to the (not so) far east

I believe our whole life can be affected by one moment. Alright, that's probably a bit too dramatic, but our actions might affect our lives in either short or long term. I often think about what life would be if I decided to go apposite what I did. I mean, out of everything, Moses asked for wisdom to number the time. It's got to be something, right?

The idea I actually left my work and went on a journey to the amazing part of East Indonesia was one of the least likely to happen options right now in my life. I was so ready to cancel my trip because I felt bad going on a trip while having so many things waiting back here at work. But I managed (Ha!), not only to actually go, but to get most of things done and to have fun.

There are two ways of actually experience visiting Ora Beach Resort. First, watch our YouTube videos about the insanely excitement of staying there. But yes, definitely much less fun. Or you can actually go there yourself, this is the how-to-get-there:
  1. Taking the first boat trip from Hurnala Port, Talehu - the cost for the economy class is IDR 125K. It's going to be around 2 hours boat trip. 
  2. Arriving at Amahai Port, we can go with local transportation or arrange a package from Ora Beach Resort to pick us up there. It takes around 3 hours interesting road trip from Amahai to another port, Saleman.
  3. Then, another 10 minutes boat trip from Saleman to Ora Beach Resort.
I know, insane right? But totally worth it, the whole hassle. I wasn't much a person who enjoys long trip, especially those challenging ones. I read somewhere that we can also ask the Ora Beach Resort staff to begin picking us up from certain hotel in Ambon. I would totally go for that if I have extra cash.

Ora Beach Resort is (at current state) the only resort in that coast-line, so basically staying there means you get to have the whole beach for yourself (and people who lives in the other 7 bungalows). Amazing, isn't it? Due to the fact that the resort is far and secluded, I would strongly suggest you bring extra mineral water or some snacks. They provide meals and snacks as part of the package, but let's just say those meals aren't that memorable. Oh yes, ask for the floating fish market, pulau Raja, for adding lobsters in your meal. Price is totally reasonable.

Everyone who has gone traveling with me would tell you that I has repeatedly said the first thing I would do when I return from a long trip is to change my phone provider. Like many trips I have been on, my phone couldn't get any signals, no reception at all, not even half a bar. The only for me to connect to the world was either borrowing someone else's phone or just staying undetected.

At some point, I was quite content to not be able to receive any calls. Yes, true I wasn't connected to the world in any kind of social medias.

Undeniably one of the perks of traveling (at least here in Indonesia) is to meet strangers which end up leaving memorable marks in my life. Mostly they're great. I'm sure wherever you go, if you open up a little bit, you will find that treasure in long-lasting friendship.

The next part is a bit personal.

For Om Polly and Tante Atta, who sincerely took us in like we're their own babies. I'm forever touched with their kindness, their love and how they're solely responsible for all the weight gain! They're the living proof that people are still able to be kind and how they live their Christian belief. I'm very so inspired.

Sammy and Helga, who worry for us like two lovely "parents". I'm still saddened by the fact they don't want me to name their baby, but again it's a good call - I might come up with something that's more appropriate for ketchup products or biscuits.

Om Noki to whom we trusted our lives in for hours of extreme road trip. He's not just doing his job, but he decided to go beyond and ensure that we arrived safely and were properly taken care.

The future pop star, Quinn.

A friend told me how certain bloggers have become less-informative and more personal. Some blogs are very informative, while some contains more personal information. I would like to see mine somewhere in the middle.

I like to think that I'm the sole royal reader of my own blog. It's like a journal (diary, yes if you prefer to call it) that I would read over and over again to remind myself I was once somewhere. Yes, I'm a self-loving bloke.

In short, I'm glad I went and it's written here as one lovely part of my life. In a shorter-two-words term: Truly blessed.

Note: I went to Ora last year and I wrote this a few weeks after the trip. I guess I nearly forgot that I still had it on my draft folder until .. today. (:

dear future alex

Hello future Alex!

I wrote this post from the present simply to apologize for the things I have done and probably you're still paying the price. Yes, it's true. There have been things I'm not proud of, but I was not thinking clear or will not be thinking clear when I made or make that decision.

There's a chance while you're reading this post, you might be sitting in your new office. There's also a bit fat chance that you might not like what you're doing. You miss your old desk, you miss your friends and you even miss those craps they serve daily at the canteen. I cannot express how it must have felt for you, but please understand, it took me a while to make that decision and it just feels right. I hope you're not quitting simply because it's difficult, but you will find your way to embrace the challenge.

But yes, missing your friends is simply natural, but you might have or will make more new friends.

Remember April 8, 2013? Remember how you hit rock bottom? And as the saying goes, when you hit rock bottom, there's no other ways to go, but up. I'm blabbering, but my point is we've been or seen the worst. We've learned our lessons, we should've been much wiser by now. If not, at least, we understand the chances we've been given. Should we be nothing else, but thankful.

I'm pretty sure that I might do more errors as time passes by. I might hurt your friends, disappoint your family, constantly have disagreements with your co-workers to which you definitely have to suffer the consequences. Includes this post, to which I'm about to publish, you might be ashamed of not only the content, but how poorly it's structured. Ha!

I'm constantly struggling in making the proper decisions. I'm trying not to lose myself. I wish there was a way for you to guide me, warn me of things I might do that affect both of our lives. Oh Future Alex, I have a clear vision of what you should be and I hope I will not fall in doing things that might screw that vivid image of you that we both can be proud of.

Don't forget to call your mom.

Don't forget to appreciate your co-workers.

Call your old friends and do some catch-ups.

Travel, eat well, read books and always be kind.


Your oldest pal.

adieu bleki

Dia telah pergi, dia telah pergi
Tiada lagi cerita menjelang pagi
Merindu kala sore sambutan hangat
Sapaan ceria seorang sahabat

Istirahat dengan damai, Bleki
1997 - 2014.


I have not written anything almost a year now and I seriously have forgotten how grey my blog was. So many things have happened. For people who are close to me, know that 2013 is a life-changing year for me. It was probably one of the most difficult year to get through. But on the other hand, it's also the year I began to realized how blessed I have been. 

I have nothing yet to blog, but I promise to write more often. I went two weeks ago, that's probably going to be my first entry after a long hiatus. I can hardly wait for that!

Happy Sunday!