#3 Monday Mingle: Raya

Monday Mingle

Monday Mingle

After a quite long pause..

Today is Monday then let’s do the ‘Monday Mingle’!

My ‘Monday Mingle’ is Raya. He was my university classmate. Hang-out buddy? Close enough to share some personal stories? Should be Yes 🙂  His hometown is in Bandung and sometime in Jakarta. Now he lived in Rotterdam. He is now work as an Internal Audit in a company there.

My travel experience with him would be the one and only trip to Dieng (a mountain in Java). It was not a ‘common’ good travel experience, but hey we’ll never forget about it either 🙂

Another memory related about Raya in travel-wise would be the story when he bought a ticket from Jakarta to Indo-Chine only without any return ticket. At the end he spent almost a month exploring Indo-Chine. Well definitely, he enjoy traveling and if you ask him for stories, for sure they can make you want to go out and explore the world 🙂 For more stories from him, you can go directly to his blog ‘Wanderlust’.

Raya - somewhere

Raya – somewhere

Traveler Type?

Budget going to Splurge! <- It’s a WOW 🙂

Travel Budget Source?

My own account, company sponsorship

First time travel & Where?

Like without family support? Errrr… Jogja, May 2005

What’s inspired you to travel at the first time?

Boredom with my life at that time. The same things every day, and hey,
let’s find something new!

What’s your first travel-related memory?

Staying in a dodgy hostel in Jogja. Somebody wrote Glen Fredly’s ‘January’ lyrics on the wall, but it was wrong lyrics. (Glenn Fredly is one of famous singer in Indonesia).

Cities you’ve been visited?


[Sumatra] Medan, Prapat,Samosir, Padang, Bukittinggi, Payakumbuh, Pekanbaru, Jambi, Palembang

[Jawa, Bali and Lesser Sunda] Jakarta, Bandung, Cirebon, Sukabumi, Purwokerto, Wonosobo, Jogjakarta, Surabaya, Malang, Bondowoso, Bali (Denpasar etc.), Mataram, Senggigi,

[Borneo and Celebes] Banjarmasin, Palu, Morowali,


[Southeast Asia and East Asia] Singapore, KL, Penang, Melaka, Bandar Seri Begawan, Bangkok, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Vientianne, Luang Prabang, Vang Vieng, HCMC, Hoi An, Hue, Na Trang, Hanoi, Tokyo

[Middle East and Africa] Mekah, Medinah, Jeddah, Amman, Lome, Marrakech, Oussaria, Ouarzazette

[Europe] Granada, Sevilla, Cordoba, Madrid, Barcelona, Montpellier, Paris, Le Havre, London, Brussels, Antwerpen, Rotterdam, Delft, Den Haag, Amstedam, Groningen, Utrecht, Deventer, Nijmegen, Bergen op Zoom, Eindhoven, Breukelen, Dusseldorf, Koln, Bonn, Berlin, Bremen, Frankfurt, Munich, Geneva, Vienna, Prague, Bratislava, Budapest, Cagliari, Milan, Rome, Venice, Florence, Pisa, Riga, Sigulda, Vilnius, Oslo, Talinn, Lisbon, Porto, Belem

[America] Navegantes, Sao Paulo, Oakland, Phoenix, Chandler, Sedona

(Yes it is a long list and for the record, this list is sent to me by Raya on May 2013, now it should be longer 🙂 )

Favorite place you’ve been & why?

Jogjakarta! Cheap, slow, easy access, halal food

What’s the best or memorable day you’ve ever had while traveling?

Lost in Baltic forest in December. I thought I was gonna die there

Something you’ve done during travel & will never do it again?

Stay in a dodgy hotel/hostel. Seriously, it was disgusting.

Any peculiar ritual during your travel?

Nope. But I don’t like waiting in the airport. Most of the time I arrived in the airport couple of minutes before the gate closed.

Your bucket list (travel-wise)?

Malta, Croatia, Slovenia, New York, India

What’s or what will be the reason to keep you traveling?

Too many diversity to be ignored. I want to see most of them.

Top 3 essentials which you don’t leave home without them?

ID, money, and cell phone

Your favorite travel reference?


Define travel in 3 words?

Thrilling, Enlightening, and Fun!

Your travel philosophy/Favorite travel quote?

Travel light. I know I am going to buy something new later.



“Do you share the same travel stories?”


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