Tanjung Bira: How to Enjoy Beach like celebrity!


Beach of Tanjung Bira

Bara Beach

Yeay, it’s vitamin sea again!

I recently joined an overland tour to some of the most happening spots in South Sulawesi, Indonesia. We started with Tana Toraja and set aside the beach in the end of our trip due to several reasons. The most important one is because we don’t want to have sunburn in the first place and likely ruin all picture we’re gonna take. Not cool, eh?😛 . So, I thought beach is right place to end up with:mrgreen:

Alright, if you’re looking for a pretty beach around South Sulawesi that has incredible underwater, just go to Tanjung Bira. It is just four hours drive from the city of Makassar and 12 hours away from Tana Toraja. According to the guide, coming to the beach in year-end is not really a perfect timing, instead it;s better to come on January or February if you want to see a fully-covered-fine-grainy-white-sand-beach that Tanjung Bira is famous with. When I was there, the beach full of reef, was in low-tide and so many dry seaweed stranded around😐 .

So, we thought of having relaxed time instead; enjoy the quietness of the place, reading books and stuff. There is a famous place named Amatoa resort, but it turned out fully book way before we decided to go there.😥 .

Anyway, that’s no big deal! There are so many activities and places to choose from and your trip still looks fabulous, like celebrity.😉 .

Ready? Consider things below:

1. Diving around Kambing Island

One thing I love the most about this place is the superb visibility, like crystal clear. literally. I loved it.

Mola-Mola Point in Pulau Kambing

Mola-Mola Point of Pulau Kambing

I had one dive in this spot and it was really enjoyable. There are many dive center with wide range of price to choose from. Too bad my cams is not really sophisticated and my GoPro has a little messy settings. Damn it!

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A-must-do-activity of a typical new-diver: Underwater pic of self!😎 .

2. Cosmos Reef Slope Dive Spot

Moray Eel in the dive spots called the cosmos reef

Moray Eel in the dive spot called the Cosmos Reef Slope

I had the second dive near Bara Beach named Cosmos Reef Spot. Compared to the first one, this spot is less-crystal clear. However, I was so excited that finally I meet the moray eel. So cute!😯 .

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3. Snorkeling

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Snorkeling Spot of Kambing Island (picture of Mas Ayit)

Besides diving, snorkeling is also fun. Most of my friend spent their time snorkeling from one spot to another. There are three spots; Pulau Kambing, Liukang Loe and one Spot near Bara Beach. Pulau Kambing is the best spot they said; so many fish, healthy corals, and of course, crystal-clear underwater.

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Snorkeling Spot near Liukang Loe Island

4. Liukang Loe Beach

Typically, this island is a rest place before other underwater activities.  This beach has a vast white sand and the sun is really hot, so remember to have your sun-block on and top it up as necessary.

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Lunch in the island

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Here we go!

5. Bara Beach

What do you enjoy most while in the beach? Oh come on, forget about books and sun-bathing chair! Go have some stupid photo session like this:

The Axe Effect Pose. LOL

The Axe Effect😎  (Photo Credit: Delia)

Meteor Garden

Meteor Garden (Photo credit: Mas Ayit)

Gadis Sunsilk

Gadis Sunsilk (Photo Credit: Mas Ayit)

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Beyonce ala-ala (Photo Credit: Maria)

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Tom Hanks’ Cast Away Movie? Nice try, Buddy!

Anyway, Bara beach is another beautiful site and is really quiet. Although a lot seaweed sprawling around, it is my favourite beach in the area.

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Another incredible vista of Bara Beach

6. Enjoy Sunset at the Doplhin Bay

Locals name it that way because dolphin used to appear near the place. Now, seeing them is just a daydream. Anyway, the place is near my resort I stayed and is the center for locals’ activities. It’s a good place for sunset hunting.

Sunset (Photo Credit: Vivi)

Sunset (Photo Credit: Vivi)

Sunset

Sunset

7. Phinisi Construction Yard

Prior to go back to life (Airport), there is a worth-visiting place named traditional construction yard of Phinisi Ships. It is around 30 minutes drive from Tanjung Bira towards the city of Makassar. The yard build sell the ships worldwide and you may not imagine that this place has existed for centuries.

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Phinisi ship is being built

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Excuse my ugly pic. Just a proof I’ve been there.😎 .

 

Tips Memilih Investasi yang Tepat


Bingung Investasi kemana?  (via hdfclife.com)

Tugas perusahaan adalah memberi kompensasi sesuai jobdesc, tapi untuk menjadi kaya adalah Tugas Anda.

Kutipan yang cukup menohok ini membuka sesi Financial Planning hari itu. Selama beberapa hari company tempat saya bekerja memfasilitasi kami dengan training-training keren; How to stay Positive and Proactive, Financial Planning, Job Opportunities and Entrepreneurship. ini dimaksudkan untuk persiapan seandainya hal-hal yang tidak diinginkan terjadi. Instructor-nya alhamdulillah bagus-bagus.

Ekonomi sekarang memang sedang sulit; harga minyak dunia anjlok, ekonomi Tiongkok melemah dan sebagainya. Efeknya sangat terasa. Jika dulu saat harga sekitar $100/bbl, job opening di service co sangat banyak, maka sekarang (+- $30/bbl) ‘efisiensi’ yang malah banyak, termasuk operator😥 . Dulu bonus dan fasilitas enak, sekarang masih kerja juga sudah uyuhan.  Kalau tidak proactive maka sulit rasanya selamat dari gejolak ekonomi tersebut.

Untuk bisa survive, cobalah untuk memulai “karir kedua”, bisa dengan membangun bisnis atau berinvestasi. Kadang berfikir ini agak terlambat, saya kerja sudah hampir 6 tahun tapi better late than never, rite?🙂 . Dan untuk orang yang dominan otak kiri seperti saya, memang challenging sekali untuk memulai. Terlalu banyak analisis sampai akhirnya belum ada yang jalan.😆

Oke, saya share resume nya, instrumen apa saja kita bisa kita coba. CMIIW loh ya,:mrgreen: Btw, materinya banyak sebenarnya. Cuma ini aja dulu ya yang bisa di share.

1. Deposito

The Rule of 72 (Image taken from here)

Deposito sudah tahu kan ya? bahasa gampangnya, kita meminjamkan sejumlah uang ke Bank, dan bank akan memberikan bunga sesuai dengan jangka deposito kita. Kalau di Bank Syariah ada istilahnya bagi hasil, mirip tapi agak beda perhitungannya.

Dalam investasi ada istilah aturan 72 yaitu hitungan kasar berapa lama waktu yang diperlukan untuk menggandakan investasi. Misal dari 100 jt jadi 200 jt. Ini untuk semua investasi loh. Jika bunga deposito sekitar 6%/th, maka waktu yang diperlukan untuk 100 Jt ke 200 jt (misal) tersebut adalah 72/6= 12 tahun. Lama ya brooo🙄 . kalau mau hitung2, coba masuk ke web Bank mandiri , kurang lebih hasilnya seperti ini:

Rp 1.000.000.000 — 55,500,000/th (4,625,000/bln)

Rp 100.000.000 — 5,550,000/th (462,500/bln)

Rp 10.000.000 — 550,000/th (46,250/bln)

Sekarang banyak bank sudah memakai sistem ARO (Automatic Role Over), artinya bunganya ga diambil dan dimasukan ke pokok deposito pada periode selanjutnya secara otomatis. Oia, jangan lupa, ada pajak bunga juga loh.

2. Obligasi

Misal ORI (Obligasi Ritel Indonesia). ini adalah obligasi negara yang dijual atau dipasarkan terutama kepada individu untuk berpartisipasi secara langsung dalam pembangunan negara Indonesia. Jadi negara pinjem duit ama kita dan kita dikasih bunga (di obligasi, istilahnya ‘kupon’) sebagai kompensasi. Umumnya  kupon obligasi lebih besar daripada deposito. Jangan lupa, ada pajak juga disini. Tahun kemaren kuponnya sekitar 9%, tertinggi dari tahun-tahun sebelumnya. Anyway, berikut adalah contoh perhitungan obligasi :

Ilustrasi Obligasi

Ilustrasi Perhitungan Obligasi dg Kupon ORI=8.5%, Pajak=15% (via puastis.com)

3. Emas

Udah tahu juga kan ya tentang emas? Selain deposito dan obligasi, emas juga tergolong instrumen yang low-risk dan harganya cenderung naik dalam jangka yang cukup lama. Cobalah ikuti perkembangan harga emas dunia. Yang jelas jangan gunakan sentimen dan emosi saat berinvestasi jenis ini.

4.  Saham

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Investasi Saham (pic taken from here)

Tahukan kalau saat ini kita bisa memiliki perusahaan tanpa ikut terlibat langsung mengurusnya? ya dengan beli saham tentunya.  dari saham bisa berupa dividen (dibaca: deviden — ga penting:mrgreen: ) dan mendapat keuntungan dengan menjual saham tersebut kalau ada capital gain nya. Beberapa tips memilih saham bagi yang pemula:

  1. Barang-barang konsumsi (Consumer Goods)
  2. Perusahaan Infrastruktur
  3. Bank

Katanya perusahaan jenis tersebut relatif tahan terhadap berbagai kondisi ekonomi.

5. Reksadana

ialah investasi yang terdiri dari dana yang dikumpulkan dari banyak investor yang bertujuan untuk diinvestasikan pada berbagai instrumen investasi seperti saham, obligasi, pasar uang, dan lainnya. Ini diatur oleh manajer investasi. Kita akan mendapat laporan dari dia secara periodik.

Tips nya: liat prestasi dari reksadana itu di masa lalu. Namun demikian, yg namanya investasi pasti ada resiko. investasi ini cocok bagi mereka yang ‘malas belajar’.

6. Properti

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Investasi properti (via bisnisukm.com)

Bagi yang tidak punya pengalaman dalam “jual beli” properti, sebaiknya jangan dulu terjun terlalu dalam. Menjual properti tidak seperti menjual kacang, lama brooo bisa terjualnya. Jadi, cobalah untuk ke option ke dua, yaitu ‘menyewakan’ properti seperti kos-kosan, apartemen dan kondotel.

Tips dalam menyewakan Properti:

  1. Pilih yang frekuensi sewanya pendek, tentu saja karena pemasukannya akan lebih banyak. sewa bulanan akan jauh lebih mahal dibanding sewa tahunan, apalagi kalau jam-jam-an:mrgreen: . Si pelanggan sering minta bonus atau potongan kalau sewa lebih lama🙄 .
  2. Sewakan ke banyak penyewa. pada umumnya sebuah rumah akan memiliki pemasukan besar kalau dibuat kos-kosan dibanding disewakan ke sebuah keluarga. dengan kos-kosan, peluang2 baru akan muncul seperti membuka usaha laudry, tempat makan, dll.

Apa investasi yang paling tepat bagi kita?

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Prajurit Romawi (taken from here)

Ingat filosofis Prajurit Romawi yaitu pastikan membawa pedang dan tameng saat ke medan tempur. Investasi yang hi-return, hi-risk (saham, properti, dll) itu ibarat pedangnya, sedangkan yang low-risk (deposito, emas, dll) itu ibarat tamengnya. Pastikan kita seimbang memakainya. Sangat beresiko kalau pergi ke medan perang cuma bawa pedang kan? atau mungkin ga akan menang kalau perang cuma pakai tameng. betul?🙂 .

Have a good day!

A Day in Tana Toraja, The Indonesia’s Zombie Land


I used to think that vacation means mountain, beach and underwater. So mainstream, isn’t it?:mrgreen:  But then last year, I visited Kampung Bena, part of Flores overland trip, which turn out, was wonderful that I’d delve to explore some more in the other side of the country (and other part of the world as well🙂 ). In late 2015, I visited Tana Toraja in South Sulawesi and it was so mind-blowing.

Tana Toraja is highland that is famous for its unusual and astonishing culture. Visiting Tana Toraja is about “graves-hopping”, not to mention the appealing landscape. Again, I have only one day to look into the place at that time, far from enough I know, but that was really satisfying. So, here are several things to do to figure out of what Tana Toraja is all about :

1.  Witness Rambu Solo Funeral, the most expensive funeral you’ll ever find.

Rambu Solo Ceremony

Rambu Solo Funeral

It is interesting how Torajan believe the afterlife. The family consider their deceased are still alive until the proper funeral procession take place. The corpse is treated as a person who are sick, is dressed daily and is served regular meals and cigarettes. It could take months to years. For that period of time, the deceased is mummified by some formalin injections. They used to utilise certain balm made of herbs and some other natural ingredients to preserve the corpse, but formalin is preferable these days.

buffalos and pig are ready to be sacrificed

buffalos and pig are ready to be sacrificed

The funeral is festively extravagance. I am very lucky to witness it by my own. At that time, the ceremony last for around 7 days slaughtering 40 buffalos and more than 500 pigs. You can imagine how costly it was, even way more expensive than a Torajan wedding. It is advised that people wear black clothes to attend the funeral. I was wearing red T-shirt and I felt bad about it. The guide said that was actually fine since I was a visitor/tourist, but to be honest, I am not gonna do that if I have known since the first place.

Rambu Solo Funeral

Rambu Solo Funeral

Considering this wonderful event, make sure this funeral is in the top of your bucket list. My guide told me that the funeral procession frequently takes place in December or holiday season. Seriously, It was really mind-blowing!😯 I really have to write it down in separate article.

2. Visit Lemo Village

Stone Graves in Lemo Village

Stone Graves in Lemo Village

Tana Toraja has many stone graves. One of the most famous is in Lemo village. Located around 10 km south of Rantepao City, Lemo is believe have been exist for centuries. The corpse is placed in limestone cliff in certain height. The higher the position, the higher their social status. A wooden dolls called “tau-tau” is made as a replica of their ancestor. It is placed in the cliff facing the village which symbolise their visible presence to the people.

Tau Tau Maker

Tau Tau Maker

The guide told me the reason why their ancestors have made the stone graves in the cliff. Torajan believe that as a provision in the afterlife, the corpse and their wealth (coins, gold, and other treasure) must be placed altogether. Since the items were often been stollen, the burial site must be set in a high place.

It is recommended to visit the place in the morning around 9 AM when the sunlight is in right direction for good picture concerning the place is in the cliff.

3. Explore The Cave in Londa Village

Londa

Londa

Londa Village is quite identical to the one in Lemo. In Londa, the corpse is not only placed in the cliff wall but also somewhere in the cave. There are also tau-tau but not as well-organised as the one in Lemo.

Tau-Tau of Londa Village

Tau-Tau of Londa Village

There are several guy who will guide you through the cave that filled with so many skulls and coffins. Since I had hired a whole-package-guide since in Rantepao, so I had no idea how much entrance fee and tip should I give. Anyway, the cave-guide is friendly and very informative.

Inside the cave of Londa

Inside the cave of Londa

4. Posing in Front of The Original Tongkonan House in Ke’te Kesu’

Kete Kesu

Ke’te Kesu’

Ke’te kesu’ is a complete set of tourist attraction in Tana Toraja. There are burial site, traditional houses, museum, ceremonial grounds, and souvenir shop, not to mention rice field and its beautiful landscape. I came to the place in the afternoon so the place is quiet. The museum is closed already😥 . Some people said that the original Tongkonan House (Tana Toraja traditional house) is here in Ke’te’ Kesu’. There are 6 houses (left side of the pic) and 12 granaries (the right side).

graves and rotten coffins in Ke'te' Kesu'

Graves and rotten coffins in Ke’te’ Kesu’

5. Visit the Baby Graves in Kambira

Baby Graves

Baby Graves

Another astonishing thing you can find in Tana Toraja is Baby Grave in Kambira. If the adult’s corpse is placed in cliff wall or on the cave, the baby’s corpse is placed on the tree😯 According to the guide, that graves is named “passili” and is dedicated for a baby who die just after being delivered by the mother. They are recognised as innocent and should not be buried in the ground. Some other people said that the tree produces a lot of sap, so based on their believe,  it will substitute breast-milk.

6. Experience Toraja Coffee

Toraja Coffee

Toraja Coffee

Toraja coffee is one of the best Indonesian coffee. Sadly, I am not a coffee-addict that I can not really distinguish the taste to others. One thing that was very impressive to me is the coffee guru named Pak Suleman. He is really passionate one. Every day, he only produces 3 kg arabica coffee. To start with, he sorts every single coffee seeds. He choose “the male seeds” instead of the female one (I just know that there are gender in coffee:mrgreen: ). He roasts the seeds in a really really quiet night. The first “crack” is the best time to pick the seeds for further treatment. If the crack is too much then the quality will be no longer excellent.

He creates special “reactor” (roaster) made of clay and is heated on hot bricks. The infra-red emitted from the brick will help improve the quality. Beside that, pressure and temperature control plays such an important role. Anyway, I did not remember all of his explanation but as the one who have learnt a little bit of Chemical Engineering thermodynamics😎 , I think some of his explanation was make sense.

with Torajas Coffee Specialist

with Torajas Coffee Specialist

The most important is that the taste was really good according to my friend. He also have ever been interviewed by BBC. Wow. If you want to buy it as souvenir, a-200 gr costs around Rp.120.000. It serves in a state-of-the art packaging which he said as the international standard. That’s cool. Seriously, come and taste the coffee.🙂 .

7. Magnificent View of Bukit Nona

Bukit Nona of Enrekang Regency

Bukit Nona of Enrekang Regency

Actually, the place is not the part of Tana Toraja Regency, it is part of Enrekang instead. There’s a funny thing about the view. Guess what?:mrgreen: If you look it very detail, it looks like a Vag**a😆 , the guide even said Bukit Nona itself means “B*obs”:mrgreen: . This is closely related to folklore of the locals. Anyway, I love the view. It reminds me of Mount Rinjani’s view on the way to Segara Anak Lake. Next to bukit nona, there are some nice cliff that I think it is pretty much like Yosmite National Park😆 as seen on my desktop background in my mac😆 .

Another view in Bukit Nona

Another view in Bukit Nona