Surabaya – Part 4 (Cemoro Lawang, Kabupaten Probolinggo)

Right after our ‘heavy’ breakfast and some overdosed of hot Sosro tea to kill the cold morning air, we had a quick nap till 11.00am. Confirm semua terbungkam tido kat bilik. Oh ya, I didn’t mention about our hotel in the previous entries. We’ve booked Hotel Cemara Indah through Agoda. Unfortunately, the hotel doesn’t look very much impressive where no ‘HOT’ shower (even though they claimed that have this facilities) and slow water supply in our rooms. We should have book from Lava View Lodge as advised by our Pak Supir. Luckily, the whole view from the hotel itself save all the troubles that we’ve faced.

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We continued with the journey back to Surabaya at 12.00pm. Since we’ve reached the place somewhere around midnight the day before, we actually couldn’t see the whole view of the village. So, i guess this is the only times to appreciate the view and surroundings. The main activities at this Cemoro Lawang village are farming (potatoes, onion and etc). You can actually see a lots of onion and potatoes patch around but do remembered that its dry season and you might see empty patches at certain area.

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As we leave the village and reached the main street of Probolinggo area, mum’s keep reminding that we shall stop at any of the mango stall by the roadside to taste the local mango. I only knew that Probolinggo is famous of its mango and grapes at that point of time. Probolinggo mango will spread all over the market within Indonesia from May – October and the price is super cheap! We managed to get a kilo of mango with the price of IDR 5000. How cheap is that? An average of RM 1.60 per kilo.

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We finally reached Surabaya town after 4 hours of journey. We will continue our journey on Part 5 – Surabaya Metropolitan City.

Simply me,
Zara AB
The Province of Chroma

Surabaya – Part 3 (Mt. Bromo)

It took us less than 20 minutes to get to the sand ocean of Mt. Bromo from Mt. Penanjakan. From here, we need to cross the sand ocean (Javanese called it as ‘Segara Wedi’ meanwhile Indonesian called it as ‘Lautan Pasir’) to get to Mt. Bromo and I definitely lost count on the total length or distance.

Mount Bromo (Indonesian: Gunung Bromo), is an active volcano and part of the Tengger massif, in East Java, Indonesia. At 2,329 metres (7,641 ft) it is not the highest peak of the massif, but is the most well-known. The massif area is one of the most visited tourist attractions in East Java, Indonesia. The volcano belongs to the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park. The name of Bromo derived from Javanese pronunciation of Brahma, the Hindu creator god.

Source : Wikipedia

It’s a long way to go!

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Lagi dan lagi. Bertabahla.
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Checked out the number of visitors. Phew!
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The shadow.
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Finally, you will reached the open area. Take a deep breath since we still have to climb up another 250 steps just to reach the rim of crater of Mt. Bromo. We were there on Saturday and the place has been dominated by local. Hari Liburan kan? There’s actually a proper staircases but the steps seems to be fill up with soils and it’s quite dangerous. Oh ya, be patience. Some of the climbers might have lost their breath half way creating traffic jam all the way. There’s a few pit stop all the way to the top. The best part is when the people who are descending down will give full moral support in order for you to reach the top. Love the positive vibes and energy! Padahal tak kenal each other pun.

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Finally, the crater

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The visitors which created massive traffic up there. Please do be careful where at certain area, there’s no hand railing provided. Everything is all at your own risks. It can be dangerous if you slipped through. Nak amik gambar pun cuak juga sebenarnya since you’ve to stabilize your body around on non flat ground.
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Me and the crater. Just ignore my messy hair there! Muka puas hati!
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Making our way down. Awesome view! Masih ‘KANGEN’ dengan yang ini.
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Resting point! Outdoor Starbucks. We didn’t stop either since breakfast buffet is waiting for us in the hotel. Nak melantak kejap lagik.
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Oh ya, I didn’t mention about the Hindu Temple called Pura Luhur Poten in the middle of the Sand Ocean.

The temple holds a significant importance to the Tenggerese scatter across the mountainous villages such as Ngadisari, Wonokitri, Ngadas, Argosari, Ranu Prani, Ledok Ombo and Wonokerso. The temple organized annual Yadnya Kasada ceremony which lasts for about one month. On the 14th day, the Tenggerese will congregate at Pura Luhur Poten to ask for blessings from Ida Sang Hyang Widi Wasa and God of Mahameru (Mount Semeru). Then the mass will proceed along the crater edges of Mt Bromo where offerings will be thrown into the crater.

The major difference between this temples with the Balinese ones is the type of stones and building materials. Pura Luhur Poten uses natural black stones from volcanoes nearby, while Balinese temples mostly made from red bricks. Inside this pura, there are several buildings and enclosures aligned in Mandala zone composition.

Source: Wikipedia

The exterior of the Hindu Temple. I didn’t get a chance to explore the place itself. Penat sangat. Oh ya, I’ve google about the Yadnya Kasada Festival and Ceremony. Amazing!

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Me and Gunung Batok. Yes! Mission accomplished!
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Our very trusted jeep.
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Muka tak sabar nak breakfast and tido!
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We will continue our journey on Part 4 – Cemoro Lawang Villlage (A village in the clouds) and Kabupaten Probolinggo.

Simply me,
Zara AB
The Province of Chroma

Surabaya – Part 2 (Sunrise from Mt. Penanjakan Point 2)

Slept at 1.30am and set my alarm clock at 3.00am. Gosh! ONLY 2 hours of sleep? While checking on the time on my phone, someone from the hotel reception knocked on our door for a wake up sign. If it doesn’t because of the sunrise moment, i won’t be getting myself ready as early as this. NEVER! Checked the other family members next door and they were preparing themselves as well. Putting my socks and gloves on, i jumped out from the room and i can feel the temperature. It’s somewhere around 5’C.

We waited at the hotel reception for our jeep. Before checking in the day before, Pak Asyirin had dropped us at the ‘Angkutan Wisata Counter’ and we paid IDR 250,000 for 6 of us. This will covered the Sunrise at Mt. Penanjakan and Mt. Bromo. Jeep arrived somewhere around 3.45am and off we go. We were told that sunrise will be viewed from Point 2 instead of Point 1 since the road to Point 1 is under renovation. As mentioned by local, the best view is definitely from Point 1 which it is very much higher than Point 2.

Before departing to Surabaya, I’ve read several bloggers experiences and reviews on the sunrise from Mt. Penanjakan. As understand, they only need to walk about 500m from the jeep drop off area as for Point 1. Being clever at that point of time, i didn’t even asked the jeep driver how far it could be for Point 2. We forced ourselves and we just realized that we’ve walked about 2.5km in the dark with that kind of gradient. Mencanak-canak tinggi dia. Kudos to my mum’s and aunt’s for making it to the top!

Oh ya, at one point, i couldn’t listen properly and realized that my ears hurts much! Mungkin sebab sejuk sangat. Once we reached there, Masya Allah! The sunrise is just about to show up.

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Visitors marking their territory on the best spot.
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Amazing huh? The one and only, Mt. Penanjakan.
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Here comes the best of all. The ‘3’ brothers. Mt. Bromo, Mt. Batok and Mt. Semeru all the way from Mt. Penanjakan. Masya Allah. Speechless! Masih kangen dengan yang ini.
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We spent around 1 and 1/2 hours on top before descending down to jeep drop off area. Making new friends there especially local from Surabaya and Semarang. It all happens with 1 simple question when they asked me to take their photos. They told me that it’s been drizzling the whole week. A friends of them came over the week before and they couldn’t see the whole view. Alhamdulillah. We’re lucky enough!

Edelweiss or ‘Bunga Abadi’. You will see a lots of seller all the way down. DSCN7678-2

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The amazing view. You can see local farms full of vegetables such as cabbage, onions and potatoes. These are 3 major items planted here.
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My own shoes. Wore a super white sneakers and it turned up to be full of soils. Check out the pants as well. Kotor abis!
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Still with staircases. With 2 others Indonesian ladies. I walked with them and we chit chat all the way. This path is still considered as safe.
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The horse drop off area. Visitors who came with a horse from the jeep drop area will pick up their horse here to descend down. Berhabuk habis kat sini! Oh ya, plus the horse smell.
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This is the worst parts of all! Checked that out! How dusty can it be? This path goes all the way for on our last kilometers.
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Another amazing view before we wrapped up.
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Yes! Finally! The jeep drop off area. Lompat terkinja-kinja when we reached the area. Semua senyum sampai ke telinga.
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Tips before going up to Mt. Penanjakan Point 2

  • Wear proper warm clothes – Fleece, gloves, socks and neck scarves (if required). You don’t really need such thick warm clothes. Fleece is just good enough. The temperature will lower down once sun it’s directly on top of your head.
  • Mask – Bring face mask. Most of them are using the surgical face mask. Meanwhile, i only used the Cambodia Krama scarves which turned out to be my neck scarves and face mask as well. 2 in 1.
  • Torch light – Head torch light might be appropriate rather than the hand torch light. It can be so dark at 4.00am! We only have 1 torch light with us. So the one in front lead us all the way.
  • No toilet around. You can see guys just pee here and there.
  • Travel light – Don’t bring heavy bag around. It can be disturbing while hiking. 2.5km is a long way to go. It’s not flat ground.

We will continue our journey on Part 3 – Mt. Bromo experiences.

Simply me,
Zara AB
The Province of Chroma

Surabaya – Part 1 (Sidoarjo, Batu, Malang)

Assalammualaikum and Hi there!

* I basically don’t know where to start. I’ve been staring at the same line for almost 15 to 20 minutes. Maybe, dah lama sangat tak menulis.

Oh ya, will be writing about my very long-awaited trip, SURABAYA! This is basically a girls trip ONLY and i left FF way back in Malaysia safe and sound. He still carried the unsatisfaction feeling till today. As usual, the official airlines will definitely the red and white color low-cost airlines in Malaysia which read as Air Asia. Purchased the tickets way back last year and I only started drafting the itinerary a week before flying due to work loads and time constraints. But as usual, I started to read and browsing through all the blog and forum just to get the rough idea on the place.

In overall, we only had 3 days in total since we gonna departed from Surabaya to KL on the last day as early as 11.00am. So, there’s nothing much you can do on the last day except having your last breakfast meals in the hotel. Tight schedule huh?

We arrived at Juanda International Airport, Surabaya sharp at 11.30am. This time around, we gonna used Supir services since we’ll be travelling out-of-town which is to Batu, Malang and Probolinggo (Mt. Bromo) in group. The places are definitely far from Surabaya town itself. Talking about the supir services, personal thanks to Azim for sharing the contact and his itinerary with me! Very recommended. If you need the supir (Pak Asyirin and Pak Marji) contact no, feel free to drop me a messages.

After a short discussion with Pak Asyirin on the route, we started the journey by going straight to the ‘Pusat Wisata Lumpur Lapindo’ or Lapindo Mud Flow at Sidoarjo. As soon as I got myself out from the car, I got stucked with this bad smell. Oh my, its sulphur!

The protest by the villagers. I’ve managed to talk to the local and asked them about the compensation. After 6 years struggling of being homeless and lost their love ones, they only managed to get 20% out of the compensation.

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These are the basic info of Lapindo Mud Flow,

The Sidoarjo mud flow or Lapindo mud (informally abbreviated as Lusi, a contraction of Lumpur Sidoarjo wherein lumpur is the Indonesian word for mud) is a mud volcano  in the subdistrict of PorongSidoarjo in East JavaIndonesia that has been in eruption since May 2006. It is the biggest mud volcano in the world, created by the blowout of a natural gas well-drilled by PT Lapindo Brantas, although company officials contend it was caused by a distant earthquake. In August 2012, Geologists definitely stated that the Sidoarjo mudflow was caused by drilling operation misconduct which only used a quarter of the height of drilling wallpipe and was not caused by an earthquake 275 kilometer away (more than 100 kilometer). This was stated by a Constitutional Court concerned with the National Budget to bear a part of the disaster fund.

Source: Wikipedia. 

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Previously, the road level on the left hand side are the same height of the village just next to the slopes or embankment. The installation of gabion wall and construction of slopes is to prevent the flow of mud flow from going further.  At first, I couldn’t imagine the situation, but once I was there, I’m totally speechless.

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The compilation of the whole tragedy. This CD was sold at the price of IDR 70,000. DSCN7568-2

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It’s already reaching 10.6m height. Can u imagined? Mengucap panjang bile tengok penanda aras nie. If there’s no embankment and slopes were made earlier, the mud flow definitely has move to other side of the village.

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You can try to hold it, but it’s advisable to clean up immediately if you have a sensitive skin. Irritation may occurred since it contains high volume of sulphur. Bau dia je dah menyengat hidung.

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We left the place with doa that Allah S.W.T will always be at their side and the mud flow will stop one day. Insya Allah.

We then continue our journey further up to Batu to visit Kusuma Agro Wisata which is an apple and strawberry plantation. Unfortunately, we reached there somewhere around 4.30pm and there’s only 30 minutes left till gate close. Oh ya, it’s open from 8.00am to 5.00pm daily. We decided not to waste our money for the entrance fees since not much time left. Redha aje. But you can actually see the surrounding of the plantation area from the gate itself and the weather and the environment is slightly same as what we have in Cameron Highlands. Next time i guess.

We jumped into the car and get ourself further up to Malang to visit the Coban Rondo Waterfall. Apa jadi pun, nak jugak gi tempat ni even though it’s getting dark. There’s actually a story behind all this.

Once upon a time there was a couple who just got married, Prince Raden Baron Kusuma and Princess Dewi Anjarwati. On their way to visit the prince’s parents, a man named Joko Lelono held them up. He fell in love with the princess and wanted to take her. The fight couldn’t be avoided so the prince commanded his guards to take the princess to a place where the waterfall was. The princess waited for the prince at the waterfall but unfortunately both men died during the fight so the princess became a widow. In Javanese widow is called rondo and waterfall is coban. It was then that waterfall was named Coban Rondo. It was said that one of the big rocks there was the princess’ sitting place.
Source: http://www.holiday-or-living-in-malang.com/coban-rondo-waterfall.html

The surroundings. Air dia sejuk gile!
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The waterfall!
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The last shop that is still open. We’re there somewhere at 6pm. Dah gelap gelita dah. Should try ‘jagung bakar’ here. Dah la weather sejuk, pekena ‘jagung bakar’,mmg terbaik lar.

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Right after Malang, we turned back to Probolinggo area to stay overnight somewhere near Mt. Bromo.  We travel another 3 – 4 hours from there. Phew! And we finally reach the hotel somewhere around midnight. Settled down with everything and we slept around 1am. And we need to get up as early as 3.30am for the sunrise trip.

We will continue our journey on Part 2 – Sunrise from Mt. Penanjakan and Mt. Bromo.

Simply me,
Zara AB 
The Province of Chroma