Jamu Tour

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Today we did a “Jamu” tour. Jamu is a traditional type of medicine used by Indonesian people to cure a variety off ailments, as well as promoting general wellbeing.

We visited a small house and made our own jamu which was supposed to “Increase body slim” It had a heap of turmeric in it and was not particularly pleasant to drink - we felt obligated to force it down however. We also visited a fresh produce market and learned about a range of plants they use as ingredients in Jamu and visited a "modern" Janu stall with hundreds of prepackaged Jamu powders for pretty much any use you can think of - there was even one which was supposed to make your breasts larger!

We then received a massage from blind people which was particularly painful (The Javanese are very modest people and most would not dream of receive a massage from someone who is not visually impaired).

Making Jamu for "increased body slim"
We are also horrified to notice afterwards that the massage oil they had used was actually skin whitening lotion!  

That afternoon we became frustrated trying to find a place to eat along Jalan Malioboro - with out much success. Finally we headed back to trusty Via Via café and ate in the very pleasant upstairs area. We stayed there for ages engrossed in discussions about medical procedures, after death arrangements and equally as morbid topics. We were interrupted by some Indonesian boys who wanted to practice their English with is I think. One was smoking heavily which was bothering us so we made up an excuse to leave.


After dinner we picked up our plane tickets back to Bali and discovered they had spelt my name wrong! Argh hopefully I can fix it in the morning.

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Making Jamu for increased body sl…
Making Jamu for "increased body s…
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