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Walking, meditate on the move

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

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Life

Happiness is only real when shared

Happiness is only real when shared.

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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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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.

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Life

The Guru

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

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Travel

Thank you for reminding me what nationalism is about

So I met an Iranian PhD in history today. An interesting discussion for food of your thought. This person, of course, did not represent the whole Iranians. And what’s better is for us, Indonesian, to learn from this  🙂) Him: “Don’t you hate Dutch people? They killed many of your people, …

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Travel

The most rewarding trip

Sometimes, it’s those people we didn’t plan to meet created the most rewarding trip. Bored with sightseeing, I let myself wonder around the west side of Isfahan old city and found myself sitting with Raha Abtahi in Bouroojeniha Passage of Isfahan Carpet Bazaar. Raha was a fresh graduate majoring in …

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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 …

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Travel

Being majority is a responsibility

Yazd is one of the provinces in Iran with the biggest influence and practices of Zoroastrianism. From Chak Chak – where legendary princess Nikbanou were shielded by cliff walls from being captured by Arab troops – to Karanagh – where intelligent example of water-deprived community settlement was built by Zoroastrians …

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Travel

Indonesia is not a religious country

“Why do people in Indonesia hate Syiah people?” This is exactly one of the questions that made me decided to go to Iran. Nasheema, my guide at Shah Cheragh Shrine, the shrine that commemorate the two brothers of Imam Ali, asked me at the end of my short visit during an ifthar. I, of …

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