The Art Of Bargaining @ Tegallalang, Bali : A Story About One Stubborn Traveller

Written by @Joehairie
Photos by team members


Thought of the day: “Bargaining has neither friends neither relations.”-Benjamin Franklin

This particular traveller is freaking stubborn. His name is @Lan, he just love challenges especially when it comes to showing his ability to make sellers go for his words. Simply put, he claimed to ably bargain for a cut of more than 80% quoted by sellers. It was at Tegallang, Bali that I saw this beautiful rice terraces and decided that we made a short stop. @Lan on the other hand saw one particular souvenir shop that he decided to bargain for things, souvenirs for some friends. Tegallalang is definitely not a place to shop for souvenirs, the prices are ridiculous but @Lan was determined to implement his art of bargaining. In his wallet, IDR 200,000 (USD15).

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The Colors of Indonesian Nasi Padang

Written by @Lan
Photos by team members


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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AirAsia Indonesia to stop flying Jakarta-Kota Kinabalu-Jakarta route? It will, starting January 10, 2017.

Written by @joehairie 


Yes, we read a lot and we read Indonesian online news portal like every single day. We do that as we are avid travelers and Indonesia is our preferred country, a place that offers many exciting destinations. Few days ago, (Here is the LINK) published one very ‘sad’ news, announcing that there will be no longer direct service by AirAsia Indonesia from Jakarta-Kinabalu-Jakarta, effective January 10, 2017. The news is even confirmed by Bobby Alex, Marketing Manager of Sabah Tourism Board.

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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
(Photos by team members)


“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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Mount Bromo, as we see it… (Part 1: Penanjakan View Point)

Written by @joehairie
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“Mountains are the beginning and the end of all natural scenery.”-John Ruskin

Situated inside Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park, sandwiched between Mount Batok, Watangan, Kursi, Widodaren and Mount Semeru at East Java, Indonesia, Mount Bromo is said to be the most iconic and the most hiked mountain in Indonesia. Standing at at 2329 m, it’s a combination of both beautiful and danger, since it is an active volcano! Though not the highest peak in Indonesia, this mountain is still worth visiting. Erupted for few times, the recent was in November 2015, people do keep coming to this place for its amazing view, perhaps once in a lifetime ‘thing to do’. And so did we. We carefully planned the trip to Surabaya-Malang-Bromo, with one main objective, to see with our own eyes, the beauty of Mount Bromo.

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