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Belitung Island – Desember 2010 (part 1)


Ok this is another a late post… coz this post is about my holiday on December 2010 in beautiful island called Belitung Island…

Belitung Island – December 2010

Belitung Island
Belitung Island is on Province of Bangka Belitung, on the east of Sumatera Island, on the southeast of the South Sumatera province. This island formerly known for its rich tin, now… it’s more known coz its beautiful beaches with the giant granite rocks. The beauty had been filmed on the trilogy of Laskar Pelangi and since then, tourism on the island is growing rapidly, many tourists attract and come to enjoy the beautiful beaches in the archipelago, including me ^^

Belitung or Belitong itself means a sea slug, do you know that there’s a story regarding the derivation of Belitung Island — for further story please visit: 

The Trip to Belitung Island

My trip this time to Belitung Island was helped by a travel agent, that we found in internet. after several web visit, then we decided to try the

we found it much scheduled and much certain! short story about the travel agent, there were already few scheduled travel with several choice of type like Lighthouse, Laskar Pelangi, and Photographer with different length too, and beside that you can also manage your own trip by choosing the date, choosing the length day you will stay, and the place you will go… so it’s so flexible.. but to be noticed is the more member on your group, the cheaper is the trip ^^ 

since that rule is on, then we’re -me and my travel buddy, m’ayu- decided to join the Photographer’s trip, since that was the most feasible date for us 3 days on Christmas holiday and it’s already 4 person there, so plus 2 it’s cheaper rite? then it was decided!! trip to Belitung 3 days 2 night (total member on group = 10 people) it cost IDR 1.375.000 per person. 

the travel cost is covered the hotel fee, guide fee, transportation in Belitung (destination as per itinerary), breakfast, lunch, dinner, and morning snack, evening snack, hiring boat… complete daaaghh :p 

the extra cost you will spend are for transportation to Belitung and for something you bought there for your friend *read: oleh-oleh* plus if you want to try other menu beside what they’re already offered. Okay enough for the opening… let’s read the whole story about my trip to Belitung, *of course* with my lebay way of telling it… Please Enjoy ^^

Day #1 Going to Belitung, Enjoy the Beaches and the Rocks!

We went to belitung on December 24th from Padang (as per my current domicile) morning flight with Lion Air 06.00, which means we had to depart from Indarung, about 4 a.m… three of us ride to BIM (Bandara Internasional Minangkabau), morning cold little bit cloudy and perfect timing, no delay to Jakarta… what a thing to start our trip ^^

Narcissism: depart to Belitong ^^

Up to Jakarta, only two of us, flew to Belitung using Batavia Air (since there were only two airlines which had flight scheduled to Belitung, Batavia Air and Sriwijaya Air). Since that we had few hours to wait… guess what we did? we went straight away to the new terminal for Batavia, and enter it… and got surprised! yup, it was much better than the terminal we just went… lot of shops and yup… we were shopping then ^^ we couldn’t resist our temptation to shop since we saw that “discount” signed in Batik Keris.. we hadn’t started our trip yet, but we had already spent money :p (women!!!). 

The Belitung calling was saving our wallet from shopping :p yup.. yup… yup.. It’s all about “can’t wait to see Belitung”. The flight was quite OK, since that was a sunny day, and it only took about 30 minutes flight from Jakarta to Belitung. almost 75% people in the airplanes went to Belitung for vacation… we were so dag dig dug… guessing who will be our travel mates, since that there were 10 people in the trip, and we were only two… we’re so hopping that not all of them are couples… ckckckckck… and thanks God it’s true…

so we met our travel mate, a couple from Bandung, a couple (a work colleague) from jakarta, and a photographer groups (4 people from jakarta which had the photography hobby, with their all big bag and tripod full of their precious belongings, read as big camera :p)

udik dulu di bandara Tanjung Pandan

we went straight away to the hotel Billiton, which is a nice hotel in the center of the Belitung city (woops… remember Belitung is not a big city… so please be noticed :p) not far from the hotel -the tour guide said there is the beach-. The tour guide asked us to leave our belongings in the room and change our outfit to more beach outfit, and yup, guess we (me and m’ayu) were disappointing the tour guide coz we didn’t change our outfit, we were just replaced our shoes with flip flop :p which others, they really did changed their outfit.. what do you expect from us.. whether it’s beach or it’s mountain we will use the same outfit, a long shirt, long jeans/ skirt, and head scarfs (read: jilbab) 😀

Greeeeengg… Greeeng.. we were heading to the beach, coz we will eat lunch by the beach… and voilla… it was so quiet restaurant made from the wood… with the view of the beautiful beach… white sand and perfect sky… perfect sea,,, it’s all blue…. a clear blue 🙂 we were just to starving… yummm :9 it was a perfect taste of seafood under the shinny sun… it was a fish soup with pineapple, fried calamari flour, and grilled fish with ‘terasi’ chilly sauce… and cah kangkung… yumm… yummm… plus tropical fruits… and an ice of jeruk kunci (this the famous lemonade in Belitung). Gosh it was the best…

Tour continued by visiting another quiet beach close to the restaurant, it was really quiet, in fact it was only we who’s there. the photographers got really excited by the row of high coconut tree, which stand there by the beach gracefully. And then… with no command, they were ready with their big camera, stand closely with their action ready to take the picture of it… and clicked *I also took their picture… that moment :p nice right?*

photographer in pose -1-

 and this one is the most hilarious -yang duduk kayak anak ilang-

and of course we also took pictures of ourselves and the beautiful and peaceful beaches…

beautiful right – Tanjung Tinggi Beach

And here the pose! ^^

tetep narcis at Tanjung Tinggi Beach

then, another beaches visited… this time to beach ….. this place quite special since that the Laskar Pelangi ever took a scene in this beach.. and yup.. we know the reason… it is amazing place… big rocks almost every where… and the beach wowwww….. Subhanallah beautiful… really REALLY BEAUTIFUL… 

since that I went with m’ayu, and the couple busy with their self, the colleague busy with their swimming things, and the photographers busy with their spot and objects… so we went all narciss by ourselves, taking picture in almost every beautiful spot, in many style… and guess what? thanks to the Mr. Tour Guide who volunteer himself to be our photographer… hey he wasn’t bad.. since that he often company photographers he knows little bit of it… you can check it below… ^^

m’ayu and me *sok jadi model video klip xixixixi*
gagagaga… no comment

after it, of course another beach to visit it the evening. this time we visit beach… it was cloudy there, in front of us were laid beaches and white sand, looking toward the sea we’ll see granite rocks… and many of boats were lined up against the beach… and yup… we’re taking picture.. there and there… then, mr. tour guide took us (me, m’ayu and the couple -since, that we were the only people who didn’t have specific agenda) walking along the beach to a rock hill… it was quite… perfect for couples :p nice combination between granite rock and green plants… it was almost sunset… and the wind blows romantically… and upon the sky… many black birds flying across…

Mr. Tour Guide told us that they are a huge bird, he said the length of the wing when it spread is about a meter, he also mentioned that they were categorized as ancient one. and I saw above, and no doubt that it was a big bird… sadly I didn’t ask the name of the birds *huukkkss*

Then we continued our walk to the rocks, through the path which surrounding by bushes and green plant, we passed an rock which look like a fish head.. and then we did this… *big grin… narcissism mode on*

pose in the “fish head” rock

and we also took several picture of us in there with “model” pose.. #eaaa…

lagi lagi pose aneh -___-“
dua anak ilang ^^
cyiiiiiaaaaaaaat… martial art in action

after satisfied taking pictures by the beach, it’s time for us to back to the hotel. and we’re in group with the photographers, then when the sun is set, it meant a “sunset hunting”. and yup.. we did sunset hunting, but this time we did it in other beach, according to Mr. Tour Guide was the most near and perfect place to hunt sunset (and it was a romantic place). there’s no sand, but there were lot of piers heading to the sea, the pier was tremendously look so exotically fragile made by wood and it’s already mossy. there were also lot of boats parked along the pier… and it was so quiet… it was the perfect scene for a romantic thing. That time was the time for the sun to take a rest… it was beautiful, but unfortunately it was cloudy so the perfect moment and colors couldn’t be caught in camera perfectly. But through our bare eyes, it was quiet perfect… we, who didn’t have the big camera, were sitting by the pier, looking at the moment when the sun set… and admiring that beautiful moment accompanied by soft rhythm of gentle wave and rubbed by wind breeze… gosh… so quiet on that moment.. it was a right place to admiring what Allah SWT has created.. Subhanallah.. it was so beautiful..

sunset view at Belitung

the catching sun set was done, Mr. Tour Guide took us back to our hotel to take shower and change outfit before he took us to dinner. after showering and replacing our dirty outfit to the new one, we’re all ready for dinner… and yummm… he took us to a local restaurant which quiet far from the city… but, the menu was delicious! we were served with Crabs (Kepiting Asam Manis) and another Crabs meal (the crabs was smashed and flavored, then it shaped like little ball) and it was delicious… then grilled prawn and grilled fish… hummmm… yummm yummm….

kepiting asam manis and Nugget Kepiting :9

you know what… I found best seafood in Belitung… so it was a recreation and culinary tour 🙂

and that’s how our first day in Belitung end… perfectly full and happy ^^ okay, see ya on my Belitung part 2

love always

travel lover
*coz this is one of ways to see how Great Allah SWT and be admired and graceful for His creation.*

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the "unaccomplished" fishing

this is a late post ^^ (supposed to be on 14th November and near it)

happy Idul Adha… *as I say in d beginning, it is a late post :p so please understand…*

so happy in this year Idul Adha… *even it was little bit disturbed by news from office 😦 okay… okay… I’m not going to discuss about office in this post… so let forget it for a while*. this year Idul Adha was special, since that this is my first Idul Adha at my hometown in two year abroad (“merantau”). I took a few days leave, and it was worth!

I never knew that my mom need me so much till I came home… and thanks to Allah that I could come home… no regret at all… so in Sunday, we decided to have lunch outside… my father was driving the car without deciding where would we have lunch at. the choices on that time were eating Gulai Kambing in Tempoe Dulu or eating Kepiting Cak Gundul… and since it was so sunny… hehehehe… we prefer Tempoe Dulu then…

we’re taking the highway and…. voilla… my father came out with this unusual idea… how bout going fishing and eat there… my mom greet it with high enthusiasm ^^ *typical mom… so mami.. hehehe* the idea to fishing… get some fish… than eat our fish in the same place was so terrific… so okay… fishing we will!! car changed the direction immediately… Gedangan and straight toward the beach… on the way we found lot of fish market and fishponds. and -what we were afraid of was happened- we lost.. or we don’t know where -to be exact-. so my family -___-“

we didn’t get to the place that people recommended, but we find another place which almost the same as their description, except it didn’t meet with our expectation… yes, it was a fishpond… and yes we could eat there… but it was not as our imagination as the place should be…

apparently, for fishing there, you should bring your fishing equipments, and you have to –ehhm…– quite understand and mastering the fishing technique… and yup!! so not us!! and the place… not bad… but surely it was not for eating in the place… little peek for the fishpond sceneries:

quite beautiful right…? it was so sunny… the sun in a really in a happy mood ^^ meanwhile we were waiting for the assurance… I was taking several of photos there… ^^ 

this is me and my mom ^^

my father and me ^^

believe it or not… I have a lot pictures like this in my family album… apparently since I was a little girl, I’d like to have the spoiled pose with my father… no matter how stiff he is… I love him so much… ^^

hehehe… this is me with my beloved little bro… he is kind a uneasy person when dealing with camera.. very different from his sister ^^

my mom and my lil bro… hey… be nice each other.. I know that you love each others so much… then sometime it was a undemonstrative one, which caused a big misunderstanding… I love you both so much… ^^

and since… the service not so great, and we have no equipment at all, plus we are already starving… we were deciding to leave the place, and back to the first destination, tempoe dulu! yup… after we were enjoying being narciss of course ^^

so off from that place we are… to tempoe dulu… but wait… it seemed it was another journey for us… yup.. yup.. yup… WE COMPLETELY LOST!!! we were just following the road… while keep guessing that we are close enough from the main street… it was so lost… since that we could see the free highway (tol) several meters in our side… but still couldn’t reach it…

but… since that I could make this post… then the conclusion is… we made it… it was so long journey… but it worth the Gulai Kambing and Sup Iga!!! after we arrived at home… my lil bro has his own problem with his headache.. which turn him to do several exercise that my mom forced to him… hehehhehe ^^

It was really nice journey with my strange yet so funny and so lovely family…
I love you all…

wondering when I could come home again
since I have no many leave left 😥

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something from "so-not-me" workshop

just got home from my so-not-me workshop in Bukittinggi…

why is that? coz in d whole section of d workshop… I dont get what we were discussing about,  or they have been debating about… totally blank… and not intend to know more… since we’re discussing about the rule in archival matters… coz I’m simple one… I’m not really understand the complicated on it…

then why I join the workshop? simple answered coz my boss said so… hehehhehe…

so two days has been my idle time… with no work… (gosh I miss my office)… but lot of foods… yup… lot of it…

in d last day.. we had this chance to go to Jam Gadang and shop… since that I’m not shopping girl… so most of the time the committee gave us, I spent it with hanging around in Jam Gadang… and took this narciss picture… hehehhe…

And since it was still long to wait… then I deided to have a twister in KFC… I asked teteh’s hubby to accompany me… but it was ended up with buying “oleh-oleh” for teteh and my house mate -MRQ- hehehhe we travel to Bukittinggi, but it ended up by buying KFC hey… that was because KFC was much better for us than the nasi Kapau.. fuihhh full of fat!!!

ok then… time to sleep now..

love always,

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Romantic Dinner

this post created after having discussion with my friend, who’s been busy preparing the everlasting unforgettable full of moment romantic dinner. fuiiihhhh…. long rite? that’s why this romantic dinner is so special to him.

any women love to have one. who doesn’t want? any women will be flattered to be treated like that ^^

can you describe a romantic dinner, with ur loving one, of course? hmm… most of us… or the standard and yet so universal answers would be the candle light dinner. in where? in any place which has lot of candles, or surround by vague lights (that’s the basic environment that could create a romantic situation *the writer is quite “sotoy” here hehehhe :P* and the place can be anywhere… in the fancy restaurant, in the beach, in the rooftop… any place that you can imagine and like… gosh… romantic rite? ^^

actually… is it truly the ingredient that create romantic situation…. I dont know coz never have it yet :p but I do believe it’s depend on who the person with… not the candle or the food, or the place….

and what about your romantic dinner? *hmm… bet you like it a lot when you describe it…*

and truly… still can’t imagine myself in that candle light dinner in a fancy place… hehehhe… coz I guess is not me… but don’t I want it? yes of course.. can’t say no to an offer like that… but maybe… not really suit me…

for me the romantic dinner will be like… * is starting here*
since that I kind a family girl… so I like stuff that warm and not too quiet.. romantic for me.. not always have to be roses, candles, or dolls… hehehhe… and not in fancy place… *coz it will have moving limitation, and not really match with my laughing voice, coz when I’m happy I like to smile and laugh.. and I’m laughing out loud! and I don’t like quiet* that’s why… a crowded but with a spaced place will be nice… and then the singing of street artist will be much better… and don’t forget tasty food… delicious!!! hmm… remind me of… uggghh… I know, my family candle light dinner in Jimbaran, Bali a long long time ago…

wow… *when it comes the moon.. this place crowded by people hunts for fresh seafood.. and warm circumstance*

it was a long long time ago… along the beach stood many tables and chairs… with candle on it… it was many people there, to have fresh seafood dinner… with the view of the beach (which as I remembered so dark.. since it in the night…) and the very nice rhythm of the waves… gosh… and the dancing candle… the people’s laughing voice… the busy of the waiters delivering food… the street artist sang happy songs… and of course… the delicious food… seafood attacked!! fresh one… so delicious…

and that’s romantic dinner should be fit best for me ^^

aaarrghhh… I’d like to have one… now, start thinking about going to Bali, visiting my dear best friend, xena… and… have my romantic dinner there… yummy :9

for my dear friend… hopefully you’ll find ur best place to have it…
for xena… hmm.. wondering when I could visit you… ^^

love always

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Sikuai Island : beautiful indeed

“you dont have to have a sophisticated camera to take the best picture
you dont have to be a professional photographer to take the best picture
coz.. it is already naturally beautiful…. even with the worst camera and the worst person to take it… it is still beautiful!!!”

too exaggerate maybe… but it’s TRUE, prove it by visit Sikuai Island… nice blue ocean blending with the white sand and the green of the trees on the island, and yet you can see the coral with your bare eyes -so beautiful-. let me give you a peek of pictures:

those pictures above taking by me (un-professional photographer, lousy one, coz actually I’m just a narciss model :P) using my bb camera phone and my digital camera (which actually I miss-used in setting thing… that’s why the picture quite small, smaller than my bb camera….hufh… in my defense I’m the model not the photographer and not intend to be one… but I love what photographer’s done.. they’re great making things great ^^). Actually I’m with my friends who like photography when I went there, but… hehehe… I dont kow if they are okay to put their masterpiece in here, and let’s stay away from trouble.. that’s why I chose my own masterpiece hehehe… and despite on everything.. you’ll see that Sikuai Island is truly beautiful… 

how to get there

ok… location first, Sikuai Island is in West Sumatera, that means you have to go to Padang first. Then visit Dermaga Muaro, find the AW Restaurant. From Padang (Dermaga Muoro) to Sikuai Island, we’re travelling by boat, the cost about Rp 250.000,- with the return ticket and a lunch there, the boat from Padang is available in the morning before 10 a.m. I went there on June, and it was a one day trip to Sikuai, but you can choose to stay nights there, depend on you ^^. It takes 45 minutes from Padang to Sikuai Island, and along the way you’ll find that Sumatera really has beautiful scenery and most of it the hills… green hills along the seaside… beautifull indeed…

what do you do there

actually, not much you can do in Sikuai Island, but regarding all of that… the scenery is worth the trip, money, and your time… first come there you will be amazed by the view, then you will just jump to the beach playing with the water and taking photograph there and there…

then you can go jogging, or walking around the island, because there is jogging track around the island. If you do the walking or jogging around the island, please make sure you bring your water with you, coz you wont find any store or anyone who sells drink except in the main building near the pier. And if you go to the sea, of course you can also snorkling, diving, and swimming… or just play in that beach… if you take the longer trip (not the one day trip), you can have the chance to see sunset and sunrise. But when we were going there it was in the election day… in the boat is only about 15 people… so when we got there actually is just like private island to us… so quiet but so beautiful and peaceful…

what should you bring

  • many of snacks and mineral water, or something to eat (if it’s possible bring your own food). this is because you’ll find everything is expensive there… very expensive… so better you prepare your own meal and drink than buying in there, even tough lunch is included in the packet.
  • camera!!!
  • bring your bicycle (if you’d like to riding a bike along the jogging track)
  • sun block
  • diving or snorkling stuff (if you’d like to dive or snorkling )
  • swim suit
  • ur things (dress, medicine, etc)

If you go there alone, or two, or in small group without any activities plan, then it’s better if you choose the one day trip (boat leaving from Sikuai at 4 p.m). because there is little thing to be offered there at night. But if you go there in a group which already has plan or activities.. maybe there is a barbecue party, or anything else… then it’s okay to stay there longer.

Some facts that I found there
uhm.. I dont want to just give you the sweets. I’d also like to share the bitter things in Sikuai Island, to you to be prepared…
first, the hall or the main building is no longer as beautiful as before the earthquake… when we were there, there are still lot of ruins… but thanks God there’s also people who working on it… the pier also quite in ruins… looks like it’s going to collapse.. but it still safe.. I dont know how they maintain it.. but it still safe…
second, you can still see a lot of ruins along the jogging track.. but still it is still safe! ^^
third, the food is expensive… and the taste is not as worth as the price 😦 that’s why I told you to bring your own supplies…
third, I dont know it’s for general or not.. but when we get there.. we felt there was lack of service… almost everything related to service was sooo less… that’s why we glad we only had the one day trip.
But despite all of that… the beautiful beach… scenery…. is worth trying!!! really it’s just like paradise.

okay… it was a nice get away… a very peaceful and beautiful island…
for further information you can visit this web:

happy travelling ^^
Indonesia is truly beautiful
Thanks to Allah for those gift
*wondering what next place I’m going to visit ^^*