Putu Ayu Saraswati

My Life's Journal

Melbourne – Sydney Road Trip

Our trip to Aussie this time was intended to be a road trip from Melbourne to Sydney. We only booked our hotel for the first day in Melbourne and the last two days in Sydney. We had a rough itinerary on hand but we left the accommodation bookings until the last minute...

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Trip Back to Memory Lane

After 14 years I finally return back to Melbourne and the first stop from the airport was my old apartment! I really underestimated how I excited I would be to return back here, a city that is not new to me. It turns out, being nostalgic about a place has an...

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Aussie Trip

My dad has always been wanting to go to New Zealand for a family trip since a few years back, but now that his kids have already a family of their own, a family trip is not as easy as it sounds. In the beginning it was just my family and dad so we changed the...

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Taking that Chance

I wish I had a more grandeur motivation when becoming an enterpreneur, such as building a better place for my community or a calling of passion, but the truth was I didn't have that kind of motivation. Instead, it was a spur of the moment decision, which had limited...

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School Holiday Getaway

My best friend and I took our girls on a simple three days and two nights Bali road trip at the end of 2015. Apparently they enjoyed this trip so much that during this school holiday they were nagging us to take them on another road trip. So last week we took them...

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Mt. Batur Sunrise

Last Eid holiday we went on a hiking trip to Ijen. This Eid holiday we were planning on having a trip to Bromo but unfortunately we just couldn't force ourselves to go so I decided to change our plans to hiking in Mt. Batur instead. It's closer and just so convenient...

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Daily Journal

These days my favourite moment is to be in my room at dawn with a hot drink, being alone with my thoughts to write my journal for the day. It is some kind of ritual that I aim every morning, which I have developed during the past year and grown into something that I'm...

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Coldplay

This is actually a very late post. I watched Coldplay concert on 16 April when I brought a group to Korea to watch Coldplay. I actually didn't plan to watch simply because I wasn't a concert person, and wasn't a Coldplay fan. I'm that type of person who thinks music...

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Eid Holiday vs Me Time

Today is day one of Eid Mubarak, of which the holiday have started since Friday and will run for a week. It is the time where families gather around. I, on the other hand is having an alone me time at home. But, since a 'me time' is such a luxury for me these days,...

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Do More, Think Less

I never realize that overthinking and worrying too much is a habit, until I discover these Ted Talks presentations. There was a time where I was actually proud of my ability to think of everything before deciding on what to do. My analytical ability to cover all base...

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Budapest, Hungary

After falling in love with Istanbul, I have now a new city crush: Budapest, the capital city of Hungary. Budapest originally consisted of two cities, Buda and Pest, which are separated by the Danube River. It was only unified to become Budapest in 1873. Buda has a...

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Fate

Today is Nyepi, the day of silence. Although I'm spending it in a place far from silent, in Jakarta, I somehow find myself on a reflective mode. This is Nyepi as I know it, spending time with family not going out of the house, not distracting myself with TV, social...

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Banyuwangi & Ijen

Banyuwangi may only be a ferry ride away from Bali but somehow I only managed to visit here after being almost 6 years in Bali. Last Christmas I intended to go there but only managed to reach the Gilimanuk Port. Finally during the Eid holiday season I managed to cross...

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Russia I’m In Love

Going to Russia was definitely not something that I had on my travel wishlist. It was the introduction from a friend to the Indonesian Ambassador for Russia, Mr. Wahid Supriadi, that first prompted the idea. Following the months towards his new post from Dubai he...

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The Perks of Travelling

We love love love to travel.. It's being in a new place with a different kind of beautiful landscapes, meeting new people, enjoying the different cultures and oh, not to mention enjoying the local food. We get a kick out of eating pizza in Italy, sushi in Japan or...

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Me & Turkey: 10 Amazing Things to Experience

I left my heart in Istanbul. Somehow, I felt mesmerized over the beauty of the city. Coming to Turkey with no expectation and no knowledge of the country, have left me feeling awed. A country that lies both in Asia and Europe, is not only beautiful in nature but also...

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Saying Goodbye to My Grandpa

We knew that this day will eventually come, but I guess we can never be prepared for the time when we actually lose someone. Each day we are faced with the scene of my grandpa's physical condition deteriorating and his memory fading. It certainly wasn't easy, but at...

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Joey vs Agnes

I have thought about writing this since the Grammy Awards and Joey Alexander euphoria but somehow always found other things to do instead of writing. Then I saw Anggun's writing that was featured in www.tribunnews.com, which appears to share the same view as I did....

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