Category Archives: Travel & Tourism

Incredible India, Indeed

Last year I spent Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day confined to hospital bed due to nasty dengue fever, caught from a pre-sunrise hike near Borobudur Temple. The funny thing is, while lying in pain all I could think about … Continue reading

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Blissful Paradise Here, Biting Reality There

“I’m going away for a while. I need to disconnect.” Rat-racing while being wired 24/7, only urbanites, like yours truly, can get burned out and suddenly need to temporarily disconnect. For years before Eat Pray Love book and movie brought in gazillion bliss-seeking tourists, my … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Villages: An Urban Girl’s Perspective

Did everyone have a good Eid? Ate too much? Regained whatever pounds you’d shed during Ramadhan? Congratulations, you’re one of many. Many of us also took the time to travel. I spent my Eid with my family across town, but … Continue reading

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On Terawangan, Taliwang, and Tra-La-La

  It was a hot summer long ago when the wide-eyed teens that were me and a couple of pals first landed in Lombok. The father of a mutual friend of ours was working there, and we were invited to tour this little island … Continue reading

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So, What Are We Stealing from Hotels These Days?

Oh, the slippers are cute! You’re not seriously taking them home? The mini flower pot is adorable, too. You’re already taking home the slippers! Please limit yourself an item to steal from the hotel.   That happened early this year … Continue reading

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Fly Us, Ferry Us, Just Don’t Forsake Fairness for Us

What a year-end, wasn’t it? After the solemn memorial for Asian tsunami Indonesia was hit by floods, mudslides, fire… and a tragic plane crash. Many of us travel often or have loved ones who do that whenever a plane goes … Continue reading

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Sweet and Sour, Along the Old Spice Road

I can’t forget the day the International Finance professor, at my graduate business school in the US, used me and a Dutch classmate to illustrate how a particular decision in 17th century carried an everlasting effect to modern Indonesians and Americans. I knew … Continue reading

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Think Globally, Act Locally… Adopt Later, Maybe?

I’m one of those lucky souls who feel I have a home away from home to hide in when life gets too much. Ubud is one of such sanctuaries in this wretched old world for me. Just as I would … Continue reading

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Art Therapy, Smart Therapy

If you read the last Urban Chat you’d know that I’d been ordered by my Pilates instructor to take a vacation, and that I finally went for a 4-day leisure trip to Bandung. Even as I lounged around Bandung I … Continue reading

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Bags Packed, Wheels Up, Baby!

“You need a vacation.” My Pilates instructor matter-of-factly announced it recently as we were working on my upper abdomen and shoulders. Apparently they’d become just way too tense than their usual tired self. I was actually losing track of my … Continue reading

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