Travelogue : 2014 in Review

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

It's already that time of the year again, to reflect back on all the good and bad things that happened in 2014. I've been blessed for many opportunities that came for the past one year, the chance to travel to places I've never been before, to experience both culture and the beauty of my homeland, Indonesia.

I always love the idea of getting detach from our daily routines once in a while. In July, I've traveled to 3 places ; Solo, Derawan Island, and Bali. It was very special since July is my birthday month and I would like to consider it as my birthday presents, the best one ever. My travel to Solo was also very memorable since I went for an assignment by Alphabet Family Journal (will reveal photos soon). How I finally participated on 30days writing challenge by Write Alm, where I wrote every single morning on my journal before getting into the routines and how it changed the way I see things. How I got to met a lot of inspiring people and collaborate with some of them. How the last month in 2014 brings so much joy since I got to contribute for a photo book that hopefully will be published earlier next year. How there's a lesson learned with unpleasant tragedy. And here it goes.......

I was planning to make a simple photo book with a title "July" where I can gather all photos from my trip in that special month. But unfortunately, I lost my laptop with all its data back in October, I was struggling and searching high and low for my photos and travelogues on email and other sources. Luckily, I still have all my film negatives safe and sound. Boy it was tough, but soon I realized it's a loss as well as a good way to begin again. I still remember what my boss said, "When all of a sudden you lost all of your things, don't you realized that it's just a tool that make our life become easier and without it we still manage to survive?"

And here I'd be very happy to share some of my unpublished photos from this year's trip. My travelogue in 2014, taken with both film and digital. I hope you enjoy seeing this as much as I do enjoy treasure each of the photograph. Thank you 2014, for all the lessons, I learned a lot! Thank you for those who dropping by and read my blog, I apologize if these past few months I haven't spent much time on getting back to blogwalking, I miss it though, I hope you're all doing well and have the best time spent with family and loved ones in this jolly season. Cheers for many wonderful years to come!

Pemalang, West Java

Bali, Island of the Gods

Derawan Island, Borneo 

Living Loving Food Story with Dita Wistarini

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Life has been pretty busy these past few months and when you got a chance to attend a lovely food styling workshop, suddenly all the late nights and hard works become worth while. I was lucky enough when Nike from LivingLoving asked me to come to Afternoon Delight Food story with this amazing food photographer Dita Wistarini.

It was such a day well spent meeting new and familiar faces accompanied by inspiring stories told by Dita herself about her journey in becoming a professional food photographer. In the free time, I got a chance to talk with her about photography and how her Dad who was a journalist photographer inspired her to take photos.

All the properties are very simple yet very lovely, complements each of every element of the photo itself. Even better, Pipiltin Cocoa provides all the yummy and good looking desserts. At the end of the day, I gained my energy back and feel very inspired afterwards to face another week. Thank you Dita for the lessons and sharing session, Nike and Miranti for the incredible opportunity.

2015 Photo Calendar

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Hello everyone! Since the new beginning is about to start. I decided to make another Photo Calendar for 2015 and this year's calendar comes with a simple wooden stand easel!  This photo calendar you're seeing right now is indeed a miracle, since I managed to transfer all these 12 photos to my friend who help me designed it just 2 days before someone stole all of my belongings.

Price : IDR 110.000 / USD $12
*exclude shipping fees

- 12 photographs included (a few were unpublished)
- No binding
- Printed on a fine 260gr art carton paper (size : 12cm x 18.5cm)
- 1 wooden stand easel

If you're interested, write to me : with subject "2015 Photo Calendar" and details below : Name, Address, Phone Number, Quantity

All shipment for the 1st batch will be done on early December.
Design by my good friend D.P Gladiola

p s : If you live outside Indonesia, I accept PayPal payment. For more details, please don't hesitate to contact me. Thank you so very much!

Nowhere land, Bromo Indonesia

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

I was browsing through a pile of draft folders at my Blog dashboard (I know right? Posts that remain unpublished) and suddenly found this one.
One of my favourite trip with my fellow friends to Mount Bromo. I still remember how we stayed wide awake the whole night to catch this annual festival which was held by Tengger tribe, catch the epic fail sun rise, and just being pure amazed by the scenery.

Oh, how I miss travelling!
Anyway, in case you don't know, I've complied a series entitled "What You See" in my portfolio website

Hope you have a good week and thank you for dropping by!

Black & White

Friday, October 31, 2014

A few snaps taken from black&white challenge I posted on Instagram. I never think of posting B&W photos there, but seriously I'm glad I accepted that challenge to post monochrome for 5 days straight. It reminds me that I'll always that spot for black and white photos. It looks very lovely anyway, shooting my two favourite colors. I couldn't think of any better way to say this but, the colour, they complements each other. 

Soon will post the labour of love I've been working these past few weeks, hopefully everything turns great in the end! I hope you're doing well, yes you! Thank you for dropping by :)

Antonio Blanco Museum, Ubud

Thursday, October 9, 2014

I'm a big fan of anything that related to art and history. And it was such a pleasure to had a one day tour discovering Antonio Blanco museum in Ubud, Bali. Growing up with a huge desire to explore, Antonio then spent his time discovering the world, and ended up in Ubud. The tour guide told me how he just fell in love with Ubud and want to spend his entire life making artworks surrounded by rice paddy fields, and he did. 

He built his own workspace and home in Ubud, married Ni Ronjo, a dancer who happened to be the subject of most his paintings. And what touched me the most is, his promises of not leaving Indonesia when he succeed as an artist and now he's leaving his legacy which is now well known as Antonio Blanco Museum. Be sure to visit this museum when you're around Ubud!

Saturday and Storytelling with

Monday, September 29, 2014

As you see on my previous post before. Last Saturday was probably my first time being a spoke person at debut mini class, and thankfully it went well. I was quite nervous before the presentation but everyone was very lovely and it made me feel really grateful at that time. 

Since the main theme is Visual and my session entitled "Photography & Channeling Your Own Value Through Storytelling", I decided to divide it into 3 parts. The first one is Visual : Photography, Added Value : Storytelling, and Platform : Digital Era.

I mainly share about my photography journey on the first part and how I always put storytelling in any of either my personal project or commission work. Honestly, storytelling is the most important thing above any aspect when it comes to making visual work. I usually make outline and draw my own storyboard before begin any shooting. I love making concept about any creative work in general, so storytelling is one of those activities which I enjoy the most. 

Added value can be anything, it's that kind of love and thoughts you put on any of your works. I brought with me an example of this magazine named Alphabet Journal from Australia which have a really lovely concept of naming their issues with an alphabet. Their first issue is Issue A and all of the stories and photo essays begin with the alphabet, A. It goes for the next issue which is Issue B and contains of all black & white pictures. Head to

And in the last part I share the platform I use in this digital era in order to deliver my works, how blogging have a huge impact in my life, how it connect me with friends from around the world and offer me so many opportunities also the important role of having a personal website to showcase your works.

At the end of my session, I ask them to make a simple mind map consists of at least 3 parts which I present for the past 1 hour. What would they make from visual, the added value (it can be anything), their platforms as well as their dreams.

Their excitement towards the mind mapping surprised me in a really good way. I picked two winners who made the best mind map, hand them a little gifts and all the mentors gather for a group shot together. I went home at 5PM and head to my friend's brother wedding at night, it was a lovely day.

p s : I never consider myself as a mentor and I share what I've learned during my time being a freelancer these past year and it makes me feel content that I'm able to share it with other people. I'm learning by doing and making my life become more meaningful by sharing. 

Beach Days

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Pictures above were taken with my beloved film camera during my last short trip to East Borneo. We went island hopping and had the best time embracing our summer break. Sorry it took that long to finally post these pictures. I just got home from an exciting day with new people, opportunity, and surroundings, cannot wait to share it with all of you! Thank you for dropping by and have a wonderful week!

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