Sabtu, 13 Juli 2013

Experiencing Toba Lake in The Morning

The plan was: move at 7 am then move to Medan. On the way to Medan,, we looked for opportunity to visit some nice places - if we had time. They said, we'll not get enough time because we use public transportation. But, some friends have done that. Enough for the opinion, let's do it!

morning fog

Our alarm had chimed at 5.30. We still have thirty minutes to just lay down on the bed before had to move to the bathroom, take a bath, than take our backpack to hit the road again. But I forgot the things about just lying on the bed for thirty minutes before move out. I need to know how it fells to swim in Toba Lake. So, we get out from the room and go to the beach [it still funny on my thought to hear beach in Toba Lake. For people in Samosir, beach means land near the lake. In my opinion, beach means bound between sea and land].

It was dark at 5.45 pm in Samosir. The fog is in the air. The wheater is cold but fresh. We just sit on the grass, do nothing, and watch the color of the sky that turn into orange burst. The drizzle come, accompany our morning. God, may I swim in Toba Lake this time? Or should I back again on the future?

We decided to back to the room to take a shower and get prepared. On our way, we met a girl in black and white. I asked her if I can swim in Toba Lake. She said, off course. She told us the way to "the beach". Actually there's another location. I thought it's a sign. I have to exprience Toba Lake. So we change the direction, instead back to the room, we go to "the beach". The drizzle still continue. I still jump to the lake. Yippie,,, I swam in Toba Lake. Reta follow me to swim too. One more hour to stay at Tuk Tuk for the experience. How about the plan next. Let's do it.

Selasa, 09 Juli 2013

Warm Greetings From Samosir

"How long will you stay in Medan?" "Four nights including tonight." "What is you plan?" "No specific plan. Just want to meet Toba Lake." "Actually, three days is too short time to explore Medan. North Sumatra has so many attractive nature to explore. You'll only get so little in three days in North Sumatra." "Ouwh,,, maybe I need to be back here again next time. Wish for more opportunities to be back to Medan someday."

We depart at 7 am that morning. Our purpose today is meet Toba Lake. We took Sejahtera bus from Medan to Tigaraja harbour. The ferry that will take us to Samosir waited there.
Five hours in bus is not really nice experience. The bus doesn't have any air conditioner. People just smoke - the Medan ability that I don't like so much. The view on the way just oil palm plantation. My activity on that bus only sleep,, looking around,, take masker to avoid the smoke,, sleep again. I even can't move my body because the chair is very narrow. But, one hour before we get approach Toba Lake, the view was very awesome. You can see Toba Lake from distance. Yes, no picture. You have to enjoy it by yourself.

We've stopped in Tigaraja Harbour. Two ferry ready in the harbour. One to Tuk Tuk and the other to Tomok.  Tomok is the main tourism spot in Samosir Island. There are many souvenir shops, traditional house, Sigale-gale doll, king traditional cemetry, and museum. While in Tuk Tuk, there are many hotel and huesthouse to stay. After long hours in bad bus, we decided to stay a night in Samosir. So we choose move to Tuk Tuk.

It takes about 15 minutes from Tigaraja to Tuk Tuk. The ferry arrive every 30 minutes, so we don't have to wait for too long. The ferry took us through to our guesthouse. We chose Carolina. Carolina is very famous in google search - huehuehuehue - and we like to stay at traditional building. We paid 120k for a night in eonomy room. Even they said economy, but the room was very hug and it has private bathroom. The bad just we have to climb to the hill to get our room. It's ok.

We rent a motorbike for 8 hours which is 80k. We go to Tomok, where so many tourist attraction there. We ate at the warung and enjoy delicious food. I taste ikan bakar and babi guling. For you who look for halal food, go to warung makan muslim that contains no pork. Yap, Batak eat pork.

The Samosir road
King Sibutar-Butar Cemetry
traditional cloth from Batak
Batak traditional house in Tomok, Samosir
Thanks God we've met new friends that feels like old friends in Tomok. That's one of the reason why I like do some trip. We play around Tomok. We like to explore while they waited for their fery at 4 pm to Tigaraja. 
After Tomok, we moved to Ambarita. We went to Siagillan Villege. In that place I heard story about Bataknesse that eat man in the past. Thank God it's not happen anymore today. We met some nice people in Siagillan, family from Jakarta, children, and Samosir people that help us to know the road.
try to make ulos
Museum Sialligan
Batak symbol = cicak and four breast
Cicak : Bataknesse can live everywhere in the earth
Four breast : prosperity
children playing outside
funeral for big family

We close the day at Poppy. We like to have dinner here because we saw many books in their restaurant. We can eat while reading a book from there. You can sell your book and get another book too. They offered us international food and indonesian food. Delicious.

Lesson learn:
Before I've done this journey, there's some worries around my mind. I'm afraid about that, I'm afraid about this. But, after I've done it all,, everything just happen in a nice way. So, I told to myself, just do it, feel the process, and take some lessons. Life can always be nice all the time, but you can enjoy the sweet things.

Minggu, 07 Juli 2013

#1st Night, Another Impression

It was late night when we arrived in Polonia Airport, Medan. After all the drama all day [ask me for the drama if you want to know] and two hours hungry sleepless in the plane,, finally we reached Sumatra land. *sujud sukur

I was go to Medan before for some project reason. I had bad experience in the airport. Actually, I don't like the way people offer us the transportation. Those people just like yell to us and compete to force us to use their service. So, I ask friend how to deal with my worries when I know that I will be depart in the evening,, or maybe late night if we have any delay. I can't believe that my new friends in Medan is very helpful. They offered to pick us in the airport. Who can say no?

one of Medan icon,
water reservoir
that has beautiful lights in the night
Our first night in Medan was very nice. No yell from taxi driver. No coercion from service people in the airport. All we have that night was big smile, friendly ride, and new family. Big thanks to backpacker medan.

Lesson learn:
  • working trip and backpacking trip is so much different :p
  • never judge something before you feel it #selfnote
  • accept every possibilities and enjoy the progress *still learning

Sabtu, 06 Juli 2013


What is the best thing to cure a broken hearted? They said, move on baby!! Is it really true? Just do it and enjoy the road. So, I choose to move my body. Maybe some journey can make my body move. I wish that my heart can move either.

I have a week to move. I choose to take my backpack prefer than my luggage. I will backpacking. Yeay!
Medan, Pekanbaru, Padang. I've got ticket for those three cities. What will happen to me. I wish for the best. Will my heart fix? How about my journey? How is the road? 

Too many questions. Just take a breath, and enjoy the road.