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Direct Flight From Bandung To Singapore

Today, Tuesday, 24th March 2009, is the first launch of flight from Bandung to Singapore ( BDO-SIN) held by a Singapore Low Cost Carrier, Air Asia. The flight from Husein Sastranegara Airport will be once a day at 10.15 Western Indonesia Time by using Boeing 737 with capacity for 148 passengers. The ticket price of BDO-SIN is quite inexpensive, approximately IDR 594.000,00.
BDO-SIN route is as the next follow-up on the success of mutual cooperation between Air Asia and Husein Airport of opening flight route Bandung – Kualalumpur ( BDO–KUL ), said Mr. Dharmadi, the President Director of Air Asia. Having succeed in flight BDO-KUL, it is a good opportunity for Air Asia to open other new route from Bandung. Air Asia will increase flight frequency for route BDO-KUL from twice to three times a day, and following later for route BDO-SIN from once to twice a day.

Since the opening of BDO-KUL route in 2007, the visitor from Kualalumpur to Bandung vise versa has reached 5% of 2.5 million passenger of Air Asia for the whole routes. By the expansion of this flight route, the visitor to Bandung is expected to increase. Meanwhile according to the field observation today, the passenger of first flight BDO-SIN has reached 110 persons.
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Destination : Garut

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Garut is one of the regencies in Southern West Java with the area of 306.519 hectares or 3,006.88 square kilometers. Geographically, it lies between 657'34"-744'57" latitude and 107 24'34"-108 7'34 longitude. , belonging to West Java Province region in Indonesia where its borders are the follows;

• Eastern Side : Tasikmalaya Regency
• Western Side : Cianjur and Bandung Regency
• Northern Side : Sumedang Regency
• Southern Side : Indonesian Ocean

This area includes valley territory surrounded by volcanoes (mount Karacak:1838m, mount Cikuray:2821 m, mount Guntur:2249 m, mountKampung Naga - Garut Papandayan 2622 m in the Northern side with the average heights of 700 - 750 meters over sea level . There are the streams of frozen lavas on their slopes. In general Garut has cool and tropical climate with the average temperature of 24.3 Celsius degree, whereas the rain falls are average of 2,589 millimeters per-year.

The typology of land fertility is various because of being influenced by mountains, river stream and coastal lowland territories. With the mentioned condition the potency of Garut Regency's territory I dominated by agricultural businesses especially plantation, food plant, animal husbandry followed by forest resources.

Some of specific and well known commodities from Garut are Garut Orange Fruits (Jeruk Garut), Garut Lamb (Domba Garut), Dodol Garut (delicious specific snack from Garut), Vetiver Root Oil /Andropogon Zizanioides (Minyak Akar Wangi), Batik Tulis Garutan (hand painting clothes), Silk Worm Clothes, Gemstone, Leather Craft, and Bamboo Craft. Garut Orange commodity plant located at mountain hill area at Wanaraja, Samarang and Bayongbong District. That all location most popular in Indonesia as mountain hill area with highland view more than sea level 900 m - many kind of fruits and vegetable production. Since a long time ago, when Indonesia have been Dutch colonization, Garut orange are kind variety classified as one of Indonesia famous exotic fruits in the world. Garut Orange has a good taste, good coloring, thick skin textures, and good aroma. Until, a moment, CVPD ( citrus vein phloem degeneration/) damaged it.

Administratively, Garut regency consists of 42 sub districts and 419 rural districts with 2.173.623 people (1.106.473 males and 1.067.150 females). Garut Regency constitutes the buffer land and hinterland for the development of Bandung Raja's territory, has strategic position and the supplier for the needs of Bandung municipality and regency's populations all at once it takes a rote in restraining environmental equilibrium.

Based on the characteristic of the territory, Garut Regency is divided into two territories.

• The territory of Northern Garut consists of upland which constitutes the largest rice field in Garut regency and in general it consists of upland with mountains and range of hills.
• The territory of Southern Garut most consist of sloping land and flowed by twelve rivers going in directions of south and emptying into Indonesian Ocean .

The potencies of tourist resort in Garut Regency, not only coastal panorama and its sea but also crater, waterfalls. Lakes and a hot water place supported by fresh and cool air are much enjoyed by local tourist or those being out Garut Regency even foreign tourists instead. So it is reasonable at if Garut Regency had the call "Swiss Van Java" in the Dutch Colonial Period.


 


The founder of "Koffie Fabriek Aroma" at 78 years ago is Tan Houw Sian.  Before he started the bussiness in 1930, he had worked for a Dutch coffee producer.  In that decades, coffee bussiness competitions was centered on South American countries, Britain and Holland.  And the Dutchman had massive plantations in Indonesia.

Nowadays, Kopi Aroma (coffee aroma) bussiness is running by Widya Pratama, the only son of Tan Houw Sian, since he at 23.  Widya produces coffee just the way his father did, supervises every pack of the coffee and regulary inspect the coffee plantations in a number of different parts of the country (with total of 45 hectares in acre).
The beans store at the barn for between two and eight years, it aims to lower acidity of the beans, and the ammount of caffeine.  The low acid levels in the long-maturing coffee make the coffee to reduce the risks of somebody who have trouble with stomach.

What make this coffee fabric special is they still use traditional method of processing coffee bean, from the raw one until ready to serve. Widya is also very friendly, and he will gladly take you to a tour to his coffee warehouse, while explaning the whole process of processing the coffee bean.

Inside his mini shop, you will also find several coffee grinding machine, the oldest one was dated 1900. Those machines are well maintained, still working and free from dust.  The grinder was made by American Hobart, although there is also a German model produced as recently as 1930.  The roasters were made in 1936, it fueled by rubber wood from old non-productive trees.
The coffee roasted for two hours to full perfection, without any additive or chemicals.


Coffee Aroma located in Jalan Banceuy, Bandung - Indonesia
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The epithets given to the West Java city of Bandung can be numerous and varied: such as, for its art deco buildings, it is called "the Paris of the East"; for its floral surroundings, "the Flower City", and for its parks and gardens "the Garden City".

But it might also be awarded the title of "the Shoppers' City". With its numerous factory outlets, which now seem to be in practically every corner of the city, its famous -- if not infamous -- Jl. Cihampelas, the "shoe street" of Jl. Cibaduyut and the arrival of bigger and better malls, Bandung is maintaining its position as something of a shopper's paradise.

Factory outlets have become such a popular place or concept for shopping that they have begun to appear in Jakarta and Bogor but Bandung seems to be maintaining its position as the real home of factory outlets.

Take a drive up Jl. Dago and you may be left in a state of confusion as to which factory outlet to stop at. They line this street and seem to compete with each other for the largest signage and trendiest frontage. Various designs are displayed to attract the eye but the shopping experience that waits within each of these retail outlets is similar.

These factory outlets offer an extensive range of clothing and accessories and many of the items are graced with designer labels.

At times this range can be nothing short of mystifying. For example, quite thick and heavy winter coats seem a little out of place in the hot climate of Indonesia but, then again, for those planning trips to colder countries such items might be ideal.

The range of items for sale may be varied but the price tags are consistently low. Although the name "factory outlet" tends to conjure up images of shelves stacked high and little or no presentation and/or comfort for shoppers this is, in fact, not at all the case.

Certainly the amount of stock that is on display can be somewhat mesmerizing but the presentation of the shops is often attractive and the design and general layout of these factory outlets can be such that shoppers may spend quite a good part of the day within just one of them.

There are factory outlets in the rather up-market Setiabudi district of the city and on Jl. Riau, not far from Bandung Indah Plaza, which are really much more than just factory outlets.

They have restaurants and cafes within them and even play areas for children that clearly highlight that the owners are willing and able to cater to family visitors and buyers.

Factory outlets are, then, in abundance all around Bandung but they have also diversified a little to become boutique-type outlets.

Again, in the Jl. Riau area, there are now factory outlets that are comprised of smaller boutique-type shops all housed within a single factory outlet.

In these collections of boutiques there might be smaller shops for specific shoppers -- such as women's clothes, accessories, shoes and surfer-dude trendy items and so on. These collections of boutiques are often housed within older, even colonial-era, houses and thus modern shopping is happening in older parts of the city.

Smaller shopping outlets are also what comprise the "shoe street" of Jl. Cibaduyut. This, although a consistently fascinating shopping experience, is less of a pleasurable shopping experience thanks to the general surroundings.

Jl. Cibaduyut is a quite long and winding road with a busy flow of traffic coming into Bandung and heading out toward the hill town of Ciwidey.

As a consequence of the flow of traffic, the road is rather noisy and dusty and thus not a particularly attractive proposition for the pedestrian shopper.

However, the determined shopper may be rewarded for perseverance as along much of this roadway are huddled as many as 100 shoe sellers and makers.

This means that the shoe shopper may either buy directly or place an order for a specific design or type of shoe. A similarly busy and rather frantic street is Jl. Cihampelas.

This street has been known as the "jeans street" in recognition of the vast numbers of jeans that are for sale there but it is not only jeans that can be purchased along this colorful street.

With the frankly weird and wonderful array of giant figures that adorn many of the shop fronts, Jl. Cihampelas is a sight to be seen -- if not a rather tacky and over-the-top sight. Jeans are for sale in abundance as are T-shirts that are typically humorous in nature.

In addition, reflecting the huge figures that clamber over or fly out of the shop fronts, many of the shops here feature clothing with images or logos of superheroes. All of this makes for a colorful scene but the shopping experience is rather more "cheap and cheerful" than high-class. The Jl. Cihampelas area has, though, been improved by the development of Cihampelas Walk (or Ciwalk, as it is more typically referred to). Here there is a department store, cinema, an open-air walkway that features a good range of restaurants and various other boutique-type shops.

Although much of the decor of Ciwalk is bright and colorful, reflecting its near neighbors on Jl. Cihampelas, the general atmosphere here is much more of a pleasing one for the shopper.

This is not least because cars are parked and shoppers can roam freely away from the bustle and dust of a street like Jl. Cihampelas.

Shopping malls too, then, are part of the shopping scene in Bandung with relatively new and major developments like Bandung Super Mall (BSM) featuring prominently and the central Bandung Indah Plaza (BIP) going through recent renovations to improve it.

Bandung does then have a diverse, even rather mixed bag, of shopping experiences but the majority of shoppers is likely to find something to their liking. Bargains are there to be found and the bargain hunting in Bandung can be a pleasurable and even fun experience.

Simon Marcus Gower, Contributor, Jakarta (http://www.thejakartapost.com)
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