. Actually in Villaggio I bought a rose petals chocolate in Dean & Deluca. Here’s the link about the chocolate.

Wait for the next part which include my trip to Katara Cultural Village!