Cruising Around Jakarta Bay on a Quicksilver Boat

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It was barely an hour past lunchtime as the bus drove slowly, taking our group from the Jakarta Tourism Business Forum 2014, penetrating through the congested traffic of Jakarta, making our way to Sunda Kelapa harbor in the northern part of the city.

As the bus was approaching the Sunda Kelapa harbor, I could see the 12-meter-tall Syahbandar Tower — which is located in the same compound as the Maritime Museum — slightly leaning to one side from afar and reminding me of the famous Tower of Pisa. Both the museum and the tower serve as remnants of the past from back when the city’s name was Batavia. Continue reading

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#TiketGratisTraveloka : Dapatkan Tiket PP Gratis Citilink dari Traveloka!

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Ada banyak jalan menuju Roma, katanya sih begitu. Tapi, ada banyak cara juga yang bisa kamu lakukan untuk bisa dapetin tiket PP gratis ke destinasi domestik impianmu. Cara paling gampang adalah ikutan Kontes Menulis Berhadiah Tiket Citilink (PP) Bebas Pilih Rute yang diadain oleh Traveloka.com.

Simak penjelasan ringkas berikut ini tentang cara untuk mendapatkan #TiketGratisTraveloka . Continue reading

An Interesting Trip to Long Duhung, East Kalimantan

“Where is the market here in Long Duhung?” I innocently posed the question to Ibu Dolba, a Punan Dayaknese woman who took me for a boat ride on a traditional canoe called a ketinting along the Kelay River.

In answer to my question, Ibu Dolba suddenly burst into laughter — apparently, at me — and then said: “No, we don’t go to a market. Everything we need is here [in the forest and the river].”

I was bemused, for her answer to me was quite unexpected. However, her prompt answer struck me as a reality that I had apparently not been aware of — that Long Duhung is one of a few isolated villages situated in the depth of East Kalimantan’s dense forest, as isolated as my knowledge about a Dayak tribe that its members still mostly rely for their living on hunting and gathering. Continue reading

5 Unique Airbnb Accommodations in Jakarta

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The lodging rental website Airbnb has been growing and trending these past few years, and Jakarta is no exception.

The digital marketplace enables property owners to rent and share their private accommodations with travelers at low and reasonable rates. Not only is it cheaper than staying at a hotel, but renting rooms via Airbnb is a great way to get a more personal experience with your destination’s local culture and peoples.

If you plan to set foot in the capital city and would like use Airbnb, I have picked five accommodations that might offer a welcome alternative to a hotel. Continue reading