Taps and Tips of Travelling…

Travelling is a part of my life as a hobby as well as a duty. Yet, I do realised that life must be balance. Thats why in every single time I go on for business trip – I always do fun travelling afterwards.

Been back and forward to the UK, Japan and Singapore – I got used to these 3 countries – from the way people socialised, language barrier and most important thing is…how to survived! 

UK and Japan are my total bittersweet – since Singapore is just nearby to my home country, Indonesia – so the culture shock is not be a dominant matter. 

Thus, from all those bittersweet memories and many lessons learned – I do endlessly shaping myself for who I am now and who I will be later on…

Being the youngest in the family means I always being recognised as the spoilt one – then at some point, I know I need to break that kind of impression. At that time – I was 15 years old, my first encounter that I had in my mind was to travel on my own. I need to let other people see that I’m capable to be own my on – that I can be independent at some point. 

And I made it! People starts to look at me as me – not as the youngest and spoilt one in the family.

Now…the taps and tips 🙂

~ Be social! Remember that you are not in your home country – its not them who shall adapt with you but it is you who must adapt to the country you visit.

~ Respect! Always say thank you, sorry and please!

~ Learn a bit of the language. If you go to Japan, at least you much know what is “hello”, “thank you”, “sorry” and “excuse me” in Japanese. People will appreciate you more than you know.

~ Beware! Perhaps in your native country, you can do anything as you wish – yet when you abroad, you should be more aware to your surroundings.

~ Be independent! Especially to solo traveller…remind yourself that you have no one to depend on. You are expected to be able to help yourself.

~ Be prepared! From travel itinerary, maps, transportation options, application on smartphone to medicine and appropriate clothing.

Last yet not least…you should be open at heart and mind 🙂
At least people will know when you are trying your best – as well as do not feel hesitate to ask for other’s help even as simple as asking directions.

Travelling makes you richer in terms of experiences – it is something that money can’t buy – money does buy flight tickets, hotel vouchers and entrance tickets – yet, experiences and memories are priceless.

To travel alone…doesn’t mean To be lonely ~


To you, who still scare of travelling on your own – means you haven’t touch, feel and taste the true pleasure of being free yet ruled, alone yet not lonely and feel scare yet grow up.

The first time i decided (exclude Singapore and Malaysia – i’ve been travelling along to Singapore since i was 15 years old) to travel on a quite long journey on my own when i was 21 years old – my parents challenged me to travel a bit far than usual and must be alone – for a week. They let me choose the destination – yet in my heart i know…only 2 destinations i do have in mind ~ it is between London and Tokyo…

Then…i chose Tokyo, and until now, i never regret my decision – i found many things in Tokyo – not only culture, yet also the language that i don’t speak – its Nihongo or Japanese and encountered things that i would never imagine before – even my idols are Japanese, still Japan has been waiting for me to unearth…

Some friends keep on asking me – why i didn’t choose London? why Tokyo? 

After a while, i could put my head up to tell my friends the reason why. Basically, i’ve been to both cities – but its more like a family and tour group trip – so since i’ll be on my own, i’m thinking to challenge myself a bit further this time. I do speak English well, but not Japanese – my Japanese that time still limited to “konnichiwa” and “o genki desu ka”.

My 1st and 2nd day was awesome – i’m still in my honeymoon period, i was still having fun like there’s no tomorrow! 3rd day…i locked up myself in the hotel room…i started to feel a bit lonely and cried – in that evening i was thinking to go back home on the next day…i packed my things and decided to arrange my flight on the next morning day.

yet…on the next sunrise, by the time i opened the curtain and let the sunshine comes in to my hotel room, suddenly a thought comes inside me – if i going back home today, i know my parents will not let me go alone anymore in the near future – i realised this is my very own mental and independent test on how far i would be able to survive!

So…i unpacked my things again then took a stroll around Ginza to Shibuya to Shinjuku and back to the hotel. the next day i walked around Ueno and Asakusa. Then…my last day in Tokyo finally came…then suddenly i cried…i didn’t want to be back home – i want to stay longer in Japan.

On that very moment, i looked back on the days when i just arrived up to the day before i must be back home – i believed i grew up a lot! my Japanese is not getting better – but i appreciate people more – independent on my own – increased my tolerance towards others and the best thing is learned about Japanese culture and tradition – last one, i did realised that i’m not alone – many people are actually willing to help if we could just ask them nicely. 

Japan and its people with their culture and tradition taught me a loads! This country would always be my favourite destination whenever it is – i haven’t finish with my Tokyo’s explorations – moreover all Japan.

On this year 2015, i’ll go again to Japan in December – to (hopefully) watch the concert that i’ve been longing for 15 years 😀

ps…and now, i’m so addicted in solo travelling – from Singapore, London and Tokyo!
At times when you feel you are alone – you should open yourself to other people – its not only you or myself who do the solo travelling! Many people do the same thing at the same time – ask for help…don’t be shy 🙂 then you would realised that you are actually never alone in this world…

xxx ~ A.Ionapuspa

Aloha! Hello 2014…

Here i am – still the same *well physically – not getting slimmer anyway ~

Some updates…
I left the year of 2013 as it is – no regret, no need to feel sorry to myself, too relieve to grieve and some things remains not to be understood.
Nevertheless, I love 2013!
From my countless journey – Japan then Singapore then the UK, my uncountable memories – Ayumi Hamasaki’s concert then the first time ever visit to Wales, my priceless lessons of life – how to appreciate others then how to accept the truth about love, my valuable friendships that across the countries and continents – met my best friend in everywhere I travel to…
those are not to be count like 1…2…3 – because all of them are incalculable…

Therefore…
I am still me – nothing change…still have a huge desire to travel;
..love to chat, love to talk, love to argue…*proud being a Gemini
..love to smile yet quite often to cry;
..fancy Disney Princess and Barbie – and oh…Princess Jasmine is my favourite one!
..fancy Polar Bear *was a big fan of Knut;
..like anime – my favourites are Tennis no Oujisama, Rozen Maiden, Uta no Prince-sama, Meitantei Conan and Kindaichi;
..like a 15 years old girl despite of my real age ~ *having no shame about it

2014
I do still want to do something amazing – go in a different path than before…
…I don’t have an exact resolution …I just wish everything would be better for me, you and every soul in this whole wide world…

WELCOME TO MY LIFE dear 2014!

xoxo,