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Long overdue travel diary to Central Java, Indonesia (5 of n)

In Journey on May 18, 2014 at 3:53 pm

HELLO! I know I should finish my story about my holiday, but I caught distracted with something else. My bad ><

So where were we? Day 2 in Karimun Java.. After the amazing sunrise, we were bound to do island hopping and snorkeling! Our tour guide picked us up and brought us to the dock, which by scooter only takes about 5 min.. During this island hopping, we joined some other people who also local tourist from Jakarta and Jogjakarta. We had to wait for sometimes when they preparing the boats and stuffs for us. It was a sunny day with beautiful blue sky. You know, I feel that somehow I don’t usually see the sky so blue, but here somehow it is 🙂 Here’s the view from the dock.
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Blue sky bring smile to my face!

Finally, we’re off to the islands. Unfortunately, I don’t remember what are the name of the islands now that it’s been almost a year ago. But let’s just see the picture! First stop was snorkeling, there were few other boats nearby the area. It was just open sea, not really nearby any islands as far as I remember. Image

The water was so clear and blue! Nothing like I’ve ever seen before! It was super gorgeous! You can even see all the fish swimming near near the surface of the water and they’re many! According to the tour guide, people usually bring bread to be thrown at the fish for them to eat and that way they will come up. Super exciting! Although few months before this trip I went to Krabi and also do snorkeling, I found that this trip is much much better. The water, the fish, the weather. Heaven on earth, indeed!

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Did you see the fish, happily swimming around me? 😀

We spent about 2 hours snorkeling in this area. I don’t have underwater camera, sadly. But the tour guide had them and he shared some of the pictures he took underwater with us. Yeay!!

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Never seen so many fish in such a close contact! 

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Not only the fish, we can also see the corals and even touch them! They are so lovely and colourful! Mother nature is really amazing. And as you see all this beauty even underwater, you can’t help but feel blessed 🙂

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I almost got it!

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It’s sunny but we’re super happy!

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After snorkeling, we’re off the another island nearby. Photo time! 🙂

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..Us, the sea and blue sky..

Only first stop but already super fun! For the next post, I promise I will cover the rest of Day 2 and Day 3 in one go. Sorry for the late and short story so far >< More to come! 🙂

I.J.G

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Time to say goodbye…

In Romance?, Unraveled on May 15, 2014 at 7:23 am

Yesterday marked exactly 3 years since the love of my life passed away. I can’t believe it’s been 3 years. Everything still seems too unreal for me.

I got to admit that till now I’m still have a hard time moving on. It took me years of therapy to realise if I didn’t let it go, it was gonna destroy me.

I think I’m almost where I wanna be now. In a place where I can finally accept everything that happened that day. Not that I will forget him. I could never do that. But I won’t let it hold me back anymore.

I don’t think he would’ve wanted me to.
It’s the opposite. If he could be here and talk to me, he’ll yell at me for it. What the hell are you thinking, he’ll say. I’m thinking of you. So much so that sometimes I forgot to live in the now. I was stuck with the memories of us.

I will still always remember all our times, our memories together till I close my eyes. There’s no way I forget.

Trying to forget someone you love is like trying to remember someone you never met

But I will live in the now, I can’t live in the past.
So for one last time, allow me to say my final goodbye.

Dear you,
you know how much I loved you even if I never told you.
I know you’re in better place now, no more pain, I’m sure you’re happy.
Now, it’s my turn to continue living my life the way I should be.

You always put my happiness before anything else.
I promise I won’t cry anymore.
I will put up my best smile instead every time I remember us.

So watch me, will you?
Be my guardian angel besides me, always.
Be my shooting star.
A shooting star that leaves a long trail that carries love.
A shooting star that disappears in an instant that takes all my troubles away.

I’ll keep you forever in that special corner of my heart.
Goodbye for now, love.
Till we meet again in heaven.

I.J.G

The dark corner of my mind (12 of n)

In Unraveled on May 13, 2014 at 7:37 am

Who’s that little girl?
Somehow my legs were moving on its own toward her. But every single step forward I took, she took one step back.
Do I know her? She’s so familiar.
Gill’s voice  brought me back to matter at hand, “Hello?! Are you listening?! so what’s your answer? Did you properly check the instrument?”

“I have no idea,” my voice sounded weird, like I was half choked. “Sorry, I really don’t.” I can see all eyes on me in disbelief. I looked at the door, that little girl started to walk away. Spontaneously I screamed,”Wait!! Don’t go!!”

I ran out of the room and tried to catch her. She’s already at another corner of the building. Why did I chase this girl? I honestly don’t know. But I somewhat feel it in my bones that she’s related to all this thing that happened. Don’t know how, I just do.

We left the building and running by the side road further away from the deadly scene. Till I reached this small alley way where I lost her. Wait a minute, I think I’ve been in this alley way before! How can it be, I never even been to this part of the city. It’s nowhere near my place.

I started to walk in the alley and saw big dumpster by the left side. As I passed it, I noticed big black plastic bag caught below the lid. I didn’t think too much of it until I saw a blood drop from that plastic. I can feel sudden chill creeping all over my body. I stepped back and then I saw a puddle of blood right behind the dumpster.
No! What the hell happened here?!
Next thing you know I heard little girl crying sound, I looked to my right and there she is at the end of the alley way and I heard soft sobbing voice, “No! Stop it! Pleeeasssee!!”

My head started to spin. That voice echoed inside my head. I can’t barely stand straight. And then, it happened. It all came back to me.
I know what happened here!

I.J.G

Four seasons

In Romance?, Unraveled on May 10, 2014 at 11:45 am

When spring comes,
let’s go collect shellfish at the shore
and see the cherry blossom.

And let’s go see fireworks in the summer.

In the fall,
let’s gather fallen leaves.

And in winter,
let’s hold hands
and fall asleep together.

I.J.G

Long overdue travel diary to Central Java, Indonesia (4 of n)

In Journey on May 9, 2014 at 11:50 pm

Day 2 on Karimun Java started very early because we want to catch the sunrise. So the tour guide picked us up at 4 a.m in the morning (yes, 4 freaking a.m!) and brought us to secluded area by the beach to watch the sunrise. It was amazing! And proved a saying:

“It always darkest before dawn”

DSCN2630  ..At sunrise everything is luminous but not clear…

It was so peaceful, you know. Nothing but you, the sea and the rising sun. Creepy up slowly from behind the clouds that hide her away from the night sky. We started going into the water and played. The tour guide helped us take some picture. And he took some good picture that I love too 🙂

DSCN2642..Nothing’s all that scary if you can see it coming..

DSCN2654..I had a dream about you. The sun was setting on our relationship like the sun was rising over the ocean. It was so beautiful, with all the pinks and soft blues..

I’ve been through a rough year with my fiance passed away and stuff. And this holiday by far was the most refreshing, life-affirming journey I’ve done. I just love every single minute of it! DSCN2685

..That time of day when the sun hasn’t come up yet, but you can already feel it coming. It’s an elusive warmth, like a subtle promise whispered in your ear and you can go on with your day knowing you’ve been given another chance to get it right..

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..No words can describe the beauty of nature..

After watching the sunrise, we went back to the house where we stayed to freshen up and getting ready for the island hopping!

Day 2 just started, so come back later!

I.J.G

Long overdue travel diary to Central Java, Indonesia (3 of n)

In Journey on May 6, 2014 at 10:32 pm

I’m back! Let’s continue the journey, shall we? The next day, my friend bring me around town of Solo. So many good food there and they’re cheap!! I practically gained about 5kg just after the trip haha 😉 Anyway, before I actually went to Solo, me and my friends somewhat discussed what should we do. And she mentioned why not go to this island in Java called Karimun Jawa (Java) Island. It is a gorgeous island in Java sea, a little bit secluded but recently starting to develop for tourist to go there. Although, we talked about it, we didn’t really look into a tour and stuff.

So actually during our trip to Tawangmangu waterfall the day before, we started to discuss about this plan again whether we still want to go. I told my friend hell yeah! Might as well, right? So then, we tried to find tour agency which we can book for the Karimun Java trip. But unfortunately, they’re all fully booked! I guess we should’ve planned before hand. I didn’t realise that it was around school holiday, so a lot of people might go there too. However, I felt like being spontaneous and then we eventually decided to just still went ahead with the trip with a little bit of confidence that we can book a tour once we arrive there.

And so, that night we began our journey to Karimun Java. From Solo, we took a bus to Semarang,  city on the north coast of Java. It is the capital and largest city of the province of Central Java, at 11 p.m. Why so late? Because we need to catch another bus that will take us to small town Jepara at 4 a.m in the morning. We reached bus terminal at Semarang around 2 a.m and waited there for 2 hours for the second bus. To my surprise, the second bus was super crowded! I mean at 4 a.m in the morning!!! >_<

We reached Jepara bus terminal around 6 a.m in the morning, and from there we went to the pier by traditional transport, becak (cycle rickshaw), that look like this:
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We reached the pier and bought the ticket for the ferry. Actually there’s also speedboat available, but it was fully booked. My first thought, the journey to cross to Karimun will only maybe 1-2 hours. You know what, to my surprise it took us 6 hours ferry ride!!! >_<

And, something great happened during the ferry ride. How initially we can’t get any tour for this trip because it fully booked, but my friend got message from one of the tour agency that kindly enough let us know that there were some spot left for the tour package with his friend! I mean what are the chances!! I guess we’re lucky girls 😉

After a long journey (we practically traveled for almost 15 hours), we reached the island around 3 p.m and the tour guide picked us up. This island sort of just developed in the past few years, so still not that many hotels or resorts. What the tour package includes is stay with the local’s houses. When we arrived, we put our stuff on the house and got freshen up a little bit after the long journey. After that the tour guide picked us up for a meal and then to see the sunset up the hill. The view was just gorgeous!

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View from the top

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Smile! We’re finally here! 

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..Having a good time in the hut..

DSCN2573Swing set!

DSCN2598..and the sun is setting..

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..Surreal..

That’s pretty much it for Day 1 at Karimun, since we arrive pretty late.. We got back to the house and the next morning we wanted to catch the sunrise. That’s a wrap for today, stay tuned for Day 2 onwards!

I.J.G