Modern Christmas traditions in Indonesia are similar to traditions in many countries. There are sermon, presents, family gatherings and Christmas dishes. However, Indonesia’s rich culture also contributes to some unique Christmas traditions in various areas. Here are some unique Christmas traditions in Indonesia that show heavy traditional influences. The Nativity ‘Wayang’ Story Wayang kulit, or Javanese shadow puppet, is used by the priest in Yogyakarta to retell the Nativity Story during Christmas sermon. The priest himself wears...

West Kalimantan or Borneo is a province where Chinese descendant population is the majority. Statistically, Chinese ethnics comprise more than 30% of the entire population, and Malay is number two with 26%. Therefore, it is not surprising if you can find a large Chinatown here, and Singkawang Chinatown is one of the largest areas in West Kalimantan. Like many areas in West Kalimantan, Chinese culture is very prominent especially during Chinese celebrations, and various ethnics join the festive atmosphere when Chinese celebrations come....

Yes, today you feel alone. An irremediable loneliness, because the contingent reasons are inextricably intertwined with those of humanity as a whole. Existential loneliness, so it’s called.  🙁 “Everybody is alone at the heart of the earth pierced by a ray of sunshine and quickly it is evening….” You are thinking of Quasimodo while, whipped by the chill wind of the evening, you take a look at the historical center of Fiuggi. You are at the foot of Ernici Mounts. The silence of this historical city reflects your mood. But...

Indonesia is a country with rich cultural and historical background, and each city in this tropical country has unique historical and cultural background that is worth visiting. Semarang City is a seemingly metropolitan city with modern buildings business and trade sectors and its own share of urban problems. However, despite these common factors of a modern city, Semarang keeps a long story that shapes its characteristics. Semarang Historical Background Semarang is the capital city of Central Java, one of provinces in Java Island. Semarang...

Do you love scary attractions? Forget going to the movie for watching horror movies or visiting haunted houses; there are scary tourist attractions in various places in the world, offering real life horrors to people who are not satisfied with scenic, calm and peaceful tourist destinations. These places are embodiments of all your deepest fears, and they are certainly not just horror movie settings! These places have various origins, from dark history to mythical beliefs. Unlike horror movie settings, these places have real life horror...

Street stalls that sell street side foods always become attractions for culinary lovers anywhere they go, and in Malaysia, the most recommended spot to taste the best street side foods is Gurney Drive in Penang area. Also known in local language as Persiaran Gurney, this area of food stalls is located in front of the beach. You can eat here while enjoying the view of beach and high-rise buildings that are mostly condominiums and bungalows. Gurney Drive is actually an affluent neighborhood; buildings that dominate this area are luxury...

Everyone in Taiwan knows that if you want to see the most vibrant night view, you must go to Shilin Night Market. Shilin Market Taiwan is also one of the most famous tourist destinations in Taiwan, and it is much recommended for travelers who visit this country. Located in the district with the same name, this colorful place is also the biggest night market in Taipei, Taiwan’s capital city. This market has everything, from food stalls to clothing and jewelry, from bars to video arcades, and from street side snacks to toys. This is also...

When it comes to having fun, most people will talk about travel and leisure. Chances are that one will think about enjoying a swim, or just basking by the beach. However, it is important to know that there are many other water fun activities that you can try out. All you need is a large water mass and an open mind to explore the numerous possibilities. This is because, as we are going to see, there is a water sporting activity for every individual. Kayaking This is one of the oldest large water body sports known to man. The kayak is designed...

Traveling used to include many different and useful things like backpacks, maps, etc. but today, most people would agree that the most important thing you should have while traveling is a smartphone. Why is this so? It’s very simple; a modern phone includes very useful and practically necessary things for travelers, like an online map with most places you would need to visit. But there is another thing which is also very helpful in your “expeditions” – android apps. Photo credit: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ This is why I...

Do you know what you’re missing in your Frequent Flyer Miles for Family Travel? We all know by now it may be a little difficult finding more than one award ticket on the same journey, if you’re watching to cash-in frequent flyer miles for your family travel. Obviously, the well-mentioned ad will tell you that getting the rewards you need, when you need them, is one of the most important features of a frequent flyer program. From Family Pooling to a membership pause for Parental Leave, you can take advantage of the great Frequent Flyer...