Saturday, May 31, 2014

[Snapshots] Batu Secret Zoo

May 2013

Located inside the Jawa Timur Park 2 in Batu, Malang, East Java. They have a huge collection of animal from around the world presented in a very Eco-friendly setting, clean, and those animals are healthy and well taken care. This zoo is awesome, highly recommended.

Ticket cost IDR 100,000,- (Friday to Sunday) and IDR 70.000,- for an adult to visit a zoo, theme park and a museum.  It is cheap considering the high maintenance cost that need in order to keep it those way.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

[Snapshots] Whispering Savannah Bromo

May 2013

When it's dry you can actually hear the sound of the sands being blow by the winds, the gusts pick up the sand and it causes a swooshing, whispering sound, thus Pasir Berbisik.

This is one of the shoot locations for the movie Pasir Berbisik (Dian Sastrowardoyo) and Eat, Pray, Love (Julia Roberts meditated here for a few days).

Friday, May 23, 2014

[Snapshots] Savannah of Bromo

May 2013

A green hilly area people used to call it the “Teletubbies Hill” perhaps because it resembles the landscape picture of the green hills where Teletubbies played in the series.

The best view is during the rainy season, where the grass starts greening and flowering.

Monday, May 19, 2014

[Snapshots] Mount Bromo

May 2013

To get to Mount Bromo, you need to fly into Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia and take a couple of hours of car ride to Probolinggo and then exchange into a jeep to get higher up the rough road condition up the mountain.

From the sunrise watching spot, Mount Pananjakan, you can look down the area with three major volcanos: Batok, Semeru and Bromo.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

[Snapshots] A Famosa Malacca

April 2014

From St. Paul's Hill, we moved on descending to see the Portuguese Fort : A Fomosa, also known as Porta de Santiago. The fortress was built on the orders of Commander Albuquerque.

Now only that small gate of fortress left was left.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

[Snapshots] St. Paul's Church Malacca

April 2014

Continuing our walk from Christ Church, we went to St. Paul's Church, another historical building di Malacca at the summit of St. Paul's Hill. It was originally built by the Portuguese.

A statue of St. Francis Xavier greeted us when we got on top of the stairs. A large tree fell on the statue severing its right arm.

Now only the walls remain of the Church and some tombstones there.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

[Snapshots] Red Square Malacca

April 2014

This massive red building displays all the common features of the Dutch colonial architecture which includes substantial solid doors and windows. Called Red Squared because all the surrounding building painted red, next to the Malacca River.