Kamis, 21 Agustus 2014

Magic Lights: Savanna in Sumba



Saat dimana matahari perlahan turun sebelum kemudian menghilang adalah momen favorit saya untuk mengambil gambar. Senja selalu memberi warna tersendiri, tidak hanya jika anda melihat senja di laut.

The time when the sun slowly disappear is my favorite moment to take pictures. Dusk always give certain colors, and it's not only best at the sea.



Padang savana bagaikan pemandangan yang tidak ada habisnya di Sumba, Nusa Tenggara Timur. Perjalanan kami terutama dari area tengah ke Sumba Timur akan ditemani pemandangan padang savana yang luas. Terkadang rombongan kuda terlihat beriringan dan bahkan melintasi jalanan aspal.

These kind of savanna is a never ending sight in Sumba, East Nusa Tenggara. During our road trip from the central area to the eastern Sumba, these kind of view is everywhere. Sometimes we saw a group of wild horses and even sometimes you can see them crossing the street.



Sore hari adalah saat terbaik. Di Waingapu kami sempat berencana menikmati sunset di pinggir pantai. Namun perubahan rencana seringkali membuat perjalanan lebih menyenangkan. Kami berubah pikiran dan memutuskan untuk menikmati senja di area savana, sambil mencari kumpulan kuda sumba yang terlihat beriringan pulang.

Late afternoon is the best time. In Waingapu we changed our plan to see the sunset from the beach. Sometimes the change of plan give better experience and that's what happened. We decided to enjoy the sunset from the savanna while looking for those wild horses.



Saat mendekati kawanan kuda jangan berbicara keras karena mereka akan pergi dengan cepat saat terusik. Cukup mendekat hingga jarak yang tidak terlalu mengganggu mereka, duduk menikmati senja sambil mengambil gambar. Amazing scenery right in front of you, enjoy!

When approaching a herd of horses just don't speak loudly because it will make them ran quickly. Approach them slowly and quietly and you can enjoy a perfect sunset view from a distance which won't disturb them. Amazing scenery right in front of you, enjoy!

@marischkaprue - got a lot of splash of sunset everywhere

NOTES:
  • Harga normal tiket Jakarta - Waingapu berkisar di harga Rp. 3.200.000 - Rp. 3.500.000,- PP. 
  • Normal return airlines ticket from Jakarta to Waingapu is around 280 USD to 305 USD.
  • Contact sewa mobil di Waingapu: TX Waingapu, dengan harga sewa antara Rp. 400.000,- hingga Rp. 600.000,- per hari, sudah termasuk driver dan bensin. Telp: +62387 61534
  • Rent a car in Waingapu via TX Waingapu, it's about 35 USD to 53 USD per day including driver and gas, but the price might be more for foreigner. Contact via +62387 61534 
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Senin, 18 Agustus 2014

La Petite Kepa, A Small Haven in Alor



Kepa mungkin terlihat kecil, namun keindahan pulau ini menyaingi berbagai pulau lain sehingga Kepa menjadi surga kecil yang terkenal bagi wisatawan yang datang ke Alor, Nusa Tenggara Timur.

Kepa may look small, but the beauty of this island makes it stand out among others for those coming to Alor, East Nusa Tenggara.

The pier in Alor Kecil, look at the clear water!
Hanya sekitar 10 menit menyeberang dari dermaga di Alor kecil, atau sekitar 30 menit perjalanan dari pusat kota Kalabahi di Alor, Kepa sangat mudah untuk diakses. Pulau kecil ini berjarak hanya 500 meter dari Alor kecil dan terlihat jelas dari dermaga. Bahkan, beningnya air sudah mengundang saya untuk terjun sejak dari dermaga Alor Kecil. 

Only about 10 minutes crossing from the pier at Alor Kecil, or a 30 minutes drive from the center of the City in Kalabahi, Kepa is easy to access. This small island is only 500 meters away from Alor Kecil, you can see it directly from the pier. Even at the dock, the clear water invites me to jump already. No but I didn't do that, I wait till I get in Kepa before I jump to the water ;)



Pulau Kepa sangat menyenangkan. Pasir putih yang halus dengan sebagian titik merah dari karang berwarna merah yang tersebar di pantai, pepohonan di "padang" saat rumput mengering di pertengahan tahun membuat Kepa semakin cantik.

This island gave me a pleasant feeling. Fine white sands with red dots of red corals scattered on the beach, the trees in the "savanna" when the grass turning brown during summer making this island even more beautiful.
The "sakura" in Kepa
Who wants to stay here? :)
The modest homestay at Kepa Island
Langit yang membiru dan lautan di sekeliling membuat kami betah berlama-lama di pulau kecil ini. Snorkeling juga dapat dilakukan di sekeliling pulau dengan air yang jernih ini. Ada satu penginapan di Pulau Kepa yaitu La Petite Kepa Homestay, sebagian unit-unit bangunan kamar dibuat menyerupai rumah tradisional di Alor dan dibangun di sisi pantai. 

The blue sky and seas around makes us didn't wanna leave this island. You can also snorkel just around the island, it's crystal clear water everywhere anyway. Also, there is a nice home-stay in Kepa which is La Petite Kepa Homestay where most of the rooms of the building units made ​​to resemble a traditional house in Alor and built on the beach side.


A view in front


Kepa might be petite but the happiness is grand here :)

@marischkaprue - she's a petite woman on the grand world

NOTES:
  • Alor terletak di Nusa Tenggara Timur. Untuk menuju Alor, ambil penerbangan ke Kupang (Harga tiket Jakarta - Kupang PP sekitar Rp. 3.000.000,-) kemudian dilanjutkan dengan penerbangan Kupang - Alor (via Transnusa dengan harga tiket sekitar Rp. 1.200.000,- PP)
  • Alor is located in East Nusa Tenggara, to reach Alor you can take a flight to Kupang (Jakarta - Kupang return flight is about Rp. 3.000.000,-), then continue with Kupang - Alor (via Transnusa return flight is about Rp. 1.200.000,-)
  • Budget untuk menikmati 5 hari di Alor sekitar Rp. 3.000.000,- all in (tidak termasuk tiket pesawat), untuk mendapatkan kisaran budget tersebut sebaiknya pergi bersama-sama atau ikut open trip sehingga biaya sewa kapal dan mobil dapat lebih murah. Untuk trip ke Alor, hubungi Tukang Jalan ,via email: tuk4ang.jalan@gmail.com atau telp +62 813158 09191
  • The budget for 5 Days in Alor is around Rp. 3.000.000,- all in (exclude plane ticket), to get this price with proper facilities, you can join open trip so the boat and car rent is cheaper. Contact Tukang Jalan for the trip to Alor: tuk4ng.jalan@gmail.com or phone +62 813158 09191
  • Jangan lupa membawa peralatan snorkeling sendiri (masker, snorkel, fin, bisa juga rental dari Jakarta). Di sejumlah tempat di Alor disediakan penyewaan alat snorkeling tapi selalu lebih nyaman menggunakan alat sendiri atau dengan alat yang sesuai dengan ukuran kita.
  • Don't forget to bring your own mask and snorkel, also the fins (or you can rental from Jakarta), they provide the snorkeling gears here in Alor but it always more comfortable using your own tool or rental a perfect size gears first.
  • La Petite Homestay berada di Pulau Kepa, dengan waktu terbaik mengunjungi di pertengahan tahun sekitar Juli hingga September. Sebaiknya booking sebulan (atau lebih) sebelumnya untuk mendapatkan kamar. Harga menginap di La Petite mulai dari Rp. 175.000,- per orang per hari (termasuk makan 3 kali sehari). Kontak La Petite di +62813 53709 / +62813 38200479
  • La Petite Homestay is located in Kepa Island, best time is on mid of the year, on July - September so you better book months ahead to get a room in La Petite Homestay. The rate starts from Rp. 175.000,- per person/ day (include 3 meals per day). Contact La Petite via +62813 53709 / +62813 38200479
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I had a lot of fun in Alor with them, thank you for the nice and fun convo everyday! :)

Minggu, 17 Agustus 2014

Biking Kelok 44: New Experience



It's been years since the last time I rode a bicycle. Actually, it's been a very very long time since the last time I rode a bicycle. So at first, I was a bit worried when we stopped at the roadside of Kelok 44 in Agam, West Sumatera. I even did a two-practice "lap" before we started.


This #MinangkaBike is a new experience, even though during my childhood, I rode a bicycle a lot and get a lot of wounds also for speeding a lot, my mom not even shocked seeing me going home with bruises or wound and bleeding here and there (ha!). Well, being an adult you are more insecure, I think about crashing the cars, fell down and so many bad possibilities before we started.

the view is just.. relaxing!
But then, as I paddle my bike, going through the winding road with all the green and some yellowish grass and paddy, all the dreads are gone, maybe I am become too excited, it's been a long time and here I am paddling my bike in Kelok 44.



The name itself describes the famous road in West Sumatera. Kelok means winding and 44 shows how many sharp turns on the road. Other than nice air to breathe (even though you'll smell some smoke from the cars passing by), you'll find some monkeys on the side of the roads. Also it's hard not to stop at several places since the view are just beautiful.



If you want to recreate childhood memories biking on the roads with green grass around it, well remember to be careful especially on every sharp turns and get yourself a reward afterwards: a nice coffee with this view.


Oh well, let sip the coffee, shall we?

@marischkaprue - she's on the fun moment in her cycle of life.

 NOTES:
  • Biking in West Sumatera is one of the activity at #MinangkaBike a program from the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economics to promote West Sumatera as a tourist destination. See more about destinations in Indonesia in Indonesia.travel
  • Again, thanks to Mad Alkatiri the initiator, let's do more projects in the future!

Selasa, 12 Agustus 2014

Underwater Photo: Thunder



There's always certain amazing effects from underwater photo-shoot that makes an image totally different. On our second session, I tried using long white dress and white fabric. It was during evening so the light wasn't as bright as the previous session (Batiksession, click here to see).


Ferry tried different way of lighting and the result is amazing, the color turns to be like a lightning and thunder, in a psychedelic way.


So here are some of the results, hope that you like the thunder in the water in this case :)





All photos by Ferry Rusli, you can see his amazing works here on his blog or Instagram
Make up by Kathleen Claudia
White long dress by Zara

@marischkaprue - having a colorful life

NOTES:
  • If you want underwater photo too, you can simply contact Ferry through his twitter account here
  • For make up, wardrobe collaborations on our next project, you can contact me through my email 

Senin, 11 Agustus 2014

Places to Snorkel in Alor


You cannot swim? Can’t dive? Afraid of water? Well, I always tell one thing, just enjoy! Here in Alor, the sea are amazing, the blue greenish tuquoise that pulls you in everytime you look at it. At least that's how I felt and I'm sure you have to, I repeat, you have to dip in and just enjoy the water here in Alor.

The clear water around Pura Island, Alor
Alor might sound unfamiliar. Only a few know this place, even though it might be quite famous for divers. But if you're not a friend of BCD (Bouyancy Control Device - the tools for diving) don't let it stop you from visiting this heavenly blue.


Located in the Eastern of Nusa Tenggara, an hour flight from Kupang, Alor is not hard to reach. You don't have to spend hours and hours boat trip, just sit inside the plane (well, right now flight from Kupang to Alor is only provided by Transnusa) and wait until you see islands of blue and white sands and torquoise.


A must do thing in Alor is dipping into water. As you see on the first sentence, your un-ability of swimming mustn't keep you away from the water. Here snorkeling is a must, it's even better if you can do a bit of free diving to see the beautiful and healthy corals in the crystal clear water.

There are at least three places you can consider dipping in in Alor:

Banjaran


A few selfie won't harm you. I'm using Go Pro & Go Pole to get this selfie shot.
This one is not a consideration. I call it a must since the corals are so rich and beautiful here. One advantage of snorkeling in Banjaran is how easy to reach this place. You can rent an ojek, or took an angkot and just stop beside the street and walk. Banjaran is only 5 minutes walking distance from the road and if you use a rental car, you can park just beside the beach.

Here's freedom is real, taken by Agus Hong
Entry from the beach and in a moment you'll find the colorful corals with fishes. There were a lot of coral plantations in Banjaran and it already reaches its healty point. Don't stop reminding yourself not to touch and step on the corals though. It took a very long time to grow.

Pura




Located near Pura Island, there are a lot of spots to snorkel here. The boat might anchored in the shallow point, only 3 meters deep, you only have to swim a bit to see deeper point where the schooling little fishes are mostly appear.


Here the water is also crystal clear, just a perfect spot to snorkel and have a good blue day either it alone or with your wet friends!

Biatabang


One of the things you'll see a lot in Alor during snorkeling is the cylinder structure made of bamboo. It usually lies near the corals and the local people called it "bubu"


Bubu is a fish trap, the hole at the sides will attract fishes to come in then the path will make the fish unable to go out, simple way to get fishes without fishing rod or fishnet.


Anyway here in Biatabang you'll also see some bubu at the seafloor. There are also deep wall in Biatabang near the shallow area, well if you're a free diver you can explore deeper area, but anyway those 4 and 5 meters deep are also beautiful anyway.

Selfie with Agus Hong & Sam
So, are you sure you don't want to get wet in Alor?

@marischkaprue - Sometimes she snorkel, sometimes she dive and she wish that she'll be a great free diver someday

NOTES:
  • Alor is located in East Nusa Tenggara, to reach Alor you can take a flight to Kupang (Jakarta - Kupang return flight is about Rp. 3.000.000,-), then continue with Kupang - Alor (via Transnusa return flight is about Rp. 1.200.000,-)
  • The budget for 5 Days in Alor is around Rp. 3.000.000,- all in (exclude plane ticket), to get this price with proper facilities, you can join open trip so the boat and car rent is cheaper. Contact Tukang Jalan for the trip to Alor: tuk4ng.jalan@gmail.com or phone +62 813158 09191
  • Don't forget to bring your own mask and snorkel, also the fins (or you can rental from Jakarta), they provide the snorkeling gears here in Alor but it always more comfortable using your own tool or rental a perfect size gears first.
  • Bring an underwater camera, there are a lot of options, from Go Pro to Sony XperiaZ2 (this one you have to wash with freshwater afterwards) 
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