MAGNIFICENT MOUNTAIN OF ASH

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MAGNIFICENT MOUNTAIN OF ASH

Lies dormant just north of Mt. Merapi is the mountain of ash or Mount Merbabu as local would call it.  At the highest elevation of 3,145 mdpl, it is the slightly taller sibling of Merapi (2,930 mdpl).  From Yogyakarta, one can only slightly see it on a very clear day, but It can be beautifully seen from the town of Magelang and Salatiga.  We picked up our tent and camping supplies from Jogja and headed north to our next adventure.

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CONQUERING FIRE MOUNTAIN

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CONQUERING FIRE MOUNTAIN

Started off as another hiking adventure, challenging terrain made all the difference.  A short travel diary of how three guys from BHUMI Hostel made it to Mt. Merapi.

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A WALK IN THE ANCIENT TOWN OF KOTAGEDE

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A WALK IN THE ANCIENT TOWN OF KOTAGEDE

Located right on the east bank of Gajah Wong river, this city is known as the laid witness to the dawn of Mataram Sultanate.  People could still easily find the remnants of the old Kingdom by visiting and exploring this heritage district.  Not to be missed are Makam Hasta Kitha Ageng (Mataram Royal Cemetery), Masjid Agung Kotagede (Great Mosque of Kotagede), Pasar Gede Bird Market or Pasar Legi and Batu Gilang ancient outer city wall site.

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OUT OF THE SHADOWS

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OUT OF THE SHADOWS

Created in 1925 by Gan Thwan Sing, the first scripts were inspired by Chinese folklores and written in Javanese hanacaraka letters.  Gan went to make two great puppet scripts: Sie Jin Kwie Tjeng See (薛仁貴征西 / Xue Ren-Gui Marches West) and Sie Jin Kwie Tjeng Tang (薛仁貴征東 / Xue Ren-Gui Marches East). 

After 47 years of quiet slumber, the second script was performed at the Jogja Gallery last October 6.

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ROAD LESS TRAVELED

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ROAD LESS TRAVELED

There are roads that lead you home, and there are roads that lead you to new adventures.  

In a quiet road off Kotagede, two friends have taken the road leading to new adventures - the road less traveled.  

And perhaps that is what will make all the difference.

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