Traveljunkieindonesia.com – Want to know how to travel in style, just like the pros? We check in with frequent fliers to find out how often they fly, their favorite destinations and what they never leave home without.
Name: Labodalih Sembiring
Occupation: Reporter, translator, editor, creative writing lecturer
Hometown: Binjai, North Sumatra
Short Bio: I’m all about meeting people and get inspired by them.
How often do you fly: Not that often. More often than not, flying freaks me out.
How many countries have you been to: Four
How many continents have you been to: Two
Favorite Indonesian city: Yogyakarta
Favorite international city: Sydney
Least favorite country: Singapore
Favorite world heritage site: Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra
Favorite airline: Qantas
Favorite aircraft type: Anything spacious
Aisle or window: Near an exit door
Favorite airport lounge: No name comes to mind
Favorite Indonesia airport: SHIAM
Favorite International airport: SYD
Favorite hotel: Bandung’s Padma Hotel (West Java)
Favorite island: Dodola Island (Morotai)
Favorite fancy restaurant: Seminyak’s Chandi Restaurant (Bali)
Favorite hole in the wall: Tobelo’s Dabiloha art performance group’s headquarters (North Halmahera)
Favorite fruit: Soursop
Favorite food: Soto medan
Least favorite food: Fastfood
Drink of choice (In the air and on the ground): Water
Favorite travel movie(s): Home (not exactly a travel movie, but it can inspire you to become a responsible citizen of the earth, including when traveling)
Favorite travel song(s): All Saints (Ost. The beach) – Pure Shores
Favorite travel show(s): Don’t Tell My Mother
Favorite travel book(s): Nathaniel’s Nutmeg (again, not exactly a travel book, but it’s an eye-opener to the world of spices in eastern Indonesia)
Right now I am reading: The Brothers Karamazov
Five things you bring on a plane: Music, music, music, music, music
What do you always seem to forget: My swimming trunks
What do you want your loved one to buy you from an airport duty free store? A new G10 to replace the one I lost.
Most embarrassing/worst travel moment: missing my flight because I was too busy on BBM
What’s your dream destination: I’m going to Chennai at the end of this year or early next year. Really looking forward to it.
Favorite travel blog/website(s) – besides Traveljunkieindonesia.com, of course!: www.touris.ms. Except for its Jakarta guide page.
Best travel tip: When in Indonesia, get to know the people and their cultures. TALK TO THEM. Indonesians love to talk about their towns and villages, and often they are more than happy to show you around.
Happy green travels!