It was one of those cases when I originally booked in one hotel but ended up in another. When I got back to Yogyakarta coming from my Borobudur trip, I took their efficient bus system and alighted at the station near JL Parangtritis. Hotel Winotosastro already caught my impression as I was passing by especially with their promo of IDR 137,500 (US$14) for their basic room but decided to take a very long walk to a lodging at the Jalan Prawirotaman. To make a long story short, the US$10 accommodation I booked was so far at the said street, I didn’t feel comfortable and secure with the room so I decided to just look elsewhere.
It’s not often I splurge on an accommodation, but when the need arises for the sake of photography, I would make a consideration every now and then. For my trip to the UNESCO Heritage site of Borobudur in Indonesia, I wanted to be within the vicinity of the temple for easy access for the sunrise and staying in Manohara Hotel Borobudur would be the best option to stay.
If you happen to be flying Philippine Airlines this month of November 2012, do check out their latest Mabuhay Magazine onboard. I got a short two-page story there on our brief stint in North Sulawesi, Indonesia. It’s a very interesting place covering Bunaken Island, Manado and Tomohon. Look for the article “The North Side Wonders”, below are the photos they used for the article.
Yes, 5 days and it seems quite shorter even when I was there. I just got back this morning and am really excited to sort out the photos and organize my notes on this trip. It was my second time in Indonesia and my objective for this trip was specifically the UNESCO Heritage Site of Borobudur. But before that I ended up in Solo (Surakarta) first then Yogyakarta.
I just got back from North Sulawesi, a region in Indonesia I never really heard of before, until I was tasked to cover a Media Fam-Tour for a magazine. It’s a lot closer to the Philippines on a map but took ages to get there. Unfortunately, I can’t share much yet in terms of photos and details, instead of some instagram photos from my phone (you can follow me at instagram, @ironwulf) but it’s a pretty interesting place. While there, we bwere also closely monitoring what’s happening in Manila, especially with the floods caused by heavy rains. There are still places that needs help, I recommend going directly to the organizations doing hands-on work. There’s a Google Resource for Philippine Related Floods or contact any charity groups you’re helping out, in my case, there’s WorldVision Philippines.