Showing posts with label Skywatch. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Skywatch. Show all posts

Breathtaking View of Mount Fuji

Don't you love this view? Mount Fuji from Kawaguchiko
What do you have in mind when you hear the word Japan?

Ramen and sushi? Doraemon, Manga comics? or Mount Fuji?
For me, it's all of them.
But for sure, I have Mount Fuji on top of my list since this mountain is super famous and I remember my days at my elementary school when we learn about geography.
Whenever we talked about Japan, Mount Fuji would be directly associated to this fascinating country.

Therefore, I have been intending to visit this beautiful spot since the first time I came to Japan. Finally, at my 5th visit, I managed to come to this famous spot.
I got the change to see the breathtaking view of Mount Fuji!

There are many ways to visit this place for a tourist like me, including by taking buses and trains as well as taking the tour packages abundantly offered at the airport as well as tourist spots.

But I was so lucky as I have friends living in Tokyo and they were kindly taking me to Mount Fuji and the surrounding areas. My huge thanks to dearest Hadi Tjahjono and Nita Tjahjono, my batch - mates who are assigned in Tokyo now, and Mba Ragil, my new friend who accompanied us in this trip.

It was so much fun with you, ladies, and I'm forever grateful.

The plan that we had was visiting Sato - Nenba, the traditional village near Fuji Mountain, and Lake Kwaguchi, or Kawagichiko.
Sounds great, right?
It was proved to be a wonderful plan and the universe also conspired, as the weather at that day was sunny and beautiful!
Lucky us.

Sato Nenba, Japan
Sato-Nenba, the traditional village near Mt. Fuji
It took around 2.5 hours drive from Tokyo to Sato-Nenba and as soon as we arrived there we took pictures here and there and went up to Kimono rent shop.
Sato-Nenba is a traditional village where you can see, enjoy and experience the Japanese way of living. There are Japanese traditional houses, tea house, traditional drawing corner and of course, the Kimono and Yukata rental.

Yup, that's the main attraction that we planned to do that day as one of my dreams were wearing purple kimono with Mount Fuji in the background.

Welcome to Sato-Nenba

But as soon as we arrived, before hiking up to the hill, the view of Mount Fuji is breathtaking!
At the bottom of the hill, there are some fruits and flowers beds which beautifully bloom as well.

And we managed to wear our favourite kimono and took tons of pictures as well!
As you know, I chose the purple one with sky blue combination and golden obi.
The pattern is Japanese fans.
I love my kimono so much and we managed to wear the traditional sandals.

Cheers from me and mini me

The, after enjoying our halal lunch (yes, they do have restaurant serving halal beef curry rice and vegetarian ramen there) and Dzhuhur break in the praying area which has been prepare as well here, we headed to Lake Kawaguchi.

It was another 45-minute drive from Sato-Nenba and along the way the view was super breathtaking!

So I guess, before I get back to more details of my trip, I'd better share the photos I took with my phone.

For sure, this amazing view is so gorgeous and we just couldn't help taking pictures non-stop. Every corner is so beautiful.
Here are the proof of how wonderful this place is!

So, will you visit Mount Fuji and the surroundings?
I highly recommend it!

Happy traveling!

Under the Blue Sky

Going back to New York City is wonderful.
Although I spend most of my time at the UN Headquarters and my previous office, Permanent Mission of Indonesia to the United Nations, I was blessed to be able to breath its fresh (and cold) air and enjoy the clear blue.
Well, although technically it's Fall, but the weather has dropped to single digit Celsius when I'm here. 
Looks like my plan to escape Jakarta's soaring heat works really well. 
Too well, as a matter of fact :)
It's not that easy to adjust from 39 degrees Celsius or 110 degree Fahrenheit to just 8 degree Celsius or 48 degree Fahrenheit, in just a week!

Mini me and I before the meeting 

Here are a few snaps that I took in between my meetings.
And tell you matter how many photos I have taken (perhaps thousands of them), I can never get enough of the beauty of the sky.
Those clouds... never fail to amaze me!
Do you like watching the sky as well?

Mini me and I have been working too hard :)

one fine day..

UN Headquarters

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Cuba from above

Just a few snapshots I took while flying from New York City to Havana Cuba.

Cuba from above
view from above..

As always, I love the majestic sky in front of me!
So peaceful, so beautiful.

As I have shared before, we took a direct flight from JFK to with José Martí International Airport with Jet Blue.
From above, the view is astonishing indeed.

When we arrived, I took the liberty to go to the rooftop of the N.H Capri Hotel where we stayed and took pictures of Hotel Nacional de Cuba afar.

Hotel Nacional de Cuba

Have you been to Havana, Cuba, before?
Do you think you want to visit Cuba one day? 

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The Joy of Doing Nothing in Bali

The Joy of Doing Nothing in Bali

Bali Rani Hotel, Kuta, Bali

I have been living in a fast lane lately, having stressful days filled with endless meetings, works and more. Coming back from New York City, Jakarta has even busier agenda for me.

So when I managed to have a little break in the Last Paradise on Earth (yes, that's what I read when I arrived in I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport :)), I know I have to benefit from it.
Shopping? Exploring this gorgeous land of Gods and Goddesses? Having culinary trip?
Or simply doing nothing and enjoying the moment?

I chose the last one.

Frankly, I have been planning to do this and that after the series of meeting we had since the beginning of the week started.
You're in Bali, right. So better visit those beautiful spots and try some local cuisines as well as shop their stunning traditional art crafts.
But at the end of the day, I just realised that I was exhausted.
I am tired.
And I missed my family terribly.
I lost my appetite for an adventurous day.

Let's chill..

So, there I was...just sitting by the pool, admiring the clear blue sky and peaceful sound of flowing water.
I really need this, just to recharge my heart and soul.
To be forever grateful for all My Rabb's bless.

And the blue sky is my refuge.

Thank you so much, Bali.
And stay fabulous!

Thank you!

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Early Morning View of Jogjakarta

Good morning from Jogjakarta

Rise and shine, my dear.
Early morning view of Jogjakarta is indeed amazing.

Such a perfect view!

Couple days ago I have to go back to Jakarta taking the first flight from Jogjakarta.
I was originally scheduled to leave this beautiful place at noon but I have to attend an important morning meeting in Jakarta.
So I decided to change my flight and take the first one of the day.
The flight was on 6.20 AM and I was mesmerised by the gorgeous view from my window. Although I have to wake up at 4.30 to make sure I didn't miss the flight, I had no regrets as I got a chance to enjoy this beautiful morning view.

Let's enjoy some of these photos I took using my phone as I flew across Jogjakarta.

The ray of light

Jogjakarta is always special.
And that morning, I have left my heart in Jogjakarta again.
Hope to see you around soon!

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Hot Summer Day at Tokyo DisneySea

Hot Summer Day at Tokyo DisneySea!

Tokyo DisnyeSea

I was enjoying the theme park as well as its beautiful surroundings during my recent transit on my way back home from NYC to Japan.
Well, I'm truly a Disney Girl and I just didn't want to miss the golden opportunity to visit one of my happy places on earth.

So I set my heart on going here early in the morning.

It was indeed a lovely place to be with all those rides and Disney-themed attractions!
And in 2018, Tokyo Disney celebrates its 35th anniversary as well.
So you can see so many special events and celebrations here.

Mickey Mouse in different costume
Although I have come before 8 AM, the park was already packed!
It's summer break, so I kind of anticipate what will happen.
So, I took my chances and tried to get to the lines and using my fast pass as many times as possible. was super hot that day but I love it!

Strolling around the park in between queuing up, I really enjoyed the beautiful sky.
And this theme park is perfectly located in Chiba, Japan, but Tokyo Bay.
Check out some photos I took during my visit there.

Near the Arabian Coast area

reminds me of Montauk, New York!

Arabian Coast, Tokyo DisneySea

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