Travelogue : 2016 in Review

Sunday, December 25, 2016

First of all, I'm ecstatic having just finished a new look for this blog. Making sure to modify things here and there was absolutely time-consuming (phew). It finally has a full-width photo page (which I really like), editorial look layout, a proper about page, and a newsletter button which you can find on the sidebar. Such a right timing to accompany my mandatory yearly travelogue post: Travelogue 2014, Travelogue 2015

2016 has been a year full of both good and bad surprises, but the biggest lessons of the year are definitely to accept things as it is and learn that we cannot control everything. It's been great with all the travels, challenges, new friends, and opportunities. I'm truly thankful and look forward to another new journey next year.

For this year's travelogue, I'm using The Moon Lists project as a reference to write down some memories during the trip in a particular place. I'll highlight each of the places with a few keywords of interest. Making it easier for me to remember things and a more pleasant way for you to read my stories.

As the author said, "I have found it interestingly difficult to remember what has happened in the near past; consider the idea a sort of checking in with how time is spent, recalled, reflected on."

Travelogue hint: Switzerland, France, the Netherlands, (my extended birthday trip to) the Czech Republic, and Sukabumi.
Enjoy this last post of the year and hope you have a wonderful time with family and loved ones!

Colors of Singapore

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Going back for a short weekend trip to Singapore after 6 years were exhilarating. The main agenda of this trip was to attend Neon Lights Festival where two of my favorite musicians, Lucy Rose and Foals performed under the same sky! I don't really remember the city has so many colors to offer in a different neighborhood. Although walking in the middle of Christmas light in Orchard road was completely dreamy, this time, my favorite picks are Tiong Bahru and Gillman Barracks art residency. 

Here are some photos from my mobile phone taken during the three-day trip! 

Plant Studies

Thursday, October 6, 2016

I've been living in my neighbourhood all my life and just realised that I haven't spent that much time exploring. As I was feeling under the weather these past few days and the idea of staying home the whole day make it even worse. Today I grabbed my camera accompanied by Solange's "A Seat at the Table" blasting through my headphone for the much needed evening stroll. Walking towards the alleys, going to the market which I often visit during my childhood, it feels nothing short of nostalgic.

Nothing much have changed ever since, and as I spent more time walking, I realised that there's always a lush of greens surrounded almost every household which is quite blissful in their own way. I sometimes wonder who get in charge of taking care of those plants. It draws my attention especially when the pick of the flowers and plants are divine. It was a great decision to put my running shoes for a walk.

Venice | Disposable Camera

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

It was late in the afternoon when we made our way from the harbour to lovely Venice when I realised that I had loaded a B&W film which I was planning to use in Paris. I was a bit down for a moment then made my way exploring and luckily found this shop with a Kodak signage in front of it (of course, I had a brief moment of celebration in my head). I quickly bought the disposable camera and was having a great time in point and shoot mode. The camera was very light, I barely feel like taking photos and were more like recording memories in my head through a viewfinder.

Unfortunately, we only had around 3 hours there so I tried to make the best out of our time (of course by avoiding the very crowded Doge's place) exploring the hidden alleys and (after much thought) bought a ticket for the famous Gondola ride. I was hesitant to do it at first, but surprisingly not regretting my choice. As much as I enjoy walking, there's this beautiful sight and charm of Venice that can only be enjoyed while cruising with the gondola. 

De Botton and Amsterdam

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

"It is unfortunately hard to recall our quasi-permanent concern with the future, for on our return from a place, perhaps the first thing to disappear from memory is just how much of the past we spent dwelling on what was to come-how much of it, that is, we spent somewhere other than where we were. There is purity both in the remembered and in the anticipated visions of a place: in each instance it is the place itself that is allowed to stand out." 

A beautifully written words from Alain De Botton's The Art of Travel that I treasure so deeply. I've been reading that lines over and over again and it feels weird when you can relate so much to the words while looking at the photos taken from my last stop of this year's trip before heading back to my homeland. It's been rough these past few weeks with all changes that has been happening around me. 
And somehow it feels comforting to simply look through these photography archive. All is well.

To dream & see the world : Switzerland

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Life is full of (unpredictable) surprises when you least expect about things to happen. And as cliche as it may sound, when it happens to you, that phrase actually make a lot of sense. For those who have been following this blog, I started this virtual journal of mine with only two simple reasons: to share things that captured my eyes and hopefully inspire others with my stories.

And for that reason, I chose the title, "My Unpredictable" for this blog simply because I often feel that life's experiences and the opportunities that came along my way to be quite unpredictable. Every journey, people, story that I had encountered always greet me with different purposes which happened to be great most of the time.

This mid year, I've been given a wonderful opportunity to travel and see the other side of the world I've never dreamt of visiting with my big family. We went for a three weeks trip with 15 family members in total, being a globetrotter across Europe. I'm already back in Jakarta and have been dealing with my post-vacation-blues for almost two weeks already! I decided to make a series called "To dream & see the world" out of my long trip where I'll be highlighting some places that has won my heart.

Our first stop was Switzerland, where I had witnessed such a breathtaking view of Mt. Titlis and visiting a dreamy small city called Luzern. It was a bit chilly in the morning as we leave for Mt. Titlis and I still clearly remember the excitement during my early days of arriving in Switzerland and when I just simply being mesmerised by my window seat view. Every sight was totally new to me. I was loving every second of it and feeling grateful for what mother nature has to offer.

We took a cable car ride and continued our journey going to the top of Mt. Titlis. As soon as we arrived, it was cloudy so we can barely see anything. Although I was feeling a bit disappointed at first, despite the fog, me and my cousins spent an hour or so playing snowball fight together.

As the time goes by, the road get more slippery and when I realised that my oxford shoes get super wet, finally the sun's out! Just the right time before we leave, a beautiful array of sunlight came towards the mountain and we spend more time enjoying it. It was breathtaking and for a brief moment I couldn't really believe what I saw. There are so many things in life to be thankful for, and being able to witness such a heavenly view is on top of my list. I've always said this, but whenever I travel to new places, especially when mother nature is right in front of you, I feel more grounded.

Tune in next week to read more stories from my trip to Europe! 
If you're still reading this, thank you for dropping by and have a lovely week :D


Fransisca Angela

Sunday : Pasar Baroe

Sunday, June 5, 2016

I was having this conversation with a friend about photography and some random stuff some time around midnight. When both of us questioned the true meaning behind photography once again with the over flowing visuals on social media these past few years that finally led us to a conclusion that we (despite rambling about things) need to go for a trip together simply to reconnect with ourself and (of course) our camera. 

There were three of us; me, Li, and Renaldy. We came from a very different backgrounds but have the same interests and now pursuing our passion in the photography field. What makes this trip enjoyable is we also have different interests when it comes to our photography object. 

Li, as the man behind the lens of lifestyle online media, Manual Jakarta who's always been interested in architecture was the one who quickly stopped whenever a great shape, lines, or perspective catch his attention. Renaldy, the founder of film photography community called Jellyplayground ,who's been well-known for his girls in film camera photo series has deep interest towards mundane object we found on the street. While me, I've always been mesmerised by people, small alleys, well street photography in general. So it was quite fun seeing how we approach different either object or subject during the walk.

I used to do this random trip a few years back then during my college days, either with a few friends or simply by myself. I still remember how I used to go back and forth to this one particular vintage camera shop and had a long afternoon chat with the shop owner in Pasar Baroe. But as the time goes by, I get very occupied with work and slowly forgetting to spend some quiet time with only my camera hanging around my neck.

The trip began from a meet-up at this new coffee shop then we take the cab to Pasar Baroe. It was a bit chilly as we arrived so we decided to had lunch first. We went rooftop-hopping from one building to another (still, with the rain) since Renaldy had quite many references. And do endless walking through small alleys while we exchanged jokes and conversations. We visited Cikini to have our ice tea and evening meals before going back home. It was pretty much a well-spent day with these two people.

Sunday Blues

Sunday, April 10, 2016

I'm listening to Gretchen Rubin's podcast right now as I'm writing this blog post. And the only reason I tuned in because they're talking about one issue that I've been dealing for quite some time called "The Sunday Blues". I personally think there's nothing wrong with my day to day activities right now. Looking at how many people are dying to get a job on my LinkedIn feed makes me feel beyond blessed and grateful, so I cannot complain.

But sometimes, when it comes to Sunday, there will always be a mixed feelings. And to be honest it's not fun to feel grumpy on the only day off you have throughout the week. The thing about my Sunday Blues, most of the time it will be either very laid back or intense. And it usually began with a sleep deprived, although I had 7 hours of sleep every day. I just feel so tired when I woke up on Sunday morning after spending my Saturday night hanging out with my closest friends.

Hearing that podcast gave me a new perspective about what's the Sunday blues is really about. I also read some comments filled with many people who can relate to that topic, sharing their own experience and I find this one to be quite relevant to me!

"I think Elizabeth captured my experience best, when she talked about having too much choice on Sundays, and having to make decisions about how to spend the time. It almost feels like I clear the decks so that Sunday can be restful and relaxing, but when I get to Sunday I'm antsy and anxious, and can't decide what I want to do. I could choose a million different things, and I think that's the problem! It feels so important to really use this special day well, and not waste it, but then I end up spoiling it by feeling anxious and grumpy. " - Victoria
And to deal with this-so-called Sunday blues, I usually treat myself by paying a visit to my favorite vintage coffee shop at Cikini with my Mom, watching tv series, or working out. And after I had my dinner, then it's bed time again. I know I will be fine the next morning I wake up for work. So, I just knew there's such thing called as the Sunday Blues, and a friendly reminder to live in the moment.  Or maybe it's a sign that I need another getaway? :p

Have you been experiencing Sunday Blues too? 
Do share your stories, would be interesting to hear!

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