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Borobodur-Dieng-Jogja Exodus Part II

Let’s talk something else than hajj…. :D

Met with few Kuantan Luarbiasa rhodong over a TT yesterday. We started discussing about what to bring to Dieng. Altogether 16 people were already confirmed to go;

  1. me
  2. Ali
  3. Jasni
  4. Alphaman (Big’s friend)
  5. Big & wife
  6. Wanoridz & wife (uDa)
  7. Nizam & wife
  8. Dome
  9. Aji
  10. Mizi
  11. Badang
  12. Syahrin & wife

Dieng is a highland. Maybe colder than Cameron Highland or Genting. Temperature maybe around 12-15C. So what to bring:

  1. Jacket – no need to be too thick
  2. Glove – thin one should do just fine
  3. Socks
  4. Suitable shoes – sandal is OK if you can stand the cold
  5. Snow cap – preferably something to cover ears
  6. 3 pairs of cloths should be enough I think
  7. Torchlight

We are not going to climb any mountain by foot. And we are not going to camp. Therefore no need to bring any tent or sleeping bag. Those couples may need to pay a bit extra (just a bit) if they wanna stay with their wife because for bachelors like us, we will be staying 3 persons in a room usually. But I am not too sure about that.

I estimate the total budget excluding shopping & tickets to Borobudur per person is only 1,000,000 Rp (around RM320-250). I hope I will not have to ask additional Rp from you guys. The ticket to Borobudur usually about 10,000 Rp. Me, Ali & Jasni might not go in. Been there twice already.

As for camera gears, we will be shooting landscape, street & people. So you can figure out what gears to bring. I may just bring a wide angle & a tele. And of course a flash & tripod is important. Yup, you can bring charger together with the adaptor. I know dR ali will bring his macro lens & the fancy lighting system. So those who wish to shoot Indonesian spider can follow suit.

Please remember to bring these important documents:

  1. Passport – valid passport – please check the expiry date
  2. Photocopies of passport – some even colour photocopied & laminated it
  3. A photocopy of the flight ticket – usually not required but better to bring
  4. A photocopy of the insurance – not really necessary in Indonesia

For Kuantan guys, we will be departing to LCCT on Monday 9th Feb early morning (before Fajr). Most likely in 2 cars. Maybe we can park the cars at Badang’s house in Taman Melati & then take Aliran to Sentral before boarding bus to LCCT. Dome will be coming from KT but I guess he will go a day earlier & stay at Aji’s house. Jasni will be travelling from Muar. Syahrin & wife will be coming from KL with Aji & Dome. Make sure be there before 10AM ye guys. Our flight will be at 1:55PM. Max weight for luggage is 15kg. So preferably bring less than 10kg. In case you wanna buy few kilos of purwacheng later :D

Addendum: Check previous posting for detail.

Borobudur-Dieng-Jogja Exodus

Despite busy with preparation for hajj, I managed to get more participants for the trip. Altogather there are so far 13 14 members going to Jogja in February 2009. From 9-13th February. They are myself, Ali, Azraie & wife, Nizam & wife, Idzwan & wife (uDa), Jasni, Badang, Alphaman, Aji, Dome & Mizi. Luarbiasa!! All tickets had been bought. But unfortunately for Aji, Dome & Mizi, their tickets are a bit expensive.

As for the itinerary, after discussions with Mas Huda @ Kaboel, here is the final itinerary:

No worry, we will be using a mini bus instead of the usual Kia Pregio. We still have few vacancies. Those interested please email me immediately preferably before 25th Oct 2008. But the ticket is now about RM458 round-trip inclusive of insurance. I estimate that we still won’t be spending RM1000 each including the air-fare.

Note: During this trip, we won’t be climbing montain on-foot :D but we still will visit few volcano craters on top of Dieng Plateau. Those exrtra-ordinary enough can climb Mount Sindoro at own expense the day we are suppose to tour Dieng & surroundings.

What to bring for this trip? Usual traveling clothings with windbraker & maybe glove, as the temperature at Dieng can reach 10ºC (or lower). No need for Deuters bag here (p/s If Arey is going, I’ll bring my 50L Deuter backpack…. for obvious reason!). No need to wear trekking shoes. I will just wear my Croc Baja. As for photo gear, wide-angle lens & tripod is a must! Landscape is heaven here :D . Treveling lens like 24-70 f2.8 or even kit lens is also important. I don’t think we need to bring tele lens unless for street shooting at Wanosobo, Magelang or Malioboro towns. I guess that are all I can say about this trip.

Java Mountains II: An extraordinary trip! Part II

What had happened? Our van almost broke down. The vans’ brake & clutch plate broke down! That mishap had cost us our plan to go to Dieng Plateau on the first day. Instead we had to go to Jogja to get another van. Therefore, instead going to Dieng, we went to Magelang & visited Borobudur. It was my 2nd trip to Magelang & Borobudur.

Our very first group pix.

Mountains viewed from Borobudur.

The group pix at Borobudur.

I didn’t shoot many pictures at Borobudur. Afterall there was so many people up there.

So after 2 hours or so, we went to Jogja. We went to an outdoor boutique first as some of the group members need to buy extra outdoor gears. Well, I also bought myself portable gas stove. About RM50 each. Yeah, I bought two. Another one for a friend here in Malaysia. We stayed at Twin Trim hotel if I am not mistaken. A simple hotel but a quite expensive (for Indonesian rate). The next morning we went street shooting. I am horrible at street shooting, therefore I will not going to share my shots with you guys.

About 11am, we were already preparing ourself for a trip to Dieng.

Posing for a picture before boarding the van to Dieng. That’s our official drink….Mizone!! (But I didn’t drink even a single bottle for this trip).

We stopped at a small town (can’t recall its name) for solat & lunch. We tried Pak Rahman Soto. Not as tasty as Mbok Giyem soto in Boyolali.

Then we continue our journey to Dieng. Our guide miscalculated the time taken to reach Dieng. He thought only 3 hours but instead we needed 6 hours to reach Dieng Plateau at Wonosobo district. Well, what can we do…..some pictures from inside the van…

We stopped at a small food-stall (warung) at the top of Dieng Plateau…When we reached Dieng, it was already passed Marghrib. We had our dinner & solat here. Now, we have to decide whether we want to stay overnight at Dieng & may compromise our trip to Mount Lawu, because the trip to Mt Lawu (Central Java & East Java border) may take another 6-8 hours. We held a simple meeting & with a majority vote of 4-2 (another 2 members neutral), we decided to go sleep over at Selo Pass & will miss Dieng’s sunrise! :( But we already plan to go to Dieng & to climb Mount Sindoro next year (maybe in February).

To be continue…..