The Bantimurung Waterfall

The Bantimurung Waterfall

August 10, 2015

Imagine you are walking all day through a vast jungle, you are heavily sweated and your throat is dry. Then, you started to hear the crashing sound of water. You are following the sound and finally found a beautiful and refreshing waterfall, a paradise on earth that makes your thirst and exhaustion disappears.    Well this is what you can found in Bantimurung waterfall, one of the famous natural attractions in South Sulawesi. The waterfall is located in the National Park of Bantimurung Bulusaraung, also known as ‘the kingdom of butterflies’ and has been attracting so many tourists including scientists and biologists since 60s. Kingdom of butterflies, it is true, because you will see butterflies flutter around the waterfalls there, creating a vibrant colorful shade to the panorama.   The waterfall itself is 20 meters wide and 15 meters tall with water that runs off a hard layer of limestone throughout the year. Bantimurung Bulusaraung National Park has more than 80 natural and prehistoric caves which are the habitat for countless types of butterflies and birds. Near by the park, there are a few bungalows and motels for people who want to stay longer and enjoy the peaceful surroundings.    Stay at Singgasana Hotel Makassar for a rest, before or after you visit the Bantimurung Waterfalls. We could also provide you with a car and tour guide that will take you there upon request. Have a great holiday and don’t forget to taste the Makassar’s authentic culinary too!

Lake Matano

Lake Matano

July 08, 2015

Indonesia’s beauty is no secret to the world. The islands are surrounded by a vast ocean teaming with exotic life. Dense jungles of strong tall trees are packed with hidden wonders. Towering mountains, deep in jungles, filling craters, atop mountains, there are lakes of all colors and sizes. Long road trips usually lead to the best places. Correct? It takes approximately 12 hours from Makassar, South Sulawesi, to reach Lake Matano, a natural lake located beside Matano Village. Matano itself means “wellspring” because the village has a well that flows continuously to the lake. With a depth of 590 m, it takes the title of the deepest lake in Indonesia and 10th deepest in the world. The lake is home to dozens of endemic fish and plants. This is because the lake is virtually isolated from other lake; it is even believed that 30 types of fish in Lake Matano are all derived from one species! This has attracted many scientists and observers to the lake. The water itself is extremely clear thanks to its remote location. Despite its depth, people can still see the bottom of the lake most of the time. Unbelievable! It is also calm, with almost no ripples to be seen. Visitors will be enchanted by the huge lake and the lush forest surrounding it. Gazing into the water, it is difficult to resist the temptation to jump right in immediately upon arrival! There are tons of activities to do on the lake from swimming and snorkeling to more serious water sports such as canoeing, rafting, water skiing, and even diving!   Source: Journey Indonesia  

How to Make a Surprise Party for your Loved One

How to Make a Surprise Party for your Loved One

June 09, 2015

According to a research, one simple surprise could make one’s day better and brighter. 51% of respondent from a survey reported that when someone is doing a nice thing to them, they feel loved and important. So, it should be great for you to make a surprise party for your other half. Creating a surprise party would be less distressed if you follow these steps. 1.    Think of What Kind of Surprise You’d Make You can start with your spouse’s hobby or things that she / he likes. If he / she is the kind of person who likes to be on the spotlight, make it festive and invite lots of family and relatives. 2.    Choose Your Theme It is important to have theme on your party. You can adjust the theme with things your other half really love, such as sports, colors, beach or glamorous things. 3.    Ask a Help from Friend A help from your friend would make your surprise party runs smoothly. They could assist while you’re busy with the preparation. 4.    Foods & Drinks Adjust the foods and drinks with the theme of your surprise party. Prepare lots of foods for your guests if you are planning to throw the party on lunch or dinner. 5.    Music Choose an easy listening playlist and still sync with the theme. You can also put your spouse’s favorite song to make it more romantic. If you are planning to throw a surprise party at Singgasana Hotel Makassar, choose the Prom Night Package that only starts from Rp. 100.000/pax, including complimentary 1 night stay at Deluxe Room, breakfast for 2 persons and many more. Click (link) to reserve right away.  

Guide to a Culinary Adventure in Makassar

Guide to a Culinary Adventure in Makassar

May 08, 2015

Believe it or not, beside its beautiful scenery and interesting history, Makassar is also a great destination for the food hunter! And here, are some of the best foodies’ destinations you should try when you’re in Makassar. 1.    Sop Konro & Konro Bakar Karebosi This restaurant is located in Jalan Gunung Lompobattang, right in the back of Bank Indonesia building. Sop Konro is made of high quality beef that is served with savory broth, meanwhile Konro Bakar is grilled beef ribs served with Makassar’s peanut sauce. 2.    Sop Saudara Jalan Irian When a bowl of beef mixed with vermicelli, deep fried mashed potato and hot broth, you’ll find yourself in the heaven of food! Yes, especially this one in Jalan Irian. This restaurant has been serving customers since 1970s, and usually crowded at night. A bowl of Sop Saudara costs Rp. 15.000 and if you’d like to eat it with rice, just add Rp. 3000 and Rp. 4000 for a cooked duck egg. 3.    Pallubasa Serigala dan Pallubasa Onta Basically, Pallubasa is similar to Sop Konro and Sop Saudara, the difference lies in the broth. Pallubasa is using fried shredded coconut as the addition to its flavor, and if you are eating Pallubasa in Jalan Serigala or Jalan Irian, you can pick your own meat or other parts of beef that you’d like, such as the cheek, tongue and organs. 4.    Coto Makassar Jalan Nusantara There are about 100 Coto Makassar restaurants in Makassar, but only a few that is worth to visit, like this one in Jalan Nusantara (that is why it is called Warong Coto Nusantara). A bowl of Coto Nusantara costs Rp. 15.000 and it is consists of beef and Ketupat (rice cooked in a pack of palm leaves) served with thick savory broth. 5.    Mie Titi Unlike any other Makassar’s distinctive dish, Mie Titi is a plate of deep fried noodle served with a really thick sauce of egg with chicken, shrimp and vegetables. Mie Titi has been known in Makassar since 37 years ago. Some of the Mie Titi famous restaurants are located in Jalan Irian, Jalan Boulevard, Jalan Datumuseng, Jalan Perintis Kemerdekaan and Jalan Bumi Tamalanrea Permai. When you are staying at Singgasana Hotel Makassar and don’t know what to eat for lunch or dinner, you may order the Home Made Chef Suggestion at Cirangga Restaurant. Only Rp. 60.000,net!  

8 USEFUL TRAVEL WEBSITES YOU PROBABLY DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT

8 USEFUL TRAVEL WEBSITES YOU PROBABLY DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT

April 13, 2015

As the world gets smaller so to fit the palm of your hand, here are eight very useful travel websites that you probably didn't know about. Enjoy your journey! 1.    Triptease Browse user-provided itineraries while the site’s built-in search engine searches for the best rates and opportunities for your trip at www.triptease.com. 2.    Homestay Surf www.homestay.com for unique and personal accommodation options focusing on connecting like-minded travelers with local hosts in their home. 3.    Seat 61 Seat 61 is an excellent way to find alternative transportation. If you’d rather take boats, trains and busses than planes, look no further. Just plug in your start and end points at www.seat61.com to see what routes and methods available to you. 4.    Jet Lag Rooster If you’re crossing time zones, www.jetlagrooster.com will design a personalized sleep schedule to help you avoid jet lag on your trip. Fill in your travel details three days before your flight and Jet Lag Rooster will do the rest. 5.    Black Tomato Fur luxury travel experiences, check out www.blacktomato.com that allows you all kinds of specific options to find a travel experience tailored to your needs. 6.    Responsible Travel A brilliant travel agency (www.responsibletravel.com) that provides environmentally conscious travel packages so you can enjoy your holiday and preserve the earth for holidays to come. 7.    iFly Once you’ve booked your flights, there’s no better airport resource than www.ifly.com, which will keep you up-to-date on delays as well as give detailed info about any airport. 8.    Foodspotting The website www.foodspotting.com is useful both at home and away. Find the right place to get the food you’re craving by plugging in your location and desired dish. Source: www.buzfeed.com based on the article on Journey Magazine.