*GILI ISLANDS, INDONESIA
8:36 AM I suddenly wake up as my pillow vibrates from my iPhone underneath. It was just an alert of a Facebook friend request of a local I met last night. I confirm and pass out. Zzzzzzzz…
11:09 AM The scorching sun rays sneaking through the cracks of the branch walls of my bungalow hitting my face eases me awake.
11:34 AM Shirtless and wearing just swimming trunks, I step out and walk a few meters to the bungalow restaurant. I enjoy a chicken curry and rice with a banana shake close enough to the ocean that my feet get refreshingly wet from the waves hitting the sand.
1:02 PM I get some work done on my laptop and upload some photos with the rare but crappy island WiFi that I’m very thankful for.
2:43 PM With the heat rising and the fan broken, I leave my bungalow and take 9 steps to go for a swim in the crystal blue water, no one else is here.
4:08 PM As I return to my bungalow, I see a couple of Canadian backpackers I met the night before drinking Bintang beers on my bungalow patio waiting for me.
5:45 PM Buzzed and bored, we take a longboat to watch the sunset on Gili Air Island. Then we go snorkeling and fishing for dinner.
8:54 PM Back on Gili Trawangan Island, night but still hot as the day. We meet up with some other travelers and locals for a big dinner on the beach. We cook and share our fish with everyone.
11:32 PM A dozen of us sit around a bonfire on the beach. We have beers, cocktails and a few joints. A local starts playing his guitar and sings popular reggae with broken English. Fireworks are set off, deep conversations occur and everything is right.
2:19 AM With the fire dying and just a few of us left, I laid in the sand looking up to an amazingly clear view of the stars with a German girl I not know the name of talking about our love of travel.
3:48 AM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
6:15 AM Still awake but exhausted, we rest on a floating lounge couch on the beach and watch as the sun rises over the ocean as we finally fall asleep.
[The featured photo was taken at the Gili Islands. ]