// Short Getaway to the Island of Gods //

It has been a while since I visited Bali. It was 4 years ago since I came to the Island of Gods and it had changed a lot.

Recently, I went to Bali with my school when the 12th graders were having their national exams. The trip last in 5 days and 4 nights, it was enough to explore some holy and sacred places I never visit before.

There were several places that we visited, such as Bali Bird Park, Tirta Empul Temple, Panempahan Village, Gunung Kawi Temple, Soekarno’s Museum, Nusa Lembongan, Kampung Kopi Kemenuh, and Penglipuran Village.

My favorite places out of all destinations we visited are Tirta Empul Temple, Gunung Kawi Temple, and Panempahan Village. The culture from these places is protected very well which makes these places feel more holy and sacred. People who come to the temples in Bali respect what the people of Bali believe in, where they must wear a sarong to cover their body parts from hips to toe.

 

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Purifying Bath at Tirta Empul Temple, Bali, Indonesia

 

We also actually did stay for one night in Panempahan Village. We learned some of their handy crafts and I got the chance to learned to make a decoration for their upcoming ceremonies. Also, to take a closer look on how they carving cow’s skull. Late at night, the chief thought us one of the most popular Balinese dance, Kecak. It was nice if everyone actually did participate.

 

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Cow’s Skull Carving at Panempahan Village, Bali, Indonesia

 

This trip made me miss Bali so much and wish I could return sooner, as I was avoiding to come to this place back then because of the crowd and traffic. I regret it now and wish I could come back here sooner for diving.

Check out for the rest of the pictures on my tumblr! 🙂

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// Dera-uno //

This trip might be a while ago but I’m going to share it anyway cause it was a great time.

Back in December, precisely after Christmas, I took a flight with my fam to Kalimantan Island, precisely to Balikpapan early in the morning. From Balikpapan, we took another flight, using a smaller plane, to Berau. No, we’re not there yet. We took a one-hour-drive to the public harbor. Then we rode a speedboat to Derawan, our main destination.

Derawan may be a tourism site, but there are still lots of local people and the site is still very traditional. It’s not like you are going to find any fine dining restaurant there. But don’t be disappointed because they still have great food and fantastic coconuts.

The first day I just snorkeled with my cousin, unplanned. We were asked to snorkel just to take a picture of a sea turtle. So, we jumped off the deck without fins and snorkels, only with a camera. That was a huge mistake cause how are we suppose to see? But soon, my parents gave us the fins and snorkels.

The real trip was on the second day. We traveled around the three islands nearby Derawan, which are Sangalaki, Kakaban, and Maratua. It was great. I couldn’t describe everything.

Our first destination was to see manta rays or probably snorkel nearby them. Unfortunately, they were nowhere to be found.

We snorkeled with jellyfish, jumped for 2 meters height from a cliff, played with baby sea turtles and went to a beautiful lagoon. I couldn’t describe everything in words. It was really great and the lagoon was so beautiful. Thank god the weather was great that day.

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Lagoon at Kakaban Islan, Kalimantan, Indonesia

The next day, it was okay in the morning. We got a chance to snorkeled and saw the huge shark whale. It was a whole new experienced and awesome. But right after we snorkel, it was raining, heavy rain. We were stuck inside our room and my mom, bro, and I canceled our diving trip. It was so bad. Fortunately, the rain didn’t last the whole day. At the afternoon, we rented bikes and went around the island.

Well, despite the bad weather, it was an amazing trip. And you can check all the photos on my tumblr!

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// Washington, D.C., USA (2) //

Setelah bermain dibagian North West dari The Mall, aku melanjutkan pertualanganku kebagian North East. Tujuan utamaku sebenarnya Washington Monument, namun

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United State Capitol, 2016.

karena sedang liburan musim panas dan beberapa orang masih bekerja menyebabkan susah untuk mencari parkiran. Akhirnya, kami menemukan tempat parkir dekat dengan gedung Capitol.

Sama seperti di Abraham Lincoln Monument, di sini sangat ramai dengan turis-turis juga anak-anak yang berwisata. Karena sebentar lagi perayaan 4th of July, saat itu sedang dipersiapkan panggung-panggung untuk penampilan-penampilan pada hari perayaan kemerdekaan tersebut. Saat itu juga bagian atas dari gedung Capitol sedang di renovasi. Penjagaannya juga sangatlah ketat yang menurutku pribadi karena tragedi-tragedi yang sedang terjadi di dunia. Sangat disayangkan bagiku yang tidak masuk ke dalam gedung Capitol dikarenakan alasan-alasan pribadi lain.

Hari makin panas dan matahari yang terik sudah naik, aku memutuskan untuk masuk ke salah satu museum yang sangat menarik perhatianku yaitu Botanical Gardens of Wildeland Hall. Museum ini berderet dengan museum-museum Smithsonian. Karena aku sangat mencintai tumbuhan dan tanaman-tanaman, museum ini sangat memuaskan. Mereka membaginya menjadi beberapa bagian sesuai dengan daerah tanaman-tanaman tersebut tumbuh juga jenis mereka. Dimulai dari Garden Court,  dilanjutkan dengan Rare and Endangered, Mediterranean, Orchids, Medicinal Plants, The Tropics, World Deserts, Hawaii, Garden Primeval dan Plant Adaptations. Bagian favoritku adalah The Tropics, yang terasa seperti ditengah-tengah hutan, dan Orchids, karena mereka memiliki berbagai jenis anggrek yang sebelumnya aku belum pernah lihat.

Karena keesokan harinya aku harus berangkat ke Pittsburgh, aku tidak melanjutkan pertualanganku karena aku harus beristirahat dan juga menyiapkan segala keperluan esok harinya.

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// The Mall, Washington, D.C., USA (1) //

Pada tanggal 27 Juni yang lalu, aku melakukan perjalan sendiri ke negeri Uncle Sam. Perjalanan ini adalah perjalanan pertamaku ke United States juga berpergian sendirian, completely alone. Perjalanan ini sebenarnya untuk menghadiri program CISV di kota Pittsburgh. Namun sebelum kesana, aku ingin berhenti sejenak di kota Washington untuk menjelajahi kotanya. Dan aku menyebut perjalanan ini sebagai #soloadv.

Aku tiba pada tanggal 28 Juni pada siang hari dan selama aku di Washington, aku tinggal di rumah teman ayahku yang kebetulan adalah suaminya Sri Mulyani, sang menteri keuangan Indonesia. Aku tidak memulai pertualanganku pada hari itu karena aku terlalu lelah. Pertualanganku sebenarnya dimulai pada hari kedua.

Pada tanggal 29 Juni, aku dibawa ke daerah The Mall. Pertama, aku mengunjungi Abraham Lincoln Memorial. Hari itu sangatlah ramai, banyak sekali turis-turis dari negara lain. Aku menyempatkan diri untuk keliling di dalamnya dan juga mengambil gambar.

Selanjutnya, aku mengunjungi Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. Di sini lebih sepi dibandingkan sebelumnya di Abraham Lincoln Memorial. Keunikan dari memorial ini yang menarik perhatianku adalah patung aktifis kulit hitam ini dipahat oleh orang Tionghoa. Keragaman yang menarik lainnya adalah di daerah memorial ini ada beberapa Pohon Sakura pemberian dari kaisar Jepang yang akan berbunga pada musim semi seperti di Jepang.

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Abraham Lincoln Memorial, 2016.
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Martin Lurther King, Jr. Memorial, 2016.

 

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