The Routine, The Circling of Namgyal Monastery, The Plan for Traveling to Other Part of India

By the eighth day in McLeod Ganj, we have pretty much come to a routine. Most of the time, we eat breakfast at Snow Lion. After breakfast, I would go to Tushita Meditation Centre for daily guided meditation, and Elena would have 1-to-1 conversation with a nun (assigned by LHA). We would then meet for lunch. After which, I would continue with my daily volunteering for computer class at LHA, while Elena does her own thing. In the late afternoon and night, we would find some activity to do, or simply just rest. It felt great to have a routine! Read More


Daily Meditation at Tushita Meditation Centre, Sick Second Time

Two days after my visit to Tibetan Delek Hospital and consuming the medicine, I felt better and stronger. I decided I’m ready to take on more activities. I’ve been hearing from people that there is free daily meditation class in the morning. Thus, after breakfast, I set off to Tushita Meditation Centre. Read More

Dalai Lama’s Teaching, Tour Around Dharamsala, Falling Sick

We were pretty lucky. We were in McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala, when Dalai Lama was scheduled to be teaching there. We were not aware initially and we learned about it from people that we met. If you are interested to attend Dalai Lama’s teaching, check his schedule from his official website. Read More

First time in McLeod Ganj, Volunteering in McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala, with LHA Charitable Trust for Tibetan Exile Community

Prayer bowls at McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala, India

After 13 hours of bumpy bus ride, we arrived in McLeod Ganj at 7.30 am. The volunteer coordinator from LHA Charitable Trust, Rabsel, picked us up from the bus stand and walked us to a guesthouse called Pawan House. Pawan House is managed by a Kashmir man, he told me that I’m the first Indonesian to stay there, I feel honored! Rabsel then let us settle down and said he’d meet us the next day in the morning.

After checking in the guesthouse and unpacking our stuffs in the room (we each have our own room!), Elena and I went wandering around McLeod Ganj. First, we had our late breakfast at Carpe Diem. We then spent our day exploring the main street, Main Temple (Kalachakra Temple), Tibet Museum, and Office of Dalai Lama; and followed by lunch at One Two Cafe. At night, we had massage at Ladies’ Venture Hotel for 450 Rs. Read More

Things I Do in New Delhi in One Day

Road to India Gate, New Delhi

I had my breakfast in the room in Hotel Ga-Khyil, Majnu Ka Tilla, because there was no physical restaurant in the hotel, but there was a café which serves only cakes and drinks. It felt weird to me, but anyway I ordered through phone, egg fried rice (of which I only finish a quarter) and chocolate milkshake (I did finish this one). Read More

The Day of My Departure to India

Red Fort in New Delhi, India

My first flight was Tiger Airways, from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur at 9.35am. I reached Changi Budget Terminal more than two hours before departure time. I proceeded to check in immediately. After weighing my luggage and hand carry bag, the officer told me that I exceeded my baggage allowance by 4kg, and he suggested that I bring the hand carry bag on board. Read More

The Day Before My Departure to India

McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala, India

It was Sunday, May 29th. I just finished my half marathon race the night before, it was a midnight race and I managed to clock a little over 3 hours. It was physically exhausting, but I convinced myself, running at night was so much better compared to running in the morning, and I was glad I did. So May 29th was a recovery day for me. I didn’t do much physical activities, except well, finishing up my packing. Read More

My kind of Retreat in Jakarta – Run/Trek in Sentul, Touch Animals in Taman Safari, Witness Friend’s Wedding, Food in PIK

Trail run, trekking at Sentul, Jakarta, Indonesia

I was excited to go to Jakarta over the weekend (Saturday-Monday) to attend my friend’s wedding as well as explore Jakarta and its outskirts. We have arranged detailed itinerary of how we spend our time in Jakarta. And I’m imagining that I would have lots of photos and info to write a blog post about Jakarta. However it turns out that I didn’t take that much photos as I was deeply immersed in hearty conversation, peaceful scenery, intense workout and hard laughs. At the end of the trip, I felt that this weekend has been a retreat for me instead of traveling. I’m free from social media, work-related calls & messages, boring-city-grumbles. I just feel free and appreciative. Here’s what has happened in Jakarta.. Read More

Exploring Beitou in Taipei

Steam of Thermal Valley, Beitou, Taipei, Taiwan

On our 6th day, or last day in Taiwan, we woke up late, had complimentary breakfast from Go Sleep Hotel Xining, and explored Beitou. We didn’t really have chance to explore Ximending even though we stayed there. We checked out, stored our luggage with the hotel, and then took MRT from Ximen to Xinbeitou.

Beitou is famous for its hotspring. It’s easy to navigate at Beitou, thanks to the abundance of detailed signage and signboards. Read More

Ita Thao Village, Sun Moon Lake-Taichung-Taipei, Ximending, Rao He Night Market

Skyline cable car of Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village, Ita Thao, Sun Moon Lake, Taiwan

On the 5th day, we had a hearty breakfast. Our guest house owner bought us glutinous rice with soya milk. It was great and filled our tummy to the fullest. We then packed our stuffs and the owner’s friend drove us with our luggage to Shuishe. We stored our luggage for free at the information center. After that, we walked to the pier and boarded the ferry to Ita Thao. The ferry stopped at Xuanguang first, but we didn’t have time to explore this station.

From Ita Thao Pier, we walked to ropeway station. We followed the signage but got lost somehow. We found the station in the end and took the ropeway to Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village (some refers it to Ita Thao Village). After we arrived at the village, we took skyline to the Amusement Isle. Read More