Lady Bikers in Belitung, Indonesia

Our flight from Jakarta to Tanjung Pandan was delayed. We reached the orphanage, Panti Asuhan Yatim, and Dhuafa Muhammadiyah Putra Anda, at around 7pm. It was drizzling, but once we stepped out of the car, the orphanage girls performed us a welcome dance. We were so touched by their enthusiasm and warm welcome. The secretary, […]

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Bora Bora, heavenly!

The most expensive and painful part of traveling to Bora Bora is the journey to get there, given its location from Asia. Some of the interesting places I visited in Tahiti before my onward flight to Bora Bora was Municipal Market, the Cathedral, the gorgeous waterfront, Marae Arahu, and Plague de Vaiva, a public beach. Though […]

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Cinque Terre – Charming Italy

Six years ago, on October 25, 2011, a freak rainstorm hit Cinque Terre and buried Monterosso and Vernazza in the mud. It was the most devastating floods in the area with 13 people dead. The people worked hard in rebuilding their villages and since then, Cinque Terre has undergone a miraculous recovery. When Nicky first mentioned […]

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Turkish Airlines Free Tour of Istanbul

During my recent trip, I had a layover of close to nine hours in Istanbul, so I joined the Turkish Airlines free tour of Istanbul. This tour was offered for transfer passengers flying Turkish Airlines who have a waiting time of at least six hours. It was my first time flying with Turkish Airlines and […]

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Aida at The Arena di Verona, Italy

[ This article was first published at http://www.nickyurban.com ] “Every Story is a Love Story” My first experience of opera singing was at Restaurant Bel Canto in Paris, France. During the wonderful dining experience, we were serenaded by the staff who are trained opera singers. The Bel Canto experience is truly a special one, and […]

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Charming Italy

I have traveled quite a bit to Europe, and in my experience, France and Italy are the world’s best art, food, fashion, and culture destination. France is exquisite, so is Italy. But personally, what makes Italy outstanding are the people. Italians are the most charming, welcoming, good-humored, considerate and friendly – much more so once […]

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Nicola’s Journey Back to Italy ~ Vietnam

[This article was first published at http://www.nickyurban.com] NICOLA’S JOURNEY BACK TO ITALY CHAPTER 1: VIETNAM “It is my dream to visit Kyoto – Japan, India and Sapa, Vietnam,” Nicky said. For some reasons, Nicky has to pack his bags and return to Italy. He doesn’t know when he can visit Asia again, for sure it […]

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Travel Bugs ~ The day it begins…

It was in the year 2001 when I met a German guy who eventually became my husband and now ex-husband cum good friend. As a German, he always plans ahead, not only about the future, but of what we are going to do this month, or next, and we traveled to places that I have […]

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