Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Wanderlust: Mount Batur Sunrise Trekking

Rise and Shine from Mount Batur!

So.... It's no secret.. our honeymoon was in Bali. We chose the Mount Batur sunrise trekking as our trip highlight. Just like everyone else, we wanted to witness the magnificent view of the sunrise. Oklah actually, I chose the highlight, simply because Nazzmie is an 'ok go!' kinda person. This best friend of mine will be down for anything! (Except for roller coasters! Shush! Don't tell him I told you that. ;p)
Mount Batur (Gunung Batur) is an active volcano located at the center of two concentric calderas north west of Mount Agung on the island of Bali, Indonesia. The south east side of the larger 10×13 km caldera contains a caldera lake. The inner 7.5-kilometer-wide caldera, which was formed during emplacement of the Bali (or Ubud) ignimbrite, has been dated at about 23,670 and 28,500 years ago.
The first documented eruption was in 1804 and the most recent was in 2000. - Extracted from Wikipedia

In all honesty, we were not prepared for the trek. Of course we didn't expect a walk in the park but it was (a lot) harder than anticipated.

Before I go into detail on our trekking experience, I'd like to put out a disclaimer, this is not an activity I would recommend the elderly, young children or the faint hearted.

For amateurs like us, you may wish engage a personal guide for a more personalised experience. 

There were many service providers available but we chose Mt Batur Sunrise Trekking just because they offered us a personal guide. 

Their rates, for a personal guide, were on the steep side as compared to the groups. It was a price we had to pay. We saw for ourselves how amateurs like us struggled to keep up with the group's pace.

They quoted us 1,200,000 rupiah for two, inclusive of breakfast and coffee or tea at the peak, bottled water, government fees and transportation to and fro.

Our pick up fetched us from our villa in Seminyak as early as 1.30am, reaching the foot of the mountain only 90 minutes later. 

Watha, our guide, was with us every step of the way in such a gruelling trail. We stumbled on rocks, slipped down the slopes with paths only illuminated by nothing else but our torches. 

We made it to the top 2 hours later. Air has never been this fresh, stars have never been this dazzling. 

We were the first to make it back down, completely zombified on the journey back to villa. 

A remarkable experience with our new found friend, Watha. May we cross paths again some day. 

Meanwhile, here's a short video of our humble honeymoon! We'll be back very very soon.

Till the next entry!

Monday, August 1, 2016

Matters of the heart - Fix You

There has never been a dull moment at work. That's what happens when you put 4 crazy girls together. Given our most random and out of this world topics, the office will always find us bursting out in laughter at any given time.

Last week's talk of the town was First Date. (Our girl S is back in the market guys!) The topic came about when S told us she's going on a date and being the girls that we are, we were quivering in excitement to the hear news! (Like finally, S??) Needless to say, the boy talks and stalking followed suit.

All these talk about first dates brings me down the memory lane. Now, where do I even begin?

For a start, the first promise I made to myself was not to start dating until I learn to put myself before others, until I learn to bring myself closer to Him and until I've reclaimed my heart. (Thank you for the wake up call, Yasmin Mogahed. I was one of the millions who was greatly enthralled by the book, Reclaim Your Heart). It was the perfect time for me to put words into actions, discover my identity, my strengths and capabilities.

I looked around me and asked myself, with all that I owned, why am I not content with it? For the longest time, my identity was influenced by the people around me. So much so that it became competitive. (Kpo, orang lain ada bag Chanel, I also nak bag Chanel.) It was a world where material things were valued more than emotions and feelings.

I painted what society deemed as a picture perfect life in my head and expected it to go exactly the way that it should. A title, a dream wedding, a Chanel bag, a Tiff & Co., a 10 carat diamond ring, just to name afew in my wishlist. I succumbed to living lavishly beyond my means just because. Little did I realise, this tainted desire has taken dominion over me and I was enslaved by it. 

Some of you may say it's okay to dream and achieve it. Yes, if you can afford it, good on you! but at what cost are you willing to go out of yours or your loved ones way for it? At the end of the day, who are we here to please?

Life need not be expensive to be beautiful. It is already beautiful if we learn to let go and appreciate the simpler things in it. Please and Thank Yous, Alhamdulillah and SubhanAllah will take you a long way. In shaa Allah.

Till the next entry!
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