Lombok Part 5 – Jeeva Klui, Banyumulek, Sukarara, Sade, Kebon Roek

January 20, 2013 at 3:28 pm

Continues from here.

♥November 29th♥

We didn’t really know what we wanted to do, but we thought it’ll be good to take a day tour, to see a traditional Sasak Village (Sasak are indigenous people of the island of Lombok), to go to the foot of Mount Rinjani.

While at breakfast, Daddy went out to a tour centre across the road from Jeeva Klui (just a small shed, but there’s car/motorbike rental and tour organising operated from there). We met with a driver we befriended at the airport on the day we arrived, he was picking up someone from Jeeva Klui. He suggested we rent a car for half a day to start off (~USD30/half day) and if we exceeded the 6hr we can always extend to a full day rental (~USD40/full day). As he was busy the day, he recommended his colleague.

So a plan was set. Herlan, his colleague, would pick us up at 11am.

Of course, while all these were being planned, the girls were at the pool, swimming, playing games, chatting, and…
Jeeva Klui - Pool

Jumping..
Zaria jumping

Zaria jumping

Zara jumping

Zaria jumping

Zara jumping

My favourite shot. The 2 of them jumping together!Girls jumping

Herlan arrived on the dot. We wanted to go to Mount Rinjani, but it was too late since just the driving itself will take some time (and there’s trekking to be done too). Since we wanted to see a Sasak Village, he suggested driving South, on the way, we could stop at the Pottery and Weaving Village.

Thus began a typical Lombok day tour.

1st stop, is Banyumulek, the pottery village of Lombok, about 7km away from Mataram. The girls had a chance to try their hands on making some pottery.

Zara made a cupPottery making at Banyumulek - Zara

Zaria of all things, made a snake! (Do you know how difficult it was to pack the snake to prevent it from breaking in the luggage?)Pottery making at Banyumulek - Zaria

I wanted to buy 4 earthen mini casseroles with lids, they only have 1 with lid, and they couldn’t find lids that were perfect fit for the other casseroles I’d picked out, so I ended up didn’t buy anything.

After Banyumulek, we headed towards Sukarara, the weaving village, through villages and narrow roads.

We were attracted by corns drying at the road side by locals.
Corn drying in Lombok

And we saw a lady removing corn kernels the traditional way. They were corns from her farm, and she would send the kernels later to be milled into flour.
Traditional way of removing corn kernels

As it was closed to lunch time, and we were no where near any tourist spot, we broke for lunch at a decent looking local warung. This is my USD1.2 lunch, Nasi Campur (Indonesian : Mixed rice), absolutely delicious!
Nasi Campur At Lombok

Girls have rice with fried eggs; and Daddy had something similar like mine with salted eggs; (Remember if you ever go to Lombok, tried their salted eggs or buy them back as souvenirs. They are very tasty!). We had a few bottles of Teh Botol, a few packs of local fish crackers/keropok, and with Herlan’s lunch included, it was about USD7. Our cheapest meal in Lombok.

Next stop, Sukarara. We went to a village co-orp, and at the shop front, looms were placed with women doing a demonstration of how weaving is done.
Weaving in Sukarara

Weaving in Sukarara

I made an obligatory purchase, 2 small scarves. If you asked me, I think it was a waste of time going to Banyumulek, and Sukarara, unless you were planning to buy potteries or sarongs.

Besides bemos (converted passenger-carrying minivans), cidomo (horse-drawn cart) is another popular means of transport for locals. We spotted one ferrying school children home near Sukarara.
Cidomo at Sukarara Village

After Sukarara, we went to Sade, one of the most frequented traditional Sasak village in Lombok, villagers here disregard their modernising surroundings and continue to live in the old traditional way.

Sade Traditional Sasak Village

A guide immediately came forward and took us around upon our arrival.

The Sasak-style roof, which is symbol of Lombok architectureTraditional Sasak Village Sade

Guess what the roof is used for? It’s to store grains from previous harvest (that’s why the height and the width of the roof).

There’s a Sasak ‘show-house’ for visitors, and we took a look.

Zaria coming down from the kitchen and second bed roomTraditional Sasak House

The lower floor where the main living room and master bedroom isTraditional Sasak House

Due to tourism, the whole village was kind of like a souvenir market. Every house along the main lane (that tourist pass) has some souvenirs to sell to visitors.
Sasak woman on spinning loom

There are back lanes where we could see people moving about doing their daily chores, and the real living condition.

Sasak Village

A used kettle in the kitchenOld Kettle in Sasak Village

A little girl.Little Girl At Sasak Village

Rice being dried (which would be turned into rice snack later) infested with flies.Drying rice to make snack

Maybe it’s just me, I didn’t think it was worth the trouble visiting Sade, or Banyumule and Sukarara . We could have spent the time visiting other beautiful beaches.

We talked about Lombok Coffee in the car and how nice it is, especially the ones served in Jeeva Beloam. Herlan, our driver, told us his grandma grinds her own coffee and he has some at home, and invited us over to his place for coffee.

On our way there, we saw a Lombok wedding procession.
Lombok wedding - Groom

Lombok wedding - Bride

Herlan’s coffee was indeed very very aromatic and nice. I was eager to buy some home, so Herlan brought us to Kebon Roek Traditional Market, which runs in the morning, as well as in the evening, where locals get their groceries, and fresh produce from. That was the highlight of the day, at least to me.

Lots of cidomos outside the market waiting for pessangersCidomo at Kebon Roek

All kinds of snack were sold. Peanut cake being made fresh.Snacks being sold at Pasar Kebon Roek

Vendors selling their produce on the floor.Pasar Kebon Roek

Dry grocerDry Grocer At Kebon Roek

One of the vendors’ old weighing scaleOld Weighing Machine used in Kebon Roek

Tofu and Tempe (one of my favourite food) sellerTempe and Tofu Seller

Basket load of Lombok tomatoesLombok Tomatoes

Vegetable sellerVegetable Seller At Kebon Roek

Vegetable Seller At Kebon Roek Market. Most of the vegetables are grown locally in Lombok

Seafood seller.Seafood seller At Kebon Roek

Steamed mackerel for sale.Steamed Mackerel Being Sold At Kebon Roek Market

Fresh mackerel for sale.Fresh Mackerel Being Sold At Kebon Roek

Fish seller.Fish seller At Kebon Roek Market

Coconut for saleCoconut for sale At Kebon Roek Market

Fresh herbs and spice seller.Fresh Herbs and Spice Seller At Kebon Roek

I bought some coffee powder, pepper corns from the market, and also a pastel and mortar for sambal. I was happy.

When in Lombok, one of the dishes you shouldn’t miss is Ayam Taliwang, a Lombok specialty of kampung (free range) chicken seasoned with special spices, and then either grilled or deep fried. I tried it at Jeeva Beloam, and didn’t really like it because the chicken used was wild chicken and it has a very strong ‘game’ taste.

Herlan brought us to Taliwang Irama at Mataram, a favourite among Indonesians. A simple restaurant, with greasy floor, stained table, filled with Indonesian tourists. Although no ambiance, the food served there was great! We ordered a chicken each, the girls wanted theirs fried, we ordered ours grilled; we added honey prawns, tempe (the best), and gado-gado to complete the meal. Herlan ate with us.

The chicken, very well seasoned and delicious!!
Ayam Taliwang

After dinner we headed back to the hotel. On the way back, we passed Senggigi town, many hawkers were set up at the road side selling BBQ and steam corns. Seems the locals like snacking on this, while they sat at the beach to relax.
BBQ Corn Hawker At Senggigi

Back at the hotel, Zaria decided to do some drawing before we go to the beach to have the extra Ayam Taliwang we packed home.
Zaria Writing Her Journal

The chicken was so good, Zaria finished most of it (her 2nd chicken).
Zaria Eating Ayam Taliwang

Eating Ayam Taliwang

We just sat by the beach, have our chicken, chi-chatted and recalled all the things we’d done in Lombok.
Jeeva Klui At Night

Lombok Part 4 – Jeeva Klui and Around Sengigi Area

January 15, 2013 at 10:52 pm

Continues from here.

♥November 28th♥

Jeeva Klui entrance

Jeeva Klui, is a small boutique hotel with 35 rooms located on Klui Beach, 5km away from Senggigi, the main Lombok tourist area. The place is beautiful : the rooms spacious and functional, the grounds immaculately kept and nicely landscaped. Every thing is very stylish yet rustic.

Our room was a partial ocean room, located on the top floor of a two-story bangalow.

This was the view from our verandah.Jeeva Klui - view from room

Our room key.Jeeva Klui key

The bangalow with our room on the top floor.Jeeva Klui - Partial Ocean View Room

The girls were so happy there was a pool, like me, they prefer to swim in fresh water instead of sea water. We took a table at the restaurant which was close to the pool for breakfast to keep an eye on the girls while they swam.

Watching over the girls over breakfastJeeva Klui restaurant and pool

My healthy breakfastJeeva Klui healthy breakfast

Lounging by the pool.Jeeva Klui pool lounge

It was hard to get the girl out of the pool, but we wanted to go to Senggigi for lunch and a walk about, and when they were told they could buy something from the art market, they agreed to shower and get dressed.

We took a bemo (small covered pick-up truck with narrow padded seating benches in the rear) to Senggigi, which we flagged outside of Jeeve Klui, and it cost about USD1 for 4 of us for the trip (an aircon taxi would probably be about ~USD2).

Senggigi is the main tourism centre on Lombok. Not as large or busy as its Bali counterparts, it’s more laid-back, with a small art market for shopping, a couple of mini-marts (we were looking for supermarket, but we only saw those 24 hours mini marts), a few spas. There were many cafes and restaurants that line the beach and along the main road, some local warungs, and lots of tour and dive/snorkeling centres.

We had lunch at Yessy Cafe (nice fried fish, simple hut like setting, nothing to shout about), and then did a walk about in Senggigi.

A sign board for a tour centre at the beach.Tourist Sign at Senggigi Beach

A painting on the wall of a restaurantRestaurant Painting at Senggigi Beach

Lots of boats docking at the beachBoat At Senggigi Beach

A local warung at the beach.Warung At Senggigi Beach

Snorkeling and dive centre drying the equipment.Snorkeling and Dive Centre At Senggigi Beach

I don’t know where these baby turtles come from and why they are kept in the small tank, I hope they would be released out to the sea and not ended up on someone’s dining table.Turtle At Senggigi Beach Snorkeling and Dive Centre

A BBQ Warung we wanted to try, but only served beef mainly.A BBQ Warung At Senggigi

Late afternoon, I had a massage, the girls have their pedicure manicure done in a spa (all came out to be about RM60), while Daddy had a beer (or two?) at a bar waiting for us. Everyone had an hour doing what they like best.

Locals in Lombok are friendly, and we chatted with a few. Nobody seems to be in a rush, and they look like life is good to them.

Friendly local with ukuleleLocals At Senggigi

The son of the Bemo driver we took back to the hotel.Boy in a Bemo

We went back to Jeeva Klui in the evening to catch the sunset, and the girls went back to the pool.

All around Jeeve Klui, sandstone statues like these can be seen.Statue in Jeeva Klui

Jeeva Klui restaurant in the eveningJeeva Klui Restaurant in the evening

Jeeva Klui restaurant outdoor sitting in the eveningJeeva Klui Restaurant at sunset

The sunset wasn’t that spectacular as it was a cloudy day. If it was a good and clear day, you can actually the sunset with Bali’s Mt Agung (yes, you can actually see Mount Agung from Jeeva Klui) on the horizon.
Sunset at Jeeva Klui

It was very nice though to have a sunset drink by the pool while watching over the girls enjoying themselves in the pool.
Sunset drink at Jeeva Klui

I love the turn down service in Jeeva Klui. It’s always interesting to see how they’d placed Fifi in the room.
Fifi In Jeeva Klui

For dinner, instead of dining in Jeeva Klui like the day before, we decided to take a cab to go to Mataram (the capital of the Province of Nusa Tenggara Barat, the province Lombok belongs to).

Daddy found this restaurant, Warung Menega online, and wanted to try out. It’s a Seafood BBQ restaurant by the sea. The fish and prawns (Lombok sure have the best prawn I’d ever tasted) were fantastic!

After dinner, we went back to the hotel, hang about in the reception area, and game room, and then off to bed.

Jeeva Klui reception in the nightReception at Jeeva Klui

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Lombok Part 3 – Jeeva Beloam – Soft Tracking Around Tanjung Ringgit

January 8, 2013 at 1:24 pm

Continues from here.

♥November 27th♥

On our 3rd day at Jeeva Beloam Beach Camp, we’d arranged to do soft tracking around Tanjung Ringgit.

We had a hearty breakfast and started our journey at 7:30am, with April and another Camp Host Jawa accompanying us.

Soft tracking it’s called; but…. it was about 5km journey and 2.5hrs track, walking through some thorny bushes (with April and Jawa giving us all the help like parting the bushes for us, or carrying the children over them etc), hilly rocky path, and what I couldn’t stand most is, because of the dry season, we hardly got any shelter from the plants/trees around, and even though it’s early morning, it was HOT!

April helping Zara with through thorny bushesSoft Tracking at Tanjung Ringgit

Tracking along the cliffSoft Tracking at Tanjung Ringgit

The reward? Spectacular View!

Tanjung Ringgit – CliffTanjung Ringgit

Tanjung Ringgit

Both April and Jawa helped with the girls, while we followed them closely. With Daddy making many stops to photograph the grand view or whatever he fancied. Soft Tracking at Tanjung Ringgit

Soft Tracking at Tanjung Ringgit

Soft Tracking at Tanjung Ringgit

Soft Tracking at Tanjung Ringgit

There were a couple of beaches we walked passed, and the girls spent some time exploring.

Leaving their mark on one of the beachesTanjung Ringgit beach

Because we have 2 children with us, Irwan was arranged to meet us mid point with the car, just in case the children were too tired to go on.
Tanjung Ringgit beach

Irwan and Jawa, spent sometime with the girls at the tide pools showing them various sea snails.
Tanjung Ringgit beach

The girls decided to move on with the tracking, and not take the car back. (Zaria regretted afterwards)
Soft Tracking at Tanjung Ringgit

And continued the exploring…
Shelter at Tanjung Ringgit

Soft Tracking at Tanjung Ringgit

Soft Tracking at Tanjung Ringgit

Zaria got a bit tired after a while, and had to be coaxed by April.Soft Tracking at Tanjung Ringgit

And because it was so hot, when she saw the sea next, she said she wanted to jump into the sea (April had to hold on to her just in case she really jumped in).Soft Tracking at Tanjung Ringgit

We made a couple of rest stop finding whatever shelter we have, and there were more beautiful views that greeted us.
Tanjung Ringgit

Tanjung Ringgit

Beach at Tanjung Ringgit

Tanjung Ringgit

Beautiful views after beautiful views followed by more walking.Soft Tracking at Tanjung Ringgit

Finally, Zaria gave up and wanted to be carried. Luckily Daddy had the stamina to carry her and walk on.Soft Tracking at Tanjung Ringgit

We tracked from Beloam all the way to the Light House, and then Irwan picked us up from the Light House so that we didn’t have to walk the return journey (I don’t think I could have made the return journey walking in the heat).

How did the girls do? They did well… Me? I had massive heat stroke after that, with throbbing migraine, and I had to lie down and missed lunch.

We rested in the room till about 2pm and then it was time to leave Jeeva Beloam Beach Camp. Irwan drove us to our next hotel, Jeeva Klui near Senggigi, which is about 2hrs away.

I was in a bad state and just slept throughout the journey; and then had to rest further in Jeeva Klui. I didn’t even manage a proper good bye and thank you to all of those in Jeeva Beloam who made our stay so memorable.

After this trip to Jeeva Beloam, I’m known as the softie in the family. Snorkeling… sea sick. Soft tracking under the sun… heat stroke..

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I Don’t Want To Go To School

January 6, 2013 at 10:12 pm

Zaria has started Std 1, and attended 3 days of school last week. Is she enjoying school? I don’t think so.

As I was getting them to bed just now (Sunday night), we had this conversation. Lucky for me, Zara can help to reason with Zaria most of the time.

Zaria : I don’t like Chen Lao-she (Chinese : Teacher Chen).
Me : It’s school Zaria. I can’t change the teachers in school. For your swimming class or music class, I can change. But I cannot change your teachers in school.
Zaria : But I don’t like her.
Me : Give her a chance.
Zaria : What? I’d given her 3 chances wut. (i.e. 3 days of school)
Me : If you really don’t like her, maybe you should talk to the headmaster.
Zaria : I don’t know how to speak in Chinese.
Me : The headmaster understand English.
Zaria : ….

(after a while)
Zaria : I don’t want to go to school. Why do I need to go to school.
Zara : The spam (Zaria has a protruding forehead and we said it’s her spam) on your head is filled with ideas and thoughts.
Me : And knowledge
Zara : If you don’t go to school, your SPAM will be empty.
Zaria : Then why should I go to Chinese school? You should send me to English school
Zara : Mummy cannot afford it.
Zaria : Then work work work work work.
Me : You will go and work?
Zaria : No.. you.
Zara : If mummy worked like this, she won’t have time to play with you. Or bring you to the park. No one will read to you at night.
Zaria : Then daddy bring me..
Zara : Daddy too have to work and work to send you to English school.
Zaria : Then Auntie Minerva plays with me.
Zara : Auntie Minerva will be too busy cooking.
Zaria : Then you don’t send me to school
Zara : Let me tell you something. (getting serious) You know, the government wants everybody to go to school. If you don’t go to school you know what will happen?
Zaria : What?
Zara : Mummy and Daddy will go to jail. So, do you want your parents to get locked up in jail, or do you want to go to school?
Zaria : I thought I’ll go to jail.
Zara : No.. You parents. Not you.
Zaria : Then.. ask the lawyer to help. o.O” (thanks to Kidzania, she vaguely knows what a lawyer is)
Me : Ask the lawyer to help with what?
Zaria : Ask the lawyer to protect us.
Me : *laugh*I don’t think the lawyer can help us.
Zaria : Is the lawyer more powerful or the government?
Me : The government.
Zaria : *frustrated* Why is the government so bossy?

…………..

After her school orientation, she told me this, “I’m still Chinese deaf you know, because I don’t know what the teacher is saying “

2nd day of of school she refused to get dressed, telling us, “Why do I need to go to school when all I get to do is SIT??!!”

It’s going to be a long 2013.

Lombok Part 2 – Jeeva Beloam, Pink Beach, Tanjung Ringgit

January 4, 2013 at 3:24 pm

Continues from here.

♥November 26th♥

We woke up when it got bright and the aircon was turned off (~6am). This was the view from our bed.
Jeeva Beloam Morning View

After breakfast, April and another Camp Host, Irwan, brought us to Pink Beach or Pantai Pink for snorkeling. The beach is called Pink Beach due to its pink colored sand which is formed by dead red corals, the sea calm and clear with corals near to the shore, so it’s suitable for swimming and snorkeling.

Pink Beach

There were a couple of fishermen there making breakfast of grilled fish.

Fisherman Grilling Fresh MackerelsGrilling mackerels at Pink Beach

No special BBQ equipment required to grill these mackerels. They were just propped up by the fire using twigs.Grilling mackerels at Pink Beach

Friendly fishermenFriendly fishermen at Pink Beach

Small fishing boats docking at the beach.Pink Beach

Pink Beach

Fishermen at Pink Beach

Check out the crystal clear waterCrystal Clear Sea at Pink Beach

We wanted to bring the girls out snorkeling, but they complained the snorkels were very uncomfortable (pinching their noses). So instead, they played at the beach and swam at the shallow part of the sea. April brought me and Daddy out to snorkel, while Irwan accompanied and took care of the girls.
Clear water at Pink Beach

I was all geared to snorkel the whole morning. Was excited to see bright colored star fishes in the sea bed not far from the shore. After about 15mins and when we went out further, I started feeling nauseous. The goggles affected my vision, and made me feel sick. We haven’t even reached the nice corals yet and I requested to turn back.

So I nursed my sea sick siting down under a shaded tree, while the girls got entertained by Irwan and April, and Daddy went around taking photos.
Pink Beach

Thank goodness by lunch time, I got better, and managed to enjoy the sumptuous lunch served at Jeeva Beloam. Except breakfast, lunch and dinner were 3 courses (Zara got fattened by the end of the trip due to this). The chef, even though just cooking for 4 of us (and maybe the staff too), gave us 2~3 items to choose for each course.

This is our lunch for the day.

Bread for allJeeva Beloam lunch - bread

For starters :

My chicken soupJeeva Beloam lunch - chicken soup

Daddy’s squid saladJeeva Beloam lunch - Squid Salad

Girls didn’t like the starter so they went straight to main courses.

Zaria’s fish and chipsJeeva Beloam lunch - fish and chips

Zara’s Hawaian pizzaJeeva Beloam lunch - pizza

Our chicken satayJeeva Beloam lunch - satay

The dessert, Cream CaramelJeeva Beloam lunch - caramel

As it was too hot in the afternoon to do anything, we just went back to our room to laze about. I got the girls to do writing, and the coolest place to be is at the verandah (Remember no electricity supply? So we have to depend on the sea breeze to cool us down).
Jeeva Beloam verandah

Zara doing writing at Jeeva Beloam verandah to earn her time on iPad.Jeeva Beloam verandah

In the evening, April brought us out around Tanjung Ringgit.

The closest ‘commercialisation’ we got near Jeeva Beloam is this warung right next to the Jeeva Beloam guard house at the entrance of the property. The people who lived around Tanjung Ringgit depended on the land for livelihood. They farm and also rear cows on this piece on land. They are poor (in monetary sense but may be richer than us city folks in other things) but warmth. They invited Daddy for coffee when he went out walking alone.Tanjung Ringgit Warong

Tanjung Ringgit, used to be the base of Japanese armed force during World War II period, there is a Japanese hiding cave (which we didn’t explore, as April told us it’s not safe to do so) and some cannons left behind by the Japanese soldiers, although most of them have been taken away. The bumpy semi-paved roads where laid by the Japanese back then. The attraction around here is the beautiful beaches, the spectacular cliffs, and because of its remoteness, there’s no crowds, building, just nature.

As it was dry season when we were there, all trees have shed leaves and gone barren.Tanjung Ringgit forest

There was a simple lighthouse on Tanjung Riggit.Tanjung Ringgit Lighthouse

The sole Japanese WWII cannon left behind and still standingTanjung Ringgit Japanese WW2 cannon

This strange flower was blooming everywhere, even though it was the dry seasonTanjung Ringgit flower

We were glad that the Camp Hosts in Jeeva Beloam helped us with our girls especially during the excursion nearby. Here, April holding on to Zaria as she got a bit excited running around the bumpy hill.Zaria with April at Tanjung Ringgit

Enjoying the view at Tanjung Ringgit Tanjung Ringgit

We were told that the salt content in the sea water around Tanjung Ringgit is higher, making the seafood and fish more delicious, so locals like going cliff fishing here.

Cliff fishermanCliff Fisherman at Tanjung Ringgit

Another cliff fishermanCliff Fisherman at Tanjung Ringgit

The view here is stunning.
Tanjung Ringgit View

Tanjung Ringgit Cliff

Tanjung Ringgit

This is the car that we used during our stay in Jeeva Beloam. Now Zaria is saying we should get one of these so that we have more space to carry things.
Jeeva Beloam transport

About 5:30pm, it started to get dark. The barren trees looked pretty creepy (although pretty) at dusk.
Dusk at Tanjung Ringgit

Back at Jeeva Beloam Beach Camp, the girls wanted to play at the beach even when it’s dark. Just when we hit the beach, a staff sent a lamp over. He told us he would be standing close by should we need any assistance and then he went and stood 50 meters away. That’s how it is in Jeeva Beloam, the Camp Hosts are nearby to help and assist you, but at the same time giving you space and privacy.

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Lombok Part 1 – Jeeva Beloam Beach Camp

December 29, 2012 at 6:36 pm

My memory of Lombok when I went on a company trip more than 10years ago was : beautiful beaches and clear sea, uncommercialised, laid back. So when I learnt about Air Asia’s plan to fly there, I immediately convinced Daddy to go there for a holiday. We planned to break our holidays into 2 parts, touristy Senggigi and a quiet part of Lombok.

After much research, and trying to pick between the 2 famous Lombok hotels Jeeva Klui and Qunci Villas (both highly rated in Tripadvisor) as our Senggigi base, we found out that the Jeeva Klui management have another camp like property, Jeeva Beloam Beach Camp, just opened, in a very remote part of Lombok.

We contacted a few properties South of Lombok and Jeeva Beloam, we were attracted by Jeeva Beloam’s offer (all inclusive, camp like, remote) and decided to go there as the first part of our holiday.

Jeeva Beloam initially did not want to accept the 2 girls since the property does not have facilities for children and being far from everything (nearest public health facilities an hours away); but after a few email exchanges with them, we managed to persuade them and agreed to take full responsibility of the girls’ well being while there.

The plan was set. We would spend the first part of our holiday in Jeeva Beloam Beach Camp then to Jeeva Klui.

♥November 25th♥

We arrived late morning in Lombok, and easily spotted April, our Jeeva Beloam camp host, who came to pick us up.

Jeeva Beloam is located at Tanjung Ringgit, the remote South Eastern tip of Lombok (so remote that roads are not paved, and there’s no electricity supply). The 90 minutes drive from the airport took us on small country roads going through rice and tobacco farms. April was obliging and stopped upon our request whenever we saw something interesting.

A warung spotted along the way

Lombok Warung

Most tobacco farmers have already harvested their tobacco, leaving the fields pretty barren.

Tobacco Plant

We even managed to make a pit stop at a salt farm using salt pans or salt evaporation ponds.

(From Wikipedia : Salt evaporation ponds, also called salterns or salt pans, are shallow artificial ponds designed to extract salts from sea water or other brines. The seawater or brine is fed into large ponds and water is drawn out through natural evaporation which allows the salt to be subsequently harvested.)

Salt farmer drying sea water

Lombok Saltpan

Pools of seawater, which will dry up and turn into salt

Lombok Salt Farming

Salt farmer ready for work

Salt Farmer

Zaria picking up salt crystals found along the salt pans

Salt from Salt Farm

After passing the last village where electricity services terminate, the rest of the 11km car journey was on a semi paved road built by the Japanese during WW2, hence it was very bumpy (but the girls had fun rocking around in the car).

Arriving Jeeva Beloam

Upon arrival at Jeeva Beloam, we were greeted by other warm Camp Hosts, AND a spectacular view.

We were told we were the only guests there during our stay, so we have this whole luxurious camp all to ourselves!

The five available Berugas, i.e. rooms

Jeeva Beloam Berugas

The key to our Beruga

Jeeva Beloam - The key

The view from the restaurant.

Jeeva Beloam - The view

The view from our balcony.

Jeeva Beloam - The view from the room

There’s no electricity supplied to Jeeva Beloam, lights were powered by solar panels, and power from generator was only turned on from 6pm to 6am daily. Hence during the day, we only got sea breeze instead of fan; but after 6pm, we can have the aircon turned on, and all power sockets working (to charge our phone, camera batteries, laptops).

Our room.

Jeeva Beloam - The room

Tea and Coffee making facilities (fresh supplies of hot water was provided in flask instead of using electrical kettle)

Jeeva Beloam - The room

The shower

Jeeva Beloam - The shower

As this is an all inclusive stay, all activities like cycling, soft tracking, snorkeling were included and we got 3 meals from the camp. A set menu was provided for each meal, but the chef will accommodate any special requests, if the ingredients were available.

The lunch menu on the day we arrived

Jeeva Beloam - The Menu

The dadar gulung we had which consisted of shredded coconuts with palm sugar wrapped with pancakes

Jeeva Beloam - Dadar Gulung

It rained while we were having lunch, cooling the place down. (As Jeeva Beloam wasn’t set up for children, children who visit the place need to be sensible to avoid accident.)
Jeeva Beloam - Rain

We spent the hot afternoon napping in the room, with sea breeze cooling us. And after the girls woke up, they wanted to play at the beach. The girls claimed it’s one of the most beautiful places they have been to. The sand powdery soft, and the sea crystal blue, and the beach is just few meters away from our room. The waves were very strong and not suitable for swimming but there are other places which April would bring us in the next few days for swimming.
Jeeva Beloam - The beach

Jeeva Beloam - The beach

Jeeva Beloam - The beach

In the evening, April brought us to one of the nearby beaches to view sunset. (In Tanjung Ringgit, both sun rise and sun set can be viewed from different beaches).
Tanjung Ringgit Beach

It got dark around 6:30pm in Lombok. We had a nice long dinner, and then have an early night.

Girls waiting for dinner.

Jeeva Beloam - Restaurant

The building that houses the Reception, Library and Game Room

Jeeva Beloam Reception

The Restaurant

Jeeva Beloam Tenda Restaurant

Our Beruga

Jeeva Beloam Berugas

Continues here.

Children Learn Modesty On Their Own – Wearing Under Protection

December 12, 2012 at 12:20 pm

One of the things I didn’t teach the girls, but since Zara started going to Standard 1, she likes wearing a pair of shorts under her pinafore when in school or under a skirt when she goes out.

Zaria too pick this up from Zara.

So I asked them to write about why they need to wear ‘under protection’ (what they called that pair of shorts they wear under their skirt/dresses), and these are what the girls come out with.

Zaria’s reasons.
Reasons to wear under protection

Zara’s reasons.
Reasons to wear under protection

Check out their last reasons… o.O”

Sekinchan – Padi Fields, Fishing Village, Redang Beach

December 7, 2012 at 1:04 am

Our regular fish monger is from Sungai Besar, and we’d been asking him if the rice in the padi fields of Sekinchan is ready for harvesting, as that would be the best time to visit the padi fields. When he told us early November that the padi fields were turning golden, we planned for a trip there.

We went on November 15th, leaving the house around 10am. Stopped over for early lunch at Ijok, and then headed towards Sekinchan which is after Kuala Selangor and Tanjung Karang. Next trip there, we’ll leave later and head right to Sekinchan for late lunch/tea instead as Sekinchan has more to offer.

Girls were excited to see the padi fields when we arrived. Green fields with sheaves of golden grains.
Sekinchan Padi Fields

There were some White Egrets among the fields and Kingfisher resting on power lines.
White Egret at Sekinchan Padi Fields(Daddy was complaining that he could only take shots like this as he didn’t have a telefocus lens)

The excitement didn’t last for long in the midday heat. I was the first to get into the car and blast the aircon. We went to an air-conditioned cafe, Mamawe, in Sekinchan to shield from the heat. Surprisingly, the food and drinks in Mamawe was quite good!

About 4:30pm, we went to the fishing village in Sekinchan, as around this time fishermen would return with their catch.

Boats were arriving, and there were lots of activities in the fishing village.
Sekinchan fishing village

Loads of fish being transported to sorting area.
Sekinchan fishing village

Fishermen sorting out fish according to size.
Sekinchan fishing village

Fishermen gutting yellow sea eels for fish maws.
Sekinchan fishing village

Gigantic skate.
Sekinchan fishing village

Girls called this fisherman The Death Angel (of the fishes).
Sekinchan fishing village

Baskets of sorted fish.
Sekinchan fishing village

The girls now know where the fish served on the dinner table came from.

Daddy wanted to go back to the padi fields before sunset, as this was the best time for photography. So we went back to the padi fields which was just about 10mins drive from the fishing village. In deed, it was more pleasant to walk around in the evening than midday.

Sekinchan padi field

Sekinchan padi field

We spotted some wedding photography being taken place. Wedding shot couples actually need to get their shoes dirty to get nice shots among the fields.
Sekinchan padi field wedding photo

The photographer found a good spot with beautiful clouds… I’m sure the shots he took would turn out great.
Sekinchan padi field wedding photo

The photographer told us they would be heading to the beach for more photo taking, he told us to head there to view the sunset as well. The name of the beach? Redang Beach! And how to get there? Just head towards Sekin Resort following their sign boards.

We drove passed by the fishing village again.
Sekinchan fishing village

Redang Beach, Sekinchan, is just a small beach, with rough white sand, but many families were there to enjoy the sea breeze.
Sekinchan Redang Beach

The attraction besides the beach is two tree houses probably built by locals, with hammocks made out of fishing nets installed. I took a nap lying in one hammock, while Daddy watched over the girls play.
Sekinchan Redang Beach

We had a nice dinner at Wan Lau Seafood Restaurant which served home style seafood dishes. No photos but the food was quite good and for four of us, we paid ~RM40 for 2 slices of fried red mullet (Hongzhou).

It was a good day trip, and we managed to show the girls the sources of their food. I’m sure we’ll return again.. if not for the padi fields, we’ll be back for the food.

Note :
Do bring along an ice-box to purchase some fresh catch from the fishing village. Ice is provided by some vendors.
Here is a good website of Sekinchan, which you can check out for restaurants.
And you can download a map from here showing you where the Sekinchan restaurants are located.

My Girl – 8 Years Old

November 21, 2012 at 11:53 pm

More than 8years ago, when all hope was lost, and we thought we would not have a baby, Zara was conceived.

Zara's 1st few days

Today, she turns 8. Smart, charitable, sociable and affectionate, her sister, Zaria, adores her; and we are always in awe of her energy, her way with words, and her obsession with hygenes. She amuses us all the time, and we are blessed to have her.

Now that she knows how to read, look up video on youtube, she sometimes like to go through the blog posts I wrote about her when she was younger, or to watch video of her younger self which I posted on youtube.

Here is a funny video of her when she was ~9month that she and Zaria both like a lot.

We celebrated her birthday on Sunday, with 3 of her friends from school, as per her request. It was a whole day of play, shopping, movie, ice cream, pop corns, eating and chatting, and all the children enjoyed themselves.

Happy birthday, Zara. We all love you very much.
Zara's 8th birthday

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