Ternate Tales Of Natural Selection

The Spice Islands are wrapped in an aromatic history of cloves, mace and nutmeg, Kings and Sultans, spice wars, and the rise and fall of invading armies.

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Festival of Colour

I arrived late in the evening to catch the Prince and Princess Tourism Competition. Suddenly chairs were parted and bodies shifted to make room for me in the front row. I was ordered to sit here, by one of the Dayak ladies, so I quickly took my place…

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Every May, on the night of the full moon, thousands of Buddhists gather at Borobudur Temple for Waisak Day. This holy festival celebrates Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and parinibbana (ultimate freedom).

Ternate Tales Of Natural Selection

Ayah Armad, a Baduy Dalam, told me about his regular journeys to Jakarta. “It takes me three days to reach Jakarta from my village. It’s 167kms and I must go by foot. I go everywhere by foot because it is forbidden for me to use transport with a motor or a wheel, ” he continued, …

Festival of Colour

I started with Selogriyo Temple, which sits on the slopes of Condong Hill.  Flanked by stunning rice fields and surrounded by mountains, this temple sits all alone.  Historians date this temple to…

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” – Neal Donald Walsch

Author and travel writer Stephanie Brookes is an adventurous soul. Her travels have taken her from Montana to Moscow and extensively through Asia. Stephanie lives in Bali and covers stories from Asia’s hotspots, lesser known hidden-hideaways and explores islands of beauty and serenity. Her travels have taken her from Aceh to Nagaland and from Montana to Moscow. A travel writer for over ten years now, Stephanie searches out some of the more remote destinations across the globe. Whether it’s swimming in a hanging lake with jellyfish or hiking to the top of a steaming volcano, nothing stops this travel writer from discovering wild places and writing about them. Published in Garuda Colours, 3Sixty Air Asia, NowJakarta, Silverkris, The JakartaPost, Bali & Beyond, Indonesia Expat, Forbes Travel Guide Bali, Nine MSN-Channel 9 Australia, Skylife Turkish Airline and several leading travel & lifestyle magazines.

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