365Indonesia Day 22 – Senggigi Beach, West Nusa Tenggara, the New Idol Among Foreign Tourists

Another beautiful beach from Indonesia!

From Makassar, now we move to Lombok Island, West Nusa Tenggara province.

Senggigi, which is in Lombok island,  is located next to Bali. So, if you were in Bali, you can directly cross to Senggigi beach through the Karang Asem port using ferry, it takes about 30 minutes to get there.

Well, what you usually do when you’re on the beach? Swimming, diving, snorkeling, play with water, making the sand castle, sunbathing, or maybe you can just take a walk in here, especially in the afternoon, strolling down the beach. Suggestion for you who want to go swimming or just play with water, to be more careful because there are pointy rocks at the beach.

When you strolling down at Senggigi beach, about 30 minutes, you will find Pura Batu Bolong which is built on the rock at the beach. According to the legend, long time ago, often held a sacrifice of the virgin in pura to serve the shark who live on the beach. Another legend said, pura also a place for a girl  who commit suicide because of a broken heart.

How to get to Senggigi if you are not in Bali? There are flight from Jakarta, Surabaya, Bali and Yogyakarta that will get you to Selaparang airport in Mataram. Senggigi is located 11 km from Mataram and you can take taxi or another public transportation.



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365Indonesia Day 21 – Beach with Sand as fine as Flour, Bira Beach, Makassar, South Sulawesi

Hello guys!

Back to Makassar again.

Bira beach, which also known as Tanjung Bira, is another beautiful beach in Makassar. Located in the most southern tip of South Sulawesi province, to be exact, Bonto Bahari district, Bulukumba. It is about 40 km from Bulukumba city or 200 km from Makassar. If it measure by time, it is about 3 – 3,5 hours from Makassar to Tanjung Bira, but it’s worth it.

Tanjung Bira beach is a very beautiful beach with white sand as fine as flour. You can do many things here, such as swimming, diving, snorkeling or even just sun-bathing. Do not forget enjoy sunrise and sunset at the same position in Tanjung Bira. You can also enjoy the beauty of the two islands in front of the beach, that is Liukang Island and Kambing Island.

You can ride public transportation from Makassar such as Kijang, Panther or Innova to Bulukumba. Continue with pete-pete car (public transportation in Bulukumba) to Tanjung Bira.



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Indonesian swimmers set new SEA Games records

Palembang, S Sumatra (ANTARA News) – Three Indonesian swimmers broke SEA Games records in the fin swimming events of the 26th Southeast Asian Games held at Jakabaring`s Aquatics Stadium here on Sunday.

The three new SEA Games records were set by Margareta Herawati in the women`s 100-meter fins, Patrol Gasoline in the men`s 200 meter surface and Angelina Sugianto in the women`s 200 meter surface.

Herawati broke the old SEA Games record of 51.55 seconds in the women`s 100-me fins by clocking at 51.05 seconds on her own name in 2009.

Patrol Gaoline, who clocked at one minute and 24.60 seconds broke the old record of 1 minute 28.60 seconds under the name of Vietnamese Ngu Xuan Phoung in 2009.

In the meantime, Angelina Soegianto set new SEA Games record by clocking at 1 minute 38.07 seconds in the women`s 200-meter event, breaking the old one which was 1 minute and 40.54 seconds under the name of Nguyen Thi Quynh of Vietnam in 2009. (*)

Editor: Aditia Maruli

RI achieves medal target, upholding first position

Palembang, S Sumatra (ANTARA News) – The Indonesian contingent eventually achieved its target of grabbing at least 150 gold medals as until the tenth day of the 26th Southeast Asian Games on Sunday it had collected 154 goldswhile securing first position as the overall champion for the first time since 1997.

It has even been predicted that Indonesia will bag gold medals far exceeding the target because the biennial sports festivities still has 74 other gold medals at stake in the last two days.

On the tenth day of the SEA Games Indonesia collected 15 golds from eight sport events where fins swimming and kempo contributed the biggest number of six golds respectively.

With Indonesia winning 50 more golds than those won by Thailand which is for the time being ranked second in the medal tally, the host country will unlikely be replaced in the first position except there is a miracle.

Soccer is expected to enrich the host`s medal achievement while satisfying its thirst after 20 years of absence in claiming the champion in the soccer field.

Indonesia`s last achievement to become soccer champion in the SEA Games was in 1991 in Manila.

Besides soccer, the other branches which are expected to become the mining field for Indonesian gold medals are paragliding, fins swimming, weightlifting, wushu, cycling, boxing and chess.

The Indonesian `Garuda` (eagle) Team has now flying farther and father ahead as up to 9.30 pm it has collected 154 golds, 129 silvers and 116 bronzes. It is followed by defending champion Thailand with 95 golds, 83 silvers and 105 bronzes.

In the third position was Vietnam, the second winner in SEA Games 2009 in Laos. It had collected 87 golds, 85 silvers and 90 bronzes, followed by Malaysia in the fourth position (52-45-70), and Singapore in fifth position (41-43-71).

Of the 11 participating countries in the 26th SEA Games, Brunei is the only participant which has not yet bagged a gold medal until Sunday but three silvers and seven bronzes.

Competition to win golds on Sunday was marked with the breaking of three SEA Games records in fins swimming at the Jakabaring`s Aquatics Stadium in Palembang, South Sumatra.

The three new SEA Games records were set by Margareta Herawati in the women`s 100-meter fins, Patrol Gasoline in the men`s 200 meter surface and Angelina Sugianto in the women`s 200 meter surface.

Herawati broke the old SEA Games record of 51.55 seconds in the women`s 100-me fins by clocking at 51.05 seconds on her own name in 2009.

Patrol Gaoline, who clocked at one minute and 24.60 seconds broke the old record of 1 minute 28.60 seconds under the name of Vietnamese Ngu Xuan Phoung in 2009.

In the meantime, Angelina Soegianto set new SEA Games record by clocking at 1 minute 38.07 seconds in the women`s 200-meter event, breaking the old one which was 1 minute and 40.54 seconds under the name of Nguyen Thi Quynh of Vietnam in 2009.

Yet, the Indonesian success in clinching 15 golds was marked by its failure in the men`s volleyball, bowling and dragon boat race.

Indonesia`s men`s volley ball team unexpectedly surrendered to Thailand`s team 0-3. Indonesia was the gold medalist in the last two SEA Games in Thailand in 2007 and in Laos in 2009 after defeating Thailand 3-2.

The most saddening one was in the bowling event where ten events were contested but Indonesia did not win any gold medal from this branch, even if Indonesia was reinforced with Ryan Lalisang, the gold medalist of the Asian Games in Doha in 2006.

Malaysia came up as the overall champion in the bowling event by claiming five golds, three silvers and six bronzes. It is followed by Singapore with (3-2-2), the Philippines (1-4-1) and Thailand which bagged one gold. Indonesia has to be content with one silver and one bronze.

The same fate was also experienced by Indonesia in the dragon boat race, even if this branch had been able to safeguard Indonesia with three gold medals in the Asian Games in Guangzhou, China in 2010.

Four dragon boats were fielded by Indonesia in this branch but none of them won a gold medal except one silver and two bronzes. (*)

Editor: B Kunto Wibisono

Indonesia Rocks at SEA Games

Rock climber Galar Pandu Asmoro on his way to winning one of his two gold medals for Indonesia, which on Friday bagged nine of the total of 10 gold medals on offer in the sport at the Southeast Asian Games in Palembang, South Sumatra. (Antara Photo)

Palembang, South Sumatra. Indonesia swept nine of the 10 gold medals up for grabs in the rock climbing event of the Southeast Asian Games in Palembang, South Sumatra, on Friday. Two of the climbers, Galar Pandu Asmoro and Tita Puspita, each won two gold medals respectively in the men’s and women’s speed world record on Friday. The Garuda Muda Indonesia team also won silver medals through Onny Mamiri in the men’s and Evi Nelawati in the women’s events. Overall, Indonesia won nine gold and five silver medals and the Philippines one bronze medal, Thailand two silver and one bronze and Singapore one silver and seven bronze medals. Malaysia bagged just one silver and two bronze medals in the event and Vietnam a lone silver. The bronze medals for men’s and women’s rock climbing went to Singaporean athletes, namely Wengkit Andriel and Judith Ming Xin. Six countries participated in the men’s speed world record category, namely Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, the Philippines and Vietnam. On the final day of the event, only Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines and Indonesia participated in the women’s event. Indonesia’s team manager Hendri Wijaya expressed satisfaction over the achievement made by his team. Antara

Taken from: The Jakarta Globe

SEA Games: Archer Keeps Success All in the Family

I Gusti Nyoman Puruhito Praditya Jati did his family of archers proud with another gold medal on Wednesday.?(JG Photo/Jurnasyanto Sukarno)

Though it’s not necessarily a guarantee of success, being part of a family that shares the same interest can help an athlete. It certainly did for I Gusti Nyoman Puruhito Praditya Jati.

The Indonesian archer, known as Adit, defended his Southeast Asian Games gold medals in the men’s individual compound event on Wednesday.

Adit beat Filipino opponent Earl Benjamin Jancito Yap 144-141 in a nerve-jangling contest at Senayan archery range to earn his compound individual gold hat-trick after first winning it at the 2007 Games in Thailand.

“That was close, but I always believed that I could win this,” said the 26-year-old, who got a big hug from his mother Endah Sulistyorini after his last arrow hit the target. “I could never have done this if not for [my mother].”

Endah is not just Adit’s mother for him. She is a former national-team archer who now serves as the team’s coach and his personal trainer.

In addition, his father IGN Budiana is the national archery team manager, while sister IG Ayu Putu Wulan and brother IGM Said Prayuda are also former national-team archers.

Adit said the most important thing for an archer besides skill and technique was self-confidence. As part of a family of archers, he has all the support he needs to keep up that confidence.

“They have been my biggest supporters,” Adit said. “They have been beside me all the way, so I feel confident in every match.”

A proud Endah did not hide her joy over Adit’s achievement.

“He’s the one who always wanted to be a professional archer. He even used his own money to buy equipment such as bow and arrows, which don’t come cheap,” she said. “We’re really proud of him.”

Adit has his eyes on another gold medal today. He will compete in the team compound event with Kuswantoro and Catur Wuri. “His victory will give the team more confidence. I hope they can finish with another gold,” Endah said.

Adit’s gold was Indonesia’s second in archery after Erwina Safitri won the women’s individual recurve on Tuesday.

News source: The Jakarta Globe

365Indonesia Day 18 – Pisang Epe, Food from Makassar

Hi guys!

It looks so delicious, isn’t it? This is Pisang Epe. If you go to Makassar, do not forget to taste this delicious food made from banana, topping with durian and molten brown sugar. Yummy! The price is about Rp6000 – Rp7000. You can find this along Lamadukelleng Street, Makassar.

On the eighteenth days, I decided to go to Makassar, South Sulawesi. Pisang Epe is just a little part of Makassar you can enjoy. There are plenty cool places you can visit and enjoy in Makassar. You can enjoy the famous sunset at Losari Beach. Not only beach, you can also visit Fort Rotterdam which located on the waterfront of Makassar along the Losari Beach. Still want more cool places to go around? You can go to Trans Studio Theme Park, it’s the best place for family. Do not worry about suffering from the heat because Trans Studio is high indoor theme park so you can play the rides all day long.

You can reach Makassar from Jakarta, Surabaya and Bali by Garuda Indonesia, Air Asia, Batavia Air, Lion Air, Merpati, Sriwijaya Air, using Makassar as both final destination and transit airport.



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By Land or Sea, Indonesia Excels

Triyaningsih was more a picture of the agony of defeat than the thrill of victory after winning the Southeast Asian Games women’s marathon on Wednesday.

As it turned out, her dramatic collapse and grimaces of pain after crossing the finish line were more down to the agony of her feet.

She was rushed to the hospital in Palembang, missing the medal ceremony. It was not until later that her coach learned she had run the marathon with blistered, injured feet after winning the 5,000 meters on Saturday and the 10,000 meters on Monday.

Triyaningsih revealed her injuries during an interview with state news agency Antara on Tuesday but asked the reporter not to mention them until after the marathon.

“I want my third gold. I want to dedicate them to my late father,” she said. “Please don’t tell anyone about this. My coach will forbid me from running if he knows about this.”

Her father, Saderi, died on Jan. 11 this year.

Triyaningsih made good on her promise, winning the marathon in two hours, 45 minutes and 35 seconds. Burma’s San Ni Lar came in 61 seconds behind to win silver while Bham Thi Binh of Vietnam was third in 2:48:43.

Her victory was part of an eye-opening performance by the host nation in athletics. Indonesian athletes exceeded all expectations, earning 13 gold medals, 12 silver and 11 bronze, just one gold behind regional power Thailand.

Yahuza completed a marathon sweep for the host, winning the men’s event in 2:27.45.

Indonesian Athletics Federation (PASI) officials expressed surprised at the team’s success, having only set a target of matching its seven gold medals from the 2009 Games in Laos.

“This is unbelievable,” PASI head of athlete development Paulus Lay said. “This is proof that our youth development programs are running well. Almost 80 percent of the gold medalists are youngsters.”

One of the youngsters is sprinter Franklin Ramses Burumi, who endured a rough start to 2011 and was almost kicked off the team for disciplinary problems and poor performance.

He came good in the end, though, emerging as the region’s new spring king after winning the men’s 100 and 200 meters. He succeeded countryman Suryo Agung Wibowo, who won both events at the 2007 and 2009 Games but skipped this year’s edition to go on the hajj.

Franklin earned a third gold as part of the victorious men’s 4×100-meter relay team.

“We have to make sure this is our stepping stone to greater achievements,” Paulus said.

Indonesian aquatics is also enjoying a sudden surge.

Its swimmers and divers had combined for two gold medals in the last three Games, but as of Wednesday the host had won five swimming golds and one in diving.

“We have lots of potential athletes, but we didn’t nurture them well in the past. That’s why we were way behind others in the region,” said Tony Sastramihardja, the Indonesian Swimming Association (PRSI) secretary general.

“We realized our mistakes and have gradually improved our training programs. We’re still in our first steps, so I think we’ll need more than five years to be on a par with Singapore. But we are on our way there.”

I Gede Siman Sudar, 17, won the men’s 50-, 100- and 200-meter backstroke, setting a new Games record in the 100 at 55.59 seconds.

Another teenager, Yessy Yosaputra — who happens to be Siman’s girlfriend — won the women’s 200 backstroke in 2:15.73, a new Games record.

News source: The Jakarta Globe

Indonesian Youngsters Spur Surprising Turnarounds in Aquatics, Athletics

I Gede Siman Sudartawa’s victory in the men’s 50-meter backstroke on Wednesday gave him a one-man sweep of the discipline.

The 17-year-old’s win was one of a handful of surprising performances by Indonesian athletes in the Southeast Asian Games, raising hopes for the future as the country looks to expand its medal-winning prowess beyond badminton and niche sports.

Siman won the 50 in 25.62 seconds, with teammate Glenn Victory 0.4 seconds back in second. The gold medal was his third of the Games, having also won the 200-meter backstroke on Monday and the 100-meter event on Tuesday and set a new Games record in the 100.

He became the second Indonesian swimmer to set a new Games record. Yessy Yosaputra, who is also 17 and Siman’s girlfriend, did likewise in the women’s 200-meter backstroke on Sunday.

Siman and Yessy are part of the country’s next generation in Olympic sports. Indonesian swimmers and divers had combined to win just two gold medals in the previous three Games.

“All has been going well for us so far, but we still need more medals to finish the Games on top,” said Andi Mallarangeng, the minister of youth and sports affairs. “The progress in athletics and swimming have exceeded our expectations, and we want to improve on this in the future.”

Indonesia has earned six golds in swimming and diving this year, including one from men’s 10-meter synchronized platform divers Muhammad Nasrullah and Luthfi Niko Abdill.

Athletics has also enjoyed a surprise boost. Going into the Games, the Indonesian Athletics Association (PASI) only wanted its athletes to match the seven golds earned at the 2009 Games in Laos, given the number of youngsters in its squad, but the host nation finished with 13 after Wednesday’s final events.

Long-distance runner Triyaningsih added the women’s marathon gold to her victories in the 5,000 and 10,000 meters.

Indonesia tops the table with 87 golds and 222 medals overall. Vietnam is second with 54 golds, two ahead of Thailand.

News source: The Jakarta Globe

365Indonesia Day 17 – Orangutan in Bukit Lawang, North Sumatra

Hello guys!

This adorable creature is Orangutan named Mina and her child, lives in Bukit Lawang, North Sumatera.

Yes, I’m going back to North Sumatra.

Bukit Lawang is located in North Sumatra, close to Aceh, at the edge of Gunung Leuser National Park. Here is where a lot of Sumatran Orangutans still alive. This is mainly thanks to the rehabilitation center in Bukit Lawang.

You can visit the Orangutans feeding, which takes place twice daily in Bukit Lawang. Not only ca you visit the Orangutans, you can also do kayaking and rafting by the day in here provided by local people. Please contact the tour guides if you want to do that. At night, you can have a party in various guesthouses featuring guitar-playing guides. Yes, there are many guesthouses in Bukit Lawang so you can stay as long as you want. If you come here on Sunday, it is wise to arrange a visit somewhere quieter, such as trekking or going to the Landak River. Accommodation prices may vary slightly by season, generally ranging from $5-$30.

How to get there from Medan? It’s easy. You can take taxi direct from Medan or airport to Bukit Lawang with cost about $30.



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