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Where are you right now? Where will you be next?
I just returned from Japan. The trip was spontaneous. At first, after reading so many complaints from travellers about services in Japan, I decided to experience them myself starting from the expensive traditional Ryokan. I paid US $1.500/night to taste Japanese essence, but I had received many “No” attitudes. I understand that Japanese are extremely discipline, but the application in hotel and tourism industry is just too much. I personally reckon staying in Ryokan was just like staying in military camp. Service time for rest and relaxation was sharp, stiff and afterhours mean locked entrances. I was angry. Seems like the famous Japanese hospitality would have gone, replaced by commercial attitude.
Though, Japan still inspires me to build a Ryokan-like stay with more relaxing and friendly aspect, less price of course. Last week, I was keen on finding a suitable property for my next plan.
In August, l will take some staffs to Vietnam. Let’s have a big dinner together, then fly to Chengdu in China to see Panda sanctuary, Sezhuan, Shangrilla town, from there go to Tibet. (How exciting!)
What is always packed in your regular travel suitcase?
I am easy-going in every way in my life, but somehow I am still organized as l am a Virgo (*smirk).
Besides, the free-spirit part makes me live boundary-less. I often begin a trip in split seconds. That’s why l always bring my passport along 24/7 and pack 3 suitcases in advance, 1 for autumn/winter travel, 1 for spring/ summer visit and 1 for beach journey.
Could you share a secret receive of being happy and stay full of energy to all the women out there?
I almost never worry about anything in life. I see people spend at least 80% of their time making inflexible plans.
Since we were little, we have been taught not to be late to school, not having under-average marks in class, not to fail graduate, not to be unsuccessful, etc. I am not at all religious but a very spiritual person. I believe the universe has its best way for us as everything in our life is going to be okay. In fact, my own process is all that way. No matter how much you force things to embrace a best plan, if it is not the right time, it is not meant to be. Just wait and keep preparing the best to come and take it as you are given a real chance.
My mom suddenly died when l was 13, at her 37. That traumatic experience taught me to cherish every single moment that life offer. When l am with someone, simply for a cup of coffee, l will enjoy that very moment. You never know, you might not see that person anymore.
Life is too short to be filled with worries and disappointments. I see obstacles as challenging games only. So don’t worry and enjoy your life, there are more beautiful things and beautiful people in the world than ugly things and bad people.
Now we will play the A-or-B-question game, let’s choose 1 between 2 options that match your concept or idea that appears in your head first and explain why. The topic will revolve around your preferences on INDONESIA.
– Street food or restaurant recipe? (Please example by 1 favorite Indonesia dish)
Satay, street food. No restaurant recipe can ever match the original taste of street food satay.
– Hot or cool weather (Please explain)
Definitely cool weather. Hot made my brain does not work well, just tiring.
– Beach visit or inland trip? (Please give us 1 of your favorite trip in Indonesia)
Beach, beautiful sailing in Labuan Bajo on phinisi wooden boat.
– Adventure or leisure travel? (Please explain)
Luxurious adventure because l am easy to get bored, but refused to be a back-packer. Traveling to Amazon or Iceland, do road trip on nice car and stay in luxury hotel. Or sailing on luxury floating hotel to visit pyramids along the Nile River, then camping on desert. All are adventures.
– Luxurious or flexible budget?
Luxurious. Reasons as above.
– Traditional entertainment or modern concert? (Please let us know 1 form of entertainment or show name that you like)
Modern concert, il Divo, Sarah Brightman, Cirque du Soleil.
Anything else you would like to share with our readers?
Travel the world with your loved ones. The world is full with beautiful people, beautiful cultures and beautiful food. Everything will enrich your heart.
Be generous, not only moneywise, but also your time, your knowledge, your heart. Share what you have. Pay it forward so the world will all taste the goodness, not only anger and bitterness.
Don’t worry too much, because at the end everything is going to be ok. Always!
ABOUT BLEU VERDE, I AM COLORS HOTEL:
A boutique hotel with vibrant palette of colors, Bleu Verde is certain to provide a sense of wonder for everyone. Bleu Verde is designed with more common area, perfect for the gathering of friend and family.
Location: Jalan Ikan Kakap, Gili Trawangan, Lombok, Indonesia. 2-minute walk from the island center.
Update after the earth quake in Lombok August 2018: The hotel and everyone are safe-and-sound. Visitors have been able to come home on Gilis Air by 16 August. The Bleu will soon clean up and get back to business.