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September Break

Hello! :D

I hope you are all well and enjoying your weekend. I am also well and enjoying my weekend. I am writing this from Hanoi, Vietnam. It has been a very nice break from the hectic life in Jakarta. I am here for 4 nights and although I haven’t “finished” the city, I have really enjoyed the trip. I will leave tomorrow, but I am sure I will be back to Vietnam in not so distant future, as I love the country — the food is great, the people friendly and many places yet to see.

So, I am going to share some of the shots from this trip. I’m getting pretty attached to my Olympus EP-3 now. It’s been with me for almost 3 years now and been a reliable companion. Anyways, I hope you enjoy the pictures. Send me yours if you’ve been travelling too!

1. First day in Hanoi: getting to know the streets and shooting random scenes of the people around Hoan Kiem lake, the famous Turtle Tower and Old Quarter.

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2. Second day: the highlights were the musoleum (which was closed until 17 Sep, so I only got to take picture from the outside), Ho Chi Minh Museum, and the Water Puppet Show.

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3. Third day: a day trip to Ha Long bay, which includes a stop on an interesting cave.

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4. Fourth day: enjoying the garden at Temple of Literature, a rushed tour of the Botanical Gardens and quick visit at the cathedral before coffee.

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Cheers,

Grace

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Amazing Flores

Hello, hello! :D

I haven’t written for quite sometime now, have I? How are you all doing? I hope you are well and happy :D I am doing okay. I have a back problem, but it’s getting better now after a couple of visits to a physiotherapist. My cat Sandy is also well, he’s becoming more like a forest cat now, a bit aggressive when we play. But, a few bite marks on my arm are fine!

By the way, I just visited Flores Island, an island on the southeast part of Indonesia. It is really beautiful and I really enjoyed my trip there. I also visited Komodo Island, the island of Komodo dragons. I actually saw a couple of them! So, I can now tick off another item from my bucket list :D

Well, I’m just gonna let my photos tell you the story now. If you wish, you can also share your bucket list with me and what’s the next item you want to tick off.

Have a great week ahead!

1. Sunrise on Mount Kelimutu Crater

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Mount Kelimutu has 3 craters that are lakes with 3 different colors: blueish green, dark red and black. The largest one is the blueish green in this picture.

2. The Bajawa Village Kids

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Kids love football/soccer so much in Flores. Most of them wear football jerseys, albeit the fake ones. This kid heading the ball is a fan of Robin Van Persie.

3. Mama Bajawa and Me

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In Flores, people address older women as “Mama”. Just like this lady here.

4. The Cathedral of Ruteng

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I did not expect to find a cathedral built with such a picturesque background in Flores!

5. Spiderweb Rice Fields

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In a village called Cara, we can find these uniquely Flores rice fields. They are arranged in a spiderweb pattern and on the center is where the farmers gave offerings to the gods before planting season started.

6. Sunset in Labuhanbajo

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I can do this all year: sit by the beach and watch the sun goes down in Labuhanbajo!

7. The View from Fregata Hill, Komodo Island

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The trekking routes for komodo sighting include the scenic spot on top of a hill called Fregata.

8. The Komodo Dragon

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Last, but definitely not least, the Komodo dragon, unique to Indonesia and only exist in 2 islands: Komodo and Rinca. They are giant lizards that can grow to 3 m long and eat a prey 40 kg in weight.

Cheers,
Grace

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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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