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Gojek is to Ojeks (motorbike taxis) what Uber was to the taxi industry – only better! Although Uber does exist here, everyone knows that if you want to get somewhere quickly then it’s best to go on a motorbike: cheap, flexible and fast! Gojek will completely change how you get around. Plus Gojek drivers can bring you beer or deliver your mail—Indonesian flexibility as its best. If you’re more car inclined then there is always the gold standard of taxis in Indonesia ‘Bluebird Taxi app’ and of course like the rest of the world Uber is making its presence known. Grab is also getting big and worth giving a shot.
Wonder what app Indonesians use to burn time whilst waiting for friends and to let everyone know when they wake up and what they eat? Well surprisingly it’s not Facebook, but Path! Path is a social media platform that somehow grew crazily popular with young Indonesians. It’s like the Facebook of yesteryear, a raw feed of everything your friends said and did in the order they said and did it. But don’t worry, if you’re not ready to add to your social networking platforms, Indonesians are also crazy about Instagram and Twitter.
The Google Maps curse in Indonesia. If you want the GPS map app that Indonesians use then you need to get WAZE. Filled with local businesses, up to date street options, police warnings, and rather accurate traffic information, Waze is everything you need when exploring Indonesia. Using Waze will leave you wondering how you previously found anything.
4. BBM Messenger
This one is a strange one. For a lot of us, BBM evokes images of the businessmen of yesteryear and tiny keyboards. However in Indonesia BBM somehow cornered the data-messaging market. Although apps like Line and WhatsApp are increasing in popularity, if you want to be able to connect to as many Indonesians as possible then try BBM
If you’re traveling around Indonesia, the first thing you’ll probably realize is that it’s big—really big! Traveloka will help you find the best flights, connecting routes, and most importantly the best price. By far the best app for finding the best domestic travel options as it is Indonesia-based and has access to the best deals.
26 May 2016
It seems that Lombok is the proud owner of 25 large buses but doesn’t know what to do with them! Lombok government took delivery of 25 buses from the Indonesian Ministry of Transport in February 2016. The buses are now standing in a warehouse owned by DAMRI – the state-owned transport company who operate the airport buses in Lombok. The large air conditioned buses are the type operated by TransJakarta in Jakarta for the public transport system.
In August last year, the Lombok branch of the Ministry of Transport proposed creating a public transport system in Lombok under the banner of “Metro Trans Mataram”. The proposal called for a public bus transport system to operate routes between Senggigi, Mataram and Narmada. The service will be operated by the state-owned transport company, Damri. Under the proposal, Lombok would receive a total of 60 buses by 2018 (being allocated 20 buses per year). Since then, there seems to have been no communication from the Ministry… and 25 buses just arrived in Lombok with little fanfare and even less preparation!
This arrival of the buses seems to imply that Lombok will soon introduce a public bus system, which may be why some mysterious bus stops were built on the side of main roads in Ampenan, Mataram and Senggigi last year. If this is the case, it seems the Ministry of Transport isn’t letting the city government in on the secret. In the meantime, let’s hope someone is starting the engines on those 25 buses on a regular basis!
Source: The Lombok Guide
25 May 2016
Bali recorded about 1 million tourists visiting the island in the first quarter of 2016. Of the number, 20 percent or 218,497 people were from Europe. The increasing number of European tourists visiting Bali is a result of tourism promotion initiated by the government and tourism business owners. Data from the Bali Tourism Agency recorded that the number of tourists from the United Kingdom increased by 56.41 percent, which was the most significant increase among other countries. The data showed that the number of tourists from the UK who visited Bali in January-March 2016 stood at 45,915 people, increasing from 29,355 people in the same period of last year. The number of German tourists visiting Bali stood at 26,972 people in the first quarter, increasing by 44 percent compared to the same period of 2015. France came in third as the country with most tourists visiting Bali with 26,454 people, followed by The Netherlands with 18,398 people.
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Most people who come to Bali will experience a Bali Belly at some point, so better to be safe than sorry and stick with bottled water. Don't drink tap water. When haggling remember how little it really is to you but how much it is to the other. Haggling in the market can be really fun, but remember that Rp20,000 that you’re trying to cut off the price is less then 2 Euro. Rp20,000 is enough money for a local person to eat a good meal of rice, meat and veggies, so think about that when you are walking away from a deal because it’s too expensive. Always take Bluebird Taxis. They are reliable, honest, metered and in case of a lost wallet etc. they have driver ID on display. Grabbing a Bluebird Taxi to get around is easy and reliable. Cars are air-conditioned, comfortable and they have meters, which means you won’t have to bargain for the best price. Also, you can see the driver’s ID and note it down just in case you leave something in the car. For longer trips or day trips, a private driver is a great option. Try all street food especially the sate skewers. Street food in Bali is delicious and sate (or satay) is one of the tastiest and easiest snacks you’ll find. Street sellers skewer pork or chicken and cook them over glowing coals. Many people avoid street food because of the worry of getting sick, but you can also get ill from eating in fancy restaurants, so why not give street food a chance! Bahasa Indonesia is a pretty easy language, and the Balinese are very good teachers. They love for foreigners to make the effort with the language and rarely laugh at mistakes. Just a few words in Indonesian and they’ll be chatting away to you like you’re best friends even if you don’t understand a word. Learn a couple of Balinese words and you’ll be the star of the show!! Kuta and Legian are great fun, but they are far more touristy than other parts of the island. Thankfully, you don’t have to go far to see the countryside, so make a trip out to the rural areas to see Bali in all its gorgeous, colourful beauty. Admire the Balinese way of being honest and open, and expect questions like how old are you?, are you married? and how many children do you have? The Balinese are very open and there is no shame in asking lots of questions about people. It’s purely friendly curiosity, so don’t be offended by it. If you have a couple of extra kilos on you, they might also say “Oh you’re a bit fat”, but again they are just making a point. It’s not seen as a bad thing, just like saying “you have blonde hair”, it’s just a statement. The roads in Bali are getting busier and busier and there is no such thing as zebra crossings (or not ones that are used anyway). Almost every restaurant, hotel and shopping centre has security or parking attendants. They are happy to help you cross the road, so take advantage of the helping hand!
21 May 2016
20 May 2016
Coral reefs in and surrounding the Island Conservation Area of Nusa Penida (KKP Nusa Penida) are undergoing the destructive process of coral bleaching. Experts are baffled as to the cause of the death of ocean coral at Nusa Penida, a phenomenon occurring in location around the globe and often blamed on climate change and higher ocean temperatures. The chairman of KPP said the rapid onset of whitening or bleaching of the coral reef eventually leaves the affected reef brittle and dead. There is no connection with the high number of people swimming and snorkeling on the Nusa Penida reef and intensive efforts are underway to understand the etiology of the reef bleaching process. The appearance of the bleached coral is a relatively new development at Nusa Penida, first noted by officials in the past month. Meanwhile, marine observers across Indonesia are reporting similar cases of reef bleaching. Researchers and volunteers from the Coral Triangle Center (CTC) are monitoring the condition of Indonesia’s coral reefs. CTC, basing their thinking on data revealed by satellite monitoring, has the growing suspicion that the sudden and widespread decline in coral reefs Sanur and Nusa Penida may be due to rising ocean temperatures.
19 May 2016
Indonesians love meat on skewers, so much that almost every region in Indonesia has its own sate. Bali is not different. In fact Bali has many sate variations. Choosing a favorite is tough, but try the good old sate lilit, a minced meat, grated coconut, coconut milk, lemon juice, shallots and chilli pepper combo wound around a bamboo, sugar cane or lemongrass stick, all grilled on charcoal. It can be a spicy one, but oh so delish. Authentic Balinese sate lilits are generally made out of pork and fish but you can find chicken or beef ones on the island from time to time.
The suckling pig is definitely a dish unique to Bali, with Indonesia's majority being Muslim and therefore non-pig eaters. You probably won't find much pig-meat based dishes in most parts of the country. In Hindu Bali, however, babi guling is the local dish. In Balinese traditions, babi guling is normally served as an offering during religious ceremonies but its popularity amongst pig-loving tourists who literally drool over this dish has lead to its widespread availability throughout the island.
Babi guling is roasted whole over fire, stuffed with onions, garlic, ginger, galangal, turmeric, lemongrass, shallots, chillies and whatever other goodness the babi guling warung chef decides would render his or her dish delicious.
Usually served with steamed rice and babi guling, lawar is a mix of vegetables, coconut and minced meat drowned in rich herbs and spices (including shrimp paste, ground pepper, green beans and jackfruit), sometimes added with blood to intensify the taste. It's a very common dish that you will find across most warungs in Bali.
You'll find all sorts of lawar in Bali. Pork lawar and jackfruit lawar are pretty common, or if you are into trying exotic things, dragonfly lawar can also be found.
If there is one thing that Indonesians can't live without, it's nasi.
So technically nasi campur is not from Bali, because much like sate, every region in Indonesia claims to have its own version, including Bali.
We do love the Bali version though, and it's an easy thing to order when we can't make a decision because you get multiple goodness of Balinese food inside a banana leaf. And then there's the surprise factor—you don't know exactly what you're going to get. It could be grilled tuna, tofu, fried tempeh, spinach, sate lilit, who knows? We did find one thing in common across most Balinese nasi campurs. When you order it from local eateries, the sambal they put on the side (or on top) tends to be ridicolously spicy. Beware and enjoy.
You know how sometimes you get hungry at 10pm and you want to eat something filling, but not exactly eat a whole meal?
Nasi jinggo (or jenggo) is designed for those night cravings. It's kind of a smaller version of nasi campur, and very cheap, but generally contains white rice, crispy fried tempeh with chillies, shredded chicken and serundeng (shredded coconut fried with a myriad of spices). Only available in Bali.
This is not technically a dish, it's more like a chilli salsa condiment that you put over grilled fish or chicken, especially amazing on tuna steak. However, you can get them on its own at some warungs. Even a serving of sambal matah with white rice, and maybe some kerupuk, makes for a simple and tasty meal, provided that you can handle the heat.
What are the special ingredients anyway? Shallots, lemongrass, shrimp paste, garlic, lime zest, and a looooot of bird's eye chillies. All raw and fresh.
A Buleleng speciality, this is a more coconut version of bubur ayam (chicken rice porridge commonly eaten for breakfast all over Indonesia).
The rice porridge, which is sometimes cooked in coconut milk, is served with an assortment of fried peanuts, green beans, and chicken cooked with bay leaves and galangal. There is also usually an additional sauce, composed of red and brown onions, shallots, turmeric, red-chillies, hazelnut, coriander, salt and ground pepper. Sometimes coconut oil is added for extra richness.
This vegetable dish hails from Klungkung and therefore commonly found across the three Nusa islands, though also available on Bali's mainland. Serombotan is a mix of veggies drizzled with sambal kelapa (coconut chilli sauce) and bumbu koples, which is kind of like a sweet soy sauce mixed with a myriad of spices. Yes, there is an overwhelming amount of coconuts involved in these dishes, but on an island where a lot of it is grown locally, why wouldn't you use it?
Sambal kelapa is usually made out of shredded coconuts, crushed chillies, onions, lime juice, galangal, shrimp paste, and salt. It is blended (or crushed) together and fried to perfection. Bumbu koples is made out of peanuts, palm sugar, shrimp paste, chillies, lime juice and sweet soy sauce. Like most Balinese sauces, coconut oil is sometimes added to up the flavoursomeness.
For those with a sweet tooth, you cannot leave Bali without trying Jaja Bali, which is an assortment of kue (sweet treats) that hail from the island. Depending on which market stalls or warung you purchase it from, some of the kue you can expect include laklak (rice-flour muffins with grated coconut and drizzled with palm sugar caramel), pisang rai (steamed banana with grated coconut), bubur injin (black rice pudding with coconut milk sauce) and dadar (pandan crepes filled with palm sugar and coconut).
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1. Bali, Indonesia
2. Phuket, Thailand
3. Ko Samui, Thailand
4. Koh Tao, Thailand
5. Lombok, Indonesia
6. Gili Trawangan, Indonesia
7. Boracay, Philippines
8. Langkawi, Malaysia
9. Havelock Island, India
10. Taketomicho Iriomote-jima, Japan
1. Maui, Hawaii
2. Santorini, Greece
3. Jamaica, Caribbean
4. Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
5. Bali, Indonesia
6. Majorca, Spain
7. Mauritius, Africa
8. Phuket, Thailand
9. Bora Bora, French Polynesia
10. Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
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|A Banyan tree|