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MUSEUM ANGKUT, Batu , Malang, East Java, Indonesia

Thera are abundant of collections of modes of transportation in this museum. The museum has modern, airy set, entertaining and as well educating the visitors. We can find traditional vehicle such as gerobak or cikar (cow carriage), becak, horse carriage, bicycles, cars, motorbike and truck.

According to museum staff, all the collections are gathered through purchases, grants, borrowed from collectors. The museum still searches for new collections.

At the second floor, i am particularly interested to the wreck of Tucuxi electric car which was driven the Minister of State-owned Enterprises, Dahlan Iskan. The car had an accident during the test drive in Magetan, East Java in 2013. The car is displayed as the way it was when it had accident and no retouch.

The latest product at the museum is the ‘€œwreck’€ of the electric car Tucuxi, once driven by former state-owned enterprises minister Dahlan Iskan. This car had an accident during its test drive in Magetan, East Java, in 2013.

The museum has come zones : USA, British, French and German Zone. Each zone has the typical ambiance of each country. and displaying the cars made there. When entering American Zone, visitors will enter a Broadway era with some Ford cars parked along the street, and the set looks like in the western movies with gangster roaming.

The Italian zone has some italian Fiat cars parked on a road in the middle of Italian city when mafioso reigned the city. As well as British and German zone will take you to London and Berlin with the cars produced.

On the other side is old city of Batavia, with its street, market, come to life with some bajaj vehicle park along the street. (Agus)


The Legend Star , Batu, Malang, EAST JAVA

People often gets confused about Jatim Park as there are three JAMTIM PARK. Especially for Jatim Park 2 and Jatim Park 3. In JATIM PARK 3, the main park to visit is: DINO PARK and THE LEGEND STAR.
This time i will a little describing about The Legend Star. Legend Star is located next to Dino Park in Jatim Park 3.

The Legend Star has more than 100 wax figures of famous and influential people from all over the world. And here visitors can take picture with their favorite idols.

Located after the entrance, visitors can take picture with some of Indonesian Presidents: Joko Widodo, Abdurrahman Wahid, BJ Habibie with presidential office set.

Afterwards there will be some politic famous figures from other countries like Lee Kuan Yew, Nelson Mandela, Winston Churchill, and Mao Ze Dong, Putin etc. And then the famous figure who struggle for people: Mother Theresa, Pope and Gandhi. And one of my favourite is the wax figure of Einstein.

Visitors can take photograph with sports star like Messi, Beckham, Tyson, Phelps, Tiger Wood, Federer, Williams.

Here there are some rooms where some USA presidents figures can be seen: OBAMA, ABE LINCOLN and TRUMP.

There are some wax of some famous actors here, such as Brad Pitt, ANgelina Jolie, Anne Hathaway, Will Smith, Nicole Kidman, Bruce Willis and some more.

Beautiful local buildings with some plants decoration and costume rentals for visitors to have memorable experience. There are zone of China, Netherland, Korea, India, Majapahit, Colosseum.

The Legend Star closes at 21.00 so you can visit Dino Park first and visit Legend Star after. There is no direct ticket for DINO PARK and LEGEND STAR so ticket is sold separately.

Half of the park set is outdoor that it is not recommended to visit when it rains, unless you carry umbrella /raincoat. Remember , wear comfy footwear.

As the park is located in Dino Mall, it is very convenient for family to have decent lunch or dinner. (Agus)

Dino Park, Batu-Malang, East Java-Indonesia

This newest theme park is very appealing to visit, especially for family or school children holiday. There are various ride with dinosaurs theme in Dino Park. All are already free of charge, visitors just pay 1 time tickets

Dino Park is located in the complex of Dino Mall. Visitors can observe the many species of dinosaurs, its skeletons. And here are some rides in Dino Parks that is thrilling and gets us excited:

This ride is explored by riding a big open train of 48 people capacity. Visitors will be passing some dinosaurs and life like animals which lived in the period:Permian, Triassic, Jurassic, Cretaceous, and Ice Age. The dinosaurs can move the tail and mouth or head and some looks like they really breath.

This ride is also free. There are several artificial aquarium and we will be provided 3D glass to experience the underwater thrill of shark and other animals.

Visitors will be take to a ride a train along a cave with various dolls. They move they are bright , colorful.

Visitors will ride a boat to enter a cave, observing luminescence colorful plants like in fairies land, and then entering the cave of Prof Gila (Prof. Crazy) with futuristic sphere, surgery room, and the boat slide down to a pool for an Adrenalin rush experience. People with heart illness may not ride this.

Recommended to visit Dino Park on weekdays/non holiday period. There are some outdoor part that visitors better prepare with umbrella/raincoat in rainy season and hat, sunnies in dry season. There will be lots of walk, be prepared with comfy outfit and comfy shoes, high heel is not recommended. E bike is also available for rent that you can explore the park easily without walking.

It takes about at least 3 hours in Dino Park, or can be more if you want to try all the rides available. And i think if going with family, spend full day in Dino Park and Legend Star. (Agus)

Swiflet Nest in Indonesia

Swiflet nest or scientifically known as Collocalia Fuciphaga has been very popular among Chinese and Hongkong market, as it is believed to be very good medicine, for health and beauty.  China is the biggest consumer of the nest, and as Chinatown is everywhere, the demands keep growing.

Indonesia is the biggest producer of swiflet nest. The bird live in some dark, damp places such as in  caves. And beside some wild swiflet habitat where farmer harvest the nests, there are so many swiflet nest produced in  buildings.

For wild swiflet, the nests are harvested 3-4 times in one year. For example like in Kebumen regency of Central Java, the harvest is an interesting activity and off course not for the fainted heart. There will be a festival to celebrate the harvest time of wild swiflet.

PICTURES: JANUARY 2019 Temples, Rice Terrace Day Tour on the Slope of Mount Penanggungan

Mount Penanggungan slope is rich of natural and cultural beauty. Located only 2 hours from Surabaya, this tranquil village can be a shore excursion destination for cruise passenger if they dock at Tanjung Perak Port of Surabaya (Surabaya North Quay). It takes about 7-8 hours tour in total. The tour will give you a different experience, as this area is slightly off-the-beaten-path.
Belahan Temple is one of springs located on slope of Mount Penanggungan among 33 springs located there. The two goddesses statue are Laksmi and Sri, the wife of Wisnu, the manifestation of King Airlangga and his two wives. This spring temple was built in the 11th Century.
Jolotundo Spring Temple or Candi Jolotundo, is a 10th Century spring temple built by King Udayana to welcome the birth of his son, Airlangga.
The gate of Candi Jolotundo
Jedong Temple, another temple located on slope of Mount Penanggungan, similar to fortress construction made of red brick and andesit stone with kala decoration.
And you can also see the rice terraces on slope of Mount Penanggungan. Farmers here harvest rice 2-3 times a year, the area is rich of water.

And you can see the farmers working in rice field to get the soil ready for rice plant.
Experience and share smile and greetings and a little chat with the locals.

Java Off The Beaten Paths

Java is the most populated island in the world, however it has many beautiful to see and experience be it natural and cultural stuffs. If you have visited Java for once or more, maybe you would love to see other hidden beautiful places in this island. The places i am willing to share is the place that is not so well known among foreign travelers and in my experience when i visit those places, i do not meet foreign travelers, yet beautiful, exotic and relatively tranquil.

Mount Prau. It is famous among Indonesian travelers, recommended to climb in the weekdays and non holiday. I rarely see foreign travelers visiting Mount Prau, which only takes 3 hours hike to the peak and get pampered with the majestic view of Mount Sindoro with its golden sunrise shimmering.

Cycling at Dieng Plateau. Dieng Plateau maybe popular for day trip from Yogyakarta, however this plateau is rich of natural phenomenon to be discovered by cycling. Mostly people visit Dieng Plateau only to the complex of Hindu Temples, Sikidang Crater and Lake Warna area. However this area has other lakes, other craters, and you can explore the area by cycling. Cycle to hidden temple of Dwarawati, narrow village passage, say hello to the locals and if you are lucky you will meet the naturally dreadlock hair children which can only be found in the plateau area and nowhere else in the world.

Posong View Point and Embung Kledung. Both is locatead nearby to each other, nestles on the slope of Mount Sindoro. The view is marvelous and the access is convenient. Located on the mainroad to/fro Yogyakarta. Posong View Point is also a nice place to see golden sunrise, best time to visit on June-September, on dry season and when local farmers plant tobacco, the local commodities. Embung Kledung is a water basin, and the view to Mount Sumbing and Mount Sindoro is breathtaking.

Candi Selogriyo and Rice Terrace. Indeed Magelang is popular with its Borobudur Temple, however it has many other temples scattered. One of temple located hidden is Selogriyo Tempe. Located on slope of Mount Sindoro, this temple accesses is not so easy to find. Once you arrive at village without any sign of parking area, you will need to walk to the Hindu temple. And enroute the view of rice terrace is amazingly beautiful. Recommended to depart in the morning from your hotel in Borobudur or Yogyakarta area and then enjoy full day of slow walking at the rice field.

Pasar papringan, or Bamboo Market. This traditional market opens twice in 35 days. As its name, the market is under bamboo forest. We can find various traditional foods here. In Wonosobo there is a market similar to this, called Pasar Kumandang which opens every Sunday.

Yogyakarta Temple Tour. Not just Prambanan or Borobudur Temple, there are many temples located in Yogyakarta. If you love culture and history, exploring the temples might be a good option. My favourite temples are Candi Sari, a two floor temple that almost quiet everyday. And also Candi Sojiwan, Candi Barong and Candi Plaosan. We can cycle from one temple to another, i have tried from Prambanan Temple to Sojiwan Temple.

Mount Penanggungan. This mountain is not as popular as Mount Semeru, however it is unique as it has more than hundreds of temples and ruins scattered on its slope. If you climb this mountain it takes only about 5 hours to the peak. The mountain is rich of water, it has 33 springs. And one of the most popular is Jolotundo Holy Spring Temple and Belahan Temple. The village of Mount Penanggungan is very quiet and there is a very nice rice terrace where you can enjoy sunset if you stay nearby. At Mbiting village, located a lodge that offers bungalow and restaurant for FIT or group to do various activities, tours and learn about environment.

PICTURES: Komodo Live Aboard Boat, Komodo National Park Tour

Due to the location of islands in Komodo National Park, most of the tours to see the dragon is best to be enjoyed by staying one night on boat. Boat ride to Rinca or Komodo Island is at least 3 hours sailing that if you stay overnight on boat will be time efficient and cost effective. You can explore more and not rushing from one place to another.

Please find below boat pictures for overnight on board.

Sembilangan Lighthouse, Madura, East Java, Indonesia

SEMBILANGAN LIGHTHOUSE (Mercusuar Sembilangan)

This lighthouse is located in Bangkalan, the western part of Madura Island, only about 30-45 minutes’ drive from the city center of Surabaya. As you may have known, there is a bridge connecting Surabaya to Madura Island, that the access to the lighthouse is easier for your short visit to Surabaya.

There are two lighthouses  in Madura Island, the other one is located in Sumenep area. The lighthouse still functions well today even though it was built in the 19th Century, in the year of 1879 by ZM Willem III. As we may have known the lighthouse is not so necessary like in the past due to the GPS technology.

The lighthouse opens for visitors. Visitors can take photo from outside the lighthouse and also can enter the lighthouse and climb to the peak . The lighthouse is 65 meters high and it has 17th floor. From above you visitors can see the view of Madura Strait, view of mangrove located in the vicinity.

From above we can see why the lighthouse was paramount in the past. It navigated dangerous spots such as corals and it controls the traffic of ships from Tanjung  Perak Port of Surabaya.