(c) : Erika Chrisiani
you tell me to quiet down cause
my opinions make me less beautiful
but i was not made with a fire in my belly
so i could be put out
i was not made with a lightness on my tongue
so i could be easy to swallow
i was made heavy half blade and half silk
difficult to forget and
not easy for the mind to follow
― Rupi Kaur..
“Solitude is not the absence of company, but the moment when our soul is free to speak to us and help us decide what to do with our life.” – Paulo Coelho
I stay at House of Nasi Bungkus during my stay in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, and I totally recommend this place for all of you who love the countryside and a nature addict like me. I love the atmosphere, it’s very peaceful and calm and that’s exactly what I needed. It is quite far from the town, though but I don’t mind because I get to wake up to this amazing view.
Breakfast with a view? Oh what a good match!
Borobudur Temple, January 2017
Borobudur Temple is known as world’s largest Buddhist Temple and one of the greatest Buddhist Monuments. Borobudur Temple is located in Magelang, Central Java just an hour away from Yogyakarta, Indonesia. I have been here twice and I can say that I am in love with this place. This place is overcrowded by the tourists during the day and I personally don’t like going there during the day due to the heat- it’s just too hot, I can’t handle it.
But did you know that you can actually go there for the sunrise? Well, not so many people know that. The only way you can see the sunrise at Borobudur Temple is through Manohara Hotel. But one thing to keep in mind is that make sure you go there when the weather is good, as in it hasn’t been raining the night before or else you might not be able to see the sunrise, and you’ll be so bummed when that happens.
I woke up at 3 in the morning, and it’s because my homestay was in Yogyakarta and I had to motorbike for over an hour just to get to Borobudur Temple. I arrived at 4.30 and began climbing the stairs. When I reached the top, there were so many people who had already waited to see the sunrise. I did not expect the place to be so packed but I didn’t really mind because I was so busy enjoying the moment. The sun began to rise and oh my oh was it so beautiful! I totally recommend you to come to this place for the sunrise. The view was just breathtakingly beautiful. I have always loved the golden hour and the misty morning when the sun begins to rise because it always reminds me of a good start, that no matter how hard your day or night was there will always be another day to give another shot. Cheers to a good life x
P.S: I actually had loads of pictures taken from my Jogja Trip but unfortunately, my phone hates me so much that it decided to act up and I had to restore the phone which means losing all the data on my phone. As much as I hate this kind of thing when it happens, but at least I still have them in my memory to and remind me how beautiful it was, how happy it made you feel.
She greets the moon like an old friend
that she’s been waiting for a lifetime
As the night falls
She floats up in the sky
and began dancing
like she never did before
There she found beauty in the darkness
Facts behind these shots:
These shots were actually taken in a very slum area in Depok. Me and my friends had to go to observe a slum area near our university. The lake smell foul, there were so many specks of dirt, and the place where we were when these shots were taken was like a shelter. But we ignored all the facts above and enjoyed and living the moment. The sky gave us such a spectacular ending to our tiring day. One thing I want to emphasise is to enjoy and live the moment! CARPE DIEM
I am constantly reminded to fill my heart with peace and gratitude. To be more content, grateful, and wise in every situation. For the least important thing I have might be the most for someone else out there. I remember I used to pray for the things I have now, and that is a reminder that : I am not lucky, I am blessed