Malaysia and Vietnam to 2017: Fraser Hill – Telekom Loop

Telekom Loop is a famous birding spot in Fraser’s Hill–probably the most productive trail in this area. It is located at the eastern side of Fraser’s Hill, making a loop around a telecommunication tower that belongs to Telekom company (hence the name “Telekom Loop”). As I read from many reports in the internet, the loop is the longest single trail that we can reach in Fraser Hill, requires a half-day to sweep, and held some of the most special bird in this area.

We started the day early, waking up at 6 AM after not a really good night from me (I knew shouldn’t read any ghost stories from this area before!). We went down for a breakfast at 7, which is quite early for hotel standard as the sun rises at 7.15. The breakfast would be OK if only I didn’t take too much pickles for my anchovy porridge–something that left a weird taste in my mouth throughout the day.

As the sun started to rise, several bird songs were heard outside of the hotel. We were surprised by a bunch of Chestnut-capped Laughingthrush hanging around the hotel’s yard in large number, I counted up to 20 of them all together! A streaked Spiderhunter also came up early that day, drinking nectar without minding us that stood less than a meter from it (later, we agreed to call them “our little friend”).

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Denmark Trip 2013 part 3: Birdie Birdie Backyard..

Esbjerg, 21 Agustus 2012

Hari ini adalah hari pertama saya di Esbjerg, dan saya lansung jatuh cinta pada tempat ini.

Mungkin, malam ini merupakan tidur saya yang paling nyenyak sejak 2-3 hari terakhir. Sepanjang perjalanan saya hanya bisa tidur beberapa jam, itupun setelah berusaha memejamkan mata di bawah cahaya lampu bandara yang terangnya kebangetan. Di pesawat pun saya nggak bisa tidur gara-gara efek kafein dari kopi yang saya minum plus belasan film newcomers yang tersedia di in-flight media-nya (Yay, thanks Qatar Airways! :D).

By the way, di apartment Jens yang sederhana ini saya tidur di ruang bacanya. Sebenarnya saya juga bingung fungsi ruangan ini, cuman sebuah ruang 3×3 meter berisi sofabed, sebuah meja besar dan kabinet kayu di sisinya. Di sofabed inilah saya tidur dengan nyenyak, ditambah selimut dan bed cover yang jauh lebih nyaman dari rumah sendiri (apalagi dari bangku pesawat, hehehe).

Pukul 5 pagi saya sudah bangun dan lansung sholat subuh. Jam biologis saya terasa diobrak-abrik, karena jam 5 pagi sudah terang berderang seperti jam 6 pagi di Indonesia. Lebih aneh lagi pas saya lihat jadwal shalat yang saya unduh di internet, bener-bener beda dari Indonesia. Bayangkan, saya harus bangun jam 1 pagi kalau nggak mau telat shalat subuh, seterusnya merupakan fajar remang-remang sampai jam 7 pagi, pas matahari benar-benar terlihat di ufuk timur agak ke utara. Kemudian waktu zhuhur dari jam 12 sampai jam 6 sore, ashar sampai jam 8 malam, lalu magrib sampai jam setengah 10 malam, baru masuk ke waktu isya. Wah nggak kebayang kalau saya ngotot pergi ke sini pas bulan puasa!

Setelah beberapa jam chatting-chatting dengan teman di Indonesia, akhirnya Jens bangun juga. Kami lansung sarapan (roti gandum) dan bersiap untuk menjelajahi kota Esbjerg sepanjang hari. Rencananya kami akan berkunjung ke tempat saudaranya Jens buat minjem sepedanya—sesuatu yang dibilang Jens sebagai ‘the most precious private thing for Danish’, mungkin lebih penting daripada Hp. Ya, sepeda merupakan moda transportasi utama di Denmark, mungkin setingkat dengan sepeda motor di sini, hanya saja lebih ramah lingkungan. Untungnya saudara Jens sudah pensiun dan nggak sering-sering keluar rumah, jadi saya bisa pakai sepedanya untuk mengamati burung selama 3 minggu ke depan.

sarapan pagi ini, roti gandum lezat plus selai strawberry dan daging kalkun asap lansung dari kulkas
sarapan pagi ini, roti gandum lezat plus selai strawberry dan daging kalkun asap lansung dari kulkas

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Wild West Expedition: Preparation to Ujung Kulon!

Well, actually this is my post after several months off. It is pretty shame to know how inactive I am for the last couple month. I didn’t blame anyone for sure, nor myself or my new freelance job. It is pretty sure because I start to feel bored and don’t have many things to say. OK, finger crossed, I had so MANY things to write in my blog, and in fact I still have so many debts about my unfinished story—about my trip to Baluran last year (the very same story where I start my relationship with N, so it’s a historic one), and then the fantastic story in Denmark, Surabaya, the celebration of my 5th years of Birdwatching, and the one that I would love to tell in this post: Ujung Kulon.

Departure from Bionic's HQ
Departure from Bionic’s HQ
At Tugu Station
At Tugu Station
Ujung Kulon National Park
Ujung Kulon National Park

Well yeah, while I will write the other story sometimes in the future—I mean, soon—I would like to tell about my story in Ujung Kulon. Not because it is the newest adventure that I have for a couple weeks back, but it might be also the most adventurous trip that I ever had for the rest of my life. Yes, Ujung Kulon National Park, the wildest, the largest, the biggest, the coolest, and the most goddamned area in the whole island! Ujung Kulon is like the Wild West in Java (in fact, it is located in the most western tip of the island) and also the most inviting one.

Well, let’s start with a little background on how I can make my way here. It was all started with an announcement from my campus about a funding program from Indonesian ministry of education, a maximum 12 million rupiah for any college student research proposal. Here is the time when the college student in my university start to be busy with their proposal, try to get the funding for several reason (for me, well, to have a free vacation ‘under research circumstance’).  Too bad my proposal has been rejected, together with all but one proposal from the members of my birding club—and this one proposal can be the most God-damn-it one, and I accidentally involved to it! Lanjutkan membaca Wild West Expedition: Preparation to Ujung Kulon!