// 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.


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.


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 vsco! 🙂



// 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 vsco!