Sunset On A Hill, Exploring Gili Lawa Darat with Travel Society

It’s been a while I know. Not gonna blame my busy schedules this time, because in the past, no matter how busy I was, I would still manage to find time to write something. So what’s the excuse now? Nothin. I think I simply lost the excitement and passion in crafting a worth-reading post for you.

Hence, the absence.
Hence, the lack of posts.

Is it normal to get dull in what was once a sharp area in your life?
Is it normal to lose it along the way?

As a creative person, I know it is very possible. So what to do if that happens to you? If doing something that you once claimed as an ultimate passion became a boring routine?

You pause. You stop for a while. And then you force yourself to continue after you had the rest that you needed. Because deep inside, you know it’s still in there. Somewhere. You just need time to find it again.

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Anyway, enough with the self-contemplating mode. Through this post, I’m gonna continue the series of Labuan Bajo exploration that I had with Travel Society. The trip covered a lot of things, from hiking to hilltops to swimming in the turquoise oceans, from greeting a manta to meeting a komodo, from sunrise-watching to sunset-hunting. Yeap, the trip to Labuan Bajo did offer plenty of interesting activities.

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While sunrise-watching had to be done from the top of Padar Island, which was marvellously breath-taking, sunset-hunting awaits you from the top of Gili Lawa Darat. The entrance of Komodo National Park was made out of two islands facing each other with the blue oceans between them, literally creating a natural gateway. Gili Lawa Darat is one of the islands, with golden savannah, and plenty of hills with different heights to watch the sunset.

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I was completely tired, because it was our third day living on board. My energy was already spent on hiking, trekking, walking, swimming, snorkeling, you name it. By the time I got there I felt like I had no energy left to climb another great height. So I settled for the lowest hill in Gili Lawa Darat, which required only 10 minutes of trekking. It was so easy and it was breezy. You can encounter plenty of deers every now and then during the hike.

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I couldn’t describe in details the whole experience of watching the sunset at Gili Lawa Darat. All I could remember was sitting comfortably on the sand, enjoying the wind, staring at the gleaming ocean and thinking about nothing. It was priceless indeed to have a moment like that, being out in the open air instead of being stuck in a traffic and chasing deadlines. Gili Lawa Darat is the best spot to unwind and rest, thank you Travel Society for taking me there.

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Cheers to next post!

HG. (@gersonhenry)

 

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Taka Makassar: Swimming In A Private Pool With Travel Society

At first, I was confused when the tour guide from Travel Society told me that the next spot on our itinerary was Taka Makassar. The only Makassar I know is located in South Sulawesi, which is still far up to the north side of Labuan Bajo. Are they the same thing? Apparently not. This one is way smaller, even smaller than a soccer field.

Yeap, you can easily take a walk and finish circling the sandbed island within 10 minutes or less I guess. There was no hut, no tress, nothing. This particular beauty offers you a place to unwind, do nothing and just enjoy serenity. Taka Makassar is best for swimming and snorkeling, although you can’t expect to see too many fishes here since its surrounded with shallow water.

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A little bit further to the sea, however, if you’re lucky enough you might find some Manta rays and swim along with them. They are easy to find in this area due to the strong currents. If you are not a good swimmer don’t try jumping into the ocean without a safety vest or a companion because it’s dangerous. I wasn’t lucky, there was no single Manta to be found when I was there. But I was happy enough to just swim in this crystal-clear private pool with a seemingly endless blue sea around me.

Scroll down to see more photos from Taka Makassar.

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Write to you later,

HG. (@gersonhenry)

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Postcards From Belitung: A Collaborative Trip with SanaSiniYo.

Last May, I had a 4-day trip to this small island at the bottom of Sumatra, which marked my first time ever stepping on the ground of the west part of Indonesia. It was quite an impulsive decision to book a ticket and fly to Belitung, just because I stumbled upon this amazing Instagram feeds of @SanaSiniYo only a month before. SanaSiniYo is a Trip Planner, founded by two uber-friendly 20something guys, Timothy and Erick. These guys are always ready to accompany you exploring Belitung with very affordable budget. Plus, they area also great in taking good photos and coloring them into Instagram-approved posts!

Well, I’m not gonna go into details about my 4 days 3 nights trip to Belitung in this post. Here’s 9 beautiful photos that hopefully could inspire you to call your friends and experience the perks of island-hopping in Belitung!

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Mount Kubing’s Infinity Pool.

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Barefooted.

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Just my favorite color palettes. 

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I’m literally in love with Indonesia’s shades of blue.

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The solid watch tower at Lengkuas Island.

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The only green I love besides Broccoli. 

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A dip during the golden hour.

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Too pretty not to be captured.

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Kaolin Lake.

 

Write to you later,

HG. (@gersonhenry)