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Merapi: Hopes and Fears

The aftermath of the eruption of the majestic Mount Merapi through a foreigner’s eyes. Mount Merapi is an iconic landmark of Indonesia, many claim it to be one of the most scenic spots within Southeast Asia. Situated near Jogjakarta, which is located in Central Java, it is the most active volcano in Indonesia. Late last year, Mount Merapi erupted, destroying complete villages and leaving many homeless. What was once a popular tourist destination had become a barren land of despair. I spent some time in Cangkringan Village volunteering with some members of the organisation, Jalin Merapi, which contributes by disseminating…

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Daydreaming in Tioman

A couple of friends whom I got to know out of a common love for lomography went on a trip to a small island off the East shore of Malaysia, called Pulau Tioman. The island is rather small but it’s littered with small resorts and chalets. As for the attractions, local eateries and accommodation are all within walking distance, it’s very convenient to get around. From the pier, there is a breathtaking view of the sunset upon the sparkling waters. For adrenaline junkies, there are plenty of activities to do, such as diving, scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, banana boat rides,…

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