Cashew nut – a yummy recipe for health

With their cute appearance resembling a friendly hug or a chubby half moon, cashew nuts are some of the most loved nuts of all times, in particular because of their uncountable health benefits and diverse culinary uses. Originally from Brazil, the cashew tree is widely cultivated in Eastern Indonesia and represents an important crop for […]

A Sasak roof over your head

Lumbung are a typical structure of Sasak culture, and traditionally used as a rice barn. The charm of this traditional building has conquered modern designers, and the Lumbung has now been adopted as a contemporary style for the design of private houses and bungalows where many people opt to stay during their holidays. However, this is just a small example of Sasak architecture, a well-kept building tradition that integrates people’s needs, identity and beliefs.

Escape – Tengger people – Mount Bromo

The Tenggerese is an ethnic group of Hindu religion who lives in the area around the Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park. The park offers a spectacular landscape of six volcanoes including Mount Bromo, the most popular and the spiritual heart of the area, and Mount Semeru, the highest mountain in Java at 3,676 mt.

UNITY IN DIVERSITY – INDONESIA’S RELIGIONS

Indonesia has been a destination of migration for centuries and the traces of this assorted cultural heritage are also reflected in the diversity of religions practiced in the country. Animism is the oldest practiced religion, followed by Hinduism and Buddhism, while Islam is the most practiced, with over 80% of Indonesians being Muslims. Indonesia is […]

Volcanoes – Feel the forces of Nature!

You cannot say you have appreciated Indonesia’s natural wonders if you have not climbed at least one of its many volcanoes. Fierce and majestic, active or dormant, feared and worshipped, volcanoes dominate the landscape on most islands and have influenced human activity throughout history.

SAILING IN THE TOGEAN ISLANDS

It is no secret that sailing boats have always fascinated me. Their unparalleled elegance as they gracefully navigate in the open sea and silently penetrate the most secluded bays always bring me back in time, to stories of adventurous sailors, mesmerizing landscapes and unforgettable encounters with legendary creatures and fierce pirates. In this era of […]

Yogyakarta: a stroll into the city’s street art

Indonesia’s indisputable capital of culture, Yogyakarta is the country’s largest education hub and a thriving cultural centre. Javanese artistic and cultural heritage pervades the city, but its dynamic creative essence can be breathed in the streets too, where artwork on the walls expresses young Indonesian artists’s creativity and transforms the city in an open-air art gallery.

Monitor Lizard – harmless dragons and smart hunters

Monitor lizard are common residents of the Gili islands and, although increasing construction and larger human presence have confined the territory of these beautiful reptiles, they are frequently spotted. Do not be fooled by their dragon-like appearance, these animals belong to the same genus of the fierce and dangerous Komodo dragons, but the species found in the Gilis is harmless. When you happen to meet one, worst-case scenario it will be so scared that it will start vomiting and defecating because of fear. To avoid this type of mutually disturbing encounters, do not food leftovers around the place.