Bangka, A Wonderful Island

This is my second time to celebrate new year in the wonderful island, Bangka.
A little different from 2 years ago, this time for a big family trip!

The main purpose of visiting Bangka was reigniting family ties from our father's and my Grandmom from mother's side. Hahaha sorry for confusing here, my family tree is indeed complicated story.
My father's homeland always be a special place to me, and I filled a lot of internal gaps on this trip. Visiting some relatives is a memorable thing for me, even this tradition had been taught since I was a kid. Growing up as a city kids, we were sadly never that close to families and relatives here, so big familial gatherings were never a regular thing. It was an exploration of one’s roots. A re-connection with family from our father's side. An eye opening vision to a place where you belong, a place that's so different from home, but so familiar at the exact same time!

As you know, Sumatera has a lot treasure when it comes to nature theraphy. So, here are some of my footprints during the trip:

Tri Agung Monastery
My family will never forget to visit the sacred temple, the place where all the prayers started, even while on vacation. It also good for a religious trip. Can't get enough of that monastery hill-view! So excited to be back... It all felt the same and very safe in my heart. Peacefully and calmness! I like it when places feel reliably welcoming and nostalgic like this. You can leave and they wait for you to come back always.

The Dochen's Family

Parai Tenggiri Beach
Beach is always be my happy place! Beaches are the beginning and the end of all natural scenery. Thanks God Indonesia is an archipelago country, so I can visit my paradise all the time I want to. In addition, beaches are ones of Bangka tourism pride. The uniqueness of Bangka's beaches are they have the big meteorite stones spread across the landscapes. And here I am in the right place!

Red Hill
Due to the abundant natural resources, especially in the mining sector, Bangka has several craters formed by tin mining area. I know there are many similar tourist attraction out there, but Red Hill was special because it has the red clay ground, not the white one as usual craters.
We have to struggling first to reach the top of the crater, and it was a dangerous journey if I could say. Other than because the rocky hill is very steep to climb, the clay also too sticky to step up because of rain the day before. Huh, but fortunately it worth every bit, and even I enjoyed every step I made on this adventurous trip!

Bangka Golden Bridge
The locals call it 'Jembatan Emas', the new infrastructure that built over the long river. That Bangka sway with the palm trees goes like that all day.

Bangka Botanical Garden
Who's say only Bogor has Botanical Garden? Bangka has it too! I think Bangka has its specialty when it comes to the clay. The road we crossed were all made by red soil, and of course it will be muddy when it rains... Oh, they have the good pure cow's milk too in every flavor, don't forget to stop by, have a milky-drink and enjoy the view!

Planning to go home again someday, maybe?

5 Reasons Why I'm Not Going to DWP

When somebody ask me,
"Will you be at DWP too?"

No doubt, many friends of mine from around Indonesia and even abroad are come in to the J City to watch the famous Djakarta Warehouse Project. As well as asking for the venue, transport, and accommodation. So why should I join the crowd?
I know, to make a good review, you should attend the event first at least once in your lifetime. But the fact is I never give my interest on this event from the start. It hasn't even started yet but I'm already annoyed.

These are my reasons why I'm not going to DWP:

1. Not my cup of tea of music genre
I'm a fan of oldies, especially 90's music that makes me feel so good every single time. When I'm driving, when I'm in the shower, when I'm working, when I do workout. I'm always listening for pop music genre, because electronic dance music doesn't work on me, they doesn't make me wanna cry happy tears.
Moreover, I ain't a party folk like the new generation. Oldies generations are more calm and almost never get rushed or make some riots in front of the stages. It's an understanding peaceful entertainment.

2. Pricey
Am I really ready to spend millions rupiahs for 1 day or even 3 days of concert?
While accommodation cost and meals are still not included of course. Unless you're a VIP, in which case the prices and the benefits are in comparable reason.
It's better for me to spend my money and watching another favorite music festival that I can fully enjoy.

3. Too crowded
DWP is the most popular festival in a year, not only for Jakarta resident, but also for domestic and even international visitors. No more free moving or dancing, because there's no space at all. It seems like all the population of entire city plopped down together on the festival grounds. What's the point of watching a concert if you can not see the performers clearly from a closer range?

4. Many peoples are drunk
Did you know that most of the festival audience I know drink little or much alcohol? Well, I'm not one of them, especially not at a music performance.
I can't fully blame on them, because usually there's some alcohol drinks or beers become the main sponsors of the event. But, this is Jakarta, part of Indonesia. You don't need to drink much something alcoholic to looks cool and get around the festival grounds.

5. Everything for social media
No wonder, people comes for their social media contents. Instagram story, timeline, and hashtag to get attention in the real life. Sometimes I miss the moment when people share their real moments on social media, not as an art display. Many attend DWP for the music, but we can't resist a lot of social media climber who want to show off to have a festival-like experience only. They aren't the real fans of the artist, and I don't want to give a damn on it. I just want to have so much more fun at festivals that are exactly festivals with fans and not primarily people who showed up for some perceived prestige.

Certainly it isn't just the lacks I mentioned above, DWP also has a lot of fun. But for me personally, I just don't feel like it. That's why I write this post, to open up your mind there are so many great festivals out there which are completely worth it.
Do you have any recommend?

Light Here Light Now

Light Here Light Now
Sunday, December 10th, 2017
at The Residence On Five, Grand Hyatt, Jakarta

A Sunday noon private party on top the central heart of Jakarta. It's all about Heineken Light launch party, in collaboration with Sunset People Project and Danjyo Hiyoji. Such an amazing event in town you won't missed out!

The umpteenth bottle of Heineken Light, and still standing! I never get intense with alcohol drink before because I don't want to get drunk early. But that night was insane, abnormally I never stop drinking because they didn't provide any other drinks. Hmmm okay, there's fine soda actually. But with low calories, and low alcohol, this Heineken Light is better for those who have pretty low alcohol tolerance like me. Yeah, sometimes lighter is better and let the light show you the way!

ALBESEN by Danjyo Hiyoji
It wasn't me that go anywhere, but Danjyo Hiyoji is. Favorite brand all the time comes with the newest collection ALBESEN 2017 shown above the central of the city surrounded with the view of Jakarta. This closing show of 2017 came with a special fashion choreography by @papah_edwan.
Simply but stunning! White in white with a little touch of green looks so special and perfect for the event.
Particularly the brand has their own way to present each clothes, the powerful models squad also, they have the iconic @anazsiantar and fashion influencers walking the party ground! If you are a truly fans of Danjyo, you will notice some familiar faces behind their every great show.

As you know, the weather is unfriendly lately, but the drizzling rain can not stop us to be "Light Here Light Now". We were still having fun under the drizzle as much as in the sun.
What a wonderful occasion to end the weekend, from sunset till late. Thank you for inviting me, you had lightened up our Sunday!