Friends From Little India to Indonesia

From the trip blog: "The Global Trip 2004: Sixteen Months Around The World"
Posted February 24, 2005

DAY 490:  The city-state of Singapore is small enough that one can see all of its points-of-interest in just two or three days, and this being my third day in town, it was time to wrap things up before heading off to Indonesia that night to catch up with my old friend Henricus.  However, before catching up with an old friend, there was still time to make a new one.

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Indonesia In A Day

From the trip blog: "The Global Trip 2004: Sixteen Months Around The World"
Posted February 24, 2005

DAY 491:  “You should see the outside,” Henricus said to me in the living room, which had been converted to a guest room with the simple folding out of the futon.

“Yeah, I know,” I said without looking away from the television screen.  I was fully enthralled playing Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas on his PlayStation 2 since the night before.  Between that and Metal Gear Solid 3 (which I had been itching to play since Tokyo Game Show 2004), I was fully entertained just being in the apartment.  However, it made sense to take advantage of the fact that Henricus had no work to do that day in his life as a freelance designer.  And so, I turned off the PS2, took a shower, and got ready to see Indonesia.

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All Work And No Play Makes Erik A Dull Boy

From the trip blog: "The Global Trip 2004: Sixteen Months Around The World"
Posted February 25, 2005

DAY 492:  “We can’t go to Bandung,” Henricus, my friend and host in Jakarta told me.  “I have work to do now.”

We had toyed with the idea of taking a drive down to Henricus’ and Linda’s hometown two hours away, but after the freelance meeting the night before, Henricus had to get a presentation all set for the brochure design of an Islamic university in town.  “We’ll just go the next time you visit.”

“That’s okay,” I told him.  “I have work to do too.”

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Cops And Comparisons

From the trip blog: "The Global Trip 2004: Sixteen Months Around The World"
Posted February 27, 2005

DAY 493:  If there’s anything I got out of my short stay in Jakarta with Henricus Linggawidjaja thus far, it’s that I was definitely finding comparisons between Indonesia and the Philippines:  both are archipelago nations inhabited by Christians and Muslims; both have resort islands (Indonesia has Bali, the Philippines has Boracay); and the urban capitals are similar — Jakarta and Manila both have legendary traffic pile-ups, extravagant big shopping malls, and similar-looking people.  The two countries are very similar, although perhaps surnames in the Philippines are a bit easier pronounce.  Go ahead, try and say, “Linggawidjaja” three times faster than saying “Trinidad” three times.

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When he’s not making a living as an interactive/motion designer or playing with fast food, Erik R. Trinidad is a travel writer, blogger, video host and producer focusing on adventure and culinary content. His work has been featured on National Geographic Intelligent Travel, Adventure.com, Discovery.com, Saveur, Condé Nast Traveler, and Hyenas Laughed at Me and Now I Know Why, which also includes the work of Tim Cahill, Doug Lansky, Jennifer Leo and Rolf Potts. He has also referenced his travel experiences in his solo book, Fancy Fast Food: Ironic Recipes with No Bun Intended.

For over ten years, Erik has traveled to the seven continents of the world — from Timbuktu to Kalamazoo — with a curiosity for exotic foods and a thirst for adventure (and writing material).  In his travels, he has been mugged at knifepoint in Cape Town, extorted by corrupt Russian police on the Trans-Siberian Railway, stranded in tornadic storms in the American midwest, and air-lifted off the Everest Trail by a helicopter that was thankfully paid for by his travel insurance.  But it hasn’t been all fun; he has also donned a tuxedo amidst the penguins of Antarctica, paraded with Carnival-winning samba school Beija Flor in Rio, run for his life at Pamplona’s “Running of the Bulls,” cage-dived with great white sharks, gotten shot point-blank in the stomach in Colombia (while wearing a bulletproof jacket), and above all, encountered many people around the world, including some Peruvian musicians in Cuzco who learned and played “Y.M.C.A.” at his request. He loves the irony that, after everywhere he’s been, he has never been to Mexico.

Erik writes stories and news articles when he’s at his base camp in New York City, and continues his blog when he is on the road — provided he’s not occupied tracking down lost luggage.

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