Thursday, January 31, 2013

Your Travel | China

Executive summary by darmansjah

When Modernization and Traditional Values ​​Combined

WHAT makes china tourism potential is still 'sold' for sale? The reason is not because the country has a vast territory with the landscape, climate, culture, and society of diverse and interesting. As an illustration, here are some objects that exist in the country.

The capital city, Beijing, is not just to be one of the most populous city in the world, but also a center of culture and art of the communist country. This is obvious because in downtown Beijing Forbidden City stands as the center of the palace museum that contains a collection of imperial china art. All around there are heritage gardens of the emperors of China.

While in the western part of Beijing was the Summer Palace that was once the summer retreat Emperor Qing.

In addition, there Jiuzhaigou Nine named after the village where ethnic Tibetans. Here are Nuorilang Waterfall, Five Colour Lake, Panda Lake and the beauty of nature itself formed.

A visit to the region would be complete if accompanied by pleasure to Zhangjiajie. In this city we can enjoy the beauty of nature through Longwang Cave or familiarly called the Dragon King Cave and Baofeng Lake.

China also has become the center of Shanghai's economy, commerce, and communication. This is a place for shoppers to view or purchase products of interest. The product range is famous all over the world are mostly imitations aka fake, until the product at a cheap price spread in many malls and outlets along the pedestrian Shanghai.

Not Just that, tourists can visit the Yangtze River known as the longest river in China and Asia.

Other attractions in China is the Huangshan mountain panorama famous with a cool and beautiful. The place is at the point of shooting the film Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon won international film awards.

Another area that is not less interesting is the province of Yunnan that here there is a Shangri-la. Shangri-la is described as a hidden valley which is isolated from the outside world, with fertile plains and a cool breeze.
Curious and interested to see the wealth of Chinga tour? Why not explore with tour operators that are around us. Experience tour operators are able to guide our journey in China despite the vacationers who coined the definitive guide and directional course will ensure holiday and travel becomes more memorable, or do we choose a solo tour or family tour?

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Singapore Marina Barrage

Original words by M Clara Wresti, executive summary by darmansjah

Educational tours of the pump house

Pump house marina barrage, Singapore, not just a pump that regulates the water level in the embankment marina. Pump house is also a museum and educational center in Singapore water treatment, pump house marina barrage is the driver floating. When rain falls on the island of Singapore, the pump is opened so that the river flows into the sea to prevent flooding. When it does not rain, water dammed river water for both raw and tourist center.

Envy, admiration, and finally exasperated upset when he saw the results of the development of Singapore for almost 40 years. State breadth approximately equal to the area Jakarta managed to build his city into a very modern city and the world as the benchmark city livable and sustainable future.

Progress Singapore is already not new. However, the current progress achieved truly awe and respect for the government of that State. Whatever yan does not exist in the country, successfully realized.

According to Helen Clark, administrator of the agency UN Development Programme (UNDP), the key to the success of development in Singapore is a clean government of corruption. All budgets are held is also used to build the city so that the city remains uninhabitable comfortably up at any time.

Starting from the river
Development in Singapore originated from tathun 1977, when Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew ordered to clean up rivers in Singapore. At that time, the condition of the river in Singapore is not much different from Ciliwung river (in Java Indonesia) conditions. The color black, full of garbage, and foul-smelling.

Lee Kuan Yew himself intervened, joined Singapore and Kallang rivers clean the basin. In step so that all citizens participate Singapore took part in the event.

"When the construction will be done, you do not know what to do first. Singapore is not only the lack of infrastructure, water supply, electricity supply, but also nationalism. When we met with ethnic china, they would say that their hometowns in china. Then meet with the Indians, they also said village home in India. Meet people wither, their hometown in Malaysia. "Said Liu Thai Ker, the former CEO of Housing and Development Board.

River cleaning project was completed in 10 years.

Housing and waste

train railings surrounded by greenery office and residential buildings at kallang

At the same time, the Government of Singapore arrange housing and waste water disposal. Wastewater is not discharged into the river, but to a special channel that flows to the wastewater treatment.

For human waste dumped into the sea. With this waste then there is no pollution in the river.

When the river clean-up program was complete, PM Lee predicts that in 20 years time the rivers in Singapore can be a source of raw water for water supply.

Today, speech PM Lee became a reality. All the water that comes from the two-thirds of the catchment area in Singapore accommodated at the Marina Barrage.

Marina Barrage is located in the new Marina Bay. This area is constructed from reclaimed conducted since the 1980's. In addition to Marina Barrage, in the area located in the southern part of Singapore is also contained Gardens by Bay, Marina Bay Sands hotel, business center, luxury apartments, and so on.

Marina Barrage is actually the pump house. So at the mouth of the Singapore River made sluice that regulates the water level. All the water comes from rain water, because water is not sewage poured into the river, housed in a large lake in the Marina Bay area.

Pump house is set in the dry season the water level is maintained so that it remains beautiful to behold. In the rainy season, the floodgates opened so as to prevent flooding in the city.

Saving every drop of water
Public Utilities Board (PUB), the body that take care of water resistance in Singapore, built Marian Barrage with three goals. First, to keep all the drops of rain falling over Singapore. Second, creating a system that could replace the system which could replace every drop of water used, and the third, reprocess the used water.

The three goals that indicates the primary function of the Marina Barrage. However, on the other hand, Marina Barrage also has a function that is as green open space for the citizens of Singapore. Along the river that resembles a lake made for a Singaporean pedestrian walk, jog, or mingle with the family on the lake. They can enjoy the water Marina lovely cafes located on the edge.

In addition, the Art Science Museum was built as well, taking the stage hydraulic system so that it can be made up to four floors, the Merlion statue, and so forth.

Water Resistance Museum

Marina Barrage
building itself is not just the pump alone. At the Marina Barrage has a museum that tells the story of water resistance. There is also a small replica of the workings of the sluice. Many Singaporean students were invited there to work that how Singaporepreserve its water resistance.

Even more interesting, on the roof of the building Marina Barrage no longer the concrete containing machinery for the purposes of building supplies, but planted with green grass. On top of the building that Singaporeans can take a stroll or a picnic, even flying kites in the building.

The roof of the building that has become a very popular public areas Singaporeans. This place not only meet the needs of the body, but also the citizens of Singapore soul requirement.

Jakarta is far behind

Back to the real world, that is, the city of Jakarta. Not that Jakarta does not want to achieve what has been achieved in Singapore. Jakarta also wants to be a nice city to live up to a hundred or two hundred years. However, the physical and psychological conditions are different, Jakarta has to work hard to catch up.
Dki Jakarta provincial government, at present, is working on a master plan for the manufacture of Giant Sea Wall at bay, working equal to Rotterdam. Giant wall that will be built starting in 2025 it will hold all the river water flowing into the Bay of Jakarta.

Jakarta Governor has said, Jakarta can be as long as Singapore is surrounded by sea. 'If Jakarta is surrounded by sea, such as Singapore, of course my job as governor will be more easily' he said.

Greeting the governor was out considering the high rate of urbanization in Jakarta. With the urbanization, the burden of the city continues to grow.

Beyond the problems of urbanization are dependent on the central government, Jakarta Provincial Government must also continue to fix the fix themselves by committing to the development anti corruption.
Corruption not only be jargon, but it should be realized, from the top officials down to the lowest level. Thus, the development budget is collected from public money actually used to fix the city, not used for personal, group, political party under the guise of religion.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013



 Make It Happen

New York, New York: city of dreams, soaring metropolis, living movie set, cultural melting pot. The Big Apple is truly one of the words greatest cities, and an endless place to explore.

Getting There

Most major airlines like Singapore Airlines (, Emirates ( and Delta Air Lines ( fly from Singapore and Kuala Lumpur to New York JFK airport or Newark with one transit.

Getting Around

Taxis, the Airtrain, express buses and shuttle vans connect with NYC’s airports. The Metropolitan Transport Authority runs the subway and bus systems. The subway runs round the clock (US$3; otherwise hail a yellow taxi (from US$3).

Further Reading

Buy ‘Discover New York (US$21.99) or New York Encounter (US$12.99).
New York had all the iridescence of the beginning of the world’ F Scott Fitzgerald, The Crack-Up .

3 Ways To Do New York…


Budget; on 32nd Street, La Quinta Manhattan has a glorious façade, 182 rooms and amenities you wouldn’t expect at this price range, such as a gym and a rooftop bar. Rooms are small but smart (from US$225;

Mid-range; Near the High Line, the glamorous Maritime Hotel – once the National Union Maritim HQ – was inspired by a cruise liner, with cabin like rooms, teak furnishings and porthole windows (; from US$280).

Luxury; Soho House New York, a private members’ club and hotel, is housed in an old Meatpacking (Me-Pa) district warehouse. There’s a rooftop pool and bar, and rooms have oversized beds and vintage furnishings (from US$560;

Budget; Small Middle Eastern joint Taim in the West Village does delectable things with falafels and smoothies (mains from US$8; noon-10pm;

Mid-range; on 7th Avenue, Cafeteria is a hip NYC greasy spoon popular with fashionistas. Home-style cooking includes excellent burgers and meatloaf (mains US$11; 24 hours;

Luxury; With antiques, vintage furniture and paintings, Red Cat on 10th Avenue is ideal for high-rolling artists. Food is Mediterranean-influenced (mains from US$20; noon-2:30pm Tue-Sat, 5-11pm Mon-Thu, 5pm-midnight Fri & Sat, 5-10pm Sun;


Budget; 1929 lightship, docked at Pier 66 Maritime, the Frying Pan is a lively, unfussy place to sup beer and feast on river views – plus burger, crabcakes and the like (beer US$5; noon-midnight May-Oct;

Mid-range; Close the High Line, the Brass Monkey is a refreshingly unpretentious and lively Me-Pa choice. It has a small roof terrace and a dizzying choice of beers (beer US$8;

Luxury; With premium rate drinks on offer, Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC attracts a see-and-be-seen crowd to its Plunge Bar (cocktails US$16; noon-4am;


Budget; Downtown Boathouse, at Pier 96, off 12th and West 57th, offers 20-minute kayaking sessions in the Hudson’s protected area. Equipment is provided and reservations are not necessary (; classes May-Oct; classes free).

Mid-range; The New Museum of Contemporary Art on Bowery houses the latest conceptual art exhibits (US$12;; 11am-6pm Wed, Sat & Sun, to 9pm Thru).

Luxury; the TOP OF THE ROCK observation deck offers the best city views, with outdoor terraces on the 67th and 69th floors (US$24;; 8am-midnight).

New York State of Mind – Three City Walks


THIS ROUTE offers spine-tingling views of the Manhattan skyline and crosses Brooklyn Bridge. The best way to approach the mile-and-a-half walk between Manhattan and Brooklyn is to start in Brooklyn, so that you face the views as you go. Begin at Brooklyn’s High St subway station, then head 300m north to Dumbo Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass’, accurately describing its location. This formerly industrial area is now the domain of a number of artists. Dumbo Arts Centre ( is one of the top galleries and the Galapagos Art Space ( is in a strikingly converted century-old horse stable. Flanking Dumbo is Brooklyn Bridge Park, a green expanse that must have one of the world’s most incredible views – Manhattan’s skyline. A couple of blocks from here, just under the bridge, is Grimaldi’s Pizzeria (pizzas from US$13;, a local institution for coal-fired Italian-American pizza (follow the queue). From Grimaldi’s, it’s an easy stroll across Brooklyn Bridge to Manhattan, beneath a cat’s cradle of 19th-century girders. The walk should only take around half an hour, but the sights en route are likely to make you linger longer.


THE MUSEUM Mile passes more than 20 blocks of immaculately groomed Fifth Avenue real estate and has no fewer than 10 museums along the stretch. The cultural odyssey starts with its newest addition: the Museum for African Art (opening late 2012). Other highlights include Puerto Rican, Caribbean and Latin American art at El Museo del Barrio, and the fascinating stories behind the metropolis at the Museum of the City of New York. At 89th Street, there’s the Guggenheim, with its spiraling Frank Lloyd Wright building containing masterpieces by the likes of Van Goh, Degas, Monet and Picasso. Beyond this is the Neue Galerie with more masterpiece, and the lovely Café Sabarsky, reminiscent of a 19th-century Viennese café and serving such cuisine as Bavarian sausages with warm mustard (mains from US$14; The grand finale is the Metropolitan Museum of Art, so palatial that it stretches from 82nd to 86th Streets, and harbouring international works dating from the Stone Age to the 21st century, including an entire ancient Egyptian temple. The mile-and-a-bit walk should only take around 30 minutes, but if you stop at all the museums, it could last days (


There are many routes around Manhattan’s 843-acre green heart, a naturalistic landscape (laid out in 1893) formed of woodlands, winding paths, lawn and ponds. To see some of the park’s main sights, start your walk at Central Park Zoo, which houses over 130 animal species in spacious surroundings. From here you can cross the park, passing its vintage carousel, to Sheep Meadow, 15 acres of land that’s a popular place to lounge, fly kites and picnic. Next stop, Strawberry Fields is a memorial dedicated to John Lennon, who died near here. It’s a short walk from here to Bethesda Terrace, one of the park’s most recognizable landmarks, with views over a huge lake and a wooded thicket, the Ramble. The latter is where you’re heading, crossing the lake via a bridge, to a rocky and forested area. Just south of the Ramble, on the edge of the lake, is Loeb Boathouse, offering sophisticated food and waterside views (mains from US$19; finish your walk at Belvedere Castle, a 19th-century fantasy perched on Vista Rock, where you can see the tops of 1930s skyscrapers surrounding the park. The 2.5-mile route should take two to three hours (