First ever meet-up: Old friends, new acquaintances in Bali

This write-up is long overdue.  Having been caught up with work and other adulting stuff, I have finally created time to write about experiences.  As my backlog dates back to 2016, let me start from there.  It is apt, too, ‘cos this was the first ever meet-up with my old friends and new acquaintances in Bali.  And, I might be seeing some of them again quite soon. :)

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Where to stay in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia: Uma Dewi Guest House

Ubud, Bali, is a lovely place to spend a few days of your Indonesia trip. It’s quite an artsy place and is a great stopover for foreigners who would want to meet other travelers who are enamored by Indonesia as a whole. But, where to stay in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia?  I highly recommend Uma Dewi Guest House.

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Wandering in Wonderful Indonesia: Candi Sewu

While waiting for the sunset, best witnessed in Candi Prambanan, Angge, Kuya Anton, I made our way to Candi Sewu, a Buddhist temple built in the 8th century.

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Wandering in Wonderful Indonesia: Cokelat Monggo, Batik Shop, and Silver Shop

Angge was so excited to visit Cokelat Monggo, a shop where you can actually watch how chocolates were made.  In real life.  So, we stayed there for about an hour and also did our pasalubong shopping for our families and friends back home.  Here’s Angge so happy.  Like a kid!

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Wandering in Wonderful Indonesia: Taman Sari Water Castle

After experiencing the wonderful Taman Sari Underground Mosque, we were off to see another beautiful Indonesian structure, the Taman Sari Water Castle.

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Wandering in Wonderful Indonesia: Taman Sari Underground Mosque

What all of us knew was that we were on our way to the Water Castle.  But, Herman wanted to show us something he knew we would definitely enjoy – Taman Sari Underground Mosque.  That man is full of (awesome) surprises, I tell you!

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I “carpe diem”-ed 2013.

If 2012 was about recreating myself and my life, 2013 was a year of taking things on.  Despite and perhaps because of my commitment issues and fear of making mistakes, at the onset, I was intentional in making 2013 a banner year for my newly-recreated life.  And, truth be told, I enjoyed every bit of it.  :)

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Wandering in Wonderful Indonesia: Sultan’s Palace

Our trip to the Sultan’s Palace was an interesting one.  We got to learn about their culture and take a peek at the lives of the royal family in Java.

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Wandering in Wonderful Indonesia: Mt. Merapi

Because I was so exhausted and I felt like we already had a full day, I was already half-wishing that our next stop would be our hotel.  But, Herman thought that it would be good for us to do a jeep trek in Mt. Merapi, which literally means Fire Mountain in Indonesian or Javanese.  It is the most active volcano in Indonesia and its most recent biggest eruption happened in 2006.  And, although I was surprised and I was sure that if I had told my loved ones that we were going to visit an active volcano, they would’ve given it to me, I was still grateful that Herman brought us there to experience the place.

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