The Banua Makassar

Jl. Haji Bau 7, Makassar, Indonesia
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Make your dreams come true - Go Bantimurung

by wondersF

I had an interest in exploring caves, and that was in the early 1990s. I had since stopped caving as the hobby was called.
Recently the media reported and also showed a documentary of a large cave in central Vietnam. This newly found cave took over the title of the world's largest cave away from previous title holder Rajah Caves of Mulu, Sarawak, Malaysia.

Why that short introduction on Caves? In the anxious search for birds in Bantimurung, I overlooked the fact that there were reports of caves there. Not until I was prompted by the signs when I was already in the Park.

The 2 notable caves could only be reached by a level paved walkway following the river's bank on top of the waterfall in the park. That day, heavy rainfall got the river to overflow its bank earlier in the day and though the water level by the time we arrived had dropped. This walkway to the cave entrance, it was quite a task to walk on the coating of silt. But trotting slowly we made that 800 meters. Then upon arrival, we could only see the cave's formations without chances of doing recording. Something that I normally would not miss. That is the main reason that I am going back in mid-march with some sort of flash to assist in harvesting some pictures.

There are 2 notable caves in Bantimurung National Park. Gua Batu and Gua Mimpi. Not many local residents in Makasaar had got drag into this hobby of exploring caves or photographing caves scene. So little is knwon about these caves.

Then, the local visitor to the caves, were all attracted by a legend relating to the Love cave in Gua Mimpi. As the name shows "Cave of Dreams."
In this Gua Mimpi, there is small chamber also with a small stalactite. Following a passage to enter this chamber, one part of the passage way was low and virtually go on your knees to pass through. Visitors would come to this point to tie a string on it onto the this stalactites. Legend has it that the action could assist to reinforced their dreams. In that chamber, devotees should also wash your face with water dropping from the stalactite.

Gua Batu, on the other hand had a wooden plank walk to avoid having to step on pools of water on the cave floor. The passage was impressively 500 meters long, I also read that it could even be 800 meters. I must try to measure it. Whereas in Gua Mimipi, have to use caution walking in the floor itself.

There were vendors renting out torch lights at Rp10 per piece. Or hurricane oil lamp which has better coverage at Rp 50 per piece.
I will be planning to get some pictures of the cave in my next trip

Akarena - Proper Beach for Makasaar

by wondersF

Clean & tidy beach within city limits

The old estuary of the Gowa River was silted and blocked. Today a straightened path for the river was adopted to flow directly into the sea. This area in the shape of a cape and was part of the Ox-bow area, now rehabilitated and named as Tanjong Bungah.

On the peninsula there were few features installed:- the Trans Studio Theme park, the GTO shopping mall [Global Trade Center] and an open area with proper beach. This nice place isolated from the city but just at its border must be less than 3 kilometers from the town center.

The locals with so much ocean around them should be happy that a proper beach front is available for playing and swimming
The sand at the beach unfortunately is not silvery. Due to volcanic activities in the region it is grayish.

I was there during the week days and I could not ascertain how well the beach area was utilized for swimming in the sea. But from the looks of those locals present with casting nets plus the tiny jetty, I can safely presume that this place is good for fishing.

There was a good spacious car parks and facilities in children playground.
Now we know how locals could have good times in the weekend without venturing too far. Swim wear and light fishing gears

Rice - Paddy - Padi

by RoyJava

Rice is growing all over and can be planted to 2 crops of rice a year (irrigated lowland). When jungle is burned off to enrich the soil in preparation for planting, you'll find the "ladang". The better known wet rice is grown on a "sawah". Its history behind the terraces is of a rich beauty, rather complex in production, and a lot of hard work.

The origin of rice has been attributed to a truly Goddess in Asia. Usually the grain got out of her body and is regarded as sacred. It is obvious some details have different origins from culture to culture, though the Rice Goddess generally manifests in the spirit of rice. In Indonesia she is named Dewi Sri and, supported by some beautiful legends.

Butterfly.....oh Butterfly...

by black_mimi99

n 1858-1857, a prominent English naturalist, Alfred Russel Wallace spent all of his life that are enjoyed in this area to catch numerous types of rare butterflies, birds, and insects. Among the butterflies he caught, there was the Papilo Androcles type, one of the rarest and biggest type of butterfly that has a tail like a swallow. A detailed explanation concerning this area has attracted the attention of archeologists, prehistoric, and insects experts.

Gowanese and Buton's bastion inside Fort Rotterdam

by ukirsari

There are Gowanese and Buton bastions inside of Fort Rotterdam. Even Dutch already changed the arhitecture of its fortress, these old bastions still existed. Proved that local buildings also as strong as Dutch's buildings ;) I like to visit these ruins since has their own style.


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