Postcards From Central Java: A Short Getaway With A Lifetime Memory

Going for a meeting during Jakarta’s rush hour can be quite a tough decision-making moment that its citizens have to face. You gotta choose between driving your car – or sitting comfortably at the backset of your Uber ride – but will be most likely late for your meeting, and order an online ojek (bicycle ride) that is twice faster yet could be quite tormenting with the humid weather and pollution rate.

If it’s for a meeting, or any time constraint events, I’d always choose the later.

Last Friday, I had an after office meeting, and only had about 1,5 hour to get into the meeting point. Thanks to Jakarta’s traffic, Google Maps told me that it would take about 2 hours. Not wanting to be late and in the name of trying to impress my potential client, I ordered the online ojek and hoped that I could get there in only 30 minutes.

However, I spent 1 hour and 15 minutes sitting on the motorcycle, with my driver trying his best to avoid every traffic jam that we encountered. The moment I arrived at the meeting point, I was drenched in sweat, and I stink like an old bus muffler. I walked directly to Topman to buy new clothes only for the meeting, and well, yeah for a wardrobe upgrade (LOL).

Anyway, spending 1 hour – which almost caused me a back pain – on a motorcycle, fighting your way through Jakarta’s cruel traffic made me missing a short getaway that I had just few months ago to Central Java. I’ll post details about several places and experiences that I got from the trip in another post. It was quite a short getaway over the weekend, yet it gave me one of the most remarkable memory that would last a lifetime.

As for now, please enjoy 9 best photos from that trip!

 

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The sky is blushing when the sun greets her in the morning.

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Sun-kissed.

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A loner looking for some gold.

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Because everything today has to be captured.

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Rockin’ my yellow jacket.

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Sitting above the clouds.

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A nice morning talk on the top of a hill.

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When you have the gleaming sunrise as your backdrop.

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The heights didn’t scare me. Imagining my camera fall down and hit the rocky bottom did.

Wait for more details of this trip, will ya?! Geesh, I literally have tons of content lining up to be posted here. Speaking of which, one of them will be good news and A BRAND NEW EXCITING stuff for The Perks of Being 20! Curious enough?

Write to you later,

HG. (@gersonhenry)

 

Life Lessons From 3726 Metres Above The Sea

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Climbing the second highest volcanic mountain in Indonesia, Rinjani, was probably the craziest, or the most impulsive, thing we have done so far. Through the last three months of preparation of routine cardio workout, our mental and physiques were tested last week. Through the steep stones, sun-burnt skin and sore legs we learned quite a few things about life.

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HG: What I learned from our hike to the top of Rinjani was pretty much like my walk in this twenty something path. I began my hike thinking that it’s all about me. DR & I were always the fastest in our group,  we got separated from the rest of the group so easily. We climbed to the top with the fastest pace. All I thought was that I can do things on my own. I didn’t need the help of others. I took for granted the company of others.

That was until I started to feel extreme pain on my thighs and I had nobody to share my problems with. My bottle was running out of water. All I could do was sit down and pray. At least, for someone to pass through and share with me just a sip of water. Gratefully, that was what happened. As I calmly massaged my thighs, a random guy passed through and share with me his bottled water.

Long story short, I was being reminded to appreciate the company of others. There was no pleasure in being at the top alone and not having other people to share the magnificent view with.

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DR: I learned not to walk alone. Only a few days ago, I started realizing how fast I can hike compared to the others in the team. I was always the first one to reach our campsites on the first few days. With that speed, I was impatient to wait for my friends and decided to walk alone to the summit on a cold blistering night. Oh boy, I was so dumb. During that last few exhausting hours of the hike, I started losing hope, but no one was there to talk some sense to me. I looked at my phone, hoping to get some signal to talk to anyone back home, but obviously there was none.

As true as it is in the mountain, the same goes with our life. As an ambitious fresh graduate in my early 20s, I often choose to walk faster by walking alone. I did this in my studies, career and relationship with so much damage, pain and lessons to be learned at the end. With that said, a popular quote summarizes what I learned on the mountain: “If you want to walk fast, walk alone. But if you want to walk far, walk together.” – Ratan Tata

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At the end of every journey, it is best to reflect and look for lessons from it. A journey is wasted if you come back the same as you were. Be it a shopping journey to Bangkok or a discovery trip to Alaska, never come back without learning something new. A refreshing holiday is so much overrated. What’s better is a holiday filled with self discovery and life revelation.

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Keep exploring and we’ll write to you later!