Mount Bromo, as we see it (Part 2-Up close & personal with the active volcano!)

Written by @Lan & edited by @joehairie
(Photos by curiostraveller.com team members)

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“Volcanoes are one way Earth gives birth to itself.”-Robert Gross

After that excitement at Penanjakan View Point (Link to Part 1), our curiosity towards Mount Bromo got bigger and we felt that it’s a must to be closer to the active volcano, seeing it from the edge! It’s an up close and personal adventure, a ‘meet-up’ with the nature that was planned almost a year ago. With some help from various organizations, we’re finally here! Getting here from Penanjakan View Point using the Jeep, maneuvered by Wes, took us about 40 minutes. It was a bit packed road with so many Jeeps, people and motorbikes (Ojek), slowing us down. Deep inside we felt like we want to be near to Bromo soonest possible before more people come. To get to the edge of Mount Bromo, riding a horse or walking and conquering the 250 steps on foot are mandatory!

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Mount Bromo, as we see it… (Part 1: Penanjakan View Point)

Written by @joehairie
(Photos by curiostraveller.com team members unless stated otherwise)

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“Mountains are the beginning and the end of all natural scenery.”-John Ruskin

Situated inside Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park, sandwiched between Mount Batok, Watangan, Kursi, Widodaren and Mount Semeru at East Java, Indonesia, Mount Bromo is said to be the most iconic and the most hiked mountain in Indonesia. Standing at at 2329 m, it’s a combination of both beautiful and danger, since it is an active volcano! Though not the highest peak in Indonesia, this mountain is still worth visiting. Erupted for few times, the recent was in November 2015, people do keep coming to this place for its amazing view, perhaps once in a lifetime ‘thing to do’. And so did we. We carefully planned the trip to Surabaya-Malang-Bromo, with one main objective, to see with our own eyes, the beauty of Mount Bromo.

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Rawon @ Jamoo, Shangri-La Hotel Surabaya : The traditional Indonesian Beef black soup

Written by @Lan & Edited by @joehairie
(Photos by curiostraveller.com team members unless stated otherwise)

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“I live on good soup, not on fine words.’-Moliere, French Playwright 1622-1673

Previously, we wrote about our first time experience drinking Jamu. This time around, we will reveal what we both thought about Rawon, an Indonesian dish originated from Surabaya. Initially, we were not sure what to expect. We’ve read about it, seen it on TV, hearing people talked about it but we yet to taste it until we were at Jamoo, Shangri-La Hotel Surabaya. Another first time experience! What more can we ask for? We tasted the Traditional Herbal Drink and now it’s the Indonesian/East Javanese Traditional Dark Beef Soup. Such experience really broaden our culinary perspective! Did we enjoy consuming that particular Beef black soup? Here’s our honest review..

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Jamu at Jamoo? Only @ Shangri-La Hotel Surabaya : Healing and refreshing Herbal drink!

Written by @joehairie
(Photos by curiostraveller.com team members unless stated otherwise)

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“Jamu asal Indonesia tidak ada tandingannya di dunia, hanya saja rasa kepemilikan dan kebangsaan bangsa Indonesia sendiri masih sangat rendah terhadap jamu tradisional.”-Jaya Suprana

There were so many memorable experience when we visited Surabaya, Indonesia. One of those was when we were given the opportunity to sample some of the finest Jamu served at Jamoo, Shangri-La Hotel Surabaya. This particular hotel was our residence in Surabaya for 5 days and 4 nights. It was during lunch at Jamoo that we saw one lady wearing Indonesian Kebaya and carrying a basket (gendongan) with 4 bottles inside it. We were later told that she is the famous ‘Ibu Jamu Gendong‘. Her name is Ibu Lilik Mudjiati. Together with her colleague (Ibu Yayuk), they take turns in making and serving Jamu to patrons opting to have Buffet Lunch at Jamoo. While we do have another great coverage for Jamoo, we felt it is appropriate to highlight this particular experience, drinking that Jamu, for the first time ever! It’s indeed great herbal drink, healing and refreshing!

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