Don’t get your tyres stuck between drain grills.
Don’t sprain your wrist while doing so.
Take millions of photos.
2 years ago, JPD (Jabatan Pengangkutan Darat) introduced new roadtax formats which is a self adhesive sticker. It features a barcode and mmmm yes yes bery good prevents fraud.
However how many of u hate the new self adhesive roadtax??!! Me hate it so much because of this:
Everyone knows hot weather and stickers don’t mix and believe me my car is always out and about!
I’ve recently renewed my car insurance & roadtax and as usual I do it from Baiduri Finance (nation’s number 1 automobile finance company fyi 😜😜😜 don’t mind the bias).
This year my renewal pack comes with a roadtax sticker. I was like hmm, what’s this for? Sikit lagi me cakap, “nda payah tah”. Haha!
Then sudah my brain finally woke up, barutah realised, it’s supposed to act as a protective barrier between the windscreen and the roadtax.
Mun inda bepaluh2 melakat plus anxiety cause if BIUT u have to live with it for a year. Hahahah.
In short, if you wanna save your windscreen, buy a sticker like this! Or get your insurer to give u one for free!
What a fabulous morning yet what a bittersweet day. Today, is officially the last day of the trip of wonders and sadly, we’d have to say goodbye to participants of the trip as they make their way back to their countries or onwards to the next part of their journeys.
For us, our day starts in a bus.
So clever! They put a hipster cafe inside a national park, and made it a must go destination in Bandung hahahaaaa. Coffee is supergood!
BTW in case u ever wonder how we get awesome photos, it’s at least half and hour of this:
From the entrance, we go up to our restaurant on this floral car:
Dusun Bambu is actually like a glamping area, and have seen it featured many times on articles shared on Facebook about places to visit before u die😂 so happy I managed to visit!
But believe it or not the group whatsapp is until today still beeping at least 40-100 notifications per day lah!
Upon arrival in Jakarta, Marul and I decided yo hit the malls.
So no photos 😂😂😂
Until dinner time!
Here we are at 3am:
I slept the whole way and tadaaaaaaaa sampai Brunei!!!!!!!!
The end of the #tripofwonders. Thank you so much to Tourism Indonesia who sponsored this trip. I had soooooo much fun and I am soooooo looking forward to to come back to Indonesia againnn especially to Lombok and Bandung!!!! Eeee suka!!!
Thank you all for following my journey. 😍 I hope it was entertaining at thevery least. If you have any questions leave a comment. Have an awesome night!
Beautiful cloudy day today as we wake up in Hotel Santika, Banyuwangi.
Phew. Unfortunately this day I have a bit of a tummy upset and I keep on needing to use the toilet! 😫😫😫
Anyway, we were supposed to rush to the airport for a 730am flight – and we actually arrived in the airport at 725am 😂😂😂
So I was in the toilet and everyone was yelling MAURINAAAAA FIRSTAAAA FARAAAAHHH JESSICCAAASA (all the ladies names still in toilet) because the all the Blue Alphards was already waiting!!!!
Then we were looking for blue Alphards which turn out to be:
We had to go on these Alphards as buses were not allowed at the entrance of the small airport haha.
Anyway, this brought us to our bus, and off we went to the lunch place.
Me, at that time can’t stand the smell of food haha so I went straight to the hotel, Sheraton Bandung.
Hermit mode as I need to recover asap.
Sheraton Bandung took care of me and the next day I was feeling great and ready to visit Kawah Putih!
Kawah Putih is another crater lake, very near to the city of Bandung.
Bus ride for 2 hours. Sleepytime.
Upon arrival we had to go up the mountain with this Angkut (Alphard) haha.
With Motulz an awesome sketch artist I met on this trip.
The trip up is similar to Ijen, except this is by car haha.
I find it amusing that they asked him in Bahasa Indonesia and he simply obliged and even said “lagi satu” to which they gave him another pose. Haha.
I suppose we are all children of ASEAN and we all somehow look similar.🙂
Anyway, from the above location, which is where our Angkut/Alphard dropped us off, it’s another 200m to get to the actual Kawah Putih – much like walking to a mall.
Btw if u want to visit Bandung, visit on a weekday cause omg human traffic, car traffic and traffic all around!
Leya bought cireng! Also so yummy.
Then had lunch at Ciwidey Valley!
After lunch headed back to Bandung. Tummies full, slept on the bus.
Then, woke up, still on the bus. 😂😂😂
Finally arrived at the hotel.
Then Marul texted and said lets have pizza 😂😂
Dinner is at Sierra, Bandung.
I am completely ashamed to say, when I was packing in Brunei for this trip, I completely underestimated Ijen.
We don’t know each other very well, we were not acquainted yet.
At 12am, I was suited and booted and ready.
New shoes bought specifically for Ijen. Blue for the blue flame.
At 12am we assembled inthe lobby. Masks were distributed.
Then comes the safety briefing.
We filed into 4WDs and off we went. The journey took 1 hour over precarious dark roads but was very calm, cool and windy.
Arrived! Ladies ready?
We were given face masks, but if you want to go down to the crater lake, you can rent better gas masks. I bought gloves though cause cold haha.
The total hike is 3km. 2km is supposedly flat land, easy walking, and last 1km, is more of a climb.
Eventhough it is dark:
Half way up, there’s a lovely tuckshop.
Kira aku cam confident lah nda lagi lama sampai. Haha.
The lady selling at the tuckshop said she’s there everyday and goes home every 10 days – what a life.
So onwards to the journey and everyone kept on saying flat land soon. Noooo its not flat hahaha. Just less steep!!!
My advice is just take it slow! And eventhough it’s so easy to just GIVE UP, I didn’t and so I continued up.
With my “escorts” hahahaha. I think they were worried I’m gonna faint or something hahahah. Talked to them the whole way, asked about their lives, which part of Indonesia they were from, where their wives are from, what they do if not on this trip. Haha
Actually I love to hear about other people’s lives and love to ask questions. Apologies if u were ever in the mercy of mine hahahaa.
By the time I arrived, there was already a queue at the entrance so I didn’t and chose to see the sunrise instead.
This is the moment when I realised: I’m on Mt Ijen.
If I did go down, this is what I would’ve seen:
An amazing crater lake & Ijen’s signature blue flame.
Beautiful and turquoise.
This trek down is a precarious 45 minute descend which requires u to wear proper gas masks so be sure to rent them back at the base camp otherwise u can’t.
Anyway, as I sat down waiting for the sunrise, these are the things I saw and observed.
The sulphur is sold to agents who will in turn sell them in Surabaya.
Then sadly it was time to walk down.
When we went up, it was so dark so u can’t really see a thing. But on the way down, i realised that there were so many beautiful plants!
Spent so long just documenting and taking photos of them!
Also on the way down, saw another mountain beyond the clouds.
Sulphur sovenirs were also for sale. Unfortunately u have to hand carry them if u bought them as they’re not allowed in your luggage when u board the plane.
Also felt like my knees were made of jelly haha.
Then travelled on bus to a place called the Baluran National Park which made me feel like huh??? I’m in Africa????
We saw deer, and the biggest buffaloes I’ve ever seen in my life!
Read more here.
Then left Baluran and checked into our hotel, Hotel Santika. Really beautiful and modern.🙂
But it was definitely one of the best days of my life! Slept with a big big smile on my face.
Hashtag #mountaineer! 😂😂😂
Hi guys, I dunno how many times I can say this creatively 😂 – today I woke up super early again cause we needed to gather by 5am in the lobby of Ombak Villa. OMG.
Anyway this was necessary because we had to catch a fast boat to: BALI!
From Ombak Villa we had to walk to Gili Harbour – a 15 minute walk away from the hotel, in a more local part of the island. I was happy cause I decided to wear my sneakers that day so walking was definitely no problem.
When we arrived turns out the water was on low tide and what that means: we all need to board the boat from shore! 😂
So much for my sneakers!
So I had to take my sneakers off, chuck them in my bag, walk on the sand, into the cold morning water and climb precarious metal ladder to board a fast speedboat which was swaying at the mercy of the waves haha – bearing in mind it was so dark u can’t really see much.
Of course, as I climbed down these stairs to get to my seat, I slipped! Fell straight on my butt! 😂
Anyway, here we are all seated. Naturally I chose the front seat, a choice that I don’t know – is it smart? Is it?
I napped for a while – and would’ve continued to if not for one thing: THE HEAT.
Wind was blowing so hard outside yet we cannot feel a thing!
The boat was also apparently caught in a net so it had to stop in the middle of the open sea (Lombok Straits).
I tell u it was like sitting on a rapidly swinging hammock.
It’s soooooooooo hot + dark.
That’s not all: it was also reeking of engine fuel.
It was extremely uncomfortable.
So smart us (all of us sitting in front) thought hey, lets open the door – we opened the door. A gust of wind came and it felt so so goooooood.
Napped again for maybe a good 20 minutes. Felt the boat moving again and it was so yummy with the wind UNTIL the waves started to get bigger and the seas became rougher!
We kept on getting splashed with seawater sure but ok nvm since we were hot. As I was napping, and trying to ignore my seasickness, I guess we ran over a particularly big wave and omg did I mention the door was open? A waterfall gushed over us and we were screaming and I am sitting in front and soaked wet till my panties.
At the moment I felt like I was witnessing a disaster movie hahaha. And i was actually thinking what I should do in case the boat capsizes 😂😂😂
Anyway the scene happened again few times but eventually we arrived hahahahaahah- soaking wetas u can see.
In Bali, caught a bus to the airport- Ngurah Rai International Airport.
Here’s the airport.
Just few metres from airport: padi field.
Welcome to my house!
Then skipped dinner and slept!!!!!! Cause the next day is even more hectic.
I am so charmed by this island.
Yes we were ready! Bought the waterproof casing, bikini on, snorkel ready, and I was ready for action!
A boat will be taking us to the snorkel spots. There’s a few really lovely spots near Gili Air.
Off we go!
Here’s the funny story. Remember I said I bought an underwater casing?
I held my phone (in the underwater casing) in place and lo and behold, I couldn’t take a photo cause MY PHONE CANNOT DETECT MY TOUCH UNDERWATER.
Why why why why why?????????????
Here is the turtle, however as captured by Edgar who is part of the group.
Anyway, Gili has quite nice snorkel spots and fishies. 😍 I was really impressed- so beautiful.
After snorkeling, we were brought to Gili Air and lunch was at Scallywags!
Then it was lunch time!!!!
Caesar Salad 😂 and a burger! #heavylunch
Then it was time to leave 😭😭
Then what did we do? Upon arrival back to Villa Ombak, we freshened up in the room and agreed to meet at 4pm for sunset.
Some sights of Gili Trawangan that afternoon.
But our ultimate destination isssss the sunset point near Excile Bar!
Walked further down and saw this place. So creepy. Selling death themed stuff.
At night I pampered myself with a spa package.