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Traveling around the world need not be limited to adults. Children, even the very young ones, don't need to be excluded from the experience.
These families are our inspiration! They share one thing in common: they are families of world travelers
Many people considered that our last one-month trip to Mexico and Cuba has been a hard-core one. Meaning that people think that it is such an impossible journey, that many people would think many many times before actually committing into it. But I suppose traveling is so much our passion that we're willing to take risks and plan such trip. If money is not an issue, we'd like to travel all over the world!
Indi and I shared one common thing: We love to travel, to see and experience the world (*if money is not an issue). And with travel, we also share one common trait: we plan for it in detail.
Why do we plan? Easy answer: because that's our style. Some people likes to travel unplanned, arriving at the airport not knowing where to stay or where to go. But not us.
A more difficult answer would be: Because we want to minimize uncertainties and maximise our enjoyment. As much as possible we do not want to be bothered too much with logistical issue. Moreover, we lug our toddlers along with us, hence the need for proper planning. Here, we'd like to share with you our style of travel planning.
We did this for most of our trips, particularly the ones outside South-East Asia.
I think the sayings "What gets measured, gets managed" is quite true....
Tracking our expenses and transactions
We have been quite rigorous in tracking our expenses and transactions since the first years of our marriage. We log our expenses up to the cents.
It's been almost a year now since Rani and I started dreaming of having a Seawind 1160. This Australian-made 38-foot long (11.6 meter) sailing catamaran is definitely something that we'd love to sail together with our boys (and friends) across Indonesian archipelago.
What better way to keep the dream alive than watching this Seawind 1160 video:
From Poughkeepsie to East Timor to Jakarta to Singapore to Down Under. Yod Dogg is comin' your way.
If you want to dig him, oye como va.
Since last week Rani has been in the mood for conditioning my brain before moving to Jakarta as a new professional. One of the many wonderful things she has discovered for me over at the public library is the book Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi. It is a book which is not only ideal for marketeers/business developers, but also serves as a pragmatic guide for those who want to be useful for people around them.
This is a list of things that you cannot do when you are a Singapore government official. When it comes to applying it in Indonesia context, each government office should have this list hung on the wall right under Garuda Pancasila, photos of President and VP. Logically, if they can afford to print full color photos of the President and VP, why can't they do the same with t
We tried our best to translate each clause in Indonesian language with a hope that someone somewhere is kind enough to reproduce our translation and make it useful among Indonesian esteemed government officials (and their families).
Here we go:
A list of "Don'ts" for Government Officials
Over the years, Rani and I have asked these questions many times:
-Why is corruption so rampant in Indonesia?
-Why is it that Indonesia does it much "better" than most other Asia Pacific countries when it comes to corrupt practices? See Indonesia Matters' story on Corruption Index.
It's not until recently that we both started thinking of these fundamental yet intriguing questions:
-Do majority of Indonesians know what the word "corruption" means?
-What sort of activities/practices are considered "corrupt"?
-Do you think the government officials really know which types of activities are considered corrupt?