Monday, March 15, 2010

Made in Indonesia

When we think of Indonesia, we usually associate it with beach resorts like those found in the world famous Bali island, the nation's primary tourist destination. It also has some of the best dive sites in the world, well-preserved beaches, parks and temples.

Aside from its tourism industry, Indonesia is also known for a particular kind of cigarette made from a mixture of tobacco and clove. Called "kretek" by locals, it is the most widely-smoked cigarette in the country. According to history, a man named Haji Jamahri who was suffering from chest pains, rubbed clove oil on his chest to alleviate the pain. However, when he smoked a hand-rolled cigarette which he made from a mixture of tobacco, dried cloves and rubber tree sap, his chest pains vanished immediately. A popular brand of kretek called djarum, are little cigars which come in different blends and flavors.

3 comments:

Lyla said...

I'm also Indonesian. There are many beautiful place in Indonesia other than Bali such as Lake Toba in North Sumatra, Lombok island, Kraton Yogyakarta, Borobudur temple etc...

dzaki said...

i've been to lake toba and bali island and i must say, indonesia is a beautiful country. lake toba is like three times the size of singapore and it's smack on top of a volcano while bali island is famous for its beaches, arts and its rituals. the people are peace-loving and friendly.

dzaki said...

...and for the past few years indonesia has been known for its international java jazz festival. hundreds of renown jazz musicians and singers from all over the world queue up to perform in the three day jazz festival.

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