Dear readers,

You all probably already realized that this travel blog hasn't been updated for a really long time now. Nothing serious, just being busy and lazy actually. However, expect a reborn sometime in the future. Meanwhile, I just started a new personal blog and promised to update it frequently here.

See ya all!
-- Fakhrur

22 July 2009

Vote The New 7 Wonders of Nature World Final

The 28 finalists were chosen, out from previous 77. The final New 7 Wonder will be announced next year after the votes were collected. So you have your time now and cast your vote on your favorites!

But alas! Among 28 places, I have never been to one. So I'm just blind voting for the coolest and the ones I'd really want to be there. The first should be Komodo Island, to support the only Indonesian finalist. Hell, who am I kidding... It's the island of the freaking Komodo dragons! The closest cousins to awesome dinosaurs!!! THE dinosaurs, hello!!! Thanks to the dragons, this particularly one island -between thousands of Indonesian beautiful islands, is definitely worthed to be in the top 7 Wonders of Nature World. Right on! Here for you dinosaurs!!

awwww look at him.... just tell me one reason why not to vote for these guys

Read a bit about Komodo Island on the official 7 Wonders Site. Or simply wiki it.

Did I mentioned that the island is also beautiful?

My other votes go to the following:
- Maldives, for the breath-taking beaches and underwater world. Representing the islands that are really threaten by global warming and climate changes.
- Amazons, this is obvious. No other place has the diversity, the size and the beauty of it.
- The Great Barrier Reef, for the grandest underwater world.
- The Angel Falls, for its majestic.
- Matterhorn/Cervino, from the Alps world. (I wonder why Himalayan Mt. Everest didn't managed to finals, anyone?)
- The Dead Sea, another obvious choice.

Vote can be made here. Happy voting!

01 July 2009

Summer 2009 Updates

Gili Meno, Lombok

Here we are in the summer, which hasn't been so sunny afterall. Yet, your ticket is booked, and you're waiting last minutes to pack your clothes. Haven't got any ticket yet? Tight on budget? Worry not, there are still things to grab. Like the Air Asia's latest promotion, which is pretty mind-blowing.

Yup, you read it alright! They erased fuel surcharge before (read here) and now there is also no admin fee, so you only pay the fare and airport tax. And since sometime the fare is 0 (zero), the total price would be absolutely a bargain!

Another freebies to win from Lonelyplanet. Email them here with the answers. The first question is very easy for me :)

This is our last poll result. I asked about your favorite mode of transportation to explore the world.

Twenty one people took the poll. Thanks! The most preferable is airplane (28%), the runner ups go to both car (19%) and motorbike (19%). Train (9%) and bicycle (9%) both go third. There people opt to trek (4%), hitchhike (4%) and make it on hot-air baloon (4%). Yet bus, chopper and animals are the least preferred.

To wrap up this update, I link you to this funny and creative in-flight security video from New Zealand Airlines. It's a part of their new marketing campaign "nothing to hide". See the commercial here. They said it's featured by their real flight captains and stewards, all of them wear nothing but shoes and go all out with their painted naked bodies. Well, I'm pretty sure that from now on, the passengers wouldn't simply ignore the 'safety' of the flight anymore. Happy travel!