Piece of My Story in Manado and Bitung

IMG_20160916_064622.jpgIf previously I’ve told a lot of things about Gorontalo Province. In the past, Gorontalo Province is a part of North Sulawesi. But now, it has become new province. This time, I just tell a little story about North Sulawesi province, especially Manado and Bitung. Manado is the capital city of North Sulawesi province, the city is located in Manado Gulf, and is surrounded by hills and rows of mountains: Mount Lokon, Mount Klabat, and Mount Mahawu.

IMG_20160915_161700.jpgWho does not know Bunaken and Lake Tondano. In Manado, we can enjoy and explore the beauty of the underwater paradise of Bunaken. Unfortunately, I only could see it from a distance. That’s because I did not have a lot of time there. I had to work in totality there. Perhaps, if one day there is a chance again I wish I could see the beauty of Bunaken as well as I could see the beauty of an underwater paradise at the forefront of Indonesia in Anambas.

In Manado, I just tasted a plate of Tinutuan consisting of assorted vegetables. This food is known as Manado porridge. Moreover, I also had an opportunity to see Bunaken from distance when I ate at a restaurant on the seafront. Restaurant is quite well known and serves very tasty seafood cuisine. In addition to dishes with seafood theme. Besides that, I also tasted delicious Manado klapertaart in one of famous Klapertaart shops.

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Otanaha Fortress, a historic fort in Gorontalo

img_20151211_111346OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOtanaha Fortress is a historic fort in Gorontalo which have been built in the 15th century although at this time no longer intact as before. Otanaha Fortress is located in the Village Dembe I, Kota Barat sub-district, Gorontalo. Based on many resources, Otanaha fort was built in 1522 by King Ilato. The fort was built on the initiative of the Portuguese master of the ship docked at the Port of Gorontalo. The initial goal was as defense and security of the nation from attack. According to some sources, the fort was only built from a mixture of sand and limestone. while the adhesive comes from the egg Maleo. This fort actually has three names in three of fortress, which Ulupahu, Otahiya, and Otanaha. But it is  more popularly known as Otanaha Fort.

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