Sunset

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Born on an island, I always love to see the sunset on the sea, even between the bushy leaves of pine tree. I took this from Bira island, on  the north sea of Jakarta.

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Into the Water

It is awesome to know that we have  many beautiful beaches , not only Bali . I am glad that I could spend three days seeing and swimming ( well, not actually swimming as most of the time I laid on my back and just feel the cold sea embraced me ) at some of the ones close by to where I live.

I think I am speechless and I have no idea what to write here besides showing the pictures and the name of the places. I hope I could get back here again soon even though it takes about 6 hours driving from Jakarta.

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Ujung Genteng beach, Sukabumi – West Java

The beach in the morning . The beach is covered with coral reef and thin jellyfish and the tide is low so it's not too comfortable to swim unless you go beyond the rocks line on to the open south sea

The beach in the morning . The beach is covered with coral reef and thin jellyfish and the tide is low so it’s not too comfortable to swim unless you go beyond the rocks line on to the open south sea

Pangumbahan beach, a little heaven for surfer. This part of Ujung Genteng area is established as a green sea turtle conservation. But even it has been protected as the turtle nestling place, we couldn't see any turtles that day, only a few of hawksbill sea turtle in the pond.

Pangumbahan beach, a little heaven for surfer. This part of Ujung Genteng area is established as a green sea turtle conservation. But even it has been protected as the turtle nestling place, we couldn’t see any turtles that day, only a few of hawksbill sea turtle in the pond.

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She is playing with one of her many babies

A beautiful sea shell, looking at me to say hello...

A beautiful sea shell, looking at me to say hello…or could be “hey, don’t you dare touch me”

Amandaratu beach. One of amazing beach view

Amandaratu beach. One of amazing beach views

With its beautiful small wave

With its beautiful hard small wave

Canoeing alongside Tegalbuleud estuary. It takes one hour to reach the other end of its line which flows into the open south sea

Canoeing alongside Tegalbuleud estuary. It takes one hour to reach the other end of its line which flows into the open south sea

My last act at the end of the journey, the Shaolin jump (hahaha)...

My last act at the end of the journey, the Shaolin jump (hahaha)…

Weekend Trip

 
Lately I am fond of taking a day away from the city bustle. I pick up an open trip from a friend’s organized trips and just go to wherever the itinerary takes me.

As to any open trips, we will meet people and make new friends. And as to any encounters made, I know interesting stories of lives in a short scene.

I learn most of them taking the trip to get away from the hectic life they are rushed daily; recharging the energy,to have ‘me time’  from taking care of the family, or just to step away for a day from a lover and meeting new people. I think as an individual we need that once a while -to be lost – and find ourself- in an unknown place, circumstances and strangers.
Amazingly, after 14 hours or two days spending time together, we are no strangers anymore. We would say goodbye to an old friend, not just a person we never thought we would meet.

One day a lady ( she’s a bit quiet during the trip ) said , ” I can’t believe that you all have just met. It’s like you are old friends. I must say, I like this kind of meeting people.”

Then I said to her ; ” This is an open trip, perhaps like it’s supposed to be, we should be open up, just be ourselves . You’d be surprised that the feeling of talking to a stranger is gone in a blink.”

Well, we determine our action and attitude, whether to be a stranger or a friend.

A blind date with nature

I was excited. It’s like having a blind date with a gorgeous guy with mixed up thoughts whether the date would go well or not. But for this blind date, I know what to expect and it ‘s killing me with excitement. For a whole day , I had a spectacular date with these following amazing nature of West Java.

Bukit Moko ( Moko Hill ) in Cemenyan, West Java

Bukit Moko ( Moko Hill ) in Cemenyan, West Java

Woke up from the midnight drive from Jakarta, this is what I see from 5 am till the light bursts onto the sky. Looking down from 1500 above sea level and capture every minute while Bandung city lazily wakes up.

The vegetable fields

The vegetable fields at dawn

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At daylight

Green cabbage field

Green cabbage field

The Strawberry field

The Strawberry field

And went on to the untouched sight of the white crater of Ciwidey on the slope of Patuha mountain in West Java.

White crater Ciwidey

White crater Ciwidey

The living leafless trees

The living leafless trees around the crater

there is always a life among the 'dead '

there is always a life among the ‘dead ‘

Lake Patengan

Lake Patengan with tea plantation along side the road

The last picture ends my date. What’s more to be asked for ? Besides, this Lake holds a folklore about a young couple who fought to keep their love forever against the will of their parents and they got a happy ending life.

A trace of wonder

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Living in a country where the sun shines almost everyday in a whole  year ( minus the rainy days ) , I must say, it’s a precious privilege. And watching the sunrise early in the morning in any places you are, is always a breathtaking view to capture.

This is the wonder of the earth I see every morning on my brisk walking. In front ( the dark part ) is a small river and a concrete bridge where I pause  for a minute just to stare at the sunrise, an infinite mark of a new day .

I don’t bring my phone with me on my morning ritual but one day I decided to take it to capture this beauty. I think this also could be my immeasurable trace of  wonder that I could enjoy for free.

The stone and the water. A trip to an ancient time and a wondrous nature

This is another long trip of a weekend getaway . It took us about 6 hours to reach the largest megalith site in Southeast Asia , laid down in Cianjur , West Java-Indonesia. I have planned to see this site since last year and finally I stood around the five terrace of the massive  number of rectangular andesite stones called Gunung Padang.

It’s believed to be built around 5000 BC and was known to public in 1979 after some researches were done. But till today, archeologists still debate about the real time of the hill and the purpose of it. The preliminary indication that it was an ancient pyramid construction.

Apart from the scientific view, it’s interesting to learn about the local’s beliefs about the hill which is connected to the history of Siliwangi kingdom in 1400 and a teaching of how a person should live their life  and a choice made between bad and good deed. It was described in each stage of the five terraces.

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This is the 400 successive andesite steps to reach the hill terrace. The modern construction is only the hand railing

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It was a very dry  and hot day, and what is the most refreshing thing to have than a cup of mashed fruit salad with a spectacular view of the villages.

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This is a traditional way of mashing the fruit. The sound of the wood masher creates a beautiful melody

The mashed fruit salad was sweet, tangy, salty, and mild hot.

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enjoying the fruit salad and captured this beautiful view

enjoying the fruit salad and captured this beautiful view

From here we were driven  to see another mega site of Cikondang waterfall, about 7 km from Gunung Padang. It took us around one unpleasant hour of driving  because the road was very bad. It’s really a tracking road for the adventurous  spirit. I just glanced outside and enjoyed the rice field terraces and the hill and some parts are gorges. After all, I was looking forward to see the waterfall. It’s said to be the small Niagara in Indonesia.

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one of many views I captured

And I must say it was so… amazingly beautiful. Hidden behind the hill with its gigantic sound cover the air , I just whispered… wow God, You are amazing.

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And I caught it, the little rainbow behind the rocks

And I caught it, the little rainbow behind the rocks

Some pieces of beauty

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Start the morning at Kinasih Resort Bogor – Indonesia with still soothing view, overwhelmed from the bedroom window.

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Spent the next hours in this peaceful area, all you can hear is the whisper of the pine leaves. And it was just me in here.

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Take off  the sandals, lying here and just feel the sun shines softly on your face, you don’t need your sun glasses .

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This is a part of a horse track at the resort. I love the beautiful colors of the plants.

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Hey, what a sweet couple or best friends ? I forgot to ask , he he. I just stood here for some time and jealously looking at them ; playing around , running, walking, ‘talking’ to each other.

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The Prince of the forest. Good looking, Proud, Awesome

Kampung Naga ( Naga Village )

Among many modern villages in Indonesia, Kampung Naga is a hamlet which still hold the strong tradition of their ancestor. Located between the city of Tasikmalaya and Garut in West Java, to reach the village, we have to go down a stone stairs of around 439 steps. They have no electricity and they keep the total of only 108 people to live in the village. They welcome visitors well , but you have to go down to the village with a local guide who would tell you about the history of the village as well as the do’s and do not’s things an outsider could do around the village.

The 439 steps to go down to the village

The 439 steps to go down to the village

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This 70 y/o grandmother, going up dan down 3 times a day through the stairs to see her grands who live outside the village

This 70 y/o grandmother, going up dan down 3 times a day through the stairs to see her grands who live outside the village

The gate into the village

The gate into the village

The house of the village chief

The house of the village chief

The rice barn

The rice barn

They still use the traditional way to clean the padi from its outer layer of skin

They still use the traditional way to clean the padi from its outer layer of skin

The river beside the village.

The river beside the village.

woods for cooking

woods for cooking

A unique wooden table in front of a house on the outside area of the village

A unique wooden table in front of a house on the outside area of the village

This is a small part of heaven

This is a small part of heaven