Thursday, October 30, 2008

Solo

*singing* Bengawan Solo~~~ la la la la laaaa~

Yes de, DA JIA HAO! I am back from Solo liao got miss me????? :D

The trip was a fully packed and rushed experience but nonetheless, it was still fruitful to me. I was so ecstatic that I can visit Borobudur!!! It is truly one of the wonders of the world with it's magnificent structure. I took lots of photos of that place.

Hmm.. I am thinking how I should blog this trip, go by days or go by events? I think maybe days ba....

-Day 1-

We took a super early flight at 0755 so we gotta reach the airport at 0555. Woot!~ Sleepy like mad but fortunately we got to sleep in the plane.

My monkey, his name is Mung Mung. From now one I will just call him Mung2 ok. Mung2 was very excited cuz it's the first time he is taking a plane!

Mung Mung and me. I look very dead cuz I didn't sleep much the day before, almost concussion liao.

QY and me gossiping as usual. Hahaha...

Airport of Solo. We were very heng cuz we took a direct flight. We were split into 2 groups and the other group was not so heng. They took a transit so they will board the plane at 10am but reach solo only around 2pm. Transit still got to wait 2 hours. Poor things.

We board the plane at 0755 and arrived at about 9am (Solo time) which is 10am Singapore time. Good for us, we got more time to rest and eat.

This is the registration area at the airport to welcome all the participants of this event which I found out was called World Heritage Cities. As you can see, we are very 'dua pai' (big shot) that the registration area was guarded with police too.

We went to a 5-star hotel to register ourselves and get our goody bag. This hotel was supposed to be our hotel because we are so 'big shot' but apparently, COI did not do the co-ordination well and we ended up in a 3-star hotel. What the hell lor. Sad. The organizer also paiseh that they got to put us there but anyway, we still eat all our meals at the 5-star hotel.

The goody bag, which I have no photos of, is a batik cloth bag with a pen, notebook, slippers, t-shirt, hat, mask, name tag and some flyers inside. The hat is orange colour which I thought is a weird colour lor. So bright!

The goody bag is of good quality so I think my mum will like a bag like that.

Saw this sign outside Sunan Hotel, no durians allowed in the hotel!

After that, we went to the 3-star hotel to check in and went back to Sunan Hotel for lunch. The lunch was not bad lah, I like the dessert!

The lunch buffet~

Mr Mung also like the food!

After eating, we went to the Batik museum. For each troupe, there will be 2 LO attached to them. The Liaison Officers will be in charge of our transports and needs. So our LO told us that they will be bringing us to the Batik museum then after that we will need to go to the opening ceremony.

We felt like we are superstars lor, hahaha. Every time when we go out for field trips, there will be police cars escorting us! They will sound the siren and 'open road' in front will 6 or 7 big coaches follow behind. People on the streets were gazing at our coaches wondering which big shot is in town.

When we arrived at the museum, there were a couple of camera men and photographers standing outside the coaches filming us coming out of it.

Camera men wore a name tag with the word 'PRESS' on it.

QY still tot that those photographers are those that take photos of you and later ask you to pay money for it. I told her they are reporters. Lol...

The guy in blue in the photo above is our LO.

Mung2 and me in the batik museum.

We got a chance to visit their workshop too. The moment we stepped in, the strong smell and the heat of the workshop almost knocked me out! The factory area was very very hot because they have to use fire to constantly keep the wax melted and the strong smell comes from the melted wax.


Indonesian woman using the wax to fill in the patterns.

Man printing the designs onto the white cloth.

I also pretend to do the batik.

After visiting the museum, we went back to our hotel to shower and get ready for the opening ceremony. Unfortunately, the very unlucky me did not go directly to the opening ceremony. Ang, Lin Hong, Li, Shui and me gotta go to the Solo dancing school to watch their rehearsal. They will be joining us for the performance the next day so we need to go see how is their progress. Actually it's not my business but I have to be there to translate for the teachers...

Ok, I will blog more another day~

3 comments:

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Kongming said...

ur 5 big pandas dont go with u ah?

Miko said...

I only brought NiNi there but I didn't take her out because she will get dirty easily.