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Image of the Day: Taman Sari, Yogyakarta, Central Java

April 2nd, 2008 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

Taman Sari is a part of the Kraton, or Sultan’s Palace, in Yogyakarta. It is a definite ‘must see’ if you are visiting this cultural city. The best times to go are early in the morning and late afternoon when the light is excellent for photography. At both times you will at least avoid the tourist buses that daily fill the carparks.

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Visit Safer Indonesia

December 29th, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments 1 Comment »

The just-launched campaign aiming to increase tourism in 2008 started with a small but embarrassing grammatical mistake in the slogan. The government, nevertheless, recognized the mistake and revised the tagline to ensure it says, “Visit Indonesia Year 2008, celebrating 100 years of national awakening” and not “nation’s awakening”.

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Tapping Natural Resources: North Sulawesi

December 14th, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

The North Sulawesi provincial administration is striving to tap the region’s natural resources to diversify its revenue base. To realize its goals, the administration has embarked on various initiatives, including its decision to host the World Ocean Conference in the North Sulawesi capital of Manado in 2009.

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Marine Conservation Cuts Poverty

December 7th, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

Well-managed marine conservation can significantly help reduce poverty and enhance the quality of life for local communities, according to a new study. The study, Nature’s Investment Bank, which was released by The Nature Conservancy in Manado, North Sulawesi, on Thursday, was based on more than 1,100 interviews within poor communities in four countries, including Indonesia, from November 2006 to May this year.

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Lampung Finds Solution to Forest Conservation

December 7th, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

Lampung administration has developed a forest conservation area which involves residents. Since 2000, 6,537 households near Rigil hill and Tangkit Tebak forest in West Lampung municipality have taken part in the “Forest Community” program, regreening the 12-hectare forest which was damaged by illegal logging.

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Tree Planting Campaign: Ubud, Bali

December 2nd, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

Protecting the environment is not only the domain of conservationists and governments; a healthy environment demands action from all, according to one Ubud hotel. Maya Ubud and Spa’s managers say there is a need for environmental action at the grassroots level and have begun a tree planting project involving hotel guests.

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Image of the Day: Jimbaran Bay, Bali

November 26th, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

Jimbaran Bay on the Bukit Peninsula in Bali is a quite and peaceful place during the day, but, at night it is a bustling haven for tourists who travel there to imbibe in the delicacies of the sea offered at numerous restorans.

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Traditional Art Form: Yogyakarta, Central Java

November 20th, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

mini-creating-wayang.jpgPucung village in Bantul regency, Yogyakarta, is one of the places in the country in which its crafts is made from animal skin. The craftsmen have learned their skills from their parents, so it’s a generational practice despite their meagre amount of income. A mother of two, Sartina, 26, has known the craft of creating shadow puppet skin since she was in fourth grade. After she is finished with her household chore, she paints on pieces of skin to be used for fan souvenirs (kipas). Most of the craftsmen in Pucung village are daily laborers in which businessmen, who purchase the raw material, use their service for the finishing part, such as cutting and painting.

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Rare Local Trees get a Good Home: Bogor, West Java

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

The Indonesian National Park Foundation together with Cibodas National Park has designated a plot of land in Cibodas for different species of trees representing areas of Jakarta. The foundation’s researcher, Holif Imamudin, who is also the former director of Bogor National Park, said the planned park was part of a conservation effort to protect trees already considered rare. The park now has 1,500 seedlings comprising 22 different tree species.

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Saraswati: Bali

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

Today is Saraswati in Bali. This is the special day of thanks for the gift of knowledge. The festive day is a time for making offerings to books and especially the sacred lontar palm leaf books. All books are subjects on this day. One is not supposed to read books, however schools have special ceremonies. Notedly, Pura Jagatnatha in Denpasar is jam packed with students praying for success in their studies in the early morning ceremony.

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