What To See in Sisowath Quay, Phnom Penh

After spending a night watching the Water Festival and sitting for too long on the bus, what we needed was to sleep like logs. Yet, our (actually, my) enthusiasm about exploring Phnom Penh successfully beat what we called our tiredness. Right after coming back to the hotel, with the help of a super map and guide book we ‘stole’ from the receptionist’s area, we made a list of places we’d like to visit around Sisowath Quay. Some tuk-tuk drivers who stood in front of our hotels offered us a short or long journey around the capital. Usually, they handed you a list of places along with the…

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Water Festival in Phnom Penh

Life is an adventure, and MY life is that kind. Wherever I go, unexpected things always happen, whether good or bad, pleasant or annoying. The good thing is I always have something to write about. Maybe that’s God's way of helping me stay on my path: rambling about something unimportant in my blog, or my diary if I still had it. When we go to the hotel in Phnom Penh, I stretched for a few minutes, jumped on my bed to see how soft it was, and, of course, filled my tummy. The owner of the hotel proudly told us that we were lucky to come at…

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From Vietnam to Cambodia

If you are good at geography, you might remember that Vietnam and Cambodia share international borders. In total, there are 5 ‘gates’ you can easily meander from one country to the other and back again. Sometimes I envy the convenience of belonging to a country located on the mainland. I live in Indonesia, an archipelago country surrounded by sea, and cannot travel by bus to other countries from Kalimantan (Borneo). I always have to go by plane or journey forever on a boat, ferry, or cruise. I wasn’t made for it; I wasn’t meant to be a sailor or pirate. Just thinking about 1 day on a…

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Indonesian Taxibike — Go Jek

  Ojek, or taxibike, is considered one of the most important modes of public transportation in Indonesia, compared to others like buses, trains, or bicycles. They are quite famous. In the middle of a terrible traffic jam, ojek, or taxibike, is the perfect choice not just because of their cheapness but also because the amount of time we spend in an ojek is shorter than what we would spend on the bus. Departing from this typical practice, some creative entrepreneurs decided to establish a very interesting business that later become a new trend. It sounds like a lot, but believe it or not this company offers not…

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4 Essential Places in Jakarta (in my opinion)

Shame is when you are a Jakartan (or somebody who lives nearby) but you don’t know what to say whenever someone asks you the really hard and complicated question: “What should I visit in Jakarta?” That’s totally me. For your information, I lived in a city close to Jakarta (they said so, even though it takes around 1 hour by train, 2 hours by car or even 3 hours by public transport in a rush hour to get from my hometown in Bekasi to Jakarta) for more than 20 years before my sudden migration to Russia. During that time, I was so busy living my life and…

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