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NEST OF THE DRAGONS

About the park

Komodo National Park is a sanctuary for Komodo Dragons, which was established in 1980 and declared as a World Heritage Site and a Man and Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in the year 1986.  It was established to conserve the Komodo Dragons (Varanus komodoensis). The park was first discovered in 1911 by J.K.H. Van Steyn.  Here, you can watch these dragons living their lives on an island where they are all kings in their own habitat.

To get there

By air: Indonesia Air Transport (IAT) & Trans Nusa Airlines (TGN)

By land: Buses or Cars

By sea: Ferry

About Komodo Dragons

The Komodo dragon is a large species of lizard that can be found in the Indonesian islands of Komodo, Rinca, Flores, Gili Motang and Padar. It can grow to as big as 10 ft and weigh up to 70kg. They are considered the “giant” of the island since there are no other carnivorous animals that can beat them in term of size on the islands where they live.

Komodo Island Diving

If you love snorkelling, stop by at Red Beach (Pantai Merah) which is located in front of the old dragon feeding station. There is a village nearby too. The locals are very friendly too, so if you need any information during your visit to the island, feel free to ask them.

Snorkelling here is awesome. Get ready to dive in to as low as 25 metres and witness the beautiful reef that decorates the ocean.

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Jenglot: A mystique creature from Asia

For those of you whom may have watched an Indonesian movie called “Jenglot Pantai Selatan”, the face of Jenglot probably gives you the chill. ‘Jenglot’ is a mysterious creature or vampire that is commonly told in the Indonesian culture and mythology. This creature is as small as a human doll even though it was once a human who meditated in the cave and gained supernatural power, according to the locals. It has a scary looking face that very much resembles the famous Medusa of the Greek mythology.

Indonesia is believed to be the birthplace of Jenglot, Java in specific. These creatures can be found whenever a supernatural ceremony has been performed and they can be crawling in various places, such as the grounds, on a rooftop and even in the trunk of a huge tree. To our surprise, these amazing creatures are actually fed by Jenglot keepers; blood is fed to them, such as human and animal blood. What’s even shocking is that Jenglot keepers can actually buy blood legally from the Indonesia Red Cross! Unlike the type of vampire that sucks blood whenever it has the chance, Jenglot prefers to consume blood whenever it is left alone, out from the sight of human beings. 

Some useful phrases when travelling to Indonesia

Travelling to a country without knowing a single word of its language is something that you should avoid. You can’t master a language in a very short period, but you can at least know some of its basics

There are some useful phrases that you can practise before travelling to Indonesia:

Good morning: Selemat pagee

Good afternoon Selemat seeang

Yes: Ya

No: Teedak

OK: Beres

Thank you: Ma-ka-si

You’re welcome: Ma-ka-si Kam-ba-li/Sama-sama

How much: Berapa?

Can you discount: Mooraheen

Please: Toelong

Excuse me: Permisi

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The Raid, Indonesian movie

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Love Indonesian movies? Why don’t watch its action movies? One of the hottest movies in Indonesia is The Raid.  Never heard of it? Here’s a brief introduction of the movie. The movie tells a story about a rookie member of an elite special-forces team, Rama, who was instructed to hang back during a covert mission involving the extraction of a brutal crime lord from a rundown fifteen-story apartment block.

Cast:

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Iko Uwais as Rama, the main character of the movie and is also the rookie SWAT member

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Donny Alamsyah as Andi, the right hand man of Tama and his business strategies

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Ray Sahetapy as Tama Riyadi, a mean and cunning drug lord

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Yayan Ruhian as the “Mad dog”, a hitman working for Tama and is a professional fighter

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Pierre Gruno as Lieutenant Wahyu, a corrupted police officer

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Joe Taslims as Sergeant Jaka, the team leader of the SWAT raid operation

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Tegar Satrya as Bowo, a temporary member of the rookie SWAT raid team

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Eka “Piranha” Rahmadia as Dagu, one of the SWAT team members

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Verdi Solaiman as Budi, one of the SWAT team members

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Ananda George as Ari, one of the SWAT team members

Indonesia Meatball (Bakso)

Indonesian Meatballs are made of ground beef, minced onion, garlic, nutmeg, cloves, Indonesian soy sauce and fresh chopped tomato. These meatballs are moist, flavourful and are so delicious!

These meatballs are also known as “Bakso”, which can either be a beef ball, fish ball, or pork ball. Although Bakso is prepared in different types of meat, it is commonly made from beef. Bakso is served in a bowl, with all kinds of noodles; you can choose to either use bihun or yellow noodles to prepare this dish. If you want instant Bakso, you can always get it from your nearest supermarket as most supermarkets are selling frozen Bakso now. What’s special about Bakso is that it has a constant firm, dense, and homegeneous texture.

Want to prepare this simple yet tasty dish?

Check out its recipe simply by clicking this link. Enjoy!
http://chilliyes.com/2011/05/01/recipe-of-bakso-recipe-of-indonesian-meatball/

Indonesian cuisines

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Indonesian’s staple food is rice steamed boiled or fried. Some accompanying dishes can be pepper hot, so it is advisable to ask before ordering. You must also ask for the price before ordering. You can find many restaurants specializing in European, American and Oriental cuisine including fast food restaurants. As for beverages, there are both imported & local drinks, which are available everywhere including very good Indonesian beer. It’s wise to drink bottled drinks than the drinks served in the restaurants.

Indonesians consume a lot of poultry and fish. The majority are among Muslims, so they obviously do not eat pork. However, in certain parts of the country, the non-Muslims consume boar and pork. Non-Halal dishes can be found in Bali, North Sumatra, Maluku, Papua and North Sulawesi. Like Malaysia, the restaurants and shops in Indonesia displays the ‘Halal’ sign to signify their business as FREE FROM PORK; this sign is also a guarantee that the food or things sold in the market are certified by the Islamic law and standards.

Coconut milk is widely used in the Indonesian cuisines and it is used in dishes such as Rendang, Soto, Sayur lodeh and Opor ayam; it is also used in desserts such as Cendol. Coconut milk is used in many cuisines of other cultures; the Indians use it for curry whereas the Malays use it for Nasi Lemak. In Indonesian cuisine, there are two types of coconut milk, such as the thin coconut milk and thick coconut milk; the thin coconut milk is normally used for soups whereas the thick coconut milk is used for Rendang and desserts. You can either get coconut milk from the nearest supermarket or from the traditional markets that sell fresh shredded coconut milk.

Let’s ride bicycles in Batam!

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Let’s ride bicycles in Batam, Indonesia! This awesome island offers adventurous activities to urban tourists who wish to have an exciting vacation! C’mon, hop on your bike now and let’s get sweaty! =D For more info, visit http://www.indonesia-holidays.com/batam-island/activities.htm

Borobudur, Indonesia

Borobudur or Barabudur is located in Indonesia. The monument consists of six square platforms topped by three circular platforms and it is decorated with 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues. It was built during the reign of the Sailendra Dynasty and the monument reflects the influence of the Indian culture.

Based on existing evidence, the Borobudur was believed to have been constructed in the 9th century and then abandoned.It is still used for pilgrimage. The Buddhists in Indonesia will celebrate Vesak at the monument, once a year.

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