Solo Backpacker to Singapore # 2

The night before the day of departure, enough trouble with the goods will be brought to Singapore. I only had one backpack and one slippery bag. I did not pick up the luggage so all the bags I was carrying would enter the cabin. To save the cost of eating there, I brought Energen and Kokokrunch. Saturday morning, leaving for Adisucipto Airport was escorted by my father. Because I did not have time to eat breakfast, I also brought lunch with rice box.

After checking in, when inspection of goods in Immigration there is little problem. My hand & body lotion did not pass the inspection because the size is too big that is 200ml. The maximum liquid that can enter the cabin is 100ml if more than that must enter the trunk. Since I did not buy luggage then my hand & body had to be left behind. Hiks. … it was full, a newly purchased.

It turned out quite a long wait in the waiting room. Because it has not been breakfast, this stomach is getting hungry. Finally, I opened my lunch and I had breakfast in the waiting room. After breakfast, I searched for drinking water. Drinking water I’ve spent before the examination, so I just bring an empty bottle. Apparently in this waiting room is not provided drinking water. When traveling there is a call to get on the plane. Oops … I finally got on the plane with a thirst. Finished breakfast finally had a call to get on the plane. Let’s start this journey … 

About 1-hour air travel, finally arrived at Singapore Changi Airport. Down from the plane I immediately look for drinking water. Fortunately at this airport is available drinking water to the public. I just drank and did not forget to fill my empty water bottle. Passable can save, because of the info that I have heard, mineral water in Singapore is quite expensive.

Solo Backpacker to Singapore # 1

Well, thanks to Air As ** again, this time I can get a promo ticket to Singapore. Tickets I booked in October 2013 with the date of departure in May 2014. There is still plenty of time to save for a walk.

Previously I had not imagined being able to travel abroad. Moreover, I do not have a passport yet. So when there is a promo plane ticket Jogja-Singapore, I was really desperate to buy it. But my friends Backpacker Indonesia community in Yogyakarta always encouraged me to dare to travel abroad alone.

February 2014, I took care of a passport. Fortunately, the passport arrangement went well. After getting my passport, I started searching for everything about Singapore. From a lot of information I read, Singapore is commonly visited by Indonesians who first went abroad. In addition to plane tickets are quite affordable, we also do not need to take care of the visa. Singapore also includes a safe country and easy access for travelers.

I started looking for hostels to stay over in Singapore. From the various information I got, I decided to book a hostel at ABC Hostel. This hostel is in Bugis area, close to Mustafa Center & Arab street. I booked a roommate dorm for eight people because it was cheaper. For a fee during my stay in Singapore, do not forget I redeem the Rupiah to Singapore dollars. After calculating the estimated cost while in Singapore, I think enough with 200 $ S.

I am also looking for info in Backpacker Indonesia forum from my backpacker friends who have been to Singapore. While searching for this info, I found a new friend, Zain, an Indonesian who works in Singapore. He offers to anyone who travels to Singapore to contact him. He will gladly share info about Singapore. We exchange phone numbers.

Trip to Makasar #5

In the morning around 6 am, we get off at Maros because we will continue our journey to Bantimurung National Park. From Maros we ride public transport or in Makassar called ‘pete-pete’. Arriving at the National Park Bantimurung still early, we immediately buy tickets and enter the national park area. Since we arrived too early, the butterfly captivity area is still closed. Finally, we head straight to Bantimurung waterfall.

Bantimurung National Park


Around this waterfall, many yellow butterflies are flying in groups. In addition to this waterfall, there are directions to the Batu Cave and Kassi Kebo Lake which is about 800 meters. But I and Lina decided not to go there and quite enjoy the scenery around Bantimurung waterfall. After a short break, take pictures and play water, we will continue the journey.

Bantimurung waterfall


At the National Park exit, we asked the officer about the Maros tourist area. After weighing the limited time, we decided to cancel our visit to Maros and headed straight for Makasar. Riding a ‘pete-pete’ to Makasar plans to get off at Daya Terminal then look for a motorcycle rental to get around Makasar city. But finally, we get off at a gas station, then take a shower and rest there.

It’s noon when we get to Makassar. It turns out the weather in Makassar is very hot, while resting, we negotiate the next plan. The original plan for the motorcycle rental was canceled, we ended up renting a car for the rest of the day in Makassar. We search for car rental info on the internet, then we call, finally get a car that we can rent.

Waiting for about 30 minutes, finally, the car we rent came. We immediately ask to be escorted to Fort Rotterdam Fort. Once satisfied walking and photographing in the area of Fort Rotterdam, we returned to the car and asked to be delivered lunch typical of Makasar food ‘titi noodles’ & ‘Jalangkote’. We are escorted to Makassar’s culinary region. After lunch then we are escorted to the gift shop. I bought sago cake as a souvenir.

The day is getting late, the journey continues to Losari Beach. On this beach, we take pictures and do not forget to taste the typical food of Makassar ‘epe’ banana. banana ‘epe’ is a banana that has not been too cooked, baked then sprinkled with brown sugar sauce.

As the sun began to set, we finally asked to be escorted to the airport. Finished already our journey in Makassar.

See you on the next journey


Trip to Makasar #4

Then we continue the journey to the next destination. But because the stomach is starving we go back to Rantepao town looking for a restaurant. After searching for halal food stalls, we decided to lunch with rice mixed ‘rawon’ sauce.

After lunch, we headed to Bori’ Kalimbuang megalith relics complex. Towards Bori’ Kalimbuang, we ride motorcycles through the cool and beautiful rice fields. In this complex, there are stones menhir which was established in honor of indigenous leaders or descendants of the nobles who have died. In this area, there is also a baby grave but must walk about 700meter. What distinguishes it from another cemetery is a dead baby placed in the Tara tree. But seeing the sky is cloudy, we worry about rain when we do not carry an umbrella. Finally, we get around the area of Bori’ Kalimbuang only.

Bori’ Kalimbuang


While preparing to return to the city of Rantepao, it rains hardly forcing us to take shelter here. It was raining quite a while, I got sleepy. We began to worry if the rain is not abated, even though it is already dark. But eventually, the rain began to subside. After a little rain, we finally return to Rantepao city.

Before returning the motorcycle rental we stop by the bus agent to buy tickets back to the city of Makassar. After getting a ticket and return the motorcycle, we walk around Rantepao downtown while waiting for the bus departure hours to Makassar. When walking around do not forget to stop by to buy Toraja coffee as souvenirs. I also bought a T-shirt bearing the Toraja .

Around 10:00 PM we board the bus and return to Makassar city. Inside the bus, we rest & sleep. Because tomorrow morning there are still plans to go to the Makassar city.

Trip to Makasar #3

Through the streets are relatively quiet, right-left hills and rice fields, after a long drive, and increasingly deserted streets. We were worried about getting lost, we finally decided to ask the people around. Thank goodness we are on the right track, just a few hundred meters away then it will reach the natural pond Limbong.

And finally, we arrived in the tourist area of Limbong natural pond. After parking the motor, we go up the stairs to the natural pond Limbong past the gate marked this tourist attraction. But unfortunately, the gate and stairs to the natural pond Limbong are less well maintained. The staircase and roof of the gate have been damaged. After climbing the stairs and through the gate, we arrived at Limbong natural pond.

Limbong natural pond

Limbong natural pond in the form of a lake with green water surrounded by karst. Looking around the area do not forget to take pictures.On the edge of the lake looks pink swan boat. Looks conspicuous amongst the green surroundings. The boat looked unkempt and rarely used. Perhaps because the lake water discharge was low tide so the boat can not be used.

After enjoying the natural beauty of natural pond Limbong, we continue to the next destination Kete kesu.

Kete kesu

Armed with a map, down a smooth road and a lot of directions makes it easy to find the location Kete Kesu. Kete kesu is a tourist attraction of Tana Toraja traditional house or known as Tongkonan. Here we can see the traditional house Toraja / Tongkonan is still the original roof is still using a coir and overgrown with plants. Here we can also see the barns are always built in front Tongkonan. In Tongkonan we can see buffalo horns hanging in front of Tongkonan. Buffalo horns have meaning prosperity and wealth. It also became the social status of Toraja people in society.



Coffin on the cliff wall in the tomb area

In the vicinity of Tongkonan area, there is a tomb of Toraja community. Toraja is famous for its unique burial way that the corpses are not buried in the ground but buried in the cliffs or in the cave. So, when someone dies, the corpse was put into a wooden box and then placed on a cliff or in a cave.

After traveling around Kete kesu, we continue to the next destination is the funeral area Londa. In Londa, we can see wooden statues placed on the cliff wall. The statues are a representation of the bodies of the dead. Nearby are wooden coffins.

Londa’s tomb area



The wooden statues

Then we will be accompanied by a guide to a cave. Going into this cave we need lighting can be a light or a flashlight. Inside this cave, we can find skeletons scattered and coffins in every corner of the cave. The skeletons come from coffins that are already fragile and crumbling. There are some parts of the cave that have a low roof so we need to bend over it. After walking around the cave, we get out. A bit far from the cave area will be seen a hill with steep cliffs and grove of trees. If our eyes are jelly then it will be seen the coffin tucked between the cliff walls.

Can you see the coffin between the cliff walls?