It was an impulsive trip that me and Dian Prasetyo took on a long weekend. Went to Solo by train from Jogja only 8000 rupiah for each passenger. It was a hot deal, yeah, I knew it, that’s why I love go to Solo 😀

Beside Laweyan, we decided to visit a Gamelan factory in Wirun, Sukoharjo. Some people said there were few Gamelan workshops that still running. But it was a quiet village when we arrived in Wirun. I thought, I came at the wrong time. But hey, suddenly I heard forged metal sound behind a wall. So lucky, I visited the workshop at that day. Because the workshop owner said, that they only make Gamelan by order now.

The writing published on Travelounge Magazine March 2017 edition. Credit to my husband, Dian Prasetyo, who helped to take some photographs, although his name didn’t mentioned again on the magz 😀

(Dwi Putri Ratnasari)





When you (accidentally) travel around Jogja on Kamis Pahing, you will probably meet some students wearing traditional clothes just like Kebaya, Beskap, Jarik, together with Blankon. This government regulation not only apply on public schools, but also for them who holding public office especially as a representative of an organization or government department. The rule, however, made Lurik become more popular because nowadays everybody can wear it as school uniform. Not only special circles inside Keraton Jogja.

So I took two short trips around Sleman and Jogja to met traditional Lurik weavers. It was an interesting factory visit. You’ll see the worker 90% are old men and women. So, if there’s a proverb said, “Yang muda yang berkarya”, it does not apply there.

The writing abaout Lurik published on Travelounge Magz January 2017 edition. Actually, Dian Prasetyo, my husband, helped me to take some photographs. It didn’t mentioned on the magz. And I don’t know why. Hahaha… it’s not a big deal anyway 🙂

(Dwi Putri Ratnasari)



Okay, I should admit it. This one (the picture) is the fanciest Semanggi I’ve ever seen. Normally you won’t meet Semanggi served on the plate. It is wrapped in banana leaves. The seller walk door to door while shouting, “Manggiiii….”

Anyway, this short writing by Ayos Purwoaji appeared on National Geographic Traveler Indonesia July, 2016 edition.

Missing my most unforgettable cuisine while lived in Surabaya: Mi Pangsit Tenda Biru and Penyetan Imute.

(Dwi Putri Ratnasari)

Well, I don’t know how many times Ayos spent his night watching Ludruk. Since he often writes about it, I guess he seriously loves that traditional performances. This one was published on National Geographic Traveler Indonesia last year on November. Credit to Stevanus Lim as the photographer.

Jazzing up the Papua special edition on Linkers (Citilink Inflight Magazine), Ayos Purwoaji told a story about the land of butterflies. It has been published at Maret 2017 together with another writings about the beauty of Papua.

(Dwi Putri Ratnasari)


Hello after a very long hiatus! 😀

Been busy with A to Z things, but still trying (so hard) to keep contribute something on several travel magazines. Not about the payment, but it just feel so good to see the writing was printed on the paper, especially the high quality one 😀

So, here it is… “Senandika Kereta” published on Destinasian Indonesia Magz January 2017 edition written by Ayos Purwoaji. And kudos to Agung Parameswara who were photographed the train attendants beautifully.

(Dwi Putri Ratnasari)




Perfect Day Sby 1Perfect Day Sby 2


Another short itinerary I made for four types traveler that visit Surabaya. There are for spice lovers, shopaholics, history buffs and outdoorsy types. It was published last month on Tiger Tales Magz, the inflight magazine of Tiger Airways. (Dwi Putri Ratnasari)


Touchdown Sby Mandala 1Touchdown Sby Mandala 2A glance of recommendation about cheap eats and a hotel that I wrote for them, first-timer in Surabaya. Published on Tiger Mandala Magz last January 2014. (Dwi Putri Ratnasari)

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Another article from Surabaya was featured on Sriwijaya Magz on August 2013. The writing is about one of historical site in the city called Kampung Ampel. You may meet so many pilgrims from other town that come to pray in the tomb of Sunan Ampel, one of the famous Walisongo that spreading Islam in Java Island. My husband helped me by taking the pictures. We also stopped by to a middle east restaurant to try their traditional delicacy. (Dwi Putri Ratnasari)

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Weekender Sby 3 Weekender Sby 6 Weekender Sby 5 Weekender Sby 4

My first assignment for Tiger Mandala Inflight Magz that belong to Tiger Tales Asia group was about Surabaya-weekender. I write an itinerary that the readers may follow to spend a weekend in Surabaya, the city where I live now. And I also interviewed some friends with different profession to describe their individual activity especially on the weekend. So, many thanks goes to  Jiewa Vieri, Anitha Silvia and Aldila Yuan, also the photographer, Brian Otto, for clear and great pictures. (Dwi Putri Ratnasari)