Archives for the month of: March, 2011

The travelogue pages will appear soon lads!

For this edition of Travelxpose, I contribute two story. First, the legendary tale about whaling culture in Lamalera. Second, I wrote my short-articles about Karimunjawa Island.


Tulamben beach from above, photographed by Barry Kusuma.

“Bali is a romantic. Once bound to come calling for the return. Seduction of this island is hard to resist, even though many times to come but still missed as well…”

My article about Bali is published by Bella Donna, a well-known leading wedding magazine in Indonesia. Titled “Mooi Bali” inspired by the Dutch who call Indonesia in the past as “Mooi Indie” which means beautiful Indonesia. In this project, I worked with Barry Kusuma, a commercial travel photographer. His common stock photos of Bali beautify my articles. []

Get up early in Baluran and found dew hanging on the tops of the plants. Soft light of sun emits a dreamy images in front of the lens. (Ayos Purwoaji/Travelboogie)

Having a water source available throughout the season makes this mountain is important for animal life in Baluran. In 1980 created a pipeline that connects the spring with Bekol savanna. But this device is damaged in 2003. (Ayos Purwoaji / Travelboogie)

A group of deer crossed in front of us on our way back from Bama beach. Unlike the bufallos that is difficult to find, deer much easier to find because of habitat is in Bekol savannah, close to our guest house. (Dwi Putri Ratnasari / Travelboogie)

Monkey is the usual thing you'll meet in Baluran. They wandered in front of the guest house, jumping on the branches of trees, sitting along the road, or even grab a tourist's food bag. Supono, a national park rangers, said the monkeys go wild because it was too pampered by visitors. (Dwi Putri Ratnasari/Travelboogie)

Baluran National Park is a ‘little Africa’ located on the corner of Java. This national park has a savanna ecosystem which is the ideal place for the continuity of life Javan-banteng (Bos javanicus javanicus) species. It is a heaven for many species of birds and primates, also a living place that’s comfortable for deers. Baluran’s savanna is the only one that exist in Java.

On the other hand, National Park officials are struggling to maintain last savanna in Baluran. Because since 1981, thousands hectares of savanna in Baluran decreased due to the invasion of Acacia plants. 80% of the 10,000 hectares of savannah in Baluran been converted into forests and shrubs.

When the savanna was not seen again in Baluran, then just wait for Javan-banteng extinction. []

Standing over 1247 meters above sea level, Mount Baluran is the easternmost mountain in the island of Java. This mountain is a natural habitat for wild bison, protected species that can still be found around the Park Baluran. (Ayos Purwoaji / Travelboogie)

Ayos Purwoaji, one of our writers, received a special assignment from National Geographic Indonesia to report the current condition of the Baluran National Park in Situbondo, East Java. He also will report any park ranger’s effort  for this”Little Africa” continued sustainable.

In this assignment, Ayos will work with Swiss Winasis, a talented young wildlife photographers. Ayos will be in the national park for three days, starting March 10 and ended by March 13, 2011.

Assignment Note: Swiss Winasis and I, photographed by Dwi Putri Ratnasari at Bekol savannah. During my assignment, Swiss helped me so much. He even scheduled a short interview with the head of the national park.

Swiss Winasis and I, photographed by Dwi Putri Ratnasari in the Bekol, main savannah at Baluran National Park. During my assignment, Swiss helped me so much. He set me for a short-interview with the chief officer of National Park.

Enthusiastic (Dwi Putri Ratnasari/Travelboogie)

Shining (Ayos Purwoaji/Travelboogie)

Blessed (Ayos Purwoaji/Travelboogie)

Tired (Dwi Putri Ratnasari/Travelboogie)

We both finally get to watch the parade Goddess Makco. It is a ritual that has long gone, the last appearance in 1964. This ritual is lost due to social and political conditions of Indonesia are very sensitive to all things related to Chinese culture and communism. At this year’s parade the statue of Goddess Makco again held back by the oldest temples in Singapore, Hok An Kiong.

Statue of Goddess Makco carried by antique altar around Chinatown. About 500 people took part and joined in the procession. They lined up behind the statue of Goddess Makco and crossed the legendary Kembang Jepun street.

Makco (Tioanhou) is the goddess who controls the oceans and give salvation to the sailors. Goddess of the sea has become the main goddess worshiped by the first generation of Chinese who came to Surabaya nearly two centuries ago.[]

I found this monkey on a chain attached to a Phinisi deck that docked at the port of Sunda Kelapa. The sailors used to bring pets as entertainment in the middle of shipping. Currently they are carrying a lot of electronic entertainment such as television and radio as an alternative. (Ayos Purwoaji/Travelboogie)

A large cemetery is located in the heart of the capital. These are the tombs of the warriors who died during world war is called Ereveld Menteng Pulo. All the graves were neatly and there is a beautiful church in the middle of the cemetery. (Ayos Purwoaji / Travelboogie)

Passer Baroe is a street full of shops and food vendors. One of the most widely sold merchandise is fabric. Passer Baroe is one of the oldest shopping center in Jakarta. (Ayos Purwoaji / Travelboogie)