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Planetarium Jakarta: Old-school Stargazing And Skywatching

Michael Sy A Foek | September 27, 2015 | Indonesia, Jakarta, Java

Having finished visiting the Museum Taman Prasasti in Central Jakarta, we went to Taman Ismail Marzuki to see if we could get tickets for the more »

Museum Taman Prasasti: A Little Known Historical Pearl

Michael Sy A Foek | September 22, 2015 | Indonesia, Jakarta, Java

A few weeks ago I decided to go to the Museum Taman Prasasti on a whim. Little did I know that this turned out to more »

Bromo Travel Indonesia: 11 Issues You Need To Know

Michael Sy A Foek | September 19, 2015 | Indonesia, Java, Mount Bromo

One of the reasons why I wanted to go to East-Java was to visit the Bromo Mountain along the way. I booked a trip more »

Mount Bromo: The Whispering Sands And The Savannah

Michael Sy A Foek | September 18, 2015 | Indonesia, Java, Mount Bromo

The third and fourth stops of our Bromo Mountain Tour were located a stone’s throw away from the large Bromo crater.

The Pasir Berbisik (Whispering Sands) more »

Mount Bromo: Navigating The Grand Crater

Michael Sy A Foek | September 15, 2015 | Indonesia, Java, Mount Bromo

The way to the Kawah Gunung Bromo and the Pura Luhur Poten…

After we were finished watching the sunrise at Penanjakan 2, we made our more »

Mount Bromo: A Stunning Elevated Sunrise

Michael Sy A Foek | September 14, 2015 | Indonesia, Java, Mount Bromo

One of the reasons I wanted to do another Java trip was to visit Gunung Bromo, the mighty mountain located in East-Java. The Bromo more »

The Brawijaya Museum In Malang: Dull, Drab, And Dreary

Michael Sy A Foek | September 10, 2015 | Indonesia, Java, Malang

Having visited the Pasar Burung and Pasar Bunga, and before turning in and calling it a day, we set out to take a look at more »

Birds And More At The Pasar Burung In Malang

Michael Sy A Foek | September 9, 2015 | Indonesia, Java, Malang

The Pasar Burung (Bird Market) in Malang is located in basically the same street as the Pasar Bunga. It is right next door to the more »

Plant And Flower Shopping At Pasar Bunga In Malang

Michael Sy A Foek | September 7, 2015 | Indonesia, Java, Malang

After having our lunch at Toko Oen, we still had half a day left that we could spend exploring the city of Malang. One of more »

Toko Oen: An Expired Old-Timey Restaurant In Malang

Michael Sy A Foek | September 7, 2015 | Indonesia, Java, Malang

Supposedly, Toko Oen is a must-visit destination during a trip to Malang. This old timey restaurant dates back to the Dutch colonial age in more »

The Cool Wonosari Tea Plantation In Malang

Michael Sy A Foek | September 7, 2015 | Indonesia, Java, Malang

We spend our second full day in Malang by first visiting the wonderful Wonosari tea plantation in the early morning. This striking area was about more »

Picking Fruit At The Kusuma Agrowisata Area In Batu

Michael Sy A Foek | August 12, 2015 | Indonesia, Java, Malang

Malang and its surrounding areas are famous for its agriculture. Travelling through these hilly parts, you undoubtedly will see many orchards and farmlands. And one more »

The Museum Angkut In Batu: Not Worth A Visit

Michael Sy A Foek | August 10, 2015 | Indonesia, Java, Malang

After visiting the Coban Rondo Waterfall in Batu, we were contemplating what to do next. Our driver suggested we visit the Museum Angkut, which is more »

Coban Rondo: The Widow’s Tears Waterfall In Batu

Michael Sy A Foek | July 27, 2015 | Indonesia, Java, Malang

A popular destination around Malang is the mountainous area of Batu. It is about 45 minutes drive by car from the city of Malang. And more »

Good Bites In Malang: Bakso Bakar Pak Man And Rumah Inggil

Michael Sy A Foek | July 16, 2015 | Indonesia, Java, Malang

We only were in Malang for a few days and had a very busy itinerary, so our culinary adventures were somewhat limited. But, I more »

The City Of Malang And The Kampong Tourist Hostel

Michael Sy A Foek | July 14, 2015 | Indonesia, Java, Malang

A few days after exploring and checking out the historical sights around Yogyakarta, we took the Malioboro Ekspres night train to Malang. This was a more »

Candi Prambanan: The Largest Hindu Temple In Indonesia

Michael Sy A Foek | July 13, 2015 | Indonesia, Java, Yogyakarta

During our trip around Yogyakarta, we planned to visit the largest ancient Hindu temple in Indonesia, the Candi Prambanan. We set out to go there more »

The Mystical And Massive Candi Borobudur In Java

Michael Sy A Foek | July 11, 2015 | Indonesia, Java, Yogyakarta

No trip to Yogyakarta is complete without seeing a few candi. The word candi is an all-encompassing Indonesian term for buildings and temples built more »

Taman Sari: Forgotten Splendor In Yogyakarta’s Water Castle

Michael Sy A Foek | July 7, 2015 | Indonesia, Java, Yogyakarta

A short background…

Taman Sari, or the Water Castle (English), or Water Kasteel (Dutch), was built for the first Sultan of Yogyakarta in 1765. You more »

The Kraton: A Royal Palace In The Heart Of Yogyakarta

Michael Sy A Foek | July 7, 2015 | Indonesia, Java, Yogyakarta

A little bit of history…

The Kraton of Yogyakarta (officially: Keraton Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat) is a Javanese palace compound built in the 18th century and is more »

Walking Along Yogyakarta’s Famous Jalan Malioboro

Michael Sy A Foek | July 7, 2015 | Indonesia, Java, Yogyakarta

Jalan Malioboro (or Malioboro Street) is one of Yogyakarta’s most well-known and popular attractions. It is a long street located in the center of the more »

Jalan Sosrowijayan: A Lively Community In Yogyakarta

Michael Sy A Foek | July 7, 2015 | Indonesia, Java, Yogyakarta

Yogyakarta is one of Indonesia’s most popular destinations, and for good reason, because the city has something to offer for almost every kind of traveler. more »

Bladok Losmen: A Comfy Homely Stay In Yogyakarta

Michael Sy A Foek | July 7, 2015 | Indonesia, Java, Yogyakarta

Before I start posting about the wonderful city of Yogyakarta, I want to recommend Bladok Losmen in the Sosrowijayan area if you happen to look more »

Long-distance Train Travel In Indonesia

Michael Sy A Foek | July 6, 2015 | Indonesia, Jakarta, Java, Malang, Yogyakarta

Earlier in the month of May 2015 I experienced my first long-distance train travel in Indonesia. And it was so fun! I would highly more »

The Struggling Heritage Of Kota Tua In Jakarta

Michael Sy A Foek | July 6, 2015 | Indonesia, Jakarta, Java

Kota Tua, or Old Town, is Jakarta’s equivalent to an historical heart found in various other cities around the world. It’s one of the more »

Museum Bank Indonesia: A Modern Museum In An Old Town

Michael Sy A Foek | July 6, 2015 | Indonesia, Jakarta, Java

In case you did not satisfy your banking museum thirst, there is another museum a few steps north from more »

Around Museum Bank Mandiri In Jakarta

Michael Sy A Foek | July 6, 2015 | Indonesia, Jakarta, Java

On a windy and cloudy Sunday I took a trip to northern Jakarta. My destination was an area known as Kota Tua, which translates to more »

Bird-Watching In Taman Burung In Jakarta

Michael Sy A Foek | July 5, 2015 | Indonesia, Jakarta, Java

Taman Burung, which basically means Bird Park in Indonesian, is a park set within Taman Mini. There are several parks in Taman Mini for which you have more »

The Culture-Themed Park Of Taman Mini (TMII)

Michael Sy A Foek | July 5, 2015 | Indonesia, Jakarta, Java

If you happen to be in Indonesia, and more specifically Jakarta, and you do not have the time to explore the rest of the country more »

An Impression Of The National Monument In Jakarta (Monas)

Michael Sy A Foek | July 5, 2015 | Indonesia, Jakarta, Java

A few weeks ago I made a trip to the Monas (Monumen Nasional), a monument honoring Indonesia’s struggle for independence, and which is located in more »

Sightseeing The National Museum Of Indonesia In Jakarta

Michael Sy A Foek | July 4, 2015 | Indonesia, Jakarta, Java

As a long time resident of Jakarta, I am ashamed to admit that it took me very long to have finally visited the National Museum of more »

White-Sand Beaches At Tiger Island In The Thousand Islands

Michael Sy A Foek | July 3, 2015 | Indonesia, Java, Thousand Islands

If you ever find yourself in Jakarta and itching to travel to an idyllic island, then perhaps a visit to Pulau Seribu (Thousand Islands) is more »