Last Sunday 15 July, only a few days after exams itself i was getting restless. I had a big mess in my room that i couldn’t even be bothered to clear it up, piles of clothes waiting to be wash wash was also put on hold. Initiially backpacker planned trip to Pasir Puteh, Situbondo, JATIM was cancel due to several reasons and trip to JATIM PARK 2 had to be postponed until mid July because it was still the peak holiday season then. Albert my Indonesian chinese friend suggested i visited Selorejo. I did lots of searching before making a trip there (i don’t even make such preparations for exams!) Those websites i found online was really awesome! The pictures put up was enticing and the list of activities that you can do there are outdoors activities like camping, fishing, farm harvesting, paintball, outbound activities and swimming.
It’s so easy to get to that place, public transport can take you there by the (jalur angkut) Malang-Batu-Selorejo road. Take any angkut that will bring you to the Ladungsari terminal (Rp 2500 if you don’t oper=change angkut), take the Pink angkut to Batu Terminal (Rp 3000), then take L300 angkut (boxy looking van) to Selorejo (Rp 6000). It took total of 1 hour only. Entrance perperson into the Selorejo Recreation Park is Rp 7500.
I wanted to attempt to find the place myself, but it’s not so wise. Thankfully there was Sarah who was as bored and adventurous and on the spur-mood as I. We enjoyed the scenery of the journey more than anything else towards our whole trip, no photos of the ‘padi huma’ site taken, the running river, the tall monsun tropical trees, the out-look of the village when seen from above because the car was moving and the camera ain’t anti-shake. Batu is on higher grounds than Malang, the temperature then was 22 degree Celcius, that u don’t mind basking under the sun =)
When i saw the website that there are cottages and hostel like to be rented if anyone wants to overnight there i was thrilled! But after touring the whole place and checking out the cottages, Sarah and i decided that a one day trip should do. Unless we planned to get a really big group for camping, outbound and paintball activities.
There is a swimming pool in that place, but to use it per entrance there is another amount of money is needed to pay. Both of us only took a look from the outside and saw the big pool (not olympic size though) but it was dirty due to infrequent cleaning that you can see at the middle of the pool is greenish. It gross both of us out.
Walking around the park there were many families, couples, group of friends that goes there for picnic, basking under the sun and enjoying the view with the cool breeze. There was quite a few foreign tourist too from the West and China. They have lots of eateries there too and it’s seafood… okie freshwater food la. The big prawns that look like tiger stripes is the most salivating menu we saw on display!
We just enquire how much is one portion of prawns sold for… it’s cheap but i don’t remember the rate. After that we went exploring the other side of the park.
There was a sign board stating that only 30 people can cross the bridge at one time, so both of us waited a bit because there was a lot of people from both sides were ignoring the sign. Fed up as the bridge traffic was not much difference from the wait we cross too. Boy, it was shaky!! The weight of the bridge wasn’t balance, i felt as if i was Jack Sparrow swaggering as i walk! hehehe. I dare look below the bridge but i dare not look up the bridge, just in case i saw some screws not tightly screwed in place or the architect of the bridge that ain’t looking safe.
There was quite a lot of snack stalls selling keropok of all sorts savoury and sweet and gorengan (fried kuih) and other stalls that sells Bakso, Nasi Rawon, Nasi Soto and other foods.
:: sweet keropok, that is heavily drizzled with brown sugar syrup ::
I bough this because the smell was so nice! It looks like the potato keropok (Chips) slice thinly and deep fried, it is usually marinated to taste sweet and spicy too. It did smell sort of like that but it is not. Taste ok la… cost Rp 2500 for a packet, which has 2 inside. Sarah bought the banana chips and again the better tasting one is from Kuantan, Pahang where my dad can get from his friend!
see the other side of the lake? There is actually a fruit farm there were u can pick and eat to your heart content and it’s cheap! There are motor boats ( rowers offering Rp 10k to ferry us to the other side) and sampan to take you there. You can pick fruits and bring back too but it is charge more than picking the fruits to eat at the farm. They also have durian farm! Hehehe… but it is not the durian season now and it is not at the other side of the lake.
that is if you see it for youself in person.
colourful handmade fishing rods were made and sold there for those fishing enthusiast!
selling lots of traditional stuff from shoulder massage hook, little hand drums… etc.
We both ordered Wader(mix platter) Rp 10k so that we can try more stuff. We shouldn’t have done that in fact but should have gone for the fancier menu like ikan goreng or bakar (bigger fish) or order the plate of big prawns instead because….
somehow my fishes to me look like it died due to water pollution instead of died being caught in the fishing net! Little fishes were so small that people here do not clean the fish gills, so it tasted bitter >.< bluek. Thankfully there was the sambal and lalapan to wash the taste off!
:: sambal ::
Drinks there are the usual stuff that you can get anywhere but the best part of the drink is that 1/5 of the drink is constitute of sugar, which is like one inch! People here have a habit of mixing like warm tea or juice with generous amount of sugar and add ice without mixing the drink or wait for the sugar to be diluted!
*click on the map and rates for clearer view*
For more information go to this website that i find most informative so far about this place