Category Archives: Travel & Tourism

Kiwi Winter Wonderland

A few years ago my parents were invited for a private event at the residence of then New Zealand’s ambassador to Indonesia. As it coincided with my birthday, my parents were kind enough to bring me along. The ambassador and … Continue reading

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Art: The Soulfood of Yogyakarta

Bandung, Ubud and Yogyakarta are some of the places in Indonesia where I never failed to feel at home. There is a welcoming sense, a grounding force, a rhythm that make things work in comforting pattern. At the risk of … Continue reading

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Drama, Panorama and Kaimana

Senja di Kaimana by Alfian is a classic oldie many Indonesians know. The melodious song tells of a girl’s smile and the breathtaking sunset over Kaimana, now part of West Papua province. As I wrote here a while back my … Continue reading

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Deep, Blue, and Keeps Being Hip

“You hail from and live in the world’s largest archipelago, yet you don’t scuba-dive? How is that?” A Frenchman, already a licensed Dive Master then, asked me point-blank over a decade ago. My bellydancing pal Hanna, a diving enthusiast, asked … Continue reading

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Seamless Semarang, Seemingly

When you travel with the genuine willingness to soak in the atmosphere of the destination, there are almost no boundaries of what you can enjoy. That’s the quality I value more on travel mates—the ones who aren’t boxed in just … Continue reading

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Left or Right, If You Wing It Vietnam Feels Just Right

My last column talked about how Trump’s win further pushed the world that was already leaning right. Depressing is the word muttered openly among friends, and a pal quietly told me of having returned to anti-depressant in the following days. … Continue reading

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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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