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Joy in the Stillness at Borobudur

29 November 2012

Categories : Culture and Heritage

Joy in the Stillness at Borobudur

It seemed that around every corner in Indonesia was something new to discover. We had long bus rides and frequent plane rides between islands that allowed me to ponder the newness of every experience. Every time I really did, I felt I might need to pinch myself. There are all kinds of love in this world and in the absence of the kind of romantic love that fuels so many lives, my great affair is learning and collecting new experiences. Borobudur was a moment in which...

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Tag : Borobudur, Understanding the Thousands of Relief Panels of Borobudur

Looking into a Volcano at Mt Bromo

29 November 2012

Categories : Hiking, Trekking, and Eco

Looking into a Volcano at Mt Bromo

Did you ever wonder what it would be like to look inside of a volcano? At Indonesia’s Mt. Bromo, you can see for yourself. The journey begins in Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park, in the far east of Java. We arrived at our hotel the day before and rested up for a middle-of-the-night departure for sunrise. After sunrise we took jeeps across the sand sea and hiked up Mt. Bromo. Here, some chose to ride horses up the volcano side. The hike wasn’t...

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Tag : Mount Bromo, Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park, The Yadnya Kasada Ceremony at Mt. Bromo

First Impressions of Indonesia

29 November 2012

Categories : Culture and Heritage - Travelings

First Impressions of Indonesia

  As traveling two weeks in Indonesia, I got to see the major attractions around the country. While I was visiting nine different islands, these were the first impressions I got. Islands Officially, there are 17,000 islands Indonesia. 8,844 of them have been named by the government of Indonesia, including major islands: Kalimantan (Borneo), Sumatra, Java and so on, and 922 of them are permanently inhabited. It’s not hard to guess Indonesia is a big...

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Tag : Borobudur, Batik Solo: Keeping The Tradition Alive, Tanjung Puting National Park : Re-introducing Orang Utans to the Wild, Komodo National Park

Mt Bromo a must see item when visiting Indonesia

27 November 2012

Categories : Hiking, Trekking, and Eco

Mt Bromo a must see item when visiting Indonesia

Waking up for 3:30am for a tour to do a “must see, must do” item in  Indonesia, is sometimes a sacrifice that you need to make. Thankfully I didn’t need to shower before hand I could literally roll out of bed at 3:15am, throw some clothes on and meet the group. Before heading to the small town of Wonotoro, I was told to bring warm clothes and that it would be very chilly there. Men walked around selling toques and mittens, the Indonesians...

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Tag : Mount Bromo, Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park, The Yadnya Kasada Ceremony at Mt. Bromo

The Incredible Orangutans of Kalimantan

26 November 2012

Categories : Travelings - Adventure

The Incredible Orangutans of Kalimantan

To the world it is known simply as Borneo. It’s the third biggest island in the world and home to the famous gentle man of the forest—the orangutan. To Indonesians, it is Kalimantan—the Indonesian part which makes up the majority of the island’s land area. The rest of the island is diffused into Sabah and Sarawak, the provinces of Malaysian Borneo, as well as the Sultanate of Brunei. Last year I visited these parts of Borneo, but wanted to...

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Tag : Tanjung Puting National Park : Re-introducing Orang Utans to the Wild, Camp Leakey