Ijen The Irresistable

Mount Ijen, located between Banyuwangi and Bondowoso regencies boasts a phenomenon that can only be seen in two places in the entire globe, which is the blue fire. The bluish flames of burning molten sultur can be seen inside the crater, which can be seen at night until just before sunrise. To reach the peak, you will have to ascend 3km of the mountain, usually starting around midnight. We started our journey at 4am just before sunrise and was extremely lucky.

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Sulphur is extracted from the lake and a vulcanology post just below the crater. The sulphur collectors hike up in the morning and return around 1pm when the clouds rolls in. Trekkers are advised to do the same, but the clouds often disappear in the late afternoon.

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The best time to make the hike is in the dry season between April and October.

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Travellers are advise to wear comfortable shoes and warm clothes.

Happy trekking!


The Magic of Mount Bromo

Mountain lovers will be no stranger to this active volcano, a part of Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park. Start your Mt. Bromo trip with a ride to the lookout point on Gunung Pananjakan with a hardtop Jeeps that are available to hire. If you’re lucky, you’ll be treated to a magnificient sunrise and view of Mount Bromo, Mount Batok, and in the far distance, Mount Semeru. Walk down and the jeep driver will take you to the savannah. Enjoy the vast views and be sure to take plenty of pictures! Don’t miss out on the sand dunes known as “Pasir Berbisik” and the luscious green hills that our guide called “Bukit Teletubbies” because it resembles those featured on the children’s show. If you’re still got strenght in your stride, climb up the stairs to see the crater of Mount Bromo.







Getting started: The small village of Cemoro Lawang, 46km from Probolinggo is perched on the crater’s edge and has grown up largely to service tourists who visit the Bromo region. It’s the easiest place from which to set off on the pre-dawn excursion to Gunung Bromo itself. There is a national park post where you pay admission to the park or you can buy a ticket from your hotel.You can also arranged for a jeep and driver from the hotel.

Must bring: A coat or jacket. For extra warmth, bring gloves, hat or a scarf. Eraly mornings are dusty and dark, a flashlight would be handy as well.

Happy Traveling!

Graffiti – Semarang Indonesia

“Graffiti is one of the few tools you have if you have almost nothing, and even if you don’t come up with a picture to cure world poverty you can make someone smile while they’re having a piss.” Banksy, the anonymous street artist who now commands outrageous prices for his art.

Here are some random graffiti taken in Semarang.







Happy Traveling!

Overshare – May 2013

Here are some of the things I found and love in May. Hope you like them as much as I did.

Shops: VNC

Launching its rainbow-colored collection, VNC opens a store with a new concept at Pondok Indah Mall 1. Presenting 24 looks of VNC Spring 2013 collections, a floral affair inspired by tea parties, candy bars and beautiful, delicate blooms with floral candies. This season, VNC offers ballet pumps, sandals and flats, going hand in hand with Spring floral dresses and lace detail. The new store concept reflects the modern style and premium quality of the brand. I’ve bought  five pairs from them this month alone.

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Books: World War Z by Max Brooks

My favourite movie genre is horror. I love mummies, vampires, werewolves (not the Twilight kind) so when I saw this book at Periplus I had to read it. World War Z is an oral account of the zombie war – told by men and women who witness the horror and how they managed to survive. I’m dying to get my hands on a copy of The Zombie Survival Guide. However the book selection in Jakarta is limited and I’m just going to have to wait until I get to Singapore or Malaysia. Can’t wait for the movie …


Food: Arab Corner

This little gem is hidden in Jalan Jaksa area. The food is amazing and authentic. And the prices reasonably – a meal for two people is usually about Rp.200 000 including a starter. The service is a little slow at lunch time but the dinner service is quick and you get to watch the street vendors selling wares from the first floor without getting hassled.

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Blogs: Sea of shoes

I love this blog. It’s written by Jane Aldridge and even though our lifestyles are completely different the images on this blog are truly a work of art. She has inspired me to use more colour and accessories in my daily life.  And also to take better pictures. www.seaofshoes.com


This month’s obsession: Basic Gray Sweatshirt

For the last few months I’ve been hunting for a basic gray sweatshirt with no luck. Dry season is here and so are summer clothes so chances of me finding now is slim to none. However I still can’t help but obsess over it.


Happy Traveling!

Kudus and around

Kudus is a fairly quiet industrial city built around Sungai Serang and it can justifiably claim to be Kota Kretek, the ubiquitous sweet smelling clove cigarettes which was mass produced for the first time here in the 1920s and today over 25 kretek manufacturers are based in and around the city. We manage to visit the Kretek museum.



The western part of Kudus is quieter and prettier than the modern eastern half. Here you can find traces of the city’s past, including its most important mosque, the Mesjid Al-Aqsa. It is renowned as a centre for Islamic study. The mosque was founded in 1549 by Jafar Shodiq considered one of the nine holy saints of Indonesia.



Happy Traveling!


Lying halfway between Semarang and Kudus at the southwestern corner of Gunung Muriah peninsula is Demak. Once the major port and the capital of Java’s first Islamic Kingdom. Here you will find the Grand Mosque (Mesjid Agung), the oldest in Central Java and the holiest on the whole island. Sharing the mosque’s courtyard is a small musuem,which traces the fortunes of the building through the centuries, with scale models and photos.



Happy Traveling!

Malang- Indonesia

Feel the unique atmosphere in the Chinese community in Malang: China Town or Pecinan, with the old famous Klenteng or Chinese Temple “Eng An Kiong”, built in 1894, reveals a fusion mix of Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism.


Balekambang Beach: This beach has the same characteristics as the beaches in Bali. There is a fisherman village and a Hindu temple on a small island.


Singosari Temple: Also known as Kendedes Temple. It was built at the end of the 14th century, to honor King Kertanegara, the last King of the Singosari Dynasty.


Kidal Temple: It was built around the middle of the 13th century. The narrative in Negarakertagama identifies Kidal Temple as the burial shrine of King Singhasari II, Anusapati.


Jago Temple: Also known as Jajaghu Temple or Tumpang Temple. Mentioned in Negarakertagama as one of the places visited by King Hayam Wuruk from Majapahit in 1359.


Happy Travelling!

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