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

January 8, 2013 at 1:24 pm

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

January 4, 2013 at 3:24 pm

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♥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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