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19 Februari 2017

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Autumn Viewing at Takeda Shrine, Kofu



Kami datang di permulaan musim gugur, saat daun mulai memerah, dan beberapa pepohonan terlihat mulai berwarna, kontras dengan tanaman lain yang masih hijau.




Saya melewati jembatan merah yang kontras dengan pepohonan di sekeliling sungai, serta langit yang biru. Kami tiba di depan gerbang utama Takeda Shrine, kuil Shinto yang didedikasikan untuk Kami dari Takeda Shingen, seorang Daimyo (lord) di periode Sengoku di Jepang.



Takeda Shrine juga merupakan lokasi favorit untuk menikmati mekarnya sakura di Kofu pada sekitar akhir bulan Maret hingga awal April, namun saya datang di permulaan musim gugur, musim yang juga cantik untuk menikmati Jepang.




Rimbunnya pepohonan di sekitar bangunan utama di Takeda Shrine mulai berwarna di permulaan musim gugur ini, sebagian mulai menguning dan sebagian bahkan sudah memerah, such a beautiful view! Rasanya ingin berlama-lama di area ini untuk menikmati suasana di Takeda Shrine.





Kami juga bertemu dengan pasangan lokal yang sedang foto prewedding di Takeda Shrine dengan pakaian tradisional. Area di kuil Shinto ini memang sangat indah, baik untuk berfoto, sekadar berkeliling, serta berdoa tentunya.




Suasana tenang dan khusyuk di Takeda Shrine, serta awal periode musim gugur yang indah membuat saya tidak ingin melangkah pergi dari tempat ini!

@marischkaprue – always love colorful vibes of autumn in Japan

NOTES

TAKEDA SHRINE
2611, Kofuchu-machi
Kofu City

GETTING THERE
Nearest Station: JR Chuo Main Line, Kofu Station

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9 Februari 2017

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SELFIE WHILE TRAVEL? WHY NOT?



Too much selfie will kill you (on social media), some people said, but it actually not. Selfie is fun, boost your confidence and actually good for you. Saya mungkin bukan termasuk yang selalu selfie di manapun, namun mengambil foto selfie saat berada di berbagai destinasi akan menambah memori menyenangkan di deretan koleksi foto kita. 



Too much selfie will kill you (on social media), some people said, but it actually is not. Selfie is fun, boost your confidence and actually good for you. I maybe not a person who does selfie everywhere, but take selfie photos while in many destinations will add a pleasant memory in our photo collections.

How to get a great selfie shot? What if I only use my smartphone camera? Well, it's perfectly okay, and here's the tips for taking selfie during traveling:

BACKGROUND

Selfie using Advan i5E at Khayangan Peak, Sombori, Central Sulawesi, udah keringetan tapi tetap cling di foto selfie :P
Kalian sedang trip dan menemukan lokasi cantik, jangan lewatkan untuk mengambil foto selfie. Selfie with a background is always nice, jangan terlalu dekat dengan kamera sehingga kita tidak dapat melihat background, no need tripod, just use your hands.


You're on trip and find a gorgeous location, do not miss to take selfie photos. Selfie with a background is always nice, do not get too close to the camera so that we can see the background, no need tripod, just use your hands.

SOURCE OF LIGHT

Finding the perfect natural light

Selfie from different angle, taken using Advan i5E


Cari sumber cahaya. Ada dua cara mempergunakan sumber cahaya ini untuk mendapatkan foto selfie yang menarik, pertama wajah mengarah ke sumber cahaya, atau justru membelakangi (ini trik saat cahaya keras matahari persis di belakang, kepala kita justru menutupi direct light sehingga tidak gelap di bagian wajah). Jika cahaya natural sulit diakali, gunakan flashlight di kamera depan seperti yang ada di Advan i5E sehingga kita tetap mendapatkan selfie yang bagus bahkan saat cahaya kurang mendukung. Active camera di Advan i5E juga otomatis mendeteksi dan menyesuaikan dengan tone kulit sehingga foto yang dihasilkan tetap fokus dan cerah di berbagai kondisi karena terkadang cahaya di setiap tempat dan waktu beda, foto pas matahari terik di atas jam 12 siang tentunya beda dengan matahari saat menjelang sunset.


Searching for the light source. There are two ways to use light sources to get a photo selfie attractive, first by leading our face to the light source, or backing it (use this trick when the harsh sunlight is right behind us, our head cover the direct sunlight precisely so it is not dark in the face). If natural light is difficult to be tricked, use a flashlight in front of the camera like the one in Advan i5E so we still get a good selfie even when the light is less supportive. Active camera in Advan i5E also automatically detects and adjusts the skin tone so that the resulting image remain focused and clear in a variety of conditions because sometimes light in every place and time difference, taking photo when the sun is blazing above 12 pm is certainly different with when the sun is just before sunset.
 
MAKEUP



Since you're taking a selfie, tidak ada salahnya menggunakan makeup untuk enhancing our face. Malas makeup? Gunakan built in photo editing di Advan i5E untuk menambah make up ringan sehingga wajah terlihat tetap segar di foto, edit foto ngga dosa kok :)


Since you're taking a selfie, there is no harm in using makeup to enhancing our face. Lazy doing makeup? Use the built-in photo editing in Advan i5E to add light makeup so that your face will stay fresh in the photos, editing photos is not a sin anyway :)

Step by Step editing on Advan i5E

Selain itu, kita juga dapat berkreasi dengan foto kita, tambah decor text dan ilustrasi, filter, beauty face dan collage untuk mendapatkan memori foto yang seru!

In addition, we also can be creative with our pictures, add text and illustrations decor, filters, beauty face and collage to get an exciting photo memory!

TAKE A LOT OF OPTIONS




Snap dan masih merasa kurang bagus? ambil beberapa opsi foto selfie, kita dapat memilih mana angle yang kita suka belakangan. Ambil foto yang banyak dari berbagai angle dan ekspresi. No worries memory habis karena 16 GB storage di Advan i5E dapat menyimpan banyak sekali foto selfie kita (yes, A LOT!).


Snap and still feel the photo is not good? grab some selfie photo options, we can choose which angle we liked lately. Take lots of pictures from various angles and expressions. No worries that our memory storage will run out because the 16 GB memory storage in Advan i5E can store lots of our selfie photos (yes, A LOT!).

DON'T FORGET TO TAKE LANDSCAPE PHOTOS ALSO

The pristine beach of Labengki, taken using Advan i5E
View from Khayangan Peak, taken using Advan i5E

Gua Alo area in Sombori, taken using Advan i5E

And combine with your selfie on your album, it's gonna be a nice memory :)

MORE ABOUT ADVAN i5E


PiP: Picture in Picture, dua aplikasi dalam satu layar, misalnya lagi nonton youtube dan ada message masuk, kita tetap dapat membalas message sambil menonton video, tinggal perkecil tampilan video dan jalankan 2 aplikasi bersamaan

PiP: Picture in Picture, two applications in one screen, for example, while watching youtube and a message comes in, we can still reply message while watching video, just zoom out the video display and  run two applications simultaneously

Ear Friendly Quality Audio Amplifier: Dengan suara jernih 60-70 dB, mendengarkan sound video atau musik jadi menyenangkan, terutama saat di perjalanan atau saat bersantai. Bayangkan menikmati pemandangan indah laut yang biru sambil mendengarkan musik dari atas kapal, great vibes!


Ear Friendly Quality Audio Amplifier: 60-70 dB With a clear voice, listening to sound video or music can be so fun, especially when we are on the go or when relaxing. Imagine enjoying a beautiful view of the blue sea while listening to music from the ship, great vibes!

Wireless Display: Apa yang ditampilkan di screen Advan i5E dapat dikoneksikan ke smart Tv, we can see clearly our travel photos and bring back those memories! Jangan lupa organize foto-foto dari setiap trip di folder yang berbeda, jadi saat ingin melihat lagi kenangan dari trip tertentu, kita tinggal membuka foldernya saja dan koneksikan ke smart Tv dengan wireless display Advan i5E.
Tips: Gunakan aplikasi Android File Transfer untuk mempermudah membuat folder di smartphone



Wireless Display: What's shown on screen of Advan i5E can be connected to a smart TV, we can see clearly our travel photos and bring back those memories! Do not forget to organize the photos from each trip in a different folder, so when you want to see again the memories of a particular trip, we can just open the folder and connect to wireless smart display Tv with Advan i5E.
Tip: Use Android File Transfer app to easily create a folder on your smartphone
Jadi, siap jalan-jalan dengan hanya berbekal smartphone?

@marischkaprue - trek to the peak of an island to take a selfie, because why not? :)



NOTES




More about Advan i5E
see here (link to https://advandigital.com/catalog/product/view/id/Advan-i5e) for more

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8 Februari 2017

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THE PRECIOUS SOMBORI



Nama Sombori belum banyak dikenal, kebanyakan orang akan mengernyitkan dahi saat mendengar Sombori, yang dijuluki "Raja Ampatnya Sulawesi." But, is it that good? till you can compare to Raja Ampat?


Sombori's name is not widely known, most people would be frowned when they heard Sombori, as it is called "Sulawesi's Raja Ampat." But, is it that good? till you can compare it to Raja Ampat?


 
Well, actually Sombori really reminds me of Misool, my favourite place on earth, dan saya rasa, memang sebagian besar area di Sombori yang terletak di Sulawesi Tengah ini mirip dengan Misool di Raja Ampat, namun dengan skala lebih kecil. Sombori bagaikan saudara-nya Misool yang terpisah tempat, namun kita dapat melihat jelas kemiripan di antaranya.



Well, actually Sombori really reminds me of Misool, my favorite place on earth, and I think, indeed most of the area in Sombori located in Central Sulawesi is similar to Misool in Raja Ampat, but by a much smaller scale. Sombori is like Misool's sibling living in a separated place, but we can see a clear resemblance between them.

Jadi apakah Sombori layak untuk dikunjungi dan dijuluki "Raja Ampatnya Sulawesi?" Oh well, see here, and you decide..


So is Sombori worth to visit and called as "Sulawesi's Raja Ampat?" Oh well, see here, and you decide ..

LET'S GO TO GRANNY'S HOUSE




Di rumah nenek biasanya ngapain? makan kue, nonton? Hmm, Rumah Nenek di Sombori benar-benar membuat kami tidak ingin pulang, bahkan sejak kapal mendekat ke area rumah-rumah di atas laut turquoise ini, dengan bukit karang di bagian belakang, such a breath-taking view!


What do we usually do at grandma's house? Eat cake, watch TV? Hmm, Granny's House in Sombori really made us not want to go home, even when from the ship was getting closer to the area of the houses above the turquoise sea, with the rock at the back, such a breath-taking view!

CAVE-HAPPY-ING

Gua Allo

Into Gua Berlian (diamond cave)
Gua Berlian
Inside Gua Berlian, btw can you see me in this pic? :)
Pulau-pulau di Sombori adalah pulau-pulau karang yang sangat serupa dengan pulau-pulau karang di Misool, Raja Ampat. Ada dua gua yang kami kunjungi: Gua Allo di mana kami dapat masuk dari celah yang langsung menyambung dengan laut, dan Gua Berlian di mana kami mesti memanjat karang terlebih dahulu untuk masuk ke area gua.


The islands of the Sombori are coral islands which are very similar to coral islands in Misool, Raja Ampat. There are two cave we visited: Allo Cave where we can get in on the gap that directly connects to the ocean and Diamond Cave where we had to climb the rock prior to entry into the cave area.


Beautiful view in front of Gua Allo
Persis di sisi Gua Allo terdapat batu karang besar yang menghiasi landscape di area ini, dan saat matahari bersinar area ini sangat indah!


Exactly in the Allo cave there are large rocks that decorate the landscape in this area, and when the sun is shining, this area is very beautiful!
 
KOKO ISLAND

Koko Island
Pulau ini cocok untuk leyeh-leyeh beristirahat setelah seharian berkeliling. Dengan pasir putih dan laut yang jernih dan lokasi yang berada di antara dua bukit karang membuat perairan Pulau Koko sangat tenang.


The island is suitable for leyeh-leyeh rest after a day of touring. With white sand and crystal clear sea and the location was in between two cliff makes Koko Island waters very calm.
 
KHAYANGAN (OR KAYANGAN) PEAK

Arrived at Khayangan Island

Gotta trek to the top
Khayangan Peak in Sombori
This is one of the main viewing point in Sombori. Puncak Khayangan tidak setinggi Puncak Harfat (di Misool), namun pemandangan dari Puncak Khayangan sangat spektakuler. Warna laut turqoise dan biru pekat berpadu dengan pulau-pulau karang di sekeliling Pulau Khayangan.


This is one of the main viewing point in Sombori. Khayangan Peak is not as high as the peak Harfat (Misool), but the view from Khayangan Peak is very spectacular. Turqoise sea colors and dark blue is combined with coral islands around Pulau Khayangan.




Selain itu, ujung area pandang di Puncak Khayangan ini juga merupakan batu karang besar, makes a similar vibes with Misool.


In addition, the end of the viewing area in Puncak Khayangan is also a large rock, makes a similar vibes with Misool.

SO IS IT WORTH?

OF COURSE! Sombori sangat cantik, lautnya jernih, pulau-pulau karangnya uh-mazing! pernah ataupun belum pernah ke Misool, Sombori menurut saya salah satu lokasi yang wajib dikunjungi, apalagi area di Sombori masih sangat sepi, membuat berkeliling ke banyak area akan membuat kita merasa memiliki private beach/ island/ sea.


OF COURSE! Sombori is very beautiful with crystal clear sea, the coral islands are uh-mazing! ever or never been to Misool, Sombori in my opinion is one of the locations that must be visited, especially in the area Sombori is still very quiet, making traveling around to many areas would make us feel like we have a private beach/ island/ sea.


Patrick also love Sombori ;)
Well, Indonesia never ceases to amaze me, selalu ada spot-spot baru, destinasi-destinasi baru yang membuat saya terhenyak, dan membuat saya rindu untuk selalu kembali mengunjungi keindahan tanpa batas di negeri ini.

Well, Indonesia never ceases to amaze me, there are always new spots, new destinations which makes me surprised, and made me yearn to always come back to visit the beauty in this country indefinitely.

@marischkaprue - have to schedule another visit to granny's house


NOTES

SOMBORI
CENTRAL SULAWESI

GETTING THERE
Nearest flight to Kendari (KDI), kemudian dilanjut dengan perjalanan darat sekitar 2,5 jam menuju dermaga Laimeo. Dari dermaga perjalanan dengan boat sekitar 1,5 jam ke Labengki Kecil, atau langsung ke Sombori sekitar 2,5 jam (namun tergantung jenis dan kecepatan kapal).


Nearest flight to Kendari (KDI), then continued with a road trip of about 2.5 hours to Laimeo dock. From the dock with a boat trip of about 1.5 hours to Labengki Kecil, or directly to Sombori about 2.5 hours (but depending on the type and speed of the ship).
 
BUDGET
Disarankan group trip agar dapat sharing biaya sewa kapal, guide, dll
I went there with Tukang Jalan yang menyediakan open trip ke Labengki (dan termasuk Sombori), dengan budget Rp. 4 juta/ person, exclude tiket pesawat (tiket pesawat Jakarta - Kendari sekitar Rp. 2 juta).


Having a group trip is suggested in order to share the cost of renting boats, guides, etc.
I went there with an open Tukang Jalan providing Labengki trip to (and including Sombori), with a budget of Rp. 4 million/ person, exclude air tickets (tickets Jakarta - Kendari around Rp. 2 million).
 
FOR TRIP TO SOMBORI & PRIVATE ARRANGEMENTS
Contact: Tukang Jalan
CP : Mentari 085810697553, Simpati 081315890191, XL 087808116852
WA / LINE : 081806898303 ; 087808116852 / 085810697553
PIN BB : 2BA4E9C1 / 52BDD3B1

Email :  tuk4ng.jalan@gmail.com

Fun time in Sombori with these lovely people, this photo taken at Rumah Nenek (Granny's house)
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