Carnival in Jogja

carnival yogyakarta


While strolling through Yogya city in Indonesia we stumbled upon a huge carnival taking place at the Malioboro street! i know how such a carnival looks like in my home country but i’ve never experienced it in a foreign country. So we decided to sit into a coffee shop with an elevated balcony and enjoyed the parade from up there.

Swipe right to see the video trailer of the carnival. The full vlog is up on the tube!

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The Carnival Vlog

While strolling along the streets of Jogjakarta we accidentally stumbled upon a huge carnival at the Malioboro street. We discoverd a coffeeshop with a nice elevated balcony on which we sat down, ordered a cappuccino and an iced latte, to enjoy the carnival parade from up there. It was amazing to marvel at the different costumes, formations and choreography they presented at this carnival. Different instruments, lots of colors and costumes! A highlight were the traditional carriage with horses or dogcarts however you want to call it. Jogjakarta is well known for its retro carriage pushed by horses through the city and it was nice to see them implemented in the parade as well.


Indonesia has so much to offer. Explore beautiful layers of rice fields. Visit detail-rich temples or mosques and learn about the Indonesian culture. Drive along stunning landscapes. Hike up a volcano and enjoy the sunrise at the edge of a crater. Grab a board and ride one of those perfectly shaped waves. Eat through Indonesia diverse kitchens. Countless things to do and to see. this is Indonesia.

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Malioboro street in Yogyakarta

malioboro street

Stumbled upon the Marlioboro street which was pretty lively and busy. We entered a Yogyakarta mall and ate at local restaurants. Explored the street markets and explored what the street food stands had to offer. The day ended with a quick workout at the rooftop gym of the hotel and the refreshing dip in to the rooftop pool, which was illuminated in different colors. Dinner in a fancy Italian styled Restaurant with chilly live music.
WHAT A DAY!

tuktuk driver

Indonesia has so much to offer. Explore beautiful layers of rice fields. Visit detail-rich temples or mosques and learn about the Indonesian culture. Drive along stunning landscapes. Hike up a volcano and enjoy the sunrise at the edge of a crater. Grab a board and ride one of those perfectly shaped waves. Eat through Indonesia diverse kitchens. Countless things to do and to see. this is Indonesia.

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Dive in to Yoyga’s citylife

yogyakarta

Dive into Yogya’s city life. Created this short loop to give you an idea how it feels to leave the hotel and explore this vibrant city!

Check out the loop on insta here

You want more? i recently uploaded our first full day in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. You might want to check it out, it is a 9 minute vlog strolling through the city: the hotel, food and a huge shopping mall at the malioboro street.

The Yogya Vlog

Join us on our very first time in the city of Yogyakarta / Jogjakarta, Indonesia. Our thoughts and experiences in the city. We started the day with the buffet at our hotel, and strolled through the city.

Stumbled upon the Marlioboro street which was pretty lively and busy. We entered a Yogyakarta mall and ate at local restaurants. Explored the street markets and explored what the street food stands had to offer. The day ended with a quick workout at the rooftop gym of the hotel and the refreshing dip in to the rooftop pool, which was illuminated in different colors. Dinner in a fancy Italian styled Restaurant with chilly live music.
WHAT A DAY!


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The Tuktuk Nap

tuktuk driver

Back from the countryside adventures of Jawa Indonesia we dove right into the city life of Yogyakarta. Massive traffic, street vendors, shopping malls and busy people surrounding us. Traveling from a slowed down place to a bigger city really makes you feel the change of mood. I’m not pointing out to the negative effects only. City life can really energize you, bring flow to your routine and new dynamics compared to a much more relaxed place like the countryside.

This dude sleeping deeply relaxed on his tuktuk shows us that city life can be pretty tiring too. Do you take naps on a busy day?

This just has been posted on IG

The Yogyakarta Vlog

We have left the area of Magelang and drove with our driver to the hotel we have previously booked in Yogyakarta. The city name is sometimes written Yogyakarta and sometimes Jogjakarta, don’t ask me why. If you know what’s the difference, write me in the commends please. So we have been sitting in that car and it started to rain heavily. Luckily we haven’t been outside for sightseeing.

Arriving in Yogyakarta we have been overwhelmed by the traffic. Scooters, cars, coaches. Then we arrived. The lobby boy opened the doors and carried our luggage inside. First impression: a really fancy Lobby! comfy lounge chairs. diamonds hanging from the ceiling and a delicious welcome drink. That was a nice arrival. But wait for the hotel room the view of Yogya or Jogja, however you want to call it, was stunning!


Indonesia has so much to offer. Explore beautiful layers of rice fields. Visit detail-rich temples or mosques and learn about the Indonesian culture. Drive along stunning landscapes. Hike up a volcano and enjoy the sunrise at the edge of a crater. Grab a board and ride one of those perfectly shaped waves. Eat through Indonesia diverse kitchens. Countless things to do and to see. this is Indonesia.

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Pool drone paradise

pool drone

The Amata Vlog

It was a day without plans. We have realized that there are no other guests staying at our hotel. So we decided to enjoy the hotel and its infrastructure to the fullest. A bit of drone flying practice. Jumping and diving into the pool and splashing as high as possible. I mean there were no other guests. So it was kind of like our private hotel. We have stayed at the Amata Borobodur resort (linked down in the description) close to the Borobodur temple, in Yogyakarta, on a island called Jawa in Indonesia. After this day we packed our stuff and headed back to Yogyakarta, on the way we stopped at some pretty interesting sights, vlogs soon to come.


Indonesia has so much to offer. Explore beautiful layers of rice fields. Visit detail-rich temples or mosques and learn about the Indonesian culture. Drive along stunning landscapes. Hike up a volcano and enjoy the sunrise at the edge of a crater. Grab a board and ride one of those perfectly shaped waves. Eat through Indonesia diverse kitchens. Countless things to do and to see. this is Indonesia.

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Indonesian Tobacco Plantation

tobacco plantage

Whilst visiting the chicken church, a tofu factory we also visited this tobacco plantation.

They collect the plants and dry them on those wooden grids. After the tobacco plants are dry enough they stack multiple grids on top of each other and carry them to the factory where the plants are processed to cigarettes and tobacco packs.

This dude right here looks pretty happy doing his job. Nevertheless keep in mind smoking harms your health!

Do you smoke? Did you know how they process your cigarettes?


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The Tofu factory Vlog

You might ask yourself what is tofu made from? We have been curious too and decided to visit a local tofu factory. We initially traveled to the area of Magelang to visit the Borobodur temple but afterwards we decided to learn more about the local economy.
This is how they produce the tofu in Indonesia. They showed us the whole process, from importing the soy beans to pressing the blocks and selling it to the market. Some machines are interestingly improvised and some processes are well thought out. It was a very interesting visit, to see how the soy beans goes through the different process until it becomes a well shaped tofu block.

tobacco plantage

Indonesia has so much to offer. Explore beautiful layers of rice fields. Visit detail-rich temples or mosques and learn about the Indonesian culture. Drive along stunning landscapes. Hike up a volcano and enjoy the sunrise at the edge of a crater. Grab a board and ride one of those perfectly shaped waves. Eat through Indonesia diverse kitchens. Countless things to do and to see. this is Indonesia.

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Climbing the Borobodur!

borobodur

It was one of the most impressive moments climbing up the stairs of the Borobodur temple. While getting closer to the top of the biggest Buddhist temple, we saw the pillars covered in fog. Everything felt so mystical.



The worlds biggest Buddhist temple close to Yogyakarta was the reason why we traveled to this place. The day before we discovered the hotel area, relaxed and went early to bed. To get enough sleep. because on this day we woke up at 04:00 AM to experience the sunrise from the infamous Borobodur temple. Unfortunately it was too foggy to see the sunrise but the temple was impressive and the fog made this place super mystical. So is it worth to visit the Borobodur temple? watch and decide for yourself. The Borobodur temple is a huge monument and is on the UNESCO world heritage list.


Indonesia has so much to offer. Explore beautiful layers of rice fields. Visit detail-rich temples or mosques and learn about the Indonesian culture. Drive along stunning landscapes. Hike up a volcano and enjoy the sunrise at the edge of a crater. Grab a board and ride one of those perfectly shaped waves. Eat through Indonesia diverse kitchens. Countless things to do and to see. this is Indonesia.

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Giant chicken church in a jungle

chicken church

A giant chicken church in the middle of a jungle. Sounds crazy? Is real!

Watch the vlog to learn more about this crazy idea and why it is actually a serious project!

We had a fun time exploring this huge concrete bird, i think the smile on my face shows.

This has been posted on IG @perfspots

Imagine a giant Chicken Church in the middle of a jungle? this is where our adventure led to. It is called Bukit Rhema or gereja ayam in Indonesian. I could not believe my eyes. A giant chicken church made of concrete and steel. This huge chicken is sitting in the middle of a jungle, overlooking the landscape.

Indonesia has so much to offer. Explore beautiful layers of rice fields. Visit detail-rich temples or mosques and learn about the Indonesian culture. Drive along stunning landscapes. Hike up a volcano and enjoy the sunrise at the edge of a crater. Grab a board and ride one of those perfectly shaped waves. Eat through Indonesia diverse kitchens. Countless things to do and to see. this is Indonesia.

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Visiting a tofu factory in Indonesia

This is how tofu is produced in Indonesia. From importing the doy beans to forming a tofu block. We learned about the production process in a factory in Magelang Indonesia.

Do you like tofu?

You might ask yourself what is tofu made from? We have been curious too and decided to visit a local tofu factory. We initially traveled to the area of Magelang to visit the Borobodur temple but afterwards we decided to learn more about the local economy. This is how they produce the tofu in Indonesia. They showed us the whole process, from importing the soy beans to pressing the blocks and selling it to the market. Some machines are interestingly improvised and some processes are well thought out. It was a very interesting visit, to see how the soy beans goes through the different process until it becomes a well shaped tofu block.

soy beans

Soy beans imported from the US. They explained us that there is not enough production capacity to get enough soy beans from the local farmers.

tofu oven

the oven is about to be heated. The pan on top of the oven is to simultaneously heat up the water and cool down the escaping heat, to protect the roof from burning.

tofu sieve

The sieve is prepared. The wooden part of the sieve is hand made and serves its purpose perfectly.

soy bean squeezer

The soy beans have been in water for more than 4 hours. The soaked up soy beans are thrown in to this squeezer to get the liquid soy “milk” out of the beans.

soy milk

The liquid milk is sieved.

tofu production
tofu factory

Slurping some soy milk in the Indonesian tofu factory. The infrastructure is basic and some things are improvised. I was a great experience to visit this family business tofu factory.

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Pool drone pilot

pool drone

That’s right, this is how a pool drone pilot looks like. Straw hat, sunglasses and the controller firmly in the hands with the buttons loose and ready to push when needed.

Check out the impressions on IG @perfspots

flying pool
pool dive

Never grow up, it’s a trap!

We stayed in this amata borobudur resort close to the famous Borobodur temple. We had this pool for ourselves. Maybe because it was off season or a lot of people just visit the temple and leave again. Anyways is can recommend you to stay couple of days and explore the area … And of course enjoy a dip in the pool!

The Amata Drone Vlog

It was a day without plans. We have realized that there are no other guests staying at our hotel. So we decided to enjoy the hotel and its infrastructure to the fullest. A bit of drone flying practice. Jumping and diving into the pool and splashing as high as possible. I mean there were no other guests. So it was kind of like our private hotel. We have stayed at the Amata Borobodur resort (linked down in the description) close to the Borobodur temple, in Yogyakarta, on a island called Jawa in Indonesia. After this day we packed our stuff and headed back to Yogyakarta, on the way we stopped at some pretty interesting sights, vlogs soon to come.

The Hotel: http://bit.ly/borobodur-resort

pool chill