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Borobudur, the Biggest Buddhist Temple in the Ninth Century

Posted on November 27, 2008. Filed under: Tourism | Tags: , , , , , , |

Who does not know Borobudur? This Buddhist temple has 1460 relief panels and 504 Buddha effigies in its complex. Millions of people are eager to visit this building as one of the World Wonder Heritages. It is not surprising since architecturally and functionally, as the place for Buddhists to say their prayer, Borobudur is attractive.

Borobudur was built by King Samaratungga, one of the kings of Old Mataram Kingdom, the descendant of Sailendra dynasty. Based on Kayumwungan inscription, an Indonesian named Hudaya Kandahjaya revealed that Borobudur was a place for praying that was completed to be built on 26 May 824, almost one hundred years from the time the construction was begun. The name of Borobudur, as some people say, means a mountain having terraces (budhara), while other says that Borobudur means monastery on the high place.

Borobudur is constructed as a ten-terraces building. The height before being renovated was 42 meters and 34.5 meters after the renovation because the lowest level was used as supporting base. The first six terraces are in square form, two upper terraces are in circular form, and on top of them is the terrace where Buddha statue is located facing westward. Each terrace symbolizes the stage of human life. In line with of Buddha Mahayana, anyone who intends to reach the level of Buddha’s must go through each of those life stages.

The base of Borobudur, called Kamadhatu, symbolizes human being that are still bound by lust. The upper four stories are called Rupadhatu symbolizing human beings that have set themselves free from lust but are still bound to appearance and shape. On this terrace, Buddha effigies are placed in open space; while the other upper three terraces where Buddha effigies are confined in domes with wholes are called Arupadhatu, symbolizing human beings that have been free from lust, appearance and shape. The top part that is called Arupa symbolizes nirvana, where Buddha is residing.

Each terrace has beautiful relief panels showing how skillful the sculptors were. In order to understand the sequence of the stories on the relief panels, you have to walk clockwise from the entrance of the temple. The relief panels tell the legendary story of Ramayana. Besides, there are relief panels describing the condition of the society by that time; for example, relief of farmers’ activity reflecting the advance of agriculture system and relief of sailing boat representing the advance of navigation in Bergotta (Semarang).

All relief panels in Borobudur temple reflect Buddha’s teachings. For the reason, this temple functions as educating medium for those who want to learn Buddhism. I suggest that you walk through each narrow passage in Borobudur in order for you to know the philosophy of Buddhism.
Atisha, a Buddhist from India in the tenth century once visited this temple that was built 3 centuries before Angkor Wat in Cambodia and 4 centuries before the Grand Cathedrals in Europe.

Thanks to visiting Borobudur and having supply of Buddha teaching script from Serlingpa (King of Sriwijaya), Atisha was able to improve Buddha’s teachings after his return to India and he built a religion institution, Vikramasila Buddhism. Later he became the leader of Vikramasila monastery and taught Tibetans of practicing Dharma. Six scripts from Serlingpa were then summarized as the core of the teaching called “The Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment” or well known as Bodhipathapradipa.

A question about Borobudur that is still unanswered by far is how the condition around the temple was at the beginning of its foundation and why at the time of it’s finding the temple was buried. Some hypotheses claim that Borobudur in its initial foundation was surrounded by swamps and it was buried because of Merapi explosion. It was based on Kalkutta inscription with the writing Amawa‘ that means sea of milk. The Sanskrit word was used to describe the occurrence of disaster. The sea of milk was then translated into Merapi lava. Some others say that Borobudur was buried by cold lava of Merapi Mountain.

With the existing greatness and mystery, it makes sense if many people put Borobudur in their agenda as a place worth visiting in their lives. Besides enjoying the temple, you may take a walk around the surrounding villages such as Karanganyar and Wanurejo. You can also get to the top of Kendil stone where you can enjoy Borobudur and the surrounding scenery. Please visit Borobudur temple right away.


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Nokia E75 with ‘QWERTY’ Keyboard

Posted on November 27, 2008. Filed under: Gadget | Tags: , , |

This is upcoming model for Nokia E75.

A Nokia promotional video has apparently been leaked to YouTube revealing a pair of an unannounced, business-minded handsets: the E72 QWERTY candybar and E75 QWERTY slider. Check all the hot corporate, S60 video action after the break — who knew architectural planning could be so easy?

The E75 will be a candy style phone with a QWERTY keyboard, which from the photo looks very cramped to me. It is also rumored that the Nokia E75 supports WI-FI but we cannot confirm this. These will, if released both be business phones in the style of the blackberry. We can see from the photo of the Nokia E75 there is a 2.4 inch screen and a flash but there is no information of how many megapixels the camera is, guesses have been made around 3.2 MP. There are no details on priceing, just hope they manage a decent battery!

If you think you’ve seen this device before you’re right, it’s called the HTC S710 and HTC S730, sure they look quite a bit alike but Symbian users will appreciate the lack of Windows Mobile and the flush keyboard.

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WordPress 2.6.3 Security Compromised, Upgrade Now!

Posted on November 27, 2008. Filed under: News | Tags: , , , , |

Every WordPress 2.6.x users are highly recommended to upgrade their blogs, to the latest version which is WordPress 2.6.5. As stated on the wordpress blog by Ryan Bored:

WordPress 2.6.5 is immediately available and fixes one security problem and three bugs. We recommend everyone upgrade to this release.

The security issue is an XSS exploit discovered by Jeremias Reith that fortunately only affects IP-based virtual servers running on Apache 2.x. If you are interested only in the security fix, copy wp-includes/feed.php and wp-includes/version.php from the 2.6.5 release package.

2.6.5 contains three other small fixes in addition to the XSS fix. The first prevents accidentally saving post meta information to a revision. The second prevents XML-RPC from fetching incorrect post types. The third adds some user ID sanitization during bulk delete requests. For a list of changed files, consult the full changeset between 2.6.3 and 2.6.5.

Note that we are skipping version 2.6.4 and jumping from 2.6.3 to 2.6.5 to avoid confusion with a fake 2.6.4 release that made the rounds. There is not and never will be a version 2.6.4.

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Perkedel

Posted on November 27, 2008. Filed under: Indonesian Recipies | Tags: , , , , , , |

Ingredients

5 garlic

1 table spoon salt

1 tea spoon pepper

500 gr potatoes peel and slice thinly

300 gr minced beef

vegetable oil

1 egg separate the yolk

Directions

Saute sliced potatos until it turns soft, and then mash them in a bowl.
Mix together the mashed potato with salt, pepper, minced beef and egg yolks and shape into palm-sized, flat round patties.
Heat oil in a frying pan, enough to cover the patties.
Dip patty into egg white and then cook the patties (in batches if necessary) over a medium heat for about 5min each side.
Serve with warm steamed rice or with steamed vegetables.

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Nasi Kuning – Yellow Rice

Posted on November 26, 2008. Filed under: Indonesian Recipies | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

This yellow rice or Indonesian calls ‘Nasi Kuning’ usually only serves for festive occasion and shaped into a cone with different sidedish.

Ingredients

* 3 cups basmati rice or jasmine rice
* 5 cm fresh turmeric, peeled and scraped (or you can use turmeric powder as a subtitute)
* 2 cups of thick coconut milk
* 2 cups water
* 1 salam leaf (you can use a bayleaf as a subtitute)
* 2 kaffir lime leaves
* 1 lemongrass, bruised or 2 tablespoons powdered lemon grass
* 1 teaspoon salt

Directions

Wash and drain the rice in a sieve or colander.
Put the fresh turmeric in a blender with 1/4 cup water and process until fine. Strain through a sieve, pushing to extact all the juice. Measure 2 tablespoons and discard the rest.
If fresh turmeric is not available, mix 2 teaspoons turmeric powder with 2 tablespoons of water.
Put rice, turmeric water and all other ingredients in a heavy saucepan. Cover and bring to the boil over moderate heat. Stir, lower heat to the minimum and cook until the rice is done.
Remove all leaves before serving. Serving with fried chicken, potato croquette and fresh cucumber.
Helpful hints : If the rice seems to be too dry before the grains are soft and swollen, sprinkle with a little more water and continue cooking.
If you have a rice cooker, you can do it easier by putting rice, turmeric water and all other ingredients in a rice cooker.
Cover and let it cooked. Stir a bit while cooking, then cover and continue cooking.
Usually after 20 minutes, the rice is ready.
Serve with indonesian fried chicken, omelet sliced, tomato sliced, cucumber, beef “abon”, kering tempe, perkedel and liver fried chilli sauce.

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Yogyakarta

Posted on November 26, 2008. Filed under: Tourism | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Yogyakarta some people call it Jogja, Jogjakarta, or Yogya is a city with outstanding historical and cultural heritage. Yogyakarta was the centre of the Mataram Dynasty (1575-1640), and until now the kraton (the sultan’s palace) exists in its real functions. Also, Yogyakarta has numerous thousand-year-old temples as inheritances of the great ancient kingdoms, such as Borobudur temple established in the ninth century by the dynasty of Syailendra.

More than the cultural heritages, Yogyakarta has beautiful natural panorama. The green rice fields cover the suburban areas with a background of the Merapi Mountain. The natural beaches can be easily found to the south of Yogyakarta.

Here the society lives in peace and has typical Javanese hospitality. Just try to go around the city by bike, pedicab, or horse cart; and you will find sincere smiles and warm greeting in every corner of the city.

An artistic atmosphere is deeply felt in Yogyakarta.
Malioboro, as the center of Yogyakarta, is overwhelmed by handicraft from all around the city. Street musicians always ready entertain the visitors of the lesehan food stalls.

Those who have visited Yogyakarta reveal that this city makes them long for it. Just visit here, then you will understand what this means.

Transportations to Yogyakarta:

  • Train
    You may reach Yogyakarta by train from Jakarta, Bandung, or Surabaya
  • Bus
    Yogyakarta is reachable by bus from Sumatra Island, Bali Island, and most cities of Java Island.
  • Plane
    Recently, international direct flights from Kuala Lumpur are established to Yogyakarta. In addition, domestic flights to Yogyakarta from Jakarta, Denpasar, Balikpapan, and many others, are available now.
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Cheap Etnic Modern Batik

Posted on November 26, 2008. Filed under: Shopping | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Batik is a drawing art above cloth for made clothes technically resist use wax material. The word of batik comes from Javanese. It means to write. Batik’s technique has been recognized since thousands of year ago. There is no self explanatory history about batik genesis. There is assumption this technique comes from nation of Sumerian, is later developed by in Java after brought by all merchant of India. Batick, bathik, battik, batique and batiks and also batix is other mention of batik.
Now batik can be found in many states like Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, India, Sri Lanka and Iran. Beside in Asia batik is also very popular in some state in the continent of Africa. Even though, very famous batik in world is batik coming is Indonesian.

Shopping Batik Online

In the global era, commercial activities have developed which sale by on line is through internet. That’s sale called e-commerce, nowadays, there are thousands of e-Commerce in the world, BoliBelle is one of them.
BoliBelle is online batik shop sells batik of Pekalongan. You can have all our collections, you don’t need come to us, and you can even order it just from your seat.
If you wish to go shopping batik, please select wanted Category.
But our suggestion will be better if you read, Way of Transaction to get to know the procedure.
Beside that, we suggest you to read Agreement of Transaction in order to know the rule of shopping.

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Indonesia tourism industry still waiting to rebound

Posted on November 26, 2008. Filed under: News | Tags: , , , , , , |

Indonesia, a vast archipelago nation with the world’s second-longest shoreline, has consistently underachieved in the tourism sector and 2008 is proving no exception.

“The global economic crisis has started to have an impact,” said Sapta Nirwandar, director-general for marketing at the Culture and Tourism Ministry.

“With the looming crisis, I’m afraid we will not have the expected peak of foreign tourist arrivals in December,” Nirwandar said, referring to the usual end-of-the-year surge of tourists to the tropical isles.

Despite record-breaking tourism numbers at Indonesia’s prime beach resort of Bali, the country will again miss this year’s overall target for foreign visitors, he predicted.

Due to the global economic downturn, the government has revised down its targets for 2008 foreign tourist arrivals to “realistic figures” of around 6.4 million, from initial goal of 7 million.

According to the National Statistics Agency, the three quarters spanning January to September brought nearly 4.6 million tourists, a 12.2 per cent increase from the same period of 2007, or 4.1 million.

Indonesia’s tourism industry has been hit by a string of calamities over the past five years, ranging from bomb attacks in Bali and Jakarta, to tsunamis and earthquakes, and outbreaks of bird flu and SARS respiratory disease.

Travel warnings issued by several countries have also taken a toll. (more…)

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Rendang

Posted on November 25, 2008. Filed under: Indonesian Recipies | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Beef Rendang

Rendang is one of the most popular dishes from Padang, West Sumatra.
Padang is known by their delicious meals made from coconut milk.
You can make it spicy or mild, depend how you like it.
I like it because the taste is really strong and aromatic.
However, it takes a bit longer time to cook so that the beef will be soft and tender.

Ingredients:

500 gr. beef.
4 Onions.
6 Garlic cloves.
100 gr. Fresh red chillies.
2½ cm Ginger root.
2 cm Turmeric.
1 stalk Lemon grass.
3 Lime leaves.
2 bay leaves.
1 teaspoon salt.
1 teaspoon brown sugar
3 cm galangan (laos/lengkuas in indonesia) peeled and sliced.
600 ml Coconut milk.
75 ml water.

Preparation:

Put the Onions, Garlic, Chillies, Ginger, Turmeric and Water in a food processor and make into a smooth paste.
Dice the meat and mix with half the paste.
Set aside.
Put the other half of the paste into a heavy sauce pan and add the coconut milk, chopped lemon grass, bay leaves and lime leaves.
Boil without the lid for about 30 min. until mixture is reduced to half.
Put sugar and salt.
Add the meat mixture and return to boil.
Reduce heat and simmer uncovered, stirring regulary, for a further hour till the steak is tender.
Serve with boiled rice.

You can use chicken, fish, egg too, not only use beef for “rendang”

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