Monday, February 19, 2018

Staycation: Hotel Vila Ombak, Gili Trawangan

The Private Dock of Hotel Vila Ombak

The Balcony of Our Room

Interior of The Room

The Bathroom 

Dinner at The Beach (Hotel Vila Ombak Restaurant)

When my parents came along with me while I was looking around the neighborhood of my (then) future workplace, Tanjung, West Nusa Tenggara, we went to Gili Trawangan and spent our time at Hotel Vila Ombak. We booked it quite impulsively without really comparing it with another hotel like we used to. When we thought that the price is reasonable and we saw the picture of the hotel on the internet we thought it was enough.

But after experiencing it I thought it was better. The price is not so expensive yet the hotel is very comfortable and offer a great service. First thing first, I love their private dock. I think I did not see any other hotel owning this kind of private dock. There is a public harbour at Gili Trawangan but you can imagine how crowded it is for this island is the most crowded island of all the three gilis. Can you imagine how comfortable it is arriving at the dock right in front of your hotel so you do not have to carry your luggage all the way to your hotel or paying an extra fee for using rented vehicle available?

Then going to our room, we got the standard room at the second floor. Although the room is not facing the pool but the surrounding is so comfortable, with trees around and with the breeze blowing I can lay in the sun deck available at our balcony while reading my favorite book, all the time! 

There is nothing so special inside our room, but of course I love their complimentary drinks for I can drink my coffee while watching the rerun of Harry Potter on HBO before I dozed off, and not to mention they gave us free fruits also (the orange was sweet I love it!)

The bathroom is quite spacious but there is no bathtub available for the standard room, but it was reasonable enough when looking at the price. They provide us essential oil soap and shampoo and I love the smell of it! 

Hotel Vila Ombak has an outdoor cinema and they provide free ticket for their guest while outside guest who want to watch the movie have to pay for around idr 100.000 (usd 0.7). That night they were playing The Beach, yes the one starring Leonardo Dicaprio shot at the beautiful Thailand! After enjoying my dinner (with a cool live band playing along  -which I fallen in love at first sight, and I requested a John Mayer's  Song "Slow Dancing in a Burning Room" because I thought the singer would sang it perfectly, and he did!-) I watched The Beach at the outdoor cinema, at the beach, with the constellations up above, can you imagine? It was perfect! :)

And in the next morning, after walking around Gili early in the morning and while waiting for our check out time, it was cloudy so I can enjoy their swimming pool like my own pool because nobody was swimming haha. I love their pool it is so big and comfortable, too bad I didn't take any photo of it, maybe next time I can upload some video (wish me luck for the video editing haha!) Anyway they also provide sun deck on the beach along their hotel so we can just lay there and watch the beautiful sea and the green hills of Lombok Island across the sea. 

So overall I give 5 out of 5 stars for this Hotel Vila Ombak, definitely will come back someday when I have the chance, I hope it soon!

Gili Trawangan, Lombok
West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia
Price upon booking: idr 1.100.000 (usd 88) for Superior Lumbung Terrace Room
Phone +62 370 6142336

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Moving to West Nusa Tenggara, Unexpectedly

On a Fast Boat on My Way to Gili Trawangan, North Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara

Along The Shoreline of Gili Trawangan

What Do You Think About The Crystal Clear Water?

Dress (Minimal), Sunglasses (Giordano bought at Optik Melawai), Watch (Fossil)

Above all are the beauty of moving to North Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. I have planned my life the way I wanted it to be. Dreaming and then working my best to ensure that my dreams will becoma a reality. 

When I was a child my dream was simple, I only thought about my self, only thought about the best and most convenient way of life, for my self. I wanted to go to college and then continue my education abroad in a developed country, USA or UK. I can imagine my self walking down the central park on a snowy winter day while enjoying the christmas festivities during my winter break or also I can imagine my self sitting at a small cafe on London's alley after my hectic exam days. Doing it all behind the so called precious reason that I study abroad so that I can build my country after learning at the best school available. 

But my dreams are developing as I travel more, my mind is expanding its muscle, I think in a broader point of view. How can I think about the way to develop my country if I only understand about the way people live in the big city. I only understand about education, health and economic development in a developed city. I do not really understand how people in a more under developed area live because I only visited another city when I am on a holiday.

So then I chose that I have to at least try to live and try to understand how do the majority of Indonesian live. I am a dentist then why the hell I do not also abuse my skill to try to help others around me? So then come my plan, I will sign up for a program for medical doctor and dentist to work at under developed area, maybe half or a year later. But the universe had another plan for me, in a very short time there suddenly come the opportunity, and I just grab it. So long story short, I only had not more than three weeks for the whole moving process. 

I was assigned to work at a primary health care at North Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara. Here you can barely find cafes, malls, convenience stores or anything people usually include as the sign of a developed economy of a city. North Lombok has a very beautiful nature and rich of its resources also, I can see green hills here and there and it is an easy access when I want to enjoy its crysteal clear sea. A spa session or swimming at infinity pool? It always is an easy access to the resort available. 

But, behind all this? The locals, Indonesian living in Lombok is not the owner of these resorts. They are its employees. Most of them do not hold the power to make the most of their land, I do not know exactly the real reason behind this of course, I just barely came. 

I just barely came here, but within a week, when I was giving education to elementary students of North Lombok about the way to manage hygiene along their menstrual period, a program from Plan International and Dinas Kesehatan Kabupaten Lombok Utara (North Lombok Health Bureau) I suddenly felt sad, I have a short talk with Plan International's Official and they said that the rate of girl students drop out and child marriage in North Lombok is so high. This girls often do not realize that to be a mother they have to be able to do the best to raise and educate their child. They do not understand that for a marriage to work out best they need education. Why don't they realize? Because societies around them and the culture around them never show that, so how can they be inspired? They rarely saw their mom or aunties or girl friends become a well known entrepreneur, doctor, lawyer, ballerina, and tons other inspiring work. So how can they think of one? 

When I do an oral health screening at one village, I also find a woman who does not go to school at all, she barely knew her age and it is really hard to have conversation with her because she barely understand anything, can you imagine that?

So, behind the beauty of Lombok's nature, a development of health, education, and economic is still very much needed. I just wish that I will figure out a way, for my dream and also for the development of my beloved country. Meanwhile, I might just try to enjoy and learn everything the universe try to teach me, no?

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Staycation: Tanjung Kodok Beach Resort

Jalan Tuban-Gresik, Paciran, Lamongan
East Java, 62264
Phone (+62322) 666 000
Price upon booking (Dec 2017) Idr 1.700.000 (USD 127)

Unlike our usual winter holiday, me and my family spent our last christmas holiday by staying at a beach resort not so far from our hometown, only about three and a half hour driving. This resort has been operating for quite a long time but apparently we just got the chance to visit it. There is no white long sandy beaches along its shoreline so I first thought that the surroundings will not be too spectacular, but I found that I was wrong. Combined with the beautiful architecture of the resort it was a great facilities to enjoy a staycation while breathing the sea air. 

The rooms are overlooking the sea with balcony in each of it, not to mention the bed is overlooking the big window. When I woke up I could see the beautiful horizon in front of me. I would say that this resort has a great facilities; a beautiful architecture, a pool overlooking the ocean, a gym, a coffee shop, a restaurant, and when we stay at the hotel we also get free ticket entrance to Wisata Bahari Lamongan (an amusement park beside this resort), but I did not feel satisfied with their service.

We got free dinner and it was said that the dinner would be available at 7 pm. When I arrived at the restaurant at 7 pm, a lot of the menus on the buffet are already unavailable anymore and there were a lot of dirty tables with glasses and plates that were not been taken care of. Speaking of the key of a great hotel is service, right? And at the pool there was an announcement board which say the pool open until 9 pm, but when I got there at 8 pm the pool was already closed. Why do this misinformation could happenned? 

So, I give this hotel rate 2.5 out of 5 stars. It is okay to go here when you need a quick staycation but when I have a longer off days I think I prefer to go to Bali for I haven't once found flaws about hotel service in Bali. 

Top (Tailor-made), Pants (This is April), Shoes (American Eagle at Payless)

Wisata Bahari Lamongan (an Amusement Park on The Shoreline)
Jalan Raya Paciran, Paciran, Lamongan
East Java, 62264
Phone (+62322) 666 111
Entrance fee: idr 60.000 (USD 4.5) weekdays, idr 80.000 (USD 6) weekend

Because we got free tickets to enter Wisata Bahari Lamongan, an amusement park on the shoreline located beside this resort, we decided to spend a little time wandering around this amusement park. I have ever visited this amusement park once when I was still in middle school so I almost forget about it. 

When we first entered the park it was still quiet in the morning, we visited its 3d cinema and 3d trick arts museum first. The 3d cinema is already quite old but if you go there with children they will like it anyway. After one hour suddenly it was already so crowded with people, of course, it was a long school holiday. So, it was impossible for us to enjoy rides available there for the queue was sooo looong. So we decided to just wandering around and enjoyed the breeze along its shoreline. Look at the picture above, the location of this amusement park is just beautiful, right?

But do not expect the spectacular rides like the ones in Trans Studio or moreover Universal Studios, heheheh. Nothing spectacular with advanced technology here, but I think if we open our mind, be present and enjoy the moment with our loved ones, this one is enough to seize our day with happiness :)