Thai Playlist

I was a Thai fan since my first tennis tournament to Songkhla in 2010...and keep coming back to the land of White Elephant a few years after that. Thailand and Malaysia trip in particular for tennis tournament. What I love the most is the cultural, the peoples, the foods, everything about Thailand makes me feel calm and peaceful.

I just visited Thailand again last month with my family as holiday trip. It feels like long time since my last international flight. Different from my previous trip with my teammates, now I have lots of family time, exploring some spiritual places I never visited before...

You know if you are on a trip where you spent many hours, you will find some interesting things into your playlist. Whether they are international hits songs or even another song from different languages. Well, whatever it is, in those moments you need to leaning back and listening with your travel companion. In my case, I love to listen to local songs from the country I visiting. I posted it in my IG story, and some friends ask me what song it was. So here they are, I share it with all of you...

1. Pang Nakarin ft. Takkatan Cholada - Poom Pae Krungthep (Bangkok Allergic)
There's a story that make this song as number one on my Thai playlist. Yeah, this is the first Thai song that I knew and fell in love after I heard hundred times from my second visit to Songkhla at 2013. Maybe it was such the top playlist in Thailand that year. Of course it bring some memories back for me personally. I remember searching for this song on Youtube right after I arrived at my homeland! It wasn't easy, you still need the luck to find the song you didn't know the title, the lyric, as well as the artist. But luckily, I finally found it! Felt in love with the song once again after watching the video clip and even more after I know the lyric is unexpected and out of the box. Funny but true at the same time. Now, I already memorized the Thai lyric and could pronounce it fluently! Hahaha.

2. Ice Sarunyu - Pahk Wahng (Free Mouth)
My search still continues... Well, when you found a Thai song which is nice to hear, you'd want to find another more and more. It's kind of hearing sense addicted. Then my next favorite artist is Ice Sarunyu, a Thai singer that seem so popular in his country. No doubt, because most of his songs are easy-listened. Pahk Wahng is one of them, that sounds soooo suitable for a trip.

3. Getsunova - Glai Kae Nai Keu Glai (How Far is Near)
The way I like this song wasn't the same as I like the other Thai songs I mentioned before. I need more time to hear this as a good song which I would love to put in my playlist. I just didn't like a sad song, because in my mind Thai songs are always about cheering up. Hahaha, forget my crazy thought. Until this song was appear in a movie but in woman version, sorry I forget what movie is it. The feeling found the song you know in a random movie is totally something! I listen carefully and search for the lyric, then I've finally like it...and maybe it becomes the first lyrics I remember in my mind when you ask me a Thai song.

4. Ice Sarunyu - Yahk Dohn Bpen Jao Kaung (I Wanna Be Taken)
Another Ice's song I've heard on top 10 playlist that year. The tone sounds friendly and fun to heard many times. No more explanation about this song, because the singer is Ice Sarunyu, the singer you won't missed to.

5. Yes Sir Days - Meur Rai Ja Dai Pop Ter (When Will I Get to See You)
Got it from a Thai drama series Pon Prom Om La Weng. Ya, I ever be that Thai biggest fan so I watch the series. I don't really sure about the title and artist actually. I can't find any similar video clip about it in English title, or at least in Thai lettering. Maybe this song isn't popular outside the country. Simply search for it with keywords original soundtrack (OST).

There are still more songs on my Thai playlist, but I can't find the English title. Furthermore, I'm not sure you will like it too or not... As you may already know, my music taste is a bit weird. The new comers of Thai singer and bands are just emerging nowadays, I don't know why I still stick on my old playlist. But I have any favorite band to recommend, like SPF or Basketball Band. The rising women actress as well as singer like Aom Sushar, Ice Preechaya, or Tina. And sometimes, watching the movie may be help to find a good Thai songs on their soundtrack. Explore some and look for something that suits your music taste best!

Bangka, A Wonderful Island

This is my second time to celebrate new year in the wonderful island, Bangka.
A little different from 2 years ago, this time for a big family trip!

The main purpose of visiting Bangka was reigniting family ties from our father's and my Grandmom from mother's side. Hahaha sorry for confusing here, my family tree is indeed complicated story.
My father's homeland always be a special place to me, and I filled a lot of internal gaps on this trip. Visiting some relatives is a memorable thing for me, even this tradition had been taught since I was a kid. Growing up as a city kids, we were sadly never that close to families and relatives here, so big familial gatherings were never a regular thing. It was an exploration of one’s roots. A re-connection with family from our father's side. An eye opening vision to a place where you belong, a place that's so different from home, but so familiar at the exact same time!

As you know, Sumatera has a lot treasure when it comes to nature theraphy. So, here are some of my footprints during the trip:

Tri Agung Monastery
My family will never forget to visit the sacred temple, the place where all the prayers started, even while on vacation. It also good for a religious trip. Can't get enough of that monastery hill-view! So excited to be back... It all felt the same and very safe in my heart. Peacefully and calmness! I like it when places feel reliably welcoming and nostalgic like this. You can leave and they wait for you to come back always.

The Dochen's Family

Parai Tenggiri Beach
Beach is always be my happy place! Beaches are the beginning and the end of all natural scenery. Thanks God Indonesia is an archipelago country, so I can visit my paradise all the time I want to. In addition, beaches are ones of Bangka tourism pride. The uniqueness of Bangka's beaches are they have the big meteorite stones spread across the landscapes. And here I am in the right place!

Red Hill
Due to the abundant natural resources, especially in the mining sector, Bangka has several craters formed by tin mining area. I know there are many similar tourist attraction out there, but Red Hill was special because it has the red clay ground, not the white one as usual craters.
We have to struggling first to reach the top of the crater, and it was a dangerous journey if I could say. Other than because the rocky hill is very steep to climb, the clay also too sticky to step up because of rain the day before. Huh, but fortunately it worth every bit, and even I enjoyed every step I made on this adventurous trip!

Bangka Golden Bridge
The locals call it 'Jembatan Emas', the new infrastructure that built over the long river. That Bangka sway with the palm trees goes like that all day.

Bangka Botanical Garden
Who's say only Bogor has Botanical Garden? Bangka has it too! I think Bangka has its specialty when it comes to the clay. The road we crossed were all made by red soil, and of course it will be muddy when it rains... Oh, they have the good pure cow's milk too in every flavor, don't forget to stop by, have a milky-drink and enjoy the view!

Planning to go home again someday, maybe?

5 Reasons Why I'm Not Going to DWP

When somebody ask me,
"Will you be at DWP too?"

No doubt, many friends of mine from around Indonesia and even abroad are come in to the J City to watch the famous Djakarta Warehouse Project. As well as asking for the venue, transport, and accommodation. So why should I join the crowd?
I know, to make a good review, you should attend the event first at least once in your lifetime. But the fact is I never give my interest on this event from the start. It hasn't even started yet but I'm already annoyed.

These are my reasons why I'm not going to DWP:

1. Not my cup of tea of music genre
I'm a fan of oldies, especially 90's music that makes me feel so good every single time. When I'm driving, when I'm in the shower, when I'm working, when I do workout. I'm always listening for pop music genre, because electronic dance music doesn't work on me, they doesn't make me wanna cry happy tears.
Moreover, I ain't a party folk like the new generation. Oldies generations are more calm and almost never get rushed or make some riots in front of the stages. It's an understanding peaceful entertainment.

2. Pricey
Am I really ready to spend millions rupiahs for 1 day or even 3 days of concert?
While accommodation cost and meals are still not included of course. Unless you're a VIP, in which case the prices and the benefits are in comparable reason.
It's better for me to spend my money and watching another favorite music festival that I can fully enjoy.

3. Too crowded
DWP is the most popular festival in a year, not only for Jakarta resident, but also for domestic and even international visitors. No more free moving or dancing, because there's no space at all. It seems like all the population of entire city plopped down together on the festival grounds. What's the point of watching a concert if you can not see the performers clearly from a closer range?

4. Many peoples are drunk
Did you know that most of the festival audience I know drink little or much alcohol? Well, I'm not one of them, especially not at a music performance.
I can't fully blame on them, because usually there's some alcohol drinks or beers become the main sponsors of the event. But, this is Jakarta, part of Indonesia. You don't need to drink much something alcoholic to looks cool and get around the festival grounds.

5. Everything for social media
No wonder, people comes for their social media contents. Instagram story, timeline, and hashtag to get attention in the real life. Sometimes I miss the moment when people share their real moments on social media, not as an art display. Many attend DWP for the music, but we can't resist a lot of social media climber who want to show off to have a festival-like experience only. They aren't the real fans of the artist, and I don't want to give a damn on it. I just want to have so much more fun at festivals that are exactly festivals with fans and not primarily people who showed up for some perceived prestige.

Certainly it isn't just the lacks I mentioned above, DWP also has a lot of fun. But for me personally, I just don't feel like it. That's why I write this post, to open up your mind there are so many great festivals out there which are completely worth it.
Do you have any recommend?