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09Indonesia Map 11-14Legian/Sanur/Bali,

Lombok/3 Gili Map/Ubud/ Senggigi Map

14Baliem Valley 18Palangkaraya 22Baduy Tribe 26Trail of Freedom 30Solo 33Ketupat 34Tenganan 38Mola Mola

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42Things to do in Bali 46Perama CSR 48Mount Rinjani 52Lombok Traditional


56Komodo National Park 58Wae Rebo 62Travel Gadgets 64Travel Tips

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editorial //Adventure People used to say life it’s an adventure. So why not make your life a little bit adventurous? Embark on a Journey to wonderful places, one like Indonesia. This vast archipelago nation is a big sand box for those who seek adventure. One such as the adventure to the majestic Mount Rinjani and it’s amazing Segara Anak Lake. Don’t miss the information about the Komodo National Park and the islands around it. Join us on a trip to home of the Original Balinese, Tenganan Village and get more info on the upcoming cultural event the Baliem Valley in Papua and lots of other information to accompany you during your trip. On August Indonesia is celeberating its 71th Independence, as the whole nation celebrate we takes you on a trip to follow the trail of freedom on various places in Indonesia ON THE COVER Location Lake Segara Anak Lombok Photographer Wira Nurmansyah

We would also wish you a happy Eid al-Fitr, Selamat Hari Raya Idul Fitri, Mohon maaf lahir dan batin ! Now Let’s get ready for the Journey. Fredrick Edward Editor in chief

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Mission Statement Warmest greetings from The Journey Magazine, A bimonthly English-language free Indonesian tourism magazine. As a travel magazine, our main purpose is to introduce various tourism sights in this vast beautiful archipelago. we aim to be a cooperation and integrated promotion media for all tourism component in the spirit of brotherhood. All because we want the travellers get a proper and right information about Indonesia tourism for free.


Enjoy your stay in Indonesia and hopefully we could be your friend and assistant on your Journey.

IF YOU have finished reading this magazine, please do not throw this magazine. YOU COULD.. PASS IT TO YOUR FRIENDS some information here could be useful for your travel friends OR YOU COULD.. PLACE IT BACK to the place where you find it, it might be useful to others THANK YOU VERY MUCH. 7 July / August 2016

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South China Sea

Pacific ocean

Sabang Aceh Bukit Lawang



Lake Toba






Nias Island


Derawan Island Bunaken national park

Kalimantan (Borneo)


Bangka Belitung


Palangkaraya Page 18 Tanjung Puting

Indian Ocean


Riau Islands


Gorontalo Samarinda



Togian Islands

Palu Balikpapan




Raja Ampat





Tana Toraja





Java Sea


Map Of Indonesia

Krakatoa Baduy Tribe Page 22

Solo Page 30


Java Borobudur



Madura Surabaya

Mnt Bromo



Mount Rinjani Page 48 Komodo Island

Wakatobi national park

Komodo National Park Page 56 Wae Rebo Page 58

Lombok Labuan Bajo Sumbawa

Tenganan Village Page 34 Mola Mola Page 38





Papua New Guinea

Banda Sea


Mnt Kelimutu

Baliem Valley Page 14

Arafura Sea

Timor Leste



Timor Sea Australia

Mesmerizing Indonesian Archipelago


Capital and largest city Jakarta 6°10.5′S 106°49.7′E Official languages Bahasa Indonesian Government Unitary presidential constitutional republic • President : Joko Widodo • Vice-President : Jusuf Kalla Area • Land 1,904,569 km2 (15th) 735,358 sq mi • Water (%) 4.85 Population • 2015 estimate 255,461,700

ndonesia is a huge archipelago consisting of thousands

fall into two main groups: the Molluccas to the northeast, and

of islands that stretch from the westernmost point of

the lesser Sunda chain east of Bali. Bali is a unique island,

Sabang to the easternmost point of Merauke. From

which for a number of reasons can be put into a class of its

Miangas island the northmost to Rote island the


southmost, it spread to more than 17.508 islands with over 1 million km2 making Indonesia a massive sand box to explore.

of visitors to Indonesia. Visiting Indonesia means seeing and

This huge archipelago is endowed with a beauty of diverse

experienceing the unique diverse cultural and astonishing

cultures and nature with distinctive flora and fauna.

natural beauties that this country has to offer and explore.

The favourable condition have attracted a great number

There are eight major islands or island groups in this enormous chain. The largest landmasses consist of Sumatra, Java, Kalimantan (Borneo), Sulawesi (Celebes) and Irian Jaya (the western half of Papua New Guinea). The smaller islands

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*On the map above we applied a regional divider,

based on the efficiency to plan a journey across the archipelago

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REGION 1 / West Indonesia

Sumatra, The Second biggest island in Indonesia also home to several fascinating tourism sights such as the Lake Toba in North Sumatra and Bukit tinggi in West Sumatra. West Java, With Bandung as the capital city West Java, the region had a lot to over such as the Tangkuban Perahu Crater Lake. Jakarta, as the National Capital City several historical sites can be found in the city.

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Yogyakarta, the soul Java, it is the cultural capital of







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Java with it famous Sultan’s Keraton. Central Java, Home to the magnificent Borobudur and Prambanan Temple. Kalimantan, the second biggest island in the world is also serve as a sanctuary to the indigenous Orang Utan.

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REGION 3 / Lesser Sunda + REGION 5 / Bali Bali, The face of Indonesia tourism the exotic small island with wonderful culture and nature. Lombok,

once an emerging sight, now famous three Gilis and Mount Rinjani. Sumbawa, mostly known as the home to the marvellous Mount Tambora, but Sumbawa still had plenty hidden gems. Flores & The Komodo Dragon, the icon of Indonesia tourism, the only place on the face of the earth to see the living fossil and other intersting place such as Mount Kelimutu and many more. NTT/Kupang, the capital of Nusa Tenggara Timur Province, Mostly known for its Sabu and Rote Island which is famous among world class surfers.

REGION 4 / East Indonesia

Sulawesi, home to one of the world’s best marine park, the Bunaken and the unique tradition of Toraja. Maluku, mostly known for its Ambon island and its exotic culture and nature. Papua, an island with magnificent nature and exotic culture, also home to the highest mountain in Indonesia, Mount Jaya Wijaya. PROGRAM

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To the Next Desitna By Flight

By Sailing Boat / Ship


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The Haven


Horizon Tunes Seminyak

Bery Biz

Ts Suites Bali Dewa Bharata

Puri Naga

B Hotel McDonald


Grand Kuta Hotel & Residence

Kusnadi Hotel


Best Western Premier Atanaya


Ramda Resort Niksoma Sari Beach Inn Puriraja

Poco Loco Amaris Hotel Swiss Bell Inn Legian

Melasti Bali Sani


Lokha Three TheLegian Brothers

Bali Padma

Amaris The Sunest

Bali Mandira

Ibis Style Sunset Residence

Coffe Corner

Legian Beach Hotel


Monochrome Alam Kulkul A TThe Stone Etnik Prosurf Harmony TThe Kuta Mamas Playa P Body & Soul

Sun Island


The One Kayun Downtown Monument


Kuta Seaview

Kuta Bex Mercure


Ina Kuta

Surfer Girl

Harper Paradiso Beach Inn Perama

Hard rock Hotel & Cafe

Facilites / Services

Harris River

SKy Garden

Roso Vivo

Restaurant / Bar

Bali Bakery


Fourteen Beach Roses Resort Beach Walk Sheraton Bali Bounty



Bedbunkers Euporia Central Park

The Akmani


Holiday Inn Express






Grand Mas





Kuta Square

Park Regis Bali Kuta Resort The Kana



Gelael KFC

Holiday Inn Express

Kuta Paradiso

Ma Joly

Grand Mas

Febris Eden Grand Wiz The Vira Ibis

Palm Beach

Lippo Mall

Best Western Resort

Prime Bizz

Green Garden Aston Kuta J Botique Holiday Inn Resort

Circis Water Park Park 23 Aston Pepito


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Joger Harris

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Santika Beach Ramada Bintang Bali

Waterboom Bali Rani

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Discovery Mall Kartika Plaza Sun Island Bali Dynasty Green Garden

The Flora

Bakung Sari


Hawaii Souvenir

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Ramayana Stadium Cafe The Station

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Karti Inn Melasti Beach


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Hotel Puri Dalem

Watering Hole 1 Perama




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Sanur Paradise Police

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Inna Grand Bali Beach

Taman Sari Sanur Indah



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Jl. Segara Ayu

Post Office

Segara Village

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Jl. Tukad

Sindu GH Jl. Sindu

Jl. Danau Tondano

Baruna Beach Inn Inna Shindu Beach

Abian Srama

La Taverna La Taverna Respatih Gazebo

Yulia 1 Daydee HS

Jl. Danau Ta



Hotels Restaurant / Bar

Jl. By Pass Ngurah Raih


Sanur Paradise Suite Flash Back

The Griya Sanur

Irama Tanjung Sari Gili Cat Besakih Griya Santrian Villa Santi Werdha Pura Langhawa Beach

Swiss Bel

Jl. Pantai

Ramayana Hardisk Mall Oasis Lagoon


Gustaf GH

Facilites / Services

Batu Jimbar

Parigata Resort




Penida View

Jl. Kesari

Bali Hyatt Bali Emerald

Puri Gopa Abian Hs Cafe Loca

Jl. Pen gemb a


Jl. Sri Kesari

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Semawang Beach Puri Santrian

Abian Kokoro Jl. Mertasari

Sun House


Sativa Sanur Cottage

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Waka Maya Mercure Sanur

Sanur Beach

Coral Beach

Desa Dunia Beda

Eden Cottages Wayang Trawangan Oasis

Paul’s Last Resort

Bugi Beach Danima Resort

Luce d'Alma Resort & Spa


Shack 58


Blue Coral

Sunset Palm Resort Kelapa Villas

Sunset Gecko

Coral Beach 2

Aston Sunset Beach Coconut Garden Resort Les Villas Ottalia

Zoraya Pavillion

Five Elements Resort

Vila Joglo

Orong Village Abi Fantastik

Mangga Segar Village Karma Reosrt

Kai’s Beach House

Sasak Cafe

Soul Villas

Nautilus Meno Dream Resort Tao Kombo

Two Brother Bungalow


Warung Sasak Turtle Beach

Rust Bungalow

Vila Cinta

Dream Dive Hotel Vila Ombak

The Beach Club

Pink Coco

Bird Park Perama Tour

The Trawangan

Kaluku Gili Air Escape

Island View

Marina Srikandi


Bambu Cottages


Rose Bungalow

Sama Sama Kayu Cafe

The Exile

AliBaba Bungalows

Grand Sunset

Villa Sayang

Viking B&R DSM Dive

Teak Resort

Gili Air Hotel

Puri Air Beach Resort

Nemo Mojo

Viking B&R Horizontal


Sandy Beach

Turtle Conservation

Ombak Sunset

Shops Facilites / Services


Gili Meno Eco Hostle

Diana Bungalow

Kelapa Kecil

Restaurant / Bar


Gili Tibo

Mahamaya Resort

Vamana Resort Vila Almarik blu d'amare Resort Laguna

Voodo Lounge



Made’s Warung

Jambuluwuk Oceano Resort Gili Escobar

Bel Air

Taman Senang Lucy’s Salabose

Gazebo Kontiki

Lucky’s Safari


Scallywags The Water Front 7SEAS Cottages

Villa Karang

Gili Air Lagoon

Perama Tour Erni Counter


Sunrise The Beach Club

Menjangan Is. West Bali National Park

Gilimanuk To Java

Singaraja Pemuteran

Lovina Beach Gitgit Waterfall

Mt. Kelakan

Mt. Sanglang Mt. Musi Mt. Merbuk


Besakih Temple

Bedugul Pupuan


Tampak Siring


Gunung Kawi Temple


Tegallalang Alas Kedaton

Tabanan Mangupura Ubung

Tanah Lot Temple



Public Ferry Fastboat Highlights

Seminyak Legian Kuta Ngurah Rai International Airport Jimbaran Uluwatu Temple




Medewi Beach



Goa Gajah

Padang Bai


Gili Air Is.


Malimbu Viewpoint



Batu Bolong Temple

Lingsar Temple

Ampenan Mataram

Gua Lawah Temple


Loyok Narmada Mantang

Cakranegara Kediri


Nusa Dua

Badung Strait

Penida Is.

Gili Naggu Bangko Bangko


Labuan Lombok To Sumbawa & Flores





Lendang Nangka Masbagik

Selong Labuan Aji

Banyumulek Lembongan Is.

Serangan Is. Ceningan Is. Benoa Harbor Tanjung Benoa





Denpasar Sanur

Sembalun Lawang


Bangsal Taman Ujung


Segara Anak Lake

Mt. Rinjani




Taman Ayun Temple

Gili Meno Is. Gili Trawangan Is.

Gili Sulat


Sendang Gile & Tie Kelep Waterfall



Gili Lawang



Mt. Agung

Ulun Danu Beratan Temple & Lake

Munduk Waterfall

Mt. Mesehe Negara

Mt. Batur


Banjar Hotspring



Lombok International Airport

Rambitan Selong Belanak Mawun





Kuta Kuta Beach

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Ubud Sari Health Resort

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Ibu Oka

Ubud Market

Puri Mas Beach

Pandawa Cassete Delta Mart


Bali Budha Tulmak Dragonfly Milano

Ubud Village

Shape Wangi - Wangi Asterisk Warung Yamato

Sisi/Nanan Panen

Cafe Wayan

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Square Restaurant

Kakiang Bakery

Happy Cafe

Dream Divers Laroz Cafe Jl.Pantai Senggigi

Papaya Cafe

Senggigig Jaya Abadi

Sendok Bar & Guest House Meat Mart



Lina Cottages



Puri Garden

Graha Beach

Graha Beach

Flava Lounge Artini Cottages 3 Kagemusha

Agung Rai Fine Art

Cafe Alberto Cafe Arma

The Beach Club

Arma Resort

Arma Museum

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A Hurl You Don’t Want to Miss

Cafe Lombi Swiss Bakery

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Lombok Property & Villas

Pizza Bagus

Agung Raka

Bumbu Cafe

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Pundi Pundi

Warung Enak Tegal Sari Panorama

Asmara Restaurant

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Padi Prada



Puri Bunga Beach Cottages


Ubud Permai Cafe Tegal


Lotus Bayview Family Guest House

Shops Facilites / Services

Kebun Villas & Resort


Artini 1


Tourism Police

Papa Besar Cafe

Warung Laba-Laba

Champlung Sari

Coffee Copper

Sheraton Resort


Ubud Inn

Monkey Forest


Hotels Restaurant / Bar


Puri Saron

Sea Shore


Lotus Lane

Medical Centre

Jazz Cafe


Green House Pertiwi Resort

Villa Campi Sorga Svarga Resort

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Villa Rasa Sayang

Jl. Raya Ubud

Ganeshaa Oka Kartini Book SHop

Ibu Rai Batan Waru



Puri Mas Spa Resort Dream Estate Park


Jl.Jem bawan



Beji Lan e

Fores t

Okawati’s Polo

Jl. Jero Gadung

Puri Saren Ubud R a y a U b u d


Honeymoon Guest House

Ary’s Warung

Verve Villas Qunci Villas Qunci Pool Villas

Taman Wisata Alam Kerandangan Nature Reserve


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Jl.Han o

Casa Luna

Windy Beach Resort Holiday Resort

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Jl. Sr

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Museum Puri Lukisan


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Living Asia

Barwa Gallery Museum Rudana

The Chandi


he Baliem Valley Festival was first held in 1996 and since then has been established as an annual event by the Papua Provincial Tourism. It was held in the Village Wasilimo, District Kurulu, Jayawijaya, Papua about 27 km from Wamena, the capital town of the Jayawijaya Regency. More than 30 representatives from various tribe villages from around baliem valley attending and performing their culture. Foreign tourists from all over the world also gather and enjoy the show. In the past, the tribes who live in the Baliem Valley were known as a warlike society. If there was a problem that occurred between tribes and could not be resolved, then war became final solution. But now as time goes by, that way of life had been left behind, but the war movements were preserved as one of the culture heritage to the community. The war dance is one of the most anticipated event, with scenarios to trigger war such as kidnapping, grazing invasion, infidelity, and others. Then each tribe formed a group in the middle of the field and they started to battle each other. This tribal war is only apart of attraction so it is safe for everyone.

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“ the culture heritage to the community“

In these performance visitors also know that these was not just some street brawl style of fight, they have strict laws of war. Some of it are both side are not allowed to deliberately attack or hurt women and children, an incredible war strategy, they have a unique defense and attack system. The performance also pumped up more adrenaline rush with their battle cry, thrusting their arrows and long spears while yelling and chanting vigorously. This year it was held form 8th until 10th August 2016. Be sure not to miss it. Dewi Supartini ;a travel enthusiast, had been traveling since child with her family. She also working in one of travel agency in Bali.

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photos courtesy of Frans Peci

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/ PALANGKARAYA One day in Sukarno’s dream city


ost people might not know the history of Palangkaraya the capital city of Central Kalimantan. It is known as a man-made city in the heart of Borneo. Sukarno, the first president of Indonesia, initially used this city as a model for the nation’s capital. I was lucky to have an opportunity to visit this beautiful city. I am amazed by Sukarno’s dream and idea for the nation post the declaration of Independence as written by Wijanarka in a 2006 book, Sukarno and the Indonesian Capital Plan Design in Palangkaraya. Seeing Jakarta’s landscape in colonial design, he then tried to design his own version of the nation’s capital in 1957-1959 in Palangkaraya; from the large and small roundabout, city park, piles, palace, etc.

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photos courtesy of Frans Peci


Do not build a building along the banks Kahayan. Land along the banks of the river, should be reserved for the parks so at night beautiful twinkling lights can be seen as people pass through the rivers,

Sukarno 1st President of Indonesia

Several landmarks that he designed can still be found in the heart of Palangkaraya. One of them is the famous Kahayan River bridge that divides the town into two. The bridge stretches 640 meters with 12 special span for 150 meter along the river shipping channel. The bridge’s European-style construction still looks sturdy even though it was build in 1995. If we walk around and observe Palangkaraya, it appears that the city already has a design plan before the population resides. It can be seen from the wide roads, the parks and pedestrians side walk on the right and left side of the road, parks between the busy streets, and the roundabouts. In addition, because of its low population number, it is comfortable to live here. Unfortunately, during the night, the city become quite dark. It is ironic to have energy crisis right in the heart of Kalimantan. The lights along the road are not able to beautify the city. Of course we can tell that it was not part of Sukarno’s dream. Under the magnificent bridge, if you want to go through the river to see the Lanting house and the Borneo rainforest and all the way through to the home of the Dayak tribe, there is a pier with two types

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of transportation available: The River Cruise Motor Lasang Teras Garu tour boat that can accommodate 25-60 people and has 5 rooms for 10 people; and the small klotok boat that fit for 3-5 people. After satisfied relaxing by the river, there is still one more public spot that you must visit, because it is not far from the bridge. About 50 meter below the Kahayan bridge there is a Soekarno’s monument about the city’s history that once was designed to become the nation’s capital. There you can find the first stone that marks the construction of Palangkaraya. Then for more historical tour, you can continue the journey to Balanga Museum. You can feel the mystical vibe once you enter the museum. It holds various tradional Dayak tribe’s items and some replicas of its traditional ceremony. It is located only about 20 minutes to the west of Palangkaraya. Enjoy the Beautiful City of Sukarno’s dreams! visit for more travel stories and photos of Indonesia from Frans Peci.

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photos courtesy of Firsta Yunida

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west java

BADUY TRIBE Where Technology Doesn’t Count


ittle more than three hours away from Jakarta there is a traditional community that has turned their back away from modern technology. They don’t own phones, use the Internet, wear shoes or listen to the radio. Living in voluntary isolation they are a secretive group who turn away outsiders. This group lives close to the city of Banten and they are known as the Baduy people. Generally, the Baduy are divided into two groups; the Baduy Dalam and the Baduy Luar. In my opinion the Baduy Luar act as a buffer zone to stop visitors from entering the Sacred Inner circle, the Baduy Dalam. Even though both groups are barefoot, it is so easy to differentiate them. Baduy Dalam wear white and black cloth as clothing (all their clothes are handmade), meanwhile Baduy Luar wear black and cloth just like us. Some people say that the black cloth the Baduy Luar people wear is an indication that they are not pure anymore, that they are ‘breaking some rules’ of the community, such as their willingness to accept modern influence into their daily lives. This community, is quite famous as a weekend gateway for people who live in Jakarta, but it is not for them who want beaches, sea and loads of holiday snapshots. The Baduy Dalam people think that taking photos is taboo and have nothing to do with modern technology. It used to be prohibited for visitors to stay overnight in Baduy Dalam, but nowadays it is possible, as long as you get someone from Baduy Luar who can recommend you to one of the people from Baduy Dalam that is! When you want to visit this area, make sure to wear proper trekking shoes or sandals since the track to Baduy Dalam is more around 10 km and is not an easy walk, especially during the rainy season. Don’t worry about the long walk though, you

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Living in voluntary isolation

will be spoiled by the amazing views. The rich nature surrounding the Baduy settlement means that the Baduy people are able to fulfill their daily needs and make their own clothes. They also sell some handicrafts that they make as well, like scarves, bracelets and fabrics for visitors. They also sell food, like locally produced honey. If you’re thinking about what to do when you come here then you need not worry because there is lots on offer, like just simply enjoying the true relaxing times and the feeling of being isolated from modern technology and man made things. My favourite things to do is just observing communal life in the settlement. It is a very relaxing experience and sometimes I find myself missing the simplicity and beauty of the place. Check out Firsta’s website on for more stories on her travel around Indonesia.

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ugust is a special month for people all over Indonesia, as the nation will celebrate its 71th Independence day, the day when this vast archipelago nation 71 years ago join hand in hand to declare its freedom, the day when one word shouted all over the nation. An Indonesian word for “freedom”, MERDEKA ! August the 17th 1945, at 10.00 AM a historical moment for the entire nation is about to happen. Crowd start to flocking the yard of a small house in Jl.Pegangsaan Timur 56 in Jakarta. When a group of men exit the house entrance, led by two men. Both men are whom later will be known as the nation’s two founding fathers, Soekarno and Hatta. As Soekarno steps up to with a piece of paper, the crowed stop murmuring and held their breath. In that piece of paper written down the Indonesia’s Declaration of Independence. It is the peak of long struggle against the colonization, and the starting point of a rise of a nation. Now a monument is build on the site and known as the Proclamation Monument, with the statue of Soekarno and Hatta stand between the marble engraved with declaration text. Indonesia have been under Dutch Colonial for more the 300 years. The Japanese invasion in 1940s and subsequent occupation during WW II ended Dutch rule, and encouraged the previously

FREDOOM history of a nation suppressed Indonesian independence movement. Two days after the surrender of Japan in August 1945, Soekarno declare the independence of the Republic of Indonesia and it brought together this a vast nation to achieve one goal, one free nation. A great decisive battle also happened in Jogjakarta, Central Java. A monument built to commemorate the general offensive launched by the Indonesian Army against the Dutch on March 1st 1949. The monument holds a significant meaning in Indonesian struggle for independence. The six hour battle was significant for Yogyakarta considering that it was the capital city of the Republic of Indonesia. The general offensive opened up the eyes of the international world that the Republic of Indonesia still stood firm. The Dutch set Batavia an area on west Java as its de facto capital, today know as also the capital of Indonesia, Jakarta. These days the remains of Dutch colonial can be seen around the city. One such as

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FROM LEFT TO RIGHT : the declaration of Independence, August 17th 1945 The Proclamation Monument, Jakarta

Presidential Palace , Jakarta Puputan Margarana Monument , Bali Soekarno Museum, Flores

the Fatahillah museum on west Jakarta, build on 1707 it was used as the town hall and now become home to more than 23.500 collections of historical antiques. Even the Presidential Palace or the Merdeka Palace was previously served as a residence for the GovernorGeneral of the Dutch East Indies during the colonial era. During the colonial, struggle for freedom already happening throughout the nations. In Bali a monument was built to commemorate the Struggle of the People of Bali, known as the Bajra Sandhi Monument located in Renon, Denpasar. Bali’s Ngurah Rai International airport was also named after I Gusti Ngurah Rai who was a significant national republican figure during the struggle for independence in Indonesia, On 20 November 1946, the Dutch launched a large scale attack on Indonesian Military base in Marga, Tabanan,and he ordered his troop a Puputan, a Balinese word for a fight to the death. He eventually died bravely along with all of his troops. A monument also built in honor to his sacrifice to the freedom of Indonesia known as the Puputan Margarana monument. On the Eastern part of Indonesia another silent witness to the nation’s fight, The nationalist leader Soekarno, who later became Indonesia’s first president was captured in Jogjakarta and exiled to Ende in Flores by the Dutch colonial government.Now the small house where he used to stay was built as the Soekarno Museum,

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Fatahilla Museum, Jakarta Bajra Sandhi Monument , Bali General Offensive Monument, Central Java

most of the old furniture is still there. While he was exiled in Ende, Soekarno wrote and held several plays, it is here the idea of Pancasila concept, which is now the nation philosophy of Indonesia. From here Pancasila was born. Today, the Pancasila Birth Monument stands on this place. One of the nations’ highly upheld philosophies is the “Bhineka Tunggal Ika” a Sanskrit word that literally English translations means United in Diversity. A nation stretch from Sabang the west most part of in Sumatra to Merauke the east most part in Papua, form Miangas island the north most to Rote island the south most, it spread to more than 17.508 islands with over 1 million km2 coverage area and over 300 ethnic groups each with own uniqueness yet that philosophy able to unite all and heading to one achievement a free nation. Now 70 years after it all began, Indonesia has grown a lot and becoming a reckonable nation in the world. The trails of fight for freedom which resembled in all the monuments all over the nation, are not just a tourisms attractions but serve as a reminder to future generation that the nation freedom were not handed but archived through tough time and a their responsible to fulfill the freedom with development for a prosperous Republic of Indonesia, MERDEKA!

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a short trip to



olo as we all known as Surakarta was the destination of my recent trip with, again, my travel buddy, Sinthya. We reached the airport and then went straight to the hotel just to drop our bags and there we are ready for our city tour. Our first stop is Taman Sriwedari, Museum Radya Pustaka, and Batik Danar Hadi that located very close to each other. There’s not much too see in Taman Sriwedari, beside a statue in front of the entrance, we also can visit some store that sells craft and souvenirs stuff. But, at the back of Taman Sriwedari, there’s a place for Wayang Orang Sriwedari performance, and we’re going there in the evening. Next was Museum Radya Pustaka. It’s known as the oldest museum in Indonesia. There are many rooms inside the museum, where each room is dedicated to one theme, such as Keris, wayang kulit, gamelan, and so on. Inside, we could also found small library. At the back of the building, there’re some replicas of famous buildings in Surakarta and the surrounding (Sangga Juwana, Makam Imogiri, and Masjid Demak). Close to the museum is Batik Danar Hadi or House of Danar Hadi, a batik museum can be found inside the complex. The museum is quite big, and they have batik from several places too. There are many different kind of batik, such as batik that was influenced by Dutch and Chinese. There is also a the production section where visitro can see how they makes the pattern of the batik, the women who makes batik tulis (hand drawn), men who makes batik cap (stamp). It’s a guided one hour tour in this museum. Our next visit is one of Keraton in Surakarta, which is Keraton Kasunanan. They’ve also provided a tour guide for us. We plus five more tourists from Malaysia went in to the symbol of Surakarta’s Royal Family. As we entered the sand garden with many sawo kecik

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trees (caqui or wongi plum trees). There’re several rules to enter this area; First is no sandals and the second rule is if you’re wearing shorts, you need to wear a batik trousers that has been provided. Inside the museum we could see pictures of descendant from one of the Sunan. Other things that I could see in the museum were the Keris collection, the horse statues ~ the replica of the horse that was usually used in the Keraton, the weapons that were used in the past, the chariot, and so on. Talking about the chariot, there’s also a chariot that was used to carry the corpse. The guide told us about the difference in naming of the Keraton from the one in Jogja. In Jogja they used the name Kasultanan, because it is led by a Sultan, while in Solo they used the name Kasunanan, because it is led by a Sunan. How about the name Solo and Surakarta? Which one is correct? Both are correct. The word ‘Solo’ was originally from a name of a village called ‘Sala,’ and after Keraton Kasunanan Surakarta Hadiningrat moved to that village, they changed the name of the village into Surakarta. Solo is commonly used in social life, while Surakarta is more towards administrative and official used. We are glad that we saw so much in one day. Recently Solo is famous with its batik carnival, if you’re interested to see it, come to Solo on June each year. See you then. Follow more stories of Timothy W Pawiro’s journey on his page. log on to

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Ketupat a dish of festive


etupat is made from rice that has been wrapped in a woven palm leaf pouch and boiled. As the rice cooks, the grains expand to fill the pouch and the rice becomes compressed. This method of cooking gives the ketupat its characteristic form and texture of a rice dumpling. Ketupat is cut open, its skin (woven palm leaf) being removed, the inner rice cake is cut in pieces, and served as staple food, as the replacement of plain steamed rice. It usually eaten with rendang, opor ayam, sayur labu (jicama soup), sambal goreng ati (liver in sambal) or served as an accompaniment to satay (chicken or beef or lamb in skewers) or gado-gado (mixed vegetables with peanut sauce). Ketupat is also used as the replacement of plain steamed rice in gado-gado, karedok, or pecel. It also used as main ingredient in Sundanese and Javanese dish kupat tahu (ketupat, tofu, and beansprouts served in peanut sauce). In Java and most of Indonesia, ketupat is linked to Islamic tradition of lebaran (Eid ul-Fitr), in accordance to asking for forgiveness tradition during lebaran. The crossed weaving of palm leafs symbolizes mistakes and sins committed by human beings, and the inner whitish rice cake symbolize purity and deliverance from sins after observing Ramadhan fast, prayer and rituals.

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home of the real balinese

TenganaN village

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photos courtesy of Barry Kusuma


ali is well known for its culture, and traditional villages are one of the most interesting parts of the island. In the North of Bali, there is a unique traditional village known as the Tenganan Village, located 60 km from Denpasar in a remote area of the Karang Asem Regency. This village continues their way of live without being affected by globalization and the so called ‘’outer world’’. Nowadays the village has electricity, but still continues to uphold their traditions.

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With areas as Kuta, Nusa Dua, Ubud and many other towns being developed with hotels, Malls and other tourism facilities, the Tenganan village, with an area over 1.500.000 ha in size, remained unchanged. The village features three old meeting houses, and a number of traditional residences which all have the same architectural design. Even though the people of Tenganan accept cultures from the outside, the village seems to be stuck in time because of their traditional regulation which is called “awig-awig�. The regulation dates back to the 11th century but it was renewed in 1842, and continues to plays a vital role in the lives of the Tenganan villagers. Another way they maintain their culture is by marriage, as the villagers do not marry any people from outside the village. Although the rest of Bali uses money as currency, the villagers continue to use goods as a medium of exchange. The villagers sell handicrafts and souvenirs to the tourists, examples are bamboo weavings, wood carvings, paintings on lontar leaves, and their

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a unique traditional village


famous Gerinsing fabric. The hand-made fabric is expensive because of its process, it takes a long time to make and they only use a natural dye made from trees that grow around the village. Upon entry you pass a symbolic ticket counter, as you are not obliged to pay, any admission fee paid is seen as a donation. The best time to visit this peaceful village is during the afternoon when the villagers finished their daily routine and gather in front of their houses. Especially then, you can see that they uphold their tradition, even in their social lives. This is what makes the Tenganan people deserve to be called the original Balinese people, the bali aga.

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the giants from the deep


he blue waters around Bali are full of thriving life and all sorts of beautiful, even rare, creatures. One of the most peculiar ones is without doubt a very special, yet a rather large lady, commonly known as Mola Mola. Mola Mola or Ocean Sunfish is one of the reasons why divers from all over the world head to Bali, especially from August to October, as that is the time of year when they have the best chance to meet this fascinating creature in person. To give you a better picture, Mola Mola is the heaviest known bony fish in the world weighing up to an impressive 1000kg and measuring around 3 - 4 meters both vertically and horizontally. It can be found in many tropical oceans all around the globe however they usually live too deep (below 50m) for recreational divers to spot them. Luckily for them every year, for a couple of months, probably due to changing currents and water temperature, the Molas swim up to shallower depths. Some of the Bali dive sites, such as Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan or even Padangbai, are known for quite regular encounters when in season. One of the most recognizable physical characteristics of Mola Mola is its unique shape. It has large ventral and dorsal fins, no caudal fin. It is tall but not long. Mola Mola thrives because it has only few predators such as sharks or orcas and humans, as it is unfortunately considered a delicacy in some parts of the world. On the other hand the Mola Mola’s diet consists mainly of jellyfish. They are rather shy and despite their “lazy” appearance, they can disappear within seconds, if they feel threatened or annoyed by the presence of the divers. Their skin is about 5cm thick and it is covered by a large number of parasites. That’s why they happily let themselves be cleaned by small fish at the so called cleaning stations. When they do, they fall into a kind of idle state where they

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The blue waters around Bali are full of thriving life and all sorts of beautiful

just relax and enjoy the treat. This is actually the best chance for the divers to have a close look at the Mola Mola. However there is a code of conduct or rules on how divers should approach Mola Mola without disturbing them. To name a few, you should keep calm, maintain proper distance (min 3m), don’t swim underneath or above the fish, do not use flash on your camera and most of all even if you could – don’t try to touch them. You will most probably scare them away or damage their skin’s protective layer and make them more exposed to parasites. If you want to dive with the Mola Mola, you should consider obtaining your Advanced Open Water Diver certification, as you will be able to dive deeper than 18m and thus have a better chance of spotting them. Also, as with any diving, choose your dive operator wisely. Don’t hesitate to ask your friends or the diving community for recommendations. Diving with Mola Mola is a one of a kind experience and the season doesn’t last long. So don’t miss your chance and come diving! Brona Kekenakova; followed her heart which led her from Slovakia to Bali; she currently works as the marketing manager for a dive resort

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You will find us right next to the Gili fast boats port in Padangbai.

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thingsto do

We made a list of 9 things to do in Bali, To help you not to miss these highlights and esuring your visit to Bali is an unforgetable one. photos courtesy of

Bicycle around Ubud


The streets of Ubud teem with culture. A great way to see the town, surrounding artistic villages, and working rice paddies is on bicycle. You could Start from Monkey Forest and head to central and make visit to the Ubud traditional market and Ubud. Most of interesting places are reachable by bike. The town it self is relative small and bike ride fits well with the atmosphere. No trip to Bali is complete without a stop in Ubud.

Learn to Surf in Kuta

 Kuta beach as it main highlights and Kuta does surf lessons brilliantly. Since the wave breaks over sand rather than coral, this provides a perfect arrangement to pick up the surf game. After a day spent learning your way around a barrel, quench your thirst with fresh fruit drinks and a sunset at numerous cafés and stall along the beach.

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Diving around Padang Bai The Island of Gods, as Bali is often referred to, offers some of Indonesia’s best and most beautiful diving and snorkeling locations. One of the top spots is Padangbai (or Padang Bai), a small harbor town on the central east coast of Bali and its wonderous underwater life.


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Sunset at Tanah Lot


The majestic Tanah Lot temple is appear to be rises out of the ocean floor of southwest coast. Tanah Lot is many things: magical, stunning, unlikely, romantic, and strange. Catching it at sunset frames the temple at its most beautiful and surreal.

Enjoy the sunset from the beach at low tide or up on the cliffs at a café.



Take on Mnt Batur

Road Trip to Lake Bratan

The volcanic Mount Batur and surrounding lake provide a proper setting for a gorgeous clamber to the summit. The best time to climb is the morning to see the sun slowly rise over the Lombok strait.

The mist hangs low, the air is much cooler this is an enlightened place. The scenery of lush green hills, rice terrace and old style Balinese houses on the road sides really gives you the prefect taste of Bali’s nature and culture.

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Rafting through the heart of Bali
 You will get drenched, and you will love it. Rafting through the heart of Bali thrills the heart and frightens the mind. The voyage zips passed rice paddies with working farmers and kids flying kites. It feels like traveling through a privileged backstage portion of Bali, and that is a great feeling.


Eat Babi Guling


Also known as suckling pig, has made a name for itself as Bali’s main course. Many roadside warungs serve this wonderful delicacy. The tender, and moist meat, the crispy sink, seasoned with with a sauce, based on the Balinese traditional seasoning spice paste. It does also serve with a delicious soup and goes perfectly over rice.

Kecak Dance in Uluwatu The dance has no instruments, just vocal chords, about 100 of them chanting generously and performing the Ramayana epic. A the sun slowly sets beyond the cliffs of Uluwatu and you get lost in the chant. There is also lots of fire.
 It is perched on the cliffs at the southernmost tip of Bali. A perfect stop after the show is at Jimbaran seafood dinner for an unforgettable dinner on the beachside of Bali’s south coast.


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community sharing & library caring East Lombok


erama tour is committed to spare twenty Percent (20%) of its profit to be allocated for social project under the management of Perama Center as an NGO. All action is based on the very foundation of the corporate itself, the Universal Concept of Perama which is to increase the flow of tourist customers and develop tourist destinations. Hand-in-hand with the local community, several other area in Indonesia are now still being developed to become a unique community developed tourism sights. One such East Lombok region, for more than 15 year Perama had been involved in developing the area. Unlike the western part of Lombok, the eastern part is still left behind in terms of development. You can actually feel it if you drive all the way form west to east of Lombok, you can see how gradually the scenery changes from crowded city to a country side village. As mentioned earlier, Perama had been developing the community in East Lombok since few decades, one of Perama base of operation is located here in kampung Padak, the Perama Traditional Docking. Perama also trying hand-in-hand with the community to develop the area several tourism sights in East Lombok, to help the area evolve from a simple fishermen village into a tourism destination and in a long term target to risen the people’s welfare. With the slow rate of development, it also affected various aspect of life in East Lombok, one such as education. Perama Center also involved internal and external human resource’s quality and ability development. To answer this condition Perama then build a community library.

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With large collection of readings material and various kinds of genre, Perama is hoping that starting from the smallest things which is reading, the people of East Lombok could expand their horizon and willing to change and act for a better future for the entire community. By building the library within the Perama Traditional Docking and correlated it to the Perama Tour Programs, such as the Hunting Komodo By Camera Program, Perama bridge the community and the visiting tourist, to blend in and have fun while learning about each other culture and exchanging knowledge. So by joining any Perama Tour program, the customers actually have participated in maintaining the social project through Perama Center as it corporate social responsibilities and helping the community such as the East Lombok community. The East Lombok programs is just one example of Perama Center’s social project. Several other area in Indonesia are also being develop, in Java, Bali, Sumbawa, all the way to Flores island. All is done with a motto, BISA (we can; (Bersih) Clean, (Indah) Beautiful, (Sehat) Healty, (Aman) Safe) and SAPA ( greet; (Senyum) Smile, (Akrab) Familiar, (Pelayanan) Good service, (Antusias) Enthusiasm) and a never ending spirit of “Achievement is our breath and social is our soul” Perama is ready to support our beloved country, Indonesia. MERDEKA!

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awn was already starting to touch the sand and rocks while I was still struggling climbing the almost vertical sand hill. With giving all my strength, I finally manage to stand on top of the ground of Anjani goddess. It has the most beautiful views. On the west side, you can see Mount Agung which is located in Bali, while on the east side you can see Mount Tambora which is located in Sumbawa. They look graceful that morning. “After this, we’ll be there,” said my companion, pointing downward. From that point on the Segara Anak Lake, that stretches six kilometers, will be visible. Also mount Barujari with its typical cone-shaped Ancient Mountain and the beauty of the Segara Anak Lake are inevitable. I immediately move and cannot wait to enjoy the view from more up close.

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To reach Seraga Anak Lake from Plawangan Sembalun, I was told to descend the steep rocky valleys. And I tell you, it was slippery. I slipped a few times. My body felt so tired after our stop at the top of Rinjani at 3726 above mean sea level and now I still have to go down to 2000. But the hard work was paid off when I saw a giant lake in distance. My legs got even more motivated. It’s true what people said. The view of the mountains can beat fatigue! After a long way down the ridge, I was greeted by the sound of Segara Anak’s water, rustling quietly. The wind blew from the valleys around the lake as if it is protecting the lake from the outside world. It is not easy to reach the lake since there is no flat track straight to it. Inevitably we have to climb the Plawangan peak, and then head down to the lake. “Please have some pineapple, Sir,” A porter offered me a slice of pineapple when I sat down, exhausted on the edge of the lake. Maybe he could see it from the look on my face as I sat there, leaning on the bag carrier. I accepted the kindness of the porter with pleasure. “If you are tired, try to soak in hot water, you will feel refreshed instantly” Said my friend. After setting up our camp, I immediately head towards the south lake. Only about a hundred meters from the camp I found a natural Rinjani hot spring. Several people were enjoying the warm natural pond. Funnily enough, a few wild monkeys were watching us from above and they waited until our guard lay down so they could steal the food! I heard that there are some people who have lost their eggs or chocolate. They are clever monkeys. One more ‘bonus’ of the Segara Anak is the Milk Cave. It got this name because the inside of the cave is milky white. Stalagmites in the cave roof drop hot water, so hot vapors come out of the cave mouth. It is a stunning natural sauna. The hot water and Milk Cave makes me sleep very soundly at night. The best moment to be in Segara Anak is at sunset. As if a painting, orange tinges form transverse lines on the walls of the valley around the lake. Some walls are partially exposed to a golden light, some remain dark. It is a light show that really makes an impression on the heart. Segara Anak is the heaven of Rinjani. There are no words that can describe the beauty and camera do not seem to capture its beauty the way it truly is. I just closed my eyes, inhale and take this beauty into my heart.

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The“view of the mountains can beat fatigue!

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SASAK traditional



he Sasak house is a traditional ancestral house of the ethnic group in Nusa Tenggara Barat, Indonesia. The roof of this house is made from straw and the wall is built from plaited bamboo. Sasak house has unique floor. The floor is created from clay that mixes with dung (of buffalo), latex, and straw ash. The function of that mixture is like cement. All materials to build a Sasak house are from the environment around them, even to connect parts of the wood, they don’t use iron nails, they use bamboo nails. And the house’s sole access is through a narrow door and no windows there The shape of Sasak house was developed when the Karang Asem monarchy existed in the 17th century. Lombok architecture is integrated with Bali architecture, for example, the living room doesn’t have walls and the top of prop is carved. The construction of Sasak House has a connection with Islam’s perspective. In a house, there are three stairs, three stairs are the

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symbol of human life (birth, grow, death), and family (father,mother, and children). And the meanings of four berugak pillars are the symbol of Islamic Laws (Qur’an, Hadits, Ijma, and Qiyas). The location of the parent’s house is in the highest level of the other house, followed by the oldest son, and youngest child is in the bottom level. This is a teaching of moral character; the older brother should behave and be a role model to the younger brother. A House isn’t just a dwelling place, but also has aesthetic values and philosophical messages inside the architecture for the dweller.

Dewi Supartini ;a travel enthusiast, had been traveling since child with her family. She also working in one of travel agency in Bali.

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Small islands off the coast of Flores, part of the Lesser Sunda cain of islands. The Komodo island along with Rinca and Padar island and 26 smaller ones forming the Komodo National Park the home to more the 5000 the world famous komodo dragon. With a total area of 1,733 km² (603 km² of it land). The Park established in 1980, initially the main purpose of the Park was to conserve the unique Komodo dragon and its habitat. Long before that the Flores Residence issued a resolution to build conservation at Rinca Island, Padar Island and the conservation at Komodo Island in 1965. Later, followed by the support from the government, and on March 6, 1980, The Minister of Agriculture officially appointed Komodo Island, Padar and Rinca as Komodo National Park. By then the komodo national park has caught the world attention, visitors start to come from all over the world to witness the living fossil it self. However, over the years, the goals for the Park have

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expanded to protecting its entire biodiversity, both terrestrial and marine and In 1986, UNESCO designated Komodo National Park as the Biosphere Preservation, indications of the Park’s biological importance. As well as being home to the Komodo dragon, the Park provides refuge for many other notable terrestrial species such as the orange-footed scrub fowl, an endemic rat, and the Timor deer. Moreover, the Park includes one of the richest marine environments including coral reefs, mangroves, seagrass beds, seamounts, and semi-enclosed bays. These habitats harbor more than 1,000 species of fish, some 260 species of reef-building coral. UNESCO involvement in preserving the park continues in the 1991, UNESCO designated Komodo National Park as the World Heritage Site. In 2012 world recognition and reputation of the park is yet again to be prove by the selection of Komodo National Park as one of the New 7 wonders of the world which is voted by people all over the world. With all its endless wonders, Komodo National Pak have become Indonesia’s treasure but it has become the world’s treasure to be cherish. Jonathan Wiguna ; A traveler and a freelance writer based in Bali. Any chance to get out of the office, he will be out to explore Indonesia

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he island of Flores, East Nusa teneggara, has recently received the Top Award of Excellence from UNESCO in the 2012 UNESCO Asia Pacific Heritage Awards. Wae Rebo is a small and remote village. Located some 1,100 meters above sea level, where the air is cool. The village completely surrounded by panoramic mountains and the dense Todo forest. This tropical forest is rich in vegetation, where you will find orchids, different types of ferns and hear the chirping of many songbirds. It can be reached around 4 hours hike from main road. The hike is definitly worth the effort, the dense rain forest along the narrow path to wae rebo is one of stunning biological diversity. Wae Rebo’s main characteristics are their unique houses, which they call Mbaru Niang that are tall and conical in shape and are completely covered in lontar that form its rooftop down to the ground. It appears that at one time such kind of houses were quite common to the region. But today, it is only this village that continues to maintain the typical Manggarai traditional house, without which these unique houses would have been completely fazed out. One of the main house called “Mbaru Gendang� living by eight representatives families lineage from tribal chief and other Niang house living by a representative of their ethnic families. It has 7 houses only from wood with 8 metres height and contained of 5 floors with a cone shape. There are approximately 800 people living there, without electricity, signal, or television. The people of Wae Rebo make their houses themselves, all with very natural sources from the jungle.The house has five levels, each level designated for a specific purpose. The first level , called lutur or tent, are the living quarters of the extended family. The second level, called lobo, or attic, is set aside to store food and goods, the third level called lentar is to store seeds for

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“ harmonious it is with the nature “

the next harvest, the fourth level called lempa rae is reserved for food stocks in case of draught, and the fifth and top level, called hekang kode, which is held most sacred, is to place offerings for the ancestors. The staple diet of villagers is cassava and maize, but around the village they plant coffee, vanilla, and cinnamon which they sell in the market, located some 15 km away from the village. When you visit Wae Rebo, you will not only see the authentic manggaraian housing,but also get an opportunity to experience the daily life of the local people. Visitors are welcome to spend the night in the mbaru niang to socialize and dine with the Wae Rebo community. you will sleep on a tikar, a woven mat made out of pandanus leaf, in the mbaru niang, and experience their way of of life and fell how harmonious it is with the nature in the beautiful small village or Wae Rebo, Flores.

Dorotheus Nardin ; Born and raise in Flores, his interest in tourism he had taken him to most of tourism sights in Flores and other parts of Indonesia.

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an interesting town to explore.

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Travel Gadgets

Canon PowerShot N2

The New concept camera for selfie lovers. The trendy PowerShot N2 is designed for users to take perfectly framed selfie shots. Its compact form and rounded edges make it comfortable to hold in almost any angle, and its new 180-degree tilt touchscreen LCD giving freedom in taking photos from different points of viewwith its 16 Megapixel lens.

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Slotflop Sandals

Hitting the pool and don’t know where to safely stash your cash, cards or keys? we say, stuff ’em in a pair of flip flops (aka slippers) like the SlotFlops. each pair comes with two protective Tyvek sleeves for protecting your credit card while being nested inside the flip flops. however, the product description on Brookstone, where the SlotFlops are sold, did not mention this. so, you may want to clear the air with the seller prior to buying the slippers. available now for both men and women. source :

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360 Fly Camera

Introducing 360fly. The camera that misses nothing. And changes everything. 360fly gives you the power to capture and share your life in fully immersive, interactive 360° HD video—then edit, enhance and share content instantly from your mobile device across social media. source :

Moto360 second generation

Stay informed with this second generation of the most hyped smartwatch in 2014, which provides at-a-glance notifications for your messages, news, weather and much more. The Bluetooth 4.0 LE interface enables simple wireless pairing with your compatible Apple® iOS or Android cell phone. Plus, you can stay on top of your health goals with the Moto Body fitness tracker. source :

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The Do‘s & Don’ts

Indonesia has several traditions and customs and it is best if you know them before hand. Some of them are:

though hand shaking is deemed appropriate Do’s 1. Even between men and women, bear in mind that a number

of moslem women prefer to introduce themselves to men by nodding their head, smiling and clasping their hands without any physical contact. 2. Traditionally, when you greet someone, both hands are used when shaking, without grasping 3. Be sure to smile when you meet people you know. Javanese people appreciate a ‘polite smile’. 4. Bending down a bit when passing a group of older people is considered polite. 5. In Indonesia, when you address some one, it would considered more polite if you use these specific terms before mentioning the name : Bapak (Pak) for Mr, Ibu (Bu) for Mrs, Mas for young man, and Mbak for Miss/ young woman. 6. Shoes must be taken off before entering a house or place of worship like mosque. 7. Usually drink are offered to guests. It is polite to accept 8. When eating, receiving or giving something, always use your right hand. 9. Right index finger should not be used to point a place, items or people. Use the right hand thumb and fold the remaining fingers to be more polite.

Don’ts 1. Don’t wear non-sleeve shirts, T-shirts, short pants, and

sandals in offices. 2. Don’t put your hands on your hips during conversation with Indonesians since this is considered impolite/ insulting. 3. Don’t demonstrate affection in public. 4. Don’t do impolite things in sacred places. 5. Don’t put your feet up on tables or chairs, or use them to point with. 6. Don’t be angry when someone on the same sex holds your hands or walks arm to arm, it’s the Indonesian way of showing a friendly relationship. 7. Don’t hesitate to reject the merchants trying to sell things to you. You might refuse by saying “saya tidak perlu.” (I don’t need it) or just said “tidak” (No). 8. Don’t be offended when people ask you personal questions. It’s just the way they show friendliness and you don’t have to answer the question if you don’t want to.

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Money Changing

When you decide to do money change do not get fooled by a HIGH rate or a big no commission sign. Sometimes if they put a high rate they will eventually asked for also a high commission at the end or the worst is they trick you, the common knwo trick is by using a small change (20’s or 10’s) to confuse you and count it really fast and the trick is while they were counting some slips back behind the counter - and they’re as good as any magician. Make sure the place itself at least look legit, a Commercial banks are always safest or Second best are registered money changers in sole-purpose shops or booths. If you find a good one it best to return.

Somepoints to remember :

Always ask first if they charge commission against the posted rate. Always ask if they discount bills smaller than $100, and by how much. Never let any changers count out your money and then take it back to check after it’s counted. Don’t hand over your money – unless it’s the big registered exchange – until they count out theirs in front of you.

Banknotes Two Thousand Rupiah


Five Thousand Rupiah

Ten Thousand Rupiah

remeber to notice the zeros

Twenty Thousand Rupiah



Fifty Thousand Rupiah



One Hundred Thousand Rupiah Red

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Common Indonesian Words Good Morning Good day Good afternoon Good evening Goodbye Goodbye Please Please open the door Please Please come in Thank you It’s nothing Yes No/not I’m sorry Excuse me Welcome How are you? I’m fine What’s your name? My name is … I’m from … Straight on Turn left Turn right

selamat pagi selamat siang selamat siang selamat malam selamat tinggal selamat jalan tolong tolong buka pintu silahkan silahkan masuk terima kasih kembali/sama sama ya tidak/Bukan maaf permisi selamat datang apa kabar? kabar baik siapa nama anda nama saya… saya dari ... terus belok kiri belok kanan


66 July / August 2016

67 July / August 2016

68 July / August 2016

The Journey July - August 2016  

The Journey Magazine Free Bimonthly tourism magazine with information about all Indonesia's cultural and tourism attraction. Bringing the re...

The Journey July - August 2016  

The Journey Magazine Free Bimonthly tourism magazine with information about all Indonesia's cultural and tourism attraction. Bringing the re...