Forrest Gump's mom said that life is like a box of chocolate. You never know what you are gonna get.
I have always fond of John’s phrase, ‘I got your back, love.’ But never really know what it means.. until today. Thanks for making me understand. It might sounds cheesy as hell but once you can feel what it means (yes, feel!), you’ll agree wholeheartedly. Like me.
Yeiy, another gateway post! *expecting a cheers from the crowds* *krik-krik-krik*
Perjalanan Menuju Timur (I know that’s cheesy, but what the hell), ini berlangsung selama 6 hari (4 - 9 November 2013). Menyinggahi 4 pulau; Bali, Lombok, Sumbawa dan Kenawa. Juga menyambangi 4 pelabuhan; Padang Bai - Bali, Lembar - Lombok Barat, Kayangan - Lombok Timur hingga Pototano - Sumbawa. Sounds exhausting? WELL, INDEED!
Tujuan dari liburan kali ini sebenarnya liburan murah meriah sekaligus bertualang. Getting out of our comfort zone. We talked a lot about traveling hippies style, and that’s exactly what we get. Tidur dimana aja? Check. Mandi di toilet mana aja? Check. So yeah, you get the idea. Unlike my last trip, to Thailand, we didn’t visit too many places since most of our time was spent on the road. But still, it was one hell of a journey. One that I won’t easily forget for a lifetime. ;)
Kita sampai di Bali sekitar pukul 12 siang. We don’t really have any schedule in Bali that day because we plan to cross over to Lombok at midnight so we can get there by early morning. Berdasarkan jadwal yang udah disusun, kita harusnya berangkat sore hari karena perjalanan dari Kuta ke Pelabuhan Padang Bai agak jauh. Tapi… akhirnya kita baru bisa berangkat sekitar pukul 7 karena salah satu dari teman kita ada yang terlambat karena pesawat di-delay. Kita baru bisa berangkat (sewa mobil) agak malam dan sampai di Pelabuhan Padang Bai sekitar jam 11 malam (2-3 hours ride).
Tips untuk menuju ke Padang Bai, karena jauh biasanya kalau naik taksi biasa akan memakan biaya mahal. Selain itu mengingat ini Bali, tidak ada angkutan/bis yang langsung kesana. Disarankan untuk sewa mobil, itupun kadang jarang ada yang mau karena jauh, better tell your driver upfront.
Actually, it was my first time being on a ferry. I was afraid of getting a seasick but Thank God I was fine. The ferry itself wasn’t too bad, fully air conditioned and even had this rows of ‘bed’ that we could sleep on.
Tips naik feri, biasanya di setiap pelabuhan ada jadwal keberangkatan, misal satu jam sekali. Yet you can’t really choose the ferry, and it could be different from time to time. Cukup naik yang ketika itu ada di pelabuhan aja. If you’re lucky, you get yourself the new ship that’s fully air-conditioned. If you’re not.. oh well, let’s just hope you are.
Sesampainya disana ternyata masih pukul 4 pagi, lebih cepat dibandingkan perkiraan (because of the wind, wave and stuff) sehingga kami harus menunggu ckukup lama untuk dijemput supir yang akan membawa kita keliling lombok seharian ini. Selama menunggu akhirnya kami memutuskan untuk mandi di Pelabuhan tersebut! Yeah, you heard that right. Awalnya sempet skeptis, wc pelabuhan kan pasti jorok. Secara.. yang memakai mungkin para supir truk, dsb :p. But it wasn’t really the case. Sure, it wasn’t 5 stars hotel’s bathroom, but it was quite big and pretty clean for public restroom’s standard. After this, I basically can shower anywhere (as long as it’s a closed space, of course).
Akhirnya sekitar pukul 6, Pak Haris (supir) datang juga dan kami memulai perjalanan. This team consisted of Me, Medina, Mba’din, Imam, Ana dan Banu. The last two persons only went as far as Lombok while the rest of us continue to Sumbawa.
Tips untuk jalan-jalan seharian di Lombok; selain the famous Gilis (Air, Meno and Trawangan) yang butuh untuk menyebrang dari pulau utama, pantai di pulau Lombok itu sendiri tidak kalah cantik. Secara garis besar, dibagi dua bagian Timur dan Barat. Keduanya punya pantai yang sama-sama cantik namun akan terlalu melelahkan jika memaksakan untuk menjelajahi keseluruhan pantai dari Timur dan Barat dalam 1 hari (selain jarang ada driver yang mau), so choose your zone wisely.
Karena kita hanya punya waktu 1 hari, kita memutuskan untuk menjelajahi pantai di Lombok Timur. Sebenarnya, tujuan kita adalah Pantai Tangsi (The Pink Beach) dan Tanjung Ringgit. Namun karena satu dan lain hal kita hanya bisa mengunjungi Panta Tangsi.
Sekilas memang seperti pantai pasir putih biasa. Tapi, kalau benar-benar diperhatikan pada butiran pasirnya bercampur antara pasir putih dan pink. It was pretty nonetheless.
The question is, to jump or not to jump. Haha, kidding..
You know, just us doing silly poses. At this point Ana and Banu was hiding in the shades because it was ‘too hot’ out there.
Just chilling at the rocks and watching the ship sails. No biggie. ;)
Mbadin, my high school buddy/best friend for a lifetime..
Medina/Office mate. Her detailed itinerary saves us big time!
Imam/Office mate, satu-satunya cowok (selain Banu) yang walau sering ngeluh merasa ditindas oleh para wanita ini tapi tetap suka rela membantu. Haha..
Setelah puas menghitamkan diri dan nggak jadi ke tanjung ringgit (hiks), atas saran Pak Haris, our beloved driver, kita mencoba wisata budaya ke Desa Sade untuk lihat para ibu-ibu lokal menenun.
They are pretty and expensive, after all they’re 100% handmade. They also sell paintings and pearls here.
Sebenernya, jujur aja, kalau nggak ada niat belanja disini, tempatnya agak membosankan, hehe.. But it’s nice to visit this kind of place every once in a while.
Terakhir, sebelum kita pergi ke Pantai Senggigi untuk melihat Sunset, Pak Haris merekomendasikan untuk nyobain Sate Rembige, khas Lombok. Sate ini terbuat dari daging sapi dan dimakan bersama lontong tanpa tambahan bumbu karena bumbunya sudah meresap di daging tersebut. Verdict: ENAK BANGETTTT!!!!!! Must-try. (It wasn’t the most photogenic food though, hehe)
The pack, minus Imam.
Senggigi is wayyyy over-rated, crowded with not much to see (besides bars and cafes). I’d say, skip this one unless you really have nowhere to go.
The beach was so-so, but still.. the sunset was breathtaking.
Setelah matahari tenggelam sepenuhnya, kita berangkat ke Pangkalan Damri untuk naik Bis menuju Sumbawa (via Ferry) sementara Ana & Banu kembali ke Bali. Sesampainya di terminal kita memutuskan untuk mencari Masjid terdekat buat mandi karena jam keberangkatan masih lama (lengket bro, main panas-panasan seharian!).
Tips, ketika perjalanan jauh (selama masih di Indonesia yaa..) dan anda butuh mandi, always heads to mosque first. Biasanya lebih bersih dan terawat dibandingkan toilet pom bensin/ tempat umum lainnya.
Sekitar pukul 9, bis kami berangkat menuju Pelabuhan Kayangan dan akan menyebrang melalui feri menuju Sumbawa, which will be covered in the next part. So..
Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolution.
People, I thought, wanted security. They couldn’t bear the idea of death being a black hole nothing, couldn’t bear the thought of their loved ones not existing, and couldn’t even imagine themselves not existing. I finally decided that people believed in an afterlife because they couldn’t bear not to.
Looking for Alaska by John Green
Sorry for the late post. I’m ready to move on to the next blog post about another traveling that I just did but I remembered I haven’t post this. Doh. So, I really do hope this could be helpful.
Where to sleep?
There are plenty of options from 5 stars hotel, hostel, guesthouse, etc.
In Bangkok we stayed at At Home Guesthouse, double bedroom with facilities such as: aircon, fan, water heater, and internet. The room is efficient, clean, the facilities work just fine and the staffs are kind. For THB 650/night (we divided by 3 person), it was a good bargain.
In Ao Nang, Krabi we chose J Mansion. Only 5 minutes walk to the beach, double bed room with extra bed (if you asked), and facilities include aircon, fan, tv cable, refrigerator, safe deposit box, water heater, wi-fi, internet. The room is quite big, pretty clean, the facilities are impressive for the price, the staffs are helpful and nice. For THB 600/night (by that rate, it was Rp 202.000/per person for 3 days), it was excellent!
What to take?
I haven’t had a chance to try out the MRT since I only spent 2 days in Bangkok, but I have to say their transportation are good and organized. Here are some of their transportation that we used:
Krabi is far different from Bangkok, no high buildings, less populated, less polluted, but it also means the transportation becomes rare. There is no bus, so pick your hotels wisely, the closer to the center (beach and shops) the better. For alternatives, we used these:
What to eat?
Before I went to Thailand, my friends whom already been there, said that I should be careful about the food. It tastes weird and most of them are haram so I really need to keep an eye on the ingredients. I don’t know if it’s because of I was drop dead tired (which is most of the time) that made everything tastes better or I simply have a high tolerance about not-so-delicious-foods But I can safely say that I enjoy Thai’s food. I ate in the food stalls, street hawkers, restaurant by the sea, and IT’S ALL GOOD. ;)
Where to Pray (For Muslim)?
Southern Thailand (includes Krabi) has more Muslim population than the Northern (Such as Bangkok). You can find Mosque easily in Ao Nang and there are also Muslim Praying Room in train station and other public spaces. In Bangkok, Muslim Praying Room can be found in public spaces such as MBK Mall and Bus Station.
See you on the next travel related blog post y’all! :D
Here’s the hint: It’s at the east of Indonesia. ;)
Everyone, for at least once in their lifetime, will have their heart broken to pieces after getting out of a relationship. Some would think, we’re exaggerating but we’re not. A year from the meltdown, we might laugh it off, but for that certain time, we do feel like it’s the end of the world. We curse and cry our heart out. All those beautiful moments from the past flashing back, haunting like ghosts from Thailand movies. They won’t let you alone.
Maybe it’s for the best, maybe it’s because he/she cheats with your best friend. Maybe it’s a 5 years long relationship, maybe it’s a 3 weeks’ vacation fling that changed your life forever. But it doesn’t matter. It feels the same. The devastated feeling, the wanting-to-end-your-life-feeling feels just the same.
All the chocolate in the world won’t make you feel any better. All the it-will-get-better shits your best friends told you start to sound like a broken record. You don’t believe at them. You’re at your own, with a hole as big as Jupiter in your heart, sucking any remaining happiness that’s left in your life.
Every place you’ve been there together starts trick your eyes, playing your memories from the past. It goes over and over, how much you try to stop it. But maybe you’re not trying to stop it. You’re too helpless to stop it. You’re devastated enough to think of rainbows and butterflies. And suddenly all those corny love songs started to make sense. They’ve been there. And you’re there right now.
For some it took three months, some unlucky enough to not moving on for years. But you will heal eventually. How pessimistic you feel about that, that’s a scientific fact. You might going through phase to not believing love, to mad towards the world, to not have faith in your life. But that’s only temporary. You will bounce back. Because you’ll eventually know that at the end, you will find the right one, at the right time. The one that won’t let you devastated, insecure, and want to jump off the bridge. Sure, sometimes you two will fight and you will cry your heart out again. But this time you will hang on and have your own version of happy ending at the end.
Dear friend, I know you don’t believe me when I say it will get better in time. But it will. Till the time comes, you will have me to told you so.
Cheers for the drama, we’re gonna laugh it off some day in the future.
Kepikiran nulis ini karena baru dapet pertanyaan dari salah satu temen.
Kok jadi suka lari sih lo? Is that the only sport you can do?
My answer? Hmm, kalo dia di depan gue mungkin.. I’ll aim his face with my high-kick. Well, fortunately for him, he is not. But let’s forget my snobbish friend for a while. Pasti nggak sedikit orang yang akhir-akhir ini ‘lari’ dan di-cap, ‘ikut-ikutan’ atau ‘mainstream’. My opinion? If it’s a good habit, why not? Sama kayak tren diet sehat, clean eating, veggie-juicing, dll. As long as you don’t put a-holier-than-thou smug face because of that, I believe it’s for a good cause. It’s good being healthy, right? Let’s face it, people can be such a huge de-motivator. So when the crowd is joining the healthy bandwagon, it’s for the best.
Actually my answer to the question is,
It’s cheap, relatively easy and making me happy.
And it’s true. Gue mulai lari karena iseng pengen ikut race. Supaya nggak malu-maluin, gue dan temen gue latihan dua kali seminggu. Since then, I’m hooked. Menurut gue lari itu menyenangkan, karena actually it costs you almost nothing and relatively easy. Tapi sebenernya yang paling penting buat gue, it sets you a goal. And when you achieve it, it feels really-really good. Saat lari gue nggak banyak mikir (jangankan mikir, napas aja susah), thus the clearer mind when finished. Selain itu, ikut lomba lari jarak jauh juga ngajarin bahwa musuh sebenarnya bukan para pelari lain, tapi diri kita sendiri. Pikiran kita yang sering bilang ‘I give up, this is my limit’. To be better, we have to conquer this mind-set. And that’s the challenge I’d love to take.
Lastly, I remember someone once said this to me,
I like cycling. It keeps bad thoughts away.
For me, it’s running. :)
Falling in love is exciting and scary at the same time. It might works out or not. However, you need to put your heart on the line to know the difference.