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Things from the places I visited (Part 1)

I love to buy local things which represent the place whenever I travel. In Laos for example, a Beer Lao T-Shirt is a must. Collect souvenirs will make me remember back the places I had been. Some of my souvenirs were given to me by my friends who travel. I got a p*ssy purse keychain from my sick Japanese colleague. He bought it when we went back to Japan for a holiday. Well, here are some of my collections.

Handkerchief from Ban Chiang

Beer Lao T-shirt from the Friendly Bridge

Sabai Dee T-shirt from Vientiane

Kelantan FA Football kit from Bukit Jalil

Arai Arai Kor Kuu T-shirt from Saphan Phut

Thai Airways keychain from Japan

Unique handkerchief from Japan

Sexy purse keychain from Japan

Plate from Ayuthaya

Lao Khao (white wiski) T-shirt from Nongkhai

Pirated DVDs from the Friendship Bridge

Beer Singha boxer from Bo Bae


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Powerful quake hits Indonesia again on Thursday

A 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck Jambi province in central Sumatra Thursday morning, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage, seismologists said.

The quake struck at 8:52 am (0152 GMT) at a depth of 10 kilometres, about 46 kilometres south-east of Sungaipenuh in Jambi province, Indonesia’s National Meteorological and Geophysics Agency (BMG) said.

The agency said there were no immediate reports of injury or structural damage from the quake, the second powerful earthquake to jolt Indonesia’s Sumatra in less than 24 hours.

On Wednesday afternoon, a powerful 7.6-magnitude quake occurred off western Sumatra province, leaving at least 200 people dead and hundreds of others trapped under the rubble of collapsed homes, shops, hotels and other buildings, officials said.

Indonesia, the world’s largest archipelago, sits on the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” the edge of a tectonic plate prone to seismic upheaval.

Priyadi Kardono of the National Agency for Disaster Management in Jakarta said the death toll of the quake in western Sumatra may increase because there are many people still trapped in buildings, shops and hotels.”

“We have received reports that up to 200 people were killed in the quake in West Sumatra.”

At least 500 buildings were destroyed in the quake, Kardono said. Another 7.0-magnitude earthquake jolted the adjacent Jambi province, about 225 kilometres south-east of West Sumatra’s capital Padang, on Thursday morning, but there were no immediate reports of casualties, officials said.

Rustam Pakaya, head of the Health Ministry’s disaster centre, said late Wednesday that hundreds of people were trapped under rubble in Padang and that a hospital had collapsed.

Television footage from the city showed scenes of devastation, with hundreds of buildings, shops and homes flattened. One shot showed a buried victim’s foot sticking out from the rubble.

Padang has been cut off as roads linking the West Sumatra capital with other cities were blocked by landslides following the quake, officials said.

The districts of Padang Pariaman and Sungai Giringging are among the hardest-hit regions, with hundreds of homes collapsed, officials said.

Wednesday’s quake, measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale, struck at 1016 GMT off the western coast of Sumatra. A 6.2 magnitude aftershock followed 22 minutes later.

Indonesia, the world’s largest archipelago, sits on the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” the edge of a tectonic plate prone to seismic upheaval.

A major earthquake and subsequent tsunami struck in December 2004, leaving more than 170,000 people dead or missing in Indonesia’s Aceh province and 500,000 people homeless. Wednesday’s quake occurred along the same fault line.

Geologists have said that Padang, a low-lying city of 900,000 people, risks being swallowed by a tsunami in the event of an earthquake similar in magnitude to the one that triggered the 2004 giant wave.

Deutsche Presse Agentur

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Well actually before the Prambanan trip, I actually visited the Borobudur. It is a Mahayana Buddhist monument near to Yogyakarta. It is located in Magelang, Central Java. The monument comprises six square platforms topped by three circular platforms, and is decorated with 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues. A main dome, located at the center of the top platform, is surrounded by 72 Buddha statues seated inside perforated stupa.

Hayashi and I walked around Borobudur and it seems like some of the Buddha statues are without head. Some were stolen as collector’s items and others were believed to be damaged by the Muslims in Indonesia. I am not sure how true it is but that’s what I was told.

It is around 45 minutes – 1 hour journey from Jogja city to the site. Well it depends on the traffic and driver’s skill. Our driver was very good. Honk all they way and I felt like in a roller coaster. We arrived less than 45 minutes. Here, I managed to get the local entrance fee as I spoke Indonesian to the ticket officer. The foreigner ticket is way too expensive as in Prambanan. Our cameras need a fee too.

The view was very beautiful. Here’s tip to avoid annoying locals who wanted to sell their goods. After visiting everything, DO NOT follow the board which will lead you to the exit (next to the gate you came in). You will need to walk very far plus go through many of local sellers which are selling souvenirs. Just follow the way where you came in and it is much nearer with no local sellers. The souvenirs that they sell are a little too expensive. Just bargain and if they do not agree, try to walk away. They will agree with the price. I bought 3 Borobudur Ashtrays with 5000 Rupiah as souvenirs.


Borobudur is a must and should not be missed if you are visiting Java Island. To get to the site, we booked a taxi (Toyota Inova) at a taxi counter at the Jogja airport. Transfer to the hotel + Borobudur + Prambanan + a lunch stop at a restaurnt + Transfer back to the hotel only cost around 2500 Baht. So we shared and paid 1250 Baht per person. The amount is too big so I quoted it in Baht here.

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Prambanan is a Hindu Temple located in Centra Java in Indonesia. Located not far from the Yogyakarta (Jogja) city. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The time I went, some part of the main building had already collapsed and being destroyed by the earthquake that hit Jogja not long ago. It was realy amazing that the temple’s decoration looks a little bit similar to Angkor Wat in Cambodia. Well, before enter Prambanan, you might need to pay for the fee first. I paid around USD6 and my Japanese friend paid around USD10. I used my expired student ID as students have discounted fee. For locals, its relatively cheap. Way much cheaper than the foreigner fee. Well, I think the differences of prices for Farang and local in Thailand are more acceptable.


Prambanan is a very beautiful and attractive site to visit. The constructions on one of the temples makes the photo looks a little ugly. Well, at least they try their best to maintain and repair the site.

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