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Candi Muaro Jambi: An Almost-Neglected History (Jan 24, 2014)

Me at one of the temples in Candi Muaro Jambi compounds

The place is around one-plus hour ride from the airport, assuming the average speed of the vehicles is 60-70km/h. Continue reading “Candi Muaro Jambi: An Almost-Neglected History (Jan 24, 2014)”

Mahato: Glimpses of Life in the Palm Plantation


So, the smoke that plagued the center of Sumatra weeks ago, which I heard has subsided now thanks god, reminded me of my trip with dad to a place call Mahato in Riau. Was there on 27 February-1 March, 2013. This post was a midnight contemplation to get my mind off from other stuffs, so enjoy.

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Ngebolang Setengah Hari di Pulau Samosir

Catatan: Artikel ini bagian dari laporan trip JaBaGa 2013. Juga dimuat di TED Wego Indonesia, sebagai salah satu tulisan semasa magang.


“Ayo ke Parapat.”

2 Maret 2013. Papi sudah berjanji untuk mengantarkan saya ke Parapat, nama salah satu daerah wisata di pinggir Danau Toba. Semacam ritual yang akan dilakukan kalau saya sedang mampir di Tebing Tinggi, Sumatera Utara. Kebetulan ada acara komunitas Tebing Tinggi di Hotel Niagara (baca: review hotel di TA), maka kami pun menginap di sana.
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Melaka: Revel in the Polychromatic Vista

Note: This article is part of JaBaGa 2013 reports.


Check up in Melaka. Wait, what?
Let’s go and have a med check up, was what my family told me from the beginning of this trip I dubbed as JaBaGa. To have a medical check up in Melaka, like it is the common sense to perceive. What’s wrong to have one in Indonesia’s hospital? Well apparently, my beloved Grandma have more faith in doctors at the Mahkota Hospital.
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FamTrip: Bali (April 16-18, 2013) D3 ~ Uluwatu Temple

Continuing from:

The wonderful sight of Uluwatu Temple

Day 3, April 18, 2013 | Uluwatu Temple
highlight: accommodation tips, Uluwatu Temple, Odalan

We got up quite early this last day since I had a mission to visit Uluwatu temple before we pack our bag and head home. It was around 6.30 AM that we went further south to the end of the road above the cliff to Uluwatu Temple, one of the Balinese sea temple, which is also Bali’s nine key directional temples. Continue reading “FamTrip: Bali (April 16-18, 2013) D3 ~ Uluwatu Temple”

FamTrip: Bali (April 16-18, 2013) D2-2 ~ Kuta and Tanah Lot

Continuing from:

  • D1 ~ Jimbaran
  • D2-1 ~ GWK

  • The summer feel in Kuta Beach, ouyeah!

    Day 2, April 17, 2013 | Kuta and Tanah Lot
    highlight: accommodation tips, Kuta Beach, Tanah Lot Temple

    So! From GWK we firstly headed back to the hotel as it was in the way, and got ready for a long ride to Kuta Beach. What made it an easy trip for non-native rider like me was, of course, the advice I got from Villa Puri Royan staffs, as stated in the prior article. They gave me advice such as that I have to only follow road that has white-stripe in the middle because then I would never get lost in any way, since it’s the main road, and thanks God, that Bali doesn’t have many main road. Continue reading “FamTrip: Bali (April 16-18, 2013) D2-2 ~ Kuta and Tanah Lot”

FamTrip: Bali (April 16-18, 2013) D2-1 ~ GWK

Continuing from:

  • D1 ~ Jimbaran

  • Posing in front of Garuda

    Day 2, April 17, 2013 | Garuda Wisnu Kencana
    highlight: Garuda Wisnu Kencana, I Nyoman Nuarta, tips on renting motorcycle

    We woke up quite early and were well-rested, thanks to the comfortable bed of Villa Puri Royan. About 8 o’clock we have breakfast, fried noodles for mom and toast for me, while we waited for the rented motorcycle, which the hotel staff had recommended to me. Continue reading “FamTrip: Bali (April 16-18, 2013) D2-1 ~ GWK”

FamTrip: Bali (April 16-18, 2013) D1 ~ Jimbaran

Woohoo! Finally! Driven by AirAsia promo, me and mom (yes, you read it right, my mom!) successfully visited the place that was also known as The Island of Gods. Actually this was a first trip we did together in many years, I wasn’t even sure we had a trip together with only the two of us before… anyway without further ado, please enjoy the story of our short 3-days trip!

Day 1, April 16, 2013 | Jimbaran
highlight: accommodation from airport to hotel, hotel, eating, shopping, sunset view, seafood cafes or restaurant for dinner

Waking up, going and getting at the airport too early in the morning was inevitable whenever it was with mom. That aside, Bali trip with mom gave me enough jitters that I booked a hotel room prior on January. Checking, comparing, rechecking and reading review after review on TripAdvisors, in the end I chose to book a room at Villa Puri Royan via (read my TA review for the hotel, here).

An on-time and smooth 2-hours flight later, we found ourselves at a renovated Ngurah Rai International Airport around lunch time with 1 hour plus difference (Bali time is set to GMT+8). After haggling with not much success, we headed to Jimbaran, where the hotel was located, in a private taxi (that’s Xenia for us) for IDR 65.000; from airport to Jimbaran was supposedly around fourty to fifty thousand rupiah only, this was proven when later I got IDR 50.000 from the hotel service. I also read in many blogs that it is actually cheaper using airport taxi that has taxi-meter, like BlueBird.
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JaBaGa 2013

This post serves as the index for every JaBaGa 2013 article.

JaBaGa or Jalan Bareng Keluarga was a one-month holiday with family that lasted from February 6 to March 4, 2013. It was the first in a very long time. The main agenda of this trip was to celebrate Chinese New Year together; everything else was a bonus.

I traveled with Mom, Grandma, Aunt and her Husband to several places in Malaysia and Singapore. Dad also joined in later, which in the last round of the trip, brought me home to Indonesia.

Melaka: Revel in the Polychromatic Vista

Ngebolang Setengah Hari di Pulau Samosir

Mahato: Glimpses of Life in the Palm Plantation

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