Border by Border; Siem Reap, Bangkok, and Georgetown Part

So the story goes on and it still tells my most memorable moment in between.… …I don’t know where I’m going But i know where I’ve been… – Bon Jovi, Lost Highway – Land border passed; Cambodia (Siem Reap – Poipet) – Thailand (Aranya Prathet – Bangkok) When we hadn’t fully recovered from muscles strain, we had to move at the day after. We were moved from Siem Reap to Bangkok with a lot of troubles, pain, awe, and also stories which was included laughter. Warning: Don’t believe my smiling face in this picture. That was captured when we were … Continue reading Border by Border; Siem Reap, Bangkok, and Georgetown Part

Border by Border; Part of Kuala Lumpur and Siem Reap

This story is about some of my most memorable moments in between… It was started from a little town in the northern part of East Borneo, Sangatta and with an ignorant and innocent dream of two sisters who had been dreaming about travelling in Southeast Asia for so long time ago, my sister and I. So, there we started, drove our cheap car about 320 km southward and in 8 hours we arrived safely at Balikpapan with those wide smiles on our face. Still ignorant. Still innocent. We brought our entire ignorant and innocent dream about backpacking, that it would … Continue reading Border by Border; Part of Kuala Lumpur and Siem Reap

Pleasure in Finding How Batu Caves Looked Like After Wasting Time Being Fussy

Why, i’d like nothing better than to achieve some bold adventure, worthy of our trip. -Aristophanes- Have you ever felt pleasure in a small thing? I’ve felt it and even often felt any pleasure in a small thing, like my trip about nine months ago to Kuala Lumpur, Capital City of Malaysia, our neighbour country. In words; kind of pleasure that i found after wasting time being fussy. Like my others trip, that time, I needed to wake up early at morning. My first destination was Batu Caves since it is located about 13 km at northern part of Kuala … Continue reading Pleasure in Finding How Batu Caves Looked Like After Wasting Time Being Fussy

Look a Little Closer in to South Borneo Craft Market

I already talked about my trip to Banjarmasin and Martapura about three months ago and I shared about Floating Market at Lok Baintan, Banjarmasin, South Borneo too. Now, let me share a deeper look to Cahaya Bumi Selamat, Martapura; market complex of handicraft and souvenir and most of it from diamond, polished stone, wood craft, rottan, dried tree skin, T-Shirt, Kain Sasirangan, and much more. This posted is dedicated to my lovely friend who really loves everything about her beloved country, Indonesia (go check her awesome travel stories all around Indonesia which each of it is completed with cute lovely … Continue reading Look a Little Closer in to South Borneo Craft Market

Random Sweet Escape to Banjarmasin, South Borneo

Have you ever had an eager to escape from something? Especially from routine, even though that routine is something you love to do? I’ve been in that condition so many times (guess I don’t love my job that much? Kekekekeke). A week ago, after spending 3 fierce days for asking a day off from my boss without informing my real reason for taking it (naughty employee), I made another escape and I called it a sweet escape and the place was Banjarmasin, South Borneo. I called it sweet escape because since 7 months ago, from the very first time I … Continue reading Random Sweet Escape to Banjarmasin, South Borneo

Suddenly Bali (II); Highland to Lowland; Kintamani to Legian

Still from day I, from Tegallalang, we drove to Kintamani, northern part of Tegallalang. With window open wider, we reached higher part of Bali Island, Kintamani (1730 m above sea level). As our car approaching Mount Batur, I felt the fresh air was kissing my cheeks, and the smell was touching my nose. Enjoying the feeling, without me realizing, suddenly I’d been faced the beautiful Mount Batur.  I didn’t intent to climb its peak that time, so it was enough to feel its greatness from far (I put aside my geologist adventure for awhile). The view of Mount Batur and … Continue reading Suddenly Bali (II); Highland to Lowland; Kintamani to Legian

Suddenly Bali (I); Ubud – Tegallalang

Suddenly Bali. After spending one night at Surabaya, I went to Bali, it was a sudden decision. I planned it H-2 before I got my field break. I usually plan a travel or holiday at least 2 months before my schedule. Since it was my first time, I was really enthusiast. With limited time, I prepared anything that I could prepare. I planed where to go, what to eat, where to eat, what to do, where to eat, what to eat, and eat again. Like usual, I didn’t want to miss a thing (*suddenly singing Uncles from Aerosmith song; I … Continue reading Suddenly Bali (I); Ubud – Tegallalang

Lost in Surabaya -_-“! A Shame Confession of a Geologist

Indeed. It’s a shame confession of a geologist technical geology graduated who supposes to be familiar or becomes one with map. At January 29, 2013, I got my first field break at my new office. As usual, before going to where my father and sister live, Sangatta, East Borneo, I gave myself a break and it was at Surabaya. Actually, that was an intentional lost. Because I wasn’t interested travel to that second largest city in Indonesia, something important drove me there, so I just let myself lost. Before travelling, I usually prepare everything, I never forget my 5W+2H; where … Continue reading Lost in Surabaya -_-“! A Shame Confession of a Geologist

Close to Nature; Prevab Mentoko, Taman Nasional Kutai (Kutai National Park)

In wilderness I sense the miracle of life, and behind it our scientific accomplishments fade to trivia. -Charles A.Lindbergh Adding variation to my field break, at the end of it, I accidentally decided to visit Prevab. I had been dreaming about this for a long time. How funny I am because it’s close to my house, it lies about 15 km westward. Funny, isn’t it? Prevab Mentoko is a must-visit-area in Sangatta, East Kalimantan, Borneo, Indonesia. It is a part of Taman Nasional Kutai, a tropical forest (Kutai National Park) with 200 hectare wide of rehabilitation area after completely burnt … Continue reading Close to Nature; Prevab Mentoko, Taman Nasional Kutai (Kutai National Park)

Hurriedly Singapore; First Time Abroad

Singapore, ehm, i just read about its tourism news in relation with my country, although news that i will tell a little bit late, it is said that based on Singapore Tourism Board, at 2011, Indonesia ranked first as country who visited Singapore the most, about 2,5 million tourists, followed by China at second with 1,5 million, and Malaysia at third. I thought about it, their population just 5,312,400 million, 47% of their population, wow, i think that’s an amazing number. Almost half of their population. I just imagined how dense it was. Mmmmm. And, here we are, me and … Continue reading Hurriedly Singapore; First Time Abroad