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30
September

Fulan Fehan is a valley at the foot of Mt. Lakaan with a very wide savanna or grassland. This valley is located in Dirun Village, Lamaknen District, Belu Regency, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), about 26 Km from Atambua, the capital of Belu Regency. The attraction of the Fulan Fehan grassland is that there are many free-roaming horses, thriving cactus trees and a vast expanse of savanna that the eyes cannot reach. In addition, not far from this valley, there are several historical objects.

To reach Fulan Fehan grassland, there are two routes to be chosen. First, it’s through Dirun Village and second, it’s through Maudemu Village. From these two villages, someone can go to Fulan Fehan by walking for approximately 4 kilometers. When they get there, they will see a vast meadow as far as the eyes can see. The eyes are increasingly spoiled by the presence of a group of horses that are free to roam. There are also cows, goats, and buffalos that are deliberately grazed. There, there is a kind of natural spring that is a source of life for the livestock. Uniquely, despite having a temperature that tends to be cold, reaching 21 degrees Celsius, many cactus trees thrive here. In this tourism attraction, tourists can enjoy the view by sitting and relaxing on the grass and they can run after hordes of farm animals.

Not far from Fulan Fehan, there are also several other interesting attractions to visit. There is Kikit Gewen Fort which is covered in a kind of small forest. In the past, this fort was used as a place to set strategy.

There is also Fort Rana Hitu or known as Fort Lapis 7. This fort was used during traditional wars between tribes in the interior of Timor (now Timor Leste). It’s known that this fort was made in just seven days and seven nights. To be able to enjoy the green grass of Fulan Fehan, visitors may come here during the rainy season from November to April. This is the best time. During the dry season, the grass dries up and the temperature is a bit hot. So, if you can have time for vacation, you are recommended to visit Fulan Fehan grassland in East Nusa Tenggara.

27
September

Batu Cermin Cave is located in Wae Sambi Village, West Manggarai, East Nusa Tenggara and only 4 Km from Labuan Bajo, the capital of West Manggarai. The discoverer of this cave was Theodore Verhoven, a Dutch priest who was also an archaeologist in 1951. According to Theodore Verhoven, this cave was under the sea which, after millions of years, it was lifted to the surface of the land. Because the mirror stone cave is a place that was once under the sea, on the walls, you can see some fossils of coral, and turtles. This 19-hectare tourism attraction with a cave height of about 75 meters is usually crowded during the day. When you enter the cave, you will feel your body is flanked by towering cliffs. The deeper you enter the cave, the cooler you feel and less light you will get. Before entering the cave, you will usually be provided with a flashlight by a tour guide. This is because Batu Cermin Cave is very dark and narrow inside.

To be able to see the turtle fossils on the walls of this cave, you have to walk in about 20 meters and because it is narrow and the air is limited. The number of  tourists who enter the cave is also limited; only 10 people may enter once for 30 minutes only. This cave is named Goa Batu Cermin because inside the cave, there is a hole at the top, so that during the day, sunlight can enter the cave through the narrow gap. When it rains, rainwater will enter the cave and cause puddles. The puddle water, which exposes to sunlight, will allow you to see your own face in the puddles that inundate the cave. That is why, this cave is called Batu Cermin Cave.

Getting to the Batu Cermin Cave is not difficult and it only takes about 30 minutes from Labuan Bajo port by public transportation or motorbikes. This transportation can only take you to the front entrance of this area. Afterwards, you have to walk for approximately 10-15 minutes to the Batu Cermin information post. To enter this Cave, you have to pay a ticket worth Rp 10,000 plus fee for a guide while in the cave of around Rp 20,000.

24
September

Dongkal cake

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Indonesian Wonder for today’s edition  would like to introduce  you to one of the typical traditional snacks  of  Betawi people, namely  Dongkal cake. The cake is made from rice flour and palm sugar. At first, Dongkal is made from cassava flour stemming from the cassava tuber. The snack has been introduced since 1940 and it is famous as a breakfast menu. Then, cassava flour began to be difficult to find in the 1970s. So, many people preferred to use rice flour as the main ingredient of making Dongkal cake. In the past, the dish was usually used as a  reception when making Gedeng or ties of harvested dry rice. Dongkal is also often served at traditional events or community mutual assistance. But now, this sweet-savory snack can be enjoyed every day. 

Dongkal is made from rice that is pounded until it becomes flour. Then, the flour is filled with palm sugar and  steamed. The container for steaming Dongkal is a steamer made of woven bamboo like a cone. In Sundanese language, the steamer is called ‘Aseupan’. Then, the steamer is inserted into a steamer called a ‘Seeng’. Its shape is like a cormorant, but  its  center part is slender. While the neck and base are wider.  

After it is well-cooked, the surface forms a mottled pattern of white and brown and it is  formed from the  rice flour and palm sugar. Before it is eaten, the Dongkal is cut into small pieces in order to enjoy it more easily.

Then, the Dongkal will be given a sprinkling of grated coconut, so that it tastes more delicious with a combination of sweet and savory. Usually, Dongkal is eaten as a breakfast menu or an afternoon snack with a cup of warm tea. This dish is relatively cheap. One portion is usually packaged in a box container and it is sold for Rp 10-15 thousand.

23
September

Sego Jotos

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If you travel to Madiun City, East Java, please try to taste a variety of delicious foods. The most famous one is Pecel Madiun which is made from a variety of boiled vegetables, including long beans, turi flowers, sprouts, kenikir, spinach, cassava leaves, and papaya leaves, which are doused with peanut sauce. The appealling thing of this Pecel lies in its spicy peanut sauce. Besides Pecel Madiun, there is also another specialty food, namely Sego Jotos or in English means Jotos rice that you must try. In Javanese, Jotos means punch or fist. The name Sego Jotos itself comes from the size of the rice which is the size of an adult's fist.

Sego Jotos contains white rice along with additional dishes, such as tempeh, tofu, eggs and noodles or vermicelli. The white rice is usually wrapped in banana leaves. As an additional menu, usually there are sellers who provide other side dishes, such as Bakwan, egg satay, and Pindang offal. The thing that makes this Sego Jotos special is the Sambal. The sambal is spicy and delicious, perfect for eating with warm rice and a variety of other dishes.

Sego Jotos is usually sold in stalls in the afternoon until the evening. This food is usually sold with a variety of other hot drinks. In Madiun, Sego Jotos is widely sold in roadside food stalls with relatively cheap prices, starting from only Rp. 5 thousand. Sego Jotos has become a daily menu for Madiun residents and is often served at important events. If you are interested in enjoying Sego Jotos, please visit  Madiun City by applying health protocols due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

22
September

CURUG CIMAHI

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Enjoying the cool air from the dense trees and the sound of water falling from a height is one of the things that makes our hearts and souls calm. You can find this in the West Java region, Indonesia. This place is Curug Cimahi. Curug in Sundanese which means waterfall is located on Jalan Kolonel Masturi, Kertawangi Village, Cisarua District, West Bandung Regency, West Java. About 87 meters high, this waterfall is one of the highest waterfalls in the Bandung area and its surroundings. The name Cimahi comes from the name of the river that flows above it, namely the Cimahi River which originates at Situ Lembang and flows into Cimahi City. This tourism destination is approximately 10 kilometers from Cimahi City towards Lembang or 20 kilometers from Bandung City.


The facilities provided by the management of Curug Cimahi include shelters located on the edge of the path from the gate to the waterfall, parking lots, gates, safety fences, location maps, trails, picnic sites, benches, trash cans, information centers and guard posts, and prayer room and restroom. In addition, there are several stalls selling food and drinks, owned by the local residents which are usually open on busy days, such as weekends and holidays. Access from the entrance gate to the location of Curug Cimahi is quite good. You will go down the stairs for about 15 to 20 minutes with good and well-maintained conditions. The stairs are quite a lot, so you will be quite tired to climb it. However, along the stairs, there are many shelters and rest areas. It is recommended to use comfortable sandals or shoes when visiting this tour.

The entrance ticket to Curug Cimahi is quite affordable. You only pay for a ticket worth Rp 15,000 per person and motorbike parking Rp 2,000 per motorbike. This tourism spot is also known by another name, namely Pelangi or Rainbow Waterfall. To get a cool spot here, you have to climb the cliff at the edge of the stairs. It is quite dangerous. So if you are afraid of heights, it is recommended not to climb this cliff. This tourism spot is also open at night, because there are decorative lights that are colored like a rainbow that lights up behind the waterfall which is quite beautiful to enjoy. That's why, this waterfall is also known as Rainbow Waterfall. This area is appropriate for touring with friends, family members or colleagues. Traveling at Rainbow Waterfall, you have to keep clean and keep doing health protocols so that your vacation is safe and comfortable.

21
September

The residents of Terusan Lama village, Tebing Tinggi district, Empat Lawang regency, have a unique annual tradition at the Terusan Sungai Musi beach. That unique tradition is Lumpatan. In the local language, Lumpatan means jump. Lumpatan is actually a gotong royong or mutual cooperation that is done together to catch fish in the Musi River. This tradition is done once a year usually in the rainy season when the Musi River water debit is fast.

Lumpatan itself is a building made of bamboo and rattan which was then erected in the middle of the Musi River to make fish jump and be trapped if the Musi river water overflows. Lumpatan has a length of about 15 to 20 meters with a width of 8 meters, where the pole is planted at the bottom of the river. To make Lumpatan, it costs a lot of money. Therefore, a Lumpatan is not owned by one family, but a group of villagers. Each group ranges from 10 to 15 people. The making process of Lumpatan also takes a long time, about 1 month. In Terusan Lama village, there are about 10 Lumpatan installed on the Musi River.

Lumpatan begins to be installed in the rainy season, namely in September.  Lumpatan tradition begins with the ritual of burning incense, reading prayers and Surah Yasin in the hope that God will give abundant fortune and keep them away from calamities. Lumpatan is then installed and left for some time to wait for the fish go into it. There are many types of fish that enter the Lumpatan, such as white baung, semah, gegali, coang idung, lanpam, patin, baong, cengkak, sengarat, mutal, and dengi itam. The types of fish that people usually get are white baung fish and semah. However, the most commonly found are semah fish. Semah fish is known in Sunda as kancra fish, tambra in Java, and sapan in Kalimantan. After the fish are caught, some of the fish will be cooked and enjoyed together by the local people.

20
September

The Tapurarang site, which is located on the shores of the Kokas, Fakfak Regency, West Papua, is the object of paintings of palms and feet, eyes, dolphins, lizards, plants, leaves, human faces, and boomerangs. This site seems to tell about past events that were painted through several red hands and footprints on the cave walls.

The painting looks ordinary, but it is enough to describe humans and their daily lives. The painting technique was also unique because the objects were made like sprayed using red and yellow ink. Splotches of paint were on the edges of each object. The painting material was confirmed to come from natural dyes. Even so, the color is still preserved to this day.

The Kokas people consider this site a sacred place because in this place, there are human skeletons that are believed to belong to the ancestors of the Kokas people. In ancient times, the people here had a habit of placing the bodies of their deceased ancestors on cliffs, niches, headlands, big trees and caves which they considered sacred.

The uniqueness of this place is the presence of a lush mangrove forest and clear water flowing through the large shady trees around it. Here too, you can find hundreds of bird species, such as cranes, cockatoos, parrots, birds of paradise, which live in the wild and dare to fly over the heads of visitors.

To reach this site, you have to travel overland from Fakfak City to Ubadari pier. The journey takes about 2 hours by motor vehicle. After arriving at Ubadari pier, you can take a boat or longboat. This water trip will take 2 hours. If the tide is high, you can go up to the cliff and see this painting up close. However, if the water recedes, the beauty of this cliff painting can only be enjoyed from the top of the longboat.

17
September

If you are on vacation to Indonesia, just come to Banyuwangi City, East Java. This Banyuwangi City has many beautiful tourism destinations, such as Ijen Crater, Baluran National Park, Blambangan Park, Green Bay, Red Island Beach, Sukamade Beach, and Alas Purwo National Park. Certainly, visiting Banyuwangi is incomplete without trying its special food. One of them is Sego Lemeng. Sego Lemeng is a dish of rice cooked in bamboo and grilled until being cooked. Sego Lemeng is a typical dish of the Osing Tribe from Banjar Village.

Glutinous rice is the basic ingredient needed to make Sego Lemeng. After being washed cleanly, the rice is seasoned with bay leaves, kaffir lime leaves, lemongrass, and salt. Some people add coconut milk to add a savory taste. As a complement, Sego Lemeng can also be added with minced chicken or tuna. All ingredients are mixed together and then wrapped in banana leaves. After it is shaped like rice-cake, it is put into bamboo and burned in the fireplace for up to four hours. When the bamboo turns black, this is a sign that the Lemeng is well-done. When it is eaten, Sego Lemeng produces a distinctive, savory and delicious taste. Because it has been given a side dish in it, Sego Lemeng can be eaten just like when eating grilled rice. However, time by time, Sego Lemeng is served with other side dishes, such as salted egg, omelet, red chili sauce, and anchovies.

Allegedly, Sego Lemeng is food that becomes the supply of the guerrillas who fought against the Dutch colonial invaders. When fighting for independence, many residents fought and hid in the forest. There, they made Sego Lemeng to survive. To enjoy Sego Lemeng, you can find it in many restaurants in Banyuwangi, that sell this typical dish. The price is around from Rp 15,000 to Rp 25,000 per serving. It depends on what side dish you eat.

15
September

Labuan Bajo port is very strategic because it is the entrance to the province of East Nusa Tenggara -NTT. In addition, it is also the entrance to the Komodo Island National Park. Because every tourist who will come to Labuan Bajo by sea, land, or air will go to Labuan Bajo port to cross to Komodo Island National Park. Labuan Bajo port will be converted only as a passenger and tourist port, because it is famous for its beautiful sea tourism. So, many tourists come to Labuan Bajo for vacation and enjoy its natural attractions.

The name Labuan Bajo is taken from the names Labuan and Bajo. The word Labuan is taken from the port, because the Labuan Bajo area is a place for large or small ships to dock when entering the province of the NTT by sea. So over time, it is commonly referred to as Labuan. Bajo is taken from the name of the Bajo Tribe, known as the coastal tribe who usually lives on boats or houses on stilts, which are made above the sea and then survive by catching fish from various waters. It can be said that the original Labuan Bajo tribe is the Bajo Tribe who has lived and settled in Labuan Bajo for decades.


The location of Labuan Bajo port is indeed very strategic. Besides being on the national route which is the entrance to the province of the NTT, it is about 3.5 km or 10 minutes by cars, quite close to Komodo International Airport. When your ship docks at Labuan Bajo Harbor, you don't have to worry about lodging and other supporting facilities. Lodging such as inns, hotels, and villas with prices starting at 100 thousand per night are available around the Labuan Bajo port. In addition, public transportation is easy for you to find, such as motorcycle taxis or small buses. You can also look for motorbike, car, or minibus rentals that are available not far from Labuan Bajo harbor.

Labuan Bajo port and its surroundings are also widely available for food and drinks, with prices starting at 10 thousand per food menu and 5 thousand per drink menu. Although Labuan Bajo Village is not too big, the facilities here really support the needs of tourists so that the inspiration for the tourism business here is quite increased. Therefore, there are many facilities available around the port that you can use when traveling to Labuan Bajo by sea route. Labuan Bajo is not only rich in tourism destinations, but also in culture and language that are rarely found in other regions in Indonesia. Thereby, please make your plans from now on to travel to Labuan Bajo via Labuan Bajo port.

16
September

 

If the Covid-19 pandemic is over and you can travel again, please visit Indonesia, especially South Sulawesi. To travel to South Sulawesi, you feel incomplete if you haven't been to Malino, a nature tourism located in Malino Village, Tinggi Snout District, Gowa Regency, South Sulawesi. One of the natural attractions that should not be missed in the City of Flowers is Jeneberang Waterfall. Jeneberang Waterfall falls between high cliffs. The place is hidden in the upstream of the Jeneberang River. The sound of splashing water makes the feel of nature even more serene.

Jeneberang waterfall was formed because of a disaster. The dam that was destroyed by the flood of the Jeneberang River formed a beautiful waterfall. This waterfall flows in the middle of the crush of rocks. So, it is beautiful and stunning. When viewed from below, Jeneberang Waterfall is like a curtain. Two rushing streams of water flow between two high cliffs. At the bottom, there are natural rocks that meet the flow of river water. You can immediately feel the freshness of the water by sitting under these rocks. If you love photography, you can capture yourself there with a backdrop of high rocks and waterfall views.

Malino's natural tourism location is 90 kilometers from Makassar City, the capital of the province of South Sulawesi. From Malino, to Jeneberang waterfall, you have to pass through the Jeneberang River. The reason is that this charming waterfall is hidden in the upstream of the Jeneberang River. The road to the location of Jeneberang Waterfall is quite challenging. You also have to pass through the river rocks and down the cave with high cliffs. Along the way, your eyes will be spoiled with natural rocks covered with plants. You just pay an entrance ticket worth Rp10,000 and you will be satisfied to explore this exotic waterfall. The best time to visit Jeneberang Waterfall is during the dry season, because the river current is not too heavy.

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