Pikavia: Cara Mudah Cari Paket Wisata Impianmu

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Akhir tahun menjelang, sudahkah kamu merencanakan libur akhir tahun? Memang, merencanakan dan mempersiapkan perjalanan bukan hal yang mudah bagi sebagian orang apalagi jika harus dilakukan di sela kesibukan. Namun, di zaman serba terhubung oleh internet ini, memilih dan merencanakan perjalanan tak perlu lagi jadi penghambat kamu untuk tetap bepergian dan menikmati perjalanan.  Continue reading

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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

4 most romantic cities in Indonesia to fall in love with

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Sometimes it takes only a short getaway to rekindle the sparks between you and your loved one. Here are four cities in Indonesia that you should visit for a honeymoon or just to fall in love all over again. Continue reading

What to Prepare When Traveling to Indonesia’s Remote Places

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Planning and preparation are both essential home-works that travelers need to do before departing to their dream destinations. However, traveling can be full of pitfalls especially if the plan consists of trips to places away from the comfort of urban civilization. As an archipelago comprising of more than 17,000 islands, many villages in Indonesia are still relying on themselves for electricity and don’t have decent paved roads nor decent public transportation. Traveling to these regions might be a tricky and tough thing to do. Below are the tips that might make the exploration effort easier. Continue reading

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

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

Tabula Rasa: Sebuah Film Bertema Masakan Minang

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Semangat berjuang dalam mengarungi kehidupan dapat kita temukan kembali di mana saja, tak terkecuali pada makanan dan proses mengolahnya. Sepotong pesan inilah yang hendak dimasak dan disajikan lewat film layar lebar “Tabula Rasa” produksi Lifelike Pictures. Film yang disutradarai oleh sutradara muda Adrianto Dewo dan ditulis oleh Tumpal Tampubolon ini mencoba menawarkan kisah kehidupan tentang kekayaan rasa kuliner Indonesia serta kerinduan terhadap kampung halaman sebagai poros cerita.

Film Indonesia pertama yang bertema kuliner ini mencoba meleburkan dua budaya nusantara–budaya Minang dan Papua–menjadi sebuah kisah yang humanis dan menarik. Diproduseri oleh Sheila Timothy, “Tabula Rasa” mengangkat kelezatan masakan khas Minang ke layar lebar oleh karena kenikmatannya maupun kepopulerannya di lidah masyarakat Indonesia. Continue reading

Betawi Food Festival at Mercure Simatupang Jakarta

Iga Bakar Condet smlOn 22 June 2014, Jakarta will celebrate its 487th anniversary. Many events are held to celebrate the culture of Betawi including its diverse culinary heritage. Renown as the native people of Jakarta, Betawi culture is actually a lot influenced by Portuguese, Dutch, Arabic, Indian, Chinese cultures as well as other cultures within the archipelago itself. This interaction has given birth to a rigorous process of assimilation to produce various culinary taste in Betawi.

Starting last June 9, Biztro Graffiti serves 6 traditional Betawi main courses to celebrate Jakarta’s anniversary. Local hearty cuisines such as the legendary Soto Betawi, Iga Bakar Condet, Ayam Panggang Jatinegara, Nasi Ulam Kemayoran, Gurame Pesmol Marunda and Sate Asem Tanah Abang are ready to delight guest’s palate. Get to know more about some of those delicious dishes before you have a taste. Continue reading