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Tretes Waterfall, Jombang, East Java, Indonesia

Tretes waterfall is the tallest waterfall in East Java, he two flows of water falls beautifully 158 meters downward. Located at the altitude 1250 meters in the area of Raden Soeryo Forest Park. The Park is conserved well, and it is the source of water supply of the area.

The waterfall is located about 4o km from Jombang city. It can be reached from Jombang Regency area, and should be followed by 5 km trekking. It can also be accessed from Kediri Regency area, Kandangan district heading to Gelendewo, and trekking about 1 km from parking area.

This waterfall is still natural that there is no tourism management undertaken in the area.

Jayabaya and His Prophecy

King Jayabaya ruled Kediri Kingdom in 1135-1157. His great name is Sri Maharaja Sang Mapanji Jayabhaya Sri Warmeswara Madhusudana Awataranindita Suhtrisingha Parakrama Uttunggadewa.

Jayabaya is popular among Javanese until today, as written also in Babad Tanah Jawi (Chronicle of Java) and Serat Aji Pamasa.

King Jayabaya (Prabu Jayabaya) is believed to be the incarnation of Visnu. He is famous for his prophecy for Java (Indonesia). There are several  manuscripts about Jayabaya prophecy, such as Serat Jayabaya, Musarar, Serat Pranitiwakya and some more.

In Serat jayabaya Musarar, it was written that one day Jayabaya studied to Maolana Ngali Samsujen. From him, he learned about Java Island since it was occupied by Ajisaka until the End of the Day. From the name of the teacher, can be concluded that this manuscript was written in the period of Islam in Java. People always obeyed great figure, that the witer wrote that the prophecy is the words of King Jayabaya.

A writer from Surakarta, Ranggawarsita, often wrote manuscripts of Jayabaya Prophecy, yet he always put his name on his writings, while other manuscripts about Jayabaya prophecy mostly is written anonymously.

Jayabaya prophecy is about the Java Island or Indonesia in general. These are Jayabaya prophecies which are phenomenal:

1. The arrival of white pale skin men who carry a clubs that is able to kill from distance and yellow-skin men from the North.
This prophecy came to be real when Indonesia was colonized by the Dutch and then in 1942, Japanese came to Indonesia.

2. Kreto mlaku tanpo jaran, Prau mlaku ing nduwur awang-awang
Carriage run without horse, ship run in the air . Which is defined as car and plane.

3.The arrival of disasters in Indonesia. 

4. Udan Salah Mongso (Rain in the wrong season)

5. Tanah Jawa kalungan wesi (Java wears necklace of iron )

6. Kali ilang kedhunge ( Rivers lost its spring)

7. Pasar ilang kumandhang — (Traditional) Market lost its sound

8. Bumi saya suwe saya mengkeret — (Earth shrinks)

9. Sekilan bumi dipajeki — (Every small piece of land is levied tax)

10. Jaran doyan mangan sambel — (Horses like to eat sambals)

11. Wong wadon nganggo pakeyan lanang — (Women dress like men)

and there are still more ….

Javanese also refer to Jayabaya prephecy for Indonesian leader or president with term of NOTONEGORO. Indonesian first president was SoekarNO, and the second president was SoeharTO, NE was not in the name of Indonesia 3rd President, BJ Habibie that most people translated this NE means the president from outside Java Island. And GORO (derives from goro-goro) means conflicts and riots happened in the era of Abdurrahman Wahid and Megawati and the 4th and 5th president. And the 6th president YodhoyoNO, is believed that now Indonesia returns to NO again. It seems to be abit too weird, but this topic is very popular among Javanese (Indonesian) as they believe in this prophecy.

Source: wikipedia and kompasiana

Sikarim Waterfall, Wonosobo, Central Java, Indonesia

This waterfall is located nearby Dieng Plateau, just behind Sikunir hill, the very popular spot to watch Dieng Plateau golden sunrise. Height of this fall is 70 meters, suitable for abseiling.

Sikarim Waterfall is best visited during dry season. Its two flows will have more volume of water during rainy season, yet the water will be brown. IN dry season the flow is smaller but water is clear.

Administratively this waterfall is located in Mlandi Village, Garung, Wonosoobo, Central Java, Indonesia. It is about 20 km from the city of Wonosobo. And it just takes about 50 meters trek from the road.

Karang Gantung, Hidden Rock Climbing Spot in Wonosobo, Central Java, Indonesia

Located 6 km south of Wonosobo City, Central Java, Indonesia, this spot is not really known. Even local people sometimes do not know what or where it is when we asked for the way to get here. Just when we arrived there, the access was overgrown by grasses as it is never passed.

Karang Gantung is rock which stands facing Serayu River. The height ranges from 10 meters to 25 meters and length is about 450 m. Actually this is suitable for rock climbing. In the past, the first time i visited this rock, it was clear with lush bamboo forest. And texture of the rock is visible. Yet now, bamboo forest altered to farm field and plus, the rock is overgrown by plants.

The rock has 3 small meditation caves which are still used.

Local people call this rock as Karang Gantung or Watu Tedeng.

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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