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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Ketemunya di Semeru, ngelamarnya di Rinjani, sabi bgt sih Ase – Noe !
http://www.wisatagunung.com sekarang sudah sampai Sulawesi loh.
Have a safe flight back here brother 😉 – with Diat

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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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Semeru, Ready ?

Teman, benar ternyata kalau naik gunung itu adiktif, to be true because it happens to me. Gaya banget padahal baru pernah naik gunung sekali waktu itu yaitu Papandayan di bulan Oktober, pengen naik lagi dan naik lagi.

Kebetulan kakak gue, yang biasa di sapa Bang ASe (Adi Setiadi), owner nya wisatagunung.com yang punya banyak open trip ke gunung-gunung di Indonesia, dan adik kesayangan gue, si Diat, yang memang pencinta alam (FYI, gak cuman gunung, semua kegiatan alam dia jabanin deh). Jadi, saat itu sekitar bulan November setelah bang Ase nikah, gue memutuskan untuk join open tripnya wisatagunung.com ke Semeru Mahameru untuk bulan Desember dan ngajak partner in crime(?) gue si Fathia. Karena gue dan Fathia sama-sama pemula, kita agak kebingungan nyari mountain gears dan pada akhirnya minjam kanan kiri.

Bang ASe beserta istrinya khawatir banget waktu dengar gue join ke Semeru (FYI, istrinya ini juga pendaki), mereka gak cuman minjemin gue alat-alat, tapi juga dikasih bekal dasar tentang nanjak Semeru-Mahameru ini, apalagi lagi musim hujan. Kinda sweet of them ya ❤

Setelah fix gue dikasih restu nanjak, dapat izin dari kantor, dan tiket PP JKT-SBY sudah di tangan, fisik gue yang lemah ini mesti dilatih dan jadilah gue olah raga (utamanya jogging) hampir tiap hari. So, Ready ?

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Our Semeru trip started from Desember 18th – 22nd, 2013. It’s kinda late to write story about 4-month-ago-trip, it became my habit because work gets busy todays, but hopefully I still can continue writing about my interesting moments.

This is the picture of my brother which I envy too much and intended to take picture here also :

Diat

Thank You, Papandayan !

Hello.

My very first experience exploring mountain in Indonesia was Mt. Papandayan, Garut. it was in the middle of October, I was bravely went to Garut by myself. Because it was my first time I did not even know how hard and dangerous it was because, if I see my brothers, they are actually cool and strong enough to hike and climb, and I questioned my self, why could not I?  So, from this point I decided to go to Papandayan.

PS : Actually my brother did not allow me to hike, I just push myself to have this awesome experience. And after that

One brother told me : “Hati hati ya nanjak itu adiktif loh, hebat Halla !”

Another brother told me : “Mantab Halla, tapi jangan sampai kena keracunan akut negeri di atas awan ya Halla”,

*my brothers keep calling me ‘Halla’ fiuh.

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Getting Away

Did I ever say that I love traveling ? oh yes, you  can look back to my older writings about my ‘city explore’ and ‘nature explore’ traveling in other countries and in Indonesia.

I realize, now I’m trying to write again after my last writing over a year ago. A year, many things happened including my way to get away from anything related to my dad, I don’t know it just took me so much time to wake up and get up from my very bottom position, but yeah I have my new interests to make me motivated as I inhale and exhale my breath everyday.

After city explore is too mainstream to travel, I follow my brothers traveling story, about how they worship nature and how they learn many things about nature and human. I am amazed, and currently I am more into exploring mountains ! It’s my current getting away.

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Batik, a heritage we should proud of.

Assalamualaikum Wr. Wb.

Yesterday, which is Sunday June 23 I went to Museum Tekstil Jakarta to attend “Pemilihan Duta Museum Tekstil”. Although not much people know about this event, but for me this is an important purpose for us, for Indonesians to know about Museum Tekstil, which is located between Pelni Hospital and Tanah Abang Market, Jl. Tubun. Anyway, I am not talking much about the ambassadors, one sure catches my eyes is Ngebatik (Doing Batik) on Pendopo Batik ( A place to make Batik).

First of all, we were given a small square white fabric to draw whatever pattern we like using a usual pencil. Don’t worry, for amateur like me, they gave samples to draw so that I could easily follow the pattern. I drew a peacock at the center, leaves and waves surround as I improvised. After the wax boiled enough, we applied the hot wax onto the cloth by using canting tools (see the picture below about canting tool). Then we applied according to the pattern we drew, carefully, lines between lines. Make sure to apply the wax to both sides of  the cloth. The wax color we used was dark brown and it’s the basic color for canting process.

peacock

You can’t do directly as you see the picture, the instructor taught us about “sitting”, “canting”, and “even how we hold the cloth” technique. If we disobey any of these, surely the result would not come out as we expected. As I was applying the wax, I replaced the wax inside the canting tool with the new one several times to make it apparently perfect, but, the hot  wax landed to my skin and I was shocked. Continue reading