Makassar Diary Day 2 Part 1 : Fort Rotterdam12:51:00 AM
Hellowww hellowwww *throwing kisses in the air*!
Can you see i'm being very diligent lately *pats self on the back*? I am accelerating my Makassar diary so i can actually finish blogging about all of my trips before going on another trip! These were all supposed to be done before i even went to Korea -___-, but in my defense my schedule was really full with events/writing event reports and sponsored stuffs just before the holiday season arrived!
Okay i am done defending myself *LOL*, i am here to tell you about the Day 2 of our Makassar trip where we did most of the touristy stuffs!
Of course, one of the tourists' must visit destination is Fort Rotterdam!
But first, culinary time! Yes, it was also the day when we ate all kinds of stuffs. Actually, scratch that, we did that every single day we were there zzz, but on the second day we even skipped hotel's breakfast (which hurts my heart because you know how much i love a good hotel's breakfast *LOL*, and Aston Makassar Hotel's quite good!) to have one of the most famous wonton noodle (which outside Makassar/Ujung Pandang is called mie UP or UP (short of Ujung Pandang, Makassar's other name) noodle but of course they only call it wonton noodle in Makassar itself haha. Indonesian tend to put the original location of a famous dish behind the dish's name!)
|Haih of course i cannot remember the place's name/location but this is how the depot looks like. Again, reminding me of places i used to eat with my family when i was little in Surabaya hehe|
|The yummy wonton noodle loaded with all kinds of porks (highly not Halal!)|
After the breakfast, the parents (as in my mum, aunts and uncles haha) all went to help out with Odang's wedding preparations (not the actual wedding as in the reception or whatever lah, i think they already got them all sorted out, but more of the ceremonial and traditional parts that needed taken care off. The list got longer since my mum *who's HUGE on superstitions and traditions even though her parents are Singaporean and very modern, she told me she learnt everything from my dad's mother instead* arrived with even more traditions to add to it hahaha).
Since they told us they did not need our help, the second generation decided to explore so...
Also if you're wondering where Baby Boy was... Well, it was during school term so none of the children went. Most of my cousins who attended are not married yet (although not necessarily younger than me :p) so when i say children i am referring to my own kid and KC's.
|You should already be familiar with my sis-in-law, CL on the right (blue top). The girl on the left is MD, my little (well, she's not so little anymore now... She's a doctor you know ^^) cousin.|
|Same girls, just turn around and re-assemble ourselves *LOL*|
|Lots of ruins too|
|So we can see this view|
|As you can see, there are a lot of tall girls in my family and i am one of the average ones (there are girls who are very short as well in this family :p, but yeah... My aunt is tiny, isn't she??)|
|And going back down *LOL*|
|Museum La Galigo (btw apparently my cousin RD has the habit of repeating words he finds funny so we had to endure him saying "la galigo" for a thousand times for the rest of the trip -____-. I think i have a similar habit tho hahaha)|
|That previous pic was a test pic while the guys were setting up the timer on our cameras hahaha lots of failed snaps as well :p|
|Okay, no idea who that dude was, he just refused to budge and kept on pointing here and there to his friends when i was trying to take pictures|
|Obligatory touristy pic with ma darlinghhh :D|
|I dunno why but i always feel these type of paintings to have a slight supernatural feeling... (why am i keep talking about supernatural stuffs lately???)|
|Please excuse my tired face, i had to wake up real early that day and it was so hot|
|I looked like crap but hunny smiled so widely i just have to upload this pic *LOL*|
|Errrmm... Yeah. It was darn hot so when i saw the AC i squealed and ran towards it to give it a loving hug -___-|
|Most of the real museum's displays are upstairs! You remember my big bro, KC right! Cannot forget him lah! Please memorize that silly face haha|
|Songkok Guru (from Bone, not bone as in your bone structure okay, it's an area's name!), a headgear worn by religious leaders|
|Sholat equipment (for males)|
|Bone Kingdom's stamps|
|And more (sorry for sounding like a broken record :D!)|
|I have no idea why we insisted on taking a pic here for *LOL*|
|These are not traditional girls though|
|More weapons... I think!|
|And traditional cloths|
|Spotted this "mobile cinema" from the window|
We thought that was it for the museum and i was actually quite disappointed, it was so little! But worry not, that's just one part of the museum apparently haha. Btw it was quite well-maintained (fantastic actually, compared to some other Indonesian museums i've been to which were quite in sad conditions) and very clean, they also thoughtfully installed some standing air conditioners in the building but weirdly most of them were turned off! So we took the liberty to turn them on ourselves, it was really HOT and we did pay for the entrance right hahaha.
We had some detours before heading to the second part of the museum though...
|Clay Painting (actually it's more like a souvenir shop lah, or painting gallery?)|
|Snap pic in this stairs then laughed when we realize everybody refused to stand on the other side which wasn't shaded!|
Then we found the second part of the museum :
That random Caucasian lady was another tourist (obviously) who struck a conversation with us and we went all embarrassingly Indonesian, telling her to stay in the picture and all *LOLOLOLOL*. Seriously, it's very embarrassing T.T i don't know why we do stuffs like this (and no, of course i wasn't the one who suggested it :p).
This second part of the museum was a lot more interesting, informative, packed with displays and significantly cooler because the air conditioners in this building were actually turned on! Maybe because there were a lot other tourists there whereas the other building was virtually deserted.
|There were pre-historic artifacts, foreign chinsa, manuscripts, historical and ethnography collections in this museum|
|Our greedy expression upon spotting these historical Kingdom's jewelries heritage collection haha. Dunno what RD (my cousin, the one married to the dentist) doing photobombing us while showing off his tummy liddat|
|I wonder why my bangs insisted on parting like that in Makassar *sigh*|
|Colorful traditional costume|
|Another obligatory touristy pics to commemorate this trip, i want to explore the world with you, hubby! Let's keep on collecting memories ^^|
|Ploughing equipment (yes, i have to read the placates before writing anything, of course)|
|We snapped this picture|
|And had to repeat because CL insisted to be in it too hahaha|
|Yep, we have calendars for everything, including good and bad days for rice fielding in a week hehehehe|
|The museum started from the second floor then lead back to the first (separate from the entrance)|
|Lots of boats in this area|
|And boat models|
|Were these two imitating me??? #soannoying|
|I guess it was no wonder i was mistaken for a foreign tourist a lot, i kept on insisting on taking pictures with everything *LOL*|
|I think this was the jail area during the Dutch colonialism|
|This hole fits him so well so we just had to!|
|Korean tourist? LOL|
Then we spotted these dancers in cool and colorful modified traditional costumes and again we embarrassingly had to ask them to take a pic with us *LOLOLOL*.
|But trust me, they were really happy to oblige!|
And when we're together, i dunno... silly stuffs just happens. Like when we spotted people actually sleeping on the floor, OUTDOOR. In public. With all kinds of activities around him.
|He was sounds asleep that he didn't even stir when we created havoc around him! LOLOLOL|
|And finding props...|
Sigh. I apologize for my family *LOLOLOL* #asifimanybetter. Anyway, that was the end of the visit to Fort Rotterdam and i personally really enjoyed it and would highly recommend it to be visited by anyone coming to Makassar (well, preferably if you're into history and museums, of course). I hope more provinces in Indonesia will follow suit in preserving historical places and maximizes them as tourist destinations instead of letting them rot or turning them into malls zzzz.
The day was still long though, and we actually went to Trans Studio (theme park) Makassar later that day! I'll blog about it separately because this post is too long already! Imma leave you with this pic of us imitating.... Crap, i can't remember the hero's name!
|Oh it's Sultan Hasanuddin hihihi (yes la i just googled it whatever)|