Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Gili Islands | Things To See...

Few things to expect in Gili Islands (of which many had known) but this was not stated in the blogs I read nor told by my friends, hence I was pretty proud of this photos and my achievement of capturing it. I proudly told Farah and David, and wanted to show them but guess what? Apparently half of our ground saw the same scene and capture similar photos (basically everyone else’s was better than me lah). This is what happened when one decided to take a nap instead of looking for subject matter to shoot. Duh Lily!

Horse bathing by the sea at sunset (making it sound changgih and artsy fartsy. ahaks)

I was taking a walk with no plan whatsoever, no objective, no direction, no nothing; blank. Absolutely blank until I saw this view. I took so many photos thinking mine was the most unique, little did I know… everybody feels the same of theirs. However, among my friends that have been here and did not told be of such magnificent, I guess my photos is still changgih lah kot (or maybe not?!?!)

Divers crossing

Road sign is fun but to see stuff like this is even funner. Hoping to see a  'Cidomos Crossing’ somewhere but nada. Aiyaaaa…. They should have done one lah.

Lonely Information Centre

A place for single seeking information of this beautiful island. Hahhahaaa…. Basically the Information Centre was moved to a nearby location and they are half way tearing this place down.

Morocco or Santorini?

The restaurants, cafés and pubs around Gilis are awesome in décor, I couldn’t ask for more. I was snapping away as nothing lame can be seen; everything was either classy, cool or hipsterish.


In Gili, there is a poster for every scene. And it’ll fit perfectly into the picturesque view..

Garden by the sea

Changgih tak the title. I kept looking at the guy sweeping this picket fence garden, I wouldn’t mind doing any gardening if this was my view man! But I’ll make sure I include a hammock here…. Then it’ll be superbly perfect.


Find. Here is a picture of cidomos. And no, I did not ride on it. Boo hoo...


Enough said.

Trip of Wonders– Indonesia Social Media Fam Trip is in collaboration with Tourism Indonesia.

Sijangkang, Selangor | Ayam Balaos - A Banjar Delicacy

No. Not ayam blouse nor ayam ber-Laos (as in the country Laos). Laos is lengkuas or galangal in Banjar language, meaning that lengkuas is heavily used in this delicious Banjar dish.

A Banjar dish is a delicacy by the Banjarese or orang Banjar; an ethnic group from South Kalimantan, Indonesia. The Banjarese travelled to many places in Malaysia setting up settlement (kampungs) in Perak, Selangor and Johor as well as other states. The largest migration took place in the 19th century due to political turmoil and royal family rivalry.

Generally, most Banjarese are are farmers, thus the main focus of their settlements are skewed to agriculture land in Selangor’s Sungai Besar, Sijangkang, Sabak Bernam dan Tanjung Karang, Batu Pahat in Johor and Bagan Datoh in Perak, as well as in Sabah and Sarawak. Their other distinctive skills are painting, jewelry and business.

Bringing with them their culture, customs and most importantly their unique delicacies, namely mandai (fried cured/preserved-marinated with salt jack fruit), pekasam berabai (cured/preserved fish marinated with salt) and of course, ayam balaos (chicken cook in galangal gravy).

Ayam Balaos
The way it is cook is similar to Minang’s Kalio. This dish is usually served during Eid celebration.

Heat the wok with oil
Stir-fry lemon grass till fragrant
Add dried chili paste pre-blended with turmeric till cooked
Then add blend galangal, red and white onion, wait until it is fully cooked (naik minyak)
Add salt to taste and Garcinia atroviridis (asam keeping)
Simmer the gravy paste and add chicken till tender and cooked

Like other ethnic in Malaysia, food is often the primary bond that unites people, similar to other ethnicity, some dishes are cooked during festival that requires villages assistance in preparation and execution (cooking), serving, this act is called gotong royong or rewang. This will foster friendship among themselves. It is still practiced until now.

What sadden me was that the younger generation is losing touch of their roots in terms language, delicacy and custom as most have moved out from the settlements and villagers into the cities. Those that still preserves the culture and heritage are generally the middle-aged 50 years and above; upholding the strong traditional customs values and practices, and are proud to speak the language.

I sincerely hope that the Banjar traditions, customs, culture and heritage does not fade away as modernity takes place as every ethnic group is unique and special.

Eat. Travel. Write – Selangor Media Fam Trip is in collaboration with UPENS (Unit Perancangan Negeri Selangor), Tourism Selangor and all its sponsors with #GayaTravel as media coordinator.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Lombok | Sasak Village Sade

The only cultural touch.
And I am contented.

Sasak Village Sade.
Curious. I google to see what they have instore for me.
“Looks interesting… hemmm…” So I said to myself. Still having doubt.
You see, I have a very high expectation when I visited Somba Opu late last year and got a tad disappointed upon reaching there. If the place was properly maintained, it would have been better enjoyed, better appreciated.

The verdict?
It was done right, in every way (if I were to have it my way, I would have stayed there longer but that wouldn’t be fair to the rest and the Trip of Wonders objective). 

Being the largest tribe in Lombok and consisting approximately 3 million inhabitants living here; their traditions, customs, worship and culture evolve around life. Farming and weaving leads and generate income for this village economy and well-being.

Gendang Beleq Dance
The coordination was immaculate (I have to say so myself), we were taken to the Sasak Village, we were greeted by their welcoming beat of Gendang Beleq Dance of Sasak tribe of Lombok Island. It is usually being showcased when officiating an event, wedding function, upon welcoming guests to their village or an event, or even during circumcision ceremony. This is one of the most popular dance in Sasak tribe, centering on 2 big gendang or drum players trying to outdo each other when performing. A mesmerizing, intense and energetic performance indeed. I secretly wish it was longer. And I was flattered to be valued and welcomed is such a grand manner. And that is not all, there are also 3 other traditional dance showcases performed by the local villagers, the head chief also briefed us on the background and history of each dance.

Amaq Tempengus Dance
The other dance that caught our attention and loved by all (kid you not!) is the Amaq Tempengus Dance; about an amaq or father with full make-up mimicking and dancing in a funny way like a Sasak court jester or clown; pantomime-like. Occasionally approaching and teasing visitors for a photo. The photo op session was like by everyone, we were caught off guard when the amaq approaches us but once we recovered (from our momentarily shock), we kept hoping and wishing he come back so that we can get a closely picture of him. A truly dance extraordinaire. 

Petuk Dance
The third dance was Petuk dance, where the dancer dance in a funny style to entertain the audience. It is said that it is performed during circumcision ceremony. It is not known why the kids look happy before circumcision but we suspect that they embrace it as it is the natural course of being a man here. So the locals say *wink/smile*.

Presean Dance
The last dance was a combination of their fighting games to a music, using Penjalin; a rattan sticks in, and an armored buffalo skin thick and hard called Ende, where else the 2 fighters are called pepadu. Presean is the game name and when paired with their traditional music, this dance is called Beleganjur. At times. We noticed the commentator giving spirit to the fighters. This aggressive dance is usually performed during Indonesia Independent day in Lombok, on cultural event such as Bulan Apresiasi Budaya and Senggigi Festival in July.

Nensek (weaving)
Sasak tribe of the Sasak Traditional Village Sade is the largest tribal community that inhabits the Lombok Island in West Nusa Tenggara. The traditions, customs, worship and ordinances are pretty much related to animism, and their livelihood is focus on farming and weaving. The women in Sasak tribe is famous for weaving (tenun) cloth know as nensek. According to the Sasak custom, women are required to learn and know the art of weaving at young age, else they are not allowed to get married. The techniques, patterns and motifs are handed down by their elders and is also one of the ways to earn money for their families. 

The other unique characteristic in Sasak tribe is their home, it is uniquely differentiated by the grass-roofed-houses with bamboo-walls. It has a single room function; catering for both sleeping and kitchen. The famous and iconic Lumbung is a bonnet/curve-like structure or building use to store rice (rice barn). And what is unique here is the flooring of Sasak home is made of combinations of clay and cow faeces, and the result is as strong as cement.

I guess, Lombok is not all about the beach and the sea.
Do drop by Sasak Village Sade if you are ever in Lombok.

#TripOfWonders – Indonesia Social Media Fam Trip is in collaboration with Tourism Indonesia.

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