“Desperate for changing, starving for truth. I’m closer to where I’ve started, I’m chasing after you. I’m falling even more in love with you, letting go of all I’ve held on to. I’m standing here until you make me move, I’m hanging by a moment here with you…”
It was 4:00 in the morning of January 22, 2010 – the third day of our ‘Amazing Race Southeast Asia honeymoon series’. Lifehouse’s ‘Hanging by a Moment’ (my husband’s mobile phone alarm sound then) brought an end to our very lavish sleep at the Manohara Hotel Borobodur. I quickly got up to check from our room’s window if last night’s torrential downpour of rain has stopped. Check. Yey!
We did. Yogyakharta’s sunny side was up on Candi Borobodur! 🙂
There were only four of us at the peak of the temple during the sunrise – the girl, a Chinese guy, my husband and I. We watched in awe as the sun slowly emerged and the colours of the sky changed, thereby revealing the beautiful landscape around the temple. The hues were so vivid – brilliant yellows, reds, oranges, blues, pinks and greens – producing stupa silhouttes with magnificent backdrop. The mist in the air complemented the spectacular sight. Everything was so surreal and heavenly.
It was a humbling experience to be there, watching a glorious sunrise unfold at the peak of the centuries-old Borobodur Temple, which has survived total destruction from the eruptions of nearby volcanoes (it was in fact fully covered with ash for a long time), jungle growth, the 1985 bombings and the 2006 earthquake. Regardless of my religion, I felt a deep surge of spiritual connection.
(2) In October and November of the same year that we’ve visited Borobodur, Mount Merapi erupted, causing damages to the temple. The temple was closed and was cleared of about 1 inch thick ashes on November 2010. The temple was completely opened to the public on September 2011, though the number of people allowed to enter has been restricted to 82.
(3) Once a year, during the full moon in May or June, Buddhists in Indonesia observe Vesak day commemorating the birth, death, and the time when Siddharta Gautama attained the highest wisdom to become the Buddha Shakyamuni.
(4) They say that pilgrims would walk clockwise around the temple ten times while viewing the series of reliefs along the temple walls. Ten represents the number of steps development through which a bodhisattva (anyone who seeks enlightenment) must pass to become a Buddha. (from http://keith-travelsinindonesia.blogspot.com)
(5) According to Jason Wade (lead vocalist, main songwriter and guitarist of Lifehouse), the song ‘Hanging by a Moment’ is all about crying out to God. I’ve just realized it was a perfect wake up song for that “wanderfull” experience. 🙂