i had difficulty when i tried to entitle this post. but then i think, the title is not as important as the content. :)
this story is about my 10 days journey to lombok and bali with my 4 other friends, ippy, indri, and upi.. the story actually begin when ippy suddenly asked me to go to a holiday after i’ve finished my 3 month course in pare. i don’t know why she suddenly asked me, maybe she liked me :P (peace,love ^^v). I, the one who always (or maybe want to) identified myself as an adventurous person, am happy with this invitation. I thought that, its the one time before i got into real life, i could go to some last adventurous youthful moment :P afterwards we planned our vacation to karimun jawa, from the cost, transportation, schedule, etc. but, seems like the weather was not in the good mood, both of our parents saw a news on tv reporting the bad weather in karimun jawa, and some people are trapped there for 10 days.. weew, that news ofcourse upset our parents. long story short, we reroute our vacation to lombok and bali, following some couple’s holiday, that is how i met upi and indri.. actually i was feeling a little uneasy when ippy said to me to change our destination, but when i heard about her plan, that we were gonna do it backpacker style for 10 days, it pound my heart as i imagined how it was going to be. then i said to ippy, “bali and lombok it is” :)
ippy, upi, and indri were going from jakarta, and i were going from kendari, our redezvous point was in ngurah rai airport, bali. then there were we, 4 of us, starting our step by determined motto, “we have low budget!”.
BALII! BALII! yep, i text ippy that when i landed on that most renowed island in indonesia. so after meeting with ippy and being introduced to upi and indri, we headed to padang bay harbour, to go to lombok by boat. we rented a taxi for 170 after a very serious bidding. you know, as a backpacker, we got a very small budget, hence bidding is a very necessary skill to have. i never really good on bidding. but i think i learn this skill a little bit as i travel with them.the point is not to be too good-hearted when you face ur opponent. as ippy said, “if he still want to deal, then he still got some profit right?”.. after 2 hours slow driving, we finally arrived in the harbour. we bought the ticket for Rp 36.000 per person. you know, i never really travel using a boat, so i’m a little bit anxious that i take a puke plastic bag from the plane just in case i throw up in the ship :P but turn out the weather was good so the ship was not so shaky. not to mention we rented an air-conditioned room for 40, consequently, we didn’t really ask the classic “are we there yet?” question.
then we’re in lombok :) the first impression i got from lombok people in the harbour, they shouting all the time -__- exhibit A, there’s this mini bus offered us a transportation to chakranegara, mataram, the place where we’re gonna stay because you know, its cheap. when we were bidding, he kept shouting. first he bid us for 20K per person. but we still think its expensive :P then we just keep going so we can search another mean of transportation. but he kept insisting, he caught up to us outside the harbour and shout, “15K! its so cheap! c’mon!”. but we keep think its expensive and persist on our bidding, 10 k, we kept walking. then he caught up to us again and said, “okay 10 k!”. haha, i adore my friends’ bidding ability :)
after we’d reached chakra negara, we searched for two hotel that said to be the cheapest hotel there. but we got another info from some shopkeeper there about losmen ayu and some homestay in which i forget the name, and the fact that the hotel that we were heading was a prostitution area.haha first we got to the X hotel, and they offerred us a room for 75 per night. as usual, we thought it was a little bit expensive, so we went to losmen ayu and their price was 50 per night for 2 people. “losmen ayu it is!”. that is for day 1. we rest our body for tomorrow awesome adventure :)
Day 2 is my favorite actually.. because i can see the most breath-taking beach i’ve ever seen directly, selong belanak :) as planned, we’re going to travel around lombok and bali using motorbike.. so we rented a motorbike for 50 K per day.. you can get 40 K but only if it is not automatic bike. you can see our rute in here. it is such a long drive. our plan this day is beach-hoping, in which we were going to hop on selong belanak, mawun, kuta, and watching sunset in tanjung-ann. the first 1 hour drive was pretty boring since we were still passing residence area. But we got some eye-opener scenery when we were getting close to the beach. The mountain around us with such a soft moving bush, some cow were eating weed in the side of the road, and since we were on a mountain road, we can see from above the blue sea ahead of us, I gotta say, lombok’s awesome. I mean, we were not such a really religios people, but as we seen the scenery along the way, we can’t stop saying, “subhanallah”.. we were really excited back then :)
And here come the first beach, Selong Belanak.. It was a really quiet beach.. no one was there but us. and the scenery, my God, the scenery! see you it yourself :)
yeah, lombok’s famous for the natural beatiful scenery it has. and the fact that we feel like it was our private beach makes the sensation being there is inexplicable. I even can’t hold myself to just jump in the water without changing my cloth first.. aaah, heaven..
we actually hadn’t been satisfied on playing there, but since we were supposed to catch up the schedule, we headed to the second destination, mawun beach. The Itenerary said that Mawun beach is more beatiful, but I think Selong Belanak is still the rockin’ one.. well, ofcourse it’s beautiful too. but I was probably still under the spell of Selong Belanak’s Charm :p. we were not playing in there, just enjoying the view from some small wooden shelter. here’s the view of not as awesome as the previous one mawun beach:
it was almost 3PM when we decided to go to the next destination, kuta beach. I don’t know why this beach is named the same as the famous surfing beach in bali. but little bird says that this place is just like bali’s kuta 100 years ago. since it still has the beautiful natural scenery that bali’s kuta no longer has. the reality? well, ehh..I mean, it was my least favorite beach of the day.. but still, it’s actually beautiful. it’s perfect for swimming since you could barely feel the wave, just like in swimming pool. and it’s not deep at all even if you’re already far from the shore.
all in all, the rank of the beach supposed to be, kuta, mawun, then selong belanak. but turnout in reality, it’s in reverse order.
the last destination this day is watching sunset in tanjung ann. the beach there was surprisingly nice. the sand was soooo white and soft as baby’s powder. but we didn’t have the chance to play there since we were heading to the hill near that beach… the view from there was spectacular, the wide blue sea, the tanjung ann beach view from above, let alone the scenery of the sunset made our eyes kept opened wide back then. here’s some photos of it:
after seeing the last moment of the day, we headed back to our hotel in darkness of the night. funny story here, the gasoline indicator in the bike that upi and indri rode was broken, so they didn’t know exactly how much gas left in their bike. this lead to the emptiness in their gasoline tank, which force me to pull them with my bike to the nearest gas seller. after dealing with such sudden problem, we headed to taste the lombok’s original food, bulayak satay.. you can find it in foodcourt near airport in mataram. it priced 7000. the taste is good and unique.. worth to try :)
okay then, i think it’s enough for describing the legendary day 2. for the rest day, i’ll write it in another time okay, just wait for it :) thx for reading all.. ciao..
some photos is credited to upi