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05
March

Garut is one of popular destinations in West Java, Indonesia. Garut offers a strong culture, as well as an impressive creative economy sector. This is the main attraction of this city dubbed as Switzerland van Java. If you visit Garut, it won't be complete without bringing home souvenirs from its unique creative economy products. We recommend some typical Garut souvenirs. First, Vetiver Root Crafts. Vetiver root is often used as a medicine for toothache, rheumatism and to eliminate bad breath. In fact, the leaves and stems can also be used as raw materials for crafts.

 

Some crafts made from vetiver include bags, wall hangings and woven root dolls in the shape of sheep. You can buy various crafts from Vetiver Root when you come to Garut. The price of Vetiver Root crafts varies from tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of rupiah, depending on the type of craft and the level of complexity of the manufacturing process. Visiting Garut without buying dodol is incomplete. Moreover, this fudge-like sweet made from glutinous rice, palm sugar and coconut milk is indeed a culinary icon of Garut, whose popularity has even earned Garut the nickname "City of Dodol". This typical Garut dodol can be easily found throughout Garut. There are various flavors such as sesame dodol, peanut dodol and various fruit dodol such as pineapple, jackfruit, strawberry and even durian flavor.

 

For the people of Garut, Kuntji's sweet soy sauce, which has been around since the 1960s, is an inseparable part of their culinary delights. The popularity of this sweet soy sauce began when the Tin-Tin company was founded, which is said to have been successful because it started with the tenacity of a married couple, Lie Ma Pan and Tan Soe Ing. As a result of their hard work and tenacity, now the Tin-Tin factory produces not only superior soy sauce, such as Kuntji sweet soy sauce, but also various other types of soy sauce with different trademarks, namely Angsa, Hade, Selera, Sarasa soy sauce, Haremis brand soy sauce, to food vinegar products with the Cabe brand. If you visit Garut, don't miss the opportunity to buy this legendary Kuntji branded sweet soy sauce product.

05
March

If you are in Yogyakarta, a trip to the beach is one of the right choices. Gunung Kidul, one of the districts in Yogyakarta, has a row of beautiful beaches that are interesting to visit. One of them is Siung Beach. This white sandy beach is quite famous in Yogyakarta, even abroad. Apart from its beauty, easy access makes many tourists visit Siung Beach.

Siung Beach is in Duwet Hamlet, Purwodadi Village, Tepus District, Gunungkidul, Yogyakarta Special Region. From the center of Yogja City, you will travel around 77 kilometers or around 2 to 3 hours. Arriving at Siung Beach, you will see many giant rocks scattered to the west and east of the beach.

Apart from being a characteristic feature of Siung Beach, the presence of coral rocks also has meaning in the origin of this beach's name. It is said that the shape of this giant rock resembles the teeth of a monkey or Siung Wanara. That's why it is called Siung Beach. Not only that, if you are lucky you can find several long-tailed monkeys around the beach but today they are difficult to find.

Among rock climbing lovers, Siung Beach has become a spot that must be conquered. Having around 250 rock climbing spots with different levels of difficulty, Siung Beach was also awarded "The Best Climbing Rocks Site in Yogyakarta".

So if you love rock climbing, you need to visit this beach. Besides being able to enjoy swimming and playing in the water, you can climb to the expanse of green grass called Pengilon Hill. Here, you can enjoy the view of Siung Beach from a height.

You can even see a group of other beaches in the Gunungkidul area, such as Wediombo Beach and Watu Lumbung Beach. Try to come in the morning to watch the beautiful sunrise panorama. If you want to spend the night, you can camp on the east coast. Siung Beach also provides adequate facilities, such as parking, toilets, places of worship, and several food stalls serving seafood and several typical Yogyakarta menus.

05
March

Apem Festival

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Next week, 11  March, Muslims around the world will carry out fasting during Ramadan, which means that they do not  eat or drink for approximately 12 hours everyday  for 30 days. Approaching the fasting month of Ramadan, residents of Ratmakan Village, Ngupasan sub-district, Gondomanan Special Region of Yogyakarta again held an Apem festival, "Ngapem Ruwahan, on Sunday morning (25/2/ 2024). There were three large Apems or food-like mountains (gunungan) at the festival.


Before the event started, all the residents of Ratmakan village paraded three mountains which  consist of two Apem mountains, sticky rice and kolak, and one mountain which  contains vegetables from the land. These three mountains are a symbol of gratitude and forgiving one  another among humans and approach themselves  to God Almighty. When parading the three gunungan, the residents of Ratmakan village who paraded the gunungan, wore traditional Javanese clothing with Gamelan music accompaniment which made the atmosphere of this festival even more festive and solemn.


Another purpose of holding the Apem festival is to bring about harmonization of religious, artistic and cultural elements in the community. But the most important message is actually to remind ones that the Muslims will soon enter the holy month of Ramadan. T
he lesson that can be learned from holding this Apem festival tradition   is  the sincerity to forgive one another. "Afwan" an Arabic word, which means sorry, then becomes Apem. This is all mental preparation before doing fasting in the month of Ramadan.

05
March
For you who want to travel to Malang, East Java, Indonesia, please do not forget to visit  Pujon Kidul tourism village. The tourism destination is  located in Pujon subdistrict, Malang regency, East Java province. At the area, you can play in the village, do some exciting activities and find instagrammable spots. When you visit the Pujon tourist village, come in the early morning. It can be reached by walking around 2.6 kilometers or you can drive for 7 minutes to Nirwana Hill. From the top of hill, you can enjoy the cool air of Pujan village and the beautiful sunrise.
 

If you miss the rural atmosphere, you must visit the Cultural Village. This place is a local settlement that has been transformed into a tourism destination with interesting activities, such as making various dairy products at Pawon Ndeso, or learning to make batik, masks, playing gamelan traditional musical instrument, and learning traditional dances at Rumah Belajar. The written batik at Rumah Belajar is also an alternative souvenir. The most popular types of motifs are dragonfly and bamboo motifs. If you are interested in buying it, the price of  written batik is around 350,000 to 800,000 rupiah or 19 to 50 US dollar. At this tourism attraction, there is also Fantasy Land 4D which is ready to pamper the eyes with a beautiful expanse of garden, complete with statues of animated characters. Of course, there are lots of instagrammable photo spots at the location. Besides, there are also facilities for watching four-dimensional films, such as in a mini cinema.

 

There is also the Roudh 78 in the Pujon Kidul Tourism Village. This destination offers exciting activities such as paintball, water roller games, ATVs, trail motorbikes and swimming pools. After touring the Pujon Kidul Tourism Village, you can have a rest to recharge your energy in a beautiful Sawah Cafe with a green rice fields view and a gazebo or hut as a place to eat. In Pujon Kidul Village, there is also accommodation with complete facilities.

23
February

East Sumba, East Nusa Tenggara has a natural tourism spot which is worth visited, namely Tanggedu Waterfall. Tanggedu Waterfall is also often called as the "Grand Canyon" of East Sumba, because of its location between beautiful cliffs. The location is in Tanggedu Village, Kanatang sub district, about 46 kilometers from Waingapu City, the capital of East Sumba. To arrive at Tanggedu Waterfall, it takes approximately two hours from Waingapu. During the trip, the visitors can enjoy beautiful panoramic view. From Tanggedu village, Tanggedu Waterfall can be reached through a 3 kilometre’s trek.

Tanggedu Waterfall is open daily from 08.00 AM to 17.00 PM local time. The entrance ticket price is 5,000 Rupiah. Upon their arrival at Tanggedu Waterfall, visitors will be greeted by the sound of gurgling water flowing from a height of about eight meters. There are two waterfalls from different river flows. The water is very clear and clean, so you can see the blue bottom of the pool. This pool is quite wide and shallow, so visitors can swim or do body raft.

Besides swimming, please visitors can also capture the moment by taking photos. Tanggedu Waterfall provides several interesting natural photo backdrops. Each background provides a unique image. Visitors can pose with a waterfall in the background. The photo angle that is no less interesting is the background of the rock cliffs on the left and right banks of the river. Apart from that, the bathing pool with various coloured rock reliefs around it is a beautiful photo spot. For facilities, a restaurant and bathrooms are available there.

16
February

For those of you who like to travel to museums, during February 2024, several exciting events are being held at Indonesian museums. The first is the God Bless 50 Years Masterpiece Collection Exhibition at the National Gallery of Indonesia in Central Jakarta. It is to celebrate the 50th anniversary of an Indonesian music band, God Bless. The exhibition, which runs from February 16 to March 1, 2024, presents a large number of historical collections of the band, including clothes, guitars, basses, keyboards, mixers, cassettes, CDs, vinyl records, and other items that bear witness to their journey in Indonesian rock music.

 

The Indonesian Batik Museum in East Jakarta also presents a temporary exhibition entitled "Upstream to Downstream: Batik Ecosystem". This exhibition focuses on education to provide an in-depth look at the values behind a piece of batik cloth. The values are shown starting from providing raw materials to the manufacturing process, to becoming a complete work of batik used by the people. This exhibition runs until February 29, 2024. The Indonesian Batik Museum invites the public to experience an educational and interactive experience at the museum for free.

 

There is also an Al-Banjari U-19 Students Festival at the K.H. Hasyim Asyari Indonesian Islamic Museum in Jombang, East Java. This festival was organized by KUBAHIRENG (Tebuireng Banjari and Hadrah Group) in collaboration with the museum in celebration of the 8th anniversary of KUBAHIRENG. The event is an opportunity for Islamic students who are interested and talented in Al-Banjari Islamic art to participate in competitions at the national level.

16
February

Nyamplung Beach

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Nyamplung Beach Tourism is one of many beach attractions available in Rembang Regency. Nyamplung Beach is popular as a family tourism destination, mainly because the waves are not big; it has white sand and offers a sunset view which provides a romantic and instagrammable vibe.

 

The sand area of Nyamplung beach is quite long, making it possible for every visitor to enjoy various tourism activities. Small waves and white sand are always excellent  for family tourism destinations. So don't be surprised if during the holidays, the beach is crowded with a lot of tourists. 

 

Nyamplung Beach Tourism is also famous as a beach that can provide the best sunset in Rembang; its location is in Tri Tunggal village, Rembang sub-district, Rembang Regency, and the location is not far from the Semarang-Surabaya national road. Of course, the romantic and instagrammable nuances become a great attraction. Usually, sunset at Nyamplung Beach starts before 06.00 pm. In the afternoon, the atmosphere at Nyamplung Beach starts getting busy, especially for those who are hunting for sunset silhouette photos.

16
February

In Jakarta, one of the market  centers of  milkfish ahead of the Chinese New Year celebrations  is on Jalan Sulaiman, Rawabelong, West Jakarta. Once a year, the street, which is also famous as a  market selling various flowers, is filled with milkfish vendors. What's unique is that those who buy milkfish here, apart from people of Chinese descent, are also mostly Betawi native Jakarta people who are not of Chinese descents. The milkfish for the Chinese New Year celebration is different from the milkfish that is sold every day, because the milkfish for the Chinese New Year celebration are usually large in size.

As the Chinese New Year celebration approaches, Betawi people, who have extra money, will buy as much milkfish as possible to cook and send to their  parents in-laws and parents. In the Chinese community living in Indonesia, one of the main dishes is milkfish which is a symbol of prosperity or good fortune. Here, there is acculturation of Chinese culture and Betawi culture. This acculturation is demonstrated in the Chinese New Year celebrations on which the tradition of eating milkfish not only belongs to the Chinese ethnic group, but also becomes part of the Betawi ethnic tradition.

Betawi people usually cook milkfish in pindang, pindang milkfish. This typical Betawi milkfish pindang has unique characteristics that make it different from milkfish pindang from other regions. The difference is in the use of spices and the addition of soy sauce as a sweetener to the dish. The philosophical meaning from the Betawi people's perspective is that milkfish is known for having lots of thorns so that if you eat milkfish it is hoped that you will get a lot of good fortune. Meanwhile, in the Chinese community, large milkfish are deliberately chosen during Chinese New Year as a symbol of great fortune in life, and the large number of thorns in milkfish can be interpreted as meaning that as humans, in carrying out a complicated life, you need to be careful. The deeper meaning for the Betawi and Chinese people is that milkfish is a symbol of respect. A family member who does not bring milkfish to older people, such as parents and parents in-law is considered to have no decency. In the Betawi Community, a tradition that has been carried out for generations is that delivering milkfish to their in-laws is called delivering or "Ngejot" milkfish. A daughter-in-law who does not send milkfish to her in-laws on Chinese New Year is considered a stingy daughter-in-law.

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Listeners,  The reason  why the milkfish is usually eaten on Chinese New Year's Eve, is that the word fish in Mandarin sounds similar to the word Yu which means prosperity. Because eating milkfish during Chinese New Year is believed to bring good luck and prosperity in the following year.

16
February
Isra' Mi'raj is an important event for Muslims because it was when Prophet Muhammad received the order to perform Salat worship five times a day. Isra' Mi'raj is generally commemorated every 27 Rajab of the Hijri year. Indonesian people have various traditions to commemorate Isra' Mi'raj. There is a Ngurisan tradition carried out by the people of Lombok in West Nusa Tenggara. Ngurisan is a tradition of cutting the hair of babies under 6 months old, where the hair is cut by religious or community leaders. The tradition is carried out as an expression of gratitude and hope that these babies will be given blessings in their lives. This is usually held at the local mosque, and during this time the congregation recites the shalawat, or veneration phrase to Prophet Muhammad.
 
The people of Cirebon, West Java held the Rajaban Tradition to commemorate Isra' Mi'raj. Rajaban comes from the word "Rajab", which denotes the month of Rajab. The Cirebonese carry out Rajaban by making a pilgrimage to the graves of two people who propagated Islam in the area, Prince Kejaksan and Prince Panjunan in Plangon. The Rajaban tradition is also carried out by dividing the bogana rice, rice accompanied by side dishes such as potatoes, chicken eggs, tempeh, tofu, mashed potatoes, and yellow spices.
 
Ambengan is a tradition usually carried out by the people of Central and East Java to commemorate Isra' Mi'raj. This tradition is carried out by eating together. Ambeng in Javanese means "a large container". In the ambeng or container provided, rice and side dishes are placed, such as fried noodles, chicken, eggs, potatoes, and others. The food comes from the harvest or belongs to the community. They bring it to the mosque to eat together, after the Maghrib worship and after the kiai/elder religious teacher leads the prayer.
16
February

Bangka Belitung Province is famous for its beautiful and attractive beach destinations; one of which is Tanjung Tinggi. Tanjung Tinggi is a beach flanked by two peninsulas, namely Tanjung Kelayang and Tanjung Pendam. The name Tanjung Tinggi is taken from the words "Tanjung" which means peninsula and "Tinggi" which represents high rocks around the beach. This beach can be reached 15 minutes by motor vehicles from Tanjung Pandan City.

 

Tanjung Tinggi beach has an area of 80 hectares. White sand, and hundreds of large granite rocks are scattering on both peninsulas, and also in the sea in front of the beach. Granite sizes range from several cubic meters to hundreds of cubic meters larger than a house, making it a leading tourism spot on Belitung Island. The distribution of granite rocks of various sizes is a unique beauty phenomenon for visitors to this beach. There are several beautiful places to take photos around the beach.

 

Tanjung Tinggi is also called ‘Bilik Harbor’. Previously, this place was a fishing port for the nearby villages of Keciput or Tanjung Tinggi. There is no need to worry about shark attacks, because the attacks never happen on Belitung beaches. The only thing you have to watch out is the existence of jellyfish, especially the big ones. Other facilities at Tanjung Tinggi Beach are quite adequate. Because around the beach, there is a hotel for those of you who want to stay overnight. For meals and drinks, there are also food stalls available around the Beach.

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