I remember one of the participants of the #TripofWonders asked, “What’s our itinerary for tomorrow?”
“I guess in a village. Looks not really interesting.” I replied. (Shame on me that I could really say those words!)
Karma strikes as fast as it could. I checked the guide book and I saw the word T-R-A-D-I-T-I-O-N-A-L. Oh, wait, did I just say uninteresting? I adore every tradition. It’s one of the reasons why I keep wandering. So let me take that shameful response away and give you a bit of the not-so-usual experience I had instead.
What’s that not-so-usual experience, you ask?
It’s when old and modern fuse.
Wishing to come back in old days where life seems slower but not brave enough to leave the comfort of the modern world? I got your back!
You can observe the patience of amazing women, weaving scarf and sarong with unique designs, by using traditional and basic tools.
As you made your picks, you can proudly wear these comfortable clothes and match them with handmade accessories, also made by the women of the village. Surely, those will support the details of today’s fashion.
Sounds great? Then continue supporting local products like these!
It’s when land and water go together.
No need to choose for an adventure. A trio islands are grouped for those eyeing both water and land activities without the hassle of traveling long.
Photo by: Hannah Cepe
Strolling by bicycle in an island is the best way to see the lives of tourists and locals, sharing each other’s stories, drinking and eating like there’s no tomorrow, negotiating for items or discussing the next adventure they will go to.
You see, a simple bicycle ride can also be as exciting as a you-only-live-once (YOLO) activity.
Well, if you can’t agree, it’s time to introduce a more thrilling stuff (maybe?) – snorkeling!
Photo by: Hannah Cepe
The life in the underwater world could be more intriguing, right?
It’s when tradition and beaches blend in a trip.
After seeing colorful performances that value a well-kept tradition, I bet the waves that go along in a boat trip would also be flawless movement to watch.
After being amazed by the talents a community can do, I bet the shades of sky that reflects in a sea would also be flawless view.
It’s when you could get chance to explore the Sasak Sade Traditional Village and the Gili Islands in Lombok, Indonesia for short yet two wonderful days.
Oh yes, all those I am talking about are directed for these two destinations. Located in the east of Bali, Lombok has been making its name on the list of top places to visit for stunning beaches. The automobile and motorbike-free Gili Islands or Tiga Gili in Indonesian make up the Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, and Gili Air, are all attracting visitors for an island getaway.
Well, now, you know, you can also have a sight of Sade Village. This is where the indigenous Sasak village have been maintaining their valued resources and tradition. Wood, bamboo walls, and thatched roofs are what the structures build of.
Make use of your time when you are in Lombok and better try this tradition-beach blend kind of trip!
Note: The Tourism Ministry of Indonesia invited Two Monkeys Travel Group and other southeast Asian bloggers for the 10-day #TripofWonders in four destinations, including Lombok, but the views written on this article are fully my own.
About the Writer
Jessica Ayun is a Freelance Writer who writes if 5-10 cups of coffee a day will be served. She used to work as a TV Researcher but her feet are always curious to step into new places so she decided to work in the communities of Visayas and Mindanao as a Documenter for almost two years, through a non-government organization (NGO). She tries to see the “real happiness” in every person she meets and every place she goes to. She will always choose mountains than beaches.
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