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Asia » Indonesia » Kalimantan » Pontianak November 30th 2015

As I stand waiting for an Ankot (minibus) to the bus terminal in Banjarmasin, an old toothless man turns up, seemingly out of nowhere. Or to be more exact he climbs over a fence and through some bushes, a rather interesting approach I have to admit. ‘Where are you going sir?’ ‘To the bus terminal.’ ‘And then?’ ‘I want to buy a ticket to Pangkalan Bun.’ ‘Ah, for Tanjung Puting. For orangutan.’ And so our monkey business starts. The old man knows another (old) man, who knows another man, who can arrange a cheap tour of Tanjung Puting. Am I interested? Not really, I confess. Nevertheless he gives me a number and a name in Pangkalan Bun. You might wonder why I am not interested in Tanjung Puting and its orangutans. So let me clarify that. ... read more
Pangkalan Bun
Tanjung Puting
Tanjung Puting

Asia » Indonesia » Kalimantan » Pontianak March 5th 2015

Singkawang is a small town located in a very western part of Kalimantan, Indonesia on the island of Borneo. Cultural and ethnic diversity makes Singkawang so special. Every year the city celebrates Chap Go Meh in a very unusual way compare to other parts of the region. Chinese community here lives harmoniously with the Malays and the Dayaks, but spiritually they are still strong practicing the Chinese culture. Singkawang also known as 'city of a thousand temples' and it has the most traditionally iconic Chinese festivals called the 'Chap Go Meh'. The uniqueness of Chap Go Meh celebration in Singkawang extends beyond similar festivals in other cities in Indonesia as well as Malaysia, Philippines and Singapore. Believe it or not, the whole cities are celebrating the glorious festival. Chap Go Meh celebrated fifteen days after the ... read more
Tatung Warrior Oranges
Pondok Gravitasi 
Chap Go Meh celebration in Pontianak city

Asia » Indonesia » Kalimantan » Pontianak August 1st 2013

I've been saving that blog title for weeks ever since I decided to start my second round of this year's Indonesian travels in the West Kalimantan capital of Pontianak. Pontianak has the distinction of being one of the few cities in the world smack dab on the equator. The airport, however, is well south of the city and hence below the equator. There are many ways to cross from Malaysian Borneo to the Indonesian side but I opted for yet another flight, this time from Kuching, bringing July's monthly total to 8. Flying has become ridiculously cheap in Southeast Asia, often cheaper then the bus ride between the same destinations. After spending 30 days in Malaysian Boreno, it is safe to say that I'm extremely glad that I undertook Borneo's principle tourist activities back in 2006, ... read more
Simultaneoulsy Standing On Both Halves of Planet Earth
Tugu Khatulistiwa
Cruising the Muddy Sungai Kapuas

Asia » Indonesia » Kalimantan » Pontianak September 25th 2010

Oh…waktu Waktu terus berlalu tiada henti… Manusia hanya memanfaatkannya… Tuk kehidupan yg berguna.. Hidup penuh dengan misteri Akankah ia dilalui?? Atau gugur tanpa jejak!!! Sahabatku.. Mental kitalah yang akan menentukan Masa depan yang cerah.. Akankah begitu saja berlalu??? Tidak sabahat… Untuk melalui itu semua perlu pengorbanan Sampai darah penghabisan... Sampai tutup usia…... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Kalimantan » Pontianak April 5th 2010

Waking up early to get ready for my 7:30 am bus, I went downstairs to find a taxi driver waiting in the lounge reading a paper, Ken the reception staff called one ahead of time for me, nice of him but I need my free breakfast first so I made the driver wait a little. He dropped me off at the bus station right at the Bus Asia bus. 7:30am is the departure time but we left at 7:15am and went around and stopped at the office. There they made me come to the office and show my passport, they wrote my name down on a sheet and handed me an Indonesian Immigration form which I need to fill up. Then we left and stopped at a few more spots, they are showing again "The Gods ... read more
local market on  Gajahmada St.
Tugu Khatulistiwa(Equator)
Pahlawan street

Asia » Indonesia » Kalimantan » Pontianak October 15th 2008

Kalbar - the name meant nothing when I first saw it. But the more I came across it - on banks, football guernseys, government signs; the more I pondered on its significance. Then in a moment of clarity, I took an educated guess and realised it was the usual Indon abbreviation - this time for Kalimantan Barat. With this knowledge in mind, I began to imagine a new country, pretty much isolated from the rest of the world. Just one road connection winding through highland country to Kuching, Sarawak. No roads as yet to the rest of Kalimantan and only a slow boat to Jakarta. Other than than, Kalbar depends on air transportation to connect to Asia. Capital of the province is the sprawling city of Pontianak, situated on the equator and a delta mouth of ... read more
Border crossing
Kapuas river, Sanggau
Washing clothes




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