Travel East Java & Bali Indonesia Part I

I had planned to land in Bali 1st destination to meet Photographer (SONY) Alpharian Bali friends (Omm Rizky,Rusdi,Rizal, Setyawan B. Prasodjo, Om kas,Pak Ali & others. their organize yearly Gathering BALI PHOTO HUNT before I travel alone go to Mt.Bromo and Mt.Ijen East Java Surabaya. Actually from Kuala Lumpur 3 friends had been there early which is Founder Sony Alpharian Mr.Faizal Ortho, Malaysian Alpharian Killerbee & Thawan Singh.

Their plan goin to Lembongan Island for Photo Hunt its sound great but no idea what is there I just search via google images for get more information. Before go to the Island in the morning we catch a sunrise in area Sanur.

5d Mark III TSE17/F4

Canon 5DMarkIII TSE17/F4

Melasti BeachMelasti Beach

5DMarkIII TSE17/F4

Apart from the island of God, exactly located in the southeast part of Bali, there are three small islands named Nusa lembongan, Nusa Ceningan, and Nusa Penida. These three islands are pretty popular among divers who want to seek for Manta and Mola-Mola, known as sunfish which appears in particular season. If you are a non divers or photographer, do not worry, you still can relax and swim in the beach.

Nusa Lembongan is the the second largest island among these three islands offers accommodation starting from guesthouses/homestays till the most luxurious villas and resorts. I was astonished upon my arrival in Nusa Lembongan. I quickly forgot the horrible sea-crossing, the wave was crazy, in addition of the boat's speedboat. I saw some storeyed villas forming beautiful scenery and no doubt it looks luxurious. I always mention blue sea colour, but this one, it's "blueis" than normal blue.

Although it is just a small island, Nusa Lembongan has turned to a touristic island. It's very close and easy to cross from Sanur by fastboat. But still, there are some awesome places to visit. One of the popular beach in Nusa Lembongan is Dream Beach. You can swim in the infinity pool with spectacular seaview without staying at the resort by paying Rp 50,000. Not far from Dream Beach, a cliff point named Devil's Tear may stunned you. Gigantic waves roll and crash the cliff create huge water splash. In some point, the crash will form beautiful waterfall on the cliff. Perfect place for photographers to catch this moment. you'll understand why the named it Devil's Tear after you come to this place.

The Devil's TearThe Devil's Tear

Sony A7s TSE17/F4

Let's continue to its neighborhood, Nusa Ceningan, the smallest among those three islands. Nusa Ceningan can be reached just around 20 minutes by motorbike from Nusa Lembongan. A narrow bridge connecting both islands. The bridge is too small to be crossed by two motorbikes."i don`t have the picture of bridge *&^%^!!" The best part of Nusa Ceningan is the jumping point. This is the place if you want to test your adrenalin.

The Soul of Seaweed FarmingThe Soul of Seaweed Farming

The Soul of Seaweed Farming in Nusa Lembongan

Blue Lagoon Nusa CeninganBlue Lagoon Nusa Ceningan

Blue Lagoon Nusa Ceningan

Look at the stars.. look how they shine for you.. and everything you do

Alpharian MilkywayAlpharian Milkyway

A7s Fisheye 16mm

Second trip here We go;  depart from Surabaya city by Garuda Airlines from bali at about 4.00pm waiting Irsam to pick up me at Juanda Airport to Mt.Bromo.This is my 1st time in Surabaya City - The journey from Surabaya city to Mount Bromo takes about  5 hours but due to some sort of traffic congestion at the nearby town of Probolinggo, on my way Irsam suggest to me take a break also look some interesting place its is call "TPA" cool for human interest photo I took a few pictures because it was dark.

Tempat Pembuangan Sampah (TPA) is a garbage dumpsite that many people would like to avoid due to its unclean and unhealthy place.Ironically, these mountains of waste – which are enough to make your stomach churn just by looking at them – are the source of sustenance for around 100-500 pemulung (waste pickers). They come from the surrounding areas, including: Banyuwangi, Jember, Probolinggo, Mojokerto, and Madura. Waste pickers choose to rummage through the garbage for a wage of Rp.60,000 per day, which they attain just by capitalizing on the ability to withstand the immense stink and disgust. When jobs are scarce and unreachable, the pay is tempting enough. Simple, yes, but not something that anyone can act upon.The fate of the stinking and dirty waste which is required to be quickly removed from our sight, even though we ourselves produce them every day. It’s funny how humans are disgusted by their own shit. Yet if we can’t shit every day, we risk dying. Sometimes human attitudes are even more stinking and disgusting than the waste they produce.


Mount Bromo is quite popular among tourists both local and foreigner for its ‘easy’ hiking track. The highlights of the area are Mount Bromo (with its smoking crater), Mount Penanjakan (the favorite sunrise spot), and Cemoro Lawang (where most visitors stay). There’s also Mount Semeru, the highest mountain in Java. Locals say, it took 2 days straight to hike Mount Semeru. It will never be on my list!

Reach Cemoro Lawang (the outer side of Mount Bromo area) at 9.00pm and already booked by Irsam a room at Cafe Lava Hostel. Most people, only use the room for a couple of days since i have to start looking for pictures at day/night 24h picture picture :) – if you’re looking for the sunrise. Cafe Lava Hostel has the best location (at the edge of the crater) so you just need to walk straight into Bromo. Meanwhile in restaurants glad to meet friend also malaysian Bro "Wilson Teo"  & our tour guide Ananta he told me need wake up around 12.00AM for shoot Milky way in somewhere Mt.Bromo (picture in gallery).

The next day, We had our morning call. It was 1am to catch the front line and I was too excited that I didn’t even feel sleepy anymore although I only got a 4 hours sleep. I put jacket on along with our gloves,pants, and boots.We were prepared to shoot amazing the sunrise!

The sky was full of stars I could never imagine and the temperature was less than 5 degree Celsius up there. Not to waste any more time, I sat on the back seat of the Jeep heading to Mount Penanjakan. It took about half an hour to reach the parking area at Mount Penanjakan and then we walked for about 10 – 15 minutes to the top of Mount Penanjakan.

Mount Bromo East Java IndonesiaMount Bromo East Java Indonesia  

Here, at the top of Mount Penanjakan, lies a brilliant panoramic view of Mount Bromo, Mount Semeru, and the crater! I was not lucky enough with not to much fog and so the view up there was so clear to the east. And if I looked straight, I could see the sun coming up slowly. Since Mount Bromo is one of the most popular tourist destination in Indonesia, it is crowded! Some people even used their phone camera flash ON! as they took some pictures of the mountain, which I found quite annoying also there is a hit my tripod dammit!

To Be Continue :) My editor english is still sleepy lazy haha~  i just write with my  own "Pasar" Language so far sorry!





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