Life

Will A Scar (Ever) Hide the Wound Beneath?

At the end of October 2017, I felt the urge to return to Maluku, specifically Ambon and Banda Neira. I couldn’t tell myself why, but it seemed that something drove me to be in those places and see. Just see. And I did. Meeting schedule in Jakarta limited me from …

Thoughts

Walking, meditate on the move

With all the body senses required, walking is an active, focused and concentrated action. Waking is, to me, meditative.

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.

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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.

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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 …

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.

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Kaos Kaki Bau

World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz is still being mocked for the holes in his dress socks, which were revealed when he visited a Turkish mosque. Dengan jempol mengintip dan muka kesal saya berdiri di depan puluhan penumpang yang mengantri di belakang sebelum akhirnya memasrahkan petugas bandara lagi-lagi menggeledah saya dan senyum-senyum lihat kedua jempol saya nongol.

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Maaf, di Luar Akhir Pekan: Tutup

Atap Tak sedikit yang bisa dilihat di Jakarta. Buat penikmat sejarah dan bangunan bercerita, kawasan Kota Tua Jakarta tak pernah gagal menebar pesonanya. Sayangnya, beberapa bangunan di kawasan ini kondisinya memprihatinkan karena, salah satu alasannya, tak lagi dipergunakan.