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My Midweek Getaway

Hello! :D

How are you all doing? It has been a while since I wrote to you, hasn’t it? I hope all is well with you and you are happy. My life has taken the hectic turn again recently, which is exciting with sprinkles of frustration here and there. But, such is life. It would have been boring if all goes well all the time. I am still working on my home improvement project too. I almost finished the bathroom and am now looking for the “perfect” kitchen-laundry combo design. It is a fun headache!

Anyways, I decided to take a short break midweek last week. I went to an island, south-east of Indonesia, Lombok Island. It was my third trip there. The first time I went there when I was in college, with a group of friends climbing Mount Rinjani, a 3,800-m high mountain. The second time was in 2007 and I decided to go on a cultural tour, visiting traditional Sasak village and seeing how they lived. So, this time, I decided to follow the surfers’ trail along the southern coast of the island. I don’t surf, but as you know, I love taking good pictures of nature and rural life. I met farmers and their oxes! For a city girl like me, that is an amazement :D

So, I’m not gonna write more and share more pictures of the Lombok trip instead. If you’re interested in doing the same trip and would like to get info, just write me.

Have a great week ahead!

Day 1: I went to Malimbu Hill, northwest of the island, where I saw this beautiful view of Nipah beach.

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Day 1: As I waited for sunset, I met a farmer and his ox, grazing. He let me take his picture, I was thrilled!

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Day 1: Finally, the sunset everyone was waiting for!

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Day 2: I rose early to get to Tanjung An beach early and enjoy it more. And I really did! I feel it is one of the most beautiful beaches in Indonesia!

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Day 2: I climbed a hill at Tanjung An beach to take pictures of the sea, and met these kids! They were so happy that I took their picture!

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Day 2: From Tanjung An, the guide took me to Seger beach. He managed to persuade me to climb a rocky hill despite my height phobia. I only made it half-way and stopped to take this amazing view of the beach.

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Day 2: We then continued to Mawun beach, which is probably the most beautiful beach in Lombok. It was midday and rather difficult to see the viewer, so my panoramic picture was cut on either side.

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Day 2: The beach tour ended on Selong Belanak beach. It was cloudy, so I had to use some effects and filters to get this picture. There are lots of stray dogs in Lombok, including on the beaches. I found them napping in the sand.

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Cheers,
Grace

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Long Time No Write

Hello, hello! :D

Yes, I have been in hiatus for a while now. I miss you guys! :D What’s happening in your part of the world? I hope all is well with you.

As for me, I am well. Life is normal, you know, sometimes it’s up, other times it’s down. There are times when it’s flat too. So, all normal, you’d expect that from life. My long term renovation project is still on-going. I have a backyard now! :D The grass is not yet fully grown, but it should be in a month’s time. My cat Sandy is fat but healthy. He’s just been vaccinated last Saturday. I am planning to bring him to my Bogor home on weekends later.

What I need to make up for is reading and traveling. I have read 3 books this year, so to stay consistent with my new year’s resolution, I am starting another book this weekend: Long Walk To Freedom by Nelson Mandela. It is so captivating, I think I’m gonna finish in 2 weeks time max. As for traveling, I am thinking about going to Flores Island and Komodo Island. They are on the south-eastern part of Indonesia and have beautiful beaches and sea. Flores also has Mount Kelimutu, whose crater is a 3-color lake. Meanwhile, Komodo Island hosts the largest lizard in the world, the komodo dragons. So, I am keen to go. Just not sure when yet, perhaps sometime in August.

So, here’s a snapshot of my backyard :) Walls need painting, I know, and I will white-wash them. I am now working on the study. I’ll send the snapshot when it’s done.

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Cheers,

Grace

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From The Archive

Hello, hello! :D

I hope everyone has had a great weekend. If weather’s not been friendly on your part of the world, well, not where I live either. It’s been cloudy and rainy for the most part this weekend. I ended up spending most of Saturday…sleeping. My cat Sandy has been pretty lazy too. The only time he gets excited is feeding time. Other than that, I would find him curled somewhere under the furniture if not on it.

Last week, I told you that I was going to try to make Tom Yum soup. Well, it didn’t turn out the way I wanted it to. The smell and look were right, but the taste was somewhat plain. I followed the recipe, but a friend of mine told me that cooking is intuitive. Sounds exactly like my mom. Anyways, I’m just going to stick with the easy ones for this week: lemon chicken, honey mustard chicken and steamed veggies.

I just looked in my photo archives and found a few photos from my trip to Singapore last year. I visited a couple of friends in August 2013. On the first night, I went for dinner with one of the two and we had a nice Moroccan dinner at the Deli Moroccan. It is located at Bugis area, somewhere near Arab Street. I can’t recall the exact street name though. I really enjoyed the food and I loved the tea! I don’t know how they made it, but it tasted different from any tea I had ever had. If you are adventurous with food, you should try it. Here are the snapshots and have a great week ahead!

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I had lamb, my friend had beef. The meat was tender and very delicious!

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The Moroccan tea. The pot makes me think of Aladin and the genie!

Cheers,
Grace

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