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Asia » Indonesia » Java » Bogor July 27th 2021

It’s one of those weekends when five of my friends and I were restless and wanted to inhale fresh air. Indonesia had announced another lockdown for the umpteenth times. It felt like we were being caged again. The adrenalin call was so strong that I managed to make all the arrangement with a tour guide, who had a team of three, including offroad driver, local guide and photographer. We took off from Cabinite, a cozy, a newly built cabin compound at Sentul, near Jakarta, at 11 am, and took the land rover ride to reach Cisadon village, a well-known spot among the motortrail riders and mountain bikers. After one-and a-half-hour of bumpy ride on a gravel and muddy road, we arrived at the serene Cisadon village. Lunch was served by the pond where our vehicle parked. ... read more
The later it got, the more fog covering the forest
Into the Green
Cisadon Waterfall

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Bogor July 7th 2021

Within an hour and half drive from Jakarta, tucked behind the new-to-be-developed compound of Trump Development in Lido, lies Bodogol National Park. It’s one of the 54 national parks in Indonesia. I was pleased to see a lush green forest covering the area of 20 hectares which are relatively untouched by the weekenders from Jakarta. Despite its proximity to Jakarta, Bodogol was relatively unknown; perhaps, it’s not easily accessible. The road heading to the park was not paved. It’s a muddy and gravel road, passable only by motorbikes or 4WD vehicles. As we drove towards the park, not only our eyes were rewarded by the sight of greenery, but also our lung was pampered by the oxygen-rich fresh air. Forest has been my sanctuary and my refuge to keep my sanity intact. I could live not ... read more
The trail towards Suspension Bridge
Suspension Bridge
Cikaweni Waterfall

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Bandung July 3rd 2021

I had been looking for suitable camping options and found my dream camp van at last! It’s a yellow 4WD jeep with rooftop tent. Perfect. The prolonged stay home had forced me to explore outdoor activities, reachable by road from Jakarta. My pick was Pangalengan and Ciwidey, 4 hours drive from Jakarta, both of which were well known for its tea industry. Along with my three other friends, we drove from Jakarta on Friday afternoon and reached Pangalengan in the evening. The drive was painless as the new toll road, Seroja, saved us an hour. Not ready to stay over-night in a tent, we decided to stay in a wooden bungalow by the lake and were relieved to find out we were the only guests. The next morning, we left before sunrise towards Situ Cileunca, a ... read more
Cukul View Point
Malabar Tea Plantation
Citambur Waterfall

Asia » Indonesia March 19th 2021 19th March - Sunset at Parangtritis Beach What makes Parangtritis particularly special is that it is not only an enchanting holiday spot, it’s also a sacred place. According to legend, when you come here you are entering the domain of Kanjeng Ratu Kidul, Queen of the Southern Ocean who is not known for being welcoming to newcomers. For this reason, the Javanese will not wear green, especially yellow-green around here as it’s believed that this attracts the Queen. We saw rose petals scattered on the beach, these are where people have made an offering to the mythical Queen. The roaring Indian Ocean currents here are very rough and strong so swimming is very dangerous and not recommended. Parangtritis Beach is also said to be a haven for paragliders and thrill seekers. It is a free ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Semarang March 11th 2021

Aha, I found the red threads connecting the article wrote earlier about Kochi and Lasem! It was the same Admiral Zheng He, who visited Kochi and arrived in Lasem in 1413! Located on the Northern Coastal of Java, Lasem is known as Little China and was one of the gateways to Java for the migrants coming from China in the 14-15th century to Indonesia. For a small town so near to the Capital City of Central Java, Lasem remains untouched and far from the typical hustle and bustle of Indonesian cities. No malls, no cinemas and not many coffee shops either. In fact, it was more like a little town stuck in a time-warp! The drive from Semarang took about 3 hours; we had to pass Demak, Kudus, Jepara and Rembang. Interestingly, Demak was famous for ... read more
Rumah Oei
grannies get together at Rumah Oei
Tjoe An Kiong Temple

Asia » Indonesia » Maluku March 5th 2021

I was always drawn to white sand beach, and when the idea of going to Kei, South East of Moluccas islands, was presented, it was hard to resist. The Moluccas islands are also known as the Spice Islands, which attracted to Portuguese to come to the islands in the 16thcentury for nutmeg and clove trading. Flying from Jakarta to Tual took half day as I had to transit in Makassar for two hours. After being aboard on a propeller plane for two hours, I finally arrived at Langgur Airport, where my guide was waiting. The airport is located at the Northern part of Kei Kecil, and it took about 15 minutes to reach the capital city of Kei, Tual, located in Dullah island. The two islands, separated by Rosenberg strait, are connected by Watdek bridge. After ... read more
Bair Island
Ngurvatur Island
Goa Hawang

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Yogyakarta February 10th 2021 10th February - UNESCO World Heritage Prambanan Temple - Yogyakarta Our guide Gagat was a delightful gentleman as we entered the Temple Compound he explained in great detail the history of the temple and was able to get up close to exam the details of the structures & the stone relief work. Due to the narrow and small interiors these were currently roped off as it would be impossible to social distance inside. Prambanan is the biggest Hindu temple in Indonesia as well as one of the most beautiful temples in Southeast Asia. According an inscription the temple was constructed during the mid ninth century but the center of the government was moved to East Java by the end of the tenth century. As a result, this epic temple was abandoned and left unattended; some ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Sumatra » Sumatera Utara January 1st 2021

For whatever reasons, I kept traveling during rainy season, not an ideal time for traveling in a tropical country like Indonesia. Delayed for a couple of hours, our flight arrived in Gunung Sitoli in the afternoon. Until a few years ago, the only mode of transport reaching the island was by ferry from Sibolga. Nias is an island on the East of North Sumatera, famous for its waves and swell among surfers as well as its unique culture. To reach Nias, we had to fly from Jakarta to Medan and to take a connecting flight to Binaka Airport at Gunung Sitoli, its capital. Despite its proximity to North Sumatera, Nias has its own dialect and culture. It's hard to imagine that ancestors of Nias people were originally from Taiwan thousand years ago, given the names of ... read more
Sorake Bay
Stone Jumping
In traditional Nias costume

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Nusa Penida December 31st 2020

Call me travel crasher: not only I self-invited joining three friends on a their supposed to be pilates-trip in Bali, but I diverted their plans too! Thankfully, they agreed to the idea of going to Nusa Penida Island, South East of Bali. Nusa Penida is known among divers to spot Mola Mola or Sun Fish, which appeared usually in August, but its current tends to be strong. A few cruise offers day trip to Nusa Penida and its neighboring island, Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan. Of the three islands, Nusa Penida is the largest, with total population of 45,000. After making the travel arrangement the day before, four of us headed towards Sanur, where the plenty of boats were waiting. We didn't expect our boat would be full. It had 20 rows with 3 seats on ... read more
Kelingking Beach
White sand Angel Beach
Angel Beach

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Sukabumi December 29th 2020

Land of Waterfall, Ciletuh Geopark It’s another hidden gem of Indonesia located in Sukabumi, West Java, about five hours drive from Jakarta. Recognized by UNESCO in 2015 as a National Geopark, it covers an area of 128,000 hectares over 8 subdistricts and 74 villages. Ciletuh Pelaburah Ratu was awarded as a Geopark not only because of its geological component but also because of its culture and scenery. One thing unique about Ciletuh Geopark was its combination of lush green mountainous landscape, surrounded by paddy field and located along the Southern coastal of Indian Ocean. Interestingly, little is known about this Geopark even among the locals like I. The drive from Jakarta was painless as one third of the journey was on a toll road. Before reaching our destination, we stopped by at Pelabuhan Ratu, where we ... read more
Rice field with Sodong Waterfall in the backdrop
Sodong Waterfall
Cikanteh Waterfall

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