The morning light sneaks in through the canopies of trees in Soko Kembang Forest. The cries of little gibbon called the Javanese Owa, fill the forest in the early morning. From one branch to another, these gibbons swing joyfully. Down below, shady coffee plants grow naturally. Welcome to Petungkriyono coffee plantation. Soko Kembang forest area…
Some foods are famous for their exceptional taste. Other snacks are popular because of their unique shape. There is also a type of food that became famous because of the legend behind it. The legend behind this unusual-sized serabi (traditional rice pancake) reminds us of honesty.   Kali Beluk certainly sounds unusual for a name…
Photography has always been identified as a hobby that requires plenty of money. Exorbitant camera prices are still topped up with the cost of lenses–not on the cheaper side. This prestige makes photography being associated with the hobby of the elite and the haves. However, you do not take a fortune to capture moments. It…
What is the most legendary Martabak in Pekalongan? The locals, without a doubt, would reply: Martabak Ibrahim. In fact, the martabak (can be somewhat likened to a thick crepe/pancake) known in Indonesia is slightly different from the martabak abroad. In Singapore or the Middle East, martabak usually refers to savory martabak; or egg martabak. This…
Steaming warm rice spooned into a piece of banana leaf. Shredded young jackfruit, or gori, is added to it. A slice of tempe mendoan and a glass of warm tea as a compliment. How delicious! This is Sego Megono, a typical food of the North Coast of Java (Pantura), including Pekalongan. The people’s rice is…
This old art deco building on Jalan Jetayu 1, Pekalongan, stores 1,149 batik collections from all over the archipelago. The goal is to provide knowledge and experience of being in close contact with batik; ensuring that batik–as a masterpiece that becomes the identity of the Indonesian nation–remains sustainable. The building selected to be Museum Batik…
The chant “Laa ilaaha illallah” wafted beautifully in certain nights in Pekalongan. This city of batik, also known as the city of Islamic students, is indeed thick with its Islamic culture. One of them is Tahlilan ritual–which, consequently, gave birth to a glass of Tahlil coffee. Tahlil means an act of remembering by continuing to…
Along with the waves, the twilight reflections on the sea surface is widening and rising. As if in response to this, the sea breeze caress our face. Good morning from Pekalongan’s marine tourism! Located 4 kilometers from downtown Pekalongan, Pekalongan Marine Tourism becomes the perfect place to relax for a moment. Since its inauguration on…