2010 Sumatra Dragon Boat

To celebrate the 341st aniiversary of Padang city, the capital of West Sumatra Province, there will be 2010 The Eighth International Dragon Boat Open Tournament. This event will held on 29th of July to 01st of August 2010, locating at Bandar Bekali River in Padang, West Sumatra – Indonesia. To participating this event you can get more information at sumateradragonboat.com. /rj


The famous event Pacu Jawi/ Buffalos Racing, one of many cultures from  Tanah Datar, will held on  22 May – 29 May – 5 June, 2010.  Location at Cubadak, Lima Kaum, Batu Sangkar, Tanah Datar Region District, West Sumatra- Indonesia. And will ending on 9 June, 2010 with grand folks festival.
Image from some source via internet.
This event is also to greet the participants of Jambore Budaya Serumpun among Indonesia and Malaysia, the jamboree itself will held on 8 to 12 June, 2010 at Bumi Perkemahan Istano Basa Pagaruyuang, Tanah Datar Region Distric, West Sumatra.

Rendang The Minang Cuisine

Rendang or  ‘Randang’ in minang language is the famous cuisine from Minangkabau, not only in Indonesia but also at overseas. Rendang always served at Minangkabau ceremonial occasion, it is one of some peculiar foods that Minangkabau have.

Rendang mostly made from beef, but sometimes chicken, duck, water buffalo, mutton or even some of vegetables like jack fruit also could be another kind of  Rendang.

To make Rendang we need  a lot of spices, which are: ginger, garlic, red anions, chillies (red and ghost chillies), lemon grass, galangal/ wild ginger, turmeric leaves, nutmeg and others. Then we need coconut milks to mix all spices with beef. Making wet Rendang or also known as ‘Kalio’ not take much time to cook. But when we want dried Rendang are need two or three days cooking, it can be kept for three or four months without moldy.  /rj

Tour de Singkarak International Photo Contest 2010

PhotoWinners.org will held the international photo contest along with The Tour de Singkarak 2010 event. The photo contest itself will happening from 1 to 21 june , 2010.  It is full of  PRIZES!!
Here some rules of photo contest:

1.  Open to amateur/ profesional photographers whether Indonesian or foreign,  it is FREE!
2.  All participants must be register at www.photowinners.org
3.  Photo categories are all about;
#The Tour de Singkarak 2010 itself
#The culture of Minangkabau
4.  Your best photo must be submit in;
# Max.length/ height: 1,024 pixels
# Max.size: 500 kb
# Max.photo: 10 photos per person per category
# Photo format: RAW/TIFF/JPEG
5. Must be not digital manipulation, except for retouching of colors/ contrast/ usm/ cropping.

Tour de Singkarak 2010

The launching of Tour de Singkarak 2010 was held on January 29th, 2010 at Balairung room – Sapta Pesona Building, Ministry of Culture and Tourism. Tour de Singkarak 2010 itself will happening in 1 until 6 June, 2010. It has several  race category, those are: 2.2 Category – Asia Tour 2010 Constitute Combination – Registered in UCI [Union Cycling International].

Race route of Tour de Sinkarak 2010  are divided into several stage, and those are:
1. Stage 1. start and finish at padang city, will taking 4.4 km distances.
2. Stage half 2A. start at Padang city and finish in Pariaman, will taking 70 km distances.
3. Stage half2B start at Pariaman and finish in Mukomuko, will taking 69 km distances.
4. Stage 3 start at Mukomuko and finish in Bukitinggi, will taking 41 km distances.
5. Stage 4 start at Bukittinggi and finish in Sawahlunto, will taking 84.6 km distances.
6. Stage 5 start at Sawahlunto and finish in Batusangkar, will taking 105 km distances.
7. Stage 6 start in Padang Panjang and finish in Singkarak Lake, will taking 187.5 km distances.

Arrange your next summer holiday to participating  or just to watching this international bicycle racing while you can enjoy the nature tourism and culture tourism of Minang Kabau. Have a nice Holiday! /rj.

Survey Of Whitewater River | Kayaking Exhibition | Photo Session At Solok Selatan

Government of Solok Selatan Region District  have a program to make them self  as an  adventure tourism destination in West Sumatra Province, and they are already develop several facilities of tourisms. As a matter of fact the nature of Solok Selatan itself are available for some adventure tourism. The rivers at Solok Selatan have an ideal drift and whitewater for kayaking or rafting, which are at Batang Liki river – Batang Bangko river – Batang Hari river – Batang Sangir river.

About  November18 to 24,  2009 Government of  Solok Selatan Region District cooperate with Komunitas Kayak Tirtaseta |the well known kayaking community in Indonesia| will held a Survey of whitewater river in that district region.. About four an international kayaker will attend On this survey and kayaking exhibition.

November 25 to 26, 2009 will continue with Kayaking Exhibition and also Photo Session for the photographers. The photo session event itself is the West-Sumatra.com project which is the site of  tourism photograph, its cooperate with Region District Government of Solok Selatan.

For more information you can make contact with:
– Mr. DR. Yul Amri, The Head of  Disbudparpora of Solok Selatan Region District. at phone number: 0819 754 7720 and e-mail: y_amri@yahoo.com
– Mr. Toto Triwindarto, The Chief of Komunitas Kayak Tirtaseta at phone number: 0815 680 6771 – (0813 7449 2464) and e-mail: tirtaseta@yahoo.com
-Mr. Nofrins Napilus, The owner of West-Sumatra.com at phone number: 0811 91 8008 and e-mail: info@west-sumatra.com

whitewater kayaking

So don’t be hesitating to come and join this event. Have a nice kayaking and get some unique photos on it! /r.j

Museum of Buya Hamka

buya_hamka museum

Buya Hamka is the well known author, mostly he write about value in Islam. Beside an author he is a respected religious expert that Indonesia ever had and also a politician. HAMKA itself was refer to his sure name, Haji Abdul Malik Karim Amrullah. He was born in kampung Molek Sungai Batang Maninjau, West Sumatra on February 17, 1908.  On July 24, 1981 he was passed away in Jakarta, Indonesia.

These are a few books and Novels which are he was wrote:
1. Adat Minang dan Agama Islam | 1929
2. Laila Majnun | 1932
3. Di Bawah Lindungan Ka’bah |1936
4. Tenggelamnya Kapal Van Der Wijck |1937
5. Tashawwuf Modern |1939
6. Islam dan Demokrasi |1946
7. Adat Minangkabau Menghadapi Revolusi |1946
8. Ayahku |1950
9. Kenangan-kenangan Hidup | 4 series, Hamka’s autobiography | 1950
10. Muhammadiyah di Minangkabau |1975

He was imprisoned in 1964 to1966 as in-house prisoner by President Sukarno, and along that year he could finished his phenomenon books called the Al Azhar’s Tafsir in 5 volumes, which are the translation and teaching of the holly Koran.
Eventhough buya Hamka was already late, his  influence, works are present till now; not only in Indonesia but also in neighbor countries.

Buya Hamka is a nice personal, down to earth typical person. His face so calm and tender as well as the place he was born, The peaceful Maninjau with 44 turns and an exotic view of hills and Maninjau lake. Now a days the house where he was born is develops as museum. To come to this museum can be reach by public transportation or private vehicles. /r.j

Itiak Lado Mudo The Hot Spicy Food From Bukittinggi

When you are a fan of hot and spicy food maybe you should eat Itiak Lado Mudo. Itiak Lado Mudo or Itiak Lado Ijau itself  is a duck meat in green pepper curry. It is very hottest spicy food, just to remember that you have to brought a lot of tissues to wipe out your sweats. It is  an angel but also a demon taste of food, even you try to watering the duck meat the hot and spicy flavor will not remove from it. Everything so perfect, the hot spicy flavor and a soft duck meat are mingle in one tone taste; and also its will serve with a slice of cucumbers and karupuak jangek. Karupuak jangek is a chips from skin of  cows.

itiak lado ijau

Just come and taste the itiak lado mudo at Rumah Makan Ngarai which is locate at Jalan Ngarai Binuang, Bukittinggi – Indonesia. It is at Ngarai Sianok bottom level exactly took place. Very nice place for your culinary tourism and also nature tourism, and do not worry if you want to brought as a souvenir the frozen itiak lado mudo are serve to carry back home. Have a nice meal! /r.j

Tanjung Mutiara Beach

The Tanjung Mutiara beach is not like a beach that we already know, because it is a beach of  Singkarak lake not of shore; but still the view is fantastic. Locate at Nagari batutaba, it is about 30 KM from Batusangkar.

Pantai Tanjung Mutiara

At this lake there are the endemic fish that called by ‘ikan bilih’, and it is a specific food  from this region. And for souvenir you can buy mattress and pillow fill in with cotton, high quality  with low price. The tourism facilities are available around this beach, it is nice place for picnic, sightseeing and it can be the destination for your next nature tourism. /r.j

The International Dragon Boat Festival 2009


From July 30th till  August 2nd, 2009 locate on Banjir Kanal river at GOR Agus Salim Padang will held The International Dragon Boat Festival. About 7 countries will join this annual festival.

The International Dragon Boat Festival is an annual event to celebrating the anniversary of Padang city and the independent’s day  of Indonesia. At this year it will be 340th anniversary of Padang city and 64th anniversary of Indonesia independent’s day. It is a culture tourism event that you have to see. Have a nice watch! /r.j