In 2009, I was an exchange student at the Universitas Gajah Mada – only the top university in Indonesia. (Yes yes, whatever you Universitas Indonesia people say…) One evening, a friend took me to the Tugu Jogja monument in the middle of the student-town and I touched it. He told me that anybody who touches the monument will return to Yogyakarta one day. 4 years after my exchange semester, I have yet to entertain thoughts of returning to that town. So I thought that was just an unfounded myth.
I guess mysterious things do happen in Southeast Asia.
I am planning my next trip out of Singapore (already, yes). Since Le Boyfriend will be coming to this part of the world in August/September, I am looking at places I have not been to in this region. Right now, it’s a toss up between Indonesia (he always wanted to go to Indonesia) and the Philippines (I have been wanting to go to the Philippines since my 4th year in university.) Since he will be here for 3 weeks (!!♥), I suppose we can visit both countries. But much research and study is needed before the trip.
Since I am a little bit more familiar with Indonesia than he is, I am reading up on places to go in Indonesia. The Karimunjawa Islands sound like heaven on earth, but it is not served by many travelling options. And there’s the lack of internet. (I am a little spoilt in this way)
Beaches on the Java archipelago are amazing.
The fine, warm sand ♥ on Parangtritis beach near the city of Yogyakarta.
I am remembering the feel of that sand between my toes when I see that picture. Yummy… So tempting!
Are there any places in Indonesia or the Philippines which you think are awesome? Do share!