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The small things in life in a few paragraphs and snapshots

My Midweek Getaway

Hello! 😀

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 😀

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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Sunsets In Jakarta

Hello 😀

I hope everyone has had a great week and you are now enjoying your weekend. I had an interesting week and as I write this note, I am at one of the cinemas in Jakarta, enjoying Jakarta International Film Festival. I just finished one movie, titled “The Perks of Being A Wallflower” starring Emma Watson. It is a very good movie. I enjoyed it. I still have two movies to watch, “Ilo Ilo”, a Singaporean film, and “12 Years A Slave”. I am taking a lunch break before the second movie, so, I thought I could use the time to write to you guys.

By the way, we’ve had a few days of scenic sunset in Jakarta this week. My friends on social media have posted some beautiful sunset and sky photos of Jakarta. I took a few myself, with my smartphones. As hopeless as it seems with the traffic and infrastructure and pollution, to me, Jakarta still has one of the most beautiful evening skies in the world. So, I am going to share my photos with you. If you haven’t had time to enjoy similar view, make time. Life is short. Don’t spend it all in one place 🙂

Have a great week ahead!

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Cheers,
Grace

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The Grass Is Green On My Side Of The Fence

Hello, hello! 😀

How has this week turned out for you? I hope it has been fun. Or even if you had to deal with some frustrating situations, you chose to not be upset for too long. A wise man once said that we should not let the sun go down before our anger subsides. So, choose positivity. Choose to be happy.

By the way, I just got back from my house in Bogor. I am happy to announce that now I have a green front yard and proper fence! 😀 It is really satisfying to see the green grass fully grown. I can imagine my cat, Sandy, rolling over playing on it. It will be so much fun for him. As I mentioned before, this is a slow renovation project. So, it may take me a few more months to finish the back yard. Anyway, I’m going to show you my new canopy, fence and front yard:

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