I have a thing for tattoos. There’s something about inking yourself permanently which seems very exotic. Unfortunately, I’m too of a chicken s**t to get one. Nonetheless, when you have a tattooed man in a traditional Dayak outfit, it’s a double dose of exoticism and adds my eagerness to see the real traditional people of Kalimantan (or known as Borneo). One day, I’m sure…
In the mean time Pram (@ThatScubaGuy), a friend of Indohoy, has kindly contributed a picture of a Dayak man dressed as a warrior, dancing in a traditional ceremony. And as you can see, his tattoos is attributing his cool outfit. Dance man, dance!
Taadaa! The title might seem selfish but it’s figuratively true. Today we’re launching our new look and we’re making a fuss out of it. It’s been a long process but we stuck to it and now we’re so happy that you can see it too. Hopefully, it’s a more-user friendly layout. We’d like to thank Thinkweb for helping out these poor lost program-dumb girls to achieve what we wanted with a website, not to forget mentioning Arief Nova and Rochman Fathoni who personally had to deal with our happy and cheerful selves. We also would like to acknowledge Oktiva and Rizqi from www.kemudian.com for the previous layout that had been with us for so long. Thank you so much guys!
Now, a more important issue. Guys, what do you think about it?
We brought you a little something back from our last trip to Solo. We were invited by the Explore Solo team to enjoy the annual Solo Batik Carnival. We’ve never attended a carnival before so we didn’t know what to expect. As you can see, we got a lot. Not only were the costumes beautiful and detailed, the stories behind them are heartwarming, but we’ll save that for later. For now, enjoy this rare black and white costume, which was one of our highlights. Considering carnivals are usually colorful, this dig is pretty rare.
One of my favorite things to do when traveling is to see some artistic performances. Last weekend, I went to Bandung mainly to see this puppet show performed by Paper Moon puppet theater from Yogyakarta, the show is called “Mwathirika”. It was artistically awesome as it was a tear-jerker, with the theme about victims of the communist movement in 1965 in Indonesia. The title itself came from Swahili language means ‘victim’. These adorable little creatures are going to perform in the US for a whole month, starting early in September 2012. Catch them if you can, guys.
When it comes to Bali, we’re done with Kuta. At least for now. So on our last trip, we decided we needed a new spot, Nusa Dua. It’s not undiscovered, but we wanted to see a certain performance in the area and to break the ‘myth’ that only the rich can enjoy Nusa Dua. Our biggest problem was to find an affordable place to stay.
After googling and asking around, we finally found the perfect place to stay. It’s in Nusa Dua, it fits our budget, it’s near a lot of practical places for independent travelers like us, such as car rentals, Sarbagita bus stop, post office, diners, even KFC (preventing those Bali belly), ATM and money changers (for foreigners like you guys)! Everything is just a walk away. It’s called The Studio One.
We spent 2 enjoyable nights at The Studio One, at a Deluxe room which costs IDR 430,000 / night. Hot shower, AC, towels, and other basic amenities are provided. There are 25 rooms in total, consisted of Deluxe, Suite, and Junior Suite rooms, lined up in the two floors. Easily get to the dining room on the ground floor by stairs or an elevator. What’s more, the location makes it easy for you to reach places like Museum Pasifika, Bali Collection, Bali Nusa Dua Theatre, Nusa Dua beach and other beaches nearby.
Just in case you’re wondering why it’s called Studio One Inn, according to its staff, seems like the owner really likes music and photography, which reflects on the corridors decorated with vinyl records and rooms decorated with photos. Ah, a personal touch! We like!
If you’re interested, just call them up, email or show up at the hotel. How to contact them:
For more info about the area and what you can do, you can link up here.
Our friend Mia had a chance to visit West Papua and she brought us a souvenir, this picture and more to come. Give it up for Mia, everybody! *body wave*
There’s a tradition in the hinterland of Kota Mulia, in the Puncak Jaya regency of Papua, which will most probably drop some jaws. A person is to cut off a segment of his or her finger when a family member passed away. In this picture you can see a woman has lost two segments of her finger, which means she has lost two family members. But that doesn’t stop her from knitting 🙂
Hokay! A week has passed, it is time to announce the 2 winners of our #giveaway . It’s so nice to hear..err..read so many stories on unexpected kindness from you guys, may it happen in Indonesia or other parts of the world. We may not be saints or Mother Theresa, but we all can do good deeds as well as receive them. And so, without further ado, let us announce the winners of specially-brought-from-Bali soaps with various fragrances..
Adam (of @pergidulu)
Gina will be sent 3 soaps and Adam will be sent 2 soaps, with randomly picked fragrances.
Congrats, you guys! Don’t forget to email us your postal addresses and the shipping fee will be on us 🙂
Stroll down Ubud roads, Bali, and you will see a lot of this. Rice paddies on your right and left, enjoy the view while walking, driving, or biking like we did. The crop is harvested 3 times a year and exported, making one of the locals’ source of income. Things are done manually, and look how neat they line up the paddies. Rice paddy view in Ubud are like a million dollar view.
Today’s photo is a contribution from our friend Fahmi Anhar from Magelang. Let him tell you about this photo. Give it up for Fahmi!
It was the morning before Waisak day in 2011 or 2555 BE (Buddha Era). Just like every Waisak, monks from 3 monasteries lined up neatly in a procession called Pindapatta. They walked along the Chinatown of Magelang city to receive alms from the people in the form of money, food, snack, drink, etc. I found it interesting that not only Buddhist gave the alms, but also some people of different religions. I find beauty in sharing, and I believe sharing would make this country even more beautiful.
At several nights a week, Prambanan temple becomes the backdrop of Ramayana dance. In daylight, this is what one of the temples looks like. It’s a complex of Hindu temples that resembles Cambodia’s Angkor Wat quite a bit, with the cone-shaped tops and consisted of many temples. Prambanan as a tourist site is often overshadowed by the grand Borobudur temple, but the mystifying legend of Roro Jonggrang who had these temples made is passed on through generations of Indonesia people.
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