Jules F I


Jules F I

Hi, I'm Jules (short for Julie). Full-time banker, part-time psychology student, casual traveller and mum of a 10-year-old mixed Belgian Malinois Kita.

I was born and raised in Indonesia and then moved to New Zealand when I was 16 and to Australia when I was 20. Surviving alone on various continents at an early age is one of my best accomplishments in life. That's when I discovered my passion for unveiling the world.

I have travelled to many places for cultural pleasure, yet I still have not seen enough. I wanted to explore more, so at the age of 26, I decided to leave my job in Sydney and I left my life behind to embark on a 6-month travel experience across Europe. This journey enabled me to begin a new life in London before finding myself living another new new life Amsterdam for the 11 years.

My dream is to continue relocating and learning more about the world, and hopefully my stories will inspire you to step outside your comfort zone and see more places because life is too short not to! This blog site is user-friendly, it is not required to create an account. The photos are below the page. Lots of love, Jules.

Here I am returning from a long absence since my last blog. It has been a while since I updated my travel stories, this time, words do not flow easily into my head like they used to, and this could be one the effects of COVID-induced alienation syndrome. The pandemic had taken a toll on many of us including a psychology student like myself. I experienced sanity diminishing day by day as the whole shebang went on far longer than anticipated and I don’t know how I managed to keep my grip intact. Two years of on and off lockdowns, open-closed borders, flight restrictions, quarantine bs, and not to mention emotional roller coasters mindfuck that we are learning to overcome. Let's face it, is there a chance of reclaiming the old lives back? Probably not. Has ... read more
The resorts
Milk chocolate melting under the blue skies on a beach
Baby turtle at Fisherman’s bay

COVID-19 is the global chaos and the hottest topic of 2020. I had unknowingly landed in places where the virus has spread globally. I was lucky enough to make it back to Amsterdam a week before the world went mad about toilet paper. I got pretty sick the day after my arrival. I caught the nastiest cold, which knocked me down completely. My stubborn arse went back to work while still feeling unwell, and of course, that stupidity sent my sorry act back home for two weeks quarantine. I remember people around me were in an extreme panic because there was no vaccine yet. My colleagues and GP were terrified of me and the virus I brought along. I had a clash with the GP assistant as she refused to give me an appointment or a ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Nusa Dua January 12th 2020

Gosh, I realised it’s been ages since I updated my seven wonders of the world series. Yes, some hiccups here and there causing the delay and busy is not the word I like to use even if this is the case. BALI... This beautiful island holds a special place in my heart, not because of my Indonesian heritage, but it's really unbelievable. The best place to relax from my recent trips to 3 long-distance counties within 3 weeks. Something about Bali calls out for relaxation that my brain could not say no. I couldn’t resist the vibrations of its beautiful nature, the friendliness of its people and the finest cuisines. I find myself in a complete relaxation mode, unwinding from my hectic Amsterdam routines whenever I am in Bali. Whether it's next to a pool, at ... read more
Eating - My fave activity
Wining in my backyard
Pure love wont hurt - I love you too Bali

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Surabaya January 8th 2020

Surabaya is the second larger city of Indonesia. The city where I was born and spent a quarter of my life has changed enormously since I was last there. Everything changed so fast that I needed time to adjust. I didn't recognise my home and my neighbourhood. The home I grew up in was located in a massive area surrounded by only a few neighbours with loads of greens. Sadly, that turned into an extremely tight neighbourhood where houses are literally attached to each other (just like houses built in The Netherlands) and some have been separated by tiny alleyways in between. Dad designed and built our house himself (with the help of a few constructors) which was cool but it no longer looked the same, everything has changed. Despite the massive changes in town, I ... read more
Home where food ang giggles never run out
Cruising SBY night on scooters with family
Bromo  covered in heavy fog

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 together with you someday despite your resident permit 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 ... 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 to luggage check-in to immigration. It starts at Beijing airport. English is not only unspoken in the city, but it is also not spoken in the entire airport. Due to international flights visa inspections requirements, the airline company did not facilitate online check-in. I arrived nice and early without realising that this check-in won't end up well. The desk sent me to a shop outside the airport where I needed to print my itineraries as they don’t accept digital versions. An hour and a half later, I returned to the same desk with all documents printed out, but they claimed that I still needed to print more stuff, which I think ... read more
Old Delhi spice market
Qutub Minar
Jama Masjid on a pedicab

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

I will limit my texts here and let my photos take you there. A trick Mike taught, I counted all animals on each roof of every house, it's was fun. I spent my last day in Beijing to check out The Forbidden City, which is now called The Palace Museum. My hotel was pretty closed to this place, so I didn't need to take a train to get here. 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. The Forbidden City reminded me of Andy Liu a Hongkonger actor who appears in many a Chinese television series ... 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 I have ever visited. 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 a massive issue too. 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 linger on the next day. To beat it, I decided to spend my ... read more
Shopping in Beijing is heaven and a way to kill jetlag😍
Winter at the Great Wall
Traditional Mongolian musicals performed at my hotel lobby

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 German’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

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