Behind the InstaMeet: @firmanaldianto, Mount Bromo
In this series, we hear from the Instagrammers organizing InstaMeets in different parts of the world. To view more photos and videos from Mount Bromo, browse the #InstaMeetJiran hashtag and follow @firmanaldianto, @moriesadhtya and @rino_adlis on Instagram.
In late February, 12 Instagrammers—five from Malaysia and seven from Indonesia—gathered for #InstaMeetJiran, a four-day InstaMeet on East Java’s active volcano, Mount Bromo.
”#InstaMeetJiran happened because of the Malaysian Instagrammers,” explained Firman Aldianto (@firmanaldianto), an Indonesian Instagrammer who helped organize the meet-up.
"Since the last Worldwide InstaMeet,” says Malaysian Instagrammer Razieff (@razieff), “a group of us have organized several InstaMeets.” When they learned of last year’s meet-up on Indonesia’s scenic Mount Bromo, however, they were inspired to make a pilgrimage of their own.
"It was the first international InstaMeet I ever attended," Razieff says.
Firman says Malaysia Instagrammer “Shafiq (@shafiqanaksaleh_) contacted us Indonesian Instagrammers who live in Malang and told us of their plan to visit Indonesia.”
Alongside friends Mories Adhtya (@moriesadhtya) and Rino Adlis (@rino_adlis), Firman then spread the word to their friends throughout Indonesia. “First I told my friends from Malang,” explains Mories, “then I called some Instagrammers from Jakarta, Bandung, Bali, Surabaya and Makassar.”
In the end, the group included Instagrammers from Malaysia, Malang and Surbaya, many of whom were meeting for the first time.
"This was a truly unforgettable experience," says Firman. Beyond Instagram, "we shared and learned about one another’s culture, tourism, cuisine and more."
Says Razieff, “Even though we’d never met in real life before, we all became close and still keep in touch.”