INDONESIA - If you are one of those people who have recently walked out on a heartbreaking relationship and are looking for some quiet time and comfort, or perhaps a little bit of adrenaline to get away from your heartbreak, here are five mood-boosting locations in the country that you can escape to and, hopefully, find the desire to start over and be happy again.
Contemplating in Galau Beach, Jailolo
Taking some time to absorb breathtaking scenery while calmly sitting down at the beach's wooden dock will help you forget your current love-life situation. It might give you some inspiration to decide your next step as well.
Especially on a beach named how you might be feeling at the moment, miserable, or in Indonesian, 'galau'.
Originally named Bobanehena Beach and also popularly known as Tanjung Kenangan (Cape of Memories), this particular place is famous among the locals as Galau (miserable) Beach.
Located in Bobanehena village, about 20 minutes' drive from the centre of Jailolo subdistrict, West Halmahera regency in North Maluku, the beach has a spectacular panoramic sky -- with several different colors mixed together and rapidly changing as the sun slowly disappears, resulting in a beautifully blended mess in the sky.
Take a diving course in Tulamben, Bali
Elizabeth Gilbert, as recounted in her book "Eat, Pray, Love", went to Bali to fix her broken heart. Indeed, Bali as a destination offers plenty of gorgeous landscapes and unforgettable new experiences to cheer up someone who's feeling blue.
If you're a diver or planning to get your diving license, head to Tulamben. This small fishing village on the north-east coast of Bali has one of the most popular dive sites on the island, yet the easiest one to dive.
Its main attraction is the wreck of the USS Liberty -- which was torpedoed by the Japanese during World War II.
There are also diving schools certified to give you a diving license after a 3-4 day course. This course will keep you busy and will definitely help you to escape from the heartache.
Those who prefer snorkeling can explore the ship's stern for it is located only 6 meters beneath the surface with average visibility of 12 to 30 meters.
Aside from the historical wreck, Tulamben is also home to one of the densest underwater populations -- making it a popular site for night-diving as well as heaven for hunting objects for photography.