Every sunrise may bring us hope and every sunset may bring us peace.
Standing at the Benoa Beach right in front of the hotel where I stayed, I wished I could see a beautiful sunrise. Unfortunately, it’s cloudy and even dark clouds was hanging in the sky above me. The sun has arisen some time before and seemed to hide its beauty behind the clouds by letting its light shines through the dark clouds. It seemed to tell all the creatures on earth that the dark clouds will disappear in its time. And it’s true, as the clouds moved slowly, the blue sky started to appear.
It’s perfect as the wise people said,
Behind the dark clouds, the sky is always blue, the sun still shines, the birds always fly…
I got a simple lesson to keep hoping good in that cloudy morning. The appearing blue sky reminds us to give meanings to our own life until the time comes.
Yes, until the sun set to change the face of the day. It seemed to offer us peace into our hearts over all works that had been done well.
That day, the same day I had a cloudy sunrise, I watched the sunset with its all beauties at Kuta Beach, Bali. It seemed to say to me to let bygones be bygones peacefully and be good memories in our hearts.
Around two thousands years ago, a Roman philosopher, Gaius Plinius Secundus or known as Pliny the Elder, said short nice words but has deep meaning of a home,
“Home is where the heart is.”
It is not only a place where we’re back after working from day to day. It is more than that. Home is a place that makes us fully recharged and gives us peace. The place that is comforting because we know by heart.
Jogjakarta, or Jogja in short, or some say Yogyakarta, is my second hometown. The place I always be back, the place where I recharge, smell its sweet fragrance and feel its calm ambiance. I can watch sunrise at its beautiful beaches, or get lost into its old market, or wander around the labyrinth of traditional batik makers, visit the palaces and its squares, watch sunset on the hilly places and dine the gudeg, -Jogja’s traditional cuisine- which is offered in every corner of the city. Perhaps I do not know the people, but I can feel the same soul of Jogja in them.
And Ratu Boko’s palace is one of my favorite places in Jogja. Located on a small plateau not far from Prambanan temple, this palace is actually an archaeological site which has many heritage buildings. As a heritage lover I love to be there at different times, but watching sunset there is totally remarkable. From the highest point of this palace, I can see the amazing sunset and the panoramic view of Prambanan temple, and sometimes Mt. Merapi in the background if the weather is clear. Well, everyone knows about sunset, but sunset we watch from the place that is resided in our heart, surely evokes different feeling.
I can sit there in silence, do nothing, just listen to the nature’s voices, smell its calming fragrance, feel the encouraging delight ambiance, harmonize the love of people there and allow all the beauties to color the life. I am part of the amazing local.
This time we are asked to show about Inspiration for the week’s photo challenge.
Well, I share a wise words which I admit the truth about it.
“Nature and love are my greatest inspirations. It is like an attempt to define the undefinable” – Ali Bukhari
Yeah, nature and love never fail to motivate me, its amazing beauty always boosts my feeling from time to time. From the small to great things, from the things inside the range or beyond my senses capability, which are all reflecting the Almighty God.
For this week’s challenge, we’re asked to share the subject that keeps us coming back; turning to frequently, to get more inspired each time… Yes, we’re asked to share pictures about our muse.
it‘s a little bit difficult for me since I don’t have any specific subject to be my muse. But I don’t wanna give up to share. It should be fun anyway.
Hmmm… I love to see sunset or sunrise. Well, who can see the beauty in a sunrise or sunset without feeling the awesomeness of it in their heart? The moments of sunset or sunrise are always decorating my heart. Like a door, sunset or sunrise opens another world of beauty in daily life.
From Sunrise to Sunset, Help me not forget all that You have done for me
From Sunset to Sunrise, Help me keep my eyes upon You Glory
Sunset or Sunrise, or around those time, are always magnificent moments.
A Stupa of Borobudur facing Sunset
Sunset at Southern Beach of Jogja
Sunset at Ratu Boko, Jogjakarta
Cable Car, Sentosa Island and Sunset
A beach guy, ebb tide and sunrise – Bali
May every sunrise bring you hope, may every sunset bring you peace
Feeling the morning breeze on my face, suddenly I woke up in a river bank. Disoriented but could not help watching the nice orange sunrise across the big river. Am I home? It must be the Great Mekong in Cambodia.
Monks in Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Monks in orange robes in Angkor Wat
Without any chance to think, my body became lighter and lighter. Momentary blinded for a blink, the sun disappeared and now I saw local monks in orange robes walking around Angkor Wat, home of the souls.
Giant Buddha in Ayyuthaya, Thailand
Buddhist monks in Wat Pho complex, Bangkok, Thailand
Secretly following them through the wind, watched them chanting in front of the Giant Buddha. But, heiii… there’s no Giant Buddha in Angkor. Time had played with me and brought me to a temple with gold, yellow and orange color in Thailand, home of the smiles.
A moment or two taking delight, then I had to tiptoe out quietly. This country-hopping drained my energy. One step means hundreds kilos to fly in bewilderment. I should take a rest for a while. I could not believe my eyes stuck to the blue bench under the orange flamboyant tree in Bagan, Myanmar. Another hopping to the home of new hope.
I fell asleep on the bench that brought me to the seat inside the orange heavy vehicle in Bali. What’s going on? I drove it to clean the beach. Lots of trash came from the ocean and brought those back to the shore of island of gods. I have the faith that cleaning is a way to purify.
The heat and sweat made my day. Within less than a second I was in the plane that flew over an orange pagoda in Hong Kong, the hidden oasis to make a solemn request for peace.
Landed in South Korea with autumn vista. Being a tropical mind who knew only rain and summer seasons, I was always amazed by the red, yellow and orange maple trees, the special autumn colors as a delicate bridge to welcome winter sonata.
Thousands of Torii, Fushimi Inari, Kyoto, Japan
A Big Torii in Fushimi Inari, Kyoto, Japan
An orange to reddish shrine in Kyoto
But again, time flew and no more for loving the autumn colors. I stood still in front of an orange big gate in Japan. Too big for small me walking through it before I stopped in front of an orange shrine. Somebody whispered it’s a love shrine, although the true love shrine is in the heart of people…
I walked through a tunnel of thousands orange torii or gates in Fushimi Inari in Kyoto, one step to another, believe there is an end in everything
Finally all torii disappeared and became lantern characters in orange atmosphere. The King himself deliberated with his Royal members to prosper his people life
Time ticked and I was kicked. The bright orange color decorated the western sky of Indonesia, as a sign for sunset. Kuta Beach in Bali will be my witness. Like a movie, the picture faded away and a silhouette of tree with orange background was emerged, night was on the way to come.
Quietly I switched on the orange lamps for giving some lights through the mysterious darkness of the night
A day has been gone and be part of a place we called a museum. We can visit to make a remembrance but it has been bygones. Just like the one with the colonialism orange atmosphere…
Suddenly all’s gone and I tumbled down. I pinched myself and realized that I had a daydreaming in an orange old BMW!
And the last but not least, a question… do you know the production year of that BMW? 🙂
in response to Weekly Photo Challenge with the theme for this week
Sebagai salah satu World Heritage Site, Candi Preah Vihear di perbatasan Thailand – Cambodia memang masih berada di daerah rawan konflik antar kedua negara, Tetapi tidak menyurutkan saya untuk datang kesana tahun 2012 lalu. Candi ini memang luar biasa keren, dan tempatnya awesome…
November tahun 2012 lalu, akhirnya saya berkesempatan untuk mengunjungi Preah Vihear, Candi Khmer yang memukau yang terletak di atas tebing 600 meter di wilayah Pegunungan Dangrek, Cambodia bagian Utara. Tidak itu saja, bahkan bisa menyaksikan sunset di situ! Memang Preah Vihear merupakan sebuah destinasi yang sudah lama berada dalam angan-angan saya untuk dapat diinjak dengan kaki, dilihat dengan mata dan disentuh dengan seluruh jiwaraga. Kesempatan datang begitu saja, ketika acara yang tadinya harus saya hadiri di Phnom Penh dibatalkan, sehingga perjalanan bisa saya ubah ke Siem Reap. Dan itinerary disiapkan secepat kilat, karena perubahan acara itu datang tidak mengetuk pintu dahulu.
Untungnya arsip lama saya tentang Preah Vihear tidak banyak berubah. Pertanyaan pertama yang selalu muncul : Apakah AMAN berkunjung ke Preah Vihear sekarang ini? Dan itu juga berlaku untuk saya, apalagi saya seorang female independent traveler.