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A Walking Tour in Putrajaya – Without a Map

This short walking tour in Putrajaya is not really the kind of tour you’d like to join. I did it without a tour guide nor a map on hand. I did it because I like walking and I want to see what’s beyond the Putra Masjid, a landmark you shouldn’t

Temple of Literature in Hanoi – Where You Pray for Good Grades

At the Temple of Literature in Hanoi (Vietnam), you can pray for good school grades. After all, this temple honors the greatest Vietnamese scholars of ancient times. Obviously, many students would visit the temple during examination days, praying they’d get the exam results they’re hoping for. Perhaps, the most-visited temple

Museum Prasasti is Not Your Ordinary Museum in Jakarta

Museum Prasasti in Jakarta is, perhaps, the weirdest museums I’ve been to in my entire life! It’s a necropolis! it’s a former cemetery built by the Dutch in 1795 for the aristocrats of their own kind. It is the oldest public cemetery in Jakarta and, perhaps, one of the oldest

Wayang Museum – A Culture of Puppetry on Display

Wayang Museum is one of the unique museums I’ve been to in my entire travels. It’s not your ordinary museum where European paintings and statues are on display. You won’t even see a single local/Indonesian painting in here. This museum dedicates itself to showing the art of Javan wayang puppetry.

Jakarta National Monument and the City Views from the Tower

Visiting Jakarta National Monument is where you should start to get to know Indonesia’s capital city. You’re not only visiting the monument but also seeing Jakarta’s skyline from the tower deck. Yes, the tower is The National Monument! It’s a symbol of the country’s struggle for independence. For the locals,

Ba Vi National Park – A Day Trip from Hanoi

Ba Vi National Park is a protected park just outside Hanoi. In what supposed to be an hour drive, it took us almost two and a half hours because of the unpredictable weather. It was a fight between the sun, clouds, and fog. On our way up to the mountain,

Diamond Beach on Nusa Penida Island is Dangerously Beautiful

The Diamond Beach on Nusa Penida Island is dangerously beautiful (or beautifully dangerous?). It was the first beach we visited on the island and we couldn’t help but fall in love with it. It was love at first sight, I’d say. From the top, the views are truly mesmerizing. And

Tukad Cepung Waterfall in Bali – The Most Dramatic of All

Tukad Cepung Waterfall in Bali is the most dramatic of all waterfalls I’ve been to. It’s quite a ride from Canggu to the waterfall on a narrow, zigzaggy road. But, when you arrive, it’s all worth whatever trouble you have on the way. Promise! How much? You need to pay

Mingun PahtoDawGyi Pagoda – An Incomplete Stupa Held by Time

The Mingun Pahtodawgyi Pagoda is an incomplete stupa/monument held by time. You can find it at Mingun county, just 10 kilometers outside Mandalay. At first glance, the gigantic stone looks like frozen in time. And it is. Standing at its facade, I had that feeling of facing a timeless treasure