10 Tempat Wisata Kuliner Lezat di Kota Solo

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Kota Solo tak melulu identik dengan wisata keraton dan belanja batik. Khusus bagi ‘foodies’ atau pencinta makanan seperti saya, jalan-jalan ke Solo pastilah belum memuaskan kalau saya masih belum sempat menjajal beragam jenis makanan tradisional yang ada di sana. Jika dibandingkan dengan harga makanan di kota Bandung atau Jakarta, harga makanan di kota Solo tergolong murah meriah. Continue reading

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5 Reasons why you should visit Lenggang Jakarta in Monas

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Recently opened by Jakarta’s Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, Lenggang Jakarta Food Court and Souvenir Center is now ready to welcome visitors. Here are 5 good reasons why you should go there.

Located at National Monument (Monas) IRTI parking lot, Lenggang Jakarta is the city government’s answer to the problem of illegal street vendors around Monas area. Previously did not have any rights to operate, now the street vendors are happily filling permanent kiosks with an official amount of levy as low as Rp 4,000 per day.

Currently, Lenggang Jakarta houses 329 street vendors consisting of 126 food vendors and 176 non-food merchants who sells souvenirs, t-shirts, accessories, shoes, and toys. The venue opens from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. on weekdays and up to midnight on weekends and public holidays.
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How Google Can Help You Checking Your Flight Info

We’re not sure why we’ve never heard about this before — but as they say, it’s better late than never.

Unless you’re dealing with a late flight, that is.

When you’re in a hurry to find your personal flight info, it turns out you can turn to Google. Continue reading

What to Prepare When Traveling to Indonesia’s Remote Places

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Planning and preparation are both essential home-works that travelers need to do before departing to their dream destinations. However, traveling can be full of pitfalls especially if the plan consists of trips to places away from the comfort of urban civilization. As an archipelago comprising of more than 17,000 islands, many villages in Indonesia are still relying on themselves for electricity and don’t have decent paved roads nor decent public transportation. Traveling to these regions might be a tricky and tough thing to do. Below are the tips that might make the exploration effort easier. Continue reading

Surviving Indonesia #1: How to Travel Savvy in Indonesia

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As an archipelago country stretched across the equator, Indonesia offers travelers diverse kind of destinations with various activities as well. Despite having the dry season, heavy rain are still pouring down through out the year. When traveling to Indonesia, it is best to always have a plan B, considering a bad weather.

Infrastructures like paved roads and public transportation are still underdeveloped in many areas outside Java island and Bali. Electricity and clean water are also scarcely available in remote villages and small islands. Your dream vacation can turn to nightmare without savvy preparation and knowledge. Here are some practical knowledge to consider before you set your foot in Indonesia. Continue reading

Minimalist Packing Tips: How to Lighten Your Load

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“He who would travel happily must travel light,” my favorite French author, Antoine de St. Exupery, once said. Although I’m still a newbie both in this minimalist and vagabondish things, having traveled with different groups of people I always find my bags are amongst the lightest of all the participants. Still, personally I sometimes feel that I bring more than I really need. Unpacking bags after getting back home, I ‘d still be able to find unworn shirts and stuffs which could actually just be left at home rather than making my bag heavier to carry around.

Simplicity has always been the essential key to minimalism. The same applies to traveling. If you travel often only for a short period of time, you might want to read and apply the onebag philosophy. I found their tips useful and their perspective on traveling light refreshing as well as mind-opening. Continue reading

Surviving Jakarta #1: How To Cross The Road In Jakarta

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Traveling in Jakarta means Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA) = unpredictable. Time wise, nothing is ever certain in Jakarta. And unfortunately, nothing is 100% safe either. For foreign pedestrians, getting from one side of the road to another in Jakarta can be a stressful and frightening task. The heavy traffic jam might be helpful in taking you to the other side of the road, but the sheer volume of scooters flooding the streets (and also the side walks) can be overwhelming and challenging.

Then, how to get yourself to the other side of Jakarta’s street when teleporting is not an option? Being born and raised in this capital city of Indonesia, here are some hopefully useful tips from me. Continue reading

One Of The Bright Sides of Early Flight

The earliest flight is always the cheapest one (good bargain!) and if even though we might have to force ourselves to get out of the bed and head to the airport half sleeping, there are several things I love about early flight. One of them is this: on a clear sunny day and if you can book the window seat, the beautiful bird’s eye view scenery right outside the window plane is too precious to waste.

Here are 3 pictures of mountains I took on my flight to Labuan Bajo a couple of months ago. I was lucky enough to be able to get the window seat and the weather was pretty friendly at that time. :) But it was a little bit cloudy when I flew over Mount Tambora, Sumbawa. I wonder if I can collect aerial pictures of all mountains in Indonesia. That would make a pretty interesting collection, don’t you think? :)

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Mount Bromo

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Explore Komodo Island Straight From Your Android Device

If you happen to have plans to visit Komodo Island, Flores, Indonesia, in the near future, then this android apps is a must have! Developed by MReunionLabs, Explore Indonesia: Komodo Island (EIKI) is an application intended to promote one of Indonesia’s wonderful tourism spot, The Komodo National Park.

This application will run smoothly on Android 2.1 version and up and is generally separated into four main sections:

The Wonders
This section would tell you about the history, wildlife, diving sites and other useful information about Komodo National Park’s wonderful nature and uniqueness.

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Cukup Satu Tas Saja!

Kegiatan berkemas sebelum bepergian bisa menjadi sesuatu yang menyenangkan sekaligus merepotkan. Saat akan bepergian, sering kita tergoda mengemas banyak pakaian serta barang bawaan yang membuat kita membawa lebih dari satu tas meski durasi perjalanan sangat singkat. Ketika pulang, barulah kita menyadari ada sebagian barang yang tak digunakan atau baju yang tak sempat dipakai selama perjalanan. Akhirnya barang bawaan yang tak terpakai itu hanya memberatkan tas kita saja. Continue reading