Floating in Labuan Bajo

Hello there!

Work was getting a little bit too intense for me in the month of August 2017, and I had to get a little breather for myself before things went out of control, That’s why I took a 4 days off from work and went to one of the most happening destination in Indonesia. Yes! It’s Labuan Bajo!

Day 1

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We took Garuda Indonesia direct flight to Komodo International Airport (2.35 hours of flight). After we reached Labuan Bajo, We headed directly to Paradise Bar and Restaurant to grab something to eat.

Paradise Bar and Restaurant

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then we continued exploring the island and having seafood for our dinner.

Day 2

And the real sailing trip began at day 2!

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First Stop!

Kanawa Island

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Second stop!

Gili Lawa Darat

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Day 3

Day 3 was quite packed, but before we start the journey, we drop by to Gili Lawa Darat again to take some instagramable photos at the savannas.

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Manta Point

This is one of the most exciting activity that I look forward to experience. The captain suddenly scream “Ayo cepet turun! Mantanya di bawah!”. It took around 10ish minutes until I dare to look down to see the Mantas. And it was….. AMAZING!

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To saw big mantas swimming around you was a whole new experience for me personally. I’m super satisfied with what I saw. But unfortunately since we didn’t bring any under water camera, so we sont be able to took any Manta’s pic.

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Taka Makassar

At first, I’m quite confused with this place. It’s a small vacant island consisting only of a few trees and sand (the sand is half white-half pink). The water was super clear! And you guess it right. We took a lot of photos.

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After tired of taking photos (well, it’s a lie. We don’t get tired of taking photos. Never did), we headed to Pink Beach.

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Then we headed to Komodo National Park to see some wild Komodos.

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You have to be accompanied by 2 rangers when you walk around the island, 1 in front and another 1 in the back, since komodo is a carnivore predator that can attack people unexpectedly.

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There are a bunch of wild animals here such as deers, and of course the Komodos!

Kalong Island

Our last destination for the night was Pulau Kalong, where we were supposed to see a group of bats flying above our ship during sunset. Unfortunately, the bats didn’t come out that night, probably because there were too many ships anchored there.

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But, eventhought we didnt see any bats, Kalong Island before sunset. It’s just BEAUTIFUL! So peaceful and heartwarming. The landscape, the water, the sky.. It’s just perfect!

Day 4

Padar Island

“Bohong ke Labuan Bajo kalo belum ke Padar”. Yes, this is the compulsory spot to visit if you go to Labuan Bajo. Not without reasons, the view is amazing from the top.

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I think it was the highest track we climbed so far, we start at 5AM. The trek up is quite steep with no real path, and rocky as in lots of sharp and loose rocks with sands, I advise not to wear flip flops when you go up. (Really. Don’t use flip flops). We trekked for almost 45 minutes.

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And Padar Island was the last destination in Labuan Bajo. We headed to Komodo National Airport after that and went back to Jakarta at 4pm.

For those who wants to watch the video version of this trip, click the link below and don’t forget to subscribe 😉

Labuan Bajo is one of the most beautiful place I’ve ever visit that I would recommend everyone to visit. Save up some money and visit Labuan Bajo!

#WonderfulIndonesia

 

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Lion City

Hi!

I know, it’s been a long time since my last post. I’ve been quite busy with my work and other activities but I’m back people! Time to start posting some new stuff here.

It’s been 2 years since the last time I went for a family vacation. So two weeks ago I’ve decided to spent a week in Singapore with my family. I was going to write a full complete day by day experience entry about this trip, but then I got lazy lol. So let me just sum up my trip into “3 Things I did in Singapore”. Here we go!


1. MUSEUM

Singapore Art Museum

Singapore Art Museum (SAM) probably one the most popular museum among the youths. SAM regularly collaborate with several international museums to cover both the local and international art practices.

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For this year, the exhibition’s theme draws inspiration from the ocean and sea. “Odyssey: Navigating Nameless Seas” and “Imaginarium: Over the Ocean, Under the Sea”

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I must admit I had fun visiting this Museum, the art pieces were indeed very beautiful and interactive.

Admission ticket : $ 10.00 

Image of Singapore Live and Madame Tussauds

Madame Tussauds Singapore is located in Sentosa Island, somewhere nearby Imbiah Station together with The Images of Singapore.

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Before entering Madame Tussauds, We were first led in to the Images of Singapore. We didn’t allowed to take any photos inside the attraction but it was relatively interactive as you brought into a journey to the history of Singapore. This attraction will probably take around 30 minutes.

The final part of Images of Singapore Live is the newest attraction inside the Museum “The Spirit of Singapore Boat Ride”

And here comes Madame Tussauds.

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Admission ticket : $ 39.00 


2. EXPLORING NEW PLACES

Haji Lane

Hidden away from the hustle of Singapore, Haji Lane can become one of your shopping destination to the anti-mall crowd. The whole street walls covered with unique murals and creative street art.

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If I can suggest, late afternoon will be the best time to visit the road since the heat begins to dissipate.

Butterfly Garden

When was the last time you saw a butterfly?

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Not everyone knows that there is a garden inside Changi Airport. Well, I guess it’s because of the signage didn’t point out to the place very well (check the airport map for a direction). The butterfly garden is located in Terminal 3.

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I think Changi Airport is home to the world’s first butterfly garden in an airport. The garden divided into two levels, and they said over 1000 butterflies lives inside this garden. There is also a transparent box with a hundreds of cocoons inside it.

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If you happen to be in Terminal 3 Changi Airport, do remember to give the garden a visit.


3. FOOD HUNTING

Well, If you love to eat, it would be “almost” impossible not to love Singapore. There are bunch of delicious foods available across Singapore.

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Pokémon Café

Pika.. Pika.. Chu..! For a limited period from May 27 to July 31, EwF at Bugis Junction changed into a Pokémon Café. It’s opens from 11am onwards daily.

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This is the first Pokémon Café in South East Asia, featuring 12 Pokémon themed dishes and a selection of merchandise. Every order of the Pikachu Smiling Rice Omelette with Magma Sauce or Pikachu’s Sweeeet Pancake will come with a Pokéball mug that you can take home.

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Pikachu Smiling Rice Omelette with Magma Sauce | $ 20.00

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Battle on Pikachu with Level Rare Candy | $ 20.00

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Special Move Fire Blast with Primal Groudon’s Bolognese | $ 20.00

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Pikachu Latte | $ 9.00

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Pikachu’s Thunder Shock Parfait | $ 15.00

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Volt Tackle Soda | $ 10.00

Jumbo Seafood

Looking for the best Chilli Crab in Singapore?

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Jumbo Seafood is one of my all-time favorite seafood restaurants. It is one of a local and tourist favourite, serving freshly seafood dishes.

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The crabs here were very fleshy and fresh! Warning: Unlike others Chilli Crab sauces were mostly sweet-spicy, this one is really really spicy!

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Chilli Crab | $ 171.60

Don’t forget to make a reservation a few days prior, or you will ended up waiting for more than 2 hours for a table. Check out this website for further details :  www.jumboseafood.com.sg/

To sum up the trip, It was an awesome vacation! We had a fabulous time, and I would change absolutely nothing.

See ya’all on the next post!

 

 

Hi! I know, it’s been a long time since my last post. I've been quite busy with my work and other activities but I'm back people! Time to start posting some new stuff here. It's been 2 years since the last time I went for a family vacation. So two weeks ago I've decided to spent a week in Singapore with … Continue reading Lion City

Into the Woods

First things you guys need to know, I’m not a big fan of dust, bugs, sunburns and inclement weather, basically all the things related to outdoors activities. But, last week I’ve decided to have a short trip with my friends to Gunung Pancar, and camped there for a night.

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Surprisingly it was a really great experience. I’m obsessed with the scenery and can’t get enough of taking pictures of it.

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It was only a 2 day trip, not a fancy trip abroad, but i really had a blast.

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Sometimes people forget the true meaning of traveling. They measure their happiness by how far they go for the trip, by how many things they bought, or how good does the pictures they took look like.

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But hey, sometimes traveling isn’t about those things, but being able to travel with the people you love most and being able to realize how precious the time you spent with them is, that’s the true meaning of traveling.

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First things you guys need to know, I'm not a big fan of dust, bugs, sunburns and inclement weather, basically all the things related to outdoors activities. But, last week I've decided to have a short trip with my friends to Gunung Pancar, and camped there for a night. Surprisingly it was a really great … Continue reading Into the Woods

Microsoft Volunteer Day

Hello Folks!

On the 2nd week of December, I got the chance to be one of the Volunteers for Microsoft Volunteer Day at Sekolah Noah.

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Being a Millenials in the 21st century is not easy. Yes, you can connect with everyone via social media, but at the same time, you can feel disconnected from those around you too.

Being able to take part as a volunteer helps me grow as a person. It helps me to reconnect with the society and feel the fulfilment of knowing that I can be a part of something bigger.

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It was always exciting for me personally to be able to share some of my happiness with others, especially with children. They can be cute, smart, but annoying and loud at the same time.

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Meet these three cute little girls who gave us their handwritten thank you notes with a heart-shaped origami at the end of our class. #TooSweet

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And finally, last photo with Pak Andreas Diantoro and all the kids.

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Thank you Microsoft and Sekolah Noah for this opportunity!
And thanks kids for having me as your teacher!

For More info about Sekolah Noah please check the link below: http://www.sekolahnoah.sch.id/

Hello Folks! On the 2nd week of December, I got the chance to be one of the Volunteers for Microsoft Volunteer Day at Sekolah Noah. Being a Millenials in the 21st century is not easy. Yes, you can connect with everyone via social media, but at the same time, you can feel disconnected from those around you too. Being able … Continue reading Microsoft Volunteer Day

Graduated

Officially graduated and ready to conquer the world.

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Seems like it was only yesterday when I had countless sleepless nights, tons of cases to read, multiple research reports to submit, had my first experience of traveling alone for a Student Exchange Program in Malaysia, Student Ambassadors for ASEAN Project in Thailand, and even for an internship in Microsoft Singapore.

Things have definitely changed me a lot for the past 4 years, all for better and because of HIS Grace!

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Cheers to all the people who were brave enough to risk it all and go out of their comfort zone to achieve success.

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A huge thank you to my Dad and Mom for their support and hard-work, I won’t be here if it’s not because of you. To my friends for giving me the best yet craziest experience during my univ. life, and thank you Jesus for making all of this happened to me. ‪#‎Binusian2015‬

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Officially graduated and ready to conquer the world. Seems like it was only yesterday when I had countless sleepless nights, tons of cases to read, multiple research reports to submit, had my first experience of traveling alone for a Student Exchange Program in Malaysia, Student Ambassadors for ASEAN Project in Thailand, and even for an internship in … Continue reading Graduated

สวัสดีครับ Thailand

สวัสดีครับ !

I was lucky enough to be one of the scholarship recipients for Student Ambassadors For ASEAN Project program in Prince of Songkla University, Phuket. Let’s see what Thailand have in store for me.

DAY ONE

I arrived at Phuket International Airport at 7 pm along with other ASEAN delegates. The journey from the airport to PSU Lodge, the place where all the delegations stayed took approximately 30-45 minutes.

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After checking in at PSU Lodge, we decided to go out for dinner. Because the majority of the population in our area can’t speak English, we found it difficult to order a meal just by looking at the picture. Thank God the food that we ordered was delicious even though I still can’t recall the name of the food I ate that time.

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DAY TWO

The camp started on the second day, we got acquainted with each other through a variety of unique games.

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I had the opportunity to learn Thai language and got a deeper understanding about Thai Culture.

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After a whole series of programs completed for the first day, we decided to go out for dinner at one of the famous tom yam restaurant in phuket, ร้าน แก่นแก้ว (Kankeaw Restaurant).

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DAY THREE

The third day begins with Intercultural Communication class by Colin Gallager, a lecturer from the UK.

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Then in the afternoon we all learned how to play Angklung together, led by Aulia from Indonesia.

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The class was followed by a Thai cooking class, we cooked the famous Thai dessert Bao Loy.

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Guess which one is mine? Yep, the one shaped like Mickey Mouse.

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We ended the day by visiting the Central Festival Phuket, which is one of the closest mall from the University. We tried almost all the Thai dishes and desserts there. And the mango sticky rice is SUPER delicious.

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DAY FOUR

Fourth day was filled with traveling around the Phuket Island. Our first stop was Rang Hill which is the main destination in Phuket.

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Our journey continued to Phuket Old Town, which in my opinion has a resemblance to George Town in Penang, Malaysia.

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Unfortunately on our way to Phuket Old Town, the weather changed from super sunny to rain. So we rushed to our next destination, Chalong Temple.

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Prom-the Cape, was our final destination of the day. Although it was plagued by rain, the prom-the cape still show its beauty.

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After exploring Phuket, we checked in at Naiyang Beach Resort and Spa.

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And got ready for the Farewell Dinner Party.

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DAY FIVE

Today is the day for the entire ASEAN delegates to return to their country. But I decided to extend one more day along with other two Indonesian delegates from BINUS University, Rendy and Jufery.

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We spent the night in one of the hostel in Patong, Balcony Hostel. With a very affordable price 300bath/night and a strategic location, in the middle of the city. This hostel could be one option for those of you who want to travel to Phuket.

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After checking in at the hostel, we rushed to the Jungceylon Mall by foot. Phuket weather that time was super hot.

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We also give a visit to some street market around the mall. IMG_8796

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After walking around the mall, we decided to rent a bike (200bath/24hr + 40bath for gasoline) to get around in Phuket because of the cost of a taxi is very expensive there.

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Our first stop is the Big Buddha Phuket. It takes approximately 30-45 minutes from city to the place, which is located up at the hills.

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On our way back, we took time to make a visit at some places such as elephant farms. To feed and take pictures with the elephants, you only need to pay 100 bath.

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Then we stopped at Port Chalong and Karon beach. IMG_2827

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After an exhausting journey riding a bike in the hot weather of Phuket, we decided to try the Thai Massage (It was REALLY GOOD) before finally returning to the hostel, which is located right next to our hostel. At 7 pm, we got back to the street to explore the nightlife of Phuket, and we were accompanied by our Thai Friends, Phong and Pak. We went out to dinner at one of the night market in Phuket.

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After a satisfying meal at the night market, we went to Bangla Road which is the most famous tourism area in Phuket. And … Yep … The road was super crazy and wild.

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So, that’s all for today. Being Able to travel and explore new places are always awesome and interesting. Thank you for the amazing week Phuket! Thank you Prince of Songkla University for the scholarship! And thank you to all the ASEAN delegates (Rendy, Jufery, Aulia, Sylvia, Khai, Nano, Tiru, Wii, Pak, Phong, Pimploy, Miaw, Lek, Dear) for becoming my new family. Please stay in touch! and a big shout out to Pak and Phong for bringing us around on our last night in Phuket!

Click this link to check out my story on BINUS International Office website.

I’ll see you guys on my next post! ขอบคุณ ครับ!

สวัสดีครับ ! I was lucky enough to be one of the scholarship recipients for Student Ambassadors For ASEAN Project program in Prince of Songkla University, Phuket. Let's see what Thailand have in store for me. DAY ONE I arrived at Phuket International Airport at 7 pm along with other ASEAN delegates. The journey from the airport … Continue reading สวัสดีครับ Thailand

Well, Hello There!

So, after a long hiatus and thinking about it for awhile, I’ve decided to write a blog. Please keep holding on. Just wait a little bit more. I’ll have a new blog post up soon, I promise!

I’ll see you guys around!

Cheers!

So, after a long hiatus and thinking about it for awhile, I've decided to write a blog. Please keep holding on. Just wait a little bit more. I'll have a new blog post up soon, I promise! I'll see you guys around! Cheers!