Jules

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Jules

Hi there, thanks for stopping by. My name is Jules short for Julie. I am a full-time banker, a part-time psychology student and an active casual traveller. I was born and raised in Surabaya. At age 16, I moved to Dunedin and then to Sydney at age 20 to pursue a new life. Both cities taught me to appreciate life overseas and from there I learnt and discovered my passion to unveil the world. I have travelled to many places for cultural pleasure and yet I still haven't seen enough of the world. I quit my job and left my friends in Sydney at age 26 for a 6 month trip to Europe and today that was more than a decade ago. Currently, I am living in beautiful Amsterdam shortly after London. For me home is wherever I am and my dream is to continue relocation. I hope my stories inspire you to see more of the world. Lots of love, Jules.



Asia » Indonesia » Java » Surabaya January 8th 2020

Surabaya is the second larger city of Indonesia. The city where I was born and spent half of my life which has changed enormously since I was last here. Everything changed so fast that I needed time to adjust. I didn't recognise my home or my neighbourhood. My home was located in a spacious area surrounded by only a few neighbours with loads of greens, but that turned into an extremely tight neighbourhood where houses are literally attached to each other and some have been separated by tiny alleyways in between. The home that Dad designed and built it himself did not look the same, everything has changed. However, despite all the changes, I am pleased that Surabaya city has become more and more advanced, especially the children education system. I don't visit much because every ... read more
Food again
Home where food ang giggles never run out
Chilling in the front yard

Asia » Malaysia » Wilayah Persekutuan » Kuala Lumpur January 7th 2020

My one day transit in KL was never better. I love this city so much, the food, the awesome people and lingo that I can understand a bit, oh KL...I wish to live with you someday despite all the complications. My late arrival from Delhi was not at all an issue because everything at KL airport is arrangeable including late-night authentic Malaysian street foods to uncomplicated Uber drivers. I am glad that my trip ran smoothly all the way to my hotel. Well.. there was a wee bit of hiccup finding the hotel. The hotel has two locations in KL, and my driver took the wrong one for which he apologised endlessly. Nasi lemak and all the fun stuff to do is all I had in my head. I got up the next day full of ... read more

Asia » India » Uttar Pradesh » Agra January 2nd 2020

It's time to leave Beijing to explore Agra via New Delhi. The journey to get there was not at all smooth from Indian visa inspection, luggage check-in to immigration. At the Beijing airport, it took over 3 hrs to get my luggage checked in and over 2 hrs at the Chinese immigration queue. Fortunately, I caught my flights in time to Delhi via Hong Kong, which went according to schedules. I arrived at Delhi airport after midnight and was amazed how quick Indian immigration worked, they worked ten times faster than China. I felt alive as soon as my plane landed. I was free from surveillance cameras, free from internet restrictions, free from expressing my thoughts freely and not mention English is pretty well-spoken in India. I missed my pre-booked airport cab but grateful to have ... read more
The famous Chicken Tandoori
Old Delhi
Old Delhi spice market

Asia » China » Beijing » Forbidden City January 1st 2020

I will limit my texts here and let my photos take you there. I spent my last day in Beijing to check out The Forbidden City, which is now called The Palace Museum. My hotel was pretty close to this place, so I didn't need to take a train to get there. The opening days are from Tuesday to Sunday, and an entrance fee can be purchased at the entrance gates. This place is always packed with tourists, but inside is big enough to move around. Every house in the village looked the same and it is very well maintained. I counted the animals on the roof of a few houses, it's a trick I learnt from Mike. The Forbidden City reminded me of Andy Liu a Hongkonger actor who played a Chinese television series called ... read more
The giant metal bucket
The Dragon Warrior
The Turtle Warrior

Asia » China » Beijing » Great Wall of China December 31st 2019

In all of my travel experiences, China was the most challenging country to visit. It took me loads of drama to enter Beijing, stay in Beijing and to exit Beijing. Not only the immigration regulations were strict, but the language barrier was also a massive issue. Chinese public security was extremely tight, multiples surveillance cameras were installed in every block of the city. The city is guarded by military everywhere. Beijing got me frustrated at times however, sweet Beijingers made that drama disappear. I spent four days in Beijing under the Beijing 144 hours visa-free program. My travel point began in Beijing city, where I took half of the day to recover from long haul flights. I felt the damn jetlag still linger on the next day. To beat it, I decided to spend my day ... read more
Spicy beef and flat bread. A typical Chinese dish
Beijing at night
Shopping in Beijing is heaven and a way to kill jetlagšŸ˜

Asia » Mongolia » Dornogovi December 31st 2019

I can feel the low-temperature decreasing as I climb up higher altitude. I stand still observing those amazing landscapes surround me and I continue to inhale the freshness air of -14 degrees while the sun illuminating my face. Oh Mother nature, where shall I begin to describe your beauty... Mongolia 2019.... read more
Mongolian's mountains in winter


Living in Amsterdam truly gives me the privilege to travel around Europe either for a weekend getaway or a short break. Germany is one of the few countries where I frequently spent my weekend getaway. I go there at least 3 times a year to pay regular visits to my good old friends in Frankfurt and Munich and the other times just to explore more of the country. I particularly love nature in Germanā€™s little towns and villages. The places where I can breathe some fresh air, enjoy freshly baked bread, buy myself freshly picked flowers at the local market, take a stroll in the forest, get on the bike from a village to the next one or read a book in serenity. I recently visited a little town in Germany called Rheinfelden which is about ... read more
International swans
Sound of nature
Serenity below the clouds

Asia » China » Beijing » Great Wall of China November 24th 2019

I have a massive love for Asia and I can't wait to start my journey. My upcoming trip begins from Beijing down to New Delhi then further down to Malaysia and Indonesia. Aside from pleasure, this trip is also a part of my world's seven wonders collection which I have seen 4 so far.... read more




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