Going to Kilo Lima Beach, Luwuk


Hai there…

To escape from daily routines, I suggest you to go some where, some place a-not-so-popular one… to discover new things. I’m sure it would be exciting. Say, have you ever heard a place named ‘Luwuk’? It’s in the Central Sulawesi (Indonesia), Banggai District. You can reach Luwuk from Jakarta, Surabaya (East Java)  and Makassar (Central Sulawesi). At least you need 3.000.000 Rupiah (Usd 351) for the return ticket from Jakarta.

The climate is hot or heavily rain. So, make sure you bring your sunscreen in your bag and an umbrella. And, you always have to prepare yourself for very spicy chilly food… 🙂  But for me, it’s fun!

By traveling to this region, you will be exploring more than half of the country’s width. The only direct flight (2 stops) will take you about 7 hours on the sky. So, are you ready?

Travel to Make a Better House

Anti leak-paint was on sale
Trying new Anti Stain-Paint. Cool!

Story: Susanna Sunarno Photo:A.H.A.

Picking a house is easy. All you need to do is go with your feeling about the house, the place, its developer-perhaps, and you can have it in no time, especially when you are ready with the cash.  But, fixing a house is a completely different matter altogehter. You need to know what the problems are, why they exist and sometimes persist, and last but not least how to solve them. Often times you cannot relly on your tukang* alone, because of their lack of professional knowledge and knowhow, all they have mastered are the ones told by the previous tukang who happen to be his mentor. There are times when they are correct, and you are happy with the work done. But also, there are times when their solutions are absolutely false while insisting about the virtue of their perception. Accordingly, if  you happen to be just an ordinary person like me, having no degree on civil engineering or architecture, having to choose between your tukangs or your logical thinking become another problem of its own. A second opinion is always worth seeking. And, going to a ‘Renovation and Construction Expo’ is one of the smart travel you can make. You can see yourself different type of accessories for your house, talk about the problem in your house and possible solutions for it, and in some stands, they even offer special price during the event.

Me casa es su casa. My house is your house. Mantaining the house is never been easy; specially when you plan to have your house as your home, a place where you feel peace and relax, a place where you can be yourself after all the work and travel you take . Step by step, we can make it.  Have fun with your home!   🙂

The Red clown looks cute

*Tukang: Handyman

Susan a Paris?

Bonjour!feeling 'Paris'
Story: Susanna Sunarno
Photo: Anindita.H.A
“Bien venue a Paris. Bonjour! Comment allez vous?”
I always think of Paris as one of the most romantic city in Europe, as I think Yogyakarta is for Indonesia.
Fortunately, I have been blessed with the opportunity to go to Paris to attend a Tourism Fair named “le Monde du Tourisme et Paris.”  There were a lot of countries participating and Indonesia was one of them. And, I am all into supporting Indonesia’s Tourism.
I also planned to have a pilgrimage tour to Rome, Italy. I have never been there before. And, a friend from Spain wanted me to stop by to see her new-born baby boy. Wow, sounds pretty exciting to me!
Now, my regret was that I didn’t have the chance to go to a place where all Macaron lovers rejoice — that was on March 20th because it was FREE MACARONS-time. It was called  Jour du Macaron in Paris, an annual celebration, dreamed up five years ago by the famed pâtissier Pierre Hermé. However, it was not totally free;  the visitors or customers are encouraged to make a charitable donation after getting their macarons. Hmmm..celebrating spring while  supporting a research to treat rare diseases was not a bad idea. Few pastry shop participated in the events. “Bon Macaron” They said. 
My regret was not only that I didn’t come to ‘Jour du Macaron’ on my birthday; but also the fact that I didn’t go to Paris at all. I got a terrible flu and a sour throat two weeks before the event.  And it took another two weeks for me to recover…  Oh, poor me!  So, here I am, still feeling ‘Paris’ inside me. 
feeling 'Paris'
So, instead of going to Paris, France, I went to Paris van Java, or Bandung, West Java. I took these pictures on a nice place in Bandung where you can hang out, dine, shop with a much much much and much less money than when you got to go to Paris….  
Just look at the bright sight!
And, there is still tomorrow….                              
Bon voyage…..   🙂