Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Why I shouldn't blog about Fort Rotterdam, Makassar

Why I shouldn't blog about Fort Rotterdam.
"If you think blogging is easy, try being asked to blog and latter discuss about it".

Would you do it? 

Well, I did just that (without realising it, or perhaps I'm in denial). The 'instruction' given was that we have to write on the trip we did at Fort Rotterdam, and as you can see (and read [obviously I have to be the rebellious one]), am writing the whole experience (sorry guys!).

We were guided on ways/technics to start an entry, expend it and of course how best to end it - to get readers hooked and come for more. We then are tasked to write what we learnt and present it, of which will be discussed. Challenging the attendees to apply (if not master) our new found skill set. For me, my best friend - migraine decided to pay a visit. Just my luck! Cis...

I bet the organisers are wondering (provably pissed too, hahahahaa *cheeky*) on why did I not do as told. On my defence, I DID what I was told, re-angling it... I mean, why should I write about Fort Rotterdam just like everyone else if I know writting about #TravelNBlog will garner more audience (Right now... I bet you beginning to see how fantastically smart this cheeky rebellious girl is heh!?!). So I DID what I was told... (Well played Lily!).

The sessions is amazingly good, the whole 2 days I have been exchanging Whatsapp (while listening) with my brother on the session and thinking 'why not we bring it to Malaysia, and collaborate with them'... (This will be shared/updated in due time).

Anyway, back to our little excursion. One that I would like to highlight would be the Somba Opu Fort, being a UNESCO hunter and love for museums, I was looking forward to this place; whereby I hope it is a 'living museum' like those I visited in other countries. Unfortunately for me, it is not. Having said that, the potential is there.

Stories were told, opinions were shared, of the Gowa Kingdom and the Dutch colonization (and all I can think of, the way the local speaks sounded like Zainuddin from Tenggelamnya Kapal Van Der Wijck, focus Lily! Focus!). As much as I wanted to sink the infos in, one thing kept popping up at the back of my mind, why don't they develop this place? Nurture it? Beautify it? Love it?! I mean, it is their history, heritage and them; the people.

We were at a beautiful Rumah Adat where I wish I can learn more about the architecture, the detailing, the history, and the adat itself. However, I couldnt locate any infos at these home, nor at the fort where we were at. Terasa rugi sangat... Frust lah jugak sikit. I guess, the next time I visit this charming city, I need Makassar Travel Blogger - Lelaki Bugis to take and show me around. Baru best kannn... Oh yah, I probably allocate half day to visit this place.

I guess the question will be, where else to visit or do when in Makassar.
Well, my answer is very simple.
Next time around, join me to explore Makassar and environ *wink*.

P/S : As you can see, the photos have nothing to do with the content. You must be curious now; of the story behind the fort and the pictures tied to this content. Nahhhh.... don't worry, I shall blog/share photos on both in due time. Stay tune.

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