Von guten Mächten treu und still umgeben
behütet und getröstet wunderbar,
so will ich diese Tage mit euch leben
und mit euch gehen in ein neues Jahr.
Noch will das alte unsre Herzen quälen,
noch drückt uns böser Tage schwere Last.
Ach Herr, gib unsern aufgeschreckten Seelen
das Heil, für das du uns geschaffen hast
Und reichst du uns den schweren Kelch, den bittern
des Leids, gefüllt bis an den höchsten Rand,
so nehmen wir ihn dankbar ohne Zittern
aus deiner guten und geliebten Hand
Doch willst du uns noch einmal Freude schenken
an dieser Welt und ihrer Sonne Glanz,
dann wolln wir des Vergangenen gedenken,
und dann gehört dir unser Leben ganz.
Laß warm und hell die Kerzen heute flammen,
die du in unsre Dunkelheit gebracht,
führ, wenn es sein kann, wieder uns zusammen.
Wir wissen es, dein Licht scheint in der Nacht.
Wenn sich die Stille nun tief um uns breitet,
so laß uns hören jenen vollen Klang
der Welt, die unsichtbar sich um uns weitet,
all deiner Kinder hohen Lobgesang.
Von guten Mächten wunderbar geborgen,
erwarten wir getrost, was kommen mag.
Gott ist bei uns am Abend und am Morgen
und ganz gewiß an jedem neuen Tag.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, in resistance to Nazi, 1944
Bali ‘Vacay’ Upside-down
Well, on February 28th - March 4th 2018 me and my friend-Daning- got the chance to do some site analysis in Bali. Apparently we got assignment to design a cruise terminal located there (me in the north and she in the south). we depart with rush (as my lecturer approve the location, later that night we hurriedly go) and did not plan anything. Things went hectic just as we start the trip. We went back home (from our campus in Malang of course) just to pack some clothes and ordered go-car to the bus terminal to catch the last bus to Denpasar. But unfortunately, it was this long traffic jam on our way that made us even more worried. Will we get the bus or will we go back home and missed our first day opportunity. And fortunately, we got the last bus, and we depart about 30 minutes later.
On the Bus
The only reason why we take bus to Bali: it is the fastest and cheapest way. We take a night shift which charged us each IDR 150k. (u know, in average plane ticket will cost you minimum IDR 350k (SUB-DPS) or IDR 1m (MLG-DPS). even travel got higher price than bus IDR 210k)
What happened in the bus? Well nothing special. Just sitting - sleeping - chatting - stopping at a resto - eating dinner - going again, and so on. yep standard. What I can share and suggest you is, when you take a long trip by bus:
1. Take the night shift ( it’ll make you less exhausted)
2. Bring sth like snacks, novels, headset and musics to kill your time. (sadly that night, I didn’t bring anything)
Then we arrived at Ketapang Port.
We went across the sea by ferry. while the bus is parked below, we go upstairs to enjoy the sea.
Bali life, some memorable stories and tip n tricks.
Day 1: North Bali, Buleleng
On day one, we spent our days at Buleleng, moving from Gilimanuk, Celukan Bawang, Singaraja (Saket small terminal). this first day experience is rather tiresome and a waste of money. Everytime we change place, we use angkot/minibus. guess what! the angkot price is so,so,so expensive. it cost 25k-30k just for a ride. And we took it for 3 times so we spent almost 100k just for transportation. And the most annoying, expensive one is when we took angkot from Saket to Denpasar. The bargaining process didn’t end well, the driver almost left us in the terminal to go home, and it almost night! well we dont want to stay there for a night, we agreed to pay him 75k each. worst ‘holiday’ experience ever. -- but turns out our Bali friend told me that the price was rather reasonable. Soo, yep, what a stubborn kid I was.
Day 2: South Bali, Kuta
We went to Tanjung Benoa to visit the harbor/port (whatever it is), beachwalk mall, pantai jimbaran, and joger store. well, it was a nice trip. what makes us happy is the fact that we can save our money on transportation by renting the hotel’s motorcycle. the cost is affordable, which is 70k per day.
So, some side story from the harbor: we came at around 9 am, with our casual attire (a blouse - jeans - sandals) just to look around the passenger terminal. Our thought was it will become as easy as: we come - snap the camera - draw some notes - we go home. No, it turns out we had to follow some protocol: report to the harbor office a.k.a Pelindo III, then gave report, then ask for permission. So they gave us permission with a lil bit advice: “mbok ya lain kali bajunya lebih sopan, bawa surat, pake sepatu, jangan sandal”. They told us to dress politely next time. Oops, our bad miss, I’m sorry, I too didn’t notice it till we arrived in Bali.
Later at noon, we don’t know what to do. Then an idea comes to mind: Let’s go to Garuda Wisnu Kencana. We thought that the famous 23 meters statue is located in a public space that has free access to everybody. Turns out it isn’t. To go inside the area, you must spend around 75k each person for Indonesian, and that doesn’t include the fare for your vehicle. So, it was rather expensive to us.
Our homework was done, so nothing to do. Catching up with my friend’s friend, icha and then us three trying to “get lost” by driving north from Kuta to Tegalalang Rice Paddy. We expect nothing, but the view turns out fascinated us.
As we went back to our hotels (and home for icha), we visit some local crafts markets Pasar Sukawati, and fortunately that Icha is a Bali natives, so she spoke Baliness with locals, and we got normal prices for our goods.
Ah, and what I remember when I went to Bali is, we enjoyed the beaches so so much. We went beach hopping quite a lot. You name it! But our memorable were Sanur Beach and Jimbaran. When in Sanur Beach we chase the sunrise, and in Jimbaran we chase the sunset. Both are memorable to us. (Yep, especially the chasing sunrise moment! Daning woke me at 3 am in the morning to drove quite across Bali and later we must wait another 1 hour to see the sunrise, we were too early to come! So annoyed back then.)
So, here comes the end of the trip, we thought the earlier we go to the bus terminal, the earlier we will arrived in Malang. We packed our luggage, and went to the terminal at 9 o clock in the morning. But as we arrived there, it was quiet as deserted as ever. we bought the ticket then wait- wait as long as you can imagine! Turns out the bus started to be filled by people around at 2 pm. Thanking our dummy brain, we realized that people usually prefer to go at night to prevent exhaustion at daytime. So, to end our ‘holiday’ trip, we got the most bitter experience ever: had to wait 6 hours or more prior to our departure and also got tricked by the cunning Baliness ticket broker that made us pay 250k/person for Bali-malang bus ticket. Damn it.
So, thank you for reading my bitter-sweet quite-short-not-holiday-trip! (sorry for the bad English btw, still trying to improve it)
Hello. It’s been a while to post anything here. Now, i’m enrolled in Brawijaya University, which is in Malang. Well, recently there was a passover celebration in my faculty. The theme is, “I am Chosen to be Fruitful”, so in response to it, the Passover Celebration Comittee makes some activity which is held in Malang’s alun-alun. There we did some humanity action such as helped the worker to clean the open space, and also we shared some food (in our case:bread) with them. Well, it was my first experience to do it, so, to me it was a quite fun activity.
You guys have to listen to this song, created and sung by Indonesian popular room singer, Adhitia Sofyan.
Adelaide Sky dan sodaranya, After the Rain (lagu Adhitia yang lain), akhir-akhir ini jadi semacam pil ekstasi gue di tengah banyaknya tugas dan kerjaan. Gue sendiri sih demen dengerin nih lagu, karena somehow bikin kangen orang-orang terdekat gue, plus, lagunya unik. So, enjoy!