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5 September 2013

Pretty quiet day. The Bird Market is on the tourist route so we thought we’d go see what it was all about. Well….glad we went so we don’t have to go again. There are tons of birds – if you’re into birds. Nan, you would have HATED it here. There were also two huge pythons, caged bats and some large geckos. It was a little creepy for my taste, though some of the birds were very pretty. It was sort of like my thing with monkeys – one or two are OK – when there are hundreds – not so much!!!

Yellow birds at the bird market

Yellow birds at the bird market

Cages and cages

Cages and cages

Large geckos at the Bird Market

Large geckos at the Bird Market

Birds and more birds

Birds and more birds


We made our way back for our afternoon massages – very basic location but this lady had great hands!!! After our long ride to Dieng, this massage was a welcome relief and yes, an hour for $7.

Dinner at Bladok Resto, which has turned out to be one of our favorite places. The food is really good especially their veggie fritters.

6 September 2013

Up early so that I would be on time for my batik class. For breakfast, we got an order of gudek to share – it was very tasty.

The art studio/losmen lobby across the gang was the location of my class, everything here seems to be multi-functional. I met Eddie, who will be my teacher for the day. To start, I picked out some basic designs and combined a few to make my own on my piece of white cotton cloth. I traced a little bit and a little more was free hand though I will never profess to being an artist. I worked for a few hours, becoming more proficient with the tjanting (instrument used to apply the wax) the more I drew. When all the outlining had been done, I applied the color – trying to balance the complete piece. It was now time for lunch at Bedhot Resto (which was included in the 180K Rp price).

The beginning of batik class - wax is heating

The beginning of batik class - wax is heating

Wax and then color and then more wax

Wax and then color and then more wax

Upon my return, the piece had been washed and Eddie had started the next stage of “wax on”. Wax needed to be applied to all areas that already had color, so that we could then add the background color.


My piece was submerged into a chemical mixture, and like magic,the background color appeared. The piece next needed to be boiled to remove all the wax – all in all, I was very pleased with my finished piece.

Where the magic happens

Where the magic happens

Wet final batik product

Wet final batik product

While I was exploring my artistic side, Jim decided it was time for a haircut. Sammie recommended a local place around the corner – so for 7,000Rp ($ .63) Jim should be good til we get home.

Street sate again for dinner –God, her peanut sauce is really good!!!

Played some cards….a quiet night.

Posted by pjburke 00:22 Archived in Indonesia

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Bird Market is GROSS!
Your new art talent turned out great.

by Nan Peck

We were in a bird market some place (can't recall where) and I got really uncomfortable--I don't like lots of things flying around my head. Your shirt really looks great! I'd say you've got some latent artistic talent!

by Rosie

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