5 Things To Do When Visiting Jayapura

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Hot yet beautiful. That was my first impression of Jayapura, the biggest city in Papua situated by Youtefa bay on the easternmost part of the archipelago. Used to be a headquarter for allied army in World War II and still is a frontier army base for Indonesia’s military troops as well as for community development workers and Christian missionaries, Jayapura is a melting pot of many ethnic groups in Indonesia.

Although starting to be packed by traffic jam, Jayapura is still a pretty sight to see with its lush forested hills, steep roads and busy port. Here are five picks of activities that you can do if you have a chance to set your foot in Jayapura. Continue reading

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Surviving Indonesia #1: How to Travel Savvy in Indonesia

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As an archipelago country stretched across the equator, Indonesia offers travelers diverse kind of destinations with various activities as well. Despite having the dry season, heavy rain are still pouring down through out the year. When traveling to Indonesia, it is best to always have a plan B, considering a bad weather.

Infrastructures like paved roads and public transportation are still underdeveloped in many areas outside Java island and Bali. Electricity and clean water are also scarcely available in remote villages and small islands. Your dream vacation can turn to nightmare without savvy preparation and knowledge. Here are some practical knowledge to consider before you set your foot in Indonesia. Continue reading

Discovering The Eco-Friendly Ciwaringin Batik

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Inhaling the strong scent of boiling wax, I stepped inside a house where elderly women were busy transferring the scalding substance onto fabric.

In that house in Ciwaringin, Cirebon, West Java, they were using a small, pen-like tool to fill in the previously drawn patterns.

This art of decorating cloth using wax and dye that is batik was declared a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2009.

During my short trip to Cirebon with Santika Indonesia Hotels & Resorts, I had the chance to visit Ciwaringin village, the lesser known batik village, when compared to the famed Trusmi Batik village located in the same region. Continue reading