Anambas Islands, One of Southeast Asia’s Most Spectacular Coastal Spots

Anambas Islands Anambas archipelago or Kepulauan Anambas is a small archipelago of Indonesia, it located 200 nautical miles east of Batam Island in the South China Sea between the Malaysian mainland to the west and the island of Borneo to the east. Geographically part of the Tudjuh Archipelago, it is administratively a regency within the Riau Islands Province. Anambas have a large reserve of natural gas that is exported to countries such as Singapore and Malaysia. The island of Matak is the main base for oil exploration. Other islands are…

Zapin Tembung Dance, The Malay Traditional Dance

Zapin Tembung Dance Zapin Dance is a dance that is popular in Malaysia and in Indonesia, especially in Malay-populated provinces in Sumatera (Riau Province, Jambi province, Riau Islands Province, North Sumatera, and Bangka-Belitung Islands) and West Kalimantan. It is believed that this dance has been introduced by Arab immigrant, Muslim missionaries from the Middle East in the fourteenth century. In the old days, it only males were allowed to perform; nowadays, female dancers are included. It used to be performed exclusively for religious ceremonies but through the years it has…

The Very Rich Balikpapan

Balikpapan “Gawi Manuntung Waja Sampai Kaputing”, this is the Balikpapan slogan taken from Banjar language which mean, when starting a job should be accomplish perfectly. Balikpapan, is Indonesia city part of East Kalimantan province. A resource-rich region well known for its timber, mining, and petroleum export products. There are some folklores that indicate the early begin of Balikpapan name, but there are no one for sure mention the right history about the name. Balikpapan, according to Bahasa Indonesia, balik is behind and papan is a plank. One of the folklore…

Derawan Island Is The Hidden Treasure Itself

Derawan Island Derawan Island is located in Derawan Islands, Derawan District, Berau Regency, East Kalimantan. Derawan Islands has three districts namely, Derawan Island, Maratua, and the Biduk biduk, Berau. There are at least four famous islands in this Archipelago, which is Pulau Maratua, Derawan, Sangalaki, and Kakaban. In addition to its coral and fish diversity, the Derawan chain contains Indonesia’s largest nesting site for endangered green sea turtles, which emerge from the sea every night to lay their eggs on the white sand beaches of Sangalaki and Derawan Islands. Another…

Welcome To Samarinda

Samarinda Samarinda is a city in East Borneo which also an official capital city for East Borneo province. The whole area of the city is directly border to the Kutai Kartanegara Regency. There are some historical time-lines that remain the build of Samarinda city from the early time until this present time. It start from Bungaya agreement to the arrival of the Bugis to the Sultanate of Kutai, this Wajo Bugis people are living in Samarinda at the beginning of the year 1668 or precisely in January 1668 that as…

Enjoy The Culinary And The Palace On Pontianak

Pontianak Pontianak is officially the capital city of West Kalimantan province, the ethnic of Tionghoa call this city as Khun tien. This city is famous as the City of Equatorial for it passed by the earth zero degrees latitude. The name of Pontianak was belived had something to do with the folk tale about Syarif Abdurrahman which was haunted by the ghost of Kuntilanak when he walked along the 1.1 megameter Kapuas River, which is the longest river in Indonesia. Abdurahman Sharif had fired the cannon to drive away the…

Dayak People, The Real Borneo Itself

Dayak People Dakay people or Daya or Dyak are the indigenous peopleof Borneo Island, Indonesia. They live in groups in mountains, outbacks and they are such a terrestrial group, a group who live in land, not in marine zone. Dayak people are divided into some sub-ethnics that have different language and even different way of living. Shortly, Dayak is referred to Ngaju People or Ot Danum tribe who stays in South Borneo. While, in general, Dayak is referred to the 6 tribes of Dayak; [Kenyah-Kayan-Bahau],[Ot Danum],[Iban],[Murut],[Klemantan] and [Punan]. Those six…

The Rich Province of East Borneo

East Kalimantan East Borneo is the second largest province in Kalimantan. This province is ao rich with its natural resources that coming from two main cities of Samarinda, which is the capital and the center of timber product, and Balikpapan as a petroleum center with oil refinery. Since Indonesia start the mineral and natural resources for foreign investment in 1970s, East Borneo become the center area for those exotic forest products like timber and petroleum. Moreover, the existence of Pertamina as an oil refinery company from the Royal Dutch Shell…

The Thousand River of South Borneo

South Kalimantan Banjarmasin is the capital city of this Province. South Borneo is located in Borneo Island, with boundaries of Makassar Strait in the east, Central Kalimantan in the west and north, the Java Sea in the south and a small part of East Kalimantan in the north. The history remain that South Borneo was start the early life since 8000 BC, when People of Austrolomelanisia was settled on caves at Meratus mountain. Second believed that on 2500 BC, the Proto Malay people from Formosa Island moved to Borneo, and…

The Particular Central Kalimantan

Central Kalimantan Central Kalimantan or Central Borneo is located in Kalimantan Island with the capital city of Palangkayara. Along the 17th Century, central Kalimantan inhabitant, Dayak People, was ruled by the Muslim Sultanate of Banjar. After the independence of WW II Dayak People want to separated from South Kalimantan Province and Central Kalimantan become the 17th Province in Indonesia. Nowadays, there are three major Dayak tribes in Central Borneo, which is Ngaju, Ot Danum and Dusun Ma’anyan Ot Siang. Besides, other ethnics that live on Central Borneo are Javanese, Maduranese,…