25.9.16

Short Vacation to Honje Eco Lodge, Ujung Kulon National Park

As Jakarta workers who work so hard from nine to five and make a friend with hustle bustle, sometimes we need an escape to a peace and beautiful place to release the stress and pressure. When you really need to escape, but you don't have so much time, you can go to Honje Eco Lodge. It's located on Ujung Kulon National Park (or Taman Nasional Ujung Kulon in Bahasa), Banten. I think Honje is almost perfect!

You can stay in the beach house that real near to the private beach. Like, you only need 10 steps to go to beach, yes, real near! You can hang and swing your hammock on the trees and relax. 

I went to Honje with some close office mates of mine. Yes, it was more like a farewell trip (or not really farewell since we still often hang out together), since some of us, including me, decided to resign from the office. Yes, four out of eight people who joined the trip, to be exact. We went to Honje Eco Lodge a week before my last day, and the trip was unforgettable. 

We didn't do so much thing. No snorkling, no tracking around the forest, no sightseeing the rhinos (yes, Ujung Kulon Natinal Park is well-known as the habitat of rhinos). It was only us, enjoyed the time, talked about everything from heart to heart, acted like child who throw beach sand to each other, played cards and warewolf, sang and danced, swam in the oceans, listened to the natural beach sound, relaxed and played under the sun. 

I arrived there on Saturday morning after took five-hour (or six, or even seven? sorry I forget the exact time) road trip from Jakarta. My first impression to the view was..... great. I felt really captivated by the view. And yes, it really is, the view is great! The private beach seems so clean and, yes... private, hahaha. It just us and other visitors who played on the beach. 



One blissful morning at Ujung Kulon National Park. 





See? It's very beautiful, picturesque, and peace. 

Just like what I said above, we didn't do much of tourist thing, but we did more intimate things, we made memories and moments that we can remember forever (sounds cheesy and exaggerate, I know, but it is true, you know). It was like what we have been planned before we go, to take some rest and enjoy our time in a peace. And yes, we had fun and it felt like our energy was being recharged. 



Look! We can see that blue ocean water from our beach house. That close, that near, that relaxing. 

We really enjoy the trip and like always, hoping that we can come back again someday. I'm beyond in love with this place. 

"But I'm just to love you in any kind of way. But I fell love on the seaside, in the seaside.
- Seaside, The Kooks. 

One Fine & Happy Birthday Trip

In May 2016, I turned into 23. Being on twenty-something is.... something that I know would happen to me, but I never expected the time would come THIS fast, haha.Well, as a birthday present, my parent gave me return tickets to Bali, the island of Gods.

I think Bali is perfect place to celebrate my birthday. I went to Bali with Chitra, but on Bali we met our friend, Damay who currently lives there. I arrived in Bali on beautiful Satuday night. From the airport, Chitra and I straightly headed to Damay's dormitory. We took some nap and took a rest before the real holiday start.

First Day

It was a good and very fine sunny Sunday. After had some breakfast we went to Kuta to rent a motorcycle. After that, we went to Kuta Beach Walk and buy some things that we thought we need. We headed to Pandawa beach afterwards. It took so many adventure, Chitra and I almost being ticketed by the police, but it was all worth it.Pandawa beach is.... very beautiful and breathtaking. The water is so blue and crystal clear. The sand is so white. Very picturesque.





I told you, it is crystal clear!

After that, we planned to see sunset at Double Six beach but we can't manage to reach Double Six since Chitra and I got lost and there was a traffic aroung Kuta, so we decided to enjoy sunset on Kuta beach. And it was..... amazing!


It somehow reminds me of Sarasdewi's Lembayung Bali song. 

Second Day

Second day was unexpected, unpredictable, yet unforgettable. We planned to go to Canggu and in the middle of our way to Canggu, Chitra and I got an accident. But, we finally reached Canggu. Canggu is also beautiful and.... calming. The beach has a big waves and I like it very much. 




Calming and relaxing to the mind and eyes.


After that, actually we planned to treat our injuries in the clinic but the time was running out, so we decided to go to Potato Head Beach Club in Seminyak to enjoy the sunset there, instead. It was fun to spend time at Potato Head. I swam, sang, and danced to beat while enjoyed the sunset. 



Pleasant time at Potato Head Beach Club, Seminyak.

From Potato Head, we straightly went to clinic and treated our injuries. Mine was only a very small injury but since there was a sand tucked into my injured skin, the treatment was very torturing. But, the treatment healed the pain instantly. At the night after took some food, shower, and rest, we had some dance. It proved that my injured foot was healed up. 

Third Day 

On the third day, and also our last day, we went to famous gelato place in Seminyak, Gusto Gelato & Caffe. Gusto offers a lot of flavor of gelato. The gelato is tasty and delicious. It fits with beach nuance and Bali's sunny weather. 


The delicious and well-know Gusto Gelato!

After that, we returned the motorcycle to the rental on Kuta and we bought some souvernir before go home. And oh yes, we had some betutu chicken with its sambal matah for lunch. It's mandatory menu that you have to try when you are on Bali!


Betutu!

Chitra and I had a night flight that took us home. I had a good time and hope I'll go to Bali again, soon! 

A Trip to Medina & Mecca

2016 is not over yet, indeed, but I already think that 2016 is pretty exciting, or should I say, very exciting. So far, I made a lot of life changing decisions this year, and also, I went to a lot of interesting places.

In January 2016, I went to Medina and Mecca for one of my religion's pilgrimage called Umrah. It took ten-hour-flight to get there. Fortunately, the sky was clear and I got a seat near the window.

The first city that I visited in this trip was Medina. Medina is such a beautiful city. I swear, my heart melt so many times in this city. I finally saw many historical places of my religion. I cried so many times in Al-Masjid an-Nabawi and Raudha. I also visited Masjid Quba, the place of Uhud Battle, date palm garden, and many other herigates and sanctuaries of moslem.


The sky and clouds from the plane on my way to Medina. Beautiful!


Beautiful Al-Masjid an-Nabawi, Prophet Muhammad SAW's Holy Masjid <3




Group of pigeons and breathtaking view around Nabawi. 




Masjid Quba, Medina.


A long time ago, the Battle of Uhud happened here.

I'm deeply in love with Medina. The places, the weather, the ambience. Every corner of the city make me I left my heart on Medina. I promise myself that I'll go there again someday.

The second city I visited was Mecca. Mecca is.... magical. If you say New York is the sleepless city, you have to see Mecca. I found the best description of cosmopolitanism in this city, where all nations, races, and tribes are gather to praise Allah SWT, the only God we believe strongly.

I finally saw the holy Ka'bah that being the direction everytime I pray called Qibla.  I finally visited Masjidil Haram and pray on it. And I finally did Umrah in Mecca. I was beyond blessed and happy.

I also visited so many historical and holy places in Mecca, such as Jabbal Rahmah and so on. I also visited Camel Farm in Mecca. Yes, it was fun to finally look at Arabic Camel that close.





Beautiful Masjidil Haram <3

It's Ka'bah! Subhanallah! <3


Zam-zam tower in front of Masjidil Haram. 


Jabbal Rahmah.


The camels!

Mecca is magnificent and I'm in love with the city too. I also promise myself to come back again someday.

My Medina and Mecca trip was amazing! I feel how God is great. I always miss the ambience of Medina and Mecca when everyone prays and praises Allah SWT.

I went back to Jakarta by ten-hour-flight from Jeddah, the capital city of Saudi Arabia. It was tiring yet very extra-ordinary trip that feed my soul and spiritual needs. I really hope I can come back again, soon!

7.9.16

Unattainable


Unattainable.

/,ənəˈtānəb(ə)l/
adjective

"not able to be reached or achived" 

Me: 
It may be unattainable
To spend the rest of my life with you
We live in different constellations
Will you move to my constellation?

"Oh, if you find yourself
amongst the lonely ones
I'll be waiting here with open arms" - Unattainable, Little Joy

30.6.16

"Dan dengarkan, ombak yang datang..."


"... menerjang kuatmu. 
Dan dengarkan, arus yang datang, nyatakan lemahmu.

Langit dan laut, 
dan hal-hal yang tak kita bicarakan, 
biar jadi rahasia, 
menyublim ke udara, 
hirup dan sesakkan jiwa,"

- Banda Neira, Langit dan Laut.