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Nasi Tus-Tus

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If in some other regions across Indonesia, the rice crust is immediately thrown away. But, it is different in Manado, North Sulawesi. The local people actually turn the rice crust into delicious food by making ‘Nasi Tus-Tus’ or Tus-Tus Rice. In Manado language, Nasi Tus-Tus itself means rice crust. It is the main ingredient of rice baked in a bowl. Before baking, the white rice is covered with shredded skipjack tuna and of course, it’s Manado’s style spicy chili sauce.

Before tasting Nasi Tus-Tus, stir the rice first. The mixture of fish and chili sauce makes the red-brown rice dish, similar to fried rice. This dish will taste more delicious if eaten with Tamarind Fish whose sour taste is obtained from sliced green tomatoes. In addition to Tamarind Fish, you can also eat Nasi Tus-Tus with squid Woku Ink. Woku is a Manadonese style of cooking that consists of many spices, including scallions, shallots, garlic, basil leaves, ginger, and lime leaves.

For those of you who are interested in enjoying this culinary, please visit Manado, if the condition is conducive. There are many restaurants that sell this special culinary. The price of Nasi Tus-Tus is relatively cheap; it’s only from Rp 30,000 to Rp 40,000/portion. But if you taste this culinary with other side dishes, of course you have to pay more.


Malang City, as one of the regencies in East Java is indeed famous for its many natural attractions, which is very tempting for tourists to visit. Its geographical location, which is in the highlands, makes Malang City have a cool air. In this city, you will be spoiled with various types of interesting recreational areas; one of which is Kletekan Bay.   

Kletekan Bay is located in Lenggoksono Hamlet, Purwodadi Village, Triyudo, Malang Regency, East Java. Getting to Kletekan Bay takes a long time and is certainly exhausting. When you arrive at Lenggoksono Hamlet, Purwodadi Village, you can choose the route you want. First from Lenggoksono Beach, you can rent a fishing boat, with a rental price per person of around IDR 50,000. In addition, you can walk through the path or ride a motorcycle. Through this route, the cost is cheaper but it is quite dangerous and quite challenging for your adrenaline.

The Kletekan bay attraction is open 24 hours every day, including weekends. If you want to rent a boat, you have to come around 7 am. Entering Teluk Kletekan, you don't need to pay an entrance ticket. Kletekan Bay presents a beautiful view, which you will not find anywhere else. The depth of sea water here ranges from 4 to 7 meters. In this bay, you can do many activities; one of which is snorkeling. Kletekan Bay is also famous for its beautiful underwater life. At a depth of 7 meters, sunlight can still shine on the bottom so that you can see colorful corals and fish. After being tired of snorkeling and doing various activities in Kletekan Bay, in the afternoon you can see the beautiful orange sky combined with the blue sea water, this sight will surely amaze you.


Iket Sunda

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Besides traditional clothes, every region in Indonesia also has a typical headband, or usually called ‘Iket’. Take for example, in Central Java, there is Blangkon as a complement of men's traditional clothes. In Bali, the headband is called ‘Udeng’. While in West Java, it is known as ‘Iket Sunda’. The existence of Iket is as complementary of men's traditional clothes or "Anggoan Pameget" which has high esthetic value. There are various kinds of Iket Sunda and they have deep philosophy.

Iket comes from the Sundanese language which means 'tie'. In ancient times, Iket reflected class in society so that it was clear the difference in the position of a man in everyday life. Philosophically, Iket means Sauyunan (bond) in a single life. Like a palm-stick, if forms into a single knot, a broom will be able to clean anything. Likewise, if humans act individually, of course it's hard to face a problem. Iket also indicates that the user does not want to be separated from Kasundaan's identity. Iket is made of cloth in the form of a square that has four corners. The four corners have the meaning as kereteg haté (kereteg = feelings or sounds that arise automatically, haté = heart. Kereteg haté is defined as intention, speech (oral), behavior (attitude), and body which is then folded in half to form an isosceles triangle with three corners. The three angles reflect three principles, tritangtu of equality in social life, namely the tritangtu consisting of rishi (religious leader), rama (people's leader) and perebu (regional leader).

Based on its history, Iket is divided into two major parts: Iket Buhan (Baheula Iket) and Iket Kiwar (modern or practical Iket). Iket Buhun is an Iket model from ancient elders in the Pasundan area and is formed from rectangular cloth that is folded according to special rules and forms an Iket model, such as Barangbang Semplak, Julang Ngapak, Parekos Jengkol and Buaya Ngangsar. The shape and model of the Kiwari Iket resembles the Buhun Iket. However, it has undergone several changes following the development of fashion, such as Iket Candra Sumirat, Iket Maung Leumpang, Iket Praktis Parekos, Iket Praktis Makuta Wangsa, Iket Proktis Manca Putra and Iket Batu Kincir.


Banggai Laut is one of regencies in Central Sulawesi province which always offers natural charm, beginning from waterfalls until amazing beaches. In today’s edition, I am going to introduce you to Bone Bulusan Beach. The beach which is located in Kelapa Lima village, South Banggai district, Central Sulawesi province, will really spoil your eyes with the beauty of the natural scenery. Unlike some beaches in Indonesia in general, this beach is shady and cool. This beach has a blue sea graded tosca color, soft and yellowish sand, gray coral cliffs, and fresh green trees, which will definitely make you feel at home on this beach.

The distance of Bone Bulusan Beach is only 15 kilometers from the Regency Capital, but unfortunately, the road to this beach is not smooth. If you want to go to this beach, you should use motor vehicles, such as a minibus to get to this beach. After arriving at the parking lot, you still have to walk 100 meters to reach the beach. There are no public facilities around the beach, such as food stalls or toilets. So, make sure you bring your necessities before going to this beach.

Bone Bulusan Beach is not fully managed by the local government, but its beauty does not stop tourists from visiting. During this Covid-19 pandemic, the management of this beach continues to carry out health protocols so that you and your family can enjoy a healthy and comfortable vacation.


Rapa'i Geleng is a dance originating from Manggeng; it is included in the Southwest Aceh Regency area. This dance is estimated to have developed since 1965. However, it started becoming popular in the 1980s and became widely known after being shown at the Aceh Cultural Week in 2004. It is not clear who the creator is. This dance uses the Rapa'i percussion instrument, that is a percussion instrument similar to the tambourine that developed along with Islamic Da'wah in the coastal areas of Aceh. When this dance is being performed, dancers often shake their heads. So, this dance is then known as Rapa'i Geleng.

The Rapai Geleng dance is performed to fill the void of time when students are bored after studying. Then, this dance is used as a means of Da'wah and now it has developed into entertainment.  This dance is also always performed at wedding ceremonies, circumcision, and performances at events welcoming guests of honor.

The Rapa'i Geleng dance is performed by 12 dancers. This dance was originally only performed by men. But in its development, it can also be danced by women. Of course, it is danced separately. When dancing, the dancers wear black-and-yellow costumes combined with red beads. They dance to the beat of drums while singing. The poem that is brought is socialization to the community about how to live in society, religion and solidarity that is upheld. For Acehnese people, this dance is a symbol of religion, instills moral values in the community, and also explains how to live in society.



This time, we are going to let you know ‘Kaliurip Tourism Village’. It is located in the Kemiri District, Purworejo Regency, Central Java and the village offers a main tourism attraction in the form of Curug or Kaliurip waterfall. Besides Kaliurip waterfall, this village also offers other natural attractions, such as the pine forest that is also an off-road car circuit. Traveling to this tourism village, you can try a tour package around the village for Rp150,000 per person. With this tour package, you can get around the village with the local transportation provided. You will also enjoy a traditional snack as well as lunch of Nasi Tumpeng Pecel with a side dish of Javanese Chicken Ingkung.

To try the Kaliurip Village tour package, you will visit a home industry of making Rengginang food from cassava or usually called Krempeyeng. In addition to enjoying the crunchy and tasty snack, you can also practice making it. After the Rengginang home industry, you will be taken to a fruit plant nursery to learn grafting. The next tourism destination is Curug Kaliurip. This waterfall has a water level of about 45 meters. Under the waterfall, there is Kedung (water pool) as deep as 8 meters that looks calm. Visitors are not allowed to bathe in the waterfall area. So, you can only take pictures and enjoy the waterfall from a distance about 10 meters above Kedung. 

To get relaxed, gazebos and pavilion in this area are also available as a place to take rest. There are also prayer rooms and toilet facilities. Besides taking pictures, you may also enjoy nature at Curug Kaliurip that can also be immortalized through scratches on canvas. In this package, you are given the opportunity to paint anything at the tourism spot because the management has prepared painting equipment. The result of the painting can be taken home, after traveling, don’t forget to buy Rengginang, Sermier crackers, and cassava peel chips as your souvenirs.


Gili Lawa

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From Komodo Islands cluster, Gili Lawa is one of the islands whose view is very beautiful. A small uninhabited island is located in the Komodo Archipelago, East Nusa Tenggara to the north of Komodo Island and it’s directly opposite the Flores Sea. Gili Laba also known as Gili Lawa has an iconic spot where in the middle of two islands, there are waters like a strait flanked by two islands. Every visitor who visits Gili Lawa feels incomplete if they haven't taken a photo with the background of this beautiful view. The location of Gili Lawa from Labuan Bajo Harbor is quite far and it takes within one-day round trip by land transporation. That’s why, it’s very unfortunate if you only visit for one day. If you have a plan to visit Gili Lawa, it is recommended to spend the night there or take a trip package for three days and two nights.

Gili Lawa is divided into two areas: Gili Lawa Darat and Gili Lawa Laut, with the conditions of both areas being opposite. The location of Gili Lawa Darat is between Gili Lawa Laut and Komodo Island. The Gili Lawa landscape is dominated by exotic hills filled with expanses of grassland where the dry season will be yellow and fresh green when entering the transitional and rainy seasons. Tracking is the main activity that you must do when visiting Gili Lawa, because the beauty of Gili Lawa will be perfect from the top of the hill. To arrive on the top, it takes about a half to 1 hour, depending on the stamina of each person. The hiking trail is also quite exhausting, steep and slippery because the contours of the sandy soil look bare due to the large number of people passing through the track. It’s recommended for those of you who want to trek to the peak to use mountain sandals or trekking shoes whose surface is not slippery, making it easier for steps to get to the top.

For sunrise and sunset lovers, Gili Lawa also has the best spot to enjoy the sunrise and sunset. Besides tracking activities, climbing the hills can also enjoyful and you can also enjoy the beauty of Gili Lawa by trying water activities, such as swimming, snorkelling or diving.Gili Lawa also presents its underwater beauty, such as coral reefs and marine life that can hypnotize underwater lovers. Don't miss Gili Lawa if you plan to make a sailing trip to the Komodo Islands. You need to know that during the Covid-19 pandemic with Omicron variant, Indonesia keeps opening international flights with several conditions that must be applied, such as a negative PCR result 2x24 hours before departure and also quarantine for 10 days at a place that has been determined by the Indonesian government. So, prepare your complete documents and continue to follow the health protocols so that your vacation is safe and comfortable.


Dali Ni Horbo

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Cheese is one of the most famous dairy products from Europe. Although famous from Europe, Indonesia also has locally made cheese products. Besides Dangke from Enrekang, South Sulawesi, there is also Dali Ni Horbo from Tapanuli, North Sumatra. In the Batak language, "Dali" means Milk, while "Horbo" means Buffalo. So, it means Buffalo Milk. Indeed, this food is made from buffalo milk. The tradition of processing buffalo milk has been carried out by the ancestors of the Batak people. Dali ni horbo or another name, Bagot ni horbo has become the daily menu of the Batak people and is one of the menus for home cooking.

To make Dali Ni Horbo, the buffalo milk is milked and then processed in the traditional way, without preservatives and chemical substances. After the milk is finished, the milk is boiled for 10 minutes. Then, it is added with pineapple juice and papaya leaves. This method is done to help the milk to thicken while reducing the fishy smell. As the milk boils, the bubbles that are floating on the top are separated and the milk will slowly begin to thicken. After boiling, Dali Ni Horbo can be cooled and ready to eat.

Once cooked, Dali Ni Horbo looks white and solid like tofu with a strong milky aroma. This Dali or Bagot Ni Horbo can be consumed directly because it has gone through the ripening process. However, this Batak Cheese will be even more delicious if it is cooked with arsik spices. Arsik is a typical Batak cuisine that also uses the typical Batak "Andaliman" seasoning. If one day you visit North Sumatra, Dali Ni Horbo can be found around Lake Toba, Samosir Island, Tarutung, Parapat area, and traditional markets in North Sumatra. The price is also affordable, starting from Rp. 5 thousand to Rp. 15 thousand per piece.


Toweren Uken people in Takengan, Central Aceh, Aceh province have cultural heritage that holds a noble historical value. It’s called ‘Reje Baluntara traditional house’. It is the building where the King of Baluntara has lived for generations. This building is in the form of a house on stilts made of wood. Uniquely, the building does not use many nails. The wood used is made like a 'knock down' interlocking and locking each other.

If you enter this traditional house, the atmosphere is very dark, because there is no electricity here. In addition, the existing windows are never opened. If you pay attention, almost on every wall and wood in the building, there are various Gayo filigree carvings. This type of carving can also be found on Gayo filigree (traditional) fabrics. The typical carvings can be found in the foyer, namely on wooden poles (vertically) and the top of the inner wall (horizontally). In this building, there are carvings with philosophical content in each of its visual constructions. On the walls, there are various openwork motifs, such as puter tali (multiple gyre), emun mupesir (spreading clouds), and emun berkune (branched clouds).

Reje Baluntara traditional house is also called ‘Umah Edet Pitu Ruang’ or the Seven-Room Traditional House. The number of rooms in the building consists of four rooms, a kitchen and two foyers each for men and women so that the total is seven rooms. If you look inside the building, there are four rooms of equal size (the king's parents’ room, the king's room, two children's rooms for men and women), two porches and one front porch (lepo). In front of the traditional house building, there is a black stone resembling an inscription. It is divided into two parts; on the right and left, there is an inscription of the genealogy of the King of Baluntara who once inhabited the traditional house.


The Banyu Nget of natural tourism object is located in the village of Dukuh, Watulimo District, Trenggalek Regency, East Java. Since its opening, this tourism destination has attracted many tourists because of its cool, beautiful and natural atmosphere.

The name, Banyu Nget means warm water. This 7-hectare tourism attraction offers natural beauty in the form of waterfalls, rocky river flows, Kedung or warm water pools, and various adrenaline-pumping playgrounds.

To enter the tourismarea of Banyu Nget, you will walk along the path, while enjoying the fresh air and cool atmosphere. You can choose the path to cross the river; there are the bamboo bridge and the suspension bridge, namely the Kangen Bridge. To pass the suspension bridge, you will find Kedung Banyu Nget. You can feel the freshness of the warm water in this pool. Besides the warm water pool, you can also enjoy the beauty of the Urang Kambu waterfall as high as about 30 meters. You can swim under the waterfall. The management also provides life jackets for visitors who cannot swim. 

In addition to enjoying activities in the water, in this tourism attraction, there is also a viewing tower on a tree to relax while enjoying the natural atmosphere. Banyu Nget also has an adrenaline-pumping ride in the form of an air bike. You can enjoy the natural beauty of an air bike that is equipped with special safety standard equipment. For those of you who like camping, this tourism area also has an area to set up a tent that is equipped with swing rides and a hammock at a height and installed between shady trees. To enter this tourist area, you are required to buy an entrance ticket worth Rp 5,000 per person. This tourism area is also equipped with various facilities ranging from canteens, places of worship, bathrooms and gazebos.

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