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Close encounters with the dragons of Komodo

3 December 2012

Categories : Adventure - Hiking, Trekking, and Eco

Close encounters with the dragons of Komodo

Some people will tell you, sincerely, that the movie King Kong was inspired by an expedition to Komodo Island. Others will tell you, with as much conviction, that the island was the basis for Jurassic Park. Neither is necessarily wrong, neither is necessarily right. Regardless, stepping off the boat, walking down the small wooden pier and into the forest feels like a trip back in time – to a land where the lost animals of history rule supreme. The Komodo...

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Tag : Komodo National Park

Cooking up a storm in Yogyakarta

1 December 2012

Categories : Cuisine

Cooking up a storm in Yogyakarta

Who amongst us really like to think about where our food comes from? As long as it appears clean and tasty on our table, that’s all that matters. And sometimes – like in the restaurants of South East Asia – it’s often not worth the mental anguish of wondering what’s going on in the kitchen. It will be delicious – tick. It won’t make you sick – tick. So who cares about anything else, right? Well… in this case,...

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Tag : Yogyakarta's Dining Guide, Yogyakarta

The magnificent Borobudur Temple

30 November 2012

Categories : Travelings - Culture and Heritage - Sightseeing

The magnificent Borobudur Temple

High on a mountain in central Java, Borobudur Temple rises up towards the sky. In Buddhist belief, the closer you are to Heaven, the closer you are to the gods. And as you climb the steps of the temple, the jungle landscape of Indonesia revealing itself in every direction, you can understand how the people who built this masterpiece felt more connected to the ethereal than the earthly. Borobudur was built in the eighth and ninth centuries but, at some point in...

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Tag : Borobudur

A trip to Komodo National Park

30 November 2012

Categories : Adventure - Hiking, Trekking, and Eco

A trip to Komodo National Park

Before my trip to Indonesia I had heard of the famous Komodo Island and the Komodo Dragons that lived there. I didn’t however realize that there was such a thing as Komodo National Park and that it occupied the “Komodo Islands” which consists of 3 big islands and several smaller ones in the area where Komodo dragons live and it is the only area in the world where they live in the wild. The islands are Komodo, Rinca, and Padar and on our two...

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Tag : Komodo National Park

Introducing Borobudur Temple

30 November 2012

Categories : Culture and Heritage

Introducing Borobudur Temple

  Borobudur temple is a Buddhist temple in central Java. It was built around the end of eighth century but it took three generations to finish it. During my two weeks trip in Indonesia, I had a chance to visit Borobudur temple at sunrise. World’s Largest Buddhist Temple By Guinness World Records, “The largest Buddhist temple in the world is Borobudur, near Yogyakarta, central Java, Indonesia, built between AD 750 and 842. The 60,000 m ( 2,118...

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Tag : Borobudur, Understanding the Thousands of Relief Panels of Borobudur