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Joy in the Stillness at Borobudur

29 November 2012

Categories : Culture and Heritage

Joy in the Stillness at Borobudur

It seemed that around every corner in Indonesia was something new to discover. We had long bus rides and frequent plane rides between islands that allowed me to ponder the newness of every experience. Every time I really did, I felt I might need to pinch myself. There are all kinds of love in this world and in the absence of the kind of romantic love that fuels so many lives, my great affair is learning and collecting new experiences. Borobudur was a moment in which...

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Tag : Borobudur, Understanding the Thousands of Relief Panels of Borobudur

The Mystic World of Orangutans

29 November 2012

Categories : Adventure - Travelings

The Mystic World of Orangutans

When I learnt that we had to overnight on a river boat in the jungle of Central Kalimantan, eight persons sharing one bathroom, that put up a bit of struggle in me. Voice inside: You are there to see the endangered orangutans that are only found in Borneo and Sumatra! Yeah, I saw those in the zoo - our beloved Ah Meng and her clan. And the rainforest is so hot, very humid and those blood sucking flies love me. Call me shallow. I survived (like a big deal) two days...

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Tag : Tanjung Puting National Park : Re-introducing Orang Utans to the Wild, Camp Leakey

Mt Bromo a must see item when visiting Indonesia

27 November 2012

Categories : Hiking, Trekking, and Eco

Mt Bromo a must see item when visiting Indonesia

Waking up for 3:30am for a tour to do a “must see, must do” item in  Indonesia, is sometimes a sacrifice that you need to make. Thankfully I didn’t need to shower before hand I could literally roll out of bed at 3:15am, throw some clothes on and meet the group. Before heading to the small town of Wonotoro, I was told to bring warm clothes and that it would be very chilly there. Men walked around selling toques and mittens, the Indonesians...

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Tag : Mount Bromo, Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park, The Yadnya Kasada Ceremony at Mt. Bromo

Facts about Orangutans You Didn't Know About

27 November 2012

Categories : Adventure

Recently I visited orangutans at Camp Leakey that runs by  Orangutan Foundation International   (OFI). The long history and inspirational work of OFI touched all of us. I wanted to share the photos of amazing orangutans. It’s hard not to appreciate them while watching how they...

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Tag : Camp Leakey, Tanjung Puting National Park : Re-introducing Orang Utans to the Wild

Witnessing the Diversity of Indonesia at Borobudur Temple

26 November 2012

Categories : Culture and Heritage

Witnessing the Diversity of Indonesia at Borobudur Temple

A visit to the Temple of Borobudur is much more than the admiring the elegance of a 9th century Buddhist monument. It’s more than imagining that this great stone tribute was buried for ages beneath volcanic ash. It’s more than climbing over the world's largest Buddhist monument. It’s about witnessing the great diversity and the long history of these incredible islands known collectively today as Indonesia. Indonesia is an assemblage of over 17...

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Tag : Borobudur, Understanding the Thousands of Relief Panels of Borobudur