I was never much of a fan of beaches due to my fear of getting tanner. I used to be really tan when I was small because I played a lot of sports such as soccer and running. And my mother a.k.a the Snow “White” of the family used to complain about my tan skin. Those days are over now… ever since I went to study at Sydney, I’ve gotten a lot whiter and surprisingly…really white. But my fear was about to change when my family and I embarked on our Lombok trip for the Idul Fitri celebration/holiday.
Lombok island is located at west of the Indonesian archipelago. It is still very “Raw” compared to Bali. The place did not have skyscrapers, highways, tall office buildings and all those other modern accessories of a city. From left to right you can still see green forests and monkeys freely swinging from one branch to another. Vast blue seas that still sparkles vividly under the sunlight and clear blue skies. So you can imagine my trip to be stamped as a "Back to Nature" kind of trip here…
On our first day we stayed in Novotel, Kuta Lombok where we slept in the villa suite. Novotel was still by far the best accommodation in Kuta, Lombok. Moreover behind the resort it directly opens to a beautiful beach with sands shaped like peppercorns and a small hill. When you are walking on the sand you can feel the ticklish sensation.
This time round I dared myself to go out into the open sea and swim, because I was tired of certain people stamping me as a girly spoiled girl (LOL). I am THAT superficial. I actually think tanner skin will show a much more macho/tomboy side of me. I even bought a bikini, the Houndstooth-patterned lalaby high-waist bikini from this online shop in Instagram called @beachy_bikini.
It was such a good sunny day and Lombok’s fresh air soothed us all. We also bought some “Kain Samping” with traditional Lombok prints and modern colorful prints from the local sellers. You could create a dress using the Kain and it is so creative, simple and classy! Once I knew this was possible I told myself “I shall never have to pack so much on a tropical getaway ever again!”
My little sister is growing up so fast, she is almost as tall as me now. Both of our Kain was bought from the local sellers. The sea breeze and fresh air really soothed us all that day.