Photo: Trip to Lahore

Gurdwara Dera Sahib in Lahore, Pakistan [2015: EO]

Gurdwara Dera Sahib in Lahore, Pakistan [2015: EO]

This is certainly not an easy life for average Pakistani especially during the summer [2015: EO]

This is certainly not an easy life for average Pakistani especially during the summer [2015: EO]

Chaotic [2015: EO]

Chaotic [2015: EO]

Pakistani Street Barber Shop [2015: E O]

Pakistani Street Barber Shop [2015: E O]

Various public transport from rickshaw to donkey cart [2015: EO]

Various public transport from rickshaw to donkey cart [2015: EO]

One leg Pakistani dancer in the Wagah Border Ceremony [2015: E O]

One leg Pakistani dancer in the Wagah Border Ceremony [2015: E O]

Two religiously devoted Pakistani men went to Friday praying [2015: EO]

Two religiously devoted Pakistani men went to Friday praying [2015: EO]

Two Pakistani women in saree went for shopping in Lahore's market [2015: EO]

Two Pakistani women in saree went for shopping in Lahore’s market [2015: EO]

Pakistani women went for window shopping in traditional market of Lahore [2015: EO]

Pakistani women went for window shopping in traditional market of Lahore [2015: EO]

Toiling [2015: EO]

Toiling [2015: EO]

Pakistan v. India [2015: E O]

Pakistan v. India [2015: E O]

Even though there is a no parking sign, they parked their motorbike anyway [2015: EO]

Even though there is a no parking sign, they parked their motorbike anyway [2015: EO]

Even though the temperature reached up to 42 degree Celsius, an ordinary Pakistani elderly kept riding his bicycle [2015: E O]

Even though the temperature reached up to 42 degree Celsius, an ordinary Pakistani elderly kept riding his bicycle [2015: E O]

Handmade Punjab Shoes Store [2015: EO]

Handmade Punjab Shoes Store [2015: EO]

Chilling in Badshahi Mosque, Lahore [2015: EO]

Chilling in Badshahi Mosque, Lahore [2015: EO]

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Photo: Istanbul in Frame 2

My first sunrise of Istanbul [2014: E O]

My first sunrise of Istanbul [2014: E O]

Christmas mass in in Sent Antuan Church [2014: E O]

Christmas mass in in Sent Antuan Church [2014: E O]

Mother Mary in The Holy Church of Wisdom, Hagia Sophia [2014: E O]

Mother Mary in The Holy Church of Wisdom, Hagia Sophia [2014: E O]

Hagia Sophia is where Islam and Christian met [2014: E O]

Hagia Sophia is where Islam and Christian met [2014: E O]

Under the blue sky, there is a blue mosque of Sultanamet [2014: E O]

Under the blue sky, there is a blue mosque of Sultanamet [2014: E O]

Inside the Grand Bazaar of Istanbul [2014: E O]

Inside the Grand Bazaar of Istanbul [2014: E O]

The view of Istanbul [2015: E O]

The view of Istanbul [2015: E O]

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Photo: The Vibe of Pasar Santa

Vynil record player at the Laidback Blues Store [2014: E O]

Vynil record player at the Laidback Blues Store [2014: E O]

Claypot Popo [2014: E O]

Claypot Popo [2014: E O]

Ketan Pasar is a sticky rice based snack joint [2014: E O]

Ketan Pasar is a sticky rice based snack joint [2014: E O]

The famous Pasar Santa black dog of DOG [2014: E O]

The famous Pasar Santa black dog of DOG [2014: E O]

Paint in one of corner of Pasar Santa [2014: E O]

Paint in one of corner of Pasar Santa [2014: E O]

The actual Pasar Santa [2014: E O]

The actual Pasar Santa [2014: E O]

Spinning in Pasar Santa [2014: E O]

Spinning in Pasar Santa [2014: E O]

The head of Pasar Santa, Bambang Sugiharto [2014: E O]

The head of Pasar Santa, Bambang Sugiharto [2014: E O]

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Photo: Jakarta In Frame I

Ondel-ondel, the largest Betawi puppet [2014: E O]

Ondel-ondel, the largest Betawi puppet [2014: E O]

Human Right Activist were campaigning in Jakarta Car Free Day in Hotel Indonesia roundabout [2014: E O]

Human Right Activist were campaigning in Jakarta Car Free Day in Hotel Indonesia roundabout [2014: E O]

Steam banana, boiled potato and steam peanuts are Indonesian traditional snack [2014: E O]

Steam banana, boiled potato and steam peanuts are Indonesian traditional snack [2014: E O]

Fugly [2014: E O]

Fugly [2014: E O]

Jakartans Will Have MRT soon [2014: E O]

Jakartans Will Have MRT soon [2014: E O]

Indonesian people love to take selfie [2014: E O]

Indonesian people love to take selfie [2014: E O]

Jakartans are enjoying the Jakarta Car Free Days [2014: E O]

Jakartans are enjoying the Jakarta Car Free Days [2014: E O]

Selamat Datang Di Jakarta [2014: E O]

Selamat Datang Di Jakarta [2014: E O]

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Photo: Rujak Serut

Grated fruit for rujak [2014: E O]

Grated fruit for rujak [2014: E O]

It might look pretty disgusting for some people but this is one of my favourite Indonesian street food, rojak/rujak serut. Rujak serut is traditional fruit salad with slices of assorted tropical fruit such as pineapple, mango, papaya, kedondong and sweet potato with spicy palm sugar dressing.

All the fruits are shredded into a roughly grated consistency then mixed with the sweet and speech dressing, which is made from palm sugar, tamarind, ground sautéed peanut, salt and shrimp paste. 

I would say almost everyday I buy rujak for my dessert after lunch. For me, rujak is one of the most healthiest Indonesian traditional snack. It looks disgusting but if you like eating fruit salad, you must try rujak serut. It tastes wonderful! 

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Indonesia’s Rujak Dressing [2014: E O]

Grating the fruit for rujak serut [2014: E O]

Grating the fruit for rujak serut [2014: E O]

Grated fruit for rujak [2014: E O]

Grated fruit for rujak [2014: E O]

Grated fruit for rujak [2014: E O]

Grated fruit for rujak [2014: E O]

Mixing the dressing with the grated fruit [2014:E O]

Mixing the dressing with the grated fruit [2014:E O]

Rujak Serut for afternoon snack [2014: E O]

Rujak Serut for afternoon snack [2014: E O]

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Photo: Self-Reflection

Disappointment is part of life but sometimes we have to learn how to laugh at ourselves before other laugh at us. 

Disappointment is part of life  [2013: C P]

Disappointment is part of life [2013: C P]

We have to learn to laugh at ourselves [2013: C P]

We have to learn to laugh at ourselves [2013: C P]

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Photo: Canada

Coming from a tropical country such as Indonesia, I used to dream to go to the Western Country to have a white Christmas. Wearing a pair of knee boots, long black stylist winter coat and colorful scarf while doing some window shopping in down town Toronto, London or New York City.

Or the idea of having outdoor Christmas tree light, snow, candy cane, Christmas gift and any other Christmas decoration in every corner of the town from the street to family house or churches to the shops, it seems that white Christmas is very magical. But I had no idea how freezing cold the winter would be.

Tried to enjoy my first winter and white Christmas in Halifax, Nova Scotia [2011: ER]

Tried to enjoy my first winter and white Christmas in Halifax, Nova Scotia [2011: ER]

So here I was… Christmas 2011, I went to Canada for nearly one month. Finally, I knew what the white Christmas is. Despite the fact the ambience is very magical and romantic, I must admit that winter sucks BIG TIME! It is so freaking cold! I must wear multi-layers of clothes. Geez! I am so blessed to be born and come from a place with a wonderful weather just like Indonesia.

Nevertheless its suckness (that sometimes I miss), I really like Canada. It is such a beautiful yet organized place. There are so many old historical beautiful buildings (I love old historical building). While I was in Canada, I did not go to many places. I only went to Ottawa, Halifax, Toronto and Montreal.

I am looking forward to another trip to Canada but in different time of the year. Preferably during the summer time.

Anyway, here I am sharing some snapshots from my trip to North America.

The Parliament Building of Canada in Ottawa, Ontario [2011: Oktofani]

The Parliament Building of Canada in Ottawa, Ontario [2011: Oktofani]

The View of Dartmouth from Halifax, Nova Scotia [2011: Oktofani]

The View of Dartmouth from Halifax, Nova Scotia [2011: Oktofani]

La basilique Notre-Dame de Montréal [2012: Oktofani]

La basilique Notre-Dame de Montréal [2012: Oktofani]

Apple Caramel dip [2011: Oktofani]

Apple Caramel dip [2011: Oktofani]

One cloudy day in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia [2011: Oktofani]

One cloudy day in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia [2011: Oktofani]

Rideau Canal in Ottawa, Ontario [2011: Oktofani]

Rideau Canal in Ottawa, Ontario [2011: Oktofani]

 

Eternal Flame for The Unknown Soldier [2011: Oktofani]

Eternal Flame for The Unknown Soldier [2011: Oktofani]

Down town Ottawa [2011: Oktofani]

Down town Ottawa [2011: Oktofani]

Down town of Ottawa [2011: Oktofani]

Down town of Ottawa [2011: Oktofani]

The famous light house, Peggy's Cove in Nova Scotia [2011: Oktofani]

The famous light house, Peggy’s Cove in Nova Scotia [2011: Oktofani]

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia [2011: oktofani]

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia [2011: oktofani]

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Photo : Flores

Timorese kids playground to enjoy the breeze and sun

The faces of Timorese kids from Ende, Flores, Nusa Tenggara

In Nanggale Village, Timorese women are making home-made salt for living

She is one of Timorese woman from Nanggale Village, who is selling home-made salt for living only for Rp 3,000 [35 cent] per kg

The first Catholic Church in Flores, East Nusa Tenggara

A bunch of Timorese women are making a home-made Kain Ikat, a traditional fabric, and selling it to tourist with the range price from Rp 100,000 [11 USD] to Rp 500,000 [550 USD]

Flores is one of a beautiful tourist destination in Eastern Indonesia. It is located in East Nusa Tenggara Province. In July 2010, I visited Flores for five days with E to celebrate our second anniversary. I would say that Flores is extremely beautiful. There are no skyscraper or many vehicles around. The air is just very clean, the place is just very quiet and peaceful.

While I was in Flores, I visited number of popular tourist destination such as  Kelimutu Mountain  and First Catholic Church in Sika.  It was really such a wonderful trip. But one of the memorable moment was my tour guide took us to have dinner with local people underneath the tree. We had a very simple homemade local food such as dried fish, chili and corn rice. It was very tasty. I really had a wonderful time with them.  It is always good to be able to see the local people daily life in their small town and their hospitality to new people.

A homemade traditional dinner from Timorese Family in Flores, East Nusa Tenggara

I would say that I was really satisfied with my trip to Flores and I am looking forward to do similar trip either to Eastern Indonesia or West Indonesia.

Ride the bus