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My Series of Unfortunate Events at Merbabu Mountain with JanSport Indonesia

The title kinda gives you the impression of a very unfortunate feeling, doesn’t it? Well but that’s what exactly happened and I am going to share it with you which I hope it won’t happen to you in your upcoming trip to Merbabu Mountain!

First of all, I really apologize for the long hiatus. I know it had been a month, I had not posted any blogpost since things were extremely hectic from college, works, and so on. My typical reason, isn’t it? But I am serious!

However, enough with the starter and let’s get started with my very first unfortunate event in my very first experience hiking to Merbabu Mountain in Mid Java, Indonesia. Before starting, here’s the route to Merbabu Mt. from Jakarta.

We took train with 8 hours trip from Gambir Station to Jogjakarta Station. Why didn’t you take plane with 1 hour trip? Perhaps the universe had another plan for us! Here’s how it happened and welcome to the trip of my unfortunate events,

Unfortunate Event 1: We Missed Our Flight

That picture above truly portrayed our just-smile-and-screw-it moment after we had missed the flight to Jogjakarta because we basically had a very strong bond in our friendship. If one of us is late, we should wait for them. Just wait and better be late then risk to miss the flight than we have to separate! Basically that way perhaps. Especially if we set aside about the madness of Jakarta’s traffic that Friday afternoon as a more rational and actual reason we missed the flight.

Lesson Learned
If your friend is late and stuck in the traffic, better leave them instead because you would only pay one extra ticket to catch the other departure.

Unfortunate Event 2: I Made a Wrong Reservation

We decided to take train which took 8 hours trip and missed the 1 hour trip of flight instead. Not to forget, I reserved the online train tickets with wrong date which was supposed to be that night on Friday but Saturday instead since our hiking would actually start at 6 AM in the morning. We rushed to the train station and luckily, it could still be rescheduled to that Saturday night though we got charged because of it. We left at 9 PM and arrived in Jogjakarta Station at 5 AM.

Lesson Learned
Stay sane! Don’t be panicked, and make sure to re-check before making online payment, so you would not make a bank account gets bankrupt because of this recklessness.

Unfortunate Event 3: I Ruined My Turban and Lost My Breath

Well my turban still kinda looked nice there. We, the train gang, made to the budget hotel for travelers, Setia Backpacker, which we had already booked nearby the train station. It only costed around 300 IDR per night. Luckily the range was still in walking distance so we did not have to go by car. At 5 AM, we were so happy to finally meet the other friends who already had comfortable sleep and rest.

This picture really showed that I got my two hands full here. I brought my winter clothings and precisely sleeping bag in my Shotwell Bag from JanSport since I knew it would be completely freezing up there. Loving this Shotwell? Better click this link and add my unique code “JSCHIA10” for 10% off.

We left to Boyolali Village using shuttle as a part of the package we had reserved from MDPL Jogja. It costed around 1M IDR per person included round trip accommodation from Jogja to Merbabu basecamp, mattress, tent, 1 porter/tour guide per two persons, foods and drinks.  The tour guides were really kind and helpful, I would really recommend you guys to have MDPL Jogja team on board.

We made it to the hiking start line in Selo Village, Boyolali. It took around an hour or two from the city of Jogjakarta to this village. Selo Route is well-known to be the most friendly route to reach the summit of Merbabu. Though, I don’t really think so.

I completely almost lost my breath and I ruined my turban. No hidings, my look there was a complete mess of how exhausted I was that time even in the first hour of hiking. Thankfully I got my two best men, Raka and Joel who always had my back. They carried my super heavy bag until the first post and kept motivating me to keep going when honestly I was about to call it off.

Lesson Learned
Exercise before you hike! This is my biggest regret because I should have worked out at least 2 weeks or a week before hiking so my body would not get shocked like I had experienced. However it’s true of what people say, the true personality of a person would appear when they go hiking since mostly everyone there will get pressured and react naturally. I am really thankful for having such supportive friends like them!

Unfortunate Event 4: I Broke My Leather Gloves

I was freezing. Totally freezing. I brought my old leather gloves which I got around 3 years ago. My carelessness had brought me to the realization that I should have bought gloves for hiking than for fashion.

Lesson Learned
Recheck if your gloves are still alright to be used. Screw fashion, get what you need!

Unfortunate Event 5: My Flashlight Almost Ran Out of Batteries

Long story short of the exhausting yet adventurous trip, we arrived in Sabana 1 where we had a camp at. We built a tent and made ourselves warm there. At 2 AM, we had to get ready thus we could continue our hiking to the summit at 3 AM which we absolutely had no lights but the flashlights only. And I totally had a lack of research that cold temperature caused the quick decrease of batteries. I had already prepared 2 pair of batteries for my flashlight, but unfortunately they did not really last longer somehow. It ate a lot of powers thus I had to always stick with friends who luckily got longer batteries than mine.

Lesson Learned
Get a headlamp! Much easier and convenient.

Unfortunate Event 6: I Was Late to The Summit

I was expecting to reach the summit of this 3145 MASL Mountain when the sky was still dark thus I could savor the sunrise like I had in Bromo Mountain. However I am still grateful to finally be able to reach the summit though the sun already took a sneak peek behind the clouds before I had got there. I was too exhausted and I got a bit nausea while reaching the summit.

Unfortunate Event 7: I Could Have Left My Sleeping Bag At Camp

So basically the reason why I was late to the summit might be because I was too well-prepared for also bringing my sleeping bag with me in the bag though I actually could have just simply left them in the camp at tent.

Lesson Learned
Just listen and proactively ask! Even though you are sleepy and tired, stay sane and just think of the possible ways.

Unfortunate Event 8: I Slipped While Going Downhill

One fact I could share would be, I was the last hiker who reached the basecamp. The ground was very slippery and I had to be really careful until I got my toes bleeding inside the nails.

Lesson Learned
It’s a destiny.

There it was the eight of unfortunate events I had while hiking to Merbabu Mountain with JanSport Campus Ambassadors Batch 4 Indonesia. There were a lot of things I could be able to learn from this rare experience since I would have never been interested to go hiking if it was not for JanSport. Hehe! But no regrets after all, and I am so happy!

If you guys wanted to know the flow and the highlight of the trip, kindly stalk my Instagram (@pranichia) and get to know better about my experience in my “merbabu.” highlight. Thank you so much for bumping and reading my blogpost, hope you could learn something about it. Ciao!

Photos and video by Furamingo Creative. Thanks to Jimmy and Abraham for being such amazing documenters!


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Hello, Peeps! I am so glad to be back again after a while. Although today is Friday, I just wanted to make up yesterday’s post because seriously, days in uni are getting tense thus I was a bit distracted from blogging and I am really sorry for that. However here I am bringing you another piece of story that I am sure you will be interested if you are intrigued to know about the activity of JanSport Campus Ambassadors Indonesia (JSCA).

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This is the second mini gathering of JSCA Indonesia where this time, I was utterly responsible for this vlogging workshop from designing the concept, inviting the speakers, choosing the venue, surveying and coordinating the whole workshop. It might sound too much by words but it was full of fun once you jumped into the field!

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As a part of JSCA, you would go for a real life experience in the marketing field. Although my focus in uni is Public Relations and Corporate Communication but that doesn’t stop me from my interest in learning marketing and product branding strategy. Long story short, the vlogging workshop I designed was involving picnic concept in Twin House Cipete. Isn’t it hot in Jakarta? Are you insane? Yes, I am! Hehe!

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I really like the picnic ambience which I think really suits well with JanSport’s brand image. Thus after all considerations and approvals, we all decided to say, “Yes, go for it!“. We invited Daniel Shepherd and Melody Amadea to share about their professional experience in vlogging. It is really fun to see that they can make their passion to be a part of their career which I believe it has always been everyone’s goal to achieve in their lifetime experience.

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The sunlight was super bright and it almost got our skin burned but thankfully, it was still in the morning thus I reckoned it was a healthy sunlight. I suppose? Nevertheless, the sharing session was fun and we went for brunch break where all the foods were super fancy and delicious. The Full Monty was my favorite!

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After the sharing session, all ambassadors were challenged to create a vlog which theme was randomly picked by Melody and Daniel. I was paired with CJ to make a what’s-in-my-bag vlog whilst the others got food reviews and lookbook theme. It was actually quite similar with the previous blogpost I wrote but in the different form.

Sooo, that’s all we had in the second mini gathering of JSCA Indonesia. It was a total great experience to have in a lifetime. Thus if there is another open recruitment for the next batch of JanSport Campus Ambassadors Indonesia, I would highly recommend you to be a part of it. One thing I could learn so far from being JSCA is you need to be brave to explore and voice your thoughts to make it happen. So, that’s all I have for today, I hope this blogpost will make your day more delightful. Have a great day!


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What’s In My Bag That I Hope You Don’t Need to See

Welcome to the second blogpost of 2018. You might be wondering why I could be able to write two blogposts in the same weekend whilst you know that I had been gone for almost two months before. Yes, I am currently having a semester break and I am so happy that I can hibernate a little longer!

This time I am going to show you the things I always bring in my daily backpack to go for uni. Moreover I would like to show you the important things you should have there based on my personal experience. But there is one little thing that I hope you don’t need to see.

I prefer to wear backpack because I can bring many things that I want without worrying the amount of things that I need. I would love to show you my very first colorful backpack from JanSport, Pink Digibreak! If you love JanSport bags, click here and get the special offer for all items! Only through that link😱

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This backpack is designed for digital stuff where in the compartment part, you can find an internal laptop sleeve which I believe this is every uni students need.

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And not only that, the compartment part also has a quite large size thus you can have any other things you need to put in.

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And here are my stuffs in the compartment part. These things are very crucial for me to run my days in uni. I often bring my 13″ laptop because I can always work anytime and anywhere I want; a novel or any other books that I can read to distract myself from boredom and reality; a snack like Pocky because I am always hungry; one notebook because I am actually still a traditional student where I still need paper and pen to write things down at class; and last but not least, my tumbler because Starbucks is nearby the campus. Haha!

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Now you must be wondering what part is this. Well to be honest I don’t know. Haha! But what I know, it can be useful for a quick pocket where I am in a rush to put things without worrying about the zipper.

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And this is the most special one I suppose. The inside of this pocket is very fluffy and I sometimes like to put my hands in there when I feel cold. But this one is actually designed for gadgets like tablets or iPad, phones, or any other digital things thus that’s why the name of this bag is Digibreak.

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Well I am just a girl and please excuse my behavior of always bringing make up anywhere. This part is actually designed for any stuff as long as they can fit in.

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I usually bring my compact powder, blush on, lip matte, and a small perfume because I am really aware of my appearance and how I smell. When I forget to bring these stuffs, I feel like I am insecure. Haha!

Soo that’s all I got in my bag for daily basis that I hope you don’t need to see but completely need to know. And as you have read about my stuffs, one thing that is really important above all is a notebook and a pen precisely. Why do I think that way?

From a psychological book I once read, it says that our memory stays longer if we write things down in papers rather than typing on the phone. Call me an old fashioned, I still write journal and tell how my day is to it. I do that to rewind a day I pass thus I can always remember every single thing that people do and say. And one legit advice for you is, bring notebook and don’t sleep at class!

I know it takes a bunch of intention to start writing at class but just try to write anything that you hear, from that moment, you are making progress. That’s all I got today for this weekend’s blogpost, I hope this article can profoundly inspire your uni life into something positive. One thing that I can learn is, wear backpack for school, not a sling bag. Have a great weekend!


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Made My First Wooden Amplifier with JanSport Campus Ambassadors

Hello, Good Peeps! I am so glad to be finally back to blogging since I was caught up with so many things lately. It had been a month I did not post something here on my blog and I thought I had to wipe the dust off. But here I am, with my very first wooden amplifier where I almost cut my finger yet so worth to try! I mean not to try cutting your finger.

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First thing’s first, let’s meet these JanSport Campus Ambassadors Indonesia 2017. I am really happy to be in the same circle with these cool peeps. There are only six of us but we are really excited to see how far JanSport activities will take us next!

So, the first activity of JSCA is creating our own wooden amplifier which took place in ONX Creative Studio. We were assisted with the people there and you have no idea how fun it was! This wooden amplifier will allow you to use your smartphone as a brand new speaker without cords or batteries needed. Awesome, isn’t it?

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It could take around 6 hours to make the wooden amplifier because there were a few stages to take which consisted of measuring the woods into 5 wood pieces and 1 acrylic for the cover; cutting the woods; sanding the wood with sandpaper; glueing the pieces into a wooden amplifier; fitting all in; and the fun part is coloring.

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Honestly it took me around 30 minutes to measure the wood pieces somehow. And when it came to the wood cutting, I almost shattered the wood, my fingers, and the machine at the same I suppose. The power was too high and I barely got it stabilized until I had to ruin my wood pieces. Amateur, pardon!

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Long short story, I had to sand the wood and arrange all the pieces into one wooden amplifier with glue and put on a metal oil funnel which function to enhance the sound. Frankly I got trouble while arranging the pieces because there was one piece that could not fit in and I had to keep on sanding it over and over again. It happened because my wood cutting skill was completely lousy. To be honest, haha! After that, we could color up the wood pieces and the metal oil funnel. But don’t forget to let it dry first after glueing them into one piece.

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Voila! Our own wooden amplifier is done! No batteries and cords needed, your original speaker is ready to use. I had so much fun in creating this wooden amplifier though it took me hours to finish it since I was the second from the last who made it. However, you guys can give it a try to make your own wooden amplifier at home. All you need is just woods, tools to cut the woods which I think you can use saw, glues, and paint to color up your amplifier. Sounds easy?

Since it is going to the end of the year, get 50% off for a JanSport bag through this link and get ready to mingle! So, that’s how my very first of December went by. Having new friends with incredible experience. Now tell me yours! How do you usually spend your weekend? Share your thoughts below and wish you have a great weekend! 🙂


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