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Decoding Digital Marketing Through Instagram|Part I Instagram User Categories

Note :  This article is written because I am high on caffeine and my brain is currently a hyperactive kid. I am not writing about easy making money or giving you tips on how to do it because come on! you still need to grind  all night and hustle all day to earn nickel and dime. Continue reading “Decoding Digital Marketing Through Instagram|Part I Instagram User Categories”

Relationship

An Insight for Interfaith Couple

Disclaimer : This article is written for anyone out there who are currently in love but being held back by having different beliefs and in confusion. Also it is written especially for individuals who grew up in a conservative background.
Dating

I would say,most of us are attracted to someone physically for the first time.Although physical attraction is very subjective but that is the first stage for someone to make an approach. And this show, Religion is one of the least consideration when we first decided to talk to someone. Then, if you are a single individual, let’s say in your late 20’s and desperate looking for a partner. I would not recommend you to put ” Religion” to be your priority. I will tell you later why you shouldn’t do that.Then, next stage of early relationship, begin by talking with a prospective partner in order to know them better, inside and out. After we know them at least 40% of their hobby, passion, motivation and interest we begin to decide to put this particular person into a box; ( a friend, soon to be partner, or a best friend). So, from here, i assume you know their religion background. Here comes the problem, You like that particular individual, but it turned out they have different religion background so you decided to let them go for good.Meanwhile, your hearth aches, you can’t simply let them go, you want to convert them but it’s nearly impossible and you’ve been getting sleepless night. So what can you do? When The religion is against your relationship and so is your family as they’re old-fashioned and fancy a wedding in an old beautiful church, synagogue, mosque (name it yourself). Do you want to sacrifice your happiness for what they want? Haven’t you sacrificed your freedom enough?

The answer
The ugly truth is that, reality does not align perfectly with religion. In our daily life, we often see some of unique relationship that works; them against the world. If you happen to grow up in a conservative background there will be this kind of rule; a catholic must marry a catholic, a muslim must marry a muslim, a hindu must marry a hindu and so on. This rule seemed  to be rigid, while the only thing i see here is that they want to maintain the teachings and the community. I think that if what you seek is happiness, you should find your way and choose to be non conformist.
We are not simply defined by religion. Religion does not fully shape our personality as there are other main factors such as environment, society and also experience. It is simply unacceptable to cut a tie with the person we love because religion differences. Religion should never be a reason for you to do it, just because it is a religion law and you’re afraid to be a sinner or worse ditched by your family. First thing first, you are responsible of your own self, your individual rights, not even society or religion should restrict they way you want to lead it. Most of the time, we forget our individual rights because we are too accustomed listening and trying to please people. While i am also aware that we are motivated and influenced by the fear.
The fear comes in different form and it depends on the individual. In this case, i would pick three major fears; The fear of sin, The fear of being non conformist and the fear of our parents. Truth about  Fear is that we have been injected ever since we were a toddler and it is hardly removed from our mind. now let me explain further.
First, the fear of sin, aren’t we making sin in our daily basis?So why should we fear making a sin for love? because basically we commit the cycle of rinse and repeat.
Second, The fear of being non conformist. I know it takes courage to be unique and different from the rest but why not? you have some outshine qualities and a life you dream of.So, why not being a non conformist for a love you have been waiting all this life? will you just let it all go, then lead your lonely life once again, whining everywhere about being single and say ” Maybe, God will send them in perfect time”, truth is there’s never a perfect time.
Third, The fear of parents. Okay so we love them, they raised us emotionally and financially. In return we followed whatever they told us to. Yet now, you’re a grown individual, You’ve seen some ugly shits of life yet  still clinging to your parents when it comes to deciding your life partner. Again, it is you who will lead the life, It is not your parents who will experience it, so do not let your parents decide the way you will lead a life for the next several years. You’ve had it enough.
In short, do not let those three fears stop you from achieving one important aspect of your life. If your relationship and love are worth fighting for, go for it do not let anything stop you. You are responsible for your choices and it is only you.
Another Insight
This is a personal opinion written based on society i live in. It surprises me how most parents advised their children should marry based on religion. Parents put it on top of the list of the requirements apart from wealth and looks. What more surprising is that, personality would be less considered. One simply can not judge someone by appearance and wealth. Let’s say you have a religion, but that does not simply make you a good or bad human being.
Here is an evidence of what i say relating to parents and religion :
” Seven years ago, i met a guy who i was close with and my foster parents know about it. They love the guy because he was good looking, having the same religious background and wished i could be with him. My foster mother would also talk to him over the skype and even talk to his family. Yet there lies an ugly truth, He shown a violent behavior, unfaithful and a complete cheater. So i decided to cut the ties because of that. Later on, i get close to some guy who came from different religious background yet my foster mother kept asking me ” why can’t i be just with the guy who has same religious background?” it also goes by keep asking about the previous guy which was completely annoying even after years later on. My foster mother told me that having a relationship with different religion would bring complications such as acceptance,society and so on. From that on, they set a strict rule that i should be married to a man from same religion. However, i began to grow and find my way that they aren’t and will never be responsible about the life i lead on especially when I am out in the wildness of the world”
Apart from that, I have personally met a lot of douche who claim themselves to be ” religious” yet they are the most hideous form of human being. I have also met the kind of person who doesn’t pray in daily basis, or who don’t even believe in any of it but simply a gem among us. I would like to emphasize and remind you that religion, shouldn’t be your top list on deciding a life time partner. It should be personality above all. Yet now, i leave these options to you.
a. Be a complete happy and a free human being acquiring your rights
                                       or
b. Be a conformist and masking your happiness waiting your time to die.
Bonsoir,
M
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An experience to be Bule in Indonesia | Indonesia travel

6 February 2017

Retelling my boyfriend experience as a Bule in Indonesia.

What is Bule?

Why the fuck people here calling me BULE?

Let  me tell you something, Indonesia is simply like any other Southeast Asian country where majority  people think a white Caucasian is superior. for example, in tourism spot, you will get special treatment and special price to enjoy the same fucking things as any other domestic tourist.

So, Bule is a term to refer white Caucasian, no matter where you come from as long as you’re white, tall, blond and looks different than majority people here, You’ll be called “ Bule”. Being a Bule comes with benefits especially for singles out there who are fascinated with Asian culture and wanted to marry or having relationship with one.

Do not be surprised if people stare at you from top to bottom if you’re visiting south east asia for the first time; it just how it is. If you happen to walk with an Asian , here are several mindsets and stereotype that people will have for that asian:

  1. He/ she is your tour guide
  2. He / she is a gold digger
  3. He /she is not good looking enough and fits perfectly to be your housemaid.

If you think that you’re not good looking in your country, welcome to the country where you can be a model and earn some cash. For them, no matter how odd you’re dressed, you’re still good looking.

However, people will refer you as “ Mister” “ Miss” or whatever that is but will say “ Bule” behind you back. For example, I went to Borobudur which was overcrowded by students who happen to make me proud and famous for a day. They were interviewing and asked my picture. I took bunch of selfies with them and randomly signed their paper without even have to speak a word. My girlfriend was annoyed due a wave of random people asking me pictures. I teased her by saying it was a jealousy. Well, but behind us they were murmuring something like

“ minta foto sama bule itu” which roughly translated as “ ask to take a picture with that bule”

They were simply showing me the camera and I simply understood what they want. So I took a pose and enjoy my fame for a day.

Getting a girl as a bule here is a piece of cake. You don’t have to do any big effort, there’ll be bunch of girls coming on your way and ready to be friends with you. However when it comes to shopping, you’ll be amazed of how things are totally cheap  but as you get accustomed to  Indonesian lifestyle in general you’ll realize that it’s not that cheap at all.

Mall is your one of  favorite spot to go apart from beautiful beaches because that’s where you can get Air conditioned space in a freaking hot country. As Indonesia is getting more advanced, you won’t have any trouble getting around.

Don’t be surprised if people ask you to try “this” and “that”  because they want to show some hospitality and to show  how the culture works. By the end of your visiting you’ll miss several food which you’ve tasted in Indonesia. Unless you dine in at Mcdonald, Pizza hut or KFC 24/7.

As a Bule, people will smile at you, trying to know where you from and stuff. One more thing, do not expect to be famous in Bali because it’s already overcrowded with the same kind of yours especially Australian. However, if you visit places like Yogyakarta or Java, the chance is higher to be famous.

Bule is considered to be smart, though in reality You’re dumb as fuck. So, enjoy your stay in a country where you can be the good part of you and leaving your reality behind where you were unloved and considered dumb.

As you’re into the culture and the lifestyle, doing the same exact thing like everyone else will leave everyone in an awe. Even it’s the simplest thing to do like maybe

“ I’ve just poop on Asian toilet style”

And

they’d be like “ wow”

It’s truly a heaven for Bule looking for escapades from their mundane life. I mean, you were nobody there and here, You’re suddenly good looking, rich, and smart plus if you’re single, you’ll get a girl within a week or two.

So that’s all folks

SVP comment and follow me because I’d be coming up with more awesome writing

Happy travel and stay safe !

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Seven days in island of gods| Final chapter

 

 

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21 January 2017

 

One more day before college start!!

The last day at Bali….

My boyfriend and I spent amazing week in Bali, we got to know each other more. We had  little fuss all the way especially when it comes about direction. I was the one who drive and he was my navigator. I sometimes couldn’t hear him so i often missed place or  a turn over.

Bali is simply amazing, i could never get enough of it and wished to settle there for like 2 or 3 years then move to another place where it is as equal as heaven.

The only thing i did in the morning was packing and voila! we carried excessive baggage. We did simple shopping because we weren’t carrying enough clothes and we have to buy and dressed up like a tourist. We also purchased some Balinese coffee. We came earlier to the airport  and roamed around. It was actually a bad idea because there was nothing much to do other than visiting the shops and walk around from one corner to another. I got so bored here while waiting for the flight  while my boyfriend spend a lot in the toilet.

When it comes to eating, it’s like a lottery, especially for a traveler who wished to try food from street stall. They should be careful, prepare your diarrhea medicine as early as possible. Also, bring your own napkin as it is always the best option since most of restaurants are bit stingy. I think people need to increase their hygiene level because it’s bit uncomfortable getting sickness while traveling.

If you come from colder countries, never ever forget a sunscreen and sunburn lotion, you will need and rely on this a lot. We really regret to not bring those items with us and as a result, we got sunburn and didn’t even seem to heal any sooner.

Bali definitely worth your time and your money. It offers more than just a stunning landscape. jokingly speaking Bali offers companion, and anything which you wouldn’t be able to get back home. Apparently it seems as long as you’re tall and white everyone will easily attach to you like a puppy.

Don’t be surprised when people cat calling ” mister” or  ” how are you”, they’re just trying to be polite and ask you whether you’re interested in buying whatever they sell. Multiple times we got offer with items like ” condom” and  ” viagra” well you name it. They did that even while i was driving my motorbike as they shout from the pavement. I simply ignored and rode away.

” Bon dieau, these people” that’s what often comes from my mouth.

These writings are purely based on our experience while traveling to Bali, each of us might get different experience or exposure due the neighborhood which we chose to stay.So people feel free to always write and share your experience to the world as it cost nothing to simply tell the truth and its peculiarity.

Have a safe travel and have a great time

sante!!!

 

 

 

 

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Seven days in Island of gods| Part VI

Honestly, it’s been quite sometimes since I updated my blog post due a lot of movements I made in the middle of February.  I was preoccupied and now i am back with more exciting stories to share.However, I am going to finish off my Bali experience before moving onto my Jogja trip which was equally incredible.

19 January – 20 January

Bali started to feel like home

Every night, we walked through the grocery store only to fill our cart with beers and yogurt. It feels as if this Island offers more than just stunning landscapes but also freedom. A freedom which an Indonesian normally doesn’t have back home. Beer are easy to get here. The common drink among foreigners is Bintang; a local made beer which in my opinion would be rated 2.  There are many better options with the same price even cheaper yet these foreigners pick Bintang over anything else.

in our last days visit, we decided to try one more indoor activity which is 3D museum art. It is unlike other art museum where you can only enjoy and walk through abstracts painting; wondering the symbolization and all of that artsy stuff. In this place, You don’t need to use your brain, all you need is simply full energy to enjoy all of the painting.

DMZ 3D  ( Dream Museum Zone) is located in Jalan nakula, quite easy to spot on especially if you use google map. The place provide vast parking lot and a small restaurant just next to it. Don’t forget to dress up nicely and bring your camera because it’ll be all about pictures and YOU. They provide assistant who will guide your poses and also taking your pictures; They are experts on this so trust them.

We had fun time over here, we took lots of pictures but mine turned out bad caused by my awkward and inability to pose in front of the camera. I prefer to be a photographer instead being a model. It didn’t take much to spend time over this place and next we headed to indian restaurant.

As always, we looked up on google about Indian restaurant and we found one which seemed to be authentic. we ordered cheese naan, curry and biriyani rice which was served in a small place like a jug. It was mouthful and filling after an exhausting day exercising at DMZ 3D.

It was simply a very hot day in Bali and as we stepped out of the restaurant, we felt as if we’re going to ended up as ashes. With Indian food going on in our stomach and the weather, it was too much to handle so as soon as we reached the hotel, we took a shower.

The next day, we decided to only visit domino in the morning and take an evening walk to visit Mexican restaurant we’ve been looking for. It was located in Jalan Kartika, lined up among other restaurants. dining in Mexican restaurant was incredibly amusing. They had their staff dancing all over the place to entertain the diners while they can also be involved. They served great nacho, taco and quesadillas. The waitress dressed up to spice up the vibe and there was one customer who couldn’t get his hands off to one of the waitress. He was in late fifty and spreading his flirtatious words among the waitress which made my boyfriend and I joke over his acts. the truth is that,  you can get laid on pretty easy in Bali, don’t worry about your look or age, cause it doesn’t matter.

so, that’s all folks

Bon Voyage

 

 

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How to Extend Tourist Visa on Arrival in Indonesia

11 February 2017

Note : Each rules in Immigration office might be different, so it’s best to check their website. However, sometimes what’s written in the website is rather confusing. This article is written based on current experience while extending a VOA ( visa on arrival) in Indonesia.

Visa on arrival is given to 62 countries by paying  35$ after you land through several major airports or harbor in Indonesia. Unlike free visa, VOA is extendable up to the next 30 days. Meanwhile, Free visa is given to 90 countries for only 30 days stay and non extendable.

Dealing with Indonesian government officers can be exhausting so it’s best to add up some patience in your vocabulary otherwise you can use VOA agent service but of course it’ll cost.

I browsed over google  but unable to find a correct ways to do visa extension as it was outdated and the rule have changed. After I browsed, I decided to use the suggestions on those website to be our basic guidelines.

We extended a week before the visa expires, This is important. It is best to do it seven days before the visa expire because it’ll take about 3-4 days work day to process your request. We picked Yogyakarta as our choice to extend the visa. There isn’t much applicants so likely it’s faster than in Bali or Jakarta. However, be ready with bitter service and lack of good explanation, especially if you don’t speak Bahasa Indonesia.

Here are several things which you need to extend VOA in Indonesia

  1.  Photocopy of your front page passport
  2. Your passport ( this will be held in immigration for the process)
  3.  Photocopy of your  VOA page
  4.   Your VOA receipt
  5.  Photocopy of your return ticket
  6.  A form which is obtained in the immigration and free
  7.  And A pen to fill out the form 🙂

According to several blogs we read, they wrote that we need a sponsor,a local resident who is willing to give us the signature and guarantee our stay in Indonesia. So based on this, we decided to contact our bestfriend and asked for her photocopy ID (KTP) and asked her to come with us to the immigration offices to make things simple.

important note :  Come as early as possible for the first day and dress properly  par example, in yogyakarta, you have to wear long pants with t-shirt.  Even in the main gate, there’ll be a sign of ” How to dress” and what not.

Day 1

We entered the immigration office around 9 which was already overcrowded by Indonesian who apply for passport. We asked the front officer about extending a visa. Then, they lead us to the special room for foreigners. Before that, don’t forget to pick queue number. Next,  we filled the form which was given by the front officer and also attached  necessary documents along with our sponsor ID card.  Then, We went back inside and put the map on the stack and wait.

Suddenly, the officer call us up and said that we don’t need to fill the sponsor name and sponsor related field because our purpose of staying is tourism. Then, we picked a new form and filled it with information but leaving the sponsor section. Next, the officer gave us a receipt which was written a date of when we should return to take a photograph and the passport.

The  bottom line is if you visit as a Tourist, you don’t need a sponsor.

Day 2

Since we applied on Thursday,  The officer asked us to be back on tuesday as Saturday and Sunday they are closed. This time, all we have to do is back to the counter, confirmed our receipt, and make payment in the cashier located inside the office. As soon as we’ve done the payment they will ask us  to wait for photograph and fingerprint scanning. We were waiting about half hour to get the things done. As we finished taking photograph and fingerprint, the officer asked us to be back on the next day exactly at 1 pm

Day 3

Finally, all we have to do is placing the payment receipt on the stacks and wait for our name to be called. after the officer called our name, all you have to do is write your name and the passport number on their books. Voila, you get your passport back  and ready to begin other adventure in Indonesia.

Notes

1. The officers speak limited English which is difficult for us to understand. Especially to fill in some form. To avoid unnecessary things, just follow what they say.

2.  Best to bring water, lunch and full charged phone because it’ll be boring

3. Be fearless because sometimes they can be bitter.

4. Proper dressing seems to be a thing, and you have to follow it but you’re maybe ” OK” to wear sandals as it won’t be visible from the counter

5. Again, You don’t need a sponsor for Tourism Purpose.

 

Bon voyage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Seven days in island of gods| Part V

18 january 2017

We explored our surroundings in our fifth day in Bali. In the morning we decided not to take breakfast from the hotel and went to domino instead. Fortunately, The hotel is near to KFC, Domino and several convenient stores. It was a sunny day and the road was slight busy. It didn’t take long for us to walk as it was only 0.80 km away. As soon as we entered the domino, my boyfriend spotted a blondie girl with cycle helmet and vegan tattoo on her wrist, her knee and the shoulders. We were assuming that she was a vegan and she mesmerized us by eating at Domino which obviously a highly processed food plus, less healthier and from that point of view, my boyfriend and i looked at each other in an awe.

As we finished ordering our pizza, we took a seat near the window and that girl was sitting outside the restaurant while waiting her order. I put on music while my boyfriend was reading something on his mobile. Nothing special until once her order got delivered and sat back on her chair. What she did next, got us surprised!

She opened the pizza box and suddenly rose up from her chair. She took the pizza box and placed it on the fuckin dirty floor. We were really surprised and decided to watch her further action. Then, she grabbed her phone and took picture of it. She took several  pictures from different angle and our expression that time was priceless. Next, she got up with the pizza box and sat back then she typed something along with its picture. She opened the box and ate only two pizza then throw the rest on the garbage.

He and i told our friends about that and his friend thought it was an indonesian who did that, but no! she wasn’t indonesian. I get it  that Indonesian or Asian in general is stereotyped  as the kind who take pictures of every single food they’ve consume yet that proves us something different.

As we finished our brunch, we decided to try an indoor activities which we previously googled and our choice goes to Totem room escape. We picked indoor activities because he kinda dislike going outdoor in the heat. uh, well Bali is frickkin hot even I can’t stand the heat.

Totem room escape is a reality escape room which will pump your adrenaline and test your patience plus intelligence to solve  puzzles and mystery. There are several rooms with different levels. We picked the second hardest room which is Kidnapped room. It is a room with a story plot of kidnapping and a murder. It was scary enough and quite dark inside with scattered books, fake bloods, cold room and a ticking bomb sound. It freaked the hell out of me. If you go with little kids, I recommend something easier like Alice in wonderland. Sadly, We weren’t able to solve all of the puzzles. By the end of the game, They took polaroid picture of us and asked us to stick it on their wall along with other pictures. We really had fun time there, especially when i jumped in scare due to sudden and shocking sound of exploding bomb.

On the way back to our hotel, we passed through jalan seminyak. There was a traffic jam and i tried to drive very slowly to avoid colliding with another vehicles. As i struggled my way out there, i spotted several bare naked foreigners riding the motorbike savagely and yelling shit as if the road was himself. I raised my eyebrows and turned back to look at my boyfriend.

It is such a struggle sometimes to pass jalan seminyak and the surroundings especially in night and afternoon. The road is small but overcrowded with motorbike and taxis. Goddammit, the taxi in Bali drive slowly as a snail and it is pain in the ass. Surprisingly, there is no excessive honks and almost none is yelling shit to one another or being asked to move faster. Again, the road in Bali is lethal, be ready to die anytime.

Bali is like a whole different world unattached to Indonesia stereotype. it is truly a heaven on earth. Even some would know Bali but not Indonesia. I even would love to settle there because well, we can get beer and pork easily. Apart from that, they just don’t give a damn about your religion or your story.