Category Archives: Indonesia

Trekking to Hatu Pahu Pahu, Ora Beach.

Continue from the first post, here is the third day at Ora Beach. Not much different from second day, it was raining lightly, lighter.

Crossing the sea by boat for 15-20 minutes we arrived at another beach still in Seram Island, under the rain we start trekking to a point where we could see an awesome view from above, and I forgot how high it was, but it only took 15 minutes to hike. The cliff was named as Hatu Pahu Pahu and it has three points for people to hike, point one to three, three is the highest about one hour hiking. Unfortunately, we only stop at the first, the lowest, it was not reccomended to go higher because of slippery tracks (because of rain!).

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Visiting Ora Beach, never be a mistake.

A week before going to Ora, I was checking the weather forecast wishing that the weather would not be same with Jakarta, which at that moment Jakarta was raining a lot.

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My friends and I had been planning this holiday since last year, we booked the Ora Beach Resort around September 2014, gathered 12 people to join the trip so that the share cost should be lower. Me myself bought the ticket in November 2014, 2.5 million rupiah for a round trip ticket. It’s only a month and half after Rinjani Trip which was in mid February on Chinese New Year Holiday. And in between I had mountain trips in West Java that made my skin getting darker, but here we go :

Around 00.30 on Thursday Feb 19, our flight departed to Pattimura Airport and landed at 06.00 in the morning. One hour to Tulehu Port by car, 2 hours to Amahai Port (Masohi) by fast boat (or ferry?), another 3 hours to Saleman Village on Seram Island (we stopped to have lunch) by car, and finally 15 minutes from Saleman village to Ora Eco Resort by long boat, it was 3 PM.
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A mother, Allah hears her.

You’re healthy

Got good grades at elementary school

Also you’re smart little baby

You won math competitions

Or won any other competitions, sports, etc

I know you also got high scores on every quiz at school

You got a motorbike when passing the high school examination

Yes, you passed a favourite senior high school in town

You got first place in class

You got many friends

They love you

Teachers also adore you

You learned quick

You also listened well

And you know that you’ve grown up really well

You got acceptance into university, even tho it was not a favourite one

Oh you’re lucky, you got scholarship

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Duo backpackers, Bali : Menjangan, Nusa Lembongan

Until I posted on http://www.backpackerindonesia.com forum I got a new friend who would join me to go to Bali. It was random idea to go on Christmas holiday because I got several days off before joining Rinjani trip for the new year holiday (previous post). Here was the agenda :

Dec 24 : morning flight to Surabaya, had a full day enjoying city explore. Had night train to Banyuwangi. In the train we met several other backpackers who shared the same feeling about low cost traveling.

Dec 25 : arrived Banyuwangi at dawn and continued to take 45-60 minutes ferry to Bali. And off to Menjangan island directly. We met another two friends at Menjangan which had been in contact before, and we organized the share cost for one day menjangan snorkeling, it was about 150K each including the boat and a guide. image
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New year at 3726 m asl

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A long the year of 2014 I had been planning to hike Mt. Rinjani with some friends. The first plan was to hike in the middle of the year to avoid the rainy season. Plan changed due to work schedule and finally several friends just went by their own.

As I looked at my timeline and estimated the right time to take day off, I chose 25 December 2014 – 4 January 2015. I am on luck the project finished on schedule and I could easily go.

It’s rainy season of course, I knew I should be more careful to hike in this season and prepared everything, I had Semeru-rainy-experience last year that made me re-pack my carrier several times choosing clothes… choosing socks…etc. I even bought new waterproof and windproof gears.

Wisata Gunung schedule for Rinjani was 29 Dec – 4 Jan, so I made a new plan to visit Bali and Lombok from 25 Dec. And problem came which I needed to bring more clothes for beachhhh ! It took little bit (much) effort to organize my stuff as you can see below bag. Time to go !

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Has been here : 0 KM Indonesia – Weh Island [Sabang Trip Part 1]

I believe, whoever loves traveling, weh island is one of the dream destinations. On April 17, I took half day work because, that date was the date written on my flight ticket to Aceh, Thursday 17 April 2013 17.35.

The planning initially came from Semeru group because one of friend lives in Aceh. Okay, me and Fathia were the most excited to plan the trip. We bought the ticket in January and were busy planning everything such what to do there, where to visit, and of course the budget. We were worried because seemed only 3 of us wanted to join the trip, until I posted the plan on BPI Forum and backpacker facebook, and people started contacting me and finally we got 14 people for this group trip. In early April, we started to reserve the car, bungalow in Sabang, and hotel in Aceh. And H-1 we finally finalized the itinerary and completed the budgeting. Yey !

The journey started by having very heavy traffic on the way to Soeta Airport, no wonder because it was long weekend holiday, everyone seemed to have their planning to go on holiday. Anyw, after very last minutes checked in, we finally met each other in the boarding waiting room. FYI, the group consist of me and my friends (4 people), Rizky by his own still univ student, Mba Lilita’s group (3 people), Fachri and friends (6 people).

After having short transit in Medan, we arrived Sultan Iskandar Muda Intl Airport – Aceh around 10PM. I can say that this is the most silent and quiet airport ever, we only walked around 5 minutes to reach the outer gate.

Thursday night in Aceh? Not like what I heard before, the city was still alive at 11PM, many restaurant and coffee shop still open at this hour. We soon asked the driver to take us to eat the most famous mie aceh in town, Mie Aceh Razali, right next to it, the famous Nasi Goreng Daus, both of them provide various combination of seafood. Full enough eating mie aceh, we directly went to Chrystall Guesthouse at Sultan Iskandar Street to spend the night before off to Sabang the next day. Oh ya, make sure when you visit Aceh, spend your time enjoying night by drinking coffee at one of coffee shop, the famous ones : yellow coffee & dhapu coffee.

Mie Razali

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Tebaran Bintang di Surya Kencana, Gunung Gede

Genap dua minggu setelah berkunjung ke Gunung Prau, Wonosobo, saatnya menapaki kaki pertama kali di Gunung Gede tanggal 11-13 April 2014 kemarin. Pendakian Gunung Gede (2958 mdpl) ini awalnya direncanakan oleh grup Semeru dengan tujuan kumpul-kumpul kangen lama tak jumpa.

Gunung Gede 2958 MDPL

Rencana ini sudah ada sejak bulan Januari, tapi sayangnya pada hari pendakian banyak saja yang tidak bisa ikut karena ini dan itu, alhasil kami yang berangkat dari grup Semeru hanya lima orang, dengan mengajak beberapa teman dan kerabat, jadilah ada 11 orang.

Jadi perjalanan kami mulai dari Kampung Rambutan, gue dengan semangatnya datang paling pagi jam 8 malam, ya di kota Jakarta pada Jumat malam bisa kebayang kan macetnya gimana? Nerobos dari Rawa Belong ke Kampung Rambutan gak mungkin nyampe jam 8 kalau berangkat jam 7. Yak, karena gue ketimpahan malaikat yang mau nganter ke sana, Thank You AJ!

Menggunakan bus arah Banjarnegara, kami stop di pertigaan Cibodas lalu naik angkot ke warung Mang Idi, warung ini jadi basecamp kita untuk persiapan mendaki setelah shalat subuh. Setelah makan kenyang, tidur cukup, packing mantap, jam 6 pagi kami mulai trekking melalui jalur Cibodas dengan tujuan mendirikan tenda di Alun Alun Surya Kencana. Continue reading

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Trip Rusuh Dieng – Prau [Perfect Getaway-2]

Ini adalah kelanjutan dari cerita di postingan gue sebelumnya, ngetrip bareng NgeTripMulu

Ini dia, wisata Dieng yang ditunggu-tunggu, gue yakin trip-trip ke Dieng pasti tujuan wisatanya sama, Candi Arjuna, Telaga Warna, Sikunir (tambahin ya kalau masih ada lagi). Tapi yang membuat trip ini berkesan adalah trip nya penuh canda tawa, penuh foto-foto (wajib), dan penuh dengan orang (haha). Bayangin aja kalau gue cuma pergi berdua sama Fathia, mati gaya banget kali ya minta orang fotoin mulu (:D).

Sayangnya banget nih, si Fathia mesti cabut hari itu gara-gara ada kerjaan. Moto kita sih “Jalan-Jalan wajib, tapi kerjaan harus high performance”. Yah artinya buat alasan apapun itu, kerjaan comes first.

Candi Arjuna

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Trip Rusuh Dieng – Prau [Perfect Getaway-1]

Setelah hampir putus asa, bingung mau liburan kemana untuk long weekend berikutnya (29 Maret – 31 Maret kemarin), si Fathia nge chat gue pagi-pagi ngasih link kaskus tentang trip ke Dieng-Prau. Gue, tanpa pikir panjang langsung aja ngajakin orang-orang dan ya langsung daftar. Kenapa gak pikir panjang? Soalnya trip ke Dieng-Prau sudah ada di agenda gue dan partner in crime gue ini di bulan Januari akhir (long weekend juga), yang sayangnya dibatalin karena musim hujan dan Prau ditutup.

Secara pribadi gue antusias banget join trip ini, waktu gabung di group whatsapp nya meyakinkan banget kalau ini tripnya gak bakalan kaku. Ditambah lagi tujuannya, Prau, gunung, gue kangen gunung ! gue kangen ngecamp ! Mungkin kalau trip nya cuman wisata Dieng, gue bakal request  selipin di itinerary nya hiking to Prau kali ya, tuh kan gue kangen hirup udara sejuk.

Belakangan gue tau trip ini di organize oleh Bang Jamal and the team di NgeTripMulu , dan ini dia pasukan rusuh nya :

Before leaving

18-Hour Sleeping!

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Semeru – Mahameru, will be there again :)

December 18th, me and Fathia had the latest flight to Surabaya like around 10PM, exactly in the middle of night we arrived at Juanda Airport. We did not know where to sleep (planned to sleep at the airport while waiting damri in the morning) but no sleeping allowed, we were too afraid to take public transportation (such as taxi) because we did not know where to go, everything was unplanned, until we found one person who wanted to go to Malang by renting a car, and finally we went to malang directly with this one stranger. At 02.30AM, we arrived in Malang, the driver helped us to find a room for us to rest, but we ended up at McDonalds 24 hours because no room available at that time. We ate a very early breakfast at 03.30AM, and soon had our very-short-sleep still at McD. Adzan came and we walked to Mosque near Malang Train Station, we only could walk, nothing we could ride to reach the mosque,Malang city is so quiet that dawn. And yes, we slept in mosque until 08.00AM and soon went to train station which 500M away from this mosque.

Meeting the team !

Although several of us were late because unexpected things happened, around 12PM we finally left the station for Pasar Tumpang to have our next transportation – Jeep to Ranu pani Village – Lumajang. The team was fun and solid, they threw jokes easily and everybody seemed happy and relax to start the journey, only in few minutes we suddenly became friends. Oh ya, there’s one from Malaysia, she is one of an expert for hiking.

Before off to Ranu Pani

Ranu Kumbolo 2400 masl !

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