There’s no place, like home…
Flashing back to one amazing week exploring Sumba with Alam Indonesia last March. I’ve been incredibly lucky to see so many beautiful places around the world but unfortunately I’ve only been to few places in my own country. I know that’s quite embarrassing but that’s because I want to save the best for the last. But since I visited Komodo Islands few years ago, I promised myself to visit at least one new place in Indonesia each year. And this year I couldn’t be more happier to make it to Sumba. If you haven’t heard about Sumba before, this beautiful island located in eastern Indonesia or around an hour flight from Bali. I joined 5 days 4 nights tour with Alam Indonesia ( you can find them on Instagram @alam_indonesia ) for USD 350/person. The tour includes accommodation, transportation, meals 3 times a day and tour guide. However you still have to purchase your own flight ticket from Jakarta or Bali to Tambolaka and then Waingapu to Denpasar. Alam Indonesia offers various tours with different days, so just in case you can’t spend 5 days to explore Sumba, they even offer 3 days 2 night tour. The tour starts at Tambolaka where you’d explore places like Ratenggaro and Mbawana beach, Weekuri Lagoon and the local village for the first 2 days. After that they’d take you to Lapopu and Waimarang waterfalls, Wairinding and Tanarara hills also another local village where you can purchase a special batik from Sumba. The tour would end at Waingapu where you’d catch a flight back to Denpasar or Jakarta.
I found Sumba not only magical and stunningly beautiful ( the nature just incredible and if you love photography like me, it’s a perfect place to hunt good portraits ) but it was also a very humbling experience. Just to be home for a while, to appreciate the beauty Indonesia has to offer and to celebrate how far I’ve come. I am very lucky and blessed to have experienced things I never thought I could, also to have access to chase my dreams - while here in Sumba I see not everyone can have the same privilege. But even though they don’t have a lot, it truly warms my heart to see they’re incredibly happy and wouldn’t think twice to share. Talking about the art of having just enough, pure happiness and gratitude.
Sumba reminds me to create bigger…to give back. While life has been incredibly kind to give me more than I deserve, I ask myself what is it that I can do today to give back? Perhaps it doesn’t have to be a huge thing, any act of kindness is more than enough. And a commitment to never stop improving myself, to always experimenting with my art, do things from the heart for one day they would lead me to bigger opportunities and you never know who you are inspiring.
P.S. Also check out Orang Sumba Portrait Series