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Watu Ondo Waterfalls in Indonesia

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Twin bridges to twin waterfalls. A waterfall I encountered by luck makes the title of this piece I want to share with all travelers. My name is James HS Cameron, but like all people I know, you may call me Jem (gem stone). Growing up as a child I already figured out to have a […]

Getting lost in time in Indonesia.

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“I’ll show you beautiful, unspoiled Simbuang, “Stanis assures me. He is an anthropologist who hails from Toraja, Indonesia and has helped me interview mothers of young infants, several To Pakianak (traditional midwives) and bidans (contemporary midwives), and To Minah Tato Dena, a spiritual leader of the people who practice Aluk to Dolo, the religion of […]

Tripping down Asia’s Memory Lane: My Top 10

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I have never understood how anyone can like January. The sad, sinking feeling caused by limp, leftover tinsel hanging in shops, braving the dreary weather without any promise of a mulled wine stop, realising that everyone you know has vowed to lose weight, save money or quit drinking- it is a real slog of a […]

Bali, Indonesia Inspires

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BALI INSPIRES Landing at the airport, the pagoda columns seem to welcome and herald visitors to behold the natural and man-made wonders of Bali the picturesque island in Indonesia. While the majority of Indonesia’s people are Muslim, in Bali, more than ninety percent professes the Hindu faith of its ancestors. By the end of the […]

Dream Beach in Bali, Indonesia

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I am a 26 year old woman and my mother still lectures me about the dangerous consequences of trusting strangers. In fact it’s what television shows, schoolteachers and loving mothers have been teaching their children for decades. Luckily, I never paid attention in school and didn’t always follow my mama’s advice. And I’m not alone. […]

From Legian With Love on the Beach in Indonesia

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I was in love the moment I laid eyes on the beach. It was beautiful and warm, and strangely magical too. I know it sounds like a cliché, but I have never felt so at home in all my life. As John F. Kennedy once said “We are tied to the ocean. And when we […]

Long Minutes and Lost Hours in Indonesia

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The bus stops on a winding road as the sun begins its careful descent behind the hills. On public buses, frequent stops are common. Bathroom break on the side of the road? The succulent smell of freshly cooked corn? Bags of just-picked fruits? Picking people up? Dropping packages off? For anything and everything. Nearing the […]

No Lying in Indonesia

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No lying At the Water Palace restaurant we sit cross-legged on cushions on a raised platform. A sign at my side says, Please, for the comfort of others, no lying. And I’m not lying when I say I haven’t felt so relaxed in years. At home I swim, walk and do yoga to stay sane […]

Maratua, Indonesia- I’ve Found My Peace

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Being an 8 to 5 worker in this young age totally ruined my happiness. I felt very alienated every time I wake up in the morning. Then suddenly an idea came up in my mind. I must go. Then i packed up my things and took my first step outside home. That was 3 years […]

Beauty in Bunaken, Indonesia

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Designer clothing, handbags, pumps, jewelries, all those wallet-thinning ornaments, that’s the definition of beauty people use nowadays. In time, they had forgotten the small beauty the world’s got to offer. But there are things most people might not realize. It doesn’t need to be expensive nor fancy. Some beauty comes in simpler, much smaller form […]