The Journey of Finding Home

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Banyuripan teak forest – our future home, Bangunjiwo, Jogjakarta

In so many ways, everybody need to find their own home. My life has been quiet random in the terms of the places I live in. Since 2012, I had the 10 years itch to move somewhere else. I had lived in Jogjakarta for the last 12 years. A city that I fall in love with since I was 18 years old. A city where I found my skills, gain my knowledge, belonging to communities, finding my ancestral roots, meeting all the beautiful people I love, fall in love, break my heart, again and again, where I deliver my son into the world, finish my degree after 8 years, a city where I build and rebuild my life, over and over. A city where I am most comfortable with. But also a city where I know I would not grow from it anymore. Jogjakarta is my comfort zone and everything has become too easy. Although I am at the utmost grateful with this beloved city, where I feel I answered part of my ancestry calling.

This feeling were answered in the moments I had in Tsuglag Khang Monastery when I went to Dharamsala back in 2012. I had nearly forgotten my travel passion due to all the family matters, motherhood and a faltering marriage. I was kinda lost for a while. Knowing too well that I’m actually best when I’m on the move. That my life energy is based on movement. My ways of grounding myself is often when I’m flying all over the place, doing yoga or just stare at the sea for hours (that goes for mountains too).

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The magical waterfalls of Pupuan, Tabanan, Bali

Photo courtesy of Labodalih Sembiring

Last year I tried to move to Bali, where I live in a beautiful mountain for nearly 7 months. It is a process of slowing down everything in my life. A process of cracking the nutshell to grow. The process to find the blooming of my own heart. It was a process of mirroring each other in the eyes of someone else. It was the process of opening the heart. It was about patient, resilience and perseverance. It is a process to know the right timing for every single thing naturally, something that I’m not so good at. But I learned. The hard way.

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Asabhumy on the way to Kethek Temple, Cetho, Solo

Then, it is my son. It was not easy to move permanently without slowly adjusting about his life and mine. Our own needs and our space. I decided not to go that fast this time. Though Bali stayed as our second home forever. We love Bali and its beautiful nature. His ancestral place and my love affair forever with the island which I need to answer myself. Somehow I’m starting to found Bali as my working base to be, very soon :)
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Me and Asabhumy chilling in Nusa Ceningan, Bali

Despite all things, I’m in my second trip back in Kathmandu this year. Where I found the gracious pace of Tibetan old ladies doing the kora in Boudanath had calm my mind and help me to keep my creative juice flowing through my writings. My days in Indonesia in 2014 were so intense that I need another break from it. I’m currently also helping my friend, Anggi Frisca, who managed itinerary adventurous trips around Indonesia and also Nepal, do check it out and contact them if you want to go to Everest Base Camp this year and next year: http://www.rokaora.com (ROKAORA)
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Tibetan Ladies doing the kora, Boudanath Stupa, Kathmandu, Nepal

I’m currently feeling so home staying around Boudanath Stupa this time. Of course I will share more on all the stories of the Himalayan regions since last year, so stay tune on this blog :) Bless all of you

Om Mane Padme Hum

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Boudanath Stupa under the moonsoon, Kathmandu, Nepal

ubud: organic products to die for

cantika rose hair series, photo source (she is a great designer btw)

in the wake of finding the perfect shampoo, stumbling the variety of organic products of ubud were basically sending you to the seventh heaven. starting to committing myself for decreasing my daily chemical consumption, i found interest in hunting for local findings. where once i found an organic shampoo in jogja and since then there’s no way back to those manufactured products (i even say bye to bodyshop, read ingredients, people).

i found cantika in ubud. my friend could swear it is one of the best spa in heaven (err, the world), i did not manage to try it the last time i was in ubud, but manage to brought home some of their products. using them the last two months are amazing. my short hair become very wavy, shiny, jet black. in the hottest day of jogjakarta’s sun, the coolness of their shampoo stayed. such a fabulous sexy smell also!

cantika massage oil, image source

i’m loving their massage oil, it’s very relaxing and they have a little balinese arak in it.

P1050655bluestone products, lavender natural soap and javanese garden mist

bluestone product is another thing. they are specializing on aromatherapy oil and balm. but their soap are amazing, i used the lavender daily and never felt the need for extra moisture. although i love body products often i’m very practical and lazy to do the whole routine. soap with extra moisture are always great. the javanese garden mist i used daily on anything, from pillows to my yoga mat. the good news, they ship all over indonesia.

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organic soaps texture are very mild to the skins. i really love their cakey texture. that’s why when i saw kou’s soap, me and mia (she is a soap lover also) pass their shop, we scream.

P1050653kou jasmine soap

P1050654kou lemon mint and vanilla heaven soap (yes, they come in small bars)

kou products also including natural jam and salt. their jam is making some reputation so far i heard, i would try it next time. for the soaps you can buy the small bars per 100 grams, which are a good news when you want to try everything in the shop.

so another trip to ubud again?

kintamani: lakeview – freshness from home

P1050612terong belanda (tamarillo) and orange homemade ice cream of lakeview resto – kintamani

i would recommend anyone going to kintamani to see the batur mountain and the lake, to take a stop here. either for lunch or dinner, some herbal tea in a cold afternoon is always good.

staying at lakeview hotel and having the dining experience here, you can’t help to feel the familiarity in every bites. the sweetness, the spice and the homemade feeling of everything. not to mention the freshest salad ever made by the manager himself, kadek khrisna adidharma, freshly picked from their own garden. cakes and cookies are fresh from the oven and it is good with their special herbal tea.

i can’t help to feel the tranquil feeling when i saw the view from the dining area. eating should be a beautiful ritual like this. in kintamani, eating among the mountain view and misty lake. you know life has been good and would always will be.

P1050619tamarillo jam with banana pancake, lakeview resto – kintamani

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P1050631fish satay, lakeview resto – kintamani

P1050643buffet pick from the local range of food, lakeview resto – kintamani

bali: retracing kintamani – batur

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batur in a mist

i fall in love again with bali, that’s all i have to say on my nine days stay after not being there the last three years. being in kintamani, seeing the mount batur and batur lake all over again just pour out all the random emotions. that bali is always and always will be my second home.

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bali: a journey to rewrite yourself

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writing at the terrace of lakeview restaurant

this is my fifth night in bali. i just got back from this writer’s retreat in kintamani. bali has been amazing. i’m suprise to find myself enchanted to its beauty once again. i have been making a lot of inner journey and found myself in a huge creative energy mood through writing. my wish right now is somehow to have the view above everyday when i’m writing. it is such a good recharge.

swastiastu. om shanti shanti shanti om.

before sunrise and after sunset: bali road trip

IMG_7799dawn at alas (forest) roban, banyuwangi

i always love a before sunrise and after sunset sky. that lingering twilight never failed to amazed me anywhere i go. i used to take a trip to bali by bus from jogjakarta in my student days, sometimes just for 3 days. when i just need the time alone, ubud used to be my favorite getaway from my busy life. i guess i’ll make more of this series.

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IMG_7852ferry crossing at gilimanuk – bali