Photo: Yangon’s Sneak Peek

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The famous Thanaka Wood, the ancient natural sun protection from Myanmar [2017:EO]

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Enjoying their lunch on the side walk [2017:EO]

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Myanmar style rickshaw [2017:EO]

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Drying [2017:EO]

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Can I have cosmopolitan please? [2017:EO]

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Visitors [2017:EO]

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Source of life [2017:EO]

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Ain’t bad restaurants [2017:EO]

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Decoration [2017:EO]

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Buddhist Ritual [2017:EO]

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Photo: New York City

Many rappers often use the word NYPD and or LAPD in their songs. I used to wonder what it means or stands for; so I searched and figured out that it stands for New York Police Department. Interestingly enough, many rappers always write songs about police either NYPD and/or LAPD to criticize the institution [2015: E O]

Many rappers often use the word NYPD and or LAPD in their songs. I used to wonder what it means or stands for; so I searched and figured out that it stands for New York Police Department. Interestingly enough, many rappers always write songs about police either NYPD and/or LAPD to criticize the institution [2015: E O]

I can't remember the name of this park [2015: E O]

I can’t remember the name of this park [2015: E O]

It is a plate of overrated pasta in NYC's Little Italy. Lesson to learn: Do not  eat at the tourist trap; go to the joint where the local people go, better value, better taste.  [2015: E O]

It is a plate of overrated pasta in NYC’s Little Italy. Lesson to learn: Do not eat at the tourist trap; go to the joint where the local people go, better value, better taste. [2015: E O]

I was going to Brooklyn via Manhattan Bridge [2015: E O]

Touring to Brooklyn via Manhattan Bridge [2015: E O]

There will be the famous NYC Green Taxi in the near future. Can you spot the Green Taxi?  [2015: EO]

There will be the famous NYC Green Taxi in the near future. Can you spot the Green Taxi? [2015: EO]

The Little Italy of NYC [2015:EO]

The Little Italy of NYC [2015:EO]

It was so hot in NYC so I decided to get myself a cup of ice cream. However, I did not pay attention closely that soft ice cream is very different from gelato. I will never get soft ice cream anymore [2015: E O]

It was so hot in NYC so I decided to get myself a cup of ice cream. However, I forgot that soft ice cream is very different from gelato. In fact, I should have noticed that it is a soft ice cream truck and not a gelato truck. It was horrible! I will never get soft ice cream anymore [2015: E O]

Another tourist attraction, Rockefeller Building [2015:E O]

Another tourist attraction, Rockefeller Building [2015:E O]

As soon as I arrived in Times Square, I just wanted to leave immediately. It was too crowded [2015: E O]

As soon as I arrived in Times Square, I just wanted to leave immediately. It was too crowded [2015: E O]

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Photo: NYC

"Straight Outta Compton" Film of NWA will be released on Aug. 14 [2015: E O]

“Straight Outta Compton” Film of NWA will be released on Aug. 14 [2015: E O]

Brooklyn Bridge [2015: E O]

Brooklyn Bridge [2015: E O]

Once upon a time, one of FBI vehicle crashed at the Fifth Avenue of NYC [2015: E O]

Once upon a time, one of FBI vehicle crashed on the Fifth Avenue of NYC [2015: E O]

However, it was not a real accident. A film production house was shooting some movie scene [2015: E O]

However, it was not a real accident. A film production house was shooting some movie scene [2015: E O]

The famous NYC Yellow Taxi [2015: E O]

The famous NYC Yellow Taxi [2015: E O]

They said that NYC is dirty city and YES! It is dirt city. [2015: E O]

They said that NYC is dirty city and YES! It is dirt city. [2015: E O]

One of NYC Subway Station [2015:E O]

One of NYC Subway Station [2015:E O]

Dear boyfriends, you'd better exercise better other hot dude steal your girlfriend! [2015: E O]

Dear boyfriends, you’d better exercise better other hot dude steal your girlfriend! [2015: E O]

You have no money to purchase designer bag in NYC? Don't be worried baby... NYC also has a fake designer bag for 10 bucks only! [2015: E O]

You have no money to purchase designer bag in NYC? Don’t worry baby… NYC also has fake designer bags for 10 bucks only! [2015: E O]

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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.

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