Chateau de Chillon / Montreux

This is a part of my semi-backpacking trip around Europe at Fall 2009 ( i will blog about it later, i promise ) Thanks again to Cessy, Hedi & Family, that allow me to stay in their place during my visit to Geneva and bring me around! (;

Chateau of Chillon is the place that i always see in any Switzerland travel guide books / website. After seeing the photos and hearing their reputation as “Switzerland’s most visited historic monument” ( written as tagline in their official website ) i begged Cessy to bring me there (;

Located about 4km from Montreux, at the side of lake Geneva, the castle is actually quite accessible by public transport, you just need to go to Montreux by train ( ) from Geneva ( The nearest city with international airport i believe ) from there you can take local train / bus or even a cruise boat to reach the castle. But that time i’m actually lucky enough to have her drive me there, it’s about 1.5 hours scenic ride from Geneva and it’s 1.5 hours full of fabulous view!

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Trailer Video??

I posted this video as a “trailer” of the places i visited during 2009-2011..
No lah, actually it just a stock of timelapses and fast-forwarded video that i took, but some never been used and just stuck on the HDD, so i randomly make a video of it 🙂
Anyway, see it in HD for better quality hor…

Time Lapse Compilation from Wellington Kuswanto on Vimeo.

Burj Khalifa

It’s ironic that my blog title is I need holiday but my virgin travel post is about my “office work” trip…

So the story was at May 2010, i got a chance to visit Dubai to take photos of our office projects there. ( Burj Khalifa is not one of it ) Since one of our project ( The Dubai Mall ) is at downtown Dubai, same place as where Burj Khalifa is, of course i didn’t want to miss the chance to visit it (;

As you know, Burj Khalifa is the tallest human made structure on earth, was design by Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill ( SOM ) It was a mixed used building, mainly for residential, with addition hotel,, restaurant, business suite, communication & broadcast, and of course the observatory. It’s the home of Armani hotel & resident ( ) and the highest restaurant in the world, At.mosphere restaurant ( )

Was named Burj Dubai before, but change to Burj Khalifa during the official opening, to honor the president of UAE ( Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan ) that supporting Dubai during 2008 global financial crisis. ( They borrow money la, that’s why must honor )

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Why do a “DIY” travel plan?

Forced to wake up at 6, eat same breakfast everyday, running on tight schedule, going on a big bus to see a over-populated tourist spots for 20 mins before go to some factory / products presentation for 2 hours and being forced to buy something.

That was a common experience that happened when we join a package tour, and it happens to me, once, don’t want to join that kind of thing anymore. And i swear to god, that not the way i want to spend my holiday..

Seeing Eiffel tower for few minutes while the tour guide talks about the history, paying musee du louvre admission ticket just to rush to see Monalisa and go out. I just don’t think that’s a great way to “experience” Paris, it just too short, too brief, borrowing my architecure philosophy lecturer words during uni : it just petting, not even a penetration, it’s not a real thing (;

I wrote this not to tell what’s right or wrong, what’s better or worse, it really depends on people expectation on “experience” things. Some people looking for quantity, others looking for quality, some tours covers the whole america for 21 days, some people can’t even finished new york in 6 months.

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