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Under a new management

Posted by jirikoo on October 28, 2013 at 4:45 AM Comments comments (4)

Mawan took over from Charlie management of Pulau Tailana accommodation. His contact details are as follows: [email protected] or by phone +6281377219667 (Indonesian cell phone).


Threat to the Turtle Conservation Center - Pulau Bangkaru

Posted by jirikoo on February 11, 2012 at 12:40 PM Comments comments (14)

Back in 2010, upon the establishment of this website, I had expressed fears for the low-key tourism along with pristine environment of Pualu Banyak turning into one of those commercial places that are swamped and run down by people who do not seek to keep it that way. 


It can't have kept escaping attention of investors for so long. Now, there is a real threat to Pualu Banyak's authenticity and seclusion. According to various sources http://www.sumatraecotourism.com/pulaubanyak/index.html or http://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/thread.jspa?threadID=2161033, a group of investors is going to build a surf resort on Pula Bangkaru, where the Turtle Conservation Center, organization for preservation sea turtles and their nesting sites, is based. As a result, this island and partly also Pulau Tuangku are closed for tourists. This measure is purely political and will affect the eco-tourism and the local communities in the whole area. Those who are planning to visit these two islands will be most likely prohibited from entering. I will keep you informed about further development.

Lake Toba - Singkil

Posted by jirikoo on December 8, 2011 at 6:30 PM Comments comments (2)

Upon many requests, I have recently updated the section of Location and Direction by new invaluable information for travelers keen to get to Singkil (or Pulau Banyak) from around Lake Toba. 

Earthquake in Sumatra

Posted by jirikoo on September 9, 2011 at 5:15 PM Comments comments (0)

A 6.6-magnitude earthquake struck Southwest Sumatra, Indonesia, on early Tuesday morning. Since its epicenter was beneath the land crust near the town of Singkil, luckily it did not generate a subsequent tsunami. However, it caused a great material damage to towns in that area, amongst others, to Singkil, which was heavily shattered. Latest reports suggest several people died as a direct result from the horrendou disaster. I have not been so far able to get information about the situation in the Pulau Banyak archipelago. 

post published on www.tripadvisor.com and www.lonelyplanet.com

Posted by jirikoo on October 8, 2010 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Hi there.

I know that some travelers have their own little secrets, hidden gems, which they do not like to disclose to everyone they try to keep quiet and salvage the place from massive tourism.

You see, a higher density of tourists in one area might cause adverse effects in terms of destroying the authenticity, charm and appeal the place once held. Not everyone would love to see an island become another Pattaya, Bali, Phuket and others.

Pulau Banyak archipelago had already been discovered by independent travelers, but not nearly in such a great scale as other places in Sumatra, or anywhere in Indonesia for that matter, i guess. Ones of the reasons are a somewhat isolation, overall bad connection from / to larger cities and the fact is that the whole area is on the fault line, which results in the whole area having being affected by earthquakes and subsequent tsunamis.

I have recently visited the archipelago and found it to be in a pristine state, authentic and free from a massive development with basic infrastructure. There were only three other white tourists. Fell in love with the people and scenery and, despite what i wrote above, upon request from people of Pulau Tailana (an island of the archipelago with own accommodation), decided to do my bit in promoting the place.

I am not naif. My efforts are obviously not unique. However, I have just started website www.2palms.webs.com, in which for now i mention only one place, and that is Pulau Tailana, that will maybe facilitate the process. My whole idea is in infancy as well as the content of the website. I may extend and invest in the idea further if i have time. Do you have a photo of Pulau Banyak you would like to share, please enrich my gallery and contribute in my website's photo section. I would like to take slow incremental steps into developing website to be more comprehensive .

Thank you,

jirikoo

my trip report - originally posted on www.tripadvisor.com and www.lonelyplanet.com

Posted by jirikoo on October 8, 2010 at 8:55 AM Comments comments (0)

 

Dear fellow travellers,


 

as is my rule, I would like to pay off all the invaluable information this website and its members provided me, so here is my reflection on my 36-day recent trip to Indonesia including subsequent Malaysia and Thailand trips. Those who knows me know that i do not seek any gratifications visiting plush resorts, places run down by tourists or roads frequently traveled. Having said that, one cannot help but pass or even spend some time in above places. Hence I visited some of the famous landmarks of Jakarta, Bukittinggi, Medan and Kuala Lumpur. I stayed in the Jakarta backpacker area, and I did do the Gunung Leuser National jungle track in Aceh, although from the less favorite side of the forest - from the village Ketambe. I could not evade Bangkok as my flights from and back to Europe were scheduled here. On the flip side, I had successfully(?) avoided such places as Bali, Penang or Langkawi, for example.


 

I did not travel on a budget, although stayed mostly in budget guest houses and spent my money rather on activities, domestic flights and tangible things such as electronics, souvenirs and so (later in Bangkok).

 

I admit my itinerary is not ideal and void of mistakes.When planning (I actually had done little planning) and also during the course of my travel, I made several miscalculations. Some of them trivial some of them more serious. E.g.: My trip coincided with the holy month of Ramadhan, which i was about to learn a few days before the take-off. Moreover, I underestimated the long distances between destinations in Sumatra and initially spent way too much time in metropolitan areas. Unfortunately, I also did not purchase enough antimalarials, thus at the end of my trip i had to rush to Thailand to buy the pills as i had not succeeded in Malaysia.

 


Fearing I would not make all the places, initially I was once thinking of re-booking my return flight back home. Anyway, in hindsight, I was amazed how many flights i managed (12 in total), and how much i fit in such somewhat short time. I knew what places i wanted to go to, knew some of the sights, attractions, lodgings, etc, but i did not use any guide books before or during since i rather relied on local or other travelers' tips.

 

I hardly ever make any comments on inflight service on any airliners but this time i will make an exception. Despite me being always critical of czech customer service, i was happily surprised by a perfect and friendly service on Czech Airlines plane. The worst was probably both long-haul flights with Ukrainian Aerosvit. But hey, others can have different experience; besides they were the cheapest and brought me safely aground.

 


Thailand

First day spent in Bangkok. First night Jomtien beach, Pattaya. Taking the airport bus that brings you straight to Bangkok's airport. Length: around 90 mins. Boarding an AirAsia plane bound for Jakarta.

 


Indonesia:

In indonesia i ran into some friendliest folks that i have ever met in my life, and this happened even in large metropolitan areas such as Jakarta. Even though their english is pretty weak, including in tourist areas, enthusiasm and strenuous efforts to help compensate it. To tell you the truth, i some areas i felt like a celebrity. Anywhere i went, many people's eyes were glued on me. Many struck conversation with me, many young people asked me to take a photo of me or with me. This happened to me even at jakarta's airport, in Medan, Bukittingi and other places accross indonesia.

 


Jakarta - spent two nights Jalan Jaksa area. On the first night i fell for overcharged accommodation (again due to my poor research and not having booked anything in advance) and paid 200 thousands rupiahs for a stinky room located in a small lane off Jalan Jaksa. As many locals seek to stay in Jalan Jaksa area, budget accommodation in this 'backpacker' area may be limited and /or expensive, so I recommend you make a pre-booking or look somewhere else. On the whole, accommodation here is not very cheap for what you get, neither of a good standard, anyway.

 


Three days later I was aboard a plane bound for Sumatra, city Padang. Avoiding the taxi touts, I took the bus at the airport that brought me to city. There are actually two bus operators that serve the route Padang and airport. I asked the driver where i wanted, and he dropped me off at a travel agency (also a minibus stop) about 200 hundred meters behind Minang Plaza, where i was later picked up by one of those minibuses plying the route Padang - Bukittinggi. The way takes about 2 hours but we may have managed it in 1.40 hours. Do not ask me how. I still doubt about many indonesian drivers' sanity.

 


Did not plan to stay for long in Bukkittinggi as i was going to see Rafflesia only if it was in bloom. I was out of luck, though, not good timing. Sweeping through the usual sights such as Jam Gadang Monument, the local zoo, Fort Dekock and the local market. My stay in this town eventually stretched to 3 days (lodged in Munri hotel), although, due to sudden stomach ache and other symptoms resembling malaria. To make sure i visited the local hospital in Jalan Dr.A.Rivai and took the blood test. Results negative. The paradoxical cause of my stomach ache and other symptoms was most likely the 50% DEET agent in mosquito spray that i had used until then quite frequently.


Anyway, a bit disenchanted and frustrated, the following day it was a high time to move on, and after consultation helpful people in the town, i headed to the local bus terminal called Aur Kuning to purchase a bus ticket to Medan.

 


At this bus station there seem to be several companies running buses every which directions. Some of the bus operators such as ANS and ALS go also to Medan. I booked a super executive class bus (240.000 rp), which was supposed to be the top-notch facility machine. Well, later when i embarked it, the shattered windshield and battered side mirror should have warned me. No complaints about the leg room and comfort in carriage per se, though. The driver was by indonesian standards also quite conservative, and the journey went on well. Well, the way from Bukittinggi to Medan should normally take a bus about 16-18 hours depending on traffic. Having crossed the equator, we proceeded up northwest. Somewhere in three quarters of our course, in the morning rain, our bus' wipers stopped working. It did not seem to be much hindrance. However, later on also the brake compressor broke down, which all resulted in fact that we had to stop, and, after a two-hour vain attempt to fix the problem, look for an alternate means of transport. I arrived in Medan exhausted and mentally devitalized (the minibus driver had driven like a maniac, and i wasted one whole day), after a 24-hour journey with just a few short stops.

 


Add to that, i arrived in Medan just during a heavy rain and many streets were flooded, so I even could not get to my hotel Blue Angel from the becak (motorized tricycle). The hotel Blue Angel, which seems to be very popular with the tourists, is located in Jalan Sisingamangaraja street (Jalan means street in indonesian) and do not be confused by their website on the Internet http://www.sumatra-indonesia.com/blueangel.htm, the pics of which do not exactly correspond with current look and and interior design. The room rates are up-to-date, though. It was going to be my base for upcoming days.

 


The following day i took a minibus (no.41, across the main street from my hotel) to Padang Bulan area, specifically to Jalan Jamin street where many bus and taxi operators are located. After previous experience I decided to avoid anything resembling a minivan or minibus and took the slightly more costly option up, thus chose for Kijang over the bus. Kijang, meaning a deer in indonesian, is actually a model of a Toyota's 4-wheel car. The problem was that you can either charter one or wait until it is filled up with other passengers. I had plied the street searching for the operators that were planning to depart sooner before one actually found me. It was a bit of challenge as there had been misunderstanding and a bit of the common 'horse traders'' mystification going on. I left for my destination just before 11 am. The cost is 110.000 rupiahs to Kutacane or 150.000 rupiahs to the village Ketambe. Since i intended to visit the Gunung Leuser National Park, i asked the driver to take me as far as the village. The ride was not exactly one of park walks. Winding through narrow roads up and down hills with just a few roadside barriers was not it at all. Most passengers get off unenthusiastically in Kutacane, which is quite a large town, 5-6 hours aways from Medan. Further 1, 5 hours up there is Ketambe, small village flanked with several guesthouses and lodgings. I had picked Friendship guesthouse thanks to their informative website http://www.ketambe.com/.

 


Ahmad, the owner of this establishment, is nice and very helpful. Since I mentioned in prologue that all indonesians are some of the friendliest people I have ever met, he was no exception in this respect. I took up one of the two-night treks and paid about 1.200.000 rupiahs for the whole trip. Had not I met a kiwi couple i could join in the tour, i would have paid even slightly more since I was solo. The trip was a bit pricey (i heard that other guesthouses charge little less) but hey, i was going to give it to the local community, not an international chain. The cost of a good standard bungalow is 50.000 rp. In the village there is abundance of guides around and these folk are keen to show you jungle throughout. We took off the next morning.

 


Spent overall three days in the jungle and did the obligatory routes as every guide does. First base, second base (the hots springs) and potentially the waterfalls. The highlight for me were not the orangutans that we followed through the jungle, not hornbills that you can catch a glimpse of high up above the highest trees but right the hot springs with its steam that offer an interesting color to the particular place and for photography when the weather is fair. Overall I was quite disappointed in the jungle itself since I had expected more living beings in it. I had expected more bird life, at least some reptiles and more amphibians and crawling insects. Except for monkeys, few birds and rodents (only squirrels) there was almost nothing else. The jungle was most of the time scarily quiet. I was happy with the plenty of butterflies, though. Since the dry season there were as well only few flowers blossoming.

 


After the successful trek I headed to Kutacane from which my plane back to Medan was due in the morning. I had booked the flight ticket (360.000 rp) in Medan before i made it to Ketambe. There are two operators serving the route, but I recommend only Susi Air. They fly decent propeller planes that look brand new. After having seen the plane of the competitor, I knew I did the right thing. The flight was not the smoothest through the heavy clouds, but it was only momentary, and all in all it takes only about 30 minutes to get to Medan. What is more, it is an impressive sight hovering over the hills and Medan, too. From above you can see how this part of Sumatra was affected by (il)legal loggings. Pilots were some Englishmen that handled the plane professionally.

 

Staying two nights in medan, visiting the Ramadhan Fair. With many food and other stalls and islamic entertainment it is a good diversion for me. Moreover, it is a good chance to taste some other foods than only nasi goreng...

 


Off Medan again, this time heading to Singkil, which is a port town for Pulau Banyak archipelago. I am taking Kijang again (110.000 rp) and the journey takes less than some internet websites state. It took only about 5 hours and 30 minutes by normal, safe ride. In Singkil I stayed in Melly homestay (very little English) one night since I arrived outside the boats operating hours. Unless you take an overnight Kijang or bus, you have to stay overnight in the little town and wait for the morning car ferry or local boat. When in a time pressure, you can still charter a speed boat (look out for the sea tide - it can be very choppy). The best website about transportation to Pulau Banyak is clearly this one: http://www.sumatraecotourism.com/pulaubanyak/transportation.html One small update, though, the local boats in Singkil nowadays leave from the place called Jembatan Tinggi, but ask at your guesthouse to confirm it - they will find it out for you.

 


Rubber time. You do not know what that means? Never mind. Tell you my story. So I was going take the local boat form Singkil. As everyone informed me that the boat would leave at 8 am and that i should not miss it, to be there in time, I was ready at the little wharf at 7.40 am to set off...but I found only few people around and skipper rocking in the hammock. Waiting patiently as some other passengers are congregating. The time is ticking so slow and the boat does not even appear to have its engine started. The watch is getting on for 11.30, and we finally depart the place. The journey is supposed to take circa 3 hours...if everything goes well:) Not this time....After one hours the engine stops and the skipper starts meddling with it. On my mobile phone there is only the one little signal slip. We start again but unfortunately we have to carry on at a slow speed. We arrive in Pulau Balai (the biggest island / village in the archipelago) after 4 pm.

 


Finally a retreat! With the help of Charlie, the nice guy who runs the Pulau Tailana accommodation on an island of the same name, i got to his secluded place that is obviously aimed at tourists, but at that time there were none. So I had this island only for myself, even though you live there with charlie who cooks for you great food and cater for all your needs. He can arrange excursion to the neighbouring islands and islets on a local motorized canoe, which are all well worth visiting. Setting of the island is aw-inspiring with incredible panoramic views all around. Snorkeling is amazing in the nearby lagoon. You can of course drink fresh coconuts after you have plucked them from the palm, which is what i looked forward to a lot. On the island are three basic but new bungalows with mosquito nets and an outside bathroom without running watter (there is a fresh-water well on the island, though). There is no electricity but charlie is currently testing a new generator. If you want a phone number on Charlie, let me know. One way to or from the island to or from Pulau Balai on a long motorized and stabile canoe will set you back 150.000 rp. One night in bungalow is 70.000 rp. Food is cheap and you may eat the local fish and other sea produce. Do not expect chicken on Pulau Banyak.

 


Pulau Bangkaru is an island within the Pulau Banyak archipelago that hosts the turtle conservation center: http://www.sumatraecotourism.com/pulaubanyak/turtleconservation.html. It is the furthest island from Pulau Balai and also the largest. I was thinking about visiting the place and staying there on a three-night package (about 600.000 rp all inclusive), although it turned out to be a bit challenge as i was a single traveller and there were no other tourists heading the same direction. That is to say, the folks from the center are keen to pick you up at Pulau Balai only if you are more than two of you or within the scheduled days when the staff are on Pulau Balai shopping. Otherwise it is too costly to charter a speed boat only for yourself.

 


Taking the car ferry, making some interesting pics as we were departing despite the rain. On disembarkation there are many touts offering you a ride to your destination. Among them are also Kijang drivers, who are those i needed. One hour later we were already on our way back to Medan. Staying overnight in my popular hotel Blue Angel.

 


The next day I was on the plane bound for Jakarta where i had connecting flights to Makassar and then straight to Kendari. There I was awaited by my friends, whom took me to their remote village about three hours away from Kendari, where I stayed for a few nights. I had also a chance to stay in Kendari (Rencik hotel) and venture to neighboring fishermen's villages along the east coast on a motorbike. The whole area of southeast Sulawesi and even Kendari itself does not see hordes of tourists coming. I had not seen a single westerner while i was there. It is out of radius for ordinary travelers as there are no white sand beaches, no signed jungle tracks, nothing but a chance to see how indonesian people live for real. On the flip side the city is quite fast developing with many hotels / guesthouses and other civic amenities. The city is spread out wide with a bay (and rather a shabby beach) on one side with the rest of the city on the others. I was there during Ramadhan months, so during the daytime it was hard to buy some food except in Mandonga Shopping mall and adjacent markets, but outside this fasting month, if you are after something authentic, there are many food vendors along the Beach Road. It is easy to travel around as there are opulets plying the 'CBDs'. Taxis are also convenient and comparably cheap mode as they use taximeter. The cost of taxi from the city to Kendari airport sets you back about 100.000 rp.

 


My stay in Indonesia was nearing an end, and it was a time to say good bye to my friends and the land. I was gonna miss it, i knew it.

 


Malaysia

Flying to Jakarta where i had another connection flight with Air Malaysia bound for the Malaysian capital. When I landed in the city, I was personally surprised by the ethnic diversity and multi-ethnicity that are possible to encounter in the metropolis. Malayans, Chinese, black Africans, Middle Easterners, Indians, Europeans, Muslims, Christians, Buddhist Monks etc. all mingled together in a somewhat small space and coexisting peacefully without any perceivable frictions.

 


I liked Kuala Lumpur for its food options and for its efficient public transportation. In the city I did not find any peculiar vehicles as are seen in other countries in SE Asia simply because it is a 'railway' city. Thanks to this in two days i visited a lot, and I walked a lot, too. I saw the China Town, which I had expected to be much more colorful and picturesque. Saw also nearby Central Market (plenty of souvenirs), Masjid Jamek, Sultan Abdul Samad Building, KL Raiway station (impressive building), Lake Garden plus adjacent gardens, Petronas Towers, through Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve (jungle in the middle of city) to the foot of TV tower, which I did not climb up. Do you want to take a view over the city from the Petronas Towers famous bridge, get up early since people line up down in the hall from 7.00 am. They start free tours with the ride to the bridge at 8.30 am. I stayed in Jalan Alor area (at Bukit Bintang monorail station) at a hotel just at the corner with Cangat Bukit Bintang. It was the best quality accommodation in a month! The price is 80 ringgits.

 


Now, my plan was to get to Kuala Lipis and from there to take the morning "Jungle train" or else "Jungle line" of the eastern railway route. It was recommended to take specifically the morning slow train heading south or northward as one can enjoy the most spectacular parts during the daytime. More information about it here: http://seat61.com/Malaysia.htm. This website is pretty up to date. So i went to the Central Station in KL to purchase a train ticket as well as to Titiwangsa bus station (at the rapid train station of the same name) to buy a bus ticket to Kuala Lipis.

 


The next day in the evening I was waiting for my bus to depart. The bus was comfortable, and what's more the driver was driving carefully. I was a bit afraid of the upcoming hours in town on my late arrival (at around 11pm) as i neither arranged a hotel accommodation nor any subsequent transfer. Luckily, there was one guy with a minivan waiting for a deal at the bus station when we alighted. He took me to a budget hotel called London hotel (34 ringgits) and gave me some good info on the train station and restaurant locations. The hotel was of less than a common standard in Malaysian towns. I did not care because a very close proximity to the train station and the fact that it was going to be only one night did it for me.

 


My train departed at 5.20 am and there was only a handful of people in the train actually as i started to worry if i was sitting in the the right train. You see, I was told the train was almost sold out when i made the the reservation. Note that the train can never be sold out. Only the seats can be all booked out; you can still buy a ticket for standing as there is a lot of standing room as i would make sure later on:). As you are passing through the jungle and stopping at the local train stops, and as more and more people start to fill the train carriages in, the nature starts to be more interesting and scenic. The train eventually ended up being overflowing with passenger so that i also ended up being jammed between many human bodies at one of the open carriage entrance doors. Getting off at Tanah Merah at about 11.30 am, which was a connecting point for my next destination.

 


Pulau Perenthian, archipelago of two islands Kecil (small) and Besar (big). When i was considering my journey through Malaysia, I was hovering between the two destinations that i would put on my list: Penang or Perenthians islands. The reason why i chose the latter was supposedly a smaller visit rate and a (relatively) greater remoteness from the main ports.

 


Getting to Pulau Perenthian was not that difficult. There were some taxi drivers at the railway station, who came up to me asking me where I went. I needed to get to Kuala Besut, the gate to the islands. After a bit of haggling over the price, the fare i agreed with one of them on was 65 ringgits if i remember correctly. It took about an hour to get to the little port town. Checking into an agency that sells tickets for a ferry (fast boat 70 RM return). The journey takes about 30 minutes. Following the arrival in Perenthian Kecil on the Long Beach, I went to inquire about accommodation at Matahari Chalet (75 RM for a nice bungalow, about 50m away from the beach), which i eventually also checked in. However, there are so many lodgings on the island that if one had failed or was full, i would have picked any other just next door, a few meters away. Note: This is in a stark contrast to what i had been told by some contributors on a certain travel website, in which the people told me it would have been so tricky to get and come to rest anywhere at that time due to the last week of holy month of Ramadhan.

 


I spent two nights on the island, and even though I was disappointed in the island's overall tidiness and being run down with the tourists as such a tourist trap, I enjoyed my stay there because I had never got bored there. Strayed off the main roads to jungle where i could spot a really huge monitor lizard plus many more smaller ones, many butterflies and squirrels. You can do a little of hiking, although almost all main trails are paved for the comfort of less mobile guests. The following day i did the snorkeling tour (30-40 RM), which was also a pleasant experience. We saw and swam with one green turtle, which turned out to my first and so far last meeting with this animal in such a close encounter, a stingray (of yellow color with dots - still wonder what species it was) and plenty of other fish and plentiful hard corals. You may even spot black tipped sharks there. Supposing you had paid a return ferry ticket, the boats leave back for the mainland at 8 am, 12 am and 2 pm. No need to book a boat in advance just show up at the beach, hold up your ticket slip and see one of the guys who streamline the tourists and boats there. They charge you 2 ringgits for taking you on a motorized canoe to the respective ferry boat.

 

I could not help musing about the general friendliness of Malaysians especially when comparing them to Indonesians. I had not traveled for long in Malaysia, but my impression was that there was an abysmal difference between these two neighbors. Could be a pure luck or anything, but i had perhaps never met a distant or snubby person in indonesia. Unlike in Malaysia. They were not unfriendly or rude, though....just my two cents.

 


Anyways, as I was running out of time, my ultimate goal was to get to Bangkok by train as quickly as possible. I knew that the closest Thai town at the border that is served by railway is the infamous Sungai Kolok. I spared no time to get in a taxi and head through Malaysian countrysides up to the Thai-Malaysian border. After short formality procedures I was in a different country again.

 


Thailand

I found the border town Sungai Kolok to be an authentic place for photography, very photogenic and dazzling. Apparently not too safe. Many armed soldiers and policemen watch the place, especially the railway station and the vicinity, patrolling trains etc. The journey with the express train to Bangkok usually takes circa 20 hours. Ours took 24 hours due to a mysterious delay that occurred by night. For timetables, click on: http://seat61.com/Thailand.htm


Last days in Thailand and whole SE Asia I spent again in Bangkok and at the Jomtien Beach in Pattaya.

 

So sad to fly back to cold Europe.

 


Visited places (itinerary):

 

Prague - Kiev - Bangkok - Pattaya - Bangkok - Jakarta - Padang - Bukittinggi - Medan - Ketambe - Kutacane - Medan - Singkil - Pulau Banyak - Medan - Jakarta - Makassar - Kendari - Anahinunu - Kendari - Jakarta - Kuala Lumpur - Kuala Lipis - Pulau Perhentian - Sungai Kolok - Bangkok - Pattaya - Bangkok - Kiev - Prague


Indonesia:

Highlights - people, people, people. Not smiling on every occasion but extremely amiable, helpful and open-minded. Besides, some of them give you a warm smile after you make the first move, thus smile and greet first! A girl i met there. Hot springs in Gunung Leuser NP and Pulau Banyak Archipelago including a boat trip on the lagoon.

Upsides of my trip - people, scenery, orangutans, insect, grilled fish with rice, islands and islets

Downsides of my trip - minibus / minivan drivers, poor English of locals, suspicion of malaria


Malaysia

Highlights - Kuala Lumpur

Upsides of my trip - food, good English (except in rural areas)

Downsides of my trip - bad weather, people (seemed less friendly than Indonesians)


Thailand.

Highlights - shopping in Pratunam area :)

Upsides of my trip - food, familiar place

Downsides of my trip - none


Indonesian Pop

Posted by jirikoo on October 8, 2010 at 8:45 AM Comments comments (0)

I love Indonesian Pop! One of the good ones is the singer Geisha: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFPzh8U_okE

my first entry

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setting up this website

 


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