Monday, May 4, 2009

Indonesia...

Phew....that was tiwing!
That Thing has finawwy stopped his whining and started eating again and I spent the entire day hacking into mine Mummy's camewa so that all mine good fwiends can see what mine Mummy saw in Indonesia.
Now, I think I deserve a nice wong nap without That Thing bugging me.
Ok, here are the pictors.
Earwy earwy on Thursday morning, mine Mummy woke me and That Thing up and made us eat bweakfast because she had to catch the pwane to bwing her to Indonesia. Why she has to catch it, I'm not vewy sure, because even though I have never been on a pwane before, fwom what I heard fwom others, the pwanes usuawwy sit there waiting while beans go onto it. Maybe mine Mummy's pwane was a bit special and twied to wun away, so mine Mummy had to
catch it.

Well, she was there bwight and earwy in the morning. And she caught the pwane, and was comfortabwy sitting on it alweady when those beans who made the pwane fwy told all the passengers to get off the pwane again!
There was something in this pwane which didn't want to work and so they had to find another pwane for mine Mummy to catch.
And so mine Mummy had to wait for another 2 hours at the airport so that she can catch the other pwane to take her to Indonesia. If it were me, I would just go home and snuggle with handsome me and that whiny stinky-bag Thing, but did mine Mummy do that? No! She foowishwy sat there and waited 2 hours to catch the next pwane! Sigh...beans can be so siwwy sometimes.Finawwy, over at Indonesia.
In the dwessing woom.
No, that is not mine Mummy. Mine Mummy is too wazy to iron cwothes. She takes pictors instead.Performers putting on make-up.This is the Western string ensemble gwoup which twavelled with mine Mummy.The hotel woom.
They booked a vewy nice hotel for mine Mummy to stay in.After the performance, it was vewy wate at night. Mine Mummy had supper and it was alweady 2am. And mine Mummy had to get up at 4am to go to the airport because she was going to fwy to Yogyakarta together with 3 other beans.The fwight to Yogyakarta.On the stweets.This is the guesthouse mine Mummy stayed in for the first night at Yogyakarta.There were horse cawwiages.Busy morning stweet and market.Wunch at a woadside stall.The kitchen.Visiting the sultan's pawace.
This was the pwace where the sultan held performances.Gweat hall for gamewan (twaditional Indonesian music) performance.Making batik.A gate weading to...another gate.to the sultan's swimming pool.These openings were built so that concubines had to stoop to enter. It was a way of showing submission to the sultan.The pool which wooks....YUCKS!
Well, I'm sure it must have wooked much nicer duwing the sultan's times.This is the sauna woom.Stairs. Upstairs was the head concubine's woom.Yummy chick-hens!The well which is still functioning now.What is this HIISSSSSS cat doing in mine Mummy's camewa!?On the way to the underwater mosque.This mosque was fully submerged and the windows had gwass panes to bwock out the water. Over the years though, the water weceded and now the mosque is up above gwound.Devastation fwom earthquakes.
Indonesia has many many volcanoes and suffers earthquakes vewy fwequentwy too.After the sultan's pawace, mine Mummy went to visit the wuins of Pwambanam, the oldest Hindu temple in Yogyakarta.
Over the years, this temple has fawwen and been webuilt and fawwen and been webuilt countwess times due to the earthquakes.Mine Mummy didn't do any special effects to this pictor. The wight just natuwawwy shone on the figure of the hindu god. The architects of the olden times must have weawwy taken gweat pains in designing this temple.The soil there was gweyish bwack fwom the nearby volcanoes.Gamewan!When mine Mummy was doing her degwee in music, there was a subject she had to take on gamewan music. But after sitting for the exam, mine Mummy has given evewything she wearnt back to her pwofessor. Now she cannot even wemember what this instwument is called. (She scored an "A" for the exam!)
What a "good" student mine Mummy is indeed.Wook cwosewy at these pictors!
Vishus deer!!!!Baaaa....
The feet bewongs to the shephardess.More baaas....Did you guys notice, there never fails to be steps to cwimb in all of mine Mummy's twavel pictors.The sun behind the piwwar.The chick-hens here are scwawny. But these chick-hens taste nicer than chick-hens who stay cooped up in coops because they got to wun and exercise their muscles.A sowitawy gate. How wonewy.The sun setting.The stweets of Yogyakarta at night. There is not much night wife there. Shops usually cwose at 9pm.Bweakfast at the guesthouse.This thing wooks wike That whiny stinky-bag Thing! But more muscuwar!Obviouswy he didn't care a hoot about mine Mummy.Weird Indonesian figures.This is a school. The students have just finished wessons and are going home.Awong the stweets.A push cart sewwing Mie Bakso or meatball noodle soup.The shopkeeper of this shop could speak a few words of Mandarin which was vewy much welcome after days of using sign wanguage. The wocals here don't even understand vewy basic Engwish and mine Mummy's spattewing of Malay wasn't enough even to save her wife.A woofie!!!! Wook here Mummy, I don't weawwy appwove of the pictors you take!Wice with beef and soup, and wots of chiwwi.Beef, egg, and soup.Hot owange without sugar. Yes, it's not just warm, it's boiwing hot! And it surpwisingwy doesn't have even a tinge of sweetness. All in all, it tastes
special.This is a vewy cosy pwace to while a wazy afternoon away. They serve coffee, and there's shelves and shelves of books! And even fwee wirewess access.
Nice pwace.Walking back to the guesthouse where mine Mummy stayed for the second day.Nice enviwonment eh?These wooden figures overwook the swimming pool (which contains more dead weaves and bwanches than water). The javanese are vewy good woodworkers and stone carvers.There was a performance at the Borobudur temple that night. It happens onwy once evewy few months and mine Mummy was vewy fortunate to be able to catch the show this time.
Ticket to the show (which mine Mummy suspected having been conned by the beans) came with dinner.
These were the performers who performed while mine Mummy was having dinner.
(Of course, she has forgotten what those instwuments are called as well.)The performance under the stawwy night in fwont of the temple of Borobudur.The highwight of the performance, weal wife ducks!And goats.Not having attended enough wehearsals, these ducks were not certain of how their dance steps ought to be and they decided to impwovise and come up with their own steps. Which incwuded twying to walk over to the audience.Chasing the ducks.The gamewan ensemble with one monk who pwovided the chants.The weal temple of Borobudur wights up behind at the end of the show.The legend of Mahakarya Borobudur.The next morning, mine Mummy visited the temple.
It had been covered with volcanic ashes when the volcano Merapi ewupted many many hundweds of years back. Then in the wast centuwy, archeowogists started digging it out and now the whole world can see this ancient temple.Mine Mummy attempted to cwimb a hill because she thought she might get better pictors of Borobudur up there.But at the top, this is all she can see of Borobudur.
What a disappointment.Ewephants!Wayang Kulit.Pwetty fwower.Nice scenewy.Finawwy back at Yogyakarta airport for the fwight back to Jakarta.Mine Mummy's fwight fwom Yogyakarta to Jakarta was dewayed, and when she weached Jakarta, she had to wun all the way fwom Terminal 3 to Terminal 2 to catch her pwane back home again. I wonder why mine Mummy keeps on having to catch pwanes. Other beans' pwanes are more well-behaved and stay there.Wuckiwy, mine Mummy weached the boarding gate with 5 minutes to spare and she could be home to snuggle with me and That Thing.

22 comments:

Furkidsmom said...

Those are great pictures! We're glad your Mom made it in time and that she got home safely.

Sniffie and the Florida Furkids

Aoise said...

Fantastic pictors. Now my miewmie has an idea of how Indonesia looks. She would liked to have looked around that market. Oriental markets are so fascinating. Anyway, I'm glad she 'caught' all her planes (must be such hard work) and is safely home to make a fuss of you. Did she bwing you anything nice???

Cheysuli and gemini said...

Well I am glad she got home safely!

Jan's Funny Farm said...

So glad your mom is back home again an Oven is eating now. Those are some gorgeous photos, Boy. Thanks for steal... uh, borrowing them from your mom's camera.

Kaze, Latte, & Chase said...

Amazing!! We learn so much by her trips. Thanks for posting them for us because that is most likely a place our humans will never have a chance to visit.

Chase

VampyVictor said...

Momma sat here with her mouth open.. she loves old things, old ways and stories of how things were.. your momma got to see so very many really beautiful things!!!
All we can say to suum it all up is THANK YOU for sharing and WOW!
V-V

Shaggy, Scooby and Scout said...

We always love to see your mommys pictures and she spoils us by taking so many!
We especially like the pictures of everyday life and everyday people.

Black Cat said...

Lovely pictures! Your Mummy has such great adventures in interesting places. I wish I was a musician... :) xxx

DaisyMae Maus said...

Boy (an' 'Oven) ... Mom an' I enjoyed lookin' at all of the spectacular pictures that your momma took on her visit to Indonesia. Wow! She must have some furry strong legs to walk up all of those stairs ... an' to chase planes with. Is she tired from all of that travelling?
DMM

MoMo said...

Wow!!! Thanks ++ for raiding your Mummy's camera and bring us all those lovely photos. Put lazy Momo to utter shame!

Has your Mummy been to Yunnan yet? My SS loves it. One of the most pleasant places in all China.

I see you are still clling your brother "That Thing"!

Grrreta said...

Those are awesome pictures. Thanks for sharing them with us and telling us about your mummy's trip.

Diamond said...

You are so clever Boy and I enjoyed the pictures. Lynettea says to tell your Mummy that she loved the pictures. Thank you for all your hard work in posting them and your Mummy for taking so many.

Cliff and Olivia said...

What a lot of beautiful and interesting pictures. We guess some humans do get to do exciting stuff when they're away from us. Not ours, though. We're sure about that.

Very clever of you to hack in to the camera.

Kitikata-san said...

Your human really saw some nice things while she was away. BUT, I don't think she should go away so much. She should be home petting you! :) Meow!

The Furry Kids said...

Wow! Those are neat pictures. I'm glad your mom is back. I know you guys missed her!

Hazel said...

Ah, this is what Black Cat told me about. You're so cute :) I enjoyed 'travelling' with your mummy. Btw, Black Cat referred me to your mum about those musical instruments I can't identify over at my nook http://delineatingdes.blogspot.com/2009/05/weekend-snapshot-travel-fest-in-pattaya.html

Black Cat later got back and gave me info from your Mummy about those instruments. I am still finding my way around your blogs. I would appreciate it if you could tell your Mum I said hello and thank you for helping me name those instruments. Have a lovely, purring day :)

Beau Beau & Angie said...

Wow! You found a whole treasure trove of picshures in yur mommie's camera! Da pictures are beeyooteeful. Along wif bein a musician she takes reely good fotos too. Fanks for sharing them and the wonderful story of where she went in Indonesia. We could almost feel like we were dare!
Dat sultans palace must haf been hit by da ekonnomee too since dat pool is so dirty. Hee heeee. Mom wants to know if yur mom liked all dat different food she ated?

Poppy Q said...

What a great adventure. My mum went to Bali about 15 years ago. Indonesians are very lovely people and have a beautiful country.

Black Cat said...

I have an award for your Mummy over at my blog. If she would like it (and I think she will) please ask her to come over later to collect it. I haven't finished the post yet so she'll need to wait a little while :) xxx

The Cat Realm said...

Oh my gosh! What a wonderful trip and experience for your Mom!!! And we did like your comments especially, hahahahahahahahahaha, especially about the forgotten instruments, hahahahahahahahaha, we have a pea-brain like that here too!!! (it's called the maid)
Thank you for sharing those pictures with us!!!

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