I’ve seen many different food concepts and ways to present/sell food on my travels, and back home in England. Some, I’ve stood back and thought ‘That, is genius’. Sadly, nothing springs to mind right now but I’m sure it will, be sure to check back. Other times I’ve thought…’You are kidding?’ I seem to have had a few of these moments in Malaysia recently, a country which has some fantastic food. I bring you three that have caught my eye.
1. HiGoat: Meaty AND Milky
Now there’s a combination that’s never crossed my mind before. Am I missing out on something? Available at a bus station in Kuala Lumpur.
When you walk ‘air side’ at Bali airport you are suddenly surrounded by luxury products. It’s as if you’ve walked into a mini Selfridges beauty hall, with a handbag hall around the corner. It’s a sea of luxury. With few staff in the beauty section. Which is not a criticism.
A sea of luxury, with barely a soul around. So not sure quite why I couldn’t take a decent photo of it.
In the UK you’d be hard pushed to get your mitts on many of these products without first having to jockey with a stern counter assistant. Whose sole role is to make you feel that, only minutes before arriving at the counter, you crawled out of a KFC bucket in a gutter. But here it was, for all to use. However, it came at a price for me. Continue reading
We leave Blitar tomorrow. I’m very sad about this. We have already started making plans to return. Why? Because it’s one of the most colourful, friendly, open and relaxing towns I’ve been to. If not ever, then certainly for a long time.
A quick google search of what to do in Blitar, particularly since Mt. Kelud is still out of bounds, doesn’t exactly paint an interesting picture. But I think it’s all the better for that. Continue reading
Whilst on our walks around Blitar, we came across many people plying their trade. Becak drivers, metal workers, fruit sellers, street food vendors, mechanics, bakers, fryers…the list is endless.
Men selling feather dusters. I wonder if they use the dusters themselves. . .
Each and every one of them were interesting and happy to take the time to show us what they were doing. Fascinating. Continue reading
We’ve seen very few white faces here. We’re quite a novelty. And are treated as such when we go out and about. I doubt many visitors venture far from the Tugu Hotel, and I don’t blame them. If I’d been staying a night or two – as it seems most other guests have – I too would have enjoyed the lovely hotel and then moved on. But boy, are they missing a trick!
The people of Blitar are so, so friendly and kind. We’ve been invited to people’s houses, had our hands shaken, and offered breakfast. People were happy to have their photos taken and in return they took photos of us. Continue reading
There are a number of clothing shops in Blitar. In keeping with the rest of the town the clothing is equally as colourful. Although, I can’t say I’ve seen many women wearing these dresses. Perhaps they are ‘for best’. The men wear quite colourful shirts, and they look good in them too.
It’s searingly hot here (it’s November) and I just can’t picture a time when a knitted wooly hat and scarf would be required. Perhaps I need to stay here longer in order to find out. Below is a gallery of some of the items available. I felt terribly dull dressed all in navy! Continue reading
Afternoon tea is served everyday at 4pm at the Tugu Malang and Tugu Blitar. Each day we’ve been at the hotel in Blitar we’ve had different delights. Some savoury, some sweet. You often don’t know for certain if it’s going to be sweet or savoury. You can’t tell by sight alone. It’s been a lovely treat, and the vanilla tea is delicious.
Ah…I shall miss this when we return to staying in backpacker joints. Below is a gallery of some of the delights; all of which were delicious. Continue reading
We are staying in Blitar in east Java for a week. We chose Blitar purely and simply because there is a Tugu Hotel here that we could afford to stay in for more than one night. We loved our experience of the Tugu Hotel in Malang so much that we wanted to it to last longer…but at a more affordable price. So we have decamped to its ‘poorer cousin’ in Blitar to enjoy the hotel, its afternoon teas and, as it turns out, its super-good internet.
Entrance to the Tugu Hotel
Blitar isn’t on the tourist map as such, which makes you wonder why the hotel is here. When we arrived, we doubled the number of guests staying here – although others arrived, and departed, over the coming days. Continue reading
When we were overlanding, we stayed in a variety of accommodation. Homestays, hotels, tents, yurts, beach huts. Most had windows, some did not. Some were excellent, some historical, some nothing to write home about, some were lovely and homely, some faceless and some could well have been death traps. But when there’s limited choice, you can’t be fussy.
I stumbled across Tugu Hotels when I was searching for a cheapish place to stay for our trip to Malang. Continue reading
We visited Prambanan in October 2014. It is the largest Hindu temple site in Indonesia and one of the largest in S.E. Asia. It is a UNESCO world heritage site.
Not a great photo, the sun was still too bright. And too damn hot. But you get the idea.
Built in the 9th Century, it was an impressive sight, though infuriatingly signposted. I read that few people (particularly backpackers) view the other temples in the grounds, and I’m not surprised. We tried, but it was like a treasure hunt, only with no clues. And in the searing heat, well, we gave up. Continue reading