Plan

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I just want to be alone for a moment.
I want to be in line with my emotions.
I want to say to myself it’s okay.
It’s okay be scared.
It’s okay that you don’t have a plan.
It’s okay if you fail.


I’d like to associate myself with the people who plans everything and I am also one of the people who gets easily irritated when a perfectly laid out plan gets awry. I am sensitive like that and I will not apologised for it.

Decisions are always hard when it involves you and it involves your life. People are designed to stay where its comfortable and warm. We considered change as a negative by default. We don’t look at the future benefits of the change or we are just simply jaded.

A big sigh. What is it with people and comfort zone?
Why is it so hard to let go of something that will give comfort versus to the ones that will make you happy. When you logically think about it you will always choose happiness. Why is it so hard to choose then?

I myself have the same question……

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Journal: The Season of Separate Ways

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Ghost month is all to blame……

It is so scary to hear the news that a lot of couples I know are breaking up and some of them are close to me.

This is the reason why I decided to shed some light on this topic because I feel that some people are so easy to let go of the relationship that they build for years. I really understand how it is, maybe the spark dies and couple gets too much comfortable. Doing extra special things becomes an ancient deed. It becomes Prosaic. Boring. Monotonous cycle. It doesn’t have to be like that or maybe I am just hopeless romantic that all I can see is sunshine and rainbows. Maybe I am too positive?? I don’t know.

I am not an expert in relationship nor I have too many relationship under my belt, but one thing I do know is how to love unconditionally. We all have experienced “agape” towards our family and our special ones. It is something so sacred and special. When you own something that important the tendency is you will take care of it with all your heart and all your might. No amount of hardship will make you falter, and with all of that in mind, why are there a lot of failed relationships? Why people enter a relationship that they know that it wont work. Is it a trial and error?

Humans are deeply curious, it’s innate to our genetic. It is a mystery. New things make us excited. It gives as a sense of deep pleasure. So it’s easy to say that if someone else gives you special attention, made you feel extra special that you haven’t felt for a long time, our proclivity is to go in that direction and look for it and that is the problem with us. We are so high that we already forgot the one person you once swore was the most important in your life. The one person you felt unconditional love. The person who loved you at your worst, who stuck with you through all the hardships, who knows you better than yourself and prioritises you than anyone.

It is so simple to let go. It is so so simple to restart but always remember why you love her/him in the first place.

XX
Mackario

Chiang Mai, Thailand 2016

Photography, Travel, Visual

Welcome to the country side where its quaint and far from the bustling city of Bangkok. The city is in the north side of Thailand. It is mountainous in geography and refer as the creative capital of country. There’s more to Thailand’s second city than its glittering golden temples. A burgeoning population of digital nomads is transforming the place into a hipster heaven.

If you are looking for a place where in your creative juices would flow like the Chao Phraya River, This is the place. You will find some cheap rentals and instagrammable places easily.

This is Ang Kaew Reservoir at Chiang Mai University.

FOOD. This is the main reason why I visited Thailand. Thai Food is known in the world to be one of the best and delicious culinary cuisine.

Don’t miss the Night Bazaar Market in the Old City Wall.The Night Bazaar is approximately 1km long on Thanon Chang Khlan (large roads in Thailand are named Thanon, and smaller side streets are named Soi) (so Thanon Chang Khlan translates to Chang Khlan Road(http://www.visitchiangmai.com.au/night_bazaar.html)

So prepare your bargaining skills because you will need it.

The main temples and markets all lie within the old city walls, This an area of one square mile. You’ll probably want to sleep outside of it, though – its streets are multitude with tuk-tuks, backpackers on motorbikes and cheap massage joints. Chiang Mai, once the capital of the ancient kingdom of Lanna, runs on tuk-tuks and you can get almost anywhere in the back of one

The view from sacred Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, This Chiang Mai’s main temple, is the city’s most popular panorama. You have to climb 309 stairs up the Naga Serpent Staircase to see it. This is quite an experience. Make your way past orange-draped monks, golden spires and shrines to the far side of the wat for a view over Chiang Mai and the lush mountains beyond. You can either take a taxi, tuktuk or motorcycle.

The Long Neck Village is one memory that is etched in my mind forever, I have dreamt of seeing them in person since the first time I saw them on National Geographic Channel and I really can’t believe it that I was able to see, interact and even hug them. It was truly a magical experience.

I also went on a Elephant Safari which is really cool, one of the highlights of my trip. It was so fun watching them. I highly suggest to see it and experience feeding them. One thing though, they are animals and they get tired too, so please do not ride on them, the staff will let you experience it but just say no. The least thing the we can do to help is to feed and play with them.

Nimmanhaemin Road (8), This epicentre of hipster Chiang Mai, Locals call in “Nimman” It’s a kilometre-long road where in you can witness some of the best tasting coffee in South East Asia where espresso-fuelled digital nomads have made their home.

Here are some of my favorite coffee shops.

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BulBul Cafe,

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Graph Cafe

Over-all I really enjoyed my stay in Chiang Mai. Thank you to my friend Bank for touring me around the city and for letting me stay in your house. I really appreciate the kind gesture. He is really talented too, you can visit his Blog and Instagram. Follow him.

If you want packages tour, you may visit the old city wall where in you can see heaps of travel tours that will suit to your liking. One reminder though is be ready to bargain as the prices varies. I hope you enjoy this photo tour of the city and will help you decide to visit Chiang Mai.

Please follow me on Instagram for updates.

All Photos© – Mackario

 

 

 

 

Travel: Bangkok, Thailand 2016

Photography, Travel, Visual

It is my first time to be in Bangkok and I was blown away. The city is so modern and everything is just minutes walk away from your favourite street food. It’s a community of juxtaposition where in traditional goes hand in hand with some of the grandiose architecture.

I stayed in Bed Station Hostel in Ratchathewi, The hostel is 2 minutes away from the BTS Ratchathewi Station. One of the best budget hostel that I’ve stayed in. It’s clean, well maintained, the airconditioned is topnotch and at the same time its economical. The Atmosphere of this place is really good because you get to meet a lot of fellow travelers, who knows you might find a friend for keeps there.

When you are in Bangkok, You have to visit the Temples. It is a must. Places to visit are Wat Phra, Wat Arun, Wat Saket and the magnificent Wat Pho (Reclining Buddha).

Maybe the lady on the right is thinking what a weirdo am I.

Visit also the Coffee Community in Bangkok , they are so many you will find them in every corner. My personal favorites are Brocolli Revolution, Hands and Heart and Rocket Coffee Bar S12. They are so serious about coffee that have a lot of themes per cafe, surely you will never ran out of cafe’s to visit.

 

Every Bangkok exploration is not complete without filling in your tummy with good and affordable food. You can find street food almost anywhere in the city. Must try is Mango Sticky Rice, Authentic Pad Thai, those little fried eggs (to die for) and the absolutely delicious Thai Milk tea. If you are feeling a little bit luxurious you might want to try  no. 1 Best Restaurant in the world Gaggan. Whatever you like you eat Bangkok has something to offer.

 

P.S. My apologies if I wasn’t able to update my blog for a very long time, you see one of my new year resolutions is to update this blog on a regular basis.

I hope you enjoy the photos and please do comment below on any suggestions that you might want to share with me or things you want to see in this blog.

Thank you very much and I missed you all

Taken using Fujifilm x100s

Love, Mackario

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Travel: Siem Reap, Cambodia 2016

Photography, Travel, Visual

They say when you go to Angkor Wat, It’s like heaven on earth. It truly is.

It’s my dream to travel to Cambodia and I have been anticipating this travel for the past 7 months. I  am very lucky that I got to see this majestic beauty.

Its a once in a lifetime experience, I gained so many friends along the way. I am grateful that I was given the opportunity to travel and experience different culture.

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Angkor Wat Temple

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Mackario, Our Couchsurfer Host Mike and Theo from SG

I arrived in Siem Reap at past 10:00pm,  My friend Theo picked me up at the bus station. Theo is from Singapore whom I met in Couchsurfing. We stop over for dinner as I am very very hungry and then went straight to our Host. Theo introduced me to our host Mike, He is living with his brother. The place is 10 minutes away from the city proper via tuktuk. He is really a gracious host and provided everything we need. We stayed there for 1 night.

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Tour Guide

My journey began on the second day as we explore Angkor Wat. I was like a kid very excited  to see Disneyland for the first time. It’s the same reaction and anticipation.

 

Taken using iPhone 5s

 

This is a 1 day pass ticket, You will get this far from the Angkor Wat proper. There are many tourist especially in the morning because they want to see the sunrise but the lines are decent so waiting for your turn is not a hassle.
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Mandatory Tourist Shot

This is Angkor Wat proper. As you scroll down, You will see the intricate details of the temple and you will be astound by the ingenuity and craftsmanship of the Khmer People. I was blown away by the details of structure and how they build it without modern technology. It was really interesting.

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The upclose look on the details of the architecture in Angkor Wat.

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This is the famous Angelina Jolie’s scene in Tomb Raider Movie

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Ta Phrom

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Asia represent: L-R (Vannak (Siem Reap), Sreymom(Siem Reap), Theo (Singapore) , Me and Leonard (Indonesia)

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Travel: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 2016

Travel, Visual

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 2016

Ho Chi Minh is a vibrant city that keeps it’s traditional cultures up to today. It is evident in their day to day lives. The architecture in the city is a mesh of old and new that is why many foreigners are drawn to exploring the city.

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It is my first time in Vietnam and I stayed at this little Hostel called Long Hostel, It’s located in Pham Ngu Lao Street, District 1 or popularly known as the “Backpacker District”. Its really recommended, it change the way I look at Hostels in general and living with other travellers. The owner of the hostel is very accommodating and very very helpful. The free breakfast is delicious and of course the most loved Vietnamese  Coffee.

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This is taken in the Patio of the Hostel – iPhone5s

Let me show you around Saigon.

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This is the park near the “backpacker district” it’s huge and most of the locals just hang around here in the morning. you can always see the traditional hat everywhere, which is really cool.

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Vietnam is a motorbike heaven, This is the main transportation in the city and when it’s rush hour you will see a gazillion of them.

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You can see a lot of people eating in the sidewalk. This is pretty much their culture. There are a lot of Themed Cafes too and Street Food is all around the city. It’s a must try.

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Food

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For for more photos checkout my instagram account @imackario

Photos are all taken using the FujiFilm X100s 

 

 

 

 

Bali, Indonesia 2015

Photography, Travel

Collection of Photos from my recent trip to this beautiful and very unique island in Indonesia.

BALI

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The Monkey Sanctuary in Ubud

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Streets of Ubud

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Bali is so colorful

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The Elephant Sanctuary in Ubud

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The Sacred Uluwatu Temple

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Temples

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The beaches in Bali has it’s unique appeal. I just love it.

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Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park

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Tanah Lot at the Village of Beraban in the Tabanan Regency

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Food and Interesting places to visit bali

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Photos: Mackario Inandan, I am using Fujifilm x100s

 



Journal: Love Short Phrases: An Imagination

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Short Story:

I received a short message from you, Its says “Hi”
fluttering feeling inside, Like I was High.
I replied back and I say I miss you already but what
I really meant was I love you already.

I gazed upon the black vivid sky, I close my eyes and
took a deep breath and made a big loud sigh.
Suddenly, I felt the loneliness of being
alone and I asked myself why

and then tears just came rolling by….

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