Ranu Kumbolo: a Glimpse of Paradise Before the Throne of the Gods

Being the tallest volcano is the island of Java, of course I have heard of Mount Semeru so many times. The mighty peak of Mahameru which literally translate into the the peak of the Gods surely gives out chill and excitement for beginner and experienced hikers alike. I was indeed challenged but I knew I…

Prau: a Beautiful Hike at the Heart of Java

I have never summitted a mountain. To this day, I have done couple of treks that surely took my breath away, literally and figuratively, but never once in my life that I reached a summit. Last year I committed to change that and tried to do one of the most popular hike in Central Java that is the…

Menjelajah Machu Picchu di Peru dan trekking di Inca Trail

Aguas Calientes, Agustus 2015 Sebuah percakapan antara saya dan seorang teman di sebuah spa sederhana setelah kami pulang dari Machu Picchu. “ Eh, lihat deh, itu kayaknya orang-orang yang habis pulang Inca Trail ya?” “ Iya, kayaknya… kurang tantangan banget ya hidupnya. Kan bisa naik kereta aja sih, tinggal naik bus terusnya” “ Yoi, duduk…

The concrete jungle called NYC

I would rather spend time in actual jungle on any given day, but this concrete jungle just captivated me. DUH, it’s indeed New York City! Now I understand what the fuss is all about. If I had to summarize NYC in one sentence I would say that: Nothing quite like it yet it’s everything for…

Iceland: The Highlights

When one babble about how marvellous their trip to Iceland were, you’d better believe them.  I had a GREAT time in Iceland. I came home refreshed, in an utterly good mood and just full of ideas and ready to tackle ’em all! That is the sign of a wonderful trip, riiiight?!!! 😉 And now in…

Morocco for a Week: the Itinerary

I was going to Morocco looking for colours; literally and figuratively. I realize that 7 days (+2 travelling days) would not do this country (or any other country actually!) justice, but I managed to find what I was looking for.  Bottom line, just gotta make it work! So folks, if you happen to have only a…

Why travelling makes me happy

Hampir pasti setiap saya ketemu teman, kerabat atau saudara yang jarang bertemu dengan saya (hiks, di sini kadang saya merasa sedih karena memang saya tinggal berjauhan dengan hampir semua teman, kerabat dan saudara) pasti setelah salaman dan cipika cipiki yang terlontar dari mereka adalah: “Jalan-jalan terus!” Ucapan itu selalu saya balas dengan senyuman dan sambil…

The sun about to rise in Sarangkot

Pokhara was so hazy the whole time we were there, that we could not see the Himalayan peaks from the city. Bummer.  There were only one chance when the haze lifted and Machapuchare was vaguely seen from our hostel balcony. The haze made it like a shadowy giant looming from afar… daunting, but very beautiful…

The Charm of Chefchaouen

I could not stop taking pictures in Chaouen, it was too beautiful. It was cloudy with a drizzle that day, but I didn’t mind and didn’t care. Well, it actually rained pretty hard later at noon but still the charm of Chefchaouen cannot be hidden. Chefchaouen must be on the list on a visit to Morocco. Here…

My First Nepal Trekking

I went to Nepal earlier this May and took this photo I love so much. When everything looked so right together… rugged prayer flags, vibrant red flowers, pastel brick wall and a white window of a shack somewhere in the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. This is maybe not a picture of glorious Himalayan peaks but…

Titikaka and Totora

I have said many times that Peru is not only about Machu Picchu and it has a lot more on the plate. One of the must-have experience while in Peru is visiting the floating homes of the Uros on Lake Titikaka or Lago Titikaka. This lake is the highest navigable lake in the world and…

Inside Rio’s Favela

Rio! We spent our day in Rio by having a guided walking tour to Rocinha, the largest favela in Rio de Janeiro. I can say that this was the best experience I had whilst in Rio. Kudos to Henrique, our guide,  who was just being our buddy that whole day. He took us to enjoy…