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Borobodur-Dieng-Jogja Exodus Update IV

Few more days to go. Exactly 7 days from today. Changed the currency today. I managed to get RM328 for IDR1 mil at Hamid Bros. Maybe cheaper in another money changer but I was already at Hamid Bros to buy few books.

No need for any new thing but maybe I buy a thinner glove at Corezone tomorrow.

Passport is ready. Will just bring my sling bag & the Lowepro Primus. Thinking to bring two camera bodies (3 including D-Lux 4) :D ….but still undecided.

Update: What I bought at Corezone :D

No…no glove bought. There was one glove that I like but at RM170 per pair…..I think I better use the old one.

Borobodur-Dieng-Jogja Exodus Update III

Small update & reminder about the upcoming trip.

It will not long before 17 of us depart to Jogja. And there are few changes about the participants. The confirmed participants are:

  1. Me
  2. dR. Ali
  3. Jasni
  4. Hasmanizam
  5. Hasmanizam’s wife
  6. Big aka Kavalera
  7. Big’s wife
  8. Idzwan
  9. uDa (Idzwan’s wife)
  10. Badang
  11. Badang’s wife (not sure he has bought the ticket or not)
  12. Alphaman (the only Sony Alpha user in this trip)
  13. Dome
  14. Aji
  15. Mizi
  16. ND
  17. Bigbro (not ND’s wife) :D

Syahrin & wife are not able to join in due to work committment. Therefore no Canon user this time.

Our flight is AK1004 (9 Feb 2009, 1355 from LCCT) & AK1005 (13th Feb 2009, 1555 from Jogja). Idzwan & uDa will travel from Melaka. Maybe you guys can pool with Jasni who is coming from Muar. Aji, ND, Bigbro, Badang & wife will come from KL. I reckon Dome will travel to KL a day earlier & go to LCCT with Aji et al. Seven of us will come from Kuantan. Ehmmm…we need 2 cars here unless we travel by bus. Need to discuss with Kuantan members about this.

I’ll print out all the tickets that I have, and I hope ND will print his & Bigbro’s.

The itinerary is as follows:

Kaboel aka Huda won’t be able to be our guide. He is now working with the government. Instead he already asked Mas Mukti to help us. We knew Mukti from the last expedition to Mount Lawu & he is a very active guy who has a cool bike! :D

We will be traveling using minibus & I had reminded Kaboel many times to make sure that the bus can climb Dieng! I hope we don’t have to push the bus!! :D The bus can actually accomodate 23 people, but based on the previous experiences, & looking at the size of our trip members, it is better to leave some space for luggage.

Our guide in Dieng is Pak Sumar. The budget requested for each member is IDR1,000,000 (circa RM350) only. I think it should be enough to cover accommodation & transport for the whole trip. The food is not expensive but our guide should bring us to the non-tourist reataurant. We try to avoid luxury hotel to cut cost. So excluding shopping, I guess RM200 should be enough for foods.

Again, please check your passport because that’s the most important document. We won’t be climbing any mountain on foot. Therefore no need to carry a backpack or tent. Everyone is allowed only one bag to check-in. Max load is 15kg & 5 kg for the hund luggage.

Please bring jacket as it is cold up there in Dieng. Temperature maybe around 20°C during daytime & 10°C at night. Glove, scarf & ski cap is important. Also don’t forget to bring Vaseline for the lips. Suitable strapped sandal or shoes & towel. It is good to bring candies for kids especially when you shoot people there.

We will be shooting landscape most of the time. IR is great here. Also people & street shooting. BTW don’t forget to bring adapter for electrical equipments. Universal adapter is good.

Update: 14th Jan 2009

Myself, Ali & Mizi will travel in my car. Nizam, his wife, Idzwan & uDA in Nizam’s car. Big & his wife in their car. Alphaman wants to travel a day earlier & he will be taking bus to KL. We will park all our cars at Badang’s house. From there, we will take Aliran to Sentral & then a bus to LCCT. We’ll leave Kuantan immediately after Fajar, no later than 6:30AM

Borobudur-Dieng-Jogja Exodus

Despite busy with preparation for hajj, I managed to get more participants for the trip. Altogather there are so far 13 14 members going to Jogja in February 2009. From 9-13th February. They are myself, Ali, Azraie & wife, Nizam & wife, Idzwan & wife (uDa), Jasni, Badang, Alphaman, Aji, Dome & Mizi. Luarbiasa!! All tickets had been bought. But unfortunately for Aji, Dome & Mizi, their tickets are a bit expensive.

As for the itinerary, after discussions with Mas Huda @ Kaboel, here is the final itinerary:

No worry, we will be using a mini bus instead of the usual Kia Pregio. We still have few vacancies. Those interested please email me immediately preferably before 25th Oct 2008. But the ticket is now about RM458 round-trip inclusive of insurance. I estimate that we still won’t be spending RM1000 each including the air-fare.

Note: During this trip, we won’t be climbing montain on-foot :D but we still will visit few volcano craters on top of Dieng Plateau. Those exrtra-ordinary enough can climb Mount Sindoro at own expense the day we are suppose to tour Dieng & surroundings.

What to bring for this trip? Usual traveling clothings with windbraker & maybe glove, as the temperature at Dieng can reach 10ºC (or lower). No need for Deuters bag here (p/s If Arey is going, I’ll bring my 50L Deuter backpack…. for obvious reason!). No need to wear trekking shoes. I will just wear my Croc Baja. As for photo gear, wide-angle lens & tripod is a must! Landscape is heaven here :D . Treveling lens like 24-70 f2.8 or even kit lens is also important. I don’t think we need to bring tele lens unless for street shooting at Wanosobo, Magelang or Malioboro towns. I guess that are all I can say about this trip.