2016 Year in Review: Travel

This year was a huge year for me. When I started in January I was expecting a few travels here and there, the big ones were: Hong Kong for a conference and Indonesia for a wedding. Little did I know that I would be heading off to another dream destination a few months after, Seoul, South Korea. That trip was a memorable first for me, I didn’t expect it but at the same time I welcomed it because it was an opportunity to travel solo, something I had been meaning to do for quite some time now. In the last part of my three part year in review series, let’s take a look back some of the best places I’ve visited this 2016.

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Tips for traveling solo

It’s been more than a month since I visited Seoul, South Korea and since then I still go back to that experience. As you may know, this was the first time I traveled solo and for me, it was a big leap. In the past I used to to travel with friends or with a few officemates for work. During those times, I would separate from the group and go explore on my own. Last month, it was a different story it was just me, my bags, and whatever stuff I had written on my trusty notebook. Looking back at those experiences, I’d like to share some of the tips that really helped me a lot during my travel.  Continue reading →

Train travels in Indonesia

During the 1800’s man decided to make his world smaller by going farther and faster, hence they built trains to connect distant places to one another. Fast forward to the 21st century and trains are still present, everyday I see one rumbling above my head hoping and praying it wouldn’t break down and inconvenience millions of commuters. When I went to China, we took the bullet train and sped past the Chinese countryside at an ear-popping speed of 300km/h. In Indonesia we also decided to take their trains to visit multiple cities for two reasons: affordability and the experience to see the countryside.  Continue reading →

Airbnb in Indonesia

Months prior to our departure I was fretting over where we would be staying during our stay in Indonesia. Since we would be moving from one place to the next over a period of 10-11 days, it was important we get a place that could keep our stuff in Jakarta while we were in Yogyakarta and Bandung. Thanks to the experiences of Tricia in San Francisco and my sister in Berlin, I began looking at Airbnb as an alternative to staying in hostels and backpacker inns. Plus lodging being quite expensive and we being on a tight budget, we needed budget friendly places.  Continue reading →

A bookworm in Indonesia

As our adventures in Indonesia were winding down an the days before we had to leave looming in the horizon, there was still one more thing we had to do: visit a bookstore. Ever since my post on bookstores in Hong Kong, I have been motivated to check out local bookstores in places I have been to. I was lucky enough to visit two: Kinokuniya and Books & Beyond. At the same time, my adventures were further complemented when I visited the bookstore in Changi International Airport.

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A Bandung Adventure

With a snap of a finger we moved back west to visit the colder part of Indonesia, the mountain city of Bandung. Taking another 8 hour train ride along winding mountainous stretches, we were greeted with heavy rain fall, gray clouds, and chilly weather. Undeterred that we had arrived at a bad time, we still set out to enjoy the city, its history, and its beautiful scenery.  Continue reading →

Prambanan Temple

Yogyakarta is an interesting city, on one part there are Buddhist temples and on the other part, Hindu temples. After spending an entire morning in Borobudur, the Buddhist part of Yogyakarta we made our way to the Hindu part, this time visiting the Prambanan temple complex. And like it’s Buddhist counterpart, Prambanan certainly did not disappoint.  Continue reading →