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21
January

AYAM RARANG

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If you have an opportunity to visit Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara one day, you are recommended to taste Lombok's typical culinary namely Ayam Taliwang. This chicken-based menu has become a popular menu among the people and tourists, because of having a delicious and spicy taste. In addition to Taliwang chicken, another typical dish of Lombok that you have to try is Ayam Rarang or Rarang chicken. It is not much different from Taliwang chicken, this dish also offers a spicy taste sensation.

Rarang is the name of a village in East Lombok Regency, West Nusa Tenggara. From the regency, the Chicken Rarang menu was first introduced by Inaq Delah. From its texture, indeed Rarang chicken looks spicy because it is covered with chili sauce and sprinkled with cayenne pepper. Even the chili sauce seems like piling up that covers the chicken meat. Besides being spicy, the Rarang chicken meat is also tasty and not tough, because it uses young free-range chicken. The Rarang chicken is made from village chicken with spices, such as big red chili, candlenut, coriander, and pepper. Then, all these spices are mashed. Next, the chicken is fried or grilled on a wood-fired stove. After it is well-cooked, it is cut into pieces and covered with spices that have been mashed. Don't forget to add lime juice on the top.

Rarang chicken is usually served with fried soybeans, cucumber, clear vegetables, and chicken gizzard liver skewered like satay. You can also enjoy this unique dish of Lombok at Rarang Chicken food stalls located along the road in Rarang Village, East Lombok. Besides in Rarang village, East Lombok, now Rarang Chicken can be enjoyed in Mataram, the capital of West Nusa Tenggara. Most restaurants sell Rarang chicken from afternoon until evening. The price per portion is from Rp 45,000 to Rp 50,000.

18
January

Glagah Beach

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For those of you who love beach tourism, visiting Indonesia, especially Yogyakarta province is the right choice, because in Yogyakarta, precisely in Bantul, Gunung Kidul and Kulonprogo areas, there is a number of beaches as tourism destinations for domestic and foreign tourists. One of them is Glagah Beach, which is located in Temon District, Kulon Progo, approximately 10 km from the city of Wates and approximately 2 km from the Jogja - Jakarta highway.

Glagah Beach is a beautiful beach with a wide expanse of black sand. On this beach, there is a sand dune area with grinting grass and a lagoon. There are many tourist activities that you can enjoy here. You can enjoy the beauty of sunset or playing in the water in the lagoon. You can take a water tour by taking a wooden boat, duck boat or canoe to go around the Glagah Beach Lagoon. For visitors who like fishing, in the lagoon there are also spots for fishing. For those of you who want to pump up your adrenaline, you can ride a motocross or ATV to take the steep terrain at Glagah Beach, which is known for its iron sandy beaches. At the pier, you can also fish, enjoy the sunset or just enjoy the breeze and the waves broken by tetrapods.

In the Glagah Beach area, there is also an agro-tourism fruit plantation called Kusuma Wanadri which has an area of 3.5 hectares. The fruits planted are dragon fruit, watermelon and melon. Here, you can buy, pick, and even taste fruit for free. For those who are interested, you can visit this beach when the situation allows. To visit Glagah Beach, you will be charged an entrance fee of IDR 5,000 per person. This beach is equipped with complete facilities, such as a prayer room, toilets and a food court with seafood as its recommended menu.

20
January

To travel to Central Sulawesi, you have to visit Taipa Beach. The location of this beach is quite strategic. Located 65 kilometers from Kendari, the capital of Central Sulawesi, this beach is visited by many tourists. Moreover, this beach has a beautiful view with a stretch of white sand. Visitors can also witness the endemic bird of Sulawesi, Maleo, which flies here and there. To enter this beach, you are only charged an entrance ticket worth Rp 10,000 / person.

In the local language, Taipa means "Manga", and because there are indeed many manga trees around the beach. Here, you can relax while looking at the beautiful view of Mt. Gawalise from a distance. In addition, you can also choose various tourism activities, such as snorkeling or diving. Beautiful coral reefs and various types of fish can be seen only 50 meters from the beach. Taipa beach is also equipped with various facilities, such as a prayer room, bathrooms, and restaurants. There are also several gazebos to relax. If visitors want to spend at night, there are inns with rental rates per night ranging from Rp 100,000 to Rp 200,000

Taipa Beach also offers hills for those of you who are adventurous. From the height of the hill, you can see the beautiful panorama of the sea of Taipa beach. In addition, Taipa beach has also a cave, namely Golo Oti cave which means "dry current". In this cave, there is an ancient tomb of a character, named Lasalama. Supposedly, this cave is considered sacred. Therefore, many local residents enter the cave to ask for blessings.

19
January

Waterfalls may become tourism destinations that are widely spread in various parts of Indonesia. With the different contours of each region, each waterfall has its own uniqueness. One of the waterfalls is "Tumpak Sewu" or often called "Cliff of Nirwana" located in Sidomulyo Village, Pronojiwo District, Lumajang Regency, East Java. This waterfall has a uniqueness that makes everyone who sees it amazed. The towering cliffs with lots of water flow make the water spills twist beautifully. The splash of water hitting the cliffs produces a beautiful natural sound. The cliffs, which are semi-circular in shape with shaded trees around it, make this waterfall so green and soothing to the eyes.

Cliff of Nirwana can be reached by motor vehicles about 2 hours from Lumajang. If you want to use public transportation from the Wonorejo terminal in Lumajang, you can choose transportation to the Pronojiwo terminal. Afterwards, you continue the journey heading to the Sidomulyo area. If you want to feel safer and more comfortable, the manager of this tourism destination also provides shuttle facilities from and to the Lumajang terminal. With an entrance ticket price of 5000 rupiah, you can enjoy amazing cliffs of Nirwana all day long.


On the way to this waterfall, you will pass a smooth road to a panoramic point or a place to enjoy beaut
iful waterfall. While heading to the panoramic point, you will be presented with a beautiful atmosphere of Salak gardens on the right and left sides. Sidomulyo village is known for its Salak fruit or snake fruit. After walking for about 10 minutes, you will arrive at the panorama point. The wide expanse of cliffs, with a height that is parallel to the panoramic point, makes the cliffs clearly visible. Even though this waterfall is an outdoor tourism destination, the manager still follows health protocols, so you don't have to worry.

17
January

Beras Basah is a small island located in the Makassar Strait. Administratively, this island is included in the area of Bontang City, East Kalimantan. This beautiful island is now a destination for diving and snorkeling lovers. The fastest access to reach this island is via the Badak NGL pier by using a speedboat about 15 minutes. Another access is via Tanjung Limau Pier and Tanjung Laut Bontang City by using a motorized boat approximately one hour.

The name Beras Basah in English means Wet Rice. According to the local folklore, a long time ago, there was a ship belonging to the Kutai Sultanate that was sailing in the Makassar Strait. The ship was carrying food; one of which was rice. Then, the ship sank when hit by a big wave and spilled its baggage. Because the sea where the ship sank was shallow, the ship's cargo, which was mostly rice, did not sink, but some appeared like a mound. Over time, the mound of rice turned into a white sandy island like rice, which is always wet because it is surrounded by the ocean.

Beras Basah Island, which is located in the middle of the sea, used to have an area of approximately 5 hectares. Because it has been eroded by sea water, the island is now only about 2 hectares wide. But its beauty is unquestionable. The beach is clean and it has white sand with sea water, which is clear turquoise, adding coconut trees scattered in several places to provide shade. This area is comfortable for relaxing. In addition, on this island, there are also gazebos, changing rooms, toilets and stalls. On the island of Beras Basah, you can also play with banana boats and other activities. If you like the beauty of the sea, you can try diving and snorkeling. You can also walk along the beach and if you are lucky, you can find marine animals, such as sea urchins, squid and sea cucumbers.   

12
January

West Java is very rich for its stunning natural beauty. One of the tourism destinations that you should visit if you are in West Java is Pangalengan Sky Park. The park is a new tourism destination introduced at the end of 2020. This tourism attraction offers natural beauty and a wide expanse of tea gardens. The cool air and green grass are a very appropriate location for refreshing for a moment from the city hustle and bustle. In addition, here, it is also a good place to take selfies with beautiful scenery as a background. One of the spots, such as the viewing post, is a favorite place for visitors to capture their beautiful moments.


If you are a connoisseur of beautiful sunrises or sunsets, Pangalengan Sky Park is also very suitable because you can enjoy both of them here. In the morning, it is foggy and cloudy and it surrounds the plantation, and makes the atmosphere as if you are in the sky. Meanwhile, towards dusk, you will feel a serene nuance here while enjoying a warm drink. If you want to sleep under the starry sky, a camping ground is also provided here. If you don't bring a camping tent, you don't need to worry because the park also provides the camping tent for rental. Public facilities, such as toilets, food stalls and parking spaces are also available here. So, you don't have to worry if you don't bring food or don't bring enough drinking water.


Pangalengan Sky Park is located in Sukaluyu Village, Pangalengan District, Bandung, West Java. The distance from the center of Bandung is about 60 km. This can be reached in 2 hours by motor vehicles. Pangalengan Sky Park is open for 24 hours a day and implements health protocols even though it is an open-air tourism destination. Your safety, comfort and health are the main keys to enjoying your vacation with your family members.

13
January

SENEREK SOUP

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Every region in Indonesia has its own special cuisine. For example, the Magelang area of Central Java has many special foods; one of which is Senerek soup. This soup is a typical one of Magelang, Central Java. Supposedly, this soup was adapted from Dutch cuisine. Senerek comes from the Dutch vocabulary, namely 'Snert' which means pea soup. In the past, the Dutch soldiers often cooked 'Snert Soup’ in Magelang . However, because the tongue of the local community has difficulty pronouncing snert, the term Senerek was created.

In addition to peas, Senerek soup consists of pieces of beef or chicken, carrots, and celery leaves which are then mixed with broth. This food is served in various versions; there is a clear soup but there is also a thick one. When eaten, this soup tastes so savory and delicious with the inherent aroma of pepper. Senerek soup is more delicious when eaten with warm rice. In addition, this soup will be even more delicious if enjoyed with side dishes, such as tempeh, tofu, meat perkedel or potato cake, and prawn Bakwan.

This soup is very rich in nourishment because it uses beef and broth, and then added with peas which are full of protein and carrots and tomatoes which are rich in vitamins. This soup is suitable for maintaining body stamina. If you are interested in tasting Senerek soup, this typical food is widely sold in food stalls in Magelang City with the price ranging from Rp. 15,000 to Rp. 20,000 per serving.

14
January

Gegog Rice

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Trenggalek, a regency in East Java is located on the southern coast of Java Island. The topography of the Trenggalek area is identical to the mountains; one of them is in the Bendungan sub-district, northern area of Trenggalek City. The majority of the people in the sub-district work as farmers. To speed up the work and avoid the heat, they come to the fields as early as possible. The situation has made the housewives creative in preparing fast and delicious lunch. Thus, the idea of making so-called ‘Sego Gegog’ is made.

The name Sego Gegog is an acronym for “Sego Genem Godhong Gedhang” which means rice punel (fluffy and lumpy rice) that is wrapped in banana leaves. In a packet of Gegog rice, there is white rice and its side dish, namely anchovy sauce with a mixture of small tempeh slices. Besides anchovies, there are also people who use tuna and gizzard. Initially, the rice is half cooked, then it is wrapped in banana leaves with the side dish. Afterwards, it is steamed until cooked. Nasi Gegok is wrapped in small pieces. With a small portion, one person can spend 2 to 3 packs of Gegog rice.

When it is eaten, you will immediately smell the aroma of banana leaves. This typical food of Trenggalek is even more delicious, when it is combined with the spicy taste of the side dishes. Usually, the stalls selling this dish also sell fried side dishes, such as fried tempeh, fried tofu and many others. The Gegog rice can be enjoyed at food stalls in Trenggalek sub-district. But if you want to enjoy Gegog rice with an original taste, you can also try it in the Bendungan sub-district. The price of Sego Gegog is from Rp 3000 to Rp 5000/portion.

10
January

If you visit Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara, don't forget to stop over at Nunsui Beach which is located near Lasiana and Manikin Beaches in the east of Kupang City, precisely in Oesapa Village, Kelapa Lima District, Kupang City. Nunsui Beach is not difficult to find, because from downtown of Kupang, it only takes about 20 minutes by motor vehicle.

Nunsui Beach by the local people is also known as Batu Nona Beach, because there is a rock shaped like a woman. The location of the rock that resembles a woman is located close to the beach. Visitors can climb to the top of Batu Nona where they can see the beautiful view of Kupang bay from a distance and sunset. While waiting for the sunset, visitors can enjoy the cool air on the beach while sitting on the stone embankment.

For visitors who like fishing, this embankment is often used as a place for fishing. The length of this rock is like the separator between Batu Nona Beach and Lasiana Beach. Along Batu Nona, visitors can also see the activities of Kupang City’s residents, such as playing ball, looking for fish at low tide or even coming to this beach just to play. If you are tired of playing, swimming and enjoying the beauty of Nunsui Beach, you can sunbathe while enjoying the snacks offered by traders around the beach, such as grilled corn, pressed bananas or fresh young coconut ice.

12
January

West Java is very rich in stunning natural beauty. One of the tourism destinations that you should visit if you are in West Java is Pangalengan Sky Park. The park is a new tourism destination introduced at the end of 2020. This tourisattraction offers natural beauty and a wide expanse of tea gardens. The cool air and green grass are very appropriate location for refreshing for a moment from the city hustle and bustle. In addition, here, it is also a good place to take selfies with beautiful scenery as a background. One of the spots, such as the viewing post, is a favorite place for visitors to capture their beautiful moments.


If you are a connoisseur of beautiful sunrises or sunsets, Pangalengan Sky Park is also very suitable because you can enjoy both of them here. In the morning, it is foggy and cloudy and it surrounds the plantation, and makes the atmosphere as if you are in the sky. Meanwhile, towards dusk, you will feel a serene nuance here while enjoying a warm drink. If you want to sleep under the starry sky, a camping ground is also provided here. If you don't bring a camping tent, you don't need to worry because the park also provides the camping tent for rental. Public facilities, such as toilets, food stalls and parking spaces are also available here. So, you don't have to worry if you don't bring food or don't bring enough drinking water.

Pangalengan Sky Park is located in Sukaluyu Village, Pangalengan District, Bandung, West Java. The distance from the center of Bandung is about 60 km, which can be reached in 2 hours by motorized vehicle. Pangalengan Sky Park is open 24 hours a day and implements health protocols even though it is an open-air tourist destination. Your safety, comfort and health are the main keys to enjoying your vacation with your family.

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