A daily biking excursion through the village in Jogjakarta, Indonesia

A daily biking excursion through the village in Jogjakarta, Indonesia

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If you think that visiting a city should be done in a conventional way by following a tour to see places such as monument, museum, or palace only. Then you are wrong, there is another way! That’s what I did when I visit Jogjakarta. I took a cool excursion to visit the country side by cycling. By doing this you will see the scenery of the country side, but also you will have a closer look of daily local people’s life. Also you can do things you never did before, as for me, planting a baby rice plant and making my own Tempe, our famous soya food in Indonesia.

The tour started at 8 am. Lucky for us it wasn’t raining that day. I don’t really like the feeling of pedalling with my bike on the muddy roads. The tour was not so big with just 6 persons and 2 guides that would lead us in the front row. While the other one, would wait for us patiently at the behind to make sure we would not get lost while riding the track.

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The first stop was at the crackers factory where they make their own crackers. It was very surprizing to find out that making crackers is not that easy hahaha. Because it is a local business most of it is done manually, for example there are 3 people waiting under a machine which runs by the energy of a man (yeah, his feet – while he can fanning himself from the heat, his legs keep moving to rotate the machine). The machine will drop some flours of the basic ingredients for the crackers. While the dough is falling down the workers will place it into a mold. When I saw them doing it, it looked so easy and simple. But when I tried it myself it was very difficult. I could not make the beautiful flower shapes as they did, poor me. But it was so fun. The tour guide also explained to us how the process was to make these crackers. After they mold it they need to dry it in certain heat. After it was dried they would fried it and voilaaa… the crackers will be ready to eat.

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Next stop was the rice field. Here we would learn how to plant the baby rice plants. Be ready to let your feet get muddy. The fun thing by doing this tour is that you can learn the daily life of local people here. You can feel how to be a part of them and you can do what they usually do. Anyway, we met with some ladies that allowed us to follow them while working on the plantantions. After taking a look for a while how they did it we give it a try ourselves and it was fun. Now I know why the rice plants always look so orderly straight. It is because they use a bamboo stick as their measurement. They also put a mark at every inch in the bamboo, so we could just follow that mark to put our baby rice plants. I wish my baby rice plants will grow nicely soon, hehehee..

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After washing our hands in a small runnel, we continued our trip to the cattle business. At this time we got the knowledge that cattle for local people there is a valuable treasure. They put their effort to raise the cows diligently as one cow can be pricey around 7-8 million rupiah (USD 700-800). It also depends on the weight, age and kind of cattle whether they a breeding cow, the milky cow or the meaty cow. Maybe for them having a cow is such as having money on the bank. Cows are their investment for the future.

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We were heading to a local rice milling to see how they separate the grains from their skin. It was a very hot day and actually a good temperature for drying the grains. It was fun to see how they swept the grains and make sure it gets the same temperature and dryness as well. It was also fun to see how they put the rough grains through the machine and watching it come out as a clean rice. After that you can cook it to get your own hot white rice hahaha.

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The tour was not yet finished, the next stop was to see and learn a bit on how to make your own bricks. We were just interuppting a man who was busy making bricks. From him we know that it costs around 500.000 rupiah to get 1000 bricks. Oh NO, I can’t imagine if I should work under the sun and make thousand of bricks to get my money. But it’s the way he lives and he enjoys it. I also got excited when following him to make my own bricks and the coolest part of it, I could put my name on it. Oh by the way, while making a brick you should make sure that the mixture is spread evenly. Because if it’s not, the air in the mold will make the brick not strong enough and easy to break.

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Last but not least, we spend some time at the best spot of all. A Tempe home made factory! Yeayyy… I love Tempe a lot, as how Indonesians usually love it for their daily meals. Tempe is a food made by soybean. Mostly people only know Tofu, but Tempe is also containing a lot more of Vitamin since the soybean is used for making Tempe first before they make Tofu out of it. Tempe is so delicious especially when you eat it still hot and put some chilly on it, yummmy! One sad thing is that for such a weathly country as Indonesia and in nabati with its resources we still need to import the soybean from the United States. Something that I did not know yet. Anyway, usually they put a bit of yeast to some amount of the soybean the measurement of how much yeast you use should be depended on how the temperature is. If it is a hot day don’t put so much and vice versa. Then you place some of the yeast soybean in a leave and pack it like a small package. Then just leave it for one night until some fungus combines with the beans. The next day you can fry the Tempe and eat it. It was a big plus for us because the owners just made some local snacks and they fried some for us. Yummy!!

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We finished our trip at 12 pm. Time to get some lunch since our belly was already hungry. 4 hours riding the bike can consume all your energy. By the lenght of the distance we already rode our bike for 16 kilometers. Hurray for us because we had such an athletic body that could stand it, hahaa. The scenery along our ways was also very beautiful, it was a bright day and a pleasant day. Maybe you need to do it when you are visiting a city. Then you will feel your trip won’t be same as before. The advantage of a holiday is, you can do things you never done before.
Cheers,
Dea

/// Written by Dea Sihotang, Indonesia

  • Very very good writing, keep it up, Dea Sihotang

    • Thank you very much Sistaaa for your positive support!!! 🙂

  • nice…my country is very beautifull

    • hihihiiii indeed, Indonesia is a beautiful country ^_^ – thank you Andre 🙂

  • sigit akbar

    Very nice…
    thanks for writer, Dea Sitohang.

    • Thank you very much Sigit 🙂 Thanks for reading it.. Jogja is so beautiful, right?

  • Very good article Deaaaa, Good luck, Go my Indonesia…

    • Thanks a lot Sinta!!! Yuks ke Jogja yukssss 😛

  • love my city–Jogjakarta,,and love my country–Indonesia,,but never try this trip before

    • Hai Dewi, I guess you should try it next time. I took the tour from Via-Via in Prawirotaman, it was bright and sunny day. So beautiful indeed! Already miss Jogjakarta now 🙂

  • like this very much sista.. my beloved Indonesia Raya.. =)

  • This kind of holiday is not only as a leisure and see the daily people’s life but make us learning how to be an entrepreneur if u wish to build ur own home business,,,

    • Yessss, I agree with you, I also personally now know how to make bricks and plant the rice. How to let the Tempe in certain temperature to make it ready to eat. It was so fun and full of knowledge 🙂

  • Genrebook”s Store

    Very nice Dea Sitohang…
    Succes for You…!!!!

    • Woowww, thanks a lot for reading it and the wish ^___^

  • fafa andika

    mantaf mbak..lanjutkan ….

    • Terima kasih ya Fafa 🙂 Mari terus berjalan-jalan, hahahaa

  • Jouldon Emockber

    keren….what a great writing…nothing compares to Jogjakarta…a great asian village…

    • Jogjakarta has a special place in my heart too. A good choice for those who want to come to Indonesia and see different life of city people. Thank you Jouldon for the compliment 🙂

  • Hi Dea….Jawa/Java iku “senyowo” lan “Njowo”,….the great people on the great place….maybe for next (my recommend) you can visit cemoro sewo and Pacitan beach, its hidden place (greatest view)……

    • Hi Teddy.. Yes, I heard about Pacitan Beach.. Pantai Klayar right? I wanna go there also but maybe in different occasion. Have you been there? And where is Cemoro Sewo? Near Bromo Mountain?

  • reenn viant

    cool.. Dea…
    ..jadi kangen…nggowes sepeda didaerah sejuk Pedesaan ^^

    • hihihiii, thank you Reen! Yuks ngegowes keliling Indonesia 🙂

  • Jati

    Nice artikel Dea.. Tiada negara paling indah selain negara Indonesia..

    Sukses Dea dengan karya artikelnya.. buka mata dunia dengan budaya dan tulisan..

    • Hey Jati, iyaaa… salah satu tujuan menulis ini adalah supaya negara-negara lain tau akan indahnya Indonesia 🙂 Terima kasih ya Jati ^_^

  • IRA

    I love this…. I love Indonesia… G¤¤Ð job dee… Success for you 😉

  • FADZRI / AJHI

    wow artikel yg kerennn ….TOP Buat dhea….biar dunia tau INDONESIA yg sebenar nya…begiitu indahnya dgn ragam budaya nya…’ Succes Dhe’

    • Hi Ajhi, terima kasih banyak yaaa… Sukses juga buat kamu! Salam Ransel!! 🙂

  • fennielly

    mantap artikelnya. senyum boru hotang juga 🙂

    • Terima kasih mbak Fenni Ellly 🙂 — hehehee, kita sama-sama boru hotang yaaa?? Horaasss Eda! ^__^

  • Dear Dea,

    +1 for you,

    It would be nice to include on your article, name of the places of
    the individual places of interest you visited, where you start the
    journey, or perhaps you can do a bit mapping under maps.google.com and
    sharing the link to your post. I trusted many people interested to do
    this such out-of-the-tourist-trap-eco-social track.

    Greeting from Bantul – Jogja

    DJ

    • Hi DJ, thanks a lot for your kind suggestion 🙂 Will think and do it later when I understand how to use the mapping. Salam dari Jakarta yaa 🙂

  • keren artikel ny,,,,
    keanekaragaman budaya indonesia….:)

    • Dea Sihotang

      Terima kasih banyak ya Wewen 🙂

  • keren 😀

    • Dea Sihotang

      Terima kasih banyak Risti ^__^

  • great

    • Dea Sihotang

      Thanks a lot sista 🙂

  • Panji Prasetya

    Amazing… great sis. Tulis yang banyak tentang budaya RI…

    • Dea Sihotang

      Yes Panji, I will do it 🙂 Indonesia such a beautiful country, people abroad should know it.. Not only Bali, Bali and Bali 😛 LOL

  • Germán Téllez

    HI DEA!
    WHAT’S THE BEST SEASON TO DO THIS?, I MEAN, WHEN IT’S NOT A RAINY TIME, WHICH MONTHS?… AND ANOTHER QUESTION, THEY LEND THEIR BICYCLES OR YOU HAVE TO HAVE ONE?

    • Dea Sihotang

      Hello Ger, I went there one month ago, well, maybe the dry season it’s better, since you can enjoy the view and will not bike in muddy area 🙂 – yes, I paid around $12 to join the tour for 4 hours = 16 km, and we can use the bike for one day 🙂

  • good

    • Dea Sihotang

      Terima kasih banyak Cindy 🙂

  • nice article…
    two thumbs for dea…

    • Dea Sihotang

      Thanks a lot Rizka 🙂

  • Firda

    great !! cool !! nice article 🙂
    ini namanya generasi mudaa !!! semanagaatt ^^

    • Dea Sihotang

      Hi Firda, thanks a lot buat semangat motivasinya 🙂 Mari maju generasi muda.. #Eh? 😀

  • teguhfringgo

    Nice,, very good article.. good job.

    • Dea Sihotang

      Halo Teguh, thanks a lot for the compliment 🙂 Don’t forget to take the cycling tour while you are in Jogja, will be different, trust me! ^_^

  • Aditya Nugraha Putra

    hmm..nice 😀
    keep up the good work..

    • Dea Sihotang

      Thank you Aditya! Hope you have a nice day, cheers ^__^

  • Sylviani

    In my opinion, this is the best article among all in this competition.
    It really attracts me. I really hope that you will be the winner! 🙂

    • Dea Sihotang

      Awwww Sylvi! What a word and encourage, Dear. Thanks a lot for your trust in me. Let’s bring it on! hahaha 😀

  • Muhamad Izuan

    Nice article.
    Sukses buat kamu.

    • Dea Sihotang

      Terima kasih Muhamad 🙂 Sukses juga buat kamu!! ^_^

  • isol

    good

    • Dea Sihotang

      Thanks a lot Isol 🙂

  • Budi Abe Yusnendar

    awesome

    • Dea Sihotang

      Thank you very much Budi 🙂

  • Muhamad Izuan

    Nice article
    Succes for you.l

    • Dea Sihotang

      Eh, ada lagi 😛

  • adri

    awesome…… good pic good story.. wanna go there someday…

    • Dea Sihotang

      Thank you Adri! Jogja yukssss… 😉

  • donnie nugraha

    nice picture ka dea…paling seneng ama foto yang lagi ama sapi…sapi nya aneh..warna-warni,,,,ha3X

    • Dea Sihotang

      Thank you kak Donnie!! hahahaa, iyaaa, sapinya warna-warni gitu ya, lucu banget deh 😀 gw baru ngeh begitu elo tulis komen ini, hahahaa… Kapan kita nge-trip bareng ikiiii?? 😛

  • frisca dollar

    Awesome article!!! You go girl..passionate writer..hope you gonna win..*pray*

    • Dea Sihotang

      Thank you kak Frisca!!! Yeahhh we go girl!!! 😉 Thanks for the pray as well, love ya! :*

  • sagitazain

    Deaaaa…..
    Anda sukses membuat saya lapar perut ingin makan and lapar mata ingin jalan-jalan ke jogjakarta.

    • Dea Sihotang

      Sagitaaaaa…. ayo ayooo.. makan tempe di Jogja, tempenya paling wuenak tenan looh hehehee… Makasih ya udah baca artikel ini 🙂 Cheers, Dea

  • Friska Farida Sihotang

    Like this 🙂

    • Dea Sihotang

      Thank youuuu Friska! Salam Sihotang!!! 🙂 LOL 😉

  • disqus_lvyV2yJbcy

    bravo Dear,,,

  • santi purnama dewi

    nice article dhe’…kampung mbah ku tuh diyogya,,,dulu bikin tempe kayak gt juga,hehehe….all the best for u dhea..

  • daniati

    good luck yaa,,,

  • Konstantin

    Hi, I know it’s a while ago that you did this, but could you please send me the name of the cycle tour operator? Thank you very much