Oil palm: the most productive oil crops

The oil palm tree produce highest yield per hectare of all oil crops at  present. It become the most popular tree planted in large scale, convincing investors to develop more plantation to meet the world's growing demand.

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Picture of oil palm plantation

Palm oil become significant commodity for Indonesia economy. The plantations spreads mostly in Sumatra and Kalimantan. Smaller plantations being developed in Papua.

Stylish in red curve

Here a nice view I found in the lobby of a hotel in Palangkaraya, Central Kalimantan. I guess they put the chair and curvy red carpet accordingly, showing an elegant minimalism.

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Picture of flower: cactaceae home

Many indonesian put this flower in their front homegarden or front terrace of their house. It an easy-to-cultivate flower, tolerate in less-water environment and it has unique forms.

A traveler’s note on protection

Having a trip around the world is very pleasant for many people. Enjoying beautiful mountain views, stay in fresh-air remote area village as well as take a sun-bath in tropical beach such in Bali.  To make it possible, we need to arrange an overseas travel— a complex activities not all people like to deal with.

Some people then like to contact travel agency to arrange preparation, ticket, accommodations and travel insurance! There are many travel agencies, but I recommend you to select cheap airline ticket agency to a find best price for your significant element cost on travelling. Cheap airline ticket agency help us providing available ticket in most affordable price. Indeed, there are many agencies outside offering various travel packets, including its airline tickets. They make advertisements in various media, thus make their cost higher than others.  In contrary, cheap airline ticket agency mostly avoid huge advertisement campaign to keep the cost lower.

Instead of ticket, we need to consider about protection during the journey. Travel insurance usually covers medical expenses, emergency evacuation and other losses incurred during traveling. The insurance can be arranged at the time when we make a booking of a trip. But if you previously have engaged with an insurance company, just contact it again—maybe they have any products related to travel insurance.

Merancang lake of Berau

I take many scene of merancang lake. I found the lake has unique scene as well as it has nice color composition.


Red, yellow, blue, white mixed in row of a building in Palangkaraya, Central Kalimantan. You may see it in old building complex of down town.

The most laziest animal on earth

A sleeping cat lying on a floor. How many time cat found sleeping in various ways and various time?
Yes, cat always found sleep and sleep.

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Waiting for plating season

A dried paddy field. Farmers are waiting planting season while their paddyfield dried and abondaned.

Walk on lake

A man walk on wooden bridge-like at merancang lake of Berau, East Kalimantan.

Syzygium samarangense flower pic

Syzygium samarangense is one of most popular tropical fruit tree; could grow up to 12 tall.  The fruit is bell-shaped with various color from white to red.

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Syzygium samarangense picture

People from Indonesia, Thailand, Philipine or India found this tree very easy; most of them called it Jambu air (water apple), wax apple java apple, chomphu (in Thailand) or bell fruit, makopa (Philipine).

Syzygium sp parts of Myrtaceae family. Enjoy the complete members here: A Monograph of the Genus Myrceugenia (Myrtaceae) (Flora Neotropica Monograph No. 29)

Picture of tree: pinang

Areca catechu, or called pinang --a species under Arecaceae family. People maintain pinang as border tree, found in their home garden and the main road of their villages.

The Kadriah palace of Pontianak

The palace is part of the origin of Pontianak city and now become the most popular historical tourism in West Kalimantan.

Interesting readings about Pontianak: 
In Centraal Borneo: Reis van Pontianak naar Samarinda (Dutch Edition)

Small white flower

Contrast and elegant, uneasy object to found by some amateur photographers.

Grilled chicken

This grilled chicken picture isn't from 100 Best Chicken Recipes. You might be found tasteful chicken recipe and try it at home.

Picture of red flower

Red and smooth gathered in a homegarden flower. Another colouring species:)

Palm oil mill

Europe may ask greener biofuel from developing country such Indonesia. And Indonesia may propose better management practice of palm oil industry as well as stopping the new expansion of the plantation in the forest area.

However, there are thoughts that palm oil is future commodity that will save the world from the fossil fuel scarcity. Other suggest palm oil is miracle!
Enjoy the book : The Palm Oil Miracle (Bruce Fife, 2007)

Photographic action

Taking fab scene in row.

Photographic is a kind of art. You find a good scene with no art sense, it will lead nothing.

I recommend the following book to improve photographic skill:
Within the Frame: The Journey of Photographic Vision

Photographic Composition

Abondoned house

An empty house under clear sky of Berau.

Is it really confortable to work with such environment?

Hotel rate at Garuda Plaza Medan

Garuda hotel is one of the finest hotels in Medan, Indonesia.  Some of my friends recommend this hotel, although there are other hotels at the same street. The hotel located in the middle of the city, so you can enjoy Medan's night by walk.

What I hightlighted is that the hotel provides halal food, certified by the Islamic clerks in Indonesia or called Majelis Ulama Indonesia (MUI). The hotel also put wifi facilities in each room as well as internet corner nearby the lobby.

Below are the publish rate on May, 2010.
Superior IDR 500.000 ++
Executive Superior IDR 550.000 ++
Deluxe IDR 635.000 ++ 

Contact Garuda Plaza Hotel 
Jln Sisingamangaraja 18 Medan 20213 Indonesia.

Picture taken by Rico

Flower picture: the yellow

Flowers have an expression of countenance as much as men or animals.  Some seem to smile; some have a sad expression; some are pensive and diffident; others again are plain, honest and upright, like the broad-faced sunflower and the hollyhock.  ~Henry Ward Beecher, Star Papers: A Discourse of Flowers

About Henry W Becher: The Most Famous Man in America: The Biography of Henry Ward Beecher

Picture of flower: stand up!

I will be the gladdest thing
Under the sun!
I will touch a hundred flowers
And not pick one.

~Edna St. Vincent Millay

What Lips My Lips Have Kissed: The Loves and Love Poems of Edna St. Vincent Millay 

Sunset at Segah river of Berau

How strange this fear of death is! We are never frightened at a sunset.
George MacDonald
author of Lilith, a Romance

Black and white

Black and white, could be anything for some people. Its a racist political topics or just a simple, but nice composition of a photo.

Are you politicians? If so, you might be enjoy this reading: Whites, Blacks and Racist Democrats

Merancang lake of Berau

A day in Merancang lake of Berau.
This lake supports agriculture lands, irrigated paddy fields in the area  called transmigration area.
Transmigration is government policy to move people from dense population to increase its livelihood though agriculture avtivities on idle lands.

A good reading on transmigration was pubslihed, Transmigration in Indonesia (Oxford in Asia Current Affairs)

Replanting of oil palm plantation

This is how to rejuvinate an oil palm plantation. Despite of the controversy on the forest conversion for plantation, Indonesia remains one of world top producers of crude palm oil (CPO).
They inject liquid poison to 25 years age of oil palm tree, and plant the seedlings two weeks after shade open.

Read the following books The Oil Palm (World Agriculture Series) to find complete understanding.

Deforestation, oil palm plantation picture

A nice view of oil palm plantation in Aceh.
In recent years, oil palm plantation has been accussed for high deforestation rate in Indonesia.
In fact, the size of rainforests area of Indonesia is decreasing, contrary to oil palm plantation that wider and wider.

More about deforestation information:
Interaction effects between economic development and forest cover determine deforestation rates [An article from: Global Environmental Change]

Rubber plantation in Lampung

Lampung is one of main producers on various world's high-commercial commodities such rubber. Other plantations are exist in the area, oil palm, banana, coffee etc.

Picture was taken in Tulang Bawang district, an area where migrants were moved to decades ago.

Btw, I wonder that Amazon provide a green 8-ft rubber in its store. A rubber tree is online sold? here the ads:

a rice field of Berau

I note Berau as one of oldest city in Kalimantan as well as endowed by rich natural resources city, such coal and rainforest timber.

Instead of that, Berau's government is trying to develop its agriculture by backing up program on food crops.

Here some irrigated ricefields of Berau. Nice views under blue sky!

If you have a chance to visit Kalimantan, this reading is very relevant: Rainforest Ecosystems of East Kalimantan: El Nino, Drought, Fire and Human Impacts (Ecological Studies)