Hello everyone! If you are reading my blog now and still reading it, I’d like to let you know that I decided to take my open water scuba diving course!!! I took the course at the infamous Gili and what I meant as the gili was Gili Trawangan. Gili T is located very close with my house. Only 30 minutes driving passed my backyard hilly house down to the north part of Lombok where the port to the famous three gills located. The port itself is called as Bangsal. From Bangsal, you can just take the dirt cheap public boat to any gili you want. It would cost you exactly 15.000,00 rupiahs for each person with additional taxes. They have vast amount of local boats that would carry you perfectly safe each in every 10 minutes. Yes, you don’t have to wait long and afraid the boat will leave you. If you are the type of person who hate to spend 25 minutes on a public boat with local people and some backpackers from around the world, you can use the speed boat. If you rent the speed boat for your family it would cost you around 800.000,00 rupiahs for a boat with two ways service. Otherwise you can use the public speed boat which would cost you for 75.000,00 rupiahs for each person (one way). The choices do vary from dirt cheap to luxurious service! Don’t worry! Whatever the type of traveller you are, they always have the service just right for you. My advice? Personally I thought It does not take a super long time if you use the cheap public boat!
Ok then that’s that about how to get there. What about other stuff to do? Other than diving, I tried so many new things in this visit. Such as riding around the island! Haha I know! I called myself as local but never been around the island with a bike. Sometimes you are a local at some place but never tried the most common thing about your place. Weird, isn’t it? This visit lasted for 4 days so I had plenty time to do everything I had never done before.
I did saw the sunrise in Gili for many times before! DUH this was not my first time.
We woke up at around 5.30 to get the best colours of the first sunrise. Oh indeed it was such a beauty!
The vast land of pretty mountains of Lombok as seen from Gili.
The top of Rinjani, second tallest mountain in Indonesia, in morning clarity.
Morning walk along the coast.
Rent a bike! (50.000,00 rupiahs for 24 hours) Go around the island in between your courses. The best bike riding experience you can ever ask for.
The west part of the island.
The cutest place to live? Le pirate beach club! Love the service for it gave me free place to read a book and do nothing.
Yes your dream life! What is it that you ask for when you have all the time in your life to do nothing but daydreaming and chill around have a swim? More summertime of course!
The STUD: horse riding track just near the beach.
Rent a bike is way too mainstream? Then rent a horse!
Cidomo: The horse taxi!
Sunbathing is such a fun thing to do! It releases the good hormones such as melatonin and serotonin that are just right to make your brain feel happy and relax. It burns away all the manic panic depression you always get every single day. However sometimes the beach gets too crowded especially at this time of the year, perhaps you need just one time to be spaced out from people. Gili gets to packed up this time of summer. It happened to me almost every time-a private space was my staple need. So what I did was I rode my bike and just stopped wherever i felt safe and nice.
Then I saw that little hilly by the side of the road. I stopped and just like that, like falling in love-you have no idea when and where it would happen, I found my perfect private sanctuary. For awhile.
Sun screen? Nah, i don’t believe in sun screen. It harms your skin to be honest! From some articles I read, sun screen does prevent the good stuff brought by the sun ray. It also brings more risk for skin cancer. Indeed it helps you not getting too burnt out. Its ability to keep you from burning is the scariest ability ever! Yet it does not mean you can just veg around under the sun for 24 hours! You need to know the best timing and period for your own body and skin tone. It is all about knowing what exactly your body needs. Just bring enough water with you next time you go on sunbathing. It’s important to keep yourself hydrated while sunbathing.
However, to keep my lips from cracking, I brought my Yves Saint Laurent lip vernis (shade no. 27) in my bag to the beach. To be honest, I love lipstick. I love everything about it – the shopping time, the trying time, the finding your perfect colour time, the telling you girlfriends what’s the best lipstick in time – everything! This nude colour is awesome!
Currently reading: All the light we cannot see.
Oh so good!
Ok, so these are my personal suggestions where to eat and hang around at:
Pearl beach club (left side of the port): great place to have a drink and just chill around. Not recommended for ordering food. Great place to wait the sunrise.
Serene sunset (west side of the island): On detox? Don’t worry! just like pearl beach club, serene sunset offers best experience for the view and the fresh juices. A nice place to see the sunset.
The beach house restaurant: BEST FOOD in gili, no exaggeration! Nice place for breakie, lunch, or dinner. Price: normal price. Offers various types of food.
Otherwise you can hang around at Egoïste Beach Club (right side of the port) for the pizza and tapas, Sama-Sama Reggae Bar (left side of the port) for some night noise and live music, Kayu Cafe (left side of the port) for the coffee. Also the night fish market (left side of the port) was great for a little grilled Indonesian food (Don’t order seafood at the market, it has just the same price as in the restaurant!). What about Scallywags (left side of the port)? A BIG NO for breakfast, a BIGGER NO for grilled seafood – overpriced and, to be honest, tasted super bad.
You’re still reading this? Ah I love you. Anyway school and meetings are just around the corner. It was such a nice diving trip around Gili Trawangan. Let me know if you have your personal recommended places at the Gili. P.S I’ve been around all the small islands of Lombok, so let me know what you think!
Photos: taken by self with no further editing. (Because who has the time to edit everything?)