09 January 2018

Relaxing Holiday in Banyuwangi

My last trip in 2017 was to Banyuwangi, the easternmost tip of Java. This trip to Banyuwangi was very relaxing for me. Not in terms of slow pace but because I did not need to research too many details about the destinations in our itinerary. Usually, in my family, I am the one who planned everything before and during traveling because you know... I am a Libra... I mean, I like to organize. However this time we booked a travel agent to guide us around, so we got a driver and a guide + photographer. Why? Even though still in Java island, I considered Banyuwangi was very remote, detached, isolated and so difficult to get around without local people, especially if you travel with elders and small kid like us. Been there now, I would say that... yeah, you need local people, but only for some places. Here is the detail of our 2 days journey in Banyuwangi.


Jawatan Perhutani Benculuk


Have you been dreaming to visit Lord of the Rings kinda place? If New Zealand is too far away and too expensive for you, Jawatan Benculuk in Banyuwangi can be an alternative. Some also say it looks like the forest of Alice in Wonderland, thanks to the mystical Trembesi trees. This area was used to be the storage of teak woods during Dutch colonialism. Now it's owned by Indonesian Government but mainly for tourism purpose. There is a very old open building unused for decades that has been taken over by a group of bats. Yes, you read it correctly, bats. However, they are harmless especially during the day and you could still enjoy sightseeing.

Jawatan Perhutani Benculuk (before I lost those sandals in Green Bay)

Other than nature itself, there are other interesting spots to take a picture such as a tree house and Grandong Rasta. Grandong is a traditional truck run by diesel machine usually used by villagers to transport harvests from farms. Why Rasta, because it was painted colorful: green, yellow and red, like a Rasta. This attraction is located about 30km from Banyuwangi city center, on the way to Green Bay.

13 December 2017

WTM: Piknik di Taman Kota Jakarta Pusat

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v bepergian ke suatu tempat di luar kota untuk bersenang-senang dengan membawa bekal makanan dan sebagainya; bertamasya
KBBI
Setiap orang butuh piknik, once in a while. Karena piknik dapat membantu mengurangi stress, membuat pikiran fresh dan semangat untuk menjalani hidup kembali. Sebaliknya, kurang piknik dapat menyebabkan gangguan kejiwaan dan emosional, yang biasanya dilampiaskan dengan nyinyir di media sosial haha. Persis seperti yang tertulis di meme ini.


Buat yang budget nya terbatas, piknik tidak harus bepergian jauh ke luar kota seperti yang diartikan oleh KBBI. Coba cari tempat-tempat alam di sekelilingmu yang bukan shopping malls. Berjalan-jalan ke malls hanya akan menambah pusing, karena jadi pengen belanja semua yang di-display tapi ditahan-tahan untuk menjaga keutuhan dompet (atau hanya saya yang begitu hehe). Di Jakarta, walaupun belum terlalu banyak tapi ada beberapa taman yang nyaman buat bertamasya. Disini saya akan bahas taman kota gratis di Jakarta Pusat yang sudah pernah saya kunjungi bersama keluarga.

03 December 2017

Pulang Kampuang Basamo ke Ranah Minang

Pulang Kampuang Basamo adalah tradisi orang Minang yang tinggal di luar Sumatera Barat untuk mudik ke kampung halaman secara massal terutama saat Idul Fitri.

Saya sebenarnya orang Aceh, tapi Ayah mertua asli Minang. Kami berkesempatan untuk Pulang Basamo di Lebaran tahun ini dengan total rombongan 11 orang. Selama 5 hari 4 malam keliling Sumatera Barat, kami menginap di Maninjau semalam, Bukit Tinggi dua malam, dan Padang semalam terakhir. Untuk transportasi, kami menyewa 1 mobil Toyota HiAce beserta supirnya dengan tarif Rp.1,500,000/hari. Mobil dengan kapasitas 14 seat ini cukup nyaman buat rombongan kami yang kebanyakan orang tua dan ada anak kecil. Senangnya road trip lagi, seperti waktu tur Jawa Tengah akhir tahun lalu. Jadi kemana saja disana? Kenapa pilihannya 3 kota itu? Disini saya akan cerita perjalanan saya di setiap kotanya.

23 November 2017

WTM: Petualang Cilik di Rumah Perubahan

Di postingan Weekend Tanpa Mall (WTM) kali ini saya mau sharing tentang Rumah Perubahan. Berawal dari browsing-browsing info relawan, saya menemukan ada event Petualang Cilik yang sedang mencari kakak-kakak relawan. Setelah baca detail event nya, instead of join as volunteer, kok saya jadi tertarik untuk mendaftarkan anak saya di event ini. Dengan membayar Rp.75,000, si anak dapat bermain sambil belajar di alam seperti memetik sayuran, memberi makan dan memandikan kerbau, dan bermain games seru (yang mereka sebut Funlethics, perpaduan antara fun dan athletics). 

Ada juga aktivitas/wahana lainnya seperti menangkap dan memberi makan ikan, tapi ada tambahan biaya lagi. Berikut contoh agenda nya:
07.00-08.00 : Registrasi ulang dan pembelian tiket wahana terusan
08.00-10.30 : Acara Petualang Cilik
10.30-12.00 : Wahana Terusan
12.00          :  Selesai
Informasi:
Kelompok akan dibagi (dikelompokan) sesuai dengan umur peserta. Wahana yang akan ada di Petualang Cilik #80 - National Sports Day

3-11th Petualang Cilik - National Sports Day (Rp. 75.000/anak)
- Menanam Sayur (dibawa pulang)
- Memandikan Kerbau
- Fun-leutik
- Memberi makan sapi

Adapun Wahana Tambahan (bisa booking sebelum kegiatan hari H via email ini atau saat registrasi ulang)
1. Wahana Membuat Tempe Embun = Rp. 25.000/anak
2. Wahana Menangkap Ikan = Rp. 20.000/anak
2. Wahana Memberi Makan Rusa= Rp. 15.000/anak
3. Wahana Memberi Makan Ikan = Rp. 5.000/anak

Mengingatkan kembali, ada beberapa barang yang perlu dibawa oleh peserta Petualang Cilik Rumah Perubahan antara lain :
- Jas hujan/ payung
- Peralatan mandi
- Pakaian ganti
- Obat pribadi
- Sepatu olahraga /rain boots

13 November 2017

The First Taste of Celebes: Day 3-4

Hi, this time I am going to write about the rest of my Makassar trip. In my previous post, I have shared places that Lost Wanderer crew (I, my husband and our daughter Nad) visited on our first and second days in Makassar which are: around the city (Fort Rotterdam, Kampung Popsa, Losari Beach) and Maros (Rammang-Rammang, Leang-Leang, Bantimurung). So, where to go next?

On the third day, we went to Malino. The same driver, from the same car rental company as yesterday, picked us up at the hotel around 8.30am. I confirmed to continue booking their car rental service just the night before. The rate to rent car 12hours to Malino was Rp.500,000 (exclude fuel charge), more expensive than the price to Maros. Honestly, I still don't understand why the price is different with the same car and same duration. I know Malino was further than Maros and would spend more fuel, therefore I acknowledged the higher fuel charge we paid, but higher rental car charge as well? I don't get it. Anyway, I was too lazy to find another car rental, so I just stuck with this AnginMammiri.com company.

First, we stopped by at Balla Lompoa Museum, still inside Makassar city but it's on the way to Malino. This used to be a palace of the Sultanate of Gowa, the most successful ancient kingdom in South Sulawesi. Now the stilt house building is used as a museum in where Gowa relics items being kept and displayed to visitors, such as crowns, jewelry, clothes, and weapons. We were the only visitors at that morning, so it was quite enjoying to explore all by ourselves. No annoying photographers and Nad was not cranky being inside that old building surrounding by old stuff (not like when we visited Pagaruyung Palace in West Sumatera :P).

To get more feel of Gowa, we rented a traditional costume, only Rp.50,000/person, and wear it while sightseeing the museum. Its women traditional cloth is called Baju Bodo. Baju Bodo colors have meanings:
  • Orange is used by girls until 10 years old
  • Red is used by big girls from 10 until 25 years old
  • Black is used by women from 25 until 40 years old
  • White is used by nurses
  • Purple is used by widows

I should have worn the black one :p