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Painting a Rainbow in the Land of Laskar Pelangi

July 02, 2020
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This story starts with my dream to get to know more about Laskar Pelangi, Belitung. At first, I didn't think I could go on vacation here, because of the tight schedule of activities and the difficulty of matching the schedule with my friends.

Finally, month after month, I continued to search for information about holidays in Belitung Island and to search for promo flight tickets. And, thank God I got a suitable schedule and got a cheap Jakarta - Belitung flight ticket promo. After being discussed with my friends, so we go there on July 2. And before a visit to this beautiful Island, I have gathered all the information about the top places visit in Balitung at TBO Academy. It is the best platform to know more about top travel destinations and best hotels

Arriving in Belitung Island, my friends and I were welcomed by the hospitality of the residents there. We were escorted by Pa'Yu. Pa'Yu is our tour guide, as well as our driver, to travel while in Belitung. Our journey began towards East Belitung; we there visited Serdang Beach for lunch and a short break. After being satisfied with eating and resting, we rushed to the inn to take a shower and store the items we brought.

After leaving the inn, my friends and I immediately visited Kaolin Lake. Kaolin Lake is a lake that has a clean white color of the land and light blue water. This lake does not originate from mountain craters such as the Ciwidey White Crater Lake or the High King White Crater; the lake is formed from a former Kaolin mining site that has been abandoned and nature perfects with its beauty. Little knowledge about Kaolin. Kaolin is a mineral as an industrial material such as cosmetics, paper, food, toothpaste, and Kaolin is popular because of its smooth, white, strong, and low electrical conductivity and heat conductivity.

The program to visit the Kaolin Lake tour was over; we were very happy. A group of friends and I immediately went for a culinary tour in Belitung. We visited the delicious and famous Belitung noodle place there, called Belitung Atep Noodle. So, Belitung Noodle contains yellow noodles, cucumber slices, tofu, and shrimp, and then there is a thick sauce made from seafood sauce. Very enjoyable! Once tasted the first time this food, immediately addicted. Because of natural ingredients and also fresh seafood sauce is served. Do not forget, in closing; there is a typical Belitung drink whose name is Es Jeruk Kunci. Key Orange Fruit itself comes from Belitung; this fruit is only found in Belitung Island. The fruit is similar to a lime, but the Key Orange fruit is not sour and tastes very sweet.

This tour on the first day is over. The tour guides and friends immediately returned to the inn to unwind and rest. Because there is still a tour event tomorrow, I have to keep my body fit and fresh during the trip; I usually exercise in the morning with friends.

The second-day event was filled with trips in the West Belitung area. We finally arrived at Tanjung Kelayang Beach. Tanjung Kelayang is one of the strategic areas of national tourism in Indonesia. The name Kelayang itself is the name of one type of bird on Belitung Island. Tanjung Kelayang Beach is part of this area. This beach is located in Sijuk Subdistrict, about 27 kilometers from Tanjung Pandan City. Tanjung Kelayang Beach is one of the best beaches in Bangka Belitung. This beach becomes a haven for Yachts that follow the Indonesian Sail Rally every year.

Tanjung Kelayang Beach may not be as popular as Tanjung Tinggi Beach, which is located not far from here and is famous for being one of the locations for shooting Laskar Pelangi Films. Nevertheless, this beach is actually also one of the locations of the film. Tanjung Kelayang Beach has a turquoise, turquoise sea with white sand, and a fine beach. Therefore, this beach also becomes a pleasant and quite safe swimming area. On the beachside, there are also many coconut trees.

After satisfied playing with water at Tanjung Kelayang Beach, we all went to Lengkuas Island to snorkel. Lengkuas Island is a small island located on the east of Belitung Island. A small island that has been famous since the colonial era and has an important role in the history of Indonesian independence. Galangal Island does have extraordinary beauty. White sand with clear blue water allows us to enjoy the beach bottom on Lengkuas Island. The collection of giant granite chunks on Lengkuas Beach also adds to the exoticism of the beach on Lengkuas Island. Even when snorkeling, we found red snapper and Nemo fish and mayong types. After finishing my activities at Tanjung Kelayang Beach and Lengkuas Island, my friends and I immediately went back to the inn to rest and take a shower.

It was the last day we traveled on Belitung Island. This time, my friends and I went to the East Belitung area, precisely to the Andrea Hirata Word Museum. Do you know Andrea Hirata? He is the author of the Laskar Pelangi novel. This Kata Museum is the first Literacy Museum in Indonesia. When my friends and I came to this museum, we were invited to see the Laskar Pelangi novel. Starting from the complete footage of the best-selling novel until it was made into a very best-selling film in Indonesia. The photos posted on the museum page are like telling stories about the journey of literary works, which became one of the Belitung people's pride. Enter the museum, and the atmosphere is increasingly felt. In this room, photos of the author can be seen with inspirational sentences. One of them is the one that reads "Dream because God will embrace your dreams". In addition, there are also excerpts from novels that have been published in various languages. We are all very happy to be able to visit this word museum; it feels like a dream.


After finishing and satisfied walking around visiting the Kata Hirata Andrea Museum, my friends and I stopped by at SD Muhammadiyah Gantong. It is located close to the Kata Museum, about 15 minutes away we have arrived. Muhammadiyah Gantong Elementary School is the place to study Ikal and friends. This is not really the Muhammadiyah Elementary School, but only a replica that is used as a shooting location. When I was in Muhammadiyah Elementary School, my friends and I sang the movie song Laskar Pelangi and Hymn Guru.

Many Belitung native children sang these songs, we were very happy and got carried away because somehow Muhammadiyah Elementary School was a school that had been used by native Belitung children to study at the time. I intend to revive the spirit of Indonesian children to achieve their dreams as high as the sky by inviting play and sharing stories of knowledge for children in Belitung.

After being satisfied traveling in Belitung Island, my friends and I were very happy and very happy because I could play and walk together while there, meet new people in Belitung, get to know the culture and tourism in Belitung and be able to revive my passion and dreams to pursue the highest aspirations of the State of Laskar Pelangi.

Thank you very much, Belitung. "Look at the sky. You will never see a rainbow if you look down".

Author
Renita Novianti
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