For the first time in history, LaSalle College Jakarta (LCJ) and LaSalle College Montreal (LCM) has formed a collaboration to conduct Journey to Indonesia, a study trip to two main destinations in Indonesia, Jakarta and Bali.
Five students and one lecturer from LaSalle College Montreal came all the way from Canada to join this special event. Their trip was then joined by students and lecturers from LaSalle College Jakarta. The purpose of this event is to build partnership between the two institutions, learn and experience the wide variety cultures of Indonesia, form friendships and networks, and, not to forget, to have fun during the process.
In Jakarta, on the first day of activities, we went for a day tour to some of the finest museums in Jakarta, with the main agenda: batik making workshop. The first destination we went was the Textile Museum. Second day was Campus Day. After having a campus tour, the students and lecturers from Montreal were greeted by Mr. Hariyadi Sukamdani, one of the founders and owners of LCJ, Mr. Mario Poulin, Country Director of LaSalle College Indonesia, and also by the Embassy of Canada.
Our flight to Bali was really early in the morning. But this did not seem to diminish everybody’s excitement. As soon as we arrived in Bali, we head straight to Ni Luh Djelantik shoe boutique in Petitenget area. Ni Luh Djelantik is one of the most prominent shoe designers in Bali and also in Indonesia. Second venue we visited that day was the Jenggala Ceramics Factory in Jimbaran area. Jenggala Ceramics Factory is the largest ceramics manufacturer in Bali. They are well known for their Balinese mixed modern designs and high quality products.
When you go to Bali, especially if it’s your first time, seeing a Balinese dance performance is a must. It is one of the ways to witness how rich the Balinese culture is. The next morning, we had the chance to visit Paulina Katarina, a Balinese based clothing brand founded by the two sisters, Surya Kuhn and Ratna Kuhn. Again, we were fortunate as both of them were able to host us in their factory office building.
Third day in Bali, we began our day by visiting a few Hindu temples, first was Taman Ayun Temple, located in Mengwi, then later we went to the Ulun Danu Temple, located on the Beratan Lake in Bedugul. Both temples were beautiful and have their own unique characteristics. Our next destination was the Jatiluwih rice terraces in the Tabanan area. This vast 53,000 hectares of agriculture area lies between Mount Batukaru and Mount Agung, about 700m above sea level. Another site not to be missed when you’re in Bali is the Tanah Lot in Tabanan.
Next morning, we left quite early again as we need to travel to Lake Batur and Mount Batur, at the northeastern part of Bali. As soon as we arrive in Lake Batur, we were directed to a small speedboat that carried us across the lake to one of the most mystical places in Bali, which is the Trunyan cemetery. In the afternoon, we went to Besakih Temple. The largest and most important temple in Bali. Besakih Temple is often referred as The Mother Temple Besakih and is considered as the holiest temple of Balinese Hindu.
On our way back, we visited a traditional Balinese fabric weaving factory. They specialize in making endek, a Balinese type of songket weaving. Everything is done manually here. Fifth day in Bali was the fun active outdoor sports day. We spent most of our day by rafting in the Ayung River, the longest river in Bali.
The next day was beach day for all of us. Bali is well known for its beautiful turquoise waters and white sand beaches. After days of hectic schedule, it was time for us to relax a while before we head back to Jakarta tomorrow. In the morning we headed to Karma Kandara Beach Club. It was a bright sunny day, perfect day to go to the beach. After spending the day in Karma Kandara, we enjoyed our last evening in Bali by enjoying the sunset, sitting by the edge of Jimbaran cliff, overlooking the Indian Ocean. The Bali Journey was a great experience for us all. Till we meet again in the next Journey, in another place.