Category: indonesia

Indonesia Beyond Bali (Part 2): Where to Go and What to See in Indonesia (That Are NOT Bali)

Hi everyone! 😀

FYI, I had to postpone my Java-Bali-Gili trip due to some family matter to September. And for those who don’t know, ironically I’m an Indonesian who’s never been to Bali. So yes, the trip is going to be my first time touching down on the island of gods. Or Pulau Dewata, as we Indonesians dub the island.

Anyway, you’ve probably read my previous post that was published last week in Indonesia’s 74th Independence Day. Well, this post is gonna be the second part where I’ve compiled the list of recommended places to visit in Indonesia… Those that are NOT Bali.

I mean, as an Indonesian myself, I’m so sick of ignorant travelers who think of Bali as the whole country and not just a small province in a country called Indonesia. So, what kind of places do we have this time? Let’s check out!

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Indonesia’s 74th Independence Day: Indonesia Beyond Bali, Where to Go and What to See Around the Country

As an Indonesian blogger who mainly writes about travel, I often encountered fellow travel bloggers who would list Bali among the name of countries in Southeast Asia like Malaysia or Singapore. That, my friends, has become my own pet peeve ever since.

Like, seriously… There were times when I feel like I want to question them whether they even notice the name of the country as a whole, and not just Bali.

So, it’s the 17th of August and for those of you who don’t know… It’s the independence day of Indonesia. The 74th as we declared our independence in 1945.

And for today’s post, I’ve teamed up with some fellow bloggers who knew better than THAT, we’re gonna talk about the places that are worth visiting in Indonesia. The places that are NOT just Bali. The places that would show you the diversity in the country, more than just a tiny island called Bali. 😉

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Preparation Tips for Family Vacation When You Get So Used to Travel Solo

It’s August, and I’m so excited for this month!

To give you a context, I’m going for Java-Bali-Gili road trip with my family later this month. We should have gone for the trip last month, but due to some obstacles of life in general (LOL), we had to postpone.

Since there’s going to be two public holidays in Indonesia earlier this month, we then decided to pick the later date of August to start our trip. Anyway, since I’m probably the only person in the family who often travels once in a while, I’ve been in charge of the trip preparation in general.

But in case you didn’t know, I get so used to travel solo that preparing this road trip was a bit more complex than usual. Especially since I will travel with my mom, my brother, and my cousin. All of them have different traveling styles that I need to comprehend and adjust in the masterplan.

Anyway, I know so many solo travelers find it challenging to prepare a group trip. So then I decided to share what I’ve done so far during the preparation for my family vacation!

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Museum of the Asian-African Conference: A Must Visit Place for History Junkies in Bandung, Indonesia

Hi everyone! 😀

I know it’s Thursday already and I was supposed to publish something for the $10 series yesterday, but I don’t do it this week on purpose.

First of all, I had to do all the maintenance work for my blog in the past few days. And I had some trouble with the collaborator whose post was supposed to publish this week.

But don’t worry about it, because sometimes you actually gain something when you lose the other thing. And this time, I’ll continue to write something that was intended to write a long time ago.

Now that I mentioned about my staycation at Savoy Homann Hotel, I’m still yet to write about the rest of my staycation. And I’m going to write the details now as I want to share my experience to visit Museum of the Asian-African Conference that is located just across the hotel.

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Less than 100 Reasons Why You Should Think Twice Before Begpacking in Asia

There was this article that has been shared for way too many times on the travelers’ group lately, and it is the one about Bali reporting begpackers to their embassies.

Look, I know I’m some kind of a failed Indonesian as I’ve never been to Bali before. However, I’ve seen this begpacker phenomenon a few times in Bangkok and Hong Kong. I don’t know though, there’s probably somewhere else that I’ve been where there were also begpackers. But at the time, I wasn’t familiar with what begpacker is.

However, I remember I was curious about why so many white street musicians around Tsim Sha Tsui when I was about to see Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade. It was only a few minutes when I saw some hippies spreading a floor mat and taking out some stuff from their traveling printout pics to even their friendship bracelet whatever.

I was amused and annoyed at the same time. And let me speak for myself, as a traveler holding a weak passport like the Indonesian one. Frankly speaking, if I were to do the same thing as they did in their country, I would be deported in no time.

But life isn’t always fair, so the only thing I could do about it is to spread the awareness on why you should think twice before deciding to begpack around Asia. This especially applies in the less developed countries like those in Southeast Asia region.

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