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Pictures of our Borneo-Sulawesi-Moluccas-West Papua Trip -  in August-..... 2017
- Part 2 on Sulawesi North Sulawesi and continuing to Ternate on North Moluccas
 
before:
Sarawak-Kalimantan-North Sulawesi – Miri via Kuching in Sarawak/Malaysia to Balikpapan in Kalimantan and continuing to North Sulawesi in Indonesia
3rd Rejuvenation of our LandCruiser FJ601982 in Miri/Sarawak/East Malaysia from 2/6/2017
Myanmar (Burma) Part 3 – from Nyaungshwe at Inle Lake to Mandalay and Goteik viaduct
Myanmar (Burma) Part 2 – Bago (Pegu) - Shwenyaung at Inle Lake
Myanmar (Burma) Part 1 – from Yangon (Rangoon) to the 'Golden Rock' of Kyaiktiyo
Ukraine – from Russia border at Kyaterinіvka to port city Odessa (29th container to Bintulu/Sarawak/East Malaysia)
Russia – from Kazakhstan (at Mikhaylovka) to Mongolia border (at Tashanta) and Ukraine border at Krupets August 21st to November 11th, 2016
Kazakhstan –  from Kyrgyzstan border at Korday to Russia border at Shemonaika – August 9th to 21st, 2016
Kyrgyzstan from Tajikistan border in Pamir to Kazakhstan border at Karkara June 27th to July xxth, 2016
Tajikistan Part 2 from Dushanbe to the Kyrgyzstan border June 19th to 27th, 2016
Tajikistan Part 1 from Uzbekistan border to Dushanbe May 31st to June 18th, 2016
Uzbekistan from Turkmenistan border in Dashoguz to Tajikistan border near Oybeck May 10th to 31st, 2016
Turkmenistan from Iran border at Bajgiran to Uzbekistan border near Khiva May 6th to 10th, 2016
Iran from the ferry port Bandar Abbas to Turkmenistan border near Ashgabat April 11th to May 6th, 2016
United Arab Emirates from Saudi Arabia border to Sharjah and the ferry to Iran January 12th to April 10th, 2016
Saudi Arabia from the ferry port Jeddah in transit to United Arab Emirates border January 9th to 12th, 2016
Sudan – from Ethiopia border to Suakin and the ferry to Saudi Arabia December 9th, 2015 to January 8th, 2016
 
 
Sarawak Map
 
 
 Map of Southeast Asia
Malaysia
Indonesia
latest picture: October 22, 2017
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094  Liliana is standing at the little gate that marks
the beginning of the jungle trail to Kali waterfall.
It turns off at the village of Kali 7½ miles [12km]
south of Manado (coord. 1.39518/124.84216) …..
095  ….. shortly after we are surrounded by
ferns, trees, palms, giant leaves and creeping
plants, which lushness and variety fascinates
us at every step during approx. ½ hour …..
096  ….. red-green leaves are common
and sticking out brightly from the green
surroundings
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Following the more or less overgrown jungle track we venture deeper into the forest and discover pretty flowers and a rock,
covered with moss that someone gave it a face
097  Pagoda Flower (Clerodendrum
Paniculatum)
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The gorgeous vegetation continues to please us all the way to the waterfall: Once it is a colored leaf, once just shrub
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103  A creeping plant clings to a strong
palm tree that heads straight for the sun
104  Liliana is enshrouded by the dense
tropical forest vegetation. This is what she
most likes to do: To explore untouched nature
105  A young fern in its ultimate beauty
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
106  A butterfly that breaks the lush tropical
green with its bright orange color
107  On the nature trail we discover all kind
of interesting flowers and leaves. This red
flower is a single specimen, probably
belonging to the ginger family
108  The not anymore maintained jungle
path where fallen trees lie across, adds to
the adventurous taste. One of the gorgeous
flowers we notice is a yellow ginger blossom
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
109  After about a 20 minutes’ walk, the
rushing of the waterfall announces itself. And
then, we are standing in front of the Kali water-
fall in its fairytale surrounding of moos and
leaves that cover everything in its surroundings
110  Actually there are two waterfalls that
captivate us: The bigger one might be about
200 ft. [60m], the smaller one 65 ft. [20m]
111  Liliana is standing on the little bridge in
front of the waterfall. She doesn't mind to be
soaked by the spray, too beautiful is the
experience to have this romantic place
completely to ourselves
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
112  In Rap Rap in Airmadidi are ancient
“Waruga” stone sarcophagi. The Minahasans
of North Sulawesi laid to rest their dead in a
fetus position looking North in the belief that
their ancestors came from North …..
113  ….. a tombstone with an owl engraving
114  On their way home school kids
are passing by at the “Waruga” park in
Airmadidi. As always our LandCruiser
stirs up their curiosity
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
115  The bigger “Waruga” stone sarcophagus
park in Sawangan belongs to the UNESCO
World Heritage Sites. Here the engravings
are more elaborated than in Rap Rap …..
116  ….. a single head stands out
from all the others …..
117  ….. but also this tombstone deserves a
closer look. Most date from mid-19th century,
but there also previous ones (1769)
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
The Gardenia Hotel in Tomohon has a beautiful large scale flower garden. We admire especially:
118  Orchids that look especially
attractive in their natural surrounding
119  The pink flowers with the name
Medinilla (Medinilla astronioides)
120  The exotic palm tree with its red seeds
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
121  Onions, garlic, chili, tomatoes, lemon,
ginger, potatoes and a lot more is on display
at this market stall in Tomohon
122  Cooked food and sweets are
stored behind fly protecting glass
123  Especially eye-catching are the huge piles
of chili peppers. Practically no food is served
in Indonesia without these peppers
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
124  Fish is an important food source in Indo-
nesia. Here it is sold dried on bamboo frames
125  Skipjack tuna (Katsuwonus pelamis)
is a Minahasan delicacy
126  Smoked skipjack tuna (in Minahasan
language: Cakalang fufu), clipped
on a bamboo frame
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
When we reach the traditional meat section at the Tomohon market – which is also mentioned accordingly in “Lonely Planet's” Indonesia guidebook –
we are confronted with shockingly macabre images. We have debated extensively if we shall show them on our website or not but decided to do it,
because it shows the brutal reality of a different culture and attitude towards animals
127  A freshly slaughtered pig is dismembered
128  Two flame-roasted cats
129  At the dogs corner it definitely turns our
stomach: On the table lie dozens of dead animals.
Nearby are new victims in cages still living. They
are caught with a sling, beaten to death with a
bludgeon and roasted over an open fire
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
130  Also snakes – here a python – belong
to the local diet: They are sold in pieces
131  A street vendor is trying to sell us crayfish
132  A couple of chicken are already plucked.
Additional supplies are waiting crammed into cages
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
133  Bush rats are skewered
and sold flame-roasted
134  Nothing is spared: Even lizards
are killed for food
135  Bats are also sold as meat. The terrified
expression on their faces is testimony of their
agony. The wings are sold separately
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
136  We are gazing from the rim of the
“Mahawu” crater in the volcano region of
Tomohon towards the 5'184 ft. [1'580m] high
“Gunung Lokon”, which is ascendable too
137  Chinese tourists swarm the viewing
platform at the “Mahawu” volcano
138  The “Mahawu” crater is 590 ft. [180m]
wide and 460 ft. [140m] deep
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
139  From the mountain road leading to
the “Mahawu” volcano more cloud free
volcanoes are visible on a clear day
140  The panorama from the “Mahawu”
volcano is reaching from the scattered
highland town of Tomohon …..
141  ….. to the big “Tondano” Lake
where there is a road all around
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
142  The mountain climate and the fertile
volcano soil of the Minahasa Highland
benefit agriculture
143  Handworked vegetable fields with
cabbage, onions, carrots, chili on the
steep slopes of the Minahasa Highland
144  On our way back from our tour to the
“Mahawu” volcano we have a fine view over
Tomohon and the Minahasa Highland
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
145  On top of the hill sits a new tourist attraction
at Kumelembuai near Rurukan: “Tintingon Puncak”
(=hill) – particularly popular with tourists from
China who ‘overrun’ the Highland
146  “Danau Linow”, the small sulfurous
lake that changes its green
colors with the light
147  Giant leaves – taro (Colocasia esculenta)
– belong to the tropical vegetation that
grow around Lake Linow
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
148  Detail of the small hidden Chinese temple
“Watu Sumanti” near Kayawu in the Tomohon
region, which once belonged to a cult site …..
149  ….. Michael, German manager of
the “Mountain View Resort” in Tomohon
and Emil on the stairs of the
Chinese Tempel “Watu Sumanti” …...
150  ….. Owl at the cult site “Watu Sumanti”.
At full moon elderly people apparently still
offer alcohol and cigarettes for the deceased
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
151  Rice cultivation is an important part of
the agriculture of the Minahasa Highland;
here slightly west of Tomohon
152  A hidden primitive bootleg schnaps
distillery that lays in a forest
clearing of Tomohon …..
153  ….. the modest hut of the schnaps
distiller that he uses during his work
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
154  The white strings of an acacia flower
(presumably Archidendron lucyi)
155  These deep red flowers are a bouquet
in itself. They belong to the Achiote shrub
(Bixa orellana)
156  These deep hanging angel trumpets
(Brugmansia versicolor) originate actually from
Ecuador and are poisonous. We saw them even
more often on the island of Réunion (pic #57)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
157  Scenic Lake Tondano is the largest lake in
North Sulawesi. It lies ca. 20 miles [36km] south-
east of Manado and 1'970 ft. [600m] above sea
158  Carpets of water hyacinths (Eichhornia)
cover the shore of Lake Tondano
or form floating islets
159  Fish farming is popular on the shore of
Lake Tondano. Bamboo poles and the huts
of the fish farmers dominate the view
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
160  An idyllic sight at the shore of Lake Tondano
161  A fisherman in full action at Lake
Tondano. Different kind of fishes populate
the lake and are being hatched
162  Dozens of ducks splash about in puddles
in the south of Lake Tondano. They are not wild
but belong to a farmer who watches over them
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
163  The bark of the cinnamon tree
(Cinnamomum verum), spread out to
dry in the sun, scents already from far
164  One of the pretty traditional wooden
houses on stilts on Lake Tondano
165  Like rice, cinnamon and chili also
corncobs are spread out to dry in the sun
 
More websites from the "Borneo-Sulawesi-Moluccas-Papua" trip:
Part 1: Pictures from Sarawak-Kalimantan-North Sulawesi – Miri/Malaysia via Kuching and Balikpapan to North Sulawesi from August to October 2017
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