a chocolate house and childhood besties

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One of the highlights from my trip home last week was catching up with my best friends from childhood (we've known each other since Primary school and junior high, so it's been a good 10+ years now!), and we made a trip to a local chocolate shop/factory in Jogja. It's called Monggo, and they make the finest chocolate from Indonesian cocoa beans. They taste SO good, and I ended up buying so many! The dark chocolate are to die for, I tell you.

The place was really nice, and hardly looked like a chocolate factory at all. It was more like a cozy little house, and it was decorated with bits of our Javanese culture - and nothing's more Javanese than our Batik and Wayang puppets. The word for chocolate in Indonesian, "cokelat", also means the colour brown, which I also notice is the dominant colour tone of the place. Nice and earthy. There's something nice about getting in touch with my own culture, and seeing familiar sights that I hardly see when I'm living abroad... and to appreciate that with the friends I grew up with years ago, was just lovely.

You will notice that this is one of the very rare posts where I am actually showing my face. I'm the one in the brown polka dot skirt, by the way.

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Sharmaine Ruth said...

aww that's too cute! :)

Leanne said...

A lovely post, that chocolate in the first photo looks really good.

Aline Maira said...

so lovely to be able to spend time with childhood friends. I love your skirt :)

See Hear Say said...

congklak!!! anna i love your skirt and the hair cut! glad you've had a great time back home :)

Sum said...

I really enjoy the warm tones of the photos. I want some chocolate now. :)

Vanessa Lu said...

very cute pics, chocolate looks delicious!
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ana b. said...

Lovely post, Anna. The batik roof looks like magic. The light would have been amazing, I bet! When I go back to the Philippines I also like being so near my culture and the things I grew up with. You never know what you're missing until you go back, I think.

Marta said...

I love chocolate, I'd love to visit this place and also love these puppets, I just never knew where they were from! Best regards from Spain,
Marta

herecomesthesun said...

That's so special! I don't have any friends left from my childhood but I wish I did!

All Things Sweet said...

Such a sweet post :)

i love childhood friends

Emily, Resplendent Tranquility said...

Delicious chocolates and catching up with dear old friends. Is there anything better?