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Surga Tersembunyi di kota Jakarta

  Pesona Jakarta nampaknya masih menjadi daya tarik bagi warga daerah untuk dijadikan tempat berwisata. Kemacetan, Panas, Kepadatan aktifitas dan kendaraan dijakarta nampaknya tak menyurutkan para wistawan baik wisatawan local maupun mancanegara. Tingkat pemesanan hotel dan tiket pesawat nyatanya masih tergolong cukup tinggi. Kemudahan mengakses informasi menjadi salah satu penunjang para wisatawan untuk memperoleh informasi tentang tempat wisata termasuk Jakarta. Ditambah lagi dengan banyaknya penawaran hotel murah dari Traveloka membuat orang semakin ingin berwisata ke Jakarta. Jakarta tak hanya terkenal dengan kota tuanya yang menyejarah, atau monas nya yang berdiri gagah menjulang tinggi. Taman impian jaya ancol, dufan, sea world, atlantis, samudera, masih menjadi  primadona wisata di Jakarta. Namun ternyata Jakarta menyimpan pesona surga tersembunyi di dalamnya. Ialah pulau harapan. Sumber foto:www.rusabawean.com Pulau harapan merupakan pulau penduduk yang masih terlihat alami dan lebih tenang disbanding dengan pulau penduduk lainnya yang ada di kepulauan seribu. Kondisi alamnya masih terjaga dengan baik, sehingga pengunjung bisa menyaksikan puluhan spesies ikan maupun karang hias yang beraneka ragam . Pulau harapan letaknya berdekatan dengan pulau wisata lainnya di kepulauan seribu …

Agrotourism in the Foot of Slamet Mountain (Exploring Central Java, part 4)

Traveling is not only about how you enjoy the sandy beach or greeny mountain. Agrotourism has long become one of alternative way to spend a non mainstream holiday.Through this trip, the visitor can experience what is like to be a real farmer by planting the seeds or harvesting the crops. Based on Ecotour directory, the concept of agrotourism is a direct expansion of ecotourism, which encourages visitors to experience agricultural life at first hand. Purbalingga, one of city I passed through is one of ideal site to have the agrotourism experience.Located at the foot of the mountain Slamet, this site is endowed with a mild climate that is suitable for farming activities. Along the way, I met a wide yard with vegetable plantations of diverse varieties. Not only that, many houses prefer to grow tomatoes, leaks, cauliflower and other fruits or vegetables at their yards. If you’re already accustomed to enjoy the sun or the Tulip flower gardens, carrot garden could also show its beauty with her pale blooming green flowers. Hanging chilies and tomato …

Trace Back General Sudirman’s Birthplace in Purbalingga (Exploring Central Java, part 3)

Who does not know General Sudirman, one of the Indonesian war strategist who contributed to Indonesian independence. What is so special about this national hero, he remained persistent to set guerrilla attacks against allied forces when in  Indonesian pre-and post-independence, although he had to be stretchered anywhere because of his tuberculosis disease. Soedirman was stretchered during his struggle. Picture taken from http://www.kesaintblanc.co.id/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/jendral-sudirman-ditandu.jpg In the second Dutch military aggression 1948, Yogyakarta which became the capital of the Indonesian state was occupied by Dutch. Soedirman who was weak and ill forced himself to participate in the war against the allied forces. Stretchered from one to other mountains and forests for approximately seven months, he led the attacks and supported Indonesian army to fight. Although President Soekarno asked him to go back home and have rest, he refused and kept struggling til the last breath. My next stop was Purbalingga. Passing through Jendral Sudirman statue, I was tickled to pay a visit to his birthplace in Bodaskarangjati village, around one hour riding a bike from the city. Monumen …

Kota Lama, the Little Netherland van Java (Exploring Central Java, part 2)

Welcome to Kota Lama (Old City), one of district in Semarang, Central Java’s capital which still preserves its Dutch colonialism heritage. From some sources I read, the history of Kota Lama began in 1678 when Amangkurat II, the ruling king of Mataram surrendered Semarang as a reward of VOC support to stop Trunojoyo rebellion. VOC then built a pentagonal fortress called Vijfhoek Fort which was said to be bigger than the fort in Batavia (François Valentijn on his book Oud en Nieuw Oost-Indiën/ Old and New East-India). Kota Lama and Berok bridge in colonialism era. Photo taken from http://fariable.blogspot.com/2011/01/elemen-perancangan-kota-hamid-shirvani.html One picture of old Kota Lama. Photo taken from http://wisatalternatif.blogspot.com/2012/05/kawasan-kota-lama-semarang.html This fort was built as military centre and Dutch settlement (called De Europeesche Buurt) with one entrance gate at the north side and five watchtowers. Some canals were built at Semarang river and the urban development inside the fort was built in Netherlands architecture typical. Therefore this district is well known as Outstadt “Little Netherland”. After the Dutch settlement expansion, Kota Lama grew more crowded  and Vijfhoek …

Culinary Hunting in Central Java (Exploring Central Java, part 1)

Couple days ago, I got an opportunity to explore some cities in Central Java, started from Semarang, its capital, heading to Pekalongan, Pemalang, Purbalingga and ended up at Purwokerto. Riding a bike with my friend, we traveled the cities, enjoyed the scenery and dropped by a while to spend the quality time. Through this blog, I would like to share you some experience I had during the time traveling to the cities. This premier part would talk about some local cuisine at some city. A unique blend of taste that can be found variously from one city to another. They might offer the same menu, for example Soto (traditional soup) or Sate. But if you taste it, you can find different ingredient in each city. In Pekalongan, Soto Tauto (or they call it Coto Tauto) is served with fermented soybeans (called tauco) and buffalo meat. Meanwhile in Purbalingga, Soto Bancar is served with sweet yet hot peanut sauce to add its authentic flavor. Ladies and Gentlement, Please enjoy… Durian ice soup, served with coconut milk …

Jajan-Jajan di Pasar Semawis, Semarang

Pasar Semawis adalah pusat jalan-jalan kuliner di kawasan pecinan di Semarang. Pasar ini hanya digelar setiap weekend alias jumat-minggu saja. Sesuai namanya, pasar malam ini menyajikan berbagai jajanan, mulai dari jajanan khas setempat hingga penganan unik yang menarik perhatian siapa saja yang kebetulan melewati kiosnya. Menurut cerita dari tukang becak yang saya tumpangi, pasar ini baru didirikan pada tahun 2004, tepat ketika Imlek secara resmi dijadikan hari libur nasional oleh pemerintahan Alm. Gusdur. Saya sendiri kebetulan berkesempatan mengunjungi pasar tersebut pada hari Sabtu. Bersama keluarga, saya menyewa dua buah becak dari hotel tempat kami menginap di dekat mal Paragon. Kurang lebih setengah delapan malam, kami sudah tiba di depan gerbang pasar Semawis dan terlihat sudah ramai berderet mobil-mobil dan becak terparkir. Bersama rombongan lainnya, kami berjalan memasuki pasar Semawis yang lebih berupa deretan warung-warung tenda di depan pertokoan. Setiap melewati sebuah warung, saya menghentikan langkah kaki sejenak, sekedar mencari tahu apa dijual. Terkadang saya ikutan mengantri untuk membeli karena baru kali itu melihat penampakan kuliner yang disajikan.

Jember Fashion Carnaval Indoor 2011

Pada tanggal 30 Desember 2011 lalu, saya berkesempatan untuk menyaksikan Jember Fashion Carnaval (JFC) Indoor Concert pertama yang digelar di Istora Senayan, Jakarta. Mengusung tema Eyes on Triumph, acara ini menampilkan pagelaran busana unik dan menarik hasil kreatifitas para peserta  JFC . Adapun karya-karya yang dipertunjukan dibagi menjadi beberapa kategori, yakni  defile Roots (akar), Tsunami, Borneo, Bali, India, Athena, Animal Plants, Punks, dan Butterfly, dengan special performance oleh JFC Marching Band, penampilan koleksi ala Royal Kingdom, JFC kid members, dan persembahan khusus national costume beberapa peserta Mr. International asal Indonesia. Jember Fashion Carnaval adalah salah satu dari 4 carnaval terbesar di dunia yang diadakan tiap tahun di kota Jember. Acara ini biasa digelar di sepanjang jalan utama Jember hingga ke Alun-Alun kota. Pada tahun ini, JFC diadakan pada tanggal 8 Juli. Rencananya saya ingin pergi ke Jember khusus untuk menonton karnaval tersebut, tapi sayang, ada beberapa urusan yang nggak bisa ditinggalkan pada tanggal tersebut 😦 Berikut adalah hasil jepretan-jepretan amatir yang hendak saya bagikan pada teman-teman, sekedar untuk mengingatkan bahwa di Indonesia pun masih banyak …