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Patience

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I arrived 6 am feb 7th. Shared a cab with a new friend after bartering with the taxi drivers at the airport and got dropped off at my place. I had forever been thinking I arrive February 8th and not 7th and of course I messed up my booking. So when I showed up I got a room for the first night as well. The room I originally booked was full so I got another one with air conditioning. It is a little pricey compared to what I'd like to be paying but I do have my own room and porch and bathroom it's very private, but it is still not quite the American hotel which is fine and to be expected. ( Ashley there were spider webs all over my shower ! ;) )
I settled in and started to explore, it took me a while to get my bearings. I had an Indonesian health tumeric juice and breakfast. I forgot my lock and light and charger adapter I was supposed to bring so I did a little shopping . (Mom you'd be so happy the only flash light they sold at this market comes with a built in tazor for self defense if you charge it ) I feel pretty safe anyway, although I stick out as a tourist like a sore thumb, the Indonesians are harmless people, they just can be a little tricky and want to sell you something every five minutes.
I made it down to the beach and the waves were pumping and the beach was hot. I took my first dive in the Indian Ocean and watched some skilled surfers mixed in with plenty of beginners on surf boards, I contemplated going myself a few blocks down were it was a bit smaller and there is no reef, but decided I didn't want to get beat up my first day and I had spent enough money today.
I wandered my way back to my hotel looking like a total lost 'shoobie' as we would say. I had Been wandering around looking for a yoga teacher olap, a friend told me to find in seminyak, but was sun burnt already, dehydrated and had been up for two days, so I gave up on the first day. I could have paid a cab driver to take me but like I said I spent too much money because of my own forgetfulness that day and I figured I should meet this talked up yoga guru in a more refreshed state. It was only about 12 o'clock then and I was feeling discouraged, I wanted to stay up for the sunset but could do nothing else but pass out in bed by 2pm. I woke at 10 pm disoriented thinking it was the next day, and realized it was night time. Went back to sleep till 5 am today.

Today I wake up refreshed and calmed. I open My Daily book of living your yoga, yesterday's passage says you cannot get to grandmas house if you do not go through the woods, similarly, you cannot have the paradise bali is, untill you travel across the world and deal with the chaos that it also is. Today's passage is about patience . Yesterday I lacked patience, I expected myself to have it all figured out in one day. I was not connected, or confident. Today I will watch anytime feelings of frustration or anger come up and recognize that I am disconnecting from myself....
Morning meditation and chanting
108 x Ganesha mantra
OM GUNG GANAPATEYEH NAMAHA
Ganesha is the ruler of the root chakra, our seat of confidence, groundedness, feeling at home. He is the remover of obstacles.
... Fast forward 8 hours...
This time yesterday I was a mess. Today I have gone for a run, know my way around town a bit, had some Indonesian black rice coconut milk porridge, surfed in seminyak, made some new friends, found olaps place thanks to a free motor bike ride from a kind local surfer and now am going to watch the sunset over the Indian Ocean for the first time. Life is good ❤️ phew. ?

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Posted by rachaelob 05:12 Archived in Indonesia Tagged bali indonesia travel meditation fun surfing yoga patience ganesha Comments (0)

Loosing track of time..

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Well they took my yoga Matt off my backpack when I checked it and asked me to carry it on. So yoga sessions had to be held at all airports.
The flight from Newark to Tokyo was long but I really didn't mind it to much. It just was confusing as I left at 10 am and then arrived in Tokyo 15 hours later at 3 pm. The screen in front of me would say time from departure location (newark) and time in arrival location (Japan) and show our little plane flying in between and I kept thinking but what time is it realllly ? is it breakfast? Dinner? Does it matter? What is time? Time, age, all just numbers we use to let our minds label and think we have control . Maybe I just was stuck in that damn seat for too long haha ?

When I got off the plane was 2 am at home but 4 pm here. I contemplated grabbing a Japanese beer to aid my sleep to Singapore. But when I asked myself if I really needed it I thought it will probably be over priced and I won't even like it and decided to Goto the oxygen bar instead. I can always get overpriced Tokyo beers on the way back, sneaky Japanese. If you didn't catch the South Park reference, I'm just kidding, everyone here is super friendly and nice and hello kitty is everywhere as I roam around the airport.
The oxygen bar has what they claim to be the purest air infused with Ayurvedic treatment flavors of your choice to revive you after breathing airplane air for 15 hours. Ten minutes comes with three flavors, tea, water and a reclining chair just for 8$ .
Better choice than the beer.
Met two others on the way to
Singapore who will also be in bali. This month. Gave in to having a beer with them. Got checked another 100 times before getting onto the jet star plane. Flew through some epic clouds and views, felt like I was entering another world. And landed. In bali.
I'm here safe yall ?❤️

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Posted by rachaelob 22:16 Archived in Indonesia Tagged tokyo indonesia travel airport yoga seminyak move wanderlust Comments (0)

TAKSU

Universal Force

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There's some moments in which I can just feel god.

(First let me add a disclaimer; I have never been a religious person, ever. I went to church on Christmas and Easter. God is the word I am using here to refer to the universal spirit whatever it is you may believe in any kind of higher power, I do not mean to promote or offend any type of organized religion here. Hell I still don't classify myself as anything or really know for sure what I believe in, But I do believe in something, something bigger than myself, and so for now I will refer to that something as god, because to me it feels most personal. )

ANYWAY
There's some moments in which i can just feel god. I feel signs, I feel that there are absolutely without a doubt no coincidences in the world. I trust that the troubles I am put through are a part of the greater plan. I trust that there is some universal force working in my favor. The way that I happen to find a flight at less than 1/2 of the average flight to Indonesia as I got accepted into a world renown Acro Yoga program, not a coincidence. Now I seem to be just making it by with enough to make this trip really happen, even with all my indulging this year in celebrating, eating, Chicago, Florida, Vermont ect.

  • *Side note; when I say year I am referring to my birthday July 18th on. I've realized that my brain thinks of a year differently than Jan-Dec. because to me the whole winter is kind of the same.

Today I was thinking about how I set three goals for myself this "year" ; 1.To spread my teaching of yoga and message to more than one studio.
2. To travel to a country outside the US with a different language by myself.
And 3. To complete another teacher training or certification of some sort while I am not in school to show something for my year, preferably in Holistic health or yoga of some sort.
For the record, I am traveling to Indonesia on my own, completing an acro yoga certification 100hrs. ( I know,I know, I'm getting repetitive and you already know this if anyone's reading, forgive me I'm just very excited. ) and over the past year I have taught at The Zen Den, on the beach, to the ac high swim team, ItsWell Yoga in Wildwood, The JCC, Yoga Dog in Linwood, LivingWell Crossfit Northfield and Sunday I will be teaching a Yin Yoga Workshop at Stone Harbour Yoga!! **NOT TO LATE TO SIGN UP =)
Now allot of this is thanks to the 'SaltWater Yoginis' group started by myself, Lindsey Westcott, and Lindsey Salerno. I am eternally grateful for the birth of this trio for it has given me the confidence to branch out with two best friends by my side.
(Feel free to follow us on Instagram ; Saltwateryoginis and on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SWYoginis )
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Back to those goals. So I'm not sure exactly when I set them, if it was your typical January- December new year goal setting I would have missed the cut off since Indonesia is happening in February. Plus, last spring I was still in school, completing my training, and had no idea what I wanted this winter. I think I consider a year more like July to July. Or even just September to June. Where I live in Southern New Jersey, life sort of pauses during the summer time, well actually it speeds up incredibly. But what I mean is that there's not as much growth and change for me. It's always the same, we work, allot, and party, allot during our tourist season. I come back every summer to the beach patrol and people ask "how was your year?". They don't mean January to now, they haven't seen me since September. They don't give a shit about June, July and August, they were there for all of that. When they ask how was your year? They mean September -June. So I suppose that is the mindset I adopted. And in that sense, a year being September - June I am going to complete all of those goals.

For the entire fall I thought that my country I will travel to alone would be Costa Rica. At first I considered returning to Puerto Rico, Rin Con to be exact, and spending a winter there. But there were some cons to that plan, too many people from New Jersey, many connections, and Dad's friends, plus it is considered still in the US. You would think having connection would be a good thing, but to me, PR felt like settling and wasn't going to give me the experience I need to one day goto India alone, which is a plan for the future and part of the reason for this goal. Then I had my heart set on Costa Rica, so long story short all fall I've been studying Spanish. Which of course won't be helpful in Indonesia. Now, rather I will start learning one word a day in Indonesian Hoping that will help once I'm there. Today's word; taksu. Which is what the Balinese call gods energy. Known to Christians as the Holy Spirit, the Chinese as chi. The life force or energy. TAKSU.

So, Tonight my example of Taksu. I showed up to swim practice. Helping out with the AC High swim team since my old coach billy has been sick has been an enjoyable and rewarding experience. The girls invited me to their team dinner in brigantine . Now I love team dinners, so of course I accept. (Hoping that I would stick to more salad than pasta and skip the brownies and garlic bread. Kiiiind of worked ) We are tapering for a big meet Saturday and got done practice fairly early, so in the mean time I have two hours to kill in Atlantic City or Brigantine. Luckily I have brought my book I am currently reading, Eat Pray Love. I just got to the 'Pray' section last night where main character Liz goes to India to stay in an ashram and participate in hours of daily meditation. This inspired me to restart my own meditation practice which has fallen off a bit lately. Last fall, winter and spring I was quite diligent, but in summer I fell off with the fast paced tourism season, and this the fall picked back up again a bit but the holidays intervened with all the parties and sleeping out and what not .
So this morning I clear out my almost dusty meditation space, reorganize, burn some sage to clear the energy. Choose a daily yoga mantra. And sit. Although I had a bit of unconditioned monkey mind as you may call it, it felt good to take this time to myself before my day and get used to sitting again so that I hopefully keep up this practice while traveling.
I used to avoid restarting my meditation practice because I felt guilty for ever stopping it, it brought me shame looking at that unused altar. But today I thought to myself. One more day with meditation is better than nothing, and I don't think god ever closes his door on you. No in fact, he's very happy to have me back knocking at his door and will always open for me. And so I sat.
And here I am again sitting in my car In Brigantine. While driving here I had noticed a side street with a beautiful view of the bay with the casinos in the background and some marshes, snow, and boats. So I parked my car there as I saw the sun slowly start to dip and thought, I have an hour until sunset this will be there perfect place to watch it. I took a picture with my I phone then laid in my back seat reading more about Liz in India. All of a sudden about an hour later I heard a knocking on my car door, like someone was playing a trick on me. I thought maybe it was stones hitting my car or an animal but felt alarmed and got up to check, just then I saw the sky. The most beautiful Sunset I have watched in a while, filling in the sky around the casinos with pink, orange, blue , yellow. I had caught it just in time. The pictures do it no justice, but here they are anyway.
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I got out and looked around my car but didn't see any stones, animals or people. So I snapped another picture of this beautiful sky canvas , and thanked god for knocking back.

Posted by rachaelob 19:10 Archived in USA Tagged landscapes sunset indonesia meditation god yoga faith believe new_jersey goals eat_pray_love stone_harbor_yoga Comments (0)

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