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The Traveller's Lounge / Ramadan in Indonesia
« on: July 16, 2013, 11:12:16 AM »
Masjid Amirul Mukminin, Pantai Losari, Makassar, Sulawesi Selatan

The fasting month of Ramadan is a month full of blessings for Muslims, who eagerly anticipate its arrival. Muslims believe that Ramadan is a month full of God’s mercy, gifts, and forgiveness when all of one’s good deeds and prayers will be rewarded by God and all one’s sins will be forgiven. It is a lunar holiday and this year, Ramadan comes to Indonesia from July 9 – August 9, 2013.

In Indonesia, where the majority of the population is Muslim, there are various traditions in a number of areas in which people welcome the holy month of Ramadan. Although traditions may differ, the spirit remains the same, which is joyful and gratefulness in welcoming the holy month. The following are the examples of traditions during Ramadan in a number of areas:

• “Dugderan” in Semarang, Central Java
Dugderan takes place in Semarang the capital city of Cenral Java. “Dug” is the sound of a mosque drum to indicate the arrival of Ramadhan, while “Der” is the sound of cannon that is fired simultaneously with the sound of the mosque drum.

• “Meugang” in Aceh, Sumatera.
Meugang is practiced in Aceh (Nangroe Aceh Darussalam) and Muslim over there slaughter goats, sheep or buffalos. This tradition has existed in the province since the year 1400 when the province was ruled by Kings.

• “Nyorog” in Betawi, Jakarta
“Nyorog” for Betawi people in Jakarta means distributing food to elderly family members. Although the terminology Nyorog has almost disappeared the tradition still remains. The food varies such as buffalo meat or beef, packaged noodles, coffee, milk, sugar, syrup and so forth.

• “Ngabuburit” in West Java
Sundanese people in Bandung, West Java often go out before dusk with friends or family to welcome the moment of buka puasa—which means breaking the fast. They call it “Ngabuburit”. There are various activities of ngabuburit starting from playing sports with friends, sightseeing and into religious activities such as spending time in mosque, recites Koran, etc.

• Buka Puasa Bersama—all over Indonesia
Today in many major cities in Indonesia there is also a tradition called buka bersama which means breaking the fast together with relatives, friends or colleagues at restaurants or cafes that have special promotional offers during the holy months.

• Nuzulul Quran (the day commemorating the advent of Koran) and Lailatul Qadar (the night of Koran’ s revelation).
In Indonesia, Nuzulul Quran is celebrated on 17th Ramadhan while Lailatul Qadar is on the 27th of the same month. Both celebrations are uniquely Indonesian traditions.


Due to Ramadan and the Lebaran (Idul Fitri holiday following the fasting month), some tourism destinations in Indonesia might have special opening hours during the fasting month.

In general, you can assume that all museums, galleries, and similar tourism attractions will be closed for the official two days of Lebaran, August 8 and 9. Many companies of all kinds also close during these days and the week following to allow their employees to return to their home villages to celebrate Lebaran with their families.

Hotels generally are open and functioning normally but travel between Jakarta and other places in the days before and after Lebaran is very crowded and difficult to find seats as so many Jakartans “mudik”, or return to their home villages.

Below are some specific examples:

Museum Wayang (Shadow Puppet Museum), Jakarta
Address : Jln. Pintu Besar Utara No. 27 Jakarta Barat 11110
Phone : +62-21-6929560
Opening Hours:
Museum Wayang will be closed from August 8 – 9, 2013 that is the day of Lebaran. Museum Wayang also closes every Monday.
Admission :
IDR 2.000 (20 cent USD) for adults
IDR 6.000 (60 cent USD) for kids

Museum Layang – layang (Kite Museum)
Address : Jln. H Kamang NO. 38, Pondok Labu, Jakarta 12450
Phone : +62-21-7658075
Opening hours: Museum Layang – layang will be close on August 03 – 12, 2013 and will resume
again at August 13, 2013.
Admission :
IDR 10.000 (USD 1) for kids and adults
And free for kids under 3 years old

Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (Beautiful Indonesia in Miniature, Jakarta)
Address : Kompleks Taman Mini Indonesia Indah
Phone : +62-21-29369593
Opening hours : Open regularly every day, including at Lebaran
Admission :
IDR 9.000 (USD 90 cent) for children – adult

Ragunan Zoo
Address : Pasar Minggu, South Jakarta
Phone : +62-21-7896975
Opening hours : Open regularly every day, including at Lebaran
Admission :
IDR. 4.000 (USD 40 cent) for Adult
IDR. 3.000 (USD 30 cent) Children Under Twelve

Istiqlal Mosque,
Address : Jalan Taman Wijaya Kusuma Jakarta
Phone : +62-21-3813206
No ticket Admission to enter the mosque, and they’re open every day.

Batik Shops in Jakarta
All batik shops will open every day. Below 3 biggest batik shop on Jakarta :
• Sarinah Departemen store
Gedung Sarina 4th Floor, Jln. Mohammad Husni Thamrin, No. 11. Jakarta

• Alun- Alun Indonesia
Grand Indonesia, 3rd Floor, West Building. Jl. Mh Thamrin kav 28 – 30.
• Batik Keris Ship
Keris Dept. Store 4th floor. Jl. Hos Cokroaminoto 87-89 Menteng, jakarta

Advice during Ramadan:

• Like any holiday, Ramadan affects business as usual. Many venues operate with limited hours and staff, so try to book accommodation, transport, and tours via internet or phone before you arrive. Even if office have posted hours, call ahead to ensure someone’s available to meet your needs.
• Most restaurants close by day, so bring a packed lunch from your hotel or reserve ahead at restaurants that open for lunch in tourist areas.
• Get into the Ramadan spirit. To show your support, avoid eating or drinking on the street in front of people who are probably fasting and grant people privacy at prayer times.


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Central Sulawesi / Flight Schedule to Luwuk
« on: July 04, 2013, 11:20:20 AM »
LUWUK (LUW) - DENPASAR (BALI) (DPS) via Makassar
LUWUK (LUW) - DENPASAR (BALI) (DPS) via Jakarta



DENPASAR (BALI) (DPS) - LUWUK (LUW) via Makassar
DENPASAR (BALI) (DPS) - LUWUK (LUW) via Jakarta



By Lion Air

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Central Kalimantan / Flight Schedule to Pangkalan Bun
« on: July 04, 2013, 11:01:46 AM »
Jakarta (CGK)-Pangkalan Bun (PKN)

KalStar
11.00 AM- 12.15 PM

Trigana
09.15 AM- 10.25 AM

Pangkalan Bun (PKN) - Jakarta (CGK)

KalStar
12.40 PM- 13.55 PM

Trigana
08.05 AM - 09.15 AM


Pangkalan Bun (PKN) - Semarang (SRG)


KalStar
11.45 AM - 12.45 PM

Trigana
10:55 AM- 11:50 AM

Semarang (SRG) - Pangkalan Bun (PKN)

KalStar
01.15 PM- 02.15 PM

Trigana
12:20 PM- 01:15 PM


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Tour & Travel Package / FUN TRIP to BELITUNG ISLAND
« on: June 24, 2013, 03:01:04 PM »
LOMBA   PELEPASAN   ANAK   PENYU   &   FUN   GAMES                                        
PROGRAM     :   2  HARI  /  1  MALAM                                               
TOUR CODE  :   HP  -  006  FT
KEBERANGKATAN  :  JUN.  01.  JUL.  13,  20,  27.  AUG.  03,  31.  SEP.  07,  21,  28.  OCT.  05,  12,  19,  26.
Minimum  Peserta        :  12  Pria  -  12  Wanita,   Maximum  Peserta  :  24  Pria  -  24  Wanita   
Jadwal   Perjalanan  :   
                                     


Hari  01   :   Jakarta – Tanjung Pandan  :  BELI  TIKET  SENDIRI,     SJ. 050   Berangkat  :  06.20     Tiba  :  07.20
E – mail  /  Fax  kan  ke  HSL   WISATA,  secepatnya  setelah  anda  membeli  tiket  atau  hubungi  kami  untuk  melakukan  reservasi  tiket  anda  serta  pesan  Paket  nya  di  telepon  :  021 -  6385  4291.
Pada  hari  keberangkatan,  berkumpul di  Bandara  Soekarno  -  Hatta,  Jakarta,  Terminal  :  1  -  B,  di  depan  Kantor  Penjualan  Sriwijaya  Air  pada  Jam  :  05.00  pagi.
Tiba  di  Bandara  H.  AS.  Hanandjoeddin,  dijemput  dan  diantar  untuk  menikmati  makanan Bakmi  khas  Belitung,  mengunjungi  :  Pelabuhan  Laut  Tanjung  Pandan, Pantai  Tanjung  Tinggi,  menikmati  Kelapa  Muda,  melewati  Kampung  Nelayan  Desa  Tanjung  Binga,  makan  siang  di  Resort  Bukit  Berahu.
Selepas  itu,  diantar  ke  Pantai  Tanjung  Kelayang,  dengan  perahu  tradisional,  dilengkapi  dengan  Life  Jacket,
menuju  Pulau  Lengkuas,  anda  bisa  naik  sampai  ke puncak  menara  Mercu  Suar  untuk  menikmati  pemandangan  yang  fantastic,  Lomba  Pelepasan  Anak  Penyu  ke  Laut  serta  program  Fun  Game  :  Find  Your  Own  Partner,  yang  dilakukan  di  tepi  pantai.
Sore  hari,  kembali  ke  Pantai  Tanjung  Kelayang,  diantar  ke  Hotel  Grand  Pelangi  atau  Hotel  Grand  Hatika.
Makan  malam  di Restoran  Mabai di tepi  Pantai,  Acara  Api  Unggun  dan  2  Fun  Games,  disediakan   Teh /  Kopi,  Singkong  Goreng  dan  Pisang  goreng  setelah  makan  malam,   pasti  seru !
Kembali  ke  Hotel,   acara  bebas,  bermalam.  (  Makan siang  &  makan  malam,  Sea-foods  Menu  ).

Hari  02  :  Tanjung  Pandan – Jakarta  :  BELI  TIKET  SENDIRI,     SJ. 053   Berangkat  :  16.05     Tiba  :  17.05
Atau  hubungi  kami  untuk  melakukan  reservasi  tiket  anda.
      
Makan pagi di Hotel,  tour  melihat Kota Tua dan Baru Kota Tanjung Pandan, singgah di Rumah Adat Belitung, Pasangan  Pemenang  Fun  Game  terakhir  akan  diberikan  kesempatan  untuk  diambil  fotonya  dengan  memakai  Pakaian  Pengantin  Adat  Melayu  di  Rumah  Adat  Belitung  (  jika  bersedia  ),  acara berbelanja oleh – oleh  dan  souvenir,  makan siang di Restoran  Sari  Laut, selepas itu, tour  mengunjungi  Pantai  Tanjung  Pendam  serta  menikmati  indahnya  pemandangan  Areal  Penambangan  Kaolin, diantar ke Bandar Udara guna melanjutkan penerbangan kembali ke Jakarta,  akhir  dari  tour  program.  ( Makan pagi, makan siang,  Sea-foods  Menu )

HARGA  PAKET  PER  PESERTA :
Hotel Grand Pelangi                 ***   Minimum : 24  Pax   Minimum : 48  Pax
Basis 2 Peserta dalam 1 kamar   Rp.   1.450.000   Rp.   1.400.000
Basis 1 Peserta dalam 1 kamar   Rp.   1.675.000   Rp.   1.625.000

Hotel  Grand  Hatika             ****   Minimum : 24  Pax   Minimum : 48  Pax
Basis 2 Peserta dalam 1 kamar   Rp.   1.575.000   Rp.   1.525.000
Basis 1 Peserta dalam 1 kamar   Rp.   1.900.000   Rp.   1.850.000
      


HARGA PAKET WISATA SUDAH TERMASUK   :

1.   Penjemputan di Bandara, diantar ke Hotel, penjemputan di Hotel, di antar ke Bandara.
2.   Kendaraan atau bus ber A.C.   3.   Acara Wisata sesuai program  +  FUN  GAMES  +  API UNGGUN
4.   Makan sesuai program  ( 1 X makan pagi, 2 X makan siang, 1 X makan malam ), tea / coffee & snacks
5.   Tiket masuk ke obyek wisata & biaya Pemandu Wisata lokal.
6.   Penyediaan  Anak  Penyu  untuk  Acara  Lomba  Pelepasan  Anak  Penyu  ke  Laut.
7.   Akomodasi 1  malam,  Grand  Pelangi  ( standard room )  atau  Grand  Hatika  (  superior  room )
      
   Note    :       ●   BELUM  TERMASUK  TIPS  UNTUK  GUIDE  &  DRIVER,   Rp.  40.000.00   per  pax
         ●   Belum  termasuk  biaya  Airport  Tax  :  Jakarta  &  Tanjung  Pandan,Rp.51.000.00.
                        ●   Jika  persediaan  Anak  Penyu  tidak  mencukupi,Peserta  yang  tidak kebagian  akan diberikan ganti rugi sebesar Rp. 100.000,00 

HSL  WISATA, THE TRAVEL AGENCY
Jl.Kayoa No 7 Jakarta Pusat 10150
PHONE   :  021  -  6385  4291
FAX.        :  021  -  6385  4286
E - mail    :  hsl@cbn.net.id

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West Sumatra / Q about mentawai
« on: June 19, 2013, 03:13:33 PM »
Quote
Dear I was in beautiful Indonesia 2 year ago and now i want to comeback for a precise scope. Im Italian Photographer who travel the world discovering tribe and indigenous people and their culture, i know that in Mentawei islands there are the Mentawei people that are still living in a very traditional way. Are these people possible to meet? These place are free to go or need a special permit? Do you have any tips Thanks Many Thanks Mattia mattiachill9at)yahoo.it

A question from Mattia,feel free to answer and share your info here.thx

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It is official: the Jakarta Marathon 2013 will be held for the first time in Indonesia’s capital city, Jakarta, on Sunday, 27 October 2013.   The news was announced in Paris, France,  at the Marathon de Paris 2013, on 4th of April .
 
Six categories will be competed in the Jakarta Marathon 2013, namely:  Full Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, Wheelchairs, and Sprint for Children.
 
Deputy Minister for Tourism and Creative Economy, Sapta Nirwandar said that the Jakarta Marathon will be an international scaled sporting event that had been carefully planned since some time. Adding that similar to other world class marathons, the Jakarta Marathon itself is intended to further expand sports tourism in Indonesia, and is expected to attract more international tourists to Indonesia.
 
On his side, Jakarta Governor, Joko Widodo enthusiastically welcomed the staging of the Marathon saying that “Jakarta warmly welcomes the very first Jakarta Marathon, projected to be an annual event for Jakarta and Indonesia. We hope that through this event, the number of international tourists to the city will increase each year. Governor Widodo plans to fully support the Jakarta Marathon with art and culture festivities from all over Indonesia.
 
The Marathon route will take competing athletes and participants pass some of Jakarta’s most well known landmarks that include the National Monument or Monas, the Istiqlal Mosque the Cathedral Church across, the Old Batavia complex, and the Hotel Indonesia Roundabout.
 

The event is organized by Inspiro as the appointed promotor and organizer of The Jakarta Marathon working in close cooperation with the Association of Indonesian Athletes (PASI) and the Amaury Sports Organization (ASO).
 
Indonesia’s participation in the ongoing Marathon de Paris 2013 is intended to observe how a successful marathon should be organized and managed with respect to design, mechanism, methods, and management structure. The opportunity was also used to promote and invite athletes and the international public to come and participate in the Jakarta Marathon 2013.
 
For registration and more information, please visit the event official website: www.thejakartamarathon.com

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West Java / Shopping for vintage clothes in Bandung
« on: April 08, 2013, 10:32:43 AM »
Vintage shopping in Bandung might involve digging through smelly piles of clothes and haggling, but the most dangerous part is perhaps discovering that you are running out of space in the two big shopping bags you brought for the purpose.
Back in 1996, word of a new shopping spot in Bandung called Cimol — short for Cibadak Mall— began to spread.

Cimol, however, is not actually a mall. It is composed of numerous street vendors selling used clothes at very cheap prices, some as low as Rp 5,000 (51 US cents) a piece, on Jl. Cibadak.
Reeking piles of clothes cover the footpath, while nicer ones, usually sold at a much higher price, are hung-up.

And so suddenly Bandung’s fashionistas began to rave about Cimol. Perhaps because it was the time when everybody was getting into 1960s and 1970s style and wearing bell-bottom pants and tight patterned shirts, thus, making Cimol the place to hunt for these items. Soon, Jakarta began to hear the whispers too.

However, Cimol was to be short lived as the fashion craze was all about the glimmering millennium and welcoming Y2K and so the vendors moved to Tegal Lega and Gede Bage Market.
Fast-forward to 2011, and a trip to Bandung Post Office on Jl. Asia Afrika reveals two spots selling vintage clothing. These stores, inside buildings next to the post office, have good collections and are much more comfortable compared to Cimol.

The first store is Cimol in an effort to channel the legend, and the second is Dezon.
Dezon, which is inside a colonial building, is larger and more comfortable compared to its darker neighbor Cimol. While Cimol houses only one seller, Dezon is composed of many.
Cimol is open anytime of the day unless they need to close for family matters but just to be safe go there around the same time as Dezon's opening hours, which is daily from 10 a.m to around 6p.m.


Both places sell mostly woman's clothes such as dresses, skirts, shirt dresses, tops, coats and even winter attire.

Owners of both Cimol and Dezon quoted the same source for their collection.
"Korea. Some are pre owned clothes and some are new but could not be sold because the export or import quota had been reached," the owner of a stall at Dezon said.  "We buy them in volume or by weight," he added.
That could explain the signature damp, earthy smell that clings to the clothes.
Shopping for vintage records at Bandung's DU 68
 
Here are some tips to make your shopping for vintage clothes here a winning trip:
If you come here by car, try to park at the post office parking lot, which is easier to get to before 10 a.m or after 3 p.m.
Alternatively, park at Jl. Alkateri, preferably at the same time of the day as the post office car park.
Take the time to visit both places to compare and find the best pieces. When you do find clothes you like, put them aside as it's going to be hard to find them again!
The sellers here are really nice, so even if you do not buy anything it is unlikely that they would mind.
Cash only. Set a budget aside and stick to it.
Bargain. Do not always agree on the first price.
Check for defects and stains. Judge if you can reduce or remove the stains by normal washing. If you shop at Cimol always check by bringing the clothes outside to the bright light. If you decide to buy, despite imperfections, try to ask for a further discount.
Bring some wet tissues not only to clean your hands but to test if the stain on the fabric is easy to remove with proper washing.
While you are in the neighborhood, reward yourself with a nice cup of coffee and kaya toast at the vintage Warung Kopi Purnama at Jl. Alkateri, which is located within walking distance.








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“He who knows how to be aggressive and yet remains patient, becomes a receptacle for all of Nature’s lessons,” said Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu,

His words are worth listening to in this airport, where the typical scenario after your flight lands is for everybody to suddenly feel the need to rush. Some even have a habit of standing up before the aircraft comes to a complete halt.
But at Husein Sastranegara International Airport in Bandung, patience is a good thing.  Here’s the first reason: Although there are several lines, including one dedicated for foreigners, at the immigration check point, in practice, things tend to turn chaotic. The queuing space is not big enough and it can get very uncomfortable if you are disembarking from a full flight.
Secondly, after the immigration check point, you will need to wait for your baggage. This will take some time too despite the short distance between the airplane and the terminal. This long waiting time is probably due to the short conveyor belt.
Again, expect some hubbub due to the limited space. My personal view is that being the last one to get off the airplane can reduce the unnecessary competitive edge to be the first to get everything done. This also tends to make you more vulnerable to outbursts from tired and cranky fellow passengers.
It would be better to just walk down the plane at ease. If you do this, you will find your waiting time at immigration, baggage and customs to actually be a lot faster and stress-free.
 
Taxis and other transportation
The TAKSI (taxi) counter is located just outside the arrival gate. The staff there will ask your name and destination and will give you a coupon with number written on it. Proceed to the outdoor section of the terminal, where the taxi boarding point is located.
If you are carrying a lot of luggage, it would be better to ask for help from the airport porter because even with the help of a trolley the airport's ramps are quite steep and challenging. Tip the porters as you wish but if you have more than three heavy suitcases, the tip should be bigger than Rp 25,000 (US$2.58).
Your cab fare is will depend upon your destination. A trip to Dago will cost you around Rp 45,000 – Rp 50,000, one to Lembang is between Rp 80,000 – 100,000 and one to Gatot Subroto (Trans Studio Mall) is priced at around IDR 50,000.
Alternatively, you can rent a vehicle to suit your needs by inquiring with the person at the rent counter, next to the taxi counter. This counter opens daily from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. while the taxi counter will still be at your service until the last arrival from Kuala Lumpur at around midnight.


 
Visa
Citizens from  countries included in this list deplu.go.id do not need a visa for a short visit in Indonesia. If you do need one, the visa on arrival counter is available at the arrival hall before the immigration checkpoint.

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Wedding Organizer / Getting Married in Indonesia Part 1
« on: April 03, 2013, 01:13:39 PM »
Moslem Marriage/Wedding Ceremony

General Requirements

If your fiance(e) is Moslem, the ceremony should be held at the Kantor Urusan Agama (“KUA”) or the Office of Religious Affairs.
These offices will issue a Marriage Book (“Buku Nikah”), which is evidence that you have legally married.
Persons wedded in a Moslem ceremony and issued a Marriage Book need not record their marriage with the Civil Registry.
Documents

The following are marital requirement documents if you having Moslem Ceremony:

Copy of passport;
Copy of Birth Certificate;
Letter of No Impediment, a sworn affidavit witnessed by a Consular Officer at the Embassy or Consulate General stating that the foreign bride/groom is legally free to marry. Your Indonesian fiance(e) must obtain a similar document from the government district office, or Kelurahan.
Copy of Divorce Decree (if applicable).
Passport sized pictures of you and your fiance with red or blue background.
Tax receipt or proof of tax settled (for foreigner who works in Indonesia).
Copy of KITAS (Temporary Residence Permit Card) or your visa, if applicable.
Citizenship letter and Endorsement Letter by Police (for those who live and reside in Indonesia).
All Documents written in foreign languages have to be translated into Indonesian by authorized translator.

Non-Moslem Wedding Marriage/Wedding Ceremony

An expatriate/Indonesian couple will experience two type of ceremonies. The religious part will first be performed followed by a civil ceremony. The religious part will conducted by a representative of the couple’s own religious belief (i.e., a Priest for Catholics, a Minister for Protestants, or a Celebrant for Hindu and Buddhist followers).

There will be two certificates presented at the end of ceremony, one from the church/temple/other, and the other from the Civil Registry Office.

General Requirements

If both you and your fiance(e) are Christian, Buddhist or Hindu, you must hold the church (or temple) ceremony first, then record the marriage with the Civil Registry.
The Civil Registry will in turn issue a Marriage Certificate which is evidence that you are legally married. A non-Moslem wedding which is not recorded by the Civil Registry is not considered legal.
There is normally a ten-day waiting period in order to register your marriage with the Civil Registry upon submission of all supporting documents. Recording by Civil Registry officials can sometimes be arranged directly at the religious ceremony for an additional fee.
Required Documents for a Non-Moslem Wedding

The following documents must be completed:

Copy of passport (both partners);
Copy of birth certificate (both partners);
Copy of proof of legal termination of any and all previous marriage i.e. Absolute Divorce Decree (If applicable) or Death Certificate;
Copy of passports of two witnesses;
Six identical 4x6 cm photographs of you together with your spouse (with the groom on the right side);
Letter of No Impediment stating that you are legally free to marry from Embassy in Jakarta;
Indonesian Police Certificate stating that your intend to get married in Indonesia and no-crime committed before.
Our thanks to Asep A. Wijaya of Wijaya&Co for this information www.wijayaco.com

Note: Countries outside Indonesia generally don't recognize the church issued marriage certificate as legal. It's fine inside Indonesia, but if you're planning on getting residency (or even a tourist visa) for your wife, you'll need the Catatan Sipil issued marriage certificate. As it's 80% in English, you shouldn't need to have much translated on it for future use.
Additional details

In accordance with Law No. 1 of 1974 concerning marriages in Indonesia Article 2 (1):

“a marriage is legitimate if it has been performed according to the laws of the respective religious beliefs of the parties concerned. All couples who marry in Indonesia must declare a religion. Agnosticism and Atheism are not recognized. The Civil Registry Office (Kantor Catatan Sipil) can record marriages of persons of Hindu, Buddhist, Christian-Protestant and Christian-Catholic faiths. Marriage partners must have the same religion, otherwise one partner must make a written declaration of change of religion.”

The Religious Marriage under Islam is performed by the Office of Religious Affairs (Kantor Urusan Agama), in a ceremony at a mosque, in a home, a restaurant, or any other place chosen by the couple and is legal immediately after the ceremony. A Christian, Hindu or Buddhist marriage is usually performed first in a church or temple ceremony.

Persons of non-Islamic faith are required to file with the Civil Registry Office in the Regency where they are staying first a Notice of Intention to Marry as well as a Letter of “No Impediment to Marriage” (Surat Keterangan tentang tidak adanya halangan terhadap perkawinan) obtained from their consular representatives.

For the issue of the Letter of No Impediment to Marriage by your Consular Representative you may need to present for yourself and your fiance(e) your:

certificate of birth,
certificate of your local council stating your nationality, legal address and marital status
Passport(s) valid for more than 6 months for foreign citizens, or KTP (Identity card) for Indonesian citizens, and
Certified Divorce Decrees (absolute/final) and/or Death Certificates regarding the termination of all previous marriages.
Surat kesehatan (letter of good health) issued by the foreign embassy/consulate stating that the expat spouse is in good health and able to marry.
Different countries may have different requirements, so contact the Consular Representative of your country in their Jakarta Embassy for details well before the intended date of marriage.

For the Notice of Intention to Marry you have to submit some or all of the following documents for both partners to the Civil Registry Office. (Show the original and give them a photocopy - all documents should not be older than three months prior to the wedding):

Certificate of the religious marriage,
Passport for foreign citizens,
Surat Tanda Melapor Diri (STMD) from the Police for the foreign spouse,
Photocopy of KK/KTP which has been legalized by the Lurah for Indonesian citizens,
Certified birth certificate, legalized and translated into Bahasa Indonesia,
Certified divorce decree (absolute) or death certificates regarding the termination of all previous marriages,
SKK from Immigration for the foreign spouse,
Proof that all taxes for the foreigner were paid,
Certificate of the structure of your family
Certificate of birth for all your legal children
Certificate of religion
Certificate of your marital status
Five 4 x 6 cm photos, both partners side by side, with a red background,
Foreign citizens: 'Letter of No Impediment to Marriage*' issued by your Consular Representative,
For Indonesian citizens: never married: a Surat Keterangan Belum Kawin from RT, Kepala Desa or Lurah (district chief)
Men aged 18-21 and women aged 16-21 require a parental letter of consent, signed across the RP 6,000 meterai/tax stamp.
2 witnesses, over the age of 21
Before the marriage, you and your fiance(e) would be strongly advised wish to file with the Civil Registry a prenuptial Property Agreement (Surat Pernyataan Harta) which must be signed before a local Notary Public. This contract is necessary if the Indonesian spouse wishes to hold property separately during the marriage. In the absence of such a document, Indonesian marriage law assumes joint ownership of property. Two witnesses over the age of 18 are required. They must show the originals and present photocopies of their passports if they are foreign citizens or KTP (identity cards) if they are Indonesian citizens. Civil Registry employees can act as witnesses.

The Civil Registry office has a Mandatory Waiting Period of 10 working days from the date of filing. This waiting period may be waived for tourists presenting a guest registration form (Form A). Islamic Marriage Certificates (Buku Nikah) issued by the Office of Religious Affairs (Kantor Urusan Agama) are legally valid in Indonesia and do not require registration with any other agency if you are going to live in Indonesia.

However, if you might move somewhere else in the future, get a marriage certificate issued by the Civil Registry and an officially certified translation right away (see below). All other Marriage Certificates will be issued by the Civil Registry usually on the same or next day. A sworn English translation of the marriage certificate should be obtained for use abroad. It may be necessary for the marriage certificate or translation to be registered by your Consular Agency. Or you may choose to have the sworn translation of the marriage certificate verified or a special translation made by the Consular Agency of your home country or the Consular Agency of your country of residence might prove useful.

*Letter of No Impediment to Marriage :

Bring the original of the following documents for both yourself and your fiance(e) to the Consular Agency. A certified document bears an original raised press seal or ink stamp from the official custodian of the original document, such as the state Department of Health Services or Family Court, not a notary public seal. A photocopy of a certification seal is not acceptable, although the document may be a photocopy, it must bear an actual raised seal or ink stamp.
Passport for foreign citizen and the KTP (ID card) for Indonesian citizen.
Certified divorce decrees (absolute/final) or death certificates regarding termination of all previous marriages.
Based upon these documents and an affidavit prepared by the applicant, the Consular Agency will issue a Letter of No Impediment, usually within a few minutes.

Basically the letter needs to say something like:

We have reviewed the legal documents and status of _______ and can find no legal reason that would prevent his/her from marrying again. She/He is legally single and has never married (or) is legally divorced (whichever is appropriate).

Basically the Indonesian authorities need an official letter from the foreign spouse's government that says that he/she is not currently legally married .. therefore he can marry the Indonesian fiance.
Process of legalization of documents

Legalization of all documents is done by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Kementerian Luar Negeri), Directorate for Consular Affairs - Legalization Section, Jl. Taman Pejambon 6, Jakarta Pusat

Then these documents have to be translated into Bahasa Indonesia by a certificate translator.

The translations have to be validated by the Ministry of Justice (Kementerian Hukum dan HAM), Legalization Section, Jl. Rasuna Said 3, Kuningan, Jakarta Selatan and also by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

When you finish all the paperwork detailed above, take it to your government's embassy in Jakarta where they can validate any necessary documents. In your home country, you can present these wide array of official documents to the local government to get a legal wedding certificate in your home country.

After reading through the extensive bureaucracy involved for foreigners marrying Indonesians ... you can see why a lot of them opt to marry overseas instead!


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The Traveller's Lounge / Menari dengan Topeng
« on: March 15, 2013, 10:28:55 AM »
Hal apa di Indonesia yang sama dengan tradisi Carnival of Venice di Italia atau Paro Festival di Bhutan? Jawabannya adalah topeng. Benda kerajinan dengan ekspresi dingin ini dapat berubah menjadi 'hidup' dalam balutan beragam tradisi yang ada di Indonesia. Selama berabad-abad para seniman telah menyempurnakan seni membuat topeng yang kebanyakan digunakan untuk tujuan ritual dan hiburan keluarga kerajaan. Berbahan kayu, diukir dan dilukis dengan tangan terampil serta dihias dengan hati-hati untuk menyimbolkan kebaikan, kejahatan, dan kebijaksanaan, topeng-topeng berikut ini menampilkan khazanah Indonesia yang menarik sekaligus mistis.


Cirebon - Jawa Barat
Berada di sisi utara pulau Jawa, kawasan ini tidak hanya memiliki tradisi batik tetapi juga punya budaya membuat topeng yang melegenda. Dipercaya sama usianya dengan Kasunanan Cirebon, topeng-topeng dibuat khusus untuk pertunjukkan tari-tarian saat perayaan agama, dan festival kerajaan. Terdapat lima karakter pada tradisi topeng Cirebon: Rahwana, Tumenggung, Rumyang, Samba and Panji, semua memiliki karakter berbeda yang menampilkan baik dan buruk. Menurut kepercayaan masyarakat setempat topeng dapat digunakan sebagai penangkal bala.


Bali
Topeng di Bali khusus digunakan untuk tarian yang sakral selama perayaan keagamaan. Topeng hanya bisa dibuat oleh para Brahmana (kasta tertinggi) dan para menari yang mengenakan topeng bercerita tentang berbagai peristiwa kehidupan yang berhubungan erat dengan budaya dan agama. Terdapat empat jenis topeng Bali: karakter manusia, binatang, dewa, dan roh jahat, bisa berupa topeng penuh atau hanya setengah. Yang paling menarik adalah topeng Barong dan Rangda (dua mahluk mistik Bali).  Dengan detil riasan mengagumkan serta hiasan rambut asli, keduanya menjadi souvenir asal Bali yang paling banyak disukai.


Dayak - Kalimantan Timur
Selain rumah betang dan tradisi tato, hudoq (topeng dalam bahasa Dayak) dengan detil ukiran dan warna yang mencerminkan mahluk liar, hama, dan mahluk gaib adalah hal lain yang membuat Dayak dikenal di mancanegara. Keberadaannya sangat penting, terutama saat musim tanam dimana mereka mengadakan tari Hudoq untuk melindungi tanaman dari hama. Kamu dapat menemukan ritual ini di desa-desa Dayak Bahau dan Busang di pedalaman Kalimantan Timur. Bersiaplah karena tarian hudoq dapat berlangsung hingga lebih dari 5 jam.

Setiap garis yang dibuat, setiap ornamen yang ada pada setiap topeng, semuanya telah dirancang sedemikian rupa untuk mengekspresikan tingkah dan perilaku dari individu yang ingin ditampilkan. Lihat tarian topeng diatas, nikmati gerakannya dan tak lupa ambil beberapa foto.

Berikut adalah list artile atraksi yang ada di indonesia.travel tentang tari-tarian yang menggunakan topeng di Indonesia Klik Disini

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Exercise torrent or better known as rafting become one of the popular tourism activities. In Indonesia there are 5 river has rapids and river flows are very powerful. For travelers who like a challenge, rafting is an exciting activity. In the raft, you will work closely with the team to maintain a balance to keep from falling. Rapids and rushing river flows into the challenges that must be passed. Being soaking wet, that's for sure! If you have the guts, try to go the rivers in Indonesia following!


Rafting on the Alas River, Aceh
1. Alas River, Aceh


Begin to test your guts of western Indonesia. Leuser National Park, Aceh, there are the Alas River which is known to have strong currents. River which empties into the Indonesia Ocean is suitable for beginners or who have professional rafting activities. Grade river is 3-4. Alas River is located at 165 km southeast of the City of Takengon, Central Aceh. Prepare stamina, because usually the River Alas journey can take up to 6 hours. Swift currents and rapids would mostly found along the way. Fun, you will cross the river flowing in the middle of a jungle. Do not be surprised, if you will often see wildlife such as deer, monkeys and various species of birds. For starters, the Alas River rafting starts from Muarasitulan Kutacane City to the City of Gelombang. As for the professional already, you can take the longer route, starting from Angusan, near Blangkejeran. Very exciting!


Rafting on the Citarik River, Sukabumi, West Java
2. Citarik River, Sukabumi, West Java


Not far from Jakarta, you can feel the rafting sensation that challenging on the Citarik River. The river is in the Halimun Mountain National Park, Cikadang, Sukabumi, West Java. Citarik River who had grade 3 was never empty of tourists, especially on weekends. Some routes could be an option for you to test the courage and skill in rafting activities. There rafting route that took over 1 hour with the distance of 5 km, or 4 hours with a mileage of 17 km. Your stamina will be drained while balancing on a rubber boat. Large boulders are scattered along the river is a challenge. You must be compact with a team to get through these obstacles. Fresh air is common here. Smell the air as much as you rest. Not only that, several waterfalls on the River Citarik also the other attraction.


Rafting on Elo River, Magelang, Central Java
3. Elo River, Magelang, Central Java


In Blondo, Magelang regency, Central Java, your adrenaline will be driven while doing rafting in Elo river. Not hard to come here, its proximity to Borobudur or about 40 minutes from Yogyakarta. Elo river wading trip takes 2 to 3 hours. Varying depths and river rafting are quite heavy, making you have to be extra careful. This river that famous has profusely flows. Elo River has a grade 2-3. The river can also be tested for those who are just starting rafting activities. Although the challenge is to make the heart beat fast, natural feel of the surrounding pristine and cool will make you feel comfortable while resting. Beauty, coolness and shade trees around the Elo River always to hypnotic for the rafting participants.


Rafting on Ayung River, Bali
4. Ayung River, Bali


Bali is not only for relaxing or sunbathing on the shore. In this island, you can also prove adrenaline and guts. Try playing rafting on the Ayung River which is located in the village of Payangan, Ubud. Activities rafting on the Ayung River, starting in the area of Payangan and ending in Kedewatan village. You will travel for 2 hours with a distance of 12 kilometers. Strong current and large river rocks will challenge you along the river. Be prepared to break the silence of Ubud with your cries! Grade Ayung River is 2-3. The river is also suitable for beginners. There are other unique, in Ayung River you can see the carvings are beautiful with their large size on some cliff Ayung River. The carvings on the river bank is the work of artists in Ubud. Not only domestic tourists, foreign tourists also love to play rafting here.


Rafting on Nimanga River, North Sulawesi
5. Nimanga River, North Sulawesi


Nimanga River in North Sulawesi can also be included in the list to do the rafting activities. The river is located in the village of Timbukar, Minahasa regency, North Sulawesi. Nimanga River will provide a different experience adrenaline test. Imagine, you will see the rapids that have 4 meters high! Yes, the Nimanga river is known has challenging rapids. This is where balance, cooperation, and courage will be tested. Grade level in the river is 3-5. So, you have to be careful. Wading on River Nimanga can take up to 5 hours. If you are tired, you can relax by the river and enjoy its natural beauty. If lucky, you can meet with Yaki, the typical monkeys in Sulawesi (Macaca nigra) and tarsiers.

That's the 5 rivers that challenge for the rafting activities in Indonesia. You can contact some tour operators that would facilitate traveling to do rafting. Remember, you should always be vigilant and follow the direction of the guides.
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The Traveller's Lounge / March Festivals in Indonesia
« on: February 26, 2013, 10:02:55 AM »

Dear Indonesia Travellers

Spring is about to come and cities across the archipelago will celebrate the coming of March. With so many different cultures in the archipelago, you can expect to see different kinds of festivals in Indonesia. We've found four festivals in Indonesia where you can see international musicians, enjoy thousands of years old traditions or learn how to live a healthy life.



Java Jazz Festival, Jakarta (1-3 March)
This year the jazz festival that is buzzin' with anticipation has marked its 9th edition and will spoil music lovers from Indonesia and beyond with super famous lineups. Ranked among the biggest jazz festivals in the world and definitely one of the best festivals in Indonesia, famous pop personas Joss Stone, Lisa Stansfield, Basia and Craig David will be performing live in the festival that will also be enlivened by jazz legends Roy Hargrove, Bob James, and Fourplay.  You can sample some local music at the event too including The Groove, Sister Duke, and Barry Likumahuwa Project. Wear casual clothes as you will join tens of thousands other people in the three day festivities.


Pasola Festival, Sumba (7 March)
The bloody harvest festival in Sumba, East Nusa Tenggara reaches its finale on the first week of March. Said to be the most exciting jousting festivals in the world, opposing teams will run into each other on horseback (Sumba’s famous pony-sized horses), throwing spears – called hola-  to hurt the opponents or horses. Blood spilled during this game is believed to fertilize the soil and benefit the upcoming harvest. This is definitely one of those best festivals in Indonesia not to be missed!


Bali Spirit Festival, Ubud, 20-24 Maret
This might be annual celebration for yoga, dance and music is held several weeks after the Seclusion Day of the Hindus. Here top yoga and dance instructors, healers and musicians are joined by thousands of like-minded folks who come from all over the world.  Experience the high quality and diversity of daytime workshops, world music concerts, holistic healing sessions, and meet eco-friendly vendors in Ubud, the capital of nature and culture of Bali.


Semana Santa, Larantuka, 29 March
Catholic celebrations are hardly found in Indonesia, a country where more than 90% of the population embraces Islam. But Larantuka, a small town in East Nusa Tenggara that still has strong Portuguese roots, celebrate Good Friday in a grand way, making it one of the most unique festivals in Indonesia. Locals call it “Semana Sancta” where they take their precious 16th century statue of Jesus Christ for a 7-kilometer procession by land and sea to be united with the statue of the Virgin Mary that is enshrined in the church. When the two figures are met, Good Friday service starts and lasts all night long.

Which festivals in Indonesia suit you best? Whether you enjoy your sing-a-long time with famous singers or feel the charm of a catholic celebration, join these best festivals in Indonesia to get to know the richness of culture and tradition of the archipelago.
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East Java / The Surabaya Art Society Text by Leighton Cosseboom
« on: February 12, 2013, 12:31:19 PM »
Kota Pahlawan semakin ternama sebagai kota seni menyusul bermunculannya berbagai galeri seni yang mumpuni. Kota ini boleh berterima kasih ke generasi mudanya yang semakin rajin berkarya. Leighton Cosseboom melaporkan dari Surabaya.



Tergantung di dinding dan tidak menarik banyak perhatian dibandingkan semua karya di dalam galeri, gambar berjudul, “Custodian of Mother Monument “ memperlihatkan seorang perempuan cantik dalam tidur lelap yang damai. Namun ada nada kenakalan dari miniatur seorang pria mengenakan jaket tentara dan masker gas yang muncul dari lubang di bawahnya. Tak ayal, gambar berubah menjadi suatu skenario yang kacau dan provokatif ketika, saat dilihat secara bertahap, beberapa pekerja kecil lainnya menyelimuti perempuan itu sembari melakukan berbagai kerja manual dan tugas-tugas birokrasi.

Lukisan itu hanya sekilas contoh dari eksplorasi seni yang sedang merambah Surabaya, ibukota Jawa Timur. Kota ini lebih terkenal untuk pertunjukan teater dan ta-rian tradisional. Namun, berkat perjuangan anak-anak muda setempat dalam beberapa tahun terakhir, kota ini mulai menonjol dalam hal seni rupa. Ibukota Jawa Timur ini, sekarang dapat membanggakan beberapa tempat dan galeri yang menarik pecinta seni baik asing maupun lokal. Dari karya-karya kontemporer dan modern sampai seni surealis dan pop, warga Jawa Timur menyaksikan ladang seni di Kota Pahlawan semakin menuai popularitas dan perhatian.

Alhasil, kerjasama para komunitas seni setempat tumbuh dengan pesat, bahkan sudah tertangkap mata para kolektor internasional yang kaya raya. “Kami sering dihubungi oleh pembeli yang mencari karya-karya asli seniman Indonesia yang terkenal, namun karya-karya seperti itu sering tidak diperjualbelikan, jadi kami biarkan para penggemar seni ini tetap datang kemari dan memilih koleksi kami,” jelas Deby Prima Dewi, Direktur Operasional Galeri Orasis, sebuah galeri seni besar yang terletak di Jl. HR Muhammad, di sisi barat kota yang memancarkan kehidupan dan berjiwa muda.



Setelah terdiam sejenak, Deby menunjuk ke satu lukisan kontemporer oleh duo artistik terkenal dari Yogyakarta, Indieguerillas. Karya surealis ini memperlihatkan seorang perempuan yang secara provokatif memamerkan tato harimau besar. Perempuan itu nampak tidak takut menghadapi setan yang terlihat seperti badut, yang wajahnya sebenarnya merupakan topeng untuk seorang pria gemuk kecil yang hidup di dalam kepalanya, mungkin pengendali mahluk ini.

“Custodian of Mother Monument “, karya seniman pensil dan selebriti Surabaya, Mufi Mubaroch, juga dapat ditemukan di Galeri Orasis. Hampir 80 persen dari karya Mufi ini dibuat dengan pensil. Suatu karya yang benar-benar dapat diapresiasi penggemar seni, mengingat banyaknya waktu dan disiplin yang dibutuhkan untuk menciptakan sesuatu yang begitu rinci dan hidup dengan alat sesederhana itu.

Ketika kita masuk, galeri ini tidak terlihat mewah. Ruangan hanya diterangi oleh cahaya alami dari jendela-jendela depan, beberapa keluarga terlihat menatap lukisan-lukisan yang dipajang. “Lukisan-lukisan di sisi kiri semua modern, dan yang di sebelah kanan semua kontemporer,” jelas Deby. “Seni modern lebih terfokus pada adegan kehidupan nyata dan hal-hal yang benar-benar terjadi, sementara seni kontemporer berasal dari apa yang ada dalam kepala sang artis.” Namun, isi dari lantai kedualah yang kemungkinan besar paling menarik perhatian para kolektor yang kaya. Di sini terdapat beberapa karya penting oleh para pelukis dan seniman Asia yang tersohor, termasuk seniman Cina Chen Cang Hui, seniman Bandung Sunaryo, dan Made Wianta dari Bali.



Sebuah karya, “Yesus”, sangat penting untuk dunia seni lokal, karena diciptakan oleh seniman ternama, Asri Nugroho. Pelukis kelahiran Surabaya tahun 1952 ini membantu menumbuhkan lanskap artistik yang dapat dilihat di Indonesia saat ini. “Yesus” adalah sebuah lukisan besar yang memperlihatkan penyaliban Kristus, namun citra mesias yang diciptakan Nugroho ini memiliki selang-selang dan kabel-kabel yang mencuat dari tubuhnya, sementara gelembung-gelembung air melayang di atas kepalanya. Beberapa kritikus menafsirkan lukisan ini sebagai cerminan bagaimana cita-cita agama tradisional telah tercemar dan terkontaminasi seiring berjalannya waktu.

Galeri Orasis biasanya menyelenggarakan dua jenis pameran. Yang pertama adalah pameran tunggal, yang dapat menampilkan 40 sampai 50 buah karya dari satu seniman. Yang kedua pameran kolaboratif dari sekitar 40 atau 50 seniman, masing-masing menampilkan satu karya mereka yang paling berharga. “Pameran terakhir kami diselenggarakan pada tanggal 15 Desember, sekaligus sebuah kompetisi,” kata Deby.

“Pada dasarnya, kompetisi ini dimaksudkan sebagai pencarian generasi baru seniman di sini.” Hadiah yang disediakan sebesar Rp 4 juta dan bahan-bahan yang dapat digunakan untuk mendidik profesional kreatif baru.



Untuk melihat sekilas tren artistik yang sedang populer, penggemar seni harus mengunjungi Galeri Surabaya, di Jl. Gubernur Suryo, persis di samping Balai Pemuda. Ini adalah tempat yang populer di kalangan artis baru dan mahasiswa yang sedang mencoba untuk memperlihatkan karya mereka pada masyarakat. Saat ini sedang berlangsung pameran kolektif oleh empat pelukis lokal yang menjanjikan, masing-masing dengan gaya mereka sendiri yang unik. Nyoman berfokus pada gaya abstrak yang khusus, sedangkan keistimewaan Irawan adalah pop art. Artis yang dikenal dengan nama Jiyu adalah seorang pelukis realis, sementara karya-karya Agung dapat dengan tepat dicirikan sebagai realisme dekoratif.

Karya-karya Irawan sering menampilkan motif nakal bertekstur kucing-kucing bermata besar yang digoda oleh burung dan ikan. Ironisnya, karya Agung juga memunculkan kucing dan ikan, tetapi dalam idiom yang sangat berbeda. Dilukis dengan detil yang tajam, kucing pilihan Agung adalah harimau dan ikannya adalah koi (spesies yang dicintai oleh masyarakat Cina lokal) dan makhluk-makhluk ini ditampilkan dalam lingkungan alami mereka. Kekuatan Nyoman tampaknya berupa eksperimen dengan warna dan geometri, kombinasi yang tampaknya lebih ditujukan pada perasaan estetika daripada memproyeksikan pesan tertentu. Tetapi mungkin karya yang paling inspiratif dalam pameran ini adalah karya Jiyu, yang lukisan-lukisannya yang sangat rinci menggambarkan orang-orang Indonesia yang bekerja dan berinteraksi dalam cara yang bermakna.

Lukisan Jiyu “Kakek”, menggambarkan seorang lelaki Jawa tua dengan jenggot putih panjang, dan jelas dibuat dari orang yang sungguh ada. “Generasi”, di sisi lain, menunjukkan seorang laki-laki tua menarik sebuah gerobak penuh dengan kaleng bensin, dengan seorang anak laki-laki bekerja di sampingnya. “Itu Allah” menggambarkan anak-anak kecil yang berkumpul di pagar masjid, melihat ke langit malam di mana ada kaligrafi Arab bersinar di bawah bulan purnama. Karya ini mengirimkan pesan religius yang kuat untuk anak-anak yang melihatnya. Galeri Surabaya juga menampilkan karya-karya oleh pahlawan seni kota ini, Asri Nugroho, serta beberapa nama terkenal lainnya. Dengan keberuntungan dan kegigihan, mungkin saja anak-anak muda ini juga pada akhirnya akan mencapai puncak tiang totem artistik Jawa Timur.

Kembali ke Galeri Orasis, Deby menatap sebuah lukisan karya Indieguerillas sambil berfikir. “Sekarang yang satu ini mungkin akan terjual seharga sekitar dua ratus juta rupiah,” katanya santai.
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West Java / 8 Reason to Visit Bandung Photos by Yoppy Pieter
« on: February 12, 2013, 12:25:07 PM »
Ibukota Jawa Barat adalah destinasi mumpuni untuk wisata urban yang sarat nuansa alami. Berikur delapan alasan untuk mengunjungi kota Bandung. Oleh Ariyantri E. Tarman & Sari Widiati

1. Hutan Raya



Mungkin alasan kenapa Bandung masih dikunjungi banyak pelancong adalah udara sejuk dan pepohonan yang rindang. Alternatif kegiatan wisata yang akan menjauhkan turis dari padatnya kota dan ramainya manusia, bisa ditemukan di Taman Hutan Raya Dago Pakar. Taman hutan ini bisa dicapai dengan kendaraan pribadi atau angkutan umum sekitar 20 menit dari pusat keramaian di Jalan Ir. H. Juanda. Di sini Anda akan menemukan jalur trekking yang tertata baik dan sejumlah pemandangan menarik di sepanjang perjalanan seperti peninggalan Goa Jepang dan Belanda, serta air terjun yang memukau.

2. Jalan Braga



Sejak sebelum kemerdekaan Indonesia, Jalan Braga sudah terkenal sebagai pusat hiburan. Orang-orang Belanda yang menetap pada tahun 1900-an membuka toko dan bar di jalan ini. Braga sekarang tidak jauh berbeda dari Braga zaman kolonial, ramai dengan berbagai tempat hiburan dan restoran. Salah satu yang layak dikunjungi adalah Sumber Hidangan. Restoran ini sudah berdiri sejak 1929 dan es krim buatan restoran ini benar-benar istimewa. Cicipi Snow White dan Tutti Frutti, atau es krim dengan nougat yang manis dan renyah. Restoran ini buka dari jam 17.00 – 21.00.

3. Selasar Sunaryo



Manjakan mata, lidah, dan pikiran dengan mengunjungi salah satu galeri yang paling terkenal di Bandung: Selasar Sunaryo Art Space (SSAS). Galeri ini memiliki koleksi permanen dari seniman perupa Sunaryo yang juga pendiri dan pemilik ruang ini, juga beberapa karya dari seniman senior dan baru di Indonesia. SSAS mengadakan pameran dengan rutin. Cek situs mereka (www.selasarsunaryo.com) untuk mengetahui agenda terkini. Selain mengapresiasi hasil karya seniman Indonesia, pengunjung juga bisa menyeruput kopi panas di Kopi Selasar sembari menikmati hembusan angin Bandung Utara yang sejuk. Waktu yang terbaik untuk berkunjung ke Kopi Selasar adalah sore hari, tepat ketika matahari mulai terbenam dan langit keemasan menjadi latar belakang yang cantik. Alamat: JL Bukit Pakar Timur, No.100.

4. Aroma Kopi



Aroma Kopi menyelinap di kawasan Braga, tepatnya di Jalan Banceuy. Tampilannya sederhana, namun jumlah pengunjungnya membludak. Pemilik dan pengelola Widyapratama menyimpan karung-karung kopi dari berbagai daerah penghasil kopi terbaik di Indonesia selama paling tidak lima tahun.Menurutnya, kopi yang disimpan lama akan memiliki kadar asam yang lebih rendah dan tidak menyebabkan efek samping pada lambung. Toko kopi yang berdiri sejak tahun 1930-an ini juga masih menjalankan pola lama. Proses penggarangan biji kopi menggunakan kayu karet sebagai bahan bakar yang memakan waktu sedikitnya dua jam. Peralatannya pun dari zaman Belanda. Selain itu, strategi bisnisnya sederhana: tidak mau mendirikan cabang dan tanpa perantara.

5. Angklung Udjo



Bambu tidak hanya berguna sebagai furnitur atau perkakas besar lain. Di Jawa Barat, bambu digunakan sebagai bahan dasar alat musik angklung. Dulu, alat musik ini digunakan dalam ritual adat untuk memanggil Dewi Sri turun ke bumi guna memberikan berkah kepada para petani dan tanah mereka. Untuk menikmati pertunjukan musik angklung dan kebudayaan Sunda lainnya, kunjungi Saung Angklung Udjo (www.angklung-udjo.co.id). Jadwal pentas tedapat di situs. Jangan lupa membawa pulang angklung sebagai oleh-oleh. Alamat: Jl. Padasuka 118, Bandung Timur.

6. Geology Museum

Namanya sudah menggaungkan perannya yang erat berkaitan dengan sejarah penyelidikan geologi di Indonesia yang dimulai sejak tahun 1850an. Museum ini menyimpan ratusan ribu koleksi batuan dan mineral, serta puluhan ribu koleksi yang sebagian besar tersimpan di ruang dokumentasi dan di ruang peragaan. Tetapi koleksi yang banyak menyedot perhatian pengunjung adalah fosil raja dinosaurus, Tyrannosaurus rex, salah satu predator terbesar yang pernah mengarungi bumi. Museum di bawah Kementrian Energi dan Sumber Daya Mineral ini terletak di Jl. Diponegoro 57 dekat pusat kota.

7. Asia-African Conference Museum

Museum Konferensi Asia Afrika menjadi penanda betapa pentingnya peran Indonesia sebagai tuan rumah salah satu konferensi terpenting untuk negara-negara di Asia dan Afrika. Konferensi yang dilaksanakan pada tahun 1955 ini melahirkan Dasa Sila Bandung yang kemudian menjadi pedoman perdamaian dan kerja sama antar negara-negara di dunia. Museum ini memiliki ruang pameran tetap, di mana para pengunjung dapat menyaksikan hasil dokumentasi Konferensi Asia Afrika berupa foto dan benda pameran lain. Saat ini, museum sudah dilengkapi dengan ruang audio visual yang menayangkan film dokumenter mengenai sejarah dunia hingga tahun 1950-an dan peristiwa-peristiwa penting terkait dengan Konferensi Asia Afrika. Museum Konferensi Asia-Afrika buka setiap hari pada jam kerja, kecuali Jumat, buka pukul 14.00 hingga 18.00.
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8. Pasar Pagi



Pasar Kaget Gasibu pada setiap Minggu pagi adalah pasar kaget terbesar dan paling ramai dikunjungi di seantero Kota Bandung. Geliatnya mulai sejak jam lima pagi di mana pedagang mulai membuka lapak, diikuti oleh pembeli yang bermunculan dari berbagai kalangan. Pasar di seputaran Lapangan Gasibu hingga di pelataran Gedung Sate ini menyajikan aneka ragam dagangan, mulai dari makanan, hingga hewan peliharaan. Pasar ini disenangi karena suasana yang merakyat dan atraksi tawar menawar yang memungkinkan pembeli mendapat barang murah.
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