A month ago, my father asked me to joined him in his reunion trip. At first, I hesitated to say yes but my father convinced me that I need vacation (working at boutique exhaust me, physically and mentally). In the end, I joined my father and sister went to Lombok.
We were lucky got first flight in the morning. We arrived at Lombok around 8 and had breakfast at airport.
Two hours later, Dad’s friend pick us up and we went to hotel. We met lots of another Dad’s friends as well. To be honest, I didn’t expect there’s going to be 20 people in this trip, considering that most of Dad’s friends are not younger anymore. But although they’re old, their spirit are young.
Anyway, we decided to went to Tanjung Aan beach.
I have no word for this. It’s too beautiful.
Then we took a boat to the next destination, Batu Payung Beach.
That’s me, with my Dad. (^^)
We took lots of photos in both site, also enjoyed the water and sand. Oh, we also find a swing ^^
Please don’t mind my face XDD
After enjoyed play around Tanjung Aan Beach, we walk little bit to Selong Belanak Beach.
I’m speechless. What word that would be fit for this beauty?
The sun was gone, time for dinner.
Dad’s friends took us to a restaurant named “Sate Rembiga”. They’re served Sate Rembiga and Spicy Duck (Bebek Pedas) for our dinner.
If you’re spicy food lover, you’ll love it, but since I’m sweet tooth, I kinda dislike it. I couldn’t ate more than two. Really. Too hot for my taste.
It’s second day! Not much place we went to, but the fun part of this day was we were went to Gili Trawangan! ^^
But, before that, we went to Kuta Mandalika Beach for morning walk.
After breakfast, we took a car and went to Desa Sade (Sade village). They’re known for their “kidnapping” tradition. The “kidnapping” tradition is where a guy kidnap a girl whom they love as proposal to the girl’s parents. In 3 days, the girl’s parents should agree and give their blessing.
Unfortunately, we don’t had much time to explored the village because it almost Jumu’ah time. I hope I can go back and learn more about this unique village and its tradition.
From Sade to Lombok Islamic Center. Because it’s Friday, most of men are do Jumu’ah while women do Dzhuhur pray as usual. But something funny happened. When I was arrived at women’s section, some of guys said, ” Come, come! Today is special day! Today’s khatib is Tuan Guru Bajang!”
I was wondered who is Tuan Guru Bajang when I noticed most of women around me didn’t stand and do Dzhuhur. Instead, they sat and heard the khutbah. I was like, ” Aren’t we supposed to pray now?”
I sat, waited the adzan, but the adzan time already passed, so I confused. When the khutbah done, all women stand and do Jumu’ah. I was shocked. I never know women are allowed to do Jumu’ah. But I followed them, although my mind being completely blank.
But you know what, the most surprising thing that I heard after pray was about Tuan Guru Bajang. Turns out, he’s the Governor of Nusa Tenggara Barat.
After shocking event, I, along with all tour member, went to harbour. We took speed boat to went to Gili Trawangan. It was amazing experience. At first, it felt scary but after few minutes, I start enjoy it.
We spend the rest of night with tasty dinner and some jokes. Seriously, these people aren’t as old as their pyshical. They’re really crack me up!
Dad, you’re so lucky having friends like that.
Bytheway, I’d been ate lot of seafood in here. I forgot what kind of fish was, but it’s delicious!
It’s 3rd day, and we’re prepared for snorkeling! I was waited this day, only to find out I got period! (-_________________-)
Well, to cheer myself up, I took morning walk around beach.
Now, it’s time for snorkeling!
After snorkelling, we packed our stuff and back to Lombok. Our next destination is Taman Narmada (Narmada Garden)
The guide said this was a place where King and Queen rest.
Also, there’s Telaga Ajeng. replica of Segara Anakan
But I think the most anticipated one was this:
There’s sacred water source that will make a person become eternally young. Unfortunately, I couldn’t enter since I’m on period. Hmph.
Well, at least we could take a photo.
Next stop: Sate Bulayak
I forgot to asked my Dad what’s difference between Sate Rembiga and Sate Bulayak. Both of them are spicy, tho. (-_-) But hey, this time, I managed to ate all of it! Yeeeyyy!!!
Oh, and of course, we took another photo.
It’s last day of our trip. My Dad’s friend took us to Sembalun. It’s near Mount Rinjani.
We didn’t hike too far because most of Dad’s friends are tired (I guess they finally reach their limit), so we just hike few meters and took photo.
But my favorite part of this day was learned how to weave
They said, if a girl have been mastered the weave technique, it means she’s ready to be married ( O_O)
Time to go home! Kinda sad because I feel like there’s lots of place I have to visit. I also feel sad because the next day I have to go back to reality >.<
Our flight was around 1 PM, so we took time for brunch.
Then, we back to Bekasi.
5 days isn’t enough for visit all gorgeous places in Lombok, but it’s enough for short getaway and relaxation. I ever heard someone said that travelling will help you recover from stress and depression. I wasn’t believed it, because not everyone have that kind of luxury and money to travel whenever they want. But this trip did help me ease my mind. It sound hypocrite for me, but maybe, maybe for once in a while, we need time for ourselves.
Some people doing it by travelling a lot, but others may find peace at home and do hobbie.
So what’s yours? How do you spend time for relaxing?