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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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    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

    Bajirao Mastani, an Award-winning Bollywood Movie for Lockdown Leisure

    I seldom watch Bollywood movies. But if you’re free during the lockdown, I highly recommend “Bajirao Mastani”, an award-winning Indian movie that will mesmerise you for 158 minutes. “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai” was the only Indian movie that I watched in my teenage years and it left a very good impression of Indian movies on me. #90skid #shahrukhkan After that, I didn’t watch any Indian movie until the lockdown. Now that I have more free time than ever, suddenly I thought of watching something different. I remembered the trip to India that I cancelled because of the unrest in Kashmir… So, I googled for the best Bollywood movie and Bajirao…

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    Travel

    A Stranger in Moscow

    A rainy day reminded me of Moscow back in 2018 and one of my favourite Michael Jackson’s songs, “Stranger in Moscow”. After the 4-hour bullet train ride from St.Petersburg to Moscow, my tour group was welcomed by a heavy storm and 4ºC weather. However, the weather didn’t stop us to explore the city, especially the Red Square thus we continued with the walking tour #dedication During the tour, the song “Stranger in Moscow” kept playing in my head. I feel it’s beautiful and emotional… although up until now I don’t remember the lyrics. One thing I knew, I was cold! Even when it was raining heavily and the wind pierced…

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    Galentine’s Day at Sea Rock Villa, Bentota, Sri Lanka

    It’s the lovey-dovey month again (yes, FEBRUARY) and the sky has been gloomy these days. Come on, we need sunshine to welcome Valentine’s day! In February 2019, I went to Sri Lanka for a 6 days solo trip and enjoyed it to the max. The travel agent arranged a one night stay at Sea Rock Villa, Bentota before my last day and I found myself thinking, “Yes! I deserved this!”. Bentota is a resort town with clean, private beaches, comfortable resorts and less packed. It’s a contrast to Hikkaduwa, which is as busy as Kuta (Bali). If you’re thinking to have Valentine’s Day trip in Sri Lanka with bae, you…