Jl. Dr. Sam Ratulangi No 33, Makassar, Sulawesi, 90132, Indonesia
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The stairs itself
One with a long "swallow tail"
Signs on the cliff face
Not forgetting the most important sunset
Bus from Hasanuddin airport to Makassar city
I want to know, is there any public bus from Hasanuddin International Airport to Makassar city ? If any, what time is the last trip ? Thank for your information.
Re: Bus from Hasanuddin airport to Makassar city
Once I was there a lot of people, not taxi-drivers only, wanted me buying a tour, a transfer... I just walked out of airport to the main road, then I stopped one the many mini-van (buses) and asked it they were going close to bus station (I meant to take the night bus to Torajaland). They say yes, once at downown (I believe it was) they did not picked up anybody else and have taken my wife and I to bus station. I do not remember how much I paid, almost double then a trip in Manado but still very cheap.
if you were going to Toraja by bus...
there is a bus stop on main road where the airport is, we did not find it, anytime we asked where it was, there was someone selling a toraja tour.
On way back we told the driver for airport stop and they took just in front of.
Travel Tips for Makassar
Much talked about Losari Beach of Makasaar
Watching sunset in Losari Beach
Prior to my visit to Makassar, I read about the local attraction - Losari Beach and checked the Googles map. So much has been written in the internet about the " must see" experiences watching sunset on Losari beach.
Losari is the name for that short stretch of the coastline where the newer segment of city was fronting the ocean. By street name, it is the Jalan Pasar Ikan. To enhance the mood there and also as a facility, an esplanade create between to the road and beach to serve this stretch.
All along this esplanade, there was little sandy area seen and the wall was buttressed against the waves by rocks. On top of the wall, there was enough space where strollers could sit and admire the ocean and setting sun.
This stretch of road was about one kilometer long. One end started where the beach was interrupted at the Hotel Makassar Golden and to the other end, the junction where the Jalan Pasar Ikan met with the perpendicular Jalan Emy Saelan. From there on the coastal road , where Jalan Pasar Ikan suppose to continue, that stretch of road was designated as Jalan Penghibur. Likewise, the view for Jalan Penghibur on the ocean side was changed to that of fish farms and empty ponds.
Back to Jalan Pasar Ikan, Facing the sea front are shop lots rather new, offering a varieties of services - tour agencies, restaurants and snack bars. This Jalan Pasar Ikan was a monocariage of 2 lanes, but on the side in front of the shops were legal parking lots and stopping areas. Traffic along this road was heavy but slow suffering the constant congestion.
Looking out to the open ocean, the left side of Losari is the sort of cape of Tanjong Bungah. Then no the right the beach front large Hotels and then the container Port.
There was large semi circle open area that marked the center for Losari Beach. Coming back and towards closer to town center, work was on going to beautify and enlarge another open area to compliment this existing lot.
Not much tourist hang around this esplanade. Mainly locals with their children playing and enjoying the evening breeze. One point that I liked, there was no hawker around the place. The place was not exciting at all, as I have seen much better sight elsewhere.
So the fondest memory of this place, if I must make a claim is that I am lucky to have visited this place prior to its development for the tourist
tania, inge, mi .....
That's not women names I want to mention, but it's part of Bugis lingo for conversation :)
There are several local lingo and dialects using in daily activities in Makassar. From Mandar, Bajo, also Bugis as the main local lingo. I remember several of the words. Nice to be pronounced, normally ended with 'a'. Like to say 'makassar' becomes 'mangkassara', to say 'not' [english] is 'tania' or 'nose' [english] becomes 'inge' >> which are these additional 'a' or several word remind me of women names :D
And if talking using Indonesian, local accent ended with 'toh' or 'mi'. For example, "Nyanda bisa gitu, Mi." or in Indonesia, "Tidak bisa begitulah." or in English, "Can not be like that, Man."
Paotere Harbor - Landing the fishes
Sulawesi can boast of having the longest coastline and had for long a thriving maritime industry. Much products harvested from the sea are being exported - live fishes and shark fins etc. These industries, the ordinary people do not see. But there is an interesting activity that everyone can participate - help the hard working fishermen clear their catches.
Paotere is one of the 2 landing points for daily catches and within the city limits.
Most visitors to this port, made straight for the right hand edge where ancient ships were put on displaying. No attempts made to arouse interest on the role this important activity of fishing played in our life. Seen only in special places like Paotere, the dirty and smelly local fish market. For us, this is the highlight of our trip. wanting to know the type of fishes brought in and how the catches were handled.
We were in for a disappointment! Instead of seeing large crates of expensive fishes changing hands, we only saw the remnants, small scale transactions. The prized catches were earlier settled on board, even before the boats reached the wharf. The high end products reserved for long term buyers.
Upon arrival, the second grade fishes were sorted for the local commercial buyers. These are people consisting of fish mongers who offer these fishes for sale in local markets, then some, stall owners of Ikan bakar stalls.
Very minimal transactions seen but I managed a couple of pictures. This is part of the unloading processes.
Lastly, the left-overs for small time buyers and walk-in like us. It is no wonder that the fishes put up for sales are in small quantity and also the lower grades catches. For domestic users, this would be heaven for us, if such fishes were offered to us. They may be small but definitely very fresh.
Among the pictures attached, there must be a few type of fishes that are good and expensive.
The Kingdom of Butterflies - Bantimurung Park
The saying that the Bantimurung National Park was having lots of butterflies is true. I have a causal meeting with some of them while walking through the picnic areas.
The place well known for butterflies was sparked off by the visit of Alfred Russell Wallace in 1856 & 57. After that he created a catchy term of "kingdom Of butterflies" which the locals have held on until now.
For statistic, how many is many butterflies? Today, you may no longer see these butterflies gathering in groups and drifting by like a floating cloud. But individuals were sporadically seen here and there. The first recorded number showed that the diversity was 270 species counted in this single area of the waterfalls alone. As time went by and the place more visited the surveyed figures dropped. By large margin, from historical figures to present day facts, in 1997, a Doctor Mappatoba Sila recorded only 147 species.
Then in another study in April of 2010, the team started tracking down 107 possibly existing species. They managed to count only 90 species.
Many species were no longer seen in this area. Among the many possibilities, some reason speculated the environment became less conducive, could be the increase human activities in the picnic area, the construction of many buildings within the compound. Many species could have gone on to alternative areas for the food and propagation.
As a contingency, to maintain the presence of butterflies in the area, the government have also started Butterflies breeding program. In my trip I managed to visit the butterfly Museum. Perhaps the next trip I should get a chance to make pictures of their breeding area which I understand is rather small and confined. To continuously replenish supply of the insect for sightings in the park area.
I have not gone that far to understand the regulation in force as there are also many collectors in the area to gather new products to feed the tourist trade.
La Galigo Museo
Or Museum Negeri La Galigo. It's a museum to exhibits manykind of stuff around Sulawesi Island. Including musical instruments, rice bowl from Tana Toraja [for Tana Toraja, please visit my Makale and Rantepao section in other pages]. Located inside of Fort Rotterdam.
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