My Time Capsule: August 2016


Indonesia: Sunset In Losari Beach

Makassar, July 2016

...why sunset is more colourful than sunrise?

it’s an irony of life saying, “sometimes good things happen in goodbyes"

Thank you, Jo for taking this pic :)

Who doesn't love sunset? I love its golden and warm colour. I love how the skies showing off its beautiful colourful gradient in different hue everyday. I love how everything turns into peculiar silhouette. I love how it taught me hopefulness; though it is disappearing, I'd still see the sun again tomorrow. I could write a hundred reasons why I love sunset. Because to me, cloudy or clear day, sunset is always magical. And so is sunrise. But I can't really emphasise that since I'm not a morning person.

I've promised myself that one day when I get the chance to visit Makassar, I must not miss the sunset in Losari beach. So glad that it's actually on the Trip of Wonders itinerary. Yay! That day I was actually feeling a bit lightheaded after the beach hopping under the scorching hot sun, but I still wanted to go. The waterfront was pretty crowded, maybe because it was Sunday. I separated myself from the group and walked down towards the floating jetty to find a quiet space. When I travel to a new place, I enjoy to observe the local people around me. I like taking candid pictures of them doing some daily life activities. It turns the photos I took into stories.

Here's some of my favourite shots I took in Losari beach. Hope you enjoy them :)

Besides beautiful sunsets, Losari beach is also a great spot if you want to sample some local delicacies such as grilled seafood or Pisang Epe (grilled banana, drizzled with some luscious brown sugar sauce). Counting calories? Fret not, my dear. You can always burn it off by strolling or jogging along the promenade later. #TripOfWonders #WonderfulIndonesia


Travel Updates: Trip Of Wonders 2016 #WonderfulIndonesia

Woot woot!
So after 12 days, 5 cities, 9 flights, 1 dreadful boat ride and countless bus ride later, I am now finally home. I was invited by the ministry of tourism Indonesia to join the Trip of Wonders 2016 as part of 'Wonderful Indonesia' campaign. This first batch consists of a group of 30 bloggers from Southeast Asia countries such as Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Brunei Darussalam; and 10 social media influencers from Indonesia.
Here's a quick recap of our destinations, what we see and what we do:

MAKASSAR in South Sulawesi
Bantimurung waterfall
We got on an early flight from Jakarta to Makassar which also known as Ujung Panjang. Then headed straight from the airport to Bantimurung Bulusaraung National Park. The word Bantimurung came from two Bugis words, Benti meaning water and Merrung meaning roaring. We did some easy trekking and had a picnic lunch next to the waterfalls.

Kodingareng Keke island
Beach day out! First we headed to Kodingareng Keke island which was about an hour boat ride from city centre of Makassar. It's a small beautiful island with pristine blue water and white sand beach. After that we had a traditional grilled fish lunch which was served in Samalona island, just half an hour away from Kodingareng Keke.

sunset in Losari beach
A visit to Makassar won't be complete without spending an afternoon in Losari beach which is well known for a beautiful sunset spot.

Food porn alert! Makassar was definitely fondle our tummy and taste buds with its scrumptious culinary delights. From fresh seafood galore to Pallubasa (herbal soup which consist of offal of cattle or buffalo and added with raw egg yolk) and end it with some dessert like Es Pisang Ijo.

GILI TRAWANGAN in northwest coast of Lombok
good morning, Mataram!
Stayed overnight in Mataram and got the chance to taste their delicious Ayam Taliwang (grilled or fried chicken in spicy sauce) and also to visit Sade traditional weaving village. We learnt a bit of Sasak tribe, their daily life and the culture.

exotic welcome drink at Gili Trawangan

signature split pose on a jetty in Gili Trawangan
Unfortunately I was down with fever and flu when we reached Gili Trawangan island. So I only stayed in the island and missed the island hopping activity to Gili Air and Gili Meno *sad*. Hence I got plenty of time to explore this famous getaway spot in Lombok.

minutes before landing in Banyuwangi

woohoo! I made it to mount Ijen
For me the highlight of the entire itinerary would be climbing mount Ijen. Okay, maybe not exactly climbing because for mountaineers, it's just an easy trekking. I had to push myself beyond my limit to finally reach the top. It was hard but I refused to give up and it was very well worth it when I caught a glimpse of the well known blue fire.

savannah in Baluran National Park
Getting up close and personal with the wildlife in Baluran National Park. We were quite lucky to be able to see some groups of deer, buffalo and monkey in a close distance. A piece of Africa in Java indeed.

BANDUNG in West Java
Kawah Putih or the White Crater in Bandung
Last destination for the Trip of Wonders was Bandung. We spend the morning exploring Kawah Putih or the White Crater in Ciwidey area. Kawah Putih is a sizable highly acid lake (pH 0.5-1.3) which changes colour from bluish to whitish green or brown depending on the concentration of sulphur and the temperature or the oxidation state.

mi familia! 
This trip started as group of strangers and ended with a sentimental farewell because the bonds were getting stronger each day. I bid them goodbye with tears in my eyes but I'm sure we will somehow meet again since we are now friends and I even called them mi familia.
Thank you for the opportunity, thank you for helpful hands, thank you for the laughs and beautiful memories :)

Stay tuned for more stories about each destinations!


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