Weekend Getaway at Puncak, Bogor

Have you every heard people complaining on social media on how bad the traffic in Jakarta is, every long weekend? Especially those routes to other neighbor cities surrounding Jakarta, like Bandung, Bogor, or Puncak. Well, those people are maybe just like me, who sometimes got sick spending long weekend in Jakarta. In which, what you can do is literally just going to the malls, watching movies, eating out, etc. Sooo boring! It was just one of those week, which I felt like going somewhere to spend the long weekend outside Jakarta. My friends and I decided to have a short weekend getaway in Puncak, Bogor. Sounds common? Well, yes indeed. But actually, it’s still better than going to the malls, isn’t it? There are several things you can do for weekend getaway there.

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Derawan Islands, the Gem of Borneo

People might crave for sea vitamins once in a while. After my last trip to Belitung, I had never been to any other beach or sea. It made me say “yes” right away, when my cousins asked me to join an open trip to Derawan Islands at the end of 2016. People said, the more you go to the eastern part of Indonesia, the more beautiful beaches you could find. Derawan Islands is located at Berau, the province of East Kalimantan. Celebes Sea or Sulawesi sea spread across the area, and yes, it is indeed beautiful. The uniqueness of this Derawan trip is that you got to visit each islands which offers different views, different charms, and different activities that you can do there. Eager to know more what’s in the Maldives of Indonesia? It’s gonna be a long post, but stay tune!

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A Homey Seattle

“So, where will you go next after here and Orlando?” A shopkeeper at Georgetown, Washington DC, asked me after we talked about the (my) trip there to US. Remember when I said that almost all of the shopkeepers in Georgetown were ultimately friendly?

“Not much. I’ll go to Seattle after the Orlando trip,” I said, putting back the bag I just looked around back to the display rack.

“Oh, wow! You’re going to west coast?” He widened his eyes. I looked at him, a bit surprised and confused seeing his excessive response. “That is totally awesome! People said west coast, especially Seattle is really nice. I, myself, have never got the chance to be there. It’s too far away from here,” he continued.

This time, I widened my eyes. Felt a bit surprised again as I thought that most of Americans must have been going to visit almost every states of their country. At least, Seattle, a seaport city at the west coast. Turns out, I’m just that fortunate to be able to visit a couple of states in US on my first visit there, while their very own residents didn’t always have the chance to visit other states.

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Fun Summer Time at Orlando, Florida

Done with my extended trip for holiday in New York and Washington DC, I flew to Orlando, Florida for the real things. Yeah, the main purpose I came to United States is to join a yearly conference held by the company that I work on. So, basically it was a business trip, but I managed to get 1-2 days free time on weekend to hang out around the heart of Florida, before a whole week of conference in the upcoming week. Spending just 1-2 days didn’t stop me to have a lot of fun! Summer is the best time to be spent at Orlando, which is famous with its never ending amusement parks.

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One Day at Washington DC

From New York City, I took a bus trip for 5 hours on my 3rd night at United States to go to the capital city – Washington DC. A very different city with different ambiance and surroundings from the NYC. DC is quieter, full with government buildings, offices and free-entrance museums with great architectures, no billboards, and a lot of park and open spaces. This is the place where people strolling around the city in such a hot and humid weather (I was there last July 2016 on summer time) wearing a complete business suites with tie and formal blazer. It looks cool though.

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New York, A City of Dream

Everyone deserves New York at some point of their life. I think everyone does. Strolling around the infamous Times Square of New York City at one summer night was a bliss. It was just 4 hours since I stepped down the United States ground after 21 hours of flight last July, but I felt fully recharged realizing that one more of my dream comes true. Those shining lights, sparkling billboards, and thousands of people energized you. It literally defines what people called as ‘city that never sleeps.’ I was super excited knowing that it was just the start, while I would have 3 more days to explore this city of dream.

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