Jakarta Walking Tour Yang Pertama!

Haloo.. hari ini saya mau share mengenai Jakarta Walking Tour (“JWT”, rebranded dari “Jakarta Free Tour”/JFT), yang pertama kali dilaksanakan tanggal 22 Oktober 2017 kemarin.

Ide Pertama

Sebagaimana sudah saya share disini, awalnya saya ingin membuat suatu walking tour yang bisa membantu kita semua untuk lebih mengenal Jakarta.  Saya ingin memberikannya secara gratis, karena pada dasarnya saya suka jalan-jalan dan bercerita, jadi disini saya hanya ingin sharing saja tempat-tempat menarik di Jakarta yang bisa kita kunjungi bersama.

Rebranding

Dari tour pertama kemarin, ada beberapa masukan dari para peserta bahwa nama “Jakarta Free Tour” agak kurang tepat karena kita harus membayar tiket masuk ke museum-museum yang kita kunjungi (meskipun tiketnya sangat murah.. hanya 1000-5000 Rupiah saja!), dan juga harus membayar makan siang masing-masing. Meskipun maksud saya “free” disini adalah tidak ada biaya yang harus dikeluarkan untuk jasa saya sebagai arranger/quasi guide* dari tour tersebut, tapi menurut saya masukan tersebut masuk akal karena bisa mislead orang-orang yang hendak join tour tersebut.

*quasi guide karena saya belum qualified untuk disebut sebagai guide beneran hehehe

Akhirnya terpilihlah nama Jakarta Walking Tour sebagai nama yang lebih tepat untuk tour yang saya laksanakan ini.

JWT Pertama: Kemerdekaan Indonesia

Ide JWT Pertama ini didapatkan ketika pada suatu malam saya bersama seorang teman sedang duduk-duduk di Monumen Proklamasi. Sebagai sesama penikmat sejarah, saya dan teman saya tersebut berdiskusi mengenai semangat para pendahulu kita dalam menggapai kemerdekaan. Kami juga berdiskusi bagaimana Tugu Petir yang terdapat di area Monumen Proklamasi melambangkan harapan para pendahulu kita agar Indonesia menggelegar seperti petir di dunia. Kami pun merefleksikan kondisi saat ini, apakah kami, dan generasi muda Indonesia lainnya masih memiliki semangat yang sama, atau bahkan mendekati para pendahulu kita tersebut?

Kami pun menyadari bahwa bahkan banyak generasi muda yang tidak hapal atau paham betul sejarah kemerdekaan.. Sehingga semangat tersebut mungkin sudah hilang di masa sekarang.

Teman saya kemudian menyarankan, karena dia tahu ketertarikan saya dalam dunia pariwisata, agar dibuat walking tour dengan tema kemerdekaan Indonesia. Dan saya pun langsung menyambut ide tersebut dengan semangat dan mulai menyiapkan konsep dan mencari peserta yang tertarik untuk berpartisipasi.

Bahagianya, teman-teman saya yang lain menujukkan ketertarikan luar biasa dengan inisiatif ini! Dengan semangat namun sedikit deg-degan karena takut mengecewakan.. saya pun mulai mempersiapkan tour ini. Awalnya saya takut walking tour tidak cocok untuk dilaksanakan di Jakarta karena kondisi udaranya yang panas dan masyarakatnya yang terbiasa menggunakan kendaraan kemana-mana. Namun nyatanya, syukur alhamdulillah JWT pertama berhasil berjalan dengan baik dan sangat menyenangkan.

Ke depannya saya ingin membuat lebih banyak lagi tour dengan tema-tema seputar sejarah, seni dan budaya Indonesia yang banyak terdapat di Jakarta.

Kenapa penting bagi kita untuk mengetahui sejarah Kemerdekaan Indonesia?

  • Untuk mengingatkan perjuangan pendahulu kita dalam meraih kemerdekaan;
  • Mengingatkan kita semangat memperbaiki diri dan keluar dari masa sulit penjajahan yang dimiliki oleh para pejuang kemerdekaan. Apakah kita juga memiliki semangat yang sama saat ini?
  • Meningkatkan nasionalisme kita, menjadi bangsa yang dijajah tidaklah mudah, dan cara menghindari hal tersebut terulang lagi adalah dengan menjadi bangsa yang kuat dan tidak mudah dipecah belah!

Peserta Yang Hadir di JWT Pertama

Saya sempat kaget dan deg-degan ketika menyadari banyaknya peminat JWT yang pertama ini! Alhamdulillah semuanya kooperatif, suportif dan menyenangkan. Saya salut dan terima kasih sekali kepada para peserta, dari Ibu2 sampai anak balita, yang rela berpanas-panasan dan kelelahan berjalan untuk mengikuti tour ini. Dukungan teman-teman semua sangat berarti dan membuat saya lebih semangat dalam mempersiapkan JWT selanjutnya. Love you all!!

 

Rute

  • Museum Joang ‘45
  • Menuju Museum Perumusan Naskah Proklamasi (melewati Masjid Cut Meutia (450 m), Tugu Kunstring (500 m), Museum Jenderal AH Nasution (450 m) dan Taman Suropati (750 m))
  • Museum Perumusan Naskah Proklamasi
  • Menuju Jalan Surabaya (1,2 km)
  • Lunch, coffee dan sholat di Jalan Surabaya

Sebenarnya kami berencana untuk meneruskan ke Monumen Proklamasi setelah lunch di Jalan Surabaya. Namun karena masih ada acara Hari Santri di area Monumen Proklamasi, terpaksa kami membatalkan rute terakhir tersebut.

Museum Joang ’45

Jl. Menteng Raya No.31, Menteng, Jakarta Pusat,

Tiket Masuk: Dewasa Rp5.000, Anak-anak Rp2.000

Museum ini terletak di dalam Gedung Joang 45 yang awalnya merupakan bangunan Schomper Hotel yang dibangun sekitar tahun 1920-1938, yang dikelola oleh L.C. Schomper, seorang warga keturunan Belanda. Ketika pendudukan Jepang, hotel ini diambil alih oleh Ganseikanbu Sendenbu (Departemen Propaganda) dan kemudian dikenal sebagai ‘Gedung Menteng 31’.

Gedung ini menjadi markas program pendidikan politik yang diadakan bagi sejumlah tokoh pemuda yang berperan di era kemerdekaan, antara lain Sukarni, Chaerul Saleh, A.M Hanafi dan Adam Malik. Mereka lebih dikenal sebagai ‘Pemoeda Menteng 31’, yang menjadi aktor dibalik penculikan Soekarno, Hatta dan Fatmawati ke Rengasdengklok sehari sebelum kemerdekaan. Tokoh-tokoh pemuda tersebut dibina oleh Soekarno, Hatta, Moh. Yamin, Sunaryo dan Achmad Subarjo.

Di museum ini dipamerkan berbagai lukisan, diorama, mobil-mobil tua yang penuh sejarah. Kami menghabiskan waktu sekitar 2 jam di museum ini, mulai dari menjelajahi setiap pameran dengan diberikan penjelasan oleh petugas yang berjaga, menikmati film perjuangan dan tidak lupa foto-foto untuk kenang-kenangan 🙂

Museum Perumusan Naskah Proklamasi

 Jl. Imam Bonjol No.15, Menteng, Jakarta Pusat

Tiket Masuk: Dewasa Rp2.000, Anak-anak Rp1.000

Museum ini terletak bekas kediamanan Laksamana Tadashi Meida, tempat dimana Naskah Proklamasi dirumuskan. Museum ini dijaga dengan baik dan dilengkapi dengan permainan-permainan digital yang menghibur peserta anak-anak. Kami belajar banyak mengenai detik-detik perumusan naskah proklamasi di tempat ini, dimana naskah proklamasi dirumuskan oleh Bung Karno dan para pejuang kemerdekaan.

Mesjid Cut Meutia

Bangunan masjid ini merupakan salah satu peninggalan sejarah dari  zaman penjajahan kolonial Belanda, dulunya adalah bangunan kantor biro arsitek (sekaligus pengembang) N.V. Bouwploeg, yang membangun wilayah Gondangdia di Menteng. Sebelum difungsikan sebagai mesjid sebagaimana sekarang, bangunan ini pernah digunakan sebagai kantor pos, kantor Jawatan Kereta Api Belanda dan kantor Angkatan Laut Jepang (1942 – 1945). Setelah Indonesia merdeka, masjid ini pernah dipergunakan sebagai kantor Urusan Perumahan, hingga Kantor Urusan Agama (1964 – 1970) dan sekretariat MPRS.  Baru pada zaman pemerintahan Gubernur Ali Sadikin diresmikan sebagai masjid seperti sekarang.

Cut Meutia

Tugu Kunstring

Awalnya dibangun sebagai kantor  Nederland Indische Kunstkring, perkumpulan pecinta seni yang ada di Batavia, Tugu Kunstring disebut-sebut sebagai awal arsitektur modern di Indonesia setelah Hendrik Petrus, bapak arsitektur Belanda, datang berkunjung pada tahun 1923 dan mengagumi keindahan gedung ini. Pada masa kemerdekaan, bangunan ini sempat dijadikan  Kantor Imigrasi Jakarta Pusat, sebelum akhirnya diambil pihak swasta dan menjadi bangunan rumah makan seperti sekarang.

Tugu Kunstring

Museum Jenderal AH Nasution

Museum ini semula adalah kediaman pribadi dari Jenderal AH Nasution yang ditempati bersama dengan keluarganya sejak menjabat sebagai KSAD tahun 1949 hingga wafatnya pada tanggal 6 September 2000. Di tempat ini pulalah pada tanggal 1 Oktober 1965, terjadi peristiwa G 30S/PKI yang merenggut nyawa putri Jenderal AH Nasution, Ade Irma Nasution, serta ajudannya Kapten Anumerta Pierre Andreas Tendean.

Kali ini kami tidak masuk mempelajari Museum ini lebih lanjut karena tidak sesuai dengan tema Kemerdekaan Indonesia kali ini. Tapi next time mungkin kita bisa buat JWT dengan tema berkaitan sehingga kita bisa mengunjungi Museum ini!

AH Nasution

Taman Suropati

Dalam membangun kawasan Menteng, N.V. Bouwploeg menjadikan Burgemeester Bisschopplein (sekarang dikenal dengan Taman Suropati), sebagai pusat dari kawasan tersebut. Saat ini, di tempat ini juga dapat ditemukan monumen-monumen dari enam negara pendiri ASEAN.

Taman ini juga banyak digunakan untuk kelas musik loh! Sangat menarik untuk diamati sambil menikmati indahnya pepohonan yang ada, atau sekedar olahraga apabila anda tinggal di daerah sekitar.

 

Secara keseluruhan, saya sangat senang dengan JWT pertama, banyak pelajaran yang kami dapatkan mengenai kemerdekaan Indonesia, sambil berolahraga juga dengan jalan kaki dari satu tempat ke tempat lain, dan semuanya lebih sempurna dengan para peserta yang menyenangkan dan lucu-lucu serta begitu bersemangat dan menghargai sejarah Indonesia meski harus lelah berjalan di bawah terik matahari Jakarta.

Tak jarang kami pun berhenti untuk mempelajari berbagai tanaman yang ada di sepanjang jalan Menteng.

Buah Asem

Dan tentu saja, sepanjang jalan dipenuhi dengan gelak tawa dan foto2 🙂

Fun on the road

Setelah lelah berjalan, kami pun menutupnya dengan makan siang yang mengenyangkan di Jalan Surabaya. Sayang sekali toko kopi favorit saya tutup hari itu jadi tidak bisa lanjut menikmati kopi sore disini.

Makan Siang

Terima kasih kepada seluruh peserta dan pendukung JWT pertama! Untuk teman-teman lain, jangan ragu untuk kontak saya apabila tertarik untuk mengikuti JWT berikutnya 🙂

Love,

Dewi

 

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Introducing, Joy Love

Hello loves,

This time I want to introduce the venture I am doing with some friends, Joy Love Travel 🙂

Just established this year, we started this company to help people to travel around the world easier. Ideally, we want to promote our beautiful country, Indonesia, to everyone out there. we understand that it may be hard to explore our country because English are not spoken widely here, and not every place has been equipped with sufficient infrastructure. But other than that, we also think that we need to help Indonesian people who want to travel more, domestic or overseas, but maybe have difficulties in arranging the trip, or maybe just want to be in a group trip to share costs or just to have like minded chat buddy during the trip, or maybe just afraid to travel solo.

We are running this venture with passion. It is not just a business for us, but also something that we love doing. We aim to make  your trip memorable and enjoyable as we would want for ourselves. And of course, we wish you will feel joyous and loved after the trip 🙂

One of the ways to achieve such goal is to make thematic trips that will be memorable and fit the goals of the guests. Some themes that we are thinking are adventure, spiritual, cultural, historical and culinary trips.

As an introductory trip, we are preparing a trip to India this year end (24 December 2017 – 2 January 2018). We had a lot of ideas for this trip since India has many things to offer. Food, culture, adventure, scenery.. They have everything. However, we came up with “culture”.

In this trip we want to embrace first timers who have never been to India before. We realise India with its Taj Mahal and rickshaw ride must be in most people’ bucket list. We want to help these people to check off their bucket list, taste the rich culture, embark in amazing adventure, all in the comfort of our services.

Other than India, we are also serving trips to Bhutan, Peru and Indonesia, of course with special themes for group trips to make sure it is memorable. However, if you prefer to be in privately tailored trips, we can also help you with the arrangement or just general advice that you may need.

Please check our website here for further information on our company and our trips. We are just starting and need to learn a lot too.. So any advice or input will be much appreciated 🙂

And for further information on our first trip to India, please check here. We hope to see you there 🙂

Thank you so much for reading.

Best,

Dewi

Indonesian Historic Tour with me!

Hello!

As you may guess from this blog, I am a people person, I love people as much as I love travel, I also love history, culture and of course, food! And I want to use my passion for good! 🙂

So if you will visit Jakarta, and want to be my friend, just let me know if you need any guidance, tips, or even a FREE tour in Jakarta. Depends on what you like.. I can take you to historic sites in Jakarta, or the hip artsy old town, or some hidden places that may be hard to find for tourists. or maybe a coffee or foodie tour? I would never say no to that.. 🙂

Just few guidelines:

1. I have a full time job, so I may only be able to accompany you in weekends.

2. It’s a free tour, so transportation, food, snacks, any tickets (if any) are not included.. I will let you know the estimation costs that you should prepare in advance 😉

3. Be nice and open minded! Rude, racist or bad smelled people can’t be my friend :p

Check here to learn more about it. 🙂

NEXT ONE will be a Historic Tour on 22 October 2017. It is gonna be a walking tour where we will go to a journey of Indonesian independence that took place in Menteng area. Put a comment below if you are interested! 🙂

Ciao!
Dewi

 

 

Malang, an underrated city in East Java

Hello!

I am back with travel stories 🙂

I love Malang! I have visited it few times by now, and it never fail me so far. Here are some things that I did and visited during my trips that you may want to check too when you are around.

1. Bromo

I mean.. Of course. Why would you want to miss Bromo when you are around? You can get beautiful view with only few hours ride from Malang..

Spots to check out…

Pananjakan

A famous spot for sunrise viewing.. You should leave Malang as early as 2-3 am to reach this place and in time for the sunrise. You will need to walk a bit, and the temperature can be as low as 10 degrees Celsius in the morning, so prepare yourself. I would recommend layers, because it will get much warmer in the noon.

Bring your headlamp, because walking on your way up is much better with some lights on! And be patient, the high number of tourists can make this place very uncomfortable. The motor taxi (ojek) and visitor vehicles can pollute the air so bad, you will need to wear a mask. And on the top, while waiting for the sunrise to come up, you will need to be very competitive to take a nice spot to wait and enjoy the view (I’ll recommend go straight to the left front for a nice view of the sunrise, and afterward move to far right donwstairs for a nice view of Semeru, Bromo and surrounding mountains.

Pananjakan

But with this kind of view.. it’s all worthy.

Sunrise in Pananjakan, July 2017Sunrise - bromo view, July 2017

One time I was unlucky and could not see the view clearly because of the cloudy weather. So check the weather and cross your fingers to wish you can get clear view when you visit this place.

What I like to do after enjoying the sunrise is walk down and visit one of the local stores and have pisang goreng (banana fritters) with hot coffee or tea, or even order some indomie or pop mie to warm myself up. yum!!!

Bromo 

After enjoying the sunrise, the next spot that you should visit is the Bromo mountain itself. Using the same jeep you take to Pananjakan, the view on the way to Bromo is also very nice to enjoy.

You need to walk a bit from the jeep parks and the mountain, but you can opt to ride a pony like this!

Bromo, 2017

And when you’re there.. don’t forget to wear your mask again because the sulfur is so strong.. and prepare your feet to hike the stairs!

Bromo

The stairs

The stairs 🙂

You can take your mask off a minute for a pose in some nice spots 😉

my favorite spot, 2014 vs 2017

And.. what you see from the top

Kawah Bromo

surprise.. a sulfur crater! :p

Savana

Also known as Bukit Teletubbies due to its resemblance with the hills in teletubbies show, this hill is a famous destination too when you are in the area. However, last time I went there this year, the place is not as green as before..

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Pasir Berbisik

Lastly, a place that is well known because of the famous movie starred by Dian Sastro..

Pasir Berbisik

That a photo from my last trip with my colleagues. But honestly, this place is also nice to visit if you are alone. I don’t know why but the nothingness of the place, only vast grey sands and the sounds of the wind.. It brought some feelings I can’t describe! 🙂

2. Museum Tempo Doeloe

Located in the city center, you will never imagine what can this place offer until you step your feet inside! It’s everything about history, culture and fun! I loooove it 🙂

3. Museum Angkut

I am not a car person but I looove this place! It’s so huge with many interesting vehicles to see.

4. Batu

For apple statues :p

Batu

or a visit to apple fields to have a simple picnic and sing dangdut songs with your friends 😉

 

5. Waterfalls and instagramable spots 

Legend has it, you will break up if you come to Coban Rondo waterfalls with your boyfriend/girlfriend. Well, lucky me.. :p

6. The beaches!

If you have spare time, Malang is home to some interesting beaches.. We visit one of them, called Balekambang (because it’s the nearer). It’s not impressive but worth to visit if you have a spare day in Malang 🙂

The interesting part is they a Hindu Temple in the beach. I loved sitting outside the temple and looking to the vastness of the sea.

Balekambang

pura balekambang

7. The fooooood

No, I don’t know either why do I mention it the last, but Malang is surely a heaven for my tongue! My favorite is Sate Kambing Cairo which just.. undescribeable (if that even a word). Loved it.

That’s it, all! I’ll see you in my next post. xx

Love,

Best Coffee in Jakarta!

Since when do we need caffeine to work?

I don’t drink caffeine regularly until few years ago. God, even when I was in college I could not afford coffee. But suddenly now I NEED coffee to function. I got cranky, sleepy and unable to think before I get my caffeine.

In this post I want to share you my most favourite coffee in town.

  1. FLAT WHITE, GIYANTI

Though sometimes I also order its cappuccino or latte, its flat white is still my favorite.  As one of the best coffee places in town, you will never fail with Giyanti.  I also like their brownies, which they claim is gluten-free (not so care about the gluten-free part though).

Being a mager/lazy person that I am, I usually order the coffee through Gojek, or when I also need some carbs intake, I will visit Cali Deli, a viatnemese restaurant next to Giyanti, and have my lunch/brunch there while ordering my favorite flat white from Giyanti (yes, they can come to take your order from Cali Deli) J

  1. SALTED CARAMEL LATTE, DJOURNAL GRAND INDONESIA

Oh my guilty pleasure! Salted caramel latte from Djournal, Grand Indonesia is definitely one of my favorites! Introduced by a friend of mine, this drink become one of my comfort drinks that I will definitely visit when I am in a low mood (I don’t even care that I need to pass awful traffic to reach there!).

Even though I can find Djournal some where else, I think the one in Grand Indonesia has the best mix for my taste. I tried the one in Citos and it was too salty! I complained and they tried to fix it, but it just made the coffee tasted like a glass of syrup. Wayyy too sweet.  I also tried the new one in WTC Sudirman, it wasn’t as terrible as the one in Citos, but not as perfect in Grand Indonesia.

  1. ICE LATTE, ST Ali

ST ALi is a regular meeting place of me and a friend. I firstly always ordered flat white here (which is not bad), but one day I tried its ice latte and I fell in love instantly!  It is still my favorite everytime I visit the place.

  1. DOUBLE SHOT ICE SHAKEN ESPRESSO, STARBUCKS

Since Starbucks is the most accessible place for me, many times I stuck with starbucks when I need my caffeine. Despite everyone’s comments on how awful Starbucks’ coffees are, I actually have my own favorite in this place, i.e. their double shot ice shaken espresso (what a long name, huh). It is the only drink served in Starbucks that’s still tasted like real coffee, while the rest are just water with lots of sugar 😀

Occassionally I would also order caramel macchiato for a change, and I also like their glazed donuts too! 😀

So now you know what to give me when I get cranky or sleepy in the morning or afternoon 😀 I actually recently tried macchiato and cappuccino from Common Grounds, City Walk and I liked them both! And of course I love the coffee from 1/15 and Tanamera too. However, I didn’t include them in the above list since here I only list the coffees I regularly drink.

Till next time!

Love,

Dewi

Meeting Up with Mr. Komodo

Hello there, I am back!

I still owe you the story of my encounter with the only dragon that truly alive: the Komodo dragon.

Since Komodo dragons only live in several small islands in the Flores sea, it was my first encounter with the giant lizard. We visited two islands with komodos, namely the Komodo island (dang!) and Rinca island.

You have to pay certain fees to enter the national parks.  The tickets can be used in one day only, so I advise to visit both islands in the same day to save cost (we did not know this fact so we paid twice).  You need the tickets too to swim and explore the famous pink beach nearby. So pink beach can also be included to your itinerary for the day.

Please don’t shock to receive many tickets when you pay the fees.  We did complain about this matter since turned out the fees we paid actually consisted of some activities and the ticketing person did not ask whether we would like to do all of the activities or not! Both rangers who assisted us in Komodo and Rinca islands told us that it was decided by the central government (to issue you all of the tickets and force you to pay all of the activities). They argued that they too understand our frustration and had many tourists complained in the past but they did not have any authority to fix the situation. What a shame! 😦

Anyway, let’s focus on the dragons and leave the ticketing frustration behind.

I honestly have mixed feelings about meeting the dragons.. Even though I love to see them, but listening to the story about how dangerous they are made me scared to even close with them..

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say hi to Mr Komodo xx

In pulau Komodo, we found a huge Komodo nearby a ranger’s house.

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While the ranger told me to pose, I could not hide my fears being nearby this huge predator..

We also found another smaller Komodo dragon nearby, surrounded with some wild boars.  It made me thinking.. Did they put the boars there to attract the Komodos?  So we, the visitors, can see one or two Komodos even when we can’t find any in the island during our trekking?..

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Whatever the background was, it was pretty awesome (even though terrifying) to see this beast at this close.  Maybe we won’t be able to be this close if we met the Komodos in the forest, since it may take time to spot them and they may run already when we notice their presence. (just trying to be positive thinking here)

Other than Komodos and wild boars, we also found other wildlife in the island, such as deers and buffalos.  The trekking up the hill in Komodo island was also pretty nice and you will get lovely view facing the ocean from the top.

Next, Rinca island.

Similar with in Komodo island, we did not find any Komodo dragons during our trek in Rinca island, but we found some nearby the ranger’s kitchen.  Perhaps the smell of the food attracted the dragons.

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Somehow the Komodos that we found here were pretty active, much more than the ones we met in Komodo island.  They moved pretty fast and seemed to chew on something… (hope it wasn’t any of the visitors!).  At some points I was pretty sure the big one looked at me intensely.  When I asked the ranger, he said yes, the dragon is looking at you. Thank you for the soothing comment, sir.

I didn’t dare to catch his intense look clearly, but the Komodo who looked at me is the one in this video.

The ranger also said that Komodo dragons are good hunters.  They won’t attack their preys immediately, they will observe and calculate carefully, and once they attack, they never miss the target.

I tried to ignore his comments and the Komodo’s staring at me. After some minutes, finally the Komodo left me alone. huft..

It also didn’t help that the ranger only had a v-shape wooden stick with him and no other weapon.. How could I feel secure that he will be able to protect me??! I remember for example in Svalbard, the guide carried a riffle when we go outside, to prepare in case we met any polar bears.

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Seriously, Mas? Perhaps we should consider ourselves lucky we didn’t find any Komodo dragons in the forest 😀

But still, it was an amazing experience to see the dragons in person. Disney wasn’t lie afterall, dragons are real! 😀

Almost forgot! We also found one Komodo in a very weird place: a female toilet!

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When you want to pee but you have to queue with a Komodo 😀

The ranger said Komodo dragons are really sensitive with the smells of bloods.  So perhaps there was some lady who left her tampon here and this Komodo smelled it.  Komodo, the patient hunter as it is, waiting his prey to come back.  When we were back passing this toilet few hours later, we found that this Komodo is still unmoved there in the toilet! If only guys have the same patience when it comes to pursuing a lady.. :p

Till next time!

Love,
Dewi

4 day-live on board experience in the sea of Flores

I had some previous sailing experience and I always loved it! Therefore I was really excited anticipating this LOB experience especially knowing how beautiful the scenery would be!

It was the last Thursday in 2016, at 7 o’clock in the morning we already finished our breakfast in our hotel and had our bags taken out to the lobby.  Our driver came few minutes later to take us to the harbour, where our boat-guys had waited.

After purchasing some emergency food from the accrossed grocery stores, we aboard the boat with 2 crews; one was the captain, and the other one was the crew.  After 4 days on board, we just realized that we didn’t actually need the emergency food! Pak Wawan, the crew, provided us with delicious meals and snacks all the time! Many times it was too much.. But maybe we should have taken some bags of nice tea instead, because I didn’t like the taste of the tea provided in the boat 😀

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Our delicious breakfast! Happy tummy, happy me. Unfortunately I didn’t have any good photo of our other meals, but they were always great! I particularly loved the fish dishes provided in the boat! Delicious seasoning over very fresh fish! yuum!

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Our freshly-catched fish who ended in our tummy the next morning 😀 

The three of us got a cabin with bunk beds. The captain slept in his bridge and the crew slept outside on the bench (come to think again.. I feel bad for Pak Wawan, the crew! He did all hard work and cook delicious meals too, and he slept outside!.. Sorry Pak Wawan!..)

The bed was.. okay. But it was too hot inside the cabin! And the sheets could have some laundry. Luckily I brought my sleeping bag, I finally could sleep after I put my SB over the sheets. I recommend if you would like to take a boat with cabin, you’d better take the cabin with AC, otherwise it’s soo hard to sleep in such hot small room.  Or if it’s not raining and the wind is not so bad, try to open the cabin door to reduce the heat. And always bring your sleeping bag, just in case you get similar sheets like we had 😀

But other than the bed situation, everything was perfect! 🙂

We visited many beautiful and interesting spots during our 4-day trip, I can’t recall all of their names.  However, the highlights would definitely Komodo and Rinca islands where we got the chance to meet Mr Komodo himself.  But I will save Komodo story for my next post :p

As to non-komodo places, I loved Kanawa (our first stop), Gili Lawa, Padar and Kalong islands.

KANAWA

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Posing in front of Kanawa island.

The island is so pretty with white sands and clear sea water.. I couldn’t resist myself and swam around a bit, could not find so much variety of underwater life there, but I found some starfishes and sea-through fishes. So pretty!

GILI LAWA

While it is not an easy path to hike, Gili Lawa (also known as Gili Laba) provides a stunning view with fjords-like scenery to please your eyes.

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Hiking up in Gili Lawa with this view in the back.

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Beautiful pinkish sunset in Gili Lawa.

PADAR

Even with not so easier hike than Gili Lawa, Padar also gives a stunning view you should not ever miss when you are around.

P.S.: Don’t get fooled by the beautiful stairs in the first steps, the more you hike, the more steep the track.. Wear comfortable shoes!

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sweating through the hills, but the view was worth the hike! 

KELOR

I have to say that the underwater in this area is not as impressing as some other places in Indonesia that I have visited such as Derawan island.  But maybe it’s because I didn’t dive, and was just unlucky since some of my friends told me that they found a lot of beautiful underwater animals in this area.

My best experience in snorkeling in Komodo area was nearby this Kelor island.  The corals were colorful and I found many kind of fish here.  I brought a banana with me and hundreds of beautiful fish came. What a wonderful experience to have!

– Until I realized I already swam too far from the boat and other people and the strong stream did not let me swim back to the boat – luckily I could call the captain who then rescued me 😀

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Unfortunately I did not bring my gopro with me in this trip so I could not take the pictures of the underwater.  But can you see from this photo how clear the water was? And many fish and corals underneath (which actually very colorful and beautiful)

MANTA POINT

Unfortunately we didn’t take any picture but we saw some huge mantas in this place! The current, however, was pretty strong.  Even the boat crews who usually let us swim alone were very attentive to us in this place.

The strong current in the points with huge animals is pretty understandable though.. So be careful when you’re in this area.

KALONG

I didn’t swim in this place, so I can’t tell how the underwater view was.  But the sunset and sunrise here was pretty amazing (we stayed for a night in this place).  And the thousands bats went out during twilight was pretty amazing experience!

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So disappointed with myself.  What did I think by not taking any good camera with me in this trip?.. The view was actually really amazing that night. But I only had my iPhone with me.. 

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Beautiful sunrise from Kalong island..

KOMODO RESORT

It was nice to make a stop here and stayed some time in their restaurant to have nice drinks and played cards here. I think the place is pretty nice if you want to go here but don’t want to stay on board.

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Oh now I really miss my little adventure in the sea! I will stop my story here and continue next time..

Till next time,

Dewi

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