Blora is a small town in Central Java, which stays quiet even on Sunday. Few months ago, my husband, Kiara and I visited Blora and I felt so hopeless. I thought we would not find something interesting here. If Pramoedya Ananta Toer was not born here and did not write any book about Blora, could we possibly hear about the… More →
“In Indonesia, the east side sparkles brighter.” When my sister told me that, I did not believe it. Not at all. I needed more than five years to see it with my own eyes. That happened when my father ordered me to accompany my nephew back to Ambon, Maluku Province. This is my quick note about that journey.
Do you know what “gimbal” means in Indonesian? It’s dreadlocked hair! “Gimbal” does also mean the hair that’s never been washed, so it gets dirtier and thicker than usual. Yuck! At least, that’s what crossed my mind when first time I heard this cuisine. Tahu gimbal.
Each region in Indonesia has its own unique cuisine. Let’s say rendang (West Sumatra), pempek (South Sumatra), steam gold fish (West Java), ketoprak (Jakarta), lumpia (Central Java), rujak cingur (East Java), etc.
Few months ago, my husband, Kiara and I went home to Bandung. We only passed six days there, but we managed to visit some interesting places. No, we did not travel around Bandung anymore. We went south, to Garut. One of our agendas was attending a family gathering held in Nasi Liwet Asep Stroberi Restaurant. People simply called it Astro,… More →