Saturday, October 22, 2016

The Ultimate Indonesian Food Hunt

We woke up at two in the morning, did sunrise watching at dawn, had a bike tour around Borobudur and batik-making on a café. The day was packed that it felt like it’s already five in the afternoon but it was just high noon. We went to a restaurant cum cultural show and I went straight to the lunch area. The buffet table was loaded with Indonesian versions of laing, tokwa, pansit canton, chopsuey, pritong galunggong, sarsiado, tinola and kropek. After a week, I suddenly missed home.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Alila Seminyak – Bali, Indonesia

After twelve days of being surrounded by an amusing group of travelers, me and my buddy were left alone at Alila Seminyak Bali. The deafening silence felt odd as we’re back to being strangers with everyone that passes by. Overlooking Seminyak Beach, it was a bittersweet day as my buddy turned a year older the same day as everyone left. We had one full day of lounging and chillin’, just what we needed after almost two weeks of fun adventures around Indonesia.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Indonesia's Komodo National Park: On Trekking and Komodo Dragons

People moved briskly, as if with a sense of purpose, or maybe there was. Every thirty meters or so, I had to stop to catch my breath. The sixty-degree incline was overwhelming that I used all my limbs to pull myself up on the first ascent. With my flip flops and bikini top on, the scorching heat burned me to bits. Go Carla, you can do it!, I kept on mumbling as rocks and loose soil came with my scramble. I reached the first viewpoint after thirty minutes and saw the vastness of turquoise water sheltering on the coves of the islands. The rest went on to the peak while I stayed there, in awe, and never went further up.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Indonesia's Komodo National Park: Gorgeous Beaches and Underwater Panoramas

It’s true when they say that there’s a different world down there. I could get lost inside it for hours. As my buddies shrieked on the mere sight of nice sugary white sand, I couldn’t be more excited to discover what’s underneath the turquoise water. And the underwater scene in Komodo National Park didn’t fail me. It was gorgeous as it is on the surface but more beautiful underneath, totally forgetting about komodo dragons could be swimming somewhere.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Laprima Hotel – Labuan Bajo, Indonesia

Trudging back to my room at one in the morning, my body ached for rest. After ten trials on opening the door using an old school key I got inside and went straight to the private balcony to secure it. A li’l bit tipsy from a fun beer sesh at the poolside of Laprima Hotel in Labuan Bajo, I was taken aback when I saw the moon shining with all its glory. It was in its perfect state; overly big, rounded and glowing bright like jewel under Indonesia’s roof. It was so great that I dozed off watching it from my bed, shining through my shadowy room.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Indonesia: The Stunning Lombok and Gili Islands

We were about to dock on one of the Gili Islands off the northwest tip of Lombok in Indonesia when I noticed how clear the water was. I asked our boatman if I could jump into it and he nodded in approval. It was high noon and the clear azure water plus cerulean sky was just too perfect. I dove and floated away in so much joy; I was waiting for this lovely moment since day one.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Golden Tulip Hotel Mataram – Lombok, Indonesia

It was one of those magical times when the sky burst into a radiant cerulean shade as you’re watching and waiting for the glorious sunshine to splatter it with scarlet orangey hues. Then the first morning light touches the verdant trees, picturesque mountains and rice paddies. It was all too perfect, except for one thing, I was wishing that Golden Tulip Hotel Mataram Lombok in Indonesia do have a small balcony on every room so that I could have this great show with my morning caffeine fix.