Central Java’s triple S: Solo, Salatiga and Semarang

Feb 9, 2014 by

Every year, Solo and Salatiga are in my family’s year end agenda. The only two times (as I remember it) we didn’t go there were 1) when the family gathering was in Bandung, 2) during my first year in Melbourne and my parents came in to visit me. And both my brother and I had each a 1 red flag for not coming back “home” because of work. Funny thing is, eventhough we never lived in Solo we always refer going to Solo in December as “coming home”.

That being said, last December was my millionth time going to the grands (well maybe not that much). I always love going home, apart from those time when my dad preferred driving rather than flying. It’s always a pain in the ass in its most literal term. The travel time usually takes us 12-14 hours for 562 km, including 2-3 short toilet breaks, a quick breakfast and lunch. The pretty view along the new-ish tollway in Cirebon and some other areas along Pantura give a bit of zen but definitely not doing anything to my poor rear part.

Once you got to Salatiga or Solo though, it feels like a whole different world. Time seems to stop in these cities. The daily holiday routine will usually go like this; 8am: wake  up time, 9am: breakfast (usually Soto or Noodle), 10am Рnoon: visiting relatives or going shopping, noon: lunch, past noon: going shopping or having nap then chatting about what to have for dinner, night: having dinner then more warungan or angkringan to finish the day. The next day same routine will happen with different kind of dishes to savour! Yum!

There are too many good food to enjoy in Solo and Salatiga for me to post. So if you’d like to know more about what to see and where to dine, shoot me an email or leave a comment below :) Enjoy!

 

off we go! Dad went earlier for his high school reunion

off we go! Dad went earlier for his high school reunion

Selat Solo (Javanese beef steak) - first meal in Solo

Selat Solo (Javanese beef steak) – first meal in Solo

Shi Jack in Solo - fresh milk with a twist

Shi Jack in Solo – fresh milk with a twist

what milk you're having tonite?

what milk you’re having tonite?

preparing milk. the "milktender" always put up a show

preparing milk. the “milktender” always put up a show

sweethearts

sweethearts

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look who visited me in Solo! We treated him with a Nasi Liwet night

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cousins <3

Wedang Ronde Jago Salatiga

Wedang Ronde Jago Salatiga

Wedang Ronde Jago Salatiga – hot ginger and nut dessert with mochi

preparing Wedang Ronde

greens near my grand's in Salatiga

greens near my grand’s in Salatiga

working!

working!

Breakfast from Kartoali Salatiga

at Roncalli Salatiga, a nice green complex where my dad learnt English back in the 70s.

at Roncalli Salatiga, a nice green complex where my dad learnt English back in the 70s.

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dear hub looking at Keleteng Sam Po Kong (Sam Po Kong Temple) in Semarang

more view of Sam Po Kong

more view of Sam Po Kong

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Toko Oen – I think it’s the oldest eatery in Semarang

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waiting for our lunch at Toko Oen

the super famous Lumpia Gang Lombok (Gang [aisle] Lombok's Springroll)

the super famous Lumpia Gang Lombok (Gang [aisle] Lombok’s Springroll)

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Lumpia basah (wet/unfried springroll) ala Gang Lombok. Super good!

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Bro waiting for his springroll

the space to dine in is TINY so we have to squeeze

the space to dine in is TINY so we have to squeeze

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Lawang Sewu (Thousand Doors) in Semarang. They say it’s the most haunted building in Java

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Courtyard of Lawang Sewu Semarang

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Us with Oma. First Christmas without Opa.

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and this is how we roll. Selfie with the whole family.

homemade seafood fiesta at my grand's, thanks to my eldest aunt

homemade seafood fiesta at my grand’s, thanks to my eldest aunt

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with dad before going to the airport

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time to go home. Got the whole airport lounge for us :D

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