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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.  

PICTURES: Ruwatan Jolotundo Sept 2018

Annually there is a ritual to conserve the 33 spring located on the slope of Mount Penanggungan. 33 Girls carrying water from the 33 spring. The ritual is held to make the water always flowing and not getting dry. The ritual is a mixed of Javanese belief and Islam. 

 

PICTURES: Rammang Rammang, Karst Forest, South Sulawesi, Indonesia

Rammang Rammang is  a limestone mountain range located in Maros-Pangkep, about 2 hours drive from Makassar. It is known as the third biggest limestone range in the world, about 45,000 hectares. 

The local call it rammang rammang which means cloud as the cloud always appears in the area of the karst. People also call it as hutan batu or rock forest.  The rocks also scattered at rice field. Visitors can enjoy boating at rammang rammang and also there is a hiking trail here.