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18
February

Tobelo town is located in east part of the northern peninsula of Halmahera and is the largest city on the island. Tobelo is the capital of North Halmahera district. The main attraction of Tobelo is that there are many small island clusters with white sandy beaches, crystal clear seas as well as stunning underwater beauty. In addition, the customs that are still deeply entrenched in the community are also the main reasons for tourists to come to this city. Besides, the amazing beauty of nature that you  must visit in North Halmahera Tobelo is Jembatan Batu or Stone Bridge Waterfall.Jembatan Batu waterfall is located around Mede River, Tobelo, North Halmahera, North Maluku. Its unique name is inspired by the shape of the rocks in front of it that forms a kind of natural stone bridge. The specialty of Jembatan Batu or Stone Bridge Waterfall lies not on its height which is only 10 meters, but the presence of other mini waterfalls in the same location. Being hidden and surrounded by dense forests makes the waterfall an attractive destination, especially for lovers of nature adventurers.For nature lovers who have rock climbing as a hobby, this place is one of the places worth being visiting to conquer the steep stone wall that is in the location of Jembatan Batu or Stone Bridge Waterfall. In addition to constrained steep cliffs, slippery rock is also one of the obstacles in reaching the cliff top. But the difficulty will soon paid off when you reach the top of the cliff that presents the beauty of natural panorama with incredible sensation. You will see a big pool from the top of a hollow roof. When it rains, the color of this waterfall is brown, mixed with soil. But if it does not rain, the water in the pool is turquoise blue. This clear water makes anyone want to throw themselves into the pond. The ceiling of the stone bridge looks pretty much like a walet bird nest and many other birds are also flying around the pool under the waterfall. If you have arrived in North Halmahera, Tobelo City and want to proceed to Jembatan Batu or Stone Bridge Waterfall, you can go to Mede village. Because the Waterfall Stone Bridge is located about 6 kilometers west of the village. If you use public transportation to this place, you can use a mini bus heading to Galela. Then, you get off at Mede village or Ruko village, and continue by walking into the forest. It is therefore recommended that you hire the services of a local guide.

16
February

The Chinese New Year celebration in Solo, Central Java is so vibrant. There are 5,000 lanterns adorn the city of Solo, especially in the complex of Pasar Gede, Jenderal Sudirman street and Urip Sumoharjo street. Moreover, the majestic Lunar gate is also installed along the road between City Hall and Pasar Gede, during the Lunar New Year celebration in Solo. The location of Pasar Gede actually becomes the center of Imlek celebration in Solo.

At the peak of Chinese New Year celebrations, 12 zodiacs, 12 neon nox sho, five dog lanterns, god fortune lantern, and werkudoro lanterns are also installed on Jenderal Sudirman street. In addition to beautify the city of Solo with various Lunar ornaments, various series of events were also presented to enliven the Lunar New Year 2569. At the peak of the event, the Solo government also held Grebeg Sudiro and Festival Jenang.

On February11, thousands of people packed the area of Jalan Urip Sumoharjo and Jalan Jenderal Sudirman. They came to watch the cultural caravan of Grebeg Sudiro. The unification caravan of Chinese-Javanese society began at 2 p.m. Grebeg Sudiro is a celebration which is organized prior to the Chinese New Year (Imlek) which features nine gunungan or offerings containing crops and basket cakes, the special cake of Chinese New Year celebration.

The two offerings are in the form of miniature of Monument 45 Banjarsari, the mayor's office, Loji Gandrung and a miniature of Pasar Gede. The Caravan was started from Pasar Gede - Jenderal Sudirman street - Mayor Kusmanto street - Lojiwetan junction - Kapten Mulyadi street – RE Martadinata intersection - Cut Nyak Dien street - Juanda street - Warung Pelem junction - Urip Sumoharjo street and back to Pasar Gede. After paraded, the residents were fighting for kue keranjang or the basket cakes.

Grebeg Sudiro is a mixture tradition of Chinese and Javanese communities. The word ‘grebeg’ is a typical Javanese tradition to welcome special days in Indonesia such as: Mulud (birth of Prophet Muhammad), Syawal (Eid’l Fitr), Eid’l Adha, and Suro (Javanese New Year).The peak of the Lunar New Year celebration, when the fighting for gunungan which is arranged to form a mountain. The moment was based on Javanese ‘ora babah ora mamah’ philosophy which means, no effort, no eat. Meanwhile, the shape of the mountain according to the Javanese people’s belief means gratitude to the Almighty God.

Grebeg Sudiro Tradition is held annually in Sudiroprajan area. Sudiroprajan is an urban village at Jebres subdistrict, Solo. In this region, ethnic Chinese have inhabited for decades and settled alongside the Javanese community. As the time goes by, there was a marriage between the two ethnic groups, then born a new generation. To show the acculturation between the two ethnics, then they held a new tradition called Grebeg Sudiro which was firstly held in 2007.

15
February

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Welcome to “INDONESIAN WONDER”, a daily segment featuring tourism, culinary arts, fine arts and culture from various regions across Indonesia. In today’s edition, we will invite you to enjoy Bekamal Culinary from Banyuwangi.

Banyuwangi is one of the cities in East Java province. Osing or Using is indigenous people who inhabit Banyuwangi region. Traveling to Banyuwangi is not complete if you do not interact directly with the life of Osing people. They have rich and unique customs and traditions. There are Banyuwangi Gandrung Art, Barong Dance, Kuntulan, Tumpeng Sewu Tradition, and Jamuran Tradition. In addition, the Osing tribe also has a typical culinary that you deserve to enjoy. One of them is Bekamal, the culinary using meat as its main ingredient.

To taste it, the meat is then processed again to be consumed as a side dish. Before reprocessing, to minimize the distinctive aroma, bekamal meat must be washed with clean air and then soaked overnight with lemon juice. This is done, in addition to reduce the distinctive aroma, also reducing the dominant saltiness in Bekamal. The Osing community in Gintangan Village, usually serve Bekamal meat as side dishes. The meat put in bamboo rice or Sego Jajang. To try the taste of Bekamal that has been processed, you can find the culinary in Gintangan village, Banyuwangi. In addition, Bekamal is also sold in the form of packaging.

Bekamal is taken from the Javanese and Using language, which means the full of charity. The traditional culinary, is estimated has been existed since the 16th century when Islam began to enter the Blambangan kingdom, because at that time, people are familiar with the celebration of Eid al-Adha, so the meat stock is abundant during the sacrifice. The kingdom is a fragment of the last Majapahit kingdom in Java. The overflow of meat by the community is preserved into Bekamal. Formerly the local community, the meat was put into ‘kendil’ which is previously flavored and then closed tightly to at least 10 days. After the meat is considered cooked it can be taken just a little bit, to be sauteed as a side dish.

That was the segment of Indonesian Wonder, with the topic about Bekamal Culinary from Banyuwangi.

 

13
February

Touge Goreng

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Welcome to “INDONESIAN WONDER”, a daily segment featuring tourism, culinary arts, fine arts and culture from various regions across Indonesia. We will invite you to enjoy Touge Goreng in Bogor West Java.

Bogor, one of the cities in West Java is located near the capital city of Jakarta, just less than 1 hour drive from downtown Jakarta. It makes the city are mostly visited by Jakarta citizens or foreign tourists for their vacation, especially on weekends. You can enjoy various attractions in the rain city. There is a Bogor Botanical Garden which offers the wealth of Indonesian plants. Then, the Bogor Palace, Situ Gede, Sindangbarang Cultural Village and other interesting tourist attraction. After you are satisfied to visit various interesting objects in Bogor, its not complete if you are not enjoy the delights of various Bogor typical culinary.

During your culinary tour in Bogor, we suggest you to enjoy the sensation of its typicall culinary such as Touge or Toge Goreng. The main ingredient is bean sprouts. Usually the bean sprouts is processed infront of the buyers, using a simple stove. It does not suitable with the name, Toge goreng since it is not fried. Toge is sauteed, or boiled with hot water. Toge goreng then mixed with yellow noodles, pieces of ketupat or rice cake, and tofu. Then the ingredients that have been cooked is watered with tasty sauce made of oncom. The oncom sauce is sauteed that has been mashed first along with spices, such as galangal, onion, bay leaf, tomato slice, leek, chives, and tauco (soybean fermented paste), sweet soy sauce, orange juice, and salt.

When eaten, the taste is delicious. Toge Goreng is one of the typical culinary of Bogor as favourite culinary of many people, because it tastes good and the price is relatively cheap. It is only Rp.15.000 to Rp. 20,000 per portion. Usually toge goreng is sold by the street vendors, and some peddlers sell the food by using carts. Besides in Bogor, the culinary also can be found in other areas, such as Depok, Tanggerang and Jakarta.

The dish of Toge Goreng actually have tight history with the Chinese ethnic in Bogor rain city. An observer of Chinese history in Bogor, Mardi Liem, in a portion of Toge Goreng, almost of them use the term of hokkien.

Starting from tauto which is a fermentation of soy, then mie or noodles, and tauge or bean sprouts, all derived from the term of hokkien. This culinary is also believed has been born from the association of the Chinese people and European community. In Europe there is spaghetti with its incredibly sour of tomato paste. The menu was brought to Indonesia, by the Chinese traders. Before being brought to Indonesia, they had processed this culinary with some ingredients, such as noodles, tofu, tauge with typical sour tomatoes of China. As the time goes by, Mardi Liem said, the spread of toge goreng run from the western coast of Java such as Pandeglang and Banten. In this phase the menu was changed. The Sundanese people who are accustomed to the lalap or raw vegetables, choose oncom to replace tomato sauce. That was the segment of Indonesian Wonder for today with the topic “Toge Goreng”.

 

 

14
February

East Nusa Tenggara province -NTT is well known with tourism destinations. Besides Komodo Island, the beauty of beaches and exotic under-sea view becomes tourists’ destinations. But there are a lot of tourism destinations which are still natural and hidden. One of them is Matayangu waterfall. Matayangu waterfall consists of two waterfalls. The first waterfall has height around 75 meters and its water is from river in the cave. The second one will appear when rainy season comes. Its water is from river that is above as high as 130 meters. Just below the waterfall, there is small pool with amazing blue water which is used as bathing place. The best time to visit the waterfall is at the time of rainy season or in March until June, and October until December. Matayangu waterfall is located at Manupe national park. The waterfall itself for local people is sacred place. The place is often used for worship by Merapu people. They believe that the waterfall is place where their ancestors live. In addition, they also believe that in the cave which becomes water sources, there is ancient tomb which stores historical stuffs. Matayangu waterfall is located at  Waimanu village, Katikutana sub-district, Central Sumba regency. To go to this place, from Kupang, you take around 1 hour by using airplane to Waingapu. Then, the trip is continued by using motor vehicles around 2 hours to Waikabubak. Arriving at Waikabubak, the trip is continued to Manupe national park and takes around 3 hours. Here, you must walk through forest around 1 hour. But your fatigue will disappear after you see the beauty of Matayangu waterfall.

12
February

Semarang is capital city of Central Java. This city is the fifth biggest city in Indonesia after Jakarta, Surabaya, Medan, and Bandung. The city has a lot of tourism destinations, beginning from natural, religious and historical tourism objects. One of Semarang historical tourism objects which is well known is Lawang Sewu which was built in the Dutch colonial.

Lawang Sewu was built on February 27, 1904 as head office of NIS, one of train’s companies in the Dutch East Indies. The  building has high and wide windows, like a door so that local people call it “Lawang Sewu” meaning “a thousand of doors”.

Although the building is named Lawang Sewu, in fact the building has only 429 doors. For long time, the building was not managed. But finally, Lawang Sewu in late June 2011 was renovated and re-opened for public on July 5, 2011.

Because the building was built as head office of NIS, the history of Lawang Sewu cannot be separated from railway in Indonesia. After the independence of Indonesia, the building is used as railway office of Indonesia or now PT Kereta Api Indonesia. Besides, it was used to as Office of Infrastructure of Regional Military Command and Regional Office of Ministry of Transportation in Central Java.

Meanwhile, during the struggling period, the building became a silent witness of 5-day battle in Semarang. Thus, the city’s government of Semarang in 1992 entered Lawang Sewu as one of 102 historical buildings in Semarang which should be protected.

Lawang Sewu is located at Tugu Muda complex, Jalan Pemuda, Central Semarang, Semarang, Central Java, precisely at the center of Semarang city. So, the access to this tourism object is easy. Lawang Sewu is open every day, starting from 6.00 AM until 09.00 PM local time.

The entrance ticket is Rp. 10,000 for adults, Rp. 5,000 for students and kids. If you want to enter into basement, you will be charged Rp. 30,000/person and for the tourist guide is Rp. 30,000.

11
February

 

Gili Labak is one of the smallest islands among 127 other islands in Sumenep Regency, Madura. Administratively, Gili Labak is part of Talango Island subdistrict, in the east of Madura. It is said that the first people who lived Gili Labak is a family that comes from Talango. Gili Labak area of ​​approximately 5 hectares, with a population of not more than 25 family. The island can be surrounded by walking for about an hour.

The distance from Surabaya, the capital of Est Java province to Gili Labak, in Sumenep, Madura island is about 166 km. Through the Suramadu bridge, a land journey will take about 4 hours. You can go by private cars or taxi but there are also many public buses that serve 24 hours from Bungurasih terminal with Sumenep city destination. From Sumenep, you can connect by using motorcycle taxi or bemo to Kalianget Port. Next you have to rent a boat Gili Labak island. Rental rates ranged from Rp. 350,000 to Rp. 400,000 with capacity between 15 to 18 people. It is advisable to come to Gili Labak in groups, to save costs.

Although the journey to Gili Labak is rather complicated, many visitors from home and abroad come to island. The charm of the beach and with beautiful coral reef here is quite wonderful. A white, clean, smooth stretch of sand can amaze everyone who looks at it. At Gili Labak Beach, snorkeling is the best way to enjoy the beauty under the sea. But you have to prepare your own equipment, because of the unavailability of rental of snorkeling equipment here. You can safely swim and play in the water around this beach. Gili Labak island is usually crowded with tourists in the morning from 09.00 until noon. But you can also try the sensations of setting up a tent on the beach and wait for the sunset while enjoying the beautiful sky. The seawater here is almost without waves that creates a calm and comfortable atmosphere, perfect for those of you who want to forget the daily bustle. Here you can also enjoy dinner in the open air with a menu of grilled fish,

In early morning on the island of Gili Labak, you will be awakened by the crowing of roosters. Then if you walk about 300 meters just to the other part of the beach, you will be able to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the rising sun. You will see a reddish sky which is very exotic and attractive, creating a beautiful silhouette of the morning panorama. (art)

13
January

Welcome to “Indonesian Wonder,” a daily segment featuring tourism, culinary arts, fine arts and culture from various regions across Indonesia. In today’s edition, we will invite you to Aceh to know more one of Acehnese cultures. 

Aceh which has a nick name Veranda of Mecca, has its own uniqueness in traditions which cannot be found in other regions. According to the history, Peusijuek tradition is one of cultural heritages of Hindu. The existence  of Hindu culture in  Aceh was caused with relations between Aceh and India in the past. So indirectly, Hindu culture began to influence Acehnese culture.  But, since Islam entered to Aceh, the tradition’s implementation certainly has used Islamic elements such as Salawatand prays which have been determined in Islamic teachings. Salawat is a special Arabic phrase, which contains the salutation upon the prophet of Islam.

 

The word of “Peusijuek “ is taken from the word of “Sijue” in Acehnese language meaning cool; so Peusijeuk  can be meant to cool. In Acehnese culture, Peusijuek tradition is to ask for safety, quietness and happiness in life. Peusijuek is divided into some types, such as Peusijuek meulangga ( at the time of the dispute), Peusijuek pade bijeh ( beginning to plant rice), Peusijuek tempat tinggal ( to occupy a new house), Peusijuek peudong rumoh ( to build a house), Peusijuek kaurubeuen (when doing slaughter) Peusijuek  vehicle and Peusijuek pilgrimage. The implementation of Peusijuek ritual is usually held by religious or traditional senior figures. It is a must because Peusijuek tradition is a sacred ritual, so that to hold, it must a person who understands most about prays and procession in the ritual. Moreover, the person who is  Peusijuek, is man, usually will be held by  Teungku or Ustad. If the Peusijuek is woman, so the procession will be held by Ummi or eldest woman. In implementing Peusijuek tradition, there are 3 important things, namely tools and also Peusijuek materials, movement and pray. The equipment and tool which are used in Peusijuek ceremony are henna leaves which have a meaning, rice seed which is planted to be strong and resistant to any pest problems; the salt has a meaning rice seed which is sown to have character like salt, namely to be able to destroy disease on rice so that the rice can  exists to survive. Every Peusijuek material has philosophy and special meaning in it. The movement in  Peusijuek procession is one of very important things, because it cannot be wrong to do the ritual. The movement is usually held from left to the right and sometimes by way of cross. Pray is the most important element,  because the core of Peusijuek ceremony is to ask for the God to give safety, happiness and welfare for them who hold Peusijuek. Peusijuek tradition is still preserved and held until now. Acehnese people believe the tradition is the result of local culture where culture and religion should run in harmony. That was Indonesian Wonder for today featuring Peusijuek tradition from Aceh province. 

 

06
January

Welcome to “Indonesian Wonder,” a daily segment featuring tourism, culinary arts, fine arts and culture from various regions across Indonesia. In today’s edition, we will invite you to visit Batu Kapal beach in Maluku province. 

Batu Kapal beach is located at Liliboi village, West Leihitu sub-district in Central Maluku regency. Although the location does not cover Ambon city, the capital of Maluku province, this place is still one land with Ambon city. To go to Batu Kapal Liliboi beach or more known with the name Batu Lobang beach is not too far from the center of Ambon city. From Pattimura airport, it takes around 20 minutes by motor vehicles.  Batu Kapal beach is called with that name because  its shape is like the bridge of a ship. The bridge of a ship is the room or platform from which the ship can be commanded. Road to Batu Kapal beach is really smooth. Besides, the scenery of the beauty of the tourism object at the right and left side makes you amazed. But you must pay attention on sign board to Batu Kapal beach because the sign board is not big, only  60X20 centimeters with writing  Batu Kapal Liliboi beach and hanged near a hut. The hut is gateway to enter the beach. The entrance ticket to Batu Kapal beach is worth Rp 5000 for adults and Rp. 3000 for kids. From the hut, you can go down the stairs around 250 meters. The beach is divided into two parts, namely inside and outside Kapal beach. After going down the stairs, you will find part of outside of the beach. Here, there is no white sand but only stones and blue ocean.  If you want to be relaxed, the outside of the beach is the right place. Here, you can sit while enjoying the beauty of the scenery. From outside of  Batu Kapal beach, you can see big stone which looks like a ship. The part which is seen clearly, is the bridge and a hole which is like a window of the ship. Batu Kapal beach is a beach which is surrounded by cliff and located in the ship. To access inside of Batu Kapal beach is certainly quite difficult. Because you have to climb and to creep. After arriving at the inside of the beach, you can find a pool.   Here, you can swim without being afraid of being swept away by the waves. The place which is surrounded by cliff, makes waves at the beach calm.  Water in here is so clear and its depth starting from 30 centimeters until 2 meters. But you must be careful because the stones are quite sharp. This place is not suitable for relaxing because there is no place for sitting and taking a rest. If you want to go to Batu Kapal beach early morning, we suggest you to bring your own food and beverage because stalls are open at late afternoon.  So, set your time to visit Ambon and to go to Batu Kapal beach. 

05
February

Anambas Island is one of leading islands belonging to Indonesia which directly faces with South China Sea. As archipelagic islands, Anambas islands have enormous tourism potential. There are more than 200 islands which belong to the regency. One of them is  Penjalin Island.

Penjalin Island is located at Palmatak sub-district, Anambas islands regency, Riau islands province. The island has smooth white sand, calm waters and the water is very clear. This island has its own uniqueness. There is a hidden small bay, and has bow shape like crescent moon as long as  2 kilometers and the beach has around 50 meters wide. At the two tips of the bay, there are various kinds of forms and sizes of natural stones which often become favorite picture of tourists.

In 2007 when Anambas was still part of Natuna regency, the waters surrounding the island has been decided as conservation area of Sea Park. No wonder, until now around the area, its habitat and naturalness are still preserved. If you like adrenalin activity, at another part of the Penjalin Island, there is small hill for trekking. The track path is quite challenging. If you are on the peak of the hill, you can witness the beauty of the island from different sides.

To go to Penjalin island, you can access from Anambas island. You can go by plane from Halim Perdana Kusuma airport and it takes around 2 and half hours to Matak airport. 

After arriving at Matak airport, the trip is continued by using speed boat. The speed boat can accommodate around 15-20 persons. On the island, there is also lodging for tourists who want to stay at night.   

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