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Angseri Hot Spring; Tabanan Bali

Angseri hotspring contains sulfur to enjoy soaking and relax. It is located in the middle of bamboo forest. It takes only about 10 minutes walk from the parking area to the hotspring. This might be a good stop if you visit Ulundanu Temple Lake Bratan. 

There are two pools available and some rooms for private bath. The price of entrance fees  included already for private bath. There is also much stronger water flows for therapeutic propose. 

The green surrounding and the waterfall at the second pool is very nice to take a picture. The location is nice however, if there is pool at the waterfall river, will make this much more inviting.



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.