Greg The Traveller

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Remembering THE MAY 1998 RIOTS in INDONESIA

Life is a matter of survive

Life is a matter of Survive –
Remembering THE MAY 1998 RIOTS in INDONESIA
He passed at least 4 politic turmoil
1965, 1974, 1984 and 1998
Somehow he survived…….
“Perhaps our eyes need to be washed by our tears once in a while, so that we can see Life with a clearer view again.”
— Alex Tan

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The Irony of Children in Indonesia

children-of-indonesiaYesterday, a Molotov bomb throw to some children played outside the church in Loa Janan, East Borneo, Indonesia. Some headline news, breaking news by Indonesian television and some through foreign media’s too.

4 to 5 children injured and this morning one of them, she is only two years old passed away because of 70% burned. Her name is Intan Olivia Marbun, 2 years old.

Monitored the media in Indonesia from the prime to the radical one, I found almost no comment about it.
Sadly for other news everyone still busy attacking each other especially with news related to religion, Jakarta’s Governor and even Trump.
Perhaps it’s only a small accident, happened in the corner of Indonesia and its “far-far away from us. There are nothing we can do too. Seems that everyone stayed away maybe to avoid provoking from each other.
So life goes on like nothing happen except grieves for family’ victim.
 My deepest condolences for Intan, may she rest in peace.

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Chasing the Perfect Sunrise of Angkor Wat temple

perfect-sunriseAn equinox is an astronomical event in which the plane of Earth’s equator passes through the center of the Sun which occurs twice each year, the last one for 2016 will be on 23rd September 2016

This is the trip to get the perfect Sunrise of Angkor Wat Temple. The trip will start from Jakarta on September 22nd morning and return on September 24th midnight.

The trip will include return air ticket with Air Asia/Jetstar Jakarta to Siem Reap, Visa on arrival, transfer airport-hotel-airport, Transportation to/from Angkor Watt, 4 stars hotel with breakfast, local guide and professional photographer instructor to assist you to get the best possible photo.

per person            : Rp. 8.000.000,- sharing basis
Single room sup : Rp. 1.000.000,-

Minimum participant : 6 persons

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Friday, August the13th 2004

This is the day that made me realise that maybe miracles do exist.

As part of a job, I was taking photos of a mine being blasted.

Despite standing more than a kilometre away from the blasting location, complete with all the necessary safety equipment, a single wild stone still managed to land approximately half a meter from where I was complacently standing.

There was no doubt that the lone stone could have killed a person.

2009 JUL-STOCK494mhu2

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My farewell to legendary Tupolev 10-07-2007


One of my most epic experiences in Russia was to fly on the Tupolev back in 2007 from Moscow to St Petersburg.

DSC_1132Moscow sheremetyevo airport


The Tu-134 jet has cruised the skies for overn 40 years, being the most popular and mass manufactured air vehicle in the history of aircraft engineering. It was first designed and built to replace Tu-124. The first take-off was in 1963, under the name Tu-124A. In 1965, the plane was renamed as Tu-134, and one year later its serial production began in Kharkov Aviation Plant.

Aeroflot_Tu-134A_RA-65781_SVO_2003-3-10Tupolev 134


Tupolev 154

It’s such a shame that in December 2007, Aeroflot stopped the operation of the legendary Tupolev planes. The SU753 flight from Kaliningrad to Moscow was the last one in history of its kind.

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Even ‘near death experiences’ change…

1986: I had a ‘near death experience’ in which the plane I was on had to land — without its landing gear. I literally wet my pants and felt sorry for a lot of things, including the fact that I didn’t even have a girlfriend yet. I did have my camera with me, but it never crossed my mind once to take a picture, even when the fire squad was dramatically extinguishing the fire.

2016: Today’s ‘near death experience’ is apparently very different. One lady who might have thought that she’s going to die was able to make her husband take a picture of her, posing while supposedly “praying for her life”. After that she shared it on social media for all the world to see.