It’s Just Fifty Shades of Grey

My colleague starts to ask what is FSoG.

Some are mocking.

Some are admiring.

Some are just smiling.

Just like me.

Don’t sweat it.

It’s just movie based on novel.

Like it? Read it and maybe watch the movie.

Don’t like it, leave it.

Don’t press your brain for something that not interest you.

At all.

A Few of Private Collection

*On one Saturday afternoon I was in Arnold Busck and my eyes saw a book with gray tie on the cover. The title was also interesting.

Take it or leave it?

That question was playing me for minutes.

I’ve decided to leave it, because my friends were calling to leave the book castle.

What a wow saw it again in Periplus Sanur.

Life. You’ll never know what might come in your way somewhere.*

Even Google Greets Me Today

In a couple of hours January 31st will be end. My day will come to an end.

Somehow I’m smiling all day long and feel excited for everything.

I think, because I feel blessed more than days or years before.

Greetings from friends, who remember me, greeted. Or the late one.

And … voila! Even Google greets me!

Enough with the crap. 🙂 I just feel thankful for everything today.

Well, Happy Birthday ME!

Thank you, WordPress!

Birthday Greeting from Google*Still no birthday greeting from you, H.*

There Were Human In That Airplane! For God Sake!

Suddenly I felt sad, annoyed and disappointed by a comment of a Malaysian woman in a British online media post I read yesterday. What I still can remember is, she said that Malaysia has lost another plane for the third times in a year. Then another Malaysian women commented that she agreed with the first woman and said to pray for Malaysia.

For God sake! You care more for a lost flying machine than the passenger inside it?! You got to be joking! And as important note is that most of the passengers in that sunk Air Asia QZ 8501 were Indonesian. So? We here are in the real mourning. Like there were no Indonesians inside the crashed MH 17 and the lost MH 370. No one wants this happen to anyone anywhere.

I really don’t know what to reply for that kind of public comment that can be read by people. Why nowadays people care much more for things than human? You might think and say, „Hey, it’s just a comment.“, but at the moment, I think everyone should not say something without thinking first.

Personally, I am tired of this kind of tragic moment. I don’t have to be a member of the family of those victims of plane crashed to feel what they feel from losing their beloved one. Just by witnessing a plane crashed down and someone free flew from the sky in the middle of hard rain when I was a child already shivers me to death and I realize that I can never forget it for the rest of my life but to accept it.

It made me shiver, because something try to tell me a warning for that big writing in front of me that day, November 30th 2014 on my way heading hometown from Bandung to Medan.

Either in the end of 2006 or in 2007 I was afraid of flying home from Germany to Indonesia, because there were more than 3 planes down in Indonesia. Then I cancelled my flight, because of this insecure feeling of flying. Even though I missed my family, friends and homeland a lot.

From my flying experience with many national and international planes, none of it the best. That’s include twice flying with Malaysia Airlines, which I won’t fly again with it, since the food and their flight attendance for long haul flight from Medan to Frankfurt via Kuala Lumpur was not recommended.

 I hope that we can think first what to say or comment before knowing what was really happened. As Indonesian, I am thankful for all helps from many neighbor countries to find Air Asia QZ 8501.

My prayer to all MH 17 and MH 370 passengers, also their families. Amin.

So Long, 2014! Welcome, 2015!

Well, I don’t have much to wish for next year.

I just wish, that I will be happy and proud of who I am. Grateful for everything I got already.

And not making the same mistakes as I did before.

A plan for the first day of 2015? To the beach for the first sunrise of 2015 and hopefully not rainy.

Not much, but it makes me smiling already to have this wish in my head. 😉

For additional wishes are to travel to Lombok Island and hike on Rinjani Volcano to fill the volcano list, which I’ve hiked, to Komodo and Rinca Islands, and diving in Raja Ampat.

I wish you all A GREAT NEW YEAR AHEAD!

Selamat Tahun Baru 2015 / Happy New Year 2015 / Frohes Neujahr 2015 / Godt Nytår 2015!

New Level, New Room

Life is incredibly unbelievable.

I wasn’t expected anything. But, here I am. In a small meeting room, which also with working table on the other end of the room. Still my computer with me and only with new working paper and large windows behind me. New room. In new level.

It feels like only a week ago I came back from 5 days and 4 nights round trip in Java and after I came back to the office, I got the news that I was offered to take this position to handle the biggest DMC in Germany and maybe in Europe. Yes, it was a shock and I was almost chocked. Gasping and inhale exhale that I can do about it. Though, it still takes time to accept everything consciously. Yes, I am still in shock.

Working with some German speaking expats in this room make me feel quite … anxious. Looks like I need Duden once again. What a life I have…. Once again talking in German, English and Indonesian language with them all at the same time is quite a thing with my tongue. Lol.

Well, got to through all this with all my heart and soul. Love your job and hopefully, the good things will come into your life as future benefits.

Gotta go and get rest. Maybe? 😉


Amazing Things Happened Sooner or Later After You Wish, Hope and Pray For It

It`s been a while, since the last time I write back in my page.

Hey! I got a greeting from WordPress for being here in these 2 years. Great! It makes me want to write more often.

Well, what will I share to you all now? I don`t know where to start and what to share.

In one side it is getting better and I am very thankful to my creator. But in other side it is still xoxo. I miss my family, but I have to start a new phase in my life and focus on it since the end of last March. This time I don`t want and try not to waste the chance that been given to me. This is the one that I want as occupation and I am enjoying it. Everything.

The greatest thing that happened to me lately is that I am going to be that close to my dreams. Years ago I wondered, when can I stand on the top of Mount Bromo in East Java province and see with my own eyes the famous Blue Fire of Mount Ijen. Every time I saw someone`s photo with Mount Bromo or Ijen, I always feel envy for them and in my mind I just can asking to God, “Dear God, when is my turn to go there? When can I stand on the top of those mountains? When can I take photos of those world famous places?” It looks like that God heard my prayers all these years.

So, I am assigned to join educational trip from my office and for the first year I got chosen to join the trip to Java over land. I can`t wait until end of October to make it happen. With 5 other colleagues from the office and 3 Hollanders will through this trip. The trip will start in Yogyakarta and heading to Borobudur Temple, continue to go back to Yogyakarta, with train heading to Mount Bromo, by car through East Java plantation to Mount Ijen and at the end crossing Java Strait to Bali. It`s going to be a week of over land trip. And my task before the trip is only to press my weight a few kilos lower and stay fit, because hike 2 mountains in a week is going to be difficult enough, if my body not fit, since I have problem with my left knee. Hopefully it`ll work out until the day we leave Bali heading to Java. This hiking is the first, since my last hiking back in exactly 10 years ago. Wow! The last hiking was to Mount Sinabung near to my hometown and exploded a couple years ago. Somehow I am grateful that I have hiked a volcano and now it`s awake after 400 years sleeping.

Amanusa and Me.
Amanusa and Me.

Another bless was two weeks ago, finally I can visit the luxury houses in southern Bali. The houses are Keraton Jimbaran, Belmond Jimbaran Puri Bali, The Melia, Nusa Dua Beach Hotel, the famous Amanusa and St. Regis. Maybe it sounds a little too much, but for me it`s like a great thing and also as a wish that came true, because I can see those houses with my own eyes from the inside. It was awesome! If I don`t work in this field, I think I can never enter these houses.

We met new colleagues and new people. I even had a little funny chat with a staff from St. Regis that born as Russian-German. Somehow I know that she`s not from English speaking country or English as her mother language. Amazing! She worked for 4 years in Maldives and it was like a common new friend chat. It was not like official working conversation. What I can remember that she was very nice. Too bad that our pick-up has came and we had to go as soon as possible to Jimbaran beach for seafood dinner on the beach with our colleagues from Thailand.

What amazing things happened to me lately…. Thank You.


First Rafting In My Life

Happy. Once again touched the nature. Relaxing and away from work.  Hang out with co-workers feels so good. Loud laughs everywhere along the way to the finish. Even since warming up before starting. Lol. I heard from colleague that our team were the loudest from all the participants from other travel agencies and hotels. Well, as far as I know until this second, I work with cheerful people and feel blessed for it.

Anyway, this rafting competition was held to celebrate Kartini Day. She was a Javanese, a wife and the emancipator in Indonesia. That was why all the participants were WOMEN! 😀


Still Remember

Still clear in my mind ….

That night when we said goodbye. 

I saw that white skinned man in red t-shirt waved his right hand to me….

It was … strange. I feel like I´ve seen him long before met him that noon.

I knew his face. Somehow.

I´ve seen his face somewhere.

But … I just can´t remember when.

Or where ….

Not there. Not in that place.

Not on this island.

Not in this life.



Another Déjàvu