My First Nomination: Liebster Award!

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After so many times trying to get nominated for any kind of blogger award on the internet, finally this time I got nominated for the great Liebster Award.

Thanks to Kevin’s Travel Diary, a hotel manager by profession and a global wanderer by passion, he has nominated me to receive this Liebster Award nomination. Earlier next year, he is planning to visit Indonesia for Travel To Indonesia with Kevin’s Travel Diary so I hope I can thank him in person while he’s around.

So, thank you Kevin for recognizing and nominating my blog for this Liebster Award! πŸ˜€

I know it might sound so tacky for some of you, but this is actually my first time to get any kind of award and I was kind of desperate, so I’m really happy for this recognition.

Kevin’s Questions

Based on the Liebster Award rules, I need to answer the 10 questions asked by Kevin, so here we go…

1. Where was your last destination?

The last time I traveled, it was my short Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur, Melaka and Johor Bahru) and Singapore trip. Although it wasn’t my first time to visit both countries, but I always believe that there is going to be a new perspective whenever you revisit a place.

I went there with my brother, who visited both countries for the first time so this time, I basically acted like a tour guide for him.

The legendary red church in Melaka, Malaysia.
2. Where is your next destination?

I usually give myself a birthday trip in February every year. In February 2018, I will be busy preparing the test event for Asian Games so I’ll be home for my next birthday.

However, I am seriously considering to go to Laos and Cambodia once I finish the test event. Most likely around March or April, and I’m thinking about getting myself on a road trip to visit both countries and make a stop at the Golden Triangle.

My plan is to have a road trip across the border from Laos to Cambodia or vice versa to make the trip more affordable. If possible, maybe I’ll drop by Hanoi as well since Max just told me that he recently moved to Hanoi for his sabbatical period.

Well, as some of you probably know that my goal is to visit the 10 ASEAN country members before I hit the age of 30, next year is gonna be my last chance.

Laos, Cambodia and Brunei are the only countries left that I haven’t visited before so fingers crossed for me! πŸ˜€

3. How often do you travel?

I would consider myself as a slow traveler as my passport and my bank account don’t let me travel that often. πŸ™

However, ever since I graduated from the university, I have always planned at least a trip in a year to some place that I never visited before. I suppose in average, I usually travel twice a year.

4. In one sentence, describe what travel means to you?

Travel keeps me sane, even on the hardest days.

5. What is the shortest trip you have taken away from your home country?

Well, my country itself is rather way too big to have a short trip from one place to another. So, I suppose the shortest trip I have taken away from my home country is still rather long for some people.

The shortest trip I have taken away from my home country is supposedly Singapore. Only around 1.5-hour flight to reach from Jakarta to Changi airport.

Just another day for Thomas (Stamford Raffles, Sir) to chill under the sun in the land of Uncle Lim (Kuan Yew).
6. What is top of your bucket list?

The same answer ever since I was 11: Balkan trip.

I could have lied and told you that I wanted to visit Dubrovnik as I’ve seen how beautiful the place is on the internet, or the fact that I love history and the Balkan region has so many interesting stories in the past. But that would be a lie.

The reason why Balkan trip is the top of my bucket list is actually because I have supported Croatian football national team since I was 11. At first I simply fell for their plaid jersey, and then I fell in love with the way they played before I confirmed everyone that I wouldn’t mind to marry someone who looks a bit like Dario Simic.


It was only when I started to call myself a Vatreni, I started to learn how beautiful their country is and then I got interested to learn more about their history.

As a result, I graduated with a straight A on my thesis with this topic: The Cultural Diplomacy of Serbia and Croatia in the Post-Yugoslav Era.

I’ve owned a lot to the region, so a Balkan trip has always been on the top of my bucket list ever since. πŸ™‚

7. Your remedy for feeling lonely on a trip?

I suppose it’s because I’ve never really had such a long-term trip that I can’t remember that I’ve ever felt lonely when I traveled.Β  I think, thanks to technology, nowadays you can always bury your face behind your smart phone whenever you feel lonely. Hmm.

8. Are there any trips you have regretted?

Actually, I posted this article about the cringeworthy tourist attraction that I’ve ever visited here, but I can’t say that I have regretted the whole trip. Like sure, some place just turned out to be quite sucky, but it was still worth the journey. πŸ™‚

Although if I could choose one place, I suppose it was probably the trip to Kanbawzathadi Palace. I mean, I didn’t know much about the history in Myanmar when I visited the palace, so when I found out that everything in the palace was imitation, I kind of felt like I wasted my time to even look around.

Not to mention that the place kinda smelled like piss and so many young couples tried to hide somewhere to have ‘a little fun’.

You see the cardboard-made standing character on the left? They could’ve made a bronze statue or something to display in the museum, I’m not sure why they chose the lower budget. 😐

I mean, I understand that the real palace was burned down so they had to use the fake gold for illustration. But the cardboard-made standing character and the the rest of artifacts displayed in the printed version in a piece of paper though?

Wherever I can find the internet, that’s exactly where I can save the picture and print it out. It’s not so necessary to visit the museum to see something like that. πŸ™

9. The one place I must visit before I die.

Okay, it’s hard to name one place that I think you must visit before you die because you’ve probably been to more places than I have.

Come on, I see there you’ve been to North Korea while here I am, as I’m waiting for the next e-mail for my participation in Asian Games that will be held next year as Protocol Assistant just so I can get a slight chance to see Kim Jong Un in person. Almost impossible, but a girl can hope. πŸ˜›

However, since you asked me to convince you, I suppose that’s what I’m gonna do. And I’m gonna promote a place in Indonesia that is not Bali. Call me silly, but I’m an Indonesian who’s never been to Bali.

And the place that I think you must visit before you die is gonna be… Bangka.

A perfect solitary place for when you feel like you want to share some love with nature.

I’d also recommend Bangka to anyone in Indonesia as it’s less popular compared to the other island in the same province, Belitung.

Because not only that it’s less touristy, but it’s also only an hour flight away from the capital city Jakarta. And everything is more affordable than in Jakarta, while it’s also suitable for anyone who just wants to get away from a typical city life that is busy.

You could even explore the island for only 3 to 4 days in total. If you were like me, I don’t think you’d regret the decision. πŸ˜‰

10. According to you, what is the one thing I should do or keep in mind when traveling?

I’m not so good at suggesting things to people because more often than not, I will give one heck of suggestion that is misleading. But if you’re single, I think you should consider using dating apps to find either a local match or a fellow foreigner that might lead to something memorable like a great first date.

I’ve done a few times with most of them ended up having a rather average one-night-stand, and I actually had the best date once in Ho Chi Minh City with a fellow traveler on my last day in the city. The only regret that I have now is that I didn’t end up sleeping with him that night. πŸ˜›

Anyway, you see my point… Please note that I’m against the idea of you doing it if you’re in a committed relationship whatsoever.

My Favorite Blog: Skinny and Single

If there’s such thing like a serendipity, I think Skinny and Single is one of them when it comes to blogging. I think the first time I found her blog was when she posted the link to her article on blog income.

I’m a snob blogger who spends most of the time reading my own blog, so when I clicked her article and read it, I was amused. And I literally laughed so hard because of the irony.

I mean, I’m a newbie who is actually looking into the opportunities to have some extra income out of my blog, and I just can’t help wondering how people could actually just quit their job to be a full-time blogger.

And when I read her post on the bullsh*t people make on their blog income post, it’s so refreshing to read someone that is actually honest about how it actually works. That behind the irony, it’s always great to have someone to get you in reality check that everyone, in fact, has their own struggle.

Yes, even those full-time bloggers who claim that they have earned 6 figures only from blogging! πŸ˜‰

And the nominees go to…

As I’ve been nominated for this award, it’s only right to pass it on to some other blogs that deserve the same recognition and appreciation as Kevin has given to me.

So for this, I would like to nominate:

  1. Wake Up To Wanderlust
  2. Xplore Bahrain
  3. Travelvoila
  4. Destination: Live Life
  5. In My Heart
  6. I Am Dan Elson
  7. Israel – Best Trips
  8. Travel, Food N Fitness

I’m glad that through this award, I’ve found some blogs that I had never visited before. But now that I have, I am interested to actually blog-travel on their pages. So, congratulations and much love from Indonesia! πŸ™‚

My Questions For You!

  1. Where are you from? Describe shortly about your hometown and tell me what you miss the most when you’re away from home.
  2. What has inspired you to travel?
  3. Is there any place (that is not your hometown) that you have visited before, but you’re still longing to revisit it? If so, which place is it and why?
  4. What is your biggest fear when you travel?
  5. Have you found any hidden gem somewhere? What/where is it?
  6. What is your favorite mode of transportation to travel and why?
  7. Regardless the location and budget, tell me the best accommodation experience where you have stayed during your travel.
  8. If you could live elsewhere, where would you live? Why?
  9. What is your most memorable trip that you’ve had?
  10. Name your favorite food that you’ve tried during your travel.

Liebster Award Rules

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and post a link to their blog on your blog.
  2. Display the award on your blog β€” by including it in your post and/or displaying it somewhere on your blog.
  3. Write a 150-300 word post about your favourite blog (that is not your own). Explain why you like the blog and provide links.
  4. Respond to the questions provided by the blogger who nominated you for the award.
  5. Nominate 5-11 travel blogs that you feel deserve the award.
  6. Ask nominees 10 questions you would like them to answer on.
  7. List these rules in your post.
  8. Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post.


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11 thoughts on “My First Nomination: Liebster Award!

  1. Thank you for answering my questions, I found your answers very interesting.

    Your blog deserves this post and more, keep up the good work.

    You’ve convinced me to visit Bangka, whilst I’m in Indonesia it would be silly of me not to take your advice and visit. When I’m in Indonesia I plan to visit Sumatra, jakarta, mt bruno, Bali, now Bangka and I’ll see where the wind blows. I do hope that when I’m in Indonesia perhaps we can meet in person and share travel stories. Who knows. πŸ™‚
    Good luck with the games and meeting Kim jong un πŸ™‚

  2. Just an info for everyone in Bandung maryaaaa, there is a direct flight now from here Bangka to Bandung daily flight. Starting 14th Dec. Now you can come back anytime to Bangka ☺️ or maybe i have no reason now not to visit you hahaha. X

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