Bagus Bay Homestay, Toba Lake

I jumped into homestay room through the window after a receptionist was unable to opened the door. I successfully entered into room and just by “one-clicked”, the door opened.

Choosing a hotel is about style. But for me, a dormitory is still as first priority. Keeping the budget for continuing a dream…. is traveling… #bigdreamer

After stayed in a same dormitory in Medan, I met Eloise again in Toba Lake. I showed my dance with Si Gale-Gale doll to her. She laughed when saw my dance as amateur. She told a lot about her trip to Toba Lake from Medan, He felt uncomfortable when seeing many men smoked on the bus while there were children in it.

Fatigue made me fell asleep until 8pm. Luckily, the homestay had hot water in the shared bathroom. Towards the lobby & restaurant, I enjoyed the night by seeing a live accoustic and drank a bottle of coca cola.

I looked at Eloise in the corner and talked to the staff while pointing at the map. I thought she was preparing for her trip tomorrow. I saw a long-haired American who always added his beer bottle. I never thought he would be my room mate at a dormitory in Bukittinggi 2 days later. In Bukittinggi, I knew him well as Noah, a Californian mining engineer.

Knowing my presence, Eloise approached and sat in front of me, asking for my plan tomorrow and how to executed it. I explained in as much detail as possible and it seemed like She was interested and at the end of the conversation he decided to joined with me to rented a motorbike and explored Samosir Island together.

A vegan and doesn’t consume an alcohol. Naturally he slept faster that night.

The homestay staff suggestion drove me to a house that located at opposite the homestay to rented a motorbike for USD 4 for my trip tomorrow. I was served with hot tea and talked with the owner for several minutes after she knew that my house location in Jakarta was very near with her daughter house. Evidently her daughter lived in Jakarta too.

Morning Samosir……                                                                                               

All guests haven’t woken up, I’ve been sight seeing the morning busyness in Toba Lake. Students joked on their trip to school, many people jogged in the morning, some residents feed their pets and young people cleaned up the bars after last night parties.

I found the highest street in Tuk Tuk area to seeing the sunrise freely. Majority edges of lake which had became hotel areas required me to enjoyed the sunrise in my own way.

I also took the time to using the homestay facilities. circling the volleyball field and sat in the garden.

Just ate dried onde-onde (Indonesian originl food) that I bought yesterday made a free breakfast that morning.

Precisely at 7 o’clock, I took a rented motorbike. The new motorbike without license plate made me a little worried if met police there. Motorbike owner assured me, “if you were checked by police, just said that the motorbike belonged to your homestay, the police would know that you was a tourist, and moreover you was riding a motorcycle together with Australian girl” …. So I didn’t need worry.

Let’s go explored Samosir.

Dibalik Hematnya Bagus Bay Homestay

Aku melompat ke dalam melalui jendela setelah Mbak Resepsionis tak mampu membuka pintu kamar. Berhasil masuk dan “klik”, terbukalah pintu dengan sekali putaran. 

Memilih penginapan adalah masalah selera. Tapi buatku dormitory tetaplah nomor satu. Menjaga kantong demi langgengnya cita-cita….traveling…. #bokisbanget

Setelah sedormitory di Medan, Aku bertemu Eloise kembali disini. Kutunjukkan tarianku bersama Si Gale-Gale kepadanya. Cekikikan melihat polahku menari. Bercerita banyak tentang tripnya menuju Toba, Dia merasa kurang nyaman melihat banyak orang merokok di bus sementara terdapat anak-anak.

Kelelahan membuatku tertidur hingga jam 8 malam. Beruntung ada air hangat di kamar mandi bersama. Menuju lobby yang sekaligus resto, Aku menikmati malam dengan melihat live accouctic ditemani sebotol coca cola.

Kulihat Eloise dipojok dan bicara dengan staff sambil menunjuk peta. Kupikir Dia sedang mempersiapkan tripnya besok. Terlihat juga pria bule berambut panjang yang terus menambah botol bir nya. Tak kusangka Dia akan menjadi room mateku di sebuah dormitory di Bukittinggi 2 hari kemudian. Di Bukittinggi, Aku mengenalnya akrab sebagai Noah, insinyur pertambangan asal California.

Mengetahui keberadaanku, Eloise mendekat dan duduk didepanku, menanyakan rencanaku esok hari dan bagaimana mengeksekusinya. Kujelaskan sedetail mungkin dan sepertinya Dia tertarik dan diakhir pembicaraan Dia memutuskan untuk mengajak naik motor berboncengan membelah Samosir.

Seorang Vegan dan tidak mengkomsumsi alkohol. Wajar Dia tidur lebih cepat malam itu.

Saran staff homestay mengantarkanku menuju ke sebuah rumah di seberang Homestay untuk menyewa motor seharga 60 ribu buat perjalananku esok hari. Disuguhi teh hangat dan berbincang dengan Si Ibu setelah ketahuan rumahku ternyata dekat dengan rumah anaknya yang tinggal di Jakarta.

Morning Samosir……                                                                                               

Semua penginap belum bangun, Aku sudah berkeliling melihat kesibukan masyarakat. Siswa yang bercanda di perjalanan, para orang tua yang berjogging, beberapa warga memberi makan hewan peliharaan dan para anak muda yang membersihkan bar sisa pesta semalam .

Kutemukan jalanan tertinggi di Tuk Tuk untuk melihat sunrise dengan leluasa. Tepian danau yang sudah menjadi area perhotelan mengharuskanku menikmati sunrise dengan caraku sendiri.

Aku juga sempatkan berkeliling ke fasilitas umum homestay. Mengitari lapangan volley dan duduk dibangku taman.

Mengunyah onde-onde kering yang masih ada saja dari kemarin menjadikan sarapan gratis pagi itu.

Tepat jam 7, Aku mengambil motor sewa. Motor baru yang belum berplat nomor membuatku bersemangat tapi sedikit khawatir akan Polisi. Pemilik motor meyakinkan “kalau ditangkap Polisi bilang saja milik Homestay, Polisi akan tahu kalau Abang turis apalagi bawa bule”….Wokelah lanjut.

Yuk kita berangkat eksplor Samosir.

Exploring Tomok for 1,5 hour

I looked very cool when exploring Tomok (an area in Toba Lake, Indonesia) with a 45-litre backpack on the back … hahaha, looked like a usual backpacker… # i’mnotcreativeinstyle

Souvenir sellers didn’t get tired of offering me along my way when exploring Tomok. “Dear, if you don’t buy, it’s OK. But just marry me, please”, She said and joked … #tapforehead.

Exited from port area and crossed Tomok main road, I through the souvenir corridor again until I found a performance stage of Si Gale-Gale (a historic wooden puppet in Samosir Island). The empty stage finally led me to asked to a woman. She said that if I wanted to watched Si Gale-Gale performance, I had to pay IDR 80,000 per performance, It can pay by individual or group.

Tomok main road

I decided to left until I finally found Tomok Parsaoran Tourism Village. Small village with neat traditional houses

I didn’t know, were it accupying ?….So quiet

Continuing my steps, I arrived at King Sidabutar’s Cemetery and welcomed by a old tomb guardian at gate. He put a Ulos (North-Sumatra traditional cloth. He put it on my right shoulder then he let me in. This well-maintained and clean cemetary area are for the family of King Sidabutar. My visit was free of charge and only needed to gave unspecified money to cemetery maintenance donation box.

Nice sculpture…

Exiting cemetery area from a different door, the way directed me to Tomok Batak Museum. A Batak traditional house that instantly resembles a Toraja traditional house.

Korean tourists who were busy taking pictures in front of museum didn’t allow me to captured museum front area. I decided to went inside first. By paying IDR 5,000, I was free to enjoyed every Batak traditional object with an explanation of its function in their cultural life.

There was a souvenir shop inside the museum and the souvenir are museum object duplicates.

I was leaving the museum at 4:05 p.m.

Yes, I got a bonus …. in my step got out from Tomok, I saw Si Gale-Gale in action because there was a group of Jakarta businessmen who paid the action. Slinked in, I was successful sat in the backseat. A show accompanied by a Batak music and led by an MC. There was a person behind the screen who played “Si Gale-Gale”.

The MC asked several people to dance in front together. All businessmen pointed to each other until there were 4 people coming forward. “one more forward, please!”, MC exclaimed. Finally one person ran forward, the businessman seemed surprised that they didn’t know who he was.

All men in the group were dumbfounded, there was intruder entering and taking over their stage … hahaha.

But finally they let me and began to applaused, I danced with pleasure. At the end of the show I greeted them and thanked to them for could join in their show for free. They smiled happily. The most beautiful closing for my  Tomok adventure.

I was finished my Tomok exploration with a very late lunch.

After that, I was escorted by restaurant owner to Bagus Bay Homestay in Tuk-Tuk area by simply paying IDR 20,000.

At this homestay I met Eloise again who just arrived from Medan … Then what were we planning?

1,5 Jam Menyusuri Tomok

Sepertinya Aku terlihat keren menyusuri Tomok dengan backpack ukuran 45 liter di punggung….hehehe, seperti bule-bule backpacker padaumumnya….# GaKreatifNih.

Penjaja souvenir tak lelah menawariku sepanjang perjalanan menuyusuri Tomok.  ” Bang kalau ga beli gapapa deh Aku ikhlas asalkan abang nikahin Aku”, ujarnya…..#pokjidat.

Keluar area pelabuhan dan menyeberang jalan utama Tomok, kembali melewati lorong souvenir sampai aku menemukan panggung pertunjukan Si Gale-Gale. Kursi pertunjukan yang kosong mengantarkanku untuk bertanya pada seorang Ibu. Katanya kalau mau nonton harus membayar 80 ribu per pertunjukan, perorangan atau rombongan.

Jalan Utama di Tomok

Kuputuskan pergi sampai akhirnya aku menemukan Desa Wisata Tomok Parsaoran. Perkampungan kecil dengan rumah adat yang rapi.

Melanjutkan perjalanan, Aku sampai di Pemakaman Raja Sidabutar. Disambut oleh seorang Bapak penjaga makam di gerbang. Dia menaruh kain ulos di pundak kananku lalu mempersilahkan masuk. Area makam yang terawat dan bersih ini diperuntukkan untuk keluarga Raja Sidabutar. Kunjunganku tidak dikenakan biaya dan hanya perlu mengisi kontak sumbangan kebersihan saja.

Keluar area makam dari pintu yang berbeda, mengarahkanku pada jalan menuju Museum Batak Tomok. Sebuah rumah adat Batak yang sekejap mirip rumah adat Toraja.

Para turis Korea yang sibuk berfoto di depan museum  tak memungkinkanku untuk meng-capture area depan museum. Kuputuskan masuk ke dalam dahulu. Dengan membayar 5 ribu, Aku leluasa menikmati setiap benda  adat Batak tradisional dengan penjelasan fungsinya dalam kehidupan budaya mereka.

Di dalam museum disediakan toko souvenir benda-benda duplikat dari barang-barang yang ada di museum.

Aku mulai meninggalkan museum pada jam 16:05.

Pucuk dicinta ulam tiba….dalam langkahku keluar Tomok, Aku melihat Si Gale-Gale sedang beraksi karena ada rombongan pebisnis Jakarta yang memborongnya. Menyelinap masuk, Aku sukses nimbrung di bangku belakang. Pertunjukan diiringi lagu Batak dan dipimpin seorang MC. Ada seorang dibelakang layar yang memainkan Si Gale-Gale.

MC meminta beberapa orang untuk menari di depan bersama. Para pebisnis itu saling tunjuk hingga ada 4 orang maju ke depan. “Ayo satu lagi maju !”, seru MC. Akhirnya ada satu orang berlari maju ke depan, para pebisnis itu sepertinya heran tak kenal siapa dia.

Semua anggota dalam rombongan itu bengong, ada penyusup masuk dan mengambil alih panggung mereka..hahaha.

Tapi akhirnya mereka membolehkanku dan mulai bertepuk tangan, Menarilah diriku dengan senangnya. Di akhir pertunjukkan aku menyalami mereka dan berterimakasih karena bisa gratis bergabung dalam pertunjukan yang mereka borong. Mereka pun semua tersenyum dengan senang hati. Penutup yang indah untuk wisata Tomok kali ini.

Trip di Tomok kuakhiri dengan makan siang yang sangat terlambat. .

Setelahnya Aku diantar pemilik rumah makan menuju Bagus Bay Homestay di daerah Tuk-Tuk dengan cukup membayar 20 ribu

Di homestay inilah aku kembali bertemu Eloise yang sepertinya baru tiba dari Medan….Lalu apa yang kita rencanakan?