Thoughts

You can be your real (and only) self when traveling solo

One of the reasons I enjoyed traveling solo is to meet strangers. Not only to learn about their life but also to re-learn about mine.

Thoughts

My kind of travel is simple

My kind of travel is simple: coffee, books, local cafe and heart-to-heart conversation with the person in front of me.

Life

The Guru

My guru is nobody or nothing. My guru is everybody and everything. I am my guru and my disciple.

Thoughts

Wet Your Dry Soul in Shiraz

“My religion says it is important to have as many followers as possible and it is one of my duty to make sure it happens but, with you, it is more important to have a friend who will help me find the truth.” Seyyed Hamed. I came to Iran with …

Love

The best place to fall in love is wherever you go traveling

A dear friend of mine told me to go traveling and fall in love. Later, I found her suggestion was logically appropriate, if not correct. You see, for something highly emotional, like falling in love, I found the logical explanation when I was in Luang Prabang, Laos and Morotai, Indonesia. …

Life

The Day Voltaire(s) Meet in Luang Prabang

“Friendship is the marriage of souls, and this marriage is subject to divorce.” Today, I finally purchased my return ticket to Indonesia. After spending some time with my new monk friends in their Wat Mai monastery, the question why I picked Luang Prabang and purchased a one-way ticket for this …

Life

Detachment and Non-attachment

Two weeks ago, right before I started the trip to Luang Prabang, I finally completed my non-attachment class with a note from my teacher saying, “you have a lot of homework to catch up!” Oh well, just like other graduations, diploma or certifications, it introduced me to more responsibilities. One …

Life

Kurikulum Kehidupan

Entah kenapa, sejak lulus SMA, ada saja sosok-sosok baru yang muncul di hampir setiap hari ulang tahun saya. Walau singkat, beberapa bahkan tidak sempat saya kenal namanya, mereka punya satu kesamaan: memaksa saya ‘kembali mempertanyakan diri sendiri.’ Hari ini, siapa sangka saya akan bertemu Bapak Ir. R.E.J. Soesiarto, 71 tahun, …

Thoughts

Semangat Lokal untuk Wisata Lokal

Saya akan acungkan dua jempol dan angkat topi untuk pengusaha lokal yang mampu mendirikan jaringan akomodasi dan mengelolanya dengan profesional serta mempekerjakan penduduk setempat.

Thoughts

Percaya pada Masa Depan

Hari ini genap satu tahun saya tak jadi orang gajian. 31 Maret 2010. Hari terakhir saya bekerja. Sore itu saya melewati pintu kantor dengan perasaan campur aduk. Skenario ‘glorious-farewell’ yang saya impikan sejak tiga tahun tak terlaksana. Hari itu tak ada air mata. Saya sengaja minta tak ada acara apapun …