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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.


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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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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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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