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Indonesia National Museum, Jakarta, Indonesia

The museum is a windows where we can see the glimpse of the history of Indonesia, from prehistoric period, Hindu-Buddha Period, colonial era until independence period. 

The Museum is located not far from Monas (National Monument), and the name of National Museum is not well-known among locals. Locals more familiar with Museum Gajah or Elephant Museum, which derives from the bronze elephant statue in front of the building. The statue was a gift from King Chulalongkorn (Raja Rama V) from Siam in 1871 for Batavia city. 

The museum houses more than 140,000 artifacts. We can browse through the museum with some precious collection and knowledge. From prehistoric era in Indonesia where in some parts found remnants from the period such as burial, settlements, and cave. One of the interesting prehistoric period of Homo Florensis, a hobbit human found in Liang Bua Cave in Flores island, East Nusa Tenggara. 

There are also other collections of traditional houses and architecture of some parts of Indonesia and also traditional textile, wardrobe and fashion, such as jewelries and hats. 

Some important inscriptions which reveals the history of Nusantara can also be found here in Pallawa or Old Javanese letter

Some treasure found in Wonoboyo site which consists of more than 35 kg of pure gold is also displayed. 

The museum host some social-cultural events which involve students and public almost every month. 

PANTAI TIGA WARNA (THREE COLORED BEACH) – A TREASURE IN THE SOUTH SIDE OF MALANGEAST JAVA, INDONESIA

If all this time you think that you can only explore Malang when you are in the city or in Batu, youclearly don’t know about South Malang. South Malang has a bunch of hidden treasure inside it like;Beaches, water springs and many more. One of beautiful treasure is Pantai Tiga Warna or Three Colored Beach.

Why is it named Tiga Warna (Three Colored)? It is because of its water colorgradation. It is located in Tambakrejo village, Sumbermanjing Wetan sub-district, South Malang. It takes 75 kilometres from the city. And then, the visitors have to walk for 2 kilometres to get on to the beach.

Tiga Warna beach is also a conservation for mangroves and coral reefs. That is why the number of visitors is limited per day except for Thursday due to cleaning up the beach. Also the visitors must have booked the reservations before visiting day. Before trekking for 30 minutes to reach the beach,the visitors will stop for a little while at the hut and will be told by the caretaker to count their loads especially in plastic form, papers, and many more. Also, their loads should be remain on the same amounts as they left beach. Then, the local guide will guide the visitors to go through the forest to the beach. And then, as the visitors reach the beach, they can do snorkeling, diving, and camping on the beach. (Lila)

COBAN GLOTAK (GLOTAK WATERFALL) – THE HIDDENPARADISE AT THE SLOPE OF MOUNT KAWI, MALANG,EAST JAVA, INDONESIA

Glotak waterfall or commonly known as Coban Glotak is another hidden paradise that Malang has, located at Bedalisodo village in Wagir sub-district, the distance is about 16 kilomtres from the city. At 100 metres high, it hides at the slope of Mount Kawi. The site had publicly opened in 1980 but, officially opened in 1995.

According to history, it is called Coban Glotak because of the soundof stones that fell along with the water. The falling stones then made sound “glotak” as it fell from above. so, that is how it is called Coban Glotak.To get to the coban itself, the visitors have to walk about 15 minutes from the entrance then, walk through the path that leads to the coban.

The waterfall is safe to visit in both dry and wet season.Since the waterfall is still natural, there is not much visitor comes to this place. That is why it is such a peaceful and good place to visit. (lila)

Sate and Bebek (Duck) Madura, East Java, Indonesia

Despite the close proximity from Surabaya, Madura is popular for its delicious food. You can almost find those menus in any city in Indonesia, whether in small food stall by the street or in restaurants. 

Sate Madura usually consists on ayam (Chicken) and kambing (lamb). Satay Madura has typically dense peanut sauce rich of taste. Different than satay in Central Java, which the chilly is freshly cut, sambal of satay Madura is already mashed. And just like any satay you may have tried, it can be eaten with rice or lontong. 

Bebek Madura, is a very famous duck menu.  The taste of the duck is also typical Madura which is rich of seasoning. The condiment, beside sambal and some vegetables is flour crispy. The most popular bebek restaurant in Madura is Bebek Sinjay, and latey there are many other restaurants appear which has its own lover, such as Bebek Tera Bulan, Bebek Kayu Tangan, Bebek Harisa.

 

Jengkol

Jengkol or which is known as Jering (Pithecellobium jiringa)grows in South Asia, such as Indonesia, Myanmar, Thailand, and Malaysia. IN Gayo language: Jering, Batak : Jering, Karo and Toba: Joring, Minangkabau : Jariang, Lampung and Dayak: Jaring, Bali:blandingan, Sulawesi: lubi, while Sunda and Jawa : Jengkol

Jengkol is not cultivated, it grow in the forest on slope of hills,  at the front or backyard, or in farm. Usually the seeds or young trees are found, not cultivated. The tree absorbs water that it is good to prevent erosion on sloppy area. 

Jengkol is rich of carbohydrate, vitamin A, vitamin B, Phosphor, Calcium,  Steroid, tanin, saponin and vitamin C.  The taste is very strangely delicious when cooked in various food. Some people like to eat it fresh. However it has negative effect, such as causing bad breath and causing bad urine and sweat smell.  Djenkolic acid in the fruit can caused Djenkolic stone.

Because it grows only in forest , not cultivated, Jengkol is reduced. The price can reach up to 10 USD/KG. 

Cassia and Ceylon Cinnamon

Known as the sweet smell for spices, and herbs and used for bakery, this inner tree bark is popular. Do you know that actually there are two kinds of cinnamon: Cassia Cinnamon and Ceylon Cinnamon.Both has similar smell, but there are some differences.

Cassia is similar to Chinese  Cassia, mostly found in the market. There are some species of Cassia which grows in  Indonesia, Vietnam and other South East Asian Countries.  The color is darker than Cinnamon, Cassia also has strong smell which derives from the oil. It bark is thick and strong.  

Ceylon grows in Sri Lanka, the smell is sweeter and the texture is more and the color is white brown. The bark is thick and sold in stick. The bark is usually roled into stick and dried. As it is thin, it is easily grind. Cinnamon is more expensive than Cassia. 

Both has good use for health, such as lower  sugar blood, lower cholesterol, good for blood, for fungus and bactery infection, for memory and brain health and good for digestion. 

However Cassia has high coumarin. Coumarin can be harmful if taken in large doses regularly. Coumarin is carcinogenic agent.