Enjoy Sumba D4 # NTT – Indonesia

This is our last day to go touring in Sumba, tomorrow we will go back home.

Our first destination is Puru Kambera Savanna near Puru Kambera Beach. On the way there, we see this tree.

This tree is one of Sakura flower kind which called Konji. And it’s a wild tree, you can found it anywhere in the village. And we are lucky to see one.

Actually, this savanna should be has so many grass but because it’s dry season in Indonesia, so there’s not much of grass in there. The weather is very hot, don’t forget to drink much water.

We only take photo for a while in here because it’s too hot. Then we continue our journey to the next destination. The road to Tanggedu Waterfal Car Park is a little bad and the driver said, it’s fortunately a dry season so the car can smoothly go to the car park. If it’s rainy season, then the driver said it will be hard to use car to go there, we have to use motorcycle.

The Tanggedu Waterfall Car park located inside a housing complex. There’s some bathroom in there so we can change and take a bath after play in the waterfall.

We have to trekking around 1 hours to go to the waterfall, and it’s very very hot. And from the housing complex, we have to passed a big gap which full of limestone sand and it’s very slippery. Some of elders ask the local help to guide them.

Don’t forget to bring face mask and scarf or hat to cover your head from the heat.

There’s a rest area near the entrance of waterfall. You can buy some coconut if you want.

This is the beautiful waterfall that I have ever seen. The water is blue tosca and very clear. And the source is very calm, which is like your own pond. Becareful when you stand at the stone because it’s slippery. You can enjoy snack or coconut in some area.

We play in the water and take some photos for about 5 hours. The guide bring our lunch box in there too.

Before we back to the hotel, we passed by Tenau Hills to enjoy last sunset in Sumba.

Then we go back to hotel for rest. Today is the last day for touring. Tomorrow, we decided to rest in the morning so we can wake up late.

Enjoy Sumba D3 # NTT – Indonesia

Our main destinations today is Waimarang Waterfall. On the way there, we will stop by Tanarara Hills.

Tanarara means red land. The land here is rather reddish. Tanarara is a hill covered with savanna grass which is an authentic view of Sumba Island. At one point on the hilltop in Tanarara, there is a stone tomb that has typical Sumba carvings.

Note: Beware of the sun’s heat, it could be very hot. Don’t forget to bring your hat and scarf.

I think this hills is like Cappadocia Turkey, just there’s no air baloon.

Because of the heat, we didn’t stay long. We go to the next destination, our main destination, Waimarang Waterfall.

On the way to Waterfall, there’s only a desert and it’s too hot outside. And when you see the car park, you won’t know that those are attraction place XD. It didn’t seems like it. And you won’t know if there’s a beautiful waterfall hidden in there if you didn’t ask locals. There’s only locals that sell coconut and provide bathroom (but you better not to use it).

After prepare the swim outfit, then we go trekking. To go to Waterfall, we need to walk around 30-45 minutes. Reminder, do not bring too much stuff, only bring your cameras and handphone. Put it inside waterproof bag. And use a comfortable and anti-slip shoes / sandals.

This is where I have an accident. Because we go downhill and there’s too many falling off leaves, the road is very slippery. I slip and hurt my knees. And didn’t bring any medicine, fortunately there’s someone who bring powder medicine so I use it to stop the bleeding.

It hurts, but I try to not think about it to much. Even when I arrive at the waterfall, my knee is numb and I can’t bend it. But because this is a rare event, I have to go inside the waterfall. And I didn’t regret it. It’s really beautifull.

This is where we arrive at the waterfall. This is called the 1st floor of the waterfall. There’s 2nd floor and 3rd floor in the upstair. You can go there from where the water fall. Too bad, I forgot to record when our guide went there. He is vining from the side to the falling water just like monkey. If I didn’t hurt my knee, maybe I will try to go there to see the beautiful 2nd and 3rd floor. The pond is depth, very depth, maybe around 5 metres. But the one where we go down is very swallow.

After play in the water, we go back to the car parking. It’s better if you walk using your wet clothes because there’s no place to change clothes in there. And when you arrive at the car, your clothes is dry already XD.

And we change clothes inside the car (not in the bathroom). After eat some coconut, we go to the next destination, Walakiri Beach.

This is a special beach because there’s mangrove forest in there. And the sunset is beautiful. Actually, there’s many mangrove tree in there before but knowadays, it just a little. This is the best place to enjoy sunset.

Thanks to our guide, he take a very beautiful picture of our siluet.

Then we go back to hotel to rest.

Enjoy Sumba D2 # NTT – Indonesia

Today we will go to East Sumba. It took about 5-6 hours by car. But before we go there, we will pass by some attraction place.

Mandorak Beach

From Sinar Tambolaka Hotel, we go to Mandorak Beach. Located at Southwest Sumba, It took about 1 hour to go to this place. This beach located at private place, and you can call this private beach. It is in a private land, and when we almost there, we will pass the rough route in the forest. It only us in there and some locals that stay in there, and we can enjoy the beach by ourselves. Unfortunately, when we to there the wind is strong so we can’t play in the water because the current is so strong.

The unique things about this beach is it’s surounded by beautiful coral reefs. And it has soft-textured and cream colored beach sand which easily sticky to your body. When the waves come, you can see the beautiful waves crash to coral reefs from the beach side.

Weekuri Lagoon

From Mandorak Beach, we go to Weekuri Lagoon. It only took 30 minutes to go there.

Weekuri Lagooon is a salt-water lake and it’s very beautiful. The lagoon getting the water from the nearby sea. The water enters the lake from rock crevices of coral reefs that surround the lake, actually. The next amazing feature of the lake is definitely its green bluish Tosca color. It looks unspoiled and crystal clear as well, in fact. The nuance feels comfy due to the presence of green plants and shady trees that surround the lake. Plus, the water features both warm and cold sensation, depending on the location where tourists may get in (credit).

The water is cold and really fresh. We get in the lagoon at noon so feels very refreshing. There’s a jumpboard in the cross land, the depth of the water when it is low tide is 3m and 5m when it is high tide. Some of us including me, try to jump from there. At first it feels scary but, it’s fun. Just trust yourself, conquer your fear and you can do it.

After tired to play in the lagoon, we go to clean ourself. You need to pay for clean water, IDR 10.000/bucket. Don’t expect the clean water is really clean. The local help us took the water from the well, and because it’s near the ocean, so the well’s water is a little salty. But it’s enough to clean our body. And don’t complain, because with this simple action, we can help the local to live. We have to be grateful to have enough water in where we live.

After take a bath and change to clean clothes, we go to eat lunch. This time, the guide bring us ricebox because there’s no restaurant nearby. So we eat lunch near the lagoon. After lunch, we continue our journey.

Praijing Traditional Village

2 hours from Weekuri Lagoon, we all arrive at a traditional Village. The people in this village a little different from Ratenggaro Traditional Village. Seems like they already more modern.

Praijing Megalithic Village has become the pride of the Indonesian locals for decades. Once arriving at the site, tourists may see 38 traditional villages directly. The fact is that there were 42 of them, but some of the houses got burnt several years ago. Here is the information. The locals call these houses either Uma Mbatangu or Uma Bokulu, which means “the big house”. These structures, indeed, become the main attraction that tourists can find in the village! Also, the site is surrounded by shady trees and lush bushes which make the location feel shady and comfortable. (credit)

Wairinding Hill

Located in the eastern part of Sumba 25 Km from the center of Waingapu City. This hill looks amazing with its vast and double-faced grassland vegetation. Called double-faced because the appearance is very different when visited in the rainy and dry seasons. When it’s raining it looks very green like the first picture that seems to take you to New Zealand. While when dry can be very brown as if in Africa. Exotic. there is no official entrance ticket at Wairinding, but every guest who comes is quarantined to fill in the guest book and give money as much as possible for the welfare of the surrounding community. In addition to the exotic hills, the beauty of the Wairinding hill feels complete with the presence of local children who play around the hilly area almost every day. They will always accompany every visitor who comes to this hill. (credit)

The sunset here is very beautiful and this place suitable for those who need relax and far away from the city. Sumba is famous for its sunset and the after sunset sky. So, you have to spare enough time to enjoy all of this.

After Sunset Sky

The wind is strong and it’s getting cold. So we go back to the city to rest. The Waingapu city is bigger than Tambolaka and more crowded. We stay at Padadita Beach Hotel, one of the best hotel at Waingapu.

Padadita Beach Hotel Website

There’s no escalator in the hotel, so if you got 2nd floor / 3rd floor room, you have to climb the stairs. But the hotel will help you with your luggage. They have free airport shuttle too.

Busan D2 (BGSDNMK) – SK Trip 2014 # South Korea

Woke up a little bit late today, to pay the time of sleep of yesterday. We start our journey at 09:00. Our first destination is 감천문화마을 Gamcheon Culture Village.

Gamcheon Culture Village or also known as Santorini on the South Sea, or Taeguekdo Village. The village is a panorama of endless rows of low-rise cubicle homes climbing up the steep hillsides from the sea below, their cheerful blue, yellow and pink hues a delight to the eye. Narrow stone and concrete alleyways wind their way through the homes, yielding something new at every turn. 

From Elysee Motel Busan, go to Nampo Metro Station, ride subway to 도성/土城 Toseong Metro Station (orange line), go exit 6, then you will see intersection, turn right and walk until you meet hospital. The bus stop to Gamcheon is in front of the hospital. Ride bus no 2 / 2-2 to 감천문화마을 Gamcheon Culture Village, and stop right in front of Gamcheon Elementary School.

The main entrance of Gamcheon Culture Village right across the school.

You can collect stamp about this village, buy the map in the information or art shop. It cost W2000.

We use the direction in the map, so we know where we heading. And it’s useful, because we know where to go.

We spent almost 3 hours in there. After that, we go to the next destination, Haeundae Beach. We ride bus 2 to Toseong Station, then ride metro to Haeundae. It’s a long journey, about 2 hours.

Arrived at Haeundae Station, we go through exit 5 to Haeundae Beach. It took 5-10 minutes to walk there. 

When we arrived Haeundae Beach, there’s 19th 부산국제영화제 Busan International Film Festival which held on 2-11 October 2014.

BIFF is one of the most significant film festivals in Asia. Beginning in 1996 as the first international film festival in Korea, it is now a major global event. Held in Haeundae and Nampo-dong, Busan, the festival presents over 300 films from 70 countries. The focus of the BIFF is introducing new films and first-time directors, especially those from Asian countries.

Programs For 2014’s event:
– Total of 314 films from 79 countries
– 134 World & International Premieres 
– 98 World Premieres (66 Feature Films, 32 Short Films)
– 36 International Premieres (33 Feature Films, 3 Short Films)
– All New Currents screenings are World or International Premieres

For more information, please visit the website.

해운대해수욕장 Haeundae Beach located at Haeundae District. Exit 5 from Haeundae Station, and walk about 5-10 minutes.

If you ever went to beach in Indonesia (such as Bali and Lombok), you will think that the beach at Busan is a common beach.

But it’s so crowded. Many people went there to enjoy the wind and the beach. Located in the middle of high building, and the white sand, make people feel comfortable to just sit and enjoy the scene.

Hotel nearby Haeundae Beach, if you wants to stay near the beach, you can choose this hotel

We decided to stay here and enjoy this beach till night and enjoy the sunset. Because it will took some time to travel to another place.

Then We walk around Haeundae. The wind blow stronger than before. There’s a news that there’s thypoon at Japan, and it affects the weather. It’s getting colder.

So we decided to wait for the sunset inside cafe or convenient store. And we bought this.

After that, we go to the beach again to watch sunset.

And the night coming. It’s beautiful in the night, especially there’s BIFF festival which make the area full of light. The combination of sea, beach, and the city, make it more wonderful.

The wind is so strong, so after we enought to enjoy the scene, we decided to go to the next destination.

From Haeundae, we go to the 2nd famous beach in Busan, 광안리 해수욕장 Gwanganlli Beach. There’s a famous bridge in here, 광안대교 Gwangandaegyo Bridge, and it’s beautiful at night. Surrounded with building and cafe, we can enjoy the beach while drinking coffee.

To go here, you can stop at Gwangan Station exit 3 / 5 and walk around 10 minutes to the beach. You will pass a busy road and when I came there, there’s road renovation, and it’s make uncomfortable to walk.

PS: I’ve read inside the review in Trip Advisor, it’s better if you stop at Geumnyeonsan Station because it’s closer to the beach. Next time I went here, I will try it.

This is our last destination for today. After enjoy the scene for a while, we go back to hotel and rest. Time to sleep for tomorrow journey.