Yogyakarta trip diary

This was last weekend getaway when I fly to Yogyakarta. The main reason is to hang out with my bestie, the second was a jazz concert of Trio Lestari (Indonesian Jazz group).
At the end of the trip (we both flying out of Yogya separately); she asked "how would you rate this trip scale 1-10"
I said "10!"

It was a perfect one! Great hang out, great music, great front row -can literally touch the musicians- , great hotel to get at last minute purchase, etc. the whole experience!
And so, this is my thoughts about the travel that sum up our friendship, 

"One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood." Lucius Seneca

As I casually update you with my life events on the breakfast table, you slowed your eating, sit back and listen carefully on each details. I start to have tears rushing my eyes but barely touches my cheek, and the next second you wiped yours off of your cheek. You always have an impeccable timing, we're always in-sync.

There are times when we were sitting together, in silence, not speaking yet the conversation flows and we come to understanding. You advises me justly, I assists readily and we both adventured boldly and defend each other courageously.  And all the jokes, or comments... I cried and laughed at the same time my stomach hurts, again perfect timing!

Against all principals that you believe and hold onto; somehow you allowed me hurl myself into my own destiny without any judgement!

The pursuit of happiness

I think  I am still in the middle of mushy feelings or just in the mood of outpouring what I feel; which is -trust me- rarely done on this blog! Still in celebration of the Chinese new year, Gong Xi Fa Cai!!! I suddenly remembered of a Chinese fortune stick that I get some years back and revealing, it says
"happiness lies inside your heart"

Instagram lately

What is up on my instagram? @grace_njio

want all for my house #italianflair
marigold field on the run trail... #love

Still in the midst of feeling inspired to write, and the fact that I haven't been using my writing skills on published articles these past couple of years, I am itching to just type it all up here. Here goes... no edits, no nothing, please be kind...

To be truthful is to be vulnerable, and to be vulnerable is showing that you are a human being with all honesty.

Most of the times, the truth is not beautiful... and I, for one, have no filter! Sometimes it puts me in a very difficult situation –at least I'm honest accordance to myself justification.

"To come to terms with our beginning requires a truthful story, to acquire the skills to love in gratitude rather than resentment for the gift of life." Stanley H.

Nothing is static, thanked God! For I love dynamicity. You probably can’t tell from my Instagram posts here, but trust me ‘a day in the life of Grace’ is colorful.

Malang photo diary

On this special occasion of visiting Malang in East Java, I took the bus! It took approximately 10 hours drive (in land and including crossing the sea with ferry). Lately I am craving thrill, even-more then my usual self cravings. For a couple of years now, I love the process of preparing a trip (myself), book the accommodations and flights, instead of having my travel agent arranging it for me. 

The whole process was such an emotional "travel" for me, it prepared me into a mature human being (to myself improved-o-meter), enjoying the process (which normally in midst / being in the destination(s) itself) and --while I am towards the end of a trip, I reminisce. Sometimes I look back at the pictures (and pet myself in the back); then I contemplate... just contemplating on life,

You probably would read this and says "whattaa ... is she's blabbing about?"  but this is truly how my travelling evolved. I dont brainstorm with anyone, I just did my own survey, processed it and go with it, and afterwards, reminisce and contemplate... its exhilarating....

So this is an old scribble that I wrote on a diary a couple years back about being on a bus, travelling within Indonesia:


I got this message a couple years back from a friend, it touches me every time I reread the message, it is so true in so many ways and to me --it says more,

Letter to the love one

If you are happened to receive notification for this post, you might remember this letter from a couple years back... and my feelings remains the same,

A best friend is two souls in one body. You are the best person whom I can share my thoughts, feelings, success, failures, secrets, ambitions in life, fears, hopes and everything.

In short, I bitch to you whenever I want and I expect you to give nice words to calm me down... hihihiihihi.....

You are the best person who can safeguard my deepest secret and yet will not misjudge me or disown me. This is the greatest asset which gives the courage to share all my feelings.

You are a real reflection of my character and personality, and you are a great source of inspiration, you take me to great levels. It is very hard to explain our friendship as it happens between two people who have the same wavelength of mind and we are inseparable.

You become an asset in my life, you are my best friend and beyond that!

You bear up to my insanity and sanity, I love you forever and ever...

Happy birthdayyyyy.....

thank you all for stopping by and viewing the post...

Orange touch

By the time this post is out, I am already in another city. Preparing for a trip can be harsh sometimes, and it is indeed a difficult task! I am opting to pack light and instead I have packed a fully loaded suitcases.... oh well... 
On another note, mood is kind of taking me into black outfit color. Have heard some sad news from a friend that his cancer is probably back. Damn! So this mellow black is a reminder and the orange touch is just me. Always sees the happy side of things, while I pray he's going to be okay. Have a blessed day all... stay safe!