Writing III (Astia Lili Ermina)




       Fourteen years ago, I spent my holiday in Padang. I went there with my family. My father got a free vacation time from his office. Then we also chose to go on vacation to Padang. After arriving, my family and I stayed in a hotel right in the center of town. The next morning we were planning to go visit various vacation spots. We visited Air Manis beach, Sianok Canyon, and Kinantan Zoo in Bukittinggi.

       Air manis beach is the beach in Padang where the stone was Malin Kundang. We drive car to go to this beach. After arriving, we can see how the shape of the stone that Malin Kundang. Malin Kundang story tells of a woman and her son who lives in a small village near the beach in West Sumatra. Her mother was a single parent because Malin Kundang’s father had passed away when he was a baby. They live in poverty. He always helped his mother went to sea to catch fish. One day, when Malin Kundang was sailing, he saw a merchant’s ship which was being raided by a small band of pirates. He helped the merchant. With his brave and power, Malin Kundang defeated the pirates. The merchant was so happy and thanked to him. In return the merchant asked Malin Kundang to sail with him. To get a better life, Malin Kundang agreed. He left his mother alone. Many years later, Malin Kundang became wealthy. He had a huge ship and was helped by many ship crews loading trading goods. Perfectly he had a beautiful wife too. When he was sailing his trading journey, his ship landed on a beach near a small village. The villagers recognized him. Then, an old woman ran to the beach to meet the new rich merchant. She was Malin Kundang’s mother. She wanted to hug him, released her sadness of being lonely after so long time. Unfortunately, when the mother came, Malin Kundang who was in front of his well dressed wife and his ship crews denied meeting that old lonely woman. For three times her mother begged Malin Kundang and for three times he yelled at her. After that he ordered his crews to set sail. He would leave the old mother again. Finally, enraged, she cursed Malin Kundang that he would turn into a stone if he didn’t apologize. Malin Kundang just laughed and really set sail. In the quiet sea, suddenly a thunderstorm came. His huge ship was wrecked and it was too late for Malin Kundang to apologize. He was thrown by the wave out of his ship. He fell on a small island. It was really too late for him to avoid his curse. Suddenly, he turned into a stone. The stone very amazing and we would not forget to take pictures. There are many traders in this beach. Most of them trade the gifts for visitors and as visitor, of course, we bought some from this beach, which most of gifts are written the word “Malin Kundang”.

      Next day, we went to Sianok Canyon. It is a canyon in Padang. Sianok canyon is a steep valley or cliff located in the border town of Bukittinggi, with District IV Koto, Agam regency, West Sumatra. The valley is elongated and meandering as the southern border town of Koto Gadang canyon until the canyon Sianok Six Tribe, and ends up Palupuh. Sianok canyon has beautiful scenery and become one of the major tourist provinces. In contrast, we would not find many traders here, but we could see landscape around the canyon. Air here is so cool and very nature.

      On our last day in Padang, we went to Kinantan zoo in Bikittinggi. This zoo can be visited for saw many animal in there. Kinantan is the oldest zoo in Indonesia and is a zoo that has the most complete collection of animals in Sumatra. In the garden there is a bridge crossing the animals are called crossing the animal are called “Limpapeh Bridge”  that connects with the zoo’s attractions fort Fort De Kock. At the zoo also has a museum which shaped Gadang Houses and in there are various Padang cultural.

      My family and I enjoyed this holiday. We decided to go to another places on next holiday, to get more experiences in different place.

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