Pulau Dua : Charm of Central Sulawesi

Over the years, not many travelers have chosen Central Sulawesi as their destination rather than Selayar, Wakatobi, or Bunaken. But now, I do believe that it would change soon. Why? Because, there is another amazing place, recently discovered, with a charming beauty that will make everybody speechless. This place is hidden in eastern part of Central Sulawesi.

So, since yesterday was a long weekend, a good weather, and a seemingly friendly sea; we took this rare opportunity to see that particular place. With two rented cars, we hit the road. The only way to reach there is by private car I think. I haven’t knew nor seen any public transportation available yet. It required six hours drive from nearest city Luwuk. Through a badly utterly damaged road along the way in the middle of nowhere, we were heading to Balantak district. Just before midnight.

No signal to access Waze or GoogleMap. No guide. No map in hand. Only rely on compass and poor memory. As a result, at 03:30 am we were lost in a complete darkness of mountainous area somewhere near Maruga (or Tortuga or Baruga or anything sounds like that). No one can read Southern Cross even though they were blinking brightly above us.

“This road is horrible. Looks like this is the wrong path.”someone said desperately.

“Okey. We must turn around. Let’s get back to previous intersection. Try the other way” I replied.

04:35 am. We reached Sape village. Stopped by for a break, do toilette matters, do Subuh praying, and of course : asking to locals. Glad to know that our guessing was right, and now we were only 16km away. Yeahhhh.

And moments later ….

Another stop for thirty minutes to have some breakfast while welcoming beautiful sunrise near Kampangar village

06:30 am. Arrived! There is no entrance fee to visit Pulau Dua. We only should go to local’s chief house to report and ask permission (as usual Indonesian hospitality tradition). Then two or three guys will be assigned by him to accompany us. They will show routes to get top of the hill. Their tips were around Rp75.000 – 100.000 for each. And later, we would have to pay only Rp 5.000 for car parking all day long. Cheap isn’t it.

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The Japan Bunker.

First, we went to Japan bunker. Not far from the forest mouth, it was intended by government as Cultural Heritage Site. But I could only see remnants of grey rock, half covered by crawling vegetation and grass. The guide said that the bunker was already collapsed, and some were located underground. Hmm, I wonder why Japs built bunker here. To monitor ships and aircraft passing over Molucca sea? Dunno. Not really interesting. Let skip.

the signboard in front of japan bunker

the signboard in front of japan bunker

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Lukapan Hill

A giant rocky hills are standing lined up in front of us. Solid. Beautiful.

Lukapan hill viewed from far away

Lukapan hill viewed from far away

Couple of minutes later we entered deeper into the forest. As the prickly shrubby branches and bushes became denser, the dirt track began to be inclined; to some extent that I thought it was nearly 60 degree from horizontal axis. We, especially the girls, found it hard to continue forward. Sound of someone’s slip off due to miss-worn sandal and torn pants (instead of proper hiking outwear) often heard. Challenging yet fun 😀

climbing the inclined path, into the Lukapan top

climbing the inclined path, into the Lukapan top

As we reached halfway up, we took rest for minutes. Never forgot to capture beautiful view of beach, forest, hills, and trees.

halfway to top of Lukapan hill

halfway to top of Lukapan hill

We were feeling tired, sleepless, and thirsty; with hands and legs full of scratch when suddenly ……

view of north direction from top of Lukapan hill

Whooww! Who cannot be in love with this scenery? Immediately I feel energized. I paced upward imminently, and amazed by the stunning scenery from top.

All the skyline here were looked so wonderfulul

All the skyline here were looked so wonderfulul

I rushed to second hills although my breathe panting. There are two main adjacent hills here (local people called it mountain), both are about the same height.

beutifully charming Pulo Dua view in all direction

beutifully charming Pulo Dua view in all direction

It was genuinely staggering to see such robust color which consist of pale green, green grass, dark green, and brownish-to-yellow dried bushes with blue skyline meets turquoise sea water as the backdrop.The clouds producing shadow that created such dramatic tone on the terrain, grass, hill, and tress. Beautifully charming. I felt the strong breeze passed me *taking a deep deep breathe* “Hmmmmmmhhh….fantastic”.

I love Indonesia

I love Indonesia

At the hill top, I turned my head to north, east, south and west. Wholw view in all direction was so wonderful and lovely. Thanks God for giving us amazing Indonesia. I love my country. Happy 70thbirthday Indonesia!

But I am still cursing myself why we Nyelemers did not climb here year ago. Ughhh 😦

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Beach no 1

At precisely 10:00 am we started to go down the hill. It was felt harder since we have to step carefully on solid rock instead of fragile dirt that could make us stumble upon or slipped or even worst : rolled down.

beach no 1, located on mainland. down the hill.

beach no 1, located on mainland. down the hill.

Right down the hill, liesa beach. Still in the mainland. Soon after we reached it, we took nap inside a blue-white painted jetty. Slept beneath its shade.

Dehydrated due to limited rucksack (water) we still had to walk 1km under the heat of the sun to get to our cars. It was bit reckless planning that suffered ourselves; we climbed from the north-west side but we went down on north-east side. C’mmon guys. Keep up.

Minutes later, we rested (again) in local’s chief house. Fulfilling our thirst while waiting. Unfortunately, none of food stall around were had enough food for eleven hungry adult. Then we drove back 20 minutes to Balantak Village to the exactly the same food stall when we stopped here two years ago, WarungPojok. Todays menu were tasted as delicious as it was : kangkung, grilled fish, fried tongkol, saulted papaya, and of course : iced tea.

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The Eastern Beach in Pulau Dua and The Underwater

With a full tummy and refreshed body then we continued to the last spot: Estern Beach. We chartered a motor boat of the local fishermen. Each can accommodate up to 15 passengers and it took about 15 minutes. A bit bumpy ride as the waves got stronger, creating continuous splash toward us. From our little boat, we could see rocky curvy hill far away. “Isn’t that fascinating in just one location we could have hills, beaches, and underwater? “ I asked. I was happier than happy that afternoon. FYI, if last year we went to east beach, now we wanted to see different beach. Our boat crew said that this one would be manage by government for official Tourism. Good, then.

cool and stunning beaches along the way

cool and stunning beaches along the way

Along the way I saw spots that not only probably good for snorkeling but also have charming landscapes. Someday, we must try those.

snorkeling in Pulau Dua

snorkeling in Pulau Dua

After set foot on the beach, put our bag in one of the gazebo then we put on goggle and fin then we ditched into the water. A bizarre mixture of marine habitat suddenly seen. “Wow such a crowded coral color! There are many kinds of corals from brain coral, lamelar coral, turnicap, bubble coral, pencil coral, ivory bush coral, finger coral, and a few staghorn coral.

colorful acropora and lamelar colar

colorful acropora and lamelar colar

Wait, but there was something odd that day. Not so many fishes emerged. When I dove deeper got closer to a big lamellar coral, I saw those fishes were hiding timidly, find safety in coral. “Is it due to water temperature? “ I was thinking. Sea water here was felt bitterly too cold this afternoon. It was completely different with our last year visit on the middle beach (west side of this island). The fishes were used to be much, and water was warmer.

a rich marine life inside here. Bubble coral, acropora, finger coral, and brain coral

a rich marine life inside here. Bubble coral, acropora, finger coral, and brain coral

After tired of snorkeling, capturing and doing little free dive, I thought the beach was a perfect place to relax. There’re bunch of people also on the other part of this beach. They resemble different group. Some were swimming and playing. Some others were selfie-ing. I strolled around the beach. There’re ten not-so-large gazebos I counted; with dried coconut tree roof stacked tidily and wooden pillar that locked each other with floor (also made of wood). Unfortunately, this place hadn’t got any electricity and permanent fresh water source yet, unless supplied from the mainland. However, it did not prevent youngsters camping in here as I saw groups of teenagers just departed on the beach.

I was still shivering heavily even after 25 minutes leaving the water. “Strange cold water, isn’t it”

round the eastern beach, there're gazebos, malfunction toilet, and post guard

round the eastern beach, there’re gazebos, malfunction toilet, and post guard

That day was good for so many reasons. The charming Pulau Dua and Lukapan hills, good friends, the joys & laughs, the holiday itself, and the pride feeling that Indonesia has many pieces of paradise scattered around its land and vast ocean. We proved here, in Pulau Dua. After all, it would be our responsibilities then to protect it from any harm and destruction. Once again, Happy 70th birthday Indonesia!

thank you guys for the moments yesterday.

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Magnificent Makailu Island (Banggai, Sulawesi)

For numbers of people a good holiday means sea, sun, and sand; rather than Dago Atas, Factory Outlet, Braga or a fine dining like many Jakartans usually do in weekend. Different places but same excitement. A holiday trip always brings joy, wherever you go. Last week we’ve made it (again) : escaping for a moment from the hectic of construction work in DSLNG Project. Twenty people joyfully went south-east toward Banggai Islands by rented fisherman’s boats. We wanted to rendezvous with amazing marine creatures, guardian of Makailu Island. We cruised for two hours on the rumbling motorized boat before reached the first spot:

The West Trench.

This spot is located quite distance away from the island. Nearly 300 meters. Indicated by shallow corals clearly seen from above. Ask the boat crew where the best point to stop is, they know well.

the crystal clear seawater

the crystal clear seawater

Hundreds of sparkling blue fishes welcomed us.

Hundreds of blue fishes passing by below me

Hundreds of blue fishes passing by just below me. photo by krishna

 then the fishes murmured : Hellow

Tangs, Surgeonfish, and Chromis

Tangs, Surgeonfish, and Chromis. photo by krishna

I met clownfishes.

clownfishes. photo by krishna

clownfishes. photo by krishna

and the green chromis. They were all pretty, “buzzing” everywhere between stony corals up and down like honeybees above flowers.

green chromis. photo by krishna

A green chromis. photo by krishna

The beautiful coral garden here not only offer perfect hideout to fishes and other thousand creatures from an exoskeleton little crab until a poisonous banded sea snake. Above all, reefs and corals sustain lifes at Makailu. A vast healthy coral network will imminently invite plenty fishes to come. It is one of the reason why Sulawesi’s reefs have a diverse marine habitat. Its coral reef.

Branched Finger coral, Blushing Star Coral, Acropora subulata, and turnicates.Photo by krishna

Branched Finger coral, Blushing Star Coral, Acropora subulata, and turnicates.Photo by krishna

did plenty of freedives.

freedive all. photo by krishna

freedive. photo by krishna

After one and half hours snorkeling we must get back on the boat. We were going to move to the next stop, the island. Bit far to swim from here to the shore.

The west trench. Distance away from island

The west trench. Distance away from island. photo by krishna

The peaceful beach.

Although the sand here is not as powdery-smooth as Bali’s nor Sumbawa’s beaches but this cappuccino-like color sand is truly unique. Originated from debris of karst, limestone, rocky coral, giant clamshells (million million years ago perhaps) this Island was born. The powerful waves continuously erode rocks; turning into smaller granulated sand. Walking barefoot on Makailu’s sandy beach somehow gave a peaceful sensation. I walked around then. I captured the horizon, the sand, shores, bushes dead trees, anything. And it took about 15 minutes to encircling this tiny island.

peaceful beach of Makailu Island

beach of Makailu Island. photo by krishna

 We set the fire and grilled red snappers and baronang. The smell of the wood and burnt flesh were so mouth juicy.

grill the baronang. photo by frengki

grill the baronang. photo by frengki

Everybody were enjoying being here. Eating a lot. Laughing with pals. Lying back on sand with full tummy. Take deep breathe. Ahhh so relaxing.

this is truly holiday. photo by frengki & krishna.

this is truly holiday. photo by frengki & krishna.

Seemingly that nothings lives in the bushes and trees but insects. I did not feel presence of sea gulls nor any other birds. Since nobody lives here, we really felt that we owned this beach. Surrounded by blue ocean Makailu is such a perfect isolated hideout. If you’re in need to be away from “civilization”. Being solitude.

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Angga-angga reef.

Coincidentally found by both Angga. Located in the south part of this island just in front of the two big mangroves trees (since there are only two) this new spot has exquisite underwater view. The shallow luminescent corals and all kinds of fish zipping about, are so similar with Tinalapu island.

amazing view ainside angga-angga reef

Amazing

I found many four stripe damselfishes both in the shallow and deeper coral. They seem aggressive yet shameful. Hiding behind coral when I dove closer but came out when turn back away.

four-stripe damselfishes. We found many of them  both in the shallow and deeper coral

four-stripe damselfishes. photo by krishna

and the big eye squirrelfish:

the big eye. photo by sahruna

squirrelfish. photo by sahruna

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So, what are you waiting for. If you have no more than a day or two days off, a day trip or one night beach camping in this island would be enough to witness awesome wild marine life and experience the magnificence of Makailu Island. You won’t regret it!

greetings from Makailu island. photo by frengki

greetings from Makailu island. photo by frengki

it's me hehe

it’s me hehe

Suatu Hari di Kadidiri (Togean Island) dan Sejuta Pesonanya

Dunia adalah sebuah buku dan mereka yang tidak melakukan perjalanan, hanya membaca satu halaman  (St. Agustinus ; dalam Te-We, GolaGong)

Togean Island. Letaknya emang sedikit tersembunyi di Teluk Tomini Sulawesi Tengah. Tapi pesona kecantikannya begitu populer sampai Benua Eropa dan Amerika. Pantainya berkilau, pasir putih nya selembut tepung roti, air lautnya jernih, terumbu karang serta koralnya masih alami terjaga lengkap dengan tropical fish yang beraneka rupa, mau trekking ke puncak gunung karang atau sekedar island hopping bisa, mau diving tinggal pilih spot yang kamu mau. Dan tau gak, di Togean kita bisa berenang bareng ubur-ubur yang tidak menyengat lho. Amazing khan? Berikut cerita perjalanan kami ke Togean kemarin yang luarr biasa 😀

Trip Route_from Bunta to Kadidiri Paradise.

Trip Route_from Bunta to Kadidiri Paradise.

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Menyapa Suku Bajo

Berangkat dari Bunta, tujuan pertama kami adalah kampung Suku Bajo. Senyum dan sapaan ibu-ibu dan bapak-bapak nelayan menyambut ramah saat perahu perlahan merapat ke dermaga kayu di sebuah pulau kecil bernama Pulau Papan. Kesahajaan begitu terasa ketika kami meniti jembatan kayu selebar ± 1 meter menyusuri rumah-rumah panggung yang berdiri kokoh di atas laut. Di bawahnya satu-dua sampan kayu terparkir terombang ambing berpegangan pada seutas tali yang ditambatkan pada tiang rumah. Rumah-rumah itu beratap rumbia berdinding papan kayu dan anyaman daun kelapa. Vintage.

Perkampungan Nelayan Suku Bajo. Photo by Khoirul Sulistyono

Perkampungan Nelayan Suku Bajo. Photo by Khoirul Sulistyono

Pemandangan di puncak bukit kapur sungguh menarik. Beningnya laut Teluk Tomini tampak jelas dari atas ditandai dengan gradasi warna hijau toska, biru muda, lalu biru tua. Koral dan rumput laut pun juga masih terlihat dari tempat kami berdiri. Saya kagum akan kebersihan “halaman” kolong rumah panggung mereka. Tidak ada sampah anorganik sedikit pun. Benar-benar beda dengan beberapa desa nelayan yang pernah saya datangi dimana sampah-sampah dibiarkan mengapung memenuhi kolong-kolong rumah panggung membuat butek, bau busuk, dan tak sedap dipandang tentunya.

Titian Kayu yang menjadi jalan utama penghubung antar rumah. Pemandangan dari atas karst. Photo by Khoirul Sulistyono, Yulian Kundarto.

Titian Kayu yang menjadi jalan utama penghubung antar rumah. Tampak Desa nelayan Suku Bajo dari atas karst. Photo by Khoirul Sulistyono, Yulian Kundarto.

Ternyata selain jago bikin kapal, ulung di lautan, Suku Bajo juga mahir dalam hal konstruksi bangunan apung. Di kejauhan terlihat titian kayu yang sangatt panjang menghubungkan satu rumah ke rumah lain, satu atol ke atol yang lain. Bahkan Pulau Papan ini terhubung oleh jembatan kayu ke Pulau Malenge yang konon membentang hingga 5 km. Uwoww! Teknologinya seolah sederhana, namun hingga kini terbukti rumah, jembatan, dermaga dan bangunan-bangunan kayu mereka masih utuh berdiri. Menjadi infrastruktur untuk kegiatan sehari hari dari aktivitas perekonomian hingga pendidikan. Katanya satu-satunya sekolah cuma ada di Pulau Malenge, sehingga setiap hari anak-anak harus berjalan kaki meniti jembatan kayu pulang pergi.

Children of Bajo Tribe (Togean Island) Photo by Donald

children of Bajo Tribe (Togean Island) Photo by Donald

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Menyelam di Apel (Hotel ?) California Reef

Selepas Pulau Papan perahu berbelok ke arah barat daya. Di sana ada diving spot terkenal bernama Apel California Reef. Hemmmm terdengar aneh  -.- ”

Cewe        : Apel di tengah laut?
Cowonya     : Iyaa. Tau gak kenapa dinamain apel?
Cewe        : Engga. Knp ?
Cowonya     : Soalnya ngapelin kmu lebih enak daripada nganggurin kmu   :D
Cewe        : ♥♥♥ ☺

 

Beautiful Fishes at Apel Kalifornia Reef (Togean Island). Blue Demsel, Butterflyfish, Tangs and Pipefish. Photo by Donald, Ikhwanudin, Krishnoy

Beautiful Fishes at Apel Kalifornia Reef (Togean Island). Blue Demsel, Butterflyfish, Tangs and Needlefish. Photo by Donald, Ikhwanudin, Krishnoy

Ada butterfly fish, sotong batu, bat fish, demsel, dan masih banyak lagi. Photo by Yulian Kundarto, Khoirul Sulistyono

Ada butterfly fish, sotong batu, bat fish, demsel, dan masih banyak lagi. Photo by Yulian Kundarto, Khoirul Sulistyono

Pemandangan menakjubkan terhampar begitu kami masuk ke dalam air. Bener-bener a whole new world. Warna warni. Dua ekor buterflyfish meliuk liuk memamerkan keindahan dorsal fin mereka. Gerombolan green chromis “terbang” rendah di atas Millepora complanata (koral api). Di kejauhan siluet koloni ikan-ikan Engraulidaei serentak berenang zig zag kesana kemari dikejar kejar predatornya. Nyaris tak terlihat, seonggok sotong batu yang menyatu dengan warna Acropora di bawahnya mengendap-endap perlahan. Excellent. Kamuflase yang sempurna.

Say hello to Black-and-Gold Damselfish (Neoglyphidodon nigroris). It was a great great plesure snorkeling in Apel California Reef with beautiful marine creatures. photo by Yulian Kundarto & Ikhwanudin

Say hello to Black-and-Gold Damselfish (Neoglyphidodon nigroris). It was a great great plesure snorkeling in Apel California Reef with beautiful marine creatures. photo by Yulian Kundarto & Ikhwanudin

Kamuflase adalah salah satu insting pertahanan hewan/tumbuhan di alam yang luar biasa. Kamuflase diadopsi manusia terutama dalam teknologi military seperti pemilihan warna & motif pada tank, baju khusus sniper, hingga penempatan ranjau darat. Selain itu, ternyata kamuflase juga dipakai saat pedekate lho. Istilah gaHuL anak-anak sekarang: modus (kadang pake double hastag: #modus#eaa). Kalo dulu jaman SMA modus adalah dateng ke rumah cewe pinjem catetan maka modus nya anak kuliah adalah bantuin ngerjain paper, skripsi, TA ato Referat 1 . Sedangkan kalo di apel california reef ini, mungkin #modus adalah ngajarin berenang *ehh 😛

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Kadidiri : Welcome to Paradise

Setelah puas mengelilingi coral-coral indah, foto-foto selfie di dalem laut, mengejar-ngejar ikan-ikan cantik nan lucu kami pun naik lagi ke perahu, bergegas menuju resort yang terletak Pulau Kadidiri. Tanpa tersasa perut mulai kriyuk-kriyuk. Maka seketika geladak berubah jadi dapur umum. Berbekal kompor butane & panci, dua kardus pop mie dan Mie Sedap Cup Update (yang ada kriukk & bal bal nyess nya) menjadi menu nikmat untuk 24 perut yang kelaparan setelah seharian beraktivitas. Aroma bakso dan kaldu ayam menyeruak menghangatkan badan yang mulai dingin diterpa angin. Siang itu langit cerah dengan sedikit awan cumulus menggantung. Di kanan kiri sesekali kami jumpai satu dua karang mencuat dari dasar laut. Rerumputan dan pohon-pohon kerdil entah-apa-namanya tumbuh menghijaukan punggungnya. Saya yakin pasti di bawah sana banyak sekali coral cantik dan ikan-ikan lucu yang menunggu untuk didatengin.

Cooking and eating just in deck. Everybody loves Mie Sedap :D

Cooking and eating just in deck. Everybody loves Mie Sedap 😀 (photo by krishnoy)

Sepanjang jalan buih dan riak-riak air berkilau memantulkan cahaya matahari kesegala arah. Lautan memang selalu menyimpan sejuta potensi, pesona dan ilmu pengetahuan. Air laut berevaporasi lalu aerosol naik gumpalan awan mengalami kondensasi kemudian air hujan turun terserap hingga ke dalam aquifer kita minum melalui sumur-sumur atau mata air, sungai-sungai kemudian kembali lagi ke laut. Laut memang sumber kehidupan.

“Dialah Allah Yang mengirimkan angin, lalu angin itu menggerakkan awan dan Allah membentangkannya di langit menurut yang dikehendakiNya, dan menjadikannya bergumpal-gumpal; lalu kamu lihat air hujan keluar dari celah-celahnya; … (QS Ar-Ruum:48)

Ombak permukaan tidak terlalu besar sehingga perahu motor yang berdimensi 17 x 2.7 x 0.8 m ini tanpa kesulitan melaju hingga akhirnya 1.5 jam kemudian kami tiba di Kadidiri Resort tepat pukul 16:30 WITA. Whoaaw. Sebuah plank biru dengan cat putih yang mulai pudar bertuliskan : Kadadiri Paradise tergantung di muka dermaga kayu mengucapkan selamat datang.

Kadidiri Resort at Togean Island. Extraordinary beautiful. Beneath the piers beautiful shallow coral and colony of damselfish are seen from above. Photo by Yery Riza

Kadidiri Resort at Togean Island. Extraordinary beautiful. Beneath the piers beautiful shallow coral and colony of damselfish are seen from above. Photo by Yery Riza

Tepat di belakangnya jembatan kayu sepanjang ± 25 m membentang menuntun kami “masuk ke dalam surga”.

Piers of Kadidiri Resort with its own gazebo. It was so relaxing sitting down the beach as the sun is about to set. Photo by Yulian Kundarto & Ikhwanudin.

Piers of Kadidiri Resort with its own gazebo. It was so relaxing sitting down the beach as the sun is about to set. Photo by Yulian Kundarto & Ikhwanudin.

Sedikit demi sedikit matahari beringsut turun di langit barat. Sambil nunggu makan malam sebagian dari kami main voli pantai. Ada yang bermain pasir. Ada yang keliling pulau Kadidiri dengan SLR di leher mengabadikan momen demi momen. Ada yang lanjut snorkeling di bawah tiang-tiang kayu penyangga piers yang memang dari atas jembatan udah kelihatan banyak ikan dan stony coral nya. Sepasang bule tampak acuh asik membaca leyeh-leyeh sambil sesekali bercengkerama di atas kasur kecil di gazebo. Penorama yang memanjakan mata. Siapa pun yang melihatnya pasti kagum akan pesona Kadidiri Island ini. Ingin rasanya menghentikan waktu sejenak saja agar bisa menikmati ini lebih lama. Ahhh seandainya …

Playing water splash. Photo by Khoirul Sulistyono

Playing water splash. Photo by Khoirul Sulistyono

Astonishing sunset at Kadidiri Resort (tegean ISland). Photo by Khoirul Sulistyono, Ikhwanudin, Donald

Astonishing sunset at Kadidiri Resort (tegean ISland). Photo by Khoirul Sulistyono, Ikhwanudin, Donald

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Dinner at Kadidiri Resort: The not-so-extraordinary meals

Sayup sayup azan maghrib ternyata ga kedengeran secara masjid terdekat mungkin berjarak sangat jauh. Setelah matahari benar-benar tenggelam saya mandi, beres-beres, cuci baju dan alat-alat snorkle lalu men-jamak Maghrib dengan Isya. Tak lama makan malam pun siap lalu saya turun ke bawah (cottage saya di atas sendiri). Menu malam ini adalah : sayur pare, cah kangkung, dan ikan kembung bakar yang cuma kerasa pedesnya doank. Ssshhhh mana pedess banget lagi :(((

Kalau di bandingin sama makanan di Bomba Poyalisa tahun lalu (sama-sama masih termasuk ke dalam Togean Island hanya saja letaknya lebih ke selatan) kalah jauh deh Kadidiri Resort. Tapi kalo soal fasilitas cottage, Poyalisa Bomba yang kalah. Yaeayalah secara cost nya beda jauh getoo haha. Nikmatin aje, toh sedih-bahagia, tawa-tangis, kekurangan-kelebihan kan datengnya satu paket 😀

Selamat Makaan ^o^  photo by Khoirul Sulistyono

Selamat Makaan ^o^ photo by Khoirul Sulistyono

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Kadidiri Resort : When night falls

Jam 20:00 WITA. Masih terlalu dini untuk tidur. Gak ada BBC. Gak ada sinyal. Gak bisa nelpon/sms. Gak bawa leptop. Alhasil kami pun sibuk dengan kegiatan lain masing-masing. Ada yang nyanyi-nyanyi sambil main gitar. Ngobrol-ngobrol. Party ajep ajep. Ada juga yang molor saking capenya.

Lets get the party started. Kadidiri Togean Island

Lets get the party started. Kadidiri Togean Island

Setelah pelangi, setelah matahari, selanjutnya giliran bintang, dan bulan. Langit gak pernah kosong. Selalu ada cahaya terang pembawa harapan. Menerangi dalam kegelapan. Mengusir keraguan dan keputusasaan. Nenek moyang kita tahu betul gimana caranya membaca Sirius, Orion dan rasi-rasi bintang lainnya untuk menuntun mereka di lautan lepas. Saya mendongakkan kepala ke atas. Betapa kecil nya kita manusia dibandingkan semesta. Ibarat setitik buih di tengah samudera luas. Samasekali gak ada yang bisa dibanggain apalagi disombongin.

Stargazing in wooden piers in Kadidiri Resort Togean Island. Photo by Yulian Kundarto

Stargazing in wooden piers in Kadidiri Resort Togean Island. Photo by Yulian Kundarto

Suasana damai dan sendiri seperti ini selalu melahirkan banyak inspirasi. Saya suka suasana seperti ini. It was so peaceful. Merenung, menoleh ke belakang, lalu melihat ke depan. Terima kasih ya Allah atas semuanya. Terimakasih telah memberi saya lebih banyak dari apa yang saya minta … #lagiinsap

Dan jari-jari saya mulai bergerak-gerak di atas touchscreen galaxy ACE jadul nulis notes ini itu, hingga kantuk menggerayangi dan saya memutuskan balik ke kamar. What a day 😀

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Menyambut Pagi di Taipi Reef

31 Maret 2014. 05:30 WITA. Matahari udah terbit. (Maap yah temen-temen saya bangun sedikit telat hehehe) Setelah semua orang komplit, mesin dinyalakan dan perlahan perahu bergerak ke arah barat. Dua puluh menit kemudian kami sudah nyebur di dive spot bernama Taipi Reef. Brrrrrrr dingin -.-”

Dive Site at the west and north-west KAdidiri Paradise

Dive Site at the west and north-west KAdidiri Paradise. Photo by Krishnoy

Sebetulnya buanyak banget dive site yang menakjubkan di sebelah barat dan barat laut Kadidiri Island. Dari board yang saya lihat di dalam Main hall kemarin Taipi Reef juga termasuk salah satunya.

Betul aja. Pemandangan bawah laut disini sama mempesona nya dengan Apel Kalifornia Reef. Sebutin aja semua spesies troipical yang hidup di wilayah Indo PAcific, kecuali Cardinalfish semuanya ada disini. Dari Rabbitfish, Clownfish, Pipefish, Batfish, Neon goby fish, Pufferfish, Butterflyfish, Chromis, Damsel, Jacks, Tangs, sampe Parrotfish.

Escorted by schooling fish. Photo by Yery Riza

Escorted by schooling fish. Photo by Yery Riza

Rabbitfish, Angelfish, Parrotfish, Tangs etc. Photo by Yerry Riza

Rabbitfish, Angelfish, Parrotfish, Tangs etc. Photo by Yerry Riza

Mushroom Coral and Branched Finger Coral. Photo by Donald Garcia

Mushroom Coral and Branched Finger Coral. Photo by Donald Garcia

Hey these ara the clownfishes. (TAipi Reef, Togean Island). Photo by Krishnoy

Hey these are the clownfishes. (TAipi Reef, Togean Island). Photo by Krishnoy

clarkii clownfish at Taipi Reef. Photo by Ikhwanudin

clarkii clownfish at Taipi Reef. Photo by Ikhwanudin

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Bersantai di Karina Beach

Mengingat padatnya agenda dengan waktu yang amat terbatas, kami harus efisien. Belajar dari pengalaman lalu lalu, sarapan pagi pun kami bawa ke atas perahu untuk menghemat waktu. Sambil jalan sambil makan nasi goreng. Sekitar jam 08.00 WITA kami sampai di spot selanjutnya: Karina Beach.

Setelah perahu menepi, ga pake lama. Photo session pun segera dimulai 😀

Karina BEach at Togean Island. Photo by Khoirul Sulistyono & Yulian Kundarto.

Karina BEach at Togean Island. Photo by Khoirul Sulistyono & Yulian Kundarto.

Pantai Karina punya pasir putih krem kecoklatan. Dikelilingi perbukitan karang seperti bentuk tapak kuda membuat ombak disini nyaris gak ada. Pohon-pohon meliuk gemerisik dibelai angin. Sebatang pohon kelapa yang menjulang menjulur ke arah laut menambah eksotisme pantai ini. Suasana yang syahdu seolah menyihir kita agar jangan beranjak.

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Menyambangi Kerajaan Ubur-Ubur

Setelah puas foto-foto maka pergilah kami ke spot terakhir: “Danau” Ubur-Ubur. Selain di Kakaban Derawan Kalimantan Timur belakangan diketahui bahwa di Togean Island juga terdapat danau purbakala yang menjadi habitat ubur-ubur tidak menyengat. Di seluruh dunia, tempat seperti ini hanya ada beberapa doank. Bangga dong kita sebagai orang Indonesia 😀

Untuk mencapai danau ini dibutuhkan sedikit perjuangan. Lompat dari perahu, berenang melawan arus sekitar 15 meter ke pantai berbatu, lalu disambung jalan kaki sekiatr 5 menit naik ke atas bebatuan karang dan tadaaa… sampai deh.

Kingdom of Stingless jellyfish in Togean Island. To reach this Lake, we had to swim to the rocky beach and climb the hill. Splendid! Photo by Yulian Kundarto, Donald, dan Yerry Riza

Kingdom of Stingless jellyfish in Togean Island. To reach this Lake, we had to swim to the rocky beach and climb the hill. Splendid! Photo by Yulian Kundarto, Donald, dan Yerry Riza

Tadinya saya pikir danau ubur-ubur itu adalah air tawar. Ehhternyata bukan. Airnya masih asin kok walopun salinitasnya lebih rendah daripada laut di depannya. Pasti ada suatu kanal atau mungkin gua bawah laut yang menghubungkan danau ini dengan lautan. Airnya berwarna kehijauan. Gak begitu jernih walopun semburat sinar matahari mampu masuk menembus; masih terlihat hingga kedalaman 5 meter sebelum berganti menjadi warna hijau pekat dan kabur. Tidak terlihat koral, tapi saya yakin zooplankton atau moluska kecil yang merupakan natural prey si ubur-ubur pasti melimpah di sini.

Kayaknya ada dua spesies ubur-ubur yang mendiami habitat danau ini. Yang pertama berwarna kecoklatan, dgn ukuran bervariasi antar 5cm s/d 20cm. Yang ini aseli gak menyengat alias stingless. Lihat ni poto poto kami seru kan.

PLaying with stingless jellyfish in Togean Island. Photo by Yulian Kundarto

PLaying with stingless jellyfish in Togean Island. Photo by Yulian Kundarto

Sementara itu spesies yg kedua lebih transparan dan cenderung putih warnanya. Saya ga nyentuh karena ngeri, kali kali aja spesies yang ini ” nyeleneh” alias menyengat *sigh

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Goodbye Paradise

31 Maret 2014. 11:15 WITA. Gerimis menyambut kepulangan kami ke Kadidiri Resort setelah puas berkeliling. Mandi, beberes, packing, lalu makan di main hall. Sayur kangkung, ayam bumbu bali (lagi-lagi pedesss banget), dan mie goreng menjadi makan siang terakhir kami di sini.

Goodbye KAdidiri Paradise. Photo by Yulian Kundarto

Goodbye KAdidiri Paradise. Photo by Yulian Kundarto

Setelah gerimis reda, sekitar 13:20 WITA kami pun meninggalkan Kadidiri Paradise dan sejuta pesonanya. Lot of memories. Lot of unbelievable experiences. Semoga suatu saat nanti entah kapan, kami bisa balik lagi kesini seperti ikan salmon dewasa yang pasti kembali lagi ke river bank dimana dia menetas dulu walaupun telah mengarungi samudera ber-mil mil jauhnya.

Deru mesin Jiandong 33 HP memecah keheningan siang itu saat perahu kami perlahan meninggalkan surga bernama Togean Island. Semua perasaan campur aduk. Cape, letih, pegel, ngantuk, tapi bahagia. Masih ada 4-5 jam perjalanan membelah laut Teluk Tomini kembali ke pelabuhan Bunta. Tentu tidur adalah pilihan terbaik saat mata mulai berat . Hhoaammm…

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Bad News Never Had Good Timing

Seperti halnya wanita, cuaca emang gak bisa ditebak, apalagi di lautan lepas begini. Tadinya cerah, tiba-tiba angin kencang dan ombak menghampiri kami di tengah perjalanan. Akibatnya perahu motor gak bisa melaju dengan kecepatan maksimal dan di dalam geladak pun kami terombang ambing kanan kiri. Seru khaan 😀

To make it worst, beberapa jam sebelumnya tersiar kabar bahwa kemungkinan besar kami gak bisa pulang ke site hari ini karena jalanan antara Luwuk dan Uso diblokir oleh warga akibat perang antar kampung. Masih simpang siur kejadian sebenernya dan apa penyebabnya. Berhubung sinyal ilang-timbul ilang-timbul kami juga masih belum tahu status terkini. Semoga pas dini hari nanti kita lewat sana kondisi sudah stabil. Whatever will be will be lah.

Hujan masih mengguyur pelabuhan kota Bunta ketika perahu kami bersandar. Setelah unloading backpack, ransum, serta barang-barang printilan lain selesai dan transaksi dengan ABK juga udah beres, kamipun melanjutkan perjalanan ke Pagimana. Kemarin kami sudah booking makan malam untuk 24 orang plus driver di Restoran Esther Pagimana. Masih 2.5 jam lagi. Tapi perut udah kroncongan.

Bagi saya perjalan malam menyusuri jalanan berliku mendaki bukit menerobos hutan menyisir jurang itu asyikk. Karena kebiasaan kali yah. Just like the old time when I was kid. Dulu keluarga sering pergi ke Samarinda atau Balikpapan dan pulang pergi hari itu juga. Berangkat subuh dan pulang ketika hari sudah gelap, di tengah-tengah hutan Taman Nasional Kutai.

Dinner at PAgimana. Esther Seafood Restaurant

Dinner at PAgimana. Esther Seafood Restaurant

Jam tangan saya menunjukkan pukul 20:45 WITA saat ketiga mobil rental New L-300 “Kesayangan Anda” memasuki parkiran Restoran Esther langganan kami. Nyampe juga di Pagimana. Tak menunggu lama, makan malam pun dihidangkan. Menurut saya makanan yang paling enak di dunia adalah makanan apapun (asalkan gak pedes) yang kita makan pada saat laper gilak. Simple khan. Mau itu cuma lalampa/gogos (baca postingan nya disisni) atau ikan woku kuah asam manis seperti yang tersaji malam ini. Sebernya makanan di restoran ini lumayan, tapi sayang 80% yang dimasak selalu pedesss semua jadinya saya kurang suka. Lidah emang bisa bohong, tapi rasa gak bisa bohong.

Setelah cuci muka, sholat, dan ke toilet, kami melanjutkan perjalanan ke Luwuk. Jam 23:30 WITA. Tertahan di lokasi kerusuhan warga di daerah KM 8. Masih ramai. Banyak orang. Banyak Polisi. Banyak mobil, truk, dan motor yang parkir di kanan-kiri bahu jalan menunggu hasil negosiai antara Polisi, TNI, dan Warga sebelum akhirnya jalan kembali di buka.

Akibatnya kami tiba di site Donggi Senoro LNG tepat pukul 03:00 dinihari, hanya tersisa 3 jam untuk mandi, beres-beres, istirahat, sebelum berangkat kerja lagi jam 6.  Liburan yang luar biasa!

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Special Thanks to

  1. Terimakasih buat temen-temen semua atas segala support nya 😀
  2. Terimakasih kepada  dewan syuro yang udah mikir dan kerja keras mewujudkan Trip to Togean part 2 ini. Walopun sempet deg deg ser ngeri-ngeri sedap beberapa jam sebelum keberangkatan tapi akhirnya semua itu bisa diatasi 😀
  3. Keep kompak. Stay Healthy karena masih banyak perjalanan-perjalanan berikutnya yang lebih menantang dan melelahkan.

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footnote
1. Referat : tugas paper yg dibikin oleh anak-anak Koas/Dokter Muda saat masa pendidikan di Rumah Sakit

good+bye

Coldplay says people come people go.

How come cars don’t slow.

 

yaap it’s true.

life is running so fast I feel recently.

clock stop ticking normal.

like beating faster.

won’t let a mili second go.

 

So fast that I couldn’t realize the changing universe.

suddenly many has gone.

and about to gone.

Existence may not last forever but memories do.

It is timeless and limitless.

 

I still wondering why it has to be good+bye in every goodbye ?

even the good things always seems lesser, and masked by sadness?

even to let it go literally is not easy as saying good+bye.

Well. Just another thought.

Evening Sky

In the most ordinary place with the ordinary routines where extraordinary things likely will not happen, sometimes we do not notice that actually few good thing exist if we slow down a bit and look around. Like the evening sky. Even it is there every day, but it is not the same with yesterday, last week or tomorrow.

It just beautiful. Brings warmer feel in chilly weather like this.

beautiful evening sky at Gunsan si. South Korea

beautiful evening sky at Gunsan si. South Korea

Yeah. Wherever we are and whenever we stare at, the sky is always make us amazed isn’t it.

 

 

Transportation Museum in Batu, Malang, Indonesia

How’s your Lebaran Holiday ? Was it great ?

I would like to say Taqabbal Allaahu minna wa minkum (May Allah accept (this worship) from us and from you). Amin.

Enjoying holiday in Malang was a decent choice. Among the fascinating places located around Batu such Batu Night Spectacular (BNS), Jawa Timur park (Jatim park) I and II, Eco Green Park, etc , there is one particular place that you must see. It is a Transportation Museum (or Museum Angkut). It is not an ordinary museum. It is not obsolete, dull, hazy and even dusty like thoughts in your head associated with the word museum. Instead, it is a cool place inside. Let’s walk in.

transportation museum 1st floor

transportation museum 1st floor, 2nd floor

It only cost IDR 75k for an adult in weekend (and public Holiday), and an additional IDR 35k for each camera (pocket, DSLR, or Mirrorless) you bring in. As the name trying to telling us, this museum houses many things related with human and transportation from past. Near the entrance door there are old motorized bicycles (not motorcycle) lined up from 1900s era. I love watching Richard Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson, and David May – Top Gear though I am not familiar with antic motorbike, cars, and any type of vehicles. However seeing them in front of my eyes is somehow arising curiosity and excitement.

antic bycyle with motor. from Exelcisor 1947, Solex 1953, and Zundapp 1961

antic bicycle with motor. from Exelcisor 1947, Solex 1953, and Zundapp 1961

Next to it, there is Bell 47-J 1958 Helicopter that used to be former Indonesia president Ir. Soekarno presidential air vehicle named with “Si Walet” (the swallow). It has political history since this Heli (together with 10 unit Hercules C-130 B short body, 2 unit bizjet jetstar, and 1 vvip Liomusine Chrysler Le Baron) were part of political barter with CIA hostage Allen Pope during the West Irian liberation period back in 1961.

Presidential Helicopter "Si Walet" Bell 47 J (1958) and Liomusine Chrysler Le Baron

Going up to the second floor, we could find Asia and Indonesia’s traditional vehicle start from becak or pedicab, delman (horse carriage), tricycle, wooden boat, ship, until the amazing electric car Tucuxi. Remember Tucuxi ? Tucuxi (meaning Dolphin) was a headline makers in 2012-2013. It was a promising prototype electric car made of Indonesian engineers. Using Aramid carbon fiber composite for body powered with 268 HP (equally 3000cc petrol car), at a glance it looks like Bugatti Veyron or Lexus 2054. Unfortunately, during test drive in Solo-Surabaya route, this car experienced brake failure so that the driver which was previous BUMN minister Dahlan Iskan had to hit it into cliff in order to make it stop. Yes, the car was stopped, crashed so badly, as well the bright future Indonesian electric car project.

remnants of famous Indonesia cutting edge electric car tucuxi

remnants of famous Indonesia cutting edge electric car tucuxi

Across Tucuxi, there are display for water transportation. Take a look wooden Phinisi ship or complex Borobudur ship. It was all handmade I guest. Our ancestor was very well known for their ability to conquer the savage ocean. They possessed not only astronomy, but also skill to make from small dugout to the large vessel.

Outside the hall, there is so called Apollo area where Aviation transportation is shown up. There are Boeing (I forgot the series), Glider airplane named Seawolf, and a helicopter. I was disappointed by the lack of aviation nuance in here. In my opinion lot of things could be added even it is not an airplane (due to limited space) such as military aircraft ejection seat with parachute, replica of missile, scale model (mockup or miniature) of airplane, word largest and famous airports, and so on. Anyhow, at least here we can pretend to be a real pilot by engaging into a flight simulator cockpit (need to buy another ticket of course) or trying the emergency landing apparatus of a Boeing by jumping out from the rear emergency exit door.

second floor. try the flight simulator inside Boeing cockpit

second floor. try the flight simulator inside Boeing cockpit

try the emergency landing apparatus

try the emergency landing apparatus

Yang Harus Dibawa ketika Traveling ke Pulau di Tengah Laut

Kebayang gak lagi snorkeling sambil sesekali freedive foto-foto clown fish berlatarbelakang anemone ehh tiba-tiba indicator “low battery” atau “memory full” berkedip di layar underwater camera. Aww, lupa full charge bettery. Sementara posisi kita jauh dari kapal atau pantai. Ato pas lagi mandi ternyata sikat gigi ketinggalan dan di tengah laut gak ada jual toiletries. Gak mungkin kan meniru buaya dengan buka mulut lebar-lebar sambil nunggu burung plover bersihin jigong 😀

Saat paling enggak enak adalah pas kita tersadar kita kelupaan sesuatu. Waah bisa merusak mood liburan tuh. Walopun lupa itu wajar sih (namanya juga manusia), tapi sebenernya lupa bisa dicegah kok. Dengan cara well-prepared sebelum berangkat.

Belajar dari pengalaman-pengalaman buruk dan absur, menurut saya berikut ini benda-benda yang sebaiknya dibawa saat kita pergi ke pulau terpencil. Entah itu mau diving, snorkeling, mancing, hunting foto, atau cuma “leyeh leyeh manja” di pantainya.

1.       Life vest. Jaket Pelampung atau yang semacamnya.
Kalo ngerasa kita nggak pinter berenang, bawa life jacket. Supaya lebih tenang dan gak panik di tengah laut. Kepanikan bisa membunuh terumbu karang karena terinjak kaki yang berusaha memijak; lalu-patah deh. Padahal terumbu karang tumbuhnya cuma 2-3 cm setiap tahunnya.

2.       Carrier, Daypack, atau Ransel.
Backpacker itu identik dengan carrier/ransel. Kenapa? Soalnya jauh lebih enak bawa di punggung daripada gotong-gotong koper. Lompat dari jetty ke sampan kecil feeder trus ke perahu besar yang goyang-goyang itu nggak gampang, apalagi kalo satu tangan nenteng tas jinjing.
Kalo bingung pilih carrier, lihat disini tipsnya : http://www.duaransel.com/tips-2/travel-tips/tips-memilih-backpack/

3.       Kamera (dan underwater camera), Sunglasses dan Tongsis
Bukan Tapir dan Badak Bercula Satu aja yang langka. Momen juga langka. Belum tentu kan kita bisa ke tempat ini lagi. Berdua dengan pacar/gebetan dengan latar belakang pasir, ombak, dan sunset di kaki langit Togean wuihh momen langka tuh, harus diabadikan. Biar eksis, selfie trus uplot ke twitter, instagram, path, pinterest, tumblr pake hashtag #togean.

4.       Sunblock SPF ≥ 50
Karena kita hidup di negara tropis dimana intensitas cahaya matahari begitu tinggi, sebaiknya gunakan sunblock sebelum panas-panasan. Aturan pakai (di belakang kemasan) bilang “olesakan min 20 menit sebelum aktivitas”. Merk sunblock yang popular Banana Boat atau Nivea-Sun. Pilih yang “Non Whitening” biar gak cemong-cemong di muka setelah dipake snorkeling.
5.       Sarung
Penting nih. Multi purpose. Boat sholat. Buat selimut, bisa. Buat tudung kepala melindungi dari panas matahari, bisa. Buat rok, bisa. Buat lap ingus, juga bisa.

6.       Snorkle Set
Sebelum nyemplung ke laut, pastiin snorkel kita gak bocor, gak tembus, gak berkerut (karetnya) dan nyaman dipake. Semprot antifog biar enggak mudah mengembun nantinya. Karena antifog lumayan mahal dan selalu bikin mata pedis, bisa diganti pake iler. Air ludah sendiri yaa, bukan punya orang. Baby oil zwitsal kata temen saya juga bisa dipake sebagai antifog.
Mau pilih-pilih snorkel yang sesuai? lihat tipsnya : https://cindiltravel.wordpress.com/tag/tips-membeli-alat-snorkeling/

7.       Obat-obatan dan Obat Nyamuk
Sedia payung sebelum hujan. Bawa obat-obatan basic dan P3K seperti paracetamol, penghilang rasa sakit, betadine, kasa, obat diare, obat flu, masuk angin, dan obat bwt nyamuk. Kalopun kita enggak sakit, mungkin ada temen yang tiba-tiba sakit.

8.       Peralatan Mandi, Parfum, dan Deodorant
Parfum adalah kamuflase yang baik ketika kita lagi males mandi.

9.       Baju secukupnya
Kalo bisa dari bahan-bahan yang mudah kering seperti spandex, fabric atau polyester. In case baju spare kita ikut kebasahan, masih bisa kering walopun cuma di angin-anginin semaleman. Bawa secukupnya aja, kecuali kalo niat mau bikin KTP Togean, bisa bawa pakaian satu lemari.

10.   Jaket
Buat yang gak biasa, berada di kapal yang terombang-ambing plus angin laut bisa bikin masuk angin. Apalagi ditambah hujan di tengah laut. Brrr… Jaket adalah teman yang baik saat hujan maupun terik.

11.   Power bank, Tee, charger, battery
Pada umumnya cottage cuma ada 2-3 colokan di dalam satu kamar, sementara penghuninya dua. Jadi buat ngecas HP, kamera, laptop dan gadget lain baiknya bawa Tee sendiri. Sinyal sih timbul tenggelam timbul tenggelam tapi kayaknya di jaman sekarang power bank dan smartphone susah dipisahkan satu sama lain.

12.   Plastig bag besar
Biasanya saya pakai untuk sajadah, alas duduk di pasir yang lembab/basah, bungkus baju basah, dan terakhir : untuk housekeeping (bawa kembali sampah-sampah yang kita bikin, jangan ditinggal di pulau)

13.   Dry pack
Kalo punya bawa aja. Berguna sekali melindungi smartphone dan barang lain dari air laut. Iphone 6 kena air laut tu sakitnya disini. Kalo darurat, plastic obat dengan seal bisa juga dipake sebagi dry bag.

14.   Flashlight
We never know what will happen ahead. Senter itu penting banget kalo-kalo ban bocor di tengah hutan di malam hari. Ohiya, beberapa cottage (biasanya yang rate nya ≤ Rp 600.000) memadamkan listrik di malam hari untuk menghemat solar. Jadi senter bisa berguna kalau mau ke wc.

15.   Pisau
Buat belah duren di perjalanan. Atau melawan begal. Siapa tau.

16.   Earplug
Selain thrust, engine perahu motor rata-rata juga memberikan bonus asap dan bunyi yang memekakkan. Mungkin ≥ 90 dB. Di dek luar apalagi di kabin dalam. Buat yang gak biasa, bisa terngiang-ngiang tu bunyi sampe 2-3 hari kedepan hahaha. Pasang earplug. Kalo nggak ada, pake kapas/tisu.

17.   Neckpillow
Biar ga gampang sakit karene kelelahan selama jalan, gunakan sebaik-baiknya waktu untuk istirahat/tidur. Kecuali kalo kita model pelor (nempel-molor) yang gampang pulas di manapun, Neckpillow membantu tidur dalam posisi duduk dengan nyaman.

H-87 JELANG RAMADHAN : Jangan Sia-siakan Waktumu

WA msg dari rumah zakat. reminder yg sungguh bermanfaat…
“Waktu adalah nafas yang tidak mungkin akan kembali.”

Syaikh ‘Abdul Malik Al Qosim berkata, “Waktu yang sedikit adalah harta berharga bagi seorang muslim di dunia ini. Waktu adalah nafas yang terbatas dan hari-hari yang dapat terhitung. Jika waktu yang sedikit itu yang hanya sesaat atau beberapa jam bisa berbuah kebaikan, maka ia sangat beruntung. Sebaliknya jika waktu disia-siakan dan dilalaikan, maka sungguh ia benar-benar merugi. Dan namanya waktu yang berlalu tidak mungkin kembali selamanya.” (Lihat risalah “Al Waqtu Anfas Laa Ta’ud”, hal. 3)

Tanda waktu itu begitu berharga bagi seorang muslim karena kelak ia akan ditanya, di mana waktu tersebut dihabiskan,
“Kedua kaki seorang hamba tidaklah beranjak pada hari kiamat hingga ia ditanya mengenai: (1) umurnya di manakah ia habiskan, (2) ilmunya di manakah ia amalkan, (3) hartanya bagaimana ia peroleh dan (4) di mana ia infakkan dan (5) mengenai tubuhnya di manakah usangnya.” (HR. Tirmidzi)

Menyia-nyiakan waktu hanya untuk menunggu-nunggu pergantian waktu, itu sebenarnya lebih parah dari kematian. Ibnul Qayyim rahimahullah dalam Al Fawa-id berkata,
“Menyia-nyiakan waktu itu lebih parah dari kematian. Karena menyia-nyiakan waktu memutuskanmu dari (mengingat) Allah dan negeri akhirat. Sedangkan kematian hanya memutuskanmu dari dunia dan penghuninya.”

Imam Syafi’i pernah mendapat nasehat dari seorang sufi,
“Waktu laksana pedang. Jika engkau tidak menggunakannya, maka ia yang malah akan menebasmu. Dan dirimu jika tidak tersibukkan dalam kebaikan, pasti akan tersibukkan dalam hal yang sia-sia.” Lihat Madarijus Salikin, Ibnul Qayyim, 3: 129.

Sumber : https://rumaysho.com/3072-yang-ada-hanyalah-berkurangnya-umur.html

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Hmm just share another traveling story. This, the unhappy one.
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It was saturday. A long weekend commemorating Chinese Lunar New Years Day at next Monday. I have to take 10.30 train from Senen Train Station. It was lucky ticket I might say. Days before, when opened android apps (Tiket Kereta Api & KAI access) for buying e-ticket as I usually do, it was always N/A (full). Then on particular midnight one day before, someone suddenly cancelled his ticket and then coincidentally I spotted one available rather cheap ticket. But this lucky start, soon would turn into utterly unlucky damn days.

Like usual, I booked gojek from cilandak heading Ps Minggu Train station then continued with Commuter Train (KRL) towards Senen.
From beginning, I have included 1.5 hours plus 15 minutes spare, incase something happened. Enough lah.

But then, everything went wrong.

1. KRL has signal troubles so that it stops between Station to Station several times that it postponed for more than 45 minutes accumulated. Things that I never considered before. Damn. I swear I would not use commuter again in hurry condition even with enough spare time.

2. I went out to the from Sentiong station. Took an expensive ordinary ojek (opang/ojek pangkalan) to rush into Senen. But many road blocked/diverted due to society cultural activities. Why you have to do it now guys ? Why not tomorrow ? Damn  :’-(

3. I just arrived at Senen station front entrance at 10.35 only to see my train passing by. Damn.

4. I gambled, queued into a long line to buy another ticket for today departure. (why KAI only have one counter opened in this long weekend ? Very dissapointed and terrible service ). All had been sold out. Damn.

5. I went to bus terminal in rawamangun (by gojek again) and only could get the expensive one for 17.00 departure. Later I found that bus delayed for 1 hour because of two stupid coming late passangers. Damn.

6. The next day, arrived at Jogja fifteen minutes after 7.00 morning. Late from scheduled time. Damn.

All planned activities are ruined. Costed me unnecessary additional money (three times of original ticket fare). Hmmphh. Never want it again. I swear.

So it’s really true then the old saying :

Fail to plan means Plan your own failure