Category: indonesia

What You Could Get in Canggu for $10 – 5 Budget-Friendly Activities to Travel Around the Best Digital Nomad Area in Bali

You know… As an Indonesian, one of my pet peeves is to meet anyone who claims to be a world traveler but can barely understand that Bali is actually just a small island in an archipelago called Indonesia. And as an Indonesian myself, I’m not exactly a big fan of the island.

But today, on the $10 series, I’m going to cover yet another part of Bali after talking about Uluwatu and Ubud the other day.

In case you missed my piece about must-visit places in Bali, you might want to see Bali from a local Indonesian perspective. But this time, Mal of Raw Mal Roams will talk about Canggu so to see what to explore the area that is popular with its digital nomad ecosystem.

So, what could you get in Canggu for $10? Here we go!

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The Worst Staycation Experience at Horison Green Forest Bandung - The BeauTraveler

The Worst Staycation Experience at Horison Green Forest Bandung

Actually, it’s been half a year since I had a staycation at Horison Green Forest Bandung. The reason why it took so long for me to write the review of my experience was that… I had it so bad that I wasn’t even sure whether it was worth the effort to write about it.

I got a chance to have a staycation at several hotels in Bandung. From Chez Bon Hostel, the budget hostel where my late uncle used to own the place a couple of years ago to hotels like Blackbird Hotel and the legendary Savoy Homann. By far, my experience at Horison Green Forest Bandung has been the worst staycation that I’ve ever had in my hometown.

Honestly, I only decided to write my review of the hotel as I had a chat with Gema the other day, and he also told me that he had a bad experience staying at Green Forest…

So, what does make the property so bad?

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Post-Lockdown Staycation Experience: Blackbird Hotel in Bandung, Indonesia

In case you didn’t know, I barely left the house from April to September. Since I fell ill on my way from Pakse to Vientiane in February, I was hesitant to travel. Even domestically.

It was only a couple of months ago when I decided to go out once in a while, mostly for work, as I found an ideal coworking space at Eduplex in my hometown. So, after half a year of spending the whole time at home, I decided to finally book a hotel room for a staycation again last month.

I took my family for a post-lockdown staycation at Blackbird Hotel, a boutique hotel situated around Cihideung in Bandung, my hometown. At the time, I booked both the medium and large room as I went with my siblings and my mom.

So, how was my experience for having a staycation at Blackbird Hotel?!

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Indonesia for Dummies: 3 Places Commonly Mistaken as a Country

My creativity has overflown these days, that I’ve already got a few topics that I want to write about, but something came up recently that made me feel like it’s necessary to create a post related to this.

In case you didn’t know yet, I’m Indonesian. Last year on Indonesia’s 74th Independence Day, I compiled a list of places in Indonesia that are NOT Bali. Why? Because I got annoyed that so many tourists came to Bali, thinking that Bali was actually the country’s name.

Recently, there is this #5countrieschallenge hype on Facebook. I saw so many posts about it, mainly in some traveling groups on the platform. And I realized way too many posts that include Bali would state “Bali” instead of “Indonesia” in the list of the countries they visited.

And there was this post where the OP uploaded five pics of her traveling and asked us to guess where they were taken. One of the pics was a photo of orangutans, so I dropped my guess and wrote “Indonesia/Malaysia”. And the OP had the audacity to correct me that the picture was, in fact, taken in Borneo. As if!!!!

So here I am, called for a new idea to get things straight for the dummies… I want to educate yall about my home country. Mind you, I’m Asian. Tough love is all I know, so excuse the rudeness toward you dum-dum!

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Review: Frizy Studio’s Soul & Precious Shampoo & Hair Conditioner Bar and Selene Infused Body Oil

Hi everyone!

I know it’s been a while since the last time I published a new post, but I’m still here… I’ve been quite packed with my new business that was recently launched. I’m trying so hard to find some time to write, but damn…

So, during the writers’ block with a lack of time to write, I decided to write a review of some beauty products I tried recently.

I know, it’s been so long since the last time I wrote a review of a makeup or skincare product too. If I got to be honest, this is actually a part of my blog that I restrategize when I rebranded a couple of months ago.

I realized that writing the review of beauty products isn’t really my favorite… It’s like, I realized that the only beauty I want to write in this blog is me. LOL.

So, after reviewing Herborist Olive Series earlier this year, I’ve finally decided to review another local beauty brand. And this time, it’s a local Bandung brand with its products in the form of shampoo and hair conditioner bar, as well as their body oil.

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