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Long Weekend in Banyuwangi

Hello hello!

How is everyone? I hope you are all well and happy. I am doing well myself. Life has been busy, but I still had the chance to have a getaway last weekend to a city in East Java, Banyuwangi. It is one of the rising stars in Indonesia’s tourism recently, due to its pristine beaches and surf-rated waves. The name Banyuwangi itself means Fragrant Water. Legend has it that a long time ago, a princess threw herself in the waters there to prove her fidelity to her husband. She said if the waters smelled fragrant after receiving her body, then she had been faithful. If not, it meant she had been unfaithful. It turned out that the water became fragrant and since then the place was called Banyuwangi.

Why did I go there? Well, as usual to be where my feet had never been and take pictures. Since my trip was short, I only had the chance to go to three places, all by the sea. First, I went to Red Island beach, a scenic place to see the sunset in Banyuwangi, and a place for an annual international surfing competition. Then, because recently I developed a fondness of traditional fishing villages, I went to Muncar seaport. Muncar is the second biggest traditional fishing port in Indonesia, the first one being Bagan Siapi-api in Riau, Sumatera. Lastly, I went to Green Bay beach. A small beach that requires some adventurous spirit to get there, because there is no easy way to reach it. The options are only two: by land, tracking about an hour on a pretty steep challenging track, or, by sea on a small traditional fishing boat, daring the rather fierce waves of the sea. I opted for the second and honestly confessed the trip to the beach was rather scary. But, I got there! 😀

So, here are the photos. I hope you enjoy them and as the Dalai Lama said: every year, go somewhere you have never been to before. So, pick a destination! Have a great weekend!

Sunset at Red Island Beach

A surfer in a distance riding the waves at Red Island Beach

The colorful fishermen’s boats at Muncar seaport

The numerous fishermen’s boats at Muncar seaport make a colorful view at Muncar seaport

Panorama view of Green Bay beach

A boy starting his castle of sand at Green Bay beach



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Hello, hellow! 😀

Trust everyone is well and enjoying your weekend. I am also fine. I caught cold earlier this week, but I am well now. I returned to my running routine yesterday after a week of absence and will restart my long-abandoned swimming routine tomorrow.

Last weekend, I visited Makassar, a city in South Celebes, an island in Eastern Indonesia. It is famous for the shipmakers, sailors and explorers. Makassar is also a port city well-known for its delicious cuisine. Since this Monday is Indonesia’s Independence Day, I had the opportunity to see how people in Makassar celebrate August 17. It was quite fun to take pictures of the city parade.

So, here are the photos. Have a great weekend, everyone!




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Hello Again!

Hello! 😀

It has been ages since I wrote you guys! How have you all been? I hope you are all doing well and happy. I am also well and happy. I have been wanting to write you guys for a long time. But, recently I have new interests in my life. Firstly, remember that I was doing renovations on my house? Well, it is now live-able 😀 I have been spending weekends at that house. I still cannot make up my mind about the kitchen, which means I haven’t got a kitchen yet 😀 so, more renovation coming! Secondly, because I have a sizable backyard, I tried learning gardening. I bought flower seeds: lavender, snapdragon and petunia. But, first attempt just failed. They grew for a month, then died. Not sure what happened because I watered them everyday. I am not giving up though, I still have some seeds left. So, I will give it another try.

You probably wondered where I traveled. I did travel earlier this year — to Japan. I loved it! I think it is one of the most beautiful countries in the world and I might come back sometime too. I came right on cherry blossom time there. So, it was magical!

Here are the photos I took in Japan. Have a great weekend ahead and write me back! 🙂