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Gili Labak Island , Madura, East Java, Indonesia.

Gili Labak is a remote island located in the southeast of Madura Island. This island can be reached about 2 hours by small boat from Kalianget Port of Sumenep. Administratively this island is located in Talango sub-district, Sumenep, East Java, Indonesia.

This 5 hectares island is inhabited by less than 40 families. Their occupations are mostly fishermen, beside that they also do farming for corn and peanuts. This island has its own water supply.

Visiting this island you can see locals drying fish. People are very helpful and friendly to visitors. Its white sandy beach is still clean and inviting to be strolled along.






1 January
Rebo Pungkasan
Bendung kayangan, Pendworejo, Girimulyo, Kulon Progo.

Rebo Pungkasan is a traditional celebration held by community living around bendung kayangan (river/dam) at Pendoworejo, Girimulyo, Kulonprogo every last wednesday on Javanese month of Sapar. This ceremony is an expression of gratitude to God.

3-5 January
Clothing Expo : The Parade 2014
Grand Bima Hall, JEC

1-6 January
Fashion Bazaar
mandala Bhaki Wanitatama

7 January
Miyos Gangsa (Sekaten Day1)

11 Janury
Numplak Wajik

13 january
Kondur Gongso Ritual

14 January
Grebeg Maulud Ritual


1-5 February
Computer Exhibition ANYE 2014
Grand Bima Hall, JEC Yogyakarta

14-26 February
Business Expo Mandala Bhakti Wanitatama

23-24 February
Conference and Expo
Jogja Expo Center

Tionghoa Cultural Week
Chinese New Year @ Ketandan Area, Malioboro


1-5 March
Kids and gadget Expo

8-12 March
Computer Exhibition MBC 2014
Grand Bima BEC

March 14-16
Indie Clothing Fest 2014

March 19-26
Jogja Book Fair
Mandala Bhakti Wanitatama

March 23
Melasti Ritual

March 30
Tawur Agung Ritual

APRIL 2014

22 April
PASTY Anniversary
Birds Chirping Contest, Kiosk Cleanliness Contest.
Contact : +62 274-413474

24-26 April
Pantomime Performance
At Taman Budaya Yogyakarta
Contact : +62 274-523512

Johja Bike Rendezvous
Jogja Expo Center
Contact : _628122692200 (Nur Satwiko)

Coding Anniversary Exhibition
Sandi Museum Kotabaru

All Night Shadow Puppet Show
Tembi Rumah Budaya
Contact : +6274-368000


1-31 May
St Marrie Pilgrimage
St Marrie Cave Sendangsono, Kulonprogo

9-12 May
Food and Tourist Destination Exhibition
Bima hall JEC

7-9 May 2014
Karawitan Orchestra Performances

10-11 may
Djarum Black Autograph
Bima Hall B&C

15 May
Annyversary of Sleman Regency
Denggug field, Tridadi, Sleman
The ceremony is aimed to commemorate the founding of Sleman district administration by wearing Javanese traditional clothes and bregodo soldiers who escorting the carnival of heirloom spear Kiai Turun Sih and pennants of Sleman districts.

16 May
Mbah Bregas
Ngino, Margo Agung, Seyengan. It is a gratitude ritual for the struggle of Mbah Bregas to create prosperous society.

19-20 May
Bekti Pertiwi & Pisungsung Jaladri Ceremony.
A gratitude to God for the safety and good health, held in Pendapa Parangtritis.

19 May
Bersih Desa
It is a form of gratitude with parade and kenduri.

22-24 May
Tembi Rumah Budaya
Tembi Music festival

30 May
Labuhan Keraton Ngayogyakarta
Held on 30th rejeb or Friday at 08.00 am in Parangkusumo, Parangtritis.

30-31 May
Labuhan Merapi Ritual

JUNE 2014

7-11 June
Computer Exhibition @ JEC

16 June
Traditional Ceremony of Kupatan Jolosutro
This ceremony is an expression of gratitude to God for the blessings of agricultural products as well as a prayer for a blessing for the next years. The ritual is prayer for The Prophet, Sunan Geseng and acnestors held in Ruwah at Jolosutro Field, Srimulyo, Piyungan.

17 June
Jogja Fashion Week

21-22 June
Gathering Classing Auto Fest

23 June
Nyadran Makam Sewu Bantul

27 June
Tuk Sri Bedug
Held on Friday Pahing in Mranggen Village, Margodadi, Seyengan, Sleman. This is intended to honor Sunan Kalijaga in spreading Islam. This spring was emerged when Sunan Kalijaga plug his stick to the ground.

Nyadran Agung Ceremony
@ Kulon progo, Wates.
Contact : 0274-773095

Jogjakarta Offroad Challenge
081 229 665 05



1 – 31 Mei 2014
Surabaya Shopping Festival
All shopping malls in Surabaya, discount up to 75%.

1 – 31 Mei 2014
Pembukaan tgl. 2 Mei 2014
Pasar Malam Tjap Toenjoengan
East Coast, Surabaya
Time: 17.00 – 21.00 WIB

2 – 3 Mei 2014 & 28 – 31 Mei 2014
Late Night Shopping & Branded Sale
Tunjungan Plaza
Time: 22.00 – 24.00 WIB

1 – 4 Mei 2014 & 22 – 25 Mei 2014
Surabaya Fashion Parade
@Tunjungan Plaza

4 Mei 2014
Flower and Cultural Parade
Tugu Pahlawan – Balai Kota
Time: 13.30 – 12.30 WIB

11 Mei 2014
Festival Rujak Uleg
Jl. Kembang Jepun (Kya-Kya)
TIME: 13.00 – 21.00 WIB

14 – 18 Mei 2014
Batik & Bordir Fair
Grand City Convex
Time: 10.00 – 21.00 WIB

25 Mei 2014
Festival Kuliner Tunjungan Street
Jalan Tunjungan Street
Time: 17.00 – 22.00 WIB

1 April – 31 Mei 2014
Surabaya Health Season
Some clinics and hospital in Surabaya

PICTURES: Sukasada Water Castle , Bali, Indonesia

Taman Ujung Sukasada is beautiful garden with two big pools and castle in the middle of it.  It was built in the 1901 for people to cast away their black magic. However then it was used as the resting place for king of Karangasem, The indigenous construction was destructed by Mt Agung eruption in 1963  and then in 2000 it was rebuilt again. 

The Third Ceremony of Java Sea Battle Commemoration on Sea Location

2014 De Ruyter Commemoration

On February 27th 2014, the ceremony to commemorate battle in Java Sea is undertaken again. This is the 3rd sea-location ceremony where Hr. Ms. De Ruyter, one of Dutch Indies ships, sank with its crews including the commander, Admiral Karel Doorman.  The sea location,  06’00’ S.W/ 112’05’ EL, is located 60 KM away from Bawean Island.

On  February  27th 1942, the Allies and The Japanese were involved in a battle in Java Sea.  The Dutch Indies suffered great lost as its three ships : De Ruyter, Kortenaer dan De Java,  sunk by The Japanese attack. More than 900 of Dutch and Allies sailors died in this battle. Each year this date is commemorated with ceremony by the Dutch in Kembang Kuning cemetary.

This year, as in 2012, the ceremony is held on Bahari Express 1 C. The ceremony is held for one hour from 15.00 to 16.00. It is opened by Mr. Joop Nahuijsen, the Chairman of V.O.N, the second son of Mr. Antonie Nahuijsen, the navy telegraphist of Hr. Ms. De Ruyter. Afterwards there are speech by other persons on board such as:  Mr. Karel Jacob Ottens, Mr.Nanang Purwono (rep of journalist), Ms. Muzayana (rep. Bawean Island).

Mr. Karel Ottens from The Netherlands says that the history could encourage peace among nations. History is very precious to remember the struggle of our ancestors.

Mr. Nanang Purwono who has been joining the ceremony for 3 years respectively conveyed that this event brings peace message. And he hopes that this event could encourage tourism in Bawean Island.

The ceremony then continued by throwing flower wrath to Java Sea where Hr. Ms. De Ruyter sank.

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Agrobusiness in East Java, Indonesia

East Java has many agriculture potentials. Fine below list. Inform us if you need further information for trip there.
1) Potato
2) Grape
Located in Probolinggo there is a vineyard managed by Indonesian Research and Development Body. The history of grape in this area started in 1989 when Hj Mohammad Ali from Mangunhardjo village went back home from his pilgrimage to Mecca and brough grape seed back home. The vine was planted as ornamental plants and then flourished as economically valuable plant. In 1935, an advocacy company, Maatschappelijk Voor Werklozen Bedrijf, was formed. This body then managed 2 hectares vineyard in Kebonsari and 0.25 hectares in Sukabumi. This company evolved well and brought in grape seeds from Australia, France, and Italy. The grapes were good quality and produced in large amount that they were exported to Holland.

Currently there ware few hybridization kinds in Probolinggo, such as kardinal, kediri super, prabu bestari. The demand is 1 tons each harvest but they produce 2 kwintal.

3) Pomelo
Pomelo or Citrus maxima is an important commodity in Magetan, East Java, Indonesia. There are 4 districts grow this fruit: Bendo, Takeran, Sukomoro and Kawedanan. Not all land in the districts can grow pomelo. The pomelo peel can be used as candy. The hoem industry of pomelo candy can be seen in Duwet Village, Bendo District. The plantation is located about 30 minutes from magetan city center.

4) Apple

5) Strawberry
6) Rice Paddy
7) Rambutan
8) Manggo
9) Starfruit
10) Dragon Fruit
11) Orchid
12) Watermelon

Yesteryear Candy which is still loved until today, Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia

Not only syrup and soya bean factory from colonial period can be found in Surabaya. There is a yesteryear candy factory which still exist in Surabaya. The location is inside small isle on the north of Surabaya. Pabrik Kembang Gula Canada, was erected on may 20th 1956. A metal plate on the wall showed the history of this family industry which is now third generation runs it. The founder of the factory was Ho Sek Po and then continued by his predecessor, Mr Adi Hermanto. This factory has two main products : Vanille Nougat and Coconut Candy. The process was learned autodeductly  by the founder and handed down from generation to generation.

Nougat derives from Dutch means peanut. Peanut grinded and then cooked as caramel. The inside is various from pistachio, almond, hazelnut, and dry fruits. The texures are verious as well, ranges from rough to soft depends on the ingredient. Its color can be various too. White nougat is made of eggwhite and the brown one is made of sugar caramel. In order to avoid sticky on cramel, the it was grinded again that peanut will be broken to smaller grain, this traditional candy called Nougat is originally from France.

Generally, there are two kinds of nougats: White and Brown. The white nougats is made of eggwhite which is mixed while the brown nougat (French : Nougatine) is made of sugar caramel and has rough texture and dry. Italian called nougat with Torrone while Spanish call it Turron.

Nougat made in Canada uses natural ingredients such as sugar, peanut, eggwhite, water, margarine, vanilla, and milk. The factory still uses the same receipe as the first generation and they do not use essens or preservative.

The coconut candy is still made traditionally as it is still small industry until today. In the past, eveything was processed and done manually, yet now few has used dynamo. The factory operational hours is everyday from 7.00 to 17.00. The candy is made of cocout, as its name. Old coconut is peeled and then shredded using machine, and then the shredded coconut is squeezed to get thick coconut water. Coconut water then cooked with sugar until its ready to mold.  The women workers then wrap the candy which is already molded and everyday they can wrap until 1 tons candy.

Pulau Ajaib: Bizarre Island, Bangkalan, Madura, East Java, Indonesia

This rocky island is about 50 meters long, and it is called as Pulau Ajaib or Bizarre island as it appears miraculously nearby Labuhan Village, Bangkalan, Madura, East Java. This rocky island is believed to be a sign of disaster.

According to locals, before the extreme weather in Java sea, the new island which consitutes of only several of huge rocks and smaller rocks did not exist. The rocks appeared in January 2013.

Though this Island is believed to be a disaster sign by locals, yet now this has been a new spot for local tourists.