Spin The Bintang Bottle


Here is a virtual trip down some streets in Jogja (Yogyakarta) yesterday. They are some of the worst pictures that I have taken and I do apologise. In my defence, they were taken at high speed (lol) sitting in a bajak. I should also confess to having had 2 large bottles of Bintang beforehand. Potholed roads, inebriation and a laissez-faire attitude do not lend themselves to good camera work but I hope that they give you some idea of Jogja as a place and a feel for life there. It is one of my most favourite places in Java.

It was Stewart’s birthday and we decided to go out and celebrate before flying back to Bali in the evening. I take my hat off to my friend as he hadn’t had a winks sleep the night before due to making a night climb up infamous Mount Merapi in the wee hours. Exhausted but elated nonetheless from his incredible trek and stunning sunrise atop the volcano we headed off to Via Via in JL Prawirotaman 1 for a late lunch.

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her-majesty

hands,-knees-and-bumpsadaisy

back-of-heads-jogja

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jogja-street-art-graffiti

jogja-bajak

mosque-jogja

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oi!

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more-kaki-lima-jogja

signage-jogja-kraton

over-the-road-jogja

streetlife-jogja

timuran

watching-me-jogja

watching-you-watching-me-jogja

birthday-boy!

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hello-pak

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servicing-the-bajak-jogja

18 thoughts on “Spin The Bintang Bottle

  1. I think you should drink and photograph more often, Lottie. It looks a crazy, vibrant place. Enough to drive a man (or woman) to drink or perhaps do a Mario Lanza impression. I’ll skip the climb if that’s ok.

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    1. Mario Lanza! wow, now there’s a thought! I did skip the climb – I know my limits but our Stewarts only a youngster so he was well up for it.

      I adore Jogja, it really is a crazy place. Great street art and very vibrant. A lot more fun and friendly than Jakarta.

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  2. I so love your photos Lottie, but I just got a vision of me trying to do the same in my hometown…….and yet……..

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    1. Sadly not this time Gerard. We arrived too late in the afternoon. I think the Kraton closes around 2pm so we missed it. The following day Stewart could hardly walk after his climb so we just went for a bajak ride and a long lunch followed by a massage! I have tried Arak once. Not for me, I really didn’t like the taste and also I’ve been put off by the horror stories about the methanol that’s added to it.

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    1. Thanks Lydia. There is SO much great street art there as you know. When I go back, I shall devote an entire day just to photographing it. I was a bit side-tracked this time!

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  3. When I saw the first image, I thought it was just another city with all the hubbub one expects. But as the images progress the interest grows and the fun becomes more obvious.
    I really like the graffiti….especially the cupcake people.

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  4. Lottie these are all good pics. No , “yoke” 🙂 I enjoyed these a lot. None of them are bad. Quite interesting in fact. Java people don’t wear ordinary shoes. They all seem to be barefooted or in flip flops. Very practical individuals.

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    1. Yvonne, it’s so hot and sticky here that flip-flops are ‘de rigueur’. Bare foot is very common too. Glad you liked the photos but in truth I’m a little ashamed of them – not my best job! I think I took around 45 from my bajak seat…most of them were very blurry but I hope these give some sense of Jogja street life.

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