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    Other Things to See in Toraja Besides Ke’te Kesu and Londa

    There are three main reasons why most people intrigued to visit Toraja, Indonesia: Ke’te Kesu, Londa and the funeral ceremonies. But actually, there are other wonderful things to see when you’re there! I could write a lot of blog posts about Toraja but there won’t be a lot to read as some of them are short visits. Or perhaps it’s I who want to finish writing about Toraja (hint: look at the Countries page, there are many places that I haven’t written about). Ok, without further ado, here are some places or things that you shouldn’t miss when in Toraja, Sulawesi, Indonesia: The Erotic Mountain at Buntu Kabobong, Bambapuang Because…

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    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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    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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    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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    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…

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    Life,  Travel

    Happy Easter from Hill of Crosses, Lithuania

    Happy Easter to my Catholic and Christian friends! I wish I could say it from Hill of Crosses, Lithuania, but I’m staying at home. I hope you’re practising the social distancing too 🙂 Hill of Crosses is a pilgrimage site in northern Lithuania. As you can see from my cover photo, there are hundreds of thousands of crosses, rosaries and other religious-related things on the hills (Wikipedia says there are 100,000 crosses in 2006). Also read: “Tony Robbins’ Investing Rules of Thumb – Simplified”Also read: “You are a Gift – What I Learnt from the Alpha Weekend” Lithuanians come to this place to pray for peace, their country and loved…