From Sydney we went up north to Sunshine Coast – have heard so many beautiful things about it, and we weren’t disappointed.
Standing at the edge of the tranquil river and watching the sunrise/sunset… Made me wish I could feel that sense of simple joy I have so missed.
Still, it was a good break from the city and I find myself looking back on those peaceful walks by the river wistfully.
Was not exactly in the best state to enjoy a holiday. But it was a cherished and precious opportunity to visit my favourite country outside Sg, and I think we did make the best of it 🙂
I learnt that everything can look the same on the outside but the weight you carry around can really make a difference to how you see the world.
On good days I would be present. On not-so-good days it feels like everything is seen through a fog. Like I’m there but… not really there.
Does that make sense?
Expectations were another thing I had to grapple with.
I guess I had gone on this trip with the expectation that everything would be solved. That the weight would lift, that I would be able to move on with life as before again.
It can be dangerous to have expectations. Because it means you’re setting yourself up for greater disappointment and despair.
So I learnt that it’s probably better to have more realistic expectations, especially where human emotions are concerned, and that maybe, there are just some things in life we have to go through.
And these things are shitty and feel horrible and confusing but –
if I could just pull through, I know something will come out of it. Something has to.
I refuse to go through all these in vain.
Given that we also spent a large amount of time in our accommodation (so much that our driver must have found us really boring travellers), it was good that the place was really nice!
The second reason why I wanted to make the trip…
At least we had a better sunset than we did for the sunrise!
The main reason why I wanted to make this trip! (Thanks brother for the nice photos of me)
We woke up at 2.30AM in order to reach there in time for the sunrise, but it turned out to be a disappointing one. Still, it was such a gratifying experience to be able to step among these ancient stones and gape in wonder and awe at how the whole structure was built without any modern machinery. The history buff within was satisfied.
Just like the name suggests. A water castle.
Over a short long weekend, the brother and I went on a quick getaway to Yogyakarta 🙂
This cafe – Move On – was only about 100m away from our hotel! Thank you google maps.