Siewch's Guestbook



16th July 2019

T50YOB!
I loved this travel blog entry, Siewch. Very witty and tongue-in-cheek, I loved the detachment from the travel experiences. From this T40YOB, I would go for air-conditioned, breakfast-buffet hotel luxury, and short plane hops over 10-hour bus trips any day! Glad you were able to rest up in the lovely hotel 😊
16th July 2019

Dear T40YOB,
You appear to have already garnered enough travel wisdom to avoid the mistakes I have made. Good on you! Signed, T50YOB
15th July 2019

Sulawesi
Fantastic! Great to see you travelling and travel writing again Siewch. I really enjoy your blogs. I have never read anything about travelling in Sulawesi until now, what a really fascinating place. What differences between the culture you encountered and our western one. Mind boggling I imagine, it would probably have taken me a while myself to digest it all...!
15th July 2019

“Mind Boggling” Doesn’t Even Begin To Describe It...
Thanks for your compliments, Alex. This was one situation where I really had to set aside my own values and preconceived notions and try to see things for what they were. It really helped to have a guide.
13th July 2019

The Blair Brothers
Thanks for reminding me about "Ring of Fire." It was shown on PBS here in the States, and a book was published by the two brothers, Lorne and Lawrence Blair. If you look close, in one scene you can see Keith Richards hanging out with the guys. I agree with you about Citidines, and always check them out when traveling. While they may cost a little more, since the rooms have a kitchenette,you can save a ton of money by not having to go out for every meal.
13th July 2019

Ring of Fire
I’m guessing Keith Richards was in one of the Bali scenes? Anyways, Citadines didn’t have a kitchenette... it was a proper luxury hotel - a rarity for me! I think you would agree with me that it would be so easy to just go four star all the way... but what is the fun in that?
13th July 2019

Really enjoying your travels
Thanks for sharing details of the interesting people you are meeting. For me the people make the entire trip. I've never seen Ring of Fire. I will try to find that.
13th July 2019

Ring of Fire
Watch it! The most memorable scene to me was the one with the transgendered sha(wo)men. Totally random.
13th July 2019

Life is short so live it to the fullest! Love those pouring rains. Hellish mountain roads, harping turns, .... sometimes you get what you pay for.... but I will read the book. Thanks for the recommendation.
15th July 2019

Getting What You Pay For
Haha, I most certainly got what I paid for. But hey, a bad day makes a great story doesn’t it? Thanks for following me on my travels!
11th July 2019

Nice blog
The reason we travel is to understand life, family and rituals around the world. It is great you got to be a part of this.
11th July 2019

The reason we travel
You nailed it. Thanks for reading my blog entry.
10th July 2019

Very Fascinating
This is far removed from anything I can remember experiencing, It would be interesting to go there and see this for myself one day, even though I might ethically disagree with some of what's happening at least it's more honest than what we do here in the west. Thank you for this write-up, when/if I do this myself I'll use this post as a reference point. =)
10th July 2019

Life and Death Laid Bare
As westerners, much of what I saw and experienced is hard to fathom. It is hard not to judge. I was mildly surprised how few likes my video got when I posted it on social media. I thought more of my friends would welcome this insight into a unique culture, but maybe it was simply too much. Tana Toraja is amazing. It showcases death - and through that it showcases life as well - unadulterated, uncurated. Not in neat little packages like the meat we get at home. Go if you have the chance.
21st May 2019

Japan
No worries :) Indeed, lol, no bad thing having to put up with all those layovers in Tokyo :D I'm sure you put up with them nicely :D
2nd December 2018

Japan!
Yay! Great to see you travelling again Siewch! And this time as I read your blog on Japan, I can relate completely to my own experiences in this magical country! I visited the Meiji Shrine, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building also for those awesome (free!) views. Great to hear you were also able to fit in a relaxing onsen experience too 😊
21st May 2019

Japan!
Hey Alex. Pardon the delayed response. I'm pretty much a slave to the OneWorld Alliance, and so I happily accept my fate of having to layover in Tokyo. In fact, I have three(!) Tokyo layovers coming up this year. I love that city.
12th April 2018

Ghibli Museum
Thank you for this recommendation Siewch - I am indeed a fan and have been considering a visit to the Museum during my time in Tokyo. Thank you for the heads up on the advance ticket purchase, I will see how my travel planning works out and whether time will allow.
12th April 2018

Sakura
Yay! I'm glad you got to see the cherry blossoms in bloom during your time in Japan. What an unusual gathering of people indeed in Hibiya Park! I too would probably have gone for the strawberry ice cream!
11th April 2018

Temple Stay
What a unique travel experience, great to read about. I think my own trip will not allow me such a retreat this time, but I'm already thinking that Japan may be one of those countries which will warrant a second trip for me. I love the picture with your neighbour, Totoro :)
11th April 2018

My Neighbor Totoro
Pity you might not be able to fit Koyasan into your upcoming itinerary. Japan is definitely worth multiple visits. If you're going to Tokyo, and you like My Neighbor Totoro, consider visiting the Ghibli Museum. You'll have to purchase your tickets in advance; they only sell limited tickets at the door.
10th April 2018

Kyoto
A wonderful and very inspiring read. I'm planning to visit a number of the temples and sights you mention here. Great to have a heads up on the more and less touristy ones, as well as the bus routes between them. Thank you :) Shame about the rain (and hail!) for you guys, but it seems you didn't let it spoil your visit there. I look forward to reading about your trip to Koyasan as you mention :)
8th April 2018

Kitty Island!
Aw, how cute! All the cats look very much at peace in your presence :) I loved reading this entry, about off-the-beaten track travel in Japan. I was thinking about visiting Lake Biwa on my own trip, but I think time will not allow it for me this time. It was great to read about your visit there though :)
From Blog: Isle of Neko
9th April 2018

It’s Worth A Diversion...
But if there is one place I went to this trip that you really shouldn’t miss when you go on your trip, it is Koyasan. Check out my blog on my stay there...
From Blog: Isle of Neko

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