Climbing Mount Rinjani: 8 Simple Things My Friend Did Not Tell Me

If you have read my earlier post Climbing Mount Rinjani: A Test Of Will, you would notice I curse and swore at the gravity of the summit up Mount Rinjani. Laughing off my poor attempts of denouncing him, the friend who encouraged me to climb Mount Rinjani protested that had he told me how tough…

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Climbing Mount Rinjani: A Test Of Will

F@#! If you wanted to know how Frodo felt climbing Mount Doom, then head out to Mount Rinjani in Lombok, Indonesia. No matter how I tried to zen myself the last 1.5 hours of the climb to the summit, I secretly vowed to disown my friend who said “Mount Rinjani – it’s okay, a little…

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Nusa Lembongan: The Devil Cries Here

It is true. The Devil does cry. And sometimes when he does, he sends you rainbows. On the islands of Nusa Lembongan at Devil’s Tears, exploding waves against its limestone cliffs can cause such a boom that the local folks have aptly named it the Devil. As the waves crash on this rocky outcrop close to…

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Nusa Penida: Magic Manta Moments

Hypnotised, all I could do was give in to the waters, to my breathing and to the gracefulness of this beautiful creature. The boatman had pulled our diveboat to a stop close to a small limestone cliff. We had arrived at Manta Point dive site of Nusa Penida, Indonesia and were gearing up, doing our…

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Of Prayer Flags and Bridges

How high and how far do you want your prayers to be carried? For the Buddhists in Bhutan, prayer flags is symbolic of blessings and prayers of compassion, peace, protection, strength and all things good. They are often planted high on tall poles or tall trees so that the winds may lift them high to…

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Chumpu Nye – Trailing the Footsteps of a Goddess

What was so special about it, one might ask. Well, you just had to be there. It was the sense of presence that did it for me, a feeling both of release and utter bliss at the same time. You may know from my earlier post Bringing Out The Buddhist In Me that our journey from…

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