Mt. Rinjani (3,726m) 2016

“A journey in nature is never about conquering it—simply because you can never really do so. It is more about us embracing and finding ourselves, and then making sense of our presence in the world.” — me, myself, and I.

To begin with, I’m very happy as I’m writing this post. One reason is because climbing this mountain has given me a great amount of personal experience and insight, and awe towards Mother Nature (Indonesia’s nature particularly) for its endless splendour. The other is, obviously, because I have another opportunity to boast about this lovely country! Now, I want to boast about Indonesia being situated right in the ‘Ring of Fire’. What is it?

According to The Lonely Planet, “due to Indonesia’s placement on a significant segment of the Pacific ‘Ring of Fire’, two large crustal plates (the Indian Ocean and western Pacific) are forced under the massive Eurasian plate, where they melt at approximately 100km beneath the surface. Some of the magma rises and erupts to form the string of volcanic islands across Indonesia”.

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Montréal

May 24-26, 2016

Dominated by long hours of walking, eating, and sightseeing, my first ever Montréal visit was pretty exciting!

To begin with, per usual, I would pull out some fun facts ritual about the place I visited. Montréal is the provincial capital of Québec, Canada. Québec itself is one of some provinces—New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island, in Canada that has French as its official language. Bonjour!
Montréal itself is the world’s third largest Francophone city in the world after Paris and Kinshasa. However, don’t expect them to speak the same French as you know people do in Paris. They speak kinda differently, but it’s still French anyway. Psst! Actual people from France find their way of speaking… different..

If you get the chance to visit North America or be in other North American cities, you will notice a stark difference in Montréal. In Montréal (and Québec City, as far as I know), you will find a large portion of the city built in European style architecture. You’ve heard it right: when you’re in Québec (especially Montréal and Québec City) it makes you feel as if you’re in Europe. In addition to that, you can find dozens of historical places (slash buildings) all over the city. It’s a nice city indeed. Continue reading “Montréal”