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How to Use Your Pasmo or Suica Card

IC cards are lifesavers that would make your travel in Tokyo so much easier and commute less of a headache. You are able to use your card anywhere in Tokyo. It’s very simple to use, and these handy IC cards can even be used as electronic money to shop at convenience stores as well as at a lot of major stores anywhere in Japan.

Using Pasmo and Suica card in Japan

Craving for an onigiri or sando for snacks? You won’t have to deal with the 30 Yen coin changes that would just make your wallet heavy. Whether it’s PASMO or Suica, how do you use your IC card? These are some of the basics in using your IC card to make your travel in Japan so much easier.

How do you get your cards?

Whether you land at Haneda or Narita airports, you will be able to obtain both PASMO and Suica cards at their designated places. PASMO can be obtained at the Keikyu Railway Station at the Haneda Airport, while Suica can be purchased at the JR Stations.

They have English menu at their ticket machines so you don’t have to worry about figuring out the how-tos during your time purchasing. If you order the Japan Rail Pass, you also ave the option for the IC card to be delivered to your hotel or even to your home before departure.

However, most of the time this would be unnecessary as you will be able to get PASMO or Suica almost virtually anywhere in Tokyo.

Top Up Your Balance

You can easily top up your balance at any of Tokyo stations using the fare adjustment machines available at the stations.

The minimum top of for obtaining the card is 1,000 JPY, in which the 500 Yen would be a deposit for the card, that can be refunded after you ‘re not using your card anymore. The rest would be your cards balance.

After the initial top up, you can add to your balance using coins, the smallest amount is 10 Yen. Too bad 1 Yen coins can’t be used to top up your card. But getting rid of coins of 10 Yen and above would help in making your purse less heavy with coins that are a hassle to use.

Return your card

Once you have reached the end of your stay in Japan, you’re able to return your IC card to get your remaining balance in cash. However, you can only return your card in Tokyo.

Make sure to go to the respective stations, Suica users to JR East Stations, while PASMO to non-JR subway lines. You would be able to return your Pasmo or Suica at any major train stations in Tokyo, for example, Ikebukuro stations, Shinjuku stations, Tokyo stations, etc. However, this won’t be necessary if you only have little to no balance left.

The card is valid for 10 years, and you’ll be able to use your IC card again if you’re coming back to Japan. You can even save the card as a souvenir from your travel, a reminder of your trip in Japan.

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A Simple Happiness From a Lightweight Hammock

The lightweight hammock is now even more popular among travellers. It doesn’t matter where you are going to travel to, closer to your neighbourhood or far away at another city, province and even cross-country, if you are going in a trip, you are possible to need a hammock.

Simple happiness from a lightweight hammock

For the travelling where most of your times will be spent at outdoors, buy and bring along your lightweight hammock can give you many advantages. Not only because of its weight that we are going to talk about, but more than that.

People are usually try for finding the different way to experience the trip or adventure they are taking. Some of them are creative and have their own unique ways to enjoy their journey, while the others are the regular people like you and me whom just need a fresh air without doing nothing but couple of selfies for our social media accounts. But, it doesn’t matter what kind of person and traveller you are, bringing the lightweight hammock in a trip can gives us the same beautiful and unique chances to be explored.

Swinging can be the best time for children when playing at the ground. They could “fly” backward and forward for as long as they want. They are laughing which will make most of the parents agree with what they are doing. But now, that childhood story can also be experienced by the young boys and teenagers, the adults, and even the older people. All of us can get our own happiness (for example) while camping with the parachute hammock at the backyard.

You may not smiling as those swinging children, you may not swinging as well as they did, but you will be above the ground for as higher as you need to experience the slowly swinging. Even though you won’t be as cheerful as the children, but you can still feel more happier than before. It is because when you are using the lightweight hammock, you can see things differently. Just 1 meter or more above the ground, the view you are about to see in front of you will also unique.

What if you are giving yourself a moment to enjoy the outdoor camping. Try it once for at least couple of hours with you hammock. You can’t be burdened by it because hundreds of grams of hammock weight shouldn’t tiring your body. Find a near camping spots such as the garden, the park, or beside the river where you can set it up and then, see the magical ways it could treats you.

If you have got your own best position inside a hammock, I am sure that a relaxing moment is about to start. You will also enjoy the nature view around if the site is possible for that, but even if you can only see the skies through the tree leafs, sometimes that will also make your feeling even better.

You don’t have to experience all the happiness in this world. Sometimes, we simply just need one or two simple things that actually worked.

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6 Things to Do Whenever You Go Traveling

Travelling is not an obligation. People sometimes consider it as cure for stress. Thus, there are no actual rules or procedures on how you go traveling. Whether you go travelling to local attractions or overseas, you can do what you want to do since it is your time for freedom.

Things to do whenever you go traveling

However, it is obvious that every traveler prefers a travel with no to little hassle. The easier the travel, the more fun you get. So what you need to make your travel easier and hassle free? Here are some tips for you:

  1. You may think that you can get everything from the internet. Well, while that’s not truly wrong, it is much better for you to gain more information from the locals while traveling. Aside from gaining needed information, this is a great chance for you to get away from the confines of your resort. The locals might give your recommended places to go aside from the already popular one. You might as well try the recommendation and find out if it’s worth to visit.
  2. Traveling with private transportation aims for hassle free exploration. However, is is more fun to take public transportation while travelling. This way you can feel the vibe of the local deeply. You will be able to adapt with the neighborhoods better this way. Just make sure you know your destination or at least bring a map so you’re not getting lost. Be aware of your belongings while taking public transportation.
  3. Always record your memories whenever you visit a place at your travel destination. Taking photos or videos is a must when it comes to fun travelling. This is a great way to keep the memories safe so you can look back later when you miss them at home. The records will remind you that you have experienced so much fun from your traveling.
  4. Don’t miss local foods while traveling. There are many tourist attractions you can visit but skipping local foods is a big mistake. This is something you need to do so you learn better about the locals. Instead of Googling, you can ask the locals for recommended restaurants or even street foods.
  5. Pay respect to people around you whenever you go while traveling. It is the most decency to show respect to others. Don’t be a rude tourist just because the things you see from the locals is different from what you believe. The locals will appreciate you more if you greet them in their native language even for the simplest phrase. This shows your genuine respect and appreciation to the locals.
  6. Spend your night to explore more the place you visit. Instead of rolling around in the hotel room, it is better to check out the night life of the locals. You may find interesting live music, festivals, or special events while traveling around the city. This can be a spontaneous act where you just ignore the maps. However, make sure you wander around safe places and open spaces so you won’t get lost or be in danger.
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Popular Things To Do If You Travel To Komodo Island

Have you planned your travel to Komodo Island? I doubt that you have never heard about this island, although it can be the true.

Travel to Komodo Island: A man with a Komodo dragon

Getting close to Komodo Island can be the child’s dream for some people. You may have read about it on magazines, was watching it on National Geographic channel or YouTube’s videos, or read an article about the Flores Islands and the National Komodo Park. Doesn’t matter how do you know it, travel to Komodo Island should have included into your adventure list.

There are many reasons for that, but you may be surprised with thousands of the living dragons at the there if you really never heard about the island before. I know that they aren’t the flying dragons as in your imagination but the reptiles. Still, as the biggest lizard on earth so far, most of the scientists, travelers, and people as a whole are calling it the dragon. See the image below why is that.

Best travel to Komodo Island itinerarises

Now, you have known one of what you are possible to see and meet if you have a plan to travel to Komodo Island. In case you are coming at the short days or weeks in the future, you may interesting in knowing what the best things to do and where other possible islands to enjoy the adventure. Simply, I will talk about the best destinations and things you can do since you may know nothing about traveling through the islands.

Keep in mind that I may won’t includes meet the dragons as one of itineraries you are going to be done, this is because you have big chances that you will see the Komodo dragons not only at Komodo Island, but also any other around islands. So, even though it can be so special, but thank’s, not today.

1. Exploring the city of Labuan Bajo

Both are at the different islands either the Labuan Bajo or the Komodo Island. I mean it when I included the Labuan Bajo as one of the place you have to explore. it is because of your travel to Komodo Island mostly will be as a travel package. You can’t really go to Komodo Island by yourself, except you want to use your own boat.

If you are coming to visit the Komodo Island, Labuan Bajo will be your last flight stop. There’s nothing you can do to continue your journey to Komodo Island but by boat. The hotel or an accommodation you will be reserved for your stay is also possible at Labuan Bajo, except you are reserving the Komodo Island Liveaboard package where you can enjoy the leisure travel on board.

While you are in Labuan Bajo before travel to Komodo Island, If you’ve got some times, you’d better start exploring the city and its surround. But worry not since I’ll tell you what you can do at there right after your flight landed and found an accommodation.

Labuan Bajo is the heaven for the seafood lovers, even there is the fish market for that called as Pasar Baru. All the fishes mostly are the fresh ones, so you should be enjoy the fresh food as well. Ask the sellers to cook the fish you like in any possible ways they could, then you will only wait for minutes and ready to enjoy the seafood.

For some travelers who wait one or two days before their travel schedule to Komodo Island, Labuan bajo can also be the perfect place for chasing the sunset. You can find the spot for that easily and will see the sun sets on the west with the sea, islands and fisherman boats as the main scenery before your eyes.

Think that both of above itineraries are too usual and need to find the special adventure at Labuan Bajo? Find the Rangko Cave to swim inside the cave, Cunca Wulang Canyon & Waterfalls to enjoy the watery pleasures. Hiking, canyoning, swimming, and more, you can even spend half of the day there.

2. Hiking and taking great pictures on the hill of Padar Island

Among many of the wild islands around Komodo Island, Padar Island is also a must visited one. The view of the island from the top looks unique and you may will be amazed by it. Hiking to the peak of the hill can only takes you from 20 minutes to around 1 hour, this is not as serious as hiking the mountain.

You can still have fun while occasionally look to the seascape below with amazing island view.

Padar Island is one of the best you can visit during your travel to Komodo Island because of its scenery. The island shaped as if it is branching out, makes it the perfect place to create the great landscape images or use it as the best background for your photographs.

3. What actually you can do at Komodo Island?

Skip the thing like meet with the dragons as said before, you can also do that at Padar Island and others. So, what you will get if you travel to Komodo Island?

For some people, sailing can be so interesting and feels adventurous. First thing you will do is leave the Labuan Bajo city and sail with the boat of travel agent you have chosen. You can directly go to Komodo Island, but sometimes it can be hard because the tour agent have got their own schedule. You may have to stop at the Padar Island first or else. Still, you will get there.

If you have reach the Komodo Island, make sure that your snorkeling and diving tools are prepared. You can start diving before see the dragons or otherwise. There are some of the popular dive sites there that even known by the world.

You will also do trekking at Komodo Island for sometimes, so you’d better use the useful shoes, socks, and also wearing the shirt to absorb the sweat. Mostly, those you will be done in Komodo Island. Never ever think that the activities will be bored, they can take hours and you won’t realize about that.

You can also have fun at Pink Beach right before or after diving.

Pink beach at Komodo Island

4. Diving at Manta Point

Diving can’t be for everyone, but if you are planning for it, make sure that the travel agent you have reserved to accompany your travel around Komodo Island is also included with the dive session at Manta Point.

Manta Point is located at very small island called as Pulau Makassar. The beach over there is also the pink beach as at the Komodo Island. Most of the travelers are coming here just to enjoy the beauty of diving while seeing the magnificent of Manta rays. I think that there’s not many of the dive sites in Indonesia like this where there will be one spot to just see one sea animal. Surely that you will also see the other fishes and species, but it has been so popular for its Manta rays.

5. Gili Lawa Darat

“The island close to the land.” That’s the translation for this island name. The island scenery from the summit of the hill is also the best one. Many have came here to just taking for their pre-wedding photographs.

Trekking will also the thing you have to do to see the whole island view.

The island is also where almost all water sports are welcomed. Be it the kayaking, stand up paddle, etc. The island is pretty much closer to the ocean so if you are in luck, you will see the sharks or the whales.

Those are 5 travel destinations and things you can do during your travel to Komodo Island.

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Simple, Unremarkable Ways to Stay Healthy During Travel

If you’re worrying on how to stay healthy during your upcoming trip, then you’re probably already on the right track. The main points shared here may sound boring and nothing out of the ordinary—but keeping your health shouldn’t be something extraordinary. To be at the top of your health, whether its for travel or for everyday life, does not have to be a chore.

You’ve also probably heard of some of the things here being preached by your friends, or by the internet. However this simple, unremarkable, boring points are the basics; fundamentals that keep the human body alive and able to function. y upholding these fundamentals during your travel as best as you can, you’d stay healthy. And as a result, you’ll be able to enjoy the entirety of your trip to its fullest.

Sleep and don’t skip breakfast

Just don’t. How are you going to be able to function well without a sufficient supply of nutrients as a fuel for your body to do its activities. And sleep has been something that is described to be more important than food (but of course you’d need both of them so don’t skip out on any). Amnesty International organization even lists sleep deprivation as one form of torture. Therefore, make sure to get your long overnight sleep. You need it especially on travels!

Stock some fruits—get them from the local convenience stores in your destination or supermarket, or ask your hotel if you stay in one—they’re not just delicious. A lot of fruits are often refreshingly sweet and chock-full of nutritions necessary to sustain your body. Having breakfast keeps the fatigue away and sate the hunger caused by long hours of sleep. It would make you feel energized and ready to tackle the day. And during travels, having enough energy is something that is extremely essential in order for you to enjoy yourself.

Exercise everyday and hydrate

Stay healthy during travel by exercising

Exercise has been known to boost endorphin levels, the feel-good hormones produced by your body that your mind needs in order to feel good, and even calm. And you need to be in a good condition to be able to exercise well, and one of the ways to keep your body in a good condition is by hydrating. Drink lots of water—your body gets rid of toxins and waste through urination and perspiration. It also helps regulate your temperature, so make sure to drink!

Those who already have exercise habit or routine in place most likely have known the difference exercise can cause. Worry about the disruption in your daily exercise routine is okay. Even if you cannot go to full lengths of your exercise, simply a 5 to 15 minutes session is enough. Chances are, you’re going to be moving your body the whole day, and it’s also a form of a good exercise, and you’re not going to “lack” them.

Exercise is extremely important to let your blood flowing and pumping, which is an extremely important process in distributing oxygen throughout your body. Feeling fatigue and sleepy during a flight, for example, is commonly caused by lack of body movements. This is also true if you’re traveling on the road, as sitting for too long would only promote fatigue. Exercising would make you feel more energized, and it’s easier if you start that at home and make it a habit.

Eat bits by bits instead of a big meal all at once

Eating small amounts of food throughout the day is way easier on your digestive system. Don’t skip a meal only to eat a ton on the next meal time. It would simply cause a disturbance in your digestive system and cause a lot of discomfort for you. This sort of practice would only disturb your travel. Eating bits by bits would allow your body to process the nutrients better than dumping big amount at once and overworking it.

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Can Bamboo Be The Best Material For Your Bedding Set?

Bamboo is becoming more popular today as one of the main raw material for bedding set. It can also be a trend too since it has been started for the last recent years. When we imagine about it, it is quite hard to think that it will be “soft” so later can be used in your bedroom where you can lay down or hugs it.

Many of us have realized that bamboo itself is supple and flexible. When it has reached the certain height, it is possible for us to bend it over even though it is also has the dense texture. There are many items and products can be made of it, but come on, how come the best bedding sets made of it? Knowing that, sometimes I feel like I am dreaming.

At first, it is hardly for me to accept that the best bamboo bedding set can be the choice for all of us. It is because of utilizing the natural wealth and potential has always been a human weakness, especially for the involved industries or the enterprises.

Could they use bamboo as the best bedding material without harming the environment in its process? That’s what I keep on thinking. How can we sleep when our bed cover or the pillows cases are contributing in deforestation even just a little bit?

Do the best bamboo bedding set is possible for us?

The best bamboo bedding sets are available now

Most of our bedding sets may have been made of cotton. The contents of your pillow along with its case, your bed sheets, blanket or the duvet cover, the bolsters, and even the bed itself that you have been using for years.

Many of the human in this world may have bought their bedding sets that made of the cotton, and I think that it will be hard to be debated or denied. Sadly, cotton is not quite friendly for our nature. It needs more of the pesticides to grow, not to mention about the fertilizers or maybe the other chemical powders and liquids. I know that there is also the organic cotton, still, it may hard for the industries to develop it.

The important things are; cotton is the less environmental friendly plant and may cause the companies to spend more of their budgets. Those why there should be an alternative that can be changed as the main raw material. For that case, bamboo is in the list.

Bamboo bedding set is essentially made out of the bamboo fibers, literally. The plant is also eco-friendly than the cotton. The industry won’t even need the fertilizers, simply just the good seeds to be planted. No more pesticides, too! It is friendly for the environment and for us as well.

Growing the bamboo and makes it as the material is also quite fast. Rather than wait for years, it will only takes for some months and we are ready to cut the bamboos down to make the best bamboo bedding sets ever made. Now, your bedding sets are amongst the most important thing to consider related to furnishing your bed for more better rest or a good night sleep.

If you want to make the comparison between bamboo and the cotton for the best bedding sets in your house, one of the important thing to think about is the thread count. The more of the thread count, the better. I know you can’t count on your bare eyes for that, but i think that the factory or manufacturer should transparent about it. Informing the thread count on the product description or in the official site will be the great move and benefit the customers to know more about what they are about to buy.

The bamboo fibers are usually considered as the softer than the cotton. Although, there is also the high quality cotton with the high thread count and softer, too. Nevertheless, the wide majority of the best bamboo bedding sets will be far softer compared to regular cotton.

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Snacking Urges During Japan Travel? Munch on These Tasty Convenience Store Food

Japanese convenience stores are simply amazing—if simply for the variety and quality of goods they serve in their mini establishments. Japanese conbini food are not hot dogs. The sheer variety of conbini food you’ll encounter for the first time would be surprising, to say the least. So much so that there are lots of topics centered around budget eating in Japan with just convenience store food.

Snacking Urges During Your Travel? Munch on These Tasty Convenience Store Food

During your strolls on the streets of Tokyo, getting hungry, or quenching that impulse for a snack won’t be a problem. You also won’t feel guilty snacking because a lot of the food sold at conbinis are way healthier compared to the food sold in the convenience stores in Western countries. Why can’t we take their example?

Onigiri

This triangle-shaped delicacy wrapped in crunchy seaweed is both delicious and rich with fibers. Onigiri is the name for riceballs stuffed with various fillings, wrapped in seaweed. The price for one onigiri is usually around 100 JPY. They’re both cheap and filling. Eaten between lunch and dinner, two to three pieces of onigiri could already make you full.

Daifuku

Daifuku is a popular Japanese confectionary, some people know the term “mochi” better. Mochi is the dough used in making daifuku. Daifuku is commonly stuffed with sweet fillings. Sweet red bean paste is the traditional filling of daifuku. There are a large variations of fillings. One notable daifuku I encountered during my travels is a whole-strawberry fruit filled daifuku. Yum!

Seafood Futomakizushi

Futomakizushi literally means “fat rolled sushi”. These sushi rolls are slightly larger compared to the regular makizushi. They’re very filling and simply delicious. The seafood futomakizushi often has a large variety of fillings such as salmon trout, cucumber, crabs, and other fillings. These are beautiful, colorful sushi rolls great for both a big meal or a snack.

All the makizushis you can find

Not just futomakizushi—any makizushi you can find is something worth digging into. Makizushi is “sushi roll”, which are popular finger food in East Asia. They are plentiful in the convenience stores. FamilyMart and Lawson sell a good variety of these makizushi bento. There are kappa-maki, which is sushi made out of cucumber, shibazuke-maki, which is sushi roll with pickled eggplant, and many other mouthwatering varieties.

Dorayaki

Dorayaki is a Japanese confection that resembles pancake, with red bean paste called “azuki” as its filling. The store 7-Eleven once sold a modified take on dorayaki, attractively shaped like a crepe, a bit smaller than the regular dorayaki, served with maple syrup. Dorayaki price generally ranges from 100 JPY to 300 JPY. They’re a very addictive type of sweet snack that gives you much lighter taste compared to sweets made out of chocolate and cheese, for example, thanks to the taste of red bean paste.

 

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First Timer Basic for Komodo Island Tour Price Estimation

We all dream to explore the raw and wild Komodo National Park, but what about the Komodo Island tour price? Do you need to break the bank or can you fit a backpacker budget to the journey?

First Timer Basic for Komodo Island Tour Price Estimation

The legendary man-eating, cannibal Komodo dragons has evoke world-wide attraction despite its remote location. Living in the tiny Komodo and Rinca Island, the dragons has successfully lured local and international tourists to cross the Flores Sea. Boat tour quickly become the busiest industry in the nearest town—Labuan Bajo—following popularity of the dragons. Due to the remote access, however, tour prices can be quite high. For backpackers and budget travelers alike, these following tips can help you press the budget without forsaking the comfort.

Look for A Good Deal Komodo Island Tour Price

Well, looking for an affordable Komodo tour should be the first thing to do. If you are looking for cheap Komodo Island tour price, look for low budget liveaboard. They usually range from $100 – $300 per night. Some fancier, mid-range liveaboard are still quite affordable, if your budget allow. They range from $300 – $400 per night. It’s best to book online, as the price is quite steady all the year. If you plan to look for Komodo tour on the spot—particularly on high season—chances are you’ll get higher tour price than usual.

Water Sport Enthusiast: Book A Liveaboard with Water Equipment

If you come to Komodo for its divine underwater world, put special attention to liveaboard with water sport equipments. This way, you can further spent your budget by not having to rent diving or snorkelling equipments. Some boats even have kayak and stand up paddle onboard, which is surely a deal!

Only Eat Out Before and After Excursion

If you are taking a multi day trip, you will be living your trip days in the liveaboard. That means you will sleep, eat, and drink in the liveaboard. Basically, all Komodo Island tour price has covers full board accommodation in their stated price. That includes three meals per day, snacks, drinking water, coffee, and tea. During the excursion days, you gonna keep busy with hiking, snorkelling, diving, and exploring—without having to touch your wallet at all.

The only place where you gonna spend money for lunch (assuming you are not taking a quick lunch/ spending a night in nearby resort islands) is Labuan Bajo. Eateries in Labuan Bajo hasn’t really get into Bali’s restaurant level, but they are quite diverse and varied. Due to the increase of tourism, now you can find western-styled restaurants aside the local warungs (food stalls). A quick breakfast might take you about IDR 20K, while lunch can varied from IDR 30K – 60K depend on what and where you eat. Dinner in night market can be as frugal as 20K. Try the seafood, it’s their specialty and absolutely cheaper than anywhere else! If you choose to eat on fancy restaurant, however, you might need to prepare IDR 40K – 100K. Labuan Bajo has also recently welcome an affordable Italian pizza in town, which only cost you about IDR 50K – 120K.

Basically, you can prepare IDR 300K (about USD $20) and still get good food and and coffee for two days in Labuan Bajo.

Plan Komodo Island and Rinca in One Day

Not many people know that tickets entrance to Komodo National Park are valid for only one day. That means if you want to visit both Komodo Island and Rinca, put them under the same day itinerary. Visiting these island on a separate days will cost you double entrance tickets. The National Park entrance fee is IDR 150.000 /person (roughly USD $15), which can be double up to IDR 225.000 on Sunday and Public Holidays. If you want to compress your Komodo Island Tour Price, scrutinize the local calendar from now! Make sure to avoid Indonesian public holidays—they can fall on any weekday without you knowing.

Now you know how to fit Komodo island tour price to your budget, are you ready for the actual adventure?

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6 of the Most Popular Indonesian Street Foods

Indonesian street food is an inseparable part in the scene of Indonesian cuisines. Colloquially known as “kaki lima”, the sheer variety of Indonesian street food makes it something that could take up your whole trip, if you’re serious about it.

Indonesian street food are just too numerous to list one by one not to mention the variations of each region, varieties created due to Indonesia’s diverse ethnicity and culture—so let’s take a glance at some of the most popular ones you could find everyday on the streets, no matter where you are in Indonesia.

What’s “Street Food” in Indonesia?

Street foods are essentially sold by kaki lima’s vendor (pedagang kaki lima).

Pedagang Kaki Lima literally means “Vendors with Five Legs” which refers to both the seller and the pushing carts used by these mobile vendors (these carts have two wheels and one stabilizer wooden foot, plus two legs of the sellers themselves, thus, the name).

Sellers commonly wheel push carts, and while kaki lima sell things as they move around the area, it’s not uncommon to see carts stationed at certain spots, often on pedestrian sidewalks. Certain dagang kaki lima also rides bicycle to sell their items.

A notable example found in Bali is the vendor of kue putu (Indonesian steamed cake, commonly green-colored, with palm sugar fillings and coconut shreds topping).

The carts used by kaki lima often has LPG-powered stoves or steamer pots to prepare, re-heat, or cook the dishes as they are ordered. “Pikulan” is also something commonly used by street vendors, a method in which the sellers carry their food and equipments by using a rod and balancing them on their shoulders.

Bakso

Bakso vendors commonly sells mie ayam (chicken noodle), bakmi (also a type of noodle), and batagor (a short for bakso tahu goreng or meatball fried tofu).

Bakso is a popular Indonesian meatball or meat paste served in a bowl with a hot broth; often accompanied by hot chili paste and sweet soy sauce separately, that locals often put into their bowl and mix them before eating. There are numerous varieties of bakso both by ingredients and by regions variety.

To name a few, there are bakso urat, bakso tenis, and bakso Malang, bakso telur, bakso ikan, and many others.

Siomay

This delicious dish topped with rich and flavorful peanut paste is of Chinese origin (as much of Indonesian delicacies are). Siomay generally refers to fish dumpling with vegetables.

The dish is often served with vegetables such as boiled cabbage and boiled potatoes. Hard-boiled eggs and tofus are some of the most common inclusions to the dish. To those who want to eat Indonesian but is sick of eating rice all day long, Siomay is a perfect alternative.

Sate

One of Indonesia’s best known “national” dishes, quite renowned and popular overseas, Often served with sweet soy sauce known as kecap manis.

Most popular Indonesian street foods - Sate

Just like bakso and other Indonesian cuisines, Sate has numerous variations named after the region it’s originated, the sauce, or the ingredients. There is a unique satay originated from Bali, known as Sate Lilit.

Sate Lilit is often made of fish, but it’s also known to be made out of other meat as its ingredients. They are finely minced and grilled on a charcoal, letting the spices and seasonings absorb perfectly into the texture.

Soto

Soto is often named after the regions where they originated. One of the most popular soto with a regional namesake is Soto lamongan, in which some said it’s a variation of the Madura soto. Both soto Lamongan and Madura soto has yellow transparent broth, with shredded chicken meat, hard-boiled egg, often topped with fried shallots.

Pempek

Originated from the South of Sumatera, Pempek is reminiscent of Chinese fishcake. Although Pempek stood out due to the sauce it’s commonly served with; “cuka”, or as the South Sumatran people called it, “cuko”.

Cuko is a rich brown sauce that looks almost black, made of vinegar and palm sugar, seasoned with garlic, chili, and other ingredients. The taste is rich and sometimes spicy. Cucumber is often added to accompany the meal.

Es Kelapa Muda

Closing the list with a super refreshing natural re-hydration method; coconut water, or as the Indonesian called it, “kelapa muda”.

Generally you can find kelapa muda at nearly any corner of the street, often sold by individuals, usually run as a small family business. Kelapa Muda is often served in transparent plastic bags by the street food vendors.

It’s the perfect companion for any meals and a life-saver for the tropical Indonesian scorching hot climate!

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Staying Dry With the Hammock Camping Tarp in Your Journey

If you were buy a hammock before, make sure that you are also equipped with the hammock camping tarp so you can keep yourself and your goods dry.

Just as there are as many hammock products that can be purchased, there are also equally as many of the hammock camping tarp configurations to match. But you don’t need to be confused with that, just by choosing and buying one among some of the types, that will be a great thing you’ve done.

Keep dry with hammock camping tarp

With the various of hammock camping tarp configurations, then the rigging options are also vary to match. Both are actually the good things for you because later you can customize your hammock system to match the conditions you are facing. For more information about that, you can find more references about the types of hammock tarp for your outdoor camping. I will only share about how important it is in this article and some things related to it.

Your hammock camping tarp will not only keeping you dry, but also…

When we are hearing the term about the tents, sometimes we will immediately associates it with the rainy or snowy season. Tents are simply preventing us from getting wet when the waters are falling down from the sky.

But your hammock tent won’t only for doing that, it can also be used for dealing with excessive solar radiation and also makes you feel comfort from the light that is dazzling your eyes.

The best practice for this is not only when raining but also when you are camping at the beach or any other spots that is not possible to be protected from the direct sunlight. If you are bringing your hammock tarp, then you will only set it up and taking a rest peacefully.

If it is possible, your hammock camping tarp can also be used as your mat on the beach. Just makes sure that the day is not too hot or better in a cloudy day since it can be quiet warm for your skin. But, you will still be fine.

In its use along with a hammock, some travelers or campers are prefer to get a full coverage of their hammock while the others want the skimpy tent.

There’s nothing wrong with whatever you may also choose, because you may have some of the considerations for its weight, versatility, durability, and conditions.

Even if the tarp you are using is not specifically designed for your hammock, you can still get the benefits from it if it can provides the coverage that you need.

The full coverage of hammock camping tarp can be understood if there will be many that are using it. It can be the best to be used in four or most of the seasons the whole year. Anytime. It will also gives you a better privacy when you want to change your clothes in case the camping area is full with people.

But I should have also admitted that actually – in many conditions – the well designed hammock tarps can be set for a better coverage, ventilation system, and for good privacy.

If you want to use the small or skimpy tarp for your hammock, you have to realize that it will require the better, advanced or the great ability as well to keep you staying dry in a rainy day.

Regarding to the size of the hammock tarp itself, you can exceed between 10 – 40 cm over each ends of your hammock. The bigger your tarp is, when compared with your hammock size, is usually the better, but make sure that it won’t burden you too much in its weight and volume.

So, have you found one best hammock camping tarp you need? Hope when you are staying dry while resting in your journey, you can really enjoy it.

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