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06
May

Pekanbaru, the capital city of Riau province, is one of the largest economic centers in Sumatra island. Its economy is supported by trade and petroleum mining. If you visit the province, you should know that it's not just about business and mining but it also offers a variety of interesting destinations. One of them is the phenomenal Rumbai Rainbow Hills. The place is often compared to the "rainbow hills" phenomenon in various countries, such as Zhangye Danxia in China, Painted Hills in the United States, or Vinicunca in Peru. As the name suggests, the hills are really colorful.

 

Rumbai Rainbow Hills is located in Rumbai Pesisir District and can be reached from Pekanbaru city center in 45 minutes. It is free of charge, there is no entrance ticket there. Rainbow Hills offers beautiful views of valleys and small hills in shades of dark brown, orange, yellow, and pink. If you visit it, you can explore and enjoy every corner. Don't forget to capture its uniqueness and beauty with your camera.

 

The uniqueness of Rumbai Rainbow Hills lies in its ability to change color according to existing weather conditions. When it rains, the soil color will change. The best time to visit is during the dry season when the dry and cracked soil adds to its natural charm. These colors, combined with the blue sky during the day, provide a beautiful view. If you want to hunt for photos with a unique natural background, Rumbai Rainbow Hills is the right place to visit.

06
May

The sparkle of the sun that slowly rises into the sky or commonly called sunrise, has a magical power that can make anyone come to watch it. One of the best places to enjoy the beauty of the sunrise is at Punthuk Setumbu Hill in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

 

Punthuk Setumbu Hill is one of the best spots to watch the sunrise with the background of Mount Merapi, Merbabu and see the magnificent Borobudur Temple in the morning, which is surrounded by a sea of mist. Punthuk Setumbu is a hill approximately 400 metres above sea level located in the Menoreh Mountains.

 

If you want to witness the beauty of Borobudur at dawn, it is recommended to arrive at this place before 05.00 am (local time). The peak of Punthuk Setumbu is a large courtyard surrounded by a guardrail. In this place, there are houses on stilts, gazebos, and wooden chairs that can be used to sit while waiting for the sun to rise. By walking up the hill for 15 minutes, your tiredness will be paid off.

16
April

Gumanano is a village in Mawasangka District, Central Buton Regency, Southeast Sulawesi Province.// This village is about 84 kilometers from Wamengkoli port, Buton.// To get to Mutiara Beach, visitors have to go to Gumanano Village first.// This village is very remote, so it's not easy to get there.// Visitors can start their journey from the center of Labungkari city, the capital of Central Buton Regency which can be accessed by ferry boat//

Arriving at Mutiara beach, visitors will be greeted by the beauty of this beach.// Fine white sand stretches along the beach.// Mutiara Beach will be even more beautiful, if the water is low, because the white sand will be more widely visible, with the blue and clear sea water.// Therefore, this beach is a favorite for Central Buton tourism.// Many tourists who come there capture the beauty of Mutiara beach with their cameras.// Don't forget to swim at the beach to enjoy the clear sea water.//


Apart from swimming, visitors can also fish because there are many types of fish on Mutiara beach.// Apart from that, visitors can also enjoy other tourist attractions in Gumanano village.// In this village there is also a fort, the remains of the Buton Sultanate, namely Lasayidewa Fortress.// This fort has 7 lawa or doors.// Visitors can also bathe in the Gumanano Baths. The water is fresh but a little brackish.//If you are in Central Buton, take the time to visit Mutiara Beach with its white sand like pearl flakes.//

16
April

 

Situ Cipanten is a tourist spot in Majalengka, West Java with the beauty of an exotic fresh water lake, With an area of around 1.2 hectares, surrounded by green and beautiful hills, it offers stunning natural views and various complete tourist facilities. Situ Cipanten's water source comes from seven springs which reportedly never dry up even during the dry season. The beauty of this lake makes it a popular tourist attraction in the Majalengka area.

 

 

 

To go to Situ Cipanten, visitors can use private vehicles or public transportation. The distance from the center of Majalengka city to Situ Cipanten is around 10 km. Situ Cipanten offers many facilities to support tourist activities. Visitors can enjoy the view of the lake while feeding the fish in the lake. Here there are two lakes with different depths that can be used for swimming. Apart from that, there is also a large parking area and a prayer room. The attractions of Situ Cipanten include the clear water so you can see the bottom of the lake and the fish that swim in this lake. This area is also an interesting underwater photo spot. The beauty of the area and the surrounding forests really adds to its beauty and fresh air.

 

 

 

To visit Situ Cipanten, there are several tips to make the trip more enjoyable. It's best to come in the morning, wear clothes that are comfortable and appropriate for the activity you are going to do, bring the necessary equipment such as sunblock, a hat and enough water. Obey the regulations that apply at Situ Cipanten, such as not throwing rubbish carelessly, and keeping the surrounding environment clean, don't damage the natural surroundings and don't take anything from nature without permission. For visitors who want to stay overnight, around Situ Cipanten there are also accommodations with affordable prices.

 

16
April


Indonesian Ambassador to Egypt, Lutfi Rauf welcomed the commitment of buyers of coffee commodities from Egypt, Al Amal for Agricultural Crops to boost the volume of imports of robusta coffee beans from Indonesia. When attending the annual meeting of Egyptian coffee buyers in Damanhour City,  Province Beheira on Saturday (6/4), Ambassador Lutfi conveyed that his side appreciates the importer Al Amal for Agricultural Crops which continuously imports Indonesian coffee beans.


As stated by the  Indonesian Embassy in Cairo,  trade cooperation continues to be developed of both countries.  According to Ambassador Lutfi, the need for coffee consumption continues to increase in the Egyptian market, especially for robusta coffee beans that make Egypt a very potential market for Indonesian exporters.


Director of Al Amal for Agricultural Crops, Ragab Shehata pointed out that in 2023, his company imported more than 4,500 tonnes of Indonesian coffee beans, particularly robusta coffee beans which are very popular with Egyptians.


Ragab also revealed that in 2024, his company is committed to importing 5,000 tons of robusta coffee beans with a value of US$21 million or around Rp333.9 billion. He expressed his deepest gratitude  and appreciation to the Indonesian representatives in Cairo,  export players and Indonesian coffee farmers who have worked hard to provide the best coffee to the Egyptian market. Until now, Egypt is the second largest market destination for Indonesian coffee exports to the global market. Referring to the Egyptian Bureau of Statistics report, Indonesian coffee bean exports to the Egyptian market in 2023 were ranked first among all world coffee exporting countries to Egypt with an export value of Rp 1 .46 trillion.


Meanwhile, the Trade Attache of the Indonesian Embassy in Egypt,  M Syahran Bhakti  hopes that Indonesian coffee exporters can meet the demand of Egyptian coffee buyers in 2024 up to more than Rp1.5 trillion.

16
April

Every community has unique and different traditions and cultures. These cultural differences create different local wisdom in each community. For people of Lombok, one of the traditions that has become wisdom is lighting theDilah Jojoror often called the Maleman tradition. This tradition is one of the local wisdoms that can be found especially for people of Jabon Tentan Village in Bagu Village, Pringgarata sub-district, Central Lombok Regency, West Nusa Tenggara.


Dilah Jojor comes from the word 'Dilah' which means lamp, and Jojor is a form of lamp taken from the traditional  language of the Sasak tribe. In the Maleman tradition, people usually use Dilah Jojor which measures 15 cm to 30 cm long. Dilah Jojor is made from Jamplung fruit seeds which are peeled and then dried in the sun until completely dry. Next, the dried Jamplung fruit is roasted until it is charred or black, then pounded and mixed with cotton until it is evenly mixed into a dough. The final stage is to attach the dough to a stick made of bamboo, the length of which can be adjusted to suit your needs. Jamplung fruit was chosen as the basic ingredient because it contains a lot of oil so that it can produce a fire that is good for lighting and the fire can even last for a long time.


Maleman tradition itself is carried out on the last 10 nights of the month of Ramadan on odd nights only, namely the 21st, 23rd, 25th, 27th, 29th. Usually, the people of Jabon Tentan village light Dilah Jojor in every house on the 25th and 27th. This tradition has not faded despite the time continuously developing with increasingly sophisticated technology, especially in terms of the availability of electric power as lighting which is evenly distributed throughout the Lombok community.

16
April

Ketupat Lemak

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The celebration of Eid al-Fitr feels incomplete without the presence of ketupat. Actually, this dish is a Southeast Asian typical dish which is made from rice. To make ketupat, we have to first wrap it from woven young coconut leaves. Then, it is  boiled until it is cooked.


Ketupat which exists in various regions in Indonesia has many different types, such as Ketupat Lemak in Pontianak. If Ketupat generally uses rice as its main ingredient, but Ketupat Lemak actually uses sticky rice. The cooking method is a little different. The process of making Ketupat Lemak begins with washing the sticky rice and placing it in woven coconut leaves. The sticky rice inserted must be full. This is certainly different from Ketupat rice which is usually only half filled, because rice will expand, while sticky rice will not. Then, the Ketupat is boiled in coconut milk that has been added with enough salt. Afterwards,  the coconut milk is dry, the Ketupat can be removed and ready to be served.


Ketupat Lemak is usually eaten with other typical Eid side dishes, such as beef rendang, chicken curry, potato chili sauce or pineapple chili sauce. Apart from being eaten with the family at home during Eid, Ketupat Lemak and other typical Eid side dishes are also usually served as food by the people of Pontianak.

16
April

BAMBOO Village

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Bamboo Village, better known as Dusun Bambu Lembang, is one of the popular tourism destinations in Bandung Regency, due to its complete facilities. Visitors can find Sundanese restaurants, lodging, rides, lakes, and charming natural scenery.

 

Located under the foot of Mount Burangrang, Dusun Bambu offers fresh air and green scenery. No wonder Dusun Bambu is visited by a lot of tourists. The entrance ticket price for Dusun Bambu Lembang is IDR 20,000/person during weekdays based on information from its official Instagram account, @dusun_bambu. Meanwhile, on weekends and national holidays, the ticket price is IDR 30,000/person.

 

Carrying the concept of one stop leisure, Dusun Bambu offers complete facilities to visitors. Dusun Bambu has two types of lodging, namely Cottage Kampung Layung and Sayang Heulang. Guests can feel the sensation of staying with a traditional Sundanese rural atmosphere at Cottage Kampung Layung. This inn is equipped with various five-star resort facilities.

09
April

Yeh Sanih swimming pool is located in Sanih Village, Kubucepatan District, which is about 17 kilometers eastpartof Singaraja City, Bali. From the center of the capital city of Denpasar to these bathsittakes around 3 hours.

Yeh Sanih swimming pool has become famous as a tourismattraction for local residents since 1930. Different from other tourismswimming pools in Bali, the Yeh Sanih swimming pool has natural water, which comes from an original spring, called Yeh Kelebutan. The source of the water comes from an underground river flowing from Lake Batur.

There are 2 Yeh Sanih swimming pools. One swimming pool is for adults, because its depth reaches 1.5 meters, and anotheroneis for children.

Yeh Sanih swimming pool is unique, because the water is not salty, even though the location is very close to Lovina Beach. Besides, there is a myth that says, if a young couple bathes in the Yeh Sanih pool, their relationship will be more lasting. This myth is still believeduntiltoday.

09
April

When you hunt for culinary delights to break the fast in Indonesia, you will find a dish called kolak in many regions in Indonesia. It is generally made from bananas, sweet potatoes, cooked with coconut milk and palm sugar. Kolak is a favorite dish for Indonesian people. Although it is found in almost every region in Indonesia, each region has different types and tastes of kolak. For example, in Aceh, you will find a variant ofkolakcalled “Bulukat Kuah Tuhe”, a typical Acehnese banana compote which is delicious. Bulukatis what Acehnese call cooked sticky rice. This dish is made from bulukat, banana pieces, jackfruit pieces, white sugar and pandan leaves mixed with coconut milk sauce. The banana used is a special type of banana, namely western klat banana, a type of plantain.


Making Bulukat Kuah Tuhe is almost the same as makingkolakin general. It's just that the sticky rice is cooked separately from the sauce. To make the sauce, coconut milk is cooked with banana pieces, jackfruit pieces, pandan leaves and sugar. The color of the sauce is pale white, because it uses granulated sugar, not palm sugar. When served, bulukatis drizzled with the sauce. When you eat it, you can immediately smell the aroma of pandan leaves. The taste is savory, sticky and sweet.

 

Bulukat Kuah Tuhe is available not only in the month of Ramadan, but also at the Prophet Muhammad's birthday and various kenduri (a Javanese ritual of blessing or remembrance) events in Aceh. Bulukat kuah Tuhe is never forgotten, because this food can strengthen brotherhood. It is said that this dish is believed to bring blessings and avoid wrath. For those of you who are interested in trying the Bulukat Kuah Tuhe culinary delight, you can enjoy it according to your taste. If you don't really like bulukat or sticky rice, you can just enjoy Kuah Tuhenya gravy or even added with apem. Apem is a traditional food made from rice flour and coconut milk shaped like a bowl.

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