Luncheon at The Phoenix Hotel Yogyakarta

Thetraveljunkie.org – After days of drooling over other people’s Instragram photos, I went out for lunch at The Phoenix Hotel Yogyakarta. In fact, I like it so much that I went a second time, with a different group of local friends. I really liked the restaurant. The service was fantastic. The wait person helped us with ordering, making sure we did not order too much, and she was very patient with our indecision. My absolute favorite dish was the Fried Shrimp Salted Egg Namie -fried rice and noodle with shrimp, salted egg and chef secret spices. It’s most wanted fried rice in the Phoenix Hotel Yogyakarta, do not leave the hotel before tested.

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Imogiri Pine Forest, Yogyakarta

Thetraveljunkie.org – We love going away to switch off every now and again. There’s nothing better than leaving Jakarta and surrounding yourself with nature, clean air and silence to recharge your batteries. We went to Imogiri Pine Forest in Yogyakarta. It’s our first time there and we stayed at The Phoenix Hotel. We’ve had a few fantastic days together, surrounded by nature, and taking lots of photos. I’m so grateful I get to do what I do.

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The Phoenix Hotel Yogyakarta Breakfast Party

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Thetraveljunkie.org – When in Yogyakarta, I have been drooling over The Phoenix Hotel’s Instagram feed and I wanted to try everything! In the end – because it was only breakfast – I chose the, Nasi Goreng Jawa, chicken porridge, salads, some breads, honey & chamomile syrup. My friends chose the same. The Nasi Goreng Jawa were so lovely. The combinations of old memories and taste were just fantastic. It was a really lovely breakfast for me. And such a treat!

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Catch the Sunrise at Puncak Panguk, Yogyakarta

Thetraveljunkie.org – After a few months in Solo, my friends and I popped over to Yogyakarta and spent 3 days exploring the beautiful city. We stayed in a gorgeous hotel called, The Phoenix Hotel. It was recommended by a friend and I completely recommend it! And I loved wearing this gorgeous blanket by Zara during my travel for catch the sunrise at Puncak Panguk, Bantul. I adored the embroidered details, the little fringe and ruffled sleeves, making it look very unique and understated.

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Warung Kita Nitiprayan, Yogyakarta

Thetraveljunkie.org – I caught up with friends for a simple dinner at this cute little warung way out in Yogyakarta, called Warung Kita Nitiprayan. I ordered a Bubur Ayam Kampung ala Peranakan. It was really, really yummy. The chicken was fantastic, the egg was lovely. I couldn’t believe how affordable it was. We also had a Kombucha which was really good! I liked really liked the relaxed vibe of the place. I liked that it wasn’t trying to be too hipster, cool, fussy or posh. It was a lovely, quiet setting for us to have a good chat.

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The Phoenix Hotel Yogyakarta, A Reminiscence of Eternal Virtue

Thetraveljunkie.org –  A few weeks ago we went to Yogyakarta and stayed at The Phoenix Hotel, elegantly situated in down town Yogyakarta, the cradle of Javanese civilization. This legendary hotel was initially built as private estate in 1918. Through the ensuing decades, the property changed hands a number of times, until a Dutch caretaker turned it into Pensioner Hotel. Come in and check it out for yourself!

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Keris Making in Solo, Perpetuating Indonesia Heritage

Thetraveljunkie.org – As a masterpiece of the oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. The keris is believed by most scholars and experts to have originated in Java in the 14th century AD. The keris comes in many shapes and styles, but the characteristic feature is the base of the blade called the ganja, where the blade widens to form a pointed guard. This feature distinguishes a keris from other types of edged weapons. The keris is no ordinary dagger. Though it was historically used as a weapon, it has always been an intricate part of Indonesian culture in which it plays practical, social, and mystical roles.

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What I Wore: Jembatan Londo Boyolali

Thetraveljunkie.org – This is me at Jembatan Londo Boyolali, Central Java! My friends and I stood against this old bridge and tried to dodge the huge crowd of of farmers,  – which was close to impossible! I’m showing off my new shirt from Zara. Love the black! So affordable and great quality too. I wasn’t actually planning to buy a shirt during my trip. I have so many at home in Jakarta. I’m also wearing a 70’s denim jeans, army hat, ecco shoes, and my Batik hand-held fan.

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Tingalan Wiyosan Dalem KGPAA Mangkunagoro IX Party

Thetraveljunkie.org – The month of January has completely flown past, so much so that before we sat down to pack for our next relaxing trip this weekend, we spent a very cool afternoon in Surakarta. The Keraton Mangkunegaran and Akademi Seni Mangkunegaran made setuponan at Pendapa Prawedanan Puro Mangkunegaraan. The event was attended by some very talented Javanese dancers. This is definitely the perfect way to learn about Javanese heritage! We are both rocking: Tari Kupu-kupu, Tari Golek Sukoreno, Tari Gunung Sari, Tari Asmorosih, and Tari Mandra Asmara.

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What About the Umbul Nilo, Klaten

Thetraveljunkie.org – We woke up at 7am and we went to Klaten for our other organic pool, the Umbul Nilo or Umbul Nila, a beautiful place where we had a bit of a rest and tucked into a bakmi jowo. The food was delicious! Without knowing, we were in one of the most famous springs of the area. It’s got the best springs of the Klaten, some areas of crystal clear water!- and amazingly it’s not too crowded. This organic pool would have a lot to do.

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