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19
November

The people of Central Sulawesi know 3 traditional houses as their pride. One of them is the Tambi Traditional House of the Lore Tribe and Kaili Tribe. It is classified as a rectangular house on stilts whose roof is also useful as a wall. The house pedestal is made of stacked blocks, while the foundation is made of natural stone. It is a house on stilts with short pillars and no more than 1 meter high. There are 9 support poles and they are attached to each other using wooden pegs. Usually, the poles are made of Bonati wood, a type of forest wood that has a strong texture and is not easily weathered. The stairs to enter are made of round logs. The number of household steps is different and meaningful. The odd number steps indicate the house of the traditional head. Meanwhile, the even number of stairs is a resident’s house.

The Tambi Traditional House has no rooms and its occupants usually sleep in the living room using a wooden bed. In the middle of the main room, there is a kitchen equipped with a stove for cooking. This house has no partitions in the room. So, the local people carry out all activities in one room. This indicates that in the past, the local people might look at each other; the important thing was to be comfortable in the rainy season and protected from the hot sun. The Tambi Traditional House is used as a residence. It has additional buildings, namely Buho or Gambiri which have their functions. For example, Bohu is a building that has 2 floors and has rooms like the main house. The first floor is used to receive guests, while the second one is used for storing rice. While Pointua is used as a place to pound rice. Recently, the Tambi Traditional House has begun to make ornaments on the door as decoration. Most of the motifs are inspired by the environment, such as animals or plants.

Building a Tambing Traditional House should not be careless. There is a main requirement that must be done when building. The position of the house must face south and north. So, it doesn’t turn its back to the sun at sunrise and sunset. Another attraction, according to Rifai Mardin, a lecturer in architectural engineering from Tadulako University, is that this traditional house with stilt architecture is earthquake resistant. In addition, it is also resistant to floods and tsunamis. Of course, the height is not as high as the body of the building or above 2 meters from the ground floor of the house. It will also be able to survive if the water waves don’t carry huge water. He also believes that ancient people had sufficient knowledge about the conditions in which they lived. Moreover, people used to live with earthquakes in the past; this can be seen from the local culture, especially in the design of buildings.

17
November

COAL VILLAGE

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Coal Village is located east of Labuan Bajo, the capital city of West Manggarai Regency, East Nusa Tenggara. Going to Coal Village can be reached by land using motor vehicles. The traveling time by motorcycle is about 3-4 hours from Labuan Bajo. Located in Kuwus District, Coal Village has now been dressed as a tourism village. The main attractions are natural beauty, culture, handicrafts, local culinary, artificial tourism spots and coffee agrotourism. It is managed by a group of youths organized under the Creative Youth Association. Institutionally, this group was strengthened by the formation of the Bukit Porong Tourism Awareness Group (Pokdarwis) on March 6, 2021. It was formed as a response to changes in Labuan Bajo tourism that is increasingly famous as one of the super priority tours in Indonesia, with the leading destination of Komodo National Park.

Coal Tourism Village is a new one developed with the concept of Storynomic Village Tourism. This concept means promoting narrative, creative contents, living culture, and cultural power. All tourism attractions, both natural, cultural and artificial will be narrated with interesting stories for tourists. Furthermore, the development of creative contents on social media is a promotional medium for tourists. Coal Tourism Village has the power of natural and cultural tourism which becomes the main magnet to attract tourists. In this village, there is a tourist spot for Bukit Porong Tedeng which means the hill of hope. Tourists can enjoy the sensation of natural scenery from the height as above the clouds.

Coal Tourism Village is also developing coffee agrotourism that is part of a local village tour package. The visitors will have the experience of traveling to coffee plantations. The types being developed are Arabica coffee and Robusta coffee. Even if visiting at the right time, visitors can participate in harvesting Arabica coffee which usually takes place during April-June, while Robusta coffee is harvested from June to September. It's a very suitable tourism destination for coffee lovers. You must keep in mind that you must apply health protocols so that your vacation is safe and comfortable.

16
November

Arborek Tourism Village in Raja Ampat Regency, West Papua has a quite unique welcoming tradition, namely Injak Piring tradition. Local people know this tradition by the name of Mansorandak. Mansorandak is a tradition that has existed for a long time in Papua, including in Arborek Tourism Village. This tradition has its own philosophy for people who have just set foot on Arborek Island. In the local language, “Mansorandak means 'to wash your face', which means celebrating the first person who comes to our place.

Citing the Indonesian Intangible Cultural Heritage site, managed by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and Technology, Mansorandak tradition is a ceremony to welcome people who leave or return from a recently visited place. This tradition is also interpreted as gratitude because the person returns or arrives safely. The Mansorandak tradition is not only carried out to welcome guests who have just set foot in Arborek Village, but this tradition is also done by local residents to welcome their families who are visiting a place for the first time.

According to the Indonesian Intangible Cultural Heritage site, the welcoming will be done at the place according to the type of transportation used by the person. For example, if the nomad is on a boat, the nomad will be greeted at the dock. This tradition begins with the Flower Bath procession on a traditional plate. Next, the nomad will enter a special room in the house along with his/her family and must go around nine traditional plates for nine rounds. This procession ends with stepping on a crocodile replica as a symbol of the challenges, sufferings and tests of life that will accompany the person’s way of life.

This procession ends with eating together. They eat traditional food consisting of main course such as meat, fish, betel and areca nut which are hung at the top of the house and can only be eaten once the elders give instruction. As time goes by, this tradition is now carried out only by pouring water on the nomad before entering the house without circling plates and eating together.

15
November

Besides Toba Lake, North Sumatra  has also another interesting tourism attraction to visit. That is the Nature Reserve of Dolok Tinggi Raja. It has an area of 167 hectares and is located in Dolok Merawa Village, Silau Kahean District, Simalungun Regency, North Sumatra Province. The total of the area, 4 hectares is the main location for geysers mixed with sulphur. The hot spring of Tinggi Raja White Crater is surrounded by travertine or limestone deposits at an altitude of 450 meters above sea level. It is one of the tourism attractions of the Nature Reserveof Dolok Tinggi Raja.

The hot spring with temperatures around 90 degrees Celsius from the Tinggi Raja White Crater comes from small hills in the area. The flow of hot water flows between the limestone rocks that are stepped, so that the rocks become pure white like snow. Some people call it “Hot Snow”. There are two places that can be visited in this tourism area. The first one is the limestone hill which is traversed by the flow of hot water which makes these rocks beautiful to the eye. On top of the limestone hill, there is also a small natural pool that emits hot springs that appear bubbling from the bottom of the pool. There is also a stream of hot water flowing through the dry bushes of trees and gathering into one and forming a very beautiful blue-green lake.

Another place that you can visit when you go to the Tinggi Raja White Crater is under the cliff. You can soak in the water. There is a cool river flow and a waterfall that flows from the hill above, making this place a destination for soaking after visitors enjoy the beauty of the hot water above. This hot spring is believed to contain sulphur which is good for skin health when used for bathing or washing the limbs. There are food stalls or restaurants in this nature reserve, you are recommended to bring your own food.

12
November

Temanggung is a regency in Central Java, flanked by 2 mountains: Mt Sindoro and Sumbing which are famous for coffee and tobacco producing areas. Moreover, Temanggung has a variety of unique culinary and delicious delight. One of them is Bajingan (Bastard). This culinary’s name sounds harsh. In Indonesian, Bajingan is indeed a harsh curse. However, the people in Temanggung know Bajingan as a sweet snack with a soft texture.

Bajingan’s basic ingredients are quality cassava, brown sugar, thick coconut milk, and pandan leaves. Not all types of cassava can be processed into this food. Only soft and best quality cassava can be selected as raw ingredients.  Usually, the cassava is planted in fertile land, such as in rice fields or fields with high rainfall. When eaten, the sweet and legit taste of cassava is immediately felt. Bajingan is very delicious when eaten warm in the morning or evening. Moreover, it’s more delicious, if you eat it while drinking a cup of coffee or warm tea.

Usually, Bajingan is served directly in the form of stew. But now, some Bajingan is also fried. The fried one still tastes sweet. For those of you who want to try the pleasures of Bajingan, you can look for it in traditional markets in Temanggung; one of them is in Pasar Kliwon Temanggung. In addition, you can also buy at Papringan Market, a market that carries the theme of handicrafts and culinary specialties of the local area. Bajingan is sold at a relatively cheap price around IDR 10.000 per portion.

11
November

MENDOAN

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Tempe Mendoan is special food from Banyumas district, Central Java officially designated as an Intangible Cultural Heritage (WBTB) of Indonesia. This determination was decided through the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and Higher Education during the 2021 Indonesian Intangible Cultural Heritage Determination session in Jakarta on October 29. In this edition, we would like to invite you to get to know more about the typical food of Banyumas Regency. The word, ‘Mendoan’ is from Banyumas language, Mendo which means half-cooked or mushy. Mendoan means to cook with a lot of hot cooking oil quickly. So, the food does not cook properly. The most common ingredients of Mendoan are tempeh and tofu. However, tempeh is more often made into Mendoan.

Besides tempeh or tofu, other ingredients of Mendoan are flour, leeks, spices, such as garlic, nutmeg, coriander and pepper. Before the tempeh is fried, first, slice the tempeh thinly, and then prepare the dough. The flour is mixed with water and spices. Next, put tempeh into the dough and then fry it. Its uniqueness is that tempeh is not fried until it is dry, but is still wet and soft. It tastes delicious and crunchy. Mendoan is served hot, accompanied with cayenne pepper or soy sauce. Mendoan can be a side dish. Or it can be enjoyed as snacks to accompany by drinking a cup of tea or coffee in the morning or evening.

In Banyumas, it is not hard to find Mendoan. You can buy Mendoan in Sawangan, Purwokerto, which is a typical hawker center of Purwokerto. In addition, the good taste makes Mendoan spread outside Banyumas. Tempe Mendoan can be found in big cities in Central Java, even in Jakarta. The price is also relatively cheap from Rp 2,500 to Rp 5,000 per piece.

10
November

OETUNE BEACH

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What do you usually do when you go to the beach? Surely, the answer is swimming, snorkelling or diving. What if you could also feel the sensation of vacationing in the desert while on the beach? This one tourism destination must be included in your vacation list. It is ‘Oetune Beach’ located in Tufanu Village, Kualin District, South Central Timor Regency, East Nusa Tenggara Province. This beach is about 115 kilometres from Kupang City, with a travel time of 2.5 or 3 hours by motor vehicles. You don’t have to worry about getting lost because the directions to the beach are quite complete.

The beach is open 24 hours; it’s very unique and the only one in Indonesia. When you arrive on this beach, you will not immediately see the deep blue sea but a very wide mound of desert. Cassowary and palm trees scattered around the desert make you feel like you are in the Sahara desert. Just imagine hundreds of square meters of soft sand mound welcoming you. If it’s the first thing that you see, you are in the right place. This can expand your activities that you usually do on the beach. Sandboarding or surfing on the sand is one of your choices. But you have to bring your own equipment because there is no sandboarding equipment rental facility. This rolling sand is certainly very interesting if you capture it with your camera.

Oetune Beach is still very natural, clean, and wide enough. The location is not too crowded; it’s perfect for you to be alone. The waves on this beach are quite strong and chasing each other, so it is advisable to remain careful if you want to swim. If you suddenly feel hungry, don't worry because there are food stalls. There are no hotels or lodging around the beach, so you can spend the night in Soe City. You can find hotels with varying prices. Keep this Oetune beach clean, so that our next generation can enjoy it too. Happy Holiday!

05
November

Rujak Teplak

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If one day you can visit Indonesia, try to enjoy a variety of  Indonesian typical culinary. When exploring Indonesian food, you will find some kinds of culinary that are almost the same in several places, such as ‘Rujak’. Rujak made from a mixture of any vegetables or fruits and doused with rujak sauce or rujak spice can be found in various regions with their own peculiarities. Take for example, Tegal has its typical salad known as ‘Rujak Teplak’.

Rujak Teplak is made from several types of vegetables such as kangkung, violaceous, sweet potato leaves, papaya leaves, cassava leaves, bean sprouts, banana heart, bitter-gourd, and boiled cucumber. The uniqueness of Rujak is in the sauce. In general, Rujak uses peanut sauce as the main ingredient. But,  the main ingredient of Rujak Teplak is boiled cassava. Then, the boiled cassava is crushed until smooth and mixed with red chili, Javanese sugar and Kencur.

To serve Rujak Teplak, you can enjoy all vegetables placed on a banana leaf sheet and then, they are doused with the cassava sauce. It tastes delicious, especially when eaten with yellow kerupuk or crackers fried in sand. The crackers are seasoned with grated dry coconut. Spicy or non-spicy Rujak Teplak can be adjusted according to taste and it depends on the chili sauce made from red chili mixed with ulenan or mashed cassava. It’s easy to enjoy this dish. Rujak Teplak is easily found in various corners of Tegal City, especially in traditional markets. The price is relatively affordable from Rp. 2,500 to Rp. 5,000 per serving.

04
November

Nusa tourism village is one of the tourism villages in Indonesia, which carries the theme of disaster education. Located in Lhoknga, Aceh Besar district or 30 kilometres away from downtown of Banda Aceh City, Nusa tourism village is a village that was built by the community independently after the tsunami that hit Aceh in 2004. If any tourists may visit the village, they can learn about disasters in the area as well as local wisdom owned by the surrounding community.

To enter this tourism village, visitors would feel the atmosphere of the village that is so beautiful. To travel to Nusa tourism village, one can see the green rice fields and rivers around. The scenery looks perfect with Baisan hills as the background. They can also enjoy the scenery while camping and fishing in the area that has been provided. Besides enjoying the natural beauty of nature, visitors can also learn about recycling trash processing. The residents of Nusa tourism village process proper waste to make handicrafts worth selling. The handicrafts that can be found in the area are tissue boxes, pencil cases, synthetic flowers, vases, and other home decorations. The visitors can also buy typical woven clothes of Aceh Besar Regency as well as bags and hats made from processed trash.

The people of Nusa tourism village still keep their traditional and local culture values so that tourists can feel the experience of the village’s culture. They can see the art performances, such as Sedati dance, Rapai Geleng dance, Ranup Lampuan dance, and Ratoh Duek dance. As a gift, besides buying handicrafts from the local community, tourists can also buy Oen Temuru chips. It is one of the creative economic products from the people of Nusa tourism village. The snacks are based on curry leaves processed as chips. Curry leaves are generally known as mixed ingredients of Aceh’s typical cuisine, Ayam tangkap. Besides the Oen Temuru chips, visitors can also taste Beulangong soup, banana chips, honey, Kembang Goyang, Timphan Asoe Kaya, Seupet cake, Kekarah and Emping Melinjo. If tourists want to stay in this village, they may stay at the traditional wooden stilt houses built by the local people independently.

03
November

KEPA ISLAND

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Kepa Island is a small island in Alor Regency, East Nusa Tenggara which has stunning clear blue waters. Enjoying the sunset on Kepa Island is so special, unlike anywhere else. Those of you who like water activities will definitely be interested in visiting this island, because Kepa Island has a stretch of white sand like flour with a calm and peaceful atmosphere. Looking at the ocean with a charming stretch of green hills and small islands around Kepa becomes a special color for your vacation. Alor Regency has 15 islands and six of them are inhabited. Kepa Island is like a forgotten island because it is far from civilization. However, this condition is the main attraction because it still has its original enchantment.


You will feel a new adventure on Kepa Island. You can stay in the traditional village bamboo huts of Alor, which are built on a cliff close to the beach, don't forget to book a place before coming. There are few huts available and they were built to maintain the authenticity of the environment around the island. Kepa Island is the best destination for you to explore nature and enjoy the underwater panorama. The coral reefs around the island are still very authentic. Because this area is surrounded by the Timor Sea, Sawu Sea, and Flores Sea which are breeding grounds for whales. If you are lucky, you will see a group of whales appearing on the surface. If you want to see the rich marine life, you can dive or snorkel in the waters of Kepa Island. You can swim with the colorful fishes that sometimes hide in the coral reefs.


To get
to Kepa Island takes about 10 minutes by boat from Keil Pulau Pier. Alor Island itself can be reached by flight about 45 minutes from El Tari Kupang Airport, the capital of East Nusa Tenggara to Kalabahi, the capital of Alor Island. Kalabahi becomes a transit point for tourists before continuing their journey to the small group of islands that surround Alor, including Kepa Island. From Kalabahi Airport in Alor, you still need to continue the journey for about one and half hours by car and continue by boat. This island does not have adequate infrastructure. There are no asphalt roads, public transportation or food stalls. In fact, only 30 people live on Kepa Island. So, make sure you bring all your personal needs before going to this island.

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