Yogyakarta : a Weekend Getaway

A little flash back to my year end – new year in Yogyakarta. i didn’t have any plan at all of spending new year eve there. It was just because my cousin’s getting married right on January 1st, 2016 🙂

It was a 3 days in a row traditional Javanese wedding ceremony which began with rituals. 1st was Proposal, the groom, his parents and families visited Bride’s parents and families bringing some gifts. I was on the way to Yogyakarta while this ritual going on.

2nd was “Plangkahan” (comes from the word “langkah” or overstep/precede) because my cousin got married before her older brother. It was like asking permission from her older brother for her to get married first.

“Plangkahan” was followed by “Sungkeman”, where the bride kneeling down on her knees before her parents to show her humility and asking for permission to get married.

Then it was “Siraman” or take a bath which means a symbol of cleaning Bride’s body and soul. Then at night, there was “Midodareni” which required my cousin to stay in the room until the ceremony’s over. Outside, there was “Seserahan” where the family of the groom gave some presents to the bride’s.

Then… i spent my new year eve sleeping so deep, ha ha ha.. (damn)

January 1st, 2016, the wedding started exactly at 8.30 AM. I was so sleepy that i missed the “akad nikah” or “marriage contract” in Islam. I came 5 minutes after it’s done (sorry cousin 😛 ). Then at night, the celebration/reception of the marriage was held.

 

The Siraman Location
The Siraman Location
Siraman
Siraman
The Bride with the Gifts from the Groom
The Bride with the Gifts from the Groom
The Sisters
The Sisters
After Akad Nikah
After Akad Nikah
The Wedding
The Wedding

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the childhood neighboor
the childhood neighboor

 

I had like 4 hours to run away from the tight schedule. I called some friends who also spent new year eve in Yogyakarta. We decided to try Il Tempo Del Gelato, a new place in town selling gelato (of course XD). The students in Yogyakarta were very lucky to have this cozy space to hang out which we didn’t find back then when we’re studied here.

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They have lots of flavour, from ordinary to exotic ones. I tried 2 scoops at first, choco-mint and lemongrass and love both already. Unsatisfied, i chose 3 more flavours : kemangi (basil), cinnamon, and mixed berry. The first two were a bit strong, only recommended if you love challenges ha..ha.. 🙂 Yet the mixed berry, for me, was the best (so far, because there’re still 8 or more flavours served). The mixed berry was very refreshing in the middle of Yogya’s humidity (ow, yes, the weather only requires lightweight and airy wardrobe. Trust me, it’s very hot!).

Il Tempo Del Gelato
Il Tempo Del Gelato
Il Tempo Del Gelato
Il Tempo Del Gelato

Next destination was Waroeng Special Sambal (or SS), which we used to visit on our university days to have lunch. They served just ordinary foods like fried chicken or tofu. The special things were the sambal or chili paste. The have like 15 or more kind of sambals you can choose whatever. It’s the best!

Girls just wanna have FUN
Girls just wanna have FUN
Genks at Waroeng Special Sambal "SS"
Genks at Waroeng Special Sambal “SS”

My days in Yogyakarta was closed with Gudeg Yogya, a traditional food which i love the most from this city. Overall, those days were fun (and busy) and not enough yet so that all I need is another visit.

See you Yogyakarta, you’ll always lovable :*

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