January 2013


pensiPensi (picture :

Palai rinuak

Palai Rinuak (picture :


Lake Maninjau, is a must have great place for tourism destinations. Not only offer a beautiful large carter scenery, watching the sunsets, and a great place to relax, this place also offer a deliciuos food knows as pensi and palai rinuak.

Pensi and palai rinuak are two endemic species from Maninjau lake. Pensi is a species of small mussel, and rinuak is a type of small fish.
Palai rinuak is a kind of food wrapped in banana leaf, to grill with the mixture of small fish (rinuak), coconut and spices as ingredients.

Getting There
Located in Agam regency, West Sumatera about 70km from the city of Padang and is a adequate 2 hours adventure by car at the speed of average.  If you travelling from Bukittinggi it’s spend only about 1 hours minutes (38 kilometers), not too far right?

makam syekh burhanudin

photo: Zulfikri Sasma (fikriraja)

At 17th century, Syekh of Burhanuddin known as spreader of religion in Minangkabau. He has a deep knowledge of Islam and as well as trusted to have the power of supranatural.

He died on 10 Syafar.
After He died, his cemetery still visited by pilgrim until now.
The cemetery building distinguishes mosque architecture at 16th century. Religion Atmosphere very felt around the cemetery and every pilgrim has to dress Moslem.

His cemetery located in District of Ulakan Tapakis 12 kilometer of Pariaman, West Sumatera, Indonesia. Tourism can use public transportation depart from the city of Padang throught to Pariaman district, or by using a rent car.

marosok tanah datar

Marosok, is a unique tradition that can only found in cows market in Tanah Datar regencey, West Sumatera, Indonesia.

This unique tradition used for bargaining between the sellers and buyers.

Bargaining done in a unique way, using fingers like shaking hands which is covered by towel or sarong, without voice. When bargaining take place, the seller and the buyer grasping each other, holding fingers, shake hands to the right and to the left until an agreed price is reached. Using this unique tradition, bargaining process can not be seen by other buyers.

Each finger representing a nominal value of 1 million rupiah. For example, if the stock price is 2.5 million rupiah two fingers griped. Then for the 500 thousand rupiah the whole fingers averaged. If the buyer wants a 2.3 million rupiah bid, then the finger which is griped remains two. Then holding five fingers while shaking two fingers to the left, meaning that 2.5 million rupiah net of 200 thousand rupiah, and so on until an agreement is reached. If the transaction succeed, each hand release. Conversely, if the price does not match, still holding hands simultaneously offering a new price may be agreed.