“Catch Me If You Can, Try Getting Your Items Back” : The Monkeys @ Uluwatu, Bali

Written by @Joehairie
Photos by curiostraveller.com team members

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Thought of the day-“Better to see something once, than to hear about it a thousand times.”-Asian Proverb

Welcome to Uluwatu Temple where first timers will get to see the monkeys and for repeat visitors, welcome home to their home. While there is another famous location to see some notorious monkeys (Ubud Monkey Forest), Uluwatu Temple does have some ‘clever’ monkeys too. Go and see one for yourself and you will feel like playing ‘Catch Me If You Can’ game with the monkeys, that is if you are not being careful enough. Try catching them to get your sunny back!

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Donald Trump maybe will contradict himself, right here in Bali, Indonesia : An Honest Opinion From A Traveller

Written by @Lan
Photos by curiostraveller.com team members

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Thought of the day-“I do not want my house to be walled in on all sides and my windows to be stifled. I want all the cultures of all lands to be blown about my house as freely as possible.”-Mohandas K.Gandhi

Travel further up north or perhaps to the west of Bali, escaping that touristy and busy roads of Kuta and Denpasar, one may see drastic change in Bali’s landscape. There’s more green, beautiful villages and most friendliest people on earth, the Balinese. Ask any seasoned traveller about their preferred regency to stay in Bali, they will pin point Ubud or further north while some curios and curious travellers will opt to venture the west side, probably continuing their journey to Java via Gilimanuk and Ketapang. Amazing Bali of Indonesia but surprisingly Trump’s name is widely being mentioned here, not because of him being Mr.President but for he is about to contradict himself. That’s how I see it, from my perspective, a frequent traveller to Bali.

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The Colors of Indonesian Nasi Padang

Written by @Lan
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Thought of the day-“The only thing that I like better than talking about food is eating.”-John Walters

One long table, 2 diners, more than 20 dishes and at least 5 kinds of Sambal (hot/spicy sauce). If that’s not enough, there were 3 staffs monitoring the table, looking for more empty space to offer more dishes. Each dish presented in different texture, color and taste. That striking red sambal chili was kind of a warning for me not to consume it but then Asians can’t live without sambal. This is Nasi Padang, padangnese can’t live without it, it’s their ‘trademark’, we are pretty sure of that.

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Ayam Bakar Kantri by Kantri Restaurant @ Singosari-Malang, Indonesia

Written by @Lan & Edited by @Joehairie
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“I am not a glutton, I am an explorer of food”-Erma Bombeck

A journey is incomplete without some great food and so our journey in East Java did have some stops here and there, enjoying the best of Indonesian cuisine. One of the most memorable dining experience was at the Kantri Restaurant which is located along the main road of Singosari, Malang-Surabaya. We just had some big breakfast and all the sudden we were hungry again and so our guide cum driver decided to made a ‘pit-stop’ at Kantri Restaurant. The menu seemed to have mostly fusion food but somewhere in between the pages I managed to see one alluring dish named as Ayam Bakar Kantri.

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Coban Rondo Waterfall @ Batu-Malang, Indonesia

Written by@Joehairie
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“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”-Confucius

With height of about 84 m and located at an altitude of 1,135 meters above sea level, Coban Rondo Waterfall/Air Tejun is indeed one famous landmark in Malang, Indonesia and mostly visited by Indonesian Tourists and locals, at times by foreign tourists too. Some travellers will simply skip this place as most will stay in Malang City for a night or two only, before or after the trip to Mount Bromo. As foreigners, we did not know the existence of this place. It was our guide who took us here. Coban Rondo is not being widely mentioned so not so many foreigners know about this place.

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The Amazing Garuda Indonesia Flight Attendants: Kind-Hearted Vera & Ninik

Written by @Lan & Edited by @Joehairie
Image taken from Jakarta Post (Link)
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Recently, I read one article in Jakarta Post (Link). It was about two Garuda Indonesia flight attendants, Vera and Ninik Septinawati who went miles, taking bold initiative to help an elderly passenger getting off the plane. Vera is a junior flight attendant and to see that she’s ably to carry an elderly passenger on her back, barefooted, is truly something beyond my ‘thoughts’. This is what I shall say ‘truly great service’and it’s good to know that both Vera and Ninik have received awards from Indonesian Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi.

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Mount Bromo, as we see it (Part 2-Up close & personal with the active volcano!)

Written by @Lan & edited by @joehairie
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“Volcanoes are one way Earth gives birth to itself.”-Robert Gross

After that excitement at Penanjakan View Point (Link to Part 1), our curiosity towards Mount Bromo got bigger and we felt that it’s a must to be closer to the active volcano, seeing it from the edge! It’s an up close and personal adventure, a ‘meet-up’ with the nature that was planned almost a year ago. With some help from various organizations, we’re finally here! Getting here from Penanjakan View Point using the Jeep, maneuvered by Wes, took us about 40 minutes. It was a bit packed road with so many Jeeps, people and motorbikes (Ojek), slowing us down. Deep inside we felt like we want to be near to Bromo soonest possible before more people come. To get to the edge of Mount Bromo, riding a horse or walking and conquering the 250 steps on foot are mandatory!

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Rawon @ Jamoo, Shangri-La Hotel Surabaya : The traditional Indonesian Beef black soup

Written by @Lan & Edited by @joehairie
(Photos by curiostraveller.com team members unless stated otherwise)

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“I live on good soup, not on fine words.’-Moliere, French Playwright 1622-1673

Previously, we wrote about our first time experience drinking Jamu. This time around, we will reveal what we both thought about Rawon, an Indonesian dish originated from Surabaya. Initially, we were not sure what to expect. We’ve read about it, seen it on TV, hearing people talked about it but we yet to taste it until we were at Jamoo, Shangri-La Hotel Surabaya. Another first time experience! What more can we ask for? We tasted the Traditional Herbal Drink and now it’s the Indonesian/East Javanese Traditional Dark Beef Soup. Such experience really broaden our culinary perspective! Did we enjoy consuming that particular Beef black soup? Here’s our honest review..

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