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Monday, May 4, 2020

May 04, 2020

A Story From the Ocean by Photography

A Story From the Ocean by Photography

Who missed the ocean ? who missed traveling ? well, during the pandemic of COVID-19 we cannot go anywhere. We should stay at home and quarantine ourselves. Some traveler maybe will get stressed when he or she cannot traveling. The pandemic has change the world but we have to be patient for this periods. Here I present to you about the ocean photography which might reduce stress.

Blue Ocean in Lombok West Java

I took this photo when I traveling to Kuta Mandalika Beach in Central Lombok. The Beach is very beautiful and still natural. In sunny day, the ocean is very clear and blue. No wonder that every time I see this photo, I can imagine how it was when I visited there.

Standing on Rocks in Pandawa Beach

I promised and finally everything was done. I come back to Pandawa beach previously only a short study tour. At that time finally I can enjoy without the limitations of time and space.

Sailing from Ketapang to Gilimanuk

Exhausting days. Depart from Bandung and finally arrived at Ketapang sea port. Now is heading to Bali.

 Karang Hawu Beach Sunset in Pelabuhan Ratu

I have a chance to go walk alone at this beach. Looking for a place to catch something by camera shutter. And I got the sunset beach panaroma from Karang Hawu beach in Pelabuhan Ratu, West Java, Indonesia.

Calming down at Nyangnyang Beach, Bali

Last time in Bali. Tomorrow will depart to the next destination. I am really enjoy that time by seeing this photo. Only by hearing sounds of wave and wind breezing and Sun is sets.

Pink Beach in Lombok so clear and natural

The most beautiful and natural beach I have ever seen. After struggling through a very difficult and rocky road finally arrived here safely. I could feel how hot the sun was at that moment just by looking at this photo.

A beach from Merese Hill, Central Lombok

Another calming place called Merese Hills. This place is a witness that I first set foot in Lombok.

A Ferry in Ketapang Sea Port

This month I should be able to see the Bali Strait again. But it seems that it can't because of a pandemic that really messed up my trip.

Panoramic Ciletuh Beach in Sukabumi, West Java

It takes a struggle to get there. but because the terrain was very difficult at that time I could not make it to the beach.

 Pondok Bali Beach, Subang, West Java

Not planned at all when going to this beach. Pondok Bali Beach is located in Subang and the beach is quite close to the city of Bandung. I was with my friend accidentally there because I want to relax on the beach. After finding the nearest beach from Bandung I finally found this.

Sunset in Kuta Beach, Bali

Sitting on the beach sand watching the sunset was really a very interesting moment when traveling. That afternoon just arrived in Kuta and finally could be on time to enjoy the afternoon at Kuta Beach. All scenes were seen at that time. There are surfers, people who jog, play sand and those on vacation.

Sunny day in Sindangkerta Beach, Tasikmalaya

During Ramadan last year I had visited the beach. Although the sun was very hot, it did not prevent me from fasting. This is a gift from God for my patience while traveling and seeing the blue sea.

Great Panorama of Karang Tawulan Beach, Tasikmalaya

Previously I had never known that Tasikmalaya has a beach as beautiful as this. On the right I see a lined reef, on the left I see a very long coastline and in front I see a small island that is an icon of this beach.T he blue sea stretches very wide and the day was sunny.

Long coast line in Tasikmalaya

As what I said before.I saw a very long coastline from this beach. The waves also look very strong hit the rocks there.

Sunrise in Batukaras, Cijulang, West Java

Plans have changed.Now I see the sun rising on this beach. I thought I would not get here and the trip would end in Karang Tawulan. But apparently not.

A man walking on the Beach during Sunrise

I was sitting on the sand beach and saw my friend there walking against the background of the sky and the rising sun. A nice panorama with his silhouette.

Fishermans pull nets in Santolo Beach, Garut

That day was very hot. But this did not shake the enthusiasm of the fishermen to pull the fishing net. I sat on this beach and enjoyed the view. Even though it's hot but this is what I like the most.

The wide blue sea in Puncak Guha, Garut

I never knew about this beach if my friend didn't tell me before. A beautiful beach called Puncak Guha. From here I can see the vast ocean in blue. A stunning panorama. I hope to camp here at any time.

Natural Madasari Beach in Cijulang 

A beautiful beach but empty of visitors. This beach is called Madasari Beach. The location is close to Cijulang. Maybe because I visited the beach when people fasted during Ramadan so no one visited this beach at all except me and my friend.

White Sand Beach from Tangkil Island, Lampung

The last beach I visited before coming in 2020. I visited an island called Tangkil Island in Lampung. The island is so beautiful that I want to swim there. However, time does not allow swimming. So I just enjoyed the view. Apparently Lampung has a beautiful beach.

Sunday, April 5, 2020

April 05, 2020

Travel News: Indonesia stops all visits and transit of foreign traveler starting April 2

Indonesia stops all visits and transit of foreign traveler starting April 2

President Joko Widodo decided to temporarily suspend all visits and transit of foreign nationals (foreigners) to Indonesia amid the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The policy was put into effect on Thursday (02/04) until an undetermined deadline.

This is stated in Regulation of the Minister of Law and Human Rights No. 11 of 2020 concerning Prohibition of Temporary Foreigners Entering the Territory of the Republic of Indonesia.

"Enacted from April 2, 2020, 00.00 West Indonesian Time and will end after the competent authority declares that the Covid-19 pandemic has been controlled and declared safe for the public," Director General of Immigration Jhoni Ginting said on Tuesday (3/31) night.

According to Jhoni, the rules on the prohibition of entry and transit of foreign citizens have exceptions.

Those who have a limited residence permit card (KITAS), a permanent residence permit card (KITAP), diplomatic residence permit holders, and official residence permits are permitted to enter Indonesian territory.

Foreigners with the status of medical and food assistance and support staff; sea, air and land conveyances; as well as foreigners who work on National Strategic projects are also allowed to enter by fulfilling several conditions.

The requirements include having a health certificate in English issued by the health authorities of each country and has been 14 days in a territory or country free of Covid-19.

"The statement is ready to be quarantined for 14 days carried out by the Government of the Republic of Indonesia," said Jhoni.

The Minister of Law and Human Rights, said Jhoni, also regulates regulations for foreigners residing in Indonesia.

First, foreign nationals who hold a Visit Stay Permit (including visa-free visit and Visa on Arrival) that have expired or cannot be extended their residence permit, will be granted a status permit to be forced automatically without the need to submit an application to the Immigration Office and are free of charge.

Then, a foreign national holding a Limited Stay Permit and a Permanent Stay Permit that has expired or cannot be extended again, will be given a suspension and given a forced stay status permit automatically without the need to submit an application to the Immigration Office and is free of charge.

Previously, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi made an announcement regarding the termination of all foreign visits and transit, Tuesday (3/31).

"It has been decided that all visits and transit of foreign nationals to Indonesian territory will be temporarily stopped," Retno said.

Retno said that this new policy would be promulgated in Minister of Law and Human Rights Regulation (Permenkumham).

"We will convey the details of this policy on a separate occasion and this new policy will be set forth in the new Permenkumham," he said.

President Jokowi previously requested that the entry of foreigners to Indonesia be evaluated.

"Regarding the crossing of foreigners, I ask that policies regulating crossing foreigners to Indonesia be evaluated regularly, periodically, to anticipate the Covid-19 movement from various countries in the world," President Jokowi said when opening a limited meeting through a video conference connection, Tuesday (31 / 03).

On March 17, the Indonesian government only limited visits or transit foreigners with the travel history of at least eight countries affected by the corona virus pandemic.

Countries added to the list include Iran, Italy, the Vatican, Spain, France, Germany, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. The policy took effect March 20. Previously, Indonesia had banned visitors from China and two regions in South Korea (Daegu and Gyeongsangbuk provinces) to enter and transit in Indonesia.

At that time, the government also temporarily suspended certain types of residence permits or visas.

"Regarding foreign arrivals in all countries, the Indonesian government decided that the visa-free visa policy, on-arrival visa or VoA, and free diplomatic and official visas, were suspended for one month," Retno said at an online press conference on Tuesday (3/17).

"Therefore, every foreigner who will visit Indonesia is required to have a visa from a representative of the Republic of Indonesia in accordance with the purpose and purpose of the visit. At the time of submission of a visa must attach a health certificate issued by the competent authority."

Friday, March 20, 2020

March 20, 2020

[Video] The Ciremai Train is Passing Rendeh Curve

The Ciremai Train is Passing Rendeh Curve

[Video] The Ciremai Train is Passing Rendeh Curve

The Ciremai train which has destination from Bandung to Semarang Tawang station and vice versa is passing on Rendeh Curve in West Bandung Regency, West Java, Indonesia.

This is my favorite spot when take a photo of train in Indonesia. When a train passing this curve you will see how beautiful moment when the train passing surrounded by nature in West Bandung Regency.

But for you know, if you want to go there you must be tracking the rail from Rendeh station for 10-15 minutes by walking. there is no road or pathway for motorcycle. But if you have dirt bike it will be possible and safe.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

March 19, 2020

[Video] The Argo Parahyangan Train Passing Cilame Station

The Argo Parahyangan Train Passing Cilame Station

[Video] The Argo Parahyangan Train Passing Cilame Station

The Argo Parahyangan train is a train which has destination from Bandung to Gambir (Jakarta). In the evening I mean to visit this station again because.

It is been a while I am not visit after my vacuum periods become railfans since 2016. But now, I am active again to get a train photo or a train video and recorded only by my smartphone. 

With locomotive CC 206 13 04 the Argo Parahyangan train is passing Cilame station to continue the trip to Gambir station. I am not visit this station alone, I am with my friend who has same hobby with me.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

March 17, 2020

[Video] Serayu Train Passing The Longest Cikubang Railway Bridge

The Serayu Train Passing The Longest Cikubang Railway Bridge

[Video] Serayu Train Passing The Longest Cikubang Railway Bridge

The Serayu train which has destination from Purwokerto in Central Java to the last destination Jakarta (Pasarsenen).

I've been recorded this video when my visit to the longest active Cikubang Railway Bridge in West Bandung Regency, West Java, Indonesia. The Cikubang railway bridge has long around 300 meters, and connected between Bandung-Purwakarta corridor. 

By using locomotive CC 204 03 01, Serayu train bravely crossed this railway bridge on this video. I usually visit this bridge to take train picture or recording some video while the train crossing this bridge.

But, you have to be careful and make sure you know the location of this bridge. Maybe when you to go to Bandung or Jakarta you will see how long this bridge.

March 17, 2020

[Video] Pangandaran Train vs Serayu Train in Cirahayu Station

Video Pangandaran Train vs Serayu Train in Cirahayu Station

[Video] Pangandaran Train vs Serayu Train in Cirahayu Station

This video recorded when I traveling to Tasikmalaya (TSM) by Pangandaran Train. I think this is a good moment when stop at Cirahayu station (CAA) to waiting Serayu train to Purwokerto (PWT).

Previously, I never stop at Cirahayu station (CAA) for waiting another train to pass. But this is a moment I have ever experienced.

The Pangandaran train I've been riding is from Banjar (BJR) to Gambir (GMR) Station but I did not ride this train from Banjar but from Tasikmalaya because I was photograph at Cipeundeuy (CPD) area and continue to Tasikmalaya city by bus then return to Bandung with this train. 

I recorded a video when the Pangandaran train is waiting for Serayu train to Purwokerto station in Cirahayu as below.

Monday, March 16, 2020

March 16, 2020

[Video] Argo Parahyangan Train Curving at Rendeh Curve

[Video] Argo Parahyangan Train Curving at Rendeh Curve

I do railfanning at somewhere which has natural view in Rendeh, West Bandung Regency, West Java.This is my favorite spot while in Rendeh because I can see the train curving.

In this video the Argo Parahyangan train passing and curving at Rendeh curve to Bandung station to Gambir station. I got a moment when the train passing dirt bikers also passing and go along the side of train.

Then the train give a signal for pull over to get safety distance while the Argo Parahyangan train passing. I also made a videoand uploaded to YouTube as below to see how the moment took place.