Bali Musings Day 8-12 | Travel

The rest of my time in Bali blurred together as I packed, babysat, wandered around the island soaking up all the beauty, and spent any spare minute I could with friends. I know I’ll never forget these moments as I grow up. Going to church for the last time was filled with hugs and laughs as we all masked our disappointment. We even went out to lunch with Kat, Jax, and Lyssa. We realized that every time we went somewhere after church, it was with this original group, and every time we’re so tired we’re all delirious, acting crazy and talking nonsense. I remember looking at this group of friends feeling a sudden surge of hope in my chest. I went so long thinking I’ll never make friends to suddenly having three great ones.

All the way up till our last day, I had the time of my life. Even if there were times I broke down and gave into the feeling of hopelessness, realizing I’m leaving the place where my whole life consisted, yet again. I pushed that aside, though. I refuse to feel that way. This move will be good for my family and I, I repeated in my head. This is good. 

As days of bowling, bird parks, and escape rooms past, and the day of the move looms closer, we put the finishing touches on our house. I went outside to take a Polaroid photo of the home we lived in for the past two years, smiling at all the memories. I realized that I am more than satisfied with the time we spent here. Staring at my house, I looked back at the memories forever engraved in my head: the beach, friends, church and ministry, stepping out of my comfort zone, and feeling and being closer to God than I ever had before. And later, sitting on the plane towards Jakarta, I can finally start feeling excited for the new adventures waiting for me there.

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Wow! The last post of the Bali Musings series. I hope you all enjoyed, I know I have! I hope you didn’t mind the ups and downs of my emotions over the week, this was literally my inner monologue during this time.

This was the place of many firsts for me, and I was so glad it was here. Living in Bali was never meant to be permanent, and so is living in Jakarta. I guess growing up in this certain lifestyle affected my way of feeling and allowing myself to feel accepted and that I belonged. Unfortunately for me, as I began to feel that way I only had a few months left, only I didn’t know it yet. I hope I can feel that way in Jakarta again. I hope I won’t allow myself to build walls around my heart so tall that it takes years to break them down again. I hope I let people in, even though I know I’ll leave again.

Bye for now, Bali.

love, jane. aka the unlost wanderer.

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Bali Musings Day One| Travel

I woke up today with a smile on my face. The birds were chirping outside my bedroom window and the sun was shining beautifully. I put off unpacking the night before, so I quickly got to work unpacking my bag and putting things in place. My shoulders sagged at the thought of just packing everything back again in the span of the next few weeks, but I shook it off and decided to look at the situation in a positive view.  I love Bali with all my heart and there’s no doubt I’ll be leaving my heart here. Rolling my shoulders back and taking a deep breath, I pulled out my school work. A distraction will do. After a couple lessons of Business Math and United States History, my mother woke up and decided that today we were headed to Ubud. Ubud is one of my most favorite places in the entire world. With the rich Balinese culture mixed with all the art, I felt at home.

After an hour’s drive north, we finally arrived. We headed to one of my mom’s most favorite restaurants, Warung Bendega. She ate her lunch there, while my sisters and I went off to Dairy Queen to have some ice cream. She told us we didn’t need to eat there since I wasn’t the biggest fan of the place. (Meaning: A bee chased me during our last visit there and would not leave me alone. Which means I was traumatized.)

After we finished, we walked around, people watching and just avoiding getting hit by a car in general. (Ubud is insanely crowded with tourists, but I love it anyways).

We decided to head off to another one of our favorite restaurants because, after all, ice cream is hardly a meal. Hopping in the car, we made the quick drive to Mang Enking to eat. This place is special because we sit at our own Bales or gazebos while we eat. The Bales rest on a koi pond, where you can feed the fish. We don’t necessarily come to eat the food, more like we come to feed the fish.

Enjoying the beautiful view of the rice fields on my left, I came to the conclusion that life couldn’t get better than this. I was blessed with a unique life many people envy, and while it does get tough, I’ll always be strong and I’ll always be okay. We went grocery shopping after we finished, and by the time we got home it was already six o’clock. Skipping dinner, I studied a little bit more to make up what I missed while being gone, opened Word Document and started typing away. This, I thought, this is the life. Writing, traveling, loving and just being, I could do this, I believed. Yeah, I can do this.

Here’s my journal entry for day one of my time in Bali! As you can probably tell, I’m a bit conflicted about what I should feel, but I’m going to stay positive. I know this post was a little different, but as I said in my last post, I felt like “narrating” these entries, just wanted to try something different. I hope you enjoyed it!

See you tomorrow.

love, jane. Aka the unlost wanderer.

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Packing Tips! | Travel

I don’t know about you, but I love packing. Only travel packing, though. House packing, however, is something I can’t stand. Lord knows I’ve done that way too many times.

Anyways, over the years I’ve accumulated a packing system of sorts. I know packing is pretty much common sense, but I hope you found something new and useful from this post! Note: The lighting was really weird in my house when I took these pictures, so be prepared for some heavily filtered photos which I used to make them look somewhat decent.

First off, lay everything you want to pack into separate piles so you know what you need to pack. Make sure you have all your necessities first.

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(Shout out to my sister’s quilt because my blanket is hideous.)

Start off with your choice of luggage. I’m using my trusty carry-on luggage that my parents surprised my sister and I with when we first began traveling a lot six years ago. I got the green and my sister got pink. As you can see, it’s seen a lot of use, haha.

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Start off by leveling the side with the bumps from the handlebar. I usually use my undergarments/socks to do this part. (Which I will not picture because I doubt anyone would want to see that.) I went ahead and filled the other side of the luggage with my school books.

Next, lay your pants with the legs hanging off the sides.

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Then, take your tops and place them on top of your pants. You can save some space by rolling them (which also prevents wrinkles,) but sometimes it’s better to just regularly fold. Just use your judgement for this part. 🙂

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When you’re done with this step, fold over the legs of the pants.

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(I fit in my personal care between my shirts)

I also had some other books and miscellaneous items that I fit on top of my clothes, and that’s it! Close up your luggage and you’re ready to go off to your next adventure! I hope you learned something from this. Even if it was that I have an ugly blanket!

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love, jane. aka the unlost wanderer.

ps- keep the ‘fragile’ stickers on your luggage, you never know when that will come in handy!

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Throne Of Glass by Sarah J Maas | Book Nook Review

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GoodReads Synopsis: After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her … but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead … quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

Title: Throne of Glass

Author: Sarah J Maas

Genre: Fantasy, YA, Romance

Length: 407 Pages

Format: Kindle EBook

Throne of Glass has been on my TBR list for a while now, and after reading a sample on Kindle, I finally gave in and bought it.

AND I’M SO GLAD I DID. OH, MY GOODNESS.

If you like books with mystery and adventure, then this is the book for you. This book had me hooked from the beginning and I don’t think I properly talked to my family for the two days I binge-read this book and other works from Sarah J Maas.

I loved how Sarah J Maas intricately laid plot twists throughout the book, and everything was extremely well thought out.

Thoughts on Characters:

Celaena was a character I admired from the beginning with her stubbornness, wit, her will to fight for what she wants and her perseverance. She was dealt with so much in her short life, things no person ever should, yet she kept going and never gave up even when I thought she would.

Chaol and Dorian have a special relationship that I wish I had. Chaol will protect Dorian with all that he is and Dorian would do the same, and despite their differences, they always work it out in the end. I know people ship Celaena with Chaol or Celaena with Dorian but I’m holding back on those because I know who she ends up with. (Thanks, internet for the spoilers… Note the sarcasm…)

I had my reservations about Nehemia, but she came through in the end and had some special moments with Celaena that even I teared up at.

And Fleetfoot! Oh, Fleetfoot, so pure and innocent in this weirdly unpredictable world. I read that she was the only character guaranteed to live so that’s a plus.

Conclusion:

I would rate this book a solid 4.5 stars out of 5 and I’m super excited to read the other books in the series. I already bought the other four books in the series so get ready for some other reviews, ha-ha.

Sarah J Maas is definitely one of my new favorite authors. I’m in total awe of her work and how she can create such magnificent worlds. Definitely check her work out, I’ve read the A Court of Thorn and Roses Series and am absolutely obsessed.

That’s all for this review, I hope you enjoyed and if you’ve read the book, let me know what you thought of it! Who do you ship the characters with, and what’s your favorite part of the book?

love, jane. aka the unlost wanderer.

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An Introduction to the Unlost Wanderer

I’ve never been good at introductions. I take at least ten minutes to work up the nerve to talk to someone I already know. Let alone someone I don’t know. But, this is a new start, and with new starts comes new confidence. (and like, a ton of anxiety, and hey, who’s gonna let that stop me?)

Okay. Here goes nothing.

Hi there, my name is Jane.

I’m just an ordinary girl living an extraordinary life, one crazy adventure at a time. I called this blog The Unlost Wanderer because that is exactly what I am.  I am unlost because Christ found me, and I am a wanderer because I am a traveler. I want to make my mark in this world like God wants me to, and I hope this is how I’ll do it.

Join me on my journey with Christ as I write about how He’s worked in my life and share recipes, quotes, and so much more.

I hope you enjoy it and that this blog will bless the person who’s reading it.

Adventure awaits.

Jane.

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Fifteen Facts About Me. | Jane’s Rambles

Have you ever tried having a conversation with someone but it was totally one-sided? Yeah, it’s awkward, right? Well, I’m here to save you some of the awkwardness by listing fifteen facts about me. And if you want, write down some facts about you in the comments section. I’d love to read them and get to know you in a non-creeper kinda way.

Well, onto those facts!

  1. The very first time I climbed a tree, a nail got stuck in my pants and ripped them. Needless to say, I haven’t climbed a tree since. (Who hammers nails in trees anyway??)
  2. I am home-schooled, but have gone to two other Christian schools before, and loved it. Buuut I love homeschooling too!
  3. My most favorite painting ever is the Cafe Terrace at Night by Van Gogh. I don’t know why, but something about it captured my attention ever since I was a little girl. dd98177a3bbbb1a7d30baa777bf55823
  4. I love reading. I especially love fantasy books or fairytale retellings! If you have any book suggestions please let me know! Maybe I’d do a review or two. 🙂
  5. My favorite color is blue. The really calming color blue, not the in-your-face kind.
  6. I love lettering. If you don’t know what that is, it’s the faux calligraphy that’s been going around the internet lately. Something about it is just so relaxing.
  7. One of my favorite Bible verses is Romans 8:28: “In all things, God works for the good.”
  8. I’m seriously considering changing this post to “10 facts about me” instead of fifteen because I cannot think of anything else.
  9. I’m probably the worst typer in the world. I probably messed up a bazillion times writing this post.
  10. Ah, the tenth fact… I suppose I can think of five more. < I shall count that as a fact.
  11. I love the word “shall”. People should say that more often.
  12. I’m currently procrastinating taking some tests right now… meh, I’ll do it after I finish this post.
  13.  I’m overly optimistic sometimes.
  14. My personality type is INFP-T.If you haven’t taken a personality test before, you can click this link to take one! I think it’s really fun finding out why you think and act a certain way. But remember, you are not bound by your personality type. They change all the time, so don’t think you can’t do something because you are an introvert or vice versa with being an extrovert.
  15. (Finally! Last fact. I thought that this would be easier but I guess not, haha.) I believe that God has a plan for everything. He knows all things, and He’s working on something big for you. So sit tight, don’t sweat the small stuff, because they are, after all, small stuff. You are placed on this planet for a reason, and I believe that with all my heart. You can do something so great and you don’t even know it yet. So please, remember that. You are capable of doing the unexpected. You can break the stereotypes, and you can defeat your insecurities. Believe me, I’ve done it. So just hold on, it gets better.

love,

jane .

ps- I hope you enjoyed this post! have a blessed day/night, wherever you are in the world!

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