Southeast Asia- A love story

28 Nov

People often ask me why the hell do I love Southeast Asia so much. I never specifically chose to study Southeast Asia, I wanted to do Japanese but it was suggested that Indonesian would be more useful for a security degree. Studying Indonesian basically started the passion for SE Asia as it was the first real class I had where people really got along with one another and was a hell of a lot of fun.

Then after my first trip to Indonesia and Singapore I was completely sold. I’d been to Thailand in the past and loved it but to live the Southeast Asian lifestyle for a month blew my mind completely. Hopefully soon I’ll be able to say I’ve been to all the Southeast Asian countries. So far I can only claim Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore and the Philippines but soon hopefully Malaysia, Vietnam and Burma will be on that list. I love most things about Southeast Asia especially the chaotic pace of life and the humidity. On top of that the place has soul and always has a new experience to offer. It is the pinnacle of diversity particularly in countries such as Indonesia which are a melting pots of culture, language and ethnicity.

I would say ANU has totally helped that passion and furthermore helped me to expand on it, letting me study courses to improve my knowledge and giving me chances to organise things such as Indonesia Day which promote the region to young people. For now though I have to go and practice some dancing as I have to teach a traditional Indonesian dance workshop down the coast on Friday when I haven’t actually performed the dance for 3 weeks.




One Response to “Southeast Asia- A love story”

  1. kaniliga December 30, 2010 at 3:18 am #

    Hi,sorry to use your blog to ask for your advice, but I really need some help.I will travelling to SE Asia in January, from 7th to 27th.I would like to see the most of it, but SE Asia is so big, so many places and so many countries, that my itinerary has to be reduced.I am a Portuguese guy travelling with my girlfriend, and we never been in Asia before.Our idea is Malasia or Singapure, Laos, Vietnam or Cambodja (may both) and Thailand with beach and sun to relax in the end.Probably in the next 25 years we won´t return to Asia.Can you give us any advice on what we should visit or not to miss?My e-mail is in advance.

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