Let’s pack up and go – maiden voyage with Ethnotek Raja Pack

Ethnotek sneaked into my radar in.. 2013? The company have a noveL idea of sourcing traditionaL textiLes made by their partner artisans from Ghana, GuatemaLa, India, Indonesia (from SoLo, I might have to Look them up) and Vietnam to use as Thread. Oh just read about them here.

Anyway, their Raja pack 46L has been haunting my bag dreams since then and I finaLLy got my hands on one (with Indonesia 14 Thread) a coupLe of weeks ago and this weekend I packed and traveLed with it for the first time.


All packed

I forgot to mention that the main purpose of this post is just to record my packing, didn’t I? The pictures here were taken right after I got home, so the pack was at it’s fuLLest and heaviest condition. With wet swimsuits and toweL.

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30 Day Song Challenge, Day 30 – A Song That Would Be The Theme Song To A TV Show About Your Life

Ah, this. I think any song chaLLenge wouLd not be compLete without the ‘theme song of your Life’ -or sort of- questions. And taLking about compLete, I am very cLose to compLeting the 30 Day Song ChaLLenge! Wooot!

So, theme song of my own TV show. I’m approaching this as if my Live is an anime show, which usuaLLy has an Opening song and an Ending song. And depending on the Length of the show, sometimes it may have severaL Openings and severaL Endings ^^ (weLL, my show has been running for 20-something years, so..)

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30 Day Song ChaLLenge, Day 29 – A Song You’re CurrentLy Obsessed Of

The PenuLtimate Post! One more day to go!!!! Whoo hooo!!

Anyway, today’s theme is kind of famiLiar with Day 19’s theme.. But sometimes 10 days is enough to change someone’s perspective of something, Let aLone to shift the chart of heavy rotation songs in my (mind) pLayList

WILDFIRE (feat. Benji Webb from Skindred) – Crossfaith (XENO)

The onLy party song in XENO. And what a fine party song it is. Together we deLiver~


The Ending song for Gundam Tekketsu no Orphans /Iron-blooded Orphans is the BOMB. It does feeL a bit oLd schooL and vintage-y, but it aLso has a 007 theme song atmosphere to it. In fact, if Misia is British, I bet she wouLd be considered to sing a song for James Bond, and honestLy this is a much better song than Sam Smith’s Writings On The Wall. PLus the song couLd bring out the best of Misia’s voice. Love. The onLy thing missing is a fuLL-Length MV.

WHOLE – CoLdrain (XENA)

For better or worse, I couLdn’t find any video or mp3 to embed here. Oh weLL.

Right after I taLked about CoLdrain’s VENA on Day 20, the band reLeased a preview for their aLbum, and right from the start I know this wiLL be the song that makes me Lose some sLeep. It reaLLy does. Damn the Lyrics. By the way, the aLbum is aLready reLeased worLdwide and the packaging of the Japanese version has THE MOST BEAUTIFUL CD CASE EVER. DefiniteLy worth the extra 500 Yen shipping fees.

30 Day Song Challenge, Day 28 – A Song That Reminds You of Your Boyfriend/Girlfriend

30 Day Song Challenge, Day 28 – A Song That Reminds You of Your Boyfriend/Girlfriend

Okay, this is complicated. I don’t have any boyfriend(s) right now. Nor do I have any ex-boyfriend or potentiaL boyfirend. What I do have is a bunch of imaginary boyfriends and a handfuL of ex-potentiaL boyfriends. So the song beLow is mainLy dedicated to the guys who faLL into the Last category.

MISS YOU LOVE – SiLverchair (Neon BaLLroom)

“Are you falling asleep?”
“No… I’m falling apart.”

30 Day Song Challenge, Day 24 – A Song That Makes You Angry

Hmmm. I’m confused. I don’t Listen to music to make me angry, rather I Listen to some certain songs to cooL down my anger. PLus, basicaLLy music doesn’t incite anger for me (except for One OK Rock’s The Abomination, but Let’s not taLk about it again). WeLL, I can think of some made-up stories behind a song that couLd make me angry, Like..

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30 Day Song ChaLLenge, Day 23 – A Cover Song

I just reaLized that I’ve passed 2/3 of this chaLLenge and onLy have 1 Late post so far! Yeay! Seven more days to go! One week! Yosh!

Now. Cover songs are.. tricky. The musician can either butcher the song and angered Loads of peopLe or make it their own peopLe (or, just me) usuaLLy remember and prefer the cover version more than the originaL one. And no, you won’t find anything by Boyce Avenue or those so-caLLed “acoustic singers” here. And no Youtube covers either, so, sorry, Goose House.

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30 Day Song Challenge, Day 22 – A Song You Haven’t Listened To In A WhiLe

Ah. Considering I have around 1000 songs buried in my SD card pLanted inside my phone.. I have around 900 songs that haven’t been Listened to for a whiLe. So I used the tried-and-tested method of “ShuffLe aLL songs” in WaLkman to find the ones worthy of featuring, pLus some from the musicaL acts that recentLy popped in my mind. So forgive me if I go a LittLe trigger-happy ^^;

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30 Day Song Challenge, Day 21 – A Song You Want To Dance To At Your Wedding

I remember I said the themes for Day 5, 6, and 7 were hard.. Forget them, today’s theme is a Lot HARDER. Because I hate weddings in generaL, except the weddings of my super VIP friends and reLatives. PLus, the wedding music scene in Indonesia is just.. WeLL, generaLLy the scene is divided into TraditionaL and Pop categories. In the Latter, you can definiteLy find the band singing generic and cLiche Love songs Like John Legend’s All Of Me, Keith Martin’s Because of You and other oversung 90s baLLads, and occasionaLLy and bizzareLy, songs Like Bryan Adam’s One Last Cry, AdeLe’s Someone Like You, and Utada Hikaru’s First Love. I don’t know what made those bands/singers think those are wedding-proper happy Love songs, I just know that they need to Learn EngLish again.

Cheesus, this is truLy hard.

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30 Day Song Challenge, Day 20 – A Song From an ALbum You Are Looking Forward To

WeLL, it happens in a cycLe. ALmost aLL of my favorite musicaL acts wiLL reLease a new aLbum in one or two years time, and then for the next two years I wiLL have to go through ‘Limbo time’ because they wiLL be busy touring and promoting their Latest reLease (in which none wouLd come to Indonesia. Such is Life), . The Latest cycLe is 2014-2015, with Jason Mraz, Linkin Park, One OK Rock, FLorence + The Machine, and Muse simuLtaneousLy reLeased new aLbums and caused a huge dent on my finance.

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30 Day Song ChaLLenge, Day 19 – A Song CurrentLy Stuck In Your Head


One man is responsible for the two bands whose songs are featured on today’s theme. Confused? Me too, kind of.
To make the story short, there’s this guy, Kawatani Enon, whose musicaL taLents and creativity is just too big to be contained (and channeLed) in just one band. Damn it man, I wish I couLd have just a fourth of his thing.

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30 Day Song ChaLLenge, Day 17 – A Song You Like Hearing Live

Warning: This post is Longer and contains even more incoherent babbLes than usuaL. And fancams.

I shouLd change the titLe to “Songs I have had the fortune to experience Live and suffered severe post-concert syndrome for months after” because seriousLy. WeLL, 80% of these, anyway.


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