Interesting Museums to Visit in South-East Asia


I grew up in a country where museums were treated irrelevant. Museums were marked as boring and dull. That was how I saw it when I was little. Then when I got a little older and ventured out from my home country, I saw a lot of interesting museums in other countries. This confused me as it seemed to be out of my norm, “this isn’t right, museum are meant to be boring!”. Fast forward to present day, my home country, Indonesia has seem to changed its mind too about museums. You can see a lot of museums being promoted more and more now, leading to a greater appreciation for them. This is good! We have so many things to showcase in Indonesia, we are a huge country with a fascinating history, our museums should be engaging and help travellers to understand our country better. I really have high hope for the future of museums in my country. Anyway, speaking of museums, I have encountered some interesting museums during my travel in Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia so here are some of those museums, be sure to check it out yourself! Singapore Art Museum If you love contemporary art, then Singapore Art Museum is […]

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The Best Places for People Watching


I love people watching whenever I travel because by doing so you get to see how the locals live every day. Not only that, you also get to see how passersby (a.k.a. the tourists) behave. It is especially interesting when you see the two of them interact. Febby of Jalan2Liburan sometimes likes to watch other tourists while on the road, and it can often be a fun thing to do. People watching also allows me to relax and enjoy my surrounding, taking my time, slowing down – that is always an important aspect of my travel. Beside Febby and I, our friend Noni of Nyonya Sepatu also loves people watching, don’t miss out read her experience on her blog. If you love to people watch like us, here are some places where you can do just that. The Hawker Centres of Asia Whether you’re in Bangkok or Singapore or Penang, take a pick of its many hawker centres, have a meal there and take some time to enjoy your surrounding. Hawker centres are THE place where locals usually hang out, this is where people get their meal and where they meet up with friends and family. Whether it’s a crowd full of […]

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5 Destinations Perfect for Your Next Girls Trip


I love planning a trip with my girl friends, discovering new places is always fun to do with your favourite friends. Plus it means that there is someone besides yourself who document the trip (photos and memories). I have been on several girls trip in my life and they were the best trips of my life. So without further ado, here are the destinations which I think are perfect for your next girls trip: Barcelona, Spain Because sangria and tapas cannot be enjoyed alone, take your friends on a girls trip to this amazing city. Start the day by doing the compulsory sight seeings: Sagrada Familia, Gothic Quarter, Park Güell, La Rambla or simply hang out at the many beaches the city has in offer, like my favourite, Barceloneta. Then for lunch why not make your way up to Montjuïc and have a picnic there while enjoying the view from above.  No girls trip in Barcelona is complete without having some fun at its famous night clubs, I loved dancing the night away at Opium which is located next to the beach. Don’t forget to fill up your tummy with the city’s freshest seafood at La Paradeta. There are also many day trips that you can make from Barcelona such as to […]

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My Favourite Footwear for Travelling in the Summer


I am not the most fashionable out of the three of us (Febbie, Noni and I). So this week’s #CeritaJalanAsik, which is OOTD, is a bit tough for me. I think back of how I would dress when I travel, and there really is nothing in particular. I usually just throw in a comfortable t-shirt and short. For this week, Febbie of Jalan2Liburan wrote a very useful post on what to wear when you’re travelling to Iran, be sure to check that out. Also take a peek of what Noni of Nyonya Sepatu wear when travelling, I’m sure you can even take notes of one or two fashion tips there. However, I do invest quite a lot on footwear (blame my mother and sister for this). I like my footwear casual and comfortable because I love to walk a lot and I have had experiences where I bought really bad shoes that hurt my feet and eventually I ended up being annoyed and couldn’t explore as much as I wanted. So from this experience, I started being careful on buying my shoes. Every one loves travelling in the summer because of the weather and coming from Indonesia, this is our default weather […]

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Affordable Concerts and Festivals for Students in Europe

Street performances are also mini concerts right? Cos I've been to many of those...

When Febby, Noni and I were talking about the next theme for #CeritaJalanAsik (that’s “Fun Travel Stories” for you non-Indonesian speakers) and the theme “Concert and Festival” was suggested, my mind actually went blank. For some reasons, I immediately thought of “music festivals” and images of a band playing in a huge stage with thousands of screaming fans flooded my mind. I don’t hate these festivals, in fact the thought of dancing around with friends to my favourite music sounds pretty amazing – but the truth is I’ve never really been to one. I guess this makes me a little but uncool, unlike Noni of Nyonya Sepatu who has obviously been to some cool concerts/festivals herself. Don’t forget to read her recommendations on must see concerts and festivals. When I lived in Europe for my study, I knew I wanted to see concerts and festivals as there seem to be many interesting ones in this continent. However I was a little skeptical, I mean, could I really see concerts and festivals with my student budget? I was especially impressed with the answer as I soon found out that there were SO MANY options. For example, when summer comes, there is […]

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Dream Explore Wander’s Guide to Warsaw

The busy old town

I was intrigued by the charm of Warsaw when I was there the first time, spending only one night in this Polish capital only made me more curious of the place. So I promised myself to give it a second visit, which I did the next year. From legendary stories to its magnificent buildings, Warsaw has it all. For me coming to Warsaw was much more than seeing pretty houses and taking pictures of its stunning cobblestone streets. It would be a shame being in Warsaw without understanding a little of its history – and trust me, the city has seen a lot of things in the past, some are really horrifying. Visiting Warsaw was like an entire education in itself for me and it was only right that I paid attention to its past as a way to respect the people who suffered and lost their lives in this city many years ago. DREAM: Is this the right destination for you? Warsaw is your dream destination if you: love gigantic buildings with interesting history have a fascination towards the history of communism as well as World War II don’t mind being spoilt by tasty vodka and delicious Polish dumplings (pierogi) […]

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The Little Things That Make Indonesia, Indonesia

Today is Indonesia’s independence day which is why our #CeritaJalanAsik’s theme is Travelling in Indonesia. So today I will be talking about the little things that you should notice when you travel in Indonesia as they are the ones that make this country unique and different from the rest of the world. We know we are not a perfect country, in fact we are far from perfect. Our government is still corrupted, the public transportation is awful and while our people are known to be friendly and all smiles, we are quite the opposite while driving on the road. Yes Indonesia has many flaws that I can even write a whole post about it, but against it all I miss this country like crazy whenever I am away from it. Home will always be this crazy country even when I have fallen in love with other countries too. So, as this is its independence day, these are the things I love to see when I travel in my own country. If you’ve been here or considering travelling to Indonesia, keep your eyes open for these little things that make Indonesia, well, Indonesia. Warung You will notice that food is something we worship. […]

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Dream Explore Wander’s Guide to Penang


I think we’ve all established by now that I love Penang. I’ve been to this place many times, and each time I’m always surprised by it. Not only that it is a great foodie destination, Penang also has the most amazing shop houses, house of worships and street arts. If you haven’t been to Penang, I think it’s high time that you finally visit this island. DREAM: Is this the right destination for you? Penang is your dream destination if you: love eating, the food scene is great in Penang, from street stalls to high end restaurants don’t mind being in the heat as Penang is kind of hot, but really it’s super worth it (besides that’s what ais cendol and ais kachang are for!) like old houses with amazing tiles, windows and doors are interested in the history of Peranakan Baba Nyonya have a thing with cute, boutique hotels like to go lazying on the beach are a fan of nature are a fan of street arts EXPLORE: Interesting places to see There are so many activities to choose from in Penang that you won’t get bored. You could lazily stroll around its unique neighbourhoods, or go lazying on its […]

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How Green is Your Travel?

So we’ve all seen what global warning has done to our planet. So this is the time for us all to really look after our planet if we still want our next generations to live in this beautiful world of ours. As travellers, we are responsible too! Green travel is something that is getting more popular these days. I am still learning about green travel and how I could improve my travel to keep the environment green. Here are some guides for “green travel” newbies: Transportation I know that using planes may not be the definition of green travel, which is way I opt for train whenever possible. Train travel is way more environmentally friendly than plane as it emits less CO2. Other than that choose walking and biking while travelling. Walking is great when you want to get lost in a new place and this is a great way to slow down and admire a place in more details. Nowadays there are many free walking tours on offer so you can learn about the place even more. I also love biking because not only you’ll get to see more places, you can also easily hop on and off without […]

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Dream Explore Wander’s Guide to Lisbon

People watching

Portugal was the one country that I absolutely fell in love with because of many reasons. Not only there are many interesting places to see, Lisbon has that bohemian vibe that made me curious and always in a state of wonder. Unlike other capitals in its neighbouring countries, Lisbon has the impression of being a little underrated but it has so many charms that made me wonder why on earth have I not gone to this gorgeous place sooner. I spent 4 days in Lisbon and I loved how relax and easy the city was to me. I didn’t see all the must see sites since I had limited time and even took a day out for Sintra. DREAM: Is this the right destination for you? Lisbon is your dream destination if you: don’t mind walking its hilly roads and its narrow alleys love a big city with a laid back atmosphere are interested in quirky things like tiled houses and amazing street arts love eating fresh seafood and mouth watering pastries prefer mild weather (it doesn’t get too cold in the winter) EXPLORE: Interesting places to see I think every corner of Lisbon is just simply amazing, even the metro stations are […]

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