Earth Day reflection

Sunday, May 21, 2017

We left the city driving our way straight to the harbor without really knowing what lies upon us. Despite the time that almost hit midnight, the harbor was still as energetic as it could be filled with locals who were ready to embrace the long weekend. You can pretty much smell the air of excitement even before entering the gate. While waiting for the last boat ride of the day, we exchanged some stories with a few strangers who turned into companion throughout the trip.

There was a midday worker, Arief who lived by the motto of "Work hard, travel harder" which was printed on the front side of his T-shirt. At first, I thought it’s only a mere statement, while in fact hearing his solo trip stories from Banyuwangi crossing the border to the island of Gods by boat proved me wrong. Meeting like-minded people like him reminded me once again that there’s nothing to be afraid of when it comes to traveling. You work hard, and the reward might be as memorable as when you decided to just go for it.


While the view and sunshine intake that I've got during this trip were undeniably good, moments that I'll always recall are the people that we've become friends with. Being on a long boat ride crossing the island will do no good if there's no good companion throughout it. Luckily this time, we met with a lovely grandmother who joined her kids and two grandchildren on this trip together.

Seeing her take such a good care of the kids really reminded me of my own grandma who passed away 2 years ago. She took all the responsibilities with a full compassion, from changing her grandchildren' swimwear, made them eat three times a day, until making sure we're all being well-fed. In one fine afternoon, while others were asleep after such a tiring day being out in the open water for hours, we sat together under the big tree overlooking the sea. Hearing her stories about life makes me miss my grandma even more. Her spirit in life even though her husband had passed away is something that I'll always hold close in my heart.

"Seeing my grandchildren grow up is what keeps me going every day. In the city, I take care of them while their parents work, and now I get to enjoy taking care of them while being on a trip like this which is even more better."

I don't know about you but I always look up to a figure of a grandmother. Maybe because they become wiser as they grew older, or maybe I just have a thing for older people and their positive outlook on life. Only after that trip, I realize that in every journey that we take, we can be reminded of our dearly beloved by the people whom we've shared our meals with within that particular days.


Being near the sea makes me happy for no reason. I stared out the window of our boat for hours to find the constant movement of the water passing was peaceful. The next morning, we woke up before dawn to catch a sunrise overlooking Mt. Krakatoa. The trek itself was not too difficult compared to the breathtaking view that welcomed us as our biggest reward of the day. Standing in front of such a beautiful mountain surely felt amazing. To be able to witness that kind of view brought me back to imagine how tragic the story was when the big eruption hit this volcano island in 1883, killing more than 36.000 people. A gentle reminder that this world is much bigger than yourself, and to take a good care of the mother nature is everyone's responsibility.

(accidentally) Celebrating Earth day near my element on a bloated boat filled with ecstatic strangers never crossed my mind even at once. And I'm so glad I did.


  1. I like that phrase, "work hard, travel harder". Fantastic! I am going to keep this with me now as I want to travel more too, but in order to do that you need to work hard for money to pay for it all! Happy belated Earth Day, lovely blog!

    Steph of Byron Beaches.



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