I am not a person who grew up having pets or close to animals. Unlike many of my friends who are animal lovers, I find it hard to relate how they are able to have such close relationships towards animals. But the older I get, the braver and more experiences I have with animals. I am also more aware of the kind of animals I am more fond of. For example, I prefer dogs better than cats. I am no where happy to be in contact with lizards, but the most random animals I grew to love are those who has huge bodies yet very tender. Yes, I have humongous respect and love for God’s creation, the gentle giants. Continue reading “My Love for the Gentle Giants”
Ever since their ‘welcoming party’ in late September, Hu Chun and Cai Tao have stolen the spotlight from many other animals existed in Indonesia. Well, those are actually the names of two furry fellows, the giant pandas that have been brought to Indonesia all the way from China!
The wonderfully fluffy and FAT animals are under breeding loan for about 10 years and have been treated special in Taman Safari Indonesia at Cisarua, Bogor. Like many other citizens in Indonesia, the existence of these two pandas excite me! As the virtuous opportunity approach to handle werk perks relating to these furry fellows, I obviously didn’t want to miss out!
As they got out after a month of quarantine and adaptation to their new habitat in Taman Safari Indonesia, Hu Chun and Cai Tao were ready to finally be exhibited! The wonderful Taman Safari have erected a new building, elevating at 1800 meters above sea level with the temperature and surrounding area similar to the gentle giants’ old habitat back in Chengdu, China.
Istana Panda Indonesia— as the building called–is where the two pandas going to spend their daily eat-sleep-play-repeat. Istana Panda Indonesia is three storeys high, designed similarly like a Chinese castle with strong bright pallete, symbolic to many Chinese buildings such as green, red and gold. Not only that the castle exhibits the pandas, it’s also home to two other Chinese animals, Takin and Red Pandas.
Istana Panda Indonesia is also complimented with restaurant with awesome food choices and a merchandise store that is all panda related! On the third floor, it has interactive panda learning center that covers knowledgeable insights about Pandas and even a dummy exhibit of a panda hospital! A replica of their check up bed, where Hu Chun and Cai Tao is treated regularly by professional vets in Taman Safari.
This is also something you shouldn’t miss when you come to this place: the many unique photo spots and framing with views of the large Gede Pangrango mountain! It will make you feel like you’re actually in the uphills of China!
Taman Safari promise to keep these animals under a lot of care, as they use them to conserve and reproduce. Although pandas have very little mating period (1 week/year) and known to only have 2 days to actually mate to reproduce, we hope that they will eventually able to grow a family here in Taman Safari!
Okay, enough now, here’s a collection of adorable pictures of Hu Chun and Cai Tao in their new habitat at Istana Panda Taman Safari:
14 October 2017
Gunung Parang via Ferrata
Challenge level: 8/10
Every year since 2012 I always try to reward my self a Birthday treap (treat+trip). Whether it is just a short out of town trip or a great workshop to attend to. This year thankfully was quite special and definitely a challenging activity to a sad realization of how old I was getting. Continue reading “Gunung Parang via Ferrata, A Tough Adventure with A Killer View”
In conjunction to Hari Batik Nasional on the 2nd of October, I was invited to attend a Batik-making Workshop at Aston Marina Ancol, North Jakarta.
So I’ve never seen my dad so excited to be photographed before until we went to this place.
One of the best things the fortunates have done for the less fortunates.
The Colorful Village or “Kampung Warna Warni” is located in Jodipan Village, Malang city, East Java. It was first started as an assignment for a group of university students at University Muhammadiyah in Malang. The students were on CSR mission to clean up after the village. Due to the situational condition of the village that was close to the river, the students started the assignment from cleaning out the river as it was the villagers’ everyday necessity. Heavily polluted, the river was finally cleaned and the villagers were educated about the harm of a polluted river if they kept on throwing trash away in there. Continue reading “The Colorful Village of Jodipan, Malang”
The answer to your “Kok lo jalan-jalan mulu sih??” question.
Sometimes I ask myself the same question. But all I ever know was that if i want something, i have to have it. I was born a stubborn kid, never have my parents stop reminding me of that because the habit continues til today. But i guess that stubborness comes at a price that i was able to gain lots of experience by it. Traveling experiences included.
So how was i able to travel so much even though it seems that i dont earn much? I dont have much money, may you know. My background is media and communication and it’s public knowledge that media industries lacks fortunes. But if it still left you wondering how and why I am able to travel much, you may consider these facts that I often planted in my head to experience life as much.
1. Do not be afraid to go broke
I’m sure you know that quote, “Travel is the only thing you pay that makes you richer”
I understand that money is everything for a lot of people. Money buys you food, insurance, clothing, safety and life in general. But my parents sure to remind me since I was a young girl, “you’re not gonna bring your wealth and money to your grave!” Statement that forever sticks to me. Now, I’m not saying that you should spend all the money you have to do whatever you want. You should still spend it wisely and prepare for the worst. Coming from family of religious Muslims means that we prioritize hereafter purposes more than worldly mortality. So more often than not, I spend my money wisely to gain worldly experiences that are beneficial for the hereafter. Beneficial meaning that through traveling and education, it gains me a proper view of being a better and purposeful human being which leads to inshaAllah a magnificent life in the hereafter.
In Islam we also have a belief that sadaqah (giving charity) will make you richer. Therefore you shall not be afraid to go broke, be positive knowing that with every penny you spend on experiences and charity, you’ll gain more and more.
2. Travel according to a suited budget
Now that you are generous enough to spend your money for your own life-gaining, note that my way of traveling still ranges on a suited budget. I don’t go around and splurge everything I have for the things I want. As a Libra, I balance out many decisions fairly. If I think I have the money to go on a dive trip, then I would spend an entire week or two just for that! However, when I do feel that I’ve used up my money on other things and still wanted a vacation, I will go to a nearer and cheaper destinations that does not require a plane ticket, like chilling in Bandung/Ciwidey or Mount Papandayan in Garut if I want to be showered by nature.
3. Consistent savings
This one maybe quite a useful trick. This tip will make me sound like financial advisor, and I’m sorry if it did, but I promise you this is only based on my personal experience. Save and make sure the amount you saved continues to be certain and stable.
After I graduated college, I was blessed with a good amount of savings from my university insurance deposit. I know not a lot of university opt this for their students, but you can always start saving from a certain amount at one time. For example, you saved Rp. 3.000.000 from your first salary or from your parents’ inheritance. Then you save some more and then you need to travel and spend a little bit of your savings. By the end of the next month (or by your own spesific deadline), you should promise yourself that that saving should be back at Rp. 3.000.000 or more but NEVER less.
This is useful because you will learn to manage your money and be aware of your spending. If you are lucky enough to have better income in the future, you could always set up a new savings goal that need to stay certain and stable.
4. Opportunist mindset
I considerably admit that I am an opportunist. I often kill two birds with one stone. “Menyelam minum air“, we call it in Indonesian. I often will find good opportunities to discover places while I’m at another purpose. Like slipping out few hours or days after a work event in another city to befriend and get to know it a little bit. Or even gush over their famous culinary!
You probably ask again, where do you find the time? Make it. Opportunist would say use your weekends wisely, use your right of annual leave wisely and that’s exactly what I would say. When my family and I lived in the US, we actually just stayed there for 8 months for Dad’s work opportunity. But believe it or not, we went to over 12 states in total because Dad made sure to use our weekends and Spring Break wisely to explore the country and learn something new about the place. And I believe that I take after his places-discovering habit until today.
5. Leave your comfort zone
Traveling comes with good and bad days, and once you’ve placed your mindset to being an opportunist, you should be able to try new things without consent to always having the best of times. When I took the cheapest flight but with the most ridiculous hours of transit, it was up to me to make sure I am comfortable enough to survive it. Even if that means getting kicked out twice for attempting to lounge/sleep at a restaurant. Most importantly to keep your brickwall face on! *Read: muka tembok.
6. Consider yourself lucky than most.
Last year I found a video on Facebook (link here) that made me think again about how grateful I am of my life despite having to always mentally complain in my head. The video is titled “10 Signs You’re Doing Well in Life (Even if you don’t feel like it)”. Some things like having a roof over your head and that you ate today are already signs that you are well and lucky.
Besides those 10 signs, I consider myself lucky that traveling was bred in my family. You know the stereotype of Padang/Sumatra people who were always nomadic (perantau)? I guess it feeds through my genes.
Think about other positive things that made you, you and stop comparing yourself to others. If you can’t travel today as much as I am, surely you have other things to be grateful for.
You know how Millenials today often go, “Hey, let’s go get brunch!” and you stand corrected confuse on where you should have that once in a month meal that is the popular culture in today’s society. Well, no need to think no further, because Aryaduta Hotel now offers a weekend brunch that’s suited to your delight!
Recalled as one of the most famous Orang utan conservation and rehabilitation center in the world, Tanjung Puting National Park is another way to explore yet another mother nature’s greatest creation, the flora and fauna.
Belitung was not a foreign place for me, as it is my mother’s hometown and basically the place where she and my maternal family grew up in. My grandparents worked and lived there for years, before moving to Jakarta. My maternal family even speaks the dialect in their everyday life, so it was very easy to get to know this place through their stories and from relatives that visits our home in Jakarta. Negeri Laskar Pelangi or the Land of The Rainbow Troops has become tourist-famous ever since a movie came out in 2008. The movie, Laskar Pelangi that came to life by Indonesian movie geniuses Mira Lesmana and Riri Riza was based on a true tale book by Andrea Hirata. The movie began as an eye opener of how beautiful Belitung is, as part of the Bangka-Belitung Province, east coast of Sumatra, Indonesia. Continue reading “7 New Hidden Spots in Belitung You Should Visit”