Indonesia

Through the eyes of Hengki Koentjoro

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Indonesia was always a place that had beautiful landscape that blew my mind: Stunning beaches, hypnotic rainforests, mysterious temples, hidden waterfalls… it is a tropical paradise that was immense to explore and backpack about in. I swear my camera hardly left my face as I attempted to capture scene upon scene of terrain, but as usual, it never looked as g[...]

The Sacred Monkey Forest in Ubud, Bali

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Imagine strolling through a lush, green forest, engulfed in a sea of leafy tree branches hanging low to the ground. You can hear water gushing in the distance and the air smells sweet of exotic flowers. As you round a corner, you are suddenly standing in an open space. But you are not alone. Around you, there are more than 50 monkeys sitting on the paveme[...]

Bali: memories of a paradise fit for the gods

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There is no real way to capture or understand the enchantment of a Balinese immersion. There is something subliminal and sacred about the way all the elements of Balinese life flow together. Yes, even those scary ass dogs. At the present moment I have a few friends heading to Bali, and as the January rain pours down here in San Francisco, I wish so badly [...]

Learning Bahasa Indonesian in Paradise

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When traveling to foreign countries where the language is literally so foreign, I found many tourists speaking LOUDER and s.l.o.w.e.r to the locals in a bizarre attempt to get understood. It seriously annoys me every time I see a traveler rudely turn their back to the waiter/market stall owner, throw up their hands and announce to their partner, “He just doe[...]

How to climb a volcano

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Usually, when on holiday, I like to fully dedicate my time to a cherished eat - sleep - surf routine, which, in the past, has been proving a great way to enjoy my time off. This time, however, my dear friend Minna dared me to break the cycle and get active. After a couple of days at the beach, she did some research on local stuff to do and eventually deci[...]

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