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Another summer day…

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Another summer day.
In one of South East Asia islands.
It is where people live up their dreams.

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July 11, 2011 at 9:36 PM

An unplanned plan is a plan.

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“I plan not to plan”

It’s December. Holiday seasons were approaching. People were excited too much about one month holiday that we earned. They had even booked tickets from October or November, quite a preparation, won’t you say? Well, I didn’t prepare anything. I guess, the spirit vanquish because of my unsuccessful birthday gateway last November. Yap… I knew back then when I heard my friends arranged their wedding exactly one day prior to my birthday, I could not go out of town or out of this country. So then, I just planned no to plan. As you know and experience, perhaps, this kinda attitude will somehow bring you to a crazy adventure and so did I.

It all started with twitter. And next time I know, I am at travel bus to Bandung going to the meeting place. I just joined Lombok Vacation #3. Lombok is an island further to the east side from Bali. It’s famous for its beautiful Gili (small island), coral reefs and other tropical havens.

Lombok Vacation #3 "Family Picture"

Lombok Vacation #3 “Family Picture”

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January 30, 2011 at 2:41 AM


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My school is really special. We celebrated Children’s Day on October 1st. And me, for sure would not miss to use it to run from a hectic Jakarta. Me and some friends arranged a trip to do snorkeling at Tidung Island. It is one of the Thousand islands range of islands in the northern part of Jakarta. We arranged to meet up in Muara Angke dock to get a ferry to got to Big Tidung Island.

Big Tidung Island from a distance...what a gateway!

Big Tidung Island from a distance...what a gateway!

After a very long and smoky (of insensitive smoking people of Jakarta) two and a half hours trip, we finally arrived at the Big Tidung Island. The man with whom we partnered this trip, Pak Ajie, was waiting for us there. He took us to his “home-stay” with a Bentor, a ride which you can only find (i guess) in Indonesia.

After around 5 minutes, we can finally relax at the Charlie’s Home Stay, Charlie is taken from his youngest son’s name. The house is in medium size, neat, tidy and colorful. It’s so nice to see how he tried to make a different look at his home stay. He served us with a cold sea weed drinks. Too much sea weed for me, I guess. But all my friends were enjoying the drinks. It was actually releasing us from the sea headache. Directly after the welcoming drinks, he served us more with lunch….yumm, my fave, chicken with vegetables. It was actually not meal time yet, but hey, it was holiday, so no regular time eat πŸ˜‰

Our yummy lunch.. nyamm...

Our yummy lunch.. nyamm...

As you might also guess, we fell asleep after eating. wow, what a good start of the long weekend, don’t you think? we woke up around 2PM and got ready to go islands hopping and snorkeling. yay!!

Pak Ajie was actually providing us with a bicycle for each of us to ride around the island. Unfortunately, we were lacking of skill and courage to use the bicycles. (we will try to ride it next time we visit this island! and that’s a promise) So we just took a walk to go to the shore and get ready with the snorkeling gear. Ehm.. It’s kinda tricky to put on the flippers, snorkeling and life vest. Especially if you are on my size, you really want to have the right size of life jacket, don’t you? *wink* The islands were Big Payung Island and Small Payung Island. We stopped on the shallow water nearby and dunk in and enjoy the underwater scenery.

ME!! Snorkeling :)

ME!! Snorkeling πŸ™‚

It was my first experience in snorkeling. Hence I wasn’t completely ready. Be reminded, myself, that for next snorkeling trip (i hope there will be some more), it’s a must to put on soft lens, a must! hehe… Even though I’m minus 3, I still can witness the underwater beauty, now can you imagine the beauty i’ll see if i had put on my lens. The coral reef and beautiful fish, they are just so beautiful. I was swimming with the fish in the middle of the sea!! Can you imagine how cool that could be πŸ™‚

Frankly speaking, I was a bit afraid, but I had already gone so far, why not just be nuts. ;p So I jumped in slowly, feeling the warm water around me. Pak Awai was our snorkeling guide. He can stand on dead coral reef. He guided us to parts where the fish were swimming. He taught us how to give bread, that can make the fish swim even closer to us… πŸ˜€

As I felt the water, I became naturally connected with this snorkeling activities. I searched the rainbow fish and touched the living coral reef… it just feels great. YOU, my friend, just got to try this!

on the boat..

on the boat..minutes before we jumped in ^^

in the water

in the water

After a very fun snorkeling. We stopped by at The Big Payung Island and took some more pictures there. By the way, all of the pictures shown here were taken from Lydia and Larsen Facebook album. I thank God for having friends with such photographic skills. We, then rode the boat back to The Bridge. The Bridge is a bridge that connect The Big Tidung Island with The Small Tidung Island. Some people there were doing free jumping to the water…us? we dare not. πŸ™‚

On the bridge of the Tidung Islands

On the bridge of the Tidung Islands

Relaxin'  and enjoyin'

Relaxin' and enjoyin'

Those afternoon the bridge was so crowded with local tourist. They were all like us, enjoying the sunset that was so rarely to be seen in Jakarta. We were also enjoying the breeze and open water view. The view hypnotized us. It made us calm and forgot all live’s problem, even just for a while. We sat there, laughing and taking pictures. Wow. What a blessing to have the tenses relaxed for a while.

The Sunset

The Sunset

We then set our camera ready (my friends more precisely) and headed back to the main dock of the big Tidung Island. We had a very exciting night ride on the boat with big waves tossing our boat. It was kinda scary at first but then fun πŸ˜€ The roaring sea and night view were also something that we will never forget. Larsen also successfully took some beautiful sunset view. This is one of her best shots. Wow, isn’t it beautiful. God the almighty and all of His creation. No men should deny His presence in this world!

And as for you islands, till we meet again! Cheers!

PS: Contact this kind heart man if you want to visit the island πŸ™‚
Pak. A. Mujiman (Ajie) 081574756061, 085781106159

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October 10, 2010 at 4:34 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.


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September 21, 2010 at 2:17 PM

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