God is placing great opportunities in your life…pause & appreciate them 🙂
Puncak Setumbu facing Mt Merapi & the Borobudur temple at 4.30am as the sun slowly peeking out.
It all began with a desire from 2years ago to watch the sunrise with my then bf,D. We never made it though, cause of the lack of sleep from a midnight train ride but I was blessed enough to be able to visit the beautifully carved Borobudur Temple all within a short 24hr trip.
This year, I finally made it but of course we the great help of some locals. Many who spoke about visiting Central Java (Yogja) or as the Indonesians call it, DIY (Daerah Istimewa Yogjakarta) would have heard/read about Manohara Hotel tour to watch the sunrise at the temple itself! However I was offered to go hiking and drink coffee at 3.45am on a hill…hmmm decisions,decisions.. of course I choose to go hiking at 3am!! 😉
Oh c’on! how hard could hiking be right? And its just a hill..cant be that high up.. HAH! wrong.. It was like climbing through a forest or plantation..I couldn’t really tell ’cause it was really dark and I had an uber tiny torchlight to maneuver up the steep hill,hence I couldn’t look around. haha Ok well maybe I was afraid something might jump out of the tall tress so I dare not turn my head left & right!
Finally! Reach the top 🙂 pitch dark at 3.50am
The climb up the hill was such an amazing experience, firstly it showed me that I needed to exercise 😛 secondly, its just something I would never be able to experience in my own country.
“No pain, No gain”
Mount Merapi & its “brother” still visible
After numerous joke by Pak Budi (my tourguide/pak ojek) about God sending a message that the sunrise would be delayed, japanese tourist “ahhhh-ing” and the rest of us sipping the local’s home-made coffee..finally..the Sun has found it place
It was at that very point that my heart stopped and my knees weaken.. The beauty in front of me was just breathe taking. It was like the whole world had been silent to welcome the sun again to its rightful position.
That was the beginning of my full circle journey.
As my eyes betray me, I shall leave you with a quote by the humble man, Pak Budi
Till my next write..Chao
” the thing to remember in life is not everything should be perfect for us to be happy.”