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For centuries Chinese communities have settled and assimilated their culture and belief with native across the archipelago. But their love of food and feast remain strong and the Chinese New Year celebration is the best time to flaunt that. From the first day (this year will be on February 10) until the fifteenth day of the New Lunar Year, you can see thousands of red lanterns, lion dances, burning incense sticks and people clad in red and golden clothes, all to show the spirit of welcoming the new zodiac. Now we take you to some great destinations where you can see the Chinese feast, Indonesian style.



Singkawang
The small city mostly populated by Hakka Chinese is famous for the Capgomeh, or the fifteenth day celebration. As the finale of the New Year Celebration (this year on February 24) hundreds of Tatung – men possessed by spirits of Gods- will parade the main street of Singkawang in fascinating costumes and create an eerie spectacle to remember. See locals paying homage to Gods and ancestors in the oldest temple Tri Dharma Bumi Raya. Traveling to Singkawang is easy as buses connect the city with Pontianak.


Pangkal Pinang
This might be the best time to travel to Pangkalpinang as the sight of thousands of big and small candles lit by prayers in Kwan Tie Miau, the oldest temple in Pangkalpinang will create a magical feeling. And as there is a  Chinese majority here, you can feel the ambiance of new year celebration almost in every part of the city. Lion dance performances will highlight the celebration as well as fire cracker shows.


Medan
This is the hometown of Tjong A Fie, the wealthiest Chinese in the world in early 20th century, so you can expect a grand New Year Celebration here. Stunning temples such as Setia Budi, Gunung Timur and Matreyana Cemara Asri are where worshippers come to burn incense sticks and pray for their luck in the upcoming year. Travel to Medan earlier for the Imlek Fair (Jan 25 to Feb 3) at CBD Polonia Medan.


Jakarta
The recent floods might effect this years celebration but worshippers will still flock Petak Sembilan temple to pray for the new year. The 17th century building is located in Glodok, a traditional enclave for Chinese from a bygone era. You can visit Pancoran market nearby to buy knick knacks imported from China. Giant malls, especially those in west and north Jakarta, offer a series of interesting events, from fireworks, food bazaars and lion dances from early February.


Semarang
You’d better get here earlier as The Semawis Imlek Market is to be held from 6-8 February. Here you can enjoy local delicacies with Chinese influence, see potehi puppet shows, meet fortune tellers and join the lion dance as locals shop for decorations for the celebration. Join the crowd at Sampokong, Tay Kak Sie and Siu Hok Bio, the three best temples in Semarang.
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In the forthcoming month of March, the metropolitan capital will be filled with great music when some of the world’s most renowned musicians from various genres are set to stage their stupendous shows in Jakarta.

If Guns N’ Roses, Sting, Shah Ruk Khan, and the Djakarta Warehouse Project closed  2012  in Jakarta with a truly big bang, this coming March the city will be highlighted with spectacular performances from the  Java Jazz Festival, the KBS Music Bank Tour, Adam Lambert, B1A4, to Demi Lovato.
 
   
 
Opening the month of March will be the undisputed biggest Jazz Festival of the world: the 9th Java Jazz Festival 2013 which will be held from 1st to 3rd March 2013 at the Jakarta International Expo, Kemayoran. Featuring the finest musicians from all over the globe such as Joss Stone, Lisa Stansfield, Basia, Jimmy Clif, Phil Perry, Bob James, Fourplay, George Duke, Maurice Brown, and many others, the festival has always been an annual gathering arena for all jazz fans across the region.
 
At the press conference held at the Airman Planet of The Sultan Hotel in Jakarta on 30th January 2013, Eki Puradiredja, Program Director of Java Festival Production (JFP), said that beyond showcasing musical skills, the Java Jazz Festival also aims to explore the true identity of Indonesian Jazz –which is not merely a collaboration of traditional instruments.
 
The show will also be broadcast live worldwide via Youtube streaming. Chairman of Java Jazz Festival Production Peter F. Gontha stated that Java Jazz Festival is ranked as the 4th biggest live event streaming hit broadcast by Youtube.
 
Following the slew of World’s Jazz Musicians, on 9th March 2013, it will be the turn of the K-Pop troops to invade Jakarta through their KBS Music Bank World Tour. K-Pop lovers in Indonesia are in for a big treat, since the concert will feature some of the top names in K-Pop including Super Junior, SHINee, 2PM, Beast, Infinite, Sistar, Teen Top, and Eru. Promoted by Asia Top Entertainment in cooperation with Live Motion Pictures (South Korea) and Marygops Studio (Indonesia) this mega concert will take place at the Main Stadium of the Bung Karno Sports Complex.
 
Then, after successfully bringing Linkin Park, Roxette, Rod Steward, and Big Bang to Jakarta in previous years, BigDaddy Entertainment will also spark up the month of March with a series of concerts. Firstly, on 10th March 2013, American Idol Runner Up , Season 8, Adam Lambert, will drive the crowd to a frenzy at the Skenoo Hall Gandaria City, Jakarta, with his hits.
 
After that, the latest sensation in K-Pop, the boyband B1A4 will also further spread the Korean fever in Indonesia with their first ever appearance in Jakarta,to show at the Skeeno Hall Gandaria City, Jakarta, on 12th March 2013. Ticket sales will start on 3rd February 2013 with prices ranging from IDR490,000 to IDR750,000.
 
   
Wrapping up  BigDaddy’s list and the music month of March, the beautiful teenage idol  Demi Lovato, who is known for her latest hits ‘Give Your Heart A Break’ and ‘Skyscrapers’ will greet her Indonesian fans for the first time on 24 March 2013 at the Istora Senayan, at the Bung Karno Sports Complex, Jakarta.
 
So, whether it is for the groove of jazz, the hype of K-Pop, or just for the sheer love of music, March seems to be the perfect time to visit Jakarta.

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Calendar Event / Sail to Indonesia: Back to Down Under Rally 2013
« on: February 01, 2013, 04:10:09 PM »

Keeping up the tradition of annual international sailing events across the magnificent Indonesian Archipelago that already include:  Sail Bunaken, Sail Banda, Sail Wakatobi – Belitung, and Sail Morotai, now  complementing these,  the second Sail to Indonesia: Back to Down Under Rally 2013 will get underway from 27th August to 10th October 2013.
 
Sail to Indonesia: Back to Down Under Rally 2013 is also set as a continuation to the Sail Malaysia: Passage to the East which takes yachts and ships through Malaysian waters right to the doorstep of Indonesia.  The Rally also forms part of the program of cooperation among the ASEAN countries, in particular of Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines.
 
The Rally will commence  on 27th August 2013 from Tarakan in the north of East Kalimantan and end at Labuha in North Maluku where participating yachts and ships can choose to exit Indonesia to further sail on to Papua New Guinea via Biak or to Darwin via Tual and Saumlaki.
 
The rally will take the course of: Tarakan- Berau- Toli-toli- Kwandang- Bitung- Morotai- Jailolo- Ternate- Gorontalo- Togean Islands- Pagimana- Banggai Islands- Labuha.
 

Fully supported by the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy and regional governments, the Sail to Indonesia Back to Down Under Rally 2013, is organized by Cinta Bahari Antar Nusa Foundation. Founded in 2005, the foundation is dedicated to place Indonesia on the map as the Best Marine Destination in the World with the mission to establish various Sailing Passages throughout Indonesian Waters.
 
Indonesia is an undiscovered center of world sailing zone, the largest archipelagic country in the world with a large variety of cultures, ethnicities and of obviously, enchanting tropical forests. As much as 70% of the country is sea filled with various fascinating underwater life. With over 17.000 islands, Indonesia  surely offers a whole lot of wonders waiting to be discovered. So, raise the anchor! Hoist the sails! And embark on a voyage to the vast blue paradise, that is Indonesia.

For more Information and Registration please log on to : http://www.sailtoindonesia.com

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From 23rd to 24th March 2013, Bandung,  capital of West Java will become an ocean of pedals and wheels as thousands of antique bicycles gather for the “Bandoeng Laoetan Onthel” The International Classic Bicycles Festival.

Using the old Bahasa Indonesia spelling for the title of the event to match the classic ambience of the festival, “Bandoeng Laoetan Onthel” literally means:  Bandung, the Ocean of Classic Bicycles. The triennial event will showcase a massive collection of classic bicycles from all over Indonesia and abroad. As in previous festivals in 2007 and 2010, this year’s festivities will also be highlighted with a number of activities such as classic bicycles freestyle race, city tour and parade, entertainment stages, and various traditional Sundanese art performances.

Aside from participated by numerous classic bikers clubs from all over Indonesia, the event will also be attended by classic bicycles collectors and experts Andre Koopmans, Jos Rietveld, and Theo de Kogel from the Netherlands, Colin Kirsch from the United Kingdom, and the entourage of  Kelab Basikal Tua Classic Bicycles Club from Malaysia. 

Presented and organized by Paguyuban Sapedah Baheula Bandoeng West Java Indonesia (Classic Bicycles Association of Bandung, West Java, Indonesia) the event is not only intended as a gathering arena where classic bike enthusiasts from all over the archipelago can meet and interact, but  the event moreover aims to promote cycling as a lifestyle for the general public. In a world of modern transport filled and motorized vehicles that emit all kinds of pollutions, bicycles are considered as the perfect mode of transportation that are not only eco-friendly but also promote health.

The past Bandoeng Laoetan Onthell 2010 was attended by over 5.000 “Onthelists” from all over the archipelago and abroad. This year, the number is expected to grow as more and more people are taking an interest in classical bicycles. Held only once in three years, the event is certainly something that you cannot afford to miss
 
More Information available at: http://blo2013psbb.wordpress.com/2013

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This November, the finest of Indonesia’s jewelry will be on display at the Mutumanikam Nusantara Indonesia Jewelry Exhibition 2013 held in the Jakarta Convention Center, Jakarta.

For, aside from its fascinating landscapes, the beauty of Indonesia’s nature can be found deep within its earth in the form of stones and gems. The delicate hands of Indonesia’s finest craftsmen turn these treasures into some of the most beautiful and precious jewelry

Diverse collections of South Sea pearls, gold, silver, natural stones and gems encrusted in brooches, bracelets, rings, earrings, and other forms of jewelry will be exhibited in the most exquisite ways to indulge jewelry enthusiasts, who are mostly women. The exhibition will also feature a talk show, jewelry design contest, and door prizes contests.

The exhibition is organized by Mutumanikam Nusantara, an organization dedicated to develop and enhance the jewelry industry in Indonesia.Initiated by First Lady Ani Bambang Yudhoyono, Mutumanikam Nusantara strives to develop not only large and medium scale enterprises but also small industries through research and training aimed at boosting the reputation of Indonesian jewelry and craftsmanship at national and international level.

Mutumanikam Nusantara has established a network among jewelry lovers and craftsmen all over Indonesia. It also serve as a forum to share and exchange information about the ins and outs in the world of jewelry, such as jewelry maintenance, materials of the jewelry, and their origins.

Mutumanikam Nusantara Indonesia Jewelry Exhibition 2013 is intended take Indonesian jewelry all the way through to international recognition and boost the reputation of Indonesian artisans worldwide. Being the ultimate jewelry event of the country, Mutumanikam Nusantara Indonesia Jewelry Exhibition 2013 is certainly the best opportunity to witness the richness of Indonesia’s natural treasures.

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Calendar Event / Musi Triboatton 2013
« on: January 29, 2013, 09:41:40 AM »

This November, the spotlight will shine on the longest running river on Sumatra:  the Musi River as the Musi Triboatton is launched from 26 November to 01 December 2013 in Palembang, capital of the province of South Sumatra.

Combining rafting, canoeing, and traditional boat races, this is a one of a kind event initiated by the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy to introduce the splendors of South Sumatra in terms of special interests activities. Set along the wide Musi River that flows along the city of Palembang, the event will feature almost 500Km of adrenalin rushing races as well as relaxing joyrides.
 
As a professional competition, the event also involves the Executive Board of Indonesia’s Rowing Association (PB.PODSI) who manages the competition which is also aimed at improving the quality of rowing athletes.
 
The Musi River has its source deep in the Bukit Barisan mountains, tumbling down to reach the plains, where, fed by the converging Ogam and Komering rivers, it then widens into a large river as it reaches Palembang.  Its many tributaries and streams that cut through Palembang, have caused this town to be also known as ‘The Venice of the East’.
 
The best scenery of the river can be found at the city’s iconic landmark, the Ampera Bridge which connects both side of the river. North of the Ampera bridge is the Mesjid Agung or the Royal Mosque, built in 1740 by Sultan Badaruddin I, and recently restored to its former glory. This area was once the capital of a Malay Islamic kingdom which came to an end in 1825, when the last Sultan, Ahmad Najamuddin, surrendered to the Dutch and was exiled to Banda Neira.
 
More information available at the event official website:  www.musi-triboatton.com
 
Photo courtesy by infopublik.kominfo.go.id

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Following the success of previous editions, the Government of West Halmahera will once again present the 5th edition of the Festival Teluk Jailolo or Jailolo Bay Festival 2013 from 16th to 18th May 2013,  at Jailolo or Gilolo , other names given by the inhabitants to the island  better known as Halmahera in the province of North Maluku.

Reviving the former glory of Halmahera as the world’s origin of spices, and acknowledging the island’s abundant natural and cultural wealth, this year the Jailolo Bay Festival has particularly chosen the theme “The Treasure of Golden Spice Islands”.

Organized by the office of Tourism of the West Halmahera Regency, the event is aimed to introduce and promote the natural splendors, cultural attractions, and other potential attractions of the regency. During  the festivities, the public will be presented with various unique programs such as a Spice Parade, a Spice Expo, Spice Trip, a Fishing Competition, Swimming Competition, Rowing Competition, Fun Diving, the traditional sea ritual of Sigofi Ngolo, and a Culinary Fiesta featuring a barbecue party of 10 tons of fish.
 



As  usual, the pinnacle of the festival  will be the grand Cabaret set on the stage above the sea which this year is dubbed as Sasadu on the Sea. The Sasadu on the Sea is a collaborative production of  Dance Maestro and Choreographer Eko Supriyanto, renowned art director Oleg Sanchabakhtiar, and professional stage director Dimas Leimana.

A former dancer for the international Diva, Madonna, Eko Supriyanto has collaborated with some of the big names in the entertainment industry in  the country including Garin Nugroho, Slank, and Peter Sellars, while Dimas Leimana has been  involved in some international scale shows including those of  Mariah Carey, Bjork, and Beyonce. Oleg Sanchabachtiar.  On the other hand, Leimena is no stranger on Indonesia’s performance scene.

The sparsely populated island that is better known as Halmahera encompasses an area of 17,000 square kilometers. Here nature is exquisite which continues to inspire the festival each year. The Moslem and Christian population jointly participate annually in a joyous and harmonious local festivity that has developed into an international event.

More Information available at: www.festivaltelukjailolo2013.com
 
Photo courtesy by www.festivaltelukjailolo2013.com

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Calendar Event / Bau Nyale: The Annual Sea Worms Festival in Lombok
« on: January 29, 2013, 09:38:05 AM »

The island of Lombok will once again celebrate the age-old tradition of Bau Nyale or catching the Sea Worms Festival in the forthcoming month of March.

This year, the festival will be concentrated around the period of Bau Nyale Poto (the End of Bau Nyale) rather than the Bau Nyale Tunggak (the start of Bau Nyale) which occurred on the end of January. The festival will centerat the Kuta Beach, in the Loteng Area, while exact dates still await confirmation which will be decided by a meeting of the council of traditional community leaders and keepers of the four cardinal directions.

Bau in the Lombok language means “to-catch” and Nyale is a type of sea worm that surfaces only around this time of the year. Therefore, Bau Nyale is the festive ceremony when large crowds gather to catch the Nyale along a number of Lombok’s finest beaches.The Sasak are the dominant ethnic group inhabiting the island of Lombok, in West Nusatenggara.

Held annually on the 20th day of the 10th month of the traditional Sasak Calendar, this year the festival will be highlighted with various traditional competitions such as bekayaq, cilokaq, peresean, begambus, berbalas pantun (traditional rhyme dueling competition), and boat rowing competition.  As a grand event for the people of Lombok, the Bau Nyale festival also presents various art performances, such as: the
Wayang Kulit (Leather puppets Show), and the theatrical play on the legend of the Nyale Princess.

The Nyale festival is also known on the neighboring island of Sumba, where the ceremony is followed by the Pasola Jousting Festival.

For more information you can contact:
West Nusatenggara Tourism Office
Jl. Lengko 70, Mataram 21868
Telp. +62 364 21866, 21730
Website: http://www.ntbprov.go.id
http://lomboktengahkab.go.id/

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The Traveller's Lounge / 4 tempat terbaik melihat Orang Utan
« on: January 29, 2013, 09:28:05 AM »

Salah satu wisata unggulan Indonesia adalah pengalaman menyaksikan hewan mamalia berambut merah yang populer dengan sebutan orang utan. Dengan Hanya sekitar 7.500 ekor orang utan Sumatra dan 41.000 ekor orang utan Kalimantan yang tersisa (menurut data WWF)  Indonesia merupakan salah satu dari sedikit tempat terakhir di dunia,  tempat dimana kamu dapat melihat hewan bermimik lucu tersebut hidup bebas di alam liar. Walaupun kamu dianjurkan untuk tidak bersentuhan dengan hewan primata ini — kecuali kamu adalah Michael Jackson —, pengalaman mengunjungi habitat asli orang utan akan menjadi cerita menarik untuk anak cucu di masa datang. Berikut adalah empat tempat terbaik untuk melihat orang utan hidup bebas di alam liar.


Taman Nasional Tanjung Puting, Kalimantan Tengah
Inilah tempat terbaik untuk melihat orang utan di Indonesia. Berada di pedalaman Kalimantan Tengah, taman nasional ini hanya dapat dijangkau menggunakan speedboat atau perahu kayu yang disebut klotok oleh penduduk setempat, membuat perjalanan menuju tempat ini sangat menarik. Kunjungi Camp Leakey — dibangun oleh seorang ahli lingkungan yang berasal dari Kanada Dr. Biruté Galdikas, lebih dari tiga dekade lalu — merupakan tempat tinggal orang utan dan mereka ssering mengunjungi pos makanan untuk mengambil pisang atau susu cair.


Taman Nasional Gunung Leuser, Sumatra Utara
Secara fisik orang utan Sumatra lebih kecil dari sepupunya yang berada di Kalimantan dan tempat terbaik untuk melihatnya adalah di Taman Nasional Gunung Leuser. Dapat dijangkau hanya dengan empat jam berkendara dari Medan, kamu dapat melihat mereka di pusat rehabilitasi Bukit Lawang atau untuk pengalaman yang lebih seru, kami sarankan untuk menjelajah hutan bersama pemandu resmi dengan pilihan rute beragam, mulai dari tiga jam hingga tiga hari perjalanan. Tempat ini memiliki beberapa pilihan penginapan sehingga kamu tidak usah khawatir untuk tinggal di alam liar.


Samboja Rehabilitation Center, Kalimantan Timur
Jika kamu menginginkan perjalanan berkunjung ke habitat orang utan  yang nyaman, Samboja Lodge yang berada hanya sekitar satu jam dari Balikpapan (kota kedua terbesar di Kalimantan Timur) dapat menjadi pilihan. Perhatikan hewan primata ini melakukan kegiatan sehari-hari di beberapa pulau kecil yang letaknya tidak begitu jauh dari penginapan. Walaupun kontak langsung dilarang (kebanyakan orangutan di sini sudah terjangkit virus hepatitis B), kamu dapat terlibat dalam kegiatan sehari-hari di pusat rehabilitasi ini dengan membantu menyiapkan makanan, mengobservasi perilaku dan ikut membantu memperbaiki lanskap pulau.


Taman Nasional Betung Kerihun, Kalimantan Barat
Petualangan paling mengesankan untuk melihat mamalia berambut merah ini adalah dengan menempuh perjalanan berliku menuju taman nasional yang berada di sekitar hilir sungai Kapuas. Dalam perjalanan kamu akan bertamu atau bahkan menginap di beberapa desa Dayak yang terkenal dengan rumah betang (rumah panjang) dan budayanya yang menarik. Luangkan waktu beberapa hari untuk trekking ke hutan tropis melihat orang utan liar dan akhiri perjalanan dengan berkunjung ke Sentarum, taman nasional dengan lebih dari 20 danau musiman yang menyajikan pemandangan spektakuler.

Sebelum memulai perjalanan, kamu dapat terlebih dahulu berkunjung ke Schmutzer Primate Center di Kebun Binatang Ragunan Jakarta untuk mengenal primata ini terlebih dahulu. Siapkan sepatu hiking dan stamina karena waktu kamu akan banyak dihabiskan dengan berjalan kaki. Jangan lupa untuk mengambil foto dengan kamera atau telepon genggam.
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West Java / Bandung for city dwellers & classic culinary lovers
« on: January 29, 2013, 09:25:19 AM »

With direct international flights from major cities in Asia, strings of factory outlets and new hip places to dine and unwind, you might agree that Bandung is now a cosmopolitan dwell. Visit Rumah Mode for branded clothes at heavy discount, brunch at Hummingbird, or spend your night out at Maja House. We compile a list of some of the finest places to visit in a compact itinerary for your next weekend trip, below.

Day 1



8.00 Morning jog and breakfast at GOR Padjajaran
Go straight to GOR Padjajaran and join locals for a morning run or tai chi session inside the classic stadium, or you can skip the sweaty session and go directly to the morning market full of local delicacies there. From the savory cakwe (chinese twisted dough), yummy bubur ikan (fish porridge) to kupat tahu Padalarang (rice cake with spicy coconut milk), begin your day with cheap and hearty breakfast here.


9.30-11.30 Walking tour around Asia-Africa & Braga
Catch a glimpse of colonial time around Jalan Asia Africa and Braga. Use comfortable shoes and prepare to take a lot of pictures as there are fascinating details to capture here. The art deco façade, the hundreds years old newspaper printing machine in front of Pikiran Rakyat office, the podium inside the KAA building where Nehru once stood and gave his famous speech and other dazzling remnants and structures from a bygone era.


12.00-13.30 Lunch around Asia Africa
Choose Mie Linggarjati (Jl. Balonggede 1) or Mie Naripan (Jl. Naripan 108) for classic Chinese noodles with a glass of fresh orange or avocado juice. Go to Lotek Kalipah Apo (Jl Kalipah Apo 42) -local eatery that is famous for its lotek (Sundanese salad with peanut sauce)- or the legendary Sundanese restaurant Rumah Makan Cikawao (Jl. Cikawao 7) for a complete lunch. Coffee snobs should pay a visit to Kopi Aroma (Jl. Banceuy 51), the oldest surviving coffee place in Bandung that’s been roasting Indonesian aged coffee since 1930s.


14.00-16.30 Check in at Savoy Homann Hotel or Grand Hotel Preanger
Now, it’s time to check in at one of the classic establishments in Bandung. We recommend you to stay at Savoy Homann (Jl. Asia Africa 112) or Grand Hotel Preanger (Jl. Asia Africa 81) and enjoy their old time charms. Have a tour inside and sample the meticulous detail of early modern day architecture here.


17.00-18.30
Walk a few blocks and find Sumber Hidangan (Jl. Braga 20-22), a classic Dutch-style bread shop. Enjoy sweet and savory snacks such as bitterballen, kaastengel dan bokkepootjes. For a more natural and relaxing ambiance, drive up north to Padma Hotel (Jl. Rancabentang) where you can enjoy an afternoon tea with a view of beautiful valley.


19.30-24.00 Dinner and Late night activities
Tizi’s (Jl Kidang Pananjung 3) that is famous among old school folks offers classic western style menu (mostly steak), while Burangrang food place (Jl. Burangrang) offers a wide array of food including the legendary San Fransisco martabak (sweet pancake) and other tasty snacks that will whet your appetite. Other options are the all-time favorites Perkedel Bondon (fried potato cake) and Hadori satay located just behind the train station. End the day by a late night stroll at Braga Street.

Day 2


9.00-11.00 Walking Tour – City Hall – Ice Cream PT. Rasa
Walk a few blocks and find Sumber Hidangan (Jl. Braga 20-22), a classic Dutch-style bread shop. Enjoy sweet and savory snacks such as bitterballen, kaastengel dan bokkepootjes. For a more natural and relaxing ambiance, drive up north to Padma Hotel (Jl. Rancabentang) where you can enjoy an afternoon tea with a view of beautiful valley.


11.30 Another round for culinary drive-Home
After checking out from the hotel, drive your car to Sweetheart (Jl. Bawean or Jl. RE Martadinata 138-140) for its yummy nougat roll and chocolate wafer, Batagor Riri (Jl. Burangrang) for its delicious fried tofu with fish filling, Siomay Tulen (Jl. Situ Indah 4) for siumay or Chinese Dumpling, or Soes Merdeka (Jl. Merdeka 25-29) for rum éclair. End the journey by having the ultimate Sundanese lunch treat at Ma Uneh (Jl. Terasana 132 Pajajaran).

Enjoy Bandung from another view and let the old charms embrace you, for this is ‘Paris van Java’. Don’t let the traffic fool you as most of them only happen in very touristy places around Jalan Dago. Please send your fantastic snaps to images@burufly.com or your social profile on burufly.com so Buruflyers around the world could see the wonderful Indonesia.

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Central Java / Karimunjawa, Beyond the Average
« on: December 11, 2012, 11:05:23 PM »
It was 12.00 a.m. and the air begun to be colder when people just fell asleep while I was riding my motorcycle from Solo headed toward Jepara with three other friends of mine. For the second time, I started my journey to Karimunjawa archipelago, geographically located more than 80 km north away from Jepara and culturally comprised of three different tribes: Java, Madura, and Bugis. Ferry Muria was the only transportation available in Jepara to crossover at the time (which is not every day). Lucky us not to wait in a long queue to get the boat ticket. February was not crammed with people going to the island. It will be more crowded in the peak season from May to October which is also the best time to visit.

Six hours on the boat. The only amusement on board is television. Dolphins’ parade might also be seen in the middle of Java Sea, but it’s not always, only on June till August. To pay the exhaustion of the voyage, an ewer of fresh cold young coconut juice was served on the round table under terminalia cattapan in front of the homestay we lodged. Since we traveled on a shoestring, we set up in a homestay room which is far cheaper than in a hotel or resort. We only spent IDR 80.000 per room per night. It’s not quite solely, as it is a family’s house with shared bathroom. It is a clean and nice dwelling though.
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People say that the island is a perfect place to catch a wonderful scene of sunset. And they were right! We witnessed it from a small dock where many colorful fishermen’s fishing boats were attached to. We captured it. Not any stumbling block or cross beam got in the way the sun to sleep under the horizon. Beautiful it was. The gold hour led to the blue one. The sky was amazing.
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