About: the rambler

1. I am a chronic nomad. As in, really chronic. Or as some people say, I am homeless: 3 continents, 6 countries, in 24 years (see, now you know my age too. Two facts in one!)

2. I am also a travelling-junkie… and damn proud of it! Currently have a plan to have visited 30 countries by the time I turn 30. Previous goal was to visit 20 countries by my 20th birthday, and was very happy that I achieved it!

3. I hate, despise, abhor, detest packing. I get this stomach-plunging, head-throbbing, just-want-to-get-under-the-duvet-and- hope-it-will-go-away sensation every time I realize I have to pack. Clearly not a good combination with number 1 and 2.

4. I am excellent at packing.

5. I hate vegetables. My mom, the nutritionist, still have to force-feed me vegetables every time she sees me. I always announce to and show her (and my dad) whenever I take vegetables because otherwise she will not believe me and thus will make me take (more) vegetables. Ugh.

6. I look younger than my age. And some people say I act younger than my age too.

7. I love the sea. If we ever go to the beach together, trust me when I say that I will be the first one in the water, and the last one out. Do not expect me to stay on dry land/sand if there’s shoreline within reach.

8. I do not have a driving license.

9. But I have a diving license. (see number 7)

10. I love fish — in the sea or on my plate πŸ™‚

36 responses to this post.

  1. FREEDOM appealed to me today. I thought you were older and going to exclaim a recent divorce. I may begin one of these. Congratulations re your travels. My pbase art galleries reflect what was my adventures from 30 years of a still on going marriage. My husband’s back pain prevents us from such things today. I may go myself tho. I went to the Galapagos alone and loved it but after four days – missed him.

    What an achievement. When I traveled middle aged people were trying to achieve what you’ve done….so many countries in so much time. Best of luck to you. Leave me a note and remind me who you are. This is my first log on to ‘blogs’


  2. Posted by asti on June 20, 2008 at 11:22 am

    “I thought you were older and going to exclaim a recent divorce.”
    Hahaha! Well, I have just divorced exams if that counts.

    I’m sorry to hear about your divorce plans. I saw your picture gallery — you’ve got a great collection there. You and your husband have been to some fascinating places.. I’m most definitely jealous πŸ™‚

    Thanks for visiting, June. I hope you’ll come back!


  3. Posted by Rumayya on October 22, 2008 at 2:06 pm

    point number 6:

    ” I look younger than my age”
    (really??? who said that? Fred Flintstone:D)
    “And some people say I act younger than my age too” (that is more than obvious :P)”



  4. Posted by asti on October 22, 2008 at 2:50 pm

    Hahaha! OK, I admit. A lot of people say I look younger than my age, but even more say I act younger than my age πŸ˜€

    And I should be grateful if Fred Flintstone says so, since he’s the master of looking younger than one’s age. After all these years, he looks exactly the same as the first time I saw him!


  5. I’d trade my driving license with your diving license…? *blinks innocently*

    Happy blogging! *spreading some hippie luvin*


  6. Posted by asti on October 25, 2008 at 10:11 am

    Uhm.. no. *fiercely clutching the diving license whilst trying to find a safe place to store it* πŸ™‚

    I think it’s much easier to get a diving license than a driving one.. you don’t have to worry too much about crashing into someone.. but maybe to somefish.

    Happy blogging too! You’ve got an awesome blog!


  7. Hello there. I was surprised that on some blog you said that you will back for good to Jakarta after living abroad for 12 years. Are you sure you want to do that ??

    It’s like asking someone to punch you hard in the nose every 5 minutes I find that so weird.

    Best Regards,


  8. So you’ve been in 20 countries by now? Which one was your fav?


  9. Posted by asti on January 5, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    @adhiguna: Make that after 17 years now πŸ˜‰ That’s a very “Fight Club”-esque analogy… And maybe, like the book, that’s the only way to feel alive these days? I really don’t know what to expect, coming back after all these years… Care to explain your views?

    @ian: Oh, that’s always a hard question! To visit or live in? I’ve had the best family vacation in Vietnam, but I have this craving to live somewhere in mainland Europe. I had amazing teen years in the Philippines, but still look fondly on my Indonesian childhood. Yet, Korea and Japan have fascinated me for so long… Though I always dream of running with the zebras in Masai Mara, especially after watching Lion King or Out of Africa! πŸ˜€


  10. Ok I love fighting in the ring but living in uncivilized place like Jakarta is totally different story πŸ™‚

    If I going back someday to Indonesia(which I hope never knock knock knock), I will not live there. It’s totally f**ked up city, have you ever been there lately ?

    Hey why don’t you try living in Europe. I live in France. The best place on earth, even better than US I think.


  11. Oh yeah, Korea…I want to live in Korea for sometime…


  12. Posted by asti on January 9, 2009 at 11:32 am

    @adhiguna: I usually go back to Jakarta once a year for holiday, but only for two weeks at most. I never paid much attention to the messy-ness — I just kept on saying “Ah, it’s just for two weeks.. I can bear it.” So I don’t know how I’ll cope without *that* mantra!

    How long have you been in France? How long did you live in Jakarta?

    @ian: I went to Seoul in Nov 2006, and that was a very cool (cliche, but apt for Korea I think) experience. The culture, the technology (the toilets have more flashing screens and buttons than my laptop!), and this amazing cold noodle (straight out of the fridge.. but probably the best noodle I’ve ever had!)


  13. Btw why we speak English here? Saya besar di Jakarta, beberapa tahun di Eropa.


  14. Hallo adhiguna…

    Tinggal di Perancis ya? Lebih enak dari US? Sounds tempting already…tapi gmn caranya ya haha…
    I’m thinking of going to Europe, as a student (first), I don’t know the next steps…Mgkn bisa bantu?

    Sorry asti jadi ajang curhat, hope you don’t mind with this 3-continent talk.



  15. Ian, lebih enak dari US itu bagi saya, it’s a matter of personal taste.

    Menurut saya enaknya di Perancis karena lebih nyantai aja orang-orangnya, tidak seperti US yang bener-bener semuanya keliatan ambisius banget ngejar duit dan karir.. live is too hectic there I think..

    Trus kesannya Perancis lebih berbudaya aja (if you love art and history, this is a heaven) kriminalitas juga disini rendah sekali.

    Kalau orang-orangnya sih, sama seperti bangsa kulit putih lain di US, UK atau seluruh Eropa, ya basically licik dan individualis hehe…

    Iya cara terbaik ke EU ya sebagai student, dapetin European degree, apply kerjaan disini.


  16. Oh begitu ya…thanks adhiguna!

    Asti, do you mind giving me some contact in Aussie for that BuAB? Saya jg sedang merintis hal serupa di sini. I put my email in the box to the left, can you see it?
    Thanks bgt!


  17. Posted by asti on January 21, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    @adhiguna: Well, you’re welcome to speak any language that you prefer.. It’s just that I’m afraid my written Indo is quite bad *shame on me*

    I have to say that I love love Europe too.. As much as I enjoyed New York, I still think London is better!

    @ian: Feel free to use this jadi “ajang curhat” Kan asyik, jadi rame blog-ku hehehe

    Sorry for the late reply.. I haven’t had regular internet access, so I’ve just checked my blog/email now. Has Mika replied to your email about BuAB yet? If not, then I’ll write one ASAP.


  18. I emailed Mika once, but haven’t heard back from her.
    If you could help give her my message it will be really great!
    Thanks a lot!


    • Posted by asti on February 19, 2009 at 10:34 pm


      Sorry for the late reply. On behalf of Mika, I’m writing a reply to your email about BuAB, I hope that’s OK πŸ™‚ Sorry again for the long delay!


  19. Greatings,
    not bad…

    Have a nice day


  20. Hi,
    Amazing! Not clear for me, how offen you updating your astipastina.wordpress.com.



  21. hello thereeeeee! ah i envy traveler!!!! *ingiiiin*

    so lucky of you to have traveled that much!

    salam kenal yaaaa! πŸ˜€


  22. Posted by asti on June 5, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    @hobosic: I know, I am amazing :p Been out of touch with my blog for a few months, but am back on it again!!

    @teppy: Hiiiiii!! Ayo ayo, be a traveller!! πŸ™‚ I know I’m lucky, and I hope my luck continues hehehe Salam kenal juga!


  23. Read your comment at my photoblog. Think I will visit this blog a lot more. Salam kenal.. πŸ™‚


  24. Posted by Baz on December 21, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    Nice blog πŸ™‚ a question though,
    with so many countries visited, don’t you ever get that “been there, done that” feeling after a while?


    • Posted by asti on December 24, 2009 at 7:20 pm

      Oh yeah, definitely have had that “been there, done that” feeling.. but that just means the place, to me, doesn’t offer anything new. Most places, like people, have their distinctive characters/personalities/quirks that makes them different, unique and thus exciting. But, again, like people, some of them (at least to me) are lacking in that differentiation factor, the “soul” of a place.. and that’s when I get that awful “been there, done that” feeling.. But hey, you don’t know until you’ve tried it πŸ™‚


    • Posted by asti on December 24, 2009 at 7:21 pm

      Oh, and thanks for dropping by πŸ˜€ hope I’ll get to see you again!


  25. Asti, you do have a driving license now! hihihihi…


    • Posted by asti on January 23, 2010 at 2:12 am

      hahaha true true! I guess that’s one of the benefits of living in Jakarta — it forces you to learn how to drive!

      Next step to complete the trinity: flying license.. so that’ll be water, land and sky conquered πŸ˜€


  26. Posted by knot2share on May 1, 2011 at 6:49 am

    A nice blog to spend some time. I am not sure if it is the theme that you have chosen (green which makes it a bit warm and cosy) or just the way you write or possibly both πŸ™‚ – Glad to have checked your Weekly Photo Challenge entry for this week.


  27. I hope have opportunity like you, can feeling more experience about live πŸ™‚


  28. @knot2share: thanks for the compliments, i’ll try not to let it get too my head πŸ˜‰ Thanks for stopping by, and do come back!

    @triiz: Which opportunity you’re referring to? Traveling? There are loads of websites/travel communities where you can get tips on low-budget travel, if cost is your main concern… Thanks for dropping by πŸ™‚


  29. yupz, but still in my dreams. I don’t have much money to make a trip because I was a student. but I believe a one day I could do it. traveling around the world

    asti, are you indonesian people?
    I’m sorry if the language of my writing is too bad because I’m still learn


  30. @triiz: You should check out the CouchSurfing community (www.couchsurfing.org) when planning your travel. You can get insider info on the places you visit, meet the locals and even get free accommodation!

    Yup, I’m Indonesian. And don’t apologize for your writing — it’s all part of the learning process. Just visited your blog, and I think your writing is better than you think πŸ˜‰


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