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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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

A Serene Sunset at Petanahan Beach

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I took this picture at Petanahan Beach, Central Java, a few weeks ago when I was attending a friend’s wedding in Kebumen City. The beach is situated around 53 kilometers soutward from Kebumen City and has a vast golden sandy beach. Similar to other beaches along Java’s southern coast, Petanahan has a strong current and large waves and is not very suitable for swimming. However, the beach has a serene ambiance and its landscape is a perfect blend of beach and lush forest which makes this less-known beach is worthy a visit. Continue reading

Dhanagun Vihara: Welcoming The Year of Wooden Horse

The lunar new year celebration is in sight. The end of this January marks the time for us to say goodbye to the snake and to prepare ourselves galloping with the horse. Not much different than in any other places around the world, Chinese descents who lives in Indonesia celebrate the lunar new year with various kinds of festivity as well as religious rituals.

A few years ago, I had a chance to visit Hok Tek Bio vihara in Bogor in the morning of Chinese New Year. Also renowned as Dhanagun Vihara to the locals, this old establishment stands sturdily at the corner of the road right across Bogor’s iconic landmark, the Bogor Palace. Continue reading

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

Desa Komodo: Kehidupan Kecil di Tengah Habitat Reptil Raksasa

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Desa Komodo yang terletak dalam kawasan Taman Nasional Komodo (TNK) di Kecamatan Komodo, Kabupaten Manggarai Barat boleh dibilang merupakan sebuah desa yang unik. Keunikan Desa Komodo bukan hanya lantaran merupakan habitat asli reptil purba Komodo ,tetapi karena desa berpenduduk 1500 jiwa itu tidak memiliki tapal batas wilayah sebagaimana halnya dengan desa lain pada umumnya. Maklum, Desa Komodo merupakan salah satu desa yang berada dalam kawasan konservasi Taman Nasional Komodo. Continue reading

Room To Play

The lack of public spaces in Jakarta has become a chronic problem which still needs solution up until today. The great majority of privately developed shopping centers have gradually replace free open spaces. There are also less and less public spaces for children to play and interact, especially for the less fortunate ones.

A few days ago,  I saw these three children were playing around at the water fountain right in front of Taman Menteng. The way they didn’t even care about their surrounding (including me taking their pictures) while they were having fun amazed me. A small water fountain, a bunch of friends and empty cups from a nearby 7-Eleven store are all they need to create laughters and smiles on their little faces. A room to play isn’t free, but happiness is. 

Give them back their playground, please?

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One Of The Bright Sides of Early Flight

The earliest flight is always the cheapest one (good bargain!) and if even though we might have to force ourselves to get out of the bed and head to the airport half sleeping, there are several things I love about early flight. One of them is this: on a clear sunny day and if you can book the window seat, the beautiful bird’s eye view scenery right outside the window plane is too precious to waste.

Here are 3 pictures of mountains I took on my flight to Labuan Bajo a couple of months ago. I was lucky enough to be able to get the window seat and the weather was pretty friendly at that time. :) But it was a little bit cloudy when I flew over Mount Tambora, Sumbawa. I wonder if I can collect aerial pictures of all mountains in Indonesia. That would make a pretty interesting collection, don’t you think? :)

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Mount Bromo

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The Ocean

“If only I could find my way to the ocean, I’m already there with you. If somewhere down the line we will never get to meet, I’ll always wait for you after the rain.” -Adhitia Sofyan

Photo taken at Nusakambangan Island, Cilacap, Central Java.

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The Breathtaking Landscape of Papuma Beach

Papuma beach, or also known as Tanjung Papuma is located 37 kilometers on the South of Jember, East Java. According to its name, Papuma beach is consisted of two beaches — Pasir Putih beach and Malikan beach which are situated side by side. The Papuma beach is famous for its white sandy beach and its rocky islands which frame the shore. I took this picture from a small hill which the local people there called Siti Inggil. You can spend a night in Papuma renting cottages managed by Perum Perhutani. For further infos, you can click http://www.tanjungpapuma.com Continue reading