Waiting to board the aircraft in Balikpapan, East Kalimantan for our spring holiday, I captured the silhouette of my father-in-law, my husband and our 2 sons. Three generations in 1 shot. Very happy with the result.
Shot with iPhone 5S
After few hours of sleep at Laban Rata Rest House, we woke up around 2 am the following morning. We had a quick light breakfast and left at 2.45am to attempt to reach the summit.
The hike started smoothly, until the kids had altitude sickness. As a mom, my heart was torn, questioning myself whether this journey is actually too hard for them, or, just to push them beyond their limits. They started vomiting and I could see the tears in their eyes. But they kept going.
When we reached km 7 or so, the terrain changed to complete plain granite, which can only be passed by holding on to ropes, in total darkness. The wind was blowing very, very strongly from all directions. Our guide said that the wind is unusually strong that morning, reaching minus 2 degrees centigrade on the summit. We prepared ourselves for the cold, but we didn’t prepare ourselves for the strong wind.
My heart bleed when my little one, in the midst of vomiting said, “I don’t want to give up, mama, but I just want to sit down and rest”. Unfortunately, resting was not an option, as there were no single place that could protect us from the strong wind. We just kept encouraging them to keep going, walking slowly to the top.
We finally reached the top at 5.30am, just before the sunrise. We tried to enjoy the beautiful sunrise, but the kids were just too cold to enjoy it. After a quick family photo snap, which was done by our guide, we descended the mountain, following the kids’ pace.
All are shot with GoPro Hero 4 Silver
Today’s post is nothing about photography. It’s just a point and shoot photo taken by my husband, but it means a lot to me.
I know the day will come, but I never expect it to be so soon. Today, in the super tough, very technical 5k XTerra trail run here, my 8 year old son has officially beaten me by solid 3 minutes. Ouchhh, reality bites.
Last year was the last time we did an off-road run together. The trail was not even half as tough as today, and I was still 6 minutes ahead of him. Where did he get the skill on today’s run is unknown.
Yes, I am happy for him and am very proud of him, even though it hurts my ego 🙂
Shot with iPhone 4S
Him being a 7 year old super active energy ball, I never expected my youngest son to sit down quietly with his grandma, doing embroidery! But yes, it did happened the other day, after he came back from school. He wanted to learn embroidery, and the best guru is currently here. We had to use kitchen towel, as I don’t have material available at home. He wrote his 5-letter name on it and aiming to finish 1 letter a day. (Let’s see how he’s going to execute his self-set goal 😉
Seeing them so immersed together really touched me. We don’t live in the same country, so we are extremely lucky if 3 generations can be together 30-40 days a year. Precious time like this doesn’t come very often. So we are just enjoying the “now”, because now is all we have.
Shot with Canon 50D, Canon EF 50mm f1.8 II, shot @ 1/250, f/2, ISO 100