Padang-padang Beach: One you cannot miss out from Southern Bali

Padang-padang beach view

Padang-padang beach view

One beach that you cannot miss out when you are in Southern Bali is Padang-padang beach. It is well-known as a good spot for surfing, and you know, a filming location of Julia Roberts in Eat, Pray, Love. Or perhaps if you are a big fan of Bigbang, one of their members, Seungri, ever enjoyed his holiday here with his friends. I am not a fan of both but I am just saying because people will tell you anyway. Continue reading

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Beach Time: Going to Payangan in Ramadhan

Pantai-pantai di Jember

Pantai Payangan, Jember [Payangan beach, Jember]

Going to a beach in Ramadhan month can be really burdensome. Imagine when you are fasting then you go to a place where the sun shines brightly with few shady place and the hot weather that makes you thirsty easily, the temptation is too high. However I had nothing to do at home during Ramadhan and I remembered my friends, Intan and Fida, once asked me to take them to Payangan beach since they had never been there before. As they arrived at Jember we planned the right time to go to the beach. I felt like the beach was calling me. Finally, last week, I went to Payangan beach with them. I know right, it was still in Ramadhan, but fortunately none of us was fasting! Fida and I coincidentally got period in the same time. What a perfect moment! (Fyi, girls in period are not allowed to fast because we are dirty. Just in case if you don’t know Islam :)) Meanwhile Intan is a Christian so she does not fast like us. This is very rare to happen, therefore we should use this coincidence as well as possible. So, let’s get tanned!

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Cerita dari Kampung Nelayan Bangsring

Rumah Apung Bangsring, Banyuwangi

Rumah Apung Bangsring, Banyuwangi

Ada kesan yang berbeda ketika saya memasuki kawasan kampung nelayan di desa Bangsring, Banyuwangi. Ramah, sederhana dan hebat! Itulah yang saya rasakan. Dari awal kedatangan sampai mau pulang, saya merasa dijamu dengan baik oleh para nelayan desa Bangsring. Diawali dengan pembelian tiket, pemberian instruksi oleh guide lokal, sampai dengan obrolan ringan dengan bapak Sukir ketika mengantri kamar mandi.

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Beauty, Diversity, Memory and All Nice Things About Bali

“Bali for tourism? NO! Tourism for Bali? YES!”

Well, this is a motto from HPI, an organization which protects tourism in Bali. It is nice and well said, isn’t it? I got it when I was visiting their office almost a month ago. This motto is short but it clearly states about how tourism industries in Bali develop which protects Bali quite well. In this motto, they want people in Bali to work together to develop tourism in Bali without disregarding its culture. They keep on dancing traditional dances such as Kecak dance, keep on wearing traditional clothes in many occasions, keep on designing their home according to the custom rule, and etc. These side of them are very unique. They have their own identity which is different from the other tribes. But Bali is not only about the culture. The beauty of nature occurs in Bali. Starting from the beaches, waterfalls, mountains, hills, lakes, rivers, sea etc., we can find all of them in Bali. Huge trees and vast paddies field are the most common view in Bali, especially when we are in Tabanan region. No wonder if you look at the google map using satelite option, you will see Bali mostly in green color.

Because of the richness of its culture and its nature, people has realized that Bali has a good prospect. It can attract many tourists to come which is good for their economic matters. Then they have started to learn how to manage business and tourism professionally and how to produce and how to market local products. Most of Balinese make a living from tourism.

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ornaments at Balinese house

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a kind of traditonal ceremonies

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Payangan Beach : Having fun with my besties

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Pantai Payangan, Jember Photo by Emyl

Finally I could have a trip with all my dear friends, full team! Oh yeah~
This time, we went to Payangan beach, Ambulu, Jember. We planned to go there in early morning when the sun shines warmly. So when we reached the peak, it wouldn’t be too hot for us.

Fishy scent, wave sounds, strong wind, clear blue sky, and the touch of the sand on your feet, where else you would feel this way? BEACH!

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Payangan beach : Seeking sunset with my little bro

Panorama Sunset at Payangan beach

Panorama Sunset at Payangan beach

I’ve never been able to have a trip with my all bros in one occasion. Just for once, I really wanted the three of us toe hang out together. So I asked them to go to Paayangan beach after visiting my grandpa and my sweet little niece. I planned that we would visit them for around five or six hours, I thought it would be long enough, then continued heading to the beach at 4.30 pm so we could see the sunset. However, we couldn’t make it. We were too late. It didn’t work as the way I planned and my el bro went back immediately. Sigh, too bad. But it’s okay, as long as he would treat me and Yusril when we are in Bali. Hahahah. Since that day, I was curious about Payangan beach. Recently, this beach has became a hot destination. I saw its pictures on Instagram quite well and it looked great. Most of them took the pictures from the top of the hill. I was there once but I didn’t reach the summit and at that time the beach itself was not quite interesting because the sand is dark, as you know I prefer white sand beach. So when my littlel bro and I were going to visit our grandpa again, I asked him to go to Payangan beach first. At 3.30 pm we left our house, arrived at the beach around at 5.00 pm. We still could enjoy the sunset. Continue reading

Green Bay : Better go on workdays

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Looking back when the first time I saw a picture of my seniors visiting Green bay (Teluk Ijo), I thought it is a very quiet beach that you can count how many people come just with your fingers. But it was a long time ago, maybe two or three years ago. Of course people have recognized this beach overtime. And the fact that I went there on the first day of 2015, how could I expect enjoying this beach peacefully? Continue reading