Year of The Monkey

Happy Chinese/Lunar Year 2567!
Wishing you a very lucky, prosperous, and attractive spirit as this year of Monkey :)

This is the year of monkey which is my year! Fire monkey especially. Setting fire inside us to make some fun! I take it as a good sign that my 2016 will be a good one for me, despite that I still believe in new year prediction, Feng Shui, Chinese horoscope, or anything you named it. You may believe it, but better not to take it 100% too seriously. Take the good advice, and don't believe the bad ones. Hahaha. I always like to keep my thoughts up.

I believe that my inner animal is monkey, it just fit my personality perfectly. Monkey is strong, agile, and brilliant animal, but also tricky in some situation. I can be easy going, I like travel and explore to many places I've never been, I love become an active with the spirit high, and these uniqueness maybe make me quite popular.

Oke, let's talk about I'm going to do in this beginning of CNY celebration. Usually, I celebrated CNY in Jakarta with my big family there like last year and another years past. But this year, you can be sure to find me in North Sumatra. Alone. It because of my shitty clinic work and I really can't leave for some reason. I need to be independent! I just want to be wiser about how I approach those things. Huahh, I sounds really old now. Hopefully it will gonna be my last year in this town...

Oh I correct it, I'm not alone. I still have my besties around me :) I can visit my one or two Chinese friends, and join them to celebrate in our way. Trying on Japanese food and drinking a lot bubble teas my heart desires.


Old Billiton: Cape and Bay

Hello everyone! I I have delaying for a long to make this post. Maybe you just find some holiday photos on my Instagram, but not completely clear.

It was December in Belitung, I spent the Christmas holiday with my travel buddies Thomas, Like and her friends. Okay, I realize I would never get my teenage back. But you have to know that if you want to look younger, so you have to play with kids some peoples who's much younger than you :p In fact, we were the cool kids with many different ages come to blend in a salty vacation!

Who can say 'NO' to the beach? Especially if you are in Belitung Island, the Indonesian Maldives, they called. Wherever you go from North to South, from East to West, we are talking about beach, cape, or bay, and not to miss the rocks!
Do you know that the 'Old Billiton' (now Belitung) is a very old island which is mostly made up by meteorite rocks hundred of million years old? The name was taken from Billitonite, an unique black meteorite. This island was a mountain during the last Glacial period and was extensively eroded to produce layers of quartz sands and thick tin-rich placer deposits!

Nowadays Belitung becomes a favorite destination since their debut as the shooting location for 'Laskar Pelangi' movie. But even in high season, it was still sleep quietly. Seems like they still keep the local cultures and not really into a modern city. The passing vehicle just once in a while. Maybe you can try to sit down the road and make coffee :p 
Oh, don't expect you'll find daily things easily here. There is no branded mart, but simple grocery store. Talking about culinary, it's hard to find fast food or fine dining here, but seafood as the culinary king! Either at the restaurant in city area, cross sidewalk, even in tourist area along the sea side. The special one is 'fried crab'! They looked like the mainstream fried foods, until you try a bit!
Tanjung Kelayang

Come to snorkel from Tanjung Kelayang Beach, where coral reefs, marine, and the underwater life was there. White sands and the big size granites become the magnificent scenery of the landscape. You might also see the Lengkuas Island, Burung Island, and many tiny islands in a row. Truly archipelago!

Lengkuas Island is one of the famous destination to be visited. They have an old lighthouse to see the full panoramic view (360 degree) of the island. You just need to take more than 300 steps up to reach the top and see the blue water with white granites and thousands of tiny island in harmony. But we  (the girls) were too lazy to go upstairs, so we decided to see the view from the best coast. Hahaha. Seeing the beach view from the top of a cliff sprayed by sea mist was also a highlight!

We went by a motor-boat, with a heavy sea waves splashed over our face. In the middle of the trip, all get wet from up to toe even before we jump into the sea. Better to protect your gadget in bag if you don't want it to be wet or plunged. As the standard, we use goggle glass and life jacket for safety, remembering that we were in the waters off. I really enjoy this local aspect more than I can say. Maybe I ever go snorkel before, but pretty sure it was not as fun as this when you were with crazy friends.

Tanjung Tinggi

Another cape to go...
Enjoy the warmth of the sun on top of the big size river stones, as well as the turquoise sea-water, and the bunch of red algae on the sea side. There are many street vendors sell the coconut ice drink, nice to know this hidden little paradise under the mangroves area. To find a beautiful spot to taking photos, be careful when climb up the stones from side to side.

Tanjung Pendam

Next cape... It's the perfect place to waiting the sun begins to set. Belitung countdown! I believe that Belitung is one of the most magical islands to feast one's eyes on, especially in its golden hour. It has its tones when all the colors mix together in such an unique way and create the beautiful violet haze like in cotton candy dreamland!

By the way, we spent time by playing a quick game about stick and songs while waiting for sunset. Prepare your fancy games to avoid the boredom.

Rainbow Troops!

Didn't forget to visit the Rainbow Troops school in Gantong.

But wait, I'll keep this story until next post. A study trip over the salty trip?
To be continued...