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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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Amazing Flores

Hello, hello! 😀

I haven’t written for quite sometime now, have I? How are you all doing? I hope you are well and happy 😀 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 😀

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

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

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

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

4. The Cathedral of Ruteng

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

5. Spiderweb Rice Fields

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

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

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

8. The Komodo Dragon

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.


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