Monday, December 30, 2013

The Color Run™ 5K - CIMB Niaga Jakarta

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Sukses dengan lomba lari The Color Run™ di Sentosa Island Singapore yang diadakan oleh CIMB Bank pada bulan Agustus 2013, CIMB Niaga Indonesia akan mengadakan lomba serupa di Jakarta pada tanggal 26 Januari 2014.

peserta lomba The Color Run™ Singapore

Dari situs resmi http://www.thecolorrun.co.id/ , Lomba lari ini  merupakan ajang lari untuk semua umur, kecepatan, ras, berat badan, ukuran, gender apapun itu. Peserta boleh pejalan kaki ataupun juga atlit Olimpiade. Lomba ini diadakan bukan untuk yang serius, namun bertujuan untuk having fun saja baik untuk sendiri, dengan teman teman,  sama anak anak ataupun beserta keluarga.

peserta lomba The Color Run™ di MRT Singapore

Hanya ada 3 ATURAN LARI saja:
#1 Semua orang boleh ikut... cepat, lambat, pelari, pejalan kaki, tua, atau muda.
#2 Siap pakai kaos warna putih di garis start dan hadir tepat pada jam 7 pagi.
#3 Siap jadi warna-warni di finish festival.

Lokasi lomba lari diadakan di Parkir Timur Senayan start jam7:00 pagi  dan pendaftaran  dibuka sampai hari Minggu, 12 Januari 2014 atau selagi slot masih tersedia.

Untuk keterangan lebih lanjut Like Facebook The Color Run Indonesia dan Follow @TheColorRunINA.

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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Tangkuban perahu Crater Park

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The Tangkuban Perahu crater park is a popular tourist attraction where tourists can hike or ride to the edge of the crater to view the hot geysers and boiling mud up close. The park located at the highland just at the outskirt of Bandung and is surely a perfect place to enjoy cool air and relaxing scenery. The huge crater is an astonishing view and you can walk around and explore this for around two hours. Here you will be greeted by sulfur fumes which the crater continues to emit although the volcano is not active.

pic credit to http://www.indonesia-tourism.com Tangkuban Perahu
Tangkuban Perahu is a dormant volcano 30 km north of the city of Bandung, the provincial capital of West Java, Indonesia. It last erupted in 1959. However, on February 2013, The Tangkuban Parahu park was closed due to a rise in volcanic activity. Vendors and visitors should not go up to the crater at that moment. During the second half of August, there had been increased seismic activity and elevated gas emissions. On September, seismic gradually decreased and no more tremors appeared since then.

Tangkuban Perahu is a volcano with three craters into which areas tourists can walk through. These three craters are:
  • Kawah Ratu - the huge ‘Queen Crater’ located at the top with the spectacular panoramic view of this large and deep crater. It’s the only one crater that can be reached easily by car to its rim. It is today just a big gray hole, which sometimes has a pool of water at its center. Poisonous gases sometimes accumulate in Kawah Ratu, thus making it somewhat of a risk to descend to the crater floor. You may also imagine that you hear a man sighing as if carrying a heavy burden. This wheezing sound actually comes from the sulfur steam that comes out deep from the bowels of the earth.
  • Kawah Upas  - walk around the rim of the main Kawah Ratu crater and in around 20 minutes you will come to the this second crater. The trail is steep and slippery in some parts; however, your special efforts wil be well rewarded when you notice the shade trees and breathtaking views on either side of the muddy land. This is the best time to freeze the moment through your camera
  • Kawah Domas – the most unique ceater with the extreme heat. There are many hot geysers in which you can boil eggs there. Going down to the crater was ok but going up again it will be a bit of a struggle ;)

overturned boat
Mount Tangkuban Perahu has a distinctive shape, and looks like an “overturned boat”. The name of “Tangkuban Perahu” translates roughly to "upturning of a boat" in Sundanese, referring to the local legend of its creation.

The legend of Sangkuriang is an old story passed on through generations in West Java, with varying regional accounts and detailed interpretations, though the main premise remains the same. Sangkuriang is a man descended from the gods who accidentally falls in love with his own mother, Dayang Sumbi.

Sangkuriang was separated from his mother since childhood. Yet, through God’s will he came to meet her again. On the way home, he stopped by a small village where he met and fell in love with a beautiful girl, without realizing that the girl he loved was in fact his own mother, Dayang Sumbi, who had remained youthful through the years. . The two fall in love immediately, and the heavily smitten Sangkuriang asks for her hand in marriage.

One day she finds a scar on his forehead and discovered the terrible truth of her lover was her own son, she was horrified. In order to dodge the marriage proposal, Dayang Sumbi suggests some prerequisites for marriage that she thinks will be impossible to meet.  She, therefore, challenged him to build a dam and a huge boat during one single night before she would agree to marry him.

Seeing that her son was about to complete this impossible wish, she called on God to bring up the sun early. With a wave of her magic shawl, Dayang Sumbi lit up the eastern horizon with flashes of light. Deceived by what looked like dawn, the cocks crowed and farmers rose for a new day. When Sangkuriang realized that his endeavor was lost, in his rage he kicked the boat that he had built turning it upside down, which was transformed into Mount Tangkuban Perahu, the name that in the local Sundanese language translates roughly to "overturned boat".


Tips:
  • It is quite long drive from Bandung town and sometimes heavily jammed at weekend. Approaching the destination, the road is quite bumpy and steep. Best to travel at early morning to reach place before noon.
  • Beware of the villagers trying to sell something and anything from souvenirs to snacks and drinks but if you don't need to then just ignore them.
  • Take the chance to chill at the side of the hill with the view of Tea plantations while eating Jagung Bakar (corn BBQ) and Satay when you going back to town or on the way to Ciater. It was beautiful back ground for taking pictures too.
  • There are also tea plantations right next to the entrance where you can take pictures at.
  • As with all mountain tops, the air can be chilling, so prepare your jackets.
  • Just ignore the touts; hang-on to your kids and bags. 
  • go strawberry-picking on the way back to Bandung


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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Pendawa Beach Bali Island

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Pandawa Beach will be one of another tourist destinations in the southern part of Bali, you can combine your travel from Pura Uluwatu then to Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK) and end to this beach till sunset.The beach can be accessed by driving down through an enormous human-made quarry-like canyon. With a mesmerizing natural landscape, ancient religious structures and multiple cultural activities, the list of things to do and places to go on the world-famous island of Bali is almost endless.

road to Pandawa Beach
Concealed behind high cliffs and overgrown shrubbery, Pandawa beach had long remained secluded from the crowds of tourists, due to the less-than-easy path that had to be taken to access it. Pandawa Beach has a stunning panorama with serene and quiet atmosphere.  located in Kutuh Village, South Kuta District, Badung Regency, it is only around 3 km from the famous Nusa Dua area.

 beautiful panorama from high cliff
Entering the beach, you will be amazed by beautiful panorama of high cliff, flanking the road along 1.5 km. The road is purposely built through limestone hills, similar with the hills in Garuda Wisnu Kencana. Along left side road to beach, there are enormous niches excavated out of the limestone cliff face that will hold massive statues of Yudhistira, Bima, Arjuna, Nakula, and Sahadewa. These are the Panca Pandawa, five brothers who are characters in the shadow puppet theater, from which the beach takes its name.

 Panca Pandawa Statues
Pandawa beach is often referred to as the Secret Beach Pandawa Beach boasts white sand, quiet and serene atmosphere which is combined with a background of turquoise sea. The ambience is still quiet, serene, and clean. 

Pandawa Beach
Pic credit to http://galareal.blogspot.com/

The wave and current is not so strong, suitable for swimming or other beach activities like playing sand, sunbathing, canoeing, surfing, sailing with small boat and others. Some vendors rent their canoes or boats there for your adventures. Nonetheless, complete your experiences with the phenomenal sunset panorama from the greatest angles.

Rocky beach at Pandawa
This beach is also well-known as one of the landing locations for paragliding tours. A few kilometers from Pandawa Beach, at Timbis Hill you can adventure with paragliding. you will experience the true beauty of Pandawa Beach from the height. Instructors at training center are available for newbies and a first-timers.

canoes at Pandawa Beach

Tips:

  • Bring your own transportation here, no public transportation to bring back you. You can rent a car or a bike at your homestay or hotel.
  • we can also observe the activities of the seaweed farmers along the coast directly. Because of its shallow contour and short wave, Pandawa Beach is very suitable for cultivating seaweed. No wonder if lot of the local residents choose to be seaweed farmers.
  • While you’re around the shore, try their Barbeque Sweet Corn. Taste is really good. Go for chilies flavor as well, it’s yummy
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Friday, December 20, 2013

Tanah Lot Temple - Bali Island

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Pura Tanah Lot is one of the favorite destinations among Bali Temples followed by Pura Bedugal and Pura Uluwatu. the temple sits on a large offshore rock which has been shaped continuously over the years by the Indian ocean tide makes this a special attraction. Tanah lot is one of the closest to Seminyak, Legian or Kuta where most of the tourists would stay. It is just within 1 – 2 hour travel depends on the traffics.

Pura Tanah Lot Bali
Tanah Lot temple is also one of the scenic spots in Bali not-to-be-missed. Your visit to Bali will not be completed without a visit to Tanah Lot temple. The best time to visit the place is sunset when the sun colors the sea and sky beautifully with reds, yellows and oranges. Sunrise can do in a pinch but won't be as spectacular as sunset.  It is also one of the most popular spots for photographs of beautiful silhouette of the temples during sunset over the ocean.

Tanah Lot Bali
This place has to be visited in the afternoon if you want to enjoy the sunset and that makes this attraction part of second leg of your day trip with morning session spent at a location on the northern mountains. You can start your adventure to Pura Taman Ayun at early morning, Candi kuningan, Bedugul temple, and on the way back stopped at Alas Kedaton 'Monkey Forest' and arrived at Tanah Lot at around 4.30 PM, usually sunset is at around 6.00 pm.

the rocky island of Tanah Lot
Tanah Lot is claimed to be the work of the 15th-century priest Nirartha. During his travels along the south coast he saw the rock-island's beautiful setting and rested there. Some fishermen saw him, and bought him gifts. Nirartha then spent the night on the little island. Later he spoke to the fishermen and told them to build a shrine on the rock for he felt it to be a holy place to worship the Balinese sea gods.

Tanah Lot
At the base of the rocky island, poisonous sea snakes are believed to guard the temple from evil spirits and intruders. A giant snake purportedly protects the temple, which was created from Nirartha's scarf when he established the island.
Holly sea snakes cave at Tanah Lot
If you are lucky you can witness the Hindus people with traditional dress for the ceremonies or festivities at this temple. Hindus people doing pray at Tanah Lot Temple for special day like: Purnama (full moon), Tilem, Buda wage, Anggara Kasih, Saraswati, Siwaratri, Kajeng Kliwon and others.

Tips:
  • Make sure you take plenty of water, a hat, comfortable shoes, camera.
  • You can also find people who will take your photo and with your camera too if you want and give you instance photo with frame for a some fee.
  • There are plenty of shops at this temple entrance for shopping almost everything including souvenirs, dress, shoes, sculptures, paintings and crafts and many else. Bargaining is expected everywhere unless the price is clearly marked, in which case it is fixed.
  • Pick a sunny day with cloud free to experience seeing the sun hit the water at sunset without your view being obstructed and  make your visit to Tanah Lot Temple is a memorable one.
Pura Batu Bolong
  • The views at Pura Batu Bolong are also breathtaking. I understand that this location is also famous for the red sunsets.
  • The amazing thing is the holy spring water in the middle of sea water. It is free of charge. 
  • Stop over at any of the rice field by By-Pass Munggu roadside at any villages while on the way to Pura Tanah Lot. As the view just simply nicer than Tegalalang Rice Terrace Field
  • There are so many restaurants lined up along the mountain edge providing dining with excellent sunset view. As usual, for a prime tourist location

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Monday, December 2, 2013

Wat Arun - a must see Thailand's landmark.

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Wat Arun is a must see landmark. It is a very old Buddhist temple.  The local call it as Wat Chaeng. It  is situated on the west (Thonburi) bank of the Chao Phraya River. It is one of the most stunning temples in Bangkok, because the design is very different to the other temples that you can visit in Bangkok. It is partly made up of colorfully decorated spires and stands majestically over the water.

Wat Arun from Chao Phraya River view
The temple derives its name from the Hindu god Aruna, often personified as the radiations of the rising sun. Wat Arun is among the best known of Thailand's landmarks and the first light of the morning reflects off the surface of the temple with pearly iridescence.  Although the temple had existed since at least the seventeenth century, its distinctive prang (spires) were built in the early nineteenth century during the reign of King Rama II.
Wat Arun Bangkok
This temple is one of the tourist destinations when seeing the Grand Place complex.  You can go first to Grand Place then take a walk to Wat Pho and finally go to Wat Arun.   Other tourist attractions accessible from here are the National Museum, Chinatown the Ko Rattanakosin area, and the Banglamphu district.

Wat Arun Temple
Located on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River, this temple can be reached either by Arun Amarin Road or by boat from Tha Tien Pier, near Wat Pho. The Tha Tien express boat pier, at the southwest corner of the Grand Palace or Wat Phra Kaew, is diagonally opposite Wat Arun. You can get to Tha Tien on the Chao Phraya River Express boats from any other pier, or take a taxi to it. Plenty of Thonburi canal tours also take tourists to visit this artistic piece of architecture.

Chinese soldier  at Wat Arun
The main feature of Wat Arun is its central prang (Khmer-style tower) which are encrusted with colourful porcelain. This is interpreted as a stupa-like pagoda incrusted with coloured faience. The height is around 86 m. The corners are surrounded by four smaller satellite prang.

The prang is decorated by seashells and bits of porcelain which had previously been used as ballast by boats coming to Bangkok from China. The presiding Buddha image, cast in the reign of Rama II, is said to have been molded by the king himself. The ashes of King Rama II are interred in the base of the image.

You can climb the central prang if you wish, the steps are very steep but there is a railing to balance yourself. Getting up is as tricky as getting down! When you reach the highest point you can see the winding Chao Phraya River and the Grand Palace and Wat Pho opposite. Along the base of this central tower there are sculptures of Chinese soldiers and animals.

Some tips: 
  • You can get to try the traditional Thailand dress for only 100 baht at the lower part and take photo like crazy with Wat Arun as the background. 
Tourists with Thai Traditional dress
  • At the jetty terminal, buy some fish food and threw them into the Chao Phraya to lure the fishes up, the fishes were huge! 
  • Dress properly, off shoulders (spaghetti straps/ sleeveless ) and shorts for women are disallowed. You might ended up buying a wrap arounds on site if you are considered not dressing properly. 
  • Climbing up to the steep stair of the pagoda is painful but the view for the top is very beautiful. Don't forget to take some photos with this amazing architecture. 
view from Wat Arun
  • There are some stalls along the side of the temple. You can buy some t-shirt here at the outside of temple. The price is fixed.  You can buy 12 pieces for 1000 baht or 6 for 500 baht.  Price of kids size is more lower than that. There are around 10 – 15 seller in here sold T-Shirt and some sold the souvenirs   
  • Despite the name, the most spectacular view of the glittering monument can be seen from the east side of the river at sunset, when the spires of Wat Arun make an impressive silhouette against the skyline. 




http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wat_Arun
http://www.watarun.net/

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