• Will Traveling Make Me Happy?

    No. I don’t think so. I think traveling, especially when you’re traveling alone to someplace far away, will only enhance whatever feeling you’re feeling at that particular moment. The thing is this: our feelings can be expressed through different outlets. Those who are sad can wrap themselves up in a blanket or go out to party all

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  • My Latest Sunset Spot in Ubud, Bali

    Are you the sunrise type, or the sunset type? I have been sharing a room with Mumun from the travel blog Indohoy during some of our trips, and before bed, she always said enthusiastically, “Let’s wake up early tomorrow and watch the sunrise!” – to which I responded with: “Well, let’s see tomorrow.” Usually, the next day, we would

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  • Should I Quit My Job to Travel?

    Quit-your-job-and-travel-the-world could be the latest epitome of success for the millennials. But do you really have to quit your job to travel? My first traveling experience, as an adult, was to Bandung, a city 185 kilometres away from my hometown. It was supposed to be a trip with a friend, but the friend cancelled at

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  • On Traveling the Kitchens.

    The place I like best in the world is the kitchen. With this heart-robbing sentence, so begins the story of a young woman, Mikage Sakurai, as she’s dealing with love and loss while trying to find her place in the world. After more than 10 years, the novel Kitchen by Japanese author Banana Yoshimoto is still one of

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  • Growing Up Over A Cup of (Indonesian) Coffee

    My boyfriend found out that I have sinned. He watched me in mild horror as I disgracefully sipped my well-deserved cup of cappuccino, after attacking some slices of Quattro Formaggi for dinner. An Italian, he knows and adheres the commandments of Italian coffee culture by heart: that cappuccino, as well as other ‘milky’ coffee, can only be consumed in the morning, and

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