[Lebanon Trip] A Visit to Khalil Gibran’s Hometown

Who doesn’t know Gibran Khalil Gibran? He was one of the most famous poets in the Arab world and known as the third best-selling poets after Shakespeare and Lao-tzu. My first encounter with his poems was when I was still a high school student, in May 2004, one of my classmates gave me “The Prophet” by Khalil Gibran as a birthday present. At that time I was into beautiful words by Shakespeare and Emily Dickinson. Getting a book by Khalil Gibran was a turning point in my life that would later drive me to study literature in university.

The Lebanese-American artist was born in Bcharreh, Mount Lebanon on January 6, 1883. Gibran and his sisters, Mariana and Sultana, were brought to United States by his mother in 1895 for a better living. During his lifetime Gibran studied in Boston and Paris and he was known for his poems and paintings. But in his last days, Gibran requested to be buried in his birthplace in Bcharreh. I was wondering why didn’t he want to be buried in the states, where he spent most of his lifetime… So I went to Gibran Museum, which also serves as his final resting place, during my trip to Lebanon. Continue reading →

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[Lebanon Trip] My Flight with Middle East Airlines

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November is almost over and I’m sorry for the lack of posts this month. It was simply because I flew continuously from 1-18 November and then I spent a week after that in Lebanon for solo trip. If you are friends with me on Facebook or follow me on instagram, you can see some of the trip photos there.

It was a relaxing week and I had a lot of fun there. Meeting new people, visiting new places, walking the paths I have never taken before, eating the local food and exchanging stories with the other travelers. That’s what I love about traveling. You discover yourself more while on the go. I will try my best to write all my travel experiences while in Lebanon, the good and the not-so-good ones, so those who want to visit this country either by themselves or in groups can learn from my journal and prepare better for their own trip.

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On this post, I’d like to review my flight with Middle East Airlines (MEA) from Riyadh to Beirut on November 20, 2016. Continue reading →

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Hello November!

November’s roster is out!

I have been waiting to know what I will get next month as this will affect my plans. I am talking about the days off here, because if I don’t get the ones that I expect the least, that means I have to find some crew to swap some flights with me to allow me have the days off I desire.

I don’t know if it’s only me or other crew members are also feeling the same. When I started flying, my priority was the layover destinations. I was always curious of which countries I will visit next and what would I do there. But the longer I fly, I find out that I want to manage life outside flying duties and prioritize the days off first. Destinations following once I know which dates I want off duty. Continue reading →

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A Delicate Visit to Twinings House

Twinings Tea Strawberry & Raspberry Tea and Pot

My first encounter with Twinings tea was when I flew to London for the first time June last year. In the dry store box, there I saw Twinings English Breakfast Tea and Green Tea. Basically anywhere in London you will see this tea being served in hotels and restaurants. So I took a sip of that classic English tea and before I knew it, I already finished my cup of tea.

So when one day I saw London on my roster, I was thinking about going to Twinings tea shop and museum located at The Strand. Along with another Indonesian crew, Wulan, I went there a couple hours after we landed in London. We took the tube and stopped at Temple Station (District and Circle lines). From there, we had a look at a map board and found our way to the strand following the street signs. Twinings shop located exactly opposite the Royal Courts of Justice so it was quite easy to find it. Continue reading →

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On My Music Playlist Now

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Every once in awhile, I update my music playlist so that I can listen to new mood-boosting songs to make my day. I thank Deezer music app for this because it always notifies me every time there’s a new release or recommended albums to download and listen to. So I never get bored with all the songs because they’re always new and easy to my ears.

There are a few songs that I have been listening to lately, songs of various genres. These songs that I’m going to share here are those that I often listen to before going for a flight. They kind of make my day and brighten up my spirit to fly, even on a killer red-eye flight. So, here they are… Continue reading →

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Strolling around The Brooklyn Bridge

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Brooklyn Bridge. The bridge of which a lot of Hollywood movies and romantic pre-wedding photos were shot at. The bridge that many have testified that it brings every visitor comfort at heart and, whoever standing on one of its sides looking at either sunsets or sunrises there, a peaceful feeling. Yes, Brooklyn Bridge is that famous. And on my New York layover this time, along with two other crew members (my flying partner Diana and a Malaysian crew named Nurul), there I went.

Our hotel was located in Long Island, quite far to go to the downtown, so we went out by 9 AM by an Uber car to reach the nearest train station, Farmingdale. From this station, we bought a Line A ticket heading to Penn Station. We dropped by Jamaica Station and took another train on track number 3 and fully stopped at the destination which was Atlantic City Terminal Station. Continue reading →

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Hello October!

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Bulan Oktober ini diawali dengan bangun siang menjelang sore karena tadi pagi buta gue baru balik dari penerbangan Cairo roundtrip. Dan saat bangun tadi, gue mengumpulkan segenap tenaga untuk bangkit dari tempat tidur supaya gue bersiap-siap. Malam ini gue punya jadwal jemputan untuk terbang ke New York dengan jadwal keberangkatan pagi buta besok. Wow, sibuk yah… Saking sibuknya, gue sampe ga nyadar pas ada temen wassap gue dan nanya begini, “Weekend ngapain?”

Setelah gue mengecek kalender, baru sadar. Oh, ini weekend toh? Hahahaha~

Jujur aja, sejak terbang gue udah ga pernah tau lagi apakah hari ini weekend atau hari apa. Yang gue tau hanyalah tanggal berapa hari ini dan apakah hari ini gue ada flight atau libur. Jadi kalau ada orang bikin janji ke gue dan bilang, “Kita ketemuan hari Sabtu ya!” gue bakalan bertanya balik. Hari Sabtu tuh tanggal berapa? Jam berapa? Yang spesifik dong… Continue reading →

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