Trip to Medan, Indonesia [Part 3] – Tomok Village, Samosir Island

A continuation from Day 1 Part 2 [In Bahasa]

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[This is a long delayed entry on my trip with family to Medan, back in 2011. Duh!]

11/12/11

Medan, the capital of the North Sumatra province is the third largest city in Indonesia after Jakarta and Surabaya and the largest city outside the Java Island. One of the famous attractions here in Medan is of course the Danau Toba, or Lake Toba, which is the largest lake in Indonesia and the largest volcanic lake in the world. If you love history, you would know that 69,000 to 77,000 years ago, the Toba supervolcano had erupted, and thousands of years later, this lake was formed. :)

Medan, ibu kota provinsi Sumatera Utara ialah bandar ketiga terbesar di Indonesia lepas Jakarta dan Surabaya dan bandar paling besar kat luar pulau Jawa. Tempat paling menarik kat Medan? Mestilah Danau Toba! Danau Toba ni tasik paling besar kat Indonesia dan tasik gunung berapi paling besar kat dunia. Minat sejarah? Meh aku kasi sikit. Haha. 69,000 ke 77,000 tahun dahulu, gunung berapi super Toba meletus dan beribu tahun kemudian, terbentuklah tasik ni. :)

Danau Toba Cottage, our stay for the first night. Despite its name, it is not like a cottage as you know it. Lol

So, after a very long sleep, my family and I went for breakfast at the Danau Toba Cottage, our hotel for the first night. Located at the pool area, the restaurant overlooks the vast lake area. The view and the breeze would give a perfect getaway to the city dwellers who long for peace and tranquility. Seriously, nothing beats the feeling of calm when you are enjoying mother nature.

Bangun-bangun je pagi tu, kami satu famili pergi sarapan dekat restoran hotel kami, Danau Toba Cottage. Restoran tu dekat kawasan swimming pool, menghadap kawasan tasik. Ya Allah cantik giler pemandangan dari sini. Dengan angin dia bertiup, hilang terus semua keserabutan jiwa.

One of the hotels situated on Lake Toba. Yes, the water is very dark blue.

After breakfast, we proceeded to check out and put our bags in our guide’s van as tonight, the plan is to stay in Medan city proper. So, what does people do when they visit Danau Toba? Firstly, our guide, Pak Adibyo told us that we are going to go to Samosir Island. An Island in an island? Yes, Samosir Island is a volcanic island situated on Lake Toba. Most of the attractions, especially the historical ones are located here.

Lepas habis sarapan, kami semua check-out dari hotel sebab ikut rencananya, malam ni kami akan tidur di bandar Medan. Jadi, mana nak pergi? Pak Adibyo, guide kami kata, kami akan ke Pulau Samosir? Kami pun macam “huh?”. Ya lah, sah-sah Danau Toba ni di pulau Sumatera. Ada pulau lagi? Al-kisahnya ada. Pulau Samosir ni, pulau terletak atas Danau Toba. Kebanyakan tarikan pun letaknya di Pulau Samosir.

Chartering the whole boat for the family. Hohohoh.

There are 2 ways to go to Samosir Island. It is either by using the public boat or a chartered boat. Although public boat is cheaper, they usually wait for the passengers to fill in the seats, thus requires longer time. Since we brought along baby Adzim and small children, the head of the family i.e. my dad decided to charter one whole boat for the family. Whoa, amazing decision. Hahaha.

Ada 2 cara nak ke Pulau Samosir ni. Satu guna public boat, satu lagi bot catar. Tapi, kalau public boat kena tunggu lama sebabnya dia tunggu sampai penumpang penuh dulu. Sebab ada baby Adzim dan 2 lagi budak kecil, ayah aku ambil keputusan untuk catar satu bot je. Karen! [hah, cakap bahasa Indo terus. Hahah].

King Sidabutar Grave in Tomok Village.

Our first destination was to Tomok Village. Tomok Village is a traditional village of the Batak tribe who lives in the area surrounding the lake and most of them are Christians. However, despite their Christian faith, they still practice traditional customs in several things. For example, we visited the grave of King Sidabutar here, which is situated on a small hill. Instead of burying the body in the ground, as usual Christians will do, the remains of the deceased were put in a stone coffin, which is then cemented ON the ground. Yes, not in the ground but on the ground!

Tempat pertama yang kami tuju ialah Kampung Tomok. Kampung Tomok ni ialah kampung tradisi masyarakat Batak yang mana kebanyakannya beragama Kristian. Tapi, ada jugak ritual-ritual diorang ni yang tak ‘Christianity-compliance’. Hehe. Contohnya, diorang tak tanam mayat Raja Sidabutar, seorang raja masyarakat Tomok dalam tanah, tapi ditanam dalam keranda batu atas tanah. Kagum aku! Elok je Pak Adibyo terangkan pasal semua ni, dia bahankan aku lagi. Dia tanya kat ramai-ramai pengunjung yang duduk situ, “Tahu tak apa makna Tomok ni sebenarnya?”. Dalam hati, aku dah tau dah apa yang dia nak buat ni. Aku dah tunduk dah. Sekali dia cakap, “Tomok ni maksudnya gemuk, haa sama macam abang yang duduk sana tu“, sambil tunjuk kat aku. Dem! Anti-gemuk betul dia ni! Malu sioottt. Hahaha.

Souvenir shops lining the street at Tomok Village.

To be continued – Part 4

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Posted on 15 January, 2014, in Culture, History, Indonesia, Medan, Nature, Photography, Travel and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. kihkihkihhhh..
    kejam..
    sungguh kejam Pak Adibyo!!

    chop!!
    2011 !!??

    hehehhe..
    patutlah akak klik-klik.. taaaak jugak jumpa part 3 nya!!

    • Kejam sgt kak. Dah la sblum tu masa kt premium outlet (entry day 1 part 1) sy usha2 baju skali dia kata “badan mcm ni tak ada saiznyaa”. Hahah. Sedihhh. Mencucuk jiwa.

      Haah 2011. Haha. Lama kan. Sblum ni xjmpa folder gamba. Ni dah jmpa blk, bleh la update semula. Hehe.

      Skrg cuba klik. Mesti jumpa punya ;)

  2. Oh man Medan is one of the few places I wanted to visit that I didn’t make it to…yet. I’ll be back in Indonesia soon and plan to make it there then. I’ll have to ask you for some more tips once I’m back ;)

    Also like how you’re writing in both bhs and Eng. I hope to write my first post in bhs within the next month or so. Of course now that I’m traveling around the Philippines and Vietnam I can’t practice my bahasa every day anymore :(

    Anyway, looking forward to part four :)

    • Haha. Medan is nice man. The people is not as friendly as the people in Java island, but the place and view is definitely beautiful :)

      You still can practice your Bahasa. There is Facebook! Haha. But it is limited to your writing skills. So, you think it is okay to write in both? Because I was contemplated initially but since my readership consists of those who do not read Bahasa, so I decided to do it in both languages. ;)

      And I am looking forward to your first post in Bahasa later on! :D

  3. Hahaha pak adibyo terbaek lah…throwback 2011wah masih iada idea lg mahu menulis klau jm mest ada fakta yg tertinggal

    • Mmg terbaik sgt. Byk kali kot dia buat mcm tu. Nnti khai tulis lg apa yg dia buat. Haha.

      Haah 2011. Tp alhamdulillah masih igt faktanya sbbnya gmba ikut sequence. So bleh tau mana pergi n buat apa smua. Hehe

      Teruskan membaca JM! :D

  4. Aaahhh finally hahaaaa … I think I also have something in 2011 … Duh!

    Oh i also remember that my friend said that she also rent the whole boat just for her family to explore Samosir Island by the lake! Big family too :-D

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