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Asia » Indonesia » Java September 30th 2019

Pari Island: 9-17-2019 Pari island, Thousand Island Hom nay toi thuc day som de den Marina truoc 7AM de di ra dao Pari ma toi muon di va toi da muon ve hom qua de den dao nay. Rat nhieu nguoi cho de len speed boat. Di mat khoang 2 tieng thi den noi. Den noi toi len bo va an tuong dau tien la dao nay ray hoang vu it nguoi o va dan lang o day lai cang chat phat hon. Co nhieu can nha ho lam phong de cho du khach o goi la Homestay. Toi di thang ra bai bien Virgin Beach va noi day rat tho mong. Dao Pari dep va yen lang vi dao co nhieu bai bien ma toi thich nhu o Maldives. Nuoc rat can, trong va khong ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Java September 30th 2019

Bandung: 9-15-2019 Bandung, Indonesia. Hom nay toi se di den Bandung mot thanh pho cach Jakarta khoang 150km ve huong Nam. Toi muon di den day vi o day vi cach Bandung co ngon nui lua ten la Tangkuban Parahu ma lich su co rat nhieu tran phun luc lon Tangkuban Parahu: La vung nui lua cach Bantung 30km. Nui lua nay erupted nam: 1826, 1829, 1842, 1846, 1896, 1910, 1926, 1929, 1952, 1957, 1961, 1965, 1967, 1969, 1983, 2013, and 2019. Du khach co the leo len mieng nui lua crater de thay hot springs va boiling Mud va co the buy eggs luot . O day co Death Valley vi co hoi doc tu long dat, Lan nui lua phun gan day nhat la ngay 7-26-2019 cuong do 5.2. Gan day nhat nui lua ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Jakarta September 30th 2019

Jakarta: 9-13-2019 Jakarta Indinesia rong 1,904,569km2 lon gap 6 lan Vietnam voi so dan la 261 trieu gap 3 lan Vietnam nhu vay dan Indonesia song thua thot hon Vietnam va so dan dong 4th the gioi. 87% tong so dan so theo dao Hoi, 1.7% the dao Hindu va .7% theo dao Phat. La world largest island voi hon 17,000 dao. Nuoc nay co hon 700 ngon ngu va hon 300 dan toc thieu so. Indonesia bi Netherland chiem dong ngay 20-3 -1602. Co luc bi ANh va Phap chiem dong trong thoi gian ngan. Sau do bi Nhat xam lang ngay 9-3-1942 sau khi Nhat chiem Viet Nam. Den 17-8-1945 Indonesia duoc doc lap. 9-12-2019 Thousand islands: Thousand Islands chi rong 8.7 km2 va khoang 23,000 song tren 11 islands ma thoi va nam ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Mount Bromo July 3rd 2019

They say train is the way to travel on Java. The 8 hour train journey through Central Java and east to Probolinggo was bliss compared to the buses. It consistently moved, it was comfortable, we had aircon, even the toilet was usable. The best part of the journey though was looking out of the window across rice paddies to smoking volcanoes. Pretty incredible and so typically Indonesia. We were headed to Probolinggo as it’s the staging post for visiting Mount Bromo. One of Indonesia’s top natural attractions it is another iconic Indonesian sight that is often said to be one of the most magnificent landscapes you will ever set eyes on. Mount Bromo is part of the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park. With its top blown off, it is more crater than mountain but the smoke ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Solo July 2nd 2019

With sleep severely lacking Marie had to have a power nap before she could consider shipping out. Having splashed out on nice accommodation Emma decided to make the most of it and instead have a swim in the pool and gaze over the rice paddies. We’d decided to take the cheaper option of catching the bus back to the city. Our accommodation dropped us off for free at the bus station. It was deserted except for half a dozen people hanging around, however they assured us we were in the right place and a bus would be along in the next half hour. Sure enough it was, and we boarded with a handful of other passengers. After a 2 hour uneventful journey and we were in Yogyakarta (also known as Jogja). It is said that if ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Yogyakarta June 30th 2019

Borobudur temple is the largest Buddhist temple in the world. A UNESCO World Heritage site, it is one of the one of the most important Buddhist sites in the world and one of the finest temples in South East Asia. Together with Angkor Wat in Cambodia and Bagan in Myanmar/Burma Lonely Planet considers it one of the great cultural icons of South East Asia. Borobudur is different from Angkor Wat and Bagan by being a single (huge) temple, whereas they are both temple complexes. Having now experienced all 3 we can say that they are each very different. Not much is known about Borobudur temple’s origins, as there are no records of its construction. But it is widely considered to have been built in the 8th or 9th centuries. Buddhism was growing in Java at this ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Yogyakarta June 29th 2019

Indonesia has been on the wish list for literally years. We’d gazed at it wistfully from Timor-Leste in 2012 when islands were so close it felt like we could almost reach out and touch them. But since 2016 it has been high up the wishlist, when through some work focused on Indonesia Marie discovered the existence of Borobudur Temple. Despite it being NZ’s closest Asian neighbour, earlier attempts to get there hadn’t quite worked out. Then an opportunity presented itself in the form of work giving time back to the one who struggles to build up their annual leave balance. This gift needed to be taken timely i.e. quickly. With a bigger trip planned for a little later in the year this would be unplanned expense that we couldn’t really afford. But after having the thought ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Jakarta May 22nd 2019

I was on exchange study in Indonesia last year (2018, from Jan to May). I didn't blog about it last year and I also didn't think there were much to share about. In view of my days as a university student are numbered, my final exam of my last semester was over 2 weeks ago. Now I am still staying in my university hostel in campus, I will be a working adult 2 weeks later when I start my first real job. With the little days I have here, I am reminiscing the exciting life of these 4 years of tertiary study. I flew back from Jakarta to Singapore on 31 May 2018 right after I finished my exam in Indonesia. I remembered rushing to the airport after exam because my internship in Singapore will start ... read more
My work station in the hostel canteen
University lake

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Mount Bromo August 11th 2018

Today really started at 11:00pm the prior day when our guide (Ahmad) and driver picked us up. Sunrise is the most popular time at Mount Bromo. The dawn skies over the volcanic range and moonscape terrain offer outstanding photo opportunities. The drive to Bromo took a little over three hours, which included an unexplained, extended rest stop at a roadside gas station. We rested in the back of our Toyota Avenza and tried to sleep. The final approach was a winding road up the alpine slopes of Mount Bromo. Ahmad had arranged for us to have a rest at a “home-stay” which was somebody’s house that had been converted into a short-term hostel. Other groups were stirring by the time we got there and appeared to have spent the night before summitting Bromo. We chilled on ... read more
Kristy and Brad Kissing at Madakaripura
Kristy and Brad Bromo Sunrise
Bromo Sunrise

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Surabaya August 10th 2018

By 6:00 we were at the train station awaiting our locomotive’s departure. The station was not well marked as far as which line was going to Surabayaor when. We eventually figured out where we needed to be. The train itself was quite nice. Kristy had paid extra to be in the executive cabin. The ride to Surabaya from Jogja was about five hours. Along the way, we passed many smaller towns. We made stops in towns large enough for a train station. There were many rice paddies and a few cornfields alongside the tracks. In the distant horizon, we could see large volcanos which were largely obscured by clouds. During the journey, Kristy read about gun dog training and posted several pictures from Jogja to Facebook. Brad played on his computer and watched his kindle fire. ... read more

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