My travel story about swimming and snorkeling in coral reef as well as hiking, watching tropical birds (including paradise birds) and wildlife watching in tropical rainforest of West Papua province as well as other parts of Indonesia. Well, I also love art, so you will see a lot of drawings and paintings here.
Tropical Wooden Houses
Tropical wooden houses in Minahasa have been around for hundreds of years. Most of the Minahasan people live in houses that are constructed from wood. Cempaka, Merbau, and Natoh (Latin: Micelia celebica) are the main types of wood used in the house construction due to their hardness and durability in resisting wet climate of the tropical weather. In addition, they are more resistant to termite attack. Most of the earthquake resistant wooden houses of Minahasa are single and two floors constructions. Besides they are more suitable to hot and high moisture climate, wooden houses are chosen for aesthetic reasons. All of the rooms in a traditional wood house of Minahasa have ventilation holes. Jalousie glass windows are the preferred choice because they allow sunlight to penetrate the rooms even when they are closed. They enable the air to flow freely in and out of the house. Most of the ventilation in bedrooms are covered with mosquito nets.
Wooden house in tropical island of Sulawesi
Minahasa is a regency in the province of North Sulawesi of the Republic of Indonesia that is surrounded by several active volcanoes such as Mount Lokon, and Mount Soputan. In addition, it is located within the ring of fire of the Pacific Ocean where tectonic earthquake frequently occurs.
If we explore wooden house thoroughly, we will see that ladders are installed one at the front of the house which enables guests to come up directly to the second floor (where the living room is located) and the other at the back of the house connecting the second floor with the kitchen (which is located at the ground floor). The ground floor is usually allocated for the storage of agricultural produce (such as clove, rice, peanuts, and coffee), parking area for cars, and kitchen. Typical Minahasan wood houses have large yard area where the owners (whose profession as farmers) dry their agricultural commodity under the sun. Minahasan people like to grow clove and coconut trees in front of their houses. They also grow various flowers at the front yard as decoration that beautify the outside appearance of the house. The second floor is usually allocated for bedrooms and living room. These ladders stiffen and strengthen the construction of the wooden house against horizontal movements caused by tectonic and volcanic earthquakes.
In the past the roof of the wooden houses are made of palm leaves. Because of frequent fire incident, today's wood houses have roof made of metal sheets which in Indonesia are called daun seng. Ordinary thin corrugated metal roof is actually not suitable for house construction in Minahasa whose atmosphere is often filled by sulphur emitted by the volcanoes but the local people there do not have other option. Actually the manufacturers of the metal roof need to produce metal roof sheets that are more resistant to corrosion caused by high sulphur content in air.
Today the Minahasan wooden houses are being exported in the form of knock-down package that can be ordered directly from the internet and shipped in containers. House builders will be sent to help the buyer of the house construct the package.
Gunung Sakofsiah dan Lembah Ases adalah habitat alami bagi berbagai spesies hewan dan tumbuhan Papua yang menarik untuk dilihat oleh wisatawan. Kedua tempat ini terletak di pedalaman Tambrauw sekitar 30 menit naik kendaraan 4WD dari Fef, ibukota Kabupaten Tambrauw. Wisatawan Prancis di Distrik Ases, Kabupaten Tambrauw Selama beberapa tahun belakangan ini wisatawan internasional mulai tertarik untuk berkunjung ke sana. Mereka menghabiskan waktu kira-kira 4 hari hingga 1 minggu di sana untuk menjelajah hutan, sungai dan daerah perbukitan yang ada di sana. Wisatawan Ceko dan warga setempat di Gunung Sakofsiah, Kabupaten Tambrauw Air di Sungai Ases jernih sekali. Ada banyak ikan yang bisa dijumpai di sana. Saat berjalan menyusuri tepian sungai, wisatawan bisa melihat berbagai spesies burung seperti kakaktua putih, kakaktua raja, taun-taun, nuri kepala hitam, raja udang paruh kuning, rufous-bellied kookaburra, kumkum, jagal papua, mino muka kuning, mina emas, pitta perut merah
Ashley - an American tourist - was watching birds, accompanied by local guide Amo, in Tambrauw mountains Road in Tambrauw Mountains I have just completed a-3 day hiking and birding tour in Aibogiar village of Tambrauw mountains. Other spelling for the village is Ayapokiar. I went there with Ashley, an American travel writer who wanted to see the rainforest, and wildlife of West Papua. When we went birding in the region, we saw several species of birds including Mountain Swiftlet, New Guinea Vulturine Parrot, Pinon Imperial Pigeon, Pink-spotted Fruit Dove, Magnificent Birds of Paradise, Sulphur Crested Cockatoo, a green pigeon which I could not identify (because it does not exist in field guidebook Birds of New Guinea), Helmetted Friarbird, Blyth's hornbill, Palm Cockatoo, Papuan Cicadabird, Variable Goshawk, Lesser Birds of Paradise, Mountain Peltop, Mountain Swiftlet. Because I am a birder, I could hear and identify the sounds of birds that I heard during the trip. Some of th
Wisatawan Spanyol saat nonton Burung Surga Raja di hutan Susnguakti Cendrawasih Kuning Kecil ( Paradisaea minor ) Burung Cendrawasih atau yang disebut pula Burung Surga merupakan daya tarik wisata yang populer di Papua Barat. Burung ini memiliki bulu yang indah serta perilaku hidup yang unik. Banyak wisatawan dari berbagai penjuru dunia datang ke Manokwari - ibu kota Provinsi Papua Barat untuk mengamati burung Cendrawasih yang mulai mengalami kepunahan. Burung-burung lain seperti Taun-taun (rangkong), kakaktua putih, kakaktua raja, elang serta nuri, juga hidup di hutan hujan tropis yang ada di pesisir sebelah timur Pegunungan Arfak. Salah satu lokasi yang menjadi tempat menonton burung surga tersebut adalah di Hutan Susnguakti yang letaknya kira-kira satu jam perjalanan dengan kendaraan bermotor dari kota Manokwari. Cendrawasih Kuning Kecil - jantan Cendrawasih Raja Burung Cendrawasih jantan biasanya mulai aktif berdansa untuk merayu burung betina di pagi hari kira-kira jam 6. Ket