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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. 



PICTURES: Tegenungan Waterfall, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Tegenungan Waterfall is located not far from Ubud, just about 20 minutes drive. The waterfall can be reached by walking about 20 minutes. The water is clean and visitors can swim here, however prohibited to swim at the waterfall pool in the middle, only in the edge. 

The Waterfall is 15 meters high with very massive water even on dry season.

Nearby the waterfall you can enjoy natural pool.

Holy water for praying

Visitors swim at Tegenungan Waterfall,

PICTURES: Komodo National Park, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia

Most popular destination in East Nusa Tenggara is Komodo National Park, which has drawn attention from all over the world for its giant lizard, called Komodo Dragon. In the National Park itself, which consists of some islands, there are some places of interest: Rinca and Komodo Island with its Komodo walking trail, Pink Beach, Padar Island for the best view point and also other island with its snorkeling/diving spots.

Komodo Dragon can be see easily in the national park. The observation includes walking at the national park, accompanied by ranger.

Komodo dragon can be observed close enough, however visitors must be cautious and follow the ranger instruction for safety reason.

Exploring the national park takes boat ride for island hopping. There are some selection of boat from phinisi boat to speedboat, with different rates and facilities. However the boats usually prepare for live vest, snorkeling gear and meals. 

Pink Beach