WW: Breathtaking Ubud, Bali, Indonesia


Super excited to go back to Bali!

Well, following all the heath protocol, including taking swab test, I braved myself to fly and go back to Bali again. 

This island of paradise is indeed as beautiful as ever. Although pandemic has really impacted all of us and I feel so sad to see how Bali is suffering a lot from Covid - 19, I have to admit I do enjoy Bali more with less flocking tourists. 

This time, I stayed in Ubud, Gianyar, Bali. 

The Royal Pita Maha, Tjampoehan Relaxation Resort in Ubud is where I stayed for 3 days. On my break, I managed to visit Tegalalang, a UNESCO World Heritage site of paddy field, and explored the areas near the hotel.






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Beautiful autumn day in Central Park, New York City
How I miss autumn...


October is slipping away and how I miss the beauty of autumn. 
I still remember my last autumn in New Your City and in one of those wonderful days we strolled around Central Park. 
 One of my favorite photos there was of me, my mom and Obi, my daughter. 
Three generations. 
Happily smiling and enjoying the love God grant us all. 
Beautiful memories to cherish indeed. 

three generations enjoying autumn in Central Park, NYC
the three of us

Fast forward, this is the third October we have enjoyed in Jakarta now. 
Always wet. 
Packed with rainy days. 
Home will always be our comfort zone. Our happy place. The save haven. 

rainy day in Jakarta

I have been enjoying my time home amidst the nagging works I have to finish. I am so accustomed to working with the TV on, wearing my favorite night dress covered with Batik jacket, and munching those yummy delicacies.Not a good example, indeed LOL. 

Well, life goes on. On its own way.
Sometimes I keep thinking that I should do this. I should do that.
Don't miss a thing. The clock is ticking. Time is up. 
It feels like I am racing with something. Something I haven't completely figured out.
Then on the next second, I simply need to relax. Let my guard down.
Enjoy life.

Well, I don't know. This pandemic really impacts us. Deeply.
I guess I just need to let it flow, right?
And again, staying safe, happy and healthy, proves to be a luxury.
So once we get them, keep them. Stay blessed!

Well, enough said.
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WW: My Journey of Fighting Breast Cancer

Indah Nuria Savitri, breast cancer survivor
One of my biggest supporters, my dearest hubby


Recently I have been digging up my files and photos from my previous adventures and activities. I guess I keep saying that in my post during this pandemic LOL.

As October is celebrated as Pinktober as well in my house, I happen to see some photos taken during my 2-year treatment as breast cancer patient.

Indah Nuria Savitri, breast cancer warrior
cheers from Obi and I .. one of my 6-hour-straight chemo episodes

It's amazing to see how photos brought back all the memories, nice and not-so-nice ones. I have to admit it was not always a rose-colored journey. There are times when I was not really myself and times when I got super tired, bored, and frustrated with everything I have to go through thanks to cancer.  


the blood bag I have to carry for 6 weeks :)


I remember vividly when the verdict came, one simple phone call from my GP that changed my life forever. I will never forget when I first walked in to the operating room for mastectomy, my first chemo, the radiation process and endless doctor's and hospital visit and so many more. I am so blessed and glad to be able to pass it all through with a big smile! Merci ya Rabb.

Here are a few photos from my journey of Fighting Breast Cancer and let's spread more awareness about breast cancer, in our own way. I want those fighting it, our Warriors, and those surviving it, will always support one another so that we all can finish the fight!

the family waiting room at NYU Langone Hospi
The family waiting room at NYU Langone Hospital NYC

Thank you for all the support from my dearest friends 

Indah Nuria Savitri, breast cancer warrior and survivor
Facetime with my om in Indonesia at that time..

The sonogram image of breast cancer patient
my USG image.. 

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My love, Bo et Obi, right before my second operation for breast reconstruction

Never forget to do you self breast exam or SADARI, periksa payudara sendiri, as well as consulting your doctor for clinical breast exam regularly or SADANIS, periksa payudara secara klinis. Love yourself and your body, don't wait until it's all too late!

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Lost in Angkor Wat

And my itchy feet take me further...

This time, I had a wonderful experience in Cambodia.

Has anyone visited Cambodia before? Did you visit the capital city Phonm Penh? Or you managed to visit Angkor Wat as well?

I decided to republish some of my posts with updates and more photos. Again, I come to realize that I still have tons of photos to share.

Sunrise at Angkor Wat, Cambodia





















Attending a 2-day seminar on Genocide in Phnom Penh ( I will share the photos on another post), I welcomed myself to this fellow ASEAN member states.

Phnom Penh is nice obviously. I did have that familiar warm feelings that I got whenever I visited ASEAN countries. Then, as people say, a visit to Cambodia will never be complete without paying a visit to Angkor Wat. Covering the area of more than 162 hectares, Angkor Wat is without a doubt the largest religious complex in the world. No wonder this temple complex has been proclaimed as the symbol of Cambodia and is proudly appeared on Cambodia's national flag.

So, without further due, I flew to Siem Reap with Angkor Air and plunged myself to the ancient-old mystical Angkor Wat.

It was an amazing journey indeed! One I still cherish until now.


Angkor Wat, Cambodia
one lovely corner at Angkor Wat Temple


First thing first, I flew to Siem Riep from Phnom Penh. It took around 50 minutes fly and we landed at Siem Reap International Airport. As soon as I arrived at the Siem Riep airport, , I got my tuk-tuk to take me to the hotel, had an appointment with the driver for my early-morning ride, and snuggled to my lovely Wooden Angkor hotel (really recommended for sure and you canread my comments for Siem Reap and Phnom Penh at tripadvisor)

The first thing crossing my mind while stepping my itchy-feet here was Borobudur Temple. Well, it is actually quite different because Borobudur is a Buddhist Temple, while Angkor Wat is the Hindu temple. Excuse my ignorance and simplistic approach.

Borobudur is indeed an amazing artifact as well and visiting Angkor Wat, to some extent, was like paying a pilgrimage to its homeland. Maybe because both are amazing temple complex and both are listed in UNESCO World Heritage.

Nevertheless, it is important to note that Angkor Wat is a combination of Buddhist and Hindu  temples. In the beginning, many of the early temples being built here were depicting Hinduism. The original construction of the temple was dedicated to Vishnu, the preserver in Trimurti, Hinduism triad deities. It was first built in the early 12th century by King Suryavarman, the King of Khmer Empire ruled in the 11 - 12th century, for the state temple as well as his mausoleum. the Khmer architecture, during this golden era, is vividly shown by intricate details; the structures, the elements , and the motifs. All of them can be seen through elaborate towers, galleries, bas-relief, and more.

So back to my visit, I started the day very early, I was picked up at 4.30 AM and obviously I was not the only one arranging such early rendezvous. By the time we arrived at the temple, lines of tuk - tuk was already long. And by the way, trying to get a good spot amidst hundreds of people already flocking in Angkor Wat since 5 am was not that easy apparently. 

it was pitch black dark at that time and I was literally squeezing myself. I raced to the spots where we have the view of the whole temple, with the lake in front of it for its beautiful reflection.. The place was already packed with sunrise-hunter like me and tourists who smart enough to start the day early to avoid the scorching sun later on.

Then, after moving at least 3 times, I got my spot. Although I was just an amateur photographer and mainly relying on my no-so-advanced smart phone that I used at that time, I felt like it was such a waste if I didn't immortalise the moment with my gadget.



Sunrise at Angkor Wat Temple, Siem Reap, Cambodia
and the sun kissed the morning....

The temples are amazing and there are so many things to see.

As it was a huge complex, I really have to manage my time and make my priorities.
I was a bit more ambitious at first, but after reality hits me (plus scorching sun the beginning of March when I visited and still quite early in the morning), then I dragged myself until the very last minute to the main attractions.

I was starting with Angkor Wat, enjoying its magnificent sunrise
Reflecting the five peaks of Mount Meru (the home of the Gods in Khmer - Hindu) Architectural masterpiece, Angkor Wat stands majestically until present day. This particular temple was abandoned for quite some times, particularly as Buddhist dominated the later successor of King Suryavarman II.

Then I continued the journey, trying to absorb the ancient vibes in its grandioso form, strolling around walls upon walls of hundred-year-old stories printed on those bas-reliefs. Here are some of the photos I took along the way.


Bas relief at Angkor Wat Temple, Siem Reap, Cambodia
somebody tell me what the story here...

Bas relief at Angkor Wat Temple, Siem Reap, Cambodia
one of the bas-relief in Angkor Wat...

Bas relief at Angkor Wat Temple, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Bas relief at Angkor Wat Temple, Siem Reap, Cambodia
The Apsara Lady...

Then to I went to Bayon temple, famous for its smiling Buddha. Here you will see so many of them.

Bayon Temple at Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Bayon Temple at Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia

As the day continued, I walked further to Ta Phrom to see the famous spot of the Lara Croft's Tomb Raider. Remember the movie? The one starred by Angelina Jolie? Ta Phrom has been getting more and more attention because of that movie and because of its unique huge trees growing amidst the temples and becoming inseparable part of it. But I guess I will do so on the next post. I have also visited several other parts of this gigantic complex. So, stay with me as I will get back to you, will you?


Exploring Cambodia and Siem Reap
So, what do you think about Angkor Wat?
Do you like visiting ancient temples like this?
What do you like most?

Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Btw, just a little tip to those traveling here. 

  • Don't forget to dress as required and fully considering the season. Summer can be very hot and humid so get your comfortable cotton dress or t-shirt and hat if necessary. 
  • Get your tumbler and fill it full as you will walk a lot. 
  • Wear you favorite sneakers as without even realizing it, I walked from 5 AM to 5 PM, just occasionally take tuk - tuk  to go to different places and have lunch.   
  • Get your tuk-tuk since the very beginning and make sure you make a clear deal with the driver. Tips will be highly appreciated as well. I forget how much I paid for my trip. I guess it was around USD 50 for the whole trip (from hotel, around the complex and to the airport - yes I took tuk-tuk to and from the airport :). But it was back in 2013 and before the pandemic. The price might change already.
  • As the complex is huge, make your priorities by choosing the places you want to see and explore, especially if you need to catch your plane later that day as well.
  • And finally, enjoy the trip. It's really worth all the efforts!

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Finish the fight against breast cancer

October is going pretty fast.

Somewhere out there, beautiful Fall is happening. 

My favorite season of it all. The perfect weather. The foliage. The changing colors. Halloween. Making Strides against Breast Cancer. My dearest late grandma's birthday. All in October.

That is why October is always special to me as well. It's the breast cancer month and again it brings back all the memories of things we did back there in New York City. Those following my blog for quite sometimes know that I have been fighting breast cancer since 2014 and whenever I get a chance, I will do my best to show support and raise awareness about this horrific disease. When I first diagnosed withe BC back in 2014, I had set my heart on fighting it. Along the way, I found wonderful community which support one another in the fight of breast cancer. American Cancer Society and Lovepink Indonesia are among them.

I have uploaded my throwback video of Making Strides against Breast Cancer back in NYC last year. We don't have the same gathering in 2020 due to COVID-19 but I guess the Committee will come up with virtual platform. Feel free to watch the video here:



In the beginning of the week, we have joined Pink Virtual Walk (click to et more photos and stories) as COVID - 19 prevents us from gathering in a crowd. Well, although we only walked around the house but we still have the joy of celebrating the fighting spirit against breast cancer!

Finish the fight against breast cancer


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