Lamongan’s Special Dish, Tahu Campur

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Tahu Campur or Mix Tofu is another Lamongan food. Looking at the tittle, it surely main dish that using tofu as the main ingredient. Tahu Campur is consisting of lontong or rice cake as carbohydrate, there is lettuce, bean sprout, tofu and lento. Lento is cassava fried cake. Those ingredients are mix together and added by beef soup and shrimp paste to make the soup more spicy and thick. At the end, add shrimp cracker as an important condiment.

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Nusa Barong Island, One of the Outer Island In Jember – East Java

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Nusa Barung

Nusa Barong Island is located in Jember regency, East Java, and this island is one of outstanding natural charms in Java. The island is similar to Phi-phi Island in Phuket. The beach and the nature is very amazing, as there is no limits to its beauty. It may less famous than Sempu island or Karimunjawa island, but the charm of Nusa Barong island is can not be underestimated. It is located in the south of the island of Java and be a part of Jember regency.

This island is one of the outer islands of Indonesia, that located in the Indian Ocean and is bordered by the states of Australia. This uninhabited island is a nature reserve since 1920. In this island, we can be found many species of birds, insects, and plants.   The principal function of this nature reserve is a refuge for ebony leaf monkey (Trachypithecus auratus) which are endangered and have the type of flora including Calophyllum inophyllum, Sonneratia alba, Sterculia foetida, Terminalia catappa, Avicennia spp., Barringtonia spp., Alstonia spanthulatus, Alang-alang – imperata cylindrica, Dillenia sp., Ficus sandpaper, Lumnitzera spp., Pleiornium sp., Rhizophora spp., Supatorium sp., Tamarindus sp., Vatica walichii, Vitex pubescens, Xylocarpus spp.

To reach Barong Island we can start from Tanjung Papuma for about 1-2 hours drive by boat. It is important to be notice that reaching Nusa Barung is not easy, for it has to cross the huge waves in South Sea during the journey. But, after reaching the island, all struggles are worth to fight for. For more details, this route can be broke down into: Surabaya – Jember by car/Bus 180km

Jember – Puger Village by car 35km

Puger village – Island by boat 4,5km

Nusa Barung is an island that consist of rocky groups that spread beautifully and it has magnificent white sandy beach and natural forest. Moreover, this island is also having unique and endemic flora and fauna with very fresh air indulgent. This virgin island is perfect to refresh body and soul. The beauty of underwater in this island is way more enchanting.

The visitors can do snorkeling around the beach while accompanied by marine fish and beautiful coral reef with blue and sparkling water. However, it is advisable for not to swim too far in the middle, for it has huge waves. Nusa Barong Island is famous for its cluster of beautiful stones. The stones are large and looming with sturdy, glance looks like a temple. In addition, the beauty of the cliffs around the beach will make you amazed. It is a unique and fascinating.

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The Beauty Banyu Tibo Beach From Pacitan

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THE BEAUTY BANYU TIBO BEACH

Banyu Tibo Beach is one of many beautiful beaches in Pacitan, East Java. The regency better known as a Thousand Cave City is indeed has a series beautiful beaches, especially in rural areas. Compared to other beaches in Pacitan (generally in Indonesia), Banyu Tibo Beach has a different atmosphere and scenery. On the beach there is a unique natural phenomenon and rare which is a waterfall that falls directly onto the beach. The phenomenon become a favorite attraction in Banyu Tibo Beach.

The location Banyu Tibo Beach is located on the southern tip of Pacitan. Exactly in Widoro Village, Donorejo Regency of Pacitan. Banyu Tibo Beach is white sand and has a clean sea water. Only the presence of waterfalls that make this beach looks different. The water that falls from cliff is a fresh water comes from underground water resources in the karst mountains that surround the beach.

Banyu Tibo Beach area is not too large. Even was high tide sea water we could enjoy the beach view from the cliff. However, at low tide, playing at the beach area are complete with a waterfall that falls directly onto the beach, is an experience that is very exciting. Moreover, the volume of a waterfall here is quite high.

As remote beaches located in Pacitan. Banyu Tibo Beach is not too crowded of tourist visit. For the adventurous, the atmosphere like this would be a pleasure. The name of Banyu Tibo was taken from Javanese language, which means the water away. This name refers to the presence of a waterfall at the beach. Just like the beaches on the outskirts of Pacitan. Beside white sand as one of the charms, Banyu Tibo Beach is also surrounded by the karst hills and rocks to add the exotica of Banyu Tibo Beach.

More details: http://pacitan.eastjava.com

 

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The Legendary Rumah Singa, Pasuruan

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Located  on Jl. Hasanuddin, Pasuruan, Rumah Singa is one of the oldest buildings in Pasuruan and it becomes one of cultural heritage building that still cared for by the city government and the its foundation.

At early begin, Rumah Singa was built by the wealthy merchant from China named Kwee Sik Poo since the 19th century ago, with Indische Empire architectural style, which was the most popular style in the Indies at that time. Some characteristic of China is also can be seen on the roof that resembles a saddle. After few generations, the house was owned by another Chinese family, who was Han Tik Gwan Khong Shu, one of the members of the Han family group.

It Named Rumah Singa because right at the front of this building there is a statue of a lion (singa), with the hope that the house can always be safeguarded.

Rumah Singa is covered by ??1 hectare area, and inside the yard we will find the tomb of Han Hoo Tong, the first head of the Tiong Hwa Hwee Koan in Pasuruan. Until now, this historic building is managed by the Foundation of Pancasila, which is the foundation that set up by Chinese citizens in Pasuruan.

When VOC take control of the trade lanes in the archipelago, Pasuruan touted as Bandar City, because of the port that was used as a trading center. At that time, the Pasuruan administrative area covers Malang, Probolinggo and Lumajang. These conditions lasted until the Dutch government authority ended. And in those days, Kwee family became one of the most respected wealthy businessman in Pasuruan.

As a promising city  in the past, Rumah Singa can be regarded as symbol of the triumph of Pasuruan, as a trading center in East Java.

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The enchanting Maron River in Pacitan, East Java

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If you are in Pacitan, never missed to visit Dersono Village, Pringkuku Sub-district, Pacitan to find the clear and sparkling River name Maron, where in the here and there you can find the line of green nuance trees. The sparkling and clear water around the River is also used as the source of clean water for people around the village.

Have you heard about Green Canyon? For those who had visited the Green Canyon, then it only takes 45 minutes to reach Maron River from Green Canyon. It also takes only 15 minutes from Goa Gong. In case that Maron River just like a virgin area, then while you enjoying the nuance of this place, it feels like you are on your own area.

The Things About Maron River

  1. The travelers that visiting Green Canyon will passing through Maron River, that has 20 M dept and 4,5km long, for only 45 minutes by using rented boat.
  2. The clear water on Maron River will only appears during summer, for it when rainy season the water will be milky brown
  3. You can rent a boat from local people to downing and enjoy the river that full of Snaper
  4. By spending Rp. 85.000 – Rp. 100.000 for renting a boat with capacity of 5-7 persons, you can ride and enjoy downing the river that drived by the boat man.
  5. If you are lucky, you can see the annual event of rowing contest for 300 meter, that been held since 2012.
  6. In addition to downing the river, you can also surfing the water and do water tubing in Ngiroboyo Beach, which is location of Maron River emptying the water streaming.

 

Route

To reach Maron River, we have to take about  270 km from Surabaya to Pacitan and 100 km from Solo to Pacitan. You can travel from Solo-Jl Raya Solo-Pacitan- Dersono Village-passing the intersection of Ngadirejan village that part of District Pringkuku. You have to keep safe and be carefully driving because of the road is uphill and winding.

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Tebing Banyu Mulok, Beautiful Cliff at Coro Beach Tulungagung

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Tebing Banyu Mulok is a cliff located next to Coro Beach. From the cliff we can see the direct ocean view off the Indian Ocean because of geography Tulungagung lies on the southern tip of East Java.

To go to the cliff is not difficult, located in the area of Coro Beach, we just need to climb the hill on the left coast. The trip is to be up in the cliffs are about 15-30 minutes with the terrain is still a path.

Arriving at Tebing Banyu Mulok, it is completely beautiful view. As far as the eye can see, we can enjoy the vastness of Indian Ocean freely. If you are lucky, tourists can enjoy the waves that burst upward due to hit the reef.

This is why the coastal cliff is named Banyu Mulok, meaning sea water can be sprayed into the top. Not only that, the landscape around the cliffs was no less enchanting. The hills were covered with green grass could be a good spot to capture the moment with your partner or family vacation.

More details: http://tulungagung.eastjava.com

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The 723rd Surabaya Anniversary in 2016 Is Coming

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The coming up event from Surabaya Anniversary 2016 in Surabaya, East Java is coming.

There will be numbers of celebration following the related event.

Please check the schedules and prepare to celebrate the happiness in town by seeing or even participating one of those events.

During May 2016, the celebration will be held in whole month and will be participated by all members of citizen and government staffs.

There will be parade for cultural and culinary events that can be attended in the venue. You can taste numbers of Surabaya dan East Java culinary menus, snacks and drinks.

The most excitement is coming from the Surabaya Shopping Festival event that will be participated by almost all Malls and Plazas in Surabaya. They give tons of discounts for items they have. This will be the most precious gift for shoppaholic.

Get your pack done, book your ticket and hotel accommodation and see you at Surabaya Anniversary 2016 celebration

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The Nuance at Teluk Hijau, Banyuwangi

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Green Bay

Teluk Hijau or Green bay is located in Pesanggaran District , precisely in Sarongan village. It located about 90 km to south of Banyuwangi town. To reach this beach from Banyuwangi we just follow the directions to Pesanggaran-Sarongan-Sukamade, that are still one lane of route to Sukamade beach, Merubetiri National Park.

Green Bay is typical white sandy beach and the sand is find and it easily embedded in the skin. The bay also has panoramic view with green sea water inside and 8 meter high of waterfall. For those who give visit to this bay, the vehicles can be parked near Rajagwesi beach then we can walked to Green bay as far as +/- 2km. There is also a parking spot closer to the Green bay, but the roads are inadequate.

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Chasing The Wave at Watu Karung, Pacitan – East Java

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Pacitan has the cluster of beautiful south coast. Watu Karung beach is one of those beaches as the sea tourist destination for surfing sport in East Java.

Watu Karung beach or known as WK beach at the end of village. Located not too far from Srau beach approximately 45 minutes trip. Because not many people know the existence of this beach make beach is still quiet and maintained continuity.

Although the beach is not so widespread. Watu Karung beach is very beautiful, there are distant views of the large rocks that lined and slightly decorated green plants. Clean white sand beaches are still free from rubbish to make something so refreshing. Green sea water at the edge and make clear the corals and underwater life are visible without we have dive.

Behind the beauty, Watu Karung Beach proved to have extraordinary waves. With this type of reef breaks and seabed rock, at certain moments Watu Karung Beach can produce barrels that will make the surfer was in heaven. Both with goofy surfer and natural style can surf here because Watu Karung Beach has waves right and left. Watu Karung beach are also not too crowded, so surfers could catch waves freely. Offshore wind typically comes in from April to October, making these months are the best time to mingle with the barrel Watu Karung beach.

Location

Watu Karung beach is located in Watu Karung village, Pringkuku district, Pacitan regency of East Java province.

Access

This beautiful beach has distance from Pacitan city approximately 40 kilometers. Access to the location can be reach by private vehicle, either two-wheel or four wheel because there is no public transportation specifically to the location of the beach. For the visitors pass to the east, can pass routes Ponorogo – Pacitan, via Ponorogo – Purwantoro – Nawangan – Arjosari – Pacitan.

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The Sulfur Miners at Ijen Crater – East Java

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Beside the mountain itself, the most amazing thing in Ijen is about the sulfur lake. This “Green Crater” has a lake made of 36 million cubic meters representing a solution of sulfuric acid and hydrogen chloride, the most powerful existing acids. When visiting Ijen Crater, we can see the sulfur miners that collect and carry huge loads of pure sulfur up from the crater floor along a steep, rocky path in the middle of clouds of sulfur dioxide gas. On the edge of the lake, therer are 4 tons of sulfur that can be collect daily. These lakes result from the mix of rainfall water with gases coming from the depths of the volcano. The walls in Ijen Crater are having light ocher, but the water is turquoise with emerald reflexes. The water temperature is around 34 degrees Celcius with the sulfur bubbles floating on the surface and the surroundings are also covered by sulfur powder. All around the area, the sulfur pours at the temperature of 120 degrees Celcius. It looks bright red trails which gradually solidify and turning to lemon yellow. That turqoise lake is contain of 600,000 tons of hydrogen chloride, 550,000 tns of sulfuric acid, 200,000 tons of aluminium sulphate and 170,000 tons of iron sulphate. The most incredible of this mining is, the miners that extracting the sulfur are working manually…yes manually! To increase the efficiency, the workers build kind of tunnels of stone and flowing plates to channel the sulful. The sulfur then leaks, cools down and solidifies inside these improvised channels, which are subsequently broken using metal piles. The recovered stuff contains 99 % sulfur. The sulfur is made into pieces, loaded in baskets and transported on the men’s back outside the crater.

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