I’m Sharon Loh from Indonesia. I travel and eat a lot during weekend or during my holiday. And finally I decided to create this blog on October 2012. Although I had no idea what I’m going to go through, I keep writing. And thank God my blog’s readers are growing, real strong. I’d love to hear what you think about my blog and what I may do to make it even better. I love you guys.
So, recently I received some questions related to my travel blog. And I’m just gonna write them all down here and let everybody read. I also add some other question myself. Haha. Forgive me, will you? It feels so good to question yourself, anyway.
Well, I guess this is a story of how I fulfill my travelling desire. And what I’m actually wishing I could do next.
So I see that you like to travel. What do you do exactly?
Well, hello! I’m an undergraduate student majoring in Informatics who’s currently struggling for my final year. I do my assignments almost every day. I run a online shop, just so I don’t always short of money. I read books and watch movies a lot. But in my spare time, I love to look for something new to eat. And in my long weekend or my holiday, I travel. That’s how I’ve been spending my days I guess.
How did you even remember your travel detail?
Well, I used to bring a journal with me during my travel. It’s like, I’m gonna write all things that has happened that day – just in a brief sentences. But sometimes when I’m in the mood of writing, I write ’em all next thing in the morning. When I can’t remember anything, I browse through someone else’s stories. Just in case they have a similar experience so I can recall mine.
How long does it take for you to publish an article?
It actually does not take a long time I guess. Since everything is based on my own experience. It’s like…. it’s already there in my head so it’s pretty easy to write em down. It might take around 2 – 5 hours, including picking and editing the photos. But sometimes when I’m not in mood, it take days.
I like the pictures you capture. What camera do you use during your trip?
Thank you! Well, I’m not a photographer. Not even closed to one. But I enjoy taking photos! And I’m glad that some people actually like the photos I post. You might need to notice that the photos in my blog are taken by either me or Fred. At first, we used to take picture using our Sony pocket camera, then we used our Samsung Android phone’s camera since it’s quite handy. But lately, we’ve been using Fujifilm X20 and Sony Nex-7 It helps a lot.
Have your ever did a solo travelling?
Not… really. I don’t know why but I just feel unsafe doing this in Indonesia. And solo travelling sounds a bit awkward for me. So, no. But I like to be in the cafe / restaurant myself. I mean, having some waffles, sipping my coffee while writing my blog is a wonderful time for me. I do that a lot. Some friends of mine even think I’m weird or some kind of lonely girl. But in fact, I enjoy it as much as I do.
What’s your favorite thing to do while travelling?
Breakfast time, obviously! I just can’t resist it. If you’ve been following my blog, you must already know the answer. But anyway, I also enjoy doing fun activities like surfing, climbing the Great Wall of China, catching sunrise, and stuffs like that. Note that I’m soooo not into malls. They are boring unless you’re looking for some specific thing to buy.
How do you afford travelling?
Well, I saved my monthly cash! It’s like, I eat the cheap healthy for in weekday and save some money, but I spend it on weekend exploring new kind of food. I also gain some more from the online shop I’m running. But since it’s not even enough, I did involved in some projects. I mean, IT project, it’s like building a website / software or something. I had a paid-internship last summer in Bali while exploring the island. It’s like the best choice I’ve ever made. Thank God I got accepted. But…. the best one to afford my travel expenses is that you wait till your family take you out on vacation. I just wait, never ask for one. 😉
Most over-rated place to visit?
Malioboro street in Yogyakarta I guess. I mean, it is over-rated to be a great place to hangout in Yogyakarta. But then I found nothing so special about it. There are a lot of street vendors selling clothes and foods. But it’s not well organized and it’s crowded. Think I won’t come back.
If you could travel with one person for one week, then never see or hear from them ever again, who would you choose?
It would be a she. And the ‘she’ is gonna be Jodi from Legal Nomads! I mean, she’s amazing! She used to be a lawyer but then she turned her life around and become a popular travel writer. You’ve got to check her site. In a matter of fact, she’s the inspiration why I created this blog back then. She’s just awesome.
Do you write somewhere else, other than this blog?
Well, I do write on my tumblr. It’s just my daily thoughts and stuffs. But I’m planning to write a travel book and propose it to some publishers in Indonesia. Wish me tons of luck! Oh, I’m also currently looking for a site which need a freelance travel writer. Please let me know as I’d love to sign up!
What’s your biggest dream after all?
To be a freelance travel writer, I guess. It’s sad that I’m not even dreaming about being a programmer or a software developer while I’ve been studying that stuff for years. But I found myself enjoying writing so much. And I feel so alive exploring new things. So I’m pretty sure that’s what I wanna do in the future. It’s so good to finally know what I like the most, you know. At least, I know what it’s like to have a hobby. I know what to do in my spare time. And I know what I’d love to do in the rest of my life. I want to keep writing, that’s all.
”If you can dream it, you can do it” – Walt Disney
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Hi Sharon, it’s nice to read your answers to all those questions. Want to be a writer while studying IT? Wow, seems that you choose the wrong path 😛 But it’s ok I think, since I also experiencing a similar condition. I’m an accountant, but most of my books are about computer, photography and traveling 😀
hi om! 😉
well… i know it sounds silly, but i enjoy myself so much when i’m writing. not when i’m developing a software or something.
wow! how could a accountant write books about computer?? 😀
Hi Sharon, you misunderstood me. What I mean with my books is the books in my library, not the book I write 😀
ooops! my bad hehehe. it’s just fun to read books which are not related to our major, is it? 😉
Yup, as long as the subject of the books are quite interesting 🙂
It’s neat learning more about you. I wouldn’t be surprised if you could combine your interests in computers and writing for a career. 🙂
Thank you Kayla! I would love to learn more about you as well. What about posting something similar? 😉
Well, I wish I could! I can’t even imagine what my future might be.
I’ll have to consider doing something similar. It’s neat to know some personal information about the people writing the posts you read. Maybe I can start by responding to my nomination posts. They include questions and such. 🙂
You’ll get there. The future has a neat way of unfolding.
Hi Sharon, i just followed your blog, but i like to read about your travellings and reviews. You wrote that you’re from Indonesia so you can speak Bahasa, rite?
Salam kenal 😀 and keep writting!
Hi Fascha! Thank you for following and even reading my stories. 😀
Yup, I was born and raised in Indonesia.
Tentu! Salam kenal, Fascha! 😀 Kamu jg makin sering nulis ya hehe.
wow!! it’s amazing to know your answers. Thanks for sharing us
Thank you for reading! Why don’t you create your own FAQ? I’d love to read as well! 😀
Thanks for you suggestion !! In future i will definitely do .
Hello Sharon, salam kenal :). Jawaban-jawabannya keren 🙂 keep blogging ya 🙂
Hello juga Messa! Salam kenal juga ya 😀 hehe. Wah makasih. Blog mu jg keren loh. Apalagi yg Minion di Samosir hihi lucu!
Thanks Sharon. Kelanjutannya sudah muncul tuh di blog 😀
Mau bacaaaa! Hihihi 😀
Sharon, pls make a video travel, i´ll be your fan!!!
Wow, nice idea, Kwan! Never thought about it before. I can’t wait to try! 😀 And what about you… making a cooking tutorial video? 😉
Yes Sharon, I’m just start making Thai recipe in Spanish. But still shy in the front of the camera lol. Hope will be better soon!
Me too, not a camera kind of person! I look terrible in front of camera in so many ways. Haha.
I wish you the best! Anyway, your pad thai looks soooo good! I love pad thai and i’m thinking about trying out your recipe! 😀
Hi Sharon, nice blog! I am starting a new one and I wish it would be as cool as yours! Keep writing!
Hi Mici! Thank you for the visiti 😀
Oh actually your blog is kinda cool! Is it written by you and your bf? 😉
You too, keep writing!
It is nice to that you have the luxury of traveling and learning new things. It inspires others to do the same but, I wonder how much does it cost to travel? 🙂
Thanks for stopping by my blog and put a comment in it 😀
Well, my travel expenses varies. When I lived in Bali for 2 months, I spend around US$800, but then, I don’t have to spend more than US$30 in Bandung. It really depends on my destination. 🙂
Hi Sharon, nice to read your blog… Do you study & stay in Indonesia or abroad? Oya, you can try to contact Elex Media if you want to publish traveling book, they are still looking for travel writer…
Hi mas Puput! I’m thrilled that you visit my blog. Thank you!
I’m currently staying and studying in Indonesia 😀 In Bandung to be exact 🙂
Wow, really? Thanks for the information. Do I need to make a book draft myself, or do Elex Media provide some book ‘topic’ or something?
Oh, kuliah di Bandung toh, kirain di Spore atau Malay 😛 Biasanya sih penulis yang ngajuin topik, tinggal editornya setuju atau nggak… Tapi kalo minta topik dari penerbit juga bisa.
ron, tanya jawab blog lu kereen.. belajar banyak gw dari lu. hahahaha
Kya terharu. Makasih ko Bil! Blog mu keren loh. Apalagi foto2nya *o* wuuu
Baru mulai lgi ron. Setelah bosen skripsii. Bwahahahaahaha. Keep posting, gw daftar jadi pembaca setia deh. Kekeke
Hahaha you too keep posting! Semoga makin sering jalan2 & makan2
Dear Sharon d’ traveler…
Setelah surfing di blog lu, ternyata ada interest lainnya selain traveling, cooking.
So, passion-nya wisata kuliner or wisata jalan?
Tapi cooking nya juga yang gampang2 sih. Ga mau repot :p
Meski gampang2 tapi penuh kreasi juga, loh…kind of appetizers, penyajiannya harus cantik n ciamik…
Pasti lu sering nontonin Asian Food Channel buat inspirasi
Hi ! I’m glad to found another Indonesian blogger. Your blog is great ! Especially how you arrange your writings so that it looks more interesting. I hope we can be friends 😀
Hi Joshua! I’m so glad that you found my blog. Ah yours’ greater! I love the pictures you took! 🙂
Of course we can be friends 😀 #shakehand
I’m pleased to heard that. Unfortunately, I can’t write as interesting as yours dude! Haha
I’ll be glad if you wanna teach me one day.
Well, I’ll be flattered as well if you could teach me your photography skill 😉
how I can contact you then ?
It’s quite uncomfortable to talk in your blog comment space 😀
I’ll be happy to have a new friend then 😀
Yes, the comment box gets smaller and smaller I have no idea how to configure it.
You can contact me via email email@example.com or twitter : @lohsharon 😀 Or just simply add me on facebook 😉
Just started following you. I am very-very new to blogging world, so would love to learn from you and all other senior. Salam kenal ya! Look forward to read your next travel adventure 🙂
Thanks for following my blog. Oh dear, I’m not a senior. Not even closed to one 😉 Anyway I like the photos you share on your blog. Keep posting! 😀
Salam kenal juga Ika!
Hi, Sharon! It’s really nice to know your blog and I found your passion journey is totally amazing! Dan lucunya, ternyata km temennya ChintiaOscar yah? Hihi
Oya thanks jg ya posts breakfast di Balinya. Kebetulan aku bru pindah ke Bali Juli lalu apdan lg nyari tmpt makan enak. (:
Keep writing and live your dream yaa!
Hi, Jane! Thank you for visiting my blog!
Wah iya aku temen dari SD nya Chintia Oscar hihi. Kamu kenal? Temen kuliah kah? 😀
Waaah asik nya pindah ke Bali. Ayo explore makanan2 enak terus share di blog mu! 🙂 Would love to read.
Iya thank you ya. You too!
Iyah kenal, aku kakak kelasnya 😀
Haha iyah nih, aku masih kurang explore, nemu blog kamu bantu aku exploring nanti. Kalo ke Bali lg brg Chintia kabar2in yah (:
Wah gituuu. Hihi. Dunia sempit sekali.
Okay sip! Kalo kita kesana, ajak makan yang enak enak ya 😉
Hi! Salam kenal.
Gak nyangka ketemu blogger Indonesia yang hobinya serupa. Makan – jalan-jalan – dokumentasi foto. 🙂 Saya juga baru mulai nulis blog, terinspirasi dari kakak angkatan di kampus. Suka ngiler baca review dan lihat fotonya.
Masih perlu banyak belajar di dunia per-blog-an. 😛 Mohon bimbingannya ya.
Btw, fotomu bagus-bagus semua. 😀
Hi salam kenal! ITB juga ya? 🙂 Hehehe.
Wah makasih banyak! Semoga blog nya makin rame yaaa.
Iya 🙂 Sedang bergulat dengan STA. Semester paling akhir lebih tepatnya T__T Menjelang masa terakhir di kampus, baru sadar kalau ternyata banyak spot menarik di sekitar kampus untuk didokumentasikan.
Oya, kamu jurusan IF-kah? Maaf ya tanya2. Saya EL’08 🙂
Iya aku IF 2010. Sedang TA juga nih. Doakan Oktober! :’)
I love your blog! ❤ I have such strong wanderlust, and your gorgeous pictures just make me want to travel. I am flying to China in a week as I'll be interning in Beijing this summer!
I would also love to hear about your Bali internship. Do you have any posts on it? Bali is gorgeous; I've never been but I hope I'll get the opportunity to do so sometime soon!
Awwwww thank you!! ❤
Wow good luck on your internship! Beijing is a nice place. I didn't have much time to explore it though. But you will!
Here are some of my post about culinary in Bali : https://sharontravelogue.wordpress.com/category/culinary/bali/
This one's about the Jazz Market :
Seaside seafood dinner :
International Kite Festival :
Snorkeling in Bloo Lagoon Bali :
OMG you made me miss Bali so much!!