Thank You 2013

Monday, December 30, 2013

What a wonderful year, I must admit it. A lot of things happened in 2013! I met new and interesting people, my love for photography has lead me to many exciting job opportunities, and the most important things are an eager to never stop learning, to always be grateful, and live in the moment!

On February, I had an incredible time to take role as a volunteer photographer for Kelas Inspirasi by Indonesia Mengajar (here). My desire to travel and explore my country also find its way in 2013, started from an unexpected Vesak trip to Jogjakarta (here).

For the love of nature, I am forever grateful for the chance to explore Java (Bromo, Malang, Jogjakarta) with my closest friends, a once in lifetime journey to the home of orangutans in Tanjung Puting National Park, Borneo (here), and the very last trip to Ranu Kumbolo lake (here).

The good year ends with a personal achievement to finally complete one of my dreams to produce this 2014 Photo Calendar (here) with the help from my dear and supportive boyfriend, Andrian. I couldn’t find any better words to express the feeling when people appreciate what I’m doing and the fact that they were sending me lovely messages about the photo calendar is also one of the best thing ever.

Thank you 2013
For the lessons, for the lover, for the friends, for the travels, for meeting new people, for the good meals, for the ups and downs, for the laughs and tears, and for making myself a better person throughout all the journeys I had encountered. 

I also would like to show my gratitude for you, yes you. Who spend your time reading this photoblog, leaving lovely comments, and also for the silent readers. I realized I rarely talks about my personal life here, but I hope you can appreciate that. Thank you from the deepest of my heart, I hope you have a wonderful time in 2014.

Jalan Surabaya Antique Market

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Pictures from my previous trip to this Jakarta's famous antique market on a one fine Sunday morning with Andrian. We found a lot of vintage treasures there from old literature books, vinyl, and paintings. I cherish a moment like this where we could spend our free time exploring new places. There was this stamp book which got my attention, it is filled with so many colorful stamps from The Netherlands and the good old' Batavia city. However, too bad the price is way too expensive!

After wandering around to so many vintage shops there, we decided to had lunch at this old Chinese restaurant. Surprisingly, the food tastes so delish. New places, good food, and a good companion. I couldn't ask for a more better Sunday. And yay to the Christmas eve! 

Reminiscing Solo

Saturday, December 21, 2013

I miss the warmth of this small city, where you could possibly caught yourself smiling without any proper reason most of the time. The local's appreciation towards art is also one of many encounters I'm thankful for until today. I wish I could go back to Solo and be fully present with time. I miss the slow living experiences this city got to offer.

Then again, this might sounds as cliche as it would be, but I kinda surprised on how time flies and it's just 4 days away from Christmas. And along with this post I would like to say THANK YOU for those who has bought my 2014 Photo Calendar. It's like the best feeling ever to send my photographs to friends and even total strangers.

What's your plan for this year's holiday? :)

2014 Photo Calendar

Saturday, December 7, 2013

I do believe in willpower and how it will encourage us to do the thing we've always wanted to do. So here comes my year end willpower accomplishment, a limited stock of 2014 Photo Calendar consists of my 12 photographs. Thank you dear boyfriend, Andrian who was making things a lot more simpler with the calendar format. I owe you, big time :)

Forget about the usual calendar format. 
The good news is, you can get as creative as you want and hang these on your wall or work space, it depends on how you want it to be displayed. 

Details : 
- 1 set of 2014 Photo Calendar consists of 12 photographs (some were unpublished)
- Size : 13 x 20 cm
- Printed on a fine quality art carton paper

Price : IDR 42.000,- *exclude shipping cost

If you're interested, write to me at with subject "2014"
Along with a few informations required : Name, Address, Phone Number
Kindly place your order before Dec 17th 2013

I hope this will find a place in your home.

update : THANK YOU incredibly much for those who has bought my 2014 Photo Calendar. All calendars are already sold!

Ranu Kumbolo

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Still some pictures from my previous trip to Ranu Kumbolo lake. I cherish every moment spent there since it was a trip being organized in between college and works. And yes, all the instant food tastes incredibly good when you have four good friends to share your meal with. Having all the time I need to read a book by one of my favorite author also gives me those happy feeling. Along with this trip, I was once again being reminded about how small we, human beings are compared to this universe.

I hope to reveal more pictures from my travel. But then again, a pile of books are waiting for me (re : exam's week) How's your week? Any plan for holiday? I would like to know :) Thank you for dropping by and have a wonderful day good people! 

Instant Journey : Ranu Kumbolo

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Pictures above were taken from my previous trip to Ranu Kumbolo lake using a Fujifilm Instax 200 Wide camera (see another Instant Journey series : here). We spent 2 nights straight camping near the lake, I was so dearly in love with the nature especially when you have all the time you need to be amazed and mastering the art of doing nothing. It was indeed a fun yet challenging experience since you got to literally walked for approximately 5 hours before this magnificent view become all yours. More pictures and stories to come!

Thank you for dropping by and have a wonderful day! :)

This and That

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Hi! I apologize for the long absence in this blog. Honestly, I'm trying to keep my visual diary updated since life has been packed with works, college life, and road trips. And frankly, it feels quite difficult now even to manage one post and a proper blogwalking per week. 

Long story short, I just got back from another mother nature trip and surely will post the pictures later! (take a peek on my Instagram feed : @fransiscangela) What I'm trying to say is I'm beyond thankful for all the travel experiences lately, I've come to a realization that it makes me becoming a more grateful person each day for the life and people who stick with me until now. Thank you for dropping by and have a wonderful week! All is well, my friend.

Escape to Tanjung Puting National Park i

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Continuing from the previous post here , pictures above were still some of the highlights of my Escape trip to Tanjung Puting National Park. My favorite part of the trip obviously come from the slow living experience, when we got to spent 4 days living on a traditional boat called Kelotok cruising around the Sekonyer river to visit three of the well known orangutans rehabilitation and feeding area called Camp Leakey, Pondok Tanggui, and Tanjung Harapan. On each feeding area, we were given the opportunity to see many orangutans coming down from the so-called giant trees ready to munch their banana treats from the locals. Some of the orangutans carry their child on their back it was so heart warming! The orangutans were born and raised in the forest, they even sleep on the trees. They eat, sleep, play, and the cycle goes on. I was amazed seeing how similar we, human kind to this amazing living creature.

And since every part of the rehabilitation area was lead by a dominant male orangutan. I was beyond lucky to be able to see Tom, the king of orangutan in Camp Leakey. Tom is by far the biggest orangutan I've seen due to my visit and I still remember how everybody was mesmerized by his appearance in front of us. Beside that, it's not everyday Tom visit Camp Leakey!

Looking back at these pictures makes me realize how grateful I am to be greeted with this experience, to explore my beautiful country, Indonesia a little bit more deeper. I came up to a final conclusion that the well-known phase "Home is where the heart is", goes the same to the orangutans. When some giant corporate company destroy the forest, it's not only merely because of the forest, it's a home for hundreds of orangutans and other inhabitants who lives within it. Final favorite quote is, "Yes, travel when possible!"

Escape to Tanjung Puting National Park, Borneo

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

I've been surrounded with many happy and committed people around for quite some time and I honestly agree that doing work with the right people would make it turns out to be extraordinary! The same thing happened with these people. I participated as a team committee for this Escape campaign held by Green Sands soft drink. The main purpose behind the word Escape itself is to break free from all the daily routines that sometimes can be perceived as a daunting cycle for many people. Green Sands choose three creative young individuals; Tomy Malewa, Intan Anggita, and Yuyi Trirachma as the lucky winners from "Submit Your Escape Stories" competition and they're being awarded with an adventurous yet inspiring Escape trip to Tanjung Puting National Park.

We had this wonderful opportunity to visit Tanjung Puting National Park, the home of Orangutans in Borneo. We spent four days straight there exploring the green scenes of Borneo forest, cruising around the Sekonyer River, and having an amazing time seeing our long lost siblings, Orangutans in their natural habitat. There are three parts of the Orangutans rehabilitation we came across during our visit; Tanjung Harapan, Pondok Tanggui, and Camp Leakey. Each rehabilitation area allow us to see the Orangutans in a closer encounter, we watch them eat, mingle, and enjoying life. I won't treat this once in a lifetime experience with anything in this world. I'm forever grateful for this amazing work and travel experience. More pictures and stories are coming!

3 creative young Indonesian - Intan Anggita (entrepreneur), Yuyi Trirachma (musician), and Tomy Malewa (entertainer)

Dear fellow Indonesian travel enthusiasts, you might want to check the complete Green Sands Escape stories to Tanjung Puting National Park : here. Keep your eyes on and @GreenSandsID for more further Escape updates.
p s : last picture courtesy of Green Sands Indonesia

Gunung Api Purba Nglanggeran

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Another highlight of our trip when we hiked this mountain called Api Purba Nglanggeran. The path was quite difficult since me and my travel buddies were wearing sandals, to hike a mountain. Yes, a sandal, which turns out to be somehow funny every time we talked again about it every now and then.

We spent quite a long time at the top just admiring how beautiful  our nature is. The view was so incredibly beautiful with the wind blows through our hair and our endless laughs while taking lots of pictures. Anyway, I'll be on a (work) trip to the so called third largest island in the world, Borneo until next week. I'm so excited yet nervous in so many levels. The best way to catch up is through my Instagram : here. See you when I see you!

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