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PICTURES: Mount Batur Summit Hiking 2 Days 1 Night

This is the panorama from the camping site of Mount Batur located at Toya Bungkah. The new camping site is established here, only about 200 meters walk from the village, as new policy from local authority is that camping should be at the foot that Mount Batur remains clean as it is considered holy for locals.

This is the picture of Mount Batur Peak (1777 M) on the sunrise and usually visited by travelers expecting for the sunrise moment here. At the peak, you can feel the natural hot steam will make us feel warm even in the cold weather above. You can walk around the ridges to get better view of the panorama.

The camping ground in Toya Bungkah, one of the camping ground available can be used for more than 6 tents. It has toilet facility, and hiker recommended to do toilet thing here before climbing, as there is no toilet above. If you take camping package, at night can enjoy fire while having dinner.

The path is gravels that it is slippery. Recommended to wear proper hiking shoes, not tennis shoes. And for sunrise hiker must bring headlamp as must depart at 04.00 from camping site. Hiking pole is very helpful.

PICTURES: Madakaripura Waterfall , Probolinggo, East Java, Indonesia

Located not far from Mount Bromo, this 200 meters high waterfall is worth a visit. You will be passing small river , and before that must take local motorbike taxi about 5 minutes and walk about 45 minutes to the waterfall. 

Due to the location located in a river, the waterfall only can be visited when weather is good. It is closed on rainy time. Enroute to the main waterfall you will be passing some smaller waterfalls that it is recommended to wear poncho or raincoat.

As you will be passing river, it is recommended to wear river friendly walking shoes or flipflops. 

Jatiluwih, a mesmerizing Rice Terraces a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site

Loc ated in  Tabanan Regency, this rice terraces is a popular tourist destination in Bali. The wide beautiful terraces is  very much scenic and breathtaking, in every season. Farmers grow local variety and Ciherang variety. 

Jatiluwih grows organic rice that is sold widely in the island. The rice field in the village consists of 300 ha and consisting of 7 subak. Subak is Bali’s traditional irrigation institution, comprising paddy field owner and cultivators. The varieties grown are on-waxy and waxy local varieties in the rainy season and high-yielding varieties in dry season. Jatiluwih produces also red rice which is well-known in the island and sold for high prices for religious services and private consumption.  Buffaloes were used to field plow in the past but now handrotary tractor is commonly used. Farmers use also Petro Organic fertilizers beside cattle manure. For high-yielding varieties, herbicides are used in addition to manual removal. For harvesting, local varieties are harvested using ani-ani or a rice hand knife which is based on traditional beliefs. While high-yielding varieties are harvested by using sickle. 

Visiting the rice terraces giving us time to enjoy the beauty, hard work, and the culture of the locals. Visitors can also do some short, medium to long walking route. Maps are available to pick any route we want. 

Restaurants are available to enjoy lunch or breakfast with the rice terrace view. 

PICTURES: Temples on Mount Pawitra (Mount Penanggungan), East Java, Indonesia

If you take route via Jolotudo or via sites, you will be passing some temples. There are still some temples located scattered that can not be passed with just normal climbing itinerary, 2 Days 1 Night. 
Though there are other routes which is faster, if you love history and maybe seeing the sites, you can take the route passing the temples.

Bayi Temple Site

Putri Temple Site

Gentong Temple Site

Sinta Temple Site

Carik Temple Site.

Lurah Temple Site.
This site has a bit vast flat area, suitable for camping 5-6 tents

Guru Temple Site
This temple is located before we reach the peak.

Museum Keris Nusantara: Solo, Central Java, Indonesia

Solo has new museums displaying keris from Java and also from other regions of Indonesia. The three stories building also has diorama about keris making in the past, philosophies and intricacies about keris. 

The first floor displays information about the material of keris. The second floor displays about parts of keris: such as pesi, badik, waranggana. On the next floor displays keris and also tombak. 

I find it very interesting visiting this museum. There are some information in the museum that we never knew, like the part of keris or spears (Tombak) which is used to take out the intestines of the enemy, like what happened to Arya Penangsang. When he fought against Sutawijaya of Pajang Kingdom, and hot stabbed on his stomach, that his intestines was unpacked , that Aryo Penangsang must twine his intestines around his keris to keep on fighting. 

The museum is informative and it has also guide who can explain more to visitors. And it has lift facilities that it is disable friendly.


Rumah Atsiri Indonesia, Karanganyar , Solo, Jawa Tengah, Indonesia

Located on slope of Mount Penanggungan, this museum with educative and entertaining is located. It taked about 2 hours drive from Solo City to Rumah Atsiri Indonesia, in Karanganyar. 

The tour is very educative, that visitors will know more about atsiri or essential oil. And i just knew that essential oil is not just fragrant but also flavor. There are essential oil plants that can be seen here such as: rose, rosemary, lemon grass, citronella, cendana, lavender, and many more. 

The establishment was still new, but in the near future, there will be tour to know the process of making essential oil. Right now, what is already read for visitors are Atsiri garden tour and enjoying marigold plaza and we can purchase essential oil made by Rumah Atsiri Indonesia. 

This establishment was planned by Indonesia’s first president, Soekarno, for essential oil factory, in cooperation with Belgium in 1960ies.  However it was stopped for some reason and since 2015 it was run by PT Rumah Atsiri Indonesia as museum. 

Sedekah Bumi and Rattan Fight in Balekambang Village, Mojokerto, East Java, Indonesia

Balekambang village located on slope of Mount Penanggungan is not rich for its remnants of past history. The village on its slope also still preserve some traditions, and one of the tradition is Sedekah Bumi, a ritual as grateful gesture to God for good year, good harvest. 

One of the villages is Balekambang, located about 5 minutes drive from Jolotundo spring temple. This year, Sedekah Bumi ritual was held on 2nd May 2018. The villages brought some foods, fruits and other local snacks to the village altar located in the middle of the village. The altar itself has been there for generations. It is made of stones and on the four corner of the altar has poser of one meter height. After the celebration and prayer, the foods can be shared to other village members like in several villages. However in Balekambang, the foods are taken back home. I am not sure if this tradition is altered overtime, and maybe in the past they had meals together around the altar. Even though this tradition is not a  moslem tradition , yet the prayer for the ritual is in Islam. 

Not long after the ritual at the altar,  rattan fight is held. The participants are males. There is a live gamelan playing playful rhythm. There is a male who looks like the referee carrying rice on batik jarik spreading the rice along the fight. Before the fight starts, the rules are read, participants must not be angry after the fight, and must forgive each other after the fight. Participants must not aim to hit head and under the belly. 

The Ojum fight in Balekambang village is quiet unique, that it is not so hostile. The participants dance following the gamelan and fight once,and then dance again like a break. 

Women audience can give some money to the fighters for an appreciation.