A Hike for Coffee: Men’s Talk

Part 5 of 5 After finally sipping that delicious coffee, I chose to hang out with these men of Waerebo. Some of them were with me on the hike the day before and really know how beaten I was. Then I just tell them that the coffee I just had was all worth the hike….

A Hike for Coffee: Waerebo Girl

Part 4 of 5 One of my favorite moment from the visit. This sweet little girl played with my friend’s phone and learnt how to take picture with it. She enthusiastically showed me the picture she just took; the picture of her own beloved village and also her very first shot! I really enjoyed taking…

A Hike for Coffee: Mama Bertha

Part 3 of 5 I talked to Mama Bertha that morning when she was just finished roasting coffee beans (trust me that’s one of the most heavenly aroma I smelled in months) and ground them. We talked a lot; about coffee, home, family and also food! She gave me a chance to help her ground…

A Hike for Coffee: Morning Routine

Part 2 of 5 As the morning broke, the ladies of Waerebo starting to get busy with their coffee-making routine. I spent the night there and as I woke up I walked out of the home and started to mingle and tried to give a hand (and also taking some photos, of course). I just…

A Hike for Coffee: Waerebo

Part 1 of 5 I visited Waerebo village last year and it was one of the most fascinating journeys I have ever had. I fell for the warmth of the people, the serene natural beauty surrounding the village and also … its delicious coffee. On the hike, just a few hundred meters after this turn…

The Many Faces of Peru: The Girls of Urubamba

I met these two beautiful young girls when they were out herding the livestock in the stunningly beautiful Urubamba Valley. I was on the way back to Cusco from Moray archaeological site that day. In the van I kept on observing the magnificent landscape of the Sacred Valley. Then I saw a quite large group…

Photo Tale: the Palace and the Sky

Istana Pagaruyung (Pagaruyung Palace) in West Sumatra. This photo was taken July last year when I participated in a geological field-trip. Living in Riau, West Sumatra seems to be our perfect destination for a scenic road trip. — Istana Pagaruyung di Sumatra Barat. Foto ini saya ambil pada bulan Juli tahun lalu ketika ikut perjalanan…

Photo Tale: The Castle Garden

I always have obsession on Sakura. It’s a petite flower and really pretty. Though it was an early spring on March last year, I was able to (finally) seeing a blooming Sakura in Japan. Thanks to warmer Osaka I have bunch of photos of them. The magnificent Osaka Castle is showing a little bit here….

Photo Tale: an Autumn to Remember

Living in the equator all my life, I have never seen colored leaves before. All were just greens, then turned brown and then they’re gone! Things changed in 2010, when I got to visit Colorado for a symposium. I was mesmerized and that trip was definitely an autumn to remember. P.S. I keep the leaves…