Since we were not looking for any party, we stayed at a peaceful villa in Sengigi, Villa Aryaguna. However, people said if you are looking for hype in Lombok especially at night, go to Gili Trawangan Island. So, before we flew back home, we crossed the sea to set our foot in Gili Trawangan Island for a day.
Before reaching the harbor, we visited Bukit Malimbu. The view was very heavenly beautiful.Our tour guide, Lombok Damai Tour, dropped us at the harbor and we both sailed across using a local ferry. We waited around thirty minutes before we got our ferry and the journey took around 45 minutes. After some hours walking around the islands, we went back to Lombok to continue our journey to Pusuk Forest.
Photo captured by my Husband, Mark Billy (http://markbphoto.space/)
Right after sightseeing Bangli Village, we rolled to Pura Tirta Empul, a Hindu Balinese water temple in Gianyar. This place is interesting to observe religious ceremony, people bathing themselves using holy water to purify their soul, traditional music, beautiful statues, lots of fishes, etc. Close to the area, you can see the first president’s houses.
The entrance ticket was 15K IDR per person (October 2017). To enter the temple, we had to cover our lower body with Sarong. It was believed that the evil spirits may remain there. The local person was really helpful and friendly. They offered us an escort in exploring the temple. They said they will tell you the original history of this temple and everything. However since my husband and I wanted to enjoy our time, we gracefully rejected it.
So, it came a chance for us to visit a trending tourism spot in Gianyar, Bali. It’s actually a residence where royal families live. The village is so humbly beautiful with some small houses, temple and bamboo forest.
We left our honeymoon villa, Villa Omah Lembu, in Ubud at 10 am. The travel time around 1.5-2 hours. So when we reached this village, we had to walk in a broad daylight. Anyway, it’s all worth the journey. The view sensed us well. It’s very traditional and clean. It stimulated our contentment like we were walking in a heritage trail.
Beginning of this month June, I traveled to Tangerang, a city outside of Jakarta, and visited the China Town with my Instagram boyfriend. There I learned the history about Chinese-descendant in Indonesia.
Started from Tanah Abang Train Station at 7 am, we took a stop at Duri Station where we switched to another train routing to Tangerang Station. There we walked to a famous porky noodle shop just ten minutes from the station. After having breakfast, we moved to the traditional market and dropped in a Chinese temple, Klenteng Boen Tek Bio. This temple claimed as the oldest temple in the city, for standing more than three centuries (map).
Nearby in the area, a private-owned museum, named Museum Benteng Heritage, was open to promote about the history about Chinese-descendant in Indonesia, how they arrived in Indonesia, their contribution to develop social welfare around Tangerang, the old pictures of the city, the famous soy sauce sold from era to era, etc. The entrance fee was 30.000 IDR and it included a tour to see around. Cannot tell much about the information I got from the guide, but the 30-40 minutes tour was worth every penny. They also provide a meeting room, private family party, and merchandise shop. Taking pictures inside was prohibited, but we are still allowed to take photos in some public areas. (map)
The trip was ended at 12. We walked back to Tangerang station to go home.