Friday, March 28, 2014

Fabulous Friday Finds

via heyheymandykay

Well hello darlings! 

Excuse my inconsistency in posting entries on my blog. I have been occupied with many other things and simply didn't have the urge to blog, but now I have. So let's get to it. 

As I mentioned earlier on my previous travelogue posts, my cousins and I recently started our tour and travel company. We are currently focusing in domestic tours and ticketing, we also provide personalized tours. So without further ado, if you're going to travel within Indonesia, contact us at info(at) right now! We will give the best price, best route and best places to go so people could have an unforgetable and fun experience. We will arrange everything, all you have to do is just sit back, relax and enjoy the trip! 

Okay so, now unto the fabulous links I found this week...

Dear husbands. My husband read it and he said that's exactly what he's been doing. Made me smile! 

Cute lamp. I want. 

This time, date a girl who speaks another language. *cough* me *cough* 

Sad ending for MH370 , my deep condolences for the family and friends of the passengers and crew of MH370 and this article made me cry. 

I discovered my first tweet. What's yours? 

A simple reminder to not judge a book --- or a dad --- by the cover. 

I'm thinking of joining Bromo Marathon. 10K of course! I'm not ready for half marathon or full marathon just yet! Anyone care to join? 

'til next week! Toodles! 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Travelogue: Lake Ashi Pirate Boat Cruise

The sky was dark grey and it was pouring rain all the way from Tokyo to Hakone, but we set out to adventure in good spirits. Thank God we didn't take the train, because when you travel with the elders, it is better to travel in good weather. The people from KBRI Tokyo were kind enough, they provided a car  for us to use. 

When we arrived in Hakone, it was foggy and still raining. We stopped by at Lawson mini mart to buy some rain coats and some snacks (it is DIFFICULT for me not to buy snack in Japanese mini marts). 

The Hakone Sightseeing Ships were based on a pirate theme, sail across the lake from Hakone-machi to Togendai and back. The mist made the area looked like scenes from "Pirates of Caribbean" and I did feel like one of Jack Sparrow's crew. The pirate ships were big enough to hold large group of people without making things feel too crowded yet steady. We enjoyed the boat ride very much despite the little rain, the wind, cold and foggy weather during the first half of the trip and sunny skies second half of the trip. We took a lot of pictures as usual with our cameras, with and without the narcissistic stick.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Travelogue: Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route - Part 2

So the last place we been to was Murodo. Then we headed to Daikanbo to board the Tateyama Ropeway. My cousin Lala and I who dislike the heights, we were not impressed to see that the ropeways spanned the valley between two mountain peaks. But we managed to face our fears and continue our Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route journey. I tend not to describe a lot on my travelogues since words will not do any justice. So again, enjoy the pics and see how spectacular the views are!

Like I said before, this journey was amazing. I would go back here one day.

You can see the Kurobe river from Daikanbo. 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

My Favorite Hero, Hein Victor Worang

My grandfather would have been 95 years old today if he's still alive. Eventhough we never met, it doesn't mean that I love him any less. I was named after him and still carrying his surname. He is my namesake. I also happen to know some people in Minahasa named their children "Hein" or "Victor" after my grandfather because they love and respect him. It's a great feeling to know about that fact and of course I am beyond proud. 

His final resting place and I will be buried right next to him. He's burried in our family's private cemetery in Tontalete, our village.

Some great articles on the internet about my grandfather: on his 30th death anniversary, statue of him and some statues he built in Manado, on him being the longest ruler in North Sulawesi, one of his efforts in restoring historical sites in Tomohon (he restored many historical sites in North Sulawesi, because he had enormous love for our homeland and ancestors) and many more... 

He went to war, fought for Indonesia's freedom and lost 3 of his children because my grandmother had to follow him and his troops guerilla-ing in the woods and they had no medical supplies to give to his children who were badly ill. He sacrificed many, many things for Indonesia's independence therefore I despised Indonesian people who don't appreciate, nor value, nor make use of what our fallen heroes and veterans did for this generation.

When he ruled North Sulawesi, he initiated almost every infrastructure in Manado and always did the best he could to prosper Minahasan people. I was very touched when my husband's late grandmother told me that during my grandfather made her family lived well because my grandfather fought to increase the market price for spices produced by Minahasan people. Especially Tondano area, which was affected atrociously because of the separation movement by Permesta at that time. He managed to stabilized the North Sulawesi Province and built useful public facilities they needed. He was a hero, the pride of Minahasan people and naturally, my favorite one. 

It pains me when I read this poem about grandfather I found on Pinterest, because I never had the chance to experience that sort of thing. 

He died of heart attack on February 3rd, 1982 (one month before I was born) after lunch time. He was 63 years old and he was expecting me, his first granddaughter. He may be didn't have a long life but the memory of him will remain in my heart forever. I love the fact that he inspired me to treasure Minahasan culture, read bible every night, to love our homeland, family is number one, always help people in need (especially fellow Minahasans), eat good food and later when I have the capacity (financially stable), I would like to improve North Sulawesi. I don't want to be a Governor or any government officials, I just want to be one of the Minahasan people who care about her homeland. I hope I will be able to do that somehow.

Anyhoo, this is a scheduled post because I'm in Minahasa right now and would definitely visit his grave today and put some beautiful fresh flowers. Love you, Opa Kembi! See you in my dreams and in Kingdom of Heaven. <3 p="">

PS: Check out this facebook page about my grandfather that is updated occasionally by my father.

During the war.

When he received the title "Tonaas Wangko Um Banua" - from Minahasan elders. 

As Minahasan ruler.

People loved him. He had a really strong leadership within.

Rondoren Um Banua means Build Your Country. My grandfather's motto.

My father (left, in beige/white trousers) and my grandfather in 1970s.
His last official photo, he didn't put all of his medals of honour simply because he had too many! And oh, he was the first Minahasan who became both one and two-star generals in the Indonesian army.

My parents brought me to visit grandpa. In this photo, my father told baby me to kiss my grandpa's photo! (;

Monday, March 10, 2014

Travelogue: Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route - Part 1

In other words, The Japan Alps.

It involves nine transfers - namely highland bus, cable cars, tunnel trolley buses, ropeway, and another local bus; and it took us around seven hours of travel time from Toyama to Shinano-Omachi thus completing the alpine route journey. We purchased the tickets for the whole route at Tateyama Station, it is pricey yet worth every penny. 

At the end of our Japan trip, the ladies and I agreed that Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route is undeniable the highlight of our trip! The route might be expensive and take long hours but in the end the spectacular view reminds us that this is a journey worth taking. 

I would love to go back over and over again, I would love to experience this journey again in different seasons. Amen. 

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Sunday Thoughts: Do Not Be Anxious About Anything

via Path. I forgot who uploaded it and do not know who is the owner of this pic. 

One of the best reminder that makes me calm and content. Like other verses in the bible, these two are powerful. Thank You Jesus. 

Saturday, March 08, 2014

Fabulous Friday Finds

Minahasa. via Garuda Indonesia Magazine

Well hello darlings! 

I've been busy taking care of business that my cousins and I just started. A lot to be taken care of however since we are passionate (well, I know I am!) with our work, time goes by so quickly and didn't feel tired nor bored at all. Thank God. Anyways, I'm going to hometown sweet hometown this weekend with my cousins Lala and Milka for a couple of days. So excited, it's been too long since the last time we went to our hometown together. I hope all of you will also spend the weekend with your loved ones at some lovely places too!  

And as usual, here's the fabulous links this Friday: 

Attention, travelers! Some packing tips

This made me cry. 

As an avid fan of young adults books, I love this post

I need this

I love these

'til next week! Toodles! 

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Travelogue: Toyama

It's a small yet beautiful city. We were there just for a day, our stopover before going to Tateyama Alpine Route (Japan Alps). We arrived in Toyama around 5 o'clock in the afternoon and we stayed at Toyama Excel Tokyu Hotel. This hotel gave us an excellent view of the Toyama city and we had excellent weather at that time (15 degrees Celcius in the aternoon and 10 degrees Celcius at night).

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Sunday Thoughts: Things God Wants You To Remember

via Walking On Sunshine

Read: Matthew 11:28.

I believe you, Jesus and I love you more than anything in this world. Thank you for keep on reminding me on how great Your love everyday. As a human being, there are times when my heart questions many things that happened to me or my dearest. I am thankful that everytime those moments came, you always there reminding me not to worry and to rest all of my worries unto you. I am grateful to be born in Christian family and get to know the greatest love of all. I love you, Jesus and thank You for loving me. Happy Sunday, my dearest brothers and sisters in Christ. God loves you and He will shower you with his favors. Amen. 

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