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Meeting Komodo Dragons and Snorkeling at Pink Beach

11 January 2013

Categories : Diving and Snorkeling - Adventure

Maen lost a limb to an attack by a Komodo Dragon. He could have lost his life. Instead, he survived and courageously has returned to his post as a ranger in the Komodo Islands looking after an environment and an animal that perhaps does not have his best interests at heart. [Michael recounts his...

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Tag : Komodo National Park, Diving Around Komodo Island, Kanawa: Best Satellite Island to enjoy the Komodo National Park , The romantic Pink Beach of the Komodo Islands , The Underwater Paradise at Komodo National Park

Visiting the Palaces of Yogyakarta

11 January 2013

Categories : Culture and Heritage

In formal terms, it's called, "Kraton Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat." Less formally, the Keraton. It's the royal palace, and home, of the ruling sultan in the province of Yogyakarta, Indonesia. He is technically a governor but is able to retain the title of sultan.The Keraton is open to the public in...

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Tag : The Kraton, Yogyakarta

Giving Asia a Chance in Borneo on Kalimantan

29 November 2012

Categories : Travelings - Adventure

I accepted the invitation to Indonesia specifically because it's a part of the globe I am fearful of. I enjoy what people like to call "westernized" countries. I enjoy learning about history and being challenged only to try foods that I can recognize, I get too excited about beautiful architecture...

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Tag : Tanjung Puting National Park : Re-introducing Orang Utans to the Wild, Klotok : River Boat to Tanjung Puting National Park , Camp Leakey

Sunrise at Mount Bromo

29 November 2012

Categories : Travelings - Hiking, Trekking, and Eco

My alarm went off at 2:30. In what I consider to still be the middle of the night. We met, bleary eyed and only half alert, at 3 AM to climb with our already-aching bones into Jeeps that were made before I was born. It wasn't a great beginning. I love a good sunrise, but I kept questioning in my...

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Tag : Mount Bromo, Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park, The Yadnya Kasada Ceremony at Mt. Bromo

Facts about Orangutans You Didn't Know About

27 November 2012

Categories : Adventure

Recently I visited orangutans at Camp Leakey that runs by  Orangutan Foundation International   (OFI). The long history and inspirational work of OFI touched all of us. I wanted to share the photos of amazing orangutans. It’s hard not to appreciate them while watching how they...

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Tag : Camp Leakey, Tanjung Puting National Park : Re-introducing Orang Utans to the Wild