A Tropical Paradise in Cibodas Botanical Garden

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It had been supposed to be a usual lazy weekend for me if it wasn’t for a plan to go along on a family trip to Cibodas, West Java. Leaving Jakarta at 7 am, the morning weather was surprisingly sunny despite a heavy downpour inundating the capital through out the prior week.

The traffic was also miraculously friendly as we drove up on Jagorawi toll highway which connects the neighboring cities of Jakarta, Bogor and Ciawi. Exiting at Ciawi toll gate, our car hiked up passing through Puncak area which has been a popular weekend respite for Jakartans ever since I was a little child. Continue reading

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Mount Papandayan in Black and White

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Cleaning up my hard disk storage, I stumbled upon this collection of pictures which were taken when I climbed on Mount Papandayan a few years ago. Situated about 15 km Northwest from Garut city, West Java, Papandayan is an active stratovolcanic mountain which has four large craters at its summit.

With Garut gradually growing as one of West Java’s popular tourist destinations, Mount Papandayan is also gaining more and more visitors especially over weekend. Its not-so-heavy terrains and gentle slopes makes Papandayan popular among novice climbers. Continue reading

Menyaksikan Dari Dekat Keperkasaan Gunung Krakatau

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Krakatau bukan milik Indonesia, tapi ia telah menjadi legenda dunia. Kemarahan Krakatau dan muntahan lavanya pernah membuat penduduk muka bumi kalang kabut di tahun 1883. Letusan seabad yang lalu itu membawa awan panas, menyebabkan tsunami di beberapa wilayah di dunia serta menelan korban jiwa sebanyak 36 ribu manusia. Letusan gunung berapi terbesar di dunia yang pernah terjadi dalam peradaban manusia modern, demikian sejarah mencatat.

Anak Krakatau, sebuah gunung vulkanik baru perlahan tercipta sesudah letusan Krakatau. Continue reading