// 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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pikiran 11:05, dua.

It has been 2 months since short getaway to Singapore and 5 months since the #soloadv. to the United States. Oh, how I miss the holiday.

Right now, I’m in the middle of final exams week. Probably just starting, but this body need a rest after all the hectic weeks it been through since September. All the competitions I participated in, made me work harder on catching up all the school projects, tasks, and tests. Despite the hectic and exhausting weeks, it gave me a whole new level of experiences and new friends. High Scope Model United Nation was the highlight of the hectic weeks.

Still, I really need holidays. I need time to rest and to chill without doing any tasks. Just enjoying the things I love to do; a time to read books, drawing, and finishing all the DIYs that I couldn’t finish all this time. I miss getaways; to other cities or visiting new places; trying new food and other things.

Oh! And how I miss the sea, a lot. I miss the quietness of the underwater world; the peaceful moment that I can only get when I dive.

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Tari Kecak, Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia, 2013.

 

p.s.: I know it seems the pic doesn’t relate with anything I share, but well it does. It’s Uluwatu, Bali 3 years ago when I had my Christmas & New Year holiday with my Brazilian sister.

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// Behind the Art, Behind the Writings //

Hello! I’ve been off for a while because it has been quite hectic the past few weeks. There’s this event a while ago that I attended that I feel to write right now.


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Back on 28th of August,  I went to an exhibition at Komunitas Salihara, Pasar Minggu, by one of the local artists who is also an entrepreneur, Melissa Sunjaya. She’s the owner of a brand called ‘Tulisan’. This exhibition was a tribute to Indonesia’s favorite poet, Chairil Anwar, and it was called ‘Bio-Fantasy: A Tribute to Chairil Anwar by Melissa Sunjaya’.

Every inch artwork inside the exhibition was by her. She wrote on how she felt about Chairil Anwar and his works. What’s interesting was that she wrote it on plywood walls, consisting research about his works also her works to find the relation. Melissa also made illustrations for 5 of Chairil’s poetry, which one of them was the famous ‘Aku’ poetry. Her artistic handwriting really supported her work which made it more interesting and pleasing.

The highlight of the event was that behind her work of art, through a red film lens, we can see a line from Chairil’s poetry. There was 75 abstracts work by her that has lines from every single poetry by him. It was a very pleasing and interesting way of holding an exhibition or a tribute.

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you can check out more photos on http://the11-05.tumblr.com/post/152752117392/bio-fantasy-a-tribute-to-chairil-anwar-by

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// Jazz Gunung //

So, I had intended to write about ‘Jazz Gunung’ right after the event. I’ve written the first paragraph and had saved it as draft. But when I was about to finish it, the draft had gone amiss and I was busy for school (with an added point of procrastination).


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Ring of Fire Project feat. Bonita & Ricad Hutapea on Day 1

Last August, on the 19th to be exact, I took a flight with my family to Surabaya, The City of Heroes. The main event isn’t in Surabaya, it’s in Bromo, at one of the mountains nearby Surabaya and Malang. Both cities are located in East Java Province.

As stated in the title, we went to a show named ‘Jazz Gunung’. The word ‘Gunung’ itself means mountain, so yes! We enjoyed some jazz at the mountain and this year it was at Bromo! Well, not exactly in front of it, but it was bordering on the Bromo mesa. It would’ve been dangerous if it was held in front of Bromo since the mount is still active might erupt anytime.

The show, event, concert, or whatever, gave me a whole new experience. It was leagues different from We The Fest for sure. Everythung starting from it’s location, the music genre, the audience that attended, and I also dressed another way. Back at WTF, I wore shorts and crop-tops because it was so hot even though it rained near the end. But there, I dressed like it was winter! And yes, it was frosty. The lowest temperature was a glacial 10℃ and I was freezing.

‘Jazz Gunung’ was a 2-day-show, and yes I did watch it for 2 days. On each day, they had different acts and different talent. But there was this one group, that in my eyes set itself apart from the others, named Ring of Fire Project featuring Bonita and Ricad Hutapea, which had performed for 2 days. And because the event started 2 days after the Indonesia n Independence day, they sang some of Indonesia’s national songs.

Most of the performers were from Indonesia. Like Shaggy Dog, Ermy Kullit, The Groove, Dwiki Dharmawan and more. But there was a group of Jazz musicians from Spain called Ian Scionti Trio. They performed only on the first day, but they stayed as long as we did! And it was an amazing that I got a chance to take a picture with them after they performed.

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The Groove on Day 2

Despite the cold weather, all the artists performed very well and interacted with the audience to make them stay active and move so they wouldn’t freeze. It was a great experience  even though I’m not into jazz that much.

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Mother & I with Ian Scionti Trio

p.s.: thank you to my friend, Badra, who helped me for grammar and suggestion and everything else. and also the person who I abandoned to face the debate alone 🙂

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// #WTF16 //

So.

I don’t even know where or how to start.

I went to We The Fest on weekends. Yes, for 2 days. And I was soaking wet for those days because it was raining so hard. There was lightning. The ground was so muddy and disgusting. Audience > shelters. It was irritating.

JK. NO, IT WASN’T.

Despite the bad weather and the overprice food++++, it was so fucking awesome. WTF gave the best kind of festival I could actually dream of. Maybe not the venue, I wish it had more grass and looked “greener” but HEY IT WAS ACTUALLY OKAY AND COOL. WTF wasn’t a music festival I can say, it was an art festival. There were art exhibitions, music, and also cooking shows. Some people from the crew also dressed up as something. Someone was using the horse mask thing and it was so hilarious. There was Pikachu too!! So kawaii!!

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Day 1 with Mila & Sasha
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Day 2 with Anissa

Honestly, what I really wanted to see was only Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, The Temper Trap, & the 1975. Also Mark Ronson actually, but well not really. I never heard the rest of them, except for the local bands which I’m not really into. Because I was with my friends, hence, I saw the other performers. Rich Chigga, Sam Feldt, Purity Ring (for a moment). Also Breakbot on the second day.

As I said, I’m not into local bands, but asdfghjklzdc tHEY WERE SO GOOD! Dried Cassava & Sheila On 7 was good. Sadly it was quiet for Dried Cassava because their show was one of the first shows on the second day. Oh, my fave was NAIF! Surprisingly that their songs are my fave Indonesian songs! HAHAHA I know, shame on me. I can say they’re old but they still play so gooood, so fucking pleasing

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NAIF #WTF16

How about Macklemore & Ryan Lewis? The Temper Trap? and the 1975 especially?

No. I won’t describe it. So difficult when you end up getting PCD (post-concert depression).

Anyway, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis was on day 1 and I had no struggles cause I was fine just to see them from far away. We originally went to WTF in a group of 9, but it was just the 5 of us who saw them, but then we got separate and I was just with my concert buddy, Mila. We didn’t watch the whole show because we were too tired. The things that we actually wanna see was only them singing Thrift Shop, Same Love, and Can’t Hold Us. I know, shame on me again. But the performance was so amazing, Macklemore was funny. He made up some stories that were related the songs he was going to sing.

The other two? I’m just gonna leave it hanging for you guys. What happened basically was:

  1. Waited since 4 o’clock for them (there was Naif, Sheila On 7, and Breakbot),
  2. Hence, got separated from the group again. I was just with Asya,
  3. Also soaking like hell,
  4. Couldn’t stop being shaky since The Temper Trap,
  5. Cried on “Somebody Else” and almost on “Sex” and “A Change of Heart” too,
  6. Almost broke my phone and camera,
  7. and PCD happened.

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the 1975 #WTF16

p.s.: Here’s a picture of the only person who is pleasing when he smokes.

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Matty Healy

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// Lari, Warna, dan Hiburan //

Di mulai dengan warna kuning dan di akhiri dengan warna merah, Color Run tidak pernah mengecewakan. Hari Minggu kemarin aku berpartisipasi dalam kegiatan Color Run, the most popular happiest 5k. Tahun ini mereka memiliki tema yaitu Tropicolor, di mana nuansa warna-warna lebih ke warna tropical (kuning, hijau, orange dan biru).

Pada setiap pos, mereka selalu memberikan warna yang berbeda-beda yang membuat kita sangat berwarna diakhirnya. Oh ya, sebelum lari tentu kita mendapatkan race-pack. Hal paling menarik buatku adalah mereka memberikan pouch plastik untuk menyimpan gadgets and some money, dan juga sunglasses dengan warna yang berbeda-beda (aku mendapatkan warna biru!!). In the end too we gain something. Kita mendapatkan sebuah medali juga color powder. 

I would suggest you should bring your friends or family to add some more happiness!! You ain’t need to run for real, though, just go have some fun! Cause it’s 100% the happiest 5k in the world, especially for those who loves to run & colors!

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