Weekly Photo Challenge: Escape

This week’s challenge is Escape. Last week, I took two days on leave to accompany my father whose got heart disease to get an alternative medication in Cibeber, West Java, Indonesia. Actually, I could just take one day leave, but I decided to “escape” one more day to visit my uncle (my dad’s brother) who lives 28 km from the medication center. The medication is called pashod, or fashdu, in western is common with phlebotomy or venesection (a vein is opened and a large volume of blood collected and discarded). The phlebotomist also asked my father to consume Sembung leaves (Blumea Balsamifera). The leaves taste spicy, slightly bitter, warm and smelled like spices. Nutritious as antibacterial, blood circulation, eliminate blood clots and swelling. After three times going there, my father is feeling better.

We went there on last Monday, the trip took around 4 hours to get there. My uncle, Teddy, waited there with his motorcycle and after the medication we went to his home, Sukanegara village. He’s living with his wife’s family. We met with his parents in law who welcome us with warm hospitality. His mother in law is a very good cook. She prepared wonderful traditional meals.

We arrived around 5 PM. The water was really cold. I forced myself to endure during showering. Sukanegara is located 900 meters from sea level. So yeah, trust me the water was really cold. The temperature was around 19-24 degree Celsius. Not too cold.

In 2010 the population was around 6000 with the ratio men and women was about fifty-fifty. The population density was around 15 per km square. It has a traditional market and some grocery stores. Wherever I saw, I could see tea plants everywhere. The people own around 15 hectares of tea plant, and government owns 550 hectares. The rice from this area (Cianjur) is quite famous.

Tuesday morning, my uncle took me for sightseeing with his bike. I took some pictures to capture my “escape”.

A woman is cutting tea plant
A woman is cutting tea plant
River flow under the bridge
River flow under the bridge
A spider - abdoment view
A spider – abdomen view

How about you, dear fellow reader? When was the last escape you had? Got some stories or pictures to share?

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Weekly Photo Challenge: From Above

This week’s challenge is From Above. I took this picture when me and my family visited Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I took the picture from above through the hotel’s window we stayed. I used Fotor application in my Windows 8 ultrabook with tilt shift effect.

A monorail in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
A monorail in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Malang, A Nice Place To Visit

Sabtu kemaren dapat undangan dari Poltekom (Poltek Kota Malang) untuk memberikan sedikit pengalaman dalam rangka review kurikulum mereka. Acaranya juga dihadiri oleh Frans Thamura, jtechnopreneur (Java Technology Enterpreneur) yang sudah malang melintang dalam dunia Java di Indonesia. Ada juga Alex dari Sun Microsystem Indonesia yang juga datang dari Jakarta. Acara dimulai dari sekitar jam 10 pagi hingga jam 5 sore. Cukup melelahkan, tapi menyenangkan karena bisa berkumpul dengan orang-orang pintar yang berbagi pengalaman dalam suatu acara diskusi. It’s nice to see with Poltekom Guys yang penuh semangat dan dedikasi dalam dunia pengetahuan seperti Pak Beski Nur, Pak Khoir, dan Pak Prayoga.Malamnya aku menginap di Hotel Montana I di kota Malang. Mirza, salah satu anak magang di kantorku dulu, datang untuk menemaniku jalan-jalan. Tadinya mau makan malam di Rawon Nguling. Tapi dah tutup. Akhirnya makan tahu campur deket situ. Karena hujan, ternyata perut masih terasa lapar. Ya sudah sate ayam dan ayam goreng kalasan menemani kami di tengah derasnya hujan kota Malang.

Pagi setelah sholat subuh, kami berdua bermain Warcraft jaringan menggunakan jaringan wireless point to point. Setelah bermain 5 ronde, akhirnya kami berdua mandi dan turun sarapan, sambil kopi darat dengan Cak Nono. Beliau orangnya ramah dan easy going. Wawasannya tentang bahasa memang tidak perlu diragukan. Senang sekali bisa berkenalan dengan beliau sambil sarapan pagi. Kapan-kapan ketemuan lagi ya cak..

Setelah kopi darat dengan Cak Nono, aku dan Mirza meluncur ke Batu dan Songgoriti naik motor. Wah asyik banget lihat-lihat kota Malang. Banyak pohon besar yang mengingatkan jalan-jalan di Bandung. Kampusnya besar-besar dan hijau sekali. Di Songgoriti hujan turun sehingga kami mampir di warung penjual jagung di atas lembah di mana kami bisa melihat atap-atap rumah dari kejauhan. Nice view!

Setelah itu meluncur turun ke hotel untuk kopi darat dengan pakar Pascal dari Malang, salah satu yang meluncurkan program Jardiknas, Bisma Jayadi. Kebetulan orang nomor satu Poltekom juga datang untuk mengantarku ke Bandara, sehingga kami berempat bersama Mirza ngobrol bersama, sambil menikmati nikmatnya Rawon Nguling yang terkenal itu. Sayang waktuku cuma setengah hari untuk jalan-jalan di Malang di Minggu itu karena pesawat mesti berangkat 15.30 WIB.

Kesanku, Malang adalah kota wisata yang insya Allah ingin aku kunjungi lagi. Indah seperti Bandung, tetapi nggak semacet Bandung hehehe. Apalagi daerah Selecta dan Songgoriti menawarkan nuansa eksotis yang tak akan terlupakan.

Malang, I’m gonna miss you.