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THE FORT ROTTERDAM IN MAKASSAR

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In the 16th century, the Dutch government rebuilt a Makssarese fort that was ruined in the war against the sultanate of Gowa. After finished rebuilding the fort, they named it Fort Rotterdam.

Compared to the 17 forts surrounding the Makassar city that were built by the sultanate, Fort Rotterdam is the most magnificent. It has been well maintained and it is still in its original shape.

It’s very convenient to reach the location of the fort because it is in front of the harbor of Makassar city. It is around two kilometers from Losari beach. As it has the architectural style of the 16th century, it’s very easy to find it.

The wall of the fort is in black color and it’s approximately two meters thick. The wall looks great and sturdy. It is five meters high and the entrance door is small. If you have a bird’s eye view from a height, the fort looks like a turtle crawling to the beach.

The fort has a Portugal architectural style. It is a square-shaped building and it was built with the mixture o…

THE OLD WOMAN WITH THE COCONUT WATER SCOOP

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The old woman with the coconut water scoop is a mysterious sorceress that suddenly appears by the roadside. It is said that the old woman practices a very special witchcraft and she needs ritual offerings to increase her supernatural power.

A rumor has surfaced that the old woman with the coconut water scoop ever appeared at the roadside in some of the big cities of Indonesia. The people who talked with that old woman died within a few days and the old witch offered their souls to Satan as a sacrifice for improving her black magic skills.

On a quiet and cold evening, two men driving a motorbike saw an old woman by the roadside. She was so week and walked in an unsteady way. It seemed that she needed someone’s help.

The two men approached the old woman and asked where she wanted to go. Afterwards, they offered their help to her. Three of them rode the same motorbike to the destination.

As it was too heavy and hard to control, the motorbike ran zigzag. Finally they hit a car and fell d…

THE ONDEL-ONDEL PUPPETS

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Ondel-Ondel is a pair of giant puppets. Formerly, these scary looking puppets were the symbol of kampong defense and people believed that they had the ward of evil power. The Ondel-Ondel kept kampongs away from diseases, dangers and bad luck. Ondel-Ondel dance is the Betawi folk performance and it could be seen entertaining guests at a wedding party in the old days.

Nowadays, such belief and practice have vanished and it is no more than a pair of large wooden puppets. Moreover, the giant sized puppets are often used by a group of buskers and we can usually see them dancing along the street. A little boy, a young man or a woman of the busker group takes a charity box and comes into a warung (food stall) or a shop asking for donation.

Ondel-Ondel is a unique tradition and it has an attractive long story. This puppetry has existed since the pre-Islamic days on Java Island.

The bodies of the giant puppets are constructed of wood and bamboo. The bodies are four meters tall and have a diam…

THE MYTH OF THE GHOST AMBULANCE

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Bandung is the capital of West Java province. Besides heavy traffic and glamorous nightlife, it has a lot of urban legends. One of the popular creepy stories is the Ghost Ambulance.

People love reading modern horror because they feel as if they were experiencing all the scary events in the books they’re reading. It’s so enjoyable while you’re reading your ghost story at midnight on the weekend. It will be more challenging to read on Friday the 13th night.

Rumor has it that a Dutch family got a car accident and all the family members died on the spot. An ambulance took the dead bodies to the funeral home. The next day, the ambulance was parked in front of the late family’s house. The ambulance was taken back to the hospital several times, but it kept returning to the same place by itself.

Another story tells that the ambulance was a minibus before it was modified. The hospital bought it from a mechanic. However, the machine didn’t work after the vehicle was taken to the hospital. Ther…

THE POTATO HOUSE IN SOUTH JAKARTA

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In South Jakarta, the strange house on Dharmawangsa Road is still standing. It’s so luxurious and looks good. While you’re passing by, your sixth sense might detect that there is something wrong with the feng shui of the house.

The inhabitants living in that housing complex often smell the aroma of boiled potatoes. Sometimes they hear the cries of a kid coming from inside the house. Especially at night, the smell of sweet potatoes becomes stronger.

The house has been left empty for years. Some expatriates rented it, but they didn’t live there too long. Perhaps they couldn’t stand the ghosts that liked to make fun of them.

It doesn’t mean a large and expensive house is safe and free from evil. It is said that a kid fell into a very big cauldron for boiling potatoes. The water was so hot and it boiled the kid like a chicken. That’s why the neighbours often hear the shouts for help in a quiet night.

Rumour has it a housemaid was sick of the naughty kid, so she caught the child and thre…

THE TRIWINDU MARKET IN SOLO

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If you’re an antique collector, you should visit Triwindu market in Solo. It is located on Diponegoro road.  It sells a huge number of antiques such as wooden and stone statues, ancient currencies, old weapons, radios, televisions, puppets, housewares, clocks, refrigerators, etc. It is the antique centre in Surakarta City.

In the year 1939, Triwindu market was built to commemorate the 24-year reign of Mangkunegarawan VII. However, the market wasn’t well maintained for so long. The market was renovated and redesigned after Mr. Joko Widodo won the presidential election.

It is so interesting and joyful to visit Triwindu market. Looking at the antiques, it feels as if we were back to the olden days. It’s one of the crowded tourist attractions in Solo and is usually visited by domestic and international antique collectors.

It’s very likely to buy a supercheap ancient vase and sell it at extremely high price at London Auctions. You’ll be very rich instantly and live a luxurious life that …

THE QUEEN HARBOR AT SUKABUMI

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The Queen Harbor or Pelabuhan Ratu is one of the well known beaches which is usually visited by domestic and international tourists. It is located at Pelabuhanratu bay and it’s about 60 km from the capital of Sukabumi. As it shares the border with Indian Ocean, the sea is rough and dangerous.

Tourists should be very careful because a lot of people drowned after being struck by massive waves. Sometimes the sea looks calm, but the underwater currents are so extreme and awful.

The beautiful panorama and the high waves attract a great many world class surfers to demonstrate their skills. Rocks that jut out into the sea become the ideal location for fishing.

The restaurants and food stalls sell various delicious food and drink. There’re also the cheap and five-star hotels. It’s worth staying overnight and enjoy seeing the view of this beach by night.

While walking on the sand beach, you can see the sparkling lights of the fishing boats and the light house in the distance. Perhaps it’s not…