Hello, I am Nina, welcome to my blog,
my little place on the internet.
Originally I am from Indonesia, and used to work as an architect in a local design company in Jakarta. In 2005 I decided to add a little curve in my carrier by agreeing to work in ‘more international’ consulting company in the Middle East. That’s where I started blogging, as a place to post photos and stories of my expatriate life as a single woman in Arabia, so that my friends and family could follow what I experienced from afar.
The adventure that I like most as an expat is a better opportunity to see other countries and the world. Along the way, I found my travel partner, and English bloke who is a well traveled person himself. It is because of this with the memory of these trips together that has transformed this blog from an Indonesian expat blog to a travel blog, and Nin’s Travelog was born.
eBlog and iBlog
Been blogging for more than 10 years now, I am still confused whether I should keep on blogging in Indonesian language, or in English.
Being born, raised and educated in Indonesia, with the old school education system, English language don’t come as easy as the younger generation who had better exposure to the English language. Thus blogging in English is a struggle for me.
However, the reason I decided to blog in English is mainly because, along the way, within that last 5 years, I got married (finally!) to My English travel partner, who speaks limited Indonesian (Bahasa Indonesia), and as an expat in the Middle East, very view of my work colleagues are Indonesian (as if they read my blog!). The other reason I keep on blogging in English is also forces me not only able to speak better English – instead of pigeon English; but also think in English and hopefully one day I will be able to count and dream in English.
On the other hand, I think I should have kept blogging in Indonesian, it’s easier and I can blog my heart out. But that made me lazy in practicing my written English.
Thus I design this blog in two languages,
Travel blog, photography and diary
I love taking photographs, I also love reading emails/letters, though I am not as big reader as I used to, I still love my books. I also love looking at pictures especially books with lots of pictures. This is why, I let my photographic images help me with my travel stories as I believe that it’s easier to read something that you are not really interested in with pictures; it makes the story more interesting. It is through these photographs as well that helps me memorize and give more meaning to the countries I’ve been to. My obsession is to make a travel book (not a travel guide book) that has a good image illustration, which so far I haven’t had time to work on. This blog is the first step be part of it, a fraction of it.
Though I used to work as an expat in Bahrain and Qatar, I recently retired and moved to live in the UK, as a trailing spouse. Thus, from traveling around the Middle East, I am now travel locally, exploring a new country where my husband and I decided to retire and live permanently. This is why, my travel blog might gradually transform from a travel blog, to more of my diary, about living in the UK as an Indonesian and how I try to understand the lifestyle as well as the people (and not necessarily the English only).
I store my best (according to me) on Nin’s Lenscape Photography, but you can also find me on Instagram for my mobile snap shot, Flickr, and Facebook for collection of blog images or on 500px or National Geographic’s Your Shot. That’s my updated profile of this blog.
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