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    Travel

    Rambu Solo, Toraja: The Grand Funeral that Attracts Travellers from Around the World

    It is grand and bizarre at the same time. But that’s exactly why people from around the world come to Toraja, Sulawesi, Indonesia – to see Rambu Solo aka the traditional funeral ceremony. In the previous post, I shared with you how Torajans respect their family highly, especially when it comes to sending the deceased to the afterlife. Noble families usually sacrifice 24-100 buffaloes. The middle-class families will sacrifice 8 buffaloes and 50 pigs. The locals believe the more buffaloes slaughtered, the faster the soul reaches heaven. As you can see from the video above, Rambu Solo is a grand funeral ceremony. It lasts for a few days/weeks and costs…

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    Travel

    Toraja Trip: The Ancient Ke’te Kesu’ Village and Londa Tombstone

    On my second day in Toraja, I visited lots of jaws-dropping destinations like Ke’te Kesu’, Londa, Baby Grave, a historical burial site and Christ the Redeemer statue. But for this week, let me share with you about the ancient Ke’te Kesu’ village and Londa tombstone. Your trip to Toraja will be a cultural one, so make sure you don’t miss the two! Ke’te Kesu’: Family Bond, Pride and Hanging Graves If you don’t have enough money to bury your loved ones… would you sleep in the same room with the corpses and act as if they’re still alive? Making our loved ones happy is a joy to most of us.…

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    Toraja Trip: Rammang Rammang, King Kong Cave & Pias Poppies Hotel

    Too much staying at home and in the city makes me miss Indonesia, especially my Toraja trip. That was an awesome 6-day nature-exploring trip! On the first day of the trip, I was welcomed by the beauty of Rammang Rammang, saw a karst stone that’s similar to a king kong face, made new friends and stayed in a natural, comfy Pias Poppies Hotel. The Au Naturel Boat Trip & Puncak Rammang Rammang Rammang Rammang is a beautiful, natural destination located in North Makassar, between The Karst of Maros and Pangkep regency. The name comes from the local language, means a set of cloud or fog. My driver, Mr.Asri, suggested me…

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    Health & Beauty,  Travel

    Treat Yourself at Rock Bar and AYANA Resort & Spa, Bali

    Spending most of my time at home affects my mood and creativity. While looking at my travel photo album searching for inspiration, the memories of Rockbar and luxury spa at AYANA Resort & Spa, Bali made me happy. Why? The top two reasons are: In 2015, Malaysian Ringgit was 3.7x stronger than Indonesian Rupiah I had no financial problem and spent as I like on the Bali trip (mostly on experiences, not accommodation) The situation back then is very contrast with what’s happening today! Now, Ringgit is 3x stronger than Rupiah. I’m worried about my personal finance after the salary cut. I’m counting days until the end of August, crossing…

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    Khantoke Dinner vs Khao Soi, Which Northern Thai Food Do You Prefer?

    I haven’t been to Bangkok but I’ve been to the Northern parts of Thailand, Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai. During the trip, I had two memorable dining experience: Khantoke Dinner and Cultural Show & Khao Soi. As I thought to skip updating the blog, suddenly I was (and still) craving for Khao Soi, thus the inspiration for this week’s blog post, hehe! :p Khantoke Dinner and Cultural Show in Chiang Mai As most of us know, a trip to Thailand is incomplete without food hunting. The street food is delicious, however, don’t shy away from traditional, cultural dining experience when you visit Chiang Mai. Khantoke Dinner allows you to sample…

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    Life

    The Miracle Before Easter (and lessons from COVID-19)

    It’s been quite some time I wanted to share this with you, friends. But I waited until all are set and done. This week, I will share about the miracle and life lessons that I received during COVID-19. Do you believe in miracle? Regardless what you believe in, I feel what I experienced was more than a coincidence. It’s one of many miracles that I received throughout my life. But this time, it felt special because it happened during the pandemic. It’s totally unexpected. The Unexpected Encounter A few months ago, I started looking for a new job because I sensed it’s time to have a backup plan. The signs…

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    Stay at Home Virtual Tour: Cuban Casa (Homestay)

    Although the MCO (Movement Control Order) in Malaysia is less strict now, I’m still staying at home most of the time. I’ve no idea what to write until #stayathome itself becomes the inspiration! This week, let me take you for a virtual tour in Cuba! I’ll show you how staying in local casa (house) or homestay will make your trip more memorable. I stayed in Cuba for 15 days. It’s a pretty long holiday because I didn’t want to go there just for Havana. I wanted to know more about the history and culture. I wanted to see other cities too. I guess you’d do the same when you have…

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    The Day I Gatecrashed a Graduation Party in Turkey

    Turkey was my first overseas solo trip in 2014 and I had so much fun. I never thought that on the first night I would gatecrash a graduation party! But before we go to that, I want to make a declaration. Turkish people are very warm and friendly! In fact, if you’re small like me, you may get quite a lot of attention – be it from men or women. And then, they will ask you to take photos together! I’m not sure why. Perhaps they fancy petite girls? Or feel tall when standing beside me? Hehe! Ok, back to the story of me being a gatecrasher. It was the…