visit the coffee mills and see the whole of the process to make coffee powder. known as one of the good quality nationalwide.and the ladies who work here were very friendly, let us try how to use the equipments. and the price of coffee powder is very reasonable. idr 5,000/pack. and fresh fragrance!more
this site is already mentioned as one of the situs cagar budaya [heritage buildings] in the area of west sumatra and riau. a long house about a hundred years old and contents of almost 10 families stayed together. now, everyone has gone and remain an old man, the guardian also the youngest in his generation. and his age almost 90 years old. still...more
well, said that minang delicacies always volcano for us. it means very spicy. but at pondok flora, they can be asked "not too spicy, please." so we enjoyed the meals very much. grilled fish and frikadel -- this frikadel a.k.a perkedel is not authentic local but adopted from dutch culinary. like smashed potato with diced meat and fried in hot...more
going to the pagaruyung palace and around, will be easier with rent a car. and the rental also provided a guide and driver. approximately usd 40 per day, start from lake maninjau.
well, we put shopping at the end of the list whenever travelling. why, since experience and photography were enough for us. and in the other hand, since we're backpackers we don't have spacious place to put all of the souvenirs. but sometimes, doesn't matter if we really want to have it. like beloved one decided to have a keychain from pandai sikek. and feel fancy with a traditional weaving.
What to buy: for wall decoration, can be found at souvenir stalls in front of istana basa pagaruyung as shown in my picture here. meanwhile the gold and silver stuffs and hand weaving can be found at pandai sikek. do bargain before you decided to buy.
What to pay: about idr 150,000 for hand weaving, idr 20,000 for flip flop and idr 5,000 for keychain
a palace means something big and gorgeous. how about the way to go there? yes, pagaruyung area has so many beautiful houses along the way. the craftmen do them very well. patterns, colours and the horn shaped roofs. we had chit chat with hafiz, one of the local craftmen who got career at port dickson malaysia and he's very happy to show us around his parents' house as we took picture here.