Here are some unedited photos I took when I visited Borobudur, Yogyakarta, Indonesia a few months back. After hearing suggestions for a sunrise tour during our trip in Jogja, my friends and I decided to commit to waking up 4am in the morning to make our way from the Yogyakarta city to the Borobudur temple (around 1 1/2 hour) and climb up the temple just in time to witness a breathtaking sunrise.
It was so beautiful. So worth waking up early! The best part was the panoramic view of Mount Merapi in the backdrop which I will blog about separately later.
I’m a beach person, clearly. I’m always looking forward to my next beach/island holiday and as a fellow islander enthusiast, I’m always looking forward to explore new destinations.
I’ve always wanted to go to Lombok, Indonesia. I’ve been hearing about people’s experiences for a couple of years now and thought to myself, I need to go this year. I just need to go.
Lombok is right next to Bali. I’ve been to Bali twice and I loved it. Yet after going to Lombok, I can agree with those who have been there that it’s better! Like how everyone else has put it, it’s like Bali but quieter and more tranquil. So true. It’s a hidden gem, and more beautiful if I’m not mistaken ;)
So a spontaneous conversation with friends had us on our feet.
Made another trip to Bali after 5 years and so much has changed. The airport is different, there’s more highways and they’ve installed a toll. They’re definitely more resorts/hotels and the dynamics of the city has changed. Nevertheless 100% tourism devoted as always.
I stayed at St. Regis with my family and it was amazing. Website photos definitely lived up to the quality and the weather (minus a few showers of rain here and there) made it so apt for constant snaps. Definitely no filters needed!
The resort is indeed big and there were buggies available for service but I decided to forgo all that and enjoy every walk, every path, every view. I just loved the abundance of greenery, the river flowing-like pool and the complimentary wi-fi available everywhere! Who doesn’t love that hehe.
The beach was quaint and lovely and I was reminded of how awesome the waters are here in Bali; clear see-through blue with a constant present of waves. Nowonder it’s a surfers haven.