We decided to do some shopping as Jogja is known for its batik and they had tons of shops selling different items. We made our way down the street, stopping off in most shops and checking out their selection and prices before deciding on anything in particular. I was also on the lookout for batik fabrics for quilting like the ones we get at home. We paused part way through our shopping to eat lunch at a place where we had a very tasty mie goreng and chicken in coconut milk. Afterwards we returned to Malioboro and continued on our way, picking up things here and there. We visited several fabric shops, none of which had the batik I was looking for. They all had the different types of traditional batik, but I already had some of them. We saw lots of accessories and shorts made with the Bali batiks, but no fabric. I was just about to give up when we went into one more shop and took a look around, not expecting to see any. However, this time, we lucked out and they had several bolts!!! I was so excited that they had some and made a beeline for them.
Then it was up to Nalini and Anoop to bargain down the price since I was planning on buying a fair bit. While they bargained away, I started pulling bolts off the shelf and sorting them into 1 m and 2 m piles. Not having any particular project in mind, I happily picked fabric that I liked and will find a project for them later. As I told Anoop, fabric never goes bad! We walked out with a stack of fabric in all sorts of lovely colours and I felt like I was on cloud 9! We really had lucked out since they were the last fabric shop on the street.
We returned to our hotel with sore backs from lugging all of our purchases around. We were glad that we had such a successful time since it meant we could leave all of our purchases at Nalini and Shankar’s and not have to haul them around Bali with us.
We went for dinner at Loving Hut once again since their mushroom fried rice and sate had been so good. However, this time, we forgot to ask for them to make it not spicy, and the peanut sauce was so hot we had a hard time really enjoying it.
The next day we got up early and walked to the train station which was only 5 minutes away. We caught the train back to Surabaya and spent the rest of the day organizing and packing for our trip to Bali. I was happily re-united with my bag and promptly put on a pair of shorts which were a huge improvement over jeans!
We had a leisurely morning and enjoyed our pancakes with pineapple and chocolate sauce for breakfast along with fresh orange juice. The oranges here are different from the ones at home and don't have the same taste. We then headed off to Malioboro rd which is the main shopping street in Jogja. There are shops lining both sides of the streets and vendors set up in front of the shops.