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PICTURES: Lempur Village, Kerinci, Jambi, Sumatra, Indonesia

Lempur Village is located on the border of Kerinci Seblat National Park. It has secondary forest which has 5 beautiful lakes. Given the remote location, the village and the lakes are off the beaten track for foreign travelers. From Padang, which is the easiest and closest to reach the village takes about 8 hours drive.  Yes along the ride you wil not get bored as it will be passing enchanting view such as Lakes, Tea Plantations, Hills, Lush Forest. 

Lake Lingkat

I have to say that Lake Lingkat is very beautiful and my favourite one, from the bank of the lake we can enjoy the lush green forest. It is very peaceful to drink tea or coffee and chit chat with one or two friends, especially when the weather is good. The lake can be accessed by car or motorcycle or you can walk from Lempur to reach this.There is a house located at the lake which offer drinks and foods. In the morning there will be many Dendrocygna in the lake.

Lake Nyalo

This lake can be accessed by walking about 1 hour from Lake Lingkat. The lake is not accessible to the lake edge as surrounded by swamp. It can be enjoyed from about 200 meters radius.

Lake Kaco

This lake is located deeper in the forest, recommended to start trekking in the morning as it takes about 3 hours hike from the street to the lake location. You will be passing secondary forest and on rainy season there will be many leches. To reach the lake please be prepared with comfy shoes with socks, raincoat and snacks and water. As the path is not so easy, recommended to be accompanied by local guide from Lempur Village. You can also camp at the lake ans it says that the lake is beautiful to be seen under the shimmering moonlight. Kaco in local language means mirror, as the water is crystal clear resembles mirror. There are two other lakes located in the village area,yet both can only be accessed by trekking: Lake Kecik and Lake Duo.

Cinnamon and Coffee

Lempur has wide area of cinnamon plantation, owned by locals. Not to mention that Kerinci has 85% of the world cinnamon. The cinnamon tree is very easy to be acknowledge  as it has red color on the young leaves. Cinnamon tree takes about 10 years until the bark is ready to be harvested. Along the street of the village you can see this activities of drying the cinnamon bark.  ANd sure the village smells very nice. Another commodity of this village is coffee bean, usually while waiting until the cinnamon ready to harvest they plant other commodities, such as coffee, tobacco and vegetables. 

Payo Rice

This kind of rice is very unique as it can be cultivated once a year. And before planting the rice paddy the whole village will make a party which is called Kenduri Sko. The taste of the special rice from this village is very nice and the price is higher than normal rice. The village plant the rice concurrently. The endemic rice species is currently on research to make the planting time shorter and can be harvested 3 times a year. Due to the rarity and long harvesting time, the rice can not be easily found in market. Visiting Lempur village, you must walk at the vast payo rice field. 

Friday Traditional Market

Every Friday, there will be a traditional market in Lempur Village, sellers gather and sells various goods along the street, from vegetable, local food, chicken, clothing and any daily needs. 

Cylindrical Rock

There are cylindrical stones with similar shape found in Kerinci. In Lempur there is one located in the middle of rice field. All those stones assumed to be made by ancestors who lived in Kerinci to worship gods, and spirits. the one in Lempur has the shame of big phallus with perfect circles on its end. This remain shows that the area has been resided since ancient period.

Lempur Mosque

There are two old wooden mosque located in the village. Each is decorated beautifully with colorful carvings. Now both mosques are not used anymore for praying but for studying the Holy Qoran. The roof has two levels and in the past the roof was made of leaves. 

Lemang Pitcher Plant

The food is made of sticky rice which is stuffed into pitcher plant.  The sticky rice might be not so special, but the pitcher plan wrap makes the food strangely unique. This food is not easily found everyday.  You will find many on Kendury Sko party. 


Liquor / Alcoholic Drink Shop in Surabaya

ranch-market Surabaya
Well i think you have guessed, that finding liquor in Surabaya or Java in general can be a little bit difficult due to its majority Muslim inhabitants. And according to decision of Indonesia Trading Ministry : 6/M-Dag/Per/4/1/2015, beverages of up-to 5% alcohol may not be sold freely at mini market, this updated the previous decision of that sold freely.

Yet some stores have license to sell liquor. Once that the writer went was Ranch Market, located at Jalan Basuki Rahmat No. 16-18, Tegalsari, Kota SBY, Jawa Timur 60261, Indonesia. This supermarket has special room for liquors, and the selections are many. Also if you are healthy food enthusiast, Ranch Market also sells organic vegetables from local farmers. As the location is next to Tunjungan Plaza, you can visit Ranch Market when doing shopping or dining out.

Liquor can be found also at Bonet Supermarket located at Jl. Manyar Kertoarjo V No.62, Mojo, Gubeng, Kota SBY, Jawa Timur 60285, Indonesia.

Review of Hotel in Bromo Area

Lava View Lodge
Lava View Lodge is located in Cemoro Lawang, Probolinggo, which is located right in front of Mt Bromo. This accommodation is best available at Bromo area. If you arrive a bit early and want to see sunset you can just enjoy from in front of the hotel . If you do not want to see sunrise from Mt Penanjakan, there us a place nearby Lava View, called Mentigen where you can just walk for few minutes to see sunrise, usually it is more quiet here than at Mount Penanjakan. The lodge has good value for money.

Cafe Lava Bromo
Same management with Lava View Lodge, this hotel also located at Cemoro Lawang, Probolinggo. Currently the restaurant is newly built. Located nearby Bromo Ticket Box and next by Bromo Permai Hotel. It has some room types which has hot water inside. The price is less than Lava View Lodge.

Bromo Permai Hotel
Good location at Cemoro Lawang, Probolinggo, even though old, usually visitors choose this hotel for its location, located overlooking Mount Bromo. You can just walk from Bromo Permai to the crater if you want. There are some rooms to choose from Superior to Cottage. All rooms have hot water.

Jiwa Jawa Resort
Jiwa Jawa is the best hotel available in Bromo Area. The rooms are nice and clean and comfy with good service. Some travelers chose to stay in the luxury hotel even though the location is about 15 minutes from the caldera. This is the only hotel which has small ballroom for meeting or gala dinner and outdoor space for bbq.

SM Bromo
SM Bromo located about 20 minutes from Bromo Area. It has Superior anad Deluxe Room. The rooms are nice and clean, good value for money. Extrabed is available to be added to every room.

Bromo Cottage is located in Tosari Pasuruan. It is about 30 minutes from the caldera, 30 minutes from Mt Penanjakan view point. This is the biggest hotel in Bromo Area, usually suitable for big group as it almost always has room available. This hotel has lift unlike other hotels in Probolinggo area. From the hotel you can see the view of Mt Arjuna at sunset.

Tumpak Sewu Waterfall, Lumajang, Malang, East Java, Indonesia

This waterfall that will make you freeze in awe is located in the border between Malang and Lumajang Regency. There are some aliases for this waterfall, such as Coban Sewi or Grojogan Sewu. This waterfall is flow from Glidih river and some spring located on the sliff of the fall. Because of the abundant springs along its flow, it ts called Tumpak Sewu Waterfall, which more or less means thousand falls.

The waterfall can be accessed from Malang which takes about 1.5 to 2 hours drive.  The most popular route is via Goa Tetes (waterdrop cave) which takes walking trail descending the waterfall cliff.  The water leaks through rock and  creating drops in the cave , that it is called Goa Tetes. Arrival at Gua Tetes proceed descend to river and then trek agains the stream for about 200 meters to Tumpak Sewu Waterfall.  Approximately it takes 3 hours to go vise versa to reach the waterfall.


Best time to visit is in the morning, so reccommended to depart as early as 06.00 from Malang. Morning is when thin mist float covering the beauty of the waterfall and birds chirping along your way there.

Due to the trail, prepare yourself with outdoor outfit and comfy shoes and spare clothes. Bring dry bag or plastic bag  to keep your camera or mobile phone from water. Camera lens usually splashed by water, do not for get to carry tissue.

You can find small food stall there in holiday season. If you visit during low season, might be better carry cookies .

As the trail is not easy, hiring local guide will be very useful for your trip.


PICTURES: Tirta Gangga Royal Water Garden, Bali, Indonesia

This Water Garden was built by Karangasem King in 1946. It was destructed by Mt Agung’s eruption and then rebuilt again. The water came from Rejasa spring, whose water is abundant. First time you enter the complex, you will find the big ponds with its fish and fountain. If you go further you will find a natural swimming pool with fresh cold water. 

PICTURES : Saleko Palace, where you can see the Torajan Bull, Sulawesi, Indonesia

This place consists of Tongkonan House where you can see the popular Torajan Bull. The bull is needed to be sacrificed when someone died that the dead can go to heaven faster, according to Torajan belief. The best bull to get to heaven faster is the striped bull, that the price can be very expensive, can reach up to IDR 750,000 (about USD 57,000). This kind of bull has some characteristics if the stripe is balance between the left and right side of the body, this qualified as most wonted bull. 

Saleko Palace was newly built for visitors to see the famous Torajan Bull. There are three bulls in here, one is pink bull with blue eyes, a striped bull and the other one is nearly perfect striped bull which is very expensive. You can take a picture with this bull buy giving donation.

The 74th Java Sea Battle Commemoration on February 27th 2016 by V.O.N.

Mr Cees Huig and Inna Huig honors Marines Jan Huig
Cees Huig and Inna Huig scatter flower for Marine Jan Huig
Flower wreath ceremony above seamen grave fr all marines passed away on 27 February 1942
Flower wreath ceremony above seamen grave for all marines passed away on 27 February 1942

Last Saturday February 27th 2016, was the 5th Java Sea Battle commemoration on the sea location. Though the weather was rough, the three meters tide did not back down the event. It was undertaken on Natuna Express, led by Captain Iwan, depart from Gresik Port, transit in Sangkapura Harbor of Bawean Island for few minutes and then sailed to the sea location.

On the way to Bawean island, Natuna Express stopped by for 1 minute at Boei 1, to scatter flower for Marine Giovanni Hakkenberg.

The commemoration is initiated by V.O.N. (Vereniging van Overlevenden & Nabestaanden van “De Slag in de Java Zee-1942 c.a). The group departed from Gresik Port, crossed to Sangkapura Port and then proceeded to the sea location. Joop Nahuijsen as the founder and chairman of VON opened and led the commemoration. And then it was followed by flower wreath ceremony above seamen grave to honor all marines passed away on the February 27th 1942. One minute silence and “The Last Post” ended the sea ceremony, and then all attendees scattered flower to the ocean.

Cees Huig and Inna Huig attended this ceremony to honor Cees Huig’s father, Marine Jan Huig, a sergeant torpedo-maker of Submarine Hr. Ms. “O 16”, who passed away at South China Sea on December 15th 1941. Other flower wreath dedicated by the family were for: Marine Cor Boers dedicated by his brother Hans Boers, Marine Jacob Bol by his son Henk Bol and Marine Antonie Nahuijsen by his son Joop Nahuijsen and granddaughter Merel. Some enthusiast joining the ceremony were from Sangkapura District of Bawean Island: Mr. Wardhi who represented Sangkapura District Office , Bripta Budiono and Brigadir Deky from POLRI (Police of Indonesia) and Velda Suhariyanto and Sertu Usman from TNI.

After the ceremony Natuna Express returned to Sangkapura Port and then the group took Gili Iyang Ferry from Sangkapura (21.00) to cross to Paciran (06.00). Before leaving Bawean, the group was invited to have dinner at Mr. Iwan’s house, where they felt the incredible hospitality and mingle with the locals, including the Sangkapura Camat and Kapolsek.

The last agenda was visiting Ereveld Kembang Kuning, to lay wreath at Karel Doorman Monument, on the 28th February, after arrival from Bawean,






PICTURES :Padang City places of Interest, Indonesia

Siti Nurbaya Bridge is located in the city vein, and you can walk to the bridge and enjoy the panorama or Muaro Port. 

Kota Tua or old town of Padang has many old colonial building and many chinese building with mix of European and Chinese style can be found in the city. 

Old Town of Padang can be explored along the Padang River.

Muaro Port is quiet busy port, can be seen from the bridge of Sitinurbaya. 

Padang Beach is pretty clean and this is where locals hang out. Some seafood restaurants with Padang taste can be found on this beach area,

Padang Beach

Seafood market at Padang Beach area. 

Teluk Bayur Harbor

Penti Ritual, Wae Rebo, Flores, Indonesia

 Penti is one of ritual of Manggaraian, in Flores, East Nusa Tenggara in Indonesia and until today this ritual still preserved. Penti is held to thanks God for good harvest and as medium of reconciliation among  the hamlet  members. Every descendants from Wae Rebo village will return home for this event which is usually held annually according to local calendar.
Penti is undertaken collectively in the main house called as Mbaru Gendang by sacrificing pigs or bulls  according to guest invited. Penti started by ritual held outside the village such lingko (farm land), wae tiku, boa (cemetery), and compang (altar) to Mbaru Gendang.   We’ang Boa (cleaning the cemetery), spirits were invited to participate in Penti. People take the ancestors spirit to Mbaru Gendang passing by watu pantas as symbol of repent and  then stop by at Compang or altar. This ritual is very sacred.
Torok Manus is a prayer by taking cock from village elder to be slaughtered.  Elder will read the cock’s liver about the future of the village.

In Penti, Caci dance is performed. Special for Wae Rebo, Caci dance only performed in Penti Ritual. Candi performed two men whip each other. The dancers usually shed blood from the whip. No winners. No one defeated in this dance, only friendship and arts. The closeness and arts must be proved by wound and shed it to the ground.
This event is attended by all Wae Rebo members, descendants, guests and also travelers.

At night there held blessing ceremony at MBaru Gendang and every room in Mbaru Gendang (Drum House). Afterwards people will return to their houses and hold ritual in their house. Afterwards then they will return to Drum House and perform Sanda, Mbata or Congka, dances and songs until morning.