Saturday, January 2, 2016

2015 Recap

Happy New Year everyone !
I decided to share some of my highlights of 2015 just so whenever I need some motivation, I can always look back, take pride in how far I've come and have faith in how far I can go. 
2015 has been one of the greatest years in my life. It's not always easy, in fact some days were tough and challenging but every struggle arises for a reason. For experience or a lesson. While everything in life is temporary, I learn to enjoy the present, make the most of every day. The past 12 months was all about chasing dreams and watching them all came true. Started with Disney World, Mexico, then Euro trip for 3 months, continue to Club Med Cherating for a month then South East Asia trip. Of course it was more than just visiting new places, I met waaay too many wonderful people, reunited with some good old friends, I got lost and found myself, fell in love, had opportunities to write for magazines and travel websites and finally landed myself a dream job with one of the biggest music companies. I am grateful for all the love and support I have received from friends and family, life's surprises, tough times and challenges, my bravery and perfect health, the courage to continue and the new beginning I am living now.
I hope 2016 brings all of us new hopes and aspirations.   

Wednesday, December 16, 2015


How's everyone doing ? Can you believe Christmas and New Year are just around the corner ?With 2016 is approaching, I am going to post soon my highlights of the year. Well, Munich, for sure is one of them. I visited Munich last April and I won't even lie how much I love the city's vibrant atmosphere. Being incredibly lucky to live in the USA for a year continue with three months exploring Europe, I was so happy to experience different cultures. Took a stroll around downtown Munich for a day, we visited the English Garden, Frauenkirche Munich, Marienplatz, New Town Hall, Rathaus-Glockenspiel and yes... I did try the meatloaf, Erdinger beer, kebab and Spaetzle. We even went to the shop just because I wanted to wear dirndl or traditional dress worn in Germany, especially Bavaria. Always love playing dress up and getting lost in a new place, I found Munich was really charming and every little things just inspiring.   

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Phnom Penh

Who knew, in a strange city like Phnom Penh, I found myself again, a new family, friends, and the answers. 
I found love.
Isn't it pretty amazing how travel can change your life ? 

I was in Ho Chi Minh City thinking about where should I go next. I have spent the whole month exploring Vietnam from Hanoi all the way down South and I wanted to see some more. The only option was Cambodia. I visited Phnom Penh and Siem Reap for the first time back in 2012 for a week, the country had stolen my heart so I thought it must be nice to return and explore some more places. I went to the travel agent and booked my bus ticket to Phnom Penh. Something told me that going to Phnom Penh was a great decision. Obviously I had no idea what's going to happen next, things seems blurry, uncertain, but sometimes you just have to listen to your heart, your intuition and let them guide you. That's totally OK to walk the unknown path, enjoy the journey and see how life once again surprises you.

Funny, while so many people going to Phnom Penh because they want to see the Killing Field or museums, one thing that got me super excited like a kid was the fact there's one Indonesian restaurant in Phnom Penh. I haven't eaten any Indonesian food since I got back to Asia so my original plan was having Indonesian cuisine day and night. But of course the universe had more than just rice and beef stew or chicken satay for me, in fact I met bunch of very special people at Warung Bali restaurant. We all became really close like family. Firdaos and Kasmin, the owners treated me just like their daughters while the rest of Indonesian people who work in Phnom Penh were so friendly and it was really wonderful to feel their unconditional love. People out there might busy to chase few things in life that sometimes they forgot to enjoy the present, but we were just simply happy to walk along the riverfront, enjoying the clear blue skies and heat ( and I personally think Phnom Penh has pretty sunsets ) while watching the kids playing or the local exercising.

I heard many travelers thought there's nothing much to do in Phnom Penh, but I actually fell in love with the people I met and eventually decided to stay longer only to see things start to fall into place. From getting my articles published in more magazines and websites, to landed myself a bigger opportunity, I also met some very inspiring travelers, from a girl who traveled for months in Indonesia, a couple who shared their journey in India, a funny Cambodian bartender at Lovely Jubbly Hostel,  to bunch of crazy guys like Erik, Oscar, James, Tim and Ryan that I took to Warung Bali  just because I wanted them to try Indonesian food and of course they loved it. It doesn't have to take so much to appreciate the beauty of life, in Phnom Penh we were all quite happy sharing happiness and life through good food, beers and laughs. The difficult roads did lead me to beautiful destinations.