Summer


Hello Summer,

eventually you come over,

it’s the mist and memories that you uncover,

so much sweat and sanity that you deliver,
I find new ways I won’t let anyone deter.

Hello Summer,
what constant radiance you strongly shower,
the sprouting roots and fruits for the grower,
the glowing green leaves for the gardener,
so even though I fail many times I won’t surrender.

Hello Summer,
I long for you,
I want you,
I need you,
would you lift me up from the blue?

NOTE:
1. As Adele composes & sings her fenomenal ‘Hello’ song, I also want to make my tiny Hello.
2. Where I live, at the moment is summer time.
3. Everybody makes mistakes, both consciously or unconsciously. Conflicts are also inevitable, conflicts are natural; because each of us, at certain degrees, have similar or different interests. I think, if everybody has the summer qualities, life would be beautiful. There are mistakes & conflicts, but also abundant forgiveness, understanding & encouragement for people to grow their potentials & prosper healthily, and properly as well.

Culture

The best way to get to know a different culture is by dealing directly with the people,
Through the blurred & blunder,
If we are not about adopting,
We may do adapting,
Or just perceiving,
What the people are thinking or doing,
At least, we can gain some understanding.

Paragliding in Batu

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The base camp (launching area) is in Banyak Mountain, in the outskirts of Batu Town. It is located +- 110 km to the south from Surabaya, about 2 hour and a half drive. While the landing location is in an area surrounding by the flat greenish veggie/rice fields below the mountain.

It would take you 5-10 minutes on the air, flying around Banyak Mountain & viewing the lush green landscape from the bird’s-eye, before arriving at the landing area, if you go by tandem.

You would need a paragliding license to do paragliding here, otherwise they offer a tandem service. If you are interested to do it by yourself, but have no license yet, here they offer the paragliding course to get the license.

The paragliding is an open attraction & activity. The ticket entering the paragliding area at Banyak Mountain (launching area) is Rp 5.000,-/person.

If you use Google Maps for getting here, you can search for “Wisata Paralayang Batu Gunung Banyak” (means Paragliding Location at Banyak Mountain in Batu).

Paragliding activity starts from around 9 or 10 in the morning.

paralayangbatu.blogspot.co.id/p/tariff-tandem.html?m=1

paralayangbatu.blogspot.co.id/p/tariff-paragliding-course.html?m=1

outboundmalang.com/layanan-kami/paralayang/

NOTE:

1. I didn’t go paragliding at the time, but I ask the rate for Tandem & hear other people ask about the Course rate & detail, it’s slightly different than in the websites. Tandem would cost Rp 350.000,-/person all in, including all the equipment rental, and motorcycle service to bring you back to the base camp (launching area) after you land (it takes only 5 minutes motorcycle ride), but you get no pictures. They provide selfie-stick to bring along during the flying, and you can use you own mobile phone on the stick. While the course is Rp 8.000.000,- for 40X paragliding sessions, theories, rental all equipment, etc, but subject to cost of motorcycle to bring you back to launching area after landing.  (these recent days USD 1 = +- Rp 13.000,-)

2. The Launching Area sign board has incorrect spelling “Area Loncing”.

3. I went there with my family & took some pictures on Monday, 4 July 2016. Lots of people join the tandem paragliding at that day.

Morning Routine

I loves my machines,
Ya ya ya ya ya…

In the morning,
When I wake up and start the day,
I set them all together.

One does the washing,
One does the rice heating,
When I’m bathing.

One is still rolling,
One is now baking,
The other one is boiling and steaming,
While I’m doing dish-washing.

One is now spinning,
One now does more baking,
While I start cooking.

They finally finish,
Doing everything I wish,
And I’m also ready with the dish.

In the morning,
I love my machines,
I really, really, really love my machines.
La la la la la,
Ya ya ya ya ya.

Scenery

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This is a children song about nature I sang when I was at the elementary school. This song is always on my mind when I see gorgeous rice/veggie fields, plantations, or green landscape.

The author as well as composer is A.T. Mahmud  he is a wonderful man & a truly kid educator with passion & dedication.

I’m not that into music, but my generation grew up in Kinder & elementary with his songs. Our country has very few songwriter for kid, and we were very lucky to have him.

Here it is in English:

“Viewing nature from above the hill,
As far as my eyes could reach,
The river bends and curves,
The green wet field stretches from end to end,
Like a carpet is out spanned at the horizon.
The greenish mountain,
And the cloud drapes over it like an umbrella,
O what wonderful scenery.”

In Indonesian:

“Memandang alam dari atas bukit,
Sejauh pandang ku lepaskan,
Sungai tampak berliku,
Sawah hijau membentang,
Bagai permadani di kaki langit.
Gunung menghijau,
Berpaling awan,
O indah pemandangan.”

I took the picture from Blessing Hill, in Trawas, an hour drive to the south from Surabaya.

Hope & Peace

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My aunt took this picture last Sunday 3 July 16, on a trip by car, when she returned to Jakarta from Surabaya, the exact location is between Pekalongan and Tegal – –  the north towns in Central Java. It is a pleasing green lush scenery of rice field aside the province Street way, the green and fertile rice field gives us feeling of hope and peace amidst the long traffic jam queue in the street.

Cheers.