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Yeehaw…one thing you don’t want to miss in a holiday is great friends. And I know, I am sooooo lucky to have great friends πŸ™‚

Looking up

Looking Up

Friends help us to look up where we can see that there’s sovereign God who control every seconds of our lives. They help us to look up when we constantly look down.

Looking Down

Looking Down

Friends help us to look down. When life course fly us so high and we tend to forget all things that brought us up. Friends take us to look down and realize that it’s only because of God’s loving grace. And who might guess, you might even standing on the best photo spot πŸ™‚

Looking Elsewhere

Looking Elsewhere

Friends help us to look elsewhere, especially regarding in finding handsome hunk and pretty gal πŸ™‚ They make us smile in the quest of finding right one even though the quest almost break us down. Heyya, remember, you’ve got a friend!

Looking at the camera

Looking at the camera

And, always of course, friends help us to look at the camera. yeah… friends do that. They make us give our best smile, and SMILE!

Thanks to Tri, Diana, Mely and Sely. Hope to have another great time with you all πŸ™‚

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September 21, 2010 at 2:56 PM

Balekambang Beach at Lebaran Holiday 2010

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Indonesia is a beautiful country you know. I am not saying it because I’m Indonesian, but really it is a beautiful country. Let me ask you questions:
1. Do you want to satisfy your soul by seeing beautiful mountain range view? Breath taking sunrise and beyond?
2. Or do you prefer a white sandy beach, public or private you name it, nude or open you say it. We have ’em all here.

Balekambang beach, Malang, East Java-Indonesia

Balekambang beach, Malang, East Java-Indonesia

Oh no? you prefer exotic animals? rain forest? mangrove woods? we still can provide you with all of them. we just unfortunate by lacking of good education for the people. So people tend to be selfish and greedy, two ethics that we should have been learning since born. Lacking this two habits make the nature spoiled. Will you come and see them all before they are all gone?

Last holiday, I had the opportunity to visit one of the sandy beaches in the southern coast of Java island. The locals call it Balekambang beach. I don’t know whether it has anything similar with Bali (Bale), but it has one tiny island where there’s a small temple, Pure, on it just like what Bali has in its Tanah Lot. Actually, there are some more island, but locals say that it’s a virgin island as in wild animals and snake still roam there. We need to leave them alone then.

Relaxing at the temple

Relaxing at the temple

It was on holiday season, so the beach practically filled with people, locals and tourists, kids to elders. They were all roaming together to play with the nature, something that they cannot see during normal days. The waves were splendid but kinda big for swimming. Life guards patrol every now and then making sure lil’ kids didn’t go too far to the sea. It is the southern sea of Hindi Ocean off to Australian coast, that’s what make the waves big and a bit dangerous for swimming.

It has a potential tourism attraction, i must say. Banana boat, jet ski or any other water sports will be happily accepted here, but I guess no investors are willing to put their money here since the government still neglecting the area. Locals sell cheap souvenirs and snacks. You can bargain here and get “kampoeng” food. Please don’t mind the grammar πŸ™‚ I must be honest, due to no adequate trash can, the beach will soon be dirty by litter. you should come early in the morning where the water, air and sand are still fresh and clean. you will fall in love with this beach in an instant.

LOVE myself!! :)

LOVE myself!! πŸ™‚

I took the liberty to be kid and play with the sand as well. It was excellent. We can make sand castle or bury ourselves in a warm sand. Relaxing seeing the magnificent view of an offshore sea. Here and there we can here children laughing around and even grown ups chuckling with their peers around the sea shore. We can see people lifting up their burden with the nature.

I won’t hesitate to visit the beach again. Umm..but, on second thought. There are still millions of beaches here. Island and beaches, corals and so many things to do with the shallow water around island in Indonesia. And just maybe next time I’ll better visit a different beach so I tell you a different story about it.

Enjoy!

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September 21, 2010 at 2:17 PM

Mt. Bromo at Lebaran Holiday 2010

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[Phewww… Holiday almost over now, it’s time to spend some little time to write.]

How are you all doing? Hope the 2-week break gives you a fresh mind as the work will start in no more than two days left. I had the opportunity to enjoy a splendid holiday if i may say. Most of my friends are well taken care ;p as in I manage to set some time for most of them. Let me recount, PAKJers (checked), KTB UKI (checked), KTB Sahabat (checked), Sec Sch friends (checked), SFers (checked), family (Lusi’s, Yos’, and Daniel’s, all checked)..yep that’s about all. so happy to have a very productive holiday πŸ˜€

I also went to Malang. It’s a small city in suburb of East Java, Indonesia. I went there to visit the famous mountain, Mount Bromo (and all the mountain range, Mt. Bromo, Mt. Batok and Mt. Semeru)

at Mt. Bromo, East Java-Indonesia

at Mt. Bromo, East Java-Indonesia

That was my first experience visiting the mountain. And a comeback for a mountain hike πŸ™‚

The temperature was so low. It was literally freezing for me. People spent lots of money and were willing to get up at 3AM to go up to see the sunrise. The sunrise itself was very magnificent. I was contemplating while waiting for the Sun to rise. It was so cold that we weren’t just waiting to see the beauty, but also the warmth that it brings.

Sunrise at Mt. Bromo seen from viewpoint

Sunrise at Mt. Bromo seen from viewpoint

I was then remembered CS. Lewis line: “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen-not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.” Yes, it is indeed true. And in this very moment i grasped the truth within me, soaking the meaning in my head. Then we continued the journey to what so called “Padang Pasir Gunung Bromo”, we might say it as Mt. Bromo desert. The sand, some say will change its color depending on what season you went there. The color when I was there was dark gray. The local people there said that on summer time (which i don’t know when) the sand will turn into golden yellow, and when winds blow them up, it will make noise as if they whisper to your ear.

A temple on the dessert of Mt. Bromo

A temple on the dessert of Mt. Bromo

A very famous Indonesian artist took some film shoot here, and entitled the movie “Pasir Berbisik” or in English “Whispering Sand”. You can actually take a pony ride there, but i just couldn’t. By foot you can walk and climb some stairs to get to see the crater if Mt. Bromo. It was a very nice experience especially when you can see the whole mountain range surrounds you when you climb these stairs.

The crater of Mt. Bromo

The crater of Mt. Bromo

The view is marvelous but the smell is completely another thing. The sulfuric odor will suffocate you, especially after those “millions” stairs. I just took a picture of the crater and headed down to get some refreshments πŸ™‚ After a last glance of the great and unforgettable view, we headed home because the next day will be another journey, Balekambang beach. Beach is another story…playing with waves, sand and salty water has their own charm. just love the nature so much!! It made me want to go to Bali in an instance πŸ™‚

Oh well, enough for today, more story to come, hopefully with more spirit to write them all πŸ™‚ enjoy your holiday friends. It’s God giving gift for you all who had worked hard for Him.

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September 19, 2010 at 2:20 AM

Kuala Lumpur 2010

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Last month I had the opportunity to visit Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and its surroundings cities like Petaling, Cheras, Ampang etc. It was not a holiday, I must say. I went there to attend a conference. The schedule was so tight, I didn’t even has the chance to get a photo with the twin. (this is taken from google.com)

The shadow of Petronas Twin Towers

It was not a really perfect timing to visit this neighbor country, one of the reasons was because my country was having an escalated politics issue with this country. The locals even warned me to stay in the hotel and not wander around the city. My brother text me asking me how I was doing simply because the atmosphere was getting hotter between these two countries. Luckily and praise God, I was able to walk here and there trying their LRT and buses and taxis. They turned out to be very comfortable.

One thing that I wanted to share here, with you readers, if you are my fellow Indonesian, is the fact this country is getting better and better and leaving our country even left behind. This fact is actually made me furious.

Taman Pudu Ulu

I still remember elders saying that years ago the Malaysian people learned from our country. They took and hired some Indonesian people to be their teacher, mentor, tutor, whatever you name them. But now, I can see with my own eyes how they can have a prosper life, away from traffic jam, train congestion, and even trash! Well, I am not saying that they are better than us in the whole sense. But in the eyes of visiting tourist, they are better! When I am planning to go to this city, people said that KL (short for Kuala Lumpur) is just the same like Jakarta, dry and hot. Well, in the sense of climate they are the same. But look further to what build a city a city. One thing that shocked me more is the fact that they are going to implement one ticket for three means of transportation, LRT, Monorail and bus. I stunned for a while while reading the ad in a very clean and comfortable LRT compartment. And thought, It is just like EZ-Link card that the
Singaporean have. wow. then screamed inmy head HOW COULD THESE PEOPLE IMPLEMENT TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM THAT THE SINGAPOREAN USES AND WE, INDONESIAN, ARE STILL THINKING ON HAVE TO HAVE A TRAIN THAT HAS ITS DOOR CLOSED??

Chinatown

I addressed this issue to my fellow companion at the first time this thought flashed. She just smiled. And I just held my breath. Yup, we both knew that the corruption problem in our country that caused all of these. So many egoistic, selfish and greed people in this country. Instead of thinking the country, they stole the money for their own benefits. shame on you, corrupter! Now, people can only sighed and hope there can be miracle happen in our country. we just hope people are starting to be content with their lives and stop stealing money again.

I hope and I will also try to do my talk. Rise, for a better Indonesia, a beautiful Indonesia!

Written by vallaura

September 4, 2010 at 9:50 PM

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