Ranu Kumbolo: a Glimpse of Paradise Before the Throne of the Gods

Being the tallest volcano is the island of Java, of course I have heard of Mount Semeru so many times. The mighty peak of Mahameru which literally translate into the the peak of the Gods surely gives out chill and excitement for beginner and experienced hikers alike. I was indeed challenged but I knew I…

Prau: a Beautiful Hike at the Heart of Java

I have never summitted a mountain. To this day, I have done couple of treks that surely took my breath away, literally and figuratively, but never once in my life that I reached a summit. Last year I committed to change that and tried to do one of the most popular hike in Central Java that is the…

A Hike for Coffee: Men’s Talk

Part 5 of 5 After finally sipping that delicious coffee, I chose to hang out with these men of Waerebo. Some of them were with me on the hike the day before and really know how beaten I was. Then I just tell them that the coffee I just had was all worth the hike….

A Hike for Coffee: Waerebo Girl

Part 4 of 5 One of my favorite moment from the visit. This sweet little girl played with my friend’s phone and learnt how to take picture with it. She enthusiastically showed me the picture she just took; the picture of her own beloved village and also her very first shot! I really enjoyed taking…

A Hike for Coffee: Mama Bertha

Part 3 of 5 I talked to Mama Bertha that morning when she was just finished roasting coffee beans (trust me that’s one of the most heavenly aroma I smelled in months) and ground them. We talked a lot; about coffee, home, family and also food! She gave me a chance to help her ground…

A Hike for Coffee: Morning Routine

Part 2 of 5 As the morning broke, the ladies of Waerebo starting to get busy with their coffee-making routine. I spent the night there and as I woke up I walked out of the home and started to mingle and tried to give a hand (and also taking some photos, of course). I just…

A Hike for Coffee: Waerebo

Part 1 of 5 I visited Waerebo village last year and it was one of the most fascinating journeys I have ever had. I fell for the warmth of the people, the serene natural beauty surrounding the village and also … its delicious coffee. On the hike, just a few hundred meters after this turn…

Photo Tale: Mount Marapi

Oh wait.. this is the other Marapi… not the one in Java but this one is in West Sumatra. The glorious mountain lurked from the beautiful Ngarai Sihanok on her feet. Took this photo last year, part of the bunch of photos I took from the Geological field-trip I was participated in. Sumatra is so…

Photo Tale: The Greens of Samosir

Good morning from Indonesia! We are entering the smoke season in Duri right now, ugh, maybe it is the time to take vacation and leave for a while. But I couldn’t until September 😦 To freshen up my morning, I choose to share one of my favourite scenery from Samosir Island, North Sumatra. These are…

Photo Tale: the Palace and the Sky

Istana Pagaruyung (Pagaruyung Palace) in West Sumatra. This photo was taken July last year when I participated in a geological field-trip. Living in Riau, West Sumatra seems to be our perfect destination for a scenic road trip. — Istana Pagaruyung di Sumatra Barat. Foto ini saya ambil pada bulan Juli tahun lalu ketika ikut perjalanan…

Photo Tale: Photogenic Buffalo Boy

So I was in Samosir Island, North Sumatra on March 2012 when I noticed this boy and his buffalo. When I said hello, he was posing and smiled at me! — Jadi saat itu saya ada di Pulau Samosir, Sumatra Utara pada bulan Maret tahun 2012 silam ketika saya melihat anak ini dan kerbaunya. Ketika…

dari Prambanan…

Saya dan teman-teman mengadakan perjalanan 4 hari ke Jogjakarta pada bulan Januari 2008 lalu. Perjalanan itu adalah salah satu perjalanan paling berkesan bagi saya karena saya banyak melihat hal baru sekaligus melihat hal lama dengan paradigma baru 🙂 Salah satunya adalah Candi Prambanan. Saya pertama kali ke sana ketika berusia 5 atau 6 tahun dan akhirnya kembali…