Candi Muaro Jambi: An Almost-Neglected History (Jan 24, 2014)

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Me at one of the temples in Candi Muaro Jambi compounds

The place is around one-plus hour ride from the airport, assuming the average speed of the vehicles is 60-70km/h. That time at the entrance we were told to pay IDR 15.000 for entrance fee. It was not clear whether that amount was meant for 3 person (IDR 5.000 per person), or two motorbikes that we rode. We were not given any ticket whatsoever, the guards just let us inside with a smile after we paid. We were not given any brochures or maps, too. Those guards said that they had been out-of-print. Oh, well.

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Mahato: Glimpses of Life in the Palm Plantation

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mahato-hutansawit

So, the smoke that plagued the center of Sumatra weeks ago, which I heard has subsided now thanks god, reminded me of my trip with dad to a place call Mahato in Riau. Was there on 27 February-1 March, 2014. This post was a midnight contemplation to get my mind off from other stuffs, so enjoy.

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Ngebolang Setengah Hari di Pulau Samosir

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Catatan: Artikel ini bagian dari laporan trip JaBaGa 2013. Juga dimuat di TED Wego Indonesia, sebagai salah satu tulisan semasa magang.

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“Ayo ke Parapat.”

2 Maret 2013. Papi tercinta sudah berjanji untuk mengantarkan saya ke Parapat, nama salah satu daerah wisata di pinggir Danau Toba. Semacam ritual yang akan dilakukan kalau saya sedang mampir di rumah di Tebing Tinggi, Sumatera Utara. Kebetulan juga komunitas Tebing Tinggi yang papi ikuti sedang berkumpul di Hotel Niagara (baca: review hotel di TA).

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Melaka: Revel in the Polychromatic Vista

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Note: This article is part of JaBaGa 2013 reports.

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Check up in Melaka. Wait, what?
Let’s go and have a med check up, was what my family told me from the beginning of this trip I dubbed as JaBaGa. To have a medical check up in Melaka, like it is the common sense to perceive. What’s wrong to have one in Indonesia’s hospital? Well apparently, my beloved Grandma have more faith in doctors at the Mahkota Hospital.

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FamTrip: Bali (April 16-18, 2013) D3 ~ Uluwatu Temple

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The wonderful sight of Uluwatu Temple

Day 3, April 18, 2013 | Uluwatu Temple
highlight: accommodation tips, Uluwatu Temple, Odalan

We got up quite early this last day since I had a mission to visit Uluwatu temple before we pack our bag and head home. It was around 6.30 AM that we went further south to the end of the road above the cliff to Uluwatu Temple, one of the Balinese sea temple, which is also Bali’s nine key directional temples.

From Jimbaran to Uluwatu wasn’t half as far as going to Tanah Lot from Kuta, although I felt almost the same length was traveled. It was a smooth 40-mins long journey and we got there pretty early, however the place was already crowded with people who came to celebrate Odalan.

It’s a common knowledge that Bali is famous for a lot of things, the breathtakingly beautiful and many kinds of beaches, the cultural- historical- archaeological attractions, the picturesque landscape, the amiable and hospitable people; in shorts, many things that will make you reconsider to lengthen your vacation just a bit more. One that Bali is also famous with, something that you will easily recognize at every turns and corners when you visit this Island of the Gods, is their strong belief and loyalty for Hinduism; Odalan is one of the testaments.

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FamTrip: Bali (April 16-18, 2013) D2-2 ~ Kuta and Tanah Lot

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The summer feel in Kuta Beach, ouyeah!

Day 2, April 17, 2013 | Kuta and Tanah Lot
highlight: accommodation tips, Kuta Beach, Tanah Lot Temple

So! From GWK we firstly headed back to the hotel as it was in the way, and got ready for a long ride to Kuta Beach. What made it an easy trip for non-native rider like me was, of course, the advice I got from Villa Puri Royan staffs, as stated in the prior article. They gave me advice such as that I have to only follow road that has white-stripe in the middle because then I would never get lost in any way, since it’s the main road, and thanks God, that Bali doesn’t have many main road.

It was a true thing that once I got on the road, I found the way to Kuta Beach easier than just by imagining from suggestions, and in addition to that, I was a person who often asked people to confirm if I was right on track to my destination or not; so yeah, in more or less an hour with a stop to eatery for lunch, we got to Kuta Beach safely.

Kuta Beach has been noted as tourist destination since early 1970s and is also known as Sunset Beach, as opposed to the Sunrise Beach known as Sanur Beach. In my eyes, Kuta Beach is a place to enjoy the heat of summer, although it’s given since Indonesia is a tropical country; however, Kuta Beach brings the summer sensation like how it’s usually portrayed in movies.
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FamTrip: Bali (April 16-18, 2013) D2-1 ~ GWK

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Continuing from FamTrip: Bali (April 16-18, 2013) D1 ~ Jimbaran


Posing in front of Garuda

Day 2, April 17, 2013 | Garuda Wisnu Kencana
highlight: Garuda Wisnu Kencana, I Nyoman Nuarta, tips on renting motorcycle

We woke up quite early and were well-rested, thanks to the comfortable bed of Villa Puri Royan. About 8 o’clock we have breakfast, fried noodles for mom and toast for me, while we waited for the rented motorcycle, which the hotel staff had recommended to me.

The rent rates for the motorcycle is IDR 60.000/24 hours, a fair price I guessed, but I heard there were cheaper options. The lessor then took my ID card as guarantee and told me that the receipt they gave can be used as ID card replacement, in case of emergency.

Here are some tips on renting motorcycles or other vehicles:

  • Ask for a contact person/emergency number in case something happen with the vehicle on the road.
  • Please check on the tires, and ask for replacement if the tires look bare and dangerous for slippery road. Do check where you want to go and if the vehicle is capable enough to get you there.
  • Do a little test-drive.
  • It’s good to know what is covered in the fee we pay for the vehicle, such as vehicle replacement for flat tires, etc.
  • You can fuss on the rented vehicles but do it nicely. A good relationship with the tenant will do you good.
  • Be a safety driver. Wear a helmet if you ride on motorcycle, or put on safety belt if you drive a car. Don’t forget to check the license.

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