Fondest memory: Makassar will always be something special for me, since friends of mine are here and I spent part of my childhood here too, as a daughter of a Navy family.
Along the coastline of Makassar, the sea water so blue. As bluewish as my heart if talking about seas and oceans :) Then schooners [or so called phinisi in Bugis' lingo] are everywhere as far as you can see the ocean of Makassar. Yes, Bugis' sailormen were famous worldwide as tough sailormen with magnificent schooners since hundred years ago.
Several facts about Makassar:
- Known as Makassar before changed into Ujung Pandang during Soeharto's era then back into the origin: Makassar
- It's a big harbour for eastern part of Indonesia archipelago after Surabaya
- It was a harbour which the Dutch designated as control port for shipping passed from the western to eastern part of Indonesia and vice versa.
- Becomes the headquarter for annual Wallacea Expedition
- Alfred Russel Wallace in 1859 proclaimed his theory of Wallace Line >> devided 2 regions of fauna, in Asia and Pacific - Australian continents.
- Sailing and Boating
Favorite thing: Visiting the Bantimurung Waterfalls is so great, while the falling water brings about a very pleasing temperature. When not that crowded it is a wonderful stay in the day for a picnic.
Fondest memory: May the kali behind be some dangerous, a jump down-wards the waterfall completes your perfect day, and ... the rocks are not that "licin" (slippery), though take care! A tremendous change after hotty hot Ujung Pandang!
- Mountain Climbing
- Hiking and Walking
Favorite thing: 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.
Fondest memory: 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
- Family Travel
- Arts and Culture
Favorite thing: Though I got some of the Indonesian language with my parents we were not allowed to speak Bahasa Indonesia (as "outcast" Indo-generation) when youngster. Speaking some "pasar-Malay" (the former "lower" Indonesian language the colonials spoke) I managed to understand Bahasa Indonesia too. How I managed? By talking to the kids all around ...
Fondest memory: When speaking to kids the shyness disappears like snow before the sun. Yes, I like "makan sambal bajak" (eating of some hot chili sauce), go to the "pasar malam" (night-market place), and "bukan punya anak" (donot have children) ... the kids love to entertain you in a very amusing and teaching way ...
- Family Travel
- Sailing and Boating