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Beyond the Fog of Mt Bromo

Mt Bromo

Morning at Mt Bromo hmmm … dreamy!

I visited Mt Bromo at Probolinggo in East Java, Indonesia for the third time last July 2016. I heard from my friends that Mt Bromo was actively coughing off smokes out of its opened crater for the last few months … and I couldn’t resist the temptation for a quick weekend gateway.

We traveled in a very small group this time around. Just the three of us … leaving behind the rest of our “Sailangers” travel mate. I began to love traveling in a small group. Less drama and less need to socialize among us … which mean more time for observing and mingling around with the locals.

Tengger people of Probolinggo was celebrating their Yadnya Kasada festival that week and we intended to observe the ceremony. The ceremony was for the Tengger Hindus to express their gratitude to their believing Gods for good harvests and fortunes bestowed upon them.

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Dramatic sunset that afternoon … the drizzling rain brought along thick fogs

It rained during the 4 days of our stay at Cemoro Lawang, Probolinggo.  The last 2 days were a bit forgiving as we managed to catch morning sunrise before the fog and the rain started to concur the area.

The drizzling rain brought along thick and unpredictable fog that comfortably snuggled  Mt Bromo alley into a deep dreamy sleep. At first, I thought that I was cursed … but rain, fogs, clouds and smoky landscape are always been my favorite moment. The reason why I still love flying with my paramotor/ PPG buddy is because of this dreamy imagination that one day I might stumble into a beautiful thick clouds formation during our flying stint.

Well …  a sure challenge for a landscape or ‘chasing the light’ photographer when the sky is dark and the rain is dancing in the air. This is what I called … a lesson of letting go. Nature is teaching us to learn to let go … nature is beyond our human control and I need to learn to let go, this is not my moment yet. Full stop!

Once I decided to accept my fate … wallah! the sun start peeking out from the thick fogs … and presented us with a dramatic landscape view of Mt Bromo. Ahhhh … blessing in disguise  alhamdulilah … couldn’t ask for more. And … clicking the camera shutter once again … is an exciting thing to do 😛

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Us … looking for the best angle 😛

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Us … doing what we always do … shooting the target 😉

My DSLR is getting heavy and heavier lately … I blamed it on my ‘aging’ 😉 process . My heart still feels young and energetic but my shoulder started to crank up, my knee started to lose its vigor too … damn!

So … I bought a new tool for this trip … a Ricoh GR2 camera, a boxy old fashion looking dude with hmmm an acceptable image making ability. Pictures shared in this post were all taken from my boxy little Ricoh GR2 camera. Not bad for a small point and shoot camera …

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Smoky dramatic Mt Bromo taken with my boxy little Ricoh Gr2 dude

Life is full of wonder … and having a curious mind could always work wonder. Ahhh … I want more and more of this.

 

Bye for now

 

Cheers

MM

 

ps -“Creativity is intelligent having fun.” ~ Albert Einstein

 


Colors of love in Bromo

 

Cheritera Cinta Kita by Matsuda Mashimaru

Tales of Our Love Story

Me and Mt Mt Bromo

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” – Lao Tzu

Prologue: It all started with me tagging along with two(2) of my childhood friends and we planned to test our friendship by joining a group of Malaysian and Singaporean photographers (total strangers). People said the best way to test the compatibility of your friendship is through surviving a tough trip together and comes out still emotionally intact.

This is my 2nd visit to Mt Bromo and I knew the fact that a photography trip is a tough trip for non photographers. Chasing sunset and sunrise at some odd places for 7 continuos days can really suck off your energy. We woke up as early as 2.30 am and battled for a comfortable sleeping spot inside the cramp van while still hilariously teasing at each other like children.

I am happy to announce that not only the three(3) of us passed the best friend forever (bff) test but … we fall “head over heal” in love with the rest of team too. Now I am part of the “Gang Penghambur Tegar Bromo” team. My lil sister Ruth Agatha wanted a drama  out of our photos during this trip but I want to make it clear that I am a tough girl and lovey dovey drama has never been in my element. But heck … I just give it a try. So, Geng Penghambur … this is session 1 of our “Cheritera Cinta Kita” and session 2 will continue during our Maiga Island trip next year.


 

There are all sort of love in this world. Every each of us seek different kind of love. Some found their true love, some still looking for their soulmate and some being traumatized and judged for the love that they have. We explored love for 7 days and found love among us.

Common Love: The Romeo and Juliet version of love. The lovey dreamy kind of love … yeah right! when we were so naive and immature 🙂 .

But at our adult age now, Romeo almost always seeks for new love and Juliet still seeks for the everlasting love oppps! I better just stick to the script. And, Romeo found his Juliet and they live happily ever after …. the end ZZzzzzZZzzzz.

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Common Love: This is where they met

And, their love confession looks like this

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And, their cat fight look like this … again and again … repeat this for 1001 times

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at 1002 times they made up again …

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And, they got married … they live happily ever after

Us having our brotherhood moment

And, they got seven(7) hyper active, noisy and chatty children

Us Having our brotherhood moment

Who love to explore the world to the core!!! ….. the End

Freedom to Love: Some seek for greater love … the love for Freedom.

Freedom to love God the Creator,  the ultimate owner of love and this whole universe. And, being able to express the act of devotion and love towards God publicly without being oppressed and judged.

Freedom to love other soul of your choice regardless of who and how they look like.  And, being able to express those love openly between each other without expectation, pride and ego attached.

Freedom to express our love towards ourselves without fear of being labelled. Free to be “IAmWhoIAM” ….

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Freedom to love life

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Freedom to love our creative self

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Freedom to love ‘time’ on our own

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Freedom to love yourself as a unique individual

And, lastly the Patriotic love, endless love for our country. Despite the nasty words thrown by those “toooot’ keyboard warriors, I still can feel the love towards our country in us. We celebrated Malaysian Day together on top of Mt Bromo. We had a few dedicated teachers in our group, they surely knew how to educate and spark the patriotic spirit among us.

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Patriotic Love

Patriotic Love

Patriotic Love

Patriotic Love

Patriotic Love

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Patriotic Love

Patriotic Love

Patriotic Love

Patriotic Love

Patriotic Love

Our love story ended with us yearning for more ‘love’ time together. And, till we meet again next year … stay cool and remain down to earth yeah my travel buddies … “Spread love every where you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier”- Mother Theresa

My childhood buddies

My childhood buddies

 

Cheers,

MM

p/s

  1. ZZZzzzZZzz I can’t believe that I am writing a post about ‘love’. It doesn’t feel right 😉 . Rasa nak muntah pun ada …. but since I already make my promise then I dedicated this post to Ruth Agatha.
  2. I will be in my hibernating mode again until my next trip. Gang Menghambur yang memory card tu corrupted, sabar lah menanti bila-bila I am in the right mood to sort out the photos and upload it to google drive. Sabar itu sebahagian dari iman 😉 and you can’t rush art he he he

 


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