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Jogjakarta – Magelang : UEE (family gathering of Upstream Directorate – Pertamina)


On 27 October 2017, I and all of my friends in Pertamina UTC rode Taksaka Train, which departed from Gambir Station at 8.30 am. Such train arrived at Jogjakarta Station at 4.30 pm. Then, we continued our journey to Magelang by riding the bus, which had been picked us up at the station.

@ Gambar Station

The trip from Jogjakarta to Magelang took almost two hours. In Magelang, I got a room in Senthong Asri (on Jl. Balaputradewa 22, Borobudur – Magelang), along with Mba Sasti. This is our room :

my room @ Senthong Asri

bonne nuit et à demain!


28 October 2017. After breakfast, we headed to Plataran Heritage Borobudur (on Dusun Kretek, Karangrejo Borobudur, Magelang) by the same bus which we rode from Jogjakarta to Magelang yesterday. Then, we did cycling together from Plataran Heritage to Borobudur Temple (on Jl. Badrawati, Borobudur, Magelang).


cycling together

all participants of UEE (family gathering of Upstream Directorate – Pertamina), in front of Borobudur Temple

The next agenda was team building games. I joined Group 2, along with Mba Hana and Shelly. We had to participate in (around) 8 games. After all the groups finished all the games, we watched traditional dance performance ❤

team building games

tradiotional dance performance | with the dancers 😀

After lunch, we could pick 1 activities of 3 options : Borobudur tour with a tour guide, cycling around Borobudur, or rafting. At the time, I chose Borobudur tour. The guide told us a long story about the temple……….

Borobudur is the world’s largest Buddhist temple, which was built in 9th century. The temple consists of three levels : Kamadhatu (the world of desire), Rupadhatu (the world of forms), and Arupadhatu (the world of formlessness). It is decorated with 2,672 relief panels, 504 Buddha statues, and topped by a central dome. Such main dome is surrounded by 72 Buddha statues, each seated inside a perforated stupa. Borobudur has the largest and most complete ensemble of Buddhist reliefs in the world.

Worldwide knowledge of its existence was sparked in 1814 by Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, who was advised of its location by native Indonesians. Borobudur has since been preserved through several restorations. The largest restoration project was undertaken between 1975 and 1982 by the Indonesian government and UNESCO, followed by the monument’s listing as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Once a year, Buddhists in Indonesia celebrate Vesak at the monument, and Borobudur is Indonesia’s single most visited tourist attraction.


Mba Hana, Mba Sasti, Sabi, Mba Indah | Borobudur Temple

relief panels | the main stupa at the top

Then, we returned to Senthong Asri because we had to attend Gala Dinner. When I reached my room, I took a bath, prayed, got ready for the Gala, and rode the bus again to Plataran Heritage……..

Gala Dinner @ Plataran Heritage Borobudur, MC : Andre Taulany and Hesti Purwadinata

Binar, Sabi, Pita, Dilla, Shelly @ Gala Dinner. I miss Binar 😦


On 28 October 2017, we rode Argo Lawu Train, which departed from Jogjakarta Station at 9 am.



Malang : JCM 2017 @ Ijen Suites, Pos Ketan Legenda – 1967, Alun-Alun Kota Wisata Batu, Kopi Letek


Related to my previous post……..


28 September 2017, I headed to Ijen Suites (on Jl. Ijen Nirwana Raya Blok A No. 16, Klojen, Malang), along with my friends at the office (Mas Hanif, Eja, and Sesa), to attend the last day of the conference : JCM 2017. On the day, Mas Hanif was scheduled to present the paper he wrote with me and Pak Yustin. Then, we had lunch, attended the closing ceremony, and returned to the hotel.

Mas Hanif and Sabi, after closing ceremony


When I arrived at my room, I got some rest, took a shower, prayed maghrib. Then, I, along with Mas Hanif, Eja, and Sesa, headed to Pos Ketan Legenda – 1967 (on Jalan Kartini No.6, Ngaglik, Batu), near The Square Kota Wisata Batu, for dinner. Such place has been established since 1967 for sure. When we got there, there was a pretty long queue.

I ordered sticky rice with durian and coconut milk, crispy tofu with crunchy vegetables filling, and bowel satay :9 all of them tasted very delicious ❤


our sticky rice | crispy tofu & bowel satay


Shortly afterwards, we walked to The Square Kota Wisata Batu / Alun-Alun Kota Wisata Batu (on Jl. Agus Salim, Sisir, Batu). It was super crowded at the time, though it was Thursday night, not weekend. The four of us tried the ferris wheel on the square hehe.



The Square Kota Wisata Batu


Last thing we did before returned to the hotel was enjoying our last night in Malang at Kopi Letek until midnight. Such tiny cafe is located across the square, on Jl. Diponegoro No.23, Sisir, Batu to be exact. At the time, I ordered milkshake, instead of coffeee, also some fritters.


Kopi Letek | view from our table


See you tomorrow!

Malang : swimming @ MaxOne Hotel , JCM 2017 @ Ijen Suites, Terminal Mie


Related to my previous post……..

27 September 2017. I swam before I ate breakfast. MaxOne Hotel Malang (on Jalan Jaksa Agung Suprapto II No.75, Klojen, Malang) has rooftop pools on the 8th floor. Malang weather is pretty cold in the morning, thus there is no one but me swam in the pool at the time~

rooftop pools on the 8th floor

After I had breakfast, I took a shower, dressed up, and headed to Ijen Suites Hotel (on Jl. Ijen Nirwana Raya Blok A No. 16, Klojen, Malang), along with my friends at the office (Mas Hanif, Eja, and Sesa) to attend the conference : JCM 2017. We listened some oral presentations until lunch time and listened some oral presentations again afterwards.

Winda and Sabi was in front of Winda’s poster. Winda used to work as an internee in Pertamina UTC from 2015 to 2016

On the day, the conference terminated at around 4.30 pm. Hence, Sesa and Eja returned to their hotel not long after. While, Mas Hanif and I still stayed at the venue, because we were invited to have farewell dinner with Pak Alfian and other members of NEGT team. Pak Alfian retired on October 1.

NEGT team – Pertamina UTC @ JCM 2017

After all the member of NEGT team had prayed maghrib, we left Ijen Suites and headed to Terminal Mie (Jl. Bend. Sigura-gura Bar. No.24, Malang). Such restaurant has interior design resembling terminal (bus station). You can find angkot frame, seat made by soft drink crate, table made by metal drums, and other terminal inspired wall decors, there. Angkot is public transportation which looks like minivan or minibus with eye catching color. Every angkot has their own route, distinguished by the color itself or number code. The route usually written on windshield.

farewell dinner @ Terminal Mie

see you tomorrow~

Malang : JCM 2017 @ Ijen Suites, Daster Jalan Jakarta, Ronde Titoni


Related to my previous post…………..


On 26 September 2017, I, along with my friends at the office (Mas Hanif, Eja, and Sesa) attended the conference : JCM 2017 @ Ijen Suites Hotel. We listened some oral presentations until lunch time and listened some oral presentations again afterwards. Around 3 pm, we left Ijen Suites and returned to the hotel, because Mas Hanif didn’t feel well at the time~

oral presentation @ JCM 2017


it’s lunch time | Sesa, Sabi, Eja, Mas Hanif @ Ijen Suites Hotel, Malang


Not long afterwards, Sesa, Eja, Mac, and I headed to Daster Embroidery Tangerang-Malang (on Jalan Jakarta No.56, Malang), whilst Mas Hanif only stayed in his room~ Why they put “Tangerang” on its name? Because, the store used to be located on Jalan Tangerang. They sell not so many options of daster (comfort loose gown made from cotton, to wear at home), but Alhamdulillah luckily I could get an adorable daster, and it feels soft and sooo comfy.


Then, we returned to the hotel………. When I arrived at my room, I also didn’t feel well 😦 therefore, I slept directly after changing from jeans to pajama. Alhamdulillah I felt great when I woke up, so that I could join my collegemates to have dinner @ Ronde Titoni (Jl. Zainul Arifin No.17, Klojen, Malang), which has been established since 1948.


Ronde is small round batters, consisting of a mixture of rice flour and brown sugar which has crushed peanuts filling, soaked in hot ginger water. It is a perfect dish to be enjoyed for a bit chilly night in Malang ❤


see you tomorrow~

Malang : Batu Secret Zoo, Gala Dinner @ Ijen Suites, Seafood Udhay Permata Laut


Related to my previous post…………..


On 25 September 2017 at around 11.30 am, Mas Hanif, Sesa, Eja, Mac, and I headed to JaTim Park 2 (Batu Secret Zoo). It took us about an hour to get there, we rode Gocar. When we arrived, we directly walked to ticket counter and buy the ticket in cash.

bracelet for the visitor

Batu Secret Zoo was built since 2008, and President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono spoke at the opening in 2010. The zoo is 14 hectares in size. Some of their collections are : lion, tiger, flamingo, meerkat, zebra, anteater, tapir, various kinds of reptiles, etc.



inside the zoo (from top left to bottom) : leopard, flamingo, tapir, male lion, water rabit, baboons, mandrill


feeding bats | my lunch :9

There is an amusement park inside Batu Secret Zoo, named Fantasy Land. At the time, we only ride : carousel, tsunami, and animal coaster. I won’t ride tsunami and animal coaster in the future, never again!


carousel | tsunami

There is haunted house attraction also. But I didn’t get into the house hehe. Only Mas Hanif and Sesa did it. They said that the house is impressive. Are you brave enough to head into such haunted house? 😀

park in front of the haunted house

Moreover, visitors are able to get the opportunity to feed a tiger via balcony. Such balcony has acrylic glass floor, thus we can see tiger’s behaviour to reach his lunch.

a white tiger looks to the fresh red meat hanging on the rope


We finished our tour inside the zoo at around almost maghrib time. Then, we returned to the hotel because we had to attend Conference Gala Dinner @ Ijen Suites Hotel (Jl. Ijen Nirwana Raya Blok A No. 16, Klojen, Malang).

When I reached my room, I prayed, took a bath, got ready for the Gala, and rode GoCar along with Mas Hanif, Sesa, and Eja to Ijen Suites Hotel. But, apparently there are too many people in too little space @ the Gala 😦 so that, after the last speaker ended his speech, the four of us, plus Japir and Dona (Sesa’s and Eja’s friend) headed to Seafood Udhay Permata Laut (on Jl. Ciliwung, Blimbing, Malang) for dinner.

It is an awesome place to have seafood dishes, which was recommended by Japir. At the time, we had boiled clams, pan-fried garlic butter prawns, and gourami with chili sauce. All of them tasted utterly delicious ❤

boiled clams | pan-fried garlic butter prawns

left-right : Mas Hanif, Eja, Japir, Dona, Sesa, Sabi


see you tomorrow~

Kebumen & Karangsambung


This is going to be my first post of 2018 😀


Related to my previous post…………..

10 September 2017. A driver picked us up from Adisutjipto Airport-Jogjakarta at around 6 pm, then he took us to Kebumen. At Wates, we stopped by a gudeg-restaurant for dinner. Gudeg is a traditional Javanese cuisine, which is made from raw jack fruit stewed for several hours with palm sugar and coconut milk. I don’t like gudeg, but you can also have opor ayam (chicken cooked in coconut milk), opor telur (egg cooked in coconut milk), and sambal goreng krecek (cattle skin spicy stew) there.

At around 11 pm, we arrived @ Mexolie Hotel, Kebumen (across the Kebumen Station). Such hotel is a 3-stars-hotel, I really love Mexolie Hotel, because the room is big, clean, and cozy. Also, they provides various options of breakfast menu, and those tasted delicious :9

my room @ Mexolie Hotel


On 11 September 2017, after breakfast, we headed to Karangsambung for field observation. It was my second visit to Karangsambung. It gave me nostalgia, I am very happy!!! My first experience in Karangsambung was in 2012, when I attended Field Geology lecture during 1 month. After 5 years, I can return to Karangsambung again and visited :

the outcrop of Waturanda Formation

the outcrop of Kalijebug area

the outcrop of Olistostrome breccia, Lok Ulo

the outcrop of intercalation of chert and red limestone, Kali Muncar

the outcrop of Olistostrome claystone, Logandu; etc.

At the time, we also had lunch @ a kind of historic restaurant belongs to Mba War *we still call her ‘Mba‘ (a call for a female who a bit older than the caller), despite the fact that she already had grandchildren now 😀 she served some options of humble dishes at her restaurant, but all of them tasted delicious ❤ also, I ordered my love at the first sight –> gula asem (iced tamarind)! Whatta fresh refreshment in the hottest part of the day!!!!!

Mba War and Sabi

gula asem


On 12 September 2017, we visited Kampus LIPI Karangsambung. I strolled around the complex and took some photos in front of several buildings that gave me nostalgia :”””) such as Aula Tektonik (a building which is utilised as our dining room and classroom during our 1-month-stay in 2012) and Asrama Penosogan (the habitation of female student).

Museum Melange – Kampus LIPI Karangsambung

eclogite @ Museum Melange

Asrama Penosogan ❤


à bientôt, Karangsambung! Unwittingly, I left a little piece of my heart there……..

photo credit : Mas Awang, Pak Sunarli. Danke schön!

Makassar : FSTH 4 @ Four Points by Sheraton, Fort Somba Opu, Balla Lompoa Museum, Toko Kerajinan




Continue the story on my previous post…….

27 July 2017. After breakfast, Ndai, Dinda, and I went to Four Points Hotel. We strolled around the exhibit hall of FSTH Pertamina 2017. At the time, I played mini golf, darts, nerf guns, and archery. I won a flash disk for got a score of >40 when threw 3 darts, also a traditional fabric for got a score of 450 when shot 5 times with nerf gun. Then, we attended the closing ceremony and had lunch.

Katniss Everdeen wannabe 😀


Next, Dinda, Haris, Ndai, and I headed to Fort Somba Opu (in Barombong, Gowa Regency) by GoCar. The fort, which is located in Kampung Sarombe, close to Jeneberang river, was the center of Gowa Sultanate in 16th-century. At first, it was a 240 x 500 meters rectangular-shape fort with bastions on each corner. Currently, only the southern section of the western wall is the most visible, it is a red brick wall of around 3 meters thick.

I thought that the fort is somewhat forgotten by the citizens, because GoCar drivers don’t even know such place duh! Come on people, it was one of the strongest fort ever built by Indonesians, as well as one of the most severe battle against the former Dutch colonial army in eastern Indonesia.


the museum, where they collect the artifacts | a 9-meter cannon is in front of the museum

an old map of the fort is on ceiling, you can see it through the mirror

the remaining part of the fort : red brick wall of around 3 meters thick


Our second destionation was Balla Lompoa Museum (on Jl. K.H. Wahid Hasyim No. 39, Gowa). It was the Palace of Gowa Kingdom, which was built in 1936. It is a 60 x 40 meters and 2 meters high stilt wooden house. Currently, such palace was turned into a museum, which has a very dazzling historic collections of Gowa Sultanate.


Balla Lompoa Museum | the 60 x 40 meters and 2 meters high stilt wooden house

inside the museum

inside the museum (2)


The last but not the least, we headed to Toko Kerajinan (on Jl. Somba OPU No.34, Makassar) to buy some souvenirs. At the time, I bought passion fruit syrup for my mom and myself, Makassar t-shirts for my brother and mon petit ami, and some lovely pockets made out of traditional fabrics for my friends.


Sekian. See you tomorrow!