Cycling through the Rustic Charm of Biei, Hokkaido

Iโ€™veย wanted to cycle in Hokkaido for a long time and I finally did last weekend! I went skiing in Sapporo last winter and I left a part of my heart there on the island's beauty. After Sapporo my next destinations were Furano and Biei. Granted, summer is widely known as the best time for visiting … Continue reading Cycling through the Rustic Charm of Biei, Hokkaido

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Living Japan #5: Tokyo “City Girl”

Last July I celebrated a year of living in Japan. Work contract has been extended, so I'll hopefully be celebrating a second year anniversary next year. As I enter my second year, I made a decision to move to Tokyo. I moved from the suburbs of Yokohama, where most residents were grandmothers and high-school students … Continue reading Living Japan #5: Tokyo “City Girl”

Catatan Yogyakarta: Perayaan Waisak di Borobudur (Mei 2013)

25 Mei 2013, Hari Waisak Memasuki area bertenda di Candi Mendut dimana ratusan umat Buddha berkumpul dengan pakaian biksu atau seragam komunitas masing-masing, saya merasa kurang ajar. Orang-orang pada ramai memfotoi seperti obyek wisata padahal mereka sedang beribadah. Ibaratnya seperti Muslim sedang salat Ied berjamaah lalu orang-orang berkamera datang dan membabi buta memfotoi di depan … Continue reading Catatan Yogyakarta: Perayaan Waisak di Borobudur (Mei 2013)

Catatan Yogyakarta: Pesona Macapat dan Birokrasi Turis (Mei 2013)

24 Mei 2013 Hari ini saya bertekad tidak akan naik becak. Tadinya mau sewa sepeda gunung atau onthel, tapi dengan lugu saya tinggalkan KTP-ku di hotel. Lalu ego saya menolak semua tukang becak yang menawarkan jasanya. Saya biasa dan senang jalan kaki! Tapi ternyata, kota ini lebih sulit ditaklukkan oleh kaki daripada yang saya bayangkan. … Continue reading Catatan Yogyakarta: Pesona Macapat dan Birokrasi Turis (Mei 2013)