Visiting the Orangutan in Sumatra

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From the hectic city life to the deep jungle of Bukit Lawang in Sumatra visiting the Orangutan. Bukit Lawang is well known for Jungle Treks but there isn’t a super modern infrastructure and plenty of luxury hotels. Nevertheless it is worth a visit to experience the nature and get on an exciting adventure!

Some impressions on Instagram

The orange giant, the Orangutan, is only found on two islands world wide, on Sumatra and Borneo. Because of agriculture in general and specific palm oil monocultures their space to live shrinks from year to year. Not only the Orangutan is suffering from shrinking forests he can lives in also lots of other animals are missing the rain forest to live in. The deforestation happens because of the space which is used to plant palm oil palm trees in huge monocultures.

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In this documentation we decided to travel to Bukit Lawang in Sumatra, hire a guide and explore the Jungle which is left. A couple of days far away from civilization and human impact. It was an amazing adventure and we have been surprised by the diversity and beauty of the flora and fauna in this Tropical Tainforest.

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Disclaimer: Palm oil is not bad in general. It is a very efficient type of oil, probably the most efficient when it come to input and output ratio. We consume lots of oil in several products and that is a fact and hard to change because there is no substitute ingredient nowadays. Palm oil is not the only reason for deforestation. The meat industry, because of cattle farming, causes most of the deforestation worldwide. (this is no scientific report, this is my own perspective on this case.)

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The Hotel we have stayed
Where i book the cheapest flights
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Inndonesia has so much to offer. Explore beautiful layers of rice fields. Visit detail-rich temples or mosques and learn about the Indonesian culture. Drive along stunning landscapes. Hike up a volcano and enjoy the sunrise at the edge of a crater. Grab a board and ride one of those perfectly shaped waves. Eat through Indonesia diverse kitchens. Countless things to do and to see. this is Indonesia.

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Yogya life in and out!

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Yogyakarta with its diversity!

You might be wondering what those bling bling cars are?
It is a sight right at the Alun Alun square. They show up with a handful of those bling bling cars, equipped with speakers and flashing lights. Pay a couple of bucks and join em for a ride.

The Yogya Vlog

Discover Yogyakarta and join us on this video blog!

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Vibrant streetlife!

Skyview on Yogya’s traffic


Indonesia has so much to offer. Explore beautiful layers of rice fields. Visit detail-rich temples or mosques and learn about the Indonesian culture. Drive along stunning landscapes. Hike up a volcano and enjoy the sunrise at the edge of a crater. Grab a board and ride one of those perfectly shaped waves. Eat through Indonesia diverse kitchens. Countless things to do and to see. this is Indonesia.

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After Christmas Dinner!

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First picture – before Christmas Dinner

Check it out on the Gram!

Second picture – after Christmas Dinner 😜

How do you feel and what have you eaten these days? These holiday events build the foundation for new year resolutions 😂

(No photoshop has been used here!)

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!


Indonesia has so much to offer. Explore beautiful layers of rice fields. Visit detail-rich temples or mosques and learn about the Indonesian culture. Drive along stunning landscapes. Hike up a volcano and enjoy the sunrise at the edge of a crater. Grab a board and ride one of those perfectly shaped waves. Eat through Indonesia diverse kitchens. Countless things to do and to see. this is Indonesia.

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600 subscribers milestone! do numbers matter?

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As if i could hear the ticker click! Reached to 600 Subscribers on Youtube which is a huge milestone for the project and lets be honest, it is a beautiful number.

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If you are running a Youtube channel you know how much work, blood, sweat and tears it takes to build a decent community. There are some “black swans” out there, kick starting their following to million subs in months but if you compare yourself to those talents you will give up before you even tried. I struggled with a “slow” growth in the beginning but then i realized its always about with whom you compare yourself. Some people celebrate achieving 100 subscribers after years of hustle. In the end its “just” a number.

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Numbers do not matter

Of course they do! In the end it is a philosophical debate. Define success. When are you successful? Is financial independence real success? is gathering a million subs real success? is being mentioned on the front page of the New York Times real success? You define it for yourself! that is the beautiful thing about success. I mean there is an idea of success defined by society, mostly financial, that doesn’t matte you gotta have the same definition of it.

I am successful as long as i can pursue my passion!

that is my definition of success.

Of course i gotta earn money and manage a healthy life, foster relationships with family and friends. I could write a whole post about defining my values and how a successful life would look like. The fundamental value for me is pursuing a passion because in passion lies so much energy, productivity and zest for life.

So back to the headline, do numbers matter? yes they do! i think they are not fundamentally important but as long as you use numbers to motivate yourself to work on your passion projects they matter.

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Use them to celebrate

It is the same concept like technology. It all comes down to how you use it. You can get sick from using technology too frequently and in the wrong way. But if you use it wisely technology can be very powerful and simplify your life. It is the same with numbers. The amount of followers, the amount of likes or the amount of subscribers can drag you down because you compare them with the big hitters. You can also use the community you gathered to motivate yourself. It is up to you. It is a matter of your mindset and how you cultivate your milestones. Whenever you achieve a milestone or a post goes viral, semi-viral or performs better, pop a champagne or turn up the music and dance through your office.

Motivate yourself, pursue your passion and keep on rocking it!

Thank you for everyone who’ve hit the subscribe button and supports me on this adventure! Thank you for every thumbs up, like and recommendation. I really appreciate you!

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