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G-Land, Java’s World-Acclaimed Reef Break

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G-Land, East Java. Photo: G-Land Surf Camp

….G-Land. G-Spot. Gee-Whiz Land!.. a world famous wave that is definitely not overrated.. an awesome, overpowering arena..and, until exploitated, it will remain a prime destination of the surfing world, a place where surfers can come to live out a long awaited fantasy….

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Central Java’s magical Beaches ~ Myth, Lore, and the Queen of the South Sea

By Dian Hasan | September 13, 2009

Ngundap Beach, Southern Coast of Java, just outside Yogyakarta. Photo: www.pesonagunungkidul.com

Ngundap Beach, Southern Coast of Java, just outside Yogyakarta. Photo: http://www.pesonagunungkidul.com

Bali is Indonesia’s undisputed crown jewel of travel destinations, but that doesn’t take away the fact that her other islands are less interesting. Indonesia has MANY other islands – make that WAY MORE islands – thousands more actually, as the world’s largest Archipelago is home to over 17,000 islands (17,508 to be exact, according to Wikipedia). Although not all islands are inhabited, each has its own natural beauty.

Beaches, especially, come in all shapes and sizes, from black volcanic rock, karst and limestone-lined promontories, jaw-dropping cliffs, intricate series of underwater caves, white sandy beach of all imaginable hues, and a smattering of corals and boulders both under and above water. And swaying palm and coconut trees, the likes of what you’d see in postcards.

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Indonesia’s Vivacious Volcanoes ~ a hiker’s paradise

Mt Merapi-Silhouette of farmers against volcanic Mt Merapi in Central Java-www.d.umn.edu

Silhouette of farmers against Merapi Volcano in Central Java. Photo: http://www.d.umn.edu

Indonesia forms part of the Ring of Fire – a chain-linked range of volcanic mountains that encircles the Pacific Rim. And Indonesia is home to the largest number of volcanoes in the world. At any given time, there’s at least one volcano that is active. No surprises there.

Not only are volcanoes an integral part of the landscape, giving Indonesia its fertile soil, but they are deeply entrenched into the fabric of the society, touching everything from belief, customs, traditions, architecture and folkore. While Indonesians revere volcanoes for their might, foreigners will find them as a nature-lover’s paradise.

Here’s a look at some of her most famous “Fire Mountains” (as Indonesians refer to them in Indonesian “Gunung Api”) as reported by trails.com.

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Beautiful images of Indonesia captured in a TVC!

By Dian Hasan | August 31, 2009

Sumba Island, East of Bali, featured in the Citra Lotion TVC

Sumba Island, East of Bali, featured in the Citra Lotion TVC

Pay less attention to what this Indonesian TV Commercial is peddling (beauty lotion), and instead enjoy the beautiful shots of women and landscape in what is arguably the world’s least-known large country, Indonesia. Shot in Bali, Java and Sumba.


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The exquisite (and very expensive) Kopi Luwak ~ Indonesia’s gift to the World’s Coffee Connoisseurs

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Attention all Starbucks-chugging coffee consumers and coffee connoisseurs of the world! ~ your most expensive cup of Java awaits! It’s from Indonesia, and the roasting facility is nothing you’d ever imagined. It’s as exotic (read: unusual, rather stomach-churning, and not for the faint-hearted) and organic as it gets. Let’s get some facts on the table first: the name is Kopi Luwak (Luwak Coffee), and it’s produced when a Indonesia’s fox-like cousin that has a penchant for coffee, dines on delicious raw coffee fruit, and extracts (yes journeying through its digestive system) the coffee pits (yes, the prized coffee beans, already nicely roasted!). Gaining attention from everyone from Oprah, the Wildboyz of MTV’s Jackass fame, to Andrew Zimmern of Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods. Here’s a look at this exquisite coffee, as reported by Alun Evans of Kabar Indonesia.

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Beguiling Becaks ~ the fast-disappearing ubiquitous pedicabs of Indonesia

Becak in Yogja, Central Java-photo flickr member javajive

Becak in Yogjakarta, Central Java. Photo: flickr member javajive

With the fast-changing façades of urban areas across Asia, one quirky vehicle that is fast disappearing is the pedicab, the human-powered workhorse that has been hard at work, transporting both passengers and goods, since the invention of the bicycle. The Indonesian version, called Becak (read: bée-chuck), takes on many different looks, as each city likes to give it their own imprint. Becaks are fast becoming a rare breed, as City Governments across the Archipelago ban them for their antiquated and inhumane nature, replacing them with motorized versions trikes similar to Thailand’s tuk -tuks. It’s ironic to think that while this is happening in Indonesia, the rest of the world, especially in the progressive countries who are pursuing anything labelled “green alternative everything” are re-introducing pedicabs in one form or another. Albeit most of them for touristic leisure purposes. You’l find them dotting fine urban landscapes, from San Diego to Barcelona. Here’s a look at the the Becak, as reported by Tim Hannigan of Kabar Magazine.

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Mr. Bromo Adventure, East Java, Indonesia ~ 4 of 4

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