Deadly Blades from Indonesia

Indonesian bladesUntil today, some tribes in Indonesia use traditional weapons as tools for hunting, self-defensing, and yes, attacking someone or something. Even more, some people who still believe in superstitious think that traditional weapons are surrounded by mystical power. Take keris for instance. Continue Reading →

Adorn Your Garden with These Monkeys

A line of Monkey Furs

At first glance, what did you see in picture beside? Maybe a line of monkeys. But they are not real monkeys. These are sort of plants from Sumatra which has a body texture like monkey’s fur. That’s why we call it Monkey Fur (or Bulu Monyet in Indonesian). Actually, more like orangutan to me. However, we never met these plants outside the jungle of Sumatra, one of Indonesian islands. Continue Reading →

An SOS Sign from Orangutans

One happy familyPongo pygmaeus is species that dwell in Borneo island, and Pongo abelii is species that dwell in Sumatra. They are the only surviving species in the genus Pongo. We simply call them orangutan. It was taken from the words “orang” (man) and “hutan” (forest). Physically, they really resemble human (of the forest). They are the most intelligent primates in the world, beside their African cousin chimpanzee. Continue Reading →

Indonesian Vegetations at a Glance

Rafflesia arnoldii

It is destiny for the tropics to have biodiversity more than the subtropics or the poles. It is too for Indonesia. There are many ecosystems here; mangrove, sea, shore, savanna, grassland, and so on, which each have its own biodiversity. Indonesian flora is a part of Indo-Malay that live (beside in Indonesia) only in India, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, and Philippine. And we call “Malaysiana group” for the flora growing specifically in Malaysia, Philippine and Indonesia. Continue Reading →