A Postcard From Indonesia

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Indonesia’s Famous Caci Dance

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What comes to your mind when you think of Indonesia? Pristine beaches and crystal clear water?  Well Indonesia is not all about awesome beaches, its rich tradition and culture make it even more alluring to travelers.

So let me introduce you Indonesia’s traditional caci dance, a ritual whip fight, which exists among the Manggarai people.

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The dance performance is carried out by two male fighters, one of them come from another village to participate in the fight. Armed with whip, shield, masks, and sticks, these fighters show their skill amidst  shouting from spectators, who encourage them to show more lively performance.

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The fighters’ performance depict philosophical values of the Manggarai community.

It is generally performed to celebrate top events such as welcoming an honor-guest and wedding party.

The trip was sponsored by OM Tourism and the Ministry of Tourism of Indonesia.  Thank you !

 

 

 

Quick Stopover At Sari Amerta Complex

Sari Amerta Batik is one of Bali’s well-known shopping complexes famous for its batik products.

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A large number of tourists visit the complex daily to witness the rich and exquisite batik products displayed here. Situated in Batubulan, the complex offers foreign tourists an opportunity to get familiar with the process of designing the batik products.

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Various batik products both for women and men are available inside the complex. Don’t expect bargaining, as the rates of the priceless products are fixed. If you are a big fan of hand-made products then this is the place you should visit once.

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Besides clothes, colorful paintings are also available for sale at the complex.

To make you familiar with the process of designing the Batik products, below are some of steps that these products go through before becoming a final product –

Making designs on the white material:
a. Copying the original designs; b. Directly without copying before.

Covering designs with wax (klowong) on both sides.
b. Filling designs with ornaments and small dots.
c. Covering some special part of the designs to get the second color (sawuk)
d. Covering some special part of the designs to get the third color (tembokan)

Traditional colors like blue, brown and light yellow are used for a better appearance.

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All most all travel agencies in Bali can arrange a short trip to this complex.

To my disappointment, I could not get pictures of batik products as photography is prohibited inside the complex.

My trip was sponsored by Om Tourism – one of India’s leading travel agencies.

Labuan Bajo Port

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Hardly, you would come across a person who does not enjoy sunrise or sunset in this world.

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I was quite amused by the beauty of Labuan Bajo port, which is located at the western end of Flores in the Nusa Tenggara region of east Indonesia.

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While enjoying a memorable sunset at Paradise bar, I managed to capture a lot of images of this quaint port, which is gateway to the world famous Komodo National Park. You can clearly see here how nature can be awe-inspiring. Of late, this place has become quite popular among tourists because of its rare pink beaches and Komodo National Park. You can read more about Labuan Bajo here.

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Indonesia’s Glorious Pink Beach

One of the most important tourist spots of Komodo Island is its glorious pink beach.

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I will recommend you to first make a trip to Komodo National Park before visiting this amazing and unique beach situated west of Flores island in East Nusatenggara.

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The beach is named as Pink beach due to its appearance. It looks pink due to amalgamation of white sand combined with red sand, formed from pieces of Foraminifera.

The beach is also known as Red Beach.

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Upon your arrival, enjoy swimming here as it will literally make you feel like a fish. It is a perfect place for snorkeling due to crystal-clear water and colorful coral reefs. During my trip, I found many local people enjoying barbecue and listening to popular Hindi film songs. 🙂

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Amazing views of clear seas, green rolling hills and blue skies can make your trip absolutely memorable.

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I was in no mood to leave this glorious beach, but unfortunately I had to.

How to reach here: One can reach here through a speedboat, which you can hire at the Labuano Bajo port. And don’t forget to carry water bottle and sunscreen lotion before visiting this place !

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Tree Top: Admiring Beauty Of Seafood

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Warning: The following article may tempt you to fall in love with seafood. 🙂

I was in Labuanj Bajo at the invitation of the Tourism Ministry of Indonesia. While one can find plenty of restaurants and street food-stalls in Labuan Bajo, Tree Top stands apart.

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I had some very delicious food in this four-storey wooden building. When I reached this place, construction was underway and the owner of the restaurant told me that he was planning to extend this place.

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Delicious food and a pleasant view of Labuan Bajo harbour, it is one of the best places in the area to relax and have good time. Fish, crab, lobster, squid, octopus – the restaurant provides plenty of options for seafood lovers. I tried several dishes, including baby octopus and liked them instantly.

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One can also notice that the restaurant is full of interesting colourful artworks.

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I recommend ordering your favourite food with chilled Bintnag. 🙂

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The slogan “…smile please because you are at TREETOP!” proves that the owner Matheus wants his each and every customer to be happy.

All the images have been taken with a Xiamoi Mi4.

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An Introduction To Komodo National Park

If you are a fan of wildlife then there is a strong possibility that you will like Komodo National Park, which was recognised by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites in 1991.

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Located between Sumbawa and Flores, the park is home to world’s largest and also one of the oldest living lizards – the Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis). They can only be found in the Komodo National Park as well as on the islands of Rinca, Nusa Kode, and Gili Motang. However, it is a mystery why these lizards are only found in the above-mentioned places.

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I was lucky to witness not just one but four Komodos as my guide told me that it was not easy to spot them every day. While the male one was reticent, the female dragon was quite aggressive.

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The guide told me that the park is home to around 2,000 Komodo dragons. Apart from dragons, you can find a variety of birds, tropical plants and wild orchids.

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How to reach Komodo National Park: Hire a boat from Labuan Bajo harbour. It will take approximately two hours to reach there. Guides are also available there for your assistance. Just make sure you pay attention to their instructions. There are many tour operators in Labuan Bajo, who can arrange a trip for you.

Don’t worry about the food and accommodation, as you can find plenty of them for every kind of traveller in Labuan Bajo.

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