Sunday, October 11, 2015

Senaru village - plawangan sembalun

I kept waking up since 2 am. Probably the excitement and a little bit of nerves . I've never hiked a mountain here in Indonesia so I wasn't sure what to expect. 

5:30 am , i dragged my self out of bed and got ready.  By 6:30 am, we were all gathered at office again and had a quick indonesian breakfast that usually consist of friend rice or fried noodle. I was happily stuff my self with a plate of fried noodle. 

Everyone was getting ready there, all the stuff were up at the white pick up truck with an open backside. I squeezed in the front seat while the guide and the porter jumped in to the back of the car and off we went. First stop was the registration office. It cost us about 40.000 rupiah. Or about $4. A local price compare to 150.000 rupiah or $15 . Apparently until 2012, local was charged 25.000 rupiah and the porter got extra money based on how many kg of trash they brought down . Seeing how many trash around the mountain, i think they should do that again. 

We crossed a huge wide savannah, it was very interesting . Rinjani was in front of us the whole time. The trail was busy. Lots of other hiker from different groups. It was fun to hear where they are from and their story. I talked a lot to with zen and awan, while sanusi was off in front of us to save us a good spot at each reat point. People called him " a running horse" he was quiet but really fast. 
I sticked with the group for awhile until lunch time that was a luxury for me. We were served a rice plate with fried chicken, fried tempeh, tomatoes, cucumber , and variety of fruits. I have a feeling i'm not gonna lose any weight here. 

From post 2 which was the lunch spot. We made our way to post 3 where we rested a bit longer under a short rock cliff. I can't help but thinking that the rock is good for rock climbing. HA! The camp was about 2000 ft up from post 3 . There are multiple hills ahead.  One was called called hill of regret ( disappointment hill fit better i think because when you get here, you still see a huge hill ahead of you to get to the camp) 

I started pull ahead of the group and went with my own pace while jen stayed with martin who had cramp on his legs. Awan quickly caught up with me and accompanied me all the way to the camp. He is still 24 years old. A very funny and bubbly guy. It was a blast having him on the team. 
I chatted with other porter along the way. 

One of them wanted to have his own guiding company, the other one want a holiday ( i think he wants me to give him money thou.  I wasn't sure ) . 4 of us talked about working, life and random stuff. It was fun. 

I made it to the camp just before 3pm. 7 miles and over 4000 ft. It was quite a long day. Sanusi had already saved a spot for us with segara anak lake as a view. It was gorgeous.  

Friday, October 09, 2015

Lombok - senaru village

We were picked up by these 2 young guys. During our 3 hours rides, we shared stories and got a little bit of knowledge about the island, Lombok. But the interesting past is Opan's story. Last year he took a 6 months english class so he could apply for a master degree in Australia. 0_o . oh but he forgot about that after getting married to his gf . Who told him that she was about to be married to another guy by her family.  Life story of the day.. 

The drive from the airport was okay. It wiggled along the water for awhile then it wiggled thru villages. I love all the rice fields wedged between crowded residential and streets . 

At Senaru village, our place for the night is our guide's homestay. It's a simple but nice and clean studio looking at Rinjani. 

It was lovely. We came by at dinner time to talk about the logistic, plan and the mountain. Mer our guide , zen,  and 2 of our porters , sanusi and awan ( means cloud) . It is part of the regulation that all hikers at least have a porter. 

Our load for these 4 days trek was quite a bit. I feel like it will be the most luxurious trekking i'd ever done. HA. 

It will be a very interesting trek. 
I'm up at 5:30 am now and getting ready to go. Will try to update whenever i can 

Thursday, October 08, 2015

Baros International Animation Festival and heading to volcano

*breath... The past 2 days were a little hectic with meetings and teaching a masterclass at Baros International Animation Festival, 

It was a blast! There were about 30 people in the class and no one fall asleep in 3 hrs! That's an achievement in my book. 
The festival itself is its 2nd year. Lots of studio booth and a pretty good speaker line up. I think it's great that indonesia has event like this as a platform for the animation industry to meet and greet, share knowledge and showcase work. The animation industry here is still small but it is growing and it does have potential. 

I always love west java area , ( i went to college there ) so i was a little sad that I couldn't spend more time 

Next time! For now, i'm boarding the plane to lombok. And tomorrow me and my high school friend will hike up to Rinjani, the second highest volcano in Indonesia for 4 days. This is my first time hiking in Indonesia so I'm really looking forward to that. 

Monday, October 05, 2015

Experiencing Indonesia with a new attitude

I was born and raised at the most southern tip of an island called Sumatra.  Lampung is the name of the city, it isn't a big city but not too small either. It was perfect for my childhood. 
I have to admit that I haven't experienced Indonesia that much,  I have lots of reason for that ( mostly excuses probably). And i want to change that. This visit i feel that i want to explore more of it. Experience it with an open mind and curiosity. Well, i mean , why not? After all this is my country and I am an indonesian. 

Today is my first day here in Jakarta. After getting over my annoyance with the lack of queuing mentality and personal space ( i don't feel comfortable with a stranger shuffled their body so close to mine for no apparent reason while there are plenty other space to stand, i think that's fair right? ) , i was ready to enjoy the city. 

mom inspecting the fish at the local market
meat market
To my surprise,  my mom asked if i wanted to drive her to the local traditional market or pasar. I am always amused by the market. It is very interesting to say the least with its variety of produce and the people. But it can also be daunting ( there's a stall that sell "fresh" chicken ). 
The driving ... , let's just say i survived with couple of close calls. Anyone who had driven in asia know what i was talking about. 
tropical fruit at its best

Mom quickly walked thru the market, she knows this place very well. I think she can probably navigate it blindfolded. We picked up some fresh fish, shrimp, and house stuff. Everything is so cheap! A pound of shrimp only cost about $1,5 dollar. 

Next on the list after the market visit was an indonesian body scrub ( lulur ). I've never done it and i felt like i lost a layer of my skin afterward. 
I was escorted to a small room at the second floor of the massage place  that was wedged in a residential area. I was surprised to see there was another lady in there, butt naked on the table.  I knew right away that i was in for an interesting experience. I got ready and laid down on the table. The masseuse came back and saw that i was still wearing my underwear. Without hesitation, she took it off. HA! So a word of caution for whoever wants to get a massage here in Indonesia, keep in mind that there is very little privacy or the whole thing in the states where they try their best to keep you covered? Yeah that doesn't apply here. 
For the next hour she scrubbed the shit out of every inch of my body with coconut scrub that I had picked early on. Apparently it was Real shredded coconut that was fried without oil or sangrai . It smells sooo good! Maybe i should made my own when i get home. 
She let out a funny squeals when she saw my tan line. She would've probably passed out if she saw my skin after a climbing trip for sure. Here, the more pale your skin, the better it is, especially for female. Well i think we agreed that I failed on that . 

She massaged me for an hour after the scrubbing and finished up with pouring a jicama lotion all over my body (it was also  made from real jicama too) . 
It is fair to say that my skin had never been this smooth. I was amazed.  a mosquito would've slipped and fall if they try to bite me. 

So that is my first morning and Now on to the next adventure! 

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Resupply .. DONE!!

How much food a person can eat?
Apparently a lot. Especially when you hike for hours. 
Planning for the resupply turning to be one of the never ending task. Even after writing it down a lot.. Like this
a little obsessive
A little obsessive I know..can't help it. 
I found my self second guessing and wondering if i would forget something. 

For those who don't know.. Carrying 22 days worth of food is impossible ( unless you are incredible hulk carrying a very large backpack) . So I planned to ship my self portion of the foods along the way. 
Because we ate starting rather early, I settled with 3 resupply points : Red meadow in mammoth , vermilion valley resort by edison lake and kearsage pass by independence. 

A sample of food supply for me for 8 days ranges from dehydrated dinner ( pasta, rice or beef stroganoff ) ,  banana chips, tortilla and sausage for lunch , lots of peanut butter and hazelnut spread, some energy bars, carbo pro to stop me from bonking, GUMMY BEAR!!!, and other random things .

this is what my 8 days worth of food looks like
I won't go into detail how i come to that  conclusion that i think works the best for us. But it is safe to say that , it takes consideration of how low the water level at edison lake, extra miles that we would have to do, and how many foods we can squeeze into bear canister without turning into powder. 
so the bear can't get in to our food
All of us had sent our first resupply to res meadow. And after anxiously tracking it. The status had shown that our food had arrived!! 
first resupply, check!!
This week , everyone will have to send the rest of the resupply. 

last 2 resupplies! i hope i don't forget anything

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Next adventure : John Muir trail 2015

So the running phase is somewhat replaced by hiking now. The next objective is (...drum roll...) JOHN MUIR TRAIL!!! 

6 months ago, i convinced couple of my friends to join me on the 210 miles death march from Yosemite -Whitney portal ( jk, it will be glorious hikes) . We managed to got the permit on our first try ( probably because it's so EARLY in the season and any normal person will try to do it DURING the season ) but I rather have less people on the trail and a little bit of snow than fighting for a spot during the season. Totally reasonable right??

The planning stage involved a lot of time in excel sheet. Planning the day by day routes and campsites. It was like playing puzzle. I'm pretty sure this will change on the field but it's kinda nice to have some guidance.
lost count on how many version of these i created
And FOOD! turned out to takes up a lot of my planning brain. This was due to my "smart" idea of making my own dehydrated meal. After much research and trial and lots of error. I settled with couple menus : Beef Stroganoff, chicken and rice, red curry noodle, and pasta marinara. 
homemade dehydrated meal
comparing to Mountain House

First pass of snack. Need to add more
Anyway fast forward 5 months , in 4 weeks, we are going to start this journey. The make or break in our friendships... Avoiding bear and being unplugged ( except when we have cellphone signal.. Lol ).

So if you are curious with our trip, follow our adventure here!! And to start.. Here are some random pictures from the planning stage 

7 days worth of food

first aid kit
Test Pack .Somehow managed to fit it all in my 45 bag

Friday, April 10, 2015

First Ultramarathon race - American river 50 miles

So it's been awfully quiet in the blog land. I'm sure all of you who follows me in facebook are bored with my running update but i figured one more running post won't kill ya .
the difference in miles from last year
There were lots of running in the past 4 months. A LOT of running.

Let's just say, it was quite an experience to venture to the running world. Having only did 1 marathon in my life time before i signed up to this race, I knew i was probably jumping way ahead. So i was approaching this journey cautiously. I didn't want to get injured.

the plan of attack
My partner in crime and awesome runner Heather (@runlittlegoat) did a lot of research for the training and we settled with MAF training / nutrition plan. Now... the reality is.. i'm not a type A person . So I can only say I did an adaptive MAF training. But for anyone who's curious about MAF training, you should totally check out H's blog.

Alright, to sum it up . 4 months of training, 5 weeks of traveling all over the place ( including 2 countries, 3 states, 1 island ) , 3,5 weeks of sick time. Purple = travel time , green = sick time .  I made it to the start line. That's already an achievement!!
Br and my other friend Lori were my crew. I would say, it was great to have a crew and they were awesome! I was looking forward for station where i knew they would be in. I think I might've break down the race based on their location. It was always a mental booster seeing them there. THANK YOU!!

race gear
Me and H took shuttle to the start line. It was pretty chilly. I wasn't feeling like eating at all. Must be the race nerves.

The supposed to be full moon night wasn't happening, instead we got a lunar eclipse night. Pretty awesome sight since i never seen one before.
I tried to sneak in some sleep while waiting for the race to start but failed miserably. 

Here's the breakdown of my thought through out the race :

random photos

6 am - start time : COOLLLDDDD , let's get thing thing started!!
Mile 1: Ha! single track, rolling hills ... okay... maybe it's just for short time.
Mile 5:  well that's longer than i thought. My HR is high, maybe suunto is acting up again. O well. let's do nose breathing. See how that goes  ( i've been trying to run with my mouth close and just did nose breathing to know i was running in moderate pace. Why nose breathing? no clue)
need to peeeeeee!!! Oh that's one , quick quick quick .. alright back to running. 

Mile 5-17 : aah sun.. that's nice.. wait.. more hills? HR still high. Eh, maybe i'll take off my HR belt on the crew station. Did I drink enough calories? maybe i should eat chew? Nah.. not feeling it. I'm passing people . YAY! I probably am going to fast.. man i'm feeling great! I'll ask my crew if i needed to slow down or not. Can't decide

lost for 2,8 miles :(
Mile 17: sweet 3 more miles to my crews. Wait.. i haven't seen orange marker for awhile.. &^*#$%!* the map said i'm going south!! GAH!! SERIOUSLY .. okie the girl said just went straight to the aid station . Why is this girl with a dog looking at me weird. REALLY??  not AGAIN! BAH!! *turned around to the other intersection . AAARRGGHH so mad.. too fast.. too fast.. don't blow it out.. HEATHER!! .. i'm going way too fast.. i'm gonna screw up this race... 

Mile 20 :  where's my crew? man i'm totally becoming a grumpy runner. Gotta keep running! 

Mile 20-29 : i was a bitch on the last aid station :( sorry guys! alright.. i'm passing the same people again.. i can do this.. settle at the new pace.. don't blow it out.. i got this.. oh man this feels good... energy's good. leg's good. pace is good. woohooooo

Mile 29-40 :  longest stretch, longest miles! technical terrain, yeeeeuuhhh i like it! just don't fall. Dang, that's a lot of poison oak. O well... Man it's hot. I need ice in the next station. Wait.. the aid station is down there? So i have to run up again after? That's just mean... 

Mile 40-49 : okay.. there will be hills. i'll run when it's flat. It'll start at 43.. Alright.. it's starting.. Ough.. that's steep. more walking .. there's no flat !! *facepalm.. hey! the guy with the same socks!

Mile 49-50 : last mile.. last mile.. last mile.. it's there!! will there even be a flat before the finish line??? AAHHH finish line!!!!!! i can stop now! YAY! 
finished!! Kali is happy that it was over too
awesome recovery boots

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