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01
July

Sengkuang

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When visiting Indonesia, you will find a food called ‘Bakso’ (meatball) in various places in Indonesia. This meat ball-shaped dish is very popular. Bakso is usually served hot with clear beef broth mixed with noodles, vermicelli, bean sprouts, tofu, sometimes eggs and then sprinkled with fried shallots and celery. In Muara Enim, South Sumatra, you will find food similar to bakso there. At first glance, it looks like a meatball with curry sauce, but it's not. Its name is Sengkuang.

Sengkuang is made of beef or buffalo meat which is shaped like a meatball. If the meatball has a mixture of flour and meat, Sengkuang filling is pure meat. Another difference is that if meatball has a clear soup, Sengkuang has a long-soaked coconut milk soup. When you sip Sengkuang, you can feel the aroma of coriander. The meatballs taste so good too. Sengkuang is usually served in the tunggu tubang traditional event (inheritance distribution), ngunduh mantu (welcoming an in-law) or welcoming honored guests. As a complement, this dish is usually served with unji/kecombrang (torch ginger) chili sauce, rusit (a dish made from fermented grouse), bekasam (a dish made from fermented fish), and hehancang (eggplant). As for fresh vegetables, there are petai (stinky bean), jengkol (dogfruit) or vegetable stew.

Besides beef or buffalo meat as main ingredients, Sengkuang is made of coriander leaves, coriander seeds, lemon grass, turmeric, and salt. All these spices are ground. Then, the meat is soaked with a handful of rice in the water for 20 minutes to soften it. Then, the rice is pounded until smooth and used as a thickener instead of coconut milk. After all the spices are smooth, then they are stir-fried, and the water is added along with the mashed rice. Meanwhile, the meatball dough is made of lean beef or buffalo meat, garlic and coriander. When the gravy boils, add the meat balls until cooked and ready to serve.

10
March

Maumere in Sikka Regency, Flores, East Nusa Tenggara is a coastal area, which has a variety of delicious seafood. The taste of the food starts from being savory, slightly sweet, sour, fresh to being spicy, which you can taste in Maumere. If you visit this city, do not miss to taste a variety of seafood. One of them is Wogi. Wogi is made from preserved Se fish. The Se fish is red anchovy that only appears in Paga and surrounding waters from October to December. This marine life is very rare.

When the season arrives, usually fishing mothers in Maumere catch the Se fish in groups around the Paga beach. They use Sere, a traditional fishing gear made of woven rattan. The way to preserve it is very simple. The fish, which has been cleaned, is sprinkled with salt and a little sea water. Then, stir the fish evenly until the salt melts. Then, it is preserved for 3 to 7 days, and then the fish can be enjoyed. This is what makes the fish last for months, even years.

To enjoy Wogi, the local people in Sikka Regency usually mix it with chilies, shallots, garlic, lime, and basil leaves which are mixed together. When tasting Wogi, you can also eat it with white rice, corn, bananas and sweet potatoes. It tastes so delicious. In Maumere, Wogi is priced at Rp 50,000 per bottle. This price is quite affordable. Because apart from being rare, the Se fish is very difficult to find, only on Paga beach.

03
March

Indonesia has a variety of unique traditions. One of them is the Head Fighting Dance. This dance art is called Mpa'a Ntumbu Tuta. The Mpa'a Ntumbu Tuta is a traditional dance of the Ntori village community, Wawo District, Bima Regency, West Nusa Tenggara. It has existed since the 15th century. According to the stories of the ancestors from generation to generation, Ntumbu is estimated to have existed since 580 AD. This dance is usually performed in traditional ritual ceremony, circumcision and welcoming important guests, such as the royal family, who come to visit the Ntori Village area.

Before the show starts, offerings or rituals are a process that must be carried out and it is very important not to be abandoned, based on the belief of the people of Ntori Village. Soji, (as the offerings) is a prayer with the hope that the Mpa'a Ntumbu Tuta performance will not experience bad things, such as physical and mental accidents while performing. For the implementation of this ritual, two people will be selected who alternately bang their heads or what is called, "Sabua Dou Ma Te'e Sabua Dou Ma Ntumbu" (one in a defensive position and another one in an attacking position). The drumming and Silu (a musical instrument made of palm leaves) accompany the Mpaa Ntumbu participants. One participant prepares to attack or another one, the Tee will receive the attack, and the Tee will take a certain distance before finally getting closer to the recipient of the attack. Before being attacked, the participant will raise his thumb as a sign that he is ready. Then, the Tee attacks the opponent's head, after that it takes turns.

Ntumbu matches are led and supervised by Sando or "Shaman" who also serves as referee. Despite banging their heads against each other, none of the Ntumbu participants feel painful or bleeding. The immune effect is believed to come from the incantations recited by traditional elders and prayer water. The participants also surrender completely to the Almighty so that they are not afraid of being painful to do Ntumbu. In Ntumbu, no one wins or loses. In fact, the participants who follow Ntumbu will not feel a grudge against their opponent.

02
March

Pangalengan is a district in Bandung Regency, West Java, whose landscape is still beautiful. In Pangalengan, there are many charming natural attractions. One of the most interesting and viral attractions on social media is Pineus Tilu Riverside. Pineus Tilu Riverside offers camping facilities which are located on the river side and in the middle of a stunning pine forest. Pineus Tilu is located in the Rahong Pine Forest area and is on the edge of the Palayangan River, Pangalengan or more precisely in Pulosari Village, Pangalengan District, Bandung Regency. You can visit Pineus Tilu with several nearby tourism attractions, such as the Rahong Pine Forest. You can even go rafting on the Palayangan River. This area is also located adjacent to Situ Cileunca in Pangalengan.

To be able to camp at Pineus Tilu, you only need to spend Rp500 thousand - Rp650 thousand, depending on the type of tent you choose because there are many types of tents. There is one with capacity of 4 to 6 people. Camping time at Pineus Tilu starts from 2 PM until 12 PM. Apart from camping, you can also go around the river area by rafting. Barbeque cooking utensils are provided in each tent. So please bring your own food or ingredients, because you only get breakfast. You have to book a place in advance to anticipate a full slot. Always follow updates about Pineus Tilu on its official Instagram account, especially during this pandemic. Don't forget to bring your camera to capture your best moments here.

01
March

Luxury lifestyle and travel magazine, Condé Nast Traveler (CNT) has released 22 recommendations for the best travel destinations to visit throughout 2022. The entire list was selected based on factors, such as great food and drink, historical sites to explore, and places with amazing views. Sumba is one of the recommended tourism destinations in Asia to visit this year. According to CNT's explanation, Sumba can be an alternative holiday destination in Indonesia besides Bali. If you want a peaceful post-pandemic trip, Sumba can be an option. Sumba Island is located in East Nusa Tenggara –NTT, and it is known for its beautiful natural attractions. From hills, lakes, beaches, to traditional villages, these attract tourists to this island. One of the iconic natural tourism destinations in Sumba is its hilly area. Spreading from East Sumba to West Sumba, the expanse of hills throughout the Sumba area is indeed so exotic with its savanna. When it comes in the rainy season, the hills will look green and fresh, and then it will turn yellow-brown in the dry season.

There are many hills that can be visited. One of them is Lendongara Hill. Lendongara Hill offers a hilly landscape with a sea background. The green hills area is so soothing to the eyes, plus the fresh and natural air feels like being above the clouds. This place is perfect for the best photo spots, especially at sunset. This hill, which is similar to the Teletubies Hill, is included in the area of Karuni Village, Loura District. The distance to the hill from Tambolaka, the capital of Southwest Sumba Regency is about 20 kilometers. From Tambolaka Airport or Tambolaka City, it only takes less than 30 minutes by motor vehicles.

If you arrive at Lendongara Hill, you will feel amazed. The green grass-covered hill is like a carpet. It is said that when the dry season enters, the color of the natural rug will turn brown with dry grass. The undulating texture of Lendongara Hill adds to its charm. Hills and valleys crisscross like waves. The cool air and beautiful atmosphere in Lendongara are the main reasons to sit for a long time and enjoy its beauty. Being on this hill, you don't have to miss capturing every moment. The morning at sunrise or the afternoon at sunset is the right time to capture the beautiful scenery at Lendongara Hill.

28
February

Kembang Soka Waterfall is located in Jatimulyo Village, Girimulyo District, Kulon Progo Regency, Special Region of Yogyakarta. The waterfall has a distance of about 32 kilometers from Yogyakarta. To go to the waterfall takes approximately one hour by motor vehicles. The road conditions are uphill and winding, especially in hilly areas.Arriving at the parking location, visitors have to walk about 200 meters to reach the waterfall by following the path, passing through the forest belonging to the local community.After arriving at the end of the cliff, you can see the beautiful view of the Kembang Soka waterfall from above. The water always flows throughout the year and is still used by local residents for their daily needs.

The Kembang Soka waterfall is actually the result of the confluence of three springs, namely Kembang Soka (Toyotombo), Tuk Jaran, and Kalimirin springs. These three springs flow into three small waterfalls as high as approximately 5 meters, 15 meters and 30 meters.The three waterfalls then meet in one of the largest streams, approximately 40 meters high. Walking towards the waterfall, you will arrive at the first pool that comes from the Tuk Jaran spring. This pool is the first in the Kembang Soka Waterfall.

Towards the bottom of the valley, there is a path in the form of a wooden bridge, which crosses right in front of the waterfall. The flow of this first waterfall comes from the Mudal River. Keep walking, you will find a fairly large waterfall which is a continuation of the previous flow.The Kembang Soka Waterfall flows into a large pond below. The wooden bridge ends at the pond. This waterfall has several water pools. The water in the pool is so fresh and cool because it comes from springs in Menoreh Hills. When dipping into the pool, you definitely want to swim and soak in the Kembang Soka waterfall pool. Traveling here, you don't need to worry, Kembang Soka Waterfall is equipped with parking lots, bathrooms, and restaurants.

25
February

Raigo Dance

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Raigo is a traditional dance that describes victory in efforts of joy and gratitude for a cheerful harvest. Then, this expression became a movement and at the same time, it became an expression of worship of the Creator. Raigo began to develop in the people of Central Sulawesi, particularly the Kulawi ethnic group. Not all people of the Kulawi have this dance skill. There is an assumption that Raigo is only intended for the Totuangata or the elderly. The knowledge and skill to perform this dance are only limited to the older generation. So, now the number of Raigo dancers is decreasing.

The people of Kulawi in Central Sulawesi know some Raigo Dances. The dance is almost present in the life stages of the people of Kulawi. One of them is Raigo Mpae. Raigo means dance, while Mpae means rice. From its origin, Raigo Mpae or also known as Raigo Vunja is a dance that is held post-rice harvest. The rhythm is full of passion, desire, and belief in the Creator. The chanting poetry containing a moral message accompanies this dance. Moreover, there is a type of Raigo Potinowu dance that is performed during the ceremony to pay the dowry by the groom. Then, the Raigo Pobalai is held at the wedding ceremony, and Raigo Puncumania is held at the circumcision ceremony.

There is also Raigo Bobongka Ombo which is held on the seventh day of the death of a noble. Raigo Popowata is held while waiting for the dead man. Raigo Mpainu is held at a bathing ceremony for heroes who will go to war. Raigo Popatunahou is held when building a new house, and Raigo Pangkasuwia is held to welcome guests. The accompaniment of the Raigo dance is usually sung in a tempo con brio, delce, de Marcia, forte, or presto that accords with the heroic and patriotic theme. The accompaniment song for Raigo was initially sung by a solo singer led by Tapanguli Raigo. Then, it is followed by singing men.

24
February

Pos Bloc

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To travel to Jakarta, someone may visit various interesting tourism attractions. One of the most popular and up-to-date ones is Pos Bloc. Pos Bloc Jakarta is a public creative space that provides several micro, small, and medium enterprises, such as culinary and creative products. The location is the ex-post office building of the Dutch East Indies era, precisely located on Jalan Pos No. 2, Pasar Baru in Central Jakarta. Initially, the place was a Dutch colonial Philatelic building that was founded in the 1860s and was used as a post office. Now, the Pos Bloc has become a cultural heritage. This new hangout is strategically located. For users of public transportation, the Pos Bloc can be reached by getting on TransJakarta buses and getting off at the Juanda shelter.

There is no entrance ticket that must be paid for, but to enter the Pos Bloc, you must scan the QR Code via the PeduliLindung application. You are also required to wear a mask and keep your distance. From the front entrance, you can see various stalls selling local products, such as batik, local bags, and shoes.The price of the product is also very affordable, starting from Rp 10,000 to Rp 70,000. There is also a post office kiosk in the corner of the room. In the central area of the building (Great Hall), there is a grandstand which is a place to sit and chat. At the bottom of the stands, there is a Photobox. There are many spots in the living room that can be used as a background for selfies, highlighting the beauty of this old building.

21
February

Biak Numfor is one of regencies in Papua province, Indonesia. The regency consists of 2 small islands namely Biak and Numfor Island, including more than 42 tiny islands, such as Padaido Island which has become the main development activities of many people.

Padaido comes from the local language which means the beauty that is unrevealed. According to research conducted by the Biodiversity Conservation Network, Padaido Island is one of places whose biodiversity of coral ecosystem is the largest in the world. Over there, there is a coral reef rehabilitation center so that the existence of marine tourism potential on the island is well-ordered.

The island has 95 species of rock and 155 species of fish such as various kinds of sharks and octopus as well as various maritime wealth. Padaido Island is a cluster of rocky islands consisting of 30 islands in the Pacific Ocean on the Eastern part of Biak Island.

Padaido Island has around 9252 hectares of coral reef. If you are in Biak and want to visit Padaido Island, you can go to Tiptop port in Biak and rent a speedboat to Padaido Island.

Trip to cross the sea takes around 3 hours. Along the trip, you can see some dolphins which appear on the surface of the Blue Ocean. It looks beautiful.

If you go to Padaido Island, you have to be careful when low tide. The low tide can endanger ships or boats because there are many kinds of rock surrounding the sea.

On Padaido Island, you can see beautiful undersea scenery such as a cave. To see the cave, you have to dive until 12 meters deep.

In addition, you can also see shipwreck, carcasses of aircraft and some ex-war equipment. We suggest you dive in the sea during hot weather so that reflection of sunlight can illuminate to a depth of 15 meters. So, you do not need to carry a searchlight.

If you want to stay at night, you can stay near Padaido Island. The lodging is not luxurious, but it can be a comfortable place to stay there.

18
February

Likupang in North Minahasa Regency, North Sulawesi, was chosen as the location for the W20 side event on February 14 to 16, 2022.  W20 or Women20 is part of the G20 event which focuses on gender equality. Indonesia becomes the G20 Presidency, or host of the G20 Summit, from December 1, 2021 to November 30, 2022. Chairperson of W20 Indonesia 2022, Hardiani Uli Silalahi explained that the W20 will hold a number of side events in some tourism destinations. Based on the government's recommendation, it needs to create tourism attractions other than Bali. Therefore, two priority destinations have been chosen, the first is Likupang and later it will be closed with a priority destination, namely Lake Toba. Likupang offers marine tourism due to its underwater panorama and beaches. This place is one of the Special Economic Zones (SEZ) which has been designated as a super priority destination (DSP). Some of the tourism attractions that can be visited in Likupang are Sampirang Beach, Pulisan Beach, and Bahoi Ecotourism.

For today’s edition of Indonesian Wonder, we invite you to know more about one of the leading tourism destinations in Likupang, namely Pulisan Beach. This beach has clear water with white sand. Its location in Pulisan Village is in the hub of the North Minahasa Tourism Special Economic Zone. It is about 48 kilometres from Manado's Samratulangi Airport.  From Manado City, it takes about 2 hours by motor vehicles to Pulisan Beach. When you enter the beach area, you will feel amazed, looking at the clear sea water. Pulisan Beach has a beautiful coastline filled with soft and smooth white sand. You are able to enjoy walking on this stretch of white sand. This beach also has other nearby tourism spots, namely caves and hills. The natural scenery around the cave is so beautiful. There are also stunning brown cliffs, blending with the beautiful clear sea water. Besides having a beautiful panorama, this cave also has a hill which is famous for its beautiful savanna. To reach the hill, you have to trek for 30 minutes. Tiredness will subside when your eyes see the scenery. From the top of the hill, you will be presented with the beautiful expanse of the blue sea.

There are many other exciting tourism activities that can be done in Pulisan, such as snorkelling and diving. In addition to enjoying its beautiful and colourful coral rocks, the Pulisan marine park also keeps a variety of magnificent marine animals, such as jellyfish, starfish, and also clown fish, aka nemo. You can also visit a floating house in the middle of the sea. Please don't forget to hunt for the beauty of the sunrise and sunset. The location of Pulisan Beach is quite strategic, because it is located in the north of Sulawesi Island; it makes this beach as a beach which has a very clear position to witness the sunrise and sunset.

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