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Name: Astrid Reza

Occupation: Writer & Translator

Hometown: Buitenzorg (Bogor), West Java

Residence: Yogyakarta, DIY


Twitter: @taleaboutnomad

How often do you fly: Lately? Every 2 months

How many countries have you been to: Seven

How many continents have you been to: Two

Favorite Indonesian city: Yogyakarta

Favorite international city: Bangkok

Least favorite country: Singapore

Favorite World Heritage Site: Borobudur – I’m a stone temple ruins lover

Favorite airline: Qantas

Favorite aircraft type: Anything that does not feel cramp

Aisle or window: Window

Favorite airport lounge: Changi – Although I don’t like the country, but their airport lounge is nice to doze off for long transit hours

Favorite Indonesia airport: Soekarno Hatta

Favorite international airport: Changi

Favorite hotel: D’omah – Bantul, Yogyakarta

Favorite island: Kakara Island, Tobelo – North Halmahera

Favorite fancy restaurant: I prefer classic vintage restaurant, Trio – Cikini, Jakarta

Favorite hole in the wall: Late-night dip (well, skinny dipping :P) at hot water spring in Candi Umbul, Magelang

Favorite fruit: Mangosteen

Favorite food: Chinese Indonesian Style Porridge, which I often make myself

Least favorite food: Anything bland, I’m a spice lovers, the only plain thing I’ll have are just fresh vegs and fruits

Drink of choice (In the air and on the ground): Red wine

Favorite travel movie(s): Y’tu Mama Tambien and Happy Together, both are favorites, I can’t decide

Favorite travel song(s): Khaboon Ke Parinday – Mohit Chaucan & Alyssa Mendonsa

Favorite travel show(s): I don’t watch TV

Favorite travel book(s): Marcopolo – The Travels , sucker for anything old and classic

Right now I am reading: Spice: The History of Temptation – Jack Turner, Amitav Ghosh – The River of Smoke , I like to switch two books in a time

Five things you bring on a plane: Books, what else? 😛

What do you always seem to forget: Towel, especially when I need one at the other place

What do you want your loved one to buy you from an airport duty free store? ABSOLUT and some good dark chocolate would do me fine somehow

Most embarrassing/worst travel moment: Our boat flip in the North Halmaheran seas, since then I always believe any can flip and after the incident bought myself some dry bags

What’s your dream destination: Lhasa and Bhutan, I’m weak with the Himalayan regions really and I don’t mind doing a motorcycle diaries track in Latin America

Favorite travel blog/website(s) – besides, of course!: for his journey of nine lives and for the inspiration of single moms traveling with their kids

Best travel tip: Let go of yourself in any trip, expect the unexpected. Live like a local. Learn that human compassion exist everywhere we go.

Happy Green Travels!

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