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"..aku ingin ke tempat-tempat yang jauh, menjumpai beragam bahasa dan orang-orang asing. Aku ingin berkelana, menemukan arahku dengan membaca bintang gemintang. Aku ingin mengarungi padang dan gurun-gurun, ingin melepuh terbakar matahari, limbung dihantam angin, dan menciut dicengkeram dingin. Aku ingin kehidupan yang menggetarkan, penuh dengan penaklukan..ANDREA HIRATA (EDENSOR)

Tondok Mamasa

February 25, 2010
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Have you ever heard about Mamasa?Well I guess many of you dont :)! I can understand as Mamasa is only a small new born regency after a separation from Polewali (which is now called “Pol-Man Regency (Polewali Mandar) ) about approximately 6 hours driving towards north of Ujung Pandang,or about 252 kms (South Sulawesi). Total population is about 125.008 people. It is situated on the highland (1150 m)  and the temperature is really cold and wet.


Well, let us start the trip from Ujung Pandang. Upon arrival at the airport, you need to takea taxi to the terminal ” Dayak” and you will need to take a bus which is directly to Mamasa (easier). However there is also avalaible the what I call “fast car” instead of bus. It is a small car consist of only 9 passengers. Why I call it “fast car” because normally bus will take about 5 hours to get to Polewali, but with this “fast car” you will only need 2 hours (super fast isn’t it??). With a direct bus you will only need to pay once (which is about IDR 100.000 or $ 10 per person) until Mamasa, but with this “fast car” which is local people call “kijang” ( about IDR 60.000 or $ 6 per person), it will drop you until Polewali only and then you have to take another transport to Mamasa (I dont suggest this option unless you want to spent a few days in Polewali).


The distance from Polewali to Mamasa is about 90 kms, with a bit rough asphalt, and it is tiring. If you go with bus then you will feel a great shaking along the way,however still fantastic !! But dont expect any good restaurant, gas station etc along the way! As soon as you are arriving in Mamasa, be ready to feel the cool temperature in the evening. The nature and the air is still “virgin” and not yet contaminated by polution ( as far as I know).

Mamasa also good for tourist who interest in doing a trekking,hikin,bicycling,rafting and many other extreme activities. It has a few tourist object as well :

– Tedong-Tedong Grave ( a grave where skull of dead people are collected in a place called “tedong-tedong” ,tedong = buffalo. Tedong-tedong is a place to keep the skulls

with buffalo head in one side. This is almost similar with what Toraja has )

– Waterfall Sarambu
– HotSpring
-Traditiona House of Mamasa
-Traditional village of Ballapeu
and many more….

So, there is one fact you should know about Mamasa. Long time ago, “outsiders” were very afraid of “Mamasan”, because Mamasa was famous for “magic”. One of th e what people call “extreme magic” of Mamasan was “to walk the dead”. This practice was done long time ago when for example a friend was dead and nee d to be brought to his/her village. But due to it was hard to carry (or not enough) people to carry the dead body , and they had to pass mountains,jungle and rivers to get to the village, then they use the magic so the “dead bo dy was able to walk for days” and dont need to be carried! Scary..!! When the dead body is arrived, it is then welcome with a special ceremony a nd then placed in the house for a few days before it is burried.

Nowadays  this practice has been no longer used, as transportation alredy avalaible to carry the dead body..NO MAGIC need :)!Well’ that’s a short introduction about Mamasa, dont hesitate to ask should you have further questions.

Cheers
Pic 1 : The center of the town
Pic 2 : Traditional costume of Mamasa
Pic 3 : Traditional house of Mamasa ( in Sarambu)
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Download & Play YOUTUBE video on Windows Media Player

February 10, 2010

There are a lot of ways to convert YOUTUBE video into any formats you want (online). The good things to have the videos converted online is that you do not have to install any converter softwares on you PC. Let me tell you how i do that step by step :

1). Click on this website http://online.movavi.com/

2). Paste the URL video you’ve got from youtube

3). Choose type of format you want. You can use format “mpeg” to play with Window Media Player.

4). Click “convert” and the file will be downloaded and converted immediately.

5). You can click ” receive the file via email” if you’d like to have the converted file sent to your email

That’s how i do it, good luck 🙂 !!!

cara download youtube ke mp3

January 7, 2010

Cara men-download music video di youtube kedalam betuk mp3 (convert online)

1). Buka situs youtube di www.youtube.com

2). Cari/ketik music video yg anda inginkan di tab “search” misalnya ” ST 12 -Biarkan Aku Jatuh Cinta” ato apalah,,!

3). Copy URL video tersebut, dan buka “New Window”

4). Ketik  www.video2mp3.net  di tab browser.

5). Paste URL video yg anda sudah copy tadi di kolom “Video URL”

6). Kemudian klik ” Convert” Ikuti petunjuk selanjutnya.

It’s just simple and easy…!! Good luck !

WATER PALACE SOEKASADA UJUNG

January 3, 2010

On the same day Dec 25th, we also visited another water palace in Amlapura called “Taman Ujung or Soekasada Ujung” or in English “Garden of Ujung”. Ujung is the name of an area in Amlapura town.  This palace also built by the same king  I Gusti Bagus Jelantik (1909 – 1945) Anak Agung Anglurah Ketut Karangasem who built the water palace of Tirta Gangga in 1919. However this palace was also ruined by the eruption of the Mt.Agung in  1963, and the heavy earthquake in 1976.

The architecture is the combination between architecture of Bali and Europe. It is a very nice place to visit. This site is located about another more or less 5 kms from Amlapura town to the south near the beach of Tumbu village, Karangasem district.

There are three (3) gates  to get inside this palace, there are at the west-part, south-part and east-part. The main gate is at the west part, and it is called “Bale Kapal”. KAPAL means SHIP because it was built in a ship shape. To get the center of the garden from the west gate, we must descend hundreds of stair-steps. Inside this palace there are several buildings (connected with bridge) and three (3) wide pools.  In the middle of the first pool in the north, a main building called “Bale Gili” connected with a bridge to the south. In the west part of the pool, in a higher place , there is also a building called “Bale Bunder” a place to enjoy the beauty of the garden.

To enter this palace, the entrance fee is IDR Rp.3.500,- per pax and parking fee is IDR Rp.1.000 (bike).

Tirta Gangga Karangasem

December 28, 2009

On the Dec 25th , I and friends did a trip to the Eastern Part of Bali, our destination was Amlapura town, the capital of Karangasem Regency. Karangasem is about 62 kms from Denpasar, and it takes about at maximum 1 hours to get there by motorbike or private car. The road is well paved road, straight but thou at some part there are holes here and there.

We visited a famous tourist destination there called “ Tirta Gangga” or in English can be translated as “ Water of Gangga”. As there is a pool at this site which has a spring coming out from the ground, and local people there believed that this water is coming from Gangga Water in India (River Gangga). A spring in balinese called “embukan”,spring is considered holy for Balinese (holywater). According to some sources, this site is used to be a palace built by the last king of Karangasem  Anak Agung Anglurah Ketut karangasem in 1984, and this was used as the resting place for king. However due to the eruption of Mt.Agung in the 1963 caused a very serious damage, and this palace was once abandoned.

Tirta Gangga Palace or can also be called Tirta Gangga Water Garden is located about another 6 kms from Amlapura town to the north-east,in Ababi village the district of Abang. The place with cool surrounding and also available a pool if somebody wants to swim or bathing.This 1,2 hectares of Water Garden consist of 3 complex. The first near the entrance gate is pool for fishes and fountain, the second is swimming pool and the third is a “bale” a place for king relaxing.

The entrance fee : ADULT (domestic tourist and foreigner) is IDR Rp.6.000/pax – CHILDREN IDR Rp.3.500 –Parking Fee 1000 (bike) 2000(car).

Sources : tirtagangga.nl & karangasemtouris.com

AYAHKU JUARA SATU SEDUNIA

December 23, 2009

Tepatnya tanggal 21 Dec, aku menonton sebuah film yg berjudul SANG PEMIMPI yg digarap oleh sutradara RIRI REZA dan MIRA LESMANA, filem ini diadaptasi dari novel ANDREA HIRATA (buku ke-2 dari tetraloginya) seorang penulis LUARRR BIASA yg kebetulan judul bukunya sama dengan judul filemmnya. Filem ini  merupakan sekuel dari filem LASKAR PELANGI yg blum pernah aku nonton sama sekali. Filem ini ditayangkan serentak di bioskop resminya tanggal 17 Dec, tapi berhubung aku kmaren agak pesimis klo filem ini gak bakalan ada di TO Galleria, tp ternyata ada hehe..

Sebenarnya, aku orang yang paling malas baca buku-buku novel dan sejenisnya ,entah mengapa,,mungkin karena aku gak terlalu suka dengan cerita-cerita  yg terlalu dibuat-buat dan berkhayal hehe..tapi lain halnya klo membaca karya ANDREA HIRATA. Alasan yg paling kuat knapa aku menyukai tetralogy karya ANDREA HIRATA adalah karna itu “BASED ON TRUE STORY” cerita dan perjalanan hidupnya (gak dibuat2 hehe ), kedua “TIDAK MEMBOSANKAN” ceritanya diselingi yg lucu-lucu, pokoknya semua ada deh, dan yg ketiga “MEMOTIVASI” untuk berani bermimpi dan mewujudkan cita-cita dengan kerja keras dan do’a. Tapi jujur bukunya yang pernah aku baca baru “EDENSOR” hihi ( tapi aku rasa sudah ciukup mewakili)..

Yang paling berkesan dari filem SANG PEMIMPI untukku adalah ” perjuangan seorang Ayah Haikal, yang harus mengayuh sepeda ribuan kilo untuk menghadiri acara pembagian rapor anaknya, dengan memakai baju safari 4 kantong satu-satunya, yg hanya dipakai pada acara-acara penting. Pembagian rapor adalah acara yg sangat penting bagi ayah haikal”  dan lebih terharu lagi ketika nila rapor Haikal anjlok , dan dia ingat janjinya tidak akan mengecewakan ayahnya. Sangat mengharukan. Aku jadi teringat Ayahku yang tidak pernah mengeluh dan tegar untuk bekerja dan menyekolahkan kami anak-anaknya. AYAHKU juga adalah AYAH JUARA SATU SEDUNIA.

Pesan moral yg aku tangkap dari filem ini adalah ” …cintai orang tuamu, karena doa mereka yg membawamu mencapai semua impianmu…”

Lagu yg dijadikan sebagai soundtracknya , ciptaan Band GIGI ” Sang Pemimpi” pun sangat berkesan buat ku, dan aku suka lagunya. Sangat cocok dengan filemnya. Untuk para “dream chaser” , lagu ini cocok jadi pedoman dalam usaha anda untuk mencapai dan mewujudkan mimpi-mimpi.  Ini cuplikan bagian REFFnya :

reff:
bersyukurlah pada yang Maha Kuasa
hargailah orang-orang yang menyayangimu
yang selalu ada setia di sisimu
siapapun jangan kau pernah sakiti
dalam pencarian jati dirimu
dan semua yang kau impikan

……………………….

Film ini wajib ditonton..!!!

Visa Information to Indonesia

December 14, 2009

visa sampleVisa-Free Short Visit

11 countries and territories are eligible for a “Visa Free” facility. Those holding valid passports from the following countries will be granted a non-extendable 30-day Visa-Free Short Visit Permit upon arrival at an Indonesian international gateway without charge:

 

  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Chile
  • Hong Kong SAR
  • Macau SAR
  • Malaysia
  • Morocco
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam
  • Singapore

The official entry requirements for the issuance of a visa-free short visit permit:

1. Passport must be from one of the eleven countries listed above.

2. Passport must be valid for a minimum of 6 (six) months from the date of entry into Indonesia.

3. Onward or return tickets are compulsory.

4. Visitors must enter and exit through one of the 15 airports, 21 seaports or 1 overland border post officially approved as an “international gateway” by the Indonesian Immigration department.

Visa on Arrival Facility (VOA)

Effective May 28, 2007, visitors holding valid passports from certain countries can obtain either a 7 day or 30 day non-extendable visa at any of the 15 airports and 21 seaports designated as “international gateways” by the Indonesian Immigration department. The fee for this visa, payable upon landing, is US$10 for a 7 day visa and US$25 for a 30-day visa. Nationals of the following countries are eligible to purchase a “visa on arrival (VOA):” (Updated May 28, 2007) :

  • Algeria
  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Bahrain
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Cambodia
  • Canada
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Egypt
  • Estonia
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Iran
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Kuwait
  • Laos
  • Latvia
  • Libya
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Maldives
  • Malta
  • Mexico
  • Monaco
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Panama
  • People’s
  • Republic of  China
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Qatar
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Suriname
  • Switzerland
  • Sweden
  • Taiwan
  • The Netherlands
  • Tunisia
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America

The official entry requirements for the issuance of a 30 or 7 days day visa-on arrival:

1.    Passport must be from one of the countries listed above.

2.    Passport must be valid for a minimum of 6 (six) months from the date of entry into Indonesia.

3.    Payment of US$10 or US$25 must be paid at the gateway, depending on the length of visa required.

4.    Onward or return tickets are compulsory.

5.    Visitors must enter and exit through one of the 15 airports or 21 seaports officially approved as an “international gateway” by the Indonesian Immigration department.

6.    Please make sure that you have one (1) entire blank page for the placement of your visa. If there is no page available, you run the risk of being turned away from Indonesia.

Visas-on-arrival are non-extendable and non-convertible to another class of visa. Overstays are charged US$20 per day for over stays up to 60 days. Overstay violations over 60 days are liable to 5 years imprisonment or a fine of Rp. 25 million.

Tourist Visa

Individuals not holding a passport from among those nations listed above and eligible either for a visa-free short visit or a purchasable visa-on-arrival (VOA) can apply for a tourist visa at an Indonesian Embassy aboard. Tourist visa are normally granted for a 60 day stay in Indonesia.

Visa Issued on Approval
All visa applications for Business, Tourist and Social Visits from nationals of the following countries need prior approval from an Immigration Office in Indonesia before traveling. The requirements vary depending on the propose visit to Indonesia.

  • Afghanistan
  • Albania
  • Angola
  • Bangladesh
  • Cameroon
  • Cuba
  • Ethiopia
  • Ghana
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Israel
  • Nigeria
  • North Korea
  • Pakistan
  • Somalia
  • Sri Lanka
  • Tanzania

Other Classes of Visas for Temporary Visitors

There are several other classes of visas available to visitors to Indonesia. If you are making your travel arrangements with http://www.balidiscovery.com we will be happy to provide you additional information and assistance regarding the following visa classes:

Business Visa – This visa is given by an Indonesian Embassies abroad to applicants visiting Indonesia for normal business activities (including attending a conference/seminar) which do not involve taking up employment or receiving any payments whilst in Indonesia. This visa, valid for a stay of 60 days, can be for a single or multiple visits. This visa is obtainable after application by a sponsoring party in Indonesia to the Department of Immigration.

Social-Cultural Visa – This visa is issued by as Indonesian Embassy abroad to applicants who are going to Indonesia for a social/cultural visit, such as visiting relatives/friends; social organizations; exchange visits between educational institutions; undertaking research and attending training programs in Indonesia. The validity of this visa is for a 60 day stay, but can be extended upon application in Indonesia. This visa is obtainable after application by a sponsoring party in Indonesia to the Department of Immigration.

Employment Visa – This visa is given to applicants whose purpose of visit is to take up employment and require sponsorship by a company or organization in Indonesia.

Limited Stay Permit (KITAS) – This visa is a Temporary Stay Permit (KITAS) and is issued to applicants whose purpose of visit is to stay in Indonesia for a limited period.

NOTICE: The information supplied was believed correct and current at the time of publication. When in doubt or if you have questions, we strongly suggest that you contact the travel company making your travel arrangement or your nearest Indonesian Embassy.

Source : www.manadosafaris.com