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Firsta ♡  I’m pure Javanese w/ a dash of hot sauce ♊️ 🇲🇨 Be kind anyway 📍Bristol, England @discoveryourindonesia #reasonstovisitIndonesia #weeklyvideoproject

Oh Garut, I didn’t think you would be as fun as this! Picture was taken at Kampung Sumber Alam (@sumberalam_gardenofwater), a nice place to stay in Cipanas Garut. Review of the resort is up on my blog. As usual active link is in my bio.
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Swipe left to see a video from Garut for #week34 of #weeklyvideoproject. We had so much fun in Garut especially in Papandayan. Mumun @murni.ridha loves the mountains ⛰.
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Music: Sweeter by Jess Penner 🎵🎵🎶
#Indonesia #WonderfulIndonesia #travel #Garut

“Listen to this girl.. climbing volcanoes in Indonesia without a complain but grumbling when she needs to walk more than 10 minutes in town” he said to me this afternoon.

Excuse me, it’s an uphill walk..
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Swipe left to see a video from the last volcano I climbed. Picture was taken at top of the volcano. Have you read the article? The link is in my bio. #weeklyvideoproject #week33 #indonesia #kerinci #throwback
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Music: All we do by Oh Wonder 🎶🎵

Let me introduce you to Mumun (you must know her already; she often appears on my Instagram stories in different shapes and forms).
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I asked her to take me to Museum Macan before I came back to Indonesia. She is one of those friends who is weird but always try to keep her promises (even though sometimes it takes forever). 🦁
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Thank you Mumun, I really enjoyed my visit to Museum Macan for the Yayoi Kusama exhibition. Swipe left to see a short video from the museum. Oh btw, the picture was taken from our trip to Papandayan (don’t have any photo together from the museum). #week32 #weeklyvideoproject #museummacan #Indonesia #throwback

I just arrived in England 2 days ago and I'm adjusting to the environment here 😅.
My garbage yesterday was some paper, plastic wrap from apples (I should have bought them from somewhere else), and menstrual pads.
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I've said that I'm going to move to reusable menstrual pad, but I'm not confident using them during my heavy days 🙈. I have bought the reusable menstrual pads and will be using them though. At least I have reduced a tiny bit of my pads consumption. 💃🏻
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As you know I'm far from zero waste, but I'm trying ;) So how was your trash yesterday? @murni.ridha @viratanka #MyThursdayTrash #garbage

How are you? We all know that life can sometimes be quite challenging. There are times when it feels like things don’t synchronized. Everything can feel so wrong and disappointing. It feels like life is against us. 😣
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I always try to get rid of the sad, disappointed, angry, negative emotions and force myself to be happy and positive. I’m no longer like that. I give my emotions time. I tried to understand them (they are difficult to understand)..
I tried to listen. I know and realise that it’s okay to be unhappy sometimes. Forced positivity can be not good for you. 🙅🏻‍♀️
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PS: If you are wondering am I okay or not at the moment, worry not I’m okay.. I wasn’t few days back for various reasons (you know like when you can’t get your favourite ice cream 🍨🤪), but taking time alone, going out exploring nature and meeting up with some old friends did me good. 💖
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Be gentle, be honest and always give yourself some time.
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Swipe left to see a video from #week31. It’s actually just one clip taken from train journey from Yogyakarta to Jakarta. I love to stare at the greens (not only vegetables, but I also like this stare at my cabbage, lettuce, broccoli 🥦 and water spinach 🤣). #weeklyvideoproject #indonesia #yogyakarta #throwback .
Music: Ice Tea by Not The King.👑

Being artsy on holiday is something I like to do. If you’re in Yogyakarta and want to do some workshops I would recommend you visit the Leather Workshop, Silver Workshop and Batik Workshop.
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My favourite of the three is, of course, the Leather Workshop. Here you can design, and create your own special piece.💖
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The Silver and Batik Workshop are fun too. However, I found them quite challenging. I feel like I’m enjoying the Leather Workshop session more. It is like I found the Leather workshop is slightly easier, if you get me. 🤪
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Swipe left to see a short video of all the workshops #week30 #weeklyvideoproject. If you are interested in trying one of the workshops, let me know and I’ll DM you the details.
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Photo by @ronnyvalstad #Indonesia #throwback #Yogyakarta

Yesterday I made a lot of trash. I just got back to Jakarta after Yogya and Bali. There were three packages, 1 is from the virtual running event and 2 more are from online shopping plus some receipts. It reminds me again that most stuff comes with too much packaging. Luckily one of the parcels had no plastic, except the single plastic from the shipment company.
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A reminder to not shop online too often I guess. Or just not to shop too often, period. 🤔 #MyThursdayTrash #Garbage @murni.ridha

Yup, I'm still playing catch up with my own #weeklyvideoproject. Hahaha sorry not sorry 🤣. This is a throwback from #week29. It was when I took a walking tour with @joggoodguide in Kota Gede, Yogyakarta.
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If you are coming to Yogyakarta, remember to join their pay-as-you-wish walking tour. Fun and full of knowledge from a locals perspective. They run a walking tour everyday, you can see the schedule on their website. They have three routes; Malioboro, Kauman and Kotagede. Soon they will have a fourth route through Kotabaru as well. Exciting! I will join this one next time I come to Yogya. 💖
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Swipe left to see a short video from the walking tour with them in Kotagede. #Yogyakarta #Throwback #KotaGede #YogyaWalkingTour

I’d wanted to visit Meru Betiri National Park for a long time. I finally visited in July, together with several people who are important to Discover Your Indonesia 💖.
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One of the highlights was the night we sat in silence waiting for the turtles to land on Sukamade beach to lay eggs.
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We walked to the beach around 8-8:30 pm. We waited expectantly, but at the same time also understanding that the turtles might not come.
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We decided to lie down as we waited. The sky was really clear and the stars were scattered. Can’t miss the beautiful sky. A few people in the group fell asleep on the beach. It was a little breezy.
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Around 10:30 pm our guide indicated that the turtle we were waiting for had arrived. We moved quickly in silence.
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The turtle crawled up the beach and dug a hole to lay her eggs. It was really special. You must see it for yourself.
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The turtle laid nearly one hundred eggs in the end. Swipe left to see the video from Sukamade Beach in Meru Betiri National Park.
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I would love to go back to Sukamade Beach again one day. 🐢 🐢 #week28 #weeklyvideoproject #indonesia #sukamadebeach #merubetiri
Music: Let Go by Jess Penner 🎵🎶

Yesterday was almost zero waste. I used some tissues and one plastic straw. Actually pictured here is my stainless straw. 😶
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As usual I forget to mention to the waitress that I don’t need a plastic straw for my ice coffee.
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Of course my coffee came with a plastic straw and I was like “oh no!”. Dina @dw.nu ‘saved’ me by taking my ice coffee (with the straw). 😬
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Then I ordered the same thing again, but this time didn’t forget to say: “without the plastic straw please”.
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It does need some effort to become zero waste, but it’s doable and not that difficult ☺️ #MyThursdayTrash #Garbage #PlasticStraw @murni.ridha

9 weeks ago I went to Lombok with my Mum and brother. It was the first time I have had a vacation with my mom since I was a kid.
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I’m working as a travel planner, helping people arrange their holidays, but oh gosh it was challenging to make the itinerary for us.
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My mom said she didn’t want to go to the Gilis (due to several boat accidents around Indonesia). She didn’t want to hike anything steep, and she didn’t really want to swim. 🤣🤣
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I was so tempted to bring her to hike Bukit Pergasingan, but I don’t think she would have been happy about it. In the end we went for a short trek to Benang Stokel and Benang Kelambu waterfalls. She enjoyed it...
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Have you ever take your mom on a vacation? What was your experience?
Swipe left for the video from Lombok ☺️
#week27 #weeklyvideoproject #indonesia #travel #throwback #wonderfulindonesia
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Music: Balloon by @iksonofficial

Throwback to happy sunny times in Takabonerate with @ubermoon. Visiting this place (and basically remote places in Indonesia) remind me again that I need to try my best to be close to zero waste. I’m still so far from it.
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The islands are so beautiful yet all the trash... seeing it is depressing.
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Swipe left to see the video from the islands. It’s my submission for #week26 of my #weeklyvideoproject.
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This is not the garbage created on the islands, but garbage from the ocean. It’s probably my garbage and it could be yours.
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Remember that we only have one ocean.
PS: I’m back in Yogya! I’ll be here for several days 💃🏻
Music: Thinking of you by Not The King.👑
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#throwback #indonesia #islands

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