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28
October

October 28 is commemorated as Youth Pledge Day or Sumpah Pemuda. Sumpah Pemuda is the pledge of the Indonesian youths who claim one blood, the land of Indonesia, one nation, the Indonesian nation, and uphold the language of unity, Indonesian language. The pledge was the result of the decision of the Pemoeda-Pemoedi or the Second Youth Congress which was held from 27 to 28 October 1928. This congress was initiated by the Indonesian Student Association (PPPI) and attended by youth organizations, such as Jong Java, Jong Sumatra, Jong Batak, Pemoeda Indonesia, Jong Islamieten, Jong Celebes, Sekar Rukun, Jong Ambon, and Pemuda Betawi. The second youth Congress was held in a building located on Jalan Kramat Raya, No.106 in Central Jakarta. This building is a museum called ‘Sumpah Pemuda Museum’ now. Kramat Raya 106 building is used as a museum because it has a series of historical journeys and is a witness to the long process of forming the spirit of struggle for Indonesian independence. At the place where the second youth Congress was held, the basic principles of Indonesian unity were discussed, formulated, and then the pledge was decided.

Sumpah Pemuda Museum has the main building consisting of front porch, one living room, 5 rooms, and one open room or meeting room that have related photo collections and stuffs with history of Sumpah Pemuda 1928, as well as activities in the Indonesian youth national movement. In 2007, the total number of the museum’s collections is 2,867. Among these collections, there are several interesting collections, such as the Youth Pledge Digital Comic and WR. Supratman’s violin. WR. Supratman is the composer of Indonesian national anthem, Indonesia Raya. With his violin, he played the Indonesia Raya for the first time at the Second Youth Congress.

The collections owned by the Sumpah Pemuda Museum are exhibited in a permanent exhibition room with an arrangement that follows the chronology of the Sumpah Pemuda events in order to describe the sequence of events. Right in front of the entrance, there is an introduction room. The collections include a map of Indonesia with the locations of regional youth organizations, a map of Jakarta showing the places where the second youth congress was held and its current condition, the committee of the second youth congress, the participating organizations of the youth congress and a mockup of the Sumpah Pemuda Building. Beside the introduction room, there is a room for growth of youth organizations. This room describes the early growth period of youth organizations that began the Indonesian Association in the Netherlands. In this room, visitors can also find realia in the form of scouting equipment used in the 1920s. There is the First Youth Congress room upstairs. In this room, the collections related to the First Indonesian Youth Congress are exhibited. Next, there is the Second Youth Congress room. In this room, a collection that describes the events of the Second Indonesian Youth Congress is exhibited. Then, there are the Young Indonesia room, the Indonesian Student Association Room (PPPI) and the thematic room. This student room presents a collection of youth movements after Sumpah Pemuda was sworn in. The PPPI room presents several collections related to the Association of Indonesian Students, after the Second Indonesian Youth Congress. The Thematic Room consists of two rooms, located in the pavilion of Gedung Kramat 106. This room presents several collections related to youth activities in 1945, 1966 and 1998.

25
October

Potato Ponjo

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As the best potato producing village, Sumber Brantas Village in Bumiaji District, Batu City, Malang, East Java usually has a better life of its people by planting potatoes. Even, they have a traditional ritual before potatoes are planted. The ritual is called ‘Potato Ponjo’. Ponjo is a Javanese term which means to plant. Accordingly, Potato Ponjo is the ritual performed just before planting potatoes. The ritual is performed in the middle field and it is usually carried out to start the potato growing season.

Potato Ponjo is held to offer a prayer so that the potato plants are safe from all plant diseases. The ritual of Potato Ponjo is usually carried out in the field where the potatoes will be planted. In practice, farmers must bring many types of food complete with Wungkul Ingkung or roasted chicken. But the others still maintain the old tradition by continuing to carry out rituals in the fields.

Before the Potato Ponjo ritual starts, Chanting prayers using the Javanese language is also said by the elders of Sumber Brantas Village. After praying together, the Potato Ponjo process starts, the elders and the people enter 16 seeds of potato into the soil. A total of 16 potato seeds is not just the number. The number has been determined from the Javanese calendar in which the potato planting day is on Saturday Pon. In this ritual, the people should pay attention to the Javanese calendar. After as many as 16 potatoes are planted, farmers are free to plant their fields until they are full. This ritual also starts the performance of Kaki Langit Festival held in Batu City. This festival is a form of preserving the culture of growing potatoes, while at the same time, this potato planting is a moment to establish friendship while drinking coffee and Nunu or baking potatoes.

22
October

Yogyakarta province has many interesting tourism destinations; one of which is Tourism Village of Tinalah. This tourism village is located in the Tinalah River and Mt. Menoreh area with the concept of unifying nature and cultural values. This tourism village is on the Menoreh hill area at an altitude of 117 meters above sea level with a daily temperature of 25 to 32 degrees Celsius. So, anyone who comes for a tour will be greeted with the cool air of this village.

About 25 kilometers or 1.5-hour drive from downtown Yogyakarta, Tinalah Village can be reached by land transportation. Arriving in this city, you will be treated to the beauty of the natural scenery of the Mt. Manoreh and green rice fields. In this tourism village, you can learn many things, such as walking along the Tinalah River, educational outbound activities, hill tracking, and other interesting tourism activities. Besides offering natural beauty, the village is also developing service applications that can be a means of entertainment and tourism education. One application that makes tourists feel at home in the village is because of the Read Aura application. This application encourages tourists to learn about the environment, recognize the names and characters of various types of plants that exist in the village. The method is unique by matching the characters of the plant with the characters of visitors who use the application.

The tourism village of Tinalah not only has a river area, a stretch of rice fields, the unique culture of the residents, but also co-exists with several other tourism spots closely, such as Sriti Cave. This place was used as the hiding place  of the national hero, Prince Diponegoro against the Dutch colonialist –VOC. Kleco Peak allows you to enjoy the sunrise and the camping area. Tinalah is also rich in unique culinary potential, starting from banana debog (stem) chips, wingko, coffee to chocolate. Tinalah Tourism Village has already quite complete facilities and infrastructures, including parking lots, prayer rooms, toilets/bathrooms, rest areas, camping ground, viewing post, outbound games, and so on.

21
October

Ragit Jalo

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If the situation gets better and you can travel, come to Indonesia where there are a lot of recreational activities. One of them is a culinary tour. Palembang could be your culinary destination. Bumi Sriwijaya is known for its delicious culinary delights. Pempek is famous and Ragit Jalo is very delicious. At glance, the Ragit Jalo has the shape of a net like Indian net bread.

Ragit Jalo is a flour-based dish that is eaten with curry sauce. What makes it unique is that the yeast dough is shaped like a folded net. Then, it is eaten with curry soup. The ingredients of Ragit Jalo are wheat flour, eggs, salt and cooked water. These ingredients are mixed together to make Ragit Jalo. Then, the dough is poured into the frying pan and shaped like a spider web. Then, it is cooked until done. When it is cooked, the dough is formed in a triangle or rolled up. The curry sauce is made of ingredients such as a budge, a plantain shaft, hot peppers, curry leaves, orange leaves and laurel, sugar, sufficient salt, powdered curry, powdered broth, flavorings, coconut milk, and beef cuts. The Ragit Jalo covered with curry gives the flavor of savory, delicious, spicy, and slightly sour taste that is appetizing.

It is said that the recipe of Ragit Jalo was obtained from traders from Gujarat, India, who entered the territory of the Sriwijaya Kingdom in the early 7th century AD. The delicacy of Ragit Jalo was so popular at that time and it became a favorite dish in the royal family. If there was a celebration held in the kingdom, Ragit Jalo was certain to be one of the mandatory menus to be served to the guests of honor. This snack was also favored by traders from Persia who stopped over and settled in the royal area. Currently, Ragit Jalo can be enjoyed not only by the royal family, but also the whole community. The price is also quite affordable from Rp 9,000 to Rp 15,000 per portion. For those who are interested in trying it, they can come to the Arab merchant community at Kuto Market, Kuto Baru and Sayangan in Palembang City, South Sumatra. On normal days, Ragit Jalo is usually served as a breakfast menu or when there is an alms event. But don't worry! During the fasting month, Ragit Jalo is easily obtained at Ramadan culinary centers in Palembang, such as Jalan Ratna Talang Semut. Because in the month of Ramadan, Ragit Jalo is one of the typical iftar menus for the people of Palembang.

19
October

Edan-Edanan Dance is a typical dance of the Special Region of Yogyakarta. It is one of a series of Javanese traditional wedding processions. The dance is rooted in Punakawan. In the world of Wayang (traditional shadow puppet), Punakawan is known as a group of entertainers who can lighten the mood. This dance often appears in Yogyakarta traditional weddings to ward off evil spirits. Generally, this dance is performed by a couple of dancers who wear green kebaya (Indonesian women traditional clothes) and gaudy makeup like a clown.

In the kraton or palace environment, the Edan-Edanan dance is a dance tradition performed in the grand bridal procession. This dance is named Edan-Edanan Kagungan Kraton dance because this dance originally comes from the Kraton. In the wedding procession, dancers will accompany the groom, when he comes out of the knight ward to the golden ward. They will bring feather duster and household utensils with the aim of cleaning the aisle from evil spirits. The Keraton Edan-Edanan dance can only be performed at Kraton weddings. As time goes by, this dance experiences renewal. Dance Art Study Program at Indonesian Institute of Arts (ISI) Yogyakarta, through Setyastuti, created a new choreography, which does not go out of the elements of the Edan-Edanan Kagungan Kraton dance. The dance is called "Edanan-edanan Nirbaya Dance". "Nir" means rejecting, "Baya" means danger, so this dance is interpreted as a dance that rejects danger either during the wedding procession or after the wedding procession to the marriage life. This dance is performed in pairs, male and female.

In the Edan-Edanan Nirbaya dance, every movement contains a philosophy. The dancer's initial movement is cleaning the aisle, which means cleaning up danger. The next movement is spinning, which means that life is always spinning, the spin becomes the starting point for the next life. The use of dance properties such as sticks containing the symbol of a horse, feather duster and fans have the meaning to ward off something evil. The shawl used by the dancer has a meaning that every flick of the movement is a continuation of life. The closing gesture means that life will continue if the bride and groom can work together. If in the Edan-edanan Kagungan Kraton dance the dancers only accompany the grand bride, then in the Edan-edanan Nirbaya dance, the dancers will dance until the end of the event. Besides warding off misfortune, this dance aims to entertain guests who come in the wedding procession.

18
October

                                  

The beaches on the South Coast of Yogyakarta are indeed directly adjacent to the Indian Ocean which has strong waves. The ferocity of the waves sometimes makes people afraid to play on these beaches, but it does not mean that all beaches cannot be used for activities. In Gunung Kidul, there is a beautiful beach whose location is protected by coral islands so that the beach waves are quite calm and safe for activities. The beach is called ‘Nglambor Beach’.

The location of Nglambor beach is very strategic, flanked by two beaches that are also famous in Yogyakarta, namely Jogan Beach and Siung Beach. This beach is in Gunungkidul Regency, Yogyakarta. From Yogyakarta, Nglambor beach takes about 2-3 hours by motor vehicles. The condition of the road to Nglambor Beach is not too wide so that big buses cannot enter. Motor vehicles cannot park on the beach because the location is quite narrow. So, you have to walk from the parking lot. The sand on this beach is a little different, rough and black in color. Nglambor Beach sand is formed from broken shells of marine life and corals that are eroded by continuous waves. The uniqueness of Nglambor Beach can be used for snorkeling. The condition of the waters on the beach that resembles a basin is safe for swimming and snorkeling because there are two coral hills located in the middle of the sea that function as breakwaters and wave guards.

The entrance ticket to Nglambor Beach is only Rp 10,000. If you don't bring snorkeling gears, you can rent them worth around Rp 50,000. What must be remembered before doing snorkeling is that you should contact the manager first to find out information about when is the best time to do snorkeling, because the level of clarity and visibility of the water is determined by the tides. If you want to snorkel on weekends, you should make a reservation so that you don't run out of snorkeling gear at the rental place.

15
October

If someday you would like to travel to Indonesia, just taste Indonesian typical food  from many regions. If you travel to Riau Province, just try to enjoy Bolu Kemejo, because it feels incomplete if you visit Riau without enjoying Bolu Kemejo. The food is shaped like a frangipani flower and is green in color. It tastes sweet  and has a slight eggy aroma. The texture is soft and melty in the mouth.

Bolu Kemejo is made from wheat flour, butter, sugar, and eggs. The green color comes from suji leaf water mixed with pandan leaf water, and it is not artificial coloring. The original Bolu Kemojo  is made by traditional steaming to produce a typical aroma. Because Bolu Kemojo is made without artificial preservatives, it doesn't last long. If used for souvenirs, at least  it can only last about five to seven days with proper storage.

The word Kemejo in the local language means Cambodia. This typical cake of Riau is named Kemejo, because it looks like a Cambodian flower. Normally, this cake is present in various Riau traditional events. The making of Bolu Kemejo involves many people working together, because it needs a lot of  Bolu Kemojo in many traditional events. Now, Bolu Kemojo can be enjoyed not only during traditional events, but also every day. Usually, this dish is enjoyed as a snack in the afternoon with hot tea. From time by time,  Bolu Kemejo has various flavors, such as chocolate, durian, corn, banana, and dragon fruit. The price is quite cheap from  Rp 15.000 to Rp 25.000 per  baking piece.

14
October

For those of you who like water tourism, Curug Putri Kencana or in English means Putri Kencana waterfall can be the next tourism destination, especially if the visit to Indonesia hasbeen reopened. The location is in Karang Tengah, Babakan Madang, Bogor, West Java. From downtown Jakarta, this waterfall can be accessed in approximately 1.5 to 2 hours by motor vehicles. To enter Curug Putri Kencana, there is an entrance ticket worth Rp 25,000 per person, while the motorbike parking fee is Rp 10,000 and the car Rp 15,000 to Rp. 20,000. To arrive at the waterfall, you still have to take a walk about 15 minutes.

Putri Kencana waterfall is approximately 7 meters high. This waterfall is surrounded by high rock walls and wild forests. The water is famous for its blue-green color and it is very clear. The river that flows from the waterfall is only a few inches high. The clear water flow allows you to see the surface clearly. However, the lake around the waterfall is about 4 to 6 meters deep. If you want to swim, you have to be careful not to play or swim near the waterfall.

Besides swimming, you can relax in the lake or play in the river. You can also rent a float and try body rafting activities. Going down the river slowly while enjoying the fresh water is certainly challenging as well as fun. If you want to spend the night here, there is land for camping that can be rented. There are also various lodgings with varying costs. The facilities at Curug Putri Kencana are also quite complete with clean bathrooms, parking lots and restaurants.

13
October

This magnificent colonial-style building is a silent witness to the history of the development of Bogor City. Located next to the Bogor palace which is currently the official residence of the President of Indonesia, this old building did not just sit there. This historic building can be said to be luckier than other historical buildings, because until now it still has the same function, namely as a hotel. Salak Heritage hotel staff named Asha told a little about the history of this old building that was built in 1856.

In 1856, this Salak hotel was named the Binnenhof hotel which was owned by the family of the Dutch governor named General Charles Ferdinand Pahud. But in 1913, the hotel was in financial crisis and a few years later, it went bankrupt and the name of this hotel was changed to NV American hotel. And this hotel was liquidated by EA Dibbets in 1922 which is the largest shareholder of NV American hotel and the name of this hotel again changed to Dibbets Hotel. Then, the hotel changed the owners and the hotel changed its name to Bellvieu Dibbets in 1932. During the Japanese colonial period, this 54-room hotel was turned into the Japanese military headquarters, Kempatai from 1942 to 1945,”said Asha

After the Japanese colonial period ended, in 1948, this building was handed over to the Indonesian government for renovation and re-function as a hotel. Asha also said that this old hotel was one of the hotels that accommodated the delegates of the first Asian-African conference which took place in 1955.

Then, this hotel was handed over to the Indonesian government in 1948 and the hotel was renovated and changed its name to Hotel Salak which is taken from the name, Gunung Salak which means Silver. Then in 1955 it became one of the hotels used in the first Asia-Africa conference,”said Asha

Preserving historical buildings is one of the keys to the sustainability of culture in Indonesia. You can also participate in maintaining it.

08
October

Located in Petang sub-district, Badung Regency, Carangsari Tourism Village is the birthplace of one of the national heroes, I Gusti Ngurah Rai. He passed away when fighting against the Dutch colonists in the Puputan Margarana War on November 20, 1946. As the birthplace of I Gustri Ngurah Rai, there is also the I Gusti Ngurah Rai Monument in this tourism village. The tourism village is located 36 Kilometers from Denpasar, the provincial capital of Bali.

As a tourism village, Carangsari Tourism Village has 14 attractions for tourists, particularly millennial people who love natural tourism. The various tourism spots consist of artificial, cultural and natural tourisms. The artificial tourisms in the Carangsari Tourism Village are Bali Elephant Camp, Alam Tirta Carangsari Rafting, Ayung River Rafting and Triana Resort Bali. Then, at the cultural tourism, there are I Gusti Ngurah Rai Monument, Carangsari Mascot Dance, Puri Agung Carangsari, Puseh Kangin Carangsari Temple, Kampung Nyama Toko and Tugek Mask Dance. The Tugek Carangsari mask dance was created and popularized by Maestro I Gusti Ngurah Widya who is now 75 years old. He has worked in many countries since the 1970s.

While at the natural tourism, there are Beji Samuan Park, Carangsari Village Cycling, Carangsaru Village Trekking and Lekaja Bali Swing. Apart from various tourism attractions, Carangsari Tourism Village also has tourism products consisting of educational and culinary tours. Moreover, educational tourism consists of the Pod Chocolate Tour, Tu Gex Hous Activity, Bokor Carangsari, We Love Carangsri Bali T-shirts and most recently RV University. Meanwhile, on the culinary side, there are Pod Chocolate, Honey Trigona Carangsari, Jajulikinian Carangsari and Bubuh Carangsari. Of course, you can also buy those as your souvenirs.

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