Wednesday, 24 August 2011

NetworkedBlog

Just trying to access NetworkedBlog from Facebook ads on the left side and login with my fb account. Its interesting, I can find lots of good blogs and my fb friend's blog, and I can also register my blog on this community. Another features are; you can follow/be followed and give ratings.

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Explore Nusantara

Today, 16 August 2011. Wandi Hardian, Aan Kasman and me was agreed to create a new website name www.explorenusantara.com. This website used to explore the beauty of our beloved country, Indonesia. After a moment we have an idea, we going to find the domain name in mediatemple.net and hosting to Amazon, all communication via Hangout in Google+ and webex

Monday, 8 August 2011

The Tenggerese

The Tenggerese are the descendants of the Majapahit princes. Their population of roughly 600,000 is centered in thirty villages in the isolated Tengger mountains (Mount Bromo) within the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park in East-Central Java. Scattered communities of Tenggerese also exist in the Pasuruan, Probolinggo, Malang, and Lumajang districts of eastern Java. They are traditionally believed to be the descendants of Roro Anteng and Joko Seger (from:Wikipedia)

Tenggerese

The Tenggerese
In front of Batok mountain
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Madakadipura - Bromo Tengger Semeru

After finish with Bromo, we headed to Madakadipura waterfalls which located in Tengger foothill. As story told, this sacred place was where patih Gajahmada spent his rest of life for meditation. To reach this location, we have to go through the river and some footpath by walk, and at some points we have to cut through some water splash, but fortunately my NG bag has a plastic to cover my gear :)

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Madakadipura

For photography object, I believe this place could be an endless object, but honestly I'm lil bit disappointed since I didnt got a got nice pictures in this area. To capture all part of the waterfall, we need to take some pictures to make it as panorama picture or else use very wide lens. The form of the waterfalls is very unique, it consist of some waterfalls along end of the river.

Madakadipura
Madakadipura Main Waterfall
The river itself comes from cascade water that fall from the rain forest above and ended near the main waterfalls. The main waterfall has more than 100 meter high with the green pond below.

Madakadipura Waterfalls
Madakadipura Main waterfalls




The map below are the summary path in our journey.


View Bromo Tengger Semeru in a larger map

Saturday, 6 August 2011

Savannah - Bromo Tengger Semeru

From the peak of Pananjakan, we proceed down to Savannah through a vast desert with the jeeps. Only 4-wheels drive can go trough this desert. The wind is unpredictable on this area, sometimes nothing you can see anything because of dust, but thanks God the sky was very clear when we arrived at Savannah.
Savana Bromo
Savannah


Penanjakan - Bromo Tengger Semeru

In the early morning, we started at 5.00AM to Pananjakan2 and also most of all hotels tenants going to same destination to watch the great sunrise. We used 2 jeeps (hard top) to pick us until the foot hill of Pananjakan and continue by walk. The weather was very cold and fully of dust, make the breathe very heavy and hard to step up even its only for less than 500m.
When we arrived at the top, we saw the sky at east side was combined by red and blue, a sign the sun will appear in very soon. There were many people on the top, so we need to find a good spot to take a pictures.

Sunrise at Pananjakan2

From Pananjakan2, mount Batok, mount Bromo and mount Semeru are almost pararel, make a good combination. We was really amazed for what we saw,  no wonder why Lonely Planet stated Bromo as one of the  most beautiful mountain of the world, specially after the eruption. Thanks God, I have a chance to see your great work for a second time.

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Batok, Bromo, Semeru - Before the Sun rise
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When the sun rise
Batok, Bromo, Semeru - When the Sun rise
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Batok, Bromo, Semeru - After the Sun rise
As one of active volcano, Bromo was erupted on January 2011 and tourists were advised no to come within radius 2 km from from active crater.

Pananjakan2 - Bromo
Cemorolawang Hills from Pananjakan2
Based on my experienced, there was not much time to capture the moment. So before the show begin, we have to be ready with composition, gear and spot. Actually I wanna still more longer on this area but we have to go back to the jeep and go to nest destination, Savana.

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Cemorolawang - Bromo Tengger Semeru

At the end, the travelling that has been discussed over the year become a reality. The team met on Wednesday at Surabaya as rendezvous point. Wandi, Borneo, Aceng, Rary, Shinta and the surprising one om Cahyadi from Singapore. Like the old time, but different moment. This time we going to explore one of the beautiful volcano in Indonesia, Bromo.
At the following day, we were picked up by pak Fitri at Bumi hotel as our host and the founder of Sembrono team, but pak Fitri didnt came alone, some of his crew were join and make the trip more fun and hilarious. Using 3 cars, we headed go to Cemorolawang, the nearby village of caldera which directly opposite with mount Bromo and mount Batok. After arrived at Lava View lodge, we hurried to capture the sunset. The view was amazing, the sun light look so bright, shone the mount Batok and mount Bromo that stand side by side surrounded by giant caldera.

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Sunset at Cemorolawang

Mount Bromo (2,329 metres), is an active volcano and part of the Tengger area, in East Java, Indonesia. The volcano belongs to the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park. The name of Bromo derived from Javanese pronunciation of Brahma, the Hindu creator god. Mount Bromo and mount Batok sits in the middle of a vast plain called the "Sea of Sand" (Javanese: Segara Wedi or Indonesian: Lautan Pasir), a protected nature reserve since 1919. (from:Wikipedia)


Capturing sunset
With his experience, skill and sense, Wandi founded above spot to capture the view, the best spot to capture the moment, where both the mountain and sunspots appear lengthening, very ideal spot to capture with medium range lens. During this moment, everybody busy since we didn't want to miss the amazing moment.
The picture below is the opposite side which showed the colourful sky that I never see before, where the clouds was lower from us.

Colour of Cemorolawang
Less than one hour, the sky changed to dark but the sun still shines behind the clouds, throws the colour of the sky become fantastic scenery while Batok stand quietly and Bromo keep smoking. What a drama.

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Sunset at Cemorolawang
After dark, the weather getting very cold, we going back to the lodge to take a rest and dinner. In the restaurant, together with some tourists we watched the victory of Indonesia over Turkmenistan in the pre-world cup then take a rest to prepare another discovery in the early morning to Pananjakan2.

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