Mount Rinjani

#sembalun #summit #hypotermia #sunset #sunrise

Those are our main topic for three days in Lombok. Yes, we were at Mount Rinjani!

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Two weeks ago, my friend posted on whatsapp group about travelling to Lombok and conquer the legendary Rinjani. “It is my call”. Without hesitation I contacted my friend and promise him if my schedule fit with his plan, I will join. And then, It turned okay.

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Every mountain top is within reach if you just keep climbing.

I went to Lombok alone at Tuesday afternoon. I booked a flight at Batik Air, unfortunately the departure was from Halim Airport. That was my first time to visit this place. The airport is really small compare to Soetta Airport. I love Batik Air, I get Garuda taste with cheaper price. I also can use my earphone to watch the movie.

I met Mail and Rhey at Lombok Airport two hours later, they took the latest flight. In one our our driver came to pick us up. He is really generous, he gave us a free of charge to spend the night at his home. Actually, our plan was to sleep at airport, but he explained that it was a terrible idea. And thats true, no one stayed at airport. Eventhough I still can sleep well until sunrise. Continue reading “Mount Rinjani”

Fun Gathering

Another gathering of my choir. This year is 10th anniversary of my choir so we celebrate it more merrier . We had outing, concert, sarasehan, and mass several months ago.

A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out

After finishing our sunday service at Vatican Embassy, we went to Pondok Indah, home of one CVJ member. She a rich lady yet very generous. She prepared her home for our venue. Different from previous gathering, this one is more relax, we just had lunch together and delivered a game.

The game was quite challenging, we were separated in to five groups. Each group had to vote their own leader and take one task from  committee. We were given bunch of straws. The objection is to build a ‘thing’ based on our leader selection. My group had to build a bridge.  Continue reading “Fun Gathering”

Shin Splints

I am confident with my decision that I should stop running for a while. I got injured on my leg especially the shin-bone. They said its called shin splints.

The injure occurs after we did some over do, wrong technique, or wrong equipment while exercising. For the past 2 year, I managed to run/jogging and swim regularly. Those are my kind of sport. There is nothing wrong with the swimming except I still can not use free-stroke very well :p

Lets talk about running. Recently, I feel some pain on my shin bone. It always hurts after I run for hundreds meter. Eventually, I can not run a long track that I used to be. I tried to give it a rest for several days even weeks, and I started to run again. But the same symptom occurred even worse. Continue reading “Shin Splints”

Norwegian Wood

Once upon a time, I went to Kinokuniya my my office mate after having our lunch. I wanted to take a look some book about project management. I realized I lack of knowledge about project management. Unfortunately, the price is unbelievable. My friend told me that he has some ebook in his storage and promised to send me later.

“Hei, I know this book” I took a book from the shelve. Norwegian Book, by Haruki Murakami. It brought me to a posting that my friend casting on his path ‘reading Norwegian Wood’ and some dirty comment about it. haha. But I knew this guy, he wont read any crap book. So I considered that it was a really good book.

“I have read that book” my friend told me.

“How was it? Do you recommend this book to me? You know lah my genre.”

“Hmm.. well it is a good book, but not a really good book. Eventually I talk to my self “Why am I reading this book? “

“So?” Continue reading “Norwegian Wood”

Sunda Kelapa Harbour

Let’s visit another ‘beauty’ of Jakarta.

On that very hot day, I decided to visit Sunda Kelapa. Actually I have been there but only for view minutes, since it was only me, no one else who looked like a tourist. I guess I came in the wrong time. So, to accomplish my mission capturing those big traditional ship, instead of in the middle of the day, I went in the afternoon. People said that the proper time to visit is morning or afternoon. Yes, it is a golden our for photographing.

Sunda Kelapa

I spent several hours in Starbucks Stasiun Kota, reading my book until 4.15pm. I love the interior but not that noisy ambience. There was a briefing for newbie barista that will be deployed soon to Starbucks shop in Jakarta. The trainer was talking quite loud so I can overhear what he/she is talking about. One thing that ring the bell is “we should always welcoming everyone, even he is a swpeeper, satpam, milkman. Always say “Selamat Datang'”.

Time to continue my random trip. Sunda Kelapa harbour is not that far from Kota Tua. (You can get Kota Tua by Trans Jakarta, line Blok M – Kota). Just go straight via Cengkeh street and then take the right tun on the end. No need to pay for entrance. I asked for permission to the satpam just to make sure whether we are allowed to enter the site since there are big screen explain that we need self protection equipment before entering. But, he gave me an OK.

Stranded ship

Sunda Kelapa harbour is old harbour in Jakarta even in Indonesia. You can find the history of this harbour here. It was established on 12th century and become the main trade center for Sunda Kingdom.

It was so dusty because of the big trucks pass by every time, so please bring your own mask. There are several crew man loading their goods into the ship. Some of modern crane help them to perform this job, it will save time. Going further more, while I was taking picture, there is a man from a small boat yelled at me.

“Come..come.. I will give you a tour around this place”

“How much is it?”

“Hmm.. only 50 K”

It was really expensive comparing the information I got from review in internet.

“I’ll give you 30K” I tried to bargain.

“Deal!”

Couples minute later I already sit nicely on the shaking boat, holding my camera tightly. Haha. We need to make a slight move he and there between those big ship. I insisted to make a chit chat with the man, but he just smile and smile. The only information I got was he came from Bugis. Hahaha.

During the tour, I could observe their living-on-the-boat routine. They bath, cook, washing, etc on their boat. I wondered how can they get a fresh water? Some of them just relaxing on the deck, chatting with their neighbour. In the other side, the land part, there are abundant of ‘small house’ that not really hygienics. It should be a really hard life.

hey neighbour!

The more we entered the open sea, the wave was getting bigger. My driver make a turn we went back to our port. It was even harder to get off from the boat. Haha.

I also visited Museum Bahari, unfortunately it was closed already. So I just took some picture from outside. Before going back, I had my beer at Bangi Kopitiam Kota Tua. They have a vintage decoration. Aside the Bangi, there are two other restaurant with different menu and interior. I just realized that Kota Tua is tidying up right now. Restoration is held for the abandoned old building. Lets see how it can be look like several years later.

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Shaky boat
school kids

Freelance Photographer

This is my very first time being a paid-photographer. Hehe. I got this challenge from my travel mate to Pahawang last month. How come?

The Event

Several days after the trip, I upload some photos from my camera that I took during the journey. Later on, my friend sent me a message. “Could you be our photographer in my company event next month?”

It takes weeks after I say yes. Haha. Beside my uncertain schedule, I feel that my ability and my gear is still not sufficient. I dont want to ruin the entire documentation with poor quality of my photos. But he keep giving me courage. “Your photo is great, especially for moment-photo”. “Your style is nat-geo-like”. Continue reading “Freelance Photographer”