A story from history.. A Little Merry Christmas for You.

When I was in school, every Christmases, Idul Fitris and Chinese New Years, my classmates and I used to visit each other houses’. On Christmas, we visited our Christian friends, on Idul Fitri, we visited our Moslem friends, on CNY we visited our Chinese friends.

In my hometown, Palembang, we have special word for this activity, it’s called “SANJO”. We loved going sanjo, eventhough we must went by renting a public car aka angkot. We used to went together after school, together from 1 house to other houses. Sometimes it needed more than 1 day to do sanjo. It’s tiring, but it’s more fun than tired for us.

In every houses, we had Pempek, Palembang dishes like fish cake made of fishes and sagoo. We never got bored eating pempek, because every house had different tastes. Pempek itself is kinda mixture between Chinese and Palembang dishes. So culture mix is everywhere here.

We shared our happiness with everyone, no matter what celebration it was nor who celebrated. Just sharing the fun of the celebration meant the world to everyone of us. Our lives that time was simple and easy.

Merry Christmas to you..
May peace and love be among us.

lisa

East Java Day 1&2 – Ijen Crater

Starting last year, I always wanted to go to Bromo. I really wanna see the great sun rise and the beautiful sand desert. And finally, I made that trip.

On end March this year, my friends and I traveled around East Java to visit Ijen Crater, Bromo, and Batu city. Since the beginning I had been a bit worried about this trip because our schedule was very tight and full of trekking. As a non-fit person I was curious whether I’ld be able to do this trip. But.. whatever, nothing could stop me seeing the world.😄

So, here we go.

Day 1

Jakarta -> Surabaya -> Ijen Crater

We met up on Soekarno-Hatta International Airport Jakarta. There’re many flights and airline to East Java from Jakarta. If you wanna visit Bromo, you can take a flight to Juanda Int’l Airport, Surabaya or Abdul Rachman Saleh Airport, Malang. Both cities are not too far from Bromo, but I don’t know which one nearer. We chose to go to Juanda by using Citilink on noon flight..

As usual, not all the members of our group know each other. There’re 10persons in our group  (9persons flew to Juanda and 1 to Abdul Rachman Airport). We went together just because we somewhat knew Jose (the guy who organize everything for us on this trips and also my previous trip to Derawan). I am lucky my bestie is his girlfriend, so I could join this trip.😀 Thanks Len! Your boyfriend is my saviour.

Arriving in Surabaya, we’re picked up by a driver (booked by Jose & friends). Then we went to have lunch in Warung Ikan Bakar Cianjur, located near Juanda. We went to East Java, and still we ate at franchise restaurant from Jakarta. hahaha. Then we picked up the other person on Abdul Rachman Airport. Hoewever, since our driver advised us not to take a turn to Malang due to traffic (Surabaya-Malang is not on the same line w/ Ijen Crater),  we picked our last team member somewhere on  East Java. She went from the airport using a rental car and met up w/ us in an area somewhere. From there we went straight to Ijen Crater Area. It need around 7-8hours from Juanda to reach Ijen. So we slept, we chatted, we ate and we slept again during that long hours.

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Juanda International Airport
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Our Car for this trip! Capacity: 25persons Participants: 10persons
9 members + Jose somewhere beihnd the cam
Full Team without Jose, the guy who set everything and photographed everything😀

 

Day 2

Ijen Crater

Ijen crater located on Banyuwangi Regency, best known for its “blue fire”, turquoise-colored acid crater lake, and sulfur mining.

The “blue fire” is a view you can found  on Ijen crater only at dawn (1-4am). It’s the reaction of the sulfur there. I dunno the scientific reaction but it’s awesome & beautiful!😛

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Ijen Blue Fire

 

Too reach the crater we must walked around 3km only. However you MUST be on fit condition, wear thick jacket (very cold up there), and bring flashlight (if you wanna see the blue fire-it’s totally dark there). A cane will be very helpful if you’re not fit enough. 3km  of the trek is full of hills and slippery slopes.

And if you think 3km is short, try this trip. If you’re fit enough, you can reach the crater only around 1-2hours without a breath.

But for me it’s totally supremely exhausting. I thought I almost dead to finally reach the crater.  We started the walk on 12.30am and I arrived near the crater on around 3.30am. 3hours of my excruciating walk.  Fortunately the view there was quite beautiful and I felt grateful to be able to see that view.

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The Turquoise-coloer Crater Lake on Pink Sunrise taken by one of our group, Ms.Henny

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A sneak peak of the 3km walk you must through to reach the edge of Ijen Crater [Pic by me]
Anyway, I only reached the edge of the crater. If you wanna see the blue fire nearer, you must go down for about another 10-30mins  full of slopes. When I was there, the area was very crowded, so it’s a bit dangerous especially with the slopes. Be very careful if you go down, it’s full of sulfur and poisonous gas. The view there is more beautiful for sure.

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The hill and slope to reach Ijen Crater nearer [Pic by Ms. Henny]
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You willl need a bit climbing as well to go nearer [Ms. Henny]

Another unique thing you can find here is there’re many Hercules there. Many local people work as sulfur miner, they mine the sulfur rock near the crater and bring it down to the village to sell it to some buyers. The price is around Rp1,000/kg. The can take 70-80kg of sulfur for each trip by using simple baskets on their shoulder. The route they take is same w/ the trip that I took for 3hours. And they take it only for 30mins w/ the so heavy sulfur rock. They are HERCULES! Please watch out for them when you walk there. They are not friendly enough and will push you away if you block their way.

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One of the sulfur miner [Ms. Henny]
So that’a about Ijen Crater. A beautiful crater in East Java. The one that I thanked enough I’ve reached in this lifetime. But I thought once in a lifetime is enough, no more Ijen Crater for me.😀

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Me w/ help of a cane finally conquered Ijen Crater

Be happy!

Ciao,

lisa

 

Traveling Blog – Should I?

Few days ago, one of my besties, Ms. Fab release her new blog here . She created the new blog special for her journey around the world.

This action made me more and more tempted to follow her step, writing about the journey.

Since I got in university on 2007, I started to love traveling. I start w/ going around Yogyakarta and Central Java w/ my friends. Even it’s not too often (still student, no money dude!), I enjoyed my trips so much and this made me promise that one day I wanna travel around the world..

And on 2011, I promised myself that I’ll travel at least 2x a year to someplace beautiful and relaxing when I start working. Until now, there’s some trips I’ve done since then, Dieng, Central Java, Jogja, Derawan, Bromo. quite a lot rite?

So it make me think should I follow my bestie step. So here I am, I’ll try to write about some of those places.

Hope it’ll be useful for you and hopefully this idea makes me keep writing and sane for long. Plus make me improve my English.🙂

 

Be happy!

ciao,

lisa

 

A trip that change my life

It’s been almost 1.5years since I started working. As you know, I am such a bad workaholic. To freshen my soul, I sometimes take a small trip w/ my friends to somewhere far away to enjoy our life.

End of March, I went to East Java to explore Ijen Crater, Bromo and Batu. Unfortunately, something bad happened during my trip. I tripped on my way to do rafting on Songa. I broke my fibula and tore some ligaments on my right foot.

It’s quite an experience. Imagine yourself on a remote area and you got a broken leg.

Fortunately, many people help and support me so I was able to go home and got an operation.

Thank you for all your support & help people!

W/ the help of local Tukang Urut, I got temporary casket.
W/ the help of local Tukang Urut, I got temporary cast.
Bandaged by an orthopedist after my operation
Bandaged by an orthopedist after my operation

Now, I need crutches support, I hope I get recover soon.

Doctor said it gonna need few months till recover and also another operation in future to take off the pen on my fibula.

So crossing fingers buddy!

 

Ciao,

lisa

Crazy workaholic

Work….
Work…
Work…

Am I a workaholic?
Daily I work for 12-16 hours per day.

Crazy eh..

I have to change.
And this is my 2014 revolution:
Stop being a workaholic.
Enjoy life and be happy.

 

lisa

Scattering thought

More and more of my friends are getting married, 2 of my cousins just got married.
And just few days a go I heard my friends also will get married, there are 3 of them.
Phew..
Is being married is always be the next step after having a job?
Me myself have no thought of getting married, at least not in next 5years.
Weird eh?
I’ve never imagined myself getting married, I love my own life.
When people ask me where or what will you be in the next 10yrs, I’ll just answer working.
so boring eh? whatevz..

Since I was a little girl, I never broke the rule, kindergarten -> elementary -> juniorhigh -> seniorhigh -> college -> working.
Sometimes I wonder, why I always follow the path?
Will I survive if I broke the path?
no one will know, since it never happened.

Being married might be a big dream for many people, not only women.
However, it’s just never occurred in my mind.
I imagine myself in few years as an aunt who loves spoiling her nephews and nieces.
Not as a mother nor a wife.

People says, a woman doesn’t need to work hard since if she gets married her husband will take care of her. Jeez! I hate those saying.
In my mind, work hard is just a way to survive, so I can help my parents and take care of my brother.
Even tough my parents are still working, oneday I hope I can take care of my brother.
I always feel obligated as a big sister, pity!

So hear I am, writing in my blog like a kid, scattering the wall with my thoughts.
oh mind, will you ever be calm?
I don’t know why I share this idea, I just thought I need to pour it to the ocean so I’ll let go.

riding in contemplation,
lisa

A poet I heard last nite…

Mind mind mind…

so difficult to find

Try to find it, you don’t get it

Sitting quietly in no mind,

the mind will be sitting in your mind.

(Zen poet)

Greatest New Year’s Eve Ever.

Yesterday was the last day of 2012, it’s kinda sad to say goodbye to another great year.

But here it is, another great year ahead.

Days ago, I had no intention to attend any new year’s eve celebration. I just wanna spend my day alone in my room reading books. Since one of my friend could come and visit to the North, I changed my plan and went to monastery instead.

They had a talkshow w/ Bhante Jayamedho and B. Atthadhiro about how to change your bad behaviour become a good one, and how to change a good one become a better one.The talk was quite fun. I learned bout how become a good one is never enough, you must push yourself to be better better and better for more people, not only for yourself.

On our way to the monastery, we met a cute dog! this dog lead our car to the monastery, however in the middle of the way it disappeared. the dog looked like a wolf, and its tail was goyang2. I fell for that dog..

After the talkshow, we had a small bazaar. It’s free and had some mini games like dart, mini golf etc. You would get tickets after the game and could change it to some prizes. they served dinner too. all free.

At 11.30pm, my friend and I left the monastery on feet to go home. Pretty sure, there was no taxi available on new year’s eve. And here the greatest new year’s eve ever started. The main road was totally crowded, fulled of cars and motorcycles. A lot of people gathered on the side of the road waiting for new year.

My friend and I just like two crazy girls shouting and we stopped every few meters to take pics in the middle of the road among cars. It was beyond awesome! Something that I would never plan for my day but I did do it. I enjoyed the celebration and the crowd. The fireworks were cool, and the most important thing.. It’s all free!😀

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Happy New Year all!

Have a great year ahead,

Be happier, better, healthier, wealthier.

 

Ciao,

lisa