Saturday, December 3, 2016

My Amazing Journey To Annapurna Base Camp -Day 1

Namaste! This word was frequently utter from my mouth and overly heard during my amazing journey of trekking to Annapurna Base Camp just few weeks ago. I was in Nepal from 5th Nov 2016 until 14th Nov 2016 and as much as I am always thankful  & grateful with all the gifts, talents, skills and every good things that God have given to me, I am still over the moon with my recent winning prize. All thanks to Allianz for this all expenses paid trip to the land of the most friendliest people with craziness imaginary landscape of the sacred snowcapped mountains. I am at this very minute while writing this post, is still at the state of disbelief. I might have done something really noble to deserve this because it was an eye-opener, life-changing, surreal, inspiringly ignite every cells in my body and soul to absorb this powerful cosmic energy and feed into my brain that flow gently and willingly into my veins. As if the fresh air of that Himalayan range that I breath during that moment was carefully preserved in a storage tank in my aorta and it never will fade unless my time in this world are up.

So what really happen there in the remote wilderness of the holy mountain and the birthplace of Buddha? Well if you are in the mood for something interesting in your life, then walk with me in this journey because I can be your storyteller..and this is my #devijourney2annapurna story. :) . Ready? 
some of the items that i brought along but was filtered by my guide upon arrival in Pokhara and ended up most of the items are left behind at the hotel.

Slept at 2am the night before my flight as I was doing last minute packing and managed to submit last minute contests entry.. hahaha.. woke up at 645am on 5th Nov 2016 (Saturday) and initially I wanted to take Putra LRT to KLsentral but since I check the traffic was smooth and I have almost 15kg load to carry, so i was thinking why not just Grab a taxi. Book a Grabtaxi and that rm17 ride to KLsentral with a friendly driver was an ease. Since I have prebooked the Skybus via AirAsia portal (slightly cheaper too or else it will be RM12 one way now from KLSENTRAL to KLIA2. As I ride on that bus, my mind was filled with anticipation and curiosity. I am afterall was mentally & physically prepared of what I`ve signed up for. I must admit that I was little worried as the time to depart getting nearer...many have asked me 1001 questions of me going there all by myself. I am fine going there without any company because I used to travel alone and I love meeting new friends but I did ask myself..what if after all the training and preparations, but at the end if mother nature didnt allow it..am i going to disappoint a lot of people out there? especially to the sponsors, my PT, my family or even myself... Lucky that I didnt allow that pressure to haunt me for long. I kept myself occupy with other important things and perhaps that was the whole idea to keep myself distracted with all this elements of 'what-if'. The fact that my knees was in pain and I've been resting for the past 3 weeks before my departure date had also added the worry pills even more. 

I reached KLIA2 at 930am but to my horror, the queue for the baggage drop was crazy. As I was lining up and waiting, I've noticed that the queue are not moving and tourists group from China was everywhere on each lanes. I met a teacher from America, Cole who happen to have the same frustration and thank god after 45 minutes of waiting, we managed to slip into another lane that was opened for us to drop our check-in luggages. ok sigh of relief and I went to check out the Premium Lounge as my UOB credit card entitled me for a complimentary access. Nothing special so i just chilled for a while before entering the international departure hall. Here goes..my adventures has finally begun...
let's go.. you may check out #devijourney2annapurna in my instagram feed for all the preparations, training and hiking before embark on this amazing journey!
Oh ya, Malaysians who plan to visit Nepal must obtain a tourist visa. You may opt to apply earlier at the Embassy of Nepal in Kuala Lumpur or upon arrival at the Kathmandu International Aiport. I've applied earlier as I have a domestic flight to catch from Kathmandu to Pokhara on the same day. I am quite skeptical if i could make it on time as I only have 1 hour time frame upon touch down. read further, because there were infact some drama upon arrival at Kathmandu..hahaha. Put that aside, to apply for a visa is quite simple-just download the form from this LINK , print and complete the form and bring along your original passport, 1 passport sized photo with cash payment of RM95 (depends on currency rate) to apply. I applied for 15 days tourist entry visa and it was ready within 2 working days.


So as I entered the International Departure Hall, I bumped into Cole again with another 2 nepalese. We were chatting and it was really sad to hear their unfortunate stories of how they have to run away and back to their homeland due to corruption, abuse and being bullied here in Malaysia.

Well, I am all set and then guess what..flight was delayed..(GREAT!) , so my 4 hours 25 minutes flight time was filled with listening to music, eating, dozing, drawing and thinking if i could make it for my domestic flight to Pokhara that afternoon. Once a while, I did peep by the window for some amazing snow-capped mountains view such as below :

The Himalayan range from few thousand feet above

All white and blue

The separation of snow capped mountains and the green depicts the difference of the 2 zone significantly.

AirAsia flight also has been known for delayed flights recently...👀😛

my notebook are filled colorfully.
The flight touched down at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu at 230pm. First thing first, I head straight to the baggage carousel and I waited and waited and waited for almost 1 freaking hour for my backpack to finally decided to 'show up'. My domestic flight to POkhara by Yeti Airlines would be at 340pm. 
my e-ticket for the domestic flights which was also sponsored by Allianz.
I still remembered to this very minute how the place get really crowded and people start swarming the place. All i could see was boxes of flat screen television and huge brown boxes wrapped with transparent tapes..either tv in Malaysia are selling way cheaper than in Nepal or am I missing something here? Anyway, while waiting, i tried asking around where is the domestic flight entrance and most of them told me that it will be on another building and need a little walking.. ok i kept looking at my watch and this is really not good. I am pretty sure I am going to miss my flight unless the flight are also delayed. Mind you that that will be the last flight of the day so if I really couldnt make it, I have to start thinking of PLan B, which to purchase the next available flight (only next morning) before taking a taxi to town and stayed for one night there. oh my..$$$ .. so i prayed hard that please there'll be miracle for me on that day. True enough, finally after an hour (3.30pm!!!!), my backpack arrived and I quickly ran toward the exit door only to be held by the guards as they will be checking our boarding pass and luggage tag to see if its a match. Probably because a lot cases of people taking someone else televisions ..i think so.

everyone are swarming the area at the baggage carousel
I did asked the guards where was the domestic flight building only to have a disappointed reply so I just walked out and realized there was this one old man stood there asking me 'taxi?'. i asked him "where's the domestic flight entrance as I have a flight to Pokhara" . So he asked what time is my flight. I said now 340pm. He then straight away said " Girl, you have to run as fast as you can as it will takes about 5-7 min distance and he then waved his hand forth and back (a sign which I understood pretty well), i said thank you before running as fast as i could with my 2 bagpacks and my eyes were wandering for that domestic flight departure building. I was panting, thirsty and tired. My mind was kept hoping and praying at the same time. Please god, let me catch this flight. As i was wandering and looking lost to look for that building, i kept a positive mind and asked around so that I didnt missed the path. Finally from afar i saw the domestic flight building and ran across a short cut, crossing over a fence at the parking lot and upon reaching the entrance, I just mentioned to the guard that I have a domestic flight to POkhara now and placed my backpacks on the baggage scanning machine. As I carried my backpacks and looking for Yeti Airlines counter in that quite small airport. The minute I saw that counter, I quickly drop my bags on the floor and head towards the counter and while panting, I said I have a flight to Pokhara now. The counter lady was really helpful and thank god for that. She asked me to show my e-ticket and that was the only time that I couldnt search it in my organized document folder..Pffttttt...but she was quick to reach out the walkie talkie and told the other side to HOLD THE FLIGHT while she prepared the boarding pass for me. It happened so quickly that I didnt know if luck was really on my side or there was really an angel taking care of me. Apparently, the flight has not take off and she told me to carry my bags as handcarry and run straight to gate counter 2 and handover the boarding pass to me. I could only repeat the word thank you to her many times as i quickly took my bags and rush to the boarding gate. Oh man, another baggage scanner machine..the guard found out something and told me to explain what was it. I said that was my monopod and i am sorry but I am catching my already delayed flight to Pokhara now. He just looked at me..paused and then said oh okay..you may go. As I reached the gate after got my boarding pass stamped, I was told by the security there to hop on a charter bus. What a relief and I am really thankful that I managed to finally catch my domestic flight as I hop on the bus with 30 not so happy passangers looking back at me. Hey..i literally felt that i was part of a tamil/bollywood drama wei..and it is just my first day in Nepal!

The plane was small but enough to place my backpacks at the legroom and it was about 45 minutes time of self reflection i had in that place. Looking back, I could have missed the flight and on my way to Thamel town with USD140 gone for the next flight ticket purchased. Yeah I am forever grateful that it turned out to be just fine..so fine just like the view that i captured during that flight.

seductively dangrous.
Relief face expression hahaha

They served salted peanuts, soft drinks and mineral in this flight. only 1 stewardess with 2 pilots. take off and landing was smooth. :)
Upon landing, I was welcomed with amazing view of the HImalayan Range of snow capped mountains and slightly chilling at the Pokhara airport. I searched for the exit and there stood a guy holding a place card with my full name written on it.. aahhh must be my guide Himal. After brief introduction, he told me that the hotel will be just few minutes away and that I have another lady joining me for this trek. cool!

I will be staying just 1 night in Pokhara and will start my trekking the next day from Nayapul (2 hours drive from Pokhara). Himal introduced me to Alana (girl from Australia) at the hotel. Then, he told us that he need to explain and filter some of our stuff that we will bring during the trek as light and only important warmers are the key of this trek. And since i didnt have any passport sized photo to apply for my permit, he told me that he will show me the nearest photo shop after settling down all my stuff. Didnt want to waste any time, we unpack and repack our stuff. we combine into 1 bag all our important stuff for our next 7 days trek while the rest we just kept into another bagpack to be kept at the hotel.

After that I went with Himal to the nearest shop to get my passport sized photos taken. Then, I decided to walk around alone to get some postcards before taking my dinner at this cosy restaurant just opposite the famous lake. I starting to love Pokhara for its calm and tranquility but I will save this as I will be back to Pokhara after my last day of trekking.  
my parents received the postcard on the day I arrived KL while another postcard to myself was not delivered...my fault..i didnt state Malaysia in the address. pfffttt...
my dhal bhat...check out at the amount of rice that  I eat almost daily for lunch during this trip..hahaha..time for wifi weeeeeeee... hehehe
















the room in Fewa Inn, Pokhara.
Then I went back to the hotel room, took my shower and went to bed as it has been quite a lot to digest today. Tomorrow will be the beginning of my trekking to Annapurna Base Camp.
So stay tune for my next update! it going to be amazing! till then, Namaste!


Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Allianz Dare 2B Healthy Challenge Winner

Hey ya! It has been a while since I last updated my blog. And this morning as I was driving to work, my enthusiastic cells decided to work diligently by gathering all the other veins,cells, senses and molecules in my entire body to at least write and publish 1 post. So there, thanks for the motivation, appreciate that, brain cells.  

Just few months ago (26 May 2016 to be exact as it was just 3 days away from the due date of the contest), I've managed to finish up a simple video of me doing exercise routines following the first 3 letters of my name and posted it in Instagram. And who would have thought that this 60-second video basically going to uplift my 2016 dream resolution into another level of anticipation and probably going to make my life-changing even more interesting, which I think it's already is...coz I always count my blessing..:) The motivation behind the video was pretty much of my fetish towards snow-capped mountains are getting intense..So intense that i felt it going to explode like the volcanic mountains around Indonesia that happened really frequent lately.  I wanted to visit Annapurna and complete the trek to the Base Camp at Nepal, Kathmandu. I've always adore mountains and rainforest plus things related to mother nature. Afterall I was born and bred in a small hometown of Mentakab where climbing trees was one of my favorite pastime with my brothers. 

Anyway, thanks to the initiative campaign by Allianz under their Dare 2B Healthy , I make my time to complete the video with my trusted Iphone6 after my normal jog at the rooftop. 

I didn't pay much attention to the result as I saw few other great entries too and it was already almost 200 people joined in. But not until on 15 June 2016 where I received a prompt in my social media inbox and I was informed that I was shortlisted..There have picked 6 entries and only top 3 will be the ultimate winners. One week later, taddaaaa... I was chosen as one of the top 3. yeahhh.. thanks a lot for this opportunity  Allianz. .

And with that my #devijourney2annapurna would be my motivation factor where I will not only get the chance to be trained by a personal trainer for 6-month to equip myself for the preparation but also an all expenses-paid trip to fulfill my dream resolution. Wow! I was just about to plan and book a return flight for a trip to Nepal somewhere in March 2017 but now the opportunity just came in at the right time right moment. :) 

This going to be my year of adventure and who knows life-changing trip. Simply cant wait. 

It has been almost 5 months plus now that I've undergone training which includes carrying weights, hiking, running, cardio and even swimming...I've discovered a lot of things about myself during these period and it has changed me gradually for a fitter, better (except for my knees pain this past weeks which I am recuperating). 

Thank you again Allianz team (CEO- Joseph Gross, Joannica, Shu Chee, Ashreena and the rest), Misteeq Media team (Pramodh, Mal and Jo), my good looking personal trainer :P , Subash Adrian, of course to all my old and new friends that have been really supportive throughout this journey and last but not least my biggest motivation- My beloved family!  

In the Star newspaper 

During the Press Conference with (from L-R) Seamonkey instructor, the other winners Zurina, Jordan and my PT , Subash. 
Press conference on 1 September 2016. 
The day is getting nearer and I am equally excited and anxious at the same time. Wish me all the best and follow my journey in my instagram newsfeed! :).

Till then, i would like to wish everyone Happy Diwali and let this Festival of Lights shine your life with the brightest star and rise your life with meaningful and quality resolution! Dare to Dream and Live life Interestingly yo!  


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

East Tabur Hill

Tabur Hill @ Bukit Tabur is widely known by the local here in Melawati as the Dangerous Cliff with Beautiful View..ok i just made that up but it is also known as Bukit Hangus by the local. Anyway, Tabur Hill has been a favorite spot for hikers which consist of East, West, Far East, Extra and Extreme. Some come here to see for themselves and perhaps update their social media platforms, some are just following their friends while some just want to be closer with the nature. Either way, hiking trail at Bukit Tabur is quite dangerous as there has been many incidents about hikers falling and broke part of their bones and also the fatal mishaps. So be extra vigilant when you are hiking here.

Tabur Hill is very prominent and most Setapakian / Melawatian can actually witness this hill from the balcony of their home. As it is part of Klang Gates Dam, reaching the peak would be a spectacular panoramic view of the city of Kuala Lumpur on your left and The Klang Gate Dam on your right, depending which side are you standing. 

So last Sunday, I was invited by Kak B to join Komplot Hikers to hike this magnificent hill. I've hiked Tabur Hill in 2007 twice but at that time, I cant remembered if it was West or East. 

Our meeting point was at BHP Melawati at 4am and we supposed to start hiking by 5am. I went to the wrong BHP but finally managed to reach the right meeting point at 415am. But since we have to wait for another 3 persons which only arrived at almost 5am, the hiking only started at 530am. meanwhile I was kinda hungry so I ate an apple for energy. :P . We parked at the foothill of tabur and did some stretching before starting the hike. It was pitch dark and as I took my headlamp and look up, I could spot moving lights at the peak of East Tabur. Wow, this guys are pretty fast. 

Our team was led by Zack and off we hike, one step at a time. It was pitch dark when we started and our head lamp was the only source for us to look at our path. 








It was straight up till we reached to a point where upper physical strength are required. The steep rocky climb is not something to take it lightly. Always be careful with the steps that you are taking and even though there were ropes provided but my instinct have some 'trust issue' with the ropes. Anyway, while i was climbing up, i could see the skies turning from black to dark blueish. And as I was looking down to place my feet for support at the small curve of the rocks, my headlamp bumped into the rock and the cap felt off trembling down  together with the batteries. Oppss..ok i am not going down to pick it up right now, so since the day are getting brighter, i thought oh well just forget it. But Zack who was leaning on the rocks few metres away told me to get someone at the bottom to collect it for me. So i shouted and told Bryan and Mas who was still at the bottom to please collect it for me. And i continued to climb till i finally reached the peak of East Tabur.  


yeah we have made it. 
I got ur back!
Kak B and I
I admired her bravery and energy as she can really dare to stand at the edge without feeling shaky. 
The cliff overlooking FAR EAST HILL
the sound of the chirping birds as the music to my ears, fresh air as i breath the oxygen and the view is the best vision of the week for me. 
do not try this if you are afraid of heights
oh ya! hello 275m
my trusted Hero.
Unfortunately, the sun decided to take a rest that day and didnt turn up. So,we hangout at the peak with selfies, wefies and then while we are sitting down munching raisins and cashew nuts (great combination by the way), SUDDENLY it was like pure divine moment, as if a giant veil was serenading melody of life overlooking the peak of FAR EAST TABUR. 



group photo! 
We started to descend by 8am as we do not want to get caught with the crowd that started to hike up. 

while waiting for our turn to descend as the 'traffic' started to get busy, one way up and down on this route.
Going down was slightly easier as we followed a different path but it was slightly slippery due to rain yesterday night. It started to drizzling and we quicken our steps plus we were all feeling hungry. We passed by the durian orchard and some old wooden houses before finally reaching the spot where we parked our cars. kak B's car got punctured and after fixed temporarily, we head to opposite of Caltex to have our breakfast at nearby Chicken Rice shop nearby. After exchanging numbers, some went home while some accompanied Kak B to get her car's tyre fixed. 
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And then I realized the Tabur HIll that I hike in 2007 was actually West Tabur, no wonder it was unfamiliar. Anyway for those who want to hike Tabur Hill, please be extra careful because the cliff are pretty dangerous. Till then, adios and wait for my next adventure. 

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Dragon Run 2016

Thanks to a contest organized by DragonRun instagram official and Linora Low, I've managed to score the grand prize of 2D1N stay in First World Genting plus a pair of passes to the Dragon Run / Martial Arts inspired kinda run. It has been closed to a year since I started engaged myself into running outdoor actively. 19 runs including the Dragon Run yesterday and still counting :) Who would of thought that this katak biru was once a person who despise running infact running for more than 400metre was consider a big struggle. I was active in sports during my primary but not really after high school..oh well I'm glad that its never too late to start something good. And not only I get to find new passion but also feeling good about it. So, come on guyz, whatever things that you have been wanting to try, dont keep it hanging there. Go and unleash your DRAGON dreams now!

Orait, back to what had happen yesterday. With 6km+ running uphill and downhill while going through > 7 obstacles, my Saturday yesterday was nothing short of exhilarating moment of breaking all my thrill cells in my body. Grace and I check-in
at First World Genting on Friday evening. We took the cable car from the Genting Skyway and it only cost RM6.40 one way. It was Grace's first time taking the cable car.. like seriously? .

The stay was cool, clean and simple as it was quite new located at Tower 3. 

Check out the video for some of the obstacles that was placed with huge inflatable slides. Get ready to get wet with mud and run uphill & downhill at this beautiful side of lush greenery. 



my slot was at 11am and before flag off, we got the chance to hit the drums and kickstart the run


if you cant balance on the trail, then the chance of you getting wet is quite high

the trail that we ran was surrounded by greens under the scorching sun

The sporting crew were there to cheer us and also not forgetting the police officer that took care of the traffic for us to run safely. only 2 Water stations were set up. running at 11am under the scorching sun and by the roadside was not something i've anticipated but that just keep me going faster so that i could be out of the heat soon. Heads off to the crew that was taking care of the runners at each checkpoints and also along the road. 

I've totally enjoyed the run and cant wait to next year again! 

Thank you Dragon Run!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Sg Lembing 3D2N Fun Trip

I have always wanted to visit Sg Lembing since like 5 years ago but since procrastination has been my biggest foe, it kept delaying my schedule. Not till last 2 weeks ago, ive decided ok enuff is enuff, time to plan a road trip whether I have enough numbers or not, I dont care, Im going..muahaha...Probably 2016 resolution really kicks in good in my cerebrum. So after checking with few groups of friends, a couple of homestay in Sg Lembing, read some blogs, whatsapping friends who are available in conjunction with Thaipusam's holiday and with last year balance of annual leave to clear, the plan finally became a reality. 

Since i've flooded my insta and fb with what to do, where to eat, who to contact and how to go there, many have messaged me privately asking for itinerary and interested to join in the near future, so here you are a simple guide for you guyz. Bear in mind that it was 3 of us, so the costing was divided by 3 and we did not want to rush so we really took our sweet time to venture Sg Lembing, talk with the locals, make some new friends, get closer with the nature and also chilling while we can. So it was really a fun trip with a lot of amazing discoveries. I didnt know a lot of stuff about Sg Lembing before, but now it makes me want to explore further this quiet town where it was once the most profitable underground Tin Mine of the world. Thanks Zue and Ayue for the company and fun. 

Teaser of our road trip to Sg Lembing... the "River of Spears"


It only takes about 3 hours drive from KL to Sg Lembing. Enjoy the lush greenery while you are cruising along Karak highway. 

Where to stay?
Tiara Guesthouse, 
Time Capsule Retreat, 
Green Peace, 
T-box or any other Homestays..

What to do?
Check out the Tin Mine,
Sg Lembing Museum, 
Witness the Rainbow Waterfall (depends on luck and weather), walking along the 100 years old Hanging bridge of Kolong Pahat, hike Panoramic Hill for a magical view, 
Charas Cave,
Sungai Pandan Waterfall,
Crystal House,
Deer Farm,
Pebble River Beach Sungai Kenau
Berkelah Waterfall,
Mount Tapis Park, 
cycling, walking, photoshoot at this small town or just do nothing and relax..how often you get a peaceful environment like this?  

What to eat?
Mee jawa, mee bandung, Nasi Ayam kukus, cendol durian, 
chinese noodles, beancurd, yong to fu

ok will update soon on our adventure at Sg Lembing, till then adios..happy weekend yo! 

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Baluran National Park - Africa of East Java

After a good 7 solid hours of sleep the night before, I woke up by my alarm to continue our 3rd day of adventure journey. I am pretty excited of what ahead of us. It has been quite some time since I last have this itch feeling of anticipation where everything are full of surprises and venturing into the unknown can be equally exciting and anxious at the same time. Since the hot shower is not working, the morning bath was as cold as the morning breeze. It was just 430am when we started our journey, still slightly dark but the morning ride was quite a smooth one. We reminisced the moment back in 2013 during "My Selangor Story" blogging competition held in Selangor and also some reflection on our personal life, career, passion and travel along the way. We shared a lot of common interest on religion, principle of life and no wonder we can get along quite well instantly when we first meet in 2013. 

Ericka recommended our next destination not only because she herself has not been there but it has been dubbed as the "Africa of East Java".so it must be quite interesting for fellow malaysian like me to witness something that I dont often get the chance to see back home.Yes you got it right if you have guessed it as Baluran National Park. It it located about 86km far east from Pasir Putih and the 2 hours journey given us the chance to enjoy the beautiful coastline view as the sun started to rise. 
the morning sunrise
Some roads were winding while some are straight road with creepy trees with almost no leaves as the dry seasons have taken a toll on them. Skies are so blue that you feel as if the ocean are above you. 

Finally after 2 hours, we reached the Baluran National Park only to bedisappointed with the unkempt arch and an unwelcoming entrance. Both of us was quick to judge that this not going to be good..either the place has been closed or we just out of luck..sigh... monkeys were everywhere and it seems like they were not pleased with our presence. 

We came down to look around incase there are people that we could ask for. But the monkeys started running towards us and we decided to drive out and check out with the locals. As we drove out, suddenly few metres away we saw this and we thought...oh..so that was either the old entrance or the back exit.. Anyway after asking the guard, we were happy that the this national park consisting of 25,000 acres land is indeed still up and running. :) What a sigh of relief. We drove in and purchase our tickets. They probably thought I was one of the locals because the tickets they charged was for 2 local adults..hehee..Trima kasih mas! instead of paying 235k (RM71) rupiah, I only paid 7500 (RM2.2)..that's almost ..well. you do the math. 

Entrance fee for 4 wheels.


the ticket price as stated for local and tourist are different significantly)
And so my first experience of going on a 'safari' begins. The road were bumpy with stones and we were surrounded by bushes and dried trees exactly like the savannah in Africa. the only thing missing was the giraffe and the Masai tribe. the heat was over the top. Our stomach was hungry but coming to a place like this for the very first time, we were excited to stop the car at few stops to take picture and checking out the place. There were only chickens and monkeys around. They even pooped on the windscreen of the car. hahaha. Would like to recommend to those who wish to visit this place, please wear sunscreen, shades and drive using 4x4 because some cars might not able to go through it. Walking will be a crazy feat even though it is doable..but not under this hot weather. 

hye there!
dry land
the bumpy ride
scorching hot with dry leaves..some area are burned by itself due to the extreme heat..
Hello from Africa of East Java! 
Felt like i was in a music video clip of a local band..tanah gersang. 
I'm amazed how this canvas beauty in East Java is a mirror image of what I used to watch in National Geographic channel of The Wilderness. I guessed my 'Wildest Dream" came true that very day. It might lacking of some herd of giraffe, elephants or even the Maori's , but still it is a sight I will not forget. Indonesia is a wonderful place to visit because imagine i was from a cold, sulfuric volcanic mountain the day before and now I was here in a savannah dry land.. amazing! 

 As Ericka was driving, I was concentrating on the side of the road incase I could spot some wild and exotic animals. then suddenly we saw a couple was walking in the middle of this scorching hot sun, We decided to ask them incase if they would like to hitchhike. The offer was obviously taken without having a second thought..hahaa...So Nichola (from Italy) and Karin (Switzerland) hopped in and we shared some interesting facts about knowing each other. 
Aaahhh Baluran Mountain...aint she pretty?
Accompanied by a cloud of hope, even a dry land like this hold its own beauty with greens of colours at the height of Mount Baluran. Just like our life, it may be dry at times with objections and frustration but there's always hope and keep the faith. :) 
guess who decided to visit us
spot some wild deers
a close encounter with a wild buffalo
the "oasis"
crazy hot we-fie on a desert! haha
there's something about this place..it was just amazing!
thanks Ericka for venturing this journey with me and open up not only my eyes but my mind
Found a tree, waiting for me. So i said Hi and I climbed and we talked. Thanks for listening. till we meet again, you have been wonderfully mesmerizing. 
I have this fetish of climbing on trees since i was young ..kampung girl laa
Being brought up in a small hometown of Mentakab, Pahang, and surrounded by the influence of outdoor games and adventures which was mostly done by the boys, i felt like i was born with an adventurous spirit and a little dash of tomboy mode. Climbing trees has been a fetish of mine, I have always wanted to built a Treehouse since I was young. call me crazy but trees are like the source of my excitement..especially big huge trees with unique branches..you know like how kids enter into a candy store.
and we had to take a picture of us with the skulls. those are buffalo skulls, died to natural causes. a little smelly but it doesnt matter

After some CANON moment at the skeletons booth, we decided to check out if there are place for us to get something to eat. I was super hungry as it was already 10am. Found a stall and decided to order fried rice while Ericka had her mixed rice. Nichola and Karin just ordered drinks as they are not used to eat heavy breakfast. We also met Handziko (Bio's lecturer from Yogyakarta) who was on an assignment trip with his students. 
nasi campur / mixed rice
nasi goreng / fried rice 
After a decent meal, all 5 of us we decided to head down to BAMA beach. We sat there and chill for almost 2 hours before we bid goodbye to Karin and Nichola. Then we dropped Handziko at the same place where we met as he will join in with his students for other activities. ok Handziko, I will be visiting Yogyakarta soon for sure!
check out the 'flapping' tree.
the iconic signage..i found love :) 
met old and new friend.. this trip has been amazing
both of them are looking for some exotic birds.
Bama beach..filled with swimming monkeys
Be careful with your food especially, they will just grab it..kinda wild monkeys swarming this place.
baluran mountain..zoomed.
 Then we went to Banyuwangi which was about an hour drive from Baluran to check out what's interesting there. We stopped over for a fresh coconut drink and walked through a 'plantation' area before we discovered black sandy beach..The opposite is Bali..yeah another favorite place of mine..hehe..we decided to have our lunch by the shore. We ordered grilled fish again. Simple yet so delicious and cheap.. the sambal in Indonesia are the core of tantalizing taste in every meal. 
it was only 10,000 rupiah @ RM3 and it was huge plus sweet
discover a black sandy beach
remind me of Tembok, Bali and Balok beach back in Pahang.
how ya doing brown cow?
ericka doing her thing..ordering the best grilled fish for us to dine in.
while waiting, i went down to check out the place
the tongkang and tugbuat (leading in front)...the boat that pulling the charcoal




huge and heavy
then the meal are ready...woahhh. simple yet it was so delicious!
over here in indonesia, you need to pay if you want to pump air for car's tyres.. about 5,000 rupiah. 
then we head home back to bondowoso..the traffic was quite bad..we reached Ericka's place almost 7pm.
It was already dark by 530pm. But I couldn't help it but to say yes when Ericka asked "Did you want me to stop over?" . The craziness imaginary of blended colors from the sunset was so mind blowing. With Mount Puteri from afar as the backdrop against the paddy field, it was a sight that keep my jaw opened while I am trying to digest this astonishing image.  
the  beautiful Bondowoso.
By the time we reached Ericka's home, it was already almost 730pm, chucked our bags and Ericka was asking if I would like to eat anything because she planned to skip dinner  I said yeah I am a little hungry so she took her bike and we are on a short distance ride to this noodle stall. So we take away and after nice cold shower, the fried noodle was gone within minutes. Ericka went to bed early that night while I was checking the pictures and browsing the internet before went to bed early as well. 
fried noodle by the road side..street food is always freaking delicious and cheap

Thank you Ericka for giving me a chance to witness a totally new horizon and introducing your beautiful hometown, Bondowoso plus the many wonderful things of East Java....the journey continues..wait for my next post where I felt like I was walking back to the past that was once the Empire of a Kingdom ruled over this place. 

You may also wanna check out my previous post of my amazing trip in East Java here:

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