Eco-Stylish Wooden Sunnies

Have you ever heard about sunglasses made from woods or bamboo? Even, recently I’ve noticed sunglasses made from the recycled skateboard material. Sustainable development* is getting wide-spread. People are thinking about more eco-friendly products nowadays. Something that we can renew, regrow, reuse, recycle is more considerable to make a new trend. In addition, using an eco-friendly product, I believe will make us feel less guilty about polluting our lovely planet Earth.

I think everybody likes a good environment but even better when you can see natural elements make a really amazing fashion.

-Wooden Sunnies

By the end of August, I joined an Instagram giveaway held by the Wooden Sunnies. There were bamboo sunglasses as the prize, so I was really interested to join it. Then I won. Yes, I won the bamboo sunglasses!!!

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I got contacted via a direct message by the owner of Wooden Sunnies. He said that I would be the winner, but because of the bamboo glasses on the giveaway are quite big, he offered me a Lolita, instead. Wanna know which one is the bamboo sunglasses and which one is Lolita?

These are the bamboo sunglasses. Aren’t they cool to make you stand out?

And these sunglasses are Lolita. Oh so stunning!

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I bet the bamboo sunglasses would fit my husband rather than me because he has a big head, really a big head for an Asian man. I like the bamboo sunglasses because the bamboo material is eco-friendly and regrowable easily yet it is also sustainable. However, I wasn’t disappointed at all when Mr. Joel, the Wooden Sunnies owner, told me that he would send Lolita for me because he believed Lolita suited better for ladies rather than the bamboo ones.

Lolita sunglasses have a transparent plastic frame edge, but the arms are zebra wood. Zebra wood is kind of wood from Africa that has very noticeable stripes of zebra pattern. Mr. Joel told me that he was unsure about the Lolita as it has a plastic edge, but then it becomes favorite! He sells this one more than all others lately. Yes, indeed Lolita really looks great. Lolita sunglasses has surprised Mr. Joel because they are sold out the quickest. These sunnies are perfect for everyone. Fit men and women.

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My Sunnies prize is packed with a bamboo cylindrical container, just like a hollow big bamboo stem. It is also provided with a black fabric pouch and a lens cleaning cloth. As Lolita arrived at my home… My husband tried to put them on but they don’t fit my husband! Wow! His head is really big or Lolita sunnies are quite small? Even my son tried wearing them too and they fit pretty well on him! Hahaha… So actually Lolita fit everyone, except my husband. The head’s width of my husband is big enough for Lolita. So maybe, as I guess, the bamboo sunglasses will suit him better.

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When I get Lolita, I look into its wooden arms, they are engraved with “polarized” on the left side and “handmade” on the right side. Lolita is handmade and it is also equipped with polarized lenses. The front lenses have a mirror finish that reflects images just like a metallic mirror. It is handmade, so it is so special. How about “polarized”? what does it mean? Polarized is a term for the lenses of the sunglasses that help to reduce reflected glare from the water and flat surfaces.

How do polarized lenses work? Light usually scatters in all directions; but when it’s reflected from flat surfaces, it tends to become polarized – meaning it travels in a more uniform (usually horizontal) direction. This creates an annoying and sometimes dangerous intensity of reflected light that causes glare and reduces visibility.

Polarized lenses contain a special filter that blocks this type of intense reflected light, reducing glare. They provide superior glare protection – especially on the water. Polarized lenses also may reduce the visibility of images produced by liquid crystal display (LCDs) or light emitting diode displays (LEDs) such as digital screens. So, with polarized lenses, you may be unable to see your cell phone or GPS device (Reference: http://www.allaboutvision.com – Polarized Sunglasses).

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I have proved it myself, when I was taking pictures at the beach, it was hard to see my phone display with the sunglasses on. The display was totally dark. However, it was really cool to wear Lolita at the beach as it was totally sunny and the sunlight glaring from the sea water. The vision through Lolita lenses are clear but the sunlight is not strikingly bright to my eyes. They are lightweight and now are my best friends in this tropical sunny country. The wooden sunnies are perfect for outdoor activity and to protect my eyes from the sunlight.

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I am lucky I got these cool handmade wooden sunnies as a prize. If you buy these sunnies from Wooden Sunnies, $10 of every sale goes to plasticoceans.org. You are not only purchasing an eco-stylish product but also contributing to the sustainability of marine life too. Well, so many thanks to Wooden Sunnies who had considered kindly the suitable sunnies for me as a perfect gift and moreover for raising awareness to the single-use plastic that pollutes our planet. For a better earth for our children, grandchildren and grand grandchildren.

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Something renewable, regrowable and sustainable. It makes people feel a little bit better about what they’re doing.

– Wooden Sunnies

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If you are interested to seek wooden sunnies and be friends with the sustainable ecosystem, please go and check… http://www.woodensunnies.com they have various styles of sunglasses. Even more, this September Wooden Sunnies has launched a new range called ‘EmDeez’. The new ones are round sunglasses made from dark and light bamboo frame. Aaaww, another adorable bamboo sunnies… What are you waiting for? Let’s check it out!

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*Based on Encarta Dictionary, sustainable development means an economic development without polluting environment: economic development maintained within acceptable levels of global resource depletion and environmental pollution

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💚 Intan Rastini

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Ekowisata Mangrove Wonorejo Surabaya

Tempat kedua di Surabaya yang kami kunjungi setelah RPTRA Taman Prestasi Ketabang Kali adalah hutan mangrove di Wonorejo, Rungkut. Ini termasuk kawasan konservasi dan ekowisata. Sebenarnya Surabaya itu panas banget ya, apalagi kalau berkunjung ke ruang terbuka di waktu siang hari seperti kami. Tapi untung di Ekowisata Mangrove Surabaya ini pohon bakaunya udah besar-besar jadi lumayan teduh.

Akses ke hutan bakau di Rungkut ini agak susah karena tidak terletak di pinggir jalan utama, kami harus masuk-masuk sampai ke pemukiman warga hingga ke kompleks perumahan baru. Tempat parkirnya cukup luas, kok. Ada untuk sepeda motor dan ada untuk mobil. Saat itu kami naik mobil dan tarif parkirnya Rp 5.000.

Pertama kali menginjakkan kaki di sana, saya melihat ada gedung kantor dan ada hall terbuka. Selanjutnya akan ada jalan jembatan kayu yang dibangun sepanjang area hutan bakau. Untuk masuk ke kawasan konservasi hutan bakau ini gratis. Di sepanjang jembatan kayu kami bisa melihat ada nama-nama tanaman jenis bakau. Juga ada spot khusus foto dan disediakan fotografer tapi sayang saat itu sedang tutup.

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Selama menyusuri hutan bakau, kami bisa melihat ada pedagang es, pedagang pentol keliling. Kalki sempat beli es krim, untuk harga es krim yang seharusnya Rp 3.000 dijual seharga Rp 6.000. Tidak lupa juga kami beli pentol hehehe…. Beli pentolnya cukup Rp 5.000 aja itu udah pakai bumbu kacang.

Di sana nggak melulu jalanan jembatan kayu, ada juga jalan aspal dan berpavink. Di jalan aspal kami mendapati bangkai perahu yang masih bagus di pajang di atas tanah yang agak lebih tinggi. Sayangnya perahu tersebut berdebu dan kotor jadi saat Kavin dan Kalki mau main ke atas perahu, saya tidak kasih. Lalu ada musholla dan ada kantin. Di dekat kantin terdapat kandang ular dan kandang monyet. Nggak tau siapa yang punya, tapi kandang ular dan monyetnya diletakkan berdekatan gitu. Kasian, apa nggak stress ya monyetnya?

Setelah kantin, ada kantor dan juga sebagai loket naik perahu menyusuri hutan bakau melalui sungai hingga ke muara. Lalu kami terus berjalan hingga ke jogging track. Di kawasan jogging track inilah ada jalan jembatan kayu lagi, di sini hutan bakaunya lebih lebat dan lebih teduh. Bahkan kami buka perbekalan di atas jembatan kayu sambil sesekali berfoto-foto. Yeah, jogging track is my favorite place! saya sempat coba jogging kecil disana dan kayu jembatannya agak kurah stabil dan kokoh buat lari karena bergerak-gerak dan bunyi juga hihi…

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Setelah makan siang ala piknik di hutan mangrove, kami melanjutkan jalan kaki menyusuri jembatan kayu kawasan jogging track. Di setiap beberapa meter disediakan tempat sampah organik dan anorganik. Juga ada papan penjelasan untuk jenis-jenis tanaman bakau yang ada di sana. Kalki setiap melihat papan penjelasan minta dibacain oleh opanya hehehe… Cocok banget kan sebagai wisata edukasi.

 

Di tengah perjalanan menyusuri jogging track, kami melihat orang-orang lainnya heboh karena ada seekor monyet. Ternyata itu monyet yang terlepas, karena di lehernya ada kalung dan tempat rantai. Kami juga nggak tau ini monyet siapa. Tapi monyetnya cukup jinak dan tidak membahayakan. Jadi sepanjang kami menyusuri jogging track hingga berujung di sebuah dermaga kayu pinggir sungai, monyet ini masih mengikuti di sekitar kami.

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Halo saya Kavin! dan saya tertarik dengan monyet, mungkin juga karena arti namanya saya bisa sebagai “raja monyet” makanya saya senang bertemu rakyat saya 😀

 

Setelah sampai ujung jogging track yang mana udah ketemu sungai, kami jalan balik lagi ke arah kantin. Di kantor loket perahu, mama saya membeli karcis buat naik perahu. Harga tiketnya Rp 25.000 per orang. Tapi untuk Kavin yang maish balita gratis. Tapi naik perahu motornya harus menunggu kloter. Sambil menunggu kami duduk-duduk di dermaga. Disana ada beberapa orang sedang asyik mancing. Dan seperti ruang terbuka sebelumnya yang kami kunjungi, disini juga terdapat beberapa ekor kucing! Kayaknya di Surabaya emang banyak kucingnya, ya.

 

 

Saat perahu datang menurunkan penumpang, kami penumpang baru pun naik. Perahu motor ini membawa sekitar 20 penumpang menyusuri sungai sampai ke muara. Selama perjalanan kami bisa melihat beberapa macam burung yang hinggap dan terbang di antara pohon bakau. Kebanyakan sih burung putih seperti bangau. Lalu sampailah kami di hutan bakau dekat muara. Kami diturunkan di dermaga dan diberi waktu 15 menit untuk jalan-jalan.

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Hutan bakau di muara sudah mengarah ke pantai. Ada bagian hutan lebatnya dan ada bagian yang sudah terbuka karena semakin ke pesisir, disana masih sama jalurnya adalah jembatan. Tapi kali ini bukan jembatan kayu saja, tapi juga jembatan anyaman bambu di area pesisir. Kalki dan Kavin melihat banyak sekali hewan ikan berkaki di pesisir pantai dari atas jembatan bambu. Opa bilang itu salamander. Ikan Salamandernya mirip lele tapi kecil-kecil ukurannya dan berkaki, dengan lincah mereka merayap-rayap di permukaan becek dan berlumpur. Gemes deh lihatnya.

 

 

Di kawasan pesisir disediakan musholla, toilet dan gazebo besar untuk bersantai menikmati pemandangan. Setelah menikmati kawasan pesisir, kami kembali menuju dermaga melalui jalur jembatan ke hutan bakau yang lebat, di hutan bakau ini lah saya melihat banyak sampah di permukaan tanahnya. Mungkin karena ini adalah muara jadi segala sampah yang terbawa sungai hanyut dan nyangkut disini diantara tanaman-tanaman bakau di muara. Sayang banget, jadi kotor kawasan ekowisatannya.

 

Kami pun kembali lagi untuk pulang menuju dermaga pertama. Karena hari sudah sore, ini adalah kloter perjalanan dengan perahu yang terakhir. Kalau tidak salah wisata naik perahu tutup pukul 16:00. Saat kami kembali loket tiket perahu saja sudah tutup. Kami berjalan pulang menuju parkiran sebagian besar bersama para pengunjung yang lainnya yang merupakan teman naik perahu kami tadi.

Kalki seneng banget di ajak ke kawasan Ekowisata Mangrove Surabaya sampai-sampai kakak Kalki bilang gini, “Tempatnya bagus oma, terima kasih ya oma, udah ajak Kalki kesini.” Hihihi… Untuk jaga-jaga selama membawa anak ke tempat wisata hutan mangrove sebaiknya bawa lotion anti nyamuk. Karena lumayan banyak nyamuk juga saat di dalam hutan bakau yang rindang. Sekian dulu cerita wisata di Surabaya, lanjut lagi next post, ya….

 

Ekowisata Mangrove Surabaya
Alamat: Jalan Raya Wonorejo No. 1, Wonorejo, Rungkut, Wonorejo, Rungkut, Kota SBY, Jawa Timur 60296
Jam buka: 08.00 – 16.00
Telepon: (031) 8796880

❤️Intan Rastini

A Tour to Rainbow Warrior: a Greenpeace Ship Landed in Bali

A day after Kavin’s 3rd birthday, we went to port Benoa. A greenpeace famous ship has been landed on Bali, at the port Benoa. I didn’t want to miss this chance so I asked my husband to go there with the kids. It is a rare opportunity to see the Rainbow Warrior and even go inside the ship. Greenpeace journey has been started in Papua, the second place to land was Bali, Next is going to be Jakarta for a week on April 23-29 2018. The journey is called “Jelajah Harmoni Nusantara” Rainbow Warrior Southeast Asia Ship Tour 2018.

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From Angkah village in Selemadeg Barat, Tabanan to port Benoa it takes about 2.30 hours by motorbike. Our destination is approximately 50 km away. When we arrived on the Benoa highway, we had to pay the entrance highway fee for motorbike Rp 2,000. At the port, we didn’t need to pay any entrance fee or parking fee. It was all free. The Rainbow Warrior open boat event held by Greenpeace was also totally free. This event is held on April 14-15 2018 from 9:00-12:00 and 13:00-16:00. We came on Saturday, April 14 at 13:00.

Port of Benoa

When we arrived at the port Benoa, we had lunch first by the dock. We brought our lunch box and we shared meal with 4 persons: my husband, Kalki, Kavin and me. It was very hot at the port, by the way. We already prepared bringing 4 drinking bottle containing 3,1 L of water. And it was insufficient for the four of us. Because we were sweating a lot and we need drinking much water to rehydrate our body. We felt so thirsty almost all the time.

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After having lunch, we could visit the handycraft stands by local communities who care to the environment and their products are mostly eco-friendly or by recycled materials. Kalki and Kavin tried to chill out at the painting tent, there were some cozy beanbags for lying down or sitting down. We could enjoy the ocean breeze here, and let the kids paint on a cut unused posters’ backside.

 

At 1 pm we made a line to enter the Rainbow Warrior. A group of visitors that allowed to enter in every session was 25 persons excluded children.  We went inside the ship in the first session.  There was an Indonesian tour guide who explained about the Rainbow Warrior. This Rainbow Warrior Ship was the third ship of Greenpeace. The first had been bombed by the French intelligent agent and the second one was too old to be operated. Next, Greenpeace made its own ship unlike its two ships before that those are modified ships.

 

Something unique about the ship that it has a dolphin wooden statue, its name is Dave the Dolphin. And it was brought from the first ship. There was also a classic hand bell in front of the steering room. Ships used to use hand bell in old times to acknowledge its coming but nowadays because of radio, GPS and etc, we don’t need hand bell anymore. In Rainbow Warrior there is a tradition to ring the hand bell on a new year’s eve by the youngest ship’s crew.

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This third Rainbow Warrior is a sailboat with modern technology. It uses wind energy to sail, but it can use diesel too when there is no wind.This ship has big strong sail poles which form like the  alphabet “A” structures. Because of its huge sails, it uses machine to expand them and also with the help of the crews. There are some monitors in the steering room and as a controlling room also. Luckily, Kalki had the opportunity to sit on the captain’s seat! There were so many buttons and panels. Visitors and especially children were not allowed to touch anything there.

 

The Rainbow Warrior’s crew who explained about the ship was Reinoud, his position is 2nd mate – I don’t know what it means. Unfortunately I didn’t ask him what exactly his posisition was about. I just asked about where the captain was. And the captain was discussing something with the crews in the other room behind the steering room.

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Reinoud the 2nd Mate in the steering room and a translator

Reinoud explained that this ship has ever been followed by government war ships so close behind. He said that some government or companies felt afraid of the Rainbow Warrior. So, it’s good that they felt afraid because it meant that they did something wrong. Even their captain had also been terrorized too. The captain of Rainbow Warrior is a dutch woman named Hettie Geenen.

 

After going inside the steering room we went to the conference room. It was such a multifunctional room with a projector hanging on the ceiling. The crew could also set up some gym equipments there so they could do exercise. At that room, we watch a short video presenting about what Greenpeace had done especially in Indonesia.

 

Next tour was to the Helipad. Yes Rainbow Warrior has a landing deck for a helicopter. On the helideck there were some knockdown wooden wall for sticking posters about Greenpeace international. So we could read what kind of environmental issues that Greenpeace had been fighting for. From plastic waste to electronic waste, farming land that would be used as a mega electricity plan with coal, massive deforestation to start palm farming, air pollution, even about the bombing of the first Rainbow Warrior Ship.

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Welcome to Indonesia, Greenpeace!

The tour inside Rainbow Warrior maybe only took 15-20 minutes only. The next groups kept going on and on as the first group ended the tour. After I finished my tour, I took a rest by sitting down under the trees’ shadows. Because I had something to ask to the ship crew, I joined the next session for the second time. This time I went only with kalki. The tour was the same as the first. At the first session Kalki hadn’t got the chance for sitting on the captain’s seat, but at the second time, he got it.

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I met with Sabine Skiner from Germany this time. She is the mechanic of Rainbow Warrior. I asked her whether there were any Indonesian crew in Rainbow Warrior. She said there were 16 crews from 14 different countries. 2 crews are from Indonesia: 1 deck-hand crew and 1 as a volunteer. At last, I asked Sabine to sign on my notebook.

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Next, I skipped watching video in the conference room, I directly went straight to the helideck and read few articles there and then Kalki and I went to the land to meet Kavin and my husband. It was very nice to be inside of Rainbow Warrior and to meet the ship’s crews. Unfortunately I didn’t meet every crew of Rainbow Warrior and what I waited the most was to meet the ship’s chef, Daniel Bravo.

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It was said by the Indonesian tour guide that all crew in this ship weren’t not only activists but they were also scientist and researchers. Meeting the only chef of the ship is very interesting to me, to know about what kind of menu did he always cook for all the crew and… besides that, he also looked like Orlando Bloom to me, haha. Reminding me to Pirates of the Caribbean so much!

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It was a little bit disappointing that the visitors were not given a tour to every cabin and to the kitchen. We also couldn’t meet to every ship’s crew because only one crew that was in charge in the steering room to welcome the visitors. By chance, I noticed the other ship’s crew like Shuk Ning Cheung as a volunteer deck hand, Daniel Szony as 3rd mate and another crew inside the tools and equipments room, but I didn’t know who he was. Sabine said that Daniel was from Hungary. He appeared in the steering room at that time.

 

On the dock near by the ship was moored, we could enjoy dragon fruit juice and another fruit juice, but we needed to bring our own tumblr to get that juice. I didn’t know whether it was free or not so I didn’t  go to get that juice. There was also loud music by two DJs but they were gone at about 1.30 pm. There were a community which cared to the plastic waste named Bye Bye Plastic Bags, two persons came to me and asked a permission to interview about my concern to plastic waste.

 

There was also another community like Trash Hero, and the others that I din’t pay attention that much. However mostly there were communities that care to the environment and want a better change for Planet Earth. This time Greenpeace came bringing a campaign to use renewable energy, there was a giant phrase showed on the ship’s net: BALI GO RENEWABLE. And also on a long banner attached on the ship’s fence: “BALI SAATNYA BERALIH KE ENERGI TERBARUKAN”. Are you ready to use renewable and stop using plastic bags?

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Our Indonesia’s minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Susi Pudjiastuti had visited Rainbow Warrior when it was landed in Papua, how about you? To me it is a cool opportunity that I won’t miss! Let’s join to be an ocean defender!

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It was so hot! But a cool experience though

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Greenpeace lifeboat

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Balinese traditional offering to welcome the Rainbow Warrior Ship in Bali

♡ Intan Rastini

Trip to the Secret Waterfalls

We love to be in the nature. I have been living in a natural village in Bali for about 6 years. This village is not the center of tourist attraction like Penglipuran Village, so it is quiet and quite remote. Our village is Angkah Village which is surrounded with paddy fields and the woods.

 

Before I got pregnant I had explored the Balian river and dam in our village. It has a long and wide stream with several big rocks. After I have Kalki and Kavin, I work as an English teacher in Samsaman Village. I got an information from my students at the learning center that there are waterfalls in the village we can visit I guess there are two different waterfalls, one in Angkah village and the other one is in Samsaman Village. Angkah and Samsaman are closed to each other.

 

My first time visiting the waterfalls in Samsaman, it was with my students and a volunteer from the USA. The access to the waterfalls was still new. Probably the residents had just opened a new road through the forest to the waterfalls with an excavator. However the road to the waterfall is only for the beginning. Next we still need to hike on the path down the hill in the woods.

That’s why I call it as secret waterfalls because before they opened the road, just certain villagers who had known or accessed the waterfalls. It is located behind the villagers’ residence. Almost hidden, I could say. We can go there by motorcycle or car first until flat road ends. On the new road is just bare land without asphalt or cement. We can park our vehicles on the new road, because the slopes begin there, so we have to go on foot.

After the new road ends, we will walk in the woods with small path. The road and the path are really steep sometimes. We need to keep hiking downward to go to the waterfalls. Until we arrive at the cliff edge and we have to climb the cliff down about 1.5-2 meter height. It is very dangerous if the cliff is wet because of the rain. So, we always make sure to go to the waterfalls on a sunny day.

 

There are two waterfalls there. The first is very wide and we can walk on the top of it. The first waterfall is near from the start point but we need to climb down the cliff  a little bit to get there. It’s more narrow and there is a stream with rocks just like a pool where we can play splashing water or soak our body. The depth is only 1 meter. From the first waterfall we can see the view from a high hill because there will be still the second waterfall which is the highest and it flows down the hill straightly to the Balian River below.

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The top of the first waterfall, my husband walked across to be on the top of it

 

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Touch down the first waterfall

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There are many rocks

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I could see rainbow below the waterfall

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It was beautiful

 

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The view from the top of the second waterfall, we can see the Balian river down there

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The last waterfall

Both of the waterfalls are connected to each other. The last waterfall is very massive, it is about 20 m height. To go to the last one we need to hike further to the forest downhill with more dangerous and difficult path. At the bottom of the waterfall there is a pool surrounded by the natural rocks and the water of the pool keep flowing straightly to the Balian River. The pool depth is about 1.5-4 meters.

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we need to climb down the cliff a little bit to get to the first waterfall

I have been to the waterfalls twice. At first with my students and a volunteer was only until the first waterfall. We played in the pool and took some photos. We could stand up on the big rock on the top of the second waterfall and we could see the magnificent view of green hills and the stream of Balian River from above the highest waterfall.

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The second time I went there with Kalki and my husband. We didn’t take Kavin with us because it is quite dangerous and tiring to a smaller kid. We went down until the second waterfall. If we kept walking down the hill we would have arrived on the Balian River. At the second waterfall, we had to leap over rocks until we arrived at the pool as the bottom of the waterfall. Me and Kalki ate some snacks on a giant rock while my husband was swimming on the pool.

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My husband couldn’t stand not to swim there

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Swimming in the cold cold water

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Massive waterfall

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We went down hill to the second waterfall where the water falls from 20 m height

It was cold to be at the waterfall, moreover to swim there. My husband was shivering just after swimming. It became colder as it was getting dark in the afternoon. We decided to went back before it was too late, in the dark we would see nothing in the forest. We had to hike the hill upward on our way home. It was very tiring for us espescially Kalki. My husband carried Kalki on his back whenever he said that he was tired to walk. We also stopped to take a rest or drink for several times.

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My husband carried Kalki when he was tired to walk

After all it was always a fantastic journey to explore the new waterfalls near our home. We really enjoyed the natural scenery and the challenging adventure. Me and Kalki was using wood sticks as walking cane to help us hike the hill down and up during the trip. It just wasn’t really help when we needed to climb some rocks. I’ve heard that some international volunteers from my work place also visited the waterfalls. The Portuguese boys even did cliff jumping at the last waterfall. Wow! Do you have the gut to try?

 

Intan Rastini.

How to Make a Cartoon Wayang

Hello, weekend is coming and we will have more spare time with the kids. Here is one of my idea to make a creative activity with Kalki and Kavin. My sons need figures to play instead of dolls, so I tried to make them cartoon wayangs with their own characters, Kalki and Kavin. With wayang Kalki learns about storytelling and confidence 🙂

Let’s go, I’ll show you how to make some…

Tools and Materials

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  1. Piece of carton
  2. Palm sticks
  3. Tape
  4. Pencil
  5. Coloring Pencils
  6. Scissors
  7. Needle
  8. Thread
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I use the carton from my toddlers’ milk boxes to recycle them too

How to make

  1. Draw a character on a piece of carton. What I drew was my sons, Kalki and Kavin figures. You can draw your children figures or any animation characters.
  2. Color the character or let your children do the coloring.
  3. Cut out the character and then also cut off the joints: the arms, elbows and knees.
  4. Join each arm to the shouldres and join the elbows together as well as the knees by sewing them with the thread and needle. I just need to make two holes to sew the joints.
  5. Attach the palm stick to the character’s center body on the backside of the carton. Use the tape to stick it.
  6. Attach a palm stick to each hands and fix it with the tape.
  7. A cartoon wayang made on carton is done! Ready to play…!
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The backside of the carton, I use transparent tape to attach the palm sticks

 

Just after I have finished making the Kalki and Kavin cartoon wayang, Kalki asked me for Oma and Opa cartoon wayang. And then Maybe he would ask for more characters…

So I made him two cars cartoon wayang instead. Because they are easier, I didn’t need to sew the carton. I just draw, color, cut out and then attach the stick and it’s done.

 

Kalki played the cartoon wayang in the dark with a white screen and a shooting lamp behind the screen. So there were the shadows of the wayang on the screen. He made up a story while playing the characters. But you don’t need to play with the screen and lamp. You can make a scenery background instead.

 

Happy playing cartoon wayang 🙂

Intan Rastini.