Gili Trawangan, or popularly known as Gili T, is a small island that’s located at the west coast of Lombok, together with two other even smaller islands known as Gili Air and Gili Meno. Gili Trawangan is so small that there are no cars, and only small horse carriages or bicycles are used as the main mode of transportation. Continue reading
‘鬼節’，’活死人祭’，或’淨屍節’是馬聶聶的許多名稱，每三年在印尼南蘇拉威西島的托拉查舉行（Tana Toraja in South Sulawesi, Indonesia)。在這個節日，家屬將死去的親人木乃伊化的遺體由墓陵請出來淨屍、換上新衣、團聚。根據古老的民間傳說，屍體有行走的能力，所以也有趕屍一稱。 Continue reading
The Ma’nene Ceremony in Tana Toraja, South Sulawesi, Indonesia, is one of the most peculiar rituals on earth. The Ma’nene Ceremony takes place once every three years, during which the mummified, dead family members and the live family members meet and reunite.
The ceremony is also known as the “Walking Dead Ceremony” because many articles that have been published mention that the corpses are paraded around the village, and hence are seen as “walking”. Folklore also has it that if someone died afar, the corpse is made to “walk” home under a spell. However, my guide is not too happy about the the term “walking dead” as he says that it’s an exaggeration, so I guess it all depends on what you want to believe. Continue reading
Belitung Island of Indonesia lies on the east coast of Sumatra and it’s an hour’s flight away from Jakarta. The island became famous because of a blockbuster Indonesian film – “Laskar Pelangi”, or Rainbow Troops, adapted from the same-titled novel by Andrea Hirata. In this Belitung itinerary, you will find information on how to get around, places to go, things to do, accommodation information and a cost breakdown of the trip (at the bottom of the post) if you were to travel to Belitung for 5 days. Continue reading
A twist of fate brought my husband and I to Jakarta for a little longer than expected – we will be here for the next one year or so. I can’t say I was entirely thrilled by this idea because I’ve always typically associated Jakarta for business trips or corporate functions and have never really looked at it from a travel point of view. What’s there to see ? What’s there to discover ? What’s the history behind this sprawling city with more than 10 million people ? Continue reading
Bintan Island is located within the Riau Archipelago of Indonesia. With its proximity to Singapore, it is often visited via a short ferry ride from Singapore (45 minutes to 2 hours of duration depending on the port of arrival). Other ways of reaching Bintan Island include ferry from Johor Bahru, Malaysia or direct flights from Jakarta, Indonesia.
Bali never ceases to amaze me. On a recent trip, we travelled from Kuta to Ubud via a Volkswagen (VW) Safari tour in Bali. I didn’t even know that was an option ! Continue reading
The Komodo National Park is full of wilderness. It is here that you get to see the world’s largest prehistoric lizard – the Komodo Dragon. While seeing the Komodo Dragon is the most popular activity to do in the region, don’t forget about island hopping, snorkelling, and getting acquainted with the locals ! Continue reading
Located in the highlands, the diverse city of Bandung keeps everyone happy with its cool climate, street food, beautiful sceneries and lots of shopping. Here is a list of Top 6 Things to Do in Bandung. Continue reading
Yogyakarta is an amazing city with plenty of things to do. It is not only the heart of Javanese culture, it is also the place where you see Buddhism and Hinduism at its best. Magnificent ancient temples and royal temples will dazzle you; while cultural dances and traditional activities will win your heart. Here is a list of Top Ten Things To Do in Yogyakarta which you could consider for a 5 – 7 days stay in Yogyakarta. Continue reading