Get to Know the People & Cultures with @Bekabuluh – 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

Residence: Yogyakarta


Twitter: @bekabuluh

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, of course!: 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!

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