• Cambridge,  England,  London,  Note,  Sussex Wanderer,  United Kingdom

    BRP Stolen in London

    Last December I experienced a magical thing. I got my BRP and my daughter’s BRP cards stolen and returned back. BRP is Biometric Residence Permit, a very important identity card used to confirm the right to study or work in the United Kingdom (UK). The cards were inside my wallet which was stolen when I was counting money to buy a ride token in the Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park, London, on the first day of my 9 days end-year trip. During that holiday, my family and I planned to travel around London, Cambridge, Oxford, Bristol, Cardiff and Bath. Imagine how devastated we were to continue our next 8 days journey.…

  • Lost Wanderer,  Note,  Taiwan

    Panduan Aplikasi Visa dan Ijin Bebas Masuk Taiwan untuk Turis Indonesia

    Negara Taiwan yang disebut juga Republic of China (ROC) memiliki territory sendiri dan berbeda dengan mainland China yang bernama People’s Republic of China (PRC). Taiwan tidak punya Kedutaan Besar di Jakarta, melainkan sebuah kantor perwakilan dengan nama Taipei Economic Trade Office (Teto) yang berlokasi di dalam kawasan Senayan Central Business District (SCBD) seberang Mall Pacific Place. Dengan bermodalkan semangat mencari Tao Ming Tse tiket pesawat dan persyaratan lainnya, saya mendatangi kantor Teto tersebut untuk apply visa Taiwan buat saya, suami dan anak. Masuknya dari pintu belakang gedung dengan menukar kartu identitas. Sesampainya di Lantai 17, dokumen saya diperiksa terlebih dahulu oleh petugas di bagian depan pintu. Petugas yang baik hati tersebut memeriksa…

  • Lost Wanderer,  Note,  Transportation

    Meet Rokki: Air Asia In-Flight Entertainment

    Low-cost carrier means a boring flight? Not anymore. Some AirAsia flights now offer its passengers a free in-flight entertainment using your own gadget called Rokki.  What you need to do is to switch on the wi-fi connection in your smartphone or tab, and connect to FREE AirAsia ROKKI Wi-Fi. Voila, you can enjoy music, videos, and games. Although I am not interested in any of its videos and movies, I quite enjoy its music. There are few categories of music such as Classics, Pop and Korean music with about 20 songs each. Pop Music category contains a list of up-to-date songs You can also read the news and shop online.…

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    The One With All The Wisdom

    I just took a quiz about “What Type of Traveller Are You?” from HostelWorld.com, and I got this result. Somehow it’s true. The other possible results are these: The YOLO Fiend People may judge you for using this word, but you don’t care. You don’t get to travel much, but when you do, everything excites you. You seize every opportunity and you never use the word ‘no’…sometimes you can’t help but look around and think ‘How did I get here?’. Your constant positviity is infectious (you always have a companion cheering you on) and you live every travel day as if it might be your last. That is The Motto after…

  • Japan,  Kuala Lumpur,  Malaysia,  Note,  Tokyo

    When Travel is the Journey, not the Destination

    Five years ago when I started having money for traveling, I really cared about how many places to go in a short time, to maximize my holiday. I would feel wasting of time and money if I didn’t visit all the must-visited places in one city/country. I was also careful to not visiting the same places I had been to. One day in 2009 when I was traveling oversea in a big group with my friends, we visited a glamorous giant casino and suddenly separated into 2 groups. One group, including me, walked around the place, played some games, took photos and so on. The other group, to my disappointment,…

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    2011 – Real Adventure

    My only one resolution in 2011 was: “Moving out from Singapore”. I made it… after so much praying, thinking, debating, and crying. I am really grateful for the encouragement I got from my closed friends, to make this happened, to help me taking the risk. I almost canceled it. It was indeed the hardest decision I made in my life so far. Now I feel good about it. Even though sometimes I think I am walking on the spot in term of my career, but I don’t regret this. I get more in returns. This adventure is irreplaceable. My highlights of 2011: Trip to Europe Moving out from Singapore Living…

  • France,  Note,  Paris

    Lost in Translation in Paris

    This is a story about my very first day in Paris. After flying 13 hours by Air France from Singapore, I arrived in Paris – Charles de Gaulle airport around 6 AM, together with 2 colleagues. I had one day to walk around Paris before flying to Marseille on the next day. No problemo in immigration, they just asked me to show working assignment letter from my company. There was free 15 minutes wi-fi in the airport, and suddenly everybody’s busy with their phone for a while. As my friend Audi, with whom I was gonna stay in Paris, told me, I needed to take RER B train from airport to…

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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,…

  • Australia,  Cambodia,  Note

    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…

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    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…