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04
August

Since long time ago, sago has become staple food of Maluku people. Sago can be processed to be various kinds of foods. One of them is Waku Komo-Komo. The Maluku typical food Waku Komo-komo has main materials of sago and woku leaf. Woku leaf is similar with palm leaf, that is used to wrap the food. While the sago flour is processed flour from palm trunk. The flour is like tapioca.

To make Sago Woku Komo-Komo, firstly sago flour is soaked in cold water for one hour. Then, the ingredients like garlic, lemongrass, and ginger are fried. Fish offal and water are entered into the fried seasonings and cooked. While, prepare the dough of sago by sauting garlic and red onion until having yellow brownish colors, enter liquid coconut milk and the soaked sago. After the dough is mixed well, added with thick coconut milk, salt, pepper and slices of leeks and then cook. After the dough cooked, let it cold, then, fish offal and the sago which have been cooked are put on woku leaf, wrapped and baked with hot coals until the leaves dry.

SagWoku Komo- Komo has sweet and savory taste and its flavor is also unique because using many spices. Sago Woku Komo-komo can also be eaten as side dish with rice. This food is easily found at restaurants in Ambon and Ternate, North Maluku. The price is also relatively cheap, around Rp. 10,000 until Rp. 15,000 per portion.

03
August

Kaddo Bulo tradition is a tradition from the residents of Tama'la’lang hamlet in Tamanyeleng Village, Barombong District, Gowa Regency, South Sulawesi. This village is about 10 kilometers from Makassar, the capital city of South Sulawesi.

The kaddo bulo tradition in Makassar language means "food cooked in bamboo". So, the food, which is eaten at certain celebrations, is cooked in bamboo. This food becomes the main dish that is served during the village's birthday celebration.

For the local community, the tradition of kaddo Bulo has its own meaning, namely a gathering of residents with relatives. Indeed, not a few residents or relatives who live far outside the city or even outside the island come to Tama'la’lang to attend this event.

The kaddo Bulo is a mixture of glutinous rice and coconut milk which is wrapped in banana leaves and put into pieces of bamboo. The size of the bamboo is around 40 cm long. It is cooked by being heated upright around the fireplace for about three hours until cooked. After being cooked, the bamboo is split to remove the kaddo bulo which is ripe and ready to be eaten with a sprinkling of Serundeng, namely grated coconut which is fried without using oil vegetable in various spices.

The tradition of kaddo Bulo began in the era of the 9th King of Gowa, namely I Matanre Karaeng Manguntungi Tumaparisi Kalonna, who ruled in 1510 until 1546. This tradition was stopped when the Makassar War occurred in 1666 which continued with the Dutch occupation until independence in 1945.

This tradition was revived after Indonesian independence by the 36th King of Gowa, as well as the first regent of Gowa Regency, Andi Idjo Daeng Mattawang Karaeng Lalolang Sultan Aidudin. He suggested that Kaddo Bulo was connected with the commemoration of Indonesia's Independence Day as a people's party.

31
July

Muslims celebrate Eid al-Adha (Eid Mubaroq) 31st  July 2020.  It is commemorated as the event of sacrifice, namely when the Prophet Ibrahim, who was willing to sacrifice his son  Ismail for Allah.  In this  holiday,  Muslims gather in the morning and perform Eid prayer  together.  After the Id prayer,  animals such as cows, camels and goats are slaughtered to conduct  Allah's command to the Prophet Ibrahim.

At this Eid Al-Adha commemoration, we let you know about  Islamic Center Mosque of Samarinda in East Kalimantan, which is the second largest mosque in ASEAN after the Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta.

The Islamic Center Mosque along with a number of other infrastructure projects was built in 2000. The declaration was done in Bontang, East Kalimantan  by President  Abdurrahman Wahid (Gus Dur). Moreover,   the groundbreaking  began on July 5, 2001 by President Megawati Soekarno Putri.  Finally, it was inaugurated on June 12, 2010 by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. The mosque has front ground of the Mahakam river bank and  the mosque with a main building area of 43,500 square meters has a large tower and dome that stand strongly. Meanwhile, the supporting building area is 7,115 square meters and the basement floor area is 10,235 square meters.

This mosque building has 7 towers, with the main tower as high as 99 meters that means Asmaul Husna or the 99 names of Allah. Then, the  main tower consists of a 15-storey building  with an average height of 6 meters. Meanwhile, there are 33 steps from the ground floor to the main floor. The numbers  are deliberately equated with one third of  the number of beads. These six towers also mean 6 pillars of faith. The foyer of the mosque is decorated with crystal chandeliers and unique wall lamps bearing Arabic calligraphy. The mosque is equipped with elevators and special lanes for people with disabilities to make it easier for them to reach upstairs. The major prayer room displays a soothing impression with the use of granite material on the floor  with a light  crème color  accented with black vertical lines.

29
July

Lampung as one of the cities which is located on Sumatra Island, has the privilege of a long and beautiful coastline. Therefore, there are many natural tourism destinations in the Lampung region such as beaches and islands that are very beautiful and amazing. One of them is Pahawang Island. The name, Pahawang is beginning to be popular and well known among tourists, especially among the tourists who love marine tourism. Even, Pahawang Island in Lampung has a nickname as a piece of heaven that fell to the earth and it was hidden. This island is one of the snorkeling spots whose underwater scenery is beautiful and it is still not touched by human hands.

For residents of Jakarta and surrounding areas, the island of Pahawang is indeed currently becoming one of the new tourism destinations, especially at weekends. The location is relatively close to the capital city of Jakarta, so it makes this island a favorite tourism object. The Pahawang Island has begun to be visited by tourists since around 2011 and until now, there are around 550 people to 800 tourists who come to visit every week.

Pahawang Island is located in Punduh Pidada district, Pesawaran regency, South Lampung. Pahawang is the name of a village and also an island which is located off the Punduh bay. The Pahawang Island is included as a marine tourism destination that presents a variety of water tourism, beginning from snorkeling until various other water sports. At this moment, the Pahawang Island begins to become a mainstay tourism destination of Lampung province, which is often offered to domestic and foreign tourists.

The Pahawang island region consists of two islands, namely Pahawang Besar Island, which becomes the main island and Pahawang Kecil Island. Both islands have beautiful beaches and exotic underwater views. At low tide, tourists can also cross raised sand that stretches beautifully from Pahawang Besar Island to Pahawang Kecil Island.


Pahawang Island, which is located in the South Lampung region, can be reached about 2 by motor vehicles hours from Bandar Lampung. Lampung Province can be accessed through two routes, namely by air and sea lines.

28
July

Lake Tambing

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On July 17, The Lore Lindu National Park Center has reopened Lake Tambing tourism site. This natural tourism object located in Poso Regency, Central Sulawesi, has been closed for three months due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Head of the Lore Lindu National Park Center, Jusman said Lake Tambing is opened by implementing health protocols to prevent Covid-19 transmission and limit the number of visitors. Besides buying an entry ticket, the tourists must fill their personal data, such as name, address, and telephone number.

Lake Tambing is located at an altitude of about 1,700 meters above sea level. This lake is a bird's paradise with beautiful and fresh atmosphere.  There are around 260 species of birds and 30 percent of them are endemic of Lake TambingThis means that 30 percent of bird species around Lake Tambing only exist and breed in the local nature. Another uniqueness is the presence of orchids and Leda trees, one of the endemic trees that only grow in Central Sulawesi.

From Palu city, the capital of Central Sulawesi province, traveling to Lake Tambing only takes about 3 hours across the trans-Palu-Napu road. Arriving at the parking area of Lake Tambing, you are required to report yourself to the officer of the Lore Lindu National Park. From the guard post you have to walk for tens of meters into the forest park, then you can see the beautiful lake shrouded in mist. You can feel cold air and the chirping of the birds. You also can enjoying its natural beauty by going around the lake by boat. If you like fishing, you can do it on this lake. It is better to do your trip in Lake Tambing in the morning when the birds come out from their nests.

27
July

Kambang Iwak Tourism Park is a beautiful park with a lake. This part is visited by many Palembang residents or tourists from outside Palembang City.

The park located on Jalan Tasik, Palembang is a favorite tourism object. Usually, tourists enjoy green environment and some buildings of the Dutch heritage. The location becomes one of public facilities to get together because the park is completed with supporting facilities.

The location of Kambang Iwak Tourism Park is not far from the downtown of Palembang City. It can be easily accessed by public transportation. There is no entrance ticket to enter this area. Entering the Kambang Iwak park, you will be welcomed by green lush trees. At the middle of the park, there is a lake which is clean and equipped with a fountain.

In addition, it is also completed with facilities which make tourists be able to stand longer over there. There are also jogging tracks for workout and benches at the side of the lake. At the park, there are also many food stalls which serve various kinds of menus.

The best time to visit Kambang Iwak Tourism Park is in the morning and evening because at that time, the atmosphere at the park is fresh and comfortable to enjoy it. Because of its strategic location, the park becomes a gathering place of youths to conduct some activities, such as playing skateboard, dancing, playing guitar and many others.

At night, tourists can also enjoy beautiful sparkling with decorative lights that surround almost every corner of the park.  

22
July

Tanjung Layar beach is a tourism object in Sawarna tourism village, Bayah, Lebak regency, Banten. The name of the beach comes from two giant rocks which have a shape like a sailing ship. At the East of the beach, there is a coral group like left footprint whose size is two times one meter. Its name is Jejak Kaki Kabayan or in English, it means Kabayan footprint. People say, the footprints of his brother are in Jampang, Sukabumi. Currently, Tanjung Layar beach and other beaches at Sawarna tourism village are managed by BUMdes Sawarna. In the era of Dutch Indies, the bay was known with the name, Java’s Eerste Punt or in English, it means the first end of Java Island. History of the beach is told in Sundanese chronicle and legend (fairy tales) of the south coast.

According to the history, two giant rocks at Tanjung Layar area were incarnation of two powers which would become Sangkuriang ship to sail across the Southern Ocean when going to get married with his mother, Dayang Sumbi, but Sang Hyang Widi of God Almighty did not allow the will of Sangkuriang, because of that he raged, and the ship was kicked to the North becoming Mt. Tangkuban Perahu. Meanwhile, the big sails which were thrown away to the South of Java Island became rocks that are sturdy and rigid at the Southern beach of Banten province. Actually, the twin rocks occurred because of a natural phenomenon which happened hundred years ago.

Besides beach, Tanjung Layar area also has thousands of caves which stretch along Pelabuhanratu until Bayah and Malingping. Over there, there is also a natural sea basin which contains of various kinds of marine animals that usually occupy the coral reefs. You cannot swim at Tanjung Layar beach but the beach is a heaven for those photography’s lovers. It is because the beach has many beautiful spots as photography’s objects. Tanjung Layar is also mentioned as a hidden heaven at the Southern coast of Java island by tourists.

20
July

Aek Manik bathing place has so clear and bluish water. Its water is natural and it is between small hills and lush trees. So during the daytime, the air around the pool is not so hot. 

This bathing place is actually a river, but uniquely, the water in this pond does not seem to flow. At the bottom of this pool, there is a stretch of white sand such as soft beach sand and various sizes of mountain rocks. In addition, there are some relief carvings that decorate the walls of the pond and mountain shower which is very fresh.

With its blue and fresh water, of course, the Aek Manik bathing place is a favorite activity for tourists to swim. In addition, many people also camp in this tourism area. 

At the end of the bathing place, there is indeed a camping area and a place to eat grilled fish that can be obtained by fishing at the edge of the river.

This natural Aek Manik bathing place is located in the PTPN Tea Plantation (PT Perkebunan Negara) Sidamanik in Sidamanik District, Pematang Siantar City, North Sumatra. You can go to this tourism destination around 4 hours by motor vehicles from Medan City, the capital of North Sumatra, through Pematangsiantar with a distance of 150 kilometers.

The distance from the gate of the PTPN complex to the bathing place is only 5 kilometers. Entering  into Aek Manik bathing place is free of charge

15
July

Ratu Boko temple is an ancient site which is a complex of a number of remnants of buildings. It is located approximately 3 kilometers south of the Prambanan Temple complex, 18 kilometers east of Yogyakarta City or 50 kilometers southwest of Surakarta City, Central Java, Indonesia. The Ratu Boko site is located on a hill at an altitude of 196 meters above sea level. The total area of the complex is around 25 hectares. This site displays attributes as places for activities or settlement sites, but its exact function is not yet clearly known. The temple is predicted to have been used by people in the 8th century during the Sailendra Dynasty (Rakai Panangkaran) of the Medang Kingdom (Hindu Mataram). The name "Ratu Boko" comes from the legend of the local resident. Ratu Boko is a Javanese language that literally means the king of storks. The king is also the father of Loro Jonggrang and becomes the name of the main temple in the Prambanan temple complex. This building complex is associated with local folk legend, Loro Jonggrang.

Different from other ancient relics at the ancient Javanese era that are generally in the form of religious buildings, the Ratu Boko site is a residential complex, complete with gate, pavilion, residences, and bathing pool to protective fences. The Ratu Boko site is located on a high hill. This location indicates the presence of springs and the existence of a water management system that can meet daily needs. Bathing pool is a heritage of the system. Another peculiarity of the site is a place at the left of the gate which is now called “cremation place”. Viewing its size and position, it is a place to perform something or activities.  

The Ratu Boko site was reported for the first time by Van Boeckholzt in 1790, stating that there are archeological ruins on the hill of Ratu Boko. A hundred year later, research was conducted and led by FDK Bosch. From this, it was concluded that the ruins were the remains of the palace. Today, the central government includes the Ratu Boko Site complex in a special authority along with the management of Borobudur and Prambanan Temples in a state-owned company called PT. Taman Wisata Candi. As a consequence, the Ratu Boko Site was reorganized in several places to be used as a place for education and cultural activities.

13
July

Ulu house is the traditional house of people at upstream area of Musi River in South Sumatera. The name "Ulu" comes from the word "Uluan" which means "rural". "Uluan" is also a term for people who live in the upstream of the Musi River.  

All parts of the house are from the woods and at the bottom, it is supported by Unglen trunk. Unglen tree is believed to last until hundred years. The house is also resistant to the earthquake.  

The design of the house structure is a key factor that makes it strong with the possible earthquake. Its pole is put on a pile of stones, which has a function as wheel. Therefore, if there is an earthquake, the house only will sway, not collapse. 

The construction of Ulu house must follow some rules which have been agreed. The construction must face to the line of water flow. This is intended that the house is free from flash floods that could come at any time.

In addition, the construction also must follow an Ulu-ulak system. This means that if the land to be built is large and the next Ulu house is planned to build, the housing construction must be carried out from the most upstream part.

The Ulu-ulak system is not only the rules of the housing construction, buy also the rules of the rooms in a social manner. The font house is for those who are older in the family line, and the most downstream of the house is occupied by the youngest descendants. This system also applies in the division of space in the house. 

Nowadays, the Ulu house is rarely found in South Sumatera. If you are interested in watching the uniqueness of this traditional house, please come to Balaputra Dewa Museum in Palembang City, South Sumatera province.  

This traditional house still can be watched at the backyard of the museum and becomes one of the biggest collections of the museum. According to the record, this traditional Ulu house is 200 years old and taken from Asemkelat village, Pangandonan, Ogan Komering Ilir regency.

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