- Posted August 8, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Photo essays: Your stories in pictures
"Destination Life", Lombok, Indonesia - Blog 4
I was always fascinated by far away Continents and wondrous places with mystical old cultures. As a child living in an occupied Country I had to hide to read books about these magical places, because even that kind of literature was forbidden. We could not even visit a neighboring Country, so places like South East Asia existed just on the pages of my beloved books.
As our ship passed through the Torres Strait in July 2013 and set course towards Indonesia all those books I ever read came to my mind. We passed by places which means so much to me, like Borneo, Sumatra, East Timor, Java. Also we sailed South of the Island of Flores, which is the home of the Homo floresiensis the legendary "Hobbits" of Flores, Indonesia. Even I recalled some of the passages of the book of President Obama "Dreams of My Father" about his youth in Indonesia as we anchored a front of the Indonesian Island, Lombok. The beauty and uniqueness of this remote tropical destination is absolutely breathtaking. Maybe the neighboring Bali (which is just ca 20 miles away) looked like this 30 years ago. Lombok is a beautiful nature paradise, with plantations, dense jungles and awesome wildlife. The Island is seldom visited by large ships. But unfortunately already developers try to build luxury resorts, like "Senggigi" along a white sandy beach ca six miles long.
Lombok's native population named Sasak are primarily Muslim, but the Island is a home of a very unusual sect which is the Wectu Telu an unorthodox form of Islam with animistic believes. The Capital of Lombok is Mataram. The Island is also well known for its beautiful crafts, like woodcarving and ceramics.
Every time I visit an exiting new place on this beautiful Earth, I am always trying somehow to communicate with the native People and learn about their culture and lives. Luckily I found a school teacher who spook English. Soon I was surrounded by children and they even sing for me a local song. So the few short hours I spent on this remarkable Island were truly memorable. I wish I could visit much longer and explore this awesome place surrounded by incredible pristine and blue waters.
The only hardship was that the day we were visiting was sizzling hot. Also to walk on the streets is more as challenging because of the so busy and chaotic traffic which includes the native horse baggies, motorcycles and taxi cabs. So visitors be aware and look in every direction before crossing any streets. Some words I learned like, yes; "ya", please; "tolong", thank you; terimah kasih and no; (very useful for too eager street vendors); is "tidak" . But I was truly humbled by the kindness of the People of this fantastic Island of Indonesia. Thank You; PukaeaJutka
I do these blogs under very hard circumstances in high and sometimes extremely rough seas on my iPad and with a painfully slow satellite of a ship's wi fi. Even I have an app that permits me upload files to the iReport site, it takes too long to upload 10 pictures, so I have to use the iMove app to able to show all the ten photos. I apologize for this, but during the ship travel to upload more as 1 pictures at the time is a "mission" impossible!
I WOULD LIKE TO PLACE THIS REPORT IN THE CATEGORY "PHOTO ESSAYS; YOUR STORIES IN PICTURES" (I am not able to place a report in any category with the iMove app.)
Please visit my previous blogs entitled also "Destination Life" as they are special reports about my long journey from Honolulu, Hawaii to Europe working on several ships. Thank You!