Journey to Borneo rainforest

Our trip from Banjarmasin in South Borneo to the Rain Forest in the Central Borneo needed about 5 hours. We’re through The Barito river bridge, one of the major rivers in Borneo. Water from the Barito River down from the highlands of Mount Meratus, and is an important highway of the river between the coast and the mainland of South Borneo. Barito River is the longest river in Southern Borneo, 600 miles in length and water of Barito River is muddy, because it carries mud and trash from inland

 At Barito River Bridge

At the gates to the boat for a trip to the rainforest, place of the Dayak & Orang Utan

In Indonesia we made a boat trip to see Villages of civilized Dajak, Orang Utans and a part of the indonesian forest.

For adventure in this place to see orang utan, Dayak tribe and rain forest, we had to rent a boat, with variety prices according to the size and type of boat. Price was expensive when we rented it, because we chose more private. From the boat across the river we could see the mangrove swamps, lowland rain forest, dense forest and of also a few of orangutan.

Scenery in the Rain forest

When It was raining

On the ship along the way of rain forest

Kahayan River at Indonesia Borneo Island has a wealth of ecological and cultural treasures that survive deep within the rainvforest jungle. This area is isolated, but tourists can adventure along the river. You could find the Dayak people, but some of them are undergoing modernization.

 Orangutans cover their heads with paper around them when it rained

Two orangutans in the trees that we can only see from far away, the guards did not allow our ships, to get closer, because at the time other than the river water was receding and could cause the shipwreck, also to avoid them jump into the boat. That would be dangerous, because we can never predict what will happen.

This bridge is in Palangkaraya and we saw it when we started the boat trip a bit in the south of the bridge. Larger Mapview. This map shows the landing place of the boat as well as the bridge. The boat took the way under the bridge to the northern part of the river.

Floating Market Banjarmasin Borneo

Floating market is located in Banjarmasin city, in the south of Borneo, precisely at the estuary of the river Martapura – Barito. Floating Market is a traditional market.Why floating?It’s because ot the traders in this market offering merchandise using Jukung or Kelotok (typical boat of Banjar), and for those who want to buy also have to use that kind of boat. This market activity started after the morning prayers until about 07.00 AM.They sell all kinds of vegetables, fruits (from their own garden), fish, meat and other needs that are not much different from traditional markets in general, also floating restaurant which selling Banjarmasin special food that namely Soto Banjar (Banjar soup).

To go to that place is not far from the city, and to visit the markets we need to rent Kelotok, which is costs 100,000 rupiah or $ 10. Variety of community activities reflected on  the Borneo Barito River. About Banjarmasin and Floating Market from Wikipedia.

Selling fruit

Floating Restaurant (Banjar Soup)

Traders in the boats

Flower Island Borneo

Still from the rest of the way of a floating market, Right in the middle of the river Barito, there is a land called and known by the name, Pulau Kembang (Flower Island)

According to the story of the island that is Barito river delta, the Island is called Flower Island because of the island that just a form of land, was growing more and more covered with plants. The island is covered with plants typical of Borneo, and is currently populated by many species of monkeys including the long-tailed monkey. Among them of course there is the king of monkeys, which have a larger body. In this place also has a place for worship of the ethnic Chinese, where there is a shrine with a statue replica of the white monkey/Hanuman.

Before coming to this island, It’s better to keep  our small items in the bag, such as glasses, hats, watches, cameras, if not it will be taken by the monkeys and better prepare snacks to be given to the monkeys. Small foods such as peanuts and bananas we could buy there too, which is sold by the local people, which use the chance to make a living. The monkeys on this island is very aggressive, because they are starving …. Very sad!

 At the worship place of the ethnic Chinese

Monkeys Forest

Feeding monkeys

Felt sorry for them 🙁

Carried one of them 🙂

Indonesian Ghosts and mysterious creatures

The existence of ghosts is believed by many people, although only a few admitted directly had seen a ghost. The existence of ghosts become pro and contra in many countries. Some scientists think the ghost is just an illusion or delusion that they believe in it, while most other scientists trying to prove scientifically the existence of substances contained in the ghost. Ghosts generally refers to the spirits or souls who leave the body because of death. The definition of a ghost in general different for each religion, civilization, and customs. (Ghost in wikipedia). Many ghost stories in Indonesia and some people said that the ghosts in Indonesia are more terrifying than the ghosts from other countries. I will introduce some of them to the reader.

1. Pocong. Pocong ghosts or demons are described wearing a white burial shroud and that demon has a ugly face. Pocong information from Wikipedia.

The Appearance of Pocong

2. Kuntilanak, Kuntilanak is already familiar among the Indonesian society, each occurrence of this figure is always described wearing a long white dress, a cold stare, with a pale face. Kuntilanak or Pontianak (folklore) from Wikipedia.

Appearance of kuntilanak, which was captured by the camera from tv crew, after finished shooting one of the tv shows

3. Sundel bolong  (Perforated Whore Ghost) is the ghost of a woman who has a hole on her back, while kuntilanak doesnt have it. The difference that can distinguish between the two spirits are in appearance, they are both nearly the same, wearing a long white dress. Sundel Bolong  is callgirl or a whore, who died in pregnancy and delivered birth the baby in the grave. That ghost is going to get revenge on people who raped her, and according to the story, often Sundel Bolong will also try to steal newborn baby because she wanted a baby to replace her baby who was dead in the grave. Sundel Bolong from wikipedia.

4. Genderuwa is the myth from Java, about the kind of the spirits in the form of an ape-like man who was big and muscular with a reddish black color, covered in thick hair growing all over his body. Genderuwa most widely known in community on the island of Java, Indonesia. Sundanese people call it “Gandaruwo” and the Javanese are generally called “Gendruwo” and to find out more clearly : Genderuwo from Indonesian Wikipedia.

The real appearances of Genderuwo?

5. Tuyul, Tuyul is the mini-bodied spirit and bald. Tuyul is an ethereal being, derived from aborted fetuses or babies who died at birth. More about Tuyul from Wikipedia`

In the video above, the shaman explained that he had arrested several tuyul, which was disturbing  public. Tuyul-tuyul was inserted into the bottle and later on they will be removed to the place which far away. As be seen, we did not see anything in the bottles, but from some camera mobile who took the pictures of them, can be seen tuyul figure that looks like a fetus.

6. Jenglot. Jenglot is a mysterious creature from Indonesia. Jenglot phenomenon spread in the Indonesian community since 1997. Jenglot is an object / small humanoid creature, with a body no more than 15 cm, long hair which is sparse and stiff through the legs, and have the long nails. More information about Jenglot from Wikipedia.

In the video above was reported by one television station about the arrested of jenglot alive in Situbondo, East Java. Religious islamic teacher (Ustadz) who caught that creature believed that the animals which many died in a couple months in that area were not because of bat bites as people there thought.

The Ustadz along with other catcher must perform ritual ceremonies, such as meditation before successfully Jenglot can be caught. Armed with the prayer they made it, but it was not explained where and how the Ustadz  and his colleagues managed to catch it. After being fed with fresh chicken blood, Jenglot died 2 days later. Until now it’s not known who is the owner of that Jenglot.

7. Babi ngepet. Babi ngepet is one way of seeking the wealth by using black magic, resembling or shaped wild pigs. In Indonesia, especially in the areas of Java island, often heard the news that the number of residents in certain areas lost the money, jewelry with a sudden, and will be seen the appearance of the wild pigs figure in the evening.

They do a very serious meditation and sacrifice one’s life, usually their loved one, children, parents or people around him which have blood relations. Furthermore, when they did the practice of black magic, the person will give the body and soul to the devil to turn into the wild pigs in a certain period. About Babi Ngepet from Wikipedia.

 The Movie about babi ngepet based on true story

Ghosts in Asian African museum ?

There is a story behind the history of independent building (Gedung Merdeka), where was held the first Asian African Conference. In addition to the history of the world, there are also story of ghosts in that building.

When I visited the museum, I talked a lot to some of security guards in that building, of which they spoke about the horrors of the building. Dutch heritage building as one of Indonesia’s colonial state certainly left a lot of memories. The building which is old and characterized by the Dutch has an amazing stories for me.

They told me that every day they met or saw a lot of the ghosts there. Because the building was Dutch heritage, so the ghosts of foreigners they had seen.

Believe it or not, but all the security guards there had the same experience. I asked some of them, was it true? and whether they were not afraid? They said, yes of course they felt afraid, even till now sometimes, but because every day they see that ghosts, the fear gradually was reduced, only for going to the toilet at night , they will prefer a female toilet, because they said men’s room more terrifying.

I did not ask more details about it, because they also didnt want to tell more detail about it. I could feel the horror in that place, and anyway a lot of ghosts stories in Indonesian society, and many Indonesian people believe in ghosts, just some try to deny it including me, probably because do not want to feel scared by ghost stories and as an Indonesian who believe in God, of course relying on God by prayer, is a powerful way to cope with the fear of mystical things.

Pictures in Asian African museum

The End of the World War II didn’t mean the end of animosity between nations. In some parts of the world, old problem remained while the new ones emerged.

The images in accordance with the sequence of events :

In 1954, tension mounted in Indochina, since the U.S. intervention in Indochina and the French war, because of the cold war spread to Southeast Asian. Prime Minister Ali Sostroamidjojo Indonesia accepted an invitation from John Kotelawala, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, to attend the conference to be attended by five prime ministers, Sri Lanka, Burma, India, Pakistan and Indonesia, which was held in Colombo in April 1954. This conference this conference we named it Colombo Conference or Colombo Plan. More about this we can find it in wikipedia :  Colombo Plan.

Cold War



One of the key figures in world war II

Headed the rise of nations – Bogor Conference

Bogor Conference was held on December 28 to 30, 1954, in Bogor Palace with the approval of Indonesia’s first president Soekarno, in which the conference was held to discuss the final preparations implementation of Asian-African Conference. Indonesia Upon the invitation Prime Minister of indonesia Ali Sostroamidjojo , attended the Prime Minister of Burma (Unu), India (Nehru) ,Pakistan (Moh.Ali), and Sri Lanka (John Kotelawala).

More About Asian-African Conference on Wikipedia

“Bandung Walk” and Asia Africa Echoes from Bandung

Monday April 18, 1955, since dawn the activities of convivial The Opening Season of the Asian-African Confernce In Bandung city had been started. Around 08.30 am, delegates from many countries walked from Homann Hotel and Preanger Hotel to Gedung Merdeka in order to attend that event. Their walked is known as “The Historical Walk” (The Bandung Walks)

The Opening Session of The Asian-African Conference in “Gedung Merdeka” on 18 April 1955 

Diorama of the opening season of the Asian-African Conference

 Photos of Delegations from some countries


Museum of The Asian-African Conference

The museum is named MUSEUM OF THE ASIAN-AFRICAN CONFERENCE, in order to memorize the venue of the Asian-African Conference, that becomes the source of inspiration and motivation for the Asian-African nation.

The idea of established of the Asian- African Conference had been materialized by Mr. Joop Ave, the Executive Chairman of the Committee of the 25th Anniversary in cooperation with Department of Information, Department of Education and Culture, The Provincial Government of West Java and Padjadjaran University.

Museum of the asian-African Conference was inaugurated by President Soeharto, the second President of Indonesia on 24th april 1980 during the 25th Anniversary of the Asian-African Conference.

On 18 June 1986, the authority of Museum was returned by Department of Education and Culture to Department of Foreign Affairs under the supervision of Directorate of Public Diplomacy and it becomes a museum of diplomatik political history of Indonesia.

Asian African Conference in Bandung

The First Asian-African Conference which was held in Bandung West Java Indonesia on 18-24 April 1955, was a very important moment in the history of Indonesia foreign policy, nation and government. The result from that was Dasasila Bandung (Ten Principles of Bandung on Wikipedia), which became the guideline for the colonized countries fighting for independence.

The spirit of Asian-African Conference became guidance and motivation for Asian-African countries. It was also motivated young generation of Indonesia and Asian African nations to gain higher prestige.

The Asian-African Conference convened upon the invitation of the Prime Ministers of Burma, Ceylon, India, Indonesia and Pakistan. In addition to the sponsoring countries the following 24 countries participated in the conference :

1.Afghanistan, 2.Cambodia, 3.China, 4.Egypt, 5.Ethiophia, 6.Gold coast, 7.Iran, 8.Iraq, 9.Japan, 10.Jordan, 11.Laos, 12.Lebanon, 13.Liberia, 14.Libya, 15.Nepal, 16.Philippines, 17.Saudi Arabia, 18.Sudan, 19.Syria, 20.Thailand, 21.Turkey, 22.Democratic Republic of Vietnam, 23.State of Vietnam and 24.Yemen.

Asian-African Conference considered problem of common interest and concern to countries of Asia and Africa and discussed about :

A. Economic Cooperation, B. Cultural Cooperation, C. Human Rights and Self-determination, D. Problem of Dependent Peoples, E. Other Countries problem (Intern conflict), F. Promotion of World Peace and Cooperation, G. Declaration of The Promotion of World Peace and Cooperation.

The Asian-African Conference declared its conviction that friendly cooperation in accordance with these principles would effectively contribute to the maintanance and promotion of international peace and security, while cooperation in the economic, social and culture fields would help bring the common prosperity and well being of all.

 Merdeka Building in Bandung during the Asian-African Conference in 1955.

Conference Hall in “Gedung Merdeka”
“Gedung Merdeka” is the Building of the first Asian-Africa conference and serves as museum today.
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 Merdeka building in 2012 becomes a museum of Asian-African Conference 

57th Anniversary of the Asian-African Conference (1955-2012)


Asia-Africa conference had refreshed and revived the moral spirit of the heroes of Asia and Africa in their struggle for independence, so that which sovereign states and independent, many joined in the continent of Asia and Africa.

The Asian-African Conference also succeeded in developing the spirit of solidarity among Asian-African countries, facing regional and international problems. After the Asian-African Conference many conferences were held by many organization in Asia and Africa.

Ten Principles or The Spirit of Bandung (Dasasila Bandung) had changed the view of the world on international relations and changed the structure of the United Nations which was no longer mainly as a forum for the West or East.

Romance Island and Love Stone (Situ Patenggang Lake) in the area of tea plantations, Rancabali, West Java, Indonesia

Tea plantation Rancabali is stood at the height of 1628 meters above the sea level with a unique natural landscape of hills and winding tea plantations. Tea Plantation is located in the Patengan Village, Rancabali district, southern part of Bandung regency, not far from the tourist attraction White crater. Rancabali plantations had been established since 1870.

Expanse of the tea trees are neatly trimmed with a very cold air to give the unusual impression for the visitors. Rancabali village communities are still running the traditional lifestyle with a daily processing of two major commodities, tea and cinchona. Environmental tea plantation, factory, and simple Villagers life free from pollution.


Villager at the tea plantation


Tea plantations looks very beautiful and charming. The location right beside the road, which generally are in a position lower than a side road and the arrangement that is tightly, make these plantations as a fresh green carpet rugs with a cool atmosphere, beautiful and peaceful.


Beautiful Scenery of Tea Plantation location


Me at rancabali tea plantation


Rancabali Tea Plantation



There are also plant visit tour packages, for those who are interested to visit the tea factory in Rancabali. You will gain knowledge about the process of planting, breeding, land clearing, maintaining, picking cuts until tea processing.


Tea Plants in Patenggang lake area


The beauty of the green tea plantations integrated with a small waterfall at the edge of the terrace tree plants, located on the right road to the other tourist attractions, namely Situ Patenggang  (Patenggang Lake).

Situ Patenggang (or often called Situ patengan) is a beautiful lake located in the area of tea plantations in Ciwidey, West Java. You can feel the serenity and feel the cool mountain air that blows. Once, this area had been a nature reserve or national park, but in 1981 had officially turned into a tourist park.

To enjoy this attraction there are boat facilities that can be rented to go around to the small island that is in the middle of the lake that named Sasuka Island (Romance Island) . This island looks shady with many high trees that grow in it. While across the lake there is a pretty interesting location namely Love Stone.

Romance Island, and Love Stone are a tourist destination. According to the story, anyone that comes to the those area, and surround the Romance island will have a lasting love. This also might make the Love Stone, and Romance Island become a place that make curiousity of the tourists.


Legend of Situ Patenggang (Patenggang Lake)


The Legend story of love stone


The area has a legend or myth that tells about son of the king, and daughter of the goddess incarnations (Goddess Rengganis) that separated for a long time because of circumstances. Their tears formed a lake. Due to that, the lake was named “Situ Patenggang” (Patenggang Lake), which was taken from the word “pateangan-teangan” comes from the Sundanese language, that means looking to each other.

In the end they can be reunited in a place where there was a large stone, and that later, the stone was named Love Stone. Goddess Rengganis then asked her lover to make a lake and a boat for sailing. This island that until then had been a heart-shaped island, Sasaka Island (Island of romance).

It is said that anyone that ever been to that location with the lover, then their love will be eternal.


Amazing Scenery of Situ Patenggang (Patenggang Lake)
West Java-Indonesia


Small island in the middle of the lake “Sasuka Island” (Romance island)


Beautiful Nature!


Love Stone in Patenggang Lake


Boat that can be rented


The Scenery of Patenggang Lake from Love Stone Location


Me at The Love Stone location



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The beauty and Legend of Kawah Putih (White Crater) in Western Java, Indonesia

Kawah Putih  (White Crater)  is one of the two craters which make up Mount Patuha in West Java Indonesia.


White Crater location map in The south of Bandung, West Java


Beautiful White Crater lake


Plant on the lake of White crater


Smoke that comes out of the lake


Patuha, regarded by the Ciwidey society as the oldest mountain. The word “Patuha” is reputedly derived from the word, old man (sepuh), and so the local society called it by the name of  Mount Sepuh. More than a century ago Mount Patuha  was considered haunted , so that no one dared to go and therefore the existence and the beauty of the mountain unknow by the peoples.


The legend story of white crater in a large frame at the white crater location


According to historical records, Patuha volcano had erupted in the tenth century, causing a terrible crater next to the top of the West. In the twelfth century, the crater on the left also erupted, which then formed a beautiful lake.

In 1837, a Dutchman of German descent named Dr. Franz Wilhelm Junghuhn (1809-1864), traveled to the south of Bandung area. When he arrived in the area Junghuhn felt the atmosphere was very quiet and deserted, lacking in wildlife. Then he asked about this phenomena to the local community, and he got the information that the mountain was very scary , because it was where the ancestors lived, and the kingdom of the jinn (devil). Therefore if there was a bird that dare to fly over the area, it will fall and die.

However, the Dutchman not a believer in the folklore, continued his journey through the wilderness on the mountain to prove the occurrence of what actually happened in that area, but before getting to the top of the mountain, Junghuhn stunned, admiring  the natural charm, which was so beautiful in front of him, lay a large lake, with a greenish white water. From the lake, a stinging smell of sulfur is apparent, so it was clear why the birds would not fly across.

After everything was clear, the mine of white crater sulfur was established  (Zwavel Ontgining, White Crater). In the era of Japan’s occupation, efforts continued with the title “White crater Kenzanka Yokoya Ciwidey” directly under military supervision.

According to Abah kuncen Karna who at this time is more or less 105 years old at the time of writing this article and living in the village of Sand Hoe, Village Sugih Mukti, said that in white crater there lays the tomb of the ancestors.

One of the top of Patuha mountain peaks, Kapak mountain is trusted as the meeting place of the ancestors. In this place, sometimes society saw (by supernatural means) a bunch of fluffy white sheep, which is believed to be a manifestation of the ancestors.

The natural scenery around the white crater is quite beautiful, with the greenish-white water contrasting with the limestone that surrounds the lake. In the north of the lake stand upright cliffs of gray limestone, which is overgrown with moss and other plants.


The cliff in white crater, which is filled with plants


White Crater Lake and cliff around it


Franz Wilhelm Jungjuhn had long died, but his discovery which is known by the name Kawah Putih (White crater) is still fascinating until now.


Fog coming


A very amazing scenery!


Really beautiful lake in the White Crater


In the area of  White crater lake there is a cave, heritage from the Dutch colonial era. In front of the cave there is a warning for not to be long  in the front of the cave. The logical reason is because the gas issue of the cave which is certainly related to the sulfur content in that area that could cause people poisoning by that gas.


The cave heritage from the Dutch colonial


Short time in the front of the cave 🙂


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