One Year Later Back in Makassar

One Year Later Back in Makassar

It's amazing what can happen in a years time. This is my experience of going back to Makassar, the first city of our Asian adventure: [Moving here was hard; Living here was hard. It was just as hard as I allowed it to be, and boy was it. When I moved to Makassar, my anxiety was [...]

Pulau Keke: A Sliver of Sand in the Deep Blue

Pulau Keke: A Sliver of Sand in the Deep Blue

Paradise was closer than we thought. Before we moved to Makassar, I knew we'd be living on the coast, but never suspected visiting an island like this would be on a normal weekend itinerary. Not far off the southwest coast on the island of Sulawesi, a sliver of uninhabited sandy escape pokes its head out into the [...]

Film Photography: A Look At Indonesia

Film Photography: A Look At Indonesia

The following photos were shot with my Canon AE 1 Program within Indonesia over the past year. It's a heavy camera that I don't take everywhere and developing film is virtually impossible now. I love using the camera for street photography and for close ups of people. It has produced some of my favorite images of [...]

Seminyak, Bali

Seminyak, Bali

    The morning breaks and the city gives way to yet another day, slowly and calmly. Balinese women place handmade offerings dutifully and gracefully in front of their shops, intersections, construction sites, even Circle K's; it's their offering to the gods to please and appease. That's the Balinese vibe. Tourists come to discover tradition [...]

Bukit Peninsula, Bali

Bukit Peninsula, Bali

I don't throw the word "paradise" around easily, but that's what this side of Bali looks like with its white sand beaches and dramatic limestone cliff features. With a motorbike and no plans, we traveled up and down Bali's most southern coast in search of some of the most beautiful beaches on the island. Sure, Seminyak [...]

Borobudur: An awe-inspiring experience on Java

Borobudur: An awe-inspiring experience on Java

Waking up at 3 in the morning has never been so worth it. With an excited mind and heavy eyes, I crawled out of bed even beating the nearby Mosque's loud-speaker morning prayer to the punch. In the dead of the morning not one car or person filled the streets of Yogya. The driver we [...]

Ubud, Bali: Pamper Yourself Body and Soul

Ubud, Bali: Pamper Yourself Body and Soul

Relaxed and settled in, breathing in the Balinese air, right as my thoughts started to clear away, I heard a rather strange cacophony of sounds coming from a microphone on the other side of the wall. Was someone crying on a mic? It sounded like a man's voice, amplified yet emotional, followed by an uproar [...]

Bunaken

Bunaken

I've watched the years roll by in Spain, Italy, France and now Indonesia. I've been fortunate enough to travel every birthday since my 22nd. As luck would have it, this year continued the tradition of being away from home and getting to age adventurously. My 25th birthday weekend was heavenly and gave me more than [...]

Tana Toraja, Indonesia

Tana Toraja, Indonesia

The sweet smell of blood hung in the extremely dense, humid air. Rain fell sporadicly and the next shower was upon us. Sludgy mud welcomed us as we approached the ceremony heavy footed. I felt out-of-place and unsure of what to expect; Funerals aren’t comfortable even when you are invited, so imposing on this one [...]

Gili Trawangan

Gili Trawangan

Reggae music, crazy-beautiful panoramas, white powdery sand and young travelers - Gili Trawangan, or Gili T as it's been affectionately called, is the hippest of the three Gili islands, situated off mainland Lombok next to Bali. As for the other two islands, Gili Meno is the most mellow of the three and some say it even touts [...]