Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Museum Angkut+ Batu - Surganya Pecinta Mobil Lawas

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Museum Angkut+ berada di kaki bukit Panderman di Kota wisata Batu – Malang, Jawa Timur. Museum ini dengan luas hampir 4 hektar memiliki koleksi berbagai jenis kendaraan yang digunakan untuk alat transportasi dan angkutan berikut sejarah dan perkembangannya, juga dengan legenda para bintang film di jamannya. Penataan koleksi museum dilatarbelakangi kota-kota dan bangunan eksotis dan dibagi beberapa zona seperti : Jakarta tempo dulu, Hollywood, Eropa dan Amerika.

Museum Angkut+ Batu Malang
Setiap zona memiliki karakter kuat sesuai temanya. Pembagian zona ini membuat pengalamaan  berwisata di museum ini menjadi lebih berkesan dan tidak membosankan. Waktu yang dihabiskan untuk melihat koleksi museum berkisar 2 – 3 jam, namun jika anda pencinta kendaraan atau barang antik pasti akan lebih dari waktu tersebut. Berikut zona yang ada di museum:

Hall Utama: Ruangan pertama yang dikunjungi dengan berbagai koleksi alat angkut dari berbagai negara dan berbagai masa yang didukung dengan hiasan lampu sedemikian rupa sehingga menimbulkan kesan elegan.

Terdapat mobil sport Porsche 911 RS buatan tahun 1972 dengan pembalap Michael Schumacher. Model ini sangat digemari oleh kolektor mobil sport dan Porsche seri 911 menjadi mobil sport terbaik dikelasnya sepanjang masa. RS sendiri dari Bahasa Jerman “Rennsport” yang berarti Mobil Sport

Porsche 911 RS buatan tahun 1972
Selain itu juga ada sedan Rolls Royce Phantom V  buatan tahun 1962 dengan mesin V8 berkapasitas 6.230 cc, memiliki karburator ganda dan transmisi otomatis 4 kecepatan. Mobil Phantom V ini hanya diproduksi sebanyak 516 unit dan dimiliki antara lain oleh Ratu Elizabeth II, Gubenur Hong Kong, mantan Shah Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi dan presiden Yugoslavia Josip Broz Tito. Yang menariknya, John Lennon juga memiliki Phantom V ini dan di cat sesuai seleranya.

 Rolls Royce Phantom V  buatan tahun 1962
Zona Edukasi: di zona seluas 900 m2 menyuguhkan informasi tentang sejarah berbagai angkutan dari masa ke masa baik di Indonesia maupun di dunia. Ada Albert Einstein dengan mesin mobil yang transaparan sehingga pengunjung dapat melihat cara kerja piston di dalam mesin.  Pengunjung juga disuguhi sejarah kapal laut membuat belajar tentang angkutan menjadi menyenangkan.

mini replika
Zona Sunda Kelapa dan Batavia: Didalam zona ini kita serasa berada di Jakarta tempo dulu saat menjadi pelabuhan terkenal di jaman Belanda. Terdapat beberapa becak yang sedang menunggu penumpang di depan toko kelontong di Pasar Petjinaan,  Stasiun Kereta Jakarta Kota, tiruan menara Syahbandar dan berbagai jenis angkutan di dalamnya seperti Chevrolet Apache tahun 1958, 3900 cc, Dodge c-3 tahun 1956 3800cc dan Fiat 615N tahun 1965 1135cc.

Zona Sunda Kelapa - Museum Angkut+
Zona Gangster dan Broadway: di zona ini Al Capone sebagai gangster tersohor di tahun 1970an beraksi dan siap membawa pengunjung terlibat didunia gangster. Broadway street yang menjadi tempat impian para artis tersohor dunia ditampilkan bersama dengan berbagai model angkutan didalamnya. Berbagai model Ford tua, Desoto Guston tahun 1950 dan Plymouth Special Deluxe tahun 1948 diparkir di pinggir jalan. Siap untuk menjadi latar belakang foto selfie.

Gangster Town - Museum Angkut+ Batu
Zona Uni Eropa : Italy, Perancis, Jerman, dan London yang merupakan kota tersohor di Eropa disajikan dalam nuansa malam dipadu dengan berbagai angkutan dari Eropa yang melengkapi situasi kota.  Berbagai jenis Vespa dengan warna tempo dulu, Fiat Cooper tahun 1952, Citroen 2CY tahun 1972, Fiat 500 Topolino tahun 1943, Volkswagen Pickup 2 cabin tahun 1970 1600 cc, VW 411LE, 1970 1700 cc, Mercedes Benz W180 tahun 1960 1800 cc

Colorful Vespa - Museum Angkut+ Batu
Zona Inggris: Inggris sebagai Negara Kerajaan paling tersohor di dunia dan terbukti menghasilkan berbagai angkutan berkelas seperti: Jaguar MK VIII tahun 1956 - 3400 cc, Rolls Royce Silver Shadow tahun 1976 – 6750 cc, Blackburn, Triumph, Matchless, Royal Enfield, Raligh, Fillir, Francis Barnett, Austin, Mini Cooper. Terdapat juga mobil LandRover yang pernah digunakan oleh Queen Elizabeth saat parade di Australia lengkap dengan situasi Kota London di malam hari dan kemegahan Istana Buckingham.

Zona Las Vegas: Nuansa Amerika yang akan mewarnai malam Anda dengan gerbang Las Vegas. Pengunjung akan disuguhi dengan Mobil Hammer Limousine berwarna kuning dipintu utama zona ini.

Hammer Limousine
Zona Hollywood: Di Zona ini pengunjung akan menemukan berbagai mobil yang dipakai dalam film Hollywood. Ada mobil badman replica, Mobil Van Scooby doo dan kendaraan yang diiklankan oleh Marilyn Monroe - Chevrolet 210 tahun 1955.

Keluar dari zona ini pengunjung memasuki gerbong kereta api namun kita merasa seperti naik kereta api sesungguhnya, dengan pemandangan di jendela bergerak seperti asli dan lantai kereta yang bergerak gerak.


Tips:

  • Terdapat Pasar Apung Nusantara tempat anda menikmati jajanan dan oleh2 dari berbagai daerah di Nusantara. Kita bisa beristirahat dan makan dengan dekorasi rumah adat Nias, Papua, Dayak dan Jawa.
Pasar Apung Nusantara 
  • Pengunjung yang membawa kamera akan dikenakan tambahan biaya sebesar Rp. 30.000 namun untuk handphone berkamera tidak dikenakan biaya tambahan.
  • Datang pada hari biasa (weekday - hari Senin hingga Kamis) karena karcis masuk sebesar Rp. 50.000 lebih murah dibanding weekend (Jumat – Minggu) dan hari Libur  sebesar Rp. 75.000. Pada hari tersebut juga tidak terlalu sesak.
  • Bawa jaket atau baju hangat karena pada malam hari udara akan terasa lebih dingin.  Jam buka adalah dari jam 12:00 AM hingga 8:00 PM.
  • Kalau datang pada hari weekend dan hari libur kita bisa melihat Parade yang  dimulai dari Istana Buckingham, Las Vegas, Boadway, Gangster Town,  Sunda Kelapa dan berakhir di Hollywood setiap jam 5 sore. 



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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Pasar Mayestik

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This famous Pasar Mayestik is located at Kebayoran Baru neighborhood in South Jakarta, Indonesia, the new suburb of Jakarta and housed for a rich citizens. This market offered many good quality fabrics with reasonable price and you can find many professional tailors ready to sew your fabrics to party suit, a ball gown, The Kebaya,  office dress, bad cover, etc.

Pasar Mayestik Jakarta

Like others traditional a market at Jakarta, this market used to be slum, dirty and unorganized, but now, you will be surprise with its appearance. The original one was demolished and replaced by a big modern looking mall full with stalls, nice bathrooms and even a food court. The new one is 10 floors cover 6.905 M2 with air conditioning, escalators, lifts, security with CCTV, mosque, fire extinguisher, and one floor for car park. It houses 2.279 shops that sell variety of products range from anything related to fabric, vast array of batik, sewing supplies to costume making.  The Prices seemed quite decent and you can find a good quality of fabrics too.

First Floor at Pasar Mayestik Jakarta

Tired from shopping, there are still street food vendors occupied the pedestrian, you can try siomai, traditional panecake and so many others.

outside Pasar Mayestik


Tips:
  • There is a flea market called Taman Puring near Pasar Mayestik.  You can find second hand goods, antiques, new fake brand stuff, tools, and many things.  Make sure the goods before you buy! bargain is advisable.
  • At basement floor you can find vegetable, meats, fruits and  others stalls. At ground floor, most of stall sold fashion. At first floor, you can find gold stalls, and at second floor, there are many tailors and garment and fabrics.
  • You can find some ethnic-Indian shops for making a Sari including a nice Indian seamstress.
  • Be ready to bargain. It is expected and you can usually get discounts, especially if you buy several pieces of fabric from the same store and activelly ask the owner to discount your shops.
  • Be willing to browse and browse until you find what you are looking for and sometime you will find the treasure you have been seeking if you look past the apparent chaos.
  • It is wise to be aware of your surroundings and make sure all your bags are closed.
  • Get there early. The shopkeepers are willing to help you and the crowds and the heat are bearable.
  • To avoid the biggest crowds, avoid the weeks preceding Idul Fitri and Christmas. It was  the worst times to visit if you get overwhelmed by the crowds.
Dress makers at Pasar Mayestik
  • This place is a paradise for most anything related to fabric, costume making, crafting and sewing supplies. There are huge variety of buttons and zippers,  all things ribbon,  appliqués, buttons many colors and textures, buckles, you name it, you can find it all here! Almost everything is organized by color and material and it’s like a candy shop for sewers.
  • It is best alternate place where people go for fabric shopping in Jakarta other than Tanah Abang. The prices are similar. Tanah Abang is sometimes cheaper but the quality of some materials is better in Pasar Mayestik. The place is less crowded and less traffic jam than Tanah Abang
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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Perpanjangan Paspor Online di Kantor Imigrasi

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Perpanjang passport pada dasarnya sama dengan proses pembuatan passport baru. Perpanjang passport sduah dapat dilakukan di semua kantor Imigrasi dan untuk mempercepat proses perpanjangan, Kantor Imigrasi membuka layanan secara online.

Pengajuan secara Online 


Kantor Imigrasi  memberikan layanan perpanjangan passport secara online seperti tercantum di website Kantor Imigrasi . Pilih menu layanan publik kemudian cari submenu Layanan Online dan pilih  Layanan Passport online .

Proses selanjutnya tetap dilakukan di kantor Imigrasi. Kita harus data ke kantor imigrasi untuk mengurus perpanjangan. Menurut informasi, proses online hanya memakan waktu satu hari kerja saja dan passport sudah dapat diperoleh. Tahap pertama menyerahkan dokumen permohonan di loket online, kemudian pembayaran ke Bank BNI 46, selanjutnya Foto dan wawancara dan terakhir menunggu passport baru.


Pengajuan Langsung di Kantor Imigrasi

Proses pengajuan di Kantor Imigrasi membutuhkan waktu 6 hari kerja yakni:  Penyerahan dokumen, pembayaran ke Bank BNI 46, pengambilan foto dan wasancara dan terakhir pengambilan passport baru.

Penyerahan dokumen 
Dokumen imigrasi diserahkan di loket pendaftaran. Dokumen imigrasi yang harus diisi berikut map dapat diperoleh secara gratis. Dokumen pribadi harus difotokopi dan yang diperlukan adalah:
  1. Kartu Identitas / (Kartu tanda Penduduk (KTP)
  2. Kartu Keluarga (KK)
  3. Akte Lahir atau Ijazah
  4. Passport lama
Sedangkan dokumen yang harus diisi adalah:
1.Formulir Surat Perjalanan Republik Indonesia untuk Warga Negara Indonesia
2.Surat Pernyataan bahwa dokumen pemohon adalah milik sendiri, asli dan tidak palsu atau dipalsukan

Dokumen imigrasi tersebut disertai fotokopi dokumen ditaruh di Map Kuning dan diserahkan ke loket penyerahan.

Pembayaran Biaya Passport
Saat ini Kantor Imigrasi tidak lagi menerima pembayaran biaya passport. Kantor Imigrasi bekerja sama dengan BNI 46 untuk menerima pembayaran. Biaya perpanjang passport untuk 48 halaman sebesar Rp.255.000 dan ditambah biaya administrasi bank sebesar Rp.5.000

Pengambilan Foto
Tahap selanjutnya adalah pengambilan Foto langsung diikuti dengan pengambilan sidik jari ditempat yang sama.  Setelah itu pemohon akan diwawancara. Siapkan dokumen asli jika diminta untuk menunjukan dokmen tersebut.

Pengambilan Passport
Tahap terakhir adalah pengambilan passport baru. Kita diminta untuk fotokopi passport lama dan baru dan membuat surat pernyataan diatas materai Rp.6.000



Tips:
  • Pada saat pengisian data online, pilih jenis passport* 48H (48 halaman) untuk passport tujuan wisata ke luar negeri karena passport 24 halaman untuk calon TKI/TKW.
screen pengisian perpanjangan passport online

  • Dokumen pribadi (KTP, KK, Akte Lahir dan Passport lama) di fotokopi di kertas ukuran A4. Untuk KTP harus diperbesar 120% dan jangan dipotong lagi.
  • Bawalah passport asli pada saat penyerahan dokumen formulir pendafatran di loket pendaftaran. 
  • Petugas Customer service akan membantu memeriksa kelengkapan dokumen pendaftaran dan memberikan nomor antrian untuk loket pendaftaran.
  • Diperlukan 2 materai Rp.6.000 untuk perpanjang passport, pertama untuk pernyataan dokumen yang dimiliki dan kedua untuk bukti pengambilan passport baru.
  • Lepas lensa kontak (contact lens) pada saat dilakukan pengambilan foto biometric
  • Pengambilan passport 3 hari kerja setelah foto, sidik jari dan wawancara. Tanggal pengambilan akan dicap di dokumen perpanjangan passport
  • Bawalah dokumen asli saat foto dan wawancara
  • Pembayaran biaya passport harus di Bank BNI 46. Untuk wilayah Tangerang yang terdekat Bank BNI 46 berada di ruko mall Tang City.
  • Bawa lebih fotokopi dokumen untuk berjaga jaga jika diminta oleh petugas penerimaan dokumen. 
  • Koperasi Imigrasi selain tempat meminta dokumen perpanjanga passport juga menyediakan jasa fotokopi dan juga penjualan materai.
  • Gunakan bolpen dengan tinta berwarna hitam.
  • Perpanjang passport 6 bulan sebelum masa berlaku passport jatuh tempo 
  • Kenakan baju yang rapi dan sopan, tidak disarankan untuk menggunakan celana pendek dan sandal pada saat pengurusan passport.
  • Pada saat pengambilan foto, diwajibkan memakai baju yang rapi namun tidak boleh berwarna putih
  • Berikan waktu perpanjang passport agak panjang jika akan mengurus pembelian tiket pesawat.
  • Proses normal perpanjang passport 6 hari kerja, hari pertama memasukan formulir dan pembayaran ke bank, hari ke 3 wawancara dan foto dan hari ke 6 mengambil passport

Catatan: 
Perpanjang passport di atas dilakukan di Kantor Imigrasi Tangerang, bisa berbeda dengan kantor imigrasi lainnya.
Perpanjangan secara online hanya ilustrasi, penulis melakukan proses perpanjangan passport lewat jalur biasa.

semoga bermanfaat ;)


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Monday, January 20, 2014

Mau Kartu MCC Regular Gratis?

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Sejak bulan Agustus 2013, MCC tidak lagi memberikan Kartu Regular secara gratis jika kita berbelanja di Toko Matahari minimal sebesar Rp.100.000. Customer Matahari akan dikenakan biaya pendaftaran sebesar Rp.20.000 untuk kartu Regular ini.


Kartu MCC
MCC atau Matahari Club Card adalah kartu loyalty yang dikeluarkan PT. Matahari Department Store Tbk. yang ditujukan kepada konsumen toko ini. Saat ini MCC memiliki 3 jenis kartu loyalty, yakni Kartu Regular, Premium dan Beauty. Member MCC akan mendapatkan point reward untuk setiap transaksi pembelanjaan di Matahari Department Store. Pembelanjaan minimum Rp 20.000,- akan mendapatkan 2 point reward untuk Kartu Reguler dan 4 point reward untuk Kartu Beauty dan Premium. Point reward tersebut  dapat ditukar dengan voucher Belanja Matahari. yakni setiap 100 point reward MCC akan mendapatkan voucher belanja sebesar Rp 10.000,- (sepuluh ribu rupiah).


Kartu Regular Gratis!

Kartu MCC Regular
Kita bisa mendapatkan kartu Regular secara gratis dengan mengunjungi website matahari dan registrasi kartu secara online di website ini dan langsung diantar ke alamat kita. Cara registrasi mudah sekali:

  • Kunjungi website Matahari, cari tulisan MCC di kanan bawah cari Join MCC Now dan klik
  • Klik kata kata "Registrasi disini"  dan baca KETENTUAN DAN PERSYARATAN KEANGGOTAAN MCC, kemudian scroll down terus halaman ini sampai menemukan" Saya setuju dengan syarat dan ketentuan yang berlaku", klik jika kita setuju dan akan muncul Box merah "Registrasi". Klik di box ini untuk melanjutkan pengisian data.
  • Isi form Registrasi Kartu Online dan klik kirim jika semua data sudah benar, sebelumnya kita harus membaca kembali syarat dan ketenetuan dan klik setuju jika sudah OK.
  • Kita akan menerima email pemberitahuan registrasi kartu MCC Regular sudah berhasil. Di email ini ada nomor kartu dan sandi. 
  • Kita diharuskan mengganti password dengan cara kembali ke website matahari dan mengisi nomor kartu dan sandi sesuai email. Ikuti petunjuk yang ada di screen ini
  • Pendaftaran kartu regular gratis sudah selesai, kita tinggal menunggu kartu yang akan dikirim oleh MCC.
  • Gampang kan!


Tips:


  • Isi data dengan benar dan sesuai dengan data kita di KTP. Kalau salah isi, bisa bisa kita ngga bisa tukar point rewardnya.
  • Alamat Pengiriman Kartu juga harus lengkap dan benar, kode pos juga wajibdiisi. MCC akan mengirimkam kartu lewat Pos, kalau yang diisi salah atau kurang lengkap, kita bisa tidak menerima kartu MCC. 
  • Kalau belum terima kartu, cek aja ke Halo Matahari!
  • Setelah menerima kartu, kita bisa langsung gunakan untuk berbelanja dan langsung dapat mengumpulkan point rewardnya.
  • Cek point juga bisa di websitenya Matahari.
  • Ganti kartu MCC Regular ke jenis kartu MCC Premium atau MCC Beauty, bisa dapat gratis: tas, asuransi, doble point dan ada discount khusus untuk barang tertentu di hari tertentu dan juga bisa dapat disount di merchant yang ada di katalog MCC.


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Sunday, January 12, 2014

The Bogor Botanical Gardens

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The Bogor Botanical gardens is the oldest and most well-known of the four of The Indonesian Botanical Gardens.The Gardens located in the middle of Bogor town, truly the heart of this city and adjoins the Istana Bogor (Presidential Palace).  It covers more than 80 hectares and contents an impressive collection of various plants and incredible trees from all over Indonesia. Many trees have grown into incredible height, some with a root system reaching high over ground creating a true feeling of walking around in the rain forest.

Scissor Pond at Bogor Botanical Garden

The gardens founded 1817 were very old yet very well maintained and beautiful. The many ancient trees, canopies of vines and flowers and sheer abundance of exotic tropical plants gave you a sense of sanctuary. With all the water features and landscaping adding to the scenic stroll throughout the grounds, it was hard not to want to take a picture of everything you saw. The bamboo garden was wonderful, here and there you would find benches to sit down and contemplate the beauty of the garden.

Presidential Palace at Bogor Botanical Gardens

It is a pleasure to be able to walk among such mature trees which are marked with the Latin name. Try checking out the park sites and facilities: JJ Smith and Lady Raffles Memorial, Scissor Pond, Bat habitat tree, Teisjmann Park, Dutch Cemetery,  Canary avenue, Hanging Bridge, Surya Lembayung Bridge, Orchid House Exhibition, Sudjana Kassan Park, Treub laboratory, Herbarium & Seed Musesum and Tissue Cultural laboratory.

Dutch Cemetery at Bogor Botanical Gardens

Today the gardens contain more than 15,000 species of trees and plants. There are 400 types of exceptional palms along lawns and avenues.The Gardens are a refuge for more than 50 different varieties of birds and for groups of bats roosting high in the trees. The orchid houses contain some 3,000 varieties.  Over the 180 years, it contributed to many major science, agriculture, conservation and environmental education.

the rare flower of Rafflesia Patma

At the beginning of year 2014, the rare flower of Rafflesia Patma is blooming at Bogor Botanical Garden. It was the 7th flowers since 2010.  It is one of the three national flowers in Indonesia, the other two being the white jasmine and moon orchid. It was officially recognized as a national "rare flower" (Indonesian: puspa langka)

Tips:
  • Check the herb garden, palms, bamboo collection, Mexican garden, water garden and ginger collection. In fact, almost every square inch is interesting.  Try the open garden car for a sightseeing everywhere inside this park.
  • You can rent a bicycle inside and tour the park as you wish
  • There is Zoology museum inside the park. It is included at your entry ticket. This museum is very old and tired. Check its collection of the giant blue whale bones. It is very amazing big.
  • The other interesting place is the Dutch cemetery. You can see the antique massive tomb that built from the late 1800. So old!
  • Don't forget to bring an umbrella as the weather is quite unpredictable. Bogor is one of the wettest cities with highest rainfall in Java. The rainy city is other name of this town.
  • Thanks to roads throughout the Garden that allow cars to drive through. But in case you are visiting for the first time, please keep in mind: this place is really big. Be sure to bring plenty of water if you don't plan on bringing your car into the gardens.
  • Visit the famous hanging red bridge, the back view of the Bogor Presidential Palace and see the beauty of the tall & strong trees planted from 1800s
  • If you plan to go to the gardens from Jakarta, start your trip early, at about 9am at the latest. This is to ensure you miss the horrendous traffic jams.
  • There is a great cafe located on a hill with a lovely panoramic view overlooking part of the gardens.
  • Don't forget your sunscreen and  mosquito repellant.
  • Go early, bring your picnic basket and prepare to spend at least half a day in the park - it was well worth the long trip from the city.
  • The gardens are an absolute paradise but the lack of proper maintenance leaves the manmade things a bit "tired".

Zoology museum

The others Indonesian Botanical Gardens worth to see are:

  • Cibodas Botanical Gardens (Bergtuin te Cibodas, Hortus  and Cibodas laboratory) at West Java, covering  at 120 Ha with high at 1400 meter sea level.  It founded by Teysman  in 1866, many collections of tropic as well sub tropic plants can be found here.
  • Purwodadi  Botanical Gardens  (Hortus Purwodadi)  at East Java founded by Van Sloten in 1941. It covers 85 Ha at high 250 meter of sea level. It also collects many tropical plants.
  • Eka Karya Botanical Gardens at  Bedugul , Bali island founded by Prof. Ir. Kusnoto Setyodiwiryo in 1959. It covers 159,4 Ha at high 1400 meter sea level. It collects dry climate plants and tropical plants as well.


The price of admission:
Admission Rp. 14.000, - / person.
Special tickets Foreign Tourists Rp. 25.000, - / person.
Roving Vehicle Wheels 4 Rp. 30.000, -.
Parking Vehicles 2 Wheels Rp. 5.000, -.
Bicycles Tickets Roving Rp. 5.000, -.



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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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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The Mekarsari Park, who those love the green plants

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Mekarsari Park is an exotic garden which has various types of fruit plants collection from many regions in Indonesia. This park is one of the centers of biodiversity conservation of tropical fruits in the world, particularly fruits in Indonesia. It is as well as a place of cultivation research (agronomy), breeding and multiplication of seeds which then disseminated to farmers and the general public .

credit photo: promolagi.com - Mekarsari view from Tower of View

Mekarsari Park collects thousands of species of plants of many kinds. This place has a laboratory that produces excellent fruit crops such as pineapples, guava, star fruits, honeydew and many more.  One of the laboratory product is a hybrid between cempedak and jackfruit called nangkadak, cempeka and pedakka. Very distinctive flavor and sweet aroma as cempedak but looks more like a jackfruit.

credit photo www.mekarsari.com



The park is approximately 13 kilometers from Cibubur toll gate,  located on the main road between Cileungsi and Jonggol. It is relatively easy to reach from Jakarta, Bogor or Bekasi. It took  about one hour from Jakarta to go to this place.

With an area of 264 acres, this park has many spots that you can enjoy, such as Family Garden, 27 hectares of recreation Lake, Baby Zoo, spotted deer, Garden Center, Greenhouse, Outbound area, carrion flowers, Kids Fun Valley, Tower of View, and Waterfall building known as Tirto Puri Sari. This waterfall is one of the favorite places visitors, especially for children; here they could see a waterfall pouring from the house shaped building, very pleasant.

credit photo www.mekarsari.com


Visitors are invited to tour the park and try the freshest harvest.  Hope on the park train and go around to visit the greenhouses of  honeydews (melon), snakefruits, starfruits and sawo/sapodilla garden (sapodilla durian, sapodilla alkesa, and sapodilla abiu). Visitors are allowed to taste the fruits while learning about the cultivation of that fruit at the same time and can also buy the harvest straight from the greenhouse/farms..

credit photo www.mekarsari.com

Mekarsari Park provides rented bicycle for cycling around the park. It has an outbound facility too and various water rides at lake such as banana boat, dragon boat, water bike, aqua bike, floating donuts, giant bubble, to canoeing. Extra charges start from IDR 20,000

Mekersari park launched "Water Kingdom Mekarsari" who claimed to be the largest water park in Asia. This place has an area of 5.2 hectares and connected directly to the lake area of 27 hectares. There were 12 water rides game consists of eight pool, four slides and a water sports.


Tips:
  • Mekarsari Park recently launched tourist train ride called "Fruity World Tour" since the beginning of March 2012. By simply paying 10,000, visitors will be taken around  Mekarsari for 30-minute train ride tours and information about the places visited.
  • The best place to enjoy a relaxed atmosphere with friends is on the edge of Lake Cipicung, if the weather permits, you can arrange to have a picnic with your family.
  • Visit the "Garden Paradiso" for an affordable bonsai collection.


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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Pasar Beringharjo - A good Place to buy Batik

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Pasar Beringharjo is a main market at Jogjakarta. It located at Malioboro street and near north Keraton (the palace). It is located adjacent to the Vredeburg historical museum and opposite the Gedung Agung. This market is famous for batik and is one of  popular tourist destinations.   It is also a center of commerce for Jogjakarta batik products.

Pasar Beringharjo

Batik (/ˈbætɪk/ or /bəˈtiːk/; Javanese pronunciation: [ˈbateʔ]; Indonesian: [ˈbatɪk]) is a cloth that is traditionally made using a manual wax-resistdyeing technique.  Javanese traditional batik, especially from Jogyakarta and Surakarta, has notable meanings rooted to the Javanese conceptualization of the universe. Traditional colours include indigo, dark brown, and white, which represent the three major Hindu Gods (Brahmā, Vishnu, and Śiva). This is related to the fact that natural dyes are most commonly available in indigo and brown. Certain patterns can only be worn by nobility; traditionally, wider stripes or wavy lines of greater width indicated higher rank. Consequently, during Javanese ceremonies, one could determine the royal lineage of a person by the cloth he or she was wearing.

making batik 

Pasar Beringharjo has a complete collection of batik. Starting from batik sarong to blouse, shirt, pajamas, kids apparels, shorts, etc. You can find batik painted on silk too in here. The price begin from ten thousand  to million rupiah. Collection of batik sarong found on market stalls north western area. While batik clothing collection is found in almost all the western area. This area also offers other choices of clothes such as surjan, blangkon, and weaving and batik sarong. Sandals and bags are also sold at cheap prices and can be found around the western area, nearby the escalator.

The market is also a great place to hunt for antiques. Sentra selling antiques market located on the 3rd floor of the east area. You can find an old typewriter, helmet made in the 60's. On the same floor, you can hunt for quality secondhand goods if you want. Various kinds of imported used goods such as shoes, handbags, even the clothes are sold at a price much cheaper than the original price is still in good quality. Of course it takes foresight in selecting and bargaining skills.

Pasar Beringharjo -  A good Place to buy Batik

This market is also the perfect place to indulge your bud sense with traditional snacks. you can find Brem with a softer texture and Krasikan (made from rice flour, palm sugar, and crushed sesame). In the south, you will find Bakpia filled with sweetened green beans are sold warm and other tasty snacks such as hung kwe and nagasari. While the rear area generally sell durable snacks such as ting-ting (caramelized mixed nuts).

Tips:

  • Some stall offer a fix price item while others you need to have a great bargaining skill to get a good price.
  • If you want to know the price of something and don't know the language, just offer your calculator and the seller will enter the price.
  • If you go on weekend or publich holiday and it is so crowded, try on weekday if you can or else just enjoy the crowd. 
  • It's a great market, a definite must go, but needed your patience to shop
  • It's an experience for sure, just make sure you keep your wallet safe 
  • If you're lucky you may be approached by a person with a basket on their head offering to carry your purchases - far from being demeaning, this is how these porters earn their living.  If  you want to hire one, be sure to negotiate the price first.


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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Desa Gumati - a different atmosphere from the everyday restaurants in Jakarta

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Sentul is located between Jakarta and Bogor, popular for its international racing circuit and the music concert hall.  However, surrounding the Sentul area, there are housings and shopping area as well.  Sentul is the alternative route that you can take to go to Puncak to avoid the crowded traffic during weekends or holidays.

desa gumati resto

Located approx. 15 minutes from the Sentul toll gate (Jagorawi Highways), there is a café and restaurant called Desa Gumati.  It s located at 16th Cijulang Street, Bogor.   Inspired by its name, Desa Gumati which means Gumati village, the concept of the restaurant is to give the ambience of a village with a touch of Java and Bali ethnic combination.  Desa Gumati provides many facilities such as pony rides, fishing, ATV and lodging too.

bridge at desa gumati resto

Kids will love to drive ATV around the village tracks, pony rides and Delman ride.

delman ride at desa gumati

There is a small lake at Desa Gumati, you can play the water bikes or water balloon with your kids at here too.

raw a boat at gumati lake

The menu is mostly Indonesian Sundanese, their signature dish is the Sambal Goreng Gumati  (fried sambal) and the Teh Poci (hot tea brewed in a clay pot).

Surrounding the restaurants there are fish ponds where kids can feed fishes while waiting for their meals to come.


kid game at desa gumati

So if you want to have a change of atmosphere from the everyday restaurants in Jakarta and some fresh air too, Desa Gumati might be a good choice.

Happy holiday!
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Sunday, February 17, 2013

A Beautiful Butterfly Garden at Curug Cilember

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Curug Cilember also known as " Seven Waterfalls at Cilember area" is a tourism area with natural tourism concept. This area offers  the beauty, coolness and green tropical rain forest  at  700m - 1,010m above sea level with temperature around  15° - 25° C. Its main attraction is 7 (seven) waterfalls. The area is located at Hambalang hill – Cisarua, that is only ± 25 km from the city of Bogor and ± 100 km from the city Jakarta.

Butterfly Garden dome-shaped house

At the entrance of this park, you will find a beautiful Butterfly Garden dome-shaped house. Area  occupied is  500 m2. There are about 12 species of wildlife native Butterflies here, namely: Papilio Memnon, heulena Papilio, Papilio polytes, Papilio demoleus, Troides helena, Troides ampisus, Atrophaneura aristolocia, Graphium Agamemnon, Graphium sarpedon, Euploea Mulciber, Elymnias hypermnesta and Attacus atlas.

caterpillar on hand

For those who want to spend the night here, there are tree camping grounds and jungle lodges, i.e.:  the valley of ferns, waterfall five and waterfall seven. If you don’t bring your camping tent and equipment (mattresses, sleeping bed, extra bed and light storm), you could also rent those at here.

hanging bridge
The camping ground has a good view with overlooking of waterfalls, rivers and forests. Gurgling sounds of the waterfalls and rivers and pine leaves blown by  the wind would accompany your sleep, giving the sensation of its own and makes a new experience amid the routine and busyness of our everyday.

one of the seven waterfalls at curug cilemeber
Although there's seven waterfalls, but only a few reachable and therefore mostly visited.  the other waterfalls's location are not easily accessible as it will requires a lot of hiking and efforts.

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Friday, February 15, 2013

Play on beach wave pool at Ocean Park - BSD City

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Bumi Serpong Damai, known as BSD City,  is a real estate located at west side of Jakarta. It is at a suburb area.  BSD is a city designed around one thing: the people who will live, work and play here. People who will experience an unparalleled Quality of Life as comfortable homes, business spaces, shopping, education and leisure all come together to provide a better, healthier environment in which to live.

ocean park bsd

One of the recreational park is Ocean Park. This water theme park is located at the central of BSD. The place can be easily recognized by the giant octopus on it’s roof.

It’s lobby serves food and drink stalls and ticket booth. there is also restaurant while entering the lobby. The water park is quite large, there are varieties of outbound water based game, a Flying Fox game and trampoline.

entrance to pool
This place is a family recreational park, you can bring your little ones for a fun water play, no kids can resist playing with water. Ocean Park has a shallow kiddie pool for toddlers where they can have fun just walking around the pool or play with the water canon, spray, sliding etc.

There's also a kids pool next to the toddler pool where bigger kids can play there, however no tube allowed in this pool.  In this pool, kids usually gather around the play arena where there's a giant pail that will spill a huge splash of water whenever the pail is already full with water.  The shrieking of the kids getting splashed and their wide grins is a sight to enjoy.

kids pool

For a different experience, move to the farther pools at the back where the area is actually a lot bigger than the kids pools at the front side.  In this area, there's a high water sliding where you can slide side by side with three other persons, however you must be at a certain minimum height to be able to play in this slide.

sliding

There's a also two great sliding tube where you can slide together with friends, however, a precaution, as these sliding comes out to a deeper pool, make sure there's someone down in the pool to catch your kids when they emerge from the slide.

The biggest and perhaps most sought after pool in Ocean Park is actually the wave pool.  The design of this pool is made to a liking of a white sandy beach, and the wave will be set at one hour interval.  Usually the park will sound a siren to alert all visitors that wave pool is about to start so people will rush to the pool to enjoy the wave with their tube.  The wave is actually quite strong, so if you're taking your toddlers, it's best to stay at the shallow side of the pool.

beach pool

After the wave subsided, get into the river pool where you can still ride the wave lazily on top of your tube.  If you're tired of playing, rest a while and order some drink or snacks, many of of the food stall attendants there will go around and offered to take your orders and deliver it to you, so you don't have to go around to search for food or drink. You can also play the trampoline and flying fox inside the park for free.

For safekeeping, lockers are available for rent.  However, it is advisable to leave your valuables at home and bring only the necessary things to the park.

Tips:
  • Check for the promotional tickets, usually the park will offer a good promotion of buy 1 get 1 ticket for certain credit card holders
  • This park can be overcrowded at weekend or holiday, usually it will start to get crowded after 10am
  • No outside food or drink allowed except for baby, the security will check your bag
  • Although safe guards are available, never leave your kids unattended
  • Since it is at tropical area, come early and hinder the direct sun at noon.
  • just don’t forget to bring some sun block if you don’t plan to get some natural tanning ‘treatment’ here


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Friday, February 8, 2013

Visit to Kampung Gajah Wonderland - North Bandung

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The northern part of Bandung is a mountainous area with beautiful nature. This area has a lot of tourism object that can be visited where one of them is the Kampung Gajah Wonderland, located at Km 3.8 Sersan Bajuri Road. If you’re coming from Bandung, take a left turn to Lembang right after Ledeng bus terminal.

Kampung Gajah
Kampung Gajah brings the concept of one-stop recreation for children and adults. With an entrance fee of Rp 20 thousand, and attraction combo ticket Rp 150 thousand for weekdays and Rp 200 thousand on weekends and holiday.

There are about 36 rides at 60 acres area that you can explore. There's Formula go kart, Sky View, Cross, Segway, 4D Rider, Delman Royal, Mini ATV. There are also adrenaline games such as ATV Adventure, Tubby Slide, Sky Rider, and more. Kids can play at children playground or at Teletubbies house. They also can enjoy pony riding or drive mini go cart. But if you are looking for the elephant riding, this place just only has elephant statue at its entry (I think they give name of this park as a kampung gajah from this statue). Just nice for taking photo with it.

mini formula go kart

Kampung Gajah also offers a Water theme park that will bring more excitement for you and your children.  Prepare to bring the changes. Since Kampung Gajah is located at the highlands, the weather is usually cool.

phony riding at kampung gajah

This place also has many types of local, oriental and western culinary, you can try snacks such as dumplings, batagor, grilled sausages, Lolly ice, jelly ice and Sundanese food available there. Enjoy the food with mountain view.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Keuntungan menjadi anggota MCC - Matahari Club Card.

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Melakukan perjalanan wisata ke berbagai daerah di Indonesia, seperti: Bali, Jogjakarta, Surabaya, Malang, Jakarta, Medan atau Manado sangat menyenangkan. Salah satu agenda selain ke tempat wisata di daerah tersebut adalah ke tempat perbelanjaan. Matahari Department Store adalah salah satu tempat belanja yang hampir ada di seluruh daerah di Indonesia. Berbagai jenis dan model untuk pakaian, sepatu, tas, accessories, parfum hingga perlengkapan rumah tersedia di toko ini. Bahkan tersedia produk lokal yang dapat dibeli untuk dijadikan oleh oleh.


photo credit: http://matahariclubcard.co.id/

Matahari Department Store untuk menarik pelanggannya memberikan kartu MCC Reguler secara gratis. Kartu MCC Reguler ini akan diberikan jika kita berbelanja diatas Rp. 100.000. Keuntungan memiliki kartu MCC Regular ini adalah kita akan mendapatkan 2 poin setiap Rp. 20.000 dari transaksi belanja di Matahari. Poin yang terkumpul bisa kita tukarkan dengan Voucher MCC. Setiap 100 poin yang kita sudah kumpulkan dapat kita tukarkan dengan voucher MCC senilai Rp.10.000. Voucher bisa gunakan saat kita berbelanja.



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Selain kartu MCC Regular, juga ada kartu MCC Premium dan MCC Beauty. Keuntungan memiliki kartu MCC Premium dan Beauty yang tidak diperoleh dari kartu MCC Regular adalah:

  • Poin doble yakni untuk setiap belanja Rp. 20.000, kita akan mendapat 4 poin. 
  • Program diskon khusus produk-produk yang ada di Matahari Department Store. Diskon yang diberikan bervariasi sesuai dengan ketentuan yang ditetapkan oleh Matahari Department Store . 
  • Diskon atau penawaran khusus di lebih dari 70 merchant yang telah bekerjasama dengan MCC. Merchant ini antara lain Hotel berbintang, Restoran, Tempat Rekreasi, Rumah Sakit, Institusi Pendidikan, dan lainnya yang tersebar di hampir seluruh wilayah Indonesia. 
  • Program-program diskon ataupun program promosi sepanjang tahun, baik terkait dengan promosi di toko Matahari Department Store atau dengan pihak-pihak luar yang memberikan nilai tambah bagi member MCC. 
  • Khusus untuk pemegang kartu MCC Beauty maka akan mendapatkan tambahan keuntungan yaitu untuk dapat mengikuti setiap event yang dilaksanakan oleh MCC seperti Beauty Workshop, fashion show atau event dengan pihak-pihak lain. 
Kartu MCC premium dapat diperoleh dengan membayar biaya keanggotaan sebesar Rp. 70.000 sedangkan kartu MCC Beauty sebesar Rp. 100.000. Sedangkan perpanjangan setiap tahunnya dikenakan Rp. 35.000 untuk kedua kartu tersebut. Kita juga dapat memperoleh asuransi kecelakaan gratis selama satu tahun. 


Tips:
Kartu Beauty dan Premium akan mendapatkan asuransi kecelakaan senilai harga kartu tersebut, sehingga hitung hitung kita hanya membeli asuransi kecelakaan selama satu tuhan saja. Biasanya ada tambahan hadiah berupa tas atau dompet yang cantik.

Jika kita memiliki kartu MCC, maka kita dapat mengumpulkan poin untuk setiap belanja yang kita lakukan di seluruh toko Matahari di seluruh Indonesia.


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