There's just too many things on my plate right now, finally back in Singapore and on my desk with a bit of "me-time".
So, on 6th August, that's my 30th birthday!
I have been wanting to do a hiking adventure, but haven't gotten a chance to do so, especially by myself because of some health concerns, the boy doesn't allow me to do higher altitudes.
So, he allowed me to try Mt. Batur, a sunrise trek, not very difficult, and manageable altitude.
We woke up really early around 2AM, and began the trekking at 3AM
It was cold even at the grounds. To do the trekking, you must have a local guide to bring you up. The boy hired someone for that, instead of a guide for a group.
So, that way, we can walk or stopped whenever we like.
Because it was so dark, we couldn't take any pictures along the way.
We were provided with torchlights by the guide. We walked quite fast because we wanted to get our heart rate up and not feel so cold. And we didn't really stop until the first base.
You can choose to stop at the first base or continue up to the peak.
After the first base, that's where the real deal is. Because it's an active volcano, the "sand" is black and extremely soft. When you put your feet on the ground, your leg will sure sink.
And it is steep upwards walk, so your ankles better be good.
One tip: Wear a glove so that when you hold on to the rocks, it's less painful.
We were practically on all fours, and slowly climbing up with sure careful steps and strategically choosing which rocks to step on.
Because we didn't bring gloves, I couldn't hold hard on the rocks to push myself up. It's really painful. Thankfully, I trainedmy legs well enough. That daily squats and burpees saved me.
After around 2.5 hrs, we finally reached the top! And had a good spot to sit and watch the sunrise.
Better reach early because there will be lots of people on that limited plot of space.
It was really cold.
Taking a moment to sink in all these wonderful memories. An achievement unlocked for myself.
My favourite. The best sunrise i've seen so far. So near the clouds and sun. :)
The boy who is always there for me :)
Tip - Don't follow him wearing shorts. It's super cold at the top, and he was shivering when waiting for the sun. hahaha.
The journey down was worse than the way up.
Because of the soft sand, your feet sinks and the effort to pull it up and make another step, plus to make sure you don't tumble down, it's so tough.
And with gloves it is better of course as well.
We fell to our butt many times, and alot of them also did as well.
You have to make sure your body weight is at the back so that just in case you slip, you don't fall forward.
This is after the first base, and the only time to capture your achievement. So better do so!
This is the base of the trekking. The white clouds behind is not clouds, but smoke from the volcanic mountain.
This is truely an amazing experience for me, and really, travelling and exploring make life much worth living.
After heading back and napping for awhile, we headed right next to our hotel for a quick late lunch.
This place is also recommended, and it gives a local vibe. Very chill, and old school feel.
Don't order the coconut. It's not sweet at all.
We then headed to Caramel Patisserie. This place is so good. I'm surprised that the boy actually found good cafes!
This whole trip is planned by him and I didn't know where we were going, really glad that he made some good choices!
The best red velvet cake i've ever eaten. Not in Singapore can beat this.
It's not so sweet, and the nuts on top complement the taste of the whole cake.
Even the cream is good! For the first time, I didn't shave off the cream in a cake!
During evening time, the boy hired the hotel car and drove us to our dinner destination.
I didn't know where we were heading to until when I reached the destination.
The Samaya Ubud.
I was amazed by the whole restaurant setting, when I entered, the whole place is filled with candlelights all over the place and by the river.
The quiet dining by the river, hearing the sounds of river felt good.
We were led by the friendly waiter whoe spoke perfect english.
And when we were led to our little private hut, we were seated next to the river, and the decorations were so romantic!
All the huts were more or less the same, but with a little customised decos on each huts.
Finally a romantic dinner by the boy! haha!
6 course candle light dinner. It was a wonderful romantic dinner, everything was perfect for me.
The food was surprising good as well! To be honest, I wasn't expecting much because sometimes some places it's the setting rather than the food. But here, the food's good as well!
The waiter constantly asked us if everything was alright when he cleared the food, and chatted slightly with us.
And I got a free birthday cake after the waiter realised I was celebrating my birthday! :)
And.... he gave me a love note folded in a heart shape! It's a personal note written by the waiter.
The boy got slightly shocked though. hahahaa...
While eating this birthday cake, the boy started "chatting" about our past, how much we have been through, and because I didn't know what was coming, I joined him in the "chat", occassionally stopping him in his sentences and adding in my words as well.
He seldom start this long romantic conversation, so I was really glad that he did so this time. At the back of my mind i was like "So I only get this romantic conversation on my 30th!"
haha... but then... shortly after the conversation, he stood up from his seat and knelt down and proposed with this.... A heart filled with cotton. (I guess he's representing his heart?)
I got a shock, and wasn't really expecting this to happen so fast. Probably because there were still issues that hasn't been cleared. It's not our issue, but rather issues in my life.
I expected that only when the "issues" were cleared, then I could get on with the next stage with him.
Afterall, I have no intention to pull him into the problems I have.
I didn't say yes, but my first reaction was "are you sure?".
After thoughts now, I felt really bad having him to kneel so long on that uneven uncomfortable ground.
After much exchanging of words, he asked again, and I accepted.
I can't explain how glad I was, how touched I was. My tears kept rolling down.
When we went back, he asked me why did I accept his proposal even though there was no diamond ring.
I didn't care if there wasn't a ring when he proposed, I still accepted.
He knew me. He knew I wasn't that kind of girl who wanted diamonds.
He knew I was a romantic girl.
I was the silliest girl to him. Yes, he said that to me.
And presented the diamond ring hidden in that box he handmade by himself.
What was the prettiest to me that night, wasn't the diamond ring,
but the handmade proposal gift. :):):)