Analog Diary : Pulau Seram, Maluku

Friday, January 13, 2017

I almost forgot how I like being surrounded by open air and the sea until we took our year-end trip to the long forgotten island, Pulau Seram, Maluku. It was my first experience crossing island in the Banda Sea that most of the time gave me chills. Since I always treasure my time on the road, I couldn't think of any ideal situation for a 2-hour boat ride than to enjoy it on the front deck. Our journey started from Tulehu to Amahai, and another 3-hour road trip until we reach Desa Saleman to the so-called Maldives of Indonesia, Ora Beach.

I'm sharing with you some of my favorite photos taken with the film during the trip and if you feel like reading longer stories and insights (how to get there, what to explore, etc), kindly head to this link: here where I contributed a post for I Like Local.

Taking a smaller boat from Saleman Village to Ora Beach. The nature and color of Maluku simply remind me of a beautiful landscape that we often find in our history book about Indonesia. As much as I hate the very hot weather, I can definitely get used to this kind of view of hills and the sea which perfectly aligns together.

Mata Air Belanda, a natural phenomenon of a crazy clear river which comes from a spring that flows right to the beach. Surrounded by a lush of greens and sound of forest birds chirping, it felt like I was in the middle of Amazon, or nowhere to be exact!

Locals and their daily activities at the floating village, Sawai.  From the moment we arrived, I was greeted by happy kids playing with used plastic glass, locals busy doing their laundry and a kid taking his morning bath in the river. I can honestly say that the locals here are blessed by the spring.

Morning light at Saleman Village. The last two photos from my last roll of film before we headed back to Ambon to catch our evening flight. The last one was a shot of a public elementary school. Thank you Maluku for reminding me of how beautiful my country and people are.

Fransisca Angela

Travelogue : 2016 in Review

Sunday, December 25, 2016

First of all, I'm ecstatic having just finished a new look for this blog. Making sure to modify things here and there was absolutely time-consuming (phew). It finally has a full-width photo page (which I really like), editorial look layout, a proper about page, and a newsletter button which you can find on the sidebar. Such a right timing to accompany my mandatory yearly travelogue post: Travelogue 2014, Travelogue 2015

2016 has been a year full of both good and bad surprises, but the biggest lessons of the year are definitely to accept things as it is and learn that we cannot control everything. It's been great with all the travels, challenges, new friends, and opportunities. I'm truly thankful and look forward to another new journey next year.

For this year's travelogue, I'm using The Moon Lists project as a reference to write down some memories during the trip in a particular place. I'll highlight each of the places with a few keywords of interest. Making it easier for me to remember things and a more pleasant way for you to read my stories.

As the author said, "I have found it interestingly difficult to remember what has happened in the near past; consider the idea a sort of checking in with how time is spent, recalled, reflected on."

Travelogue hint: Switzerland, France, the Netherlands, (my extended birthday trip to) the Czech Republic, and Sukabumi.
Enjoy this last post of the year and hope you have a wonderful time with family and loved ones!

Colors of Singapore

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Going back for a short weekend trip to Singapore after 6 years were exhilarating. The main agenda of this trip was to attend Neon Lights Festival where two of my favorite musicians, Lucy Rose and Foals performed under the same sky! I don't really remember the city has so many colors to offer in a different neighborhood. Although walking in the middle of Christmas light in Orchard road was completely dreamy, this time, my favorite picks are Tiong Bahru and Gillman Barracks art residency. 

Here are some photos from my mobile phone taken during the three-day trip! 

Plant Studies

Thursday, October 6, 2016

I've been living in my neighbourhood all my life and just realised that I haven't spent that much time exploring. As I was feeling under the weather these past few days and the idea of staying home the whole day make it even worse. Today I grabbed my camera accompanied by Solange's "A Seat at the Table" blasting through my headphone for the much needed evening stroll. Walking towards the alleys, going to the market which I often visit during my childhood, it feels nothing short of nostalgic.

Nothing much have changed ever since, and as I spent more time walking, I realised that there's always a lush of greens surrounded almost every household which is quite blissful in their own way. I sometimes wonder who get in charge of taking care of those plants. It draws my attention especially when the pick of the flowers and plants are divine. It was a great decision to put my running shoes for a walk.


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