Asia | South East Asia | Indonesia – Lombok

Asia | South East Asia | Indonesia – Lombok

As a native Indonesian living in a busy chaotic polluted metropolis capital city Jakarta I hardly realized how beautiful and charming this country is, until I had a chance to see the other parts of the archipelago.

One day some computers at the branch office of the company I worked with caught some nasty viruses.

As an IT guy I had to fly to Mataram, a city in Lombok island, about 2 hours flight from Jakarta, to fix the problem. I thought 3 to 4 days would be enough to clean the PCs…and I might as well bring my family along, my wife Ami and my lovely daughter Syakira.

We stayed at a four star hotel, by the Senggigi beach. I left my wife and my daughter at the hotel and worked til evenings without seeing the daylight…not to mention the bright sandy beach of Senggigi…

When the job was done, on the 4th day, Thursday,…I just realized that I haven’t re-confirmed my return ticket to Jakarta. Anyway…we checked-out from the hotel and drove to the airport. We might be lucky, who knows…

Unfortunately or I’d rather say luckily, all the seats flights to Jakarta were fully booked until Sunday. At first I was confused…didn’t know what to do….and then a very good friend of mine in Mataram branch office, I.B.M. Wiradnyana, who accompanied me during my stay in Mataram suggested that I take the company car….so we drove back to the hotel….

Once we got there…the room rate was already different …more expensive than the voucher rate arranged by the Travel Agent in Jakarta, even thou it was barely hours since I checked out from this hotel. After arguing for some time with the hotel manager, and not willing to give him any extra money, we decided to find another hotel…..and that was when the holiday began…we had a chance explore some parts of Lombok island while waiting until Sunday…

So we drove north to find another affordable and yet a comfortable hotel. Along the way (Senggigi coast) we explored the beauty of Senggigi beach…We stopped by the hill and took some pictures and drank coconut milk…another tourist couple…looks and sounds Japanese…took some pictures too..

Since that day, I always wanted to share some experience we’ve had, the not so many places we’ve seen, the bright sky, blue sea and waves, white warm sandy beach…the calm, quiet nights with sparkling stars above the night sky….the not-too-naive people but anyway…..the primitive island of Lombok…and also the rest of Indonesia…

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