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Starlet Hotel Jakarta Airport

Starlet Hotel: A Budget-Friendly Hotel Near Jakarta Airport with Free Shuttle

I wrote about Best Western Premier The Hive the other day, a hotel close to Halim Perdanakusuma airport in Jakarta. And today, I’m going to review a hotel near the airport… But this time, it’s the one that’s located not too far from the main airport in the Greater Jakarta area: Soekarno-Hatta International Airport.

Due to the Covid-19 situation, all international flights only take place in Jakarta for both departures and arrivals. So if you’re planning to travel internationally to or from Indonesia, you may need some information about a budget-friendly hotel near Jakarta airport.

Since my flight to Dubai the other day was also from Jakarta, and they required a PCR test to travel there, I decided to stay in Jakarta for a couple of days and sort things out there instead of going directly from Bandung as I usually did. And this time, I chose to stay at Starlet Hotel during my stay before the flight.

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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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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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Eduplex: Coworking Space Open for 24 Hours in Bandung, Indonesia

Despite claiming that I’m not suitable for a digital nomad lifestyle, I would say remote working is now my jam as I’m more comfortable working from home while wearing my pajamas.

Nevertheless, it didn’t stop me from trying a new thing because working remotely gives me a reason to try using some coworking space nearby.

And you know what? Now I’ve got my favorite place to work in my hometown that is not my house, and it’s Eduplex.

Eduplex is a coworking space in Bandung that is open 24/7. Located in the city center of the capital city of West Java in Indonesia, I went to this coworking space multiple times. And since I get used to working late after midnight, sometimes I even finish at 2 or 3 in the morning.

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What You Could Get in Bali for $10 – Places to Visit and What to Do on the Island of God on Budget

Almost 2 years ago, we covered Ubud in one of our $10 series. As I went to Bali a few months ago, I also recently talked about some must-places visit in Bali along with my opinion about each place.

Today, we’re going to write yet another piece about Bali. This is going to cover another region in Bali, and also another way to spend your $10 on the island.

Thanks to Chantel of Travel for Your Life who would contribute this piece, let’s see the other region in Bali that is worth visiting when you’re on the island and what you can do there within the budget!

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