Travel

Iran After Sanction in DestinAsian Indonesia

Final publication of assignment in Iran for DestinAsian Indonesia. The images and words (I also happened to write again after so long) are published in April-June 2018 issue of the magazine. During the assignment, which highlights Iran after most of the sanctions being lifted, I managed to see the many part of the country: the bustling Terhan, Lut Desert in the south, and the Caspian region in the north. Read the full story here (in Indonesian only). And some extra images can be seen here.

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Azerbaijan in 8 Days

Last spring, I finally got my chance visiting Azerbaijan during a travel assignment for DestinAsian Indonesia. Although the work revolved around the capital of Baku, I managed to venture out a bit to Xinaliq, one of the highest village in the Caucasus. It's great that after three years, I kickstarted myself to write again. The feature, which was published last month, can be read here (in Indonesian only). Below are some photos from the trip:

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Random Scenes: Stretched

Cameras are just like musical instruments, different devices produce distinct imageries. Here are my few takes on the toylike Russian made Horizon S3 panoramic camera. While operating this camera requires some degree of patience and the control also got some real quirks (but yet also very simple), I might find some real use of it in the future.

 Onboard inter-island ferry from Sabang to Banda Aceh.

Onboard inter-island ferry from Sabang to Banda Aceh.

 Tsunami relic in Aceh's western coast.

Tsunami relic in Aceh's western coast.

 Bogor railway station, West Java.

Bogor railway station, West Java.

 Rough sea north of the island of Wetar.

Rough sea north of the island of Wetar.

 Chinatown, Padang, West Sumatra.

Chinatown, Padang, West Sumatra.

 Port of Sunda Kelapa, Jakarta.

Port of Sunda Kelapa, Jakarta.

Taiwan Beyond Taipei: Taichung

Sometimes, you just have to arrive back in a place to see what you're missing. Last June, I visited Taichung, the third largest city in Taiwan, assigned by Destinasian Indonesia. I have been to Taiwan two years ago exploring the area around Taipei for a different magazine. But I had no interest (and time) to go beyond that. And then Taichung came as a pleasant surprise. 

Let's make it really short, here are some photographs from the trip.

 An eccentric biker in Taichung.

An eccentric biker in Taichung.

 Taichung's food feast.

Taichung's food feast.

 Lanshu Chen, the Asia's Best Female Chef 2014.

Lanshu Chen, the Asia's Best Female Chef 2014.

 Taichung city view from a skyscraper.

Taichung city view from a skyscraper.

 Taichung's youth.

Taichung's youth.

 Xaio long bao served in a roadside restaurant.

Xaio long bao served in a roadside restaurant.

 Liz Silva enjoying beef satay.

Liz Silva enjoying beef satay.

This is how the publication turned out in Destinasian Indonesia September-October 2014 Issue.

DestinAsian Indonesia May - June 2013

Few days back, I just realized that it has been more than a year since my last post. Time passed so quick and that's terrible for this blog, extraordinarily terrible. For now at least, no second glance, I'm up for blogging again. Will I post regularly? Honestly, I have no idea yet. But will see if this new blog outlook will bring something good. So, back in March, I was shooting around Magelang, Central Java, for a main travel feature in the May-June edition of DestinAsian Indonesia, the second edition of the magazine. I've been in Magelang before, but that was long time ago. And to my surprise, just like Tony Wheeler who've been always ignored this city in his Indonesia edition of Lonely Planet, I've actually missed many charms about this place, literally.

The trip itself took me to Oei Hong Djien Museum, Selogriyo (the Ubud of Central Java), some less visited temples (you'll meet no other curious tourists other than yourself, and there are more than 70 other temples around), and some great resorts (I didn't usually find any resort stay worth to be the highlight of my trip but who can resist the joy at Villa Borobudur).

The shooting conditions were great, and a lot of photo opportunities around. I just can't complain.

Well, here's the complete tearsheet and you can read the whole story here in Bahasa.

A Glimpse of Iran

Well, it's been a while since the last time I posted something. The plans to fill this blog regularly remains just as that—plans. But today I'm trying to keep up, updating it with something new. It will be brief, but with pictures :D

So now I'm in Iran, traveling to some parts of the country for 13 days (that's kind of short). Arrived in the middle of last week, my first impression of this country was a little more than I ever expected. Probably that's because of the everlasting impression created by the Western media—they made us think that Iran is not a safe place to go, and above all it's on the United States list of the Axis of Evil.

The reality is just far away from that. Many times I found out that much of what media said about a country is wrong. And in Iran almost all of it are wrong. I can see how this country which full of kind-hearted Iranians is treated unfair by the world. For me it will be always likely to be on my list of the Axis of Good.

My travel was begun in Tehran. Unlike most of my travel before, I'm enjoying Iran with a good friend of mine, Mohammad Safir Makki from the Jakarta Globe. But we don't have a lot of time. Instead of spending more days in the capital, we rushed to Yazd, a city flanked by never-ending desert in Central Iran. Here, where the weather is always burning during summer, we found a warm hospitality of the Iranians even more.

There are a lot of stories. But I'm prefer to save it for later. This will be just the first.

And today, I'm in Esfahan.