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13
February

Touge Goreng

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Welcome to “INDONESIAN WONDER”, a daily segment featuring tourism, culinary arts, fine arts and culture from various regions across Indonesia. We will invite you to enjoy Touge Goreng in Bogor West Java.

Bogor, one of the cities in West Java is located near the capital city of Jakarta, just less than 1 hour drive from downtown Jakarta. It makes the city are mostly visited by Jakarta citizens or foreign tourists for their vacation, especially on weekends. You can enjoy various attractions in the rain city. There is a Bogor Botanical Garden which offers the wealth of Indonesian plants. Then, the Bogor Palace, Situ Gede, Sindangbarang Cultural Village and other interesting tourist attraction. After you are satisfied to visit various interesting objects in Bogor, its not complete if you are not enjoy the delights of various Bogor typical culinary.

During your culinary tour in Bogor, we suggest you to enjoy the sensation of its typicall culinary such as Touge or Toge Goreng. The main ingredient is bean sprouts. Usually the bean sprouts is processed infront of the buyers, using a simple stove. It does not suitable with the name, Toge goreng since it is not fried. Toge is sauteed, or boiled with hot water. Toge goreng then mixed with yellow noodles, pieces of ketupat or rice cake, and tofu. Then the ingredients that have been cooked is watered with tasty sauce made of oncom. The oncom sauce is sauteed that has been mashed first along with spices, such as galangal, onion, bay leaf, tomato slice, leek, chives, and tauco (soybean fermented paste), sweet soy sauce, orange juice, and salt.

When eaten, the taste is delicious. Toge Goreng is one of the typical culinary of Bogor as favourite culinary of many people, because it tastes good and the price is relatively cheap. It is only Rp.15.000 to Rp. 20,000 per portion. Usually toge goreng is sold by the street vendors, and some peddlers sell the food by using carts. Besides in Bogor, the culinary also can be found in other areas, such as Depok, Tanggerang and Jakarta.

The dish of Toge Goreng actually have tight history with the Chinese ethnic in Bogor rain city. An observer of Chinese history in Bogor, Mardi Liem, in a portion of Toge Goreng, almost of them use the term of hokkien.

Starting from tauto which is a fermentation of soy, then mie or noodles, and tauge or bean sprouts, all derived from the term of hokkien. This culinary is also believed has been born from the association of the Chinese people and European community. In Europe there is spaghetti with its incredibly sour of tomato paste. The menu was brought to Indonesia, by the Chinese traders. Before being brought to Indonesia, they had processed this culinary with some ingredients, such as noodles, tofu, tauge with typical sour tomatoes of China. As the time goes by, Mardi Liem said, the spread of toge goreng run from the western coast of Java such as Pandeglang and Banten. In this phase the menu was changed. The Sundanese people who are accustomed to the lalap or raw vegetables, choose oncom to replace tomato sauce. That was the segment of Indonesian Wonder for today with the topic “Toge Goreng”.

 

 

14
February

East Nusa Tenggara province -NTT is well known with tourism destinations. Besides Komodo Island, the beauty of beaches and exotic under-sea view becomes tourists’ destinations. But there are a lot of tourism destinations which are still natural and hidden. One of them is Matayangu waterfall. Matayangu waterfall consists of two waterfalls. The first waterfall has height around 75 meters and its water is from river in the cave. The second one will appear when rainy season comes. Its water is from river that is above as high as 130 meters. Just below the waterfall, there is small pool with amazing blue water which is used as bathing place. The best time to visit the waterfall is at the time of rainy season or in March until June, and October until December. Matayangu waterfall is located at Manupe national park. The waterfall itself for local people is sacred place. The place is often used for worship by Merapu people. They believe that the waterfall is place where their ancestors live. In addition, they also believe that in the cave which becomes water sources, there is ancient tomb which stores historical stuffs. Matayangu waterfall is located at  Waimanu village, Katikutana sub-district, Central Sumba regency. To go to this place, from Kupang, you take around 1 hour by using airplane to Waingapu. Then, the trip is continued by using motor vehicles around 2 hours to Waikabubak. Arriving at Waikabubak, the trip is continued to Manupe national park and takes around 3 hours. Here, you must walk through forest around 1 hour. But your fatigue will disappear after you see the beauty of Matayangu waterfall.

12
February

Semarang is capital city of Central Java. This city is the fifth biggest city in Indonesia after Jakarta, Surabaya, Medan, and Bandung. The city has a lot of tourism destinations, beginning from natural, religious and historical tourism objects. One of Semarang historical tourism objects which is well known is Lawang Sewu which was built in the Dutch colonial.

Lawang Sewu was built on February 27, 1904 as head office of NIS, one of train’s companies in the Dutch East Indies. The  building has high and wide windows, like a door so that local people call it “Lawang Sewu” meaning “a thousand of doors”.

Although the building is named Lawang Sewu, in fact the building has only 429 doors. For long time, the building was not managed. But finally, Lawang Sewu in late June 2011 was renovated and re-opened for public on July 5, 2011.

Because the building was built as head office of NIS, the history of Lawang Sewu cannot be separated from railway in Indonesia. After the independence of Indonesia, the building is used as railway office of Indonesia or now PT Kereta Api Indonesia. Besides, it was used to as Office of Infrastructure of Regional Military Command and Regional Office of Ministry of Transportation in Central Java.

Meanwhile, during the struggling period, the building became a silent witness of 5-day battle in Semarang. Thus, the city’s government of Semarang in 1992 entered Lawang Sewu as one of 102 historical buildings in Semarang which should be protected.

Lawang Sewu is located at Tugu Muda complex, Jalan Pemuda, Central Semarang, Semarang, Central Java, precisely at the center of Semarang city. So, the access to this tourism object is easy. Lawang Sewu is open every day, starting from 6.00 AM until 09.00 PM local time.

The entrance ticket is Rp. 10,000 for adults, Rp. 5,000 for students and kids. If you want to enter into basement, you will be charged Rp. 30,000/person and for the tourist guide is Rp. 30,000.

11
February

 

Gili Labak is one of the smallest islands among 127 other islands in Sumenep Regency, Madura. Administratively, Gili Labak is part of Talango Island subdistrict, in the east of Madura. It is said that the first people who lived Gili Labak is a family that comes from Talango. Gili Labak area of ​​approximately 5 hectares, with a population of not more than 25 family. The island can be surrounded by walking for about an hour.

The distance from Surabaya, the capital of Est Java province to Gili Labak, in Sumenep, Madura island is about 166 km. Through the Suramadu bridge, a land journey will take about 4 hours. You can go by private cars or taxi but there are also many public buses that serve 24 hours from Bungurasih terminal with Sumenep city destination. From Sumenep, you can connect by using motorcycle taxi or bemo to Kalianget Port. Next you have to rent a boat Gili Labak island. Rental rates ranged from Rp. 350,000 to Rp. 400,000 with capacity between 15 to 18 people. It is advisable to come to Gili Labak in groups, to save costs.

Although the journey to Gili Labak is rather complicated, many visitors from home and abroad come to island. The charm of the beach and with beautiful coral reef here is quite wonderful. A white, clean, smooth stretch of sand can amaze everyone who looks at it. At Gili Labak Beach, snorkeling is the best way to enjoy the beauty under the sea. But you have to prepare your own equipment, because of the unavailability of rental of snorkeling equipment here. You can safely swim and play in the water around this beach. Gili Labak island is usually crowded with tourists in the morning from 09.00 until noon. But you can also try the sensations of setting up a tent on the beach and wait for the sunset while enjoying the beautiful sky. The seawater here is almost without waves that creates a calm and comfortable atmosphere, perfect for those of you who want to forget the daily bustle. Here you can also enjoy dinner in the open air with a menu of grilled fish,

In early morning on the island of Gili Labak, you will be awakened by the crowing of roosters. Then if you walk about 300 meters just to the other part of the beach, you will be able to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the rising sun. You will see a reddish sky which is very exotic and attractive, creating a beautiful silhouette of the morning panorama. (art)

13
January

Welcome to “Indonesian Wonder,” a daily segment featuring tourism, culinary arts, fine arts and culture from various regions across Indonesia. In today’s edition, we will invite you to Aceh to know more one of Acehnese cultures. 

Aceh which has a nick name Veranda of Mecca, has its own uniqueness in traditions which cannot be found in other regions. According to the history, Peusijuek tradition is one of cultural heritages of Hindu. The existence  of Hindu culture in  Aceh was caused with relations between Aceh and India in the past. So indirectly, Hindu culture began to influence Acehnese culture.  But, since Islam entered to Aceh, the tradition’s implementation certainly has used Islamic elements such as Salawatand prays which have been determined in Islamic teachings. Salawat is a special Arabic phrase, which contains the salutation upon the prophet of Islam.

 

The word of “Peusijuek “ is taken from the word of “Sijue” in Acehnese language meaning cool; so Peusijeuk  can be meant to cool. In Acehnese culture, Peusijuek tradition is to ask for safety, quietness and happiness in life. Peusijuek is divided into some types, such as Peusijuek meulangga ( at the time of the dispute), Peusijuek pade bijeh ( beginning to plant rice), Peusijuek tempat tinggal ( to occupy a new house), Peusijuek peudong rumoh ( to build a house), Peusijuek kaurubeuen (when doing slaughter) Peusijuek  vehicle and Peusijuek pilgrimage. The implementation of Peusijuek ritual is usually held by religious or traditional senior figures. It is a must because Peusijuek tradition is a sacred ritual, so that to hold, it must a person who understands most about prays and procession in the ritual. Moreover, the person who is  Peusijuek, is man, usually will be held by  Teungku or Ustad. If the Peusijuek is woman, so the procession will be held by Ummi or eldest woman. In implementing Peusijuek tradition, there are 3 important things, namely tools and also Peusijuek materials, movement and pray. The equipment and tool which are used in Peusijuek ceremony are henna leaves which have a meaning, rice seed which is planted to be strong and resistant to any pest problems; the salt has a meaning rice seed which is sown to have character like salt, namely to be able to destroy disease on rice so that the rice can  exists to survive. Every Peusijuek material has philosophy and special meaning in it. The movement in  Peusijuek procession is one of very important things, because it cannot be wrong to do the ritual. The movement is usually held from left to the right and sometimes by way of cross. Pray is the most important element,  because the core of Peusijuek ceremony is to ask for the God to give safety, happiness and welfare for them who hold Peusijuek. Peusijuek tradition is still preserved and held until now. Acehnese people believe the tradition is the result of local culture where culture and religion should run in harmony. That was Indonesian Wonder for today featuring Peusijuek tradition from Aceh province. 

 

06
January

Welcome to “Indonesian Wonder,” a daily segment featuring tourism, culinary arts, fine arts and culture from various regions across Indonesia. In today’s edition, we will invite you to visit Batu Kapal beach in Maluku province. 

Batu Kapal beach is located at Liliboi village, West Leihitu sub-district in Central Maluku regency. Although the location does not cover Ambon city, the capital of Maluku province, this place is still one land with Ambon city. To go to Batu Kapal Liliboi beach or more known with the name Batu Lobang beach is not too far from the center of Ambon city. From Pattimura airport, it takes around 20 minutes by motor vehicles.  Batu Kapal beach is called with that name because  its shape is like the bridge of a ship. The bridge of a ship is the room or platform from which the ship can be commanded. Road to Batu Kapal beach is really smooth. Besides, the scenery of the beauty of the tourism object at the right and left side makes you amazed. But you must pay attention on sign board to Batu Kapal beach because the sign board is not big, only  60X20 centimeters with writing  Batu Kapal Liliboi beach and hanged near a hut. The hut is gateway to enter the beach. The entrance ticket to Batu Kapal beach is worth Rp 5000 for adults and Rp. 3000 for kids. From the hut, you can go down the stairs around 250 meters. The beach is divided into two parts, namely inside and outside Kapal beach. After going down the stairs, you will find part of outside of the beach. Here, there is no white sand but only stones and blue ocean.  If you want to be relaxed, the outside of the beach is the right place. Here, you can sit while enjoying the beauty of the scenery. From outside of  Batu Kapal beach, you can see big stone which looks like a ship. The part which is seen clearly, is the bridge and a hole which is like a window of the ship. Batu Kapal beach is a beach which is surrounded by cliff and located in the ship. To access inside of Batu Kapal beach is certainly quite difficult. Because you have to climb and to creep. After arriving at the inside of the beach, you can find a pool.   Here, you can swim without being afraid of being swept away by the waves. The place which is surrounded by cliff, makes waves at the beach calm.  Water in here is so clear and its depth starting from 30 centimeters until 2 meters. But you must be careful because the stones are quite sharp. This place is not suitable for relaxing because there is no place for sitting and taking a rest. If you want to go to Batu Kapal beach early morning, we suggest you to bring your own food and beverage because stalls are open at late afternoon.  So, set your time to visit Ambon and to go to Batu Kapal beach. 

05
February

Anambas Island is one of leading islands belonging to Indonesia which directly faces with South China Sea. As archipelagic islands, Anambas islands have enormous tourism potential. There are more than 200 islands which belong to the regency. One of them is  Penjalin Island.

Penjalin Island is located at Palmatak sub-district, Anambas islands regency, Riau islands province. The island has smooth white sand, calm waters and the water is very clear. This island has its own uniqueness. There is a hidden small bay, and has bow shape like crescent moon as long as  2 kilometers and the beach has around 50 meters wide. At the two tips of the bay, there are various kinds of forms and sizes of natural stones which often become favorite picture of tourists.

In 2007 when Anambas was still part of Natuna regency, the waters surrounding the island has been decided as conservation area of Sea Park. No wonder, until now around the area, its habitat and naturalness are still preserved. If you like adrenalin activity, at another part of the Penjalin Island, there is small hill for trekking. The track path is quite challenging. If you are on the peak of the hill, you can witness the beauty of the island from different sides.

To go to Penjalin island, you can access from Anambas island. You can go by plane from Halim Perdana Kusuma airport and it takes around 2 and half hours to Matak airport. 

After arriving at Matak airport, the trip is continued by using speed boat. The speed boat can accommodate around 15-20 persons. On the island, there is also lodging for tourists who want to stay at night.   

22
January

Aceh  province in the westernmost of  Indonesia is called    Serambi Mekah or the Veranda of Mecca. This because people there are known to be devout Muslims. However, Aceh is also popular with its traditional coffee shops or coffee stalls As a coffee producing area,   there are two types of coffee cultivated in Aceh, namely Arabica  and Robusta coffee. Arabica  coffee is generally cultivated in the highlands of Tanah Gayo, Southeast Aceh and Gayo Lues.  Whereas in Pidie District especially Tanse , Geumpang and West Aceh,  Robusta coffee type is more dominantly developed.

Gayo coffee is famous for its savory bitter taste and sharp aroma. In the highlands of Gayo there is a way of drinking coffee, passed down from generation to generation called Kopi Kartup or Kertup coffee. Basically, it means drinking hot black  coffee  with pieces of palm sugar or brown sugar which is supposed to enrich the taste of coffee.

The term Kertup comes from Aceh language which means to bite or being  bitten. To enjoy  a cup of  Kertup  coffee you  must  first put a piece of palm sugar into your  mouth. Chew it slowly or let the lump melt in your mouth  to mix the fainttly bitter  taste of coffee with sweet  palm sugar. Feel the sensation of a mixture of liquid coffee and molasses of palm sugar, and the taste of caffeine that meets palm sugar in the palate, it feels very unique. The sweet taste produced by palm sugar is different from the ordinary white  sugar or sweetener.

Today  Kopi  kertup or kertup coffee  from Gayo is  a little hard to find in Aceh  except  in some coffee stalls managed by people from  Gayo who preserve the tradition of drinking this coffee. Yet, if  you  want to try Gayo-style kertup coffee  you  can do it yourself as long as following  the ways.

Choose original  coffee powder from Gayo which is now widely sold and packaged nicely. Why Gayo Coffee? This is none other than to get the  taste that is not much different from the original  Kertup Coffee from Gayo, Aceh. First you need to  boil the water, then pour  approximately 100-120 cc to 1-2 tablespoons of coffee. Do not pour the  hot water at once, but divide it into  two pours. The first pour is about a  quarter of the water, let the coffee powder dissolve nicely first, then stir without using a spoon, just  turn or spin  the glass or cup. After it  mixed evenly, pour the remaining water. Set a few moments for the aroma  to come out. Rough coffee powder will be come  above the surface, lower or drain it using a spoon. Wait a while, then the kertup coffee is ready to  be enjoyed. Do not forget to prepare the sugar palm. You’d feel the Unique sensation immediately.

Drinking a cup of   Kertup  coffee is another way to enjoy brewed coffee. The presence of brown sugar or palm sugar is  guaranteed to add rich taste of  the coffee on your tongue.///anna trijajakasih

16
January

MondayJanuary 8, President Joko Widodo paid a working visit to Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara. During the visit the President distributed the Smart Indonesia Card (KIP), gave a public lecture at the Muhammadiyah University of Kupang, and handed over 2,500 land certificates to the people. On Monday afternoon, the President and First Lady Iriana Joko Widodo departed to Rote Regency. In Rote, the President briefed the National Coordination Meeting of Bara JP (Volunteers Troop for Jokowi Presiden) 2018. Starting his second working day visit in Rote Ndao District, the President enjoyed the beauty of Nemberala Beach. At Nemberala Beach, the president washed his hands and face with the sea water. After the event, Nemberala beach became the public spotlight.

Nemberala Beach is one of the leading tourism destinations in Rote island. For a long time, Nemberala Beach is known as the beach with world class waves. In 2016, Nemberala Beach won the award of Anugerah Pesona Indonesia or the Indonesian Wonder Award as the first winner of the most popular surfing spot category. The waves at Nemberala Beach can reach 7 meters high in August to October. Not surprisingly, many world surfing championship event were taken place at Nemberala Beach.The beach location itself is located on the Rote island. Nemberala Beach takesone hour drive from Saudale DC Airport, Rote. You can use the plane from El Tari Airport Kupang.

In addition to the awesome waves, Nemberala beach has white sand. Traveling to the beach, you can find many things to do such as fishing, swimming, surfing, and much more. Fishing is one of the most popular activities because the sea around the coast has many species of fish. The most common fish species found in the sea including Tuna Gigi Anjing (dogtooth tuna), Spanish Mackerel, Yellow fin Tuna, Trevalli, Wahoo, Sailfish, Sea Perch, Kerapu and Marlin.

Visitor can do another fun activityat Nemberala beach such as snorkeling. With snorkeling, you can enjoy the beautiful underwater life on the beach, including colorful corals, large pelagic and small reef fish as well as beautiful sea shells and octopus. Other interesting activities including surfing, trips to the village and island exploration. With the Island exploration, you can visit other islands nearby such as Donna, Do'o and N'Doa. To stay overnight on the beach, you need not worry, because there has available many facilities from luxury resorts to simple lodgings on the Nemberala beach. So someday, if you come to Kupang East Nusa Tenggara, keep in your mind to travel to Rote to see the beauty of Nemberala beach.

06
January

 

Het strand van Batu Kapal bevindt zich in het dorp Liliboi, West Leihitu, Centraal Maluku. Hoewel het niet ligt precies op de stad van Ambon, de hoofdstad van de provincie Maluku, maar deze plaats is nog steeds een vasteland met de stad Ambon. Om naar Batu Kapal Liliboi te gaan of beter bekend als Batu Lobang Strand, van het centrum van Ambon, niet te ver eigenlijk. Vanaf Pattimura Luchtaven duurt het ongeveer 20 minuten met  motorvoertuig.

Dit strand is genoemd Batu Kapal of in het NLS (scheepsteen),omdat zijn vorm lijkt op het scheepsplatform. En de weg naar Batu Kapal strand is echt soepel, naast het landschap aan de linkerkant van de weg, maakt uverwonderd zijn van de schoonheid in deze toeristische plek.

Maar u moet ook letten op de wegwijzer op de weg naar Batu Kapal Strand, omdat het bord niet groot is; alleen maar zwart bord 60 bij 20 cm met het schrijven van Batu Kapal Lliboi Strand, die bij het dak van een hut opgehangen. En Dit hut is toegangspot voor Batu Kapal Strand

toegangtickets in het strand van Batu Kapal is Rp. 5000 voor volwassenen en Rp. 3000 voor de kinderen. Vanuit de hut die toegangsplaats is, moet u nog steeds ongeveer 250 meter de trap af lopen. Pantai Batu Kapal is verdeeld in 2 delen; het strand in het schip vanaf het strand buiten het schip.

Na het afdalen van de trap, ziet u de buitenkant van Batu Kapal Strand. Hier is geen wit zand zoals het strand in het algemeen, er is hier alleen rotsen en blauwe zee. Als u wilt hier ontspannen, is de beste plaats voor u aan de buitenkant van deze strand. Daar kunt u heerlijk zitten en genieten van het prachtige uitzicht op dit strand. Vanaf de buitenste oever van Batu Kapal kunnen we grote rotsen zien die op een schip lijken. In die steen is er een vorm zoals het platform en een gat dat op een scheepsraam lijkt.

De strand van Batu Kapal is een strand omgeven door rotswanden aan de binnenkant van het schip. Het is inderdaad moeilijk om de binnenkant van het strand van Batu Kapal te bereiken. Omdat het nodig is om te kunnen klimmen en kruipen. Bij aankomst op het strand van Batu Kapal vindt u een privézwembad. Hier kunt u zwemmen zonder bang te hoeven zijn dat u zal wordt weggevaagd door de golven. Omdat dit strand is omgeven door de kliffen. Daarom de golven hier zo kalm zijn. Het Water in dit strand is  ook zo helder, met de diepte slechts 30 cm tot ongeveer 2 meter is. Maar tijdens het zwemmen moet u voorzichtig zijn, want de rotsen hier zijn behoorlijk scherp. Maar aan de binnenkant van Batu Kapal is minder geschikt om te ontspannen, omdat hier geen geschikte plek is om te zitten en te rusten.

 

En de tips voor u, als u 's morgens vroeger naar het strand van Batu Kapal wil gaan, vergeet dan niet om uw eigen eten en drinken mee te brengen, want meestal zullen de verkopers rond het strand van Batu Kapal in het middag handelen. 

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