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Bali Summer V: DONE!

Hello gorgeous…

I’d like to sum up my past Bali Summer Vacation 2017 for you, and give you some tips for travelling to Bali. Scroll and roll!

 

WHAT I DID

General

  • Route: Yogyakarta – Denpasar – Yogyakarta
  • Duration: 4 days and 3 nights (Starting time: 2-3 pm in daily basis)
  • Transportation means: AirAsia planes, motorbike (scooter)
  • Travelling partner: Brother
  • Luggage: 1 travelling bag (for 2 people), 1 backpack, 1 tote bag

Inside the Bags + Worn

  • 2 hot pants
  • 4 tops
  • 4 dresses
  • 8 undies
  • 8 pantyliners
  • 1 flip flops
  • 1 sneakers
  • Sunglasses
  • Eyeglasses
  • Toiletries: Soap, shampoo, face wash, toothbrush, toothpaste, shower puff, perfume, towel
  • Make up kit: Face cream, foundation, foundation brush, compact powder, eyebrow definer, eye shadow, eye shadow brush, eyeliner, blush on, blush on brush, lip liner, pencil sharpener, body lotion, facial cotton
  • Hair-do kit: Hair brush, hair straightener, hair pin, hair ties
  • 6 packs of cigarettes
  • Travel pack tissue
  • Gifts for Indra + Yuda’s friend
  • Electronic stuffs: Phones, tab, chargers, power bank, internet banking token, card reader
  • Cards: ATM cards, ID card, Driving License

My Expenses: IDR 3,204,490

  • Flight: IDR 968,500
  • Transportation (gasoline, highway fare, parking): IDR 119,000
  • Meals: IDR 317,000
  • Coffee: IDR 179,500
  • Cigarette: IDR 91,250
  • Leisure (Entrance ticket, booze, shopping): IDR 570,240
  • Gifts/souvenirs: IDR 959,000

 

WHAT TO DO

General

  • Beware of delay! Except yours is a direct flight.
  • Start your day at 9-10 am, to have more time to explore Bali.
  • Cheap flight options: AirAsia and LionAir. Make sure you buy your tickets in advance (several months before).
  • Rent a motorbike/scooter to enjoy your trip at its best. Get lost in the city! Anyway, you have Google Maps to navigate you anywhere.
  • Travel with friends or relatives – at least you have someone to take pictures of you – and to drive around. 🙂
  • Other than the big luggage, bring smaller bag for city-touring.

Inside the Bags + Worn

For all:

  • Undies
  • Toiletries
  • Phone, chargers, power bank
  • Cards: ATM cards, ID card, Driving License
  • Sunglasses
  • Body lotion
  • Sun cream
  • Swimming suit

For summer lovers who don’t mind getting tanned:

  • Hot pants
  • Sleeveless tops, preferably in bright colors
  • Flip flops

For white-skin keeper:

  • Long pants
  • Sneakers
  • Tops, preferably in bright colors
  • Jacket (or cardigan – not to be overheated)

Expected Expenses (Budget Trip): IDR 4,670,000

  • Flight (1 round trip): IDR 1,200,000
  • Accommodation (3 nights): IDR 750,000
  • Motorbike rent (3 days): IDR 150,000
  • Meals (2 times a day, 4 days): IDR 350,000
  • Coffee (2 times a day, 4 days): IDR 140,000
  • Cigarette (4 days): IDR 80,000
  • Leisure: IDR 1,000,000
  • Gifts: IDR 1,000,000

 

I hope this post is helpful for you. In case you haven’t read the day-by-day stories, click below:

Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4

Feel free to leave your comments or questions! Thank you for dropping by… 🙂

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Darn!

I am bad at asking questions…

I suck at serious talks…

The real life conversation is certainly not as easy as the scenario you’ve prepared neatly in your head. The supposed-to-be-long-answer-questions turned out to be yes-no-questions. And I couldn’t even say whether the answers were true or not. Yeah… That’s how it was with me…

Now, I’m lost… Not sure what to do, not sure what to say, not sure what to believe… 

Darn!

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Weekend Getaway: When Your BF is Out of Town

Weekend, here I come!

Approximately once a month, my boyfriend is going back home – to Klaten. Which means that… I have the whole weekend for and by myself!

Usually, I spend these me-time moments for meditating (some people call it sleeping) the whole day and pretending to be vegetables (well, who doesn’t?). But this weekend, I made it to HEAVEN!

I started from getting a lunch at 12pm (or breakfast, since it was the first meal of the day) in Sawah Resto. One of my friend had her graduation this morning, and I was invuted to the celebration lunch! Yeay!

After that… Went to Ambarrukmo Plasa! What for? Uhm… Looking around for stuff… You know, stuff you might never realized that you need (or will need) it someday.

Windows shopping here and there… Adoring cute dresses, shoes, and bags here and there… Until I fell in love with some of them and decided to be the owner! MUAHAHAHA!!!

Yes, I absolutely fell into the shopper hole and bought myself a few clothes – to be precise, 3 clothes – at Bluza. It’s normal, right? Right?? RIGHT???

And I went around to check on the food court. But, guess what? There’s no longer a smoking area! The food court is now against the human rights of the smoker! Well done, Ambarrukmo Plasa… WELL DONE!

So… Move to the ground floor I did. To find peace in Starbucks. By peace, I mean a perfect marriage of coffee and cigarette. But again, guess what? Starbucks was temporarily closed due to renovation! What the helium!!!

I couldn’t stop my me-time just yet, for sure! So I continued my journey to Galeria Mall, where I can check on some stalls and the one thing: Starbucks!

Here I am now, enjoying my Dark Mocca Frapuchino at Starbucks, QGround Floor, Smoking Area. Despite of the accident (the barista put whipped cream on my coffee while I already asked for non-whipped frappu!), I feel more complete now! Yippie!!!

Now I’m ready to go home (please, make me stay!) to prepare for the evening singing performance.

What to do for the upcoming me-time getaway? Another mall-touring! And maybe, watch a movie with my friends (anyway, today I’m going alone).

So long, gals!

Nee

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Baby-sitting

Hello gorgeous,

Selama 5 hari saya berkesempatan untuk bertemu dengan keluarga saya di Malang, Jember, dan Banyuwangi. Dan 2 hari di antaranya, saya menghabiskan waktu bersama keponakan saya, Florentius El Deeloy Calendra, di Malang – rumah kakek saya.

Tahun ini memang kakak saya tidak bisa mudik karena baru saja melahirkan anak keduanya, Alexandria Tierry Callia. Lexa baru berumur 3 bulan, masih usia rawan untuk dibawa perjalanan jauh dari Karawang ke  Jawa Timur. Itulah kenapa kakak saya memutuskan untuk ‘mengirimkan’ El sebagai perwakilan keluarga kecilnya.

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Sejak pertama bertemu, El langsung nempel kemana-mana. Saya sedikit kewalahan karena saya memang jarang melibatkan diri dengan anak kecil. Sejauh ini saya hanya ‘berurusan’ dengan anak teman baik saya (Maureen, anak Ninuk). Well, saya juga belum berkeluarga.

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El membuat saya sibuk dengan mengajak saya bermain, mengikuti saya ke Indomaret, menyeret saya ke KFC untuk beli mainan, meminta digendong di sepanjang jalan, dan menggeret saya saat kami berjalan kaki bergandengan.

Saat saya makan siang pun, El memilih untuk duduk di pangkuan saya. Saat saya berbaring, El mencoba berjalan di atas perut saya. Saat saya duduk lesehan dan bersandar ke tembok, El mencoba mencari celah antara punggung saya dan tembok, untuk kemudian menemukan pantat saya dan menggigitnya!

Saat itulah… saya memikirkan tentang memiliki anak, darah daging saya sendiri. Terlepas dari keengganan saya untuk segera menikah, saya membayangkan betapa meriahnya hidup saya dengan kehadiran seorang anak.

Mungkin…
Saya akan sangat lelah menemani anak saya berlarian kesana kemari. Namun saya yakin bahwa saya akan sangat merindukan kehadirannya saat kami berjauhan.

Saya akan merasa frustasi dengan pertanyaan-pertanyaan polos yang belum tentu bisa saya jawab. Namun saya yakin bahwa saya akan merasa bangga dengan buah dari keingintahuannya di masa mendatang.

Saya akan merasa kehilangan me-time yang berharga. Namun saya yakin bahwa saya akan merasa kehilangan masa-masa kebersamaan itu saat dia mulai sibuk dengan kehidupannya di masa remaja dan dewasa.

Saya akan merindukan tidur panjang yang hilang saat saya harus menghalau tangisnya di malam buta. Namun saya yakin bahwa saya akan lebih merindukan berada bersamanya walaupun saya harus kehilangan waktu tidur saya.

Dan sekarang saya tinggal menunggu waktu untuk menggendong bayi saya sendiri. Bayi saya dan suami saya kelak.

Kiss,
Nee

PS: Dalam beberapa postingan ke depan, mungkin kalian akan lebih sering melihat saya menulis dengan “saya”, bukan “gw” atau “aku”. Semoga isinya tetap menarik untuk dibaca. 🙂

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Malang-Banyuwangi

Hello gorgeous…

In this holiday, my family was managed to visit our root-family in Malang and Banyuwangi with (almost) the whole members. My sister didn’t go home this year as she had to take care of the 3-months-old baby, Lexa. As a replacement, she sent her eldest child (El, a 4-years-old boy) to spend the holiday!

Malang
On July 4th, Yuda (my brother, the 3rd kid of Marwi’s family) and I (the 2nd kid) went to Malang. On July 5th, the rest of the pack (mom, dad, Indra – the 4th kid, Ita – the 5th kid, and El – the nephew) came to Malang.

We left Malang, back to Jember, on July 6th. We gave El to my brother-in-law’s parents so that they could take him back to Karawang, where my sister lives.

This year, I had the chance to meet my grandfather, Soekidjan, and some aunts and uncles. I didn’t get to meet the family of Uncle Bambang and Uncle Heru. Too bad…

FYI, the family in Malang comes from my mother’s side.
So… meet Malang’s family!

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Banyuwangi
Now, it’s turn to visit my father’s hometown: Banyuwangi!

My father’s family lives in Glenmore, a district of Banyuwangi. So… we went there on July 7th.

This year, my 2 brothers finally joined the herd to visit Glenmore! Yeay! It was a bit sad that they tended to show less excitement in visiting this part of our family… Indeed, we are not very close to my father’s family, but hey! Family is family, no matter what. It would be very nice to meet everyone in the same heritage line, considering that we only have this kind of moment once in a year.
I would feel very sad if one day when I grow old, I have no one visiting me because my home is not interesting enough or the other part of my family is not as amazing as the other one…

Unfortunately there were not so many relatives coming to my grandmother’s house this year. We only met Uncle Sena and his wife and the whole family of Aunt Nur. 😦

Anyway, the visit was a bang because my brothers and sister joined the group! 🙂

See our family picture (minus the ones who took photos)!

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Happy holiday and see you!

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Finally, Back Home Again!

Hello gorgeous,

Once a year, I come back to my home town, to meet the whole family – or part of it at least.

This year, I started the journey with my little brother from Yogyakarta to Malang. After  days, we are now back home, in Jember, East Java.

It’s very nice to finally meet my family again! Although this year we missed the eldest sister who had to take care of her little baby and her paperworks…

Well, the feeling of missing home is getting better each year. And I’m very glad that it comes that way – which means that I grow fond of my family every single year. Love is in the air! 🙂

It’s time to start the journey in my hometown once again – until it’s time to go back to my second home, Yogyakarta…

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It’s Okay to be Tired

I feel so devastated… of everything!

Well, I went for a trip to Wonosari yesterday. I woke up at 8am, which rarely happened during the weekends. And I went back home at 11pm. Yes, it’s tiring despite all the excitement!

Maybe that’s the reason why I feel so unwell today. I hate the fact that I have to finish some works at office instead of sleepingat home. I hate that I have to go for a lunch.

I don’t want to move.
I want to be a potato sitting still in the corner.

But, hey! Isn’t it okay to be tired once in a while?
I’m a human – that, I couldn’t change.
I have my limit.
My body is not designed for 24 hours of activation.

I just want this day to be over.
I want to hug my bed like I’ve never done before!

Nee