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Asia » Indonesia » Sulawesi » Tana Toraja September 12th 2014

Im südwestlichen Teil von Sulawesi wohnen hauptsächlich die Bugis, traditionell ein Stamm von Seefahrern. Die sollen in der fernen Vergangenheit westliche Seefahrer, zum Beispiel der britischen East India Company, so unbarmherzig terrorisiert haben, dass diese ihre Angst vor den "bugi men" mit nach Hause brachten. ("Bogeyman" heißt auf Deutsch soviel wie der 'schwarze Mann', was man ja aber heute gar nicht mehr sagen darf, aber "Butzemann" klingt viel zu nett.) Laut Wikipedia sind Etymologen aber anderer Meinung, da es den Begriff "bogeyman" wohl schon Jahrhunderte vor der europäischen Kolonialisierung Südostasiens gegeben haben soll, als der Westen sicher noch nichts von den Bugis gehört hatte. Unser Führer ist auch ein Bugi, aber sehr nett. Vor allem kennt er sich auch in unserem Zielgebiet, Tana Toraja, dem Land der Toraja, sehr gut aus, da seine Familie hierher kommt. ... read more
They didn't die because of being heavy smokers
Kesu Kesu in Tana Torajan
Bamboo Flute Orchestra of an Orphanage

Asia » Indonesia » Sulawesi » Bunaken National Park August 5th 2014 read more

Asia » Indonesia » Sulawesi » Tangkoko National Park August 2nd 2014

Par le plus grand des hasards ton lodge au parc national de tangkoko porte le prénom d'un de tes meilleurs potes, Dov! Dans la forêt primaire de Tangkoko, on trouve des tarsiers nocturnes, des vipères vertes ultramortelles, des couscous, des toucans à crête rouge, des macaques à crête noir (spéciale cacededi à Flo, la primatophile En gros le tarsier est un croisement entre le gremlins avant sa transformation et le galagos, c'est à dire un petit primate que t'a grave envie de mettre dans ta poche et de ramener chez toi (en plus ça ferait plaisir à ton chat!). Ce petit truc overcraquant mesure 5 cm, ne sort que la nuit et a des yeux tellement gros qu'il ne peut pas les déplacer dans ses orbites, mais qu 'il doit bouger sa tronche. La nature est ... read more
yael bintang tangkoko

Asia » Indonesia » Sulawesi » Makassar July 26th 2014

Je te prie de m'excuser, ô pote lecteur, pour cette longue interruption due probablement à une flemmite aiguë compliquée d'une sensation de vacances intensives... L'état de ton serviteur semble s'améliorer et, sur les conseils des médecins, la reprise sera progressive avec pour l'instant quelques films des moments forts en indonésie, à commencer par - un reportage d'envoyé spécial sur la première gay pride à Makassar, capitale du sud de sulawesi : read more

Asia » Indonesia » Sulawesi » Bunaken National Park July 6th 2014

We, and especially Leo, had been seriously bitten by the diving bug, so we wanted to do still some more dives during this trip. Thus, we arranged for a week long diving holiday at a resort on Bunaken Island, next to Sulawesi in Indonesia. It was rather far, three and a half hours by plane from Singapore, and still half an hour by boat to get from the city of Manado to Bunaken. We were met by Sven and Esther, a German-Indonesian couple who runs the resort, and got to know a French family with two teenage boys, who later ended up joining us on most of our dives. The first impression regarding the resort was not great: our concrete bungalow was hot as ever, had no a/c, and the toilet was not flushable, but you ... read more
puffer fish
jumping into the water
all good!

Asia » Indonesia » Sulawesi » Tana Toraja June 24th 2014

Immediately after work a week ago Friday and throughout that weekend many people left for their respected homes for their summer break. Instead of heading home myself, a friend and I headed to another Indonesian Island called Sulawesi for a four day trip. Day One · Saturday June 14, 2014 · Jakarta, Java – Makassar, Sulawesi – Tana Toraja, Sulawesi With an early start at 3:45am we left our apartments and were on our way to the airport to catch our 5:00am flight to Makassar. Two other friends were headed to Bali, Lombok and Gili Islands for the week as well so we split a cab. We landed in Makassar around 8:30am their time where we were picked up by our driver and proceeded to start the seven hour drive to a place called Tana Toraja ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Sulawesi » Tana Toraja May 16th 2014

Over a Vesak long weekend holiday, I had a window of opportunity to visit the long waited destination of Tana Toraja. As usual, all the arrangements were made at the last minute: my tour (with Indonesia Adventure), accommodation at Makassar and also Garuda plane ticket from Jakarta. The thought of going to Tana Toraja was quite remote, and the destination was not in my 'near future to go to' list. Many of friends kept mentioning about visiting Toraja but were daunted by the idea of going to an unknown and remote place, so they must have been glad that I decided to check out the place! After all the arrangement was done, I decided to go without knowing if there were any funeral ceremony (most sought after event in Tana Toraja) or not. On Friday afternoon, ... read more
Effigies at Lemo
Buffalo at Batumonga

Asia » Indonesia » Sulawesi » Menado April 11th 2014

I could not believe I couldn't find Gorontalo in the 'location list'. Anyway, Gorontalo is located in the Northern part of Sulawesi, Indonesia. It used to be part of North Sulawesi province but since a few years ago, it became a province of Gorontalo. Coming from Singapore to Gorontalo via Manado by Silk Air, I felt the stark contrast of the culture between Manado and Gorontalo. During my transit in Manado, I was reminded how friendly the people were; I could not help overhearing an immigration officer asking a tourist at the counter the purpose of his holiday, and jokingly said 'honeymoon' to the middle aged couple - unlike the kind of flat tone we heard from immigration officers anywhere else. While waiting at the airport lounge, I was reminded the outgoing nature of the Manado ... read more
Stunning View around Olele
Paradise Beach
Pygmy Seahorse

Asia » Indonesia » Sulawesi » Tangkoko National Park April 11th 2014

After my new year dive trip to Gorontalo, I stayed over night in Manado as my connecting flight to Singapore was the next day (Silk Air does not fly on Sunday from Manado to Singapore). Before I left, I had made an arrangement with Manado Safari Tour for a day trip to Tangkoko National Park, and I must say the online reservation was efficiently done ( Upon my arrival from Gorontalo at around 7 am, I was picked up and greeted by the friendly driver, Freddy, from Manado Safari Tour, who drove me to Tangkoko, which took about two hours. It is located at the foot of "Dua Saudara Mountain" near Bitung at Batu Putih area. The drive was easy and scenic as I could see the mountain clearly but was too sleepy to stop and ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Sulawesi » Makassar September 23rd 2013

Monday, 23rd September 2013 The night before, we were still debating whether to hire a car and visit the hill station of Malino. Researching from the internet certainly did not reveal too much information. We were told that there was a waterfall, some tea plantations and probably some cooling weather. Sometime back, we did the tea and strawberry plantations in Bandung and decided it just wasn't too worthwhile to make the 72km winding journey to see the same thing in Malino. Spending half of our time journeying to and from our destination certainly wasn't our cup of tea, at least in Makassar. Finally, our Malino idea was scrapped. Following an idyllic breakfast, we decided to spend some time at the hotel pool as the weather simply grew too hot for us to venture outdoors. After lunch ... read more
Have a cuppa before the flight home

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