Sunday, 22 July 2012

Makasar, South Sulawesi Adventure

Just a couple of weeks ago I have this amazing chance of visiting one of Indonesia's popular tourists destination, Makasar City of South Sulawesi. This rare chance came when one of my relatives is getting married there at Makasar City. It's funny to call this trip an adventure though, because my main purpose of visiting Makasar City was suppose to be attending my family member's wedding ceremony... instead I'm enjoying the city more than I could help for. LOL

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Ujung Genteng: Adventure to the Southern Tip of West Java

It was just last week (5th May 2012) that we had another chance to go out adventuring again. This time we decided to go to Ujung Genteng. Ujung Genteng is the end of the southern coastal part of ​​West Java, located in Ciracap District, Sukabumi with the distance of approximately 220 kilometers from the capital city of Jakarta or 230 kilometers from the city of Bandung. That's about six or seven hours drive by car, why? because the road aren't exactly on a straight line. :D There are several alternative routes and adequate public transportation to the Ujung Genteng.

Monday, 28 May 2012

Dive Site: Krakatau

Indonesia belongs to one of the most volcanic and seismically active region in the world. There are 128 active volcanoes of which 76 had eruption in historic time. In the early time Krakatau estimated was a volcano with 2000 m in height. The catastrophic eruption destroyed the volcano and remained 3 islands, Rakata, Sertung, and Panjang. The renewed activity was started at Rakata, and an island of strato volcano was built up with diameter of approximately 5 km and 800 m high.

Friday, 4 May 2012

Escaping Through Fire Tips

  • Tip One
    If forced to travel through flames to reach safety, cover yourself (including your head) in a blanket, curtain, or overcoat. Wet it if you can, then take a deep breath and go.

  • Tip Two
    If your clothes catch alight, do NOT stay on your feet when out of the fire. The flames and smoke will travel up your body, over your face and into your lungs.

  • Tip Three
    Do NOT run, this will only fan the flames

  • Tip Four
    Roll on the ground and try to wrap yourself in something that will smother the flames, like a mat, blanket, or overcoat.

  • Tip Five
    If someone else comes running out of fire with their clothes alight, push them to the ground and use the same methods of denying the flames oxygen. Do NOT hug them to you or your clothes may catch fire.

Sunday, 29 April 2012

Survival Tips: How to Retain Fluids

To keep fluid loss to the minimum, take the following precautions:

  • Avoid exertion, just rest

  • Don't smoke

  • Keep cool, stay in shade. If there is none, erect a cover to provide it

  • Do not lie on hot ground or heated surfaces

  • Don't eat, or eat as little as possible. If there is no water available, fluid will be taken from the vital organs to digest food, thus further increasing dehydration. Fat is hardest to digest and takes a lot of fluid to break it down

  • Never drink alcohol. It also takes fluid from vital organs to break it down

  • Don't talk and breathe through the nose, not the mouth.



Friday, 27 April 2012

Survival Stresses

Getting lost in the wild or trap in a cave, or stranded lifeboat will be the test for survival. These survival situation will put you under pressure, both physical and mental. You will have to overcome some or all of the following stresses in order to survive:

  • Thirst, hunger and fatigue

  • Pain, illness and injury

  • Sleep deprivation

  • Fear and anxiety

  • Cold and/ or heat

  • Loneliness and isolation

  • Boredom

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Tips when Travelling Alone

Know Before You Go
Learn about Your destination, especially when traveling to a foreign country. Adapt your dress and demeanor to comply with local customs.

Learn about the Place Your Staying
Get to know the Hotel staff or the place where You will be staying. It would be wise to get a card from the counter with the hotel's name, address and phone number and keep this card on you at all times.

Saturday, 25 February 2012

C.O.L.D. to keep Warm

Outdoor adventuring can be a survival test, one of them is surviving against weather and temperature conditions. To keep your self warm, you need to apply C.O.L.D. Here's some survival tips:

The key to keeping warm.

Friday, 24 February 2012

Survival Tips: Getting Water

Get Water From Condensation

Tying a plastic bag around a leafy branch. Evaporation from the leaves will produce condensation in the bag.

Keep the mouth of the bag at the top with a corner hanging low to collect condensed evaporation.

Even cut vegetation will produce some condensations as it warms up when placed in a large plastic bag.

Survival Priorities

Protection from the elements and the effects of exposure

Try to establish where you are and the best way of attracting rescue

Take stock of supplies, ration it at once. Start collecting any rain

Don't eat unless you have sufficient water. Check all rations available. Stow them securely. Start fishing as soon as possible.

Thursday, 9 February 2012

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Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Travelling Tips: Passport Holder

Use a passport holder with skin/ beige color for complete invisibility and security. Also, you could carry a purse or wallet with some cash or non-essential items as a decoy in the unlikely event of theft. A thief will expect that you have something of value, therefore give them a low value target.
Never loose your passport. Keep it with you. Do not store your passport in your luggage or your hotel room.

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Traveling Tips: Self Recovery from Jetlag

Traveling Tips number one: When you travel to destinations with big time differences You should immediately try to adapt to the new time cycle. For instance, when You have arrived at your destination during the day but you’re supposed to be on Your night cycle, then follow the new time cycle, in this case daylight activities. Try taking a walk or do any activity that will keep you awake as people in the new time cycle would do. This way your body will adapt much faster.

Monday, 16 January 2012

Universal Studios Singapore

Universal Studios Singapore, The Youngest from All of Universal Studios Theme Park Family, and they have already been opened for some time now, almost 2 years now... exactly since March 2010.

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Diving Site: Krakatau Islands, Indonesia

The catastrophic eruption of Krakatau is known to the World to have the loudest explosion sound. It is said to have reached Singapore and Australia. The eruption destroyed the volcano and gave birth to Anak Krakatau. And several other islands that remain are called Rakata, Sertung, and Panjang. Today, Anak Krakatau is still active and has erupted again on January 11th, 2011.

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Tip of the Week: Measure Your Own Strength

Every Adventure got It's own challenges that pushes your physical and/or mental limit. For a beginner, try starting with small things first like hiking or trekking to a nearby campsite, and see if you need to catch your breath doing it. Don't push to hard!

So to be save just pick the Adventure You would likely be able to handle. Then You would know how much Your limits are and start drawing a save line from there... draw the line longer for new bigger adventure and eventually become stronger every time... works like a charm, good luck!

Tip of the Week: Backpacking Weight and Bulk

Always considers weight and bulk as your number one priority in deciding what you want to bring along with you when going hiking or backpacking.

Actually it's the most common logic for a traveler, either going to the wilds or to another city for leisure, traveling light is the best way to do it.

You do not want to waste your energy just to carry things you don't need and miss the chance to enjoy your trip...

Saturday, 7 January 2012

Green Canyon (Cukang Taneuh), The Canyon of Wonders

On my weekend a short while ago, I have the chance to go to the most amazing place of all. It’s called Cukang Taneuh according to the locals, but we know it as Green Canyon.
Green Canyon, Pangandaran, Cijulang, West Java, Indonesia. It is located 319 km from Jakarta or 183 km from Bandung. If you want to reach it from Purwokerto, you’ll need to travel for 158 km.

Friday, 6 January 2012

Wild River: Whitewater Rafting in Citarik, Sukabumi

Citarik River in Sukabumi, Indonesia is located about 150 km south of Jakarta, that’s about 4 to 5 hours of trip. After getting to Citarik, you will still need to go upstream about 30 to 40 minutes to get there. Once upstream you will get to choose your group color for the raft and your life jackets.

Citarik River Whitewater Rafting offers a scenic and challenging whitewater rafting adventure with friendly and professional guides.
Whitewater rafting usually done in group of four to six persons, including the guide, depends on the size of the rubber raft. So, there are only 3 to 5 person from your group that could get on one raft.

Tourist Destination: BaturRaden, Jawa Tengah

Baturaden is a tourist destination in Banyumas regency, Central Java, located in the northern town of Purwokerto right on the south slope of Mount Slamet. Mount Slamet with a sloping slopes, offers beautiful natural scenery, fresh air and at the altitude 1000 m.dpl
Baturraden because it is situated on the slopes of the mountains make this area has the cool weather and tends to be very cold especially at night. Baturraden also a tourist area visited by many local tourists, especially on Sundays and national holidays. These conditions led to many hotels and villas founded here.

Between Borobudur and Mendut, Wild Rafting Adventure

This time I’m going on a pretty similar adventure like I had in Citarik, Sukabumi. This new adventure takes place in the most historical site in Indonesia, probably in the world.

Betawi Township : Babakan Lake, Srengseng

Setu Babakan or Babakan Lake is located in Srengseng Sawah, Jagakarsa district, District, South Jakarta, Indonesia near Depok which serves as the center of the Betawi Cultural Village, an area to be maintained to preserve the cultural heritage of Jakarta, the Betawi culture.
Situ Babakan an artificial lake with area of ​​32 acres (79 acres) where the water comes from the Ciliwung River and is currently used for fishing for the people living near.

Rocking Yogja City

Yogyakarta or Jogja. Yogyakarta, is a province of Indonesia which is located in the southern part of Java Island and bordering Central Java province in the north. Geographically, Yogyakarta is located in Central part of Java island. A thousand years ago, Yogyakarta is the center of the ancient Mataram kingdom prosperous and has a high civilization. This is what founded the Kingdom of Borobudur temple which is the largest Buddhist temple in the world, 300 years before Angkor Wat in Cambodia.

Tourism Legend : Tangkuban Perahu Mountain

Mount Tangkuban Perahu is one of the mountain located in the province of West Java, Indonesia. About 20 km to the north of the city of Bandung, with a lush carpet of pine trees and tea garden around it, the mountain has a height 709m above sea level Tangkuban Parahu. The road to Tangkuban boat, on left sides of the street you will see a stretch of green tea gardens and rows of pine trees. The average daily temperature is 17°C in the daytime and 2°C at night.

Camping Ground : Pondok Halimun Sukabumi

Pondok Halimun tourist lodge or better known as PH. Located in the district of Sukabumi, about 7 km from the town of Sukabumi, is a good place to spend vacation time, valve cool mountains with nature that are still beautiful. Campground available for those who like camping activities.

The Pearl of Thousand Islands: Pulau Ayer (Ayer Island)

Ayer Island dubbed as the Pearl Island. The extent of less than 10 acres, located adjacent to Marina Beach, Ancol and can be reached within 30 minutes by speed boat / speed boat.

The island is welcoming visitors since 1950. Cottage floating on the water with ethnic style resort island of Papua is the pride that the distance is only 14 km (30 minutes) from Marina Ancol. On the island cottages are also available which is located on the coast, fishing facilities at night, jet skiing and banana boat.

Prambanan, The Most Beautiful Hindu Temple in the World

The Temple of Prambanan or Candi Prambanan, or Candi Rara Jonggrang is the most beautiful hindu temple in the world. This temple is located on the island of Java, Indonesia, approximately 20 km east of the City of Yogyakarta, just on the border between the provinces of Central Java and Yogyakarta. Candi Rara Jonggrang is located in the Prambanan village whose territory is divided between the districts of Sleman and Klaten.

Edelweiss Park in Alun-alun Surya Kencana

Surya Kencana square is decorated with flowers savanna Edelweiss (Anaphalis javanica) is very broad. Indeed, this place is the ancient caldera of Mount Gede. On one of the enormity of the eruption, the caldera is covered with eruptions themselves. While the new crater is formed at the Peak Gede until now.

Beautiful and Magnificent Sunset at Anyer Beach

Anyer also known as “Anjer” is the old port town in Banten, formerly West Java, Indonesia, about fifteen kilometers south of Merak. It is the home of a sixty five meters lighthouse (Cikoneng) built by the Dutch, King Willem III in 1885 as a memorial for the townspeople, victim of the eruption of Krakatau Mountain.

The Anyer beach is facing the West, so you could get the perfect view of Mt. Rakata (the child formed as the result of the Great Eruption of Krakatau Mountain in 1833) and the the most beautiful and magnificent sunset in West Java.

National Park: Pangrango Mountain

Gunung Gede Pangrango National Park (TNGGP) has an important role in the history of conservation in Indonesia. Defined as a national park on March 6, 1980. With an area of ​​22851.03 hectares, this National Park area is covered by tropical rain forest mountains, just 2 hours (100 km) from Jakarta. In the forest area TNGGP, can be found in “the giants” Rasamala, “the hunter of insects, “or pockets semar (Nephentes spp); different kinds of forest orchids, and even some types of plants that have not been scientifically known names, such as fungi luminous.

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Kiluan Negeri: The Dolphin Bay

I once thought that dolphins only exists in some of the most exotic places on the planet, like Maldives for example. But after seeing myself what Kiluan Bay looks like, all of that thoughts have disappeared completely and almost instantly. Just like when i went to see the Biawak Island a while ago.
Kiluan Negeri, as you know it, is a bay that is located deep within South West of Bandar Lampung. You will need approximately 3 to 4 hours trip just to get there from Bandar Lampung (with an insane driver). And the road to get there is unforgiving.

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

The Lost World: Pulau Biawak

A while ago I had the chance to go to a beautiful island named Pulau Biawak or Biawak Island. It is located 40 km north of the city of Indramayu, West Java, Indonesia.


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