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Leave a positive footprint

When you travel to far out places you often receive generous and gracious hospitality from local people, even when they don’t have much themselves.

Footprints aggregates many small contributions from people all over the world fund specific community projects, helping people who struggle with basic needs for food, water, housing, health and safety.

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Animal Rescue Operation – Mount Merapi, Central Java

animal friends Jogjakarta,animal friends yogyakartaRescue Operation Needed at Mount Merapi, Central Java.

Mount Merapi has just erupted and a rescue team is needed to help rescue the animals in the area.

Gunung Merapi meletus dan tim penyelamat diperlukan untuk membantu menyelamatkan hewan di daerah tersebut.

Animal Friends Jogja (AFJ) and Jakarta Animal Aid Network (JAAN) will collaborate to help animals suffering from this disaster.

Animal Friends Jogja dan Jakarta Animal Aid Network akan berkolaborasi untuk membantu hewan yang menderita karena bencana ini.

We are in need of financial support to allow us to obtain veterinary medicines and equipment.

Kami membutuhkan dukungan keuangan untuk bantuan memperoleh obat-obatan bagi hewan dan peralatan yang dibutuhkan.

The team will consist of three veterinarians and twenty volunteers.

Tim akan terdiri dari para dokter hewan dan sukarelawan.

Kami membuka diri untuk relawan yang benar-benar ingin membantu secara nyata di lapangan & donasi. Jika untuk dukungan moril, silakan post ke FB page AFJ. Terima kasih, Sekecil apapun bantuan teman-teman, tetap berharga bagi satwa!

Any animals that we see in distress will be helped. Dogs that need shelter will be relocated to the Animal Friends Jogkarta office. We will set up a temporary shelter there, where dog owners can come to collect their dogs after they have dealt with their own problems.

Setiap hewan yang berada dalam kesulitan akan dibantu. Anjing yang membutuhkan tempat tinggal bisa dipindahkan ke kantor Animal Friends Jogja. Kami akan mendirikan tempat penampungan sementara disana, di mana pemilik anjing juga bisa datang untuk mengumpulkan anjing mereka setelah bisa mengatasi masalah sehubungan dengan bencana letusan Merapi ini.

Stray Cats in distress will be relocated to safer areas.

Kucing liar yang mengalami kesulitan di daerah tersebut dapat direlokasikan ke daerah yang lebih aman.

The team consists of an experienced animal rescue team – both AFJ and JAAN has dealt with wildlife and domestic animals for many years.

Tim penyelamatan hewan terdiri dari mereka yang berpengalaman, baik dari AFJ dan JAAN yang telah menangani satwa liar dan hewan domestik sejak bertahun-tahun.

Total costs for preliminary rescue & act are estimated to be IDR 15,000,000. This includes travel costs.

Total biaya untuk tindakan penyelamatan darurat diperkirakan sekitar Rp. 15.000.000 ini termasuk biaya perjalanan.

Contact 0813 2883 7434 | 0819 0371 5656 for registration of volunteers, donations and more info. Thank you very much.

Hubungi no telp 0813 2883 7434 | 0819 0371 5656 untuk pendaftaran sukarelawan, sumbangan dan info lebih lanjut. Terima kasih.

Animal Friends Jogja


Most travelers relish the sunrise view of Borobudur hanging in the early morning mist. It seems to give one a certain sense, a timeless perception of what was, and yet, still is. To behold the huge, main Borobudur stupa patiently waiting through the centuries, in all its magnificence, is truly awe inspiring.

To fully appreciate your visit to Borobudur, a little knowledge of Buddhism and the life of Siddhartha is needed because there are beautifully carved bas-reliefs throughout the temple that narrate the story of Siddhartha’s life, his enlightenment, as well as Buddhist principles such as cause and effect, and Nirvana.

Photo by J.L. van der Linde

Exploring the different levels of Borobudur is a spiritual journey, or can be, if one is open to it. Borobudur is a multi-dimensional, walk-through textbook that takes its visitors on a five kilometer journey up through nine levels that illustrate how one progresses from being imprisoned by primal desire, then freeing one’s self from physical desire, to finally reaching Nirvana, or enlightenment.

The base of the monument is mostly hidden. It tells the story of karma, or cause and effect. It has a series of erotic scenes that depict the pleasures, trials, and tribulations of being human.

As you climb the steep stairs, you’ll walk around six levels of square terraces that illustrate Buddha’s teachings through the bas-reliefs. The story begins with Buddha descending from heaven and being born as Prince Siddhartha, who was sheltered from the misery of the world. Then he accidentally witnessed pain, suffering, and death. He then decided to leave the shelter of the palace to seek answers, and the solution to suffering. After years of wondering and meditation seeking these answers, he was enlightened, and achieved Nirvana. He then continued to wonder, teaching those whom he encountered the wisdom he had gleaned.

The top three terraces are circular – 72 stupas encircle the mammoth main stupa at the top of Borobudur. The circular design is meant to represent life with no beginning and no end – eternity.


Many people experience a profound sense of peace upon arriving at the top level. The stupas’s layout, the cool breeze, the tranquil surroundings, and the mountains in the background all converge together to create a feeling that is reverent to some, and inspiring to others. Some say the experience is akin to having completed a pilgrimage.

No one really knows for certain who built Borobudur, or when it was built. The general consensus among experts is that it was built around 750 AD. Whoever built it later abandoned it – the reason why is yet another mystery of Borobudur.

After its builders abandoned it, Borobudur would be lost and forgotten until 1814 when British explorer Sir Thomas Raffles, the same who founded Singapore, got intrigued by the legend of a mammoth temple buried in volcanic ash somewhere in the central part of Java.

Over the years, much work has been done to restore Borobudur; in 1991 it gained World Heritage Site status. It also has the distinction of being the largest Buddhist temple in the world, and Indonesia’s most visited attraction.

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Batu Karas to Jogjakarta (Yogyakarta)

Getting away from Batu Karas proved to be a bit more difficult than getting there was, and as I’ll describe later on, I really did feel like I was getting away.

There is really no direct line between Batu Karas and Jogjakarta. One could fly to Bandung on Susi air; then catch a train from Bandung to Jogjakarta – there are several. The total cost would be about Rp.480,000.

The public bus is the cheapest option. You would need to get an ojek from Batu Karas to Cijulang, and catch a bus to Cilacap when they are running. If not, you’d need to go to Pangandaran and get a bus to Cilacap. From there, you can get a bus directly to Jogjakarta. The name of the bus you want in Cilacap is “EFISIENSI.” The total cost for this option is about Rp.65,000.

You also have the option of ojekking it to Cijulang; then taking a bus to Pangandaran, and another bus to Banjar, where the trains to Jogjakarta stop. The problem with Banjar is that the trains are though trains, so turning up and hoping to buy a ticket to travel on the same day can be hit or miss. Should you have to wait a day or two in Banjar, extreme boredom would surely set in – there is not much there. It’s far better to book ahead, but sadly there is no reliable way to do that from Pangandaran or Batu Karas. You would have to book the ticket in Jakarta, Bandung, or Jogjakarta before coming to Batu Karas. The total cost to do this would be about Rp.125,000, unless it’s a busy holiday period, when they require passengers who embark in route to pay the full fare from the train’s point of origin.

For me, the public buses aren’t a good option because I have more luggage than I can carry in one go. On public busses in Indonesia, there is sometimes a bit of jostling for position, so you need to have all of your luggage in your hand as you board the bus.

The worst option, and the one I chose, actually sounds the best. There is a mini bus that offers a package deal. It’s picks up in Batu Karas and takes you to the train station in Sidareja for Rp.250,000, which includes the minibus ride and the train ticket.

Unfortunately, there is no travel agency in Batu Karas, so you need to find a local who has the number to call, and who will tack on a little commission to the price. The price I was quoted by a Batu Karas local was Rp.500,000. Knowing that was way too high, I went to Pangandaran and booked the same trip for Rp.250,000 – the price printed on the brochure in the travel office. However, I didn’t even get back to Batu Karas before the local network kicked in and I got a call saying they had made a mistake and the price was actually Rp.500,000.

What happened is obvious – the local got his commission.

I decided to go ahead and pay the higher price because I wasn’t sure if I would get a refund for the Rp.250,000 if I didn’t, and it was still the quickest way to Jogjakarta. But, after a miserable ride in the hot, non air-conditioned, cramped mini bus, over a derelict road, I would surely choose to fly back to Bandung, and book a train from there, for about the same money.

It’s a sad thing – I had a great time in Batu Karas, and the people were very hospitable. Besides staying in a hotel, and eating in local restaurants, I rented a motorbike from a local, and also paid him to guide me around a bit. One would think they would want visitors to leave with a good feeling about the place, so you’ll speak well about it, and return some day. But instead, some of the locals feel they need to get one last fistful of cash.

Would I return to Batu Karas? Sure, but not without my transport out pre-arranged. If going from Jakarta or Bandung, I would either fly, or take a train to Banjar, and I would have my return ticket in hand. There are cars one can hire in Banjar to go to Batu Karas for Rp.150,000. I’d get the drivers number, and arrange for him to pick me up.

What I would never do, is trust a Batu Karas local with my transportation arrangements.

Currently, the hotels in Batu Karas don’t book transportation because they don’t want to compete with the locals. It’s certainly a policy they need to look at.

At the end of the day, being overcharged Rp.250,000 is not the end of the world, and I’m sure it’s not the last time it will happen on this trip. None the less, it’s still annoying, so I’m tagging this post and any similar, future posts, “overcharged” so it will be easy for everyone to see what they need to watch out for.

Do you have and overcharge stories? Please tell us about it in the comment section below.