Now It is Christmas!

Now is the time, for us to reconnect. We were connected first time on the road, when we ran a couple of races as teams or individual, and having breakfast together afterwards.

Years gone has separate us by choices, or by supreme being that created the world. But this year, near Christmas Time, life brought us together to celebrate.

No need for Christmas Tree, nor blinking lights to decorate the venue. It is just simply good food, good friends, and good family

Merry Christmas!

 

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The Royal Door

In response to weekly photo challenge: Door

Location: Forbidden City, Beijing, CN

In every property owned by the former Imperial China, there are always 3 gates and doors. The center and the biggest is only for the Emperor of China. Everyone else, including the royal family, should enter from the other doors. The size of the gate is massive and intimidating, even after almost 600 years.

The photo above is taken at the former Imperial Palace Complex, also known as Forbidden City in Beijing, China. It is a huge complex in which the Emperor of China, his family and concubine resided for almost 500 years. It occupies 180 acres of land, large enough for 100 soccer fields.

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Bali’s Muse

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Muse.”

Location: Kuta Beach, Bali, ID

Today I just arrived from my 17th trip to Bali in 15 years. That means on average, I traveled more than once per year to Bali.

There are always something calling me to go to Bali for a quick getaway. And, for us who live in Jakarta, Bali is like our slightly further backyard in addition to Puncak and Bandung.

There are the beaches with the postcard-perfect sunset. Like in the picture above that was taken yesterday, there are always a beautiful sunset at the overcrowded and popular Kuta beach.

Then, there are also Ubud, which emanates a very unique aura found nowhere else. Or Tulamben at the east of Bali that is calling for scuba diver around the world.

Yes, Bali is my muse…. For more story of my annual trip to Bali, visit my main travelogue at sunsetmood.com

A Colorful Plate of Light Dishes

In response to weekly photo challenge: Vivid

Location: Indus Ubud, Bali, ID

Indus Ubud has been our favorite place for having a coffee in the evening. It is rather expensive, but they serve foods that provoke your appetite, as in the picture above.

In addition to the food, Indus also offers a beautiful unobstructive view of Ubud valley. A must visit if you ever come to Ubud.

A High Place for A Cup of Coffee

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “On the Way.”

Location: Desa Munduk, Bali, ID

How much are you willing to pay for a cup of coffee in such place?

We are on our way from Kuta to spend a night at Desa Munduk central Bali. After 2 hours drive, we see this 2 lakes on the left side of the road.

There are local people selling coffee and fried banana, not more expensive than a cup of Starbucks. We stopped near a vantage point with a table, and have a coffee break. The wind was cold, and the view is postcard perfect.

Happy and refreshed, we continue for another 40 minutes to Desa Munduk.

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Broken Road

In response to WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Broken

Location: Lampu’uk, Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam, ID.

The road was once the main road connecting Banda Aceh to Meulaboh in the province of Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam, Indonesia. That, until the Tsunami rampage through the land in December 2004.

The photo was taken in 2008. A new road has been built, and visible as grey patch behind the pole.

Below is another picture of the same broken road. A bridge was connecting the road before the tsunami.

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