Black jellyfish

Sunday, 28 February 2016
Pela Mampang, Jakarta

I saw black jellyfish in Bacolod, Philippines.

I’ve been on a trip the last month or so on Java and Philippines with Superman, CME, and JL. Superman arrived first. A few days in Jakarta first, then on to Puncak on 26 January, Taman Safari, and Bunga Nusantara. From there, we traveled by bus to Bandung, from where we went to Kawah Putih. Tangkuban Perahu was too expensive (300k), so we gave it a miss. We also went to Jatiluhur lake. I became sick in Bandung. We took the train back to Jakarta, and spent a few days there until I was OK again. Then we took a plane to Malang to see the Bromo volcano. However, it was a waste of time, we saw nothing but rain and fog from Cemoro Lawang. Back to Jakarta again, and then a plane to Manila, from where we took a bus to Das Marinas. The next day we climbed the Taal volcano, and then took a bus and ferry to Puerto Galera. Another bus through Mindoro, and then over to Panay and Boracay. The island hopping continued down Panay, and then over to Negros, where I saw the black jellyfish at the port. The next island was Cebu, and then to the final destination Bohol, where we stayed in Panglao, and then in Carmen. CME and JL planned to stay another week, while I and Superman took a flight back to Manila and then Jakarta on 21 February.

Flame of Irian, Puncak.

View of Bromo.

Black jellyfish, Bacolod.

Chocolate Hills, Bohol.

Happy New Year 2016

Friday, 1 January 2016
Pela Mampang, Jakarta

Pictures taken at midnight from second floor, looking south.

Intruder taken alive

Friday, 11 December 2015
Pela Mampang, Jakarta

Finally we got this annoying little intruder, which has visited our kitchen at several occasions. It was taken alive by a glue trap.

Rat in glue trap.

The trap.

Pulau Seribu

Saturday, 28 November 2015
Pela Mampang, Jakarta

A few days ago (22-24 November) Uno and I made a trip to Pulau Macan, which is one of the islands in Pulau Seribu. We took a speedboat from Marina Ancol, and arrived in only 90 minutes.

Pulau Macan is a tiny island that takes only 5 minutes to walk around. Snorkelling, swimming, and drinking beer and whisky with Chinese. The host bought us two bottles of whisky. We saw a big sea turtle in the evening. I swam/walked to the nearby island, which is only 200m away.

Expensive accomodation, although simple (Rp 5.5m in total, including speedboat).

Uno visited us here in Jakarta 8-28 November.

Sea turtle.

The host smoking.

Weekend trip to Yogya

Sunday, 25 October 2015
Pela Mampang, Jakarta

Another one of my many Yogyakarta trips, this time together with 3 French souls, from 16 to 19 October. Since it was their first trip to this city, the usual attractions were visited. We stayed at a house at jl Agus Salim 36 (lots of traffic noise).

Yogya downtown.

Big Banyan tree.

The Merapi volcano.

Eagle for sale.