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.

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eBlog and iBlog

lost-polariodBeen 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).

What else?

ninslenscape-logoI 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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  1. Hi, Nin! You’ve been blogging for 5 years!! Kudos to you! I think you should blog in English. The audience you’ll attract in English is so much bigger although I found out that the most used language on WordPress is Indonesian! I would’ve not been able to read your blog if this was in Indonesian! I speak Bahasa Indonesian enough to get by as I live here, but not to the literal level, so I can’t read and understand a post in Indonesian. I understand what you mean though! English is not my first language either. I’m not good with writing in any language, so it’s about the same for me to blog in Japanese and in English. That’s kind of embarrassing! Keep up your work in English. 🙂 If you could keep up with both languages on your blog, I’m sure it’ll keep Indonesian readers happy as well, but it’s so time consuming to keep two blogs!

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    • Nin

      Thanks for dropping by Kaho… and I try to keep on blogging in two languages as it is very hard….


  2. Sonny Hendrawan Saputra

    Apa kabar?!!
    Nice to find your blog Nin, Interesting perspective from an Indonesian about world, it may be good for me as well as Indonesian who wants to know about world.
    Keep going to share your story!
    Terima kasih

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  3. Nin

    HI Sonny, thanks for blog-walking to my blog, and I promise you to keep on posting, thus visit me often…


  4. Hi Nin, Terimah kasih for signing up for my blog. I did a year of Bahasa Indonesia at University. That’s about all I remember apart from berkaki ayam. Oh and living on mee goreng when we cirumnavigated Malaysia. cheers.


  5. Hi there!

    I also think about that many times … Before I started my blog, and even until now! I don’t think I have the time to do dual language, that’s why at the moment, I post a translator in my blog! It’s different with translating into Bahasa by yourself, but it will help me for now at least! Haha …

    Anyway, nice to know you then … 🙂


  6. deana ryanthi

    mbak Nin, mudahan panggilannya pas, senang sekali membaca blog mbak, e blog dan i blog nya dua duanya saya baca, tapi belum berani nulis pakai bahasa inggris, menyenangkan sekali bisa mengenal dunia luar melalui kacamata mbak, dan tentunya belajar bahasa inggris, hatur nuhun.


    • Nin

      Thanks Deana, kunjungannya dan komentarnya bikin saya semangat untuk ngeblog lagi setelah beberapa bulan cuti…


  7. Hi Nin,

    First time for me saying hello officially here walaupun udah lama silent reader disini. Your blog was offline for a while, wasn’t it? Or maybe I had an old link? Sama, aku juga pernah mikir mau tetep lanjut ngeblog bahasa Inggris atau bahasa Indonesia. Cuma setelah ditimbang akan lebih fokus ke bahasa Inggris walaupun ngga sempurna. Alasannya: supaya informasi yang ada diblogku bisa dimengerti pembaca yang ngga bisa bahasa Indonesia. Untuk punya 2 blog beda bahasa itu sangat memakan waktu disamping foodblog yang udah lumayan 2 tahun ngga pernah ‘pingsan’ :-).

    Thanks for the recent like on my post.


    • Nin

      Hi Lorraine, thanks for the visit, that was very nice of you. Ya, betul, saya sempat ‘pingsan’ eh,… bosan, maklum hampir 8 tahun blogging, ga punya pembaca setia 😦 atau kata lain kurang motivasi…. tapi mudah-mudahan saya rajin lagi tahun ini.


  8. Hi there! Thanks for liking one of my posts. I do appreciate it. Throughh your blog, I enjoyed going around the many different places you have been to. So, thank you for taking me around 😉


  9. Hello Nin,
    Glad to know you. Thanks for following my blog. I will also do the same to your blog which I found quite interesting 🙂


  10. Thanks for liking my About post and for your beautiful pictures. Your English is fine…keep up the good work. Namaste. . . . .Anne


  11. Hi Nin, I love the photographs you use to introduce your blog. I’ve hit the follow button. Thanks for following me. And yes, I vote for English. 🙂 –Curt


    • Nin

      Thank Patricia for the visit, dan trim tuk pujian ttg foto2nya… itu dalam rangka belajar fotografi sebenernya…


  12. Hi Nin, thanks for stopping by to check out my blog! i loved checking out your pictures also 🙂 looking forward to seeing more


  13. Thanks mbak Nin atas kunjungannya, jadi pengen mulai ngeblog lagi nih smoga kita bisa sama2 rutin lagi ya ehheh


  14. Beautiful photography and travel story. Hope to read your next postings! *thank you for visiting my blog and drop by a message, and looking forward to hear your scuba diving adventure*


  15. travelinginyourtwenties

    Your photos are incredible! very nice blog btw, love the photos from asia


  16. Interested and intrigued by your blog. Looking forward to your next posts. Please follow back if you will. Thank you!


  17. Thank you for putting a like on my post as I may never found your delightful post without this.
    I can empathise with your pictures and writing as I favour posts with pictures also.
    Your photo of Sydney with the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge with the mighty sky is a joy to the eye.

    I was borne in Sydney and am the same age as the bridge, it opened in march 1932.
    English was a challenge to me because I had little formal education but like you writing a blog though challenging is a benefit in learning.
    English has not distracted from your inspirational writing and I can say your photography is beautiful.
    With my special interest in the Sydney Harbour Bridge I can say your photo stands out with the best.
    From historic photos taken during the construction as well as those taken during New Year calibrations,
    Thank you and kind regards to you and your English husband, Jack and my pommepal.wordpress.com _/\_

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  18. ThreeMilesanHour.com

    Your photos are stunning! I’m glad you found my blog so I could see what you are doing. Thanks!!

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  19. Hai Nina, salam kenal ya. Duh, aku langsung jatuh cinta dengan blogmu karena foto-fotonya keren bangeettt!! Aku suka memandangi foto-foto, dan selalu penasaran dengan setiap cerita dibaliknya 🙂

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  20. Hi Nina
    Phenomenal blog !! Love your story, love your writing, jealous and envious of your life !!!
    First off, let em say this: Your English is written MUCH better than almost any American; the internet has ruined most of this generation and everyone in the USA has turned into a moron. I love the fact that you found an English guy (I assume you mean British?). I also love how you were a professional; I come across so many blogs from kids who just travel the world thinking they know everything about life and refuse to “work” other tna “online income”. Hope you follow our blog; I can’t wait to read more of yours
    Rob and Diane


  21. Hello Nina…

    Here’s a little message from Türkiye to say “thank you”. I appreciate your recent ‘follow’, knowing how many interesting and entertaining blogs there are out there.

    Blogging since June 2013, my little corner of the world tries to offer an eclectic smattering of posts, from basic amateur photography, to sharing my travel adventures over the decades, as well as day to day happenings here on our fruit farm in southern Turkey. I also throw in a few of my observations on life and lighter-hearted stuff for good measure.

    You are more than welcome to have a look around, stay a while and have a trawl through my small collection. There are plenty of drop-down categories within the menu bar to help in said digging process. Of course, if you have any comments, suggestions or concerns, feel free to let me know – I’m not easily offended 🙂

    Thanks again and hope you have a great day…



  22. Ah, blog yang keren! Plus foto-foto yang wah.
    Kalau antara blogging Bahasa Indonesia atau Inggris sebenarnya tergantung pasar yang ingin diraih aja hehe. Since you’re live abroad, imho, blogging in English is more suitable for you. Hehe.
    Salam kenal! 😀

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  23. Hi Nina! Thanks for coming to my blog. I think you’re doing an admirable thing in blogging in a language that isn’t your own. To answer your question, it depends what you want to do with your blog and why you have it. If you want to open it up to the world then blog in English. Please don’t worrry about mistakes. We’ll understand. If you want to blog for Indonesians or Indonesians expats (and there’s nothing wrong with that), then blog in your local language. Whatever the case, it’s YOUR blog, and isn’t that the fun of it!
    P.S. I love your photographs. 🙂

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  24. Nice to get to know you today. 🙂 I’ll explore more here as you surely have more and much better pictures! Keep blogging in English, it’s fun! 🙂

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  25. Wibi Sana Rachmat

    Hi Mba Nina, kunjungan balik nih mba. fotonya bagus baget. harus sering berkunjung nih mba.
    lanjutkan berkarya ya mba.


  26. Thanks so much for finding and following my blog. I’m going to love yours. By the way, your English is great!


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    • Hi Sofia, thank you for stopping by and your blog is also very nice, fascinating, and looking for more Indonesian recipees


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