*Note: This post does not mean that I stop with my city stories. I had planned to write this post as the last, however someone requested me to write this first. Since his request seemed reasonable, there you go. Turin still follows after this ūüôā It has been more than 7 months since I left Istanbul, the last city of my Europe trip. Indeed, it was one of the best moments in my life so far. While some memories may have faded, the satisfaction and…Continue Reading “After I Do”

The Frecciarossa fast train needed less than 90 minutes to reach Florence from Rome. 07.36 AM, Limanan and I arrived at Firenze Campo di Marte Station. It was still early in the morning, accompanied by light rain. In Florence (Firenze in Italian), we stayed at another Couchsurfing host, so we tried to find the direction to his place. Campo di Marte Station is located northeast of Florence’s centro¬†while our host lived in the far east of Florence, hence we were lucky to have taken the…Continue Reading “Florence in My Memory: Overwhelmed Beauty”

It felt surreal. Frankly, I did not plan¬†to start my trip in Rome. Had I known my flight would not have been operated by that Boeing 787, I may not have started from Rome.¬†Universe used Qatar Airways to trick me. Even when I tried any possibilities of changing my route, I did not find any possible alternatives due to some constraints. So ultimately¬†indeed all roads lead me to Rome. Just as what people always say. Okay, enough with all hyperbolic thoughts on my mind when…Continue Reading “Rome in My Memory: And All Roads Go There…”

As an avgeek, I was excited that I would be flying a lot throughout my trip. Below are the list of the flights QR945 Singapore Changi (SIN) – Doha Hamad (DOH) by Airbus A330-300 QR109 Doha Hamad (DOH) – Rome Fiumicino (FCO) by Airbus A330-200 FR9112 Turin Caselle (TRN) – Barcelona El Prat (BCN) by Boeing B737-800 TO3133 Barcelona El Prat (BCN) – Paris Orly (ORY) by¬†Airbus A320 FR1243 Budapest Ferenc Lisz (BUD) – Athens Eleftherios Venizelos (ATH) by Boeing 737-800 A3990 Athens Eleftherios Venizelos…Continue Reading “Rejuvenate: Qatar Airways QR945 SIN-DOH and QR109 DOH-FCO Flight Report”

Coming to the end of my trip, some friends started asking about my itinerary and also budget, as it seemed like I was there for long time and I might be throwing away all of my money. As I think this can be a good start for my series, I decided to make this as my first post to answer all questions. Let’s go! Andiamo! Planning This was INDEED the most tiring part before my departure, deciding what you would like to do. Now I…Continue Reading “Rejuvenate: Planning, Itinerary, and Budget”

It came back all the way to summer 2013 where I went to Volos for 7th IOAA. I did win the olympiad, but there was much more that I got from that experience. One of them was my first exposure to the outside world. I only realized from that time that this world is huge with tons of new things. As I eventually went for university in Singapore, I got exposed to the global world even more and I started thinking to wander around someday…Continue Reading “Rejuvenate: Europe Trip 2016”

INTRODUCTION Since I started doing my internship, it is undeniably true that the feeling of “having the money” is real. From that, I have the balls to go backpacking in Europe next month. However since I thought that I might have been too brave, I decided to have a “preparation” beforehand. I looked at the calendar, and I found 2 long weekends during my internship period. One was Good Friday and the other was Labour Day. Certainly I couldn’t go during Good Friday because I…Continue Reading “Kuala Lumpur and The First Impression of Couchsurfing: Part 1 – The Journey of Spending Little”