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2010 - Keep Traveling

One good thing of updating blog/journal regularly, at least once a month, is I can read and look back on what I've been up to in the past year. This year I was wandering like crazy. Not necessary traveling to oversea, but also to places in Singapore where I haven't been yet (quite difficult tho to find new place in this teeny weeny country).


When nobody wanted to go, I kept going, solo-backpacking it was. When I didn't like my traveling partners, I kept going. When no other girls in the group, I kept going (the Boy was quite angry about this). When the works in the office were hectic, sorry Boss, I kept going. When my Dad didn't approve my next trip plan, what the heck, I kept going.

My family do not like going out that much. Holiday means staying at home lazily, watching tv and sleeping whole day. Sounds 'fun', huh? I could not do much other than obeying this rule since I did not have enough money to go around by myself. The young-me also did not have many …

Dealing with Visa

Since I only have traveled to neighbor countries, I rarely needed to apply for visa. Except twice, when I went to Australia and Cambodia (I thought we're friends, Cambodia!). But after this agreement with our handsome foreign minister, Indonesia will be exempted from Cambodia Visa, hooray! You may need to check to the embassy for more details.

Cambodia has a system called e-Visa to apply the visa online. I applied it via this website which cost US$25 (US$20 + US$5 processing charge) per person. Not long time after submitting the application, I found this website saying that the site where I applied for visa was a scam. But this one only charges US$10 per person, quite strange because the normal price should be US$20. I didn't know which one was right.

On the next day my visa arrived, less than 12 hours! They sent it via email as JPG file. I had to print 2 copies and bring them for entering and departing Cambodia. No further issue when I arrived there and showed this print-ou…

Tinkerbell Wannabe

My company's Dinner and Dance (DnD) this year was held last week in one of ballrooms in Resort World Sentosa. As committee, we chose that place because it was quite new in Singapore therefore could bring more enthusiasm for people to come. DnD is an annual event from companies to unite their employees together and celebrate what has been achieved during a year... in summary: free deluxe dining foods haha! I think it is only common in Singapore. My company's branches in other countries like China and France, do not have this event. Or maybe I just don't know it.

Including this year, I have been attending DnD party 3 times. First time was in December 2008 when I just joined the company. Theme of the party that time was MTV Night, everything about music. But I did not dress up anything since I was newbie and I still had no idea what it was all about. The girls all dressed up so pretty in a night gown, I felt not confident at all! But never mind, I just wanted to enjoy the fo…

Some Things are Better Unplanned

I really like this traveling article, especially in the part: Most of your best memories will come from unplanned things.

When I and some friends went to Bintan last month for one night, we really had it spontaneously. Accommodation and ferry bookings, even how many exact people coming, were finalized only two days before the trip. And activities to do in Bintan? We asked to the hotel staff once we arrived there! Nonetheless, that was one of the most fun trips I ever had, thanks to the awesome traveling partners!

In other occasions, especially for far and long trips such as Australia, I prefer to plan them carefully and details. So I can be a spontaneous traveler, and also an organized traveler, depends on the needs haha. I used this helpful web-tool to create my itinerary. But... of course, things do not always work as we planned.

We arrived at Melbourne in the afternoon, planning to go directly to Phillip Island to catch little fairy penguins on sunset. But the car we rented did no…

I Left My Heart There

Some places make me want to come back. Some places are enough to be visited once. Some places are really not recommended. But this is the first place I fall in love with.

Dance Music Holic

When you like a song so much, you tend to repeat it in your music player many times, and even update your twitter status to the lyric. Like:
And when you smile, the whole world stops and stares for a while. Because girl you're amazing, just the way you are Nice, right?! But unfortunately my favorite songs mostly have no good lyrics.
Damn Girl!!! Damn, you's a sexy bitch, sexy bitch! Or no lyric at all.



It is Warp by Steve Aoki, who was one of DJs performed in GO! Avalon At Large last September. He was AWESOME!! I think I like his performance more than Flo Rida on that night. Nevertheless, Flo Rida (I just know recently that it's read as Flow Rider) gave me a big Chupa Chups!!


Ha ha, he has a song called Sugar: my lips like sugar... When he sang that song, he threw this big Chupa Chups to the audience. It ended up in.... not my hands, but a girl in front of me and she just passed it to some people in the back which was me.

And this is my song of the week:



I can't wait fo…

Nature Walks

Living in a metropolitan city sometimes make you sick of high buildings, malls, buses and trains packed of people. All you want to do is getting away to a jungle, beach or secluded island. Too bad there's no decent beach here in Singapore. Beach in East Coast Park is full of ships, while Siloso Beach in Sentosa is fake (it's nice for party tho :P). But Singapore has many parks and gardens with good care and maintenance. You can see the list of parks in Singapore here, from tiny garden to huge forest!

One random morning, my friends and I went to MacRitchie Reservoir for trekking. The air was fresh, many people did sport activities (jogging, canoeing, etc), monkeys were around, but at some points there are still sights of HDB or apartments haha. Confidently, thinking that we are young we are free (you can run away with me..), we decided to take the longest trail until Tree Top Walk. We walked about 10 km with some climbings! On the way back I was thinking to look for shortcut, …

Getting Old Happily

Llast Friday I was kind of having birthday. Yes, I'm getting old, thank you, but I was REALLY happy that day!

Usually, I spent hours before 12 AM with daydreaming and contemplating my life in the past and future, but that night I was not interested to think too much. I guess I've started taking this life not so serious anymore, that's good.

I didn't know what to do and I was not sleepy yet, so I phoned The Guy to demand a birthday greeting. Usually the birthday-person is being called, right? But this one vice-versa.

Around 7 AM, my parents woke me up by their call to say happy birthday and all the prayings. Thank you so much, Mom, Dad! :) Then, as always, they told me to wake up early, and I said yes, but of course after the phone's closed, I slept again.

I waited until 9.30 AM to go to the office because at that time taxi here won't charge 30% more. I took taxi because I brought a baggage to office, planning to go directly to airport in the afternoon for flyi…

Lost in Life

Happy Ied! I just got back from long holiday in my hometown.

It started on September 8th. I still went to work on that day since my flight was at 7.10 PM. I had brought all my baggages to the office, I planned to go directly from office to airport by taxi at 5 PM at the latest. Around 4.45 PM, I approached my boss to report my task (and ask permission to go) but suddenly we had a long discussion and I could not dare to stop it (well, he's the boss!). I was so panic "I'm gonna be late!" but fortunately around 5.15 PM, my boss remembered to ask "what time is your flight?" Me: "Errr.. 7.10 PM". Boss: "Huh? Why are you still here, go go!" Phewww.. thanks a lot, Boss! :D

I ordered taxi via phone and waited at the front gate. Still waiting, I called the customer service to ask why my taxi hadn't come yet. She then tried to call the driver with no avail "the line is busy, Ma'am. But the GPS showing he's already around that st…

To The Far Far Away

Finally I stepped my feet inside Universal Studios Singapore (USS). It was on weekend, so I booked the tickets online since 2 weeks before. Last time I wanted to go there on weekend also, I checked the tickets 10 days before but it was already sold out. After I purchased online, tickets and confirmation was sent to my email, and I just needed to print and bring them along on the day. Presented the printed tickets to the staff in the gate, they scanned the barcode, then voilaa.. I came into another world.

First we went to the Guest Service to redeem our vouchers. Each ticket comes with $5 voucher of Souvenir, and $5 voucher of Food. Our bags were not inspected like when I went to Hong Kong Disneyland. It is okay to bring drinks/bottle from outside. There were many water tap spots around the studio for us get water refilled, that way we would save much money, because it was so damn hot and we would need so much water! Don't forget to bring your sunglasses, umbrella, hats, sunblocks …

Sudden Tourist

For past 3 weekends, I was busy-busy bringing some people around this small dot country. Since I lived here, I have been to Sentosa million times, watched Songs of the Sea twice (okay, not much enough like my friend Ronny, 4 times! It's not like the show is THAT good, but we just need to come over to accompany some people watching, by the way it IS a recommended show), been around Marina Bay couple of times, gone to Orchard gazillion times... oh well, this one is indeed my favorite place here, so yeah..

My ex-housemate from Bandung came by. Then my Mom, Sister and Aunt visited me (sudden inspection, whoaa I cleaned my room keener than usual). Then a week after, The Boy came. And there will be a bunch of people are coming tomorrow (hey you, guuuys!). Singapore is really really easy-reachable by many people, even for those who do not have so much budget, because the flight tickets nowadays are very cheeeeeeeap! You even could get free accommodation by joining couchsurfing or somethi…

Ramadhan Mubarak

This is epic!

Yesterday in Chinese Lunar calendar, the Ghost Month (7th month) was started. They believe during this month, the gates of hell are opened, and evil souls visit the living.
Today in Islamic calendar, the Fasting Month (9th month, or we called it Ramadhan) was started. We believe during this month, the gates of heaven are opened while the gates of hell are closed tightly by Allah, so no evils come out.

During this month, the Chinese offer to the ghost in the form of prayers, food and paper money. They burn fake paper money, paper television, paper car and paper house to give to their dead relatives so they will live comfortably in their world.
During this month, the Moslem do not eat, drink, smoke and do any sexual activities, from dawn to sunset. It's believed to teach us about patience, humility and spirituality.

This month, the Chinese are visited by the hungry ghosts, while the Moslem make themselves hungry.

During this month, the Chinese prefer to not be outside…

You're Going Places, Baby!

I just remember that I got this award couple weeks ago from the lovely Tiara (thank you, Dear!) but I haven't done it yet. It's called You're Going Places, Baby! The rules are "describe where you think you'll be in 10 years and then pass it along to other bloggers".

Ten years from now I will be in my thirties (and awesome), already back to my country, most likely staying in Jakarta. By that time I would have already visited/lived in the other side of the world before going back to Indonesia. I would have already found what my passion is, what the happiness means, and how to live life to the fullest. My life will be more exciting and meaningful. Like any other girls' dream, by that time I would have started my own family and lived in my own house.

Now it seems more like You're Growing Old, Baby! award.

I would like to pass this award to ElfiraChristin and anyone who just want to write about it in their blog.

Angkor Rocks

Hula!

Still from my previous trip to Vietnam and Cambodia, now I put some pictures of me (and my friend, Helen). (If you notice,) I did not put my pictures in previous posts, so here they are. Angkor Wat and its surrounding temples are heaven for taking narcissism pictures!


I really love that place. We watched sunrise in Angkor Wat, went to Angkor Thom (Bayon etc), Ta Phrom (Lara Croft Tomb Raider's scene), watched sunset in Phnom Bakheng, visited Banteuy Srei, had tracking to Kbal Spean and the 1000 Shiva Lingas, and went to other small temples which are SO MANY! I bet an archaeologist will spend few years to finish exploring all those old stuffs.