I think everyone knows that I love to wander.. the trendier term nowadays is travelling… kelayapan in Bahasa Indonesia.. ‘mlala’ in Minang language where my Dad family is from. As my nickname is Lala.. no wonder that I like to mlala, right A name is a prayer, a wise man said.
I think it was my dad anyway who instilled in me the love for travelling in the first place. According to him, he first took me adventuring out of town to his project site when I was only about 1 month old. Growing up, my parents continue to take us travelling even to this day.. towing me and my sisters AND our children for a family holiday. So it is natural that I love to travel.
I do love getting lost in my trips. I love seeking out for new adventures. Move around like the locals. I’m at ease whether traveling solo or in group. I love going anywhere.. I don’t really have any preference for destination.. I can enjoy seaside, mountain-side, city tour, country-side, theme-park, or museums. Although, I’m not particularly keen going on mountain climbing for holiday, but I did it a few times. I think it is safe to say that I’m not a fussy traveler.
What’s more important for me is that I can go to places. Better if I can go with (almost) all expenses paid or at least I don’t have to be bothered about the money spent when travelling. As I’m not an heiress, nor married rich, I know I need to have a job that travel is just part of it. So I can mix business with pleasure. It’s the best thing I can do to satiate my thirst for adventures.
Well, I would love to be a travel writer or becoming a host of one of TLC shows. But come on… look how I neglect this blog Fortunately, I’ve been blessed with jobs that require me to travel. At the closing of year 2014, I’d like to recap the trips I did this year whether it’s biz mixed with pleasure, pure biz, or pure pleasure. Without a doubt, this is the year I reaped free mileage the most. Yaay to that!
(FYI, although I did have two biztrips to Bandung, I’m still taking out trips to Bandung as I go there at least once a month anyway to visit Bapak Ibu. Otherwise, this is gonna be a never-ending list.)
Let’s trail back then!
January: The Philippines: Manila (and Makati) and Los Baños
February: just short trips to Bogor with the Cimarolis while they were here in Indonesia.
March: Makassar (2x), Ambon
May: Medan, Kuala Simpang at Aceh Tamiang, Lhokseumawe, Kupang
June: Makassar, Manado
September: Jogjakarta, Medan
October: Jogjakarta (3x), Medan (and Danau Toba – Samosir Island)
December: Banda Aceh, Ambon, Jogjakarta (again!)
Resolution for 2015, maybe just a tad less biztrips but a few more family trips. Aameenn!
When the Cimaroli grandies were here, my Dad offered his co-parents- in-law (Bahasa Indonesia: besan) list of outdoor activities for them. My dad, aka PapaDatu’, is indeed one of the most active people within my safe circle. Since his somewhat retirement, he has traveled even more, in fact he already has two sets of roundtrip tickets until next month.
One of the activities was he took them and all of us for an adventure at Citarik, Sukabumi, involving a water rafting for 7km distance. None of us except my mom and dad had done water rafting before. My dad has done it even more than once, and once he did the 20km distance. Started in Citarik River and finished it at Pelabuhan Ratu. Yep, my dad has a bit of Indiana Jones trait in him.
Our Italian family were also excited to go out outdoor too. Nonno (grandpa) Nello signed up to do rafting but Nonna (grandma) Marisa signed out on it My mom opted to stay at the accommodation too. So the grandmas stayed back, which were good because otherwise I have to stay back to be with the kids, as they were too young to take part. Kris and I were excited to finally have the chance to try rafting. I’ve done canoeing and boating in the States but never rafting. So yeaaa.. finally.
We stayed at Arus Liar Adventure, one of the water rafting pioneers on Citarik River. Besides a water rafting company, operating rafting trips and renting out the rafting and other safety gears, it also offers different types of accommodation available on its compound, from camping ground to traditional cottage but all stay true to their mission encouraging their visitors to have back-to-nature experience. Our PapaDatu’ booked us to stay at their Nusa traditional cottages, and we chose to have the accommodation+meal package from them. Three meals a day and each time was serve in abundance and sooo yummy. A traditional food galore. Although, guests can also have meal at its restaurant, for a large group I would definitely recommend the accommodation-meal package.
Our cottages were actually very basic but full of luxurious natural treatments. The cottages had the river as its back yards and a gigantic tree on its front yards. We had to walk through a small village, cross a hanging bridge over the river, pass a small paddy field before we get to our cottage. I loved it. It was so serene and a nice place to wind down with the kids, although there weren’t many activities small kids could do there besides walking up and about the river and paddy fields. But hey, if back-to-nature means anything, it should be about the kids running around exploring their surrounding without seduction to be a flying fox on a rope. Nothing against it though, because I know how fun hanging and sliding on a rope could be. Yet, no less interesting was to see a fat slow-moving millipedes, geckos, and lizards besides dogs and chicken. Those were just some of the creatures my kids met there. Still, the highlight for them was really the chance to run around and fall on soft earth ground.
As for the adults, another highlights would of course be the luck to laugh loudly, scream, and get soaking wet and no one had a problem with us doing those.