Toraja Culinary

Traveling ke Toraja bisa cukup merepotkan bila dikaitkan dengan makanan. Beberapa tahun yang lalu cukup sulit untuk mendapatkan makanan halal di Toraja. Hanya beberapa warung yang menjualnya. Namun sekarang sudah banyak warung yang menyiapkan makanan halal buat teman-teman muslim.

Selain kesulitan mencari makanan halal, untuk mencari warung pun tidak banyak. Budaya orang Toraja yang masih menganggap kalau mau makan harus di rumah sendiri. Demikian halnya untuk minum kopi. Jadi jangan heran jika tidak banyak warung makan dan warung kopi di Toraja. Tapi saya yakin ke depannya akan bermunculan warung atau restoran untuk menopang program pemerintah yang menjadikan Toraja sebagai salah satu tujuan prioritas pariwisata.

Jadwal off dari project kali ini saya habiskan di rumah saja, di Toraja. Biasanya saya keluyuran travelling, tapi sekarang waktunya untuk bertemu dengan orang tua. Kesempatan ini saya gunakan untuk melampiaskan kerinduan saya akan makanan rumah terutama makanan khas Toraja.

Berikut ada beberapa masakan khas yang harus dicoba jika berkunjung ke Toraja. (non halal).

Pa’piong

Bisa dibilang ini adalah makanan ultimate dari Toraja, yang benar-benar khas. Pa’piong identik dengan bambu dan daging babi. Cara pembuatannya adalah dengan memotong-motong daging babi ke ukuran yang kecil kemudian digabungkan dengan daun mayana dan bumbu-bumbu lainnya. Kemudian campuran itu dimasukkan ke dalam bambu yang tidak terlalu tua, kemudian dibakar. Waktu pembakaran kira-kira 30-40 menit.

Rasanya tidak perlu dipertanyakan lagi. Saya paling suka kalau sehabis dibakar, disimpan dan kemudian disangrai. Dengan sangrai ini, daun mayana dan dagingnya menjadi lebih crunchy.

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Saat ini varian dari pa’piong sudah banyak. Daun mayana tidak lagi mendominasi sebagai bahan utama, bisa diganti dengan daun lainnya, saya lupa namanya, bisa juga menggunakan nangka muda, batang pisang, atau bumbu rica-rica.

Untuk versi halalnya, daging babi bisa diganti dengan ikan atau daging ayam.

Tollo’ Pammarasan

Makanan ini mirip rawon, namun lebih kental. Selain bubuk kluwak, daging buah dari kluwak juga dipakai. Isiannya bisa menggunakan daging babi atau ikan segar. Rasanya enak, apalagi dengan tambahan cabe yang banyak. Lemak dari babi menambah kegurihan makanan ini.

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Tollo’ Lendong

Makanan ini mirip dengan Tollo’ pammarasan, tapi bahan utamanya adalah lendong atau dalam bahasa Indonesia disebut belut. Cara memasaknya hampir sama. Untuk belutnya sendiri, sebelum dicampurkan dengan kluwak, harus dibakar terlebih dahulu untuk mengilangkan lendir dan menambah aroma. Continue reading “Toraja Culinary”

Burake Hills Swimming Pool

Untuk melengkapi suasana sejuk cenderung dingin di Toraja, selain naik ke gunung, kita juga bisa berenang di beberapa tempat yang menyediakan kolam renang. Sebut saja Makula dengan sumber air panasnya dan Tilangnga’ dengan kolam dari alam. Selain itu ada beberapa hotel yang mempersilahkan masyarakat umum untuk menggunakan kolam renangnya.

Beberapa bulan yang lalu, sebuah kolam renang yang letaknya tepat di lembah gunung Burake dibuka untuk umum. Persisnya ada di kompleks perumahan Burake Hills. Lokasinya sangat strategis karena berdekatan dengan gerbang masuk ke wisata patung Yesus di puncak gunung Burake. Continue reading “Burake Hills Swimming Pool”

When You Get Your Story Published On The News

Another first-time, my story is published on the newspaper.

Its a perk having some friends on another field of work. You can get other experience. So, regarding to my last trip to Sweden, I wrote an article on my photoblog.

And then I remember Anita, my friend from highschool. She works as an editor in a big newspaper in East of Indonesia. I tell her that I have a story that maybe can be published on her news. She said “off course!”. Continue reading “When You Get Your Story Published On The News”

Why Do I Travel Alone, A Lot ?

Tiga tahun lalu, saya mengukuhkan predikat saya sebagai orang yang suka solo-travelling. Ketika itu saya melakukan perjalanan yang saya sebut South East Asia Trip, dimana saya mengunjungi 5 negara di Asia Tenggara, Malaysia, Thailand, Kamboja, Vietnam, dan Singapura. Walaupun tidak lengkap, tapi demi menambah kesan dramatisnya, saya menamainya demikian.

Beberapa tahun kemudian, saya menambah perbendaharaan solo-travelling saya, baik domestik maupun luar negeri. Tapi bukan berarti saya selalu pergi sendiri, jika ada teman yang asik dan tujuan yang oke, saya tentu saja ikut liburan barengan.

Karena kebiasaan tersebut, ada beberapa pertanyaan yang sering muncul dari teman-teman saya.

Kamu tidak takut pergi sendirian? 

Saya termasuk orang yang nekat untuk masalah travelling. Kekhawatiran tentu saja ada, tapi selalu lenyap ketika saya sudah sampai di tempat itu. Sejak SMP saya sudah belajar untuk jauh dari rumah dan merantau di daerah orang, jadi saya sudah terbiasa dengan orang asing. Untuk transportasi, asal tujuan jelas dan ada kendaraan umum, pasti saya akan kunjungi. Continue reading “Why Do I Travel Alone, A Lot ?”

Hiking To Kungsleden

Kungsleden – The King’s Trail

Kungsleden adalah salah satu jalur hiking terkenal di dunia, NatGeo memasukkannya ke dalam list mereka bersama dengan 15 hiking trail lainnya. Rute terpanjang dari trail ini adalah sekitar 400km yang terbentang dari Abisko (utara) ke Hemmavan (selatan). Selain rute ini, terdapat banyak jalur alteratif yang bisa dipilih, dan yang paling populer adalah jalur Abisko – Nikkaluokta dengan total jarak 104km.

“I left half of my soul in Abisko” 

Kira-kira itulah yang saya katakan tiga tahun lalu ketika mengunjungi Abiko di saat winter. Ketika itu saya berkesempatan bersama teman saya berkunjung ke Abisko, salah satu taman nasional di Swedia. Pemandangannya sangat menabjubkan, danau yang terhampar luas seperti bulu domba, membeku karena suhu yang ekstrim. Saat itulah saya meyakinkan diri saya untuk kembali ke tempat ini.

Namun kali ini saya datang ketika summer, dimana perlengkapan yang dibutuhkan tidak seperti ketika winter. Jalur yang saya ambil adalah jalur yang populer, untuk menghindari hal-hal yang tidak diinginkan. Awalnya saya memutuskan untuk mengambil arah Nikkaluokta- Abisko, tapi kemudian saya mensyukuri keputusan saya untuk mengambil arah sebaliknya. Kenapa? Karena jalur Nikka-Abisko cenderung mendaki. :D

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Hiking To Cartenz

Last Sunday was not a good day for hike, but we made it anyway. The trip was planned two months ago before my vacation. I went with my boss and friends from church. On that rainy morning, we decided to keep moving, hoping that after several hours the weather will be okay.

We started our journey from Tembagapura to Grasberg by car. Since only one driver has license to drive thru the Heat Road, four of us should take instead. Tram is not that bad, it was fun, we can see the beautiful scenery from the high.

We reached the tram station at Grasberg aroud 6.30Am. The sky keep pouring water to the mountain. We changed the plan, we went to Cartenz Basecamp instead of Idenburg. Actually I have been at the trail to the basecamp last year, but its okay because it was too dangerous to hike to Idenburg because we the slippery road (actually it is slippery rocks). After driving about 15 minutes, we get the starting point at Zebra Wall. The rain stopped and the sky was clearer.

We passed the swamp easily, last year we have to take another route to avoid this deep swamp. Our first pos is the Blue Lake. There are three chained lake before Pintu angin. The last one is Blue Lake. We can erect the tent if we want to spend the night or just cook some light meal. My friend brought his drone to this trip, it was cool to see the video. :D

After spend our meal on blue lake, we continue to the basecamp. The track is easy but quite steep. Another challenge is the wind and the lack of oxygen. It made me really dizzy. We had to stop several time to get used with the altitude. On the way to the basecamp, we had to pass another four lakes. It was misty so we could not see the beautiful cliff on the other side. We reach the basecamp at 10 am. Continue reading “Hiking To Cartenz”

Toraja or Brazil ?

Everyone knows the statue of Christ The Redeemer in Brazil. It is a popular tourist destination in South America, especially for Christian people. And now, we have it also in Toraja. Its called Christ The King. The height is taller than the one in Brazil. It was built two years ago and it almost finish now.

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Waiting for Sunrise

I have been there several time to take picture from above. This morning, ramdomly I decided to climb again. It was a perfect moment because the mountain is covered by the mist and cloud. I went there by motorcylce. The road is better than before. It took about 30 minutes from my home. Continue reading “Toraja or Brazil ?”

Chitato Rasa Indomie

Jadi semenjak gw diungsikan ke tempat terpencil, banyak hal-hal kekinian yang gw lewatkan. Biasanya gw termasuk orang yang paling update. 8-)

Sebut saja film-film terbaru, entah sudah berapa judul film yang gw lewatkan. Di Tembagapura sana akses untuk nonton sangatlah terbatas, hanya bermodalkan copian film dari teman atau nonton dari HBO. Kalau mau download tentu saja harus berkorban quota internet yang jatah cuma 8GB.

Trus akhir-akhir ini lagi heboh tentang varian baru dari kripik yang legendaris itu, Chitato. Mereka mengeluarkan varian baru dengan rasa Indomie. Emang tak terbantahkan lagi, Indomie memiliki ikatan batin yang erat dengan rakyat terutama mahasiswa yang pernah merasakan kehabisan uang.

Kebetulan pas liburan kemarin di Bulukumba, gw nemuin di Indomaret. Tinggal 2 bungkus, sepertinya laku keras. Tanpa pikir panjang gw langsung ambil trus cuss ke kasir buat bayar. Continue reading “Chitato Rasa Indomie”

Tanjung Bira, Bulukumba

I spent my first week of my vacation this time at Bulukumba, visiting Bara beach. It supposed to be in January, but after having discussion with hostel owner, Jordan, he recommended me to come on March. He was true, this month is the best time to enjoy the beach, no rain and cloudy sky.

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After landed in Makassar, I stayed at really cheap hostel at Panakkukang. It was only 75K with great facility and breakfast. #heaven. Haha. It is Makassar Guest House. If you want to stay at makassar for couples of day, this hostel can be one of your choice. Located in the central of makassar.

On the next day, I went to Malengkeri Terminal to catch my ‘bus’ to bulukumba. I was lucky because as I arrived there, a ‘bus’ just want to depart. On that ‘bus’ I met Isabele and Julia, and they become my travel mate for two days. Continue reading “Tanjung Bira, Bulukumba”

Mount Rinjani

#sembalun #summit #hypotermia #sunset #sunrise

Those are our main topic for three days in Lombok. Yes, we were at Mount Rinjani!

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Two weeks ago, my friend posted on whatsapp group about travelling to Lombok and conquer the legendary Rinjani. “It is my call”. Without hesitation I contacted my friend and promise him if my schedule fit with his plan, I will join. And then, It turned okay.

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Every mountain top is within reach if you just keep climbing.

I went to Lombok alone at Tuesday afternoon. I booked a flight at Batik Air, unfortunately the departure was from Halim Airport. That was my first time to visit this place. The airport is really small compare to Soetta Airport. I love Batik Air, I get Garuda taste with cheaper price. I also can use my earphone to watch the movie.

I met Mail and Rhey at Lombok Airport two hours later, they took the latest flight. In one our our driver came to pick us up. He is really generous, he gave us a free of charge to spend the night at his home. Actually, our plan was to sleep at airport, but he explained that it was a terrible idea. And thats true, no one stayed at airport. Eventhough I still can sleep well until sunrise. Continue reading “Mount Rinjani”

Sunda Kelapa Harbour

Let’s visit another ‘beauty’ of Jakarta.

On that very hot day, I decided to visit Sunda Kelapa. Actually I have been there but only for view minutes, since it was only me, no one else who looked like a tourist. I guess I came in the wrong time. So, to accomplish my mission capturing those big traditional ship, instead of in the middle of the day, I went in the afternoon. People said that the proper time to visit is morning or afternoon. Yes, it is a golden our for photographing.

Sunda Kelapa

I spent several hours in Starbucks Stasiun Kota, reading my book until 4.15pm. I love the interior but not that noisy ambience. There was a briefing for newbie barista that will be deployed soon to Starbucks shop in Jakarta. The trainer was talking quite loud so I can overhear what he/she is talking about. One thing that ring the bell is “we should always welcoming everyone, even he is a swpeeper, satpam, milkman. Always say “Selamat Datang'”.

Time to continue my random trip. Sunda Kelapa harbour is not that far from Kota Tua. (You can get Kota Tua by Trans Jakarta, line Blok M – Kota). Just go straight via Cengkeh street and then take the right tun on the end. No need to pay for entrance. I asked for permission to the satpam just to make sure whether we are allowed to enter the site since there are big screen explain that we need self protection equipment before entering. But, he gave me an OK.

Stranded ship

Sunda Kelapa harbour is old harbour in Jakarta even in Indonesia. You can find the history of this harbour here. It was established on 12th century and become the main trade center for Sunda Kingdom.

It was so dusty because of the big trucks pass by every time, so please bring your own mask. There are several crew man loading their goods into the ship. Some of modern crane help them to perform this job, it will save time. Going further more, while I was taking picture, there is a man from a small boat yelled at me.

“Come..come.. I will give you a tour around this place”

“How much is it?”

“Hmm.. only 50 K”

It was really expensive comparing the information I got from review in internet.

“I’ll give you 30K” I tried to bargain.

“Deal!”

Couples minute later I already sit nicely on the shaking boat, holding my camera tightly. Haha. We need to make a slight move he and there between those big ship. I insisted to make a chit chat with the man, but he just smile and smile. The only information I got was he came from Bugis. Hahaha.

During the tour, I could observe their living-on-the-boat routine. They bath, cook, washing, etc on their boat. I wondered how can they get a fresh water? Some of them just relaxing on the deck, chatting with their neighbour. In the other side, the land part, there are abundant of ‘small house’ that not really hygienics. It should be a really hard life.

hey neighbour!

The more we entered the open sea, the wave was getting bigger. My driver make a turn we went back to our port. It was even harder to get off from the boat. Haha.

I also visited Museum Bahari, unfortunately it was closed already. So I just took some picture from outside. Before going back, I had my beer at Bangi Kopitiam Kota Tua. They have a vintage decoration. Aside the Bangi, there are two other restaurant with different menu and interior. I just realized that Kota Tua is tidying up right now. Restoration is held for the abandoned old building. Lets see how it can be look like several years later.

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Weekdays Get AwayI

I spent my last two days in Bandung visiting may campus and my friend? Why? Because I was bored. 

Instead of using travel agent, I went by train. I am one of train fan. Travelling by train is more relaxing and gives me a ‘true’ travelling feeling. I departed from Gambir station to Bandung station using Argo Parahyangan. A day before I purchased a cheap business class. Well, price will show the quality, it was not really comfortable with business class seat, too narrow for long journey.

I arrived at Bandung around 12.30pm and went directly to Panti Wiyataguna, a massage home which is run by government. It is near the Lapangan Padjajaran. I used to go there if I travel to Bandung.

An hour later I headed to my hotel, Vio Hotel. I was confused to find the location since the attached maps on the Hote Quickly is wrong. Gladly I did not use angkot or taxi, but Gojek.  Continue reading “Weekdays Get AwayI”

Saingan baru, Blu Jek

*update. per tanggal 08/10/2015, blujek sudah menggunakan promo code untuk free Rp 25000. Promo codenya adalah “BLU“.

Ternyata bisnis transportasi online masih menjadai salah satu lahan bisnis yang diincar oleh para startup. Beberapa hari lalu, saingan Gojek dan Grab bike diluncurkan, namanya Blu-Jek.

Awalnya santer terdengar kalau Blu Jek ini adalah strategi bisnis terbaru dari Blue Bird Grup. Tapi ternyata bukan sauda-saudara. Blu Jek ini adalah singkatan dari Blusukan Ojek. hehe. Warna yang dia usung adalah warna biru, seperti biru Bank Mandiri, bukan biru Blue Bird. *sepertinya pinjam kredit dari Mandiri :D

Dari sisi pemilihan nama menurut saya sangat tetpat, karena mudah diingat dan ‘kekinian’. Selain itu dia mendapat keuntungan karena mirip dengan layanan taxi, jadi orang bisa mengasosiasikan kualitas layanan ojek tersebut dengan taxi blue bird. Continue reading “Saingan baru, Blu Jek”

Pahawang Island, Lampung

Ternyata perjalanan ini tidak berakhir sebagai wacana saja :D.

A must visit, long white sand 'bridge', connecting pahawang kecil island and putus tanjung island.

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Plan ke Jogja akhirnya berubah ke Lampung setelah ada hasutan dari teman yang doyan jalan2 juga. Tawarannya sih menarik, ke pahawang lampung. Daerah wisata yang sedang naik daun. Singkat cerita, jumlah anggota yang terkumpul ada 7 orang yang awalnya 10 orang, itu pun gonta ganti. Gw, Areji, Dewi, Dewi2, Adrian, Kaka, dan Ndah.

Perjalanan dimulai dari Slipi Jaya hari Jumat malam. Kayaknya spot ini sudah umum dijadikan meeting point untuk para pelancong yang akan berangkat ke Sumatra melalui pelabuhan merak. Awalnya gw janjian makan dengan Dewi di Gokana, ternyata dua orang di belakang kami adalah Adrian dan Dewi2. Setelah sejam menunggu, kami baru sadar ternyata  kami di grup yang sama. hehe. #awkward.

Dari Slipi Jaya kami naik bus Primajasa yang mengarah ke Pelabuhan Merak. Ternyata banyak bus-bus yang melintas dengan tujuan yang sama, jadi tidak perlu kuatir kehabisan bis. Perjalanan ke Merak sekitar 3 jam. Ketika masih di daerah jalan tol jakarta, masih banyak pengamen dan penjual asongan naik turun menawarkan jasa/dagangan mereka. Lumayan mengganggu sih, tapi itulah pekerjaan mereka. harus respect. :p

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