Trip to Korea- 2016 (한국에서 잘 지내세요)

Visiting South Korea is a dream come true. I went there just by myself with my luggage, small camera and tripod. Before going to Korea, I applied for  visa in Jakarta and waited for 5-days to process.

With the help of Ms. Dinda (referred by a mutual friend working in Anantara Uluwatu) who booked for my flight to Jakarta, Jeju & Seoul plus my accommodation in South Korea.

She sent an email of  Seoul booklet and I wrote down possible places to visit nearby my accommodation. I studied Seoul subway too (it is really complicated, too many lines).

She did a great job especially in booking for cheap flights and finding accommodation which fits to my budget. Though, challenges arise before this trip, still we manage to finalize my South Korea holiday trip.

I spent 3-nights in Jeju, flew back to Seoul for 1-day visit and back to Bali on October 19.

How I survived in Jeju Island? Well, I google the interesting places, learned the bus timings and know where the bus stop is.

Fortunately, I have Korean (can speak English) roommate in Gongcheonpo Olle Guesthouse. Her name is Bora. So, whenever I am not sure about the bus number and route, I seek help from her. She is so helpful and friendly.

By the way, from Jeju International Airport to Gongcheonpo Olle Guesthouse takes around 1 1/2 hour trip by bus.  It is far from the airport but near to the interesting places in Jeju.

My room facing the sea, and I can easily watch sunrise and sunset by merely opening my window pane.

October 17, when I arrived in Seoul (city life). I explore the place right after my arrival in the city. I  grab the map, read and follow the route. Whenever I feel that I am lost and couldn’t find the right track, I ask some Koreans waiting on the line too.

I learned from this trip: be brave to ask,  be open to learn, and be aware of your environment.

Here are some of the photos taken during my 4-days trip in South Korea:

JEJU ISLAND – 3 nights

Seoul- 1 night


Those who are living in Indonesia and tend to visit South Korea, I may suggest the service of Ms. Dinda. You can send message to her email address:

You will surely love the place.

Strengthening Couple Relationship

I am back in writing an article about love and relationship.

From Bali with love, I am ready to face my computer and tap the keyboard again.

Thank you to all my followers and readers  who are following my blog. I wholeheartedly extend my thanks  to my special guests who gave me permission to feature their love message and photos on this article.

When you are with the “One”, you feel happy, contented, secured,  and loved. How do you strengthen your relationship whether in a long distance or even you are together?

Two different world and culture met in one place with same belief and main goal. If you were destined to be in one’s arm and the flame of love really strikes, it is easy to say “Yes, I do.”

The couple is like a sculptor in the construction and shaping of their marriage. The couple can likewise recreate, re-frame, or renew a relationship, but it is a difficult venture. The sculpting is compounded in marriage because there are two persons with two different perceptions of the relationship.


celebrating their 3rd wedding anniversary and counting

There are two sets of needs to be considered and two sets of expectations which are involved. It is possible for two people of good will to discuss their future possibilities together, and to reconcile differences that arise. It is also possible for a couple to realize a greater amount of their marriage potential.

Marriage ought to foster the growth of authentic love between man and woman. This love should evolve as a mixture of greater humanness between the partners (also called friendship) and a meaningful sexual relationship, based on respect, trust and compassion. This deep and meaningful love is devoted to the welfare of each other. (source:

Components of satisfying marriage.

  1. TRUST- built on mutual respect and acceptance of differences.
  1. COMMITMENT- you commit yourself and take responsibility



6-years into relationship, finally tied a knot

  1. SKILLS- both partners be skillful at understanding others, expressing needs, listening to each other, wise decision making, negotiating and managing conflicts and having meaningful communication. Both partners should also know their responsibility like in household chores and parenting.
  1. CARING- being supportive of each individual’s growth and personal interest. Caring for relationship.

“happily ever after”

5. RECIPROCITY- helping each other to fulfill individual roles. Exchanging positive                     rewards.

  1. EFFORT- in any relationship, effort is part of it. Taking time to work on your marriage.
  1. EXPECTATIONS- try to be realistic. Don’t try to change your partner just to meet your expectation.

“Care is sweetest form of love. When someone says, take care it really means that you will stay in their heart till its last beat. So take care! I love you”…. This is the message from Mr. Moudh to Ms. Samar.  


“Let  there be spaces in your togetherness, and let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup. Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf. Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone, even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music. Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping. For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts. And stand together, yet not too near together: For the pillars of the temple stand apart, and the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.”- Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet