Traveljunkieindonesia.com – Travel like a Head of Public Relations (Francisca Prandayani) for Da Vinci Indonesia.
The getaway: Beijing, China.
Getting there: Direct flights from Jakarta to China (Beijing Capital International Airport) ; or transit in Hong Kong (this is because I love to take airport pictures – oh and I am not included in the pictures by the way, dont worry about ‘narcism’, just the interior and the ambience… )
In her suitcase: My travel size skincare, LBD’s (Little Black Dress) – this is essential ! Gets you through for party, casual day, and formal; trench coat (nice for sunny and winter and look good on pictures too!), party shoes to dance the night away, flat shoes for the comfort sightseeing trip (I hate sneakers, I believe they should be only for the gym), pencil skirts that goes with my boots, my jeans and scarfs, several crisp white shirts and my bikini (I love to swim).
Leisure activities: Anything goes, from dining to clubbing, visiting the most popular tourist attraction (what you read in in-flight magazines! *LOL*) ; but for me the most important place to visit is always The National Museum.
Necessary gadgetry: Adapter plugs (you must know the voltage througout the country you will visit, so that it can be safely used for your appliances – like your favorite hair dryer and other electronic gizmos) , portable electric car chargers, my cameras (I always bring two cameras whilst travelling), rechargeable batteries, my ipad, iphones, and of course nobody (I think) could ever make it without their iPod’s. Oh… does hair dryer’s can be included as ‘gadgetry’ too ? I never travel without my them. LOL!
In-flight reading: Lifestyle Magazines, reading something that is too serious makes it feels like youre not on a holiday trip. My fave magazines to read in-flight are always : Harper’s Bazaar (Singapore issue) and Walpaper Magazine (this one is for the Design / Interior / Architecture lovers). And comics! Lots of lots of Archie Comics!
In-flight essentials: Oversized scarfs, sleep mask, my iPad, mini make up kit, mini perfumes, hand cream and lip balm and when we arrived at the airport ; oversized sunglasses – you will arrived georgeous!
Where she’ll stay: Traders Hotel (Beijing) – managed by Shangri-La (and just right accross their famous CCTV Building, many pictures for your cameras every day!)
Favorite dish there: I rarely complained about dishes, I’m pretty much easy going for culinary – if it tastes good then it’s good to go! However I always order (and then compared with others) one thing from the bar; their Chocolate Martinis.
Shopping spot: Local tourist shopping venue, where else – The Silk Market. I rarely shop for branded items whilst in Beijing, Shanghai or GuangZhou, they cost more than Singapore, HongKong and (of course) Italy.
On her to-buy list: Something for my mother and my grandmother, the rest are complimentary.
Beauty essentials: L’Occitane hand cream, Kiehl’s lip balm, Lancome moisturizer, hairspray (a mini version), Chanel nail vernish, my fave-for-three-consecutive-years-never-ever-change-brands MAC Kinda-Sexy matte lipstick, and Sephora’s tan oil – sexy and makes your skin moist all the time. If its winter, a Burt & Bee’s moisturizer.
On-the-go music: Anything from Hed Kandi Lounge Music.
Favorite hotel in the world: The Amanusa and The Amanjiwo (from the Aman Group) , Four Season’s Sayan, most of my favorite hotels are in Bali, Indonesia. I rarely travel but when I travel I prefer to stay at the best, its the experience that counts. Nice hotel makes a memorable trip.
Restaurant to plan a trip around: I love caviaar, foie gras, street food, warung tegal, and rumah makanan Padang
How she documents her trip: I always have two cameras everytime I travel (deciding which one to edit might be a problem since the pictures will be so abundant), sometimes when travelling around in Indonesia – me and my friends bring our own photographer. Yup! So the results are always good pictures! (with or without us in the picture, LOL!).
CiscaDV’s travel tips: Never estimate the power of an It-bag. Mine was always my LV’s Galleira supersize. You will need a handbag that fits your camera on the inside plus keeping you safe from pickpockets. Know where you are going; I never read a map the morning whilst breakfast at the hotel. Instead, I create my own itinerary (therefore I can manage my time to visit all the popular spots). Thats including all the hip and must-visits places such as club or bars. Respect the culture of a country by visiting their National Museum. Have two wallets. Separate your money, traveler’s cheque and credit cards on two wallets. If you lost one (hopefully this will never happened to any of you), you still have money on the other wallet. Have all documents photocopied and keep it in your luggage. Keep the photocopy of your passport and plane tickets on your luggage. Just in case. Always know and respects every country culture, society, language, etiquette, manners and customs – be an elegant traveller.
Happy Green Travels!