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Yogyakarta! Jogjakarta! Day 1: Prambanan to Wonosobo

The trip was great fun: great company and nice tour guide! But if I were to have say in the duration of the trip, I would definitely allocate more days. 4D3N was not enough to explore each place in depth and we were like rushing through only. I am recommending our tour guide who is very friendly! Reach him at +62817757835 or pondoktour@yahoo.com.

Someone said my posts are too wordy! So, it’s photo-feed time!

Tracing our footsteps again!  A = Yogyakarta Airport B = G= Prambanan Temple C = Magelang D =Wonosobo E = Dieng Plateau F = Borobudur H= our hotel in Yogya

Tracing our footsteps again!
A = Yogyakarta Airport, B = G= Prambanan Temple, C = Magelang, D =Wonosobo, E = Dieng Plateau, F = Borobudur, H= our hotel in Yogya

From the distance, I could still recognize Billy! :p *hint: the hairstyle*

From the distance, I could still recognize Billy! :p *hint: the hairstyle*

Upon arrival in Yogya, we were all famished and brought to this warung...

Upon arrival in Yogya, we were all famished and were brought to this restaurant in Prambanan…

... and had the most expensive mie ayam of the trip! Fresh tomato juice's nice! I wonder why it is not made popular in Malaysia

… and had the most expensive mie ayam of the trip! Rp. 22k! Fresh tomato juice’s nice! I wonder why it is not made popular in Malaysia

Originally there were 240 temples in the temple compound

Originally there were 240 temples in the Prambanan temple compound

We had light exercise before entering the temples! :p

We had light exercise before entering the largest Hindu temple site in Indonesia!

“Ruin is a gift. Ruin is the road to transformation.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love. Restoring and reconstructing the temple and shrines from the ruins involve "lego" skills!

“Ruin is a gift. Ruin is the road to transformation.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love.
Restoring and reconstructing the temple and shrines from the ruins involve “lego” skills!

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LB was the most attentive among us

Carvings narrating the Ramayana story

Carvings depicting the Ramayana story.
I said I will paraphrase the story of Hindu epic in my own words, haha, one day, one day!

We needed to peep into a dark chamber, looking through the holes in our palms did make the object in the dark clearer to be seen! Why?

We needed to peep into a dark chamber, looking through the holes in our palms did make the object in the dark clearer to be seen! Why???

Hahahahaha!

Hahahahaha!

His hair was no longer pointed after wearing helmet! Haha

His hair was no longer pointed after wearing helmet! Haha

Once we were done visiting the Shiva temple, this cute boy dashed towards me and addressed me as "kakak" aloud! I thought he needed help to fix his helmet but no, he just wanted to kacau! :)

Once we were done visiting the Shiva temple, this cute boy dashed towards me and addressed me as “kakak” aloud! I thought he needed help to fix his helmet but no, he just wanted to kacau! 🙂

You think this pose is creative?

You think this pose is creative?

More creativity on its way! :D

More creativity on its way! 😀

Variation!

Variation!
Sophie: Sam! This is creative!

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Sophie: I also want!

It's really easy to sabotage one's solo shot! :p

It’s really easy to sabotage one’s solo shot! :p

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Coming out from the Prambanan temple compound, we read mie ayam = Rp. 7000! Our first Indonesian meal of the trip was overpriced by 3 times! Wth!

En route to Wonosobo, we stopped by this restaurant for dinner

En route to Wonosobo, we stopped by this restaurant in Magelang for dinner

The interior of the restaurant

The interior of the restaurant

Tahu Pojok, really yummy!

Tahu Pojok, really yummy!

Saparella, the Indonesian Sarsi :)

Saparella, the Indonesian Sarsi 🙂

Post-dinner, continued out journey to Wonosobo.  Die die also wanted to watch "一代宗师" on my netbook, haha

Post-dinner, continued our journey to Wonosobo. Die die also wanted to watch “一代宗师” on my netbook, in a moving car! haha

After reaching the home stay at Wonosobo, the gals wanted to cultivate sleeping mood but the guys kept pestering us to play "Politiko" together, a game about winning the Malaysian election!

After reaching the home stay at Wonosobo, the gals wanted to cultivate sleeping mood but the guys kept pestering us to play “Politiko” together, a game about winning the Malaysian election!

End of Day 1! 🙂

Preface | Day 2: Dieng Plateau & Borobudur | Day 3: Yogya city

Long distance running and me

To me, the graph of fun vs. distance ran is not the kind of y=mx+C, but the following:-

fun vs distance ran

Running more than 5 km, it’s not fun anymore!

When I was still an undergraduate, I actually wanted to be trained as a sprinter for 100 m and/or 200 m track events. My thought back then: winning a medal from 400 m run=4 x 100 m, hence more arduous! But, my reflexes were so poor that I was always the last one to start running after the gun was fired *shy* For this, coach wanted me to focus on 400 m instead so that my endurance could compensate for my slower reflexes. I did occasionally take part in running events more than 5 km but long distance running wasn’t really my friend yet.

A photo taken in 2004: Sue had the best head start: while the rest were still aloft, she's all ready to take the 2nd step of her run!

A photo taken in 2004: Sue had the best head start: while the rest were still aloft, she’s all ready to take the 2nd step of her run!

Upon graduation in 2006, rarely had I run more than 5 km in a single session (in fact, I didn’t exercise much!). When I was in NZ, LW, CC and Aron always touted the benefit of long distance running, so much so that I put “to complete a half marathon” in my bucket list since then!

After my NZ/OZ adventure, I started working as engineer again in a new company, I got to know that F is a marathoner and he promised to train me up for my first half marathon! Since then, he had become such a great source of peer pressure that I had no choice but to really train hard (my own standard of course, I was a slacker if compared to LW, LY and the gang!) Whenever I skipped training, he would guilt-trip me! Frankly speaking, I didn’t really get the fun of long distance running… I have very low boredom threshold, especially when I’m doing the same thing repetitively. F, knew this flaw of mine, he would make me run a big loop of 3.5 km instead of two rounds of 1.7 km. To fuel my run further, either he had to keep talking to me to distract me or I had to listen to songs while running. Without these practices in place, I would get bored and start concentrate on the complication of running (shortness of breath, sore legs, etc.) and I would stop! Oh, another running complication: I get high whenever I jog more than 7 km and I can’t sleep well on the day!

F, my running sifu and buddy!

F, my running sifu and buddy!

On days leading up to my first half marathon, I joined two 10 km runs during Standard Chartered Kuala Lumpur Marathon (SCKLM) 2012 and Nike Run 2012. For not having proper warming up, I injured my right foot during SCKLM and I had near-faint experience during Nike Run! Bad omen?

SCKLM 2012: The day that I ran using a bib from a guy! :p

And injuring my right foot! Boo…

I ticked off “to complete a half marathon” from my to-do list during the Putrajaya Night Marathon 2012. I completed the run in 3:02:26 (net time), albeit lack of training! Being someone who is not persistent and not disciplined enough for all the training and hard work leading to the run, I was just aiming to complete the run around the qualifying time of 3.5 hrs, so this came as a bonus!

With my running buddies, who hebat lari!

PNM 2012: With my running buddies, who hebat lari!

The most anticipated moment of my first ever half marathon in my life.... got blocked! Boo...

The most anticipated moment of my first ever half marathon in my life…. got blocked! Boo…

BUT, the day that I completed my first half marathon in my life was also the first time I sat in an ambulance! I ran non-stop for 16 km and started big-walking towards the finish line. I met LY and LW who overtook me since the 1st km at the last water station. Suffering from fatigue, LY was vomiting non-stop and she’s not getting better even like 1 hour after the run. She was admitted to the hospital then. When I sat at the medical tent to keep her in company, I saw the flip side of marathon: all sorts of SCARY running/medical complications. I concluded: MARATHON IS CRAZY STUFF!

My second half marathon took place during the Penang Bride International Marathon (PBIM) 2012. The run started at 3 a.m., so we went to bed around 6 pm! I have rigid circadian clock and my bedtime is 10 pm! Haha! So I didn’t sleep well. To my utmost surprise, I overtook LY at around the 12th km and that boosted my run faster I must say! Sue said this is the competitive streak in me 🙂 My personal best is now tied at 2:44:51 after my second half marathon!

PBIM 2012: Yay! Clear view this time! I remember LW cheering for me by the roadside near the finish line, "Sam! 进步很多!"

PBIM 2012: Yay! Clear view this time! I remember LW cheering for me by the roadside near the finish line, “Sam! 进步很多!”

PBIM 2012: Clocked 2:44:50.60 (net time), ranked 288/1876! :)

PBIM 2012: Clocked 2:44:50.60 (net time), ranked 288/1876! 🙂

I told LY and Sue that PBIM 2012 is my retirement run already because I still do not get the fun of long distance running! :p the post-run complications (the skin chafing, the inability of walking up and down the stairs, etc) are not pleasant to me. Besides, I am too old to go through all the dreary training miles already… I just want easier life! :p At first, “to complete a full marathon” was in my bucket list, but I have taken that out already (now it’s on my maybe-I-will-do list)! To get prepared for a full marathon, my normal training has to be half marathons already! Too lofty a goal! Besides, my MP3 player cannot last for 6 hours and more and that means no distraction for me! Haha!

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Never! Haha!

But as my waistline, thighs and tummy grow bigger and I grow heavier, I started to miss those times when people praised about my muscles! Vanity is indeed my favorite sin! Being a goal-orientated person, I need a reason to force my fat ass to do exercise regularly. So my hand got itchy and registered for half marathon again in SCKLM 2013. But, hear me out, THAT is going to really be my retirement run for long distance running! In the future, I am just going to jog to keep myself in svelte shape and downgrade my running effort, I would say less than 5 km each jog and maybe occasionally some 10 km events?

SG: Wah! 你的calf muscles 很美叻!

My vanity got flattered when SG said, “Wah! 你的calf muscles 很美叻”

Vanity got flattered yet again! :p :p :p

Vanity got flattered yet again! :p :p :p

Speaking of vanity, I went jogging just now and out-ran a Malay teenager boy. In his red shirt, he turned around, showing his thumb up and said,

“Aunty, baguslah!”

-____________- Minus the misnomer, I think I should take that as compliment? :p

突然感触之思念想念的出口

当你想念或思念某人,你会怎么做?

While I was driving to work just now, radio was playing Raya songs non-stop, I paused for a bit, thinking: this time last year, I visited coach, in his sick bed. 想到教练已经离开快一年了,我的心沉了一下。对教练的思念,我从这物质世界抽身几分钟,好好地缅怀有他的画面。

如果把想念之情直接了当地告诉当事人后,得知我的想念是双向的,又或者我的想念为当事人带来暖意,即使微不足道,那,想念就是找到了出口,那绝对是一种身心舒泰的感觉。

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出口,想念的出口

但是想念也会有阻塞、吃闭门羹的时候。就是有这么一种人,会对你的存在、你对他的殷勤嗤之以鼻。想念之情宣泄不了之余,也得不到最起码的尊重,何等泄气!

The chronicle of a 花痴: sentiment!

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不以为意的举动

造就心中不断扩张的暖意

暂别没人了解我深情痴情多愁善感的空虚

剧终人散

空虚还是有待填补


I spot you, creativity!

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Inside the glass bottle…

“I want to walk tall, believe in myself, have the courage to ask for what I want and need, and live a life that mattered. I want to wake up in the morning with a smile on my face and know that I am loved and that I belonged. I am desperate to feel worthy and I am hungry for the opportunity to live my fullest potential.” - modified from "The Dark Side of the Light Chasers" - Debbie Ford

Under the apple tree…

"If you are not spending all of your waking life in discontent, worry, anxiety, depression, despair, or consumed by other negative states; if you are able to enjoy simple things like listening to the sound of the rain or the wind; if you can see the beauty of clouds moving across the sky or be alone at times without feeling lonely or needing the mental stimulus of entertainment; if you find yourself treating a complete stranger with heartfelt kindness without wanting anything from him or her... it means that a space has opened up, no matter how briefly, in the otherwise incessant stream of thinking that is the human mind." - A New Earth, by Eckhart Tolle

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Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

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The art of thinking clearly by Rolf Dobelli

The first phone call from heaven by Mitch Albom

Inferno by Dan Brown

For one more day by Mitch Albom

A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose by Eckhart Tolle

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez

A study in scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

The five people you meet in heaven by Mitch Albom

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The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

To kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

The Brain that Changes Itself by Norman Doidge

Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren

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Inspiring quotes!

If someone prays for patience, you think God gives them patience? Or does he give them the opportunity to be patient? If he prayed for courage, does God give him courage, or does he give him opportunities to be courageous? If someone prayed for the family to be closer, do you think God zaps them with warm fuzzy feelings, or does he give them opportunities to love each other? (God in "Evan Almighthy")
“To love another person is to see the face of God.” ― Victor Hugo, Les Misérables
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” -Mark Twain
Aggie: "But what about the people who hurt you? Don't you ever want to make them suffer?" Norman Babcock: "Well, yeah, but what good would that do? You think just because there's bad people that there's no good ones either? I thought the same thing for a while. But there's always someone out there for you. Somewhere." - Paranorman
"机遇总是偏爱有准备的人"
“You're only here for a short visit. Don't hurry, don't worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.” by Walter Hagen
Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, wine in the other, body thoroughly used up, body totally worn out and screaming "WOOOHOOOO what a ride!" - by anonymous
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