Becoming a diver in Gili Meno

Life of C

Gili Meno is the calmest Island among 3 Gili Islands (Trawangan, Air and Meno) near Bali and Lombok. If you like simple, minimal and silence, Gili Meno is just for you. We’ve been in this Island for 7 days (16-23 Sep 2016) and all tourists we’ve met had kind of same mentality. Calm and relaxed. Mostly couples between late 20’s to 50’s with backpacks. It is definitely worth a visit for true relaxation. Unlike staying in Bali or Lombok, you feel you are completelly into local society. The island has beautiful beaches. Sea is very calm and clear so it is perfect for snorkel, swimming and diving. Inspired by my favorite blogger and my friends, me and my husband decided to take our life adventure into ocean.

Turquoise blue and white beach. Turquoise blue and white beach near harbor of Gili Meno

East side of Gili Meno is kind of center of the Island. There are…

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Gili Islands

The Travelling Urban Hermit

I left Bunaken island in the morning to catch a mid-afternoon flight out of Manado.  Fortunately, there were five of us leaving that morning so I was able to get to the airport for a few bucks.  The bad part was that I had developed a cold by this point so the full day of travel was brutal.  I had to take two flights to get to Bali, so by the time I made it to my hotel it was practically midnight.  I just had enough time to go out for a quick dinner nearby before crashing for the night.

The following morning the company I had hired to take me to the Gili islands picked me up at 7:30 am to drive me to a nearby town for the fast ferry departure.  The Gili islands consist of three islands, Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, and Gili Air.  If you only…

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Goa Gajah or The Elephant Cave

After we visited Taman Ayun temple ( we went to see the famous Goa Gajah aka The Elephant Cave. It’s only 6 km away from Ubud. We drove our motorbike here only to discover that this historical site isn’t as spectacular as some of the temples, but worth for a visit.

If you plan a trip here and have a sarong, bring it with you. If you don’t have one, no worries, it will be provided after you pay the entry ticket. (don’t rush to buy one from the many sellers at the entry gate!)

The Elephant Cave is actually a large rock with an opening and an interconnected small chamber. (T shaped pathway) There are some beautiful carvings on the exterior; part of the original temple walls have collapsed, but the interior of this sacred cave is still intact. It can gets quite smoky from all the offerings…

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Challenge Yourself: Kaweh Ijen

wandering eli

My plans for Indonesia originally focused on Bali, but extended to include Java as I really wanted to make my way to the famous Mount Bromo volcano and Borobodur temple in Yogyakarta. The longer I travelled however the more I heard of Kaweh Ijen, the famous volcano at the Bali side of Java, with blue flames and sulphur mines, home to the world’s largest acidic lake…I couldn’t resist it.

I travelled from Permuteran in Bali to Banyuwangi in Java. I had heard that the town was nothing to write home about, and had low expectations, however, as I walked around the area near to my homestay I saw people working in the rice fields, and was greeted with smiles and hello’s from all directions. It felt completely off the beaten track, as I ate in restaurants where there were no other tourists and paid less than $1 for delicious local…

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#BatikIndonesia Dalam Globalisasi (Batik Indonesia Untuk Dunia)

Michael Yuli Arianto

Di era dahulu, batik merupakan komoditas bernilai tinggi, batik bukan saja merupakan produk sandang, namun juga simbol status sosial penggunanya. Batik umumnya hanya digunakan oleh kaum berada seperti bangsawan atau saudagar kaya, termasuk dengan adanya beberapa corak batik tertentu yang hanya boleh digunakan oleh golongan kerajaan. Batik berasal dari kata “amba” yang berarti menggambar, dan “nitik” yang berarti titik. Motif batik dibuat dengan menciptakan pola-pola tertentu dengan cara menitikan malam atau lilin yang dicairkan dengan menggunakan alat bernama canting, umumnya diaplikasikan dalam media kain, proses ini membuat sehelai kain batik membutuhkan waktu hingga berhari-hari dalam proses pembuatannya, yang membuat harganya menjadi mahal dan tidak dapat dijangkau oleh seluruh kalangan.

Kini batik bukan lagi monopoli kaum berada, di Indonesia, batik umum digunakan oleh orang dari berbagai kelas sosial, munculnya teknik cap membuat harga jual kain batik menjadi dapat dijangkau oleh kelas menengah di Indonesia. Dan kemudian teknik printing yang membuat harga…

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Indonesian Fine Dining at Merah Putih in Seminyak, Bali


For my highlight dinner in Bali, I picked to eat at an Indonesian restaurant recommended by a cousin. The name ‘Merah Putih’ in Indonesian is ‘Red White’ which corresponds to the colours on the national flag. This restaurant is located in Seminyak and close by to the other great dining spots in Bali such as Potato Head Beach Club, Ku De Ta and Metis.

Dinner time Dinner at Merah Putih in Seminyak

To dine here, guests are recommended to make reservations early on. I was only able to get late dinner reservation for my second date option. Probably this restaurant is relatively new and is on-demand, but this made me have high hopes for the food here.

On arrival in the restaurant, I was greeted at the reception and brought into the main dining room. This main hall is cavernous with lighted colonnades that acts as funnels to collect rainwater. Apparently…

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Adventure Tour and Eat from Derawan Island

B&W Travel Life

Although we are scuba divers. Honestly, we totally complete all adventure tours in our third days. So we didn’t decide any dive tour after this. Please read this posts as well and decide your adventures.

Sangalaki island 

Where have Sea Turtle Monitoring And Research Station. Many cute baby turtles is the pool, they are swimming and sleeping. This is awesome experience.

And here is Manta rays home also. You can swim with them and catch them round the island. The fisherman look around on the surface. You just wait on boat, to ready jump into the water. Water current so strong there, that manta rays past so fast. When they gone, you need back to the boat follow their shadows, ready jump again. So much fun at this place.

Kakaben islandVisit the inland lake and swim through an ethereal swarm of millions of stingless jellyfish, some as tiny as…

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Why women talk less

language: a feminist guide

This week on Newsnight, Evan Davis talked to three women about all-male panels—a subject made topical by the recent popularity of a tumblr set up to name and shame them. Why, he asked, are women so often un- or under-represented in public forums? Are they reluctant to put themselves forward? Are they deterred by the adversarial nature of the proceedings?

The women offered some alternative suggestions. Women don’t get asked, or if they do it’s assumed you only need one. Women aren’t seen as experts, unless the subject is a ‘women’s issue’. The age-old prejudice against women speaking in public means that any woman who dares to voice her opinions can expect to be deluged with abuse and threats.

But while all-male panels are obviously a problem, they’re only the tip of the iceberg. Just ensuring that women are represented on a panel does not guarantee their voices will…

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On Evaluative Criticism


Imagine yourself wearing a pair of latex gloves, scraping some dust off the surface of your favourite book or movie with a scalpel and tapping it into a glass vial of clear fluid. Now seal the vial and shake it, stare into its contents. When little Venus symbols to start floating in the solution you can declare to all willing to hear, “This! This is a feminist text!”

A lot of effort goes into arguing whether something is or isn’t feminist. In fairness, this is as tricky a question as people make it out to be. If we are to accept that an author’s intentions don’t always reach the text and that the reader reads themselves in a text than it follows that some amount of, say, feminism, may exist in anything. It also may be that in reaching for something to identify with, audiences may nominate a toothless champion for their defence. This might be the case with Mad Max:…

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This Asteroid Will Come Eerily Close to Earth on Halloween

Lights in the Dark

Concept image of a large asteroid passing by Earth and the MoonA recently-discovered asteroid named 2015 TB145 will come within 1.3 lunar distances of Earth on Oct. 31, 2015. (Illustration by J. Major.)

Yes, it’s true: a rather not-so-tiny near-Earth asteroid SKULL-SHAPED ZOMBIE COMET (see below) 2015 TB145 will make a relatively close pass by our dear planet Earth on October 31, aka Halloween — the day when certain beliefs profess that the veil separating the worlds of the living and the dead is at its thinnest, allowing spiritual and even physical interaction to occur between both.

Of course there is no scientific evidence that the latter is at all true but it makes for good scary stories around the light of a campfire. And as the first-world campfires of today are the stark lights of computer monitors and smartphone screens, some are trying to weave scary stories about the passing of this asteroid as well. Should you be afraid? Certainly not. (But there is a cautionary tale to be told.)

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