I was a millionaire for a few days

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I posted this in my other blogging site. Click the photo to take you there.

I wrote an article about our visit in Bali. You can check it here. It took me this long to finally write the continuation of our trip to Indonesia. Days ago, Mitochondria wrote in noise about jasmine flower which seemed to be the sign to finish this Indonesia trip.

After our short time in Bali, we then decided to visit the UNESCO temples of Prambanan and Borobudur.

From Bali, we decided to take a bus going to Yogyakarta.

Since we are already in Indonesia, why not visit the temples that we have been seeing in tv and online. We have been reading about them in books. That was the thought at that time. Looking back, we should have just stayed and explored Bali more. Still, we were happy about our decision.

I would have wanted to document this better but since I don't have the other photos now, I'll just make do of what was left.

After booking a ticket the previous day, we then checked out of hotel the next day and headed to Ubbung Terminal an hour before our trip. From Denpasar, this bus will take us to Yogyakarta after 20 hours of travel. Yes, we survived an almost one day trip on the bus. Whew! Thank goodness the ride was comfortable. I remember looking at the sea, riding in the middle of the jungle and passing by a huge electric power plant well lit at night.

At one point, we had to ride a ferry that took us from Bali to Java.

Gilimanuk Ferry Terminal

This was my first time to ride a ferry. It was a pleasant evening and we took our time exploring the ferry. There were drinks and snacks but we didn't feel like trying any of those. It took us about an hour to cross.

We had a stop over where we ate and freshened up. We didn't know at first that the food was paid for. It was included in the bus fee. A fellow passenger asked why we were not eating so we told her that we don't feel like eating for by that point all we wanted was to just rest. 20-hour travel is no joke. When she informed us that we already paid for it, we grudgingly decided to try some of the food that was served. I don't remember now what the food was.

Once we arrived at the terminal, we headed to the nearest shops where we ate. We were famished!

We then ate our brunch at Adisucipto International Airport in Yogyakarta. I am in love with their food.

At the airport, we decided to visit Borobudur Temple first. It's already mid morning by then so why not make the most of it. Our energy was replenished by the food that we ate that's why we were ready to go anywhere.

From the airport, we decided to acquire the service of those tours available at the airport. Even though the heat was unfamiliar (for we were used to the cool temperature we have here in our mountain), it was a pleasant welcome.

Getting to Borobudur from the airport took us about less than two hours. One thing that is noticeable on the road are the number of motorcycles. I haven't seen as many motorcycles that plenty. I'm just not used to it.

Borobodur Temple can be traced back to the 8th century during the reign of the Syailendra Dynasty. This Dynasty ruled the land of Java for five centuries. The temple is one of their contributions in history. It is built on a pyramid base. The bell like structures are called stupas. Each of those has a buddha in it.

This is located in Central Java and it covers a span of 2,520 sq m. It was still used up until 15th century. It was then restored in the 1970s and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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To maintain the sacredness of the place, proper dress code should be worn when entering the compound. You are not allowed to wear short shorts or skirts and don't show too much skin. As you can see in my photo above, I donned a sarong for I was wearing shorts at that time. There is a minimal fee to pay when entering the site. The staff will assist you in wearing a sarong if you need to. We will then surrender those sarongs once we exit the place.

There was an elephant house within the compound that you can ride for a fee of course. We didn't avail that. I just can't bear the smell. You can feed them too.

There were also horse-drawn carriages that will take you around the compound.

When exiting the site, you will then be entering a maze of souvenir shops. There were a whole lot of them it's overwhelming. You will literally get lost if when checking on those interesting goods.

Be mindful of the peddlers. We were met by a bunch of them before we even got to the entrance. They are very persistent that you will buy whatever they wanted to sell. Even though we kept saying no, we were trapped in the middle of them and we are getting the attention of others which is embarrassing. To keep them off our backs, we agreed to buy from one of them later. A mistake we regret. The guy would then wait for you at the exit. These are sharp and they will know you so you can't hide from them. They would even know your smell lol! The item we purchased from him was double or triple than what was sold in the shops that you pass when exiting the site. Ignore them. Don't talk to them. Don't even make eye contact with them. You have been warned. Then again, it's all up to you.

Next stop: Prambanan Temple.

But that will be for the next blog.

It's good to look back to our travel. I am amazed to be able to visit historical places such as this. It gives that feeling of traveling back in time.

Thanks a lot for reading. Until next time!

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Omooo😍😍, the food captured my eyes and somehow made my tummy grumble, I am pretty sure that you had a great time in that wonderful place sir Lee❣️. More adventures and travel pa sayo poπŸ™πŸ₯°

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2 years ago

No choice but to enjoy kasi sayang naman un pasyal kun di enjoyin hehe.

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2 years ago

I felt that you are taking us with you in your travel narin. Heheh pero pabaliktad na travel since this happened already. 😁 Namiss ko yung waterfall blog char hahaha

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2 years ago

Wala na ma blog na waterfalls haha!

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2 years ago

We are millionaires of happy memories πŸ™‚

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2 years ago

Nailed it!

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2 years ago

What a nice trip, I like how you show us in detail what you did, everything looks beautiful and very organized.

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2 years ago

I wanted to remember as much about that trip :)

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2 years ago

A nice trip you have lee thank you for sharing the photos it seems I was there too. Hoping to travel there soon.😊

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2 years ago

It's a must visit destination :)

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2 years ago

While reading I feel like I am there boarding and travelling too :)

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2 years ago

I hope we can travel soon :)

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2 years ago

Natawa ako sa pangalan ng food sorry 🀧 sana all ako palagi sa travel yay 😍

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2 years ago

May mga words na kapareho din sa atin pero di ko na maalala haha!

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2 years ago

Explore and travel while we are still young. We can find the money but the places and the memories cannot be forgotten. Take care always sir.

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2 years ago

Parang same lang din food nila saatin hehe. Ang dami din po sigurong millionaire diyaan. 😹

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2 years ago

Lahat sila milyonaryo haha!

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2 years ago

Isa din yan sa dream destination ko talaga. pag maka out of the country talaga ako, this will definitely one of my options :)

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2 years ago

I hope soon kung okay na ang lahat.

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2 years ago

It's so good you were able to have an adventure in Indonesia :) Memories worth millions indeed especially these days when we are just grounded in our own territories :)

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2 years ago

Mayat nga sublian man hehe.

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2 years ago

OMG, thanks for blogging about one of my dream destinations! Have you encountered Ketut? The one from Eat Pray Love? Just kidding :P

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2 years ago

Nope lol! The original plan was to go to that place but then we changed our mind :D

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2 years ago

Ang ganda pala dyan. Nakaka rating ako sa Ibang lugar dahil sa mga blogs nyo

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2 years ago

Sobra. Sarap balikan.

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2 years ago

Happy memories :) sana mawala na pandemic para makapag simula ulit na madagdagan ng panibago ang mga memories. I want to be a millionaire haha save all the memories

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2 years ago

I want to be a millionaire too for real lol!

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2 years ago

I wish! Ganda ng gala mo, sana makapunta din ako dyan. The life of a millionaire. 😁

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2 years ago

Milyones din ang gastos haha!

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2 years ago

Oh I also experienced this in another country. Hahaha. Maybe I will write about it too. It's just fun being a millionaire even for a day. XD

Saya tlga mag-travel eh. Soon soon mapupuntahan ko rin ang Bali.

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2 years ago

Kaso bilis din maubos haha!

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2 years ago

Haha exactly. Isang araw lang wala na. hahaha.

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2 years ago

A very beautiful and well preserved place, haha I liked that they can recognize you by smell, these vendors. Here we are millionaires until today when they change the currency and take away 6 zeros, so 1.000.000,00 Bs will be worth 1,00 Bs. We are getting more and more ruined.

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2 years ago

I still haven't experienced being a millionaire there ;D

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2 years ago

Ang saya talaga magtravel. That 20 hour ride is no joke, pero for sure mag eenjoy ako kasi I love riding any vehicle talaga. At yung nagtitinda na namimilit, make no eye contact talaga dapat e. Haha

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2 years ago

Learned my lesson the hard way hehe.

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2 years ago

Grabe yung 20 hours na byahe. Dapat pala 1 week vacation ka dyan para di bitin kasi sa byahe pa lang halos 1 day na ang naubos. Yung peddlers mukang matindi ang pangangailangan at walang takas ang binebentahan nila. Buti pwede sila madaan sa pag ignore. Yung elephant naman sayang. Mukang masaya sakyan kaso sabi mo di ok ang amoy. Sana pinapaliguan nila regularly lalo kung ipapasakay nila sa tourist. Yung Borobodur temple naman ngayon lang ako nakakita ng temple na sobrang higpit at may dress code pa. Nakaka bilib na na maintain yung ganyan ng centuries. Nagka idea na ako kung ano mga makikita sa Indonesia. Nice tour.

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2 years ago

Wala talaga kamin balak mag Yogya kasi sa Bali lang talaga dapat kami pero tinopak kaya ayun napabyahe ang pagkatagal ahaha!

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2 years ago

When it comes to mobile vendors in South East Asian countries, yes beware. They can be annoying. Play blind and deaf, and just keep walking.

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2 years ago

Nakakahiya kasi un dudumugin ka tas pagtitinginan ka ng lahat ng tao haha!

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2 years ago

no more souvenirs clothes coming from your tour, nagbasitan and napukaw dan forever.

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2 years ago

Sene ell nalang talaga sa mga travel blogs nyo hehe

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User's avatar Yen
2 years ago

In God's time makakatravel ka din :)

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2 years ago

Sana nga hehehe. Baguio kagad 🀣

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User's avatar Yen
2 years ago

Haha! Pwede :D

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2 years ago

super ganda ng temples!!

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2 years ago

Puro temples nga jan e kakasawa din haha!

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2 years ago

Interesting structure.. the weather's the same with what we got dito sa pinas ata....

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2 years ago

Tama. Pagkakamalan ka pang Indo haha!

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2 years ago

The pictures taken are colourful. Your visit to the temple and meeting the peddlers - These people are such that they force us to buy their products In our place we have a good lot of them smart enough to make money. Bali is nice tourist destination.

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2 years ago

I know what to do next time :D

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2 years ago

???

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Does the food was yummy? It looks like a Chinese cuisine..πŸ˜…

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Yup. Asian cuisine is mostly Chinese influenced :)

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2 years ago

I would love to visit Bali and Java one day. And I would have ridden the elephant for a ride, hehe.

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2 years ago

It's a must that one should visit it :)

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2 years ago

Lesset travel restrictions please..., kating kati na mga paa kong gumala πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£.., gusto ko din matry maging millionaire 😁

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2 years ago

Nakaadu kan ket hehe.

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Naging Millionare ka nga!Ang daming 0 digits ee..πŸ˜… Ano nga pala ang name ng currency nt Indonesoa?

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2 years ago

Milyones din ang gastos haha! Rupiah sila.

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2 years ago

Nagulat ako dun sa picture mo na naka blue ka Kuya haha, akala ko talaga may sniper na nakatutok sayo. πŸ˜‚

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2 years ago

Hehe shy ako e :D

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2 years ago

The best part of this content is I was making same trip with you. Boarding on a plane and having the trip with you all. Thanks dear.

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2 years ago

I hope soon all of us here can travel together :D

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2 years ago

This articles brought back some good memories of Bali, I really did felt like a millionaire there πŸ˜…

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2 years ago

I hope to explore Bali more the next time :)

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2 years ago

I am also eager to return to Bali

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