If you are looking to pamper your taste buds with myriads of delicious and sumptuous dining menus, then why don’t you spend a holiday in Bandung and explore its culinary world. You’ll be amazed with what Bandung has to offer. From various foods sold on street vendors to haute cuisine, every visitor will be able to find something to their liking here, in Bandung. From cheap food stalls and diners such as warung, kaki lima and rumah makan to expensive and delicate meals in five-star hotels and chic restaurants, almost every kind of dish are available throughout Bandung. When you’re going to Bandung, it is not the question of what you CAN eat, but what would you LIKE to eat, as Bandung has everything but the best of the culinary world could offer. Continue reading “Best restaurants in Bandung”
As one of the most visited city for tourist in Jakarta and near city, Bandung have develop its infrastructure such as its tourism object, its transportation, its culinarity and of course its accomodation. In Bandung, many hotels, motels, resorts or villa have been opened to public. Most of them is low budget but there are also top hotel in 4 or 5 stars.
Hyatt Regency Hotel
This luxury, five star accomodation is located in Jl. Sumatera No. 51, the heart of Bandung. Facilities of the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Bandung are of the standard that guests of this international hotel chain are long accustomed to, featuring outstanding service, modern, well-appointed suites, superb recreational amenities and extensive converence facilities. This hotel is rated 8.2 from Agoda.com. Mostly the visitor book its “regency club king” type with its tarif is USD 297 in normal and USD 134 in Agoda promo.
GH. Universal Hotel
When you see this hotel from a distance, all you see is a castle in Europe. No wonder, because this hotel exteriors is made to make people think they are staying in a castle. This hotel exterior makes many couples have their wedding vow here. The Indonesian Famous Singer “Syahrini” is also making this hotel as her video clip location. Located in Jl. Setiabudi 376 Bandung, you must make a reservation to spend a night at one of its 105 rooms.
The Papandayan Hotel
The Papandayan Hotel is located in Jl Gatot Subroto 83, Bandung. It have 172 rooms, all of them is connected with free wi-fi and all are tastefully provided comforts such as bathrobes, complimentary bottled water, bathtub, coffee/tea maker and desk. This hotel have 4 types of room, Presidential Suite Room, Classic Room, Executive Suite Room, and Superior Suite Room. It also have meeting room, restaurant, The Papandayan Deli, Cantigl Fine Dining, Spa, Pool and Lounge. This hotel lies 0.3 km from the city center and provides accessibility to important town facilities.
Holiday Inn Bandung Hotel
People who come to holiday in Bandung will appreciate the comfort and convenience of this four-star, international business hotel. Located in Jl. Ir. H Juanda 31-33 Bandung, this hotel offers you to stay at one of its 186 room, separated to 6 types such as Superior Room, Suite Room, Superior Twin Room, Executive Club Modern Tower, Executive Suite Modern Tower and Executive Suite Classsic Tower. The price is started from USD 294 for Superior Queen Room.
Grand Preanger Hotel
The Grand Preanger Hotel have 187 numbers of rooms and located in Jl. Asia Afrika 81 Bandung. The hotel itself is owned and operated by Aerowisata International, the cornerstone of tourism and hospitality in Indonesia, and guests can relax safe in knowledge that the service and facilities was set on the highest standard.
Ambon, Maluku is the cluster of island which stretches between Sulawesi and Papua in the eastern part of the Indonesian archipelago which is known as the Spice Islands. Because of that, it consists of luxurious coral gardens and a huge variety of colorful fishes.
Ambon is undoubtedly famous for its dive sites. It is a huge array of critters that can be observed and photographed during long dives at the shallow sites. Diving in Ambon includes regular sightings of resident marine life. The interesting and varied diving sites around the islands stand among the best in the world. They offer you dive sites with magnificent and rich of marine life. Divers and nature lovers who visit this small ‘paradise’ landscape will enjoy themselves there.
Have you ever imagined diving in Ambon? Ambon is a great place to visit because it has a gorgeous dive site. It also has stunning beaches that have wonderful scenery, clean water, and blue sea. Natsepa Beach is one of them.
Natsepa beach is the main tourist destination area on the island of Ambon. Although it is located on the island of Ambon, it is already included to the administrative regions of Central Maluku district with the capital city of Masohi on the island of Seram.
This beach is famous and suitable for playing, sunbathing, swimming and other beach activity. Ambon’s people said, “You never go to Ambon if you never go to Natsepa beach”. So, do not hesitate to come to Natsepa Beach once you have a chance visiting Ambon. How to get there? The exotic Natsepa beach can be reached by car within 40 minutes from the airport. The access is pretty easy. From the station in Ambon city, you can ride public transportation to Suli and arrive to Natsepa beach for about the next half hour. But if you use such a private transportation, you will only need for about 20 minutes from Ambon to get there.
Natsepa beach is a clean beach with white sand. It has a stretch of blue sea and the waves are very gentle. This beach is comfortable and relaxing. It is located in the village of Suli, Ambon, Moluccas Islands, 14 km from the city of Ambon. Natsepa beach also provides several watersport facilities for tourists, such as water skiing, fishing, snorkeling, and diving.
The most favorite watersport is diving. People go to Natsepa Beach to have and enjoy the beauty of underwater world. Diving in Natsepa Beach is unforgettable. It offers several variations of dives that are not found in many places in Indonesia, especially the condition of the caves and underwater valleys are very charming, as well as hordes of pelagic fish cakes. There also can be found several species of sharks, manta rays and napoleon wrasse. Its main attraction is the wide variety of “rhinopias” and “frog fish” colorful can be found quite easily. Diving in Natsepa Beach will give you precious experience because Natsepa beach is one of interesting and prosperous topographical dive sites in the world.
Nasi Goreng is popular food in Indonesia. Even CNNGo survey pick nasi goreng as one of World’s 50 Most Delicious Food. Nasi goreng served in 5-star luxury hotel, restaurant, also as hawker food. For health and hygiene issue, tourist should try nasi goreng in convenience place. Sometimes, nasi goreng served too spicy. Not everyone can suit with that taste.
Main ingredients of nasi goreng is rice (nasi is Indonesia language for rice). The common seasoning for nasi goreng is blended of garlic, red onion and salt. For spicy taste, chili is commonly used by request. Then rice fried together with a few vegetable oil, seasoning and egg. Nowadays, nasi goreng has so many variation. Sausage, shredded chicken, meat ball, prawn are some side dish which fried together with rice.
Nasi goreng also served with vegetables, such as fresh tomato and cucumber. Kerupuk udang, or light crackers from prawn will complete nasi goreng. Sometimes, nasi goreng served with fresh cabbage. Nasi goreng also common menu in most Indonesian home. This is the smart way to avoid wasting rice. It’s easy to cook and cheap. Sometimes, nasi goreng fried with green mustard.
Nasi goreng commonly served as breakfast menu in Indonesia’s hotels. Perhaps tourist who fly with Indonesia airlines will try this menu in flight to Jakarta. Even the convenience store in Jakarta, such as 7-Eleven, sell frozen nasi goreng. Well, you don’t need to buy this frozen food since nasi goreng is easily bought in Indonesia, especially in town in Java.
In the night, you can try popular hawker to enjoy local taste of nasi goreng. Ask local to get best recommendation. In Jakarta, popular ‘nasi goreng kambing’ (mutton fried rice) can be found at Kebon Sirih, Central Jakarta. Its served as food hawker and you can eat in your car. The taste of nasi goreng kambing will suite tourist from Turki or another Arabia country. The mutton is very soft with curry taste all over the rice. Start operate since 1958, now nasi goreng kambing kebon sirih has some branch. You can try it in Pasaraya Grande (Blok M) and 9 walk Bintaro. While eating in pavement is so annoy you, just comes to their branches which more representative.
Another option to try nasi goreng in Jakarta is Nasi Goreng Kemang, located in Kemang area, south of Jakarta. If you come on Friday night, you can enjoy local live music in this place. The restaurant is more representative and served a delicious nasi goreng too. Nasi Goreng Ijo is the favorite menu in this place. Some guest also like Nasi Goreng Buntut too.
Nasi goreng also has local taste and name in every town in Indonesia. Nasi goreng gila commonly popular in Jakarta and Bogor. The food is full of carbohydrate because rice is fried together with noodle. In Cirebon, little town in West Java, nasi goreng gila is well known as otokowok. Nasi goreng Medan has special features with teri medan, a small dried fish which popular in Medan. Nasi goreng from Aceh commonly taste too spicy and full of flavour. In Padang, nasi goreng served with red colour, the original colour of chili. Its mean the soya ketchup didn’t over used and the taste won’t be too sweet. Also nasi goreng Padang looks dry because they only use a few vegetable oil to fry the rice.
Do you want to celebrate a whole new world at a unique tourist destination? Do you want to explore the craft of leisure at an exciting vacation? Offering a variety of sights and sounds, Medan is located in Indonesia and showcases the Moroccan, Dutch and colonial influences with great Art Deco buildings like the Post office, the Great Mosque, the Old City Hall, the Maimoon Palace, Chinese Temple of Vihara Gunung Timur, the Buddhist Temple of Vihara Borobudur and the Mesjid Raya Mosque. Lovers of architecture can admire the Immanuel Protestant Church that was built in 1921 and is one of Medan’s biggest churches.
Visitors to Medan can refresh themselves with the delicious dishes or explore the Pasar Petisah that offers a wonderful array of fruits and vegetables. Tourists can wander through the Kesawan Square, stroll down Merdeka Walk and discover an artful range at the Tondi Gallery. Visitors can enjoy the luxury of their accommodation rooms in Medan and spend serene moments at the Annai Velangkanni shrine and the Shri Mariamman temple. As one of the main things to do on a holiday, visitors can go shopping to their heart’s content at the many shopping malls, complexes and buy souvenirs from craft shops. Continue reading “Explore a Whole New World at Medan”
One of the top holiday destination in Indonesia today is Bandung. The city is located in the west part of Java. The Dutch colonial named this city as Paris Van Java (Paris in Java). The city has everything to offer. By the time you arrived at the city, you will be welcomed by the cool weather and friendly environment.
Top Attractions in Bandung
Trans Studio Bandung
Trans Studio Bandung is the second indoor theme park in Indonesia after Makassar. Trans Studio Bandung is much more spectacular and exciting than Trans Studio Makassar, but both have their own uniqueness that makes Trans Studio Bandung not only the biggest in Indonesia but also one of the biggest in the world.
Opened for public in 1930, Bandung Zoo now has large collection of animals and become favorite attraction in Bandung.
Gunung Tangkuban Parahu
The volcano mountain gain its popularity via a legend story of Sangkuring. Located in north of Bandung, the place has awesomely beautiful scenery.
Shopping is one of the top reason to visit Bandung and Cihampelas is the best place to shop in the city. Hundreds of factory outlet are available here.
Hotels in Bandung
Travelers can choose from hostel to five star hotel in Bandung. Things to remember is to book early for your hotel stay. On weekend, hotels are mostly fully booked.
Taxi and public transportation are available for traveling within. But if you like to walk, the weather in Bandung will be your best friend.
Scuba divers have long been fascinated by these often extremely tiny critters. Seahorses are illusive photo subjects as they camouflage themselves by changing colour quickly to blend in with their surroundings. They also allow encrusting organisms to settle on them and they can grow long skin appendages to match their surroundings even better. During mating their skin will lighten and darken. Generally the easiest part of the seahorse to spot is the tail.
The seahorse is 1 of 4 families in the syngnathiform family order which also includes pipefish, flag tail pipefish and seadragons. They swim in an upright position with their tails down and their heads up. Their dorsal fin moves them forward and the pectoral fin controls steering and turning.
The pygmy seahorse is a recently discovered relative of the common sea horse and one of the divers most sought after finds. A lot of deco time and a magnifying glass will help in the search for these cryptic critters. They are roughly 15mm in length although some are smaller, and as their tail is always curled around a seafan, they appear even smaller.
Very little is known about their life cycle. They are thought to eat the same zooplankton as the seafans that they inhabit and they seem to prefer seafans to other family members, as there are normally few other inhabitants on a pygmy’s seafan.
Sea horse Fact Sheet
Family name: Hippocampinae
Order name: Syngnathidae
Common name: Seahorse
Scientific name: Hippocampus
They are characterised by an elongated body encased in bony rings. Instead of scales that are found on most fish, seahorses have a thin layer of skin stretched over a series of bony plates. These plates show themselves as the bony rings along their body’s trunk. They have no pelvic fins but most have small pectoral fins and a single dorsal fin. They have a prehensile tail (able to grasp) and a tube-like mouth with no teeth, and small gill openings. Unlike (most) humans but similar to chameleons, seahorses can move their eyes independently of each other. They range in size from 10mm to 35cm, the largest species being the Pacific seahorse. Seahorses also have a coronet on the top of their head which is distinctive in all seahorses, in the same way that a thumb print is in humans.
Seahorses eat small crustaceans which they catch by staying still and lying in wait. When prey comes near they snap them up. Their tube like mouth creates a vacuum that sucks prey in and they swallow their food whole. They can eat up to 3,000 brine shrimp per day.
Sea horses are unusual in a couple of ways. One is that they are monogamous and have long courtship periods when mating. Monogamy is unusual in all animals but especially in fish. There is some evidence to suggest that the longer a couple of seahorses stick together, the better they are at producing babies. Indeed, a male seahorse that is involved in an intimate relationship can be pregnant for as many as 7 months of the year. Once the male has given birth, he often becomes pregnant again right away.
Another unusual aspect of the sea horse is that it’s the male of the species that becomes pregnant and carries the eggs in a pouch on his belly, after the eggs have been deposited there by the female. The eggs are fertilised in the pouch and incubated until they hatch. Incubation lasts between 10 days and 4 weeks, depending on the species and water temperature.
At hatching, the male gives birth to fully developed but tiny versions of its species. The natural lifespan of seahorses is not known, but believed to be from 1 year for small species to 5 years for a larger species.
It is common in the fish world for the males to take care of the eggs by guarding them or fanning them to keep them clean and provide enough oxygen. But seahorses take parental care to an extreme unknown elsewhere in the animal kingdom. A capillary system provides nutrients to the young.
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The Barbigants pygmy seahorse (hippocampus barbiganti) can be found all over Indonesia in various colours and at all depths. They can be found in the muricella sea fans in Papua New Guinea, Philippines and Malaysia. These sea fans have bulbous red polyps as do the pygmy seahorses. This, along with their small size, is what makes them so difficult to spot.
Denise Hackett recently discovered a new pygmy seahorse species in Indonesia. It’s named after her, hippocampus Denise, but it’s often called the ‘plucked chicken pygmy seahorse’ due to its unusual appearance with a lack of the typical bumps (tubercles). Hippocampus Denise is normally found in light yellow gorgonians which, like the pygmy, are less bulbous with smaller polyps.
The weedy pygmy seahorse is an even newer discovery. First recorded in the Banda Sea in 2000, they are now regularly seen at Wakatobi and the Lembeh Strait. The Raja Ampat area is another good place to find them. This species is the smallest and most cryptic. They seem to move around more than other species making them even harder to pin point.