A Letter of Thanks to Halong Bay, Vietnam

December 18th, 2014

Vietnam

It was a very tired office week. I felt that I have no energy left to face another day. Out of the sudden, a friend from my college called and asked me to go to Mt. Bromo with him and another friend. I instantly agreed because of one reason.  I’d never been to Bromo, period. … Continued

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