Duo Kombi Camping at Gunung Pancar

I can’t remember exactly how many times I have done camping at Gunung Pancar. A friend of mine just bought a standard 1977 VW Kombi & wanted me to accompany him camping with his children (& his dog). So here we are, in June 2019, did another camping there.

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Left – right: Lala, Calvin, Nelsie (8yo female all-black German Shepherd), Patar, myself & the two male Beagles (Mero & Matano)…

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Campervan camping at Gunung Pancar…

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This camping spot, ‘Lembah Pakis’ is the one that we like the most at Gunung Pancar camping ground. The field is flat, not too big. The toilet & musholla is very near by.

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In the clear evening, we walked out the dogs & the children…

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The cooking & dining gears…

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The two VW Kombi: 1977 & 1979…

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The photo was shot from the top of the other Kombi & showing the roof tent more clearly…

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Gunung Pancar is the closest camping ground from Jakarta, about 1-1.5hrs driving, at Sentul area, Bogor. They open 7 days a week. Please visit the website to get more information.

 

Camping at Tahura Bandung

Taman Hutan Raya Ir. H. Juanda (lt. Grand Forest Park of (engineer) H. Juanda) is a conservation area and botanical garden in Bandung, Indonesia. It covers 590 hectares, stretching from Dago Pakar to Maribaya.

Its altitude ranges between 770 and 1330 meters above sea level. Its fertile soil sustains about 2500 types of plants, consisting of 40 familia and 112 species.

The park was built by the Dutch colonial estimated in 1906, when they began digging a water tunnel for a hydro dam. The water plan was cancelled later, the tunnel was enlarged adding more rooms & became a military facility. Today the tunnel is so called Goa Belanda (Dutch Cave) & is one of the main attractions at Tahura park. The original tunnel is 144m long, 3.2m high & less than 2m wide in both entrances. However the total length now is about 550m including all alleys inside.

On July 2019, for the very first time, the park authority issued a permission to our group to camp just in front of the tunnel. It was possible because we also conducted the Jungle Night Trekking for the first time, as well. It was a quiet experience walking for about 3km inside the dark park, including exploring the Goa Jepang (Japanese Cave) at night time.

A good condition 800m long black top road is available from the entrance to the Goa Belanda. We drove in our campervan to access the camping ground.

Here are some photos:

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The direction sign near the main entrance…

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The Campervan & camping ground is located right next to the Goa Belanda…

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The tiled camping ground…

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Since it is located inside a protected forest, bonfire is prohibited. However toilets & musholla are available, including food stalls…

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The view from the roof tent facing the forest of Cikapundung river valley…

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The Tahura was quiet by Sunday morning…

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The campervan can accommodate up to four adults: two inside the car & two in the roof tent…

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Jungle Night Trekking: inside the Goa Jepang…

To camp just next to Goa Belanda using the Campervan & the Jungle Night Trekking are very interesting experiences. Please contact the Tahura Juanda management if you are interested to do the same.

 

Queen Beetle

Legendary rock band Queen has been inspiring millions since their London formation in 1970. With the charismatic, musical genius front man born Farrokh Bulsara — aka Freddie Mercury — (Lead vocals, piano), Brian May (Vocals, Guitar), John Deacon (Vocals, Bass) and Drummer Roger Taylor (Vocals, Drums).

Queen has represented musical vision and freedom through their pioneering and creative approaches to composition and poetic, on-point song lyrics. The band continues to earn new fans of all ages and backgrounds 48 years after their initial formation.

It has been a Bohemian Rhapsody fever here in this country. As a fans of Queen myself, since 1982, I’m posting these photos of our 1963 VW Beetle accompanied by quotes taken from Queen’s songs, lyrics or a comment.

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I’m in Love with My Car
(Writer & vocal: Roger Taylor, album: A Night at the Opera, 1975)

 

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Is this the real life? Or this is just fantasy?
(The first lyrics from song Bohemian Rhapsody, album: A Night at the Opera, 1975).

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“Can anybody find me somebody to love?…”
(A lyrics from song Somebody to Love, album A Day at the Races, 1976).

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Crazy Little Thing Called Love
(Album: The Game, 1980).

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Loneliness is my hiding place. Breast feeding myself…
(A lyrics from song Life is Real (Song for Lennon), album: Hot Space, 1982, written by Freddie as dedication to John Lennon’s death).

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Fat Bottomed Girls, you make the rockin’ world go ’round…
(A lyrics from song Fat Bottomed Girls, album Jazz, 1978).

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“Don’t stop me now, I’m having such a good time…”
(A lyrics from song Don’t Stop Me Now, album Jazz, 1978).

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‘She’s a Killer Queen. Gunpowder, gelatin, Dynamite with a laser beam.
Guaranteed to blow your mind…”
(A lyrics from song Killer Queen, album Sheer Heart Attack, 1974).

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“Boredom is the biggest disease in the world, darling…”
Freddie Mercury

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Another one bites the dust
(Album: The Game, 1980).

 

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He is the Hitman, the great pretender, Mr. Bad Guy, just a poor boy, the invisible man.
He’s Freddie Mercury.

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“Las palabras de amor. Let me hear the words of love…”
(A lyrics from song Las Palabras de Amor, album Hot Space, 1982).

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“God knows I want to break free…”
(A lyrics from song I Want to Break Free, album The Works, 1984).

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“Queen songs are not about the life of a rock star – they tend to be about the lives of normal people, which is why I think the songs connect so much with every generation…”
Brian May

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Who wants to live forever
(Album: A Kind of Magic, 1986).

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“Spread your little wings and fly away..”
(A lyrics from song Spread Your Wings, album News of the World, 1977).

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“I used to take a nap in a van & listen to Queen.
Over & over again, & drained the battery in the van.
Than we’d be stuck. That happened a few times.
We’d be stuck with a dead battery because I’d listened to Queen too much…”
Kurt Cobain

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If you are interested to rent this classic Volkswagen Beetle for any events, please call us at +62 813 1031 4210.

 

 

Visiting Terror Garage, Bandung

Last weekend, SBO (Super Beetle Owner) Indonesia community had an opportunity to visit an extra-ordinary the one-only place in Bandung, called Terror Garage. It’s a workshop, a shop, a personal gallery or you may call it an automobile museum, displaying rare, exotic & collectable Volkswagen & Porsche cars. Nobody feels comfortable to talk about the price, just enjoying the cars…

The gallery has two stories. The RWB custom Porsche are displayed on ground floor. The rare classic vintage VW & Porsche are displayed on the basement.

Here are some of the pictures to share, for your eyes only…

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There are five Porsche on the ground floor; four are RWB custom & one is standard.

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The Silver Porsche 911 RWB

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The Porsche 911 Speedster with a removable aluminium roof

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The aluminium roof is designed & manufactured by Terror Garage, claimed to be the one & only in the world.

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The Blue Porsche 911 RWB

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The RWB rear wing: tall & complex aerodynamic design but beautiful. 

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The Green Porsche 911 RWB

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1954 Rometsch Beeskow (I bet you have never heard it before), a cabriolet made by Rometsch karosserie using VW Type 1 platform. There are only 32 confirmed survivors worldwide & one of them is displayed comfortably here. A 3rd seat was installed behind the driver seat, turned by 90 degree, facing sideways…

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In total, there are 13 super high value cars here in the basement…

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A very well built Volkswagen Type 14 Karmann-Ghia. There are two of them here.

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There are also two Volkswagen Type 34 Karmann-Ghia

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There are three Volkswagen Type 1 Beetle split-oval (1946-1952). The left one has an original paint with the original European license plate somewhere…

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A very rare Volkswagen Type 2 Deluxe Microbus aka Samba with 23-windows & original two-tone factory paint design.

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The 2nd VW bus is the early version of the T1 (untill 1955) aka Barndoor or T1a.

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This is a Volksrod or Rodbug, a rod-style custom VW Beetle, & built from an Oval Beetle (1952-1958). Builder: unknown, but I suspect it was Terror Garage themselves…

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I think the most unnoticed displayed car is this Volkswagen Type 3 (1961-1973), Squareback aka Variant…

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The only Porsche displayed here is Porsche 356, the Porsche’s first production automobile (1948-1965), therefore it’s one of the most hunted by Porsche collectors in the world. This particular one is the Porsche 1500S (1500cc engine, Luxury version).

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The owner of Terror Garage is also a collector of VW & Porsche diecast models. There are more than 1 thousand pieces in this rack…

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One cozy corner in the gallery

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Get your calculator & start estimating the value of these six piece of fine German metals.

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One high-value property is this Tempo Matador, the only one available in the country. Tempo Matador is built by Tempo company in German using a front mounted 25HP Volkswagen 1100cc motor & front wheel drive. 

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The 3rd Type 14 Karmann-Ghia, slammed & narrowed, custom-built by Terror Garage themselves.

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A custom Beetle built by Terror Garage.

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A Barndoor ambulance in rat style.

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A dragster bug

 

 

Unfortunately the gallery is not open for public. Nevertheless, the owner of Terror Garage welcomes for any VW clubs or communities to visit by appointment.

 

 

 

 

 

Jakarta VW Campervan in Auto Bild Magazine

Auto Bild is a leading German automobile magazine based in Hamburg, Germany. Auto Bild was first published in the last week of February 1986. Auto Bild with its worldwide licensed editions, of which more than 7 million copies are sold every month, is published in 36 countries, including Indonesia.

In June 2016, Auto Bild Indonesia published a special holiday edition (in Indonesian language: Edisi Spesial Liburan) with Jakarta VW Campervan  as one of the main features. The VW Campervans picture is on the cover page.

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The Cover Page of Auto Bild magazine Indonesia, 344th edition, June 2016

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The centerfold of the magazine. The title says: “Traveling in Hippies Style”. You know what it means, don’t you?

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Nice weather & blue sky during the interview

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The Auto Bild magazine crew

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The interview & photo session were taken at a park in our complex, South Jakarta. Now, the park is gone & mall-office-apartment-hotel facility is being constructed there.

Please call us at +62 813 1031 4210 for more information.

Pink Floyd as a Photo-booth at ITB 89 reunion

It was a bright sunny day on Saturday, 6 August 2016. I drove Pink Floyd early morning before sunrise from Jakarta heading to Ciumbeuleuit area, north of Bandung. It was a 150km smooth driving; nice traffic, nice weather, nice ride, healthy driver & awesome car.

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Pink Floyd somewhere nearby Bumi Sangkuriang, Ciumbeuleuit area, Bandung…

The alumni of Bandung Institute of Technology class of 1989 (hence called ITB89) held a reunion at Bumi Sangkuriang, a vintage Dutch place. Pink Floyd campervan was brought in to serve as a background of a photo-booth.

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Pink Floyd campervan as a photo-booth with begonia flower plants at the foreground…

Here the pictures of the photo-booth taken by a photography service company from Bandung, including the event frame. “Because we are family”.

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Komunitas In Harmonia Gowesio (bicycle community) of ITB 89

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Alumni of Planology Engineering (PL – Teknik Planologi) of ITB89…

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Alumni of Mechanical Engineering (MS – Teknik Mesin) of ITB89…

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Alumni of Petroleum Engineering (TM – Teknik Perminyakan) of ITB89…

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Alumni of Environmental Engineering (TL – Teknik Lingkungan) of ITB89…

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Alumni of Chemical Engineering (TK – Teknik Kimia) of ITB89…

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Alumni of Informatics Engineering (IF – Teknik Informatika) of ITB89…

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Alumni of Art & Design Faculty (FSRD – Fakultas Seni Rupa & Desain) of ITB89…

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Alumni of Electrical Engineering (EL – Teknik Elektro) of ITB89…

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The Last Eighties Band (TLE), the celebrities of ITB 89…

Campervan & props are provided by Jakarta VW Campervan.

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If you are interested to rent this Samba style Campervan as a photo-booth or others, please call +62 813 1031 4210 for inquiry.
Jika Anda berminat menyewa VW Campervan Samba ini untuk keperluan photo-booth atau lainnya, mohon telepon kami di nomor +62 813 1031 4210.

Pink Floyd Concert in Gunung Pancar

The Mountains are my Bones,
the Rivers my Veins.
The Forests are my Thoughts,
and the Stars are my Dreams.
The Ocean is my Heart,
its pounding is my Pulse.
The Songs of the Earth
write the Music of my Soul.

Just a few days before the Eid festival last week in early July 2016, we brought Pink Floyd campervan to Gunung Pancar for family camping. Here are the photo essay:

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We wish you & your loved ones a blessed Eid…

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Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt… (John Muir)

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The earth has music for those who listen…

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Alone with myself the trees bend to caress me. The shades hug my heart… (Candy Polgar)

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Nature never goes out of style…

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Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better…

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Nature is not a place to visit. It is home… (Gary Snyder)

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Home is where you park it…

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You will find something more in the woods than in books. Trees and stones will teach you that which you can never learn from masters… (St. Bernard)

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Nature is pleased with simplicity and nature is no dummy… (Isaac Newton)

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These are the ingredients for Chili Con Carne; one of the best dish at the camping ground…

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A happy life is one which is in accordance with its own nature… (Seneca)

If you are interested to rent this Samba style Campervan, please call +62 813 1031 4210 for inquiry.
Jika Anda berminat menyewa VW Campervan Samba ini, mohon telepon kami di nomor +62 813 1031 4210.

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To me, a lush carpet of pine needles or spongy grass is more welcome than the most luxurious Persian rug… (Helen Keller)