Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Flores -- Cunca Wulang

Do you like trekking? 

Then, check out the waterfalls near Labuan Bajo and go have a trek adventure: Cunca Wulang and Cunca Rami are the more accessible waterfalls in the area. Cunca Rami is known to have an easier path and often visited by people who don't like trekking or prefer a less challenging trip.

But if you like a bit of a hiking challenge and a wilderness enthusiast then Cunca Wulang is for you.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Flores -- Batu Cermin Cave + Waicicu Beach

looks like a profile of a bird

A quick trip you can do that's near the town is Batu Cermin and Waicicu Beach.

From the town center of Labuan Bajo, both are only about 20 minutes away. If you're coming from the airport, then about 10-15 minutes on the motorbike.

If you prefer to walk, it's also doable. Best done in early morning so it won't be too hot.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Flores -- Rinca + Kanawa Day Tour

There are two island you can visit to see the famous Komodo Dragons. One is Komodo Island and the other, RInca. 

People will have various opinions on which island is better. After researching and asking around extensively, I realized, it all depends on you and your schedule. 

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

RANT: TERRIBLE experience renewing the Social Budaya

Let me share the annoyance and inconvenience I encountered. Hopefully this will prevent you from anything similar when you go renew your SosBud.

My Terrible Experience:  Bule Sponsor vs Local Sponsor

Monday, March 30, 2015

How to RENEW the Social Budaya in BALI: Cost and Process

After you receive your Sosyal Budaya Telex (Visa Sticker) from the Consulate, you will have 3 months until the Visa expires so you need to enter Indonesia within that time.

Once you enter Indonesia / Bali, the visa’s allowable 60 days starts running.

Then, 7-10 days before the 60th day, you need to RENEW your SosBud.

Note of WARNING: 

Renewing the Sos Bud is a time-consuming and tedious process as one is expected to go to the Immigration a total of 3-4 times! This is why most expats use an agent in sorting this out. But if you don't mind the hassle or would like to learn how this is done, read on..

Here’s HOW: 

How to APPLY for the Social Budaya Visa Yourself

An option to stay for a certain amount of time legally in Indonesia is using the Izin Kunjungan aka the famous (Social) Sosyal Budaya.

I say famous because most bules or foreigners that "live" in Indo, especially Bali, use this kind of visa. 

And it is POSSIBLE to do it on your own without having to pay unnecessary agent fees. 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Java: Yogjakarta, Borobudur, Mendut, & Prambanan

the majestic borobudur temple
This 9th century temple stands regally in the heart of Central Java. Built by the monks in the Sailendra Dynasty, the infrastructure is an impressive fusion of buddhism and hindu architecture and design. Hence, within, one can witness both Buddhas and Hindu Gods.