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Travel

  • Two oil smuggling suspects suspended

    Batam city administration and state oil and gas company PT Pertamina have handed down suspensions to employees suspected of involvement in a ring smuggling subsidized fuel from Riau Islands into the international black market.

  • St. Mary’s home among the banyan trees

    The Sendangsono St. Mary’s Grotto, located in the village of Banjaroyo, Kalibawang district, Kulonprogo regency, was built in 1904. This old pilgrimage place is referred to as the only Indonesian Lourdes as it resembles the place of pilgrimage in France.

  • When cold and hot meet

    It was like a truth-or-dare game when my Japanese guide invited me and my four other Indonesian friends to an onsen (Japanese hot spring bath).

  • White romanticism in Hokkaido

    It was cold. Freezing cold. Winter is harsh and it’s the harshest in Hokkaido compared to other parts of Japan.

  • Fantastic cross-country skiing

    Cross-country, or XC skiing, is part of the Nordic skiing sport family and it has been practiced in Scandinavia and Siberia from prehistoric times.

  • In Cambodia, coming up from the ruins

    ‘Killing fields’, unfortunately, are the words that come to mind when thinking about Cambodia.

    Between 1975 and 1979, more than 3 million of 7 million of Cambodians under the Pol Pot regime were killed in an terrifying effort to rebuild the nation’s social order for scratch.

  • Cheung Chau, Hong Kong’s island getaway

    As Hong Kong has long been known as a paradise for shopping and eating, an island retreat might not be the first thing to pop into the minds of tourists visiting the former British colony, which has been promoting itself as Asia’s world city.

  • Hong Kong in festive mood

    Choreographed by Chloe Wong, also one of the dancers, Heaven Behind the Door is a dance about the meeting of “two halves of one’s soul”.

  • Drawn by the macabre in Kutna Hora

    Passing souvenir stores selling an assortment of skull knickknacks, we knew that we were headed in the right direction.

  • The road less traveled in Tasmania

    Australia, some say, is a country best enjoyed from behind the wheel.

    Its seemingly endless coastline and ubiquitous breathtaking scenery are strong reasons for any tourist to venture on a road trip.

  • Plague memorials, cathedrals and castles

    Setting out for a late-night stroll after hours of driving, we gasped in awe as we turned the corner into Olomouc’s upper town square, for there in front of us was the ornate Holy Trinity Column. Lit up at night, the structure was a sight to behold.

  • Papandayan, a mountain for beginners

    Are you interested in mountaineering? If you are going to climb a mountain for the first time, Mount Papandayan is the right choice for beginners.

  • Time Out

    Getting to central sulawesi’s togean islands takes a lot of time, but once you get there, time is the last thing on your mind.

  • Kolombangara the lord of the water

    There is a mystical quality to Kolombangara Island, an extinct volcano that rises out of the sea in the western Solomon Islands.

    A veil of cloud shrouds the edge of the crater, believed to be the original home of the indigenous Dughore people, while the shrill call of birds and the thunder of waterfalls echo through the dense tropical vegetation.

  • Mesmerizing Myanmar

    Myanmar is no longer a mysterious hermit nation. Among its main attractions are the Temples of Bagan.

  • Dreaming of Dubrovnik

    With an impressive fireworks display that lit the sky in capital Zagreb, Croatia joined the European Union at midnight on July 1, 2013. Ascending to the ranks of the grouping was strong motivation to avoid future conflicts – apart from the future economic benefits – some technocrats said.

  • Guangdong: Where time stands still

    Upon my arrival, I was confronted by an amusing scene that I have never before witnessed in an immigration check area: A man whizzed past the seemingly endless lines of people leaving the Macao side of the border to get immigration clearance into China at an adjacent building in Zhuhai. Among the people rubbing shoulders in one of the queues was a woman pushing a cart of scrap air-conditioners.

  • The Terracotta Army

    The Terracotta Army is familiar to many people. The army comprises statues of soldiers and horses discovered around the tomb of the first Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang.

  • Bungin Island, believe it or not

    Goats feeding on paper and rags may be a strange sight for some. The practice is commonplace on Bungin Island.

  • Pieces of Perth to remember

    Weekends in the city mean picnics in parks, gentle strolls in the historical old town of Fremantle, exercising on Swan River’s jogging track or simply reading a book under the pine trees at Cottesloe beach while occasionally gazing at passing surfers. Such scenes make it understandable why Perth is ranked 9th in the 2013 Global Livability Survey. Perth residents seem to be more than happy with their outdoor lives.