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Travel Journal: Makassar Trip (Part 3)

Travel Journal: Makassar Trip (Part 3)

So here comes the day, that we have been waiting for, the day we finally head for Tanjung Bira. Woohoo! And it’s about time where we head out of Makassar, where the abundance of good food makes it seem impossible to have less than six meals in a day. Good God. The road to Tanjung Bira (Cape Bira) The road from Makassar to Bira has recently been repaved, so driving there should take about 4 to 6 hours, depending on the…

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Travel Journal: Makassar Trip (Part 2)

Travel Journal: Makassar Trip (Part 2)

After all the food the night before, I couldn’t believe myself that we actually managed to wake up at 5.30 in the morning, to leave for Maros at 6.00 AM. Well..that was the plan.  Most of us did get up that early, I was about 20 minutes late. Yet our driver, Andi, slept in and arrived at our doorstop at about 7.00 AM. So we finally left, and was already on our way out of Makassar city around 7.20 AM.   …

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Travel Journal: Makassar Trip (Part 1)

Travel Journal: Makassar Trip (Part 1)

We arrived in Hasanuddin Airport, Makassar, very late at night, more like early in the morning, like 1 or something. After surviving our crazy taxi ride from the airport, through the calm Makassar city street, and dropped dead in our hotel room, I managed to actually wake up at 9.30 am Central Indonesia Time.    We stayed in Mega Inn, a neat and reasonably priced hotel on Jl. Gunung Lompobattang. Here’s a picture I took from their facebook page because silly me…

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About Walter Mitty

About Walter Mitty

This is not a film review. I did love the movie but I think for all the different reasons. (If it still counts, then, the view in this movie is mad awesome.) This is about Iceland, and Greenland, which for a long time was my dream destination. But somehow because of a petty reason I decided to chuck. I have been wanting to go to Iceland since Heima came out. You know, part Sigur Ros movie that shows them playing…

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‘Gravity’ (2013)

‘Gravity’ (2013)

Even if inside you feel you want to die, there’s a bigger life impulse that keeps us alive.  (Alfonso Cuaron) OK.  I might as well write it all down, while my nausea has not worn off.  Well, actually it is not from the movie, yet some form of sudden mild vertigo came to me.  YET, this dizziness (and any mention of any planet names) actually brings me back to that 120 minutes of pure elevated, out of this world ride…

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Trial Stay: Intercontinental Hua Hin

Trial Stay: Intercontinental Hua Hin

During my stay in Hua Hin, along with other media friends across Asia (including Malaysia, Japan, and China), we had the opportunity to come back every night to our lavishly comfortable beds in of Hua Hin’s best hotels, the Intercontinental Hua Hin.

Hua Hin: The French Riviera of the Far East

Hua Hin: The French Riviera of the Far East

The wild full moon parties and Thai bucket- fuelled nightlife of islands like Koh Samui and Koh Phangan have put Thailand firmly on the tourist (and backpacker’s) map. Last December, the Tourism Authority of Thailand invited me to a media trip to one of the country’s lesser known beach resort of Hua Hin. I couldn’t help but wonder what this so-called ‘royal retreat,’ would look and feel like. Before heading to Hua Hin, we were invited to a six course dinner…

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Pastimes of the Digital Age

Pastimes of the Digital Age

(Published in: Now! Jakarta January 2012)It is impossible to deny the phenomenon of Finnish bird-throwing video game, Angry Birds. The game that was initially developed for Apple’s iPhone has now been downloaded over 350 million times through various platforms worldwide. There are thousands of other games developed for smart phones, but by far nothing has been able to compete with the popularity of Angry Birds. This touch screen-based game is now officially the most popular game in the world. Just…

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The Day Mr. Frankie Left

The Day Mr. Frankie Left

Our air-conditioner guy just died last week. Barely knew the guy. But the time my mother broke the news, I almost choked by the piece of crab leg I was struggling to eat. She said he died of heart attack while jogging. I could only say “but why?” We call him Mr. Frankie, because..it’s his name. And sadly just about the only thing we knew of him. About a month earlier, my air-con wouldn’t breathe even the smallest amount of breeze….

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When The World Was a Better Place Without Facebook

When The World Was a Better Place Without Facebook

Don’t get me wrong, please don’t.I—like most of your that might be reading, I’m sure—has been a hands-on actor on the development of today’s fastest growing social network site that is Facebook.We’ve seen it evolve before our eyes, under our very fingertips.We resisted on it changes, but succumbed to its vital role—be it wanted or not— in our lives.We make groups saying ‘bring back the old Facebook’ and join them to no avail.The f*ck to no avail. that’s what make…

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