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2016 Solo Surakarta Day 5: Museum Keris Brojobuwono | Museum Manusia Purba Sangiran | WE Eatery | Alila Suite | AGRA

January 18, 2017

Started our day with yet another trip to Museum Keris Brojobuwono. This is by far the third time we been there. The previous two times we went, the workshop wasn’t open hence we didn’t get the chance to witness the crafting of keris.

Museum Keris Brojobuwono

Can’t imagine how much effort goes into the crafting of a keris.

The keris-making process itself typically takes from six months to a year depending on which materials are used and the complexity of the design. Precious metals such as gold, silver and gemstones such as diamonds or citrines are used to adorn the most exquisite pieces.

Museum Manusia Purba Sangiran

Leaving Museum Keris Brojobuwono, we then head over to a museum known as the Museum Manusia Purba Sangiran. Sangiran is an archaeological excavation site in Java, Indonesia. According to a UNESCO report, Sangiran is recognised by scientists to be one of the most important sites in the world for studying fossil man.

Since I’m not a fan of fossil, the trip to the museum didn’t appeals to me. In fact, I find the place to be quite creepy. Maybe I’m just not used to going places like this. We went there on a Tuesday afternoon, and the museum was rather empty. Most of the time it appears we were the only visitors there.

This is probably one of the exhibits that scare me the most.

Just the other day I was going through the pictures on my hard disk, and while scanning through the thumbnails, something caught my eyes. So naturally I clicked on it, and immediately this image pop up in my preview. Totally got a scare especially when I didn’t recall snapping this picture.

Immediately proceed to delete all the associated images just in case the same thing happen again.

Museum Manusia Purba Sangiran
The Homeland of Java Man

Kalijambe, Sragen, Krikilan, Kalijambe, Karanganyar, Jawa Tengah 57275, Indonesia
Opening Hours: 0800 – 1600 (Close on Monday)

Leaving the museum, we then stop by a place that produces batik. Unfortunately, I didn’t manage to take down the name of the place. It appears to be a shop selling batik wear, but as we moved further into the back of the shop, we came to witness how batik was printed using traditional copper stamp (otherwise known as “cap”).

And that conclude our “outfield” trip! Head back to the hotel right after, but not before making a pit stop at WE Eatery to have our lunch.

WE Eatery | Drinkery

So far I’ve yet to mention anything about WE Eatery because even though it is located in Alila Solo, it isn’t housed in the main hotel building but the building right outside. And technically speaking, it isn’t run by the crew from Alila. The last time I came to Alila Solo, WE Eatery had also yet to start it business, so this was the first time we went there for lunch.

If I’m not mistaken, I believe they serve mainly Japanese cuisine in the afternoon and turn into a bar at night.

The food there is the bomb! I certainly wasn’t expecting to find such good quality Japanese food in Solo so imagine how surprised I am! Even though we didn’t order a lot, every dish was on point. It was so satisfying sinking my teeth into that thick slice of sashimi!

Not to mention the prices were also a lot cheaper as compared to dining in Singapore.

I honestly had nothing to say except that I wish I had discovered the place earlier so that I could return again for lunch. Highly doubt I will visit Solo in the near future, so I guess there’s no opportunity to dine there again.

We Eatery | Drinkery
3rd Floor Lifestyle Area, Alila Hotel Solo
Jl.Slamet Riyadi No.562, Surakarta, Indonesia
Tel: +62 271 7461534

Alila Suite

Walked back to the hotel after our lunch and after a short rest in our room, we were called to head up to Alila Suite for more photo-taking. It was mainly to do an indoor shoot for the Romantic Dinner, but while the staff were busy setting up the living room, I managed to capture a few pictures of the suite.

Private plunge pool

 

AGRA

Later that night, we also went up to AGRA again. This time round for a intimate session of food tasting!

While looking for a table, we realised the private room was empty, so we decided to head inside to have our meal. I don’t think I mention before, but there is a private room available in AGRA. Ideal for those coming in a big group or those that want to throw a small intimate party. Minimum spendings apply for those who wish to use the private room.

Spanish Churros – With caramel, dark chocolate and strawberry jam

Vegetarian Rice Paper Rolls – Glass Noodles, Raw Vegetables, Thai Spicy Chili Sauce

Short Ribs Maki РBawang Goreng, Kimchi, Jalape̱o

Strawberry Granita – Frozen Lychee, Basil, Coconut Anglaise

Despite having to speed through our meal, it was a nice dinner. I was constantly checking the time because we actually arranged a spa session that night. Probably not the smartest choice to have a pampering session immediately after dinner. Had to excuse ourselves right after dinner to rush down to Spa Alila for our appointment.

As recommended by the GM of Alila Solo, we decided to try out the “Avocado and Coconut Smoothie” hair treatment.

“A mind-melting, intensely hydrating crème hair bath with essential oils of rosemary and lavender combined with nourishing base oils of coconut, avocado and shea butter. A clay-based mask is massaged into the hair and scalp and left to condition, strengthen and hydrate while pressure point massage and palm strokes soothe the neck and shoulders. A 10-minute warm wrap is applied to open the pores followed by a cool wash with our signature shampoo and conditioner – the finishing touch for a renewed healthy sheen.”

Can’t remember how long it took, but probably an hour or an hour and a half? After the treatment, I was told to either rinse it off at the bathroom or leave it on for a little longer for the treatment sink in. So I chose to leave it on and left the spa with a shower cap. I look so ridiculous with the shower cap, but thankfully it was just a short distance back to our room.

So that’s how we spent our last night in Solo. We left the hotel the next morning to head to Bali and continue our stay at Alila Seminyak.

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