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Ketapang Harbour
First destination of my trip was Gili Trawangan. I started on Sunday, It took two days to be there from Jakarta. Pretty long time because I took economic trains, boats, cars, and my own feet as well, plus felt quite hard first because it was my first day of my period time, but I was so glad I could overcome it. I had to stop by for seven hours in Surabaya, just sightseeing there, my first time in surabaya. Continued by train to Banyuwangi, I hopped out at wrong station, but thanks God I realized it, so I quickly hopped in the train before it left me.
Splendid!
There, I met someone who was heading to Lombok as well, named Danar from Solo. So we traveled together from Ketapang to Lombok.

On Tuesday, I arrived in Gili Trawangan, so exhausting yet fun. When I stepped my foot in Gili Trawangan, I was so fascinating by the scenery. The island was so beautiful..

But I felt like a stranger in my own country. Guess I was the only domestic tourist there. This August was so busy, really really lots of foreign tourist! Hard for me to got a place to stay for two nights, and I ended up in a not-really-nice place to stay and salty water for shower. I had to take it as the part of my trip. I couldn't expect everything always going well because thing doesn't always work according to plan.
Tir Na Nog, an Irish Bar, always busy on Wednesday night. PARTY!!!!


This island was so peaceful. No cars, no motorbikes, only bycycles and cidomos. You can smell the fresh air, feel the sun, walk safely, enjoy the scenery, splendid! Also you can snorkel, dive, eat, party, have fun! No wonder this island is so famous with its beautiful scenery and everynight party.

I did my first snorkel experience there. So challenging, but I got souvenirs. I hit the reef and my knee, my calf, my sole, my little finger were wounded. Haha I don't know why I always hurt myself! Weird! But you would never learn if you didn't make a mistake. :)

Famous on the island, Tir Na Nog an Irish Bar. Every Wednesday night, party in that bar. Luckily, I got my Wednesday night there, so I came and stopped by for awhile. Gees!! So busy and ooww where was I? hahaha... I saw a competition, drank beer from a mask.
Full moon in Gili Trawangan. Beautiful...
Hilarious!

I wasn't partying there, instead I sat and drank in another bar near Tir Na Nog. Enjoyed full moon, talked to the bartenders, Eldin -if I'm not mistaken- and Indy, and tried my very first mushroom and weed! :D Anyway, the bartender told me that before 2008, anyone could easily and freely smoked weed, drank/ate mushroom there. But the cops did an operation in 2008, so today, it's not that easy and free anymore. But trust me, mushrooms are still everywhere!!! haha..

Gili Trawangan is a place for you to relax, quit for awhile from your routines. I just made a few friends there, British (a guy I'm so sorry I can't remember his name was, Haylie, Natalie, Andre), Belgian (Sebastian), and Dutchman (Remy), because I thought people who came to that island came in a group of people and already had plans to do. While me? I just went with the flow.
Memorable bench! I love August full moon!
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I left Gili Trawangan on Thursday morning. Met another domestic tourists from Jakarta and Bali, named Dimas, Aris, Emil, and Kadek. We traveled together to Bali. Sat in the taxi full of people, slept in the little mosque and burned our skin on the boat, haha unforgettable.

Hello Bali on Thursday night! I stayed at Tunjung Bali Inn in Kuta. The place was so beautiful, I didn't expect a good place like this with a very cheap ammount to spent, 100.000 IDR/night for single. And later, this place would leave a very good memory for me.

First night, I really hate myself because my mind was still trap in Jakarta thought about something useless.
My hilarious man!
I spent my first night, sat on the bench at the pool side, stared at the beautiful August full moon, drank, smoked, talked to myself. So gloomy. Then I saw a guy on the second floor stood on his porch. I didn't know what he was thinking about, but I was so surprised when he came downstairs, sat next to me, drank together, and started a conversation. His name was Josh, an American. He really opened my mind. He was a stranger so that I didn't have something to worry about when I talked to him. Then in a couple of time, another guy came, talked to us because he heard we talked something in Spanish. His name was Zbyszek, a Polish. We spent a really nice night together, talked about anything, shared stories about our cultures. It was so cool!

Friday, I went to Ubud. Ubud was a nice place but I thought the people, local people, were not so nice with domestic tourists.
Sunset at Kuta Beach
I don't want to talk about this, just feel free when you come to Ubud. The place is so nice and full of things to see, especially arts. I went to Antonio Blanco Museum, so artsy and beautiful. But Ubud was pretty far from Kuta, and when I was on my way back to Kuta, it was raining a bit and windy, so cold! At night, I ate dinner with Josh. Josh really loves to eat. He loves to try a new food.

Uluwatu beach for the next day. Josh gave me a ride. My first exprience ever rode a motorbike with a foreigner. Cool! :D While Josh surfed, I sat in a cafe. Met Tosca -a local person-, Jean -a Russian but has been living in Indonesia for 20 years!-, Bruce and Peter from Australia. Josh found a little cave there, it was beautiful. Enjoyed sunset at Kuta Beach on our way back to Kuta. I love sunset. Funny I realized that when the sun goes down, you can find a lot of domestic tourists, but when the sun is on the top, it's hard to find them.
Dreamland
:D

For dinner, Josh told me that Mexican food is so tasty. So I tried it. Yes it was so delicious. I tried Vegetarian Enchiladas. Yummy... Thanks Josh, you were right! We walked down the street in Legian, sat in front of the temple. Still full moon, lovely Saturday night. Josh really a nice guy, so easy to talk to him, adaptable, hilarious, always cheer me up, and I learnt a bunch of new and meaningful things from him.

Sunday lovely Sunday. Josh, Zbyszek, Ewelinka -Zbyszek's friend-, and I went to Dreamland. I thought Dreamland was more beautiful than Uluwatu Beach.

Ewelinka had a same camera with me, Canon EOS 400 D. Wooww I missed Nona, I didn't bring her on my trip.
My classic Casio calculator watch always be the one to talked about. All the way from Gili Trawangan to Bali, anyone who talked to me always like this watch. :)
I didn't know why but I thought Zbyszek and Ewelinka were so expressive. I like them a lot! They were so funny. Later that day, we spent our night at the beach drank Arak Bali with Coca Cola. Geez Arak Bali!!! Then we went back to the hotel, drank beer at the pool side, talked, laughed, so fun! Then another Zbyszek and Ewelinka's friend, Edward came and joined us. You were right, Ewelinka, those guys seemed know about everything, and we knew nothing. hahahaha... It was a really beautiful night and it was my last night in Bali..

My last day in Bali.. We spent it with ate lunch together. And funny all of us ate rice for lunch, so we had to use spoons. But instead of used spoon, they used fork. They said it's not usual to use spoon for eating rice. :D Ahh, I forgot to tell about my watch, classic Casio calculator. My watch always be the one to talked about, all the way from Gili Trawangan 'till Bali, anyone who talked to me always like my watch.
Even Zbyszek wanted it. While I write this, Zbyszek already got his watch, I've sent to him from Jakarta.

I spent my last day with Josh at Kuta Beach, meanwhile Zbyszek, Ewelinka, and Edward went to monkey forest. We talked about anything. We both were glad we met each other. Seems We've known each other for years. We thanked someone, because of him we met. :)

Different person, different personality and mentality. That's what you can learn when you meet someone new. Learn not to be selfish, learn about someone else. We are all different, but unite. Respect each other is all you have to do. It's all good for all of us. I was so glad I had an opportunity to met and knew Josh, Zbyszek, Ewelinka, and Edward. Bali will always be beautiful for me, and it wouldn't be the same Bali without them. I hope we can meet each other and can be all together again someday.
Edward Lowe, Zbigniew Polak, Joshua Hascall, me, Ewelinka Sliwinska. My friends there, we had a very good time. I miss them.. :)
Even though we were together for just four days, but the times that we spent together was priceless. Quality times. Really nice to meet you. I miss all of you.

This trip was so amazing. A lot of things I did for the first time. I could feel a very good vibe. I was so grateful I had the chance. I didn't buy anything but priceless experiences, good moments, beautiful stories, precious lessons, and endless happiness!

As for me, this trip was just the beginning. I wouldn't know my own limit if I didn't travel somewhere. I could overcome my self-ego and learn how to survive and adapt in different kind of situations by traveling alone. Another important thing is traveling is journey of life quest. That's why I really want to see the world, because the world is like a book, if you only see one place, means you only read a page.
I hate to go home! Traveler's hangover!
And I really need to see the world, to broaden my mind and to be thankful with everything I've got in this life. The one and only thing I hate about traveling is going home. I hate to go home, but I have to! Every journey has an end, however if it would be endless, it wouldn't be so much worth it. So... I can't wait for another trip, more and more..

See you around. :)
littleharrison says:
Thank you thank you.. Hope I can make my next journey better and memorable as well.
Posted on: Sep 06, 2009
Aopaq says:
Wonderfully reflective overview of an unforgettable travel experience in your continuing journey of life!
Posted on: Aug 20, 2009
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Ketapang Harbour
Ketapang Harbour
Splendid!
Splendid!
Tir Na Nog, an Irish Bar, always b…
Tir Na Nog, an Irish Bar, always …
Full moon in Gili Trawangan. Beaut…
Full moon in Gili Trawangan. Beau…
Memorable bench! I love August ful…
Memorable bench! I love August fu…
My hilarious man!
My hilarious man!
Sunset at Kuta Beach
Sunset at Kuta Beach
Dreamland
Dreamland
My classic Casio calculator watch …
My classic Casio calculator watch…
Edward Lowe, Zbigniew Polak, Joshu…
Edward Lowe, Zbigniew Polak, Josh…
I hate to go home! Travelers hang…
I hate to go home! Traveler's han…
Get Ready! at Senen Station, Jakar…
Get Ready! at Senen Station, Jaka…
at Gubeng Station, Surabaya. Where…
at Gubeng Station, Surabaya. Wher…
Inside economic train from Surabay…
Inside economic train from Suraba…
Way to Ketapang Harbour
Way to Ketapang Harbour
Welcome to Gilimanuk, Bali!
Welcome to Gilimanuk, Bali!
Boat to Lombok
Boat to Lombok
Reggae, anywhere you are! in Lombok
Reggae, anywhere you are! in Lombok
Ray of lights..
Ray of lights..
Boat to Gili Trawangan
Boat to Gili Trawangan
in Gili Trawangan theres a Reggae…
in Gili Trawangan there's a Regga…
Gili Trawangan, Lombok
Gili Trawangan, Lombok
My Holga and my sunglasses
My Holga and my sunglasses
Breakfast time in Gili Trawangan, …
Breakfast time in Gili Trawangan,…
Love it, John Lennon in Gili Trawa…
Love it, John Lennon in Gili Traw…
Beautiful Scenery in Gili Trawangan
Beautiful Scenery in Gili Trawangan
another beautiful scenery
another beautiful scenery
I tried my very first mushroom and…
I tried my very first mushroom an…
Dont get lost!
Don't get lost!
Ubud market
Ubud market
Back to Bali
Back to Bali
ah The Beatles in Ubud! :)
ah The Beatles in Ubud! :)
Kuta street
Kuta street
one of art gallery in Ubud. I love…
one of art gallery in Ubud. I lov…
Goddess at Antonio Blanco Museum, …
Goddess at Antonio Blanco Museum,…
Cute little Bibi.
Cute little Bibi.
Dreamland
Dreamland
Ride or Die, Mr. Yellow Shirt?
Ride or Die, Mr. Yellow Shirt?
Little cave at Uluwatu Beach
Little cave at Uluwatu Beach
Wabbit and Meow
Wabbit and Meow
at Dreamland
at Dreamland
Nice house
Nice house
Drank Arak Bali!
Drank Arak Bali!
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