Travel Journal: Makassar Trip (Part 4)

Morning Heat After a constant go-go-go for the past three days, today is the day when we finally get to chill, sleep in, slack around a little more and all that good stuff. This is partly because somehow we got Andi to convince us that for snorkeling, it’s best for us to leave after 10 otherwise the tide, or whatever, would make the water murky, ladida. (maybe it is? I don’t know really) Yet, we nodded along because the sound […]

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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)

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)

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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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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