Wednesday, October 3, 2012

How to make Rainbow Cake

The ingredients to make the Rainbow Cake
500 grams of sugar
6 eggs chicken (take egg whites only)
230 grams of butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 teaspoons baking powder
355 grams of milk
375 grams of flour
7-8 types of food coloring (like colors of the rainbow)
2 teaspoons of vanilla essence

100 grams of white butter
colored springkle
100 grams of cream cheese

  • Mix all the flour, vanilla, bakin powder and salt in a container. 
  • Whipped egg to resemble cream. 
  • Well-whipped butter and sugar until very soft, then add the egg whites that have been whipped before. 
  • Add the flour mixture alternately with milk into the egg mixture, and stir until blended. 
  • Pour batter into 6 containers, and give food coloring matches the color of your taste. 
  • Then Bake the dough into the oven with a temperature 160'c over a period of 20 minutes. 
  • When it's cold and stratified according stacking sequence of colors that you like. 
  • Beat the cream cheese and butter until creamy white and then apply on the cake 
  • Decorate the cake with oreo springkle or powder or whatever you like.  
  • Rainbow cake ready to be served.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Batak Museum in Tomok

Batak is one of the tribes that lived in the area Tapanuli - North Sumatra. Batak culture also has filled a very strong color would ancestral customs. When my friend CHE88 have free time for a vacation then Tapanuli region is a suitable place to relieve fatigue from daily work. One example of a vacation spot that is not less interesting than beautiful panorama of the world then the Lake Toba is one of them.

There you will enjoy the beautiful panorama with the object of the vast expanse of the lake covers an area of ​​3.658 km2 area, with a lake surface area of ​​1.103 km2. The rest of the area is approximately 43% of the area is hills and 30% mountainous, with the highest peak at 2,000 m above sea level.

If we moved to the area samosir across the island that dwells among islands. then there is still frequently encountered and even custom homes batak museum.
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Monday, October 1, 2012

Kota Intan Bridge

Kota Intan Bridge was constructed in the 17th century by the Dutch government to connect the West Kali Besar and East Kali Besar. Kota Intan Bridge located at Kota Tua Jakarta which was known as Batavia on the time of Duta colonial. Kota Intan Bridge was made of wood and equipped with leverage to get the lower side of the bridge up when there was ship or boat passed by. In the Dutch colonial time the ships which deliver spicy from hinterland to the warehouse would pass by Kota Intan Bridge.

In the government of Indonesia, Kota Intan Bridge was restored and was made to be permanent; hence it can’t be leveraged anymore. The reason behind because at the moment there’s no mo ships pass trough the bridge. It was told that a famous painter Vincent Van Gogh had visited Batavia before and painted a painting of Kota Intan Bridge.


Kota Intan Bridge had several names before it finally named as Kota Intan Bridge. After being constructed by Dutch government, the bridge was named as English Bridge (Engeise Brug), as at that time not far away from the bridge; a fort that belonged to England was under construction. Later on the name of the bridge was changed to Central Bridge, which estimated due to the management of the bridge which was control by Nederland Indies government. In the 1900th year the bridge’s name was changed again to be Chicken Market Bridge (Hoenderpasarbrug) due to there was a busy chicken market next to the bridge. In 1938, in the government of Queen Juliana, the bridge was renovated and the name was changed to be Queen Juliana Bridge (Ophaalsburg Juliana). Last, the name was changed to Kota Intan Bridge due to near the bridge there’s a castile which name was “Diamond” (diamond = intan in Indonesian Languange).

Other Interesting Places Near to Kota Intan Bridge

You can also find other interesting places near Kota Intan Bridge such as Jakarta History Museum, Wayang Museum, Fine Art and Ceramic Museum, Bank Mandiri Museum, Bank Indonesia Museum, Jakarta Kota Station (Beos), Maritime Museum, Sunda Kelapa Harbor, Syahbandar Tower, Batavia Café, Batavia Hotel and other old buildings. Glodok area which is like the China Town of Jakarta is only 1-2 km away from Kota Intan Bridge. You can also find Jaya Ancol Dreamland Park with many amusement facilities like Dunia Fantasy, SeaWorld Indonesia, and Gelanggang Samudera in just 3-5 km away from Kota Intan Bridge.

    If you’re a history lover and is visiting or in Jakarta City at the moment, then you may find Kota Intan Bridge at Kota Tua Jakarta as an interesting object.

    If you plan to visit Kota Intan Bridge and other interesting places at Kota Tua area by walk, it’s recommended to start your visit there since morning to avoid the stinging heat of the sun. You may need to wear a cover for your head like hat or umbrella and wear comfortable footwear. Besides by walk, you can also try to ride bicycle ojek which can easily be found at Kota Tua area.

    You can visit Kota Intan Bridge and Kota Tua Jakarta by riding personal vehicle or taxi. You can also alternatively ride TransJakarta Busway from the first corridor, which routed from Blok M to Kota Tua. If you ride the Trans Jakarta Busway, you can get off at Kota Station which is where busway from the first corridor ended. Kota Intan Bridge is about 700 meters away from Kota Station.

Inscription Museum (Museum Prasasti)

Inscriptions Museum occupies a culture preserve building, an inheritance building from the colonial time. It was formerly a funeral park of Dutch and European people which than restored and modified to be Inscription Museum with the collections located at the open air area. The collections are located at a 1.2 hectares area, and for it Inscription Museum is also called as Inscription Park. Inscription Museum exhibits selected gravestone inscriptions from the historical relic and work of arts from the past that combined the work of sculptor, carver, calligrapher, and man of letters.

As mentioned above, the current Inscription Park located at an ex funeral. The name of the funeral is Kebon Jahe Kober, a funeral area for officers and prominent figures, especially for Dutch and European. The funeral started to be utilized in 1795 and the main building of funeral constructed in 1844 with Doria style. Behind the main building there’s a building called Balairung Building, functioned as ritual ceremonial hall before the burial carried out. Balairung Building consists of two halls, one at the right side and the other one at the left side. The right side the building used as a place to lie down female bodies, while the left side building used as a place to lie down male bodies.

After the freedom of Indonesia, the funeral was still used as a public funeral, especially for Christian people. In 1975, Kebon Jahe Kober funeral was closed. DKI Jakarta government considered that the ex Kebon Jahe Kober funeral has a potency to be developed as a museum. Therefore the government conducted a restoration and redesigning of selected gravestone inscriptions at the funeral area. In 1977, Inscription Museum which also known as Inscription Park was officially announced by Ali Sadikin, DKI Jakarta governor at that time.

The InscriptionsThe collection of Inscription Museum consists of inscriptions in the form of ancient gravestone, monument or pillar, goblet, statue, antique corpse carriage, bouquet, flat sided stone, replica and miniature of typical funeral from 27 provinces in Indonesia. At the back yard of Balairung Building there’re collections of bronze medal bells which previously used to give a sign that there’s somebody died. The bell was rang continuously to welcome the corpse while giving a sign for the funeral staffs to be prepared for the burial ritual. Inscription collections in the Inscription Museum are selected inscriptions from the work of talented carver and designer, used as a realization of the family and relatives feeling. When you see the inscriptions, as if they can talk through the deep meaning of the script on them. On one of the gravestone inscription at the Inscription Museum, there's a script written in Dutch saying “SOO GY. NU SYT. WAS. IK VOOR DEESEN DAT. JK, NV BEN SVLT GY OOK WEESEN”, which means “Like you are now, I was before. And like I’m now, thus you will be one day”.

Most of the gravestone inscriptions were from many prominent figures from many fields such military, education, art, science, religion and many others. Some of them were General Major J.H.R Kohler, Dr. W.R. Stutterheim, Dr. H.F Roll, Pieter Erberveld, Olivia Mariamne Raffles, Miss Riboet and Soe Hok Gie. There’re a total of 1700 collections at Inscription Museum.

    Since Inscription Museum is a museum at an open air area with many big trees, so there’re potentially many mosquito there. It’s recommended to bring anti-mosquito lotion before visiting Inscription Museum.

    The location of Inscription location is about 1.5 to 2 km away from the National Museum. To reach the Inscription Museum you could ride personal vehicle, taxi or bajaj.

Interest to Visit 
Inscription Museum (Museum Prasasti)

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Indonesia National Monument (Monas)


Indonesia National Monument or what Indonesian and Jakarta people usually call as Monas is a monument built to remember the struggle of Indonesian heroes fighting the colonial domination. Monas was built based on the idea of the first president of Indonesia, Ir. Soekarno, with the help of Sudarsono and Friedrich  Silaban as the architect, and Ir. Rooseno as the consultant. It’s builts on an area with a width of 80 hectares. Monas was officially open on 17th August 1961 by President Soekarno, and publicly open on 12th July 1971.

The top of Monas shaped like a flame, symbolizing a never extinguished spirit of Indonesian people. The flame was made of bronze medal which weight was 14.5 ton, and was plated with 35 kg gold. The flame has 6 meters diameter and consist of 77 concentrated parts.

The standing pillar of Monas which height is 137 meters, symbolizing a rice pestle, while the cup symbolizing a rice barn. Rice pestle and barn are traditional tools to pound rice, figuring out Indonesia as an agricultural country. They’re also regarded as the symbol of Indonesian people’s fertility, and as the symbol of male and female.

Jakarta people usually utilize Monas area as a place for sport activities, in the morning and afternoon time. Most people visit Monas on weekend and holidays.

The Top Yard

You could reach the top of Monas by elevator. Surrounding the elevator there are emergency latter to be used in case of emergency. From the top yard you could enjoy the view of Jakarta City and the wind blowing and caressing your face. In a clear weather you could enjoy the view of Salak Mountain at the south side, the ocean at the north side, and Soekarno-Hatta International Airport at the west side. While you're in Monas area it's recommended to get into the top yard and enjoy the views from the top.
Maritime Museum Ragunan Zoo Schmutzer Primate CenterThousand Islands Planetarium     

Independence Room

This room is located at the cup side of Monas, and has an amphitheater shape. In this room were kept the map of Indonesia, the red and white flag of Indonesia, the symbol of Indonesia, which is Garuda, and the replica of Indonesian independence proclaim script at the gateway. You could request the officer there to open the gateway so you could see the script replica while listening to the recorded voice of President Soekarno when he was reading the script.
Inscription MuseumKota Intan BridgeSyahbandar TowerJakarta Kota StationJalan Surabaya     

National History Museum

National History Museum located at the baseman of National Monument (Monas). The width of the museum is 6400 meters (80 x 80), and the whole walls, floor, and pillars are top layered with marble. The museum can hold up to 500 people. At the four sides of the museum there are display windows that shows the life and phenomenon that Indonesian people has gone through since Indonesian ancient time.
Park Area

Monas ParkThe park area which surrounds the monument is organized nicely. There are several kinds of plants from various region of Indonesia in the park. There’re many seats provided under big trees.  You could see the cultivation of spotted dears that were originated from Istana Bogor, at the park. There’re also pathways structured from green thin stone for you to have your feet massaged by walking on it un-shoes. There’re a pool with fountain and the statue of Princess Diponegoro riding a horse which made of 8 ton bronze medal on the park. This statue was made by Italian artist, Prof. Coberlato as a grant from Dr. Mario, Honores Consulate General in Indonesia. The statue is located near the gate of the tunnel which leads to the monument.
Fountain Attraction

Fountain Attraction at Monas
Fountain attraction conducted at Monas Park on every Saturday and Sunday, started from 07:00pm to 08:00pm.

Duration of the attraction take about 35 minutes, accompanied by several songs like Jali-Jali, Lenggak-Lenggok Jakarta, Kopi Dangdut, Lambadia, Winter game, dan Rocketer.
Other Places Near to Monas

Other places located near to Monas are the President Palace, National Museum, The Golden Chariot (Kereta Kencana) Sculpture, Gambir Train Terminal, Bank of Indonesia, Indosat Building (the second biggest telecommunication company in Indonesia), Supreme Court, Immanuel Church, Jalan Thamrin.


    Most of the time the weather is quite hot in day time in Jakarta, hence it’s better to visit Monas in the morning, afternoon or evening time. However if you choose to visit in the day time, do not forget to bring umbrella or hat to cover your head from the sun.
    If you visit Monas in the morning you could avoid the long queue to the monument, especially on weekend and holiday. It might be more comfortable to visit on week days.
    You could reach Monas either by taxi or bus. If you like to try the bus, it would be more comfortable and safe to use Trans Jakarta Busway. Busway with Blok M to Kota Tua (Old City) route will stop at Monas Busway Terminal.

Interest to Visit Monas
Tour Guide
Mr. Hermawan

Wayang Museum (Shadow Puppet Museum)

Wayang is a theatrical performance employing puppets or human dancer. The puppet could be made of leather which perform shadow puppets play, or of wooden. Wayang Museum (used to be called as Shadow Puppet Museum as well) is a museum which keeps collections of wayang from various territories in Indonesia and even from other countries. The idea of building Wayang Museum started when H. Ali Sadikin, the governor of DKI Jakarta, attended the second wayang museum week in 1974.  With the support of the committee of the wayang museum week, wayang lovers, and the governor of DKI Jakarta, then the building at Jalan Pintu Besar Utara # 27, West Jakarta decided to be Wayang Museum. The museum was officially open on 13th August, 1975 by the governor of DKI Jakarta, H. Ali Sadikin.

History of Wayang Museum Building

wayang museum

Wayang Museum Building was constructed at a former old church location, which built by VOC in 1640 with a name of “de oude Hollandsche Kerk”. The church was functioned as a house of worship for Dutch civil and military in Indonesia until 1732. In 1733 the church was renovated and the name was changed to be “de nieuwe Hollandsche Kerk”. The building existed until 1808, until an earthquake broke it making the church could not be occupied anymore. On the location where the church previously stood, a building then constructed, it's the one stands there currently, which initially functioned as a warehouse belonged to Geo Wehry & Co. Initially in 1912, the front side of Wayang Museum was constructed with a Neo Renaissance style, but then in 1938 the whole building was renovated and adjusted to be like Dutch buildings in the colonization time. The open garden of Wayang Museum which located at the former yard of the Holland church was estimated as the funeral of General Governor Jan Peiterszoon Coen.


Leather WayangThe collections of Wayang Museum are very various, in both small and big size. Wayang Museum collects Indonesian leather wayangs, like Kedu, Tejokusuman, Ngabean, Surakarta, Banyumas, Cirebon, Gedog, Sadat, Madia Krucil, Sasak, Kaper, Wahyu, Kijang Kencana, Ukur, Suluh, Klitik, and Beber. Wayang Museum has collections of scarce wayang as well like Intan wayang, Suket, Beber and Revolusi.  Besides, Wayang Museum also has some collections of wooden wayang like Catur, Cepak Cirebon, Kebumen, Pekalongan, Bandung, Gundala-Gundala from Tanah Karo, and Si Gale-Gale from Tanah Batak. There are collections of mask which were sourced from Cirebon, Bali, and Center Java. Some other stuffs are also displayed in Wayang Museum, like gamelan, Blencong lamp, glass wayang, zinc wayang, and paintings. There’re some collections that sourced from abroad, some of them are from Kelantan, Malaysia, Suriname, France, Cambodia, and Thailand.

  •      World Heritage of Masterpiece Creation

On 7th November, 2003, the United Nation recognized Indonesian wayang as the world heritage of masterpiece creation. Hence, if you visit Jakarta you should put Wayang Museum in one of interesting places list that you must visit.

  •     Wayang Museum conducts wayang presentation periodically on every second, third and fourth Sunday every month, from 10:00am to 14:00pm.

  •     Wayang Museum located next to Fatahillah Square, and near to Jakarta History Museum as well as Fine Art and Ceramic Museum which are also interesting to visit.

  •     Wayang Museum located at Kota Tua (Old City)area which previously known as Batavia. There are many buildings inherited from Batavia age around the museum, like Red Shop (Toko Merah), Kota Intan Bridge, Batavia Hotel, Maritime Museum (Museum Bahari), Syahbandar Tower, Sunda Kelapa Harbor.

  •     Bank Mandiri Museum and Bank Indonesia Museum located at the cross of busway terminal, about 300 meters away from Wayang Museum. If you are interested in Indonesian money and banking history, then you should visit these museums. You might want to enjoy the Kota Tua Station for the unique inside the station, and seeing the activities inside.

  •     To reach Wayang Museum you could ride a taxi or public transportation, like busway. If you choose to ride busway, please ride the first corridor busway with Blok M to Kota Tua route. You need to get off at the Kota Tua Terminal (Old City Terminal) which is the last terminal where the busway will stop before go back to Blok M. You could reach Wayang Museum by walk from the terminal, since the distance is only about 300 meters, or you could ride a bicycle which local people call as bicycle ojek.

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The Batavia / Jakarta Heritage

Kota Tua, Jakarta is an area of Dutch colonization inheritance which was well-known as Batavia in the 17th century. At Kota Tua area you can see old buildings with architecture style influenced by the Dutch or European architecture style, Chinese and even some of them with combination of Dutch and Chinese architecture. Some of the old buildings at Kota Tua area occupied as museums by the governor of DKI Jakarta. Kota Tua is one of a very interesting place or area to visit when you travel to Jakarta since it’s a center of historical tourism object in Jakarta.
Kota Tua

Interesting places or tourism objects you could see at Kota Tua, Jakarta are including Jakarta History Museum (which is also called as Fatahillah Museum), Wayang Museum, Fine Art and Ceramic Museum, Bank Mandiri Museum, Bank Indonesia Museum, Jakarta Kota Station (is also called Beos), Maritime Museum (Museum Bahari), Sunda Kelapa Harbor, Kota Intan Bridge, Syahbandar Tower, Batavia Café, Batavia Hotel and other old buildings.


Building with Europe Architecture Kota Tua, Jakarta, was the pioneer of the current Jakarta City. It was started from a small port at the mouth of Ciliwung River in about centuries ago. The port city was then developed became a busy international trading center. Journals from European journalists in the 16th century said that there’s a city, named Kalapa (Kelapa in Sundanese called kalapa, means coconut), seemed as the main port for a Hindu Kingdom named Sunda, with a capital of Pajajaran, located near to the current location of Bogor. Portuguese was the first fleet from Europe that came to the Kalapa Port. Kalapa, the port city was then attacked by Demak Kingdom, a kingdom in Kalapa neighborhood, under the leadership of Fatahillah. Kalapa Port was successfully conquered on 22nd June 1527 and since then the name was changed from Sunda Kalapa to Jayakarta, which means city of glory or victory. The date of 22nd June 1527 was then celebrated as the birthday of Jakarta City.

The Dutch came and taken away Jayakarta in the end of 16th century under the leadership of Jan Pieterszoon Coen. The Dutch changed the name of Jayakarta became Batavia and constructed buildings with the architecture style as they had in their country. In the Japanese colonization time from 1942 to 1945, the name of Batavia was changed to Jakarta (Jayakarta).

Swift Code / Roating Number list for Indonesian Banks

 To make Transaction between International Bank Wire Transfer using a method ( or also known as Telegraphic Transfer ), You need the Swift Code ( Society for World-Wide Interbank Financial Telecommunication )

The Unique Code in the form of CAPITAL, Where the last Three Letters XXX, Which is Owned by each Bank for the purpose of Transfer Money to and from foreign countries

Here the Bank list include the SWIFT CODE / ROATING NUMBER

  2. Hagabank: HAGAIDJA
  3. Bank Artha Graha: ARTGIDJA
  4. Bank Bumiputera Indonesia: BUMIIDJA
  5. Bank Bumi Arta Indonesia: BBAIIDJA
  6. Bank Buana Indonesia: BBIJIDJA
  7. Bank Danamon: BDINIDJA
  8. Bank Mandiri (not Bank Syariah Mandiri): BEIIIDJA
  9. Bangkok Bank: BKKBIDJA
  10. Bank Niaga: BNIAIDJA
  11. Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI): BNINIDJA
  12. Bank BNP Paribas Indonesia: BNPAIDJA
  13. Bank Resona Perdania: BPIAIDJA
  14. Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI): BRINIDJA
  15. Bank Bukopin: BBUKIDJA
  16. Bank Central Asia (BCA): CENAIDJA
  17. Deutsche Bank AG: DEUTIDJA
  18. Bank Mizuho Indonesia: MHCCIDJA
  19. Hongkong and Shanghai Banking (HSBC): HSBCIDJA
  20. Bank Internasional Indonesia (BII): IBBKIDJA
  21. Bank Indonesia: INDOIDJA
  22. Lippobank: LIPBIDJA
  24. Pan Indonesia Bank: PINBIDJA
  25. Bank Rabobank International Indonesia: RABOIDJA
  26. Bank UFJ Indonesia (formerly Bank Sanwa Indonesia): SAINIDJA
  27. Bank Swadesi: SWBAIDJA
  28. Bank Tabungan Negara (BTN): BTANIDJA
  29. Bank UOB Indonesia: UOBBIDJA
  30. Bank Permata: BBBAIDJA
  31. Bank Maybank Indocorp: MBBEIDJA
  32. Bank Chinatrust Indonesia: CTCBIDJA
  33. Woori Bank Indonesia: HVBKIDJA
  34. Bank Sumitomo Mitsui Indonesia: SUNIIDJA
  35. Bank Finconesia: FINBIDJA
  36. Bank OCBC Indonesia: OCBCIDJA
  37. Bank Kesawan: AWANIDJA
  38. Bank Commonwealth: BICNIDJA
  39. Bank Ekonomi Raharja: EKONIDJA
  40. Bank DBS Indonesia: DBSBIDJA
  41. Bank CIC International (formerly Bank Century Intervest Corp): CICTIDJA
  42. Bank Ekspor Indonesia: BEXIIDJA
  43. Bank Mega: MEGAIDJA
  44. Bank of China, Jakarta Branch: BKCHIDJA
  45. Bank Syariah Mandiri (not Bank Mandiri): BSMDIDJA

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