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Name: Indohoy (Murni & Vira)
Murni: Environmental officer in the mining industry
Vira: On-air promo producer by day, scriptwriter by night
Vira: Bandar Lampung
Murni: I’m a girl that enjoys a good laugh and is pretty easy … easily distracted by traveling invites to new places or trying new things
Vira: Going places and staying put to go places again then stay put again and go again…and so on..
How often do you fly:
Murni: Usually once a month, mostly for working purposes.
Vira: on average perhaps once a month
How many countries have you been to:
Murni: 9 *cover face with hands
Vira: A dozen
How many continents have you been to:
Murni: 2 *bury head in ground
Favorite Indonesian city:
Murni: Bandung. It’s the city I grew up in, so sue me!
Vira: Oh this is killing me – do I really have to choose? Ok. It’s Surabaya now but it might change if you ask me again tomorrow
Favorite international city:
Murni: Hmm…. do I really have to choose??? Madinah for its deserts and Hanoi because it’s so different compared to the cities of Asia that I’ve been to.
Vira: Umm.. Luang Prabang for now
Least favorite country:
Murni: Malaysia. It doesn’t interest me much. But I’ve been only to a few cities and areas.
Vira: Oh this is so hard..okay maybe China? Though I’ve only seen a little of it.
Favorite World Heritage Site:
Murni: Hmm.. I can’t remember which ones are world heritages. Although important, it’s not really a big highlight on my list, so I dunnow.
Vira: Derawan Islands
Murni: Singapore Airlines. The planes are great, the hosts are friendly, and the food is good! However, may I state that my favorite flight attendant uniform belongs to Emirates?
Vira: Garuda Indonesia on promo!
Favorite aircraft type:
Murni: Kintoun cloud owned by Sun Go Kong. You didn’t state it had to be real 😀
Vira: Hmm.. I never really take notice of the aircraft types 😛
Aisle or window:
Murni: Window. I like to sleep and wake up to the view from above.
Vira: Definitely aisle!
Favorite airport lounge:
Murni: I’m not a lounge person.
Vira: I’ve only been to one, the HSBC one in Soetta, so I can’t really say it as a favorite
Favorite Indonesia airport:
Murni: Makassar. It’s spacious and crisp.
Vira: Komodo airport! We were welcomed by a komodo statue and it was the first time I was being weighed as a passenger (when flying out).
Favorite international airport:
Murni: Dubai I guess, just because it’s ironically lush inside, while it’s so dry and arid outside. I don’t like the size though *massaging feet.
Vira: Basco airport in the Philippines (it’s probably local but since it’s outside of Indonesia I consider it international) cos everything was done manually, even the bags check! Baggage claim was done by choosing your bags from a pile of baggage, not on a baggage carousel.
Murni: Can I say 2? I can, right? I’d pick Ankermi resort in Waiterang, Flores and Thong Bay Guesthouse in Luang Prabang. I don’t really like hotels.
Vira: The Venetian Macao cos I stayed at a Royal Suite and I felt royal. That doesn’t happen everyday.
Murni: Favorite ISLAND??? Wha??? Um… Anak Krakatau island. It’s raw, has a volcano, the water is clean, it’s surrounded by other islands. The view is also spectacular for such a small island.
Vira: Ok. Perhaps Kakaban Island? Or maybe Batanes Island in the Philippines.. can’t decide L
Favorite fancy restaurant:
Murni: Can’t remember the name but it was a Morrocan restaurant in Sydney. I loved it because the food was so good, they had burning incense, and the decoration was very middle eastern.
Vira: I haven’t done a lot of fancy stuff, I pick “di Mare” at the Karma Kandara resorts, Bali
Favorite hole in the wall:
Murni: ‘Sloki’ cafe in Surabaya. There are no boundaries and legal papers apparently hahaha…
Vira: “Sloki”the disko dangdut sidewalk club on Jalan Kedongdoro, Surabaya!
Murni: Bananas, ripe papaya, and lengkeng.
Vira: Papaya. It makes life easier.
Murni: Fruits and chocolate.
Vira: The yummy ones. There.
Least favorite food:
Murni: Durian (yes, I don’t like Durian. Stop looking at me like that!) and greasy parts of animals.
Vira: Veggies. Sorry Mom.
Drink of choice (In the air and on the ground):
Murni: Water and coffee, both in the air on the ground I guess.
Vira: Water fosho!
Favorite travel movie(s):
Murni: I have a lot but now I can only recall Harold and Kumar ‘White Castle’ haha
Vira: Into the Wild
Favorite travel song(s):
Murni: Nothing specific. Middle to up-beat songs and those with heavy guitar strums.
Vira: A lot. Anything by Foster The People, “Have A Nice Day” – Stereophonics, “Blame It On The Girl” – Mika, etc.
Favorite travel show(s):
Murni: Departures, Word Travels, Don’t Tell My Mother, and one I can’t remember its title but it’s got a blond British guy as a host.
Vira: Departures, No Reservation, Don’t Tell My Mother, Globe Trekker (with Megan McCormick).
Favorite travel book(s):
Murni: Lonely planet, both guide book and compilation of the stories
Vira: Never really read any.
Right now I am reading:
Murni: The Journeys 2: Cerita dari Tanah Air Beta
Vira: The Smith Journal magazine.
Five things you bring on a plane:
Murni: Blow up neck pillow, socks, notebook, mineral water, and camera.
Vira: Camera, iPad, handbag, wallet, and my dorky neck pillow
What do you always seem to forget:
Murni: Liquid soap, tissue, neck pillow, and pillow case just in case I don’t trust the one in the accommodation.
Vira: That I don’t have much money.
What do you want your loved one to buy you from an airport duty free store?
Murni: Chocolate. Better yet, a local sold chocolate.
Vira: Easy, perfume.
Most embarrassing/worst travel moment:
Murni: hmm…. can’t think of the ‘ most’ embarrassing moment. Is that bad?
Vira: Traveling alone in the serene romantic Candidasa, Bali. Ouch!
What’s your dream destination:
Murni: Amazon, Palestine, Tibet, and Saumlaki with the Tanimbar Islands.
Vira: A non-touristy island in Greece, a balloon ride over anywhere, and Sangihe Island for unknown reasons.
Favorite travel blog/website(s) – besides Traveljunkieindonesia.com, of course!:
Murni: Idih! But true enough, I’m a regular. And, nomadicmatt, lonely planet forum, Trinity ‘the naked’ Traveler, hifatlobrain.
Vira: Why of course! Nomadicmatt.com, Adventurouskate.com
Best travel tip:
Murni: Splurge and make mistakes on the first few trips. Get to know your own rhythm, what you like, and what you’re willing to spend on. Find what makes you happy on your travels, so you live your travels to the fullest with no regrets.
Vira: Just go whenever you can, wherever you want, and make your own travel tips 😀
Happy Green Travels!