Behind Kelud Volcano Eruption

Behind Kelud Volcano Eruption

In every natural disaster, there will always be a miracle. And today, Malang is the miracle. Located only few tens of kilometers from Kelud Mountain, Malang city feels nothing about the volcano eruption effect. While far away cities like Jogja and Solo (300 km) are suffered by Kelud materials rain, Malang stays “cool and clean”, just like nothing enormous has happened.

Right on Valentine’s Day 140214, Kelud volcano suddenly erupted. It was around 00.00 a.m. when people from surrounding area saw a very bright color in the sky, followed by frightening sound just like a thunderstorm. In the morning, many people surprisingly woke up with a sudden dust rain coming to their house.

Live picture of Kelud eruption taken from Wlingi-Blitar

Live picture of Kelud eruption taken from Wlingi-Blitar

I was in Surabaya that day and ready to go to office. The dust rain has also come to this city. Our factory floor becomes white because of the volcano ash, but a sudden (water) rain before evening washed away the ash trails–fortunately. In the same day, @bloggerngalam and @bmtberjamaahmlg community has connected to collect donation and distribute it to the victim areas near Malang city. The news then spreading and donations flowing till we can collect some million rupiahs in a day. Thanks God! Late in the evening I went back to Malang and we got prepared to distribute logistics we have bought.

The guys of @bloggerngalam and @BMTBerjamaahMlg ready to go :)

The guys of @bloggerngalam and @BMTBerjamaahMlg ready to go

The next morning, @haqqi @rendriy @_sandynata @fajarembun @winawibiy @elfarqy @sakekelana @ranirakhma @firasti @_oktavianidewi and me, made our journey to Batu and Pujon. The devastating effect of Kelud volcano was clearly shown there. Nothing left as a bare surface—the streets, roofs, and plants have all been covered by volcanic dust. Just like the city of ash. Situation has become even worse in the higher area of Ngantang and Kasembon. We didn’t go way up there because people said it was too dangerous, dust on the road was too thick (5-10 cm), and people there have been evacuated down hill to Batu and Pujon.

The city of ash

The city of ash

Those areas are only a stone’s throw away from Malang. Even from my house it’s only 30 minutes drive. But again, amazingly we didn’t get even a single particle of volcanic dust. The main reason is, at the time of Kelud eruption, the wind blew to the west, bringing 100-200 million cubic of volcano materials spreading over the western part of Java Island. Malang is a bit in the east side of Kelud, so eventhough we’re so close we didn’t get the dust rain. And you know what? People said that we were protected by Panderman hills—stand right between Batu and Pujon. These hills blocked Kelud materials rain from blowing into Malang city. See, how unbelievable it all goes 🙂

I cannot imagine how would it be if the dust rain has come so heavy over our houses. It’s so pity to see life of the refugees and I don’t want my family to live there. Malang is a miracle today, and we should all feel grateful because God bless us this time.

"White House"

“White House”

The gray village

The gray village

Well back to the guys, we kept walking (by car of course) around Batu-Pujon, and dropped logistics in several refuge centers. Schools, meeting buildings, and sport centers became a sudden place to live for all refugees. And then we continued walking until reaching the isolated village up there beyond Pujon, named Ndelik village (and all villages behind that I forgot the name). There, people still stayed at their house eventhough dust rained so heavy that all places became like sea of the ash. They even didn’t get a chance to obtain masks for protecting their respiratory–because the villages were just too far from logistic center. So when we came there, they enthusiastically snatched the masks we brought in just like a precious treasure.

When masks become treasure

When masks become treasure

Good girl gone masks

Good girl gone masks

On mid-day we have spent all logistics we had and going down back to Malang city. Every body was tired because we spent last night buying logistics and had less sleep. However we all feel grateful that we can at least do something to help the victims. We got new friends and built new connection–and yes for the sake of kindness and humanity, we will be stronger if we’re going together 🙂

God bless Malang!

Bromo Bonanza

Bromo Bonanza

On a quick-sudden invitation and a rush preparation I joined my office mates to accompany our customers for weekend trip: yeah it’s Bromo attack! 😀 Sabtu siang kita berlima cabut dari kantor, jemput tiga bule Perancis di hotel, terus ciao ke Trawas–menuju villa bos tercinta. Yah kapan lagi sih bisa nginep di villa bos yang besar dan nyamaaannn banget; kamar kelas hotel, lantai kayu, kolam renang dan pemandangan langsung Gunung Welirang dari balkon atas. Perfect!

Perfect scenery

Perfect scenery

Jam 1 pagi kita bertolak dari Trawas ke Bromo via Pasuruan demi mengejar sunrise attack. Well ini pertama kalinya saya ke Bromo lewat “jalur wisatawan”. Sebelumnya 2-3 kali ke Bromo naik sepeda motor via Tumpang dan Ngadas alias lewat “jalur petualang”. Makanya belum pernah lihat sunrise di Bromo, duh kasian ya 🙁

Kali ini berhubung semua on a company budget kita sewa 2 jeep untuk 8 orang, harga Rp 600.000 per jeep untuk perhentian di 4 titik (Penanjakan, Savannah, Pasir Berbisik, dan Kawah Bromo). Tips kalau mau agak murah bisa berhenti di 2 titik saja (Penanjakan dan Kawah Bromo) dengan harga Rp 450.000 per jeep, tapi bagi saya kurang asyik sih soalnya savannah itu kereeennn! Oya, kali ini jeep tidak menunggu di Wonokitri seperti pada umumnya, tapi di Ngadiwono, sebuah desa di kecamatan Tosari kab Pasuruan.

Konon harga sewa jeep dari Pasuruan lebih “normal” daripada Probolinggo yang lebih gila2an. Menurut mas sopir jeep kalau dikumpulkan total jeep yang ada di Bromo ini ada sekitar 600 jeep dari 4 kabupaten (Probolinggo, Pasuruan, Malang, Lumajang). Dari Pasuruan sendiri kalau gak salah ada 200 jeep. Kalau lagi sepi minimal mereka dapat order 1x seminggu pas weekend, kalau rame ya bisa 2-3 kali seminggu.

Yuk ah langsung aja simak skrinsyutnya yaaahhh!

Menjelang sunrise, orang2 ramai berkumpul di "Bukit Cinta"

Menjelang sunrise, orang2 ramai berkumpul di “Bukit Cinta” (Penanjakan 2). Pas itu kita datang agak kesiangan jadi gak bisa lihat sunrise dari Penanjakan 1 karena sudah full, jadi kita berhenti di Penanjakan 2. Tapi di sini juga kereeennn 😀

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And finally…the sun rises! 😀

Arjuna-Welirang dari Bukit Cinta

Latar Arjuna-Welirang dari Bukit Cinta

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Background-nya kayak foto kalender

Simply amazing

Simply amazing

Kayak Desktop background

Kayak Desktop background

Neverending savannah

Neverending savannah

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Corporate rookies 😀

Semedi di Segara Wedi

Semedi di Segara Wedi 🙂

View from the top

View from the top

Sekedar info, berhubung kita datang pas musim hujan cuacanya gak terlalu  dingin. Puncak “kedinginan” adalah musim kemarau yaitu sekitar bulan Agustus. Oya, dan padang pasirnya “beku” guys, karena pasirnya pada ngerempel kena hujan jadi gak perlu kuatir bakal ngitemin isi lobang hidungmu :p

Akhir kata perjalanan ini menyenangkan dan memuaskan 😀 Customer senang kita pun senang habis jalan2 order pun jalan! Ini baru namanya “bonanza” 😉 (Bonanza = sudden fortune)