Thursday, 6 August 2015

#alivegurlmudik: Teacher of the Nation

If you thought our tour of the heroes in Surabaya was coming to an end, you’ve got another thing coming. After we visited Mr. Soepratman’s house the other day, Ibu Pur told us about H.O.S. Tjokroaminoto’s dwelling not too far from there. The next day, we naturally had to check it out. This house is especially special because, not only is Tjokroaminoto a beloved hero of our nation, his house was the place some of other heroes once called home, including our first president Ir. Soekarno, while they lodged there and learnt from him. After watching Guru Bangsa Tjokroaminoto a few months ago, I was highly intrigued by this house and wanted to see what it was like. It was the place where three great parties of our nation were first founded, creating drama throughout our history thence after. It just so happens, as well, that my grandfather used to lodge somewhere nearby when he met my grandmother. Location of their love story? Yes, please.

Bought ourselves "Es Rumput Laut" (Ice Seaweed) on the way...mighty yummy!

Batik dress (from an exhibition) // hand-me-down tights // DF Fashion shoes // Kmart purse (Sis's) // outfit photos by Akita + Cafa

Unfortunately, we went there twice and the keyholder was still away. In case you ever want to go there, make sure to ask for Pak RT Eko - RT is the smallest neighbourhood committee in Indonesia. The first time was before Eid al-Fitri, when I went with my sister. The second time was our last day in Surabaya, when I went there with the rest of our family. Thankfully, there were other historical sites nearby. We had to frolic through a set of alleyways, with civilian houses on the left and right. It's such a genuinely Indonesian experience. Surrounded by old houses, I felt like being traveled back in time. But at the end of the road, we found Masjid Sunan Ampel (Sunan Ampel's Mosque), which was built back in 1421. It doesn't look grand, although quite unique and wondrous. A man who lives nearby was kind enough to tell me that its uniqueness lies in the glass-blown calligraphy of the names of our prophets and the mahogany pillars inside. Sadly, I was on my period so I couldn't enter but it looked mighty grand from afar. Stay tuned for a couple more posts from The City of Heroes!

P.S: Sunan Ampel is one of the 9 Walis a.k.a. Wali Songo, the historical figures who spread Islam throughout the Island of Java in the 14th century. For more info, read here!

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