The Giant Rafflesia or Bunga Bangkai
The Giant Rafflesia or Bunga Bangkai may be included in the family of Amorphophallus titanum or Titan Arum - is indeed considered as one of the largest flower in the world. Also known as the "Corpse Flower" because of its foul smell, Amorphophallus titanum is a prized addition to a number of well-known botanical gardens around the world, including London's Kew Gardens, California's Huntington Botanical Gardens and Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens as well as at Bogor Botanical Garden Indonesia. The plants have become quite famous and always attract large crowds when a particular specimen blooms at one of the above locations or at a number of others gardens around the world. One such plant was also featured in Sir David Attenborough's outstanding BBC documentary The Private Life of Plants. In fact, the native habitat of Amorphophallus titanum is the rainforests of Sumatra, Indonesia.
So, welcome and visit Indonesia and explore more about the Titan Arun flower family!!!
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INDONESIA - THE EMERALD OF THE EQUATOR:
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Every part of Indonesia has a beautiful natural landscape, a gracefully GOD gives to our nation. Some part yes I must admit is bold and deforestated by irresponsible people for illegal logs businesses. Some because of the nature and heavy rain as Indonesia has two season that is rainy and dry.
Poverty and imbalance distribution of income and development, yes we still have that, but the central government as well as the local goverments work hard to revive the economy; because before the economic crisis hits Indonesia in 1997 our economy was steadily growing at 7 percent annualy. The second hit in 2007-2008 due to the drop of commodity prices that was almost coincide with the rapid increase of world oil price and the subprime mortgage financial crises, contribute a negative impacts to Indonesia's economy. The economy that had already experience a turbulance in 1997 now had to endure again the impacts of the world economic crises not to mention the impact of the Tsunami that hits Aceh in December 2004, earth quakes in Yogyakarta in May 2006, in Padalarang early of September 2006 and West Sumatera end of September 2009, as well as various eartquakes in many places of Indonesia in 2010.
But, do the country lost its beauty because of the economic turbulances and tha natural disasters? Not at all, neither in the country sides that I mentioned before, because they still have their beauty and extraordinary natural landscapes that we can enjoy till today.
So, why not trying to explore the beauty of Indonesia? This short slides will prove in itself, but by visiting Indonesia you can prove it yourself. Dont they said: "Seeing is believing"? Bring along your family and friends and have a nice trip in Indonesia. Welcome.
THE BATAK KARO TRADITIONAL WEDDING PARTY:
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THE BEAUTY 0F MYANMAR.
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I have many friends in Myanmar. Among them is Ms. Yin Yin, my class mate during my EPP ISS study in The Hague the Netherlands long ago; also Ms. Nwe, whom I met, in my short course in Wuhan China in 2008. Well, I really wish that I could meet with these two beautiful ladies, but I was not that lucky for I only stay there for 3 days during the ASEAN meeting in 2009.
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We can reach Pattaya in a comfortable 2-hours drive from Bangkok by taxi, or if we are in a big group, we can rent a van for 30.000 Baht one way, or about less than USD 100.- (USD 1 = 32.6 TBH). If we share it within the group of maximum 8 persons or even to 10 persons; it's not money at all!
The half-moon-shaped Pattaya Beach is 4 kilometers long with a road running parallel to the beach. It is actually free; to stroll along the beaches, but operators will charge you for the services they provided, i.e. the beach chair. A price is roughly $0.5 per chair, although bargaining is accustom in Thailand.
From the mid-section to the southern end of the area, there is a vast array of shops, department stores, boutiques, beauty salons, supermarkets, bars, discotheques, restaurants, nightclubs, souvenir stores, as well as other places of entertainment; .... And don't worry, free and clean public toilets with lemon or lavender flavor are also available along the beach. The complete compound that serves you the combination of such facilities is Central Centre.
Thai people in general love cleanliness and they are somehow a little bit artistic, so their food and room decoration rather similar with what we can find in the land of gods, Bali, Indonesia.
Public toilet facilities at Central Centre, Pattaya
During the riots and demonstration that costs many lives and casualties, the trend of tourists visiting Thailand is shrinking, although the riots actually taken place mainly in the centre of Bangkok City. After military actions, now we can see a slight increase in tourism business.
Today, it is quite safe to travel to Bangkok or Thailand in general, however don't forget to bring along the documents, such as passport, visa etc, because Thai immigration quite strict. Although the airport has been well equipped with biometric camera etc that does not guaranteed us to be freed by several unfriendly questions. Maybe, having a well equipped international export affect a cultural shock to some immigration officers, so that behave a little bit over reaction!
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