Mandatory Cultural Visit


There are times that makes me realize every time I go abroad, about Indonesia and its very rich culture that hard to find in other countries. Banyuwangi, as one of the region that still conserve their culture, always impressed me with the local people who always greet us with cultural performance.

If you happen to visit Banyuwangi and want to experience the cultural events, I suggest you to come to Kemiren Village. There will be Osing Tribe who will greet you friendly and happily to show you by singing and dancing their culture as well as serve their typical food.

After visiting Kemiren Village, we visited Pendopo in Blambangan, which mandatory to visit as well. People said that it was allowed for important person and special guest only, but now the public may come in and some of public events are held there.

We are all invited to walk around inside the guest area and surprisingly it has modern design which really nice (far from the kind of cultural building that I imagined), they also have gardens which is super fresh and green.

The Pendopo has a large area to explore but there are some sacred area that prohibited to capture. Always watch your step and ask around before you take photos.

Perfect Weather in Tabuhan Island


A wish to get back to this beautiful place was granted faster than I imagine. Second time to Tabuhan Island along with the fellow bloggers who invited to Pesona Banyuwangi trip - Wonderful Indonesia by Indonesia's Ministry of Tourism. I can see myself being more adaptable than last year, and in this post let me tell you more about the destination.

Once arrived in Banyuwangi, we went to Bangsring beach first to rent a boat and snorkeling equipment before crossing to the Island. It takes a few minutes crossing by fishing boat. I always enjoy that moment, when the wind feels so strong and the water calmly meets my hand. Such a nice meeting with nature.

That day, the island was less-crowded and the weather was really nice. A good time to enjoy the weather while reading some books. As far as I can observe, the island was as beautiful as I remember but a little bit more dirty, so please everyone (especially Indonesian) let's keep our environment clean, bring your own trash don't leave it behind (at least) because the future of our mother-nature and of course Indonesia's tourism sustainability are depends on us :)

Beauty Little Things


how beautiful it is when our heart can feel pain and still have an eye to see beauty at the same time.

 You'll end up disappointed if you think people will do for you
as much as you do for them. Not everyone has the same heart as you.

 It will hurt. And then one day it won't.
And until then, allow those pain to let you grow.

Though, some memories never leave your bones,
like salt in the sea; they become part of you
and you carry them.

 But then, you'll find your very own moment
when none of that matters; when you can sit back and realize
that this is who you are, and no one should want to change you, including yourself.

Because honey, how you love yourself
is how you teach others to love you.

I hope that you never, not even for one second,
become a secondary character in your own story.

These photos reminds the moment when I depressed about work and life. It was less than a month before the departure when a friend ask me to join him to Bali, I wasn't sure what I was thinking but I impulsively said that I'll go.

I felt so much pain and empty at the same time. All I did was followed them wherever they were going; randomly captured common things; read some books; listened to the rain, waves and wind; tried to have a deep sleep. No itinerary. No places I want to go. Unusual, weird kind of myself.

Apparently, things gets better and I felt so much lighter the days after. And a friend said, "Maybe, that was because you being unconsciously mindful by pausing your life at the moment. You literally need that sometimes"

She's probably right. Of all the people I've hurt, I've hurt myself the most; I owe my self an apology.

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