I jumped at an opportunity of a lifetime to visit Indonesia. My grandfather is from Indonesia but I have never visited this country. To be honest, I was skeptical of the country, I was afraid that it may not be as clean as Singapore, and that I may not enjoy myself. There were a lot of questions in my head. I do not know what to expect.
Camel Pose, Ustrasana with Sheila!
For starters, I have decided to blog 2 of my favorite experiences! Ironically, they are also the most tiring ones of the whole trip. We have Kawah Ijen to see the blue fire and catching the sunrise and tour of Mount Bromo.
Kawah Ijen (Ijen Crater)
Ijen plateau or known as "Kawah Ijen" is highly recommended to mountain buffs and hikers. The Plateau was at one time a huge active crater, 134 sq km in area. Today, Ijen is a quiet but active volcano, and the landscape is dominated by the volcanic cones of Ijen and Merapi on the northeastern edge of the Plateau, and Raung on the southwest corner.
Morning call was at 12.30am on Kawah Ijen day! We barely had a wink and had to get up. But we weren't grumpy (we usually would be if deprived of sleep), in fact, I remember Sheila and I were pretty excited! This was what greeted us as we started our Kawah Ijen hike!
We took about 1.5 hours to finish our hike with minimal rest stops. And if you checked around, you would agree that we did really well! It was all for the Blue Fire. It is true, with a goal in mind, everything was possible. We didn't want to miss the blue fire because once the sun is out, we wouldn't be able to see it.
Kawah Ijen is best known for its blue fire. This blue glow, unusual for a volcano, isn't the lava itself, but is due to the combustion of sulfuric gases in contact with air at temperatures above 360°C!
Every day, every picture is unique. This was our very own blue fire capture.
This was what we woke up at wee hours of the morning and braved the cold for. Probably the most beautiful sunrises we have seen. From a vantage point on Mount Penanjakan (2,770 meters above sea level), 2.5 hours from Malang. visitors from around the world come to see the sunrise over Mt Bromo.
The Tengger sandy area has been protected since 1919. This is believed to be the only conservation area in Indonesia, and possibly the world which possesses a unique sand sea at the attitude of about 2000 m above sea level.
We had the option of renting ponies instead of walking by foot to the foot of Mount Bromo! It would be a pretty sunny and dusty 15-20 minutes walk if you decide not to take a pony ride. The cost of renting a pony to and fro is IDR 125000 - 150000 which is about S$12.50 to S$15!
This was taken at Whispering Sands!
Looking at this picture still felt so unreal!!
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Ending the picture with my favorite shot with my awesome companions this trip! These are the people whom I sat, ate with and cleared half a minimart's supply with lol. This jump shot took quite a number of missed shots to perfect. The shot was made possible by our cool jeep driver who brought us to this "special" part of Whispering Sands!