Thursday, December 24, 2015

The Beautiful Koka Beach at Flores Island

Trip around the island of Flores is guaranteed not to be tedious because we will be able to see the beauty of the various corners.
At the end of October 2015, I was with a friend start a trip around the island of Flores. Our trip started early by plane from Kupang to Maumere. Arriving in Maumere we continue the journey to the village of Moni which is located 13 km from the starting point of the ascent of Mount Kelimutu.

The trip to the village of Moni from Maumere very exciting because the roads are impassable in the form of winding - winding that seemed endless.
When entering the territory of Paga, or about 42 km from the town of Maumere here we find a signpost pointing towards the beach Koka a distance of 2.5 Km from the highway. Out of curiosity, we asked the driver to stop first at the beach.
We entered the road that turned out not too good condition even rocky, on the right side of the road is thriving cocoa trees.

After passing through the semi off road we finally arrived at the beach Koka. Curiosity paid off when he saw the beautiful coast of the South Island of Flores. Koka beaches have clean white sand and lined by cliffs - cliffs that look dazzling on the other hand looks like this beach has two small bays are limited both by a large rock in the middle.

Beaches on the right appear fierce because decorated with rows of coral and rock fraudulent constantly hit by waves continuously while the left side seems more gentle because of the panorama form hill and fine, white sand.

Due to our arrival here during weekdays so no one else who visit our besides making beach Koka ours seemed personal, we were free to take the object - which is good without any interruption.

Actually we are still reluctant to move from this beach, but our journey is still far away so we had to leave this beautiful beach. We arrived back to the highway which was not far from the entry point we have crossed the line of Maumere and we go in the district of Ende.

Climbing Merapi Mountain with Friends

Precisely dated June 28, 2015 I and my friends make the climb to Mount Merapi track Selo, Boyolali. in fact we are in the plan is to climb to Mount Sindoro in Waterford, Central Java. Because Sindoro there is a fire, we also plan undo.

After a few hours of Randublatung (Blora), we rest for a while in Sukoharjo (workplace brother). Around 15:00 pm, we headed Selo, Boyolali. Until Cepogo, precisely in front of the Market Cepogo we stopped to buy logistics in the minimarket.

Mahameru right at basecamp at 17:00 pm. Then short break while waiting for the registrar to come. At Mount Merapi we just pay Rp15.000,00 / person. Immediately, we started to climb and do not forget we berdoa.Berjalan step by step ended up in New Selo.

We currently prefer to climb at night. Why? Therefore, the evening trip to the summit will not make lazy. The trip is also more focused because not only pay attention to the views of the surrounding mountains.

After traveling nearly 5 hours, finally arrived at the Market Bubrah. Here, we set up a tent. Since the wind is too strong, tough tent attached. Moreover, we also have to fight fatigue and sleepiness. Coldness really bone-chilling, brrrr. At 23:15 pm the tent attached behind a large rock. Time to sleep.

At 05.00 am we woke up, pray Fajr. While preparation for the summit, we eat a light meal beforehand as a booster stomach. Do not forget we bring mineral water purchased from minimarket in Cepogo. Outside the tent has many climbers who want to the summit.

Have not yet reached the peak, still in the sea of ​​sand we've presented a timid sun weeks to manifest themselves. We should not miss this moment. Take mobile phones, immortalized. Beautiful is not it? Anything else is like this!

The struggle of the Market Bubrah to highlight is the challenge of Mount Merapi. The sea of ​​sand welcomed us, to the extent that the shoes are full of sand. Anyway very exciting climbed Mount Merapi, many challenges. When we step, we must be ready degenerate feet. In high spirits, we finally reach the summit. On the peak of Mount Merapi was already a lot of climbers. There are also foreigners who just want to get down with the group.

At the summit, we must be careful when taking pictures. Not to slip up into the ravine. Because, at the peak of the place is not so wide. So, we must be willing to take turns with other climbers.

Without lingering at the top, at 07.00 pm we go down. When I get off that we could enjoy the 'slide' small time game. 07.30 pm arrived at the tent. Outside the tent we cook and make drinks as body warmers. Finish cleaning up the tent, we finally get down and get back to Randublatung, Blora.

Brief Travel to Purwakarta

Holidays responsibility as dated December 9, 2015 and, due to simultaneous elections, I used to brief traveled to Purwakarta precisely to the site of the reservoir Cirata. I call the day off responsibility, because it is precisely in the middle of the week and the next day had to report to work as usual.

For Jakarta residents who do not have the elections simultaneously, the phenomenon of the holiday as it will be more clear with the crowds at the malls increased. The roof-Gadog track, I watched through radio, as usual also subject to open and close, evidence that the holidays responsibility as it also helped to enliven the vehicle traffic in the direction of the line as well as Saturday and Sunday.

Not one of my choice also with the family for a short traveled to the region Purwakarta that day. In contrast to a few days earlier when heading Cirebon on Saturday and experiencing heavy traffic in Cikampek, then on holidays responsibility as it is precisely Cikampek toll so deserted. It did not take long to reach Cipularang and exit at the toll booth Jatiluhur. Travelling by car is also so casually. Was recorded at 08:39 pm when the vehicle entered Jati Asih JORR Cikampek direction and around 10:45 pm, we arrived at the reservoir Cirata.

Not felt, already 19 years passed when first had served briefly in Purwakarta. Precisely because of the work and the assignment given that I came to know the location of versatile Jatiluhur reservoir. But reservoirs Cirata, I had never visited. So interested in visiting this reservoir after reading Kompasianer also ( Plus memory satay taste typical maranggi Purwakarta it. Turns on December 5, 2015 in Purwakarta held Festival Steak Maranggi. This creativity is good too. From satay to steak. The event was supported by the Purwakarta district government. Dear at the same time, we traveled to Cirebon. Another memory of Purwakarta is a restaurant that I visit often used. If not mistaken, his name Eating Savoury.

Only from just reading my article, I came to know of this restaurant seems to still exist. After the exit Jatiluhur (direction Cipularang) there are also some restaurants are highly recommended by some of the culinary connoisseur, for example Sundanese restaurant Sambel Hejo Sambel sudden exactly at the junction encountered after paying the toll exit from the Jatiluhur Cipularang. From the T-junction, turn left towards the town of Purwakarta, also not so far be found restaurants Sari Rasa Sambel Hejo.

From the direction of the toll booth exit Jatiluhur it up to meet the junction, if you want to Jatiluhur reservoir staying turn left (same as the direction to the town of Purwakarta), if you want to reservoir Cirata stay turn right towards Plered, next only to capitalize google maps and directions direction along the path are sufficient, we can easily arrive at the reservoir Cirata. Green valleys, some streams waterfalls, scenic rivers and rice fields around the reservoir is good.

The path we passed through the toll to exit the expressway and headed towards Plered and further to the location of the reservoir has relatively good roads. Road around the reservoir, partly to Bandung and Cianjur portion toward which we had been through too great streets.

For the location of reservoirs, for those who live around Bogor, can also through alternative paths Jonggol -Cariu (one review calls this path the way much damaged, and no further updates on the damaged road lane, whether it has been repaired). Imagine the extent of the reservoir is the puddle Cirata entrance area West Bandung, Purwakarta and Cianjur.

To travel with a shorter travel time, toll lanes to Purwakarta indeed more favorable (with a note, not stagnating Cikampek toll road). Of several articles tour, if you really want to enjoy the culinary around Cirata which is also close to the location of the rental boat, visitors are advised to location called Exiles (if the direction Plered once it gets to about the dam then take the direction to Bandung, do toward Cianjur ). For other culinary locations around the dam there is also a location called Warung Tripa.

Due to the location of Tripa's culinary point that first we have encountered before Exiles, then we make time to stop by the culinary locations. It turns out a lot of choices of restaurants Lesbian in the culinary locations. Some restaurants are very prominent keramaiannya that afternoon. We tried to one restaurant lesehan crowded, it seemed the visitors just a stopover after attending the regent of Purwakarta (hearing information from the owner). There we only ordered satay maranggi to take home. Next we drove back towards the T-junction near the toll booth Jatiluhur, not how far advanced towards the town of Purwakarta and relax enjoying lunch in a restaurant Sari Rasa Sambel Hejo.

Holiday stuffed bear brief but satisfying tour. Especially for matters culinary tastes, we agree, other times should drop back to Purwakarta. At 16:20 pm, we had arrived back home to enjoy the rest of the day off election simultaneously, and do not forget to enjoy a delicious satay maranggi it.

Pedongkelan Park be a Dream Park

Regional banks of Pedongkelan, West Jakarta to be damaged by the construction of the park former landfill near the park, trash that was in some complexes in collect together in the park so be damaged and smelled, if such who would want to visit and enjoy to the park , One of the draw the attention of the garden Pedongkelan, have long been garden Pedongkelan built a lot of people are still not aware of the interest of the park and plants as living beings, which would provide coolness for the community itself, and jg do not care for cleanliness and order in the park Pedongkelan.

Example still a lot of rubbish small scattered in several areas of the park, like in the gutter, seat and located in the middle of the grass, of course, most of the people are concerned with the beauty of the park  and expect the government to be held janitors , as well as a warning to the indiscriminate dumping of garbage and also give witness to the offender. March 2015, the government finally intervened by deploying janitors park. and the government also announce to the chairman Rt locals for three months in order to give the program (let's keep our park) to the community by to join his participation several communities in carrying out voluntary work every day of the week to come help clean the park, because of course if we want a garden beautiful and cool we also have to maintain and preserve the park, because we only was as living things that can keep our own environments.

After three months with programs that provide government Taman Pedongkelan the former is parks slum, shunned people and often the landfill of some complex local, now turned into a beautiful garden, neat, clean and resented by many people , Many are also various facilities such as CCTV or sports equipment are made of materials throughout the mainly pipe scrap metal are interconnected and made to resemble fitness equipment and then repainted so it looks good and worthy for the visitors, there are also many places to play children for example slides, swings and much more, every morning the villagers around so many have often come to the park just to relax breathe fresh air, and just accompany their children to play, as together we know the park has several functions one of which , the park also serves as a place of recreation contains educative.

With the park around the neighborhood add attractions nuanced simple but can build high socialization gathering place for the community, the park also has a health function, a garden full of trees into ecological tourism that makes the air to be clean and makes our lungs become cleaner. We must realize that the importance of the park is not just a place for recreation but as a park absorbent pollution ​​air polluted by various air pollution. All and thank you from me

Rush Adrenaline at Batu Travel Place

Batu was already well known as a tourist destination in recent years. We can be sure the holiday season such as December or July, Batu will be crowded by tourists who want to enjoy the beauty of nature as well various artificial tourist rides in town that has the air cool and refreshing.

And for those of you who are bored with just the last road selfie, now there is another alternative for a trip to enjoy the beauty of unspoiled nature in the suburb of Stone, which is a travel using dirt bike with a track that is not too extreme.

Trail Adventure in Batu has two different paths is the path south and the north path. Southbound lanes starting from the village Tlekung, to the cave of China and continued up to the waterfall Coban daughter who still lies in the village Tlekung. Adventure passed through west ring Oro Oro Ombo village, climb towards the village Seruk, and continued up to the waterfall Coban Rondo. The scenery along the Adventure Trail is very nice and is dominated by pine forests. If you want to try a more challenging path, from Coban Rondo you can continue towards a waterfall Coban Manten, and ends at Mount Dorowati, sub Pujon. The view from the top of the mountain is so amazing.

Adventure Trail north path starting from the village Sumberejo, rose steadily north toward Mount Lots. Once it goes down again through the village Brau up to the waterfall Coban Talun. Coban Talun you can unwind while enjoying the beauty of waterfalls located in the village Junggo, sub Bumiaji. From Coban Talun, proceed through the village Brantas Punten source.

If you do not feel tired, you can continue the journey towards Mount Lucky and fell in Giripurno, Pandanrejo village. Adventure Trail ends at the village Temas. The scenery along the trail path is very beautiful adventure with the air still very fresh because it passes through verdant rice fields, small rivers and unspoiled forest fringes.

If you are interested to travel using the bike trail in the town of Batu, I suggest that you use the services of an experienced guide and knows well the terrain to be traversed. It's for your own comfort and safety, and you will not get lost. It would be better if you do this trip in the group to share the excitement of natural traveled using the bike trail.

Yogyakarta City Visited by Student Traveler

Special designations familiar to the student and the city of Yogyakarta, the designation it had been firmly attached to the city of Yogyakarta, a lot of facts that support the two designations, ranging from friendly people-friendly and courtesy are also many universities established in the city of Yogyakarta.

Jogja city always hunted by students who come from all parts of Indonesia from Sabang to Merauke to seek knowledge and develop knowledge in various University favorite, leading, best, from affordability to charge exorbitant, students are many who choose the University in Yogyakarta as a destination Their main continued to study college level, many reasons students who can deliver them up in the city of Yogyakarta, some of them because the college has included the best universities, colleges are famous, such as Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta State University, University of Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta, State Islamic University of Sunan Kalijaga, Islamic University of Indonesia and many more.

Because of the city that has been dubbed the city of students in recognition that they are students who come to the city, many are grounded want to find a new atmosphere, and attracted by the town that are well known and became one of the cities with a lot of visits from abroad or a tourist, as well as idol who happens to live in the city of Yogyakarta, and many other reasons that make them interested for choosing to study in the city of Yogyakarta.

Well this can also be used as reference material for high school students who want to continue their study in universities in Jogja. Besides famous Jogja as a student city and much sought after by students throughout Indonesia, Yogyakarta also includes cities that are hunted for traveling no denying that Jogja also has many interesting sights and deserves to be visited as tourist beaches that are well known from the sandy beach of soft to the rocky coast, ranging from relaxing and basking in the sun up approaching the challenging steep cliffs.

But the fierce waves southern coast to make people afraid and reluctant to approach. In contrast to the northern coast of Java waves have waves with rolls friendly. But in reality this does not reduce the interest of visitors who want to travel to enjoy the beautiful whisper of the waves and the wind of the sea blows hard, and many presented a wide range of shore excursions that vary with the beauty and uniqueness of each, the many shore excursions in Yogyakarta can make the visitors will be more interested in traveling in Jogja to explore various beaches with the characteristic of each such beach Krakal in Gunung with sprinkled with white sand and pounding waves that clear, rocks that decorate most of the shoreline, no less attractive unisex beach Baron also located in Gunung Kidul has its own characteristics with a story that is said to be a place stranded Caucasians magic, the beach is flanked by two rows of coral on both sides hold the ocean waves tossed the south that continues endlessly. And many other beautiful beaches that are worth to visit.

Tourist attractions next Malioboro, certainly no stranger to travel Malioboro that is a magnet visitors from local to foreign countries, where the visitors can satisfy a craving berbelanjanya to be treated to many traders who offer a variety of merchandise from accessories Jogja, shirts Jogja, snacks Jogja, and many more that can drain the contents of your wallet, and satisfactory results of your tour by buying souvenirs of Jogja. Now that's a glimpse of the city of Yogyakarta with many of the best universities, as well as an attractive tourist.

Come Back Home to Bandung

On 18-21 December, I went to Bandung to visit some friends who live there. I departed from Gambir station at 10:35 with Argo Parahyangan up with the ultimate aim Bandung station. Inside the train cars I see a group of young people who chatted with the cheerful, appear once they headed duo for the holiday together, while I was left alone without any accompanying a friend. 

Finally, I spent time reading novels online through my mini smartphone, because no one with whom I can talk on the train. Previously I've often ride the train if you want to return to my hometown in Cirebon. 

And usually I testify from behind a train window is a view of verdant rice fields, or yellow, depending on whether at the time of planting or harvest season. But the landscape is much different really welcomed me when I was riding the train began to enter the area of ​​Bandung. Not expanse of rice fields, but the mountains, verdant slopes and hills are beautiful and eye-catching.

I like entering a fairytale world when he realized that the train line passes through the slopes and mountains, even from behind the train window I could see the muzzle of the head of the train when the train passes through a circular path, I have never before witnessed the head of the train when I was in it. Maybe this is a small thing, but for me it was very enjoyable. I remember the various films in which there is a scene featuring a train passes through the mountains. So beautiful.

After each day treated to a view of traffic congestion in Jakarta, buildings towering, and the dark sky Jakarta pollution. Surely a row of terraced, green hills and mountains, and forests through which the train into new things refreshes the eye. Unceasingly I shoot to capture the beauty of it. Although of course, a small camera on the smartphone would not be able to capture the beauty of God's creation through nature painting Bandung.It was a new experience for me, because the last time to Bandung train ride is night, so I could not capture the beautiful scenery presented along the way. I arrived in Singapore picked up by my sister from the village set out what I call Tea Lia who was accompanied by Kang Inin Nastain, Kadesh set out a new one. From the station I was led to lunch in a restaurant Ampera. Hearing the name Ampera, 

I remembered the desert diner called Ampera are widely spread in Jakarta. But apparently, not the cooking field presented there, but typical Sundanese cuisine.The next day, I was invited to tea Lia family to taste the food in the restaurant Alas Daun, where the rice was not served with the dishes but banana leaves. Which is unthinkable in my mind that time is how many bananas they have to be taken leaves every day, not to mention seeing the queues of visitors who continued to arrive clearly reveal that the restaurant was always crowded, maybe they have a banana plantation alone or take a supply of banana growers in around Bandung. hehe. 

After eating at the restaurant Alas Daun I invited the streets surrounding Bandung, though not had time to stop for photos. I am quite pleased to see Gedung Sate through the car window, and the famous street in Bandung like Braga and Jalan Dago. Bandung unstable weather, heat briefly briefly rains also add exciting adventure of my day. The next day, Tea Lia led me to Permata Cimahi housing to meet with Mother Rani. With Mother Rani invited me back the streets, this time with a local train ride Bandung, similar to the Commuter Line in Jakarta which serves local service throughout Bandung. 

I and Rani Mother and four children junior who accompanied us off at the station towards Dago Bandung, then stop to visit Universita Padjadjaran. Sana I sampled the fried chicken sauce that tastes gelo steady once. Not to mention the fried chicken served with fried cauliflower, cabbage usually made with fresh vegetables served raw, it actually fried. Unique all. Truly unforgettable weekend in Bandung. And I did not hesitate to repeat it at other times. :)