Category Archives: Indonesia

「淨屍節」- 印尼托拉查人緬懷親人的’馬聶聶’奇特習俗。

‘鬼節’,’活死人祭’,或’淨屍節’是馬聶聶的許多名稱,每三年在印尼南蘇拉威西島的托拉查舉行(Tana Toraja in South Sulawesi, Indonesia)。在這個節日,家屬將死去的親人木乃伊化的遺體由墓陵請出來淨屍、換上新衣、團聚。根據古老的民間傳說,屍體有行走的能力,所以也有趕屍一稱。 Continue reading

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The Ma’nene Ceremony of the Torajans in South Sulawesi – When Death Is Not the Last Good Bye

The Ma’nene Ceremony in Tana Toraja, South Sulawesi, Indonesia, is one of the most peculiar rituals on earth. The Ma’nene Ceremony  takes place once every three years, during which the mummified, dead family members and the live family members meet and reunite.  

The ceremony is also known as the “Walking Dead Ceremony” because many articles that have been published mention that the corpses are paraded around the village, and hence are seen as “walking”.  Folklore also has it that if someone died afar, the corpse is made to “walk” home under a spell. However, my guide is not too happy about the the term “walking dead” as he says that it’s an exaggeration, so I guess it all depends on what you want to believe.  Continue reading

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5D4N Belitung Itinerary, Indonesia.

Belitung Island of Indonesia lies on the east coast of Sumatra and it’s an hour’s flight away from Jakarta.  The island became famous because of a blockbuster Indonesian film – “Laskar Pelangi”, or Rainbow Troops, adapted from the same-titled novel by Andrea Hirata.  In this Belitung itinerary, you will find information on how to get around, places to go, things to do,  accommodation information and a cost breakdown of the trip (at the bottom of the post) if you were to travel to Belitung for 5 days.   Continue reading

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Babi Guling Pak Dobiel @ Bali, Indonesia

When you are in Bali, Babi Guling is the one food that you absolutely must try.  You can’t leave Bali without trying because it’s pretty much equivalent to visiting Penang and not eating char koay teow.  The ubiquitous babi guling, or roast suckling pig, is commonly found in small stalls known as “warung”.  The most famous one would be Ibu Oka in Ubud, popularised by Anthony Bourdain when he did a TV show on it. Continue reading

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19 Best Things to Do in Jakarta, Indonesia

A twist of fate brought my husband and I to Jakarta for a little longer than expected – we will be here for the next one year or so.  I can’t say I was entirely thrilled by this idea because I’ve always typically associated Jakarta for business trips or corporate functions and have never really looked at it from a travel point of view.  What’s there to see ? What’s there to discover ? What’s the history behind this sprawling city with more than 10 million people ? Continue reading

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10 Fun Things to Do on Bintan Island @ Indonesia

Bintan Island is located within the Riau Archipelago of Indonesia.  With its proximity to Singapore, it is often visited via a short ferry ride from Singapore  (45 minutes to 2 hours of duration depending on the port of arrival).  Other ways of reaching Bintan Island include ferry from Johor Bahru, Malaysia or direct flights from Jakarta, Indonesia.

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