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04
April

Vacation in Bali is everyone's dream, both local and foreign tourists. One of the attractions that must be visited is Seminyak beach or also called Dhyanapura Beach. This beach is located on Diana Pura street, Seminyak village, Kuta district in Badung Regency.

Seminyak Beach is a beautiful beach with white sand and big waves. Why the beach was named as Seminyak beach is that because the location of this beach is in the Seminyak area. The atmosphere of Seminyak Beach is not too crowded, so it is comfortable for a vacation. Along the beach, there are umbrellas provided for tourists who want to relax while enjoying the surroundings. In the late afternoon, tourists can see the beautiful panorama of the sunset. On this Seminyak beach, you can also do activities like sunbathing, swimming, surfing, and playing ball.

Interestingly, along the road to Seminyak beach, there are some restaurants that offer delicious dishes. You can choose from traditional dishes to international dishes, from cheap to expensive dishes. Therefore, the road is called Eating Street.

Besides restaurants, Seminyak beach also offers accommodation facilities, such as hotels, resorts and villas. But the prices here are quite expensive.

If you would like to exercise adrenaline, you can try Bungee Jumping with tower’s 45 meters high. Only large elastic cord is attached to the ankle. Bungee Jumping in Bali can be found in Seminyak Beach only.

There are 3 choices of time to jump, namely day, evening and night. If you want to be photographed while jumping, and jumping while enjoying the beautiful scenery along the coast of Kuta-Legian-Seminyak, jump in the afternoon or evening. If you want to jump against a background of blue sky, jump during the day. If you want to take pictures with a reddish sky background, jump before sunset.

To reach the top of the tower, there is a special elevator. One jump costs around Rp500,000. This price includes taxes, insurance, T-shirts, certificates, and shuttle to hotels in Legian, Seminyak, and surrounding areas.

If you visit Bali, don’t forget to enjoy Seminyak Beach. From Ngurah Rai Airport, it only takes 30 minutes by car, and from Denpasar City, it takes about 17 minutes, because the distance is only 10 kilometers.

03
April

Palembang  as capital of South Sumatera province has now been a new icon for national and international events. Because, international sports complex of Jaka Baring has been built and the existence of electric train transportation ( LRT) has  made Palembang more well-known by people in Indonesia and in foreign countries. As an international cross culture city since Sriwijaya kingdom ruled in 9th until 12th century, Palembang has resulted in various cultures such as customs, culinary and fashion. One of the heritage fashions that still exists is “Songket Woven Fabric ".

Pelembang is indeed famous from its typical culinary namely  Pempek and Cuko, butSongket Woven Fabric ofPalembang is also famousand well-known in  international world as part of Malay typical fashion. If you go to Palembang, you can visitTanggo Buntung district as center forSongket hand-made clothSongket Woven Fabric approximately has existed since 17th century as special cloth for the kings and aristocrats. There are galleries and Songket shops with highly artistic quality in Tanggo Buntung district. Besides, there are also home Songket weaving craftsmen who work for their generations and the knowledge they  gained is also from hereditary knowledge.

Now, the production of Songket  still uses looms rather than  machines because it is to maintain its authenticity. Each person uses an independent traditional weaving tool and wooden boxes to form motive which will form a geometric pattern, and plant combined with geometric patterns on each woven product. But in a certain pattern, there are also more modern patterns. There are 3 motives passed down from the past. They still survive until now. At present, the number of Palembang Songket motives consists of more than 71 patterns. Of the motives, 22 patterns have been patented. Several processes to make a good quality Songket   take approximately three months. In general, the cheapest price of Palembang Songket  is Rp. 750,000. In addition, the older the Songket cloth is, the more expensive it is.

There is an interesting thing about the making of Songket weaving in which every craftsman does not make his / her own model, but he / she  takes the type of model from other craftsmen who specifically make and arrange woven patterns and prepare yarns; one of which is gold threads as typical Songket. While weaving craftsmen only weave. According to Songket weaving craftsmen, this has been done from one generation to another generation as a form of mutual cooperation and to respect among communities. If we visit Tanggo Buntung, besides being able to see the making of the Weaving Songket in the galleries, we can also visit the home centers to weave based on order where the tools are from several  generations and even the age of the  tools have been about 100 years.

09
March

Kangean islands are located in the Eastern part of Madura Island, East Java province. The islands consist of several islands: Kangean, Sapeken, Saebus and Mambrut islands. Kangean Islands cover an area of 487 square kilometers.

Although the islands enter in the area of Sumenep regency on Madura Island and also located in the Northern part of Bali Island, there are many some differences among Kangean, Madura and Bali. Kangean people mention themselves as Kangean people whose language is different from Madurese and Balinese languages.

Kangean islands have beautiful beach with under-sea panorama. Various kinds of fish color the undersea nature. On the islands, there are beautiful coral reefs.

Because of their beauty, Kangean islands used to be recorded as place of the best fifth coral reef in Indonesia. You can rent a boat to go around the islands. Usually, the ship's captain also serves as a guide. 

If you want to travel to Kangean Islands by public transportation from Surabaya, you have to take the route from Bungurasih Terminal to Sumenep Terminal. This takes about 4 hours.

Then, from Sumenep Terminal, you must rent public transportation to Kalianget seaport. Arriving at Kalianget seaport, you must go by speed boat to cross to Kangean around 4 to 5 hours.

02
March

Pontianak City is identical with the equator. The city becomes one of the cities, which is passed by equator line. There are 12 countries in the world which are passed by the equator. But, Pontianak City is the only one city which rightly separates northern and southern hemispheres. You are exactly at the point when visiting Equator Monument.

Until now, every March 21-23 and September 21-23, the monument is the location of the Sun Culmination Day. At that time, the sun will be exactly above the equator. When this natural phenomenon takes place, the shadow of the monument and the surrounding objects will disappear for a few seconds. This is the unique attraction for tourists who visit.

The Equator Monument is an historical icon of Pontianak City. It was built by a geography expedition team led by a Dutch geographer in 1928 by using astronomy. 

The measurement conducted by the experts at that time was without modern equipment such as satellite or GPS. They were only based on the uneven or wavy lines and  natural objects such as constellations.

Then, the monument was renovated several times. First, in 1930, the renovated parts were in milestones, circles and arrows. Second in 1938, it was restored by Indonesian architect, Frederich Silaban.

The Equator Monument is located on Jalan Khatulistiwa, North Pontianak district in West Kalimantan. To go to the monument can be accessed around 30 minutes from downtown of Pontianak by car or motorcycle.  Visitors do not need to pay the ticket to enter the monument. 

17
February

The location of Nunsui Beach is close to two other beaches: Laisana and Manikin Beached in Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara -NTT. Precisely, the Nunsui Beach is at the Eastern part of Kupang City in Oesapa village, Kelapa Lima district, Kupang. It is not difficult to go to the Nunsui Beach because from Kupang, you can ride motorcycle and it only takes around 20 minutes.

The Nunsui Beach is called ‘Batu Nona beach’ by local people because there is a stone whose shape is like a woman. The stone is located near the seashore. Visitors can climb to the stone and see beautiful scenery of Kupang bay at the distance.

In addition, the visitors can also see beautiful sunset. While waiting for the sunset, they can enjoy the fresh air at the beach while sitting on stone’s bench. You can also catch fish from the bench.

If you are tired after playing sand on the beach or swimming while sun bathing, you can enjoy snacks such as corn roasted, Epe banana or young coconut ice which are offered by the vendors around the beach.

12
February

The Megalithic era is a period of civilization inworld history. In the Eastern part of Indonesia, there is a hamlet which still looks like its original image.It is called ‘Bena hamlet’ in East Nusa Tenggara. It still has amegalithic landscapeand it is maintained well. The word of Bena comes from the first original tribe which lived in the region. But, there are many stories on the origin of the ancient hamlet which is predicted to have existed since 1,200 years ago. It is locatedon theslope of Mt. Inerie as high as 2,245 meter above sea level, or precisely at Tiwuriwu village, Aimere district in East Nusa Tenggara. The hamlet is longwise from the North to the South andknown for itstraditional house,Bena villagersand also their ancestors’ tradition. Thesmall hamlet, which is occupied by the original tribe of the region, was determined a world heritage site by UNESCO. Terracedsoil structures are alsoa beautiful part of the hamlet. At the end of the hamlet, at the peak of the stairs, there is a gazebo which can be used for praying. The existence at the slope of the mountain is characteristic of old community of mountainous devotees as the God’s place. According to residents of the hamlet, they believe in the existence of Yeta, the Godwhich liveson the mountain and protects their hamlet.

Bena hamlet consists of 40 houses which surround each other. The hamlet is longwise from the North to the South. The hamlet gatewayis located at the North. While, at the South, there is a peak and a steepcliff edge. Generally, thelivelihood of the menis farming. In addition to producing corns, tubers and beans, they also plant coffee, and candlenut on Mt. Inerie. Meanwhile,women work diligently by weaving, inwhich their products are sold to tourists or sent to Bajawa City. The distance of Bena hamlet is around 19 kilometers from  Bajawa which is the capital city of  Ngada. To get there, you can use land transportation. Even though theroad is good, you must be a skillful driver, since the road is curvy and hilly. 

 

Bena hamlet is the tourism destination of  Ngada hamlet. In fact, the hamlet is often visited by foreign tourists from Germany and Italy. At the middle of the hamlet, there are some buildings which are called ‘Bhaga’ and ‘Ngadhu’ by local people. The shape of the Bhaga is similar with little huts without dwellers. While, Ngadhu is a building with one pole and palm fiber roof so that its shape is like shelter. Ngadhu’s pole is usually made from special kind of hard wood because the pole also functions as animal sacrificial gallows when traditional parties are held. The hamlet is not touched yet by technology. Bena’s building functions not only as residence but also having a deep meaning with local wisdom and at present, it is still relevant to be applied for the people in maintaining the environment. Peace and comfort will be felt when you are in the hamlet.  

10
February

Tourism in North Sulawesi

North Sulawesi has 3 lakes which become major tourism destinations. One of them is Moat Lake which is located in East Bolaang Mongondow regency. It’s is volcanic lake which is in natural preservation area of Mt. Ambang at altitude 1,100 meters above the sea level.

To get to the lake, you can go from Manado through Trans Sulawesi to Gorontalo until arriving at Kotamubagu City. The trip from Manado to Kotamobagu City takes around 3-4 hours by car.

There is no public transportation. So, it is better for you to rent a car from Manado. The name of the lake from Mongondow language is Mo'oat which means "land that appears on the middle of the water".

When you are at Moat Lake, you will be welcomed by fresh air with beautiful panorama and it  spoils your eyes and makes you be amazed on the beauty of Moat Lake.

The clear water of the lake which is combined with natural scenery at surrounding the lake, will make you relaxed. You can catch fresh fish here, such as golden fish. The lake is also the habitat for Sidat Sogili fish which is a rare fish.

There is a small island on the middle of the lake which can be reached by rental boat. To enjoy the view of the lake can be from stage’s house and hut at surrounding the lake. If you love wild atmosphere, you can set a tent at the edge of the lake.  

05
February

North Sulawesi is famous with its beautiful tourism in Manado or Bunaken. In addition, it is also known with its super priority destination in Likupang where a lot of tourists are interested in visiting it.  The destination is exactly in North Minahasa, North Sulawesi. Now, the Likupang Special Economic Zone (KEK) is being built. There are many reasons for us to visit Likupang. The destination in Likupang is as beautiful as many other popular tourism destinations in North Sulawesi. One of them is Lihaga Island. Lihaga Island is an uninhabited island located in Likupang sub-district, North Minahasa Regency. Lihaga Island is only 8 hectares; it is not too big but it has extraordinary tourism potentials. Of course, it has been seen that this island has a beach with fine white sand, which contrasts with the blue of the ocean.

Any visitors who want to see it surely cannot wait to come down and touch this clean white sand. Lihaga Island also has an interesting underwater world. By diving or snorkeling close around the beach, you can see many fish swimming. To reach the Lihaga Island, we have to travel about 90 minutes from Manado City to Likupang (port of Serei). After arriving at Likupang, you have to continue the journey again for approximately 40 minutes by local fishing boat. Boat rental costs around Rp800, 000 for 20 passengers. Even though, this island is not populated, you don't need to worry because this island has toilets and dressing rooms. You can also stay overnight at Lihaga Island with a little cost.

In addition, if you plan to visit and stay overnight at Lihaga Island, don't forget to buy food and drinks first because Lihaga Island does not have stalls. Unfortunately, there are not many facilities in this tourism  destination. But if you like adventuring, the nature of Lihaga Island is appropriate for you to explore.

30
January

Wane Beach

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Bima is one of the regencies in Sumbawa island, West Nusa Tenggara province. Historically, this city was the centre of the Bima Sultanate. With the cultural heritages the city has, Bima city offers Islamic cultural tourism. You can visit Asi Mbojo or the sultanate palace. Besides Asi Mbojo, you can also find the graves of kings and preachers, public games and arts, as well as religious ceremonies. Bima not only has the richness of cultures, but also its own natural tourism attractions. Due to its location on the side of the bay, Bima certainly has beautiful marine tourism. One of them is Wane beach.

Wane beach is located at Tolotangga village, Monta district, which is around 6 kilometres from Sultan Muhammad Salahudin airport. Wane beach has white sand which stretches widely, with gentle waves and clear sea water. Going to the beach, you can enjoy the freshness of water by swimming or playing on the white sand.  If you want to stimulate your adrenalin, you can try surfing at the beach.

You can also see dolphins jumping among the waves at Wane beach. To see the dolphin attraction, you must rent a fisherman’s boat a day before the activity. The best time to watch the attraction is in the morning, around 9 a.m. The travel time to see the dolphin attraction is only half hour by boat. For those who did not bring their own food, do not worry because the beach has many food stalls which provide a variety of food.

28
January

Lompong Cake

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When traveling to various places you will feel complete only after you taste the local dishes. Indonesia has various unique and delicious snacks. Take for example, Purworejo regency, Central Java, there is Lompong Cake which you must taste. Unlike other snacks in general, with packaging decorated with bright and various colours, the Lompong cake is precisely jet black. At a glance, it is not interesting, but if you try it, its taste is so chewy and sweet. The cake is called Lompong, because it is made from taro stalk. In addition to the stalk, the cake is also made of straw flour, sticky rice flour and sugar. Meanwhile, its filling is made of pounded peanut which is mixed with palm sugar. To make the snack, the sticky rice flour is firstly mixed with water, sugar, taro powder and straw powder. Then, the dough is stirred, then mixed with coconut oil, so the dough is not sticky when being steamed. Before being steamed, the dough is wrapped with dried banana leaf. Then, the dough is steamed for around 2 hours. When cooked, the Lompong cake has jet black colour. The colour is from straw flour and dried banana leaf. The cake is delicious when warm. If the cake is getting cool, its texture changes and may become a little bit hard. This cake is suitable to be eaten as breakfast. It can also be a souvenir, because it can last upto one week. If you are interested in enjoying the Lompong cake, you will find it at traditional markets in Purworejo costing around Rp. 2,000 to Rp. 35,000 per piece.

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