Not all my journey are well documented, sometime I decide not to post on this blog because I think I’m not good enough in taking pictures.

But sometime I feel lots of people may want to know more the other side of Indonesia, not only Bali.

There are also little things that can fill your heart, casual and humble things like Night Fair.

About two weeks ago, I suddenly change my mind from staying at home and making a little surprise for a best friend, or take a short trip to a seminar in Bandung, to Ciamis.

Yes. Ciamis. A little town in West Java. About 6 hours drive from Jakarta in normal days.

There I enjoy a small carts ride, lots of cute carts were there. Carts driven by a goat (Yes a goat!), a cart driver, or a cart driven by your self. :)

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Goat Cart

Goat Cart (Pic by http://www.1sthappyfamily.com )

 

After riding a while I decide to step a side and walking around to choose traditional desserts that I may like. Lots of Traditional foods offered.

From Martabak (Indonesian Omelette), Pukis (like a pancake with Choco/Cheese/Fruits filling), Pisang Molen (Fried Banana), to Sekoteng.

At last I choose to enjoy Pisang Molen and Sekoteng, while watching people having fun.

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There are so many ways in enjoying life. Don’t always look up, try to look down too. If such humble things can make lots of people happy, why can’t we?

To be happy is an option of life. To be happy with what you already have. To be grateful.

Don’t worry too much about the future, as the future has it’s own problem,

don’t think about the past as well.. as we already learn from it,

just make the best of today, and surely the future will be okay.

Ok then, wish you all the luck in life.. Bye for now..

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Is that all?? Naa.. of course not, it’s Saturday night.. we still have lot’s of time to find crowds,

A friend called, ask us to join them at The Deck, a place for people who likes to have chat and pool.. People seemed had known each other.. But don’t know why, we feel it’s not a place for us that night, that’s why we go to Hu’u  :) and that’s we called awesome!!

Huu Bali

Huu Bali

Unlike in Jakarta, when you go to a club and have a chat with a stranger, they suddenly expect you to sleep with them,  may be not all, but most of them. Even in a luxury lounge in the centre of Jakarta.. Urge you to decide not to come to that place anymore. But not in Bali, or at least for several places we know,  more polite. You can just come, dance, say hi, have a little chat, drink. and that’s it.  We dance, partying until ummmm  3am?  more or less..  before we go back to Barrida, recharge the energy for the next day :)

The next day is having lunch at Warung Sulawesi, what we don’t expect is, it’s kind of Ready to Serve/Fast Food. But one thing for sure, it’s so delicious!

Warung Sulawesi

Warung Sulawesi

The Food is delicious, and also the Es Pisang Ijo. Don’t forget to order it when you plan to have lunch at this place. Then, we go to Pura Taman Ayun at Mengwi, one of UNESCO World Heritage cultural site.

Pura Taman Ayun

Pura Taman Ayun

The Pura is surrounded by water, lake and river. Once you put your feet inside.. The calmness of green grass will embrace you.. The sound of water.. the bird ..la la la… Can’t tell you for more, you must feel it by yourself.. ;)

If it’s not because of the rain, we may stay there longer than we expected. Time to go.. We rushed back downtown to find a place called Lello Lello Gelato at Kayu Aya 21, Seminyak.

WoW!! Lots of choices, Not only Dark Chocolates, Vanila or Strawberry.. but also Dragon Fruit! Next time, we will visit this place for more..

Lello Lello Gelato

Lello Lello Gelato

Still, Chocolates is my favorite.. Yummmm..

Damn.. why I don’t see this – look so yummy ice cream – before?? Should I go back to Bali just for it?

Baileys and Butterscotch Gelato

Baileys and Butterscotch Gelato

Arrrrgghhh!!!!!

~ To Be Continued ~

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Last year I planned to go to Derawan in Kalimantan, Borobudur Temple for it’s stunning Lampion Night during Waisak in Jogja, Fishing around Pelabuhan Ratu area, and so on and so on..

And some of them cannot be accomplished, some of the reason are Limited Time and Budget, issues of most travelers :)) Lol..

It seemed my luckiest moment in 2013 is a 5 days and 4 night trip to Bali few weeks ago. With a different angle. Not only to see beautiful places, amazing crowd and also an ability to pamper body and soul in the same time. A lady wanna be and a party lovers way.

I may not share a beautiful picture, since I only bring my phone with it’s limited memory. I prefer to enjoy the moment, and not too busy taking a picture.

Saturday afternoon 7th of Dec 2013, me and two of my friends arrived in Denpasar Bali. Pick up by a driver that we usually use every time we had a trip to Bali, his name is Made. Unlike before, He picked us up using a 4wd car. The first *Wow* we get. Ummm.. probably because we are one of his number one customers ;)

The second *wow* is when we saw the new Ngurah Rai Airport. So artistically beautifull..

The New Airport - Ngurah Rai

The New Airport – Ngurah Rai

Then all of us going to Seminyak area to find our previously booked bungalow. it’s called Barrida Bungalow. The driver take us downtown, to the most complete area in Seminyak. And there we lived for the next four days..

Barrida Bungalow a cute house in the center of Seminyak

Barrida Bungalow a cute house in the center of Seminyak

Name of the owner is Matt. Wonder how he can designed such a beautifull cute house like this. So local and homy. Seriously! well I don’t need to show the complete kitchen tools here ay? :))

The first thing we do after – is to find a place for Dinner. We do hope to find an extraordinary place in a good price.. Then we go to Double Six Area, still in Seminyak, walk along the road, to find a restaurant that hopefully can make our stomach yelling “I want that food!!!!”

Sadly, nothing happen.

Then we decide to touch the water.. feel the breeze of the wind on the beach.. And there.. We saw a stunning Lampion light, lots of lampion calling us to come.. Wow.. How can’we saw it before, it’s so near to our car..

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It’s hidden behind a quite tall wall.. it’s called ABC (Amazing Beach Cafe) it’s a cafe on the beach.. lots of Lampion, Lots of sand bags prepared for people who want to enjoy the beach, feel the sand, enjoy the food, hearing good music and relax.. A place that gonna make you so thankfull for being there.. The Foods are amazingly good and ofcourse quite cheap compare to the service and the ambience of the place.. :) we order 5 menus, and cost us less than Rp250.000,- quite good ay?

Well, since Its to dark to take the picture using a mobile phone, let me show you a picture of ABC from another blog (utiedputri.com)

Amazing Beach Cafe

Amazing Beach Cafe

Cute right?

~ To Be Continued ~


This is one of the reason of what makes me so excited of doing all of these activities; Blogging, Facebook-ing, Tweeting about the beauty of Indonesia’s nature.. Me, I myself, always often shocked by how many beautiful places that I have never know before, eventhough I live quite near to some of those places. I’ll show why..

Ijen Crater Sulphur Lake

Ijen Crater Sulphur Lake

The spectacular scenery above can be seen from an aircraft from Surabaya to Denpasar, an spectacular views that evokes a question about the location of a green Tosca lake at an altitude of 2.000 feet, and the caldera wall as high as 300-500m. It’s quite amazing, the colour and the smoke, it’s exotic, it’s dangerously beautiful.

As I said in the previous paragraph, you can go there by going to Surabaya in East Java first, and then from there you can directly go to Ijen through the north west entrance. Or you can go to Denpasar first, and from the sea port you can go to Ketapang sea port in Banyuwangi, from there you can direstly go to Ijen through it’s east entrance.

Do you think it’s just like another crater? then you might want to visit the place in the night, then you gonna see this.. the blue flame of Ijen

The Blue Flame of Ijen

The Blue Flame of Ijen

The other may say Blue Fire, but I prefer to say Blue Flame, there are ony two crates in the world that have blue flame, one in Iceland, and one in Indonesia, Mount Ijen, East Java.

The Blue Flame of Ijen Crater

The Blue Flame of Ijen Crater

I was born in Indonesia, and I really love Indonesia. But this not makes me so narrow minded, as I believe that in every part of the world you can find their’s own beauty, either in the culture, nature, food, or even the people it self.

The other part of me, the Dutch, and German blood makes me really want to visit Europe, the land of my ancestors, well who knows?

Source:

1. Ijen Crater Sulphur Lake

2. The Blue Flame of Ijen

3. The Blue Flame of Ijen Crater

4. Location of Ijen

5. How to get there

6. Keajaiban keindahan alam Indonesia

7. Olivier Grunewald


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Uuugh.. Really want to go there!

Originally posted on Ma Vie à Someplace in This World:

I used to get beach calendars every Christmas under the tree and as a child and I often wondered where all the beautiful places with clear blue water and white sand beaches were in this world. Turns out, Indonesia has its fair share.

Gila means crazy in Indonesian (one of my favorite word combos is bugil, bule (foreigner) + gila = bugil, meaning crazy foreigner). And after a long weekend trip to the Gili Islands off of Lombok, or Bali depending on how you see it, I was gila for the Gilis. Gili actually means small island in Sasak and three islands, Air, Meno and Trawangan, make up this paradise.

My friend Sam and I spent two nights on Gili Trawangan, which has a reputation as a party and drug island. As the biggest island, there are plenty of restaurants, bars, and even ATMs on Trawangan. If…

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