My Family Java Trip, Here and TherePosted: November 15, 2012
My family used to have a Java trip when I was young. As the kids grow older and my parents become busier, it’s not easy to find a suitable time for family holiday. I can say those trips as a Java road trip and Banyuwangi is our last destination. Banyuwangi is where my grandparents from my dad lived there. This city is the east end of Java island in Indonesia. The trip started from Bandung-West Java, the city that we love and where we live in. We traveled by car and our first stop used to be Jogjakarta. This city is an independent province which is located in central-south of Java Island. Jogjakarta is always be a fascinating destination for me until now. It is just too pretty with a very viscous cultural and traditional atmosphere all around the city.
After Jogjakarta, our next destination was Solo, a one hour distant city from Jogjakarta which also has its own uniqueness and again, very rich with cultural sense which is a part of Central Java Province. One or two night(s) in Jogjakarta then another one night in Solo and our trip went through from Central Java to the eastern side which is Malang. Malang is a nice small city that has similar characteristics with my city, Bandung. We used to spend more days here since my uncle and his family lives here. I had a delighted childhood memories during the holiday with my brother and cousins in Malang.
The next destination was in Surabaya, the capital city of East Java province, such a big and metropolitan city. Surabaya is the second largest city in Indonesia and I can say this is a very neat and well-organized city. Sometimes we stayed for one or two days or just transit and continued the trip directly to Banyuwangi. Actually we did not only visit those cities mentioned above but other cities are not our regular destination such as Kediri, Salatiga, Semarang, Pekalongan, Garut and Cirebon.
Our last Java long trip by car was in 2007 and last end year holiday, we just had another trip by plane. My parents are getting older and it will be very tiring if we go by car. Ok, actually it was not only them, but me and my brother strictly againts the car-traveling idea since it takes too much time to travel and will be sooo tiring. Hehehe.
Last year we went to Surabaya by plane and directly headed to Malang. This time we did not have plenty of time for holiday as we had in the past. We spent about 3 days in Malang and enjoyed the city so much. In Malang, we celebrated my parents’ 28th wedding anniversary at New Hongkong Restaurant. Another highlight in Malang was going to the Jatim Park-Batu. Batu is an area located outer Malang city, we have to travel about 1-1,5 hour to get there. Jatim Park is a very well-maintained outdoor and indoor zoo and animal museum from all around the world, such a nice and worth visiting tourism destination if you go to Malang.
We went to Banyuwangi afterwards for 4 days as well to see my grandparents’ house and met our relatives including visited my grandpa and some passed away elders’ cemeteries. We had a happy time in Banyuwangi including boating to Menjangan Island, a beautiful snorkeling and diving spot. Too bad the location seemed not well-maintained and most people who come are foreigners since many Indonesians not even know this place. Me and my family snorkeled and had a traditional lunch here which was so fun. In Banyuwangi, one of my grandparents’ neighbor has a noodle shop just beside the house, called Kedai Mitra. They are famous for the noodles, ice, and fried meat ball. I could say that all the dishes I had here were so delish and the fried meat ball is my all time favorite! It is a deep-fried pork and prawn meat balls that served with sweet chili sauce. This is so recommended! If someday one of you go here, don’t forget to give the “es kombinasi” a try as well. This is a kind of shaved ice served with condensed milk, ice cream and some Indonesian traditional kind of jelly (?) Hahaha I’m not sure for this part but I’m sure this ice tastes so good.
Four days in Banyuwangi then we headed to Bali which only took 2 hours travel by ferry. We spent about another 4 days in Bali. One of the highlight of our trip was the culinary adventure of course. Too bad that I didn’t take pictures in some places so I merely have this list as follow :
- 369 Dumpling House (Sam Liu Qiu) – Surabaya
- New Hongkong Chinese Restaurant – Malang
- Nasi Krengsengan and Sate Komo Bu Kris – Malang
- Kedai Mitra – Banyuwangi
- Naughty Nuris – Bali : Naughty Nuris is well-know for the spare-ribs as their specialty, the pork chop and everything meaty and yummy. There are several Naughty Nuris restaurants in Bali but the most crowded is still the first restaurant even the space is smallest compared to other Nuris restaurants.
- Surya Cafe Jimbaran – Bali
- Lovina Beach Seafood – Bali
Bakmi Sumo – Bali
- A family holiday is always be a happy bonding time and a relaxing period to getaway from daily routines. I feel grateful that my family still have the opportunity to do this regularly. In the next post I may write another family trip in various destination. Ahhh how I miss my family so bad when I writing this post.. I want to meet them so bad.. I miss my parents and Noki 😦