Gaea : The Mother of Earth

HI GUYS! Hope you all doing great!

Shabrina’s here. Times are tough for everyone right now. The whole world faces the same thing: a pandemic.

The first cases were seen in Wuhan, China, in late December 2019 before spreading globally. Until now, April 2020, each country faces a disease which determined to be a plague by WHO. Postpone for important meetings, canceling all the trips, stopping all gatherings of more than two people in public, closing certain businesses and venues, and everyone must quarantine themselves, no exception.

We have passed 4 months in 2020 with sad news. Australian fires, heat records and the worst location invasion in Kenya. Now we face COVID -19, a worldwide health pandemic link to the health of our ecosystem. Climate change, man-made changes to nature as well as crimes that disrupt biodiversity, such as deforestation, land-use change, intensified agriculture and livestock production or the growing illegal wildlife trade, can increase contact and the transmission of infectious diseases from animals to humans (zoonotic diseases) like COVID-19.

The world is shutting down.

Almost a month, my routine just like this, work from home, take a nap, listen to the spotify along the day, late night sleep, eat a lot, scroll through my social media, make some coffee, and dressed-up but nowhere to go. There’s no mon(ster)day, there’s no TGIF again. I’m the type of morning person and likes to hangout and meet-up with friends, but everyone fights against this disease together, just stay at home, so we reduce our day-to-day contact with other people, and we will reduce the spread of the infection.

Starting to get bored with all the information and news about COVID-19, finally I started to close one by one of my social media, until I opened Tumblr and found out about Gaia or Gaea. In Greek mythology, she created the Universe and gave birth to both the first race of gods (the Titans) and the first humans. In the beginning, there was chaos, nebulous ethers waiting to take form. This primordial landscape awaited direction; it’s then that the spirit of Gaia arrived to give structure to the formless and the Earth was conceived.

Talking about Gaia, it reminds me this month is April. And this is related to the earth. The first Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970. Dealing with dangerously serious issues concerning toxic drinking water, water pollution, and the effects of pesticides, an impressive 20 million Americans – 10% of the population – ventured outdoors and protested together.

In fact, every day is earth day. We have us to take care of our planet, whether it’s cleaning up litter, planting more trees, recycling and repurposing, or going on a walk in a green space amidst the wildflowers.

Obviously, we will return to our outdoor activities at some point. Economies will need to start up again. On the 50 year anniversary of Earth Day, I’d say Mother Earth is finally getting a much needed and well deserved break.

So yes, while it’s true I may be missing many of the beautiful places in this world, I also know that a sunset from my window can be a beautiful gateway, too.

“Wait a while. The world is shutting down when mother nature heals.”

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Hai.

It’s my turn.

March started and I got some shock news, I returned to Jakarta before the campus decided to postpone the academic calendar and replaced it with an online class because of the corona virus.

My life for these 3 months was really fast, even though it felt slow, work at home and without going anywhere. I hope this epidemic ends soon so we can meet and take another trip, Naa.

When I was too busy doing the task, she called me and asked me to write something.

“I have no idea” I said. Then she replied, “I would help you write, remember a lot things in Bali.”

Yes, as I have written on this website, before I moved to Jakarta, I had lived in Bali for 3 years. One of the most beautiful places in Indonesia. Bali which is referred also as The Island of Gods, The Paradise Island, or The Island of A Thousand Temples, is located between Java and Lombok. It seems to be very related if we talk about the earth in this post.

All of my days in Bali were spent visiting new places and exploring the village. No day without a bicycle, or sunset view, unique culture, home to an endless array of ancient temples, and beach hopping. A beautiful place must be maintained, we humans unknowingly damage the earth slowly. Fun if in the morning we can still breathe free air, run in the morning without having to worry about air pollution. Taking care of the Earth is important to our well-being. The Earth provides us with the ability to have balance everyday of our lives—which is important in the balancing act that is being a working parent.

Never-before-seen photos of empty streets and literally abandoned cities across the globe are increasingly filling our news feeds, akin to a global extinction. But there is some upside, perhaps even a blessing in disguise, to this massive exodus caused by COVID-19.

I believe the mother earth is healing, the world needs rest. The world continues its life and it’s beautiful. It only puts humans in cages. As people grapple with the coronavirus, nature is seen thriving in these difficult times. Suffice to say, the pandemic has hit the re-set button on nature, letting it heal from pollution and overexposure.

I’m the type of person who likes explore new places. Bali is the right place to explore the beaut of the earth. It really has everything the travelers want. From majestic mountains and beautiful coral reefs to lush green forests and white sand beaches. I want to tell one of my short getaway in 2017. We, 6 single people and a married couple, began to gather at 05.30 at Sanur Beach, Denpasar. That day we planned cross the sea to Nusa Penida with Mola-Mola express.

Nusa Penida is the largest and most exotic of the 3 Nusa islands, unique Hindu temples and picturesque natural features of cliff formations and lagoons. It measures over 200 sq km – significantly larger than the popular Nusa Lembongan and its accessible sister island, Nusa Ceningan. Lesser-travelled compared to the other 2, Nusa Penida has a very limited number of hotels and tourist features. Even so, what it lacks in infrastructure, it makes up for with unspoiled natural beauty and rare cultural highlights.

For some natural beauty, we visited Atuh Beach, bordered by magnificent green hills and peninsular formations. Such a gorgeous white sand beach, it’s a must-visit if you are in Nusa Penida. Nearby, there’s Angel’s Billabong with its vast lagoon revealed by waves after high tide. Next is my all time favourite spot: Kelingking Beach. We enjoyed the view and even witness the sun setting behind the T-Rex shaped cliff. And the last is Tanglad Hill (Teletubbies Hill), the name sounds ridiculous isn’t it?

Wait a while. The earth is healing itself and trying to impose the truth that the planet earth is not only for humans

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