Thursday, November 24, 2011

giving thanks

It’s Thanksgiving. It’s that time of year where you reflect upon your life and give thanks to those who make a difference in your life.  

It’s crazy how much my life has changed this past year.  Around the same time last year, I was busily making holiday pies with my coworkers and enjoying dinners and get together with my family and friends.  Oblivious.  It was so simple and peaceful.  It was just one year ago.

And now I’m here.  No turkey this year.  And I’m not baking any pies. But I’ve eaten plenty of good food.  I’ve seen more beauties in this world these past few months than I have ever did before.  I’ve become friends with people who truly cares about me, who helped me go through difficult times that I didn’t think I could go through.  I’m surrounded by family who I know loves me.

I don’t know if I’ve become a better person by now… or more mature… or maybe I’m still the same old me.  I’m still trying to figure that out.  I’m finding myself changing.  I’m liking things I didn’t use to care so much for… like shopping, and using make up, and pampering myself.  I don’t know if that’s who I truly am or if I’m just going toward the general direction that society is pushing me toward.  Maybe I was just so blinded that I forgot to become myself.  I used to always think in terms of “us”, never of “me”.  I was always afraid of hurting others that I let others hurt me.  I always thought of the future, that I forgot to enjoy my present.  Maybe this is who I truly am... No.  I think this is who I truly am.  I’m still confused most of the time.  I still get lost A LOT.  I’m still afraid.  I don’t think I’ll ever stop asking “why”.  But I’m always hopeful.  One step at a time.  Just like the title of my old blog.

So this year, I’m giving thanks to all of you who have been there for me…thru thick and thin.  I love you all.  Enjoy your turkey and stuffing and the pies, and always, always be thankful for what you have.  Life live to the fullest and never regrets.

And to end this post, here’s a quote from a movie I saw on my flight back from Hong Kong.  It’s actually a chick flick so it’s kinda cheesy, but it really hit the spot  ;-).

“Girls are told a lot of stuff growing up.  If a guy punches you, he likes you.  Never try to trim your own bangs, and someday… you’ll meet a wonderful guy and get your very own happy ending.

Every movie we see, every story we’re told, implores us to wait for it.  The third act twist, the unexpected declaration of love, the exception to the rule.  But sometimes we are so focused on finding our happy ending, we don’t learn to read the signs…How to tell between the one that wants us from the ones who don’t …The ones who’ll stay from the ones who’ll leave.

And maybe, this happy ending doesn’t include a wonderful guy.  Maybe it’s you… on your own.  Picking up the pieces and starting over.  Freeing yourself up for something better in the future.

Maybe the happy ending is just…moving on. 

Or maybe, the happy ending is this…knowing that through all the unreturned calls and the broken heart, through all the blunders and misread signals, through all the pains and embarrassment… You never… ever… gave up hope.” 

–He’s Just Not That Into You.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

if i were a boy...

Sometimes I wonder if it would be easier to travel around if I were a guy....

It seems like in some countries, it's more risky for girls to be traveling alone.  Especially in parts of Indonesia... when I first arrived in Indonesia, I thought it would be so awesome to do a Java overland tour. Sadly, it turns out that Indonesian are not that into traveling within their own country, despite of the massive beauty that the country possesses. So not that many local tours are actually actively running.  If I were a guy, I could possibly just hire a guide/driver, rent a car, and still do the overland trip.  But as a girl, it is so very dangerous to do that...

Not that it matters anymore... because I realized that, honestly, traveling solo SUCKS ASS!!  It is sooo much more fun to be traveling with other people.  You get to share your experience with others, you get to laugh together, or you get lost together... in the end, it's simply more fun to travel with somebody else.

So, a travel buddy is wanted!! I need to find someone who wants to travel like me... it would be so awesome if I can find one...  is there anybody out there who's unemployed, unattached,  laid back, loves food and beautiful scenery, and wanna just go traveling out and about South East Asia and Australia?? But you gotta pay for your own cost!! hahahaha... If qualified, contact me! ;-p

Anyway, enough with my random thoughts.  It's my last night in Hong Kong.... my feet are sore, my back aches, my nose runny.... but I really wish I could stay longer!!!

Despite of the reputation that people in Hong Kong are rude, I actually had the most pleasant experience.  The city is so nice.  It's public transportation is awesome; almost as good as Japan's.  Food is yummy.  And most importantly, it's considerably clean! It's all good in the hood :-p... will definitely go back here again if I get a chance to.

So, in conclusion, if I were a boy, I would be wishing that I was a girl.  Cuz who run the world? Girls!!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

the tired traveler

Hong Kong.  4:33pm.  I'm sitting on the bed in my hotel room, and I am freakin exhausted!!  :-p

Hahaha who's smart idea was it to travel to two places back to back?? oh wait... that would be me.

But who cares if I'm tired??  This is freakin fun!!

I was in Jogyakarta for a couple of days, and it simply wasn't enough time.  There were so many things to see and so many food to eat.  I definitely would want to go back there again someday.

 *candi prambanan (prambanan temple) - jogyakarta*

*candi borobudur (borobudur temple) - jogyakarta*

I flew to Hong Kong the next morning, after a delayed return flight to Indonesia.  I was exhausted right from the beginning of this Hong Kong trip.  But so far, I am enjoying Hong Kong!  It's kinda similar to Japan in many ways, except for the culture.  Cantonese seems to be much louder and when they talk I always feel like they're yelling and screaming.

Anyways,  I need to really start getting this blog up to date somehow. I'll make it happen some day ;).

*giant buddha statue - ngong ping, HK*

Meanwhile, I gotta enjoy these next couple of days in HK. Cuz after that I'll be stationary in Indonesia until I move on to my next destination in mid January :).

Monday, November 14, 2011

Island of the Gods

Finally!  I've finally visited Bali, the Island of the Gods.

As an Indonesian born, I always get asked, every time I mentioned that I was born in Indonesia, on whether or not I have visited Bali.  I always answered, somewhat embarrassedly, that I have not. It's like having never visited something right next door... well in reality, it really isn't that close :-p.

Bali has always been on the top of my travel destinations, along with Australia and Japan.  I'm so glad that I finally got the chance to see it.  I went with my parents; we were debating for quite a while on whether or not to join a tour.  We opted to join a tour for convenience reasons, but the next time I go there again, I'd definitely NOT use a tour.

Bali is indeed beautiful.  Unfortunately, I think it's been over-exposed for tourism.  So many tall buildings (mostly hotels) are blocking the views to the beaches.  Many hotels own their own private beach... which I think is kinda sad because beaches should be something for everyone to enjoy, not just the people staying at those particular hotels. Also, sadly, the "puras" (Hindu temples), that really made Bali known as the Island of the Gods, aren't really being taken care of that thoroughly :(.

Despite of the plan of "renting a house and staying in Bali for a whole month", I ended up only staying there for five days.  It's good enough to get a taste, and decide which area of Bali I would visit again.  There's so many different things that will definitely fit into anyone's travel interests.  There's the beaches, of course.  And the night live if you're into that.  Oh and the FOOD!  Oh glorious food. You can't go wrong with food in Indonesia.  Or the serene and tranquil temples and puras, which apparently is more of my style ;-).

 *the beach at the back of the hotel we're staying at*

 *Uluwatu Temples - where the wild monkeys would steal your belongings if you're not careful*

 *Tanah Lot - my fav*

*the Rice Terrace - where the scene on Eat, Pray, Love was taken*

Bali deserves more than just one post, but I gotta go... Gotta pack for my next trip to... Jogyakarta.

So till then.... toodles!