Life at 35


The twist and turn in my journey to Langkawi ends. As I mark my 35 years of existence, it also to put an end for a closing door.

It is a tough decision I finally have the courage to face.  It is not too late to start another chapter of my life as I talk about my career path.

I am optimistic as an old door closed, there will be a  window for me to peep before a new gate opens.

 

Photo taken: Langkawi, Malaysia

 

 

 

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Explore the Old Times in Cambodia


The experience in visiting the ruins of old temples in Siem Reap.  Despite of  thousand years had passed, the local government with the help of foreign countries, these old temples have been  reconstructed and restored  to preserve its cultural heritage, its history and pride of Cambodians

 

Siem Reap Trip

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Magical Bali


Bali is a lush paradise island. Famed for its art, recreation, culture, traditions, and warm greetings of Balinese people. For my seven months stay in this magical island, full of memories from the…

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Magical Bali


Bali is a lush paradise island. Famed for its art, recreation, culture, traditions, and warm greetings of Balinese people.

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For my seven months stay in this magical island, full of memories from the people I met. Language as the major barrier for me. This serve as a motivation to learn the dialect and embrace their culture.

I will never forget the people who are good to me. They are like angels  who served as my guardians while living alone in this island.

These are my moments in Magical Island of Bali.

 

The Philippine President vs. Yellow Tags


As year 2016 comes to an end, we will face another challenges or embrace greater opportunities as new year comes.

Filipinos united for better future and great changes under the administration of   President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.  Those who are anti-Duterte in the Philippines and around the globe, these are the people who hate changes and who do not accept  defeat.

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Let us make an example of  the cronies of the previous administration, the oligarchs who poisoned the mind of the innocent people.  These oligarchs  control the media, allowing themselves to be powerful,  hide their being incompetence,  suppress what is really the threat in our country, and worst change our history.

These  people (officials and allied)  under the circle of “Yellow Tags”,  are planning or I may say working  secretly  to destroy and destabilize the present administration. Instead of being cooperative and helpful to the oppressed society ,  they are rather  threat to our security.

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We are afraid of  changes.  If we only open our mind, think of the future,  and have concern to the society, then let the changes begin in ourselves.

The government is  leading us for a better tomorrow. The government  tries to  eradicate graft and corruption. The administration wants to correct  the damage done by the previous  administration by  implementing new  rules, regulations and laws to discipline the society.

The war against drugs and corruption, the debate regarding death penalty, and  the issue about extrajudicial killings.  The  social media again has something to do with current situation. The bias correspondents and media research team  working on these. They were  fabricating the story from their own perception  and diverting the issue from  what is real.

Why at this present administration, the foreign and local press corps only highlighted the war against drugs, corruption, the violence and massive killings?

Why the press corps had forgotten the issues  from the past administrations  especially of former President Noynoy Aquino  that up to now were unsolved?

People are sometimes judgmental.  We don’t see our own mistakes, but rather we easily jump to conclusion about  the negative deeds of our fellowmen.

 

Trip to Korea- 2016 (한국에서 잘 지내세요)


Visiting South Korea is a dream come true. I went there just by myself with my luggage, small camera and tripod. Before going to Korea, I applied for  visa in Jakarta and waited for 5-days to process.

With the help of Ms. Dinda (referred by a mutual friend working in Anantara Uluwatu) who booked for my flight to Jakarta, Jeju & Seoul plus my accommodation in South Korea.

She sent an email of  Seoul booklet and I wrote down possible places to visit nearby my accommodation. I studied Seoul subway too (it is really complicated, too many lines).

She did a great job especially in booking for cheap flights and finding accommodation which fits to my budget. Though, challenges arise before this trip, still we manage to finalize my South Korea holiday trip.

I spent 3-nights in Jeju, flew back to Seoul for 1-day visit and back to Bali on October 19.

How I survived in Jeju Island? Well, I google the interesting places, learned the bus timings and know where the bus stop is.

Fortunately, I have Korean (can speak English) roommate in Gongcheonpo Olle Guesthouse. Her name is Bora. So, whenever I am not sure about the bus number and route, I seek help from her. She is so helpful and friendly.

By the way, from Jeju International Airport to Gongcheonpo Olle Guesthouse takes around 1 1/2 hour trip by bus.  It is far from the airport but near to the interesting places in Jeju.

My room facing the sea, and I can easily watch sunrise and sunset by merely opening my window pane.

October 17, when I arrived in Seoul (city life). I explore the place right after my arrival in the city. I  grab the map, read and follow the route. Whenever I feel that I am lost and couldn’t find the right track, I ask some Koreans waiting on the line too.

I learned from this trip: be brave to ask,  be open to learn, and be aware of your environment.

Here are some of the photos taken during my 4-days trip in South Korea:

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Those who are living in Indonesia and tend to visit South Korea, I may suggest the service of Ms. Dinda. You can send message to her email address:  liburankorea16@gmail.com

You will surely love the place.

Strengthening Couple Relationship


I am back in writing an article about love and relationship.

From Bali with love, I am ready to face my computer and tap the keyboard again.

Thank you to all my followers and readers  who are following my blog. I wholeheartedly extend my thanks  to my special guests who gave me permission to feature their love message and photos on this article.

When you are with the “One”, you feel happy, contented, secured,  and loved. How do you strengthen your relationship whether in a long distance or even you are together?

Two different world and culture met in one place with same belief and main goal. If you were destined to be in one’s arm and the flame of love really strikes, it is easy to say “Yes, I do.”

The couple is like a sculptor in the construction and shaping of their marriage. The couple can likewise recreate, re-frame, or renew a relationship, but it is a difficult venture. The sculpting is compounded in marriage because there are two persons with two different perceptions of the relationship.

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celebrating their 3rd wedding anniversary and counting

There are two sets of needs to be considered and two sets of expectations which are involved. It is possible for two people of good will to discuss their future possibilities together, and to reconcile differences that arise. It is also possible for a couple to realize a greater amount of their marriage potential.

Marriage ought to foster the growth of authentic love between man and woman. This love should evolve as a mixture of greater humanness between the partners (also called friendship) and a meaningful sexual relationship, based on respect, trust and compassion. This deep and meaningful love is devoted to the welfare of each other. (source: http://strongermarriage.org/htm/married/strengthening-the-couple-relationship/)

Components of satisfying marriage.

  1. TRUST- built on mutual respect and acceptance of differences.
  1. COMMITMENT- you commit yourself and take responsibility

 

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6-years into relationship, finally tied a knot

  1. SKILLS- both partners be skillful at understanding others, expressing needs, listening to each other, wise decision making, negotiating and managing conflicts and having meaningful communication. Both partners should also know their responsibility like in household chores and parenting.
  1. CARING- being supportive of each individual’s growth and personal interest. Caring for relationship.
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“happily ever after”

5. RECIPROCITY- helping each other to fulfill individual roles. Exchanging positive                     rewards.

  1. EFFORT- in any relationship, effort is part of it. Taking time to work on your marriage.
  1. EXPECTATIONS- try to be realistic. Don’t try to change your partner just to meet your expectation.
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“Care is sweetest form of love. When someone says, take care it really means that you will stay in their heart till its last beat. So take care! I love you”…. This is the message from Mr. Moudh to Ms. Samar.  

 

“Let  there be spaces in your togetherness, and let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup. Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf. Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone, even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music. Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping. For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts. And stand together, yet not too near together: For the pillars of the temple stand apart, and the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.”- Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

Smiley Hello, A sad Goodbye


Love, look at the two of us

We act like strangers again.

The flame of love is as cold as ice.

Precious words, no longer there?

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Precious moments we have, a simple hello

Now vanishing in the air in thirty-seconds.

For second time, I believe in the game of love.

But I fail, with wounded heart.

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I thought, the searched is over,

The love I felt in you.

But then, I am just dreaming,

Underestimate how love plays a fool.

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Please, wake me up into this bad nightmare

Help me accept  the truth and reality.

Let me heal the bruise from broken promises

For me to believe again, in the name of True Love.

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Photographer: yours truly

Location: Maldives & Dubai