Category Archive: Travel

The squishy journey of my poor mangoes

I left Phnom Penh with a box of heavy mangoes, fresh from a farm. They must weigh 10 kg and I miraculously got past check-in even though I didn’t purchase baggage. Three white… Continue reading

What travel and volunteer taught me about life and money

A few months ago, I wrote a blog post on leaving the corporate world to volunteer and the experiences it gave me. It was a lot of jumping points for re-thinking one’s life… Continue reading

The different flavors of life

“What do you do?” “I volunteer at an orphanage.” My answer usually invites curiosity, slight disbelief or no response. But for the first time today, someone stared at me as if I told… Continue reading

Why I travel

In the last few months, I have sang solo on the street for fun in multiple countries, made a fool of myself dancing the Dangdut (type of Indonesian music) in front of 200… Continue reading

How to overcome shyness and have a great time

What the hell was I doing here? It was Friday night; my one month in Thailand had made me restless. I was alone in a hotel lounge I’ve never been to before in… Continue reading

Day 10 in Thailand

The past 10 days has been hectic and wildly exciting at the same time. When I landed on Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport, the immigration line was strangely short and I got through hassle free.… Continue reading

Can We Hope for a Socially and Environmentally Responsible Tourism in Indonesia?

Two weeks ago, I met with a group of orphanage representatives from Flores, NTT (Nusa Tenggara Timur) region of Indonesia. They have brought over some souvenirs: corn chips made by the orphanage students… Continue reading

Karo, Citizenship Education and the Spirit of Aron

Indonesia has changed. Sovereignty is now in the hands of the people. And yet many citizens still take the standpoint of choosing not to involve themselves in politics because it’s “dirty”.┬áThis mindset is… Continue reading

Doing Good in Jakarta: A place you can’t miss!

We spent the morning practicing the skit and laughing at ourselves. My friend, Hui Bing (a special needs teacher), was visiting Jakarta from Singapore. As with any other person coming or living in… Continue reading

Up Close with the Animals in Taman Safari

I fondly remember my family’s weekend or holiday trips to the Puncak area, a mountaineos region in West Java, just a little past Bogor. Usually a three hours drive away from Jakarta, all… Continue reading