DEEP SEA FISHING & A MINI TROPICAL ISLAND ESCAPE TO PULAU GEDE

So many conversations that I have been part of have involved fishing, and in little ways, the rebel in me started to resent it a little. I was unprepared for how choppy the water was and as the boat rocked back and forth with each passing wave, I felt both exhilarated and dizzy.

I didn’t want to add to the count of newbies that venture off for their first trip and spend half the time hurling their breakfast into the sea or hunched in a corner wishing they had stayed on dry land. To ease into it, I shut my eyes and quickly counted numbers out of order because it is hard for the brain to panic while doing so, and that seemed to work perfectly fine in keeping seasickness at bay. Later, Iting explained that another trick was to shut one eye and look out onto the horizon, something to do with the reason pirates stereotypically have an eye patch. You could even take certain medication to help your stomach hold firm. Continue reading

Bucket List Unlocked: My First Train Journey…YIPPIIIIII!!!

I had never traveled in a train. My first train journey was from Surabaya to Semarang. I was so thrilled and waited eagerly for the day to come. I was expecting it to be one of the memorable days in my life. It was 4th March, 2017. It was a wonderful trip with my husband. Our train was scheduled to depart by 20:00 p.m. As soon as the train came into the platform, the passengers rushed to get into the train.  With a little of difficulty we could find our seats and placed our bag. All of us were seated in the same compartment. I was so excited. It was a great experience for me.  A thrill of excitement ran through my veins.

I sat by the window and looked at the passing scenery. By the time the train started for Semarang, I was busy observing the scenic beauty of East Java. Numerous roads, huge factories, busy towns and numerous stations. We didn’t realize how quickly time had passed.

Though it was a long, tiring 3,5 hours train journey, but it was really a memorable experience for me. There is romance in train travel—the rhythm of a train moving over the tracks, that rocking movement, the muffled noises of the world outside. There is the deep history of steel laid over prairie grass, bridges built, towns made and destroyed. There are stories of other journeys along the tracks, both dramatic and mundane. Continue reading

Breathe It All In, Love It All Out

Do I work hard enough? What is my future going to look like? How much of it is in my own hands? Am I making the right choices? My mind is cluttered with doubts, thoughts and more thoughts. We all get them, don’t we?  I can work towards my goals all I want, sometimes my insecurities still get the best of me.

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#BunTingStory: A Weekend Jaunt to Salatiga

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As a working person with limited number of leave days, I’m always happy whenever I manage to do a quick weekend getaway – it may be short and doesn’t leave much time for exploration, but sometimes you just need that quick rejuvenation.

One of my favorite things to do recently is take quick trips on the warm weekends. It doesn’t have to be far – a friends house, visit your parents, even just a day at the beach – I just love the drive with the windows down and the almost-instant relaxation that sets in when you leave the city. The best part about quick trips is they can be spontaneous, just grab a few essentials and go!

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Vespadventure: Riding is the Spice of Life

 

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Can two people be content wedged together on one vespa, with one holding all the power of maneuvering the machine and one literally putting his or her life in the hands of the operator? Sure! Thousands of couples ride vespas two-up for thousands of miles a year and love it. Just like us. Continue reading

#BunTingStory: Cepu Travelogue – Meaningful Holiday and Fun Family Activities

 

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Everyone needs a break from the usual routine and that includes our parents too. The chance to revisit special places with treasured memories, or explore somewhere new can really lift our mood and give us a feeling of well being. Whether it’s a fun day out to a local attraction, a long weekend, or a trip to somewhere sunny and warm, there are lots of holiday options to choose from, depending on our parent’s health, general mobility, and budget.

The great thing about the holiday season — is having the chance to spend valuable time with our loved ones, show our appreciation for one another and overall, give thanks. Holiday traditions are important in every family, regardless of religion or how you choose to observe the holiday season. They provide meaningful and cherished lifelong memories and more so, an opportunity to spend quality time together.

Alhamdulillah ya ada momen libur tanggal merah, jadi ada kesempatan buat mudik ikut suami ke Cepu. Horeee! Akhirnya merasakan mudik juga. Sebelum berlanjut lebih jauh, mungkin di sini ada yang tidak tahu Cepu itu di mana? Karena dulu saya waktu awal pacaran juga gag tahu di mana itu Cepu. Hahaha…parah banget geografinya!

Jadi Cepu itu sebuah kecamatan yang terletak di kabupaten Blora. Letaknya di perbatasan Jawa Tengah dan Jawa Timur. Walaupun sebuah kecamatan, tapi relatif maju karena ada pertambangan minyak Pertamina. Ini kedua kalinya saya ke Cepu, dulu ke sini saat sebelum nikah. Hehehe Continue reading

#BunTingStory: Why We Didn’t Go On Our Honeymoon After Our Wedding

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In our first week, we didn’t fly off to the honeymoon. Hangus deh hotel dan tetek bengeknya yang udah dibooking online jauh-jauh hari. Rupanya masih ada satu sesi tradisi jawa yang kudu kami lalui setelah menikah, belum boleh pergi kalo belum ‘sepasar’. Sepasar itu itu apa saya juga gag begitu paham. Agak konyol syh memang menurut saya, tapi yasudahlah saya berusaha menghormati tradisi. Salah saya sendiri juga kenapa gag tanya sana sini sebelum merencanakan liburan. So…we spent time unpacking, opening wedding gifts, and merging our lives together. Yah…tung-itung istirahat karena badan masih capek habis nikahan. We ate leftovers from our reception on the floor of our living room, while sorting through gifts. We we went back to work on Wednesday. Ppfftttt….

Gagal honeymoon ini sebenarnya bikin sedikit kecewa, tapi setelah saya pikir-pikir ada sisi positifnya juga kok diskip dulu honeymoonnya. On a financial note, I am so glad that we didn’t embark on a trip right away. As any current or past bride knows, getting married is expensive! Additionally, a lot of the cost creeps up right at the end of the process, and even on the day of. It was a relief.

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Weekend Getaway: Ocean View Residence

 

img_20160925_164314Postingan ringan kali ini edisi short trip ke Jepara. Jujur saja, ke Jepara agenda utamanya syh kondangan tapi gag mau rugi donk kalo gag dimanfaatkan buat #explorejepara sekalian. Itung-itung pacaran sama suami santai sejenak dari kesibukan sehari-hari. Sumpah deh semenjak kerja dan menikah, jalan-jalan dan waktu santai itu terasa mahal. Santai dikit si badan kadang pengen istirahat tapi hatinya pengen main kemana gitu. hahaha …apakah cuma saya yang seperti ini?

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Thankful for the {small + ordinary} moments where life is lived

Nos jours sont bien rempli avec les taches quotidiennes. J’ai commencé à travailler à plein temps et ça nous prend du temps à s’habituer, presque s’habituer, au nouveau rythme assez chaotique de cette nouvelle organisation.

Je ne vois pas les jours passé et je n’ai pas le temps de faire grand chose, et encore moins de passer du temps avec ma famille. Le fait de prendre les photos et écrire sur le blog me manque beaucoup. Mais pour le moment chaque minute libre est passé avec ma famille, et j’essaie.

Voici quelques photos de notre weekend à Dieng Wonosobo avec ma famille, juste quelques images que je voulais partager. À très bientôt lecteur !

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