Productivity hack: The Rule of 3

Being productive is good for our soul, it gives us a sense of achievement and motivation to move on. But sometimes it can be hard to be productive for various reasons. Some of the reasons are taking too many commitments or having too many distractions.

Well, those are my reasons.

Getting rid of external distractions is easy. Just remove them from your life! Especially during your biological prime time when your focus and energy levels are the highest during the day. Never ever turn your phone on or at least silent it and put it away from you during these times.

But how to get rid internal distractions? And what to do when we have too many commitments to attend? In this case, the rule of 3 has been very helpful for me.

To learn about this rule of 3, I really recommend you to read this amazing book titled “the Productivity Project” by Chris Bailey. It’s so good if you are keen to improve your productivity.

According to Bailey, it is important to know your most valuable tasks for the day so you can work on them. And he suggest the Rule of 3: at the beginning of each day, before you start working, decide what three things you want to accomplish by the end of the day. Do the same thing at the start every week.

Simple, easy. Even though during the first days, sometimes I still forgot to do it.. But when you do it everyday, it becomes just automatically done every morning..

I have tried this system for a while now and wow.. this rule is amazing! It really is a great system for managing what I need to get done, it makes me focus on the three things so much that it helps me to makes priority when I have too many commitments. It also helps me to focus on doing these three things and getting rid of my internal distractions because I am determined to finished the three things.

So if this is the first time you heard about the rule, try it. For 21 days and make it a mental habit to make our life become more productive and beneficial. 🙂

My three things for today is to write this post, shoot my very first vlog (yeay!), and to enjoy the rest of Sunday with a good book and some healthy stuff 🙂

What are yours today’s three things?

Love,
Dewi

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Jakarta Walking Tour Yang Pertama!

Haloo.. hari ini saya mau share mengenai Jakarta Walking Tour (“JWT”, rebranded dari “Jakarta Free Tour”/JFT), yang pertama kali dilaksanakan tanggal 22 Oktober 2017 kemarin.

Ide Pertama

Sebagaimana sudah saya share disini, awalnya saya ingin membuat suatu walking tour yang bisa membantu kita semua untuk lebih mengenal Jakarta.  Saya ingin memberikannya secara gratis, karena pada dasarnya saya suka jalan-jalan dan bercerita, jadi disini saya hanya ingin sharing saja tempat-tempat menarik di Jakarta yang bisa kita kunjungi bersama.

Rebranding

Dari tour pertama kemarin, ada beberapa masukan dari para peserta bahwa nama “Jakarta Free Tour” agak kurang tepat karena kita harus membayar tiket masuk ke museum-museum yang kita kunjungi (meskipun tiketnya sangat murah.. hanya 1000-5000 Rupiah saja!), dan juga harus membayar makan siang masing-masing. Meskipun maksud saya “free” disini adalah tidak ada biaya yang harus dikeluarkan untuk jasa saya sebagai arranger/quasi guide* dari tour tersebut, tapi menurut saya masukan tersebut masuk akal karena bisa mislead orang-orang yang hendak join tour tersebut.

*quasi guide karena saya belum qualified untuk disebut sebagai guide beneran hehehe

Akhirnya terpilihlah nama Jakarta Walking Tour sebagai nama yang lebih tepat untuk tour yang saya laksanakan ini.

JWT Pertama: Kemerdekaan Indonesia

Ide JWT Pertama ini didapatkan ketika pada suatu malam saya bersama seorang teman sedang duduk-duduk di Monumen Proklamasi. Sebagai sesama penikmat sejarah, saya dan teman saya tersebut berdiskusi mengenai semangat para pendahulu kita dalam menggapai kemerdekaan. Kami juga berdiskusi bagaimana Tugu Petir yang terdapat di area Monumen Proklamasi melambangkan harapan para pendahulu kita agar Indonesia menggelegar seperti petir di dunia. Kami pun merefleksikan kondisi saat ini, apakah kami, dan generasi muda Indonesia lainnya masih memiliki semangat yang sama, atau bahkan mendekati para pendahulu kita tersebut?

Kami pun menyadari bahwa bahkan banyak generasi muda yang tidak hapal atau paham betul sejarah kemerdekaan.. Sehingga semangat tersebut mungkin sudah hilang di masa sekarang.

Teman saya kemudian menyarankan, karena dia tahu ketertarikan saya dalam dunia pariwisata, agar dibuat walking tour dengan tema kemerdekaan Indonesia. Dan saya pun langsung menyambut ide tersebut dengan semangat dan mulai menyiapkan konsep dan mencari peserta yang tertarik untuk berpartisipasi.

Bahagianya, teman-teman saya yang lain menujukkan ketertarikan luar biasa dengan inisiatif ini! Dengan semangat namun sedikit deg-degan karena takut mengecewakan.. saya pun mulai mempersiapkan tour ini. Awalnya saya takut walking tour tidak cocok untuk dilaksanakan di Jakarta karena kondisi udaranya yang panas dan masyarakatnya yang terbiasa menggunakan kendaraan kemana-mana. Namun nyatanya, syukur alhamdulillah JWT pertama berhasil berjalan dengan baik dan sangat menyenangkan.

Ke depannya saya ingin membuat lebih banyak lagi tour dengan tema-tema seputar sejarah, seni dan budaya Indonesia yang banyak terdapat di Jakarta.

Kenapa penting bagi kita untuk mengetahui sejarah Kemerdekaan Indonesia?

  • Untuk mengingatkan perjuangan pendahulu kita dalam meraih kemerdekaan;
  • Mengingatkan kita semangat memperbaiki diri dan keluar dari masa sulit penjajahan yang dimiliki oleh para pejuang kemerdekaan. Apakah kita juga memiliki semangat yang sama saat ini?
  • Meningkatkan nasionalisme kita, menjadi bangsa yang dijajah tidaklah mudah, dan cara menghindari hal tersebut terulang lagi adalah dengan menjadi bangsa yang kuat dan tidak mudah dipecah belah!

Peserta Yang Hadir di JWT Pertama

Saya sempat kaget dan deg-degan ketika menyadari banyaknya peminat JWT yang pertama ini! Alhamdulillah semuanya kooperatif, suportif dan menyenangkan. Saya salut dan terima kasih sekali kepada para peserta, dari Ibu2 sampai anak balita, yang rela berpanas-panasan dan kelelahan berjalan untuk mengikuti tour ini. Dukungan teman-teman semua sangat berarti dan membuat saya lebih semangat dalam mempersiapkan JWT selanjutnya. Love you all!!

 

Rute

  • Museum Joang ‘45
  • Menuju Museum Perumusan Naskah Proklamasi (melewati Masjid Cut Meutia (450 m), Tugu Kunstring (500 m), Museum Jenderal AH Nasution (450 m) dan Taman Suropati (750 m))
  • Museum Perumusan Naskah Proklamasi
  • Menuju Jalan Surabaya (1,2 km)
  • Lunch, coffee dan sholat di Jalan Surabaya

Sebenarnya kami berencana untuk meneruskan ke Monumen Proklamasi setelah lunch di Jalan Surabaya. Namun karena masih ada acara Hari Santri di area Monumen Proklamasi, terpaksa kami membatalkan rute terakhir tersebut.

Museum Joang ’45

Jl. Menteng Raya No.31, Menteng, Jakarta Pusat,

Tiket Masuk: Dewasa Rp5.000, Anak-anak Rp2.000

Museum ini terletak di dalam Gedung Joang 45 yang awalnya merupakan bangunan Schomper Hotel yang dibangun sekitar tahun 1920-1938, yang dikelola oleh L.C. Schomper, seorang warga keturunan Belanda. Ketika pendudukan Jepang, hotel ini diambil alih oleh Ganseikanbu Sendenbu (Departemen Propaganda) dan kemudian dikenal sebagai ‘Gedung Menteng 31’.

Gedung ini menjadi markas program pendidikan politik yang diadakan bagi sejumlah tokoh pemuda yang berperan di era kemerdekaan, antara lain Sukarni, Chaerul Saleh, A.M Hanafi dan Adam Malik. Mereka lebih dikenal sebagai ‘Pemoeda Menteng 31’, yang menjadi aktor dibalik penculikan Soekarno, Hatta dan Fatmawati ke Rengasdengklok sehari sebelum kemerdekaan. Tokoh-tokoh pemuda tersebut dibina oleh Soekarno, Hatta, Moh. Yamin, Sunaryo dan Achmad Subarjo.

Di museum ini dipamerkan berbagai lukisan, diorama, mobil-mobil tua yang penuh sejarah. Kami menghabiskan waktu sekitar 2 jam di museum ini, mulai dari menjelajahi setiap pameran dengan diberikan penjelasan oleh petugas yang berjaga, menikmati film perjuangan dan tidak lupa foto-foto untuk kenang-kenangan 🙂

Museum Perumusan Naskah Proklamasi

 Jl. Imam Bonjol No.15, Menteng, Jakarta Pusat

Tiket Masuk: Dewasa Rp2.000, Anak-anak Rp1.000

Museum ini terletak bekas kediamanan Laksamana Tadashi Meida, tempat dimana Naskah Proklamasi dirumuskan. Museum ini dijaga dengan baik dan dilengkapi dengan permainan-permainan digital yang menghibur peserta anak-anak. Kami belajar banyak mengenai detik-detik perumusan naskah proklamasi di tempat ini, dimana naskah proklamasi dirumuskan oleh Bung Karno dan para pejuang kemerdekaan.

Mesjid Cut Meutia

Bangunan masjid ini merupakan salah satu peninggalan sejarah dari  zaman penjajahan kolonial Belanda, dulunya adalah bangunan kantor biro arsitek (sekaligus pengembang) N.V. Bouwploeg, yang membangun wilayah Gondangdia di Menteng. Sebelum difungsikan sebagai mesjid sebagaimana sekarang, bangunan ini pernah digunakan sebagai kantor pos, kantor Jawatan Kereta Api Belanda dan kantor Angkatan Laut Jepang (1942 – 1945). Setelah Indonesia merdeka, masjid ini pernah dipergunakan sebagai kantor Urusan Perumahan, hingga Kantor Urusan Agama (1964 – 1970) dan sekretariat MPRS.  Baru pada zaman pemerintahan Gubernur Ali Sadikin diresmikan sebagai masjid seperti sekarang.

Cut Meutia

Tugu Kunstring

Awalnya dibangun sebagai kantor  Nederland Indische Kunstkring, perkumpulan pecinta seni yang ada di Batavia, Tugu Kunstring disebut-sebut sebagai awal arsitektur modern di Indonesia setelah Hendrik Petrus, bapak arsitektur Belanda, datang berkunjung pada tahun 1923 dan mengagumi keindahan gedung ini. Pada masa kemerdekaan, bangunan ini sempat dijadikan  Kantor Imigrasi Jakarta Pusat, sebelum akhirnya diambil pihak swasta dan menjadi bangunan rumah makan seperti sekarang.

Tugu Kunstring

Museum Jenderal AH Nasution

Museum ini semula adalah kediaman pribadi dari Jenderal AH Nasution yang ditempati bersama dengan keluarganya sejak menjabat sebagai KSAD tahun 1949 hingga wafatnya pada tanggal 6 September 2000. Di tempat ini pulalah pada tanggal 1 Oktober 1965, terjadi peristiwa G 30S/PKI yang merenggut nyawa putri Jenderal AH Nasution, Ade Irma Nasution, serta ajudannya Kapten Anumerta Pierre Andreas Tendean.

Kali ini kami tidak masuk mempelajari Museum ini lebih lanjut karena tidak sesuai dengan tema Kemerdekaan Indonesia kali ini. Tapi next time mungkin kita bisa buat JWT dengan tema berkaitan sehingga kita bisa mengunjungi Museum ini!

AH Nasution

Taman Suropati

Dalam membangun kawasan Menteng, N.V. Bouwploeg menjadikan Burgemeester Bisschopplein (sekarang dikenal dengan Taman Suropati), sebagai pusat dari kawasan tersebut. Saat ini, di tempat ini juga dapat ditemukan monumen-monumen dari enam negara pendiri ASEAN.

Taman ini juga banyak digunakan untuk kelas musik loh! Sangat menarik untuk diamati sambil menikmati indahnya pepohonan yang ada, atau sekedar olahraga apabila anda tinggal di daerah sekitar.

 

Secara keseluruhan, saya sangat senang dengan JWT pertama, banyak pelajaran yang kami dapatkan mengenai kemerdekaan Indonesia, sambil berolahraga juga dengan jalan kaki dari satu tempat ke tempat lain, dan semuanya lebih sempurna dengan para peserta yang menyenangkan dan lucu-lucu serta begitu bersemangat dan menghargai sejarah Indonesia meski harus lelah berjalan di bawah terik matahari Jakarta.

Tak jarang kami pun berhenti untuk mempelajari berbagai tanaman yang ada di sepanjang jalan Menteng.

Buah Asem

Dan tentu saja, sepanjang jalan dipenuhi dengan gelak tawa dan foto2 🙂

Fun on the road

Setelah lelah berjalan, kami pun menutupnya dengan makan siang yang mengenyangkan di Jalan Surabaya. Sayang sekali toko kopi favorit saya tutup hari itu jadi tidak bisa lanjut menikmati kopi sore disini.

Makan Siang

Terima kasih kepada seluruh peserta dan pendukung JWT pertama! Untuk teman-teman lain, jangan ragu untuk kontak saya apabila tertarik untuk mengikuti JWT berikutnya 🙂

Love,

Dewi

 

Introducing, Joy Love

Hello loves,

This time I want to introduce the venture I am doing with some friends, Joy Love Travel 🙂

Just established this year, we started this company to help people to travel around the world easier. Ideally, we want to promote our beautiful country, Indonesia, to everyone out there. we understand that it may be hard to explore our country because English are not spoken widely here, and not every place has been equipped with sufficient infrastructure. But other than that, we also think that we need to help Indonesian people who want to travel more, domestic or overseas, but maybe have difficulties in arranging the trip, or maybe just want to be in a group trip to share costs or just to have like minded chat buddy during the trip, or maybe just afraid to travel solo.

We are running this venture with passion. It is not just a business for us, but also something that we love doing. We aim to make  your trip memorable and enjoyable as we would want for ourselves. And of course, we wish you will feel joyous and loved after the trip 🙂

One of the ways to achieve such goal is to make thematic trips that will be memorable and fit the goals of the guests. Some themes that we are thinking are adventure, spiritual, cultural, historical and culinary trips.

As an introductory trip, we are preparing a trip to India this year end (24 December 2017 – 2 January 2018). We had a lot of ideas for this trip since India has many things to offer. Food, culture, adventure, scenery.. They have everything. However, we came up with “culture”.

In this trip we want to embrace first timers who have never been to India before. We realise India with its Taj Mahal and rickshaw ride must be in most people’ bucket list. We want to help these people to check off their bucket list, taste the rich culture, embark in amazing adventure, all in the comfort of our services.

Other than India, we are also serving trips to Bhutan, Peru and Indonesia, of course with special themes for group trips to make sure it is memorable. However, if you prefer to be in privately tailored trips, we can also help you with the arrangement or just general advice that you may need.

Please check our website here for further information on our company and our trips. We are just starting and need to learn a lot too.. So any advice or input will be much appreciated 🙂

And for further information on our first trip to India, please check here. We hope to see you there 🙂

Thank you so much for reading.

Best,

Dewi

Finding Serenity in Svalbard

I love talking with people, sharing my stories, making people laugh.. listen to their troubles and motivating people. Maybe because I am an ENFP, which often called as the Campaigner, I love all of these stuff.

But once in a while.. I can get overwhelmed. When I don’t schedule my time and energy right, I can get really tired with things and people. And I need a solitude time to recharge. This is also the time I direly need every once in a while to stop the hustle and review my life, thinking whether it has gone in the right way, the way I want it to be.

Back in 2013, I get a full 9 days of peaceful solitude time in Svalbard. Also known as Spitsbergen, this archipelago is located in the Arctic sea, between Norway and North Pole. It is under no country sovereignty, but administered under the Kingdom of Norway.

I don’t think there is any better place to find nothingness and quietness as in Svalbard. And its beauty.. just once in a lifetime experience that I am really grateful to witness in my life.

To go there, I had to pass Norway first, so I went from London (where I lived for some time for my master study) to Oslo. From Oslo I continued the journey to Tromsø, wherein I already felt the different ambiance than the busy London that tired me that time. Note that even when you don’t need any visa to enter Svalbard, you will still need Schengen multiple visa to transit in Tromsø for your fly in and out Svalbard.

Note: look at the window before you land in Tromsø, it’s amazing.

SAS - the airline that I used for Oslo-Tromsø-Longyearbyen flights

Day 1 – Longyearbyen

Longyearbyen is the main settlement and administrative centre in Svalbard. It has the main airport transporting visitors from Tromsø. It has nice museums, shops and library, and you can find families with kids too living here. However, it is already in polar bear area so you can’t go out without someone bring a riffle for a precaution.

longyearbyen

Longyearbyen AirportPolar Bear in Longyearbyen AirportLongyearbyen HarbourLongyearbyen seen from the Harbour

Polar bear warning in every corner of Longyearbyen (and other settlements in Svalbard too)

Tallship and Sail

To explore the archipelago, I needed to board a tallship called “Antigua” in Longyearbyen harbour. The ship is sooo beautiful and fit just perfectly to the scenery. I have to admit, I took hundreds of her photos during my 9 day-trip.

AntiguaDay 1 in AntiguaThe cabinsAntigua full body

Since the water can be too shallow for the ship, we use rubber boats called zodiac to reach lands. Only one person can stand when you’re in zodiac and the seating must be arranged carefully to make sure it balances. You don’t want anyone fell into -40 degrees Celsius and die because of hypothermia.

Zodiak

We have a chef on board, who amazingly could cook really delicious food during the trip and has really sharp eyes too! He could spot wildlife with naked eyes from very faraway while he’s fishing for our dinner. Mind you, we use binoculars, some were really good quality, but could not spot polar bears and arctic foxes as fast as he did.

Day 8 - amazing chef

Day 2 – Heading North West

Leaving Longyearbyen, we firstly visited a glacier nearby Liliehook. I learned here from the guides on board that the rumors saying that there were addition of ice in Arctic was not true. The fact is, the icebergs were shifting down from the mountains and looked like there were additional of ice there. But actually there may not be any additional ice at all since the mountains did not produce more ice due to the raising temperature. I also learned that while the global warming is a nature cycle that will happen in any case, there were some factors such as CO2 that accelerated this cycle.

We could hear the glacier felt and dropped, the colors were white and blue, and greenish. I was amazed and couldn’t believe I was there to witness!

Day 1 - me, blue jacket, blue sceneryDay 1 - watching icebergs fell downDay 1 - ice everywhere

Later on the day, we visited Zigna Hamna. Hamna means harbour, and Zigna a Norwegian name, it was the name of a captain’s daughter that were related to this harbour.. I can’t remember the details. What I remember was, this is a place of Germans weather station during World War II, which then destroyed by the Norwegians. We could see the ruins since nothing could be taken from this place, even rubbish. We must leave everything as it is. So.. yeah.. we saw some rubbish stayed in the same place as it left.

In the night, Svalbard welcomed me with this beautiful view. I promise I almost cried that night..

Day 1 - the moon

Day 1 of Serenity

Day 3 – Alice Hamna and Lake Mourain

Today we visited Alice Hamna and Bruce Hut. Another story on Arctic expeditions, sad ones, especially since we found some graves on this place. Due to the movement of the ground, some part of the skulls were visible; and due to the fact that this place is actually a giant refrigerator, the clothes were still intact as other graves found other area. It was scary but fascinating at the same time.

One thing that I remember is this seal. He was really curious that he kept coming back to our Zodiac, and then left when we turned on the engine, startled. And then coming back again when we turned it off. We actually met some curious wildlife like this. Because they were not use to contact with human, they were not afraid or aggressive yet because they did not know human could hurt them.

Day 3 - curious seal

Our journey continued to Lake Mourain, where I learned that I needed a really good hiking skill here! But once I reached the lake.. It was magical. Unfortunately I could not get anything captured as nicely as the reality, but it was REALLY magical. The guide told us that the lake resulted from the shifting of glacier. With the greeny hills (yes, it was green as I remember), the lake showed the reflections of the hills with the beautiful real hills on the background. And the sun started to shine, giving it rays of yellowish on the already beautiful scenery. No sounds at all other than our footsteps, which were really quiet I almost thought I was in my own dream, alone. And some time later.. few flocks of birds flying by the lake made the painting became even more perfect. I want to cry just to remember the scenery.

We also spotted some other amazing wildlife in this place, reindeers and polar bears. When the reindeers came with sun shining their body.. It looked like they were falling from heaven 😀

We also found some marbles in this place.

Unfortunately, other than some photos of reindeers, I didn’t take a lot of pictures there because I was stunned with the beauty. I need to check my files to find more photos of Lake Mourain. I will update this post if I found some.

Day 2 - reinders showed up near the lake mourain

Honestly.. I would say this day was one of the bestest days of my life. After awed by the beauty in Lake Mourain, I was chilling on the top deck of the ship, when I saw these views (and when I said chilling, it was quite literally, even with my 5 layers of thermal and winter jacket).

On my left, this beautiful sunset.

Day 3 - look at the sky

On my right, this beautiful night sky.

Day 3 - my favorite night

arctic nightlovely view

God, You had been so good to me.

Day 4 – Ytre Norskøya

Located in Northwest of Svalbard, this place is located in the middle of ex-whaling station. We found some graves again in this place, with visible bones and intact clothes. It was said that some of them were 400 years old.

Another hiking to the top of the mountain, just to found this amazing view.

Day 4 - posing with antiguaDay 4 - view from the top

please ignore my poor fashion choices and bad skin.. my focus were only enjoying the view and stay warm 😀

On the top of the hills, I found this cross, which actually could be found in almost every highest point in the archipelago. I thought it meant another grave, turned out it was not. It was actually a remain from approximately 17th century by Pomors, a settler originated from White Sea of Northern Russia.

Day 4 - after some steep hike

While hiking, I learned how harsh the life in this place is. Even for plants.. These mushrooms could only grow 1mm in 100 years!

Day 4 - 1 mm in 100 years

Afterwards, we found another glacier. Not as pretty as we saw before, but still amazing. I enjoyed looking the glaciers dropped.

Day 4 - another icebergs drop.jpg

While having me time, just me, kindle, itunes, and the icebergs! (and these IKEA slippers I managed to bring from London :D)

Day 4 - me, kindle and itunes.. and the arctic ocean!

and of course, some cute wildlife..

Day 4 - hey thereDay 4 - yes

We also went to Virgohamna this day where we saw some sleeping walruses nearby. And of course, another beautiful scenery.

Day 4 - Virgohamna

Day 4 - reflectionsDay 4 - sail away sail away sail awayDay 4 - sunset in arctic

Day 5 – a day full of polar bears, seals and walruses

We opened the day with a visit to an ex hangar of British explorer, some more of sad stories about people who tried to conquer the North Pole in the past.

I remember there was a story about an explorer who wrote a letter before he died, and the letter found many decades letter. It contained his hope and love to his family, who may never read the letter forever.

And then we spotted a sleepy polar bear.

Day 5 - sleepy polar bear

And a group of cute polar bears trying to get some sun. They did not care less of human around them.. 😀

Day 5 - sleepy seals

And then huge walruses.. that attracted the attention of some pro photographers in our group.

Day 5 - walrusesDay 5 - which one is scarier

which one is scarier? lol

We then had some tea time in Smeerenburg while listening the stories of this ex-whaling station once owned by the Dutch.

As the northernmost point in Svalbard, the Dutches found hard time to get whales here since more whales were in the South, which were controlled by the Norwegians. Mind you, with minimum food and harsh weather, it was hard to survive while waiting to meet the whale oil target that they must bring back to their country.

One time, there were 7 Dutch whalers in this place that could survive all year long, thanks to Salad Mountain, which was next to this place. This Salad Mountain is actually a small hills which was often visited by birds who pooped in that place, made the place more lush than its surrounding, but only for one time in a year. It then grew a veggie that rich with vitamin c that could help the 7 whalers survived. These 7 whalers were lucky because came in time when the Salad Mountain was really green before the weather was too cold for the birds to visit. They harvested as much veggies as possible and stored it in one of their huts, with discipline in allocating the veggies all year long, they survived.

Next year, 4 other whalers came with a high confident that they too will survive. Unfortunately, they arrived too late, Salad Mountain had been gone due to the harsh weather. By time, they were dying. There were notes documenting their struggle, day to day up to the last note that said (more or less): we will survive if only anyone had the power to go out, lit the fire and made food. But unfortunately everyone was too weak and ill to go outside, the lack of vitamin c made their bones hurt so they could not move.

In the last note they said: Hope God could end the pain, they were ready.

It made me thinking, what is the line between giving up and acceptance? Perseverance and stubbornness? When could we know the time to stop trying?

Day 5 - tea time in ex dutch whaling stationDay 5 - sunset in ex dutch whaling station

Thank God the night was pretty as always, it cured the depression after visiting Smeerenburg.

Day 5 - night

Day 6 – Ny Allesund, the northernmost city in the world

It was a sunny morning when we visited an ex-marble factory. I remember I got a lot of nice abandoned pictures there. I will post them in a separate post with other shots of abandoned stuff that I took during this trip.

Day 6

Afterwards, we visited Ny Allesund, the northernmost city in the world where scientists from major countries of the world live.

Day 6 - posing in Ny Allesund

And of course, there should be a Roald Amundsen statue in this place.

Day 6 - Roald Amuntsen statue in Ny AllesundDay 6 - Ny Allesund

Don’t forget to bring your passport when you visit Ny Allesund to get a stamp there. I didn’t take mine and now its stamp was lying don’t know where.. Bring some money too because there were shops and post office there if you want to send some love for your family, friends or yourself, from the northernmost city of the world.

Funny fact about Svalbard: you are not allowed to die or giving birth here. Maybe because no hospital here, and the transportation to nearby city was rare (2 times a week if I am not mistaken) and could be complicated with the unpredictable weather.

Day 7 – Glacier and finally snow!

Being an Indonesian, everyone could not help but comment that the nice weather we had so far was because I brought Indonesian sun with me. lol

So when the weather finally gone worse and snow came, everyone commented, well, finally we get the real Arctic!

Thankfully, the weather did not go worse in the morning when we tried to spot some wildlife nearby Pyramiden (a place that we visited the next day). I waited for sometime on cold ground, waiting while my mind wandered.

Day 7 - laying on cold ground

The reason the ground was freezing cold was this: because underneath, there were just ice and more ice..

Day 7 - the reason why the lands were so cold

After some time, finally, beautiful reindeers showed up.

Day 7

And then foxes, but we were too afraid to get closer! This beautiful creature can be really fast and dangerous for us.

Day 7 - arctic fox

Day 8 – The Ghost Town of Pyramiden

Day 8 - WelcomeDay 8 - ghost town of Pyramiden

Pyramiden, the ex-mining town of Russia, was a really interesting place and one of the highlights of the trip. It still has a complete buildings and facilities that used to be utilized by the Russian workers. Sometime ago it was closed because it produced not so good quality of coals, but may cause harm to the sensitive environment of Arctic. Until today, Russia has left the mines but maintain the place for us to visit.

And guess who is in the front of the main building in Pyramiden? 😀

Day 8 - guess who

Yes, Lenin. It is said as the northernmost Lenin statue on earth, and there is also one in Antarctic.. So we can found Lenin’s statue in the northernmost and southernmost of the earth.. (I don’t know how should I feel about this..)

Move on from Lenin, there is a good news for millennials, IF we lucky, we can get phone signal in this place, but only if we could hike for hours, or at this place near harbour. This last point is called “place of hope” because of that, a hope that you can get signal and reach the outer world.

Day 8 - Pyramiden

As with other places in Svalbard, a riffle is mandatory when you walk around this place. This is the riffle of our guy named Vladimir that was showing us around when we visited Pyramiden.

Day 8 - Warning!

Vladimir shared his story how could he ended up in that place and how could he survive living ALONE in such ghost town, afar from nowhere, and even extend his staying much more than his plan.

As much as I like solitude time.. I don’t think I can enjoy this place as much as Vladimir. 😀

Day 8 - having fun alone

Day 9 – Back to Longyearbyen

And my journey finished. We spent the day exploring Longyearbyen once more. Visited the museum, posting some post cards.. and get some wifi in library.

I can’t describe how I enjoy so much writing this piece. I am so sorry for the long post! It is so fun to remember the lovely me time I spent in Svalbard. What I learned from the trip: everyday is a new day. With the new sunrise, new hope arises.

every morning, new hope

and love from this polar bear!

xx

Longyearbyen bear statue

Indonesian Historic Tour with me!

Hello!

As you may guess from this blog, I am a people person, I love people as much as I love travel, I also love history, culture and of course, food! And I want to use my passion for good! 🙂

So if you will visit Jakarta, and want to be my friend, just let me know if you need any guidance, tips, or even a FREE tour in Jakarta. Depends on what you like.. I can take you to historic sites in Jakarta, or the hip artsy old town, or some hidden places that may be hard to find for tourists. or maybe a coffee or foodie tour? I would never say no to that.. 🙂

Just few guidelines:

1. I have a full time job, so I may only be able to accompany you in weekends.

2. It’s a free tour, so transportation, food, snacks, any tickets (if any) are not included.. I will let you know the estimation costs that you should prepare in advance 😉

3. Be nice and open minded! Rude, racist or bad smelled people can’t be my friend :p

Check here to learn more about it. 🙂

NEXT ONE will be a Historic Tour on 22 October 2017. It is gonna be a walking tour where we will go to a journey of Indonesian independence that took place in Menteng area. Put a comment below if you are interested! 🙂

Ciao!
Dewi

 

 

Malang, an underrated city in East Java

Hello!

I am back with travel stories 🙂

I love Malang! I have visited it few times by now, and it never fail me so far. Here are some things that I did and visited during my trips that you may want to check too when you are around.

1. Bromo

I mean.. Of course. Why would you want to miss Bromo when you are around? You can get beautiful view with only few hours ride from Malang..

Spots to check out…

Pananjakan

A famous spot for sunrise viewing.. You should leave Malang as early as 2-3 am to reach this place and in time for the sunrise. You will need to walk a bit, and the temperature can be as low as 10 degrees Celsius in the morning, so prepare yourself. I would recommend layers, because it will get much warmer in the noon.

Bring your headlamp, because walking on your way up is much better with some lights on! And be patient, the high number of tourists can make this place very uncomfortable. The motor taxi (ojek) and visitor vehicles can pollute the air so bad, you will need to wear a mask. And on the top, while waiting for the sunrise to come up, you will need to be very competitive to take a nice spot to wait and enjoy the view (I’ll recommend go straight to the left front for a nice view of the sunrise, and afterward move to far right donwstairs for a nice view of Semeru, Bromo and surrounding mountains.

Pananjakan

But with this kind of view.. it’s all worthy.

Sunrise in Pananjakan, July 2017Sunrise - bromo view, July 2017

One time I was unlucky and could not see the view clearly because of the cloudy weather. So check the weather and cross your fingers to wish you can get clear view when you visit this place.

What I like to do after enjoying the sunrise is walk down and visit one of the local stores and have pisang goreng (banana fritters) with hot coffee or tea, or even order some indomie or pop mie to warm myself up. yum!!!

Bromo 

After enjoying the sunrise, the next spot that you should visit is the Bromo mountain itself. Using the same jeep you take to Pananjakan, the view on the way to Bromo is also very nice to enjoy.

You need to walk a bit from the jeep parks and the mountain, but you can opt to ride a pony like this!

Bromo, 2017

And when you’re there.. don’t forget to wear your mask again because the sulfur is so strong.. and prepare your feet to hike the stairs!

Bromo

The stairs

The stairs 🙂

You can take your mask off a minute for a pose in some nice spots 😉

my favorite spot, 2014 vs 2017

And.. what you see from the top

Kawah Bromo

surprise.. a sulfur crater! :p

Savana

Also known as Bukit Teletubbies due to its resemblance with the hills in teletubbies show, this hill is a famous destination too when you are in the area. However, last time I went there this year, the place is not as green as before..

poni.jpg

Pasir Berbisik

Lastly, a place that is well known because of the famous movie starred by Dian Sastro..

Pasir Berbisik

That a photo from my last trip with my colleagues. But honestly, this place is also nice to visit if you are alone. I don’t know why but the nothingness of the place, only vast grey sands and the sounds of the wind.. It brought some feelings I can’t describe! 🙂

2. Museum Tempo Doeloe

Located in the city center, you will never imagine what can this place offer until you step your feet inside! It’s everything about history, culture and fun! I loooove it 🙂

3. Museum Angkut

I am not a car person but I looove this place! It’s so huge with many interesting vehicles to see.

4. Batu

For apple statues :p

Batu

or a visit to apple fields to have a simple picnic and sing dangdut songs with your friends 😉

 

5. Waterfalls and instagramable spots 

Legend has it, you will break up if you come to Coban Rondo waterfalls with your boyfriend/girlfriend. Well, lucky me.. :p

6. The beaches!

If you have spare time, Malang is home to some interesting beaches.. We visit one of them, called Balekambang (because it’s the nearer). It’s not impressive but worth to visit if you have a spare day in Malang 🙂

The interesting part is they a Hindu Temple in the beach. I loved sitting outside the temple and looking to the vastness of the sea.

Balekambang

pura balekambang

7. The fooooood

No, I don’t know either why do I mention it the last, but Malang is surely a heaven for my tongue! My favorite is Sate Kambing Cairo which just.. undescribeable (if that even a word). Loved it.

That’s it, all! I’ll see you in my next post. xx

Love,

Seoul Food Adventure

Hey there.. I am back! Sorry I did not posting for so long! I traveled a bit to Seoul, South Korea last month, back home for a week, and another traveling to Japan. Afterwards, I needed a month to catch up works that I left during my leaves 😀

So, one word for Korean food: spicy! Buut I loooved them all! Thanks to my friend who showed me the ins and hidden secrets of culinary in Seoul, my tummy and I had a fantastic time exploring all the spicy (and also not so spicy) heaven on my tongue. :p

And OH. MY. GOD. Have I told you about their street food. Beyond amazing!

I have some photos here for you to enjoy.. Don’t want to make you crave for them all this very second.. but what can I do :p

Till next time, and let me know should you need any guidance to food experience in Seoul!

Xx,

Dewi