Flora & Fauna by Lee Man Fong

One of my favorite painting from the 17:71 exhibition in National Gallery of Indonesia as it pictures almost perfectly the variety of the floras and faunas in Indonesia, be it in the land and sea. However, this painting is simply titled Flora and Fauna of Indonesian Archipelago. Based on the description, Lee, as the official painter and curator of the Presidential Palace, was assigned to improve the aesthetics of the newly built Hotel Indonesia along with other artists. In the end, he chose to do a mural from which this painting was derived from. The original version of the mural itself is currently being displayed on Cipanas Presidential Palace.

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Rini by Soekarno

Our first president was not only a keen collector of arts but also a decent artist himself. He finished off the Dullah’s neglected sketch and produced this masterpice. The painting is part of the State Palace collection and currently being exhibited in Galery National Indonesia under 17:71 Goresan Juang Kemerdekaan or Painting the Struggles of Independence exhibition until August 30th, 2016 along with other masterpices from notable artists such as Raden Saleh, Affandi, Sudjojono, etc.

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Behind the Scene: Some of the Members and Crew


Mbak, Sulis, Mbak Windhar and me. Pic taken by Ardhy, one of Komodo Band Members.


Mbak Windhar and Mbak Sulis, getting lost at the hanging coral in Satonda Island.


Our boat crew enjoying the perfect view of Gili Laba.


The back of our youngest member. I felt like to push him off the cliff.

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The Enchanting Komodo Island: A Short Escape to Jurassic World

After 16 hours of sailing over Flores Sea, I had the worst sea sick. I bet everyone on board also felt the same, of course except for the captain and his crew. Albeit all that, we finally arrived to the Komodo Island.


It was Gili Lawa or Gili Laba. In my own words, I’d rather call it The Entrance Gate of Jurassic World since it looks like one. Upon arriving the Komodo Island waters, I felt like entering a different world with very unique landscape combined with a deep blue sea as can be seen on the picture. It was strange and magical, almost surreal. Now I can agree if people said that Flores is among the most beautiful places in Indonesia, and it is definitely worth to visit.

We planned to hunt for sunrise atop of the hill where I took this picture but we came late and were slow to reach the spot so we missed it. One of my fellow heard a strange sound coming from the sea below and when I faced east I saw water burst. Some said it was a whale but if it turned out wasn’t one, well, lets pretend it was.


I always love how the sea has contrasting shades of blue due to difference of depth.


Your waves ride high, while mine are low. You head to sea, you’re sailing free. (Frau)

If the sun did not shine too bright, we would let ourselves to stay there longer. However, we were scheduled to visit Manta Point in Taka Makassar. Not everyone is allowed to go after the manta in the sea due to heavy current. I hesitated at first but I thought it was once in a lifetime experience. So, I decided to jump without wearing life jacket. It was fun. So many mantas were dancing and circling around us. Since I didn’t own an underwater camera, I came home empty-handed but full of the image of wild mantas in my head. Continue reading “The Enchanting Komodo Island: A Short Escape to Jurassic World”

Islands Hoping in West Nusa Tenggara

So, I was thinking of having another vacation before year end. It was in October 2015, to be precise. After doing some research from internet, I decided to sign up for an open trip  to Komodo Island and Flores arranged by Wuki Traveller. This time, I was not even bother to look for an accompany of friend to join me. I would just go no matter what. There would be a lot of people there anyway.

I departed from Labuan Lombok with 35 other people joining the trip, a captain, and 6 cabin crew. Here was the fun part. Unlike my previous trip to some islands in Java, this time, I sailed for 4 straight days. Yes, we travelled by boat from Labuan Lombok in West Nusa Tenggara to Labuan Bajo in East Nusa Tenggara. During the sailing in West Nusa Tenggara region, we stopped in 3 islands to enjoy both land and sea.


First stop, Kenawa Island. The island mainly consist of savanna. The challenge of this island was to climb the hill behind to enjoy sunset. Too bad, I hesitated to bring both my camera and phone. So I failed to capture the beauty of this island. However, this pic was taken by Mbak Windhar, one of my travel-mate. And as we waiting for the sun to descend, we also got the chance to explore the sea. So, snorkeling time!


Under water view was fine, but not as good as I expected. I used to go snorkel in the in deeper sea part about 3-5 meters, directly jump from the boat. Here, we started from beach so its pretty narrow and the coral was not really preserved. However, I could spot some small blue fish swimming around anemons. After sunset, we went back to boat, had our first dinner served by cabin crew, and rest. Continue reading “Islands Hoping in West Nusa Tenggara”

The Girl Who Saved The King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson: A Review

I knew this book from a friend post in instagram. The title succeeded in  triggering my curiosity instantly. A story about girl power or women empowerment always captivating. It’s easier to be emotionally attached to the main character. Here, once again, we got our new heroine.

The story started with the earliest life of Nombeko Mayeki, a little girl born in a slum area of Soweto in South Africa. She was smart, witty, and outspoken. She had the kind of charm that would attract every possible problem ahead of her. However, she could always get away with it no matter what using her intelligence and large amount of luck. The problem itself ranging from various degree starting from her first job in her hometown scooping stool until critical issue involving an atom bomb which later would bring her to Sweden and finally saved the King, which made the title of the story.

Along her journey she met various kind of people, among others are a crazy physician, Mossad agents, the Chinese sisters, and two person shared one identity who one of them became the love of her life.

The story was intriguing yet delightful and funny at the same time.

BIGBANG is Coming to Town

Last night was superb though I couldn’t make it to the front row. The fact that I was there watching those boy’s performance was surely something that I would never forget about. At first I was surprise that the venue was small compared to other countries which I saw in youtube channel. But all the unlimited energy poured and the enthusiasm among the fans made the show.

I went alone but then I found couple of friends from the crowd to enjoy the concert with. I was able to scream and sing along to korean song without being afraid to be called freak. That was something that I’ve been dreaming for so long. I really cherised the moment. Kang Daesung was perfect. GD slayed everyone in the room. Taeyang was surprisingly very thin and super gorgeous. Seungri was a true entertainer. And TOP’s awesomeness was all over the floor. Their performance was majestic. One really wouldn’t doubt that. If they’re about to make another show. I surely will go without hesitation.