Shades of Gold

~ Shades of Gold ~ ©Thesunsetgirl.Com

“One man’s backyard

is another man’s

dream destination.”

~ Author Unknown

I flew from my hometown some years ago and moved to the capital. I still remember that day, even the clothes I wore and what happened on the plane. It was the first time I flew out of my hometown without my parents’ companies. Instead, I went here with a second cousin who was on his way back after spending his school holiday back home. Ever since then, I’ve been flying back home at least twice a year to visit my parents. Flying back home is always a nice thing to do, most especially in the summer. We usually visit my uncle’s cottage on our favorite island, Bunaken. Every time we go to that island, we always see this mountain on our way there.

However, never once have I been there.

~ epilogue ~ ©Thesunsetgirl.Com
This mountain is a part of Bunaken National Park, one of the best places for diving in the country.

This park lies about 30 minutes by boat from the center of my home town – Manado – the capital city of North Sulawesi province. It consists of several islands surrounded by the sea garden underneath. The centerpiece of the national park is Bunaken island but there are also beautiful diving spots on the other islands.

~ Map of Bunaken National Park ~

~ into the night ~ ©Thesunsetgirl.Com
Yes, it is a volcanic island, located right in the middle of the sea.

Because my hometown is located by the sea, this mountain is visible from the main boulevard.Given the right angle, the view of this mountain from the plane is gorgeous! I simply can’t have enough of it! I’m glad for one thing, that it is dormant. I think several active volcanoes inland around my hometown are already more than enough.

I’ve taken so many pictures of this mountain, both from my hometown and from Bunaken island so I’ve been admiring it from afar. Countless of moments were spent looking at how the sun set behind this mountain and I treasure all of them. Stories were told from one generation to another about people living on this island and what happened over the years yet I’ve never been there.

~ saving the best for last ~ ©Thesunsetgirl.Com

I’m saving the best for last.

Source of the map is HERE.


  1. says

    Yes, Lus… save the best for last… you will go there one day and it will be something special. Not because it's the most beautiful place in the world but because it is a special moment….

  2. says

    I really love the quote and it got me thinking, bella! Thanks so much for sharing this. I await more stories about your visits to this park or any other part of your hometown. ~ smile ~

  3. says

    I love that quote too! So simple yet so true! I got a slap on my face from that when I realized that we don't have to go far and beyond to find inspiring places to visit – just around our backyards. AND boy, don't I love my backyards!!! 😉 Thanks for being here and leaving a comment! Hugs!!!

  4. Lia says

    The moment when you are away from your family for the first time is really dramatic. I remember crying the first night I was alone in Yogyakarta. It all felt so weird. I was alone. It was so surreal…

    • says

      Indeed! I went to stay with my aunt & uncle for about 2 months before I moved into a boarding house near the university where I studied back then. It wasn’t easy and I got home sick a lot! Now it’s better, I think. Thanks for sharing your experience, Lia. Hugs!!!

  5. Renee says

    Seems like a very special place to you-I'm sure you will carry parts of your home in your heart no matter where you are in the world. I know when I travel I compare it to home-I found traveling this summer I was very happy to come home again :) Even though the places were nice-it just wasn't as nice as here.

  6. says

    Indeed! I stayed with my aunt & uncle for about 2 months before I renter a room in a boarding house near the university where I studied back then. It wasn't easy and I got home sick a lot! Now it's better, I think. How about you, Lia? Does time help? Hugs!!!

  7. says

    This part is spot on, sis:

    Even though the places were nice – it just wasn't as nice as here.

    There's no place like home indeed and I'm glad I'm surrounded by families and friends who think the same way as I do. I've been visiting places around my country for years and to me, it's the best place in the world! hehe… Bias, I know. 😛

  8. Nes0609 says

    Thanks Lusy for sharing. I really wanna come to my hometown, Manado, Bunaken and your home. I faith for someday:)…hopefully for my honeymoon too hehehehe

  9. says

    I'm glad I could share, Acy. So now you know that there are 5 islands in Bunaken National Park. Then you can try to visit all of them when you go to Manado? 😉 I hope you will, Acy, I hope you will. I also hope to be there when you visit Manado. We shall see. Big hugs!!!

  10. Mama Nick says

    Thanks for this blog about Manado Tua, so informative, I never know the history :) miss manado so much, I wish I can visit my peeps so soon…

  11. says

    I'm glad I could share, Hen! I'm learning more about Indonesia and our hometown as I write the blogs I share here which is why I love it. It's nice to know more about your root, don't you think? I wish we could meet soon too! The last time was 4 years ago in Singapore, huh? Take care, my friend! Hugs!!


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