i always wonder about old wooden houses along the way maninjau to bayur. carved precisely and standing still even looks very old. i like to mingle with locals and asking about the history of these houses. sometimes i see a clock put into the front. beautiful!more
we like to sit in "space chair" of pasir panjang permai hotel. facing directly to the lake, open space with roof above, and 'unique' chairs from long time ago. actually it's usual pineapple juice. but since the fruit is so fresh and riped, the taste close to pinacolada without alcohol addition ;)more
i dunno the exact name in latin or english about this fruit. but indonesian mostly call it as "terung belanda". meanwhile the torajans at south sulawesi named it "tamarella".the taste it's so unique. like strawberry and tomato and sometimes added with citrus [orange] flavour. just ask the seller to make terung belanda juice and add ice cubes into...more
i like the wooden decoration of the cafe. and the guy who runs this place is friendly and we know him well. sometimes can be asked to provided car on our way back to tabing airport [thanks for your kindly help, buddy!!!]. my choice goes to tomato-potato soup and my beloved ones prefer cheese taco. like a big pastel with veggie inside and covers...more
where we'll hang out in such tranquil and nice place like maninjau? easy, chit chat in front of bungalows or mingle with other guests in lobby and play yahtzee with them. but we can do something else. heading to bagoes cafe and ask about watching movie.
if there are several people at bagoes cafe interesting [say as minimum quota is available], the officer will play a movie at second floor.
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maninjau at west sumatra can be reached from jakarta, the capital of indonesia by air. approximately idr 235,000/way/person. then from tabing airport of padang, heading to maninjau directly by metered taxi about idr 180,000 [can kindly ask their list of price]. or, if you want to reach maninjau by public transportation, going to bus terminus and take direction to lubuk basung via pariaman. or, heading to bukittinggi first then continue with other bus to maninjau. do not forget >> scenic route along the way :)
Maninjau area has strong Islam beliefs. Most of accomodations there will not allow couples that are not married to sleep on the same room. This is only for local (Indonesian) tourists. I was traveling with a guy friend. And when we were looking for a place to stay, the hotel guy didnt say anything and just stared at us like we were full of sins, and did not smile at all. After I asked for 2 rooms, he smiled a little (underline the word little). Hehehe that was a funny experince. For you foreigners, you don't have to worry about this.
it's an old mosque in the main road of bayur to maninjau. unique ornamented even smaller compared to the bloody big newly mosque at the heart of maninjau. the architect made mosque surrounded by water like artificial moat, so every pilgrim who wants to enter have to walking in shallow water. but it's good, since water make their feet clean whenever...more
i remember my very first time do canoeing with nick at muaro beach. and none of us say "yes, i did" about wobble canoe. both of us insisted to say "no". but so much fun to paddle along the lake :) we did enjoy! but earlier days, our friend from denmark, sven ... just "game over" within a canoe. he jumpe into the lake! canoe, inner flat tyre,...more
euhhhh!!! this is my picture by beloved nick, taken in front of billboard "pig hunting". no, no, no .. i wasn't the pig to be hunted. but also doesn't mean we're the person who like killing animals for such a satisfaction. no way!
the reason i put this picture, because we're feel weird, why put piggies as one of the attraction here? oh, they should be consider to the population and even the wild piggies likes to attack the padi fields, please ..... there's another way to fix it. and if the reason only for such a hobby, we'll feel more sad than ever!
and speaking about its tranquil secluded chrystal lake, maninjau still beautiful as before. but now, after the "growmax" era, seems fish farming ponds are anywhere in the lake. we feel worry, if someday we can not swim again since there's no place anymore.