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Blitar – A Range of Attractions: East Java

November 9th, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

mini-jimbe-drum-malang.jpgThere are many tourist attractions in Blitar, a city located right at the foot of Mount Kelud, and 167 kilometers from the East Java capital of Surabaya city, so it would be a pity if you miss it. Apart from the grave of Indonesia’s first president Soekarno, visitors can see a tourism village that sells jimbe drums, a product of Blitar’s home industries that are successfully breaking into export markets. It is better if you cancel any planned tour to Mount Kelud, located on the border between Kediri and Blitar regencies. This is because the volcano’s status is on high alert; the famous green lake in the caldera, a major attraction, has been closed to tourists.

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Ampel Mosque: Surabaya, East Java

October 26th, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments 1 Comment »

mini-ampel-mosque-surabaya.jpgAmpel Mosque is believed to be the oldest in the country. Its founder, Sunan Ampel (otherwise known as Raden Ahmad Rachmatulloh), was one of nine figures who played a leading role in spreading Islam across Java. Sunan Ampel was born in 1401 in Champa, Cambodia. He is a descendant of Ibrahim Asmarakandi, or Maulana Malik Ibrahim, a Champa ruler. When he was 20 years old, Sunan Ampel moved to Surabaya in East Java, which was then ruled by Raja Brawijaya, a Majapahit king.

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Mount Bromo: East Java

September 21st, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

Visiting Mount Bromo, East Java’s premier tourist attraction, is soon to get a little easier and more comfortable — though only because a banker found facilities a disgrace.

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Lunch-Break Chess: Surabaya Chess Cafe , East Java

September 9th, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments 1 Comment »

chess.jpg Didik S. Projo and Cholil gazed at the neatly arranged chess pieces in front of them on Thursday afternoon.

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Tempeh in Indonesia

September 9th, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments 1 Comment »

Wherever you go in Indonesia, you will almost always be able to find some variety of tempe. There is, among others, tempe gembus, which is made from the sediment left over from the tofu-making process, and tempe benguk, made from the benguk bean. But the most popular and well known tempe is that made from soybeans as gastronome and epicurean el supremo Suryatini N. Ganie explains.

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Recalling Ancient Wisdom: Kaliandra, East Java

September 4th, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

puppetmaster.jpg It has to be one of East Java’s most extraordinary sights: After hair-pinning up and down serpentine lanes on the flanks of Mount Arjuno, through tiny villages and thick forest — to come across a 5,000-square-meter palatial Italian-style mansion.

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Cheap Flights to Java from Bali

August 25th, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

Recently launched flight service connecting Bali (Denpasar) and the East Java city of Malang recorded 100% load factors over its initial launch period which coincided with Indonesian national school holiday periods.

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Turmeric: Indonesia

August 22nd, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

Should you have time to study regional Indonesian recipes, you will see that turmeric frequently appears. Indeed, to many Indonesian cooks, this ingredient is indispensable.

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August 17th, Hari Proklamasi Indonesia - Indonesian Independence Day

August 16th, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

Indonesians celebrate the proclamation of independence from 350 years of Dutch colonial rule. Festivities abound in cities and villages alike, organized by the government, neighbourhood community associations and organizations.

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Terung: Indonesia

August 10th, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

Let us turn our attention to eggplants. In the Indonesian language, the vegetable is referred to as terung. With eggplants one can cook various appetizing dishes, traditionally or creatively prepared as gastronome and epicurean el supremo Suryatini N.Ganie explains.

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