The Majestic Beauty of Yogyakarta

August 09, 2016


Yes, this is the most familiar spot in Yogyakarta: Taman Sari Watercastle! Taman Sari Watercastle is an ancient building from hundreds years ago. This building is a site of a former royal garden of the Sultanate of Yogyakarta. It is located about 2-3 kilometers from Keraton Yogyakarta (Yogyakarta Palace). The name itself comes from two words; ‘taman’ which means garden, and ‘sari’ which means beautiful flower. 

Taman Sari used to be a bathing complex for the King (Sultan) and Queen and all princesses. It had a giant artificial lake surrounded by ancient buildings and gardens. The ancient building itself consisted of long tunnels and big rooms, and also the most famous underground mosque. This underground mosque was used by Yogyakarta citizens in the 18th century. The center of it all, a platform where the four staircases meet.

The ancient underground mosque is one of the most popular tourist destinations. Maybe because it is majestic, ancient, and beautifully mystical. I love the atmosphere around Taman Sari. It somehow makes me wonder and imagine the things that used to happen in this place.

Being a ‘tourist’ in Taman Sari, I choose to wear something casual, with a lil touch of vintage. Picking out my turtleneck top and my overall skirt, all in nude colors! Of course, what could be better than pairing them with my KELLY BROWN? Rolled my hair up, and ready to explore.


Kadya Kirana - Yogyakarta


A Fine Afternoon at Agenda

July 30, 2016


I visited this cool and hip restaurant called ‘Agenda Resto and Vibes’ located in Greenhost Hotel Rooftop, Jl. Prawirotaman II and all I can say is that I really love their interior design! They have huge sofas and big windows everywhere. Because it’s actually a rooftop, the exposure is just perfect! They also have this long wooden seats filled with pillows and cushions facing the window, designed for people to chill out and relax with their friends while enjoying the sunset (actually, we can’t see the sun setting down, but the sky is beautiful ♡) . It felt so good to spend the afternoon in Agenda, with good friends, good food, and also relaxing music they’re playing.

Outside the dining area, they have this little organic garden where they plant their own organic veggies (FYI, Greenhost Hotel is an eco-hotel with greens everywhere!). People are allowed to visit the garden but are not allowed to touch the plants without permission.

I visited Agenda around 4 PM so it’s a perfect time for snacks and I decided not to have heavy meals. They have various choices of Western foods, and they also serve some beers and mocktail too (Prawirotaman is a famous street for foreigners in Jogja). My friend and I ordered Iced Black Coffee and Lemon Tea, and also shared a basket full of BBQ Chicken Wings, which is one of their signature dishes. The wings are so tender and I honestly think the BBQ sauce is the best I’ve ever tasted! We also wanted to order the famous Lava Cake but unfortunately it was sold out at the moment. All in all, the dining experience was good and enjoyable. Totally coming back soon!


Kadya Kirana - Yogyakarta


Self-Esteem Issues Are Real

July 19, 2016


“What you think of yourself is much more important than what people think of you” – Anonymous.

These days, many people look in the mirror and see someone they don’t like very much. They see faults and flaws. They feel shame, embarrassed and maybe even anger toward themselves. Part of the reason some people have poor self-esteem is because expectations doesn’t match the reality. Deep down we’ve all built the idea of who we ‘should’ be: how we should look, act, think, feel and be accepted by others. These “shoulds” can have a negative impact on self-esteem. When people fail to be these “shoulds”, many people can be depressed and they will have insecurities. And of course, bullying can result a low self-esteem too.

I think everyone once in a while has low self-esteem, but some people seem to struggle more than others with their self-esteem. Why? It turns out, believing that you’re a generally good person who makes mistakes helps you to accept your flaws and work on them. When people can take a look at themselves, they’ll see they’re like everyone else, with strengths and weaknesses.

I used to worry so much about my appearance and behavior especially when I’m entering a new environment like going to a new school, meeting new people, and a new community. I worried the people might not like me and will not accept me. But actually this behavior makes me anxious and feel insecure, and somehow makes me stay quiet a lot, I didn’t initiate talks with others because the fear of rejection. Until one day I realized that this kind of behavior just makes everything harder and I can’t reveal the real me in front of people. I realized I had to get rid of all these worries about my appearance and behavior. I started talking to people, I started being confident and I started to embrace my flaws. And I’m personally impressed of how I got through all of that. Now I’m a much more confident girl, I can speak in public, I enjoy meeting new people, and I can just be myself, do what I want, chase my passion. It feels so good to finally leave all the worries behind.

So ladies, start to respect yourself more and try to accept and embrace your flaws. It is okay to have those chubby cheeks, to have a body the way you want it to, to dress as you want, be what you want, and it is okay to be your own self in public. Because at the end of the day, no one is perfect anyway. Many people think you’re special, and why would you listen to one person who thinks you’re not? The key is to realize that everyone has their own flaws and to start believe in yourself, ladies!


Kadya Kirana - Yogyakarta

Playdate With The Bears

June 14, 2016


Have you heard about Roaster and Bear Café & Resto? Yes, yes! This is the hippest café in Yogyakarta at the moment. It is located in Harper Hotel, Jl. Mangkubumi. Every youngster in Yogyakarta must have known or at least heard about this place. Other than serving super tasty food (make sure you try the Mac & Cheese!), they also have an interesting mix of cute and classy interior design. All the walls are painted with big pictures of bears and cartoons. They have wooden tables and chairs completed with cute cushions all over the place and that is why people like to hang around for hours in this cute café. And this is everyone’s favorite part: they have a lot of giant teddy bears! Customers are allowed to take photos and hug these teddy bears. Cuteness overload!

And of course, for a lovely night out with the girls and the teddy bears, I always choose to wear comfy outfit. This oversized sweater is just perfect (and it is in pink, my fav color!). I pair it with skinny jeans and my Taylor Grey, and voila! Every eye goes to the shoes! <3 (seriously, everyone keeps staring at my shoes!)


Kadya Kirana - Yogyakarta


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