Win a Free One Year Subscription to GPSMYCITY

As mentioned in my previous post, GPSmyCity is an app providing articles embedded with GPS map covering over 1,000 cities worldwide that can be read offline after installing on iOS or Android through . It will save a lot of time and cut the hassle while finding a direction for places you want to visit.

The subscription costs $12.99 per year on travel articles, currently available for iOS and will be on Android as well, very soon.

Regarding subscription, I have fantastic news to announce. In collaboration with GPSmyCity, I launch a giveaway contest to win a free one year subscription (worth $18.99/year) on walking tours and travel articles that work for iOS and Android users for 10 winners.

Moreover, the subscription includes the following articles from my blog:

  1. Off the Beaten Path City Hopping Near Berlin Part I: Warnemuende–
  2. Off the Beaten Path City Hopping Near Berlin Part II: Rostock–
  3. Meiji Shrine: Serene Spot in Shibuya / Tokyo, Japan–
  4. Asakusa in Pictures: Outside Sensoji Temple after 5 PM –

All you have to do to participate in this contest is very simple:

Just follow my blog, that’s all!

The contest valids until May 31, 2018.

So, what are you waiting for? Get the app and win it!



Turning a Travel Article into a Personal Guide with GPSmyCity

Indeed, it’s possible! But, what is GPSmyCity and what are the benefits for travelers?

GPSmyCity is an app providing articles covering over 1,000 cities worldwide. Once you install the app either on iOS or Android through , you can download each article for free and read it in the future without internet connection.

All articles are embedded with GPS map that will function after upgrading with a small amount of fee. There’s no need to ask anyone for a direction or read a conventional map on your own any longer to find a place you want to go, that will save a lot of time and cut the hassle during your journey. The best thing about it is that the GPS works even when you’re offline. Isn’t it great?

After traveling for many years, I realize that wi-fi connection is one of the essentials you don’t always get easily when you’re abroad, except depending on hotels and cafes or data roaming packages that may break your bank account. So, I believe that GPSmyCity is a breakthrough app for travelers like us.

Therefore, I’m happy to announce that my articles, Off the Beaten Path City Hopping Near Berlin Part I: Warnemuende –, Off the Beaten Path City Hopping Near Berlin Part II: Rostock – and Meiji Shrine: Serene Spot in Shibuya / Tokyo, Japan – are ready to launch on GPSmyCity.

During the first week of the launch, GPSmyCity will give away one of my articles, Off the Beaten Path City Hopping Near Berlin Part I: Warnemuende – , and users will be able to upgrade the app for free.

Remember, the giveaway is available only until February 25, 2018.

So, get the app now to access both iOS and Android versions on !

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Chinese New Year’s Post Highlights

New Year celebration is over according to Gregorian solar calendar, but it’s just about to start according to Chinese lunar calendar. Usually, Chinese New Year celebration ranges from January 21 until February 20. The 12 animals in Chinese Zodiac, such as rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig, have a cycle that runs every 12 years. In 2018, it’s the year of dog that will fall on February 16.

Apart from celebrating Chinese New Year with my family, I’d like to celebrate it online as well through my blog. Therefore, during the month of February, I will dedicate my posts to historical destinations in Chinatown Jakarta I visited with Jakarta Good Guide, such as:

  • Candra Naya, the former residence of Khouw Kim An, the last Major of Chinese during the Dutch occupation, once housed 14 wives and 24 children.
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Candra Naya
  • Pantjoran Tea House, a Chinese restaurant whose building used to be a pharmacy called Apotheek Chung Hua before its revitalization project in 2015.
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Pantjoran Tea House
  • The oldest temples in Jakarta called Dharma Bhakti Temple, known as Kim Tek Ie Temple, and Dharma Jaya Toasebio Temple.
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Dharma Jaya Toasebio Temple

And some more Chinese related destinations I still need to think about, probably in the following month? Oh well, let it be a surprise for you. So, stay tuned!

Instagram, Pinterest and Blogging Resolutions



The year 2015 is almost over. Within a couple of weeks, we are reaching the 52nd week and the 365th day of this year.

Recently, I’ve done an introspection about my blogging attitude. I realize that I’ve been one of the least productive bloggers for the last 4 years. I’ve been posting less than 100 articles since 2011, where everyone else can publish over 500 posts within the same period as mine. There are times I hibernate from blogosphere. The result of my absence is a quite significant amount of decreasing followers.

Writer’s block is not really an issue since I have too many things in my head that the ideas and words are sometimes tangled. I only need more time to construct them properly into something amusing to read.

So what are the real problems? I have too many distractions in real life apart from a day to day job, from too much hang outs (including late-night socialization), playing with my dearly doggie, yoga practices until too much TV time (Yes, too bad I cannot resist those series of Homeland, American Horror Story, CSI and box-office movies on cable TV). Focus and concentration are the main challenges I need to face at all times.

Nonetheless, they are not signs of my blogging retirement. Actually, I’ve been showing off my travel pictures on other platforms:

So, suppose you feel like viewing the pictures without scrolling all my posts, feel free to choose whatever platforms you like. I’ve been more active on Instagram lately that linked to my Twitter, but it doesn’t mean I leave Pinterest.

Moreover, I have some blogging resolutions for the coming year. First and foremost, I’ll do my best to post quality contents more often. Hopefully, once a week. Fingers crossed.

Also, I’m developing new pages in my blog:

  • Travel Tips

It’s a collection of all posts related to suggestions and tips based on my travelling experience in one page, with excerpts preceding direct links to the posts. In a nutshell, it’s a shortcut to all travel tips subjects I wrote. I haven’t shared much about tips so far, but I’ll do more writings about them in the future.

  • FunFAQs

FunFAQs is mainly short paragraphs about surprising, disturbing, interesting facts I discover about peculiar habits, attitude, architecture style, table manner, culinary etc in cities I’ve visited. Generally speaking, it’s suitable for those who want to have some light content posts to read fast

Please note that both Travel Tips and FunFAQs are purely personal since they all are based on my own experience. They do not always represent the whole image and idea of a country or a city. I do not endorse any brands I mention in my post either.

Merry Christmas for those who celebrate it. And happy holidays, happy new year everyone!