Weekend in Hibernation

•April 15, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Following my New Year’s Resolution to plan nature excursions at least once a month (if not twice), I booked Rock Spring Cabin in Shenandoah National Park this past weekend,  I was pleased to share this time off-the-grid with a great group of friends, new and old.  I set my GoPro atop the roof of the cabin while we prepared a delicious dinner of campfire chili, cornbread and eggplant yum-yum, washed down with a bit of Wasmund’s Single Malt Whiskey from Sperryville.


Check out the sites below if you’d like to escape the DC metro area for a pleasant weekend in the woods:

Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (rents rustic cabins throughout VA, MA and PA to members and non-members)

Shenandoah National Park

Hiking Upward (trail maps)

An Invitation – Cycling to the Heart of the Southern Cardamom Mountain Range

•April 6, 2014 • Leave a Comment

November 2010 Cardamoms Adventure 271

In the spirit of Alastair Humphreys‘ micro adventure movement, I would like to invite any and all to join my latest trip: a cycling journey to the heart of Cardamoms Mountains in Cambodia.

From the 9th of May to the 13th of May, we will be cycling from Kirirom National Park through the souther Cardamom Mountain range through the Areng Valley to Koh Kong province.  We will follow the route discovered by my friend named Steve, but based on his input, we’ll switch up the route a bit to explore some other (potential) trails.

The trip is expected to take four days and depends largely on the quality of the trails, the height of the rivers , and the number of overgrowth in the rainforest (even though the rainy season has not yet arrived , there is a small possibility that the trails are impassable).

Everyone is invited – please send an email to me via the Contact page. You should be able to cycle long distances (70-80 mountainous kilometers per day in hot, tropical weather) and be willing to camp out in the jungle.  Other than that I think just about anyone can do it.  I will organize all the preparations and the group will split all the daily expenses .


Sebuah Undangan – Ekpedisi ke Jantung Pegunungan Cardamoms di Kamboja

•April 6, 2014 • Leave a Comment

November 2010 Cardamoms Adventure 271

Seperti kampanye Petualangan Mikro (atau Micro Adventure) yang diluncurkan oleh Alastair Humphreys, saya ingin mengundang semuanya untuk ikut petualangan mikro saya yang terbaru:  Ekpedisi ke Jantung Pegunungan Cardamoms di Kamboja.  Teman saya dari Kamboja akan ikut petualangan ini dan saya berharap bahwa orang yang berasal dari Indonesia juga bisa ikut dan mengalami indahnya Kamboja.

Dari tanggal 9 bulan Mei sampai dengan tanggal 13 bulan Mei, kami akan mencoba untuk bersepeda dari Taman Nasional Kirirom ke jantung pegunungan Cardamoms melalui lembah Areng yang baru-baru ini diancam oleh pembangunan bendungan hidro-elektrik.  Kami akan mengikuti rute yang ditemukan oleh sahabat saya yang bernama Steve, tapi berdasarkan masukan dia, saya berencana untuk naik jalan kecil yang berbeda dari pusat hutan hujan ke lembah Areng.   Petualangan diharapkan untuk makan empat hari dan bergantung pada mutunya “jalan kecil”, ketinggian sungai-sungai, dan jumlah tumbuh-tumbuhan di hutan hujan (meskipun musim hujan belum tiba, ada kemungkinan kecil bahwa jalan kecil telah habis).  Ketika kelompoknya tiba di lembah Areng, kami akan mempunyai kesempatan untuk berkayak dan melakukan kegiatan lain.

Setiap orang diundang – silakan kirimlah surel kepada saya melalui halaman Kontak.  Calon peserta seharusnya bisa bersepeda jarak jauh (70-80 kilometer per hari dalam cuaca panas / tropis), mempunyai pengalaman bersepeda gunung, dan bersedia untuk menginap di hutan hujan (dalam kelambu/tenda tentu saja).  Saya akan mengatur semua persiapannya dan kelompoknya akan membagi semua biaya harian.

The Questions We Ask

•March 30, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Phenomenal short about the questions we ask and why go on an adventure.

My favorite bit:

What is adventure?
I am not so sure we know these days.
Movies and magazines
all scream extreme.
Gortex suits and vertical routes,
foreign trips and big cliff hits,
but that’s not a part of it.
Adventure is curiosity,
the willingness to embrace uncertainty,
about the possibility
of doing just one thing
than before.


Sokola Rimba

•March 27, 2014 • Leave a Comment

My favorite quote from last night’s US premier of Sokola Rimba and Q&A with the director, Riri Riza:

In Rimba tribes [Orang Rimba or "Jungle People"], women have a very high status indeed.  Men are often equated to cucumbers, while women are durians.

As the saying goes… When a durian falls on a cucumber, the cucumber is always crushed.  When a cucumber falls on a durian, the cucumber is also crushed.

Check out the trailer below for “The Jungle School”:


Tips Bersepeda Jarak Jauh

•March 17, 2014 • 2 Comments

bridge on smugglers trail

Saya harus mengaku bahwa saya tidak pernah bersepeda selama lebih dari dua mil sebelum saya pindah ke Asia Tengara untuk bekerja dengan sebuah perusahaan pariwisata yang menyediakan tur-tur bersepeda.  Pada waktu perjalanan pertama yang saya pimpin dengan 12 pelanggan, saya khawatir.  Kelompok kami berencana untuk bersepeda di seberang Kamboja dari Siem Reap ke salah satu desa terpencil yang terletak di pantai – kepanjangan sekitar 1,200 kilometer.

Continue reading ‘Tips Bersepeda Jarak Jauh’

Tufts Innovation Symposium: Strategies for Scaling Up

•February 9, 2014 • Leave a Comment

I am excited to join a panel later this week at the Tufts Innovation Symposium: Strategies for Scaling Up.  I’ll be joining a range of representatives from the IADB, PPIAF and Innovareg about mission alignment and the intricacies of managing social enterprise partnerships.  As a part of this discussion, I’ll be presenting tidbits from the Hagar-Joma case study @ Stanford (that is nearly complete!).

The full day of events also includes panels on innovation scaling strategies and last mile distribution.  Kudos to the students behind the event for pulling together an impressive array of practitioners from around the world!

Full details for the conference below:

The Tufts Innovation Symposium

Innovative ideas start small. They can emerge within start-ups, multinational corporations, or non-profit organizations. Often, they hold the promise of deep impact. But innovation itself is not a magic bullet. Ideas and approaches that thrive in controlled environments can fail when scaled to regional, national, and global levels. This raises the question, “How can we plan for scale?”

Our one-day conference will discuss business models and strategies that enable rapid growth:

  • Getting the Basics Right: How to develop models that scale?
  • Aligning Missions: How to set expectations and manage partnership complexities?
  • Overcoming Constraints: How to identify operation and distribution strategies to reach “the last mile?”

Join us for a lively discussion as we explore lessons learned from companies and organizations that have scaled around the world. Click here to learn about our speakers and register to attend. We look forward to welcoming you to the Fletcher School!


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