Recently, my writing mood becomes on the move, it’s really boosting up now. Well , first, I wanna ask, where the hell did you spend your new year’s eve? Where? I think mostly people answer, ‘at home with my family’, ‘in the beach’, ‘in overseas’, or whatever. But, have you ever spent your new year’s eve in the top of mountain? I haven’t, BUT if you’re talking about spending the time hiking the top of the mountain in new year’s eve, then I have done it, and it was last new year’s eve.
Believe me, it was like a random holiday action for me. I really didn’t think to take my holiday time hiking a mountain, and what mountain did I hike? It is Mt.Semeru. Yeah, well actually kinda influenced by the latest ‘hits’ indonesian movie, titled 5cm. So my friends had a plan to hike this mountain in the last day of 2012. At first, I didn’t even think about joining them, but don’t why, maybe because I’m a person who really loves to do hiking, and seeks up uncomfort zone, and since I don’t like field or anything related to geology, plus that time I was so pissed off of anything related to geology, I forced myself to be happy joining them hiking while actually not (fake) hahaha, but well it turned out to be a great journey of mine.
I forgot about the exact date, but it was on the last week of December. Before I was going there, I visited my friend’s house in Solo for a day, and then directly went to Malang, and visited another friend of mine, as well as staying there while waiting for others to arrive in Malang. You know, I thought Malang was a small city, and in my imagination, Malang is an oldschool city where there’s a lot of plantation everywhere (Malang is famous of its apple plantation). The fact is, it’s far beyond my imagination, Malang is great, especially Batu, it is so beautiful, well it’s true that this city is not as big as Bandung, but still I like its environment. Oh ya, while I was there, I was able to go to Batu Carnival Land, or whatever it is. That place is similar like Bandung Carnival Land, but it’s bigger, and cooler, especially when it comes to the night, there is a place called lampion garden, it is cool.
Then the day after, we prepared for hiking, yeah. It was a lot of preparation, and we were like around 17 people I guess. The hiking took for about five days, and you know, living in a camp for about four night, haha I just remembered my ‘Papandayan Hiking’ memories, I’m kinda hate staying in a camp, but that doesn’t mean I cant do it, and cant enjoy it, I can. That time, everyday was always raining, almost everyday, everynight, whew, and it was so cold. Well, let’s just skip to the new year’s eve, can you imagine while people usually are having fun in that night, but we? we hiked that mountain up to the top, yes indeed it was just only 500 m ahead, but well actually that 500 m was really far, and exhausting. We were starting at 11 pm, and reached the top in the morning. Do you believe that? This is my first time hiking that kind of mountain, I mean Papandayang, and Burangrang wasn’t that challenging to me, and thank god I spent my holiday for this. Couldn’t be happier more.
Here are some pictures I took :