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When I was little, I was always fascinated by the images from faraway lands printed in the thick encyclopedia at school library. Pictures of the flat Mauritanian capital – Nouakchott, the great hall of the ancient Persian capital – Apadana of Persepolis, and the majestic Grand Canyon were some of my favorites. However growing up in a small town did not offer me much but to read more and more books about the world.

When I moved to a bigger city in my college years, I found out about National Geographic and fell in love with the magazine right away. But it was not until July 2007 that I set foot on a foreign country for the first time. Yet, it took me more than three years until I started traveling much more frequently.

Currently I live in Jakarta, Indonesia, a bustling and hustling city which many find hard to love. I will keep exploring places across Indonesia, Asia and beyond while hoping one day I can travel around the world and taste a little bit of everything from the places I visit. My name is Bama, and these are the stories of my travels.

About the Blog

In the beginning this blog was created as a place for me to write about my thoughts on my daily life. However a few months after the first post the idea of having a more focused blog came into my mind. I love traveling and taking photographs of the places I go. Hence my own travel blog was born.

Choosing an appropriate name for the new blog proved to be a challenge in itself. It took me quite a long time before making a decision on the blog’s name. I did try to find a rather poetic or classy name. However I ended up picking one expression that really represents what I feel every time I travel and explore the beauty of this wonderful world: What an Amazing World!

About the Countries and Territories I Have Visited

Please go to Where I’ve Been for detailed information.

About 302020

On January 1, 2011, I set a 10-year resolution, that is to visit 30 countries/territories by 2020. Why should I make such 10-year resolution? as some of you might pose that question. I feel like I have to set such ‘goal’ because if there is no such thing probably in the future I will give up my passion for going to new places. There might be things or obstacles which could bring down that passion. So this resolution is like a reminder for me to never give up the spirit no matter what. To make it easier for me to remember I call this thing ‘302020‘ (thirty twenty twenty – thirty countries/territories in 2020). I also have a lifelong travel resolution, but more on that later when I have accomplished the 302020.

Happy reading and I am looking forward to hearing your comments!

–Bama

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    • Those are all part of “categories” that I made. You can make your own categories by adding new ones. The drawback of this is that I can’t make any categories other than countries, otherwise those new categories will also show up along with the country list.

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    • You mean the menu on the top? (About Bama, Asia, Europe)..go to appearance tab in your dashboard and click menus. You will find categories and pages to be added to your menu. Just check the ones that you wish to be added to the menu and click ‘add to menu’ button. Under the menu you can change the name of the menu as desired. Don’t forget to click ‘save’. Feel free to ask if you still can’t find it.

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      • thewayfaringfox says:

        How did you create menus on top of your page? About, Links, Contact etc.

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      • Go to your Dashboard and look up the menu on the left. On ‘Pages’, add new pages as you like, for instance ‘Links’. Then on ‘Appearance’ click ‘Menu’ and choose the pages you created to be attached to the menu. I hope that helps.

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    • Actually I will evaluate that 302020 thing 5 years from now. If I have visited more than 20 countries then I’ll probably make it 50 🙂

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    • Hi Sila! Thanks for the wish! So far I have booked for flights to other 8 new countries 🙂

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  1. Hi Bama, thanks for the kind comments on my website. I’ve recently moved back to Hong Kong so that brings me a whole lot closer to South East Asia – top of my wishlist is the Philippines, from what I’ve heard it’s like Thailand 30 years ago before all the mass tourism. It’s fascinating to read about a fellow traveller based in Indonesia, I’ve only done Jakarta, Yogya and Lombok so there’s plenty that I still have to visit!

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    • Hi James, currently I’m traveling to Cambodia and it’s really worth visiting! You should visit the country one day and see Angkor Wat for yourself. About Indonesia, you still have lots of places to visit then: Bali, Sumatra, Sulawesi, etc 🙂

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  2. Khansa says:

    Bamaaaa……
    Speechless…….
    Harus english yaa..??
    Hmmmm….
    Keren bam….
    Udah itu ajah… ^_^

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  3. Crazynas says:

    Thanks you for bringing Ta Prohm, Angkor Wat, etc., of the Kingdom of Cambodia to the world.
    Thanks you so much!

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  4. Dian Wijayanti says:

    I stumbled across your blog when I was browsing WordPress Freshly Pressed, and wow, love your blog! I’m curious, though. Are you an Indonesian? You look like one to me, hahaha. Keep posting about the amazing places out there! Nice writings!

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  5. Fiona.q says:

    lol. my footprint until today is 11 countries. only china and europe. let’s see what’s the future show… 😛
    p.s. if stop by shanghai, let me know 🙂

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    • So, that means that you’ve been to 10 European countries! pretty impressive!
      China is one of the most possible near-future travel plans for me, since going there is pretty easy (in terms of visa arrangements) and AirAsia flies to Shanghai (well, actually to Hangzhou) and some other Chinese cities (yes, it means cheap flights!).
      Likewise Fiona, if you ever visit Jakarta, please do let me know 🙂

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      • Fiona.q says:

        The notebook is the 2nd top romantic movie. cuz Jeux d’enfants is the top 1. try it, if you dont change mind, i buy you beer when you visit china, loool.
        Hangzhou is pretty. im exploring my own countries as well 🙂
        you have sharp eyes. that’s brussels. and you spell all right!

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      • I love anything French! So, I think I’ll look for the movie. Wow, a beer in Shanghai, sounds great! lol.
        A friend of mine who has visited Hangzhou told me that the lake is beautiful.
        Oh, when I travel to China one day, I really want to go to Jiuzhaigou, Xi’an (to see the terracotta warriors), The Great Wall, Shanghai (I like big cities’ hype!), Tibet, and probably Guilin. But since China is a huge country, I believe there are many other interesting places.

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  6. Fiona.q says:

    sure. many, so many different views in china. i’ve not been to Jiuzhaigou, Tibet, Guilin yet. but they are on my list. i’ve been to Xi’an, and i have taken one very GREAT photo of warrior which i’m very proud, loool. Great wall is cool too. if u have plan to china, drop me a message, i can see what i can help in your plan if you need…
    im not into French.. im not into hype either…lol.
    (never been to south east asia… eager to… plan to buy a Lonely Planet – South East Asia)

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    • I will surely drop you a message then. By the way, to give you a glimpse look of Southeast Asia, including Indonesia, just look for my older posts. There are still many places in Indonesia that I haven’t visited either. Oh and I have that Lonely Planet Southeast Asia on a shoestring! ha!

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  7. Your English is very good. Did you learn in school? You are lucky to have traveled to so many places at such a young age. My uncle is going to be doing a Fellowship in Indonesia soon. He is a professor in American History.

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    • Thanks! Every one at my age started to learn English in secondary school (3 years before high school). But what really improved my English a lot was watching American movies and TV programs. It helped me understand daily expressions and how to say things at the right moment. Apart from that, I found reading foreign magazines and newspapers very useful in improving my vocabs and arranging sentences in order to tell stories the way native speakers do (for me this is the hardest part which I’m still struggling with).
      How cool is that your uncle is going to spend some time in Indonesia. You should tell him to spare his time to explore the country! 🙂 (because Indonesia is a very large country, but sadly most people only know about Bali, which is just a tiny island of Indonesia).

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  8. The best of luck to your future travels. I’m looking forward to be transported to the countries you are about to visit as well as to those you’ve already visited (by reading your blog).

    I envy you for being financially capable to travel outside Asia. My purse at this point can only take me to the different provinces and cities within my country.

    Well, as I said, people like me who consider your pictures as tickets to the being with you on the countries you’ve visited and to those you are about to visit, THANK YOU for sharing the adventure!

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    • Thanks again, Sony! In fact I am indeed going to some more countries in months to come.
      Btw, these days, flying to other countries has never been cheaper. Thanks to AirAsia, Cebu Pacific Air, etc.
      Try to book during promo period. It might be really hard to book though, since the airline’s servers are incredibly busy during such time. But when you are lucky and managed to book a flight, you could end up having already booked a flight with a super cheap fares (for instance, I once booked a flight from Jakarta to Kuala Lumpur for only about $1.5!).

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  9. I’ll consider that, Bama, as soon as I have the means. I’m content at where my purse can take me — for now. I appreciate your tips nonetheless.

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    • I don’t mind at all. In fact I feel honored. Thanks to people like you who support me with my passion for traveling. Such things makes me want to broaden my footprints in the world even more.

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  10. You got a good start to Your travel. I noticed immediately, that You have been in Finland. In summer we have warm and in winter cold. That is the fact. We have very much to see and to experience. I give only one link to my post, and then You know what kind of experiences You are missing.

    World’s biggest Snow Castle

    Happy travel and blogging!

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    • Hi Sartenada! Actually I haven’t been to Finland yet. But one day when I make my own Scandinavian trip, I will surely put Finland on the list (and will try to go that snow castle).
      Thanks for the information.

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    • Hi Mica! Thanks for dropping by! You can fly directly from The Philippines to Jakarta or Denpasar (Bali) by either PAL or Cebu Pacific Air. Should you need any information about Indonesia or any specific destination in the country, please do let me know. I might be able to help you.

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  11. Great blog and fab pics! Following all your stories on Indonesia and hope to put it to use soon. Have added you to my blogroll. Good luck with your travel goals!

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  13. I was also got bitten by the travel bug, that is why I’m all out for travel…I adore you for having to travel to a lot of places already, and that you’ve been traveling solo–which I really wanna do, but still scared to do so… And also I just love your writing! It’s too beautiful! 🙂 –Now, I’m your fan! 🙂 🙂

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  14. I also got bitten by the travel bug, that is why I’m all out for travel…. I adore you for traveling a lot of places already and for traveling solo– I’ve never tried and I’m really scared to do so… And also your write ups are really beautiful!

    Now, I’m your fan! 🙂 🙂

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    • Thanks a lot Yannah! I’m glad you like my writings and I am really humbled.
      You shouldn’t be scared to travel solo. There are travel blogs, like mine, which give you perspectives from solo travelers. There are also useful resources, such as Wikitravel, which I found handy during my solo travels.
      Thanks for your kind support and that keeps my spirit to explore the world even further 🙂

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  15. t.on.air says:

    Nice to meet you. I used to lived in Jakarta too. I didn’t like the city very much (no sidewalks-I love walking) but the people were amazing. Keep up the good work!

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    • Hi! I totally agree with you. I also love walking and I can relate to what you feel toward the absence of sidewalks on some of the streets in Jakarta (even though they do exist but in most places they are occupied by street vendors and hawkers). Thanks for visiting my blog!

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  16. Fiona.q says:

    oh, you changed the background. and it’s definitely a beautiful one which suits your travel blog better 😉 cheers!

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  17. U finally change that pak tani picture of yours, nice… As one of ur closest (at least that’s what I’d like to think) colleague, I will def miss you and our vp time and those moments when we discuss about ‘sisdur’, BI audit, benefit, and last but not least about our dreams and passions… I wish you all e wonderful things in life and trully hope that you can keep on travelling and share us what an amazing world it is..

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    • Dreams are passions are the discussion that I’m going to miss a lot! Sisdur, etc are work! lol.
      I do hope you keep supporting me by reading this blog 🙂 Oh and when one day I go to Korea I will definitely let you know!

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    • Hi Heather!
      I’m glad you like my blog! 🙂
      Wow, 10 months traveling is so great! I bet you got so many new things and experiences and I’m sure you can’t wait for another trip around the world, can you? 🙂

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  18. wcreport says:

    How’s it going? I just started a site called Watercooler Report (watercoolerreport.com), and am looking for contributors. The idea of the site is to have anyone be able to post their opinion about recent news, as well as interesting news. Would you be interested in posting some of your material there under the Travel section? The site is almost live, and I can open a contributor account for you if you like. I need your email address and name to set it up, and you will then get an email so you can log in and set up your password. You could write a short bio in the author section, and hopefully it could help you get some extra publicity if it picks up. Let me know if you would be interested.

    Thanks.

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  19. Amazing!
    While my family has been to many countries in Asia and Europe on our world-trip (which we have nicknamed the Trip of a Lifetime), we would so love to visit Burma.
    I love the idea of a travel resolution.
    Even though I am only 13, I already have a long list of countries I would like to visit, so maybe I will write one as well.
    We really enjoyed Indonesia – a bit of a homecoming since my grandparents were born there, and my grandfather was actually born in Jakarta!
    Good luck!
    Best,
    Lillian

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    • I knew it!!! When I looked at your father’s face somehow he looks really Indonesian to me.
      Wow, you’re 13 and you’ve been traveling to so many countries! Good for you as you can learn about different cultures in such a young age.
      Travel safe!

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      • Thank you!
        Of all the asian countries we’ve been to Vietnam has actually been the one with the most “You look Vietnam!” They chatter on and on to us and every time we unfortunately have to say we don’t speak Vietnamese. They look disappointed and then say “You look Vietnam though!!” and we go into the entire Indonesian story… Everyone is always so friendly, smiling and laughing.
        Lillian

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      • Lol 🙂 I can totally relate to that. When I was in The Philippines everyone thought I’m a Filipino, hence they talked to me in Tagalog. When I was in Yangon some people thought I’m from Thailand. When I was in Bangkok, some people thought I’m from Malaysia. And when I was in Hong Kong a man believed I’m from Singapore.

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      • Unbelievable… almost all think you are from somewhere else! Yesterday women at the restaurant said ni hao, I wonder how much of that assumption we will get in China, our next stop after Hanoi (we are departing this evening on a night train for Hanoi, then China)… We need to learn some Chinese! Getting caught up with all of the languages is difficult – do you speak Indonesian? We took a class in Yogyakarta.
        Lillian

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      • Of course I do 🙂 How long did you take your class? Masih ingat Bahasa Indonesia?
        When you’re traveling to southern part of China I suggest you to learn some Cantonese words, since people there prefer speaking Cantonese to Mandarin. But knowledge in a few Mandarin words might come handy too!

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      • Oh, thank you for that tip! I’ve only been studying a little Mandarin Chinese phrasebook, so I’ll look into Cantonese as well.
        We took 2 classes.
        Terima kasih!
        Lillian

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  20. Awesome travel blog! I am getting ready to take a European trip and I was wondering how you put your blog together and what equipment that you used. Are you dragging a laptop and a DSLR with you or have you found some better ways? I would like to take just an iPad and the camera, but not sure that would work. I appreciate your suggestions and good luck on your future travels!

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    • Usually when I travel I only bring my DSLR camera. I always write for my blog only after I return home. But I never travel for more than a month. However I’ve been thinking of traveling for months, or a year, you know, longer-than-usual travel period. When I do that I think I’m going to bring my laptop with me (I don’t think I can hold writing all the stories of my travel for that long).
      Thanks for dropping by and good luck on your European trip! (Reminds me of how bad I want to do a Eurotrip again).

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      • Thanks for your prompt reply! Over the years I have done the same thing, camera only but I found that I forgot a lot about the places that I had visited and knew I had to do some type of journal or a blog to keep up. Now with the arrival of the iPad I found traveling with a laptop can be a real hassle-it’s just too heavy. I am anxious to see how the iPad will fit into my workflow. Should be interesting….

        Thanks, again.
        Tom

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      • I forgot to tell you one thing: I also bring a small notebook every time I travel. I always write down things that I feel/see/experience on the notebook. Therefore when I return home and forget some little details about the place that I just visited I can easily look into my notebook. But I think iPad should do very fine! I might consider buying an iPad.

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    • Thanks Michelle! I’m going to visit some countries around Asia and more places around Indonesia within the next two months. So, be sure to read my stories 🙂

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  21. Interesting Blog Bama, and good luck to your 302020, and yes, it would be good if you can travel when you are still young….

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    • Thanks Nin! Yes, I will travel as extensively as possible while still young. Thanks for the encouragement!

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  22. Greeting!
    Hi Bama, to be honest I am so impressed by your blog and the way you deliver it, Unfortunately I find it late. Great inspiring adventure! Keep on telling about world and good luck for your following journeys.

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    • Hi Sonny!
      Thanks for your kind comment and support! And you didn’t find it late because there are still tons of stories to come after my forthcoming travels! 🙂

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  23. Greetings my friend Bama,

    Your travels and the way you share your thoughts with the lovely pictures is amazing and inspiring too. Wish you a happy journey ahead.

    Cheers!

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    • Thanks for your support, Dilip!
      I have just returned from North Sumatra and will write some new posts very soon. Be sure you won’t miss them 🙂

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  24. hi Bama, Thanks for dropping by on my site and I am glad you did. Your blog is awesome, so much and such interesting write-ups. I am already inspired to do similar things about New Delhi where I stay. Let me know anytime you make an India plan.

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    • Hi Bhaven, thanks! I will surely let you know anytime I make an India plan and please write more about New Delhi! It’s always interesting to read a local perspective. 🙂

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    • Thanks ArjunGabriel! Actually I’ve been considering for visiting India, but I will need at least two weeks to go there — and I’m planning to go to Nepal afterward. Probably next year!
      For Brazil, well, I’ve never been to any country in the western hemisphere. Maybe in 2014 to watch a World Cup match? or in 2016 for the Olympics? Who knows..we’ll see! 🙂
      Thanks for dropping by!

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      • Hey I am so happy to read your detailed reply. I am Indian And my betterhalf is Brazilian and ArjunGabriel is our son. so my site is full of India and Brazil.
        I liked your idea about India and Nepal.
        And 2014 or 2016 for Brazil is a great plan. only thing Brazil will be very crowded. But still it is great plan.
        If you require any help. I am just blog across.
        And All the very best for your future journey.

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      • Ah, so that’s where the name comes from! I was wondering but never thought that it’s your son’s name. Because in Indonesia we know Arjuna (my guess is he is the same person as Arjun in India) and Gabriel is more of a Brazilian name than Indian. Nice!
        Thanks for the wish and I’ll surely let you know if I need any information about India or Brazil!

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  25. What a fantastic story, Bama! I’m an avid traveler and left everything behind 13 years ago to travel, lived in 4 countries, visited 27, and I just recently decided to start blogging about it (2 months ago) – so I can understand your passion for travel and your goal to see as much of the world as possible! Looking forward to all your travel destination adventures! =D

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    • Wow, 13 years! I call myself a fledgling traveler, and you are one of those people I’ve been looking up to! I’ve just returned from China and Sri Lanka and will write stories on them soon. Thanks for dropping by and I will definitely take a look at your blog as well! Keep up the wanderlust! 🙂

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      • Thanks! If you like travel, adventure, food, photography, that’s my thing! 🙂 Look forward to reading about China & Sri Lanka as I’ve never been!

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    • Thanks and hey, I noticed that your latest entries are on Sri Lanka. I have just returned home from a one week trip to Sri Lanka! I will take a closer look at your posts too!

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      • A week! Oh my goodness, you must have been busy (or were you sensible and just stayed in one place?). Hope you had a great time?

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  26. Great blog, Bama! I love to travel as well. One thing you might want to add is a map; you can check out mine on my blog http://www.unpluggedatknight.com then click ‘where in the world’ – it can help your readers get a visual of where you’ve been.

    Cheers..Ben
    Comox, BC, Canada

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    • Hi Ben! Thanks a lot for your input! I really appreciate it. I just took a little look at your map and you’re right, adding one to my blog might help my readers to get a better idea of where I’ve been. I just returned from a trip to China and Sri Lanka but I will surely come back to your blog!

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    • Hi Kirana! I’m fine, in fact I have just returned from two-week travel to China and Sri Lanka. Thanks for the nomination! I will take a good look at it later – I’m still unpacking now. 😀

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      • Photo Media says:

        It was a pleasure … Hope you enjoyed the trip. Looking forward to seeing your travel blog 🙂

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  28. nice blog!!! like what the others said, “good luck for your 302020 resolution”. wow, it really is super easy to say. thirty-twenty-twenty.

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  29. Konstanze says:

    Hi there, wonderful website which I read very interested indeed as we are heading off in 11 weeks to Indonesia from Munich / Germany travelling in Java, one night in Bali, cruising Komodo & Rinca, travelling across Flores inclusing Kelimutu & last but not least Lombok

    Greetings from Germany
    Konstanze

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  30. dear bam…
    how\’s your life friend…emm…my little friend ^_^
    bam,, do you still have my contact number? and can yoe tell me about cambodia, i really wanna go there and many places whole the world…and let\’s make your resolution (and me) come true.
    btw hoping you are very enjoy your new job ^_^
    -love, efa-

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    • Hi Efa! You can read my stories on Cambodia under the category to the right side of this blog. 🙂
      Let me know if there’s anything I can help.

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      • bem…i need your phone number, you didn’t read your wall, i posted it there.
        i just need detail your itinerary, budget, and story about culinary, places or anything else.
        where will you go then for this year?

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  31. Cool :), i should learn how you manage your financial for all your trip (envy) :p haha..
    And got your link after i browsed robin’s blog (he is my college friend) so interesting..
    Maybe we can go together (perhaps) :).
    Interesting to go Mount Bromo in Java (again) and Taiwan..

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    • Hi Danny! Thanks for dropping by. It’s interesting to know a friend of someone I know. I took a sneak peek at your blog and apparently you’ve been to some interesting places as well. Good luck with your travels!

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      • Thanks Bama..
        Yes i am trying to write my travel now on my blog (i should wrote in the past haha, can’t remember all my trip before).. Inspired by robin’s blog and you now :)..
        Good luck for your next trips and travels too :-D.

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  32. I have nominated you for ‘The beautiful blogger award’. If you’re willing to play the game,check out the rules on my blog. If not, don’t feel any compulsion to follow through.
    Take care! 🙂

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  33. kelseyshappiness says:

    I tried to pick just one post but I’m liking them all too much! This is such a great blog and I’m happy to have found you because Asia will be my next big trip! Keep up the amazing work!
    p.s. I love the theme!!

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    • Thanks a lot for such nice words, Kelsey! Good luck with your study in Ireland and your future big trip to Asia!

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  34. Shelley says:

    Great goal! My husband and I are in the middle of a year long trip around the world and currently on country #48!!! I noticed you haven’t visited Korea yet? I think it’s time you visit! We’ll be your tour guides! 🙂

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  35. Hari Qhuang says:

    I found out about your blog from a re-post. 😀
    I enjoy reading your posts and I really like the way you tell your travel stories.

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  36. kirstylskilton says:

    Just stumbled across your blog and DEFINITELY going to follow and have a read! I can’t wait to start travelling after I graduate!

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    • Thanks Kirsty! You should start traveling while you’re still young. Best wishes for your future travels!

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    • Hi Titi!
      I just took a look at your blog and I will go back for sure, because all these years I’ve never considered Nigeria as a country that I want to visit. But through your blog I learned that there are actually so many interesting places in Nigeria. Good luck with your travels!

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    • Makasih Clara! I took a look at your blog and you’ve got some interesting stories to share. 🙂 Keep up the spirit!

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      • Wow that’s really a compliment! Thank you! 🙂 I learn everything myself, although I know I haven’t dug that deep. Most of the time I only used my feeling.

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    • Thank you so much Jade! It’s always nice to know that someone out there appreciates my writings. 🙂 You’re awesome!

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    • Thanks Jammie! The resolution is more like a reminder actually. But my real focus is on experiencing the beauty and wonder of the places and people around the world.

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    • Hi Shantaya! Thanks a lot for the nomination! I have been away from my blog these past few weeks but then I got this lovely award from you. 🙂

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  37. Hi, your travel blog is just wonderful :D.. I love all the amazing photos here. Would like to go travelling as often as you someday. Any tips how to start this travelling journey? Anyway, keep travelling 😀

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    • Thanks Gerry! The most important thing is taking the first step. Many people are too afraid to start because they think they can’t survive in foreign land due to language barriers, or simply the idea of traveling is just too foreign too them. Don’t think too much, just use your common sense. Book your flights, and you’ll find yourself gallivanting faraway from home. 🙂 Good luck!

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  38. Im envious that you are travelling all over the place, but I really enjoy your blog. I love your photos!

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    • Thanks Lediae! Nothing is impossible, sooner or later you’ll find yourself wandering around the globe as well. 🙂

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  39. I found your blog by a coincidence. I did not read your writing, but I really enjoyed your photographs. It is a very good blog. I love traveling and take good pictures as well but I have not had the opportunity to travel as many as you did, not yet. Honestly, I envy you :P. Anwy, nice to know you and keep sharing your experience 🙂

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    • Thanks Dwinitaayu! Having readers like you really encourages me to keep writing and sharing what I experienced in places I visited. Thanks for dropping by!

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  40. RLRudman says:

    Beautiful blog! The photographs are wonderful and I look forward to hearing about more of your travels. Truly jealous of all the amazing places you must have already seen! and I wish you continued happy and safe travel 🙂

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    • Thanks! I really appreciate your kind words! 🙂 Three years ago I merely started my blog with a very simple look. But I kept searching for new inspirations on the blogosphere and even a few minutes before I replied to your comment I just finished a minor tweak to the appearance of this blog. Wish you a wonderful life too!

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    • Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed my blog. 🙂 I myself was inspired by other bloggers and travelers when I started this blog of mine. Keep exploring the world!

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  41. Hi Bama!
    I came across your site by way of another blogger & am in the process of being able to travel for a while. I don’t know where my wife & I will be starting at because we are planning to see everywhere in the states 1st so she can visit my relatives. We have been together for more than 5 years before married. Anyway, I thought I would tell you that as I have been wanting to travel, but had a really crappy life for health problems. I used sports to help me a lot & I won’t miss that much now that I will be on the go doing something else. I love your pictures & the places you have been to, along with all the subscribers you have here on your site too that tell you how much travelling they have done. Love all your travelling tales & where you have been & will be back to check them out soon. Have a great day & also time which takes you everywhere you have planned. I really think you will make 30 countries by 2020. Have you ever been to the U.S.? Would be great to see you travelling through here sometime. See you soon as I hope you visit my blog which is lynnsblogs.
    Rodney

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    • Hi Rodney! Thank you so much for dropping by! The most important thing about traveling is you enjoy it genuinely. Some people might have visited some of the world’s most exotic places but that doesn’t always guarantee their happiness. So, making your own backyard as your starting point is a good thing. I haven’t been to the U.S. so far, actually I’ve never been to the western hemisphere. But I’ve been dreaming to go. Good luck with your journey and hope you and your wife will always be healthy along the way!

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  43. Sorry for asking but how do you finance your trips? I want to travel too. It’s not a too far-fetched idea, no? :))

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    • Only one word: saving! 🙂 I know it sounds too easy but the process is not. I have to make conscious decisions to cut my spending. From eating out less to walking instead of driving my car. But it’s all worth doing.

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      • I used to work in a bank when I started traveling intensively. But now I work as a consultant in a people development consulting firm.

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  44. notcrystalmaiden says:

    Wow you have an amazing blog with cool stories too. You’re so lucky for having the chance to travel a lot, now I kinda feel envy 😛
    Anyway I really look forward to read about your next adventure.
    best wishes

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    • Thanks for your kind words! A few years ago it was me who dreamed of going to new and foreign places. So sooner or later you will find yourself gallivanting to foreign lands. 🙂

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  45. Woohoo!! Only a while back,my husband and I were discussing how much money one needs to travel around the world. Travelling is an expensive bug to be bitten by 🙂

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    • It surely is not the cheapest thing to do, but it actually depends on your traveling style. Some people managed to save a lot of money by couchsurfing, staying at cheap hostels, and taking the public buses. But some others opt for comfort. I prefer something in between. 🙂

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  46. I really need to make such a resolution, ’cause I love traveling as much as you do. It helps reaching a goal. So thank you for that inspiration! And if you are visiting Germany, skip Berlin and Munich, come to Leipzig instead! 😉

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    • Having a resolution is only a tool to remind us about our dream. But to make it come true only needs one thing: perseverance. 🙂 I’ve been to Munich before but never to Berlin. However I’ve heard some good things about Leipzig as well. So I might put it on my itinerary the next time I visit Germany.

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  47. hi Bama, may I have your email address please? would like to send a partnership proposal 🙂 thank you..

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    • Hi Kania, you can send me emails through the “Contact” page of this blog. It’s automatically sent to my personal email account.

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  48. Kubra says:

    Man, it’s hard to scroll all the way down to the end of the page to make a comment. 🙂 I love your photos (not so original comment of mine, but I just wanted to make it clear). 🙂 Keep going!

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    • Thank you so much for your encouragement, Kubra! One day I would love to visit Slovenia. From the blog posts that I read about the country, it seems like Slovenia has always been positively reviewed from time to time.

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      • Kubra says:

        It is really a lovely country full of vibrant people and I would definitely recommend visitng it. Hope to see some of your photos from there as well. 🙂

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  49. wow…if only I could fit into your bag so I can explore all these places. I am just imagining how enriching it must be…*sigh*

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    • Hi Ayanda! Dreams are meant to be fulfilled. So, pursue your dreams and before you realize it you’ll be living in it. A few years ago I never imagined having a blog and traveling to new places. But here I am now. 🙂

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  50. Just found your site through one of the stack overflow questions which you answered while I was searching something related to android applications for my Project 🙂 Love your blog and The fresh beautiful pictures in the first post…Looking forward to read more of you 🙂

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  51. Hi Bama, nice to meet you. I imagine you found me through James. What a journey you both had on Rinjani!
    I’ve been travelling all over your blog – we’ve been to quite a few of the same places I think, and no doubt more to come for both of us.
    Thanks for visiting our blog, and for following. I hope you enjoy the stories of our journey, both inner and outer. We seem to be on a roll.
    Cheers
    Alison

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    • You’re right Alison! I found your blog through James’ and I know I have to follow your journeys. I haven’t read all of your posts but the one on Inle Lake was enough for me to hit the Follow button. 🙂 Will be back to your blog more often Alison!

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  52. Hi Bama,
    Such a beautiful blog. I really amazed with your writings and photographs (at the same time, can’t choose). Keep posting and safe travel! 🙂

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    • Thank you Firsta! I’m glad you enjoyed the stories and photos in this blog. 🙂 Safe travel too!

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  53. mshort11 says:

    Hi Bama,

    I stumbled upon your blog by accident but just wanted to take a moment and say that you’re living my passion! I have such an incredible desire to not only see but truly experience the world. I haven’t had much of an opportunity to travel, once to Italy, once to St. Lucia, once to Mexico and throughout the Continental US… how do you find/make time to pursue your passions? I work full time and can’t imagine having the liberty and funding to travel so frequently? Any tips for a hopeful adventurer?

    Thank you, and best of luck with your future adventures!

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    • Hi Megan,

      I’m glad you felt that way when you found my blog, because years ago when I started mine and exploring other travel blog I had the exact same feeling. That way I know one day you’ll get your chance to gallivant through the world. I always work full time, even since the first time I started traveling extensively again back in 2007. But with my limited annual leave I had to make proper plans months ahead, i.e. marking the national holidays one year in advance and subscribing to low-cost carriers’ newsletter to find out their cheap deals.

      I hope that helps and good luck with your future travels!

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      • mshort11 says:

        Thank you so much for the inspiration and great ideas! Greatly appreciated!

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  54. Hi Bama,

    I just love how you’ve embraced (embracing) your passion for travelling, writing and photography and some how I envy you a little. Traveling has been my passion as well and I’ve tried putting up a blog same as yours but fail to keep up with it, perhaps I’m not passionate enough like you are , haha.

    Your 10-year plan is inspiring and definitely achievable. For the past 4 years, I would start my years scanning through a calendar for holidays and long weekends to plan for my future ‘Adventures’ but sadly my list only adds up to 9 countries so far. But I have now plans on stopping there!

    I too am a fan of National Geography and still do drool over their featured adventures and crave for those exciting and priceless moments — I would have to agree on what you named your blog, what an amazing world we really have!

    Looking forward to your future adventures!

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    • Hi Mae,

      Thank you so much for your kind words! The reason why I made the 302020 resolution was because I knew along the way there would be obstacles or temptations that would distract me from my passion for traveling. So far it works, plus the more I travel and take photographs, the more I want to share them through my blog. Because we live in such a beautiful world and it awaits us to explore its four corners.

      Don’t give up on your dream and good luck for your future travels!

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  55. lievoyage says:

    Your blog is very interesting! Thank you for the sharing of your adventures 🙂

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  56. swedenole13 says:

    Wow! I’m loving your blog site and photos! Nice that you have focused on showing us the world through your camera lens! I look forward to exploring your blog more in days to come.

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    • Thanks Sandra! It’s my pleasure to be able to share my stories and photographs through my blog. Looking forward to having you back here. 🙂

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  57. Hi Bama,

    You have an wonderful blog:)I love to travel as well,but still now,I hadn’t got a chance to travel.After seeing your blog,my desire to travel gets induced again.You must be lucky to visit the countries you have listed,.I am glad I stopped by your blog.Looking forward to travel with you!!!I am little envy of you 😉

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    • Hi Praveena!
      Thanks for visiting my blog! When I started to travel intensively, I was also inspired by other travel bloggers. So I’m glad this blog tickles the wanderlust in you, because I believe traveling is very important for people around the world to understand each other better. And you shouldn’t envy me, really, because you don’t know what the future holds. Maybe sooner than later you’ll find yourself gallivanting across the globe.

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  58. Great Resolution! From the looks of it you are nearing your 30th country way before 2020! Good luck. Looking forward to reading more about your travels.

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    • Thanks Raine! I do hope to achieve that resolution well before 2020. But that doesn’t mean I will travel intensively in a very fast pace, that’s a part of the past. I’m enjoying slow travel a lot more now. Thanks for dropping by!

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  59. nice blog dude. your blog made me restart my old blog again. I have been travellin quite a lot few years back but never put it on a blog. jhahaha.. thanks for the inspiration

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    • My pleasure! I’ve been actively ‘pushing’ my friends who put their blog in hiatus to start writing again. 🙂 Thanks for your kind words!

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  61. Wahhh just found your blog and I,m falling in love for all the content and your photograph.
    Cool Mas…keep make each other motivated round to the world 😉

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    • Thank you Novi! I’m glad my blog keeps up your spirit to explore the world. It’s such a big world indeed, but we know so little about it.

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  62. therealkaydee says:

    Thanks for the follow! I love your blog and the many places you’ve been to. Hope to see more destinations.

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    • I like your writing perspective and your photos. They’re all amazing! I will surely write about more destinations. 🙂

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  63. Rebecca says:

    Just discovered your blog and have already poured through several pages. Thanks for sharing!

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  64. Great Blog, Bama. Love all of the posts. It’s encouraging people, at least me, to keep traveling hahaha… Well, you should go to Japan, beautiful culture, people… And how about Nepal? India? Biar bisa jadi referensi hahaha… Ok, Thank you for sharing yaa… You rock!

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    • Thank you, Riyanti! We, travel bloggers, inspire each other. 🙂 Actually in the hopefully not-too-distant future I’m planning to go to Japan, India, and Nepal. Fingers crossed. 🙂 Thanks for dropping by!

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  65. Apa kabar Bama?!! I stumbled across your blog today. I am just preparing to start one of my own, and checking out what others have done, or are doing. Yours caught my eye first because of your ambitious travel goal, then because of the layout, and what finally grabbed me was the Indonesian section (I haven’t looked at the others yet!). Saya tingal di Sorowako, Sulawesi Selatan sampai delipan tahun dan pulang ke Canada Juni, 2012. (My Bahasa Indonesian was never great, and is really rusty now). I wish I had been blogging when I was there…..but it’s never too late to start and I have some great photos. I will definitely follow you and your travel adventures……have you been to Canada yet?

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    • Hi Bobbie! Kabar baik. Kamu? 🙂
      It’s really great to know someone from Canada who has lived for such a long time in Indonesia. My best friend is also a Canadian who lives in Hong Kong, and he loves Indonesia so much. When I first started my blog I did quite the same, and I still do it now because blogging is also a never-ending learning process. I haven’t been to Canada but really want to. In which part of Canada do you live? Good luck with your blog!

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  66. Baik juga ‘kasih!! I live in Gibsons on the Sunshine Coast, just north of Vancouver (a 35 minute ferry trip from Vancouver). Let’s keep in touch, I’ll follow your blog and let you know when mine is up and presentable. You’ll have to get to Canada one day to meet your travel goals, and I hope to return for a visit to Indonesia sometime in the not-too-distant future. Besides, you can be a good reason for me to practise my bahasa Indonesian….can’t believe how quickly one forgets!

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    • I know that when I go to the western hemisphere one day I really shouldn’t miss Canada. My aunt who has been to Vancouver said that it’s a beautiful city. So I imagine Gibsons might have the similar west coast atmosphere, only much calmer. When you come back to Indonesia one day, drop me a message! 🙂

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  67. hi..was just wandering and got fascinated by the blog name ‘what an amazing world’ and your 302020 resolution. Looks like its been 2.5 years now how is it going..have you covered India?

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    • Hi Shailja! Thanks for dropping by! I haven’t been to India yet but I’m planning to go there in the not-too-distant future. 🙂

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  68. Hi Bama,

    I came across your blog a while ago through WordPress’ Recommended Travel Blogs and through the James’ Blog which I follow and started to follow you as well just today. I really like to read about your common trips from two perspectives. I haven’t been to Indonesia yet but it’s high on my bucket list. I absolutely like your goal of visiting 30 countries by 2020 – very ambitious. I am fortunate to have been able to visit 11 asian countries since April 2009 (and other regions of the world before) whereof I started to write about a while ago in my own bilingual Travel Blog.

    Cheers from Germany

    Vanessa

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    • Hi Vanessa,

      Thanks a lot for subscribing to my blog. It’s really nice to know another blogger from Germany, a special country for me as it was the first European country I’ve ever visited (the short transit at Amsterdam’s Schiphol doesn’t count). I really love the tagline of your blog: “When you are 95, you want to live with memories, not with regrets”. Isn’t that so true? Anyway, recently Indonesia has been being covered by CNN in various programs. I wonder if that is a sign for you to come visit sooner than later. 🙂

      Cheers from Indonesia

      Bama

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  69. I love your spirit Bama and have similar ambitions – in my case to visit 60 countries before I’m 60. Still got some time in hand ! I’ll enjoy following your stories for inspiration on my choices. All the best, Nancy

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    • Thanks Nancy! 60 countries before 60 sounds very interesting as well! Wish you have more great trips ahead and who knows, you might be able to visit 60 countries even far before you reach 60. 🙂

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  70. I love this. I can’t wait to see more of your content. As a lifelong wonderlust, I can SO appreciate what you are doing! Fantastic. Namaste, Sara

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  71. derrickli718 says:

    Just found your blog and it’s awesome. I’ve always wanted to travel and explore more of Asia. I’ve only been to Hong Kong & Macau but have plans on traveling to Vietnam, Thailand, & returning back to Hong Kong this November. I’ll definitely be sure to read up on your blog before my trip 🙂 Safe travels to you!

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    • Thanks for dropping by, Derrick! Asia is a perfect place for a food enthusiast like you to visit and explore. Its culinary selections are arguably some of the best, most unique, and most tantalizing in the world. It would be nicer if you happen to love spicy food as well. 🙂 Enjoy your trip this November!

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  72. Aria Widyanto says:

    Hi Bama, good luck for your resolutions. I believe you will learn so much about life when traveling to new places. Keep discovering.

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    • Hi Aria, thanks a lot! That’s one of the reasons why my passion to traveling grows over time. I always learned new things from the places I went to and the people I met.

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  73. 😀 well, if that so–then God bless to your missions and vision! 🙂
    looking forward to see your updates..and yup! i’m following!

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    • Thanks a lot! It’s always a great encouragement to know that someone out there enjoyed reading my blog. 🙂 Thanks for following!

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  74. Yun Sopupami says:

    hai bama! i love to read your blog, its detailed, well categorised, and well written. keep writing!

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    • Hi Yun! Thank you very much for your kind words! I’m glad you enjoyed this blog. Keep up the spirit too! 🙂

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  75. Waw really really happy find out this blog. Your blog is helping me out to explain about beautiful Indonesia, my lovely country on my friend here. Thanks a loooooooooooootttttttt 😀

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    • My pleasure, Yayang! I’m glad this blog helps you spread out the beauty of Indonesia to your friends. 🙂

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  76. Hi Bama,

    Wonderful Blog,

    Really enjoyed reading your travel stories and photos.

    I really appreciate the way you have written your travel experiences.

    Will be really helpful when I plan for my tour to Indonesia.

    Thanks for sharing,

    Sreejith.

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    • Thanks Sreejith!
      I’m glad you enjoyed my blog, and it’s always a pleasure to share some stories from places that I went in Indonesia. As a matter of fact, I’m planning to go to India in the future.
      All the best!

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  77. Hi, Bama! Just stumbled upon your blog, and it’s great! Love your 302020. I have my own resolution to visit 6 continents before I’m 30. Antarctica before I’m 40. I’m running out of time though… I have Asia and Africa left to do in a year! I have the opp to go to Cambodia in jan, but things have come with the house my hubs and I own, pushing that trip to the back burner :/. I’m always looking for the chance to travel! Good luck with your resolution!

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    • Hi, Ashley! Thanks for dropping by! It’s amazing to know that you’ve been to 4 continents so far, and even though you only have one year left to visit Asia and Africa before you’re 30, at the end of the day it’s the experience itself that you will remember. As for myself making a resolution is a way to keep me on the move all the time. 🙂 But if it turned out I couldn’t make that 302020, I would still be very happy for what I’ve been through.
      Good luck with your resolution too!

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    • Lol. I’m glad you came out of shadow and no longer stalk. 🙂 I’ve always wanted to go back to Vietnam to visit Hanoi and the central regions. Maybe one day.

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  78. I’m currently living just outside Jakarta, too, and have loved looking at your different posts about islands around Indonesia! You’ve inspired some new trips for me 😉

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    • I’m glad my blog did that to you. 🙂 I myself am constantly inspired by other bloggers who have been to beautiful and unique places across the country, and I’m planning a rather major trip to visit some of them.

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  79. Liyana says:

    Maybe I should start a resolution for travelling around the world. Awesome blog! Now, I can’t wait to visit Jakarta in March!

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    • Hi Liyana. A resolution for some is one of the most effective ways to force them out of their comfort zone and start doing things which eventually bring them happiness. So why don’t you start yours? 🙂 I suggest you do some research on Jakarta prior to your visit, so you know what to expect. It’s not a city easily loved at the first sight though.

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      • Liyana says:

        I’m visiting my cousin – I’m not really sure where they’re gonna bring us though but nevertheless, I’ll do some research on it. Thanks for the advice! 🙂

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  80. You are so sweet cousin. Thanks for putting my Nusantara Designs forward too. I hope people could see more and more the Indonesian beauty through your blog and my pillow covers. Hugs!

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    • My pleasure, Dina! I’m glad I can help introduce Indonesian traditional patterns through your company. Hugs from Indonesia!

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    • Hi Miss Adventure! Thanks for dropping by and leaving such a lovely comment! Can’t wait to have you back here. 🙂

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  81. Excellent site and the name itself drew me to jump in! Thanks for sharing your amazing journey! As a writer, teacher and student of Thoreau, Muir, Burroughs and other naturalists, I deeply appreciate the connection to Nature. Safe adventures!

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    • Thank you, Chris! The name of this blog really reflects what I always feel every time I travel and discover new places and cultures for me. As someone who lives in Indonesia – a place with such a high biodiversity – I’m deeply concerned with the nature and our ecological footprints. So it’s good to know another person who shares the same concern. Safe adventures to you too!

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  82. Marqy says:

    Hi Dude i Remember.
    we were at the same plain Bali Dili.
    Great article,do i look eager taht time?

    Marqy

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    • Hi Marqy!
      Glad to have you here. We used some Tetum expressions that we learned from you for starting conversations with people during our stay. You were very helpful!
      Bama

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  83. Congratulations for your work. It’s easy to see the enthusiasm and effort you are putting on the blog. Valuable info, amazing pictures and good writing. I moved to Jakarta about a month ago and I’ll be here until december, so you have just earned another reader. I’ll be glad to travel to some of of the places you’ve already visited. In fact I’ve also started a blog (in spanish) about my experiences in this outstanding country. http://bilbotikurrun.wordpress.com/ just in case you want to visit somewhere I’ve already been to. Mikel

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  84. Hi Bama,
    Enjoyed going through your posts especially the ones on Bali and Yogyakarta. I have been to these two places and enjoyed my trips. Amazing photographs, looking forward to reading more of your posts.
    Beena

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    • Hi Beena,
      Thank you and I’m glad you enjoyed this blog! I have a penchant for architecture and culture, so here in Indonesia I find Bali and Yogyakarta perfect for me. I never get bored of visiting all those temples and enjoying local performances. Thanks again for dropping by!

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  85. Wow, you inspire me so much. I got the traveling bug only once i’m in college (lucky to have worldly friends) and i can’t wait to start a resolution just like yours. right now, college doesnt allow me much chance to travel outside of the country i am in (need $$$), but once i make my own money, i’ll be sure to spend it on a mission just like yours. Thanks for being my travel inspiration!

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    • That is a very humbling thing to hear. I’m glad this blog inspires you to do your own journey around the world in the future, because like you, I was also inspired by others. Good luck with your resolution!

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  86. tribw says:

    Wonderful goal! Actually a very good idea to set a goal like that! Inspiring!

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    • Thank you and I’m glad this inspired you. The most important thing is after setting the goal, don’t forget the very first reason of why you travel. It helps you to not only focus on the numbers or target.

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  87. Hi,
    You have a lot of people interested in your site. It took a minute to scroll down to the reply part at the bottom of the page.
    Do you get into the music of the various places you have visited?
    Leslie

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    • Thanks for visiting, Leslie. I don’t usually focus on local music when I travel, but some places do have amazing culture where music plays a big part of it. Bali, particularly Ubud, is an example.

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      • Thanks for getting back to me. I’ll have to have a listen to some music from Bali. That is one place We haven’t been to but would love to see.
        Leslie

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  88. Hi, I just looked over your blog – interesting indeed! I’ll be doing some reading here frequently & I enjoy reading your blog…

    Love your photos bara…!
    Salam hangat dari bumi Cikarang 😀

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    • Hi Rahmat. Thank you for dropping by! Looking forward to having you back here. 🙂

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  89. It seems like you have many fans as I have to scroll down again and again to find a space to leave a comment 🙂 *just kidding*
    Hi, I’m Annie. I found your site very incidentally and honestly I really impress with what you’ve done and places you set your foot. Wish you all the best for your journey Bama 🙂
    I’m living in Hanoi, Vietnam and I’m working in tourism industry. Hope to see you one day in Hanoi. Cheers 🙂

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    • Hi Annie, thanks for dropping by and taking your time to comment. 🙂 I haven’t been to Hanoi, but one day I would love to go because so far my only experience with Vietnam is Ho Chi Minh City and its surrounding areas. Clearly not enough to say I’ve known your country well.

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  90. hello! Amazing stuff here, I still am in college and have explored a few places around which fit my bill, hoping to explore the world extensively as if land a job in the near future! I look up to your blog for inspirations and the attention to detail in your photos! 🙂

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    • Thank you for dropping by! Dream big, and focus on it. Sooner than later you’ll find yourself gallivanting around the world. 🙂

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  93. It feels amazing when I stumble across blog like yours! The name of the blog itself explains so much about your perception of the world. There is so much to learn from. Looking forward to more of your adventures and photos!! 🙂

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    • Thank you Chanchal. What an amazing world! is indeed how I feel towards the world, despite all the challenges humanity and the earth face. I’m glad you enjoyed my blog! 🙂

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  94. Hey,

    we like your 302020 plan, but as I have seen, you are on a good way to succeed. We have just returned from Indonesia ourselves, it was amazing and hopefully we will return someday to your beautiful country.

    Cant wait for more info from your travels.
    Have fun!

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    • Hi Gašper and Maruša! Now I’m really grateful that I made 302020 more than three years ago because currently I don’t travel as much as I want to. So that resolution works as a reminder for me, not only to reach the goal, but more importantly to explore more. I’m glad you had a really great time in Indonesia and when you do come back one day I hope you’ll have an even more wonderful experience! Thank you for reading and safe travels!

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  95. Hi there! I just love your plan 302020, I too started out as a daily life blog which translated into a travel blog! I don’t have a solid goal like yours to travel 10 countries by 2020 but mine is an ongoing mantra to never stop travelling. I read some of your articles and I like the way you write, its enjoyable reading your blog!!

    Look forward to more adventures!

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    • Thanks Natalie. Actually deep down in my heart my mantra is also the same: never stop traveling. However I felt the urge to create that resolution to remind me of that wanderlust in me. I’m glad you enjoyed the stories on my blog. I really appreciate it!

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    • Hi Barry. Thank you for your nomination, truly kind of you. I’m still away on a trip now with limited internet access, so I don’t know whether I have the luxury to participate in the awards or not. But anyway, thanks a lot!

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  96. Hi Bama, we like your site and your vision and look forward to following you. Though India is not on either of your maps as yet, perhaps one day you’ll consider adding a push-pin to Arunachal Pradesh. Have a great day ahead 🙂

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    • Hi Sange & Erika. It’s really nice to be able to connect with people who know about one of the least known parts of India, Arunachal Pradesh that is. It’s not only so far from India’s most touristy places, but also so interesting due to its location near China and Southeast Asia. I should make my way there one day! 🙂 Have a nice day too to you!

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  97. Hi Bama! I just found your blog and love it! And it’s wonderful that you have set a travel goal for yourself! I wish you happy and safe travels! Look forward to reading more =)

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  98. Hi. Found you on twitter today, glad I did. Wonderful photos and content. Love to travel. So I’m sure I will be visiting your site often! 🙂

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    • I’m glad we can connect on the blogosphere. Thank you, travel safe, and travel more! 🙂

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    • Hi Dariush. Thank you for your nomination! Just out of curiosity, are you based in Iran?

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      • As in do you live in Iran? Because I notice that you have a Persian name. I’m very curious with that part of the world.

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      • Ahh thought so. I’ve always wanted to visit Persepolis and the remnants of the Persian Empire. Last year I found out that actually the Persians were more civilized than the Greeks. But history was written by the victors, and in this case the Greeks. Anyway, both Greek and Persian ancient temples and monuments are truly treasures of the world and the mankind.

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  99. A nice blog you own bama.. May Krishna fulfill your wish and you roam around the world and share goodness and happiness alwz.

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  100. yusaklie says:

    Surprised to know that you live in the same town as I do! Your travel blog is very inspiring!

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    • Hi Yusak. So we both contribute to Jakarta’s large population, which in turns contribute to its notorious traffic jam. 🙂 Thank you for your kind words!

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  101. Hi, Bama! This is my first time here. 🙂 Glad to have found your blog. Impressed that you knew about Apadana of Persepolis when you were still in school. I only knew about it when I went there a few years back, haha! :p If you have the chance, do visit it! I found it to be better than the Acropolis in Athens although the latter is obviously more well known.

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    • I guess I read too much when I was younger. 🙂 But that is also the main reason why I have such a big wanderlust today. The world is so big and wonderful; Iran and Greece happen to be some of the countries I’ve been dreaming to visit. Lucky you to have visited both! 🙂

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  102. Beautiful blog! I love your design and all of your photos. I’m looking forward to reading more about your trips and adventures!

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    • Hi Andrea! Thank you very much. It’s always nice to know that someone thousands of miles away from where I live read and enjoy my blog. I really appreciate it.

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    • Hi Edwin. Thanks! I just took a look at your blog, and judging from the number of places that you’ve been to it seems like you’ll have plenty of stories to write. 🙂 Thanks for dropping by!

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    • I just took a look at your blog, and it’s actually you who have a spicy blog! 🙂 Nice to stumble across you too.

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  103. I can’t believe I haven’t been following you until now! Looking forward to reading some of your posts, AND to visiting Indonesia in the future and meeting you, and your country, in person.
    Alison

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    • Hi Alison. No worries. 🙂 After following you for quite a while now I know you would have a great time in Indonesia for its landscapes, ancient sites and cultural scenes. Meeting you and Don in person would be really great! Just let me know if you’re coming.

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  104. I got your blog from WordPress’ recommendation about travel field.
    Honestly, quite surprised to know that you’re an Indonesian.
    Keep in your good works 🙂

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    • Hi Wien. Glad to connect with another Indonesian through this blog. 🙂 Thank you and the same wish goes to you too!

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      • My absolute pleasure! Your posts are amazing and inspiring!
        Of course take your time! I took over a month to respond to mine – they can be very time consuming!
        In the mean time I look forward to reading and seeing more from you 🙂

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  105. I love your blog, especially your ten year resolution. It is way too easy to get caught up in the busyness of life, and forget about seeing the world and all it has to offer. Its so encouraging to see other people getting out and really living and experiencing all the world has to offer! Your blog is an inspiration!

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    • Hi Laura. That was exactly the reason why I made the resolution. I tend to travel more slowly now than I did three years ago. But that resolution always reminds me to take a break from daily routines and go out to see the world. It’s not only addictive but also enriching. Thank you so much for your kind words!

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  106. Really like the way you’re thinking and seeing the world. See a lot of my passions in this ‘about me’ there too! Keep on going!

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    • Thanks Vince. I believe many people share the same way of thinking, that’s why we’re all connected one way or another. Keep up the spirit too!

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  107. Baca blog kamu, aku jadi terinspirasi untuk bikin resolusi. hehhe.. Selama ini, travelling hanya ngikutin kata hati, dan kemana kaki melangkah. It’s always great to see new places and meet new people. Hope your resolution will come true very soon…

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    • Hehe.. Yang penting resolusinya empowering sih, bukan suffocating. Jadi setiap kali lagi gak bersemangat, resolusi bisa bikin jadi semangat lagi. 🙂 Thank you very much for your wish. Keep traveling!

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    • Thanks! Well, I myself was (and still am) inspired by other blogs. So I’m glad this blog does that to you. 🙂 Keep up the spirit!

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  108. Robin McKenna says:

    Adore your blog! So inspiring to read about all of your journeys and travels. Would love to see the world as much as you have someday.

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    • Welcome back, Robin! Thank you again for putting up such a nice comment. The world is right before us, waiting to be explored. Good luck and safe travels!

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    • Hi Upsi. Thank you for the nomination, that’s really kind and I truly appreciate it. Keep blogging and sharing happiness! 🙂

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  109. You got a great blog! Awesome pictures, but I know the best part of a travel is the feeling you get when you’re walking in the streets like you were completely blended in. Anyway I’ve been in a lot of places but exactly on the other half of the hearth! So I wish you to cover the other half next, like I hope to be traveling toward your half!

    https://gianluca8675.wordpress.com/

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    • Thank you, Gianluca. To feel as if you were a local, to eat what locals usually have, to talk and chat with real people in places you go to, that’s exactly what makes traveling so addictive. Keep traveling and I hope you’ll get to explore the other side of the planet sooner than later! 🙂

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  111. Hi Bama! I am so jealous of you. Traveling the world is my dream. Maybe it will be a fantasy. I don’t know when I can do. It is too expensive and I got kids. Keep blogging so in that way we get to experience places through you!

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    • Teach your kids about those amazing places and unique cultures around the globe. Maybe one day they’ll grow the wanderlust within them and ask you to tag along when they travel the world. 🙂 Thank you for reading and for your encouragement!

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      • Oh wow! I never thought of that! It sounds wonderful. Hmmm. I love borrowing all books for them. This early, I should expose them to the beauty of the world. Thanks Bama!!!! 🙂

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    • Hi Jacob. Thank you for including my blog on the list — I truly appreciate it! Happy blogging too!

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    • Thank you, Jenny. That’s a good resolution to begin with — the one that reminds you to do what you love doing. Good luck with your travels!

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  112. I really like your blog! Traveling is a passion of mine, as well. I don’t travel nearly as much as you do, but to say that I enjoy it is an understatement. Thanks for sharing your journey with us. 🙂

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    • Hi Liz. Thank you! It’s okay if you don’t travel that often because everyone is different. Some people enjoy traveling for a really long time, some prefer short trips. Travel as you enjoy it! 🙂

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  113. I stumble upon your blog and I’m bedazzle by it . Great imaginary and stories! I’m new to WordPress and you are an inspiration. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

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    • Thank you for your kind comment! I’m glad this blog can give you some inspiration you need to keep yours going.

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  114. Hi Bama, 30 countries in 10 years… wow, sounds very ambitious; but I think you can achieve it as now you’ve been to more than 20 countries, and yet still another 5 years to go….
    Good luck for your 302020 travel wish and thank you for sharing…
    Nina

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    • Some said 30 is too few, but some said it’s a little too ambitious. But I feel that it is just the right number. 🙂
      Thank you for your wish!

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    • Ha! Darcy, you’re the second foreigner who told me that Jakarta is not hard to love. The first person was also a Canadian whom I met in Bangkok three years ago. Maybe there’s something so appealing about Jakarta for Canadians. 🙂

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  115. Glad to find another passionate person who loves to travel and write about your journeys as you go. I find your blog very fascinating as I don’t often get to travel to Asia. Thank you for sharing about the culture on that side of the world!

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    • And thank you for writing about those indigenous people, such a fascinating work it really is. Thank you for your kind comment and hopefully you’ll travel to Asia more often in the future.

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  116. Awesome goal that you set for yourself! Interesting to read about places I’m visiting soon. If you need more info about countries in Europe we can exchange haha!

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    • Hi Kirsten. Thanks for reading my blog and reminding me about that goal. 🙂 It’s been almost eight years since my first trip to Europe and I miss it so much. I’ve been eyeing on certain regions for my second trip, and hopefully soon enough that will happen.

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  117. I like your goal. And I think it is a great idea to set a goal like this. I am sure you will achieve it and I am happy to have discovered your blog.

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    • That is such a really kind thing to say. Thank you so much! It always warms my heart to know that my travel stories resonate with other people.

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    • Hi Prunella. It’s great to know how you, your husband and children travel together. Traveling itself is one of the most enriching experiences ever. Good journey too!

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  118. Hi Bama,
    lovely blog you have and I am looking forward to reading more about your adventures. How is 302020 going?

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    • Hi Reka, thanks! This year I will be visiting two new countries, but I have so many countries on my wishlist — and it grows every single day. 😀

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      • I know that feeling all too well! I’m taking a year off work myself to travel, can’t wait!

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  119. Rifqy Faiza Rahman says:

    Great blog and resolution! Glad to know you, warm regrads from me 🙂

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    • Glad to know a blogger from Pacitan! I’ve always wanted to go there, but I have yet to make a plan for that. Thank you!

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  120. Mabuhay! How i wish I could be just like you. I want to travel to different destination here in the Philippines. Having lived in a community with prestine natural wonder, it has always been my fascination to TRAVEL. Travelling local destination with my friends or special someone is such a revitalizing experience. It renew my passion for the environment. Best wishes for your ‘302020’ goal.
    Best regards,
    Wanderer from the Philippines

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    • Mabuhay! In which part of the Philippines do you live? One place in your country I really want to visit is El Nido for its impressive limestone hills and pristine waters. Do pack your bag and travel! See the world! 🙂 Thank you for your wishes.

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      • I live in Eastern Samar. We have nice beaches too and we belong to an island which is home to 2nd largest cave system in Asia. Hope you’ll drop by one of this days. And, oh yes, El Nido is such a paradise. I also wanted to travel to that part of our country.

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      • Hi Elmer. With the Pacific Ocean at your doorstep I can imagine how lovely the beaches in Eastern Samar must be. I didn’t know about that cave system though, another reason for me to visit that part of the Philippines one day!

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    • Thanks! Considering its proximity to Australia would you consider paying a visit to Indonesia? 🙂 When you do, go beyond Bali’s crowded South.

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  121. Femy AAP says:

    Thanks for your amazing stories !! 🙂 it’s really envy hhuhuhu T.T . Have you done with your 302020 in 2015? I look forward for another country. Are you Indonesian? Sudah selesai keliling Indonesia yang dari ujung me ujuuung jauhnya?

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    • You’re welcome, and thank you for dropping by. I still have eight more new countries to visit to conclude the 302020, but I’m taking my time. 🙂 Yes, I am Indonesian. Keliling Indonesia sih rasanya gak ada habis-habisnya. Baru saja menyelesaikan road trip dari Jakarta ke Cirebon, Dieng, Jogja, Solo dan Semarang tapi masih banyak tempat bagus dan menarik yang belum sempat dikunjungi.

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  122. Bama, what a great blog and outlook on traveling. I hope you reach your goal by 2020! I was recently in Bali, Indonesia and would like to visit Jakarta one day as well. Keep up the great work.

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    • Hi Amanda. Thank you for reading and for the good wishes! I have one advice before you visit Jakarta: set your expectations low. 🙂 It’s one of those places where having no expectation is the way to go. Hope when you do come to the city one day the public transport system will have been thoroughly upgraded.

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  123. Aryan says:

    Hi, I just want to let you know that “What an Amazing World!” is a great blog title – simple but it’s really what this blog is all about. Looking forward to your next travel 🙂 Take care!

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    • Hi Aryan. Well thank you so much for your kind words! I guess I let my inner child guide me when I named this blog. 🙂 I’m currently doing a six-month trip across Asia, although I have to skip the Philippines this time. Maybe on the next trip!

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  124. Awesome blog!!!!

    I have such a desire for travel…need to do more of it!

    I am living vicariously through your blog 🙂

    When you visit South Africa, send me a message – would be lovely to meet & show you around Cape Town, my new home x

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    • Hi Nadia. Thanks! 🙂
      Travel often while you’re still young — that’s what people say, and I couldn’t agree more with that. 🙂
      I have been dreaming to go to South Africa, especially Cape Town. What a picturesque place it is!

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  125. Hello … I’m very curious about your visits to many countries. Is it in the context of job tasks, or you deliberately recreation abroad? Lucky you!^^ However I really like your writings and photographs that you post on this blog. Keep writing! Best wishes,

    Sugih

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    • Hi Anna. Thanks for dropping by! I still have 8 more countries to go, but I will keep in mind that it’s the experience itself which is more important, not the numbers. The latter is good for motivating me to travel more. 🙂

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  126. Hello, greetings from Kuala Lumpur. I wish you all the best and i am sure you will be able to hit 30 by 2020 🙂 pretty cool! i am looking forward to read more of your posts! 🙂

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    • Hi Cammal. Greetings from Banda Islands (where I am currently staying). Thank you for your wishes and looking forward to seeing you more here. 🙂

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      • This is my first time hearing of Banda Islands, that means I need to know more about Indonesia my friend. hehe.. well, its looks like a nice place with beautiful ocean and mountains. I hope to visit more of Indonesia soon.. 🙂

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      • I have been staying in Banda for almost two weeks and I can never get enough of it. The active volcano, beautiful snorkeling sites, white sand beaches, intriguing history, original nutmeg plantation, old Dutch and British forts, good food, and most importantly some of the friendliest people I’ve ever met, they all make the Banda Islands such a special place.

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    • Book your flights far in advance when airlines usually give super cheap deals, book your accommodation in advance, and cut your unnecessary daily expenses. I hope those help! Thanks for dropping by!

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    • Hi James, thanks! Those who have traveled the world before me are definitely such a big inspiration for me to go and explore this beautiful planet.

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  129. Adrian Stoica says:

    Keep traveling and writing, Bama. I like your stories and photos. Find it on wordpress this summer, when I started my travel blog.

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