Travel Diary #2: Breakfast with A View!

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“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!

x

 

Travel Diary #1: Borobudur Temple

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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.

x

On Self-Love

” Write down things you love and dislike about yourself”

 

Loving yourself should be the foundation of all love. It is hard to find love in anyone if you can’t even love yourself. I think many people can relate to this issue. As for me, I have been struggling to love myself lately and maybe that is why I find it hard to love someone and I always get hurt at the end. It is not the first time I’m sharing my very personal experience on this platform and I don’t mind people knowing the ‘secret’ or something that I have been struggling with. I want people to connect and to those who feel the same way like I do will be enlightened and know that they are not alone. 

Talk the Talk. Walk The Walk

It is different to loving yourself for who you really are and someone you are pretending to be. I have always thought that I have come to an acceptance phase where I acknowledge and embrace all my flaws but apparently, there are still a lot of things to be done. Talking about self-love is easy but when it comes to practicing it, believe me, it is so damn hard.

A Story.

So a few days ago I talked to this stranger, I opened up to him about what I’m going through these days. I don’t know about you but talking to strangers about my personal stuff is exhilarating. We both do not know about each other and that, for me, is perfect because I can share whatever I want without worrying he/she would spill it out. I told him that I am having a hard time practicing self-love and he told me that that is the root of the problem I am facing right now.

“Loving yourself is the foundation of all love.” 

He told me to write down things I don’t like about myself and what I love about myself and asked me to reflect on them. Those things you love about yourself are the ones you carry with you wherever you go. You also gotta acknowledge your flaws and accept them as part of who you are. When you are happy with yourself, and you acknowledge and accept your flaws and embrace them, you would not let anything in this world get the best of you. Your soul is filled with love and joy and you have built a home within you, the roots that grow within you keep you stand still.

When someone doesn’t reciprocate the love you have given to him/her, you would not be drowning in tears and hurting yourself and feeling worthless, because you know your worth, and hurting yourself for someone who doesn’t appreciate the things that you do is not worth your precious time and you know you gotta move on. If you love yourself for who you really are, you would not be seeking validation from others. Your worth isn’t determined by the likes you get on Instagram, how many followers you have, how many people praise you, and the compliments you get. Because you know YOU ARE SO MUCH MORE THAN THAT. You know your self-worth and you wouldn’t let anyone devalue you.

In the end, even if there is no love anymore in this world, all you have is yourself and that’s enough.

Love,

E

 

 

Don’t Fall in Love with A Writer

“don’t fall in love with a writer “, they said
because you can see yourself in her words
how she describes you
and takes you back to the past

in her words, you are reminded of the first day you met her
the moment you walked towards her and
you just couldn’t keep your eyes off of her

how you held her hand for the first time
how the warmth of her embrace made you feel home
how her presence is like a safe haven to you

her words began dancing in your mind as you remember
when you and she danced the night away in the rain
when all you did was laughing on the stupid joke she cracked

yes, she still remembers every detail like the back of her hands
that’s why she writes it all
she wants you to remember it as well

but it was also her words that remind you
of the morning
you lost her

 x.

Have Courage & Be Kind


What has happened to us?  How could we let hate stronger than love? How could we let fear stronger than hope? The world constantly changes but don’t let it change who you are. Do not let the world change the soul you have built for years. Let the roots within you grow stronger that it helps you stand still during a hard time. Clothe yourself with compassion and dignity and let your mouth speak the truth and your eyes see the beauty in others. Have courage and be kind.

x.

A Trail of Broken Hearts

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Dear my friend January,

You know deep down he is not going to stay, but you keep listening to what your heart says. You still hold on to any possibility that might happen. You are just overwhelmed by the amount of attention he gave to you–something you have been craving for. You love the experience, not the person. You barely even know him. Do you even know little things about him? Has he ever opened up to you? I know you like the back of my hands. I know you value connection the most, so why are you acting like this when you know the truth. He is just like the wave in the ocean. As much as you love the waves when it gracefully hits the shores, but it was never yours to keep.

Save yourself from the heartbreak, do not waste your time crying over someone who has been leaving a trail of broken hearts everywhere he goes. Believe me, you do not want to lose yourself in the way of loving someone. If it’s meant to be, you will come across him one day, and this time, I believe, is not by chance but by fate. In the meantime, enjoy the moment while it lasts. Carpe diem

Yours Truly,

February

Scars

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No you don’t have to feel sorry for me. No one asks you to.
I have built a home inside me and the roots which grow within me
keep me strong and stand still
I love the scars on my skin. They show me how I survived..

Work of Art



You don’t need someone to validate your worth
you know you were crafted perfectly
shaped into an extraordinary person
who is standing before me now

You have traveled the rocky road
and passed through hundreds of roadblock
to get to where you are
now don’t let them tell you where to go

Some people don’t understand
the way you do some certain things
but you don’t need them to
just be unapologetically you

cos you know yourself
you know your worth

 

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